Guest and Giveaway with Beverley Kendall

I’ve known Beverley Kendall for quite some time now and I’m happy to call her not only a superb author, but also a good friend. When I heard she was writing a New Adult book, I was desperate to get her on Magical Musings and talk about her new book and a new genre. Welcome Beverley to the blog!

Your most current release, When In Paris, is a New Adult book. Can you tell us aWheninParis200x300_newcover little about this new genre?

LOL. I don’t know if I’m exactly an expert on this genre. But from what I’ve been able to learn, new adult is that once empty chasm between young adult and adult novels. Think of it this way, it’s what happens to Harry Potter after he becomes a young adult 18-22. After high school there’s college or what have you. These are the years that weren’t really covered in romance novels. Readers went from the 16 year-old age range to protagonists starting in their mid-twenties (heroines) to early to late thirties (heroes). New adult is meant to cover that timeframe in this gap.

You’re known for your historical romances, so this is a new step for you. Did you always plan to write contemporary?

Sinful SurrenderYes, I definitely always planned to write contemporary novels. Actually, it is what I started writing back when I was in college. I never had any intention of writing historical novels. While I loved reading them, I didn’t want nor thought I could deal with the research that went into writing them. In addition, I didn’t even know if I could come up with a “historical” voice. But even after I got my first contract for Sinful Surrender, I always knew that I would go back to my first love and write contemporaries as well.

Tell us a little about When In Paris.

My original idea for the first book in this series was actually the second book, which is a friends-to-lovers tale. As I was getting to know all the characters in that book, I met Olivia and Zach and they hated each other. The opposite of friends-to-lovers, they were BeverlyKendall_ThoseNightsinMontrealenemies-to-lovers. And once they appeared as characters in the first book, they sort of took over and I knew their love story had to come first. Both plots are tropes I absolutely adore so it was just a matter of fleshing out the characters and their character ARCs.

As for the blurb, that’s just an exercise in torture. I agonized over the two paragraph blurb for about three days. I sent it off to my editor and two of my close author friends (Lori was one). I got all their suggestions back, took what I liked and discarded the rest. I then went on to continue to tweak it for another three weeks until I was finally satisfied. That’s when I committed to what would be on the back cover of the print book. Simple right?

 What will your next release focus on?

I have two books I’m working on. First is a historical Twice the Temptation, the first book in The Temptresses series but it also continues my first series The Elusive Lords. The second is Those Nights in Montreal, an enovella in my new adult series Language of Love. It follows BeverlyKendall_AprilinMilan-flowers275WHEN IN PARIS… and is Rebecca and Scott’s love story.

Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m a single mother and I’m extremely lucky because I’m able to write full-time. In my spare time (of which I have none), I ran The Season website and blog. Last week I made the hard decision to let the website and blog go. Running both was taking up too much time and I really needed to concentrate on getting more books out. Plus, I love writing more than I do playing with code and running a blog. I will miss playing with codeWheninParis200x300_newcover though. With running the site out of the way, I’ll be able to spend more time with my son, knit and sew, things I really missed doing when I had so much on my plate.

I want to thank the ladies of Magical Musings for having me, especially my host Lori Brighton. It’s been so much fun. Also, I’m giving away 3 digital copies of WHEN IN PARIS…. Comment and enter to win.

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11 Responses to Guest and Giveaway with Beverley Kendall

  1. Michele says:

    Hi Beverley :smile:

    Great interview with Lori! Learned something today, new genre “New Adult” :smile: You commented that Those Nights in Montreal will follow When in Paris, do you have a tentative release date?

    And a quick question for you, is one genre easier to write then another? I would think it would be hard, just amazed at the talent authors have to write books in totally different genres.

    Thanks for stopping by, adding you to my list of new authors to read :smile:

  2. Amy R says:

    Nice meeting you here, Beverley! I stopped reading after high school because I got busy with college stuff and then picked it up again around 30. The New Adult genre would have been great while I was in that time period. I do still like to read Young Adult now and then. I think it will keep me young and help as my kids get older. My question for you about the New Adult genre – will we see the same type of relationships and intimacy as we do in traditional Adult genres just in different situations given their age? I am curious about this genre and will have to check yours out. I really like the covers of your books – so pretty.
    Amy R`s last blog was …Review: All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey & FREE Book

  3. Bev says:

    Hi Michele,

    Thanks for stopping by. :) Firstly, my tentative release date for Those Nights in Montreal is first week of March. Second, right now I think new adult is easier for me to write now. It could be because I’m coming off of writing WHEN IN PARIS… I’m not really sure. I know it takes time in my head to get back into my historical voice. Switching between the two isn’t easy but I hope it will in time.

  4. Bev says:

    Hi Amy,

    Thanks for stopping by. Great questions. Definitely different situations given the age of the protagonists. I love college-set romances when they’re this young. Which is not to say I’ll always write my NAs in a college setting, but if they’re between 18-22, most of my protags will be going to college. My next series I see set during summer between school years.

    As for relationships and intimacy, my first book is definitely a toned down version of my historicals. There’s no closing the bedroom but I was very careful in the words I used (as in not as graphic). The sexual tension is just as high and the conflict I believe is the same. My novella will be slightly hotter. I feel like I’m pushing the heat-level boundaries as it is but I’m seeing more and more heat in NA novels so I think as long as I have a mature warning on my books, I can ramp it up even more. ;)

  5. Beverley,
    It’s wonderful to have you here, and I love the sound of your new adult stories!!
    That college-age time period…plus travel (!!)…plus romance is a fabulous combination, in my book :). I look forward to reading WHEN IN PARIS!
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …New Release: Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match!

  6. Kim says:

    You’re writing historicals and mentioned on your blog that you were starting a contemporary series with a bakery setting. What made you also add NA novels into the mix?

  7. Edie Ramer says:

    Beverley, your new adult book sounds like fun. What an interesting genre. You’ll probably get a lot of teens reading it. And since adults (me!) read YAs, you’ll get readers from there, too. Great idea!

  8. Liz Kreger says:

    Hi Beverly. Welcome to MM. I guess I’d never really thought about New Adult books. As you say, I went from reading sweet highschool sorta stories, straight to adult fiction. There was “in between”. I like the sound of this genre.

  9. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Beverly,

    Welcome to MM! I write YA with older protags (17 usually) and wondered up stepping up the age. I guess that puts me in a new genre! I’m also a single Mom and write full time – great at juggling aren’t we!

    Best of luck for the new books!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …So…

  10. Barbara Elness says:

    I’m so glad you’ll have more time to write Beverley, but said to see The Season blog go. It’s been a pleasure and I’ll miss it. :D I’m looking forward to reading all your new books, keep them coming.

  11. Stephanie says:

    I believe you have great talent to be about to write about differnet eras and still make the books great.

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