I Am Junco Series by J.A. Huss
Mash-ups and the New Adult Genre
People get really attached to the genre of book they prefer to read. I know I do – I’m a science fiction fan all the way. But there’s something to be said for books that cross genres. Like fantasy and romance, right? I mean that basically describes the Sookie Stackhouse novels, the Twilight series, and The Vampire Diaries, all of which are super big right now.
But I think the newest trend in mash-up fiction is the new adult genre. Most people haven’t even heard of new adult but as the name might imply, it’s a combination of young adult themes (learning to be independent) mashed into adult themes (finding your place in the bigger world).
New adult books feature main characters that are out of high school, but are typically not much older than mid-twenties. These characters often go to college and have to deal with issues that parents probably prefer their young adults not read about. As a parent of a teenager, those issues could number into the hundreds, but in a general sense, they are issues that might not have a right or wrong answer, issues which require the characters to choose a lesser of two evils, or themes that might not be suitable for children that are on the lower end of the age range included in the YA genre.
Part of this problem lies with publishers. They have refused (although some are seeing the light) to accept the fact that new adults from the ages of 17-15 actually read. Why they decided this rule many years ago, I have no idea. Maybe the thought these young people were too busy to read? Who knows?
But the fact is, these new adults do read, as is evident from the recent popularity of new adult contemporary fiction novels such as Easy, by Tammara Webber, and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. Both of these novels deal with life in college and both deal with mature issues such as rape and organized crime.
New adult is making a splash into most of the typical young adult genres these days as well. My own science fiction series, I Am Just Junco is one example. Junco Coot is a nineteen year old soldier who lives in a near-future post-America. She deals with a lot of issues that go along with growing up and finding your place in the world. Issues such as who am I? What do I believe in? Where does my worth lie? Who will ever love me?
New adult books almost universally explore these coming-of-age problems that go beyond the high school experience. If you’re looking for a new age adventure that goes beyond the young adult genre, then give the I Am Just Junco series a try. Start your journey into Junco’s world today by purchasing Clutch at Amazon for only 99 cents.
When you’re done, please leave a review at Amazon and/or Goodreads and tell me if you think Junco’s problems are universal in the new adult world. You might not think so once you find out her secrets, but if you look deeper you’ll see that she’s not that different after all.
And don’t forget to enter the giveaway contest – each autographed copy of Clutch will come with some cool swag, too!
J. A. Huss
Escape from Earth. Check.
Morph into an avian body. Check.
Survive Fledge and Deliverance, soul intact. Check.
Bring her Siblings back to Amelia and restore the avian race? Not so fast, darlin’.
There’s a new twist on an old prophecy and this one brings the End of Days. Junco must make a choice, but the choices all confirm her only worth is tied up in killing.
Lucan has secrets. Secrets that will make the Stag Camp look like playschool. And the lies are flowing like a mountain river during spring thaw. But he needs Junco to cooperate just a little bit longer or it all falls apart.
The Siblings on Earth are waiting for the Seventh to return and pull their clutch together. But Earth has secrets too — secrets that change everything.
Junco has survived against impossible odds, but the cost of survival is higher than she ever imagined. Luck is about to catch up with Junco Coot and her debt must be paid.
Junco Coot can’t even remember her trip off Earth; she was too busy being morphed into her new avian body. But reality hits her hard when she wakes up to find her new life is not what she expected. Not even close. Tier is on trial for disobeying his commander’s kill order and only Junco seems to care.
In most places the avian coming-of-age Fledge ritual would be nothing more than mass murder, but here in the capital city of Amelia, it’s called growing up. Junco has no choice; either fight to the death to prove her worth or get sent back to Earth in the hands of her enemies.
Her new military team is hostile, her body is being taken over by an illicit artificial intelligence, the avian president wants her dead, and her only friend is a ten-year old throwaway boy.
On a foreign habitat, in a foreign culture, and surrounded by people she can’t trust or count on, Junco must find a way to save herself and Tier without losing her immortal soul in the process.
Book One I Am Just Junco
By J.A. Huss
In 2152 the avian race is on Earth looking for something stolen from them decades ago – their genetics. At the center of the search lies the Rural Republic; a small backwards farming country with high hopes of military domination and a penchant for illegal bioengineering.
19 year old Junco Coot is the daughter of the Rural Republic’s ranking commander. She’s the most foul-mouthed, wildly unpredictable and ruthless sniper the Rural Republic has ever trained. But when her father’s death sparks a trip into forbidden places, she triggers events that will change everything she knows to be true.
As an elite avian military officer, Tier’s mission is to destroy the bioengineering projects, kill Commander Coot’s daughter, and return home immediately. There’s just one problem. Junco isn’t who she claims to be.
With no one to trust, not even herself, Junco must confront the secrets of her past and accept her place in the future, or risk losing herself completely.
About the Author:
J. A. Huss never took a creative writing class in her life. Some would say it shows. Others might cut her some slack. She did however, get educated and graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Equine Science. She had grand dreams of getting a Ph.D. but while she loves science, she hated academia and settled for a M.S. in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida.
She went on to write science curriculum for homeschoolers and now runs a successful home business that creates and offers online science unit studies. When she’s not writing science curriculum or fiction, she works as a farm inspector, traveling the Eastern Plains of Colorado in variety of environmentally friendly vehicles that never have four-wheel drive, so when she gets stuck in the mud in said vehicles, she has to beg for assistance from anyone who will help her. She is not bitter about that at all.
She’s always packing heat and she is owned by two donkeys, five dogs, more chickens and ducks than she can count, and of course, the real filthy animals, her kids. The I Am Just Junco series was born after falling in love with the ugliest part of Colorado and the Rural Republic is based on the area of the state she currently resides in, minus the mutants, of course.