Today I’m celebrating the release of a new book! While officially the book doesn’t hit shelves until next Tuesday (March 7), I decided today was close enough to start partying and have a giveaway!
FOR LOVE & HONOR is the third and final book in my Young Adult series set during medieval times and centering around knights, castles, and daring damsels. For those who haven’t yet read An Uncertain Choice or A Daring Sacrifice, don’t worry. All of the books can be read as standalones.
While this YA medieval series has been a step away from my usual historical romances, I have to admit that the series has been SUPER fun to write.
First, I love writing in the medieval time period, a time overflowing with danger, wars, plagues, strange customs, harsh living conditions, and incredible differences between the have’s and the have-not’s. All of that is such excellent fodder for developing page-turning stories. And so usually as I’m writing these stories, I have no trouble putting my characters into life-threatening danger, which is always fun (*evil cackle*).
Second, I’ve had a blast writing my YA series because I love being able to speak truths into the hearts of young people. I have 4 teenagers and one tween, so I’m surrounded by teen angst every day! As a result of dealing with lots of teen issues with my children and their friends, it’s my goal to share hope and encouragement that if my characters can persevere and handle the growing-up issues with integrity and strength, then my readers can too.
Finally, I’ve enjoyed writing my YA series because I believe teens need clean romance alternatives. A lot of teens are reading romances (that’s when I started reading them). I’ve loved being able to provide stories with chivalry and honor and courage and lots of other themes that will hopefully give young ladies encouragement and inspiration as they move forward into building healthy relationships of their own.
Lest adult readers worry that FOR LOVE & HONOR might be too juvenile for them, then let me put your fear to rest. Early reviews from my adult readers are showing that they, too, are enjoying the new book. Here are just a few early reviews from adult readers:
“This is marketed as YA, but it’s wonderfully interesting for all ages, in my opinion.”
“Even though it is written with the younger set in mind, I, being of the older set, enjoyed it immensely.”
“For Love and Honor is everything that fans of Jody Hedlund have come to appreciate and enjoy; regaling her readers across the generations with the timeless reminder that God-given uniqueness is a priceless gift, bestowed out of everlasting love.”
Join in celebrating the release of FOR LOVE & HONOR by entering the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to WIN a signed copy of the book! And then make sure to stop by my Facebook Page next week starting Tuesday March 7 (Release Day!) for more chances to win the book!
Have you read any YA (young adult) books lately? If yes, what did you read and how did you like it? If no, what is a favorite book you’ve read lately and how did you like it?
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