Today I’m excited to be a part of Liesel Hill’s blog tour for her debut new adult book, PERSISTENCE OF VISION. It’s a dystopian story that has gotten great reviews and is described as filled with mystery, twists, and romance that keeps you wanting to turn the page. It’s definitely on my TBR soon list.
Here’s a description from Goodreads:
After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.
In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.
If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...
Liesel’s here today sharing about writing new adult stories without making them too racy. The giveaway details are at the end of the post.
There are lots of reasons for that. Part of it is my religion. Part is that I simply don’t feel comfortable writing such things. But I’ve also come to believe that lack of adult content also makes for better writers.
You see, there are certain things that appeal to human emotions. We always say that sex sells in our society. It’s part emotion, part hormonal reaction. No matter how you explain it, it’s a visceral thing.
For example, if you have a male character walking through the woods, say. And then suddenly he comes upon a naked woman, well, everyone sits up and takes notice. And that’s just from what I said. To say that someone isn’t clothed doesn’t count as adult content. Now imagine you add in stuff that’s more explicit. That’s why Fifty Shades of Gray has sold so well.
Now, I haven’t read Fifty Shades, other than a few excerpts that convinced me I never wanted to read more. But here’s my problem with explicit content: it gives the writer a free pass to not hone their craft. Any author who can’t compel readers any other way can put in some sex, nudity, or gore and get readers to buy their books. But that’s not, in my opinion, what great writers are made of.
If a writer can get people to sit up and take notice without the adult content, now that’s a sign of great writing.
Of course there are many people who would disagree with me about this. Some would even be offended by my opinion, but it’s a challenge I would extend to every writer. For proof of its validity, just look at all the YA novels that are on the market today. Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergent, Beautiful Creatures, Harry Potter, to name a few. They all find ways to be compelling but without explicit content, and they’re the hottest books on the market.
Perhaps some things are more compelling, especially to our young people, than smut. Opinons?
Thanks, Liesel, for sharing your advice. You can find Liesel at:
Liesel has generously offered a e-copy of PERSISTENCE OF VISION for a giveaway. Don’t have an e-reader? No problem. I downloaded Kindle to my computer and read that way until my aunt gave me her old Nook. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment by midnight on March 23rd. I’ll announce the winner on March 25th.
If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry.
Here's what's coming up:
Next Monday I’m interviewing debut author Steven dos Santos and giving away an ARC of THE CULLING. It’s an action packed dystopian and trust me, Steven has no problem being hard on his characters.
Next Wednesday I’m super excited to share THE RUNAWAY KING by Jennifer Nielsen with you. I’ve been dying to read this since I read THE FALSE PRINCE last year, which just made the New York Bestseller list and won the Cybils. THE FALSE PRINCE is one of my all-time favorite books. THE RUNAWAY KING is fantastic and I’ll be doing a giveaway.
The following Monday I'm interviewing debut author Mindee Arnett and giving away a copy of her urban fantasy THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR. I loved the magical world Mindee created that was also grounded in our world. And there's a mystery to be solved, something I always love.
On Tuesday that week, Maria Dismondy is sharing a Tuesday tip on how to launch a successful book launch and giving away a copy of THE POTATO CHIP CHAMP, a picture book about kindness.
And Saturday that week I'm participating in the Kick Butt Characters Book Giveaway Hop. I have lots of great choices for you.
And don't forget our Tuesday Tips and Casey's Thursday agent spotlights.
Hope to see you on Monday!