posted on July 22, 2016 by Melissa West

Why I adore New Adult!

by Melissa West

No_Falling_Allowed-500As an author, I write across several genres—YA sci-fi, NA contemporary, and adult contemporary—and while I love them all, there is something extra special about writing new adult that always has been yearning to both write and read more. And after contemplating why I get that magical, bubbly feeling when I write these stories, I realized it comes down to one thing—freedom.

Of all the times in our lives, perhaps one of the most impactful is those years between our teens and becoming an adult. In our teen years, we experience things, sure, but it’s almost as though we are on a long leash. We explore and taste bits of life, but for the vast majority of us, we are still tied to our parents or parental figures.

The new adult years are different.

Here, our leash is broken and we are finally able to fully take in everything around us and experience everything life has to offer—both the good and the bad. We are free, in a lot of ways. The New Adult category captures these first looks at freedom in fun, humorous and sometimes saddening ways. We see the student who can’t afford food and school costs. We see the first jobs and all the disasters that can come with them. We see love and loss and love again, as these characters find their way.

It’s a beautiful and fully entertaining thing. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough!


No Falling Allowed
by Melissa West
Release Date: July 18, 2016

My life just went South…

Twenty-four hours. That’s how long it took my life to flip upside down.

Wake up in bed alone after the best night of my life? Check.

Get fired instead of the promised promotion? Check.

Wealthy parents cut me off when I refuse to follow their path for my life? Check.

Now I’m in Cricket Creek, SC—a place where no New Yorker belongs—disowned and broke, with a new job that I can’t mess up. Oh yeah, and staring at my one-night stand, who happens to be the complete opposite of my type.




Noah Hunter never should have made it back to my apartment in NYC, and I definitely shouldn’t be in his small town. But fate had another plan. Or a horrible sense of humor.

Who knew Mr. Wrong could feel so right…







Melissa West

Melissa West

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

Connect with Melissa on Twitter @MB_West.

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