Jul 20 2012 10:30am

Wherever You Will Go: Beloved Romance Authors with Awesome YA Series

Dark Mirror by M.J. PutneyIt’s called crossing genre lines when mainstay adult authors start writing youth adult stories. Some like it, but some feel that these authors are doing nothing more then jumping on the bandwagon, hoping to cash in on this lucrative genre.

I love YA myself. I love that some of my favorite adult authors writing YA. It’s twice the goodness.

I grew up reading John Grisham’s dark legal suspense novels that address realistic world problems. Imagine my surprise when my daughter brought home Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. Released in May 2010, Grisham brings his legal fortitude to the youth adult playground with a thirteen-year-old protagonist who dreams of grand courtroom adventures. It’s not just Grisham expanding his reading audience, however; below you will find a list of well known adult authors who are penning young adult fiction in hopes of enchanting a different but just as important demographic: Young readers.

Mary Jo Putney, is the queen of redeemable rakes and the indomitable woman who love them. Her versatile writing, whether it’s her straight romances or paranormal fantasies, has made her a favorite of mine for years. I was delighted when I received a copy of her (as M. J. Putney) Dark Mirror for review last year. A historical paranormal romance, Dark Mirror chronicles the adventures of Lady Victoria (Tori) Mansfield and a mysterious group called the Irregulars who travel through time using their magical abilities to change important historical events in order to save the present and future. Dark Passage soon followed. The third installment in the series, Dark Destiny, was released July 3rd, 2012.

Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. ClaireRoxanne St. Claire, a romantic suspense author who has thrilled us repeatedly with her alpha men and equally strong woman, has just released her first YA title. Don’t You Wish gives us a wonderful heartfelt story about a young girl, Anna, whose feelings of invisibility in the world changes when she finds herself in an alternate universe. Here she is popular, rich, and beautiful. Her every wish has come true. But as with all wishes, there is always a catch.

Darynda Jones, author of the hilariously snarky and sexy adult paranormal Charlie Davidson series, has penned her first youth adult book, Death and the Girl Next Door. Set to release September 2012, Darynda Jones takes on death at a youth level with a orphaned heroine with a mysterious past who has not one but two gorgeous boys vying for her attentions. When Death comes knocking on her door, things start getting very interesting.

Kresley Cole, best selling author of the Immortals After Dark series, has her first youth author book coming out in October 2, 2012. The Poison Princess, the first in her The Arcana Chronicles, tells the story of sixteen-year-old Evie Greene who suffers from hallucinations. When her visions come true, she teams up with other teens and realizes that her visions aren’t rare and there is more to come as an ancient prophecy is coming to pass and the fight between good and evil is just starting.

Crimson Frost by Jennifer EstepJennifer Estep’s adult Elemental Assassin series blends the perfect amount of paranormal suspense and steamy romance to make her series a top urban fantasy pick. She lends her compelling voice to youth adult fiction with her dark mythological Mythos Academy series. Greek legends get a new injection of life as Estep’s snarky high school heroine finds herself spirited away to a special school for those who are descendants of Greek gods and goddesses. Here, she learns about her past and future as she uses her gifts against an evil set on destroying the world. Her fourth installment in the series, Crimson Frost, releases Jan 2013.

What favorite adult author of yours would you like to see jump into the youth author writing pool?


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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
I love YA too and think it's fantastic that romance authors are writing in the genre as well. I'll have to check all these series out!
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I don't read much YA, but if it's written by an author I already like, I am probably more likely to pick it up than another book by a new-to-me author. I bet Darynda's book will be great--she has such a fresh voice already, I think it'll suit YA well.
Shani B
3. Shani B
I'm an avid HR reader and started reading YA by accident, but it was the best reading mistake I ever made! YA authors Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber, and Rebecca Donovan are phenomenal writers and are now among my favorite authors! With that said, I have/would follow my favorite HR authors across any genre! They are consistently fantastic writers, and I'm such a loyal gal! :)
Shani B
4. SassyT
I have been reading a lot of YA lately (don't ask). And I've had the reverse happen. I've read YA books by authors and found (after the fact) that they also written adult romance. So, it just added some authors to my list of must-be-reads now. I am looking forward to Kresley Cole's new YA book with Thad (I've been reading her IAD series since the beginning). It'll be a nice change of pace (that's how I look at it in switching back and forth between YA and adult books).
Shani B
5. Wendy W Durden
Kathryn Smith writes as Kady Cross in a YA series that crosses steampunk with mystery. Katie MacAlister wrote the "Oh My Goth" series and another YA series (They wear what under their kilts?) that had me in stitches. Sherrilyn Kenyon is doing a YA version of the Dark Hunters in the Chronicles of Nick series. Gena Showalter did 2 YA versions of her Alien Huntress books, and the Twisted series. So it's not a new development. But it's great to see these authors spread out and catch a larger audience!
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