Love and Candy is a Daring "New Adult" Novel that Doesn't Sugar Coat First Love

"I wanted to challenge myself to write a story about a young woman who takes a huge risk emotionally and physically by having sex on her first date with a guy she's infatuated with," says Elizabeth Famous, author of LOVE and CANDY, "and somehow she manages to handle what she's gotten herself into, maturing as a person in the process."

Unlike Young Adult novels, where the salacious parts of coming-of-age are glossed over, "New Adult" novels don't shy away from addressing issues such as STDs, bullying, binge drinking, loss of innocence, family drama and sexual harassment. LOVE and CANDY is for readers in their late teens and up, as well as adults who enjoy novels like Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey.

The e-book and self-publishing revolutions have given life to the "New Adult" category as new authors offer new choices for readers without having to pass through the gatekeepers of traditional publishing.

"Perfection is boring and we see it too often in romance novels," says Elizabeth Famous. "At the beginning of the story my heroine thinks life is simple. But the scandalous truth about her conception comes crashing down on her just as she falls for a tormented guy who sleeps around. My hero doesn't say all the right things and he'll never be prince charming, but he's part of our contemporary hook-up culture: irreverent, arrogant, brash, and bold. Can romance flourish in such an environment?"

LOVE and CANDY is available on as a Kindle e-book as well as other e-book booksellers such as Barnes and Noble for $1.99. A print edition is also available.

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