Spotlight, Guest Post & Giveaway: Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle

PiecesTourBannerTitle: Pieces
Author: Michelle Davidson Argyle
Series: Breakaway
Where to buy: Amazon

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 Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he’s out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie—in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him. Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired. Add Pieces to your reading list on Goodreads | Buy Pieces now at Amazon & B&N

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GUEST POST – SEX IN YA

piecesEveryone seems to have a different opinion on what is appropriate in young adult fiction. Is swearing something we should all be okay with since teenagers hear that sort of thing every day at school? If characters in young adult fiction are having sex, are we saying as a society that it’s okay for our own teenagers to have sex so early? What about drug use and underage drinking? The things adults fear for their own teens are the very things teens want to read about and explore. So, why is that?

I’ve always laughed when I hear of a mother getting flustered and upset if she finds out her daughter read a young adult novel that has sex in it. I’m not talking about detailed erotic sex or pornographic sex descriptions—I’m talking about just the fact that two characters sleep together and they happen to be teenagers. Why do I laugh about that? I laugh because it is mind boggling to me that a parent would get upset about something that is talked about and thought about probably on a daily basis for an average teenager, and instead of sitting down to talk to her teen about sex, I’ve heard of mothers calling those kinds of books evil and then banning them from the teen’s reach. To me, I see this kind of reaction accomplishing only one thing—creating even more allure to the forbidden. We all know what happens with that …

My novel The Breakaway is young adult, but its sequel Pieces is technically new adult. There is sex in both THEBREAKAWAY_FRONT_LARGEbooks, but I haven’t heard any complaints about it (which surprises me, honestly). I’ve even heard readers call the books clean, but to some readers, I’m sure they aren’t “clean” because my main character is a teenager and has sex. My stand on sex in young adult is that I don’t see it as a problem at all. In fact, I think it’s important for teens to read about the consequences and issues of having sex so early. It’s realistic for characters in young adult fiction to deal with the same issues real teenagers are facing. I do have a problem when sex in young adult fiction crosses the line into erotica, but that’s another post altogether!

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OTHER WORK BY MICHELLE DAVIDSON ARGYLE

THEBREAKAWAY_FRONT_LARGEWhen Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she’s missing. Escape isn’t high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she’s part of a family—even if it is a family of criminals. But she’s still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she’s falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn’t sure she wants to take it. Add The Breakaway to your reading list at Goodreads | Buy The Breakaway now at Amazon | B&N

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AUTHORPHOTO_MDAABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She loves the seasons, but late summer and early fall are her favorites. She adores chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in whatever time she can grab between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life.

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Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

All Comments

  • Great topic. I was thinking about this very thing a while back after I read Hopeless (actually is that New Adult?). I was very surprised at the details given during the sex scenes because all the other YAs I’ve ever read before that didn’t even touch on the subject of sex. I thought it was refreshing and very realistic. I’m glad that many authors are realizing that it’s something they can put in YA books.

    Michaniya Cunningham 02/20/2013 4:18 pm Reply
  • I agree with you ladies. I don’t have kids but I think the one thing that could help eliminate the flow of misinformation is communication between children and parents. I think the need to educate children in matters of sex becomes more and more important in today’s society. The increased feedback they get from TV shows and the media in general should be an incentive for parents to maintain a communication channel open with their kids. Sex is normal, but only when exercise between 2 consenting adults.

    ReadingDiva 02/20/2013 12:56 pm Reply
  • I couldn’t agree with you more.  I think parents are being naive if they think their teens aren’t talking about sex or reading about sex.  I mean it’s in the television shows, even on the “Family Channel.”  I worked in Public Health for 10 years, and I can guarantee that whether parents want to accept it or not, there are more teens than not that are thinking about it, talking about it, and whole lot of them are doing it.  It’s better to be open about it with your teen so that they can talk to you and ask questions, be protected when they make the decision to have sex, and support if they decide to wait.  They are too many teens who are afraid or don’t feel comfortable talking about this with their parents and unfortunately, they often times find themselves in a mess.  I think the sex part of your books was very well done by the way.  

    Ellen Alwaysyaatheart 02/20/2013 12:39 pm Reply
  • *hugs* Thank you so much for joining the Pieces blog tour! I am so glad you loved Pieces.

    Michelle Davidson Argyle 02/20/2013 10:43 am Reply
    • Thanks for sharing the books with us – Looking forward to reading more of your work!

      ReadingDiva 02/20/2013 12:56 pm Reply
  • As the mother of two teenagers, I personally don’t mind sex in YA books if, like you mentioned, it is not explicitly detailed.  I want to be able to communicate with my children about all subject matters, but especially this one.  I think this is a great avenue to not only satisfy their curiosity, but to also open up that crucial line of communication.  Teens don’t want to talk about sex because they find it embarrassing.  Being able to talk about it, but in terms of a book, I think helps.

    Alyssa HLB 02/20/2013 9:41 am Reply

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