I was putting on lipstick when the idea for Catching Liam popped into my head. I've always loved contemporary novels, but I was scared to write one myself but the story wouldn't leave me alone. So I called my agent who generally supports my insanity and pitched it to her. She enthusiastically told me to go for it, and so I set out to become a hybrid author.
When I first published Catching Liam I decided to use the pen name Sophia Bleu, because I didn't want readers to go in expecting science fiction and get a steamy coming-of-age story. It was never a secret and at some point juggling a pen name became a bit of a chore, so I sat down and thought about all the pros and cons of keeping the two separate. My agent and I spoke and we both agreed that it was time to rebrand everything under my name. No small feat!
New Adult is a fledgling category in some ways, but a category a lot of authors feel drawn to. Some people think that authors do it for the money or because it's a fad, but I think its because we have stories to tell about adults facing their first big life decisions. That's why I started writing Catching Liam. I'm excited about the New Adult genre, and I hope you are, too.
Make no mistake my New Adult books have mature content in them, but they also are about friendship, decisions, and growing up. So to celebrate I'm sharing my brand new, never before seen cover for my upcoming release TEACHING ROMAN. This time with my name on it.
Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.
Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn't plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she's been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.
Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.
But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.
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I'm giving away a copy of her first New Adult title CATCHING LIAM to 3 readers!
Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn't just a game for Jillian and her friends, it's a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you're bound for heart ache.
So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can't—or perhaps won't—take a hint.
Study abroad student Liam doesn't want to be another notch on Jillian's bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa's set expiration date means he can't promise her forever. That doesn't mean he's going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance.
Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they're playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.
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And I can finally announce that I'll be in the upcoming anthology Fifty First Times with my friends Jen Armentrout, Julie Cross, Lyla Payne, and more! It's going to be epic!