a Significance novel
Trouble and Ember
Nothing but trouble.
Today, from the moment my feet had hit the floor, had been nothing but daggum trouble.
But I couldn’t think about any of that now. When we got a call, you couldn’t think about your life; you had to focus. And right now, it was really hard to do that, but it was what I had to do as I felt my phone buzz once again in my pocket and reached down to pull it out. I shook my head at the name on the screen, again, and tossed it in the console of the truck.
I’d forgotten to take my phone out of my shirt pocket before putting on my gear at the station. I wasn’t even supposed to have the thing with me on a call.
“What do we got?” I asked Digger, who was driving today. He was the hose man and, frankly, he was a little crazy.
“Car wreck. Not far. Three minutes out.” He nodded his chin toward my phone. “The wife’s in full force today, eh?”
“She is not my wife!” I barked, making him laugh, taking my shove to his shoulder with ease. He loved to tease me about that woman.
“Dude, you got the pick of the litter at the crazy farm with that one.”
The Chief eyed me with a scowl. “Yeah,” he said with warning in his eyes. With the chief, who was a very easygoing guy, you knew he meant business. “And if she shows up again in the middle of the night when the boys are sleeping, I’ll have to call the blue shirts. I can’t have her putting my boys or other people in danger because of an overzealous girl.”
Digger laughed. “I don’t know, boss. With all the waterworks she puts on after he throws her out, we could put out all the fires in the state of Tennessee. Maybe you should hire her.”
I heard a could snickers behind me.
I talked over them. “Sir, you do what you have to do with her. Cops, taser, pitbull.”
“Don’t sir, me, boy.” Chief reached back and patted my leg. “I know why you’re putting up with her. But your mother wouldn’t want this for you.” I couldn’t stop the flinch, even though I tried like hell.
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As an adult, some people look at me funny when I say that my favorite genre is Young Adult. They kind of smile and then ask, “Isn’t that for teens?” Many people seem to have a lot of misconceptions about what YA is and, perhaps more discouraging, what it isn’t. So, I would love to spend some time today making those differences clear while explaining why I love YA so much.
1. The Romance: Let’s face it ladies, we get catcalled enough in life. No, I am not one of those drop-dead gorgeous women who can’t leave the house without being ogled, but I do get my fair share of creeps who have some X-rated thoughts that I really wish I didn’t have to think about. So, when I curl up with a good book, I really enjoy the lack of steamy sex scenes and hotter than Hades dialogue. Now, to clarify, YA can still be super romantic. Your toes still curl, your cheeks still blush, and you definitely still pile up your fair share of book boyfriends. You are just able to experience all of those things through a love and romance that lets your imagination figure out what is happening behind the door that just closed.
2. The Characters: Since there is not any on-the-page adult content in YA books, these authors have to be thorough in their character development. There is a thin line between describing a male character with a tattoo on his abdomen and one with a tattoo so low on his stomach that the female character begins to descriptively fantasize where it ends. YA authors have to be very careful to fully develop their characters’ physical and emotional aspects without compromising their place in the YA genre. Therefore, many of these characters are more fully developed as a result of the time and care taken to create someone that entices and entertains without crossing the aforementioned line.
3. The Serious Issues: Just because a book is YA, does not mean that it only deals with trivial, high school problems of crushes, gossip, and teasing. The characters are usually in their mid-teens to early twenties; however, they do encounter serious problems, like grief, homelessness, sexual abuse, heartbreak, and more. These characters are therefore fully relatable because of the author’s ability to address real problems you and I face every day.
4. The Ending: With that being said, however, I have enough real-world problems weighing down on me that I really don’t want to add a sad ending to a great book to the list. With few exceptions, YA novels and series usually end with a happily ever after, although don’t be surprised by all of the non-traditional and unique twists on that. In other words, no, you do not read the same story idea over and over in different words. YA authors are creative enough to leave readers content without repeating the same old tale. As explained in #3, within the plot itself, there is enough angst and suspense to fill, well, a book! However, the difference is not in the ability to weave a plot with problems, but in the skill to wrap-up those problems without destroying a reader’s emotions.
So, when people strangely look at me for loving the YA genre, I explain these four reasons to them and insist that every great YA book will meet these criteria. This is not to say that other genres do not necessarily do the same, but YA books are unique in that they are able to do these four things while maintaining an engaging plot that readers of almost any age will enjoy. Thinking back on my very favorite book, I can tell you that Shelly Crane’s Collide is a perfect example of this. The intense feelings that Merrick exhibits are no less toe-curling than any bedroom scene. Yet, Merrick doesn’t cross any lines into adult content while accomplishing the sweet romance that fills the book. The problems throughout the book, and the rest of the series, are very real. While most readers probably cannot relate to an alien-esque invasion and subsequent war, they certainly can sympathize with the characters’ feelings of love lost, friendships in time of need, hopelessness, and faith in something greater than themselves. Collide wraps up this example perfectly with its ending. The ending to the book may not be the happily ever after we expect, but the end of the entire series certainly has that familiar charm to it.
Since Collide, Shelly has continued to produce amazing YA books that readers fall in love with. All of her books have taken the above reasons for why YA is such an amazing genre and produced something magical. Without a doubt, her upcoming novel will do the same. While we are all dying to get our hands on it, we can’t read it just yet. Until then, however, here is a teaser to help you start falling in love with it early.
About the Author: Tamara Beard is the owner of Wrapped Up Writing, a business that provides editing, proofreading, and content writing services. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a writing concentration and communications minor, from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She currently lives in Nashville, and enjoys reading, traveling, and volunteering in her spare time. Connect with her on her website at wrappedupwriting.weebly.com or on Facebook (@wrappedupwriting).