Yep, sweet. My Elsker Saga is about Ull, the Norse God of Winter. He's a 6'5" cashmere-wearing, smolder-giving, Asgardian assassin, who gives his girl Kristia lots of lingering looks and spine tingling kisses. But he slams the door right in my face when things get too steamy. Which means none of us get to see any explicit nookie from Ull.
He's bossy like that.
Does that mean his stories don't qualify as New Adult?
Here at the Alley, we really hope to stretch the boundaries of what's considered NA. What started out being stereotyped as "YA with sex" now branches into fantasy, paranormal, steampunk, horror, erotica, and, hopefully, sweet romance. As with any category, our readers have different tastes, and the same reader might have different tastes at different times. Our #NALitChat friends know I'm a massive fan of Chick Lit. (Have you read indie author Tracie Banister's books? No? Then go! Go now! Read them all! Send waffles to thank me.) But I also love Stacey Nash's YA conspiracy books, Kristie Cook's paranormal romances, and Ednah Walters' Norse-based stories. I write sweet paranormal romances because they're what I enjoy writing, and I'm grateful to everyone who's embraced my imaginary friends -- whether as New Adult characters, Upper YA characters, Mythology characters, or just the crazy Norse gods they are. At the end of the day, I hope Ull & the crew make people smile. And if this uber-bossy Norse god with a penchant for privacy doesn't make you grin, please don't tell him. We don't want to make Ull mad.
What do y'all think? Is there room in NA for sweet romance? Or do nookie-free books fall firmly into another category?