Spotlight & Giveaway: The Redemption of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

Posted August 8th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 31 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen to HJ!

Hi Jessica, Welcome to HJ!

For all of our readers who may not be familiar with your work, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your books?

Jessica SorensenI’m Jessica Sorensen, author of both new adult contemporary series and paranormal, including The Coincidence Series and The Secret Series.

In your opinion, what ingredients are needed to make up a good love story?

I like it when the characters have issues their struggling with and they work through them together. And as they work through them, they grow stronger as a couple.

Tell us a little about your process. Do you start with an idea? A character? What is the easiest part of writing for you? What’s the hardest?

I usually start with an idea and go from there. The characters are usually part of the idea and creating them is the easiest and the funniest part for me. The hardest would be ending the story.

One book you read in the last 6 months that has left a lasting impression and why?

I think I read it was more like a year ago, but The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay really stuck with me.

Let’s talk about your newest release: The Redemption of Callie & Kayden

If you had to summarize The Redemption of Callie & Kayden for the readers here ….

TROCKThe Redemption is about Callie and Kayden falling in love, healing, and telling their secrets out loud so they can move on in their lives together.

Please tell us about the characters in your book

Callie and Kayden are two people who seem like complete opposites, but have a lot of similarities. Callie is quiet and kind of the school nerd, while Kayden’s the popular football player, but they’re both hiding secrets about their past and themselves.

What scene did you have most fun writing? why?

In the Redemption… probably the bathtub scene. Honestly Callie and Kayden’s entire night in the beach house was probably my favorite part to write.

Who would who cast in the role of hero and Heroine if your book was optioned for a movie?

Ah! I seriously can’t pick one. I have this picture of how they look in my head and I’ve yet to match them up to anyone.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013?

I have lots more New Adult books coming out in 2013. The next few of books on my release list are Breaking Nova and The Temptation of Lila and Ethan, then The Ever After of Ella and Micha.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

The best way to get in touch with me is on my facebook pages:

Giveaway: 2 e-galley of  The Redemption of Callie & Kayden

To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and post a comment to this Q: I (Sara) am curious what are your thoughts on the hot new “New Adult” genre….what’s the best NA book you have read this year and why it tops your list. 

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About the book:

The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is finally out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way to clear his name is for Callie to speak up-something he’ll never ask her to do. Instead, he’ll do whatever he must to protect her . . . even if it means letting go of the only girl he’s ever loved.

Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But that means facing her greatest fear and admitting her own painful secrets aloud. The thought of breaking her silence terrifies her-but not as much as the thought of losing Kayden forever.

Deep in her heart, Callie knows the time has come for her and Kayden to forget the pain of the past. With the help of her friends Seth and Luke she makes a plan to show Kayden the life they could have. But can she convince him they can make a fresh start together-or is she already too late?

31 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Redemption of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen”

  1. Karina

    I didn’t know the genre had changed to New adult, I’ve just always assumed it to be contemporary romance. I like it, I just have to get use to it. I would say ky favorite book this year is Real by Katy Evans. The raw animalistic creature that is Remy just draws you in, you can’t help but want him. Seriously, my imagination probably doesn’t do him justice!

  2. Jenn McElroy

    I think “Tangled” was the best NA book I’ve read this year. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    • Jenn McElroy

      It’d be good if I read the whole question … I liked “Tangled” because Drew’s POV was original and witty :-).

  3. orchid7

    My favorite NA book that I’ve read this year would have to be Losing It by Cora Carmack. The antics of the heroine just cracked me up, and I enjoyed watching the couple work out all their issues. This genre is great, but I’m kind of choosy about which ones I read, because some have far too much angst, or are a repeat of a storyline I’ve already read.

  4. Deb Liu

    I really liked Beneath the Burn. I did not know the genre changed either. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Kim P

    I’ve read a number of great NA books this year. Losing It by Cora Cormack because it’s so funny and the heroine is delightfully awkward. Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones because I love how I’m always wondering what will happen next and when the other shoe will drop. The Shattered Hearts series (Relentless, Pieces of You, and Bring Me Home) by Cassia Leo because it’s a well-written series about growing up, forgiving yourself and others, and taking responsibility for mistakes.

  6. Timitra

    I’ve read three new adult books so far Wait For You by J. Lynn, One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend both by Monica Murphy I must say I enjoyed them all…don’t have a fav.

  7. Carrie

    This terrific story of Callie and Kayden is true love.
    Both with super dark pasts trying to be there for one another.
    We have followed there difficult journey and can’t wait to see how it finally ends in their final book.
    Goodreads review left by Carrie

  8. erika Hernandez

    I really find a pleasure in in reading new adult books YA books sometimes you just need that little change. This series I loved

  9. Kai W.

    It would be Facade by Nyrae Dawn and The Elite by Rachel Van Dyken. I haven’t decided which one of these two books I like best. I’m still debating.

  10. Tess Halim

    I love the new NA genre particularly because I can relate to the coming of age themes/storylines and it’s raunchier than YA. One of the best NA books I’ve read this year is Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones. It’s suspenseful and sizzling hot! Plus the male lead, Liam Stone, is totally smexy! 😉 Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Leslie Miner

    I’m loving NA and reading more of it. My absolute favorite this year, so far, is The Edge of Never. I had a major book hangover from it. The love story itself was beautiful. You could feel the pull between these two. It was fun. I loved the POVs switching back and forth. I would love to read more books like this. I ugly cried too. 🙂 That doesn’t happen often. That is some powerful writing. Thank you for the giveaway. Your series is on my TBR.

  12. Missy Morrison Goodsell

    I haven’t had just one favorite because I’ve reading so many YA books this year, I’m really enjoying this sexier genre though !!

  13. Amy Rickman

    I like the NA books and have read numerous ones that I like. Real, OWG, SCB, Bully, Falling Into You, True Love Story, Off Series (Sawyer Bennett), Stay With Me, Rush Me

  14. Denise Loves-Books

    I am loving the NA genre, I find myself drawn to books that are New Adult but I don’t realize it until I’ reading. I have loved most of the ones I’ve read this summer, and I can’t decide on a favorite.

  15. Donna Durnell

    I’ve only really had time to read in the last couple of months – before that I was working full time and so my reading was slow and not often. I’ve read several reviews of novels that are the ‘New Adult’, but I’m not sure I’ve actually read one at this point. I get the idea that NA is NOT replacing Contemporary Romance, but is just between the YA that is sweet but no sex and the Contemp which is sexy but not erotic. Have I got that right? The NA is still young adult characters, perhaps college and early business, with a ‘little’ sex.
    Hey! before this summer I didn’t even KNOW there were so many different genres! But I do think I like the NA just fine.

  16. Zandalee

    I can’t pinpoint just one thing but overall, I love the in-between teenager and adult aspect. I’m 21 so the NA genre is very relatable for me. I’ve read so many great NA books this year! Ones that stand out would have to be Connected by Kim Karr, Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines, Wait For You by J. Lynn and The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden.

  17. Erika

    I’m loving the NA books lately! Some are too similar but some are amazing. I love anything by Jessica Sorensen, J. Lynn, Colleen Hoover and Molly McAdams and so many other great ones too! Thanks! Dying to read this one!

  18. becky moe (@beckymmoe)

    I’m loving Katie McGarry’s books so far. The characters are heartbreakingly real, and her writing is fantastic. A character that I really wasn’t crazy about in book one was the heroine of three, and I found myself loving her in it by the end (and no, she didn’t undergo a magical personality transplant in the meantime ;))

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