//FIFTY FIRST TIMES: A New Adult Anthology

From Today’s Deals Listing on Publisher’s Marketplace!

Julie Cross’s FIFTY FIRST TIMES: A NEW ADULT ANTHOLOGY, in which 19 favorite and bestselling authors, including J. Lynn, Carrie Ryan, and Sophie Jordan write fictional stories about their characters’ first time, to Tessa Woodward at Avon Impulse, for publication in December 2013, by Nicole Resciniti at The Seymour Agency.

Click HERE to see a full list of authors and to add the anthology to your list on goodreads!

The idea for this anthology came to me during a workshop at the Romantic Times convention a few months ago in Kansas City. I was sitting in the room listening to a panel of YA authors talk about marketing and author Melissa Marr mention creating an anthology and using the profits to cover the cost of a book tour for the authors participating. Anthology concepts began spinning around in my head until finally, I thought, Fifty First Times…
Another 15 minutes passed and the workshop was over. I went down to the hotel lobby and the first person I saw was the lovely Jennifer Armentrout. I walked up to her and said, “Fifty first times, a New Adult anthology. Do you want in?”
And she was like, “Yeah, okay.”
Sitting beside her, though I didn’t know at the time, was Sophia Bleu author of Catching Liam (a super fab new NA title, btw) and she listened as I rambled on about my vision for this project, which I’ve included below and we were instant friends, all of us quickly absorbed in the potential for a project like this and mostly, the fun of writing the stories. Of course, all the authors have creative freedom to write the story and characters that they want so not all of the concepts in my vision will be a part of this anthology in that exact form, but it was the seed that helped everyone come up with a concept they wanted to bring to life. 
Fifty First Times is a collection of fictional short stories from variety of published Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Romance authors aimed at a New Adult audience. Each story magnifies a moment in two characters’ lives that shows the reader their decision to take physical intimacy to a new level, the events leading up to this moment and in some cases, the events that follow.

Despite the implications from the description, Fifty First Times is not a book about sex. It’s about trust. It’s about the difference between love and lust. It’s about responsibility and growing up. It’s about each character’s individual definition of virginity which varies considerably from story to story. It’s about the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren’t ashamed, the eighteen year olds in WWII era who’s wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level, the boy grieving the death of a close relative who meets an unexpected stranger on a road trip, the girl who’s drunken one night stand helps her come to terms with her feelings for a guy she’s been too afraid to open up to, the couple trapped in a fallout shelter anxiously awaiting the end of the world in a dystopian future, the pair facing racial and culture barriers proving that love can exist underneath the external layers of humanity, and of course the two young people fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong yet making a memory that will never fade.

Okay, so…are you planning on checking out this anthology in December?


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  1. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth September 20, 2013 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Congrats on this!! I love the sound of some of those examples you talked about. Can't wait to check it out. =)

  2. Julie Cross September 20, 2013 at 3:07 am - Reply

    thanks!! And the stories I've read thus far (haven't seen them all yet) are AMAZING! And really so much fun. I'm not usually a short story reader, but I really enjoyed these.

  3. Grayson Daniels September 20, 2013 at 4:25 am - Reply

    It sounds very interesting I'll think about reading it 🙂

  4. Amy September 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    That sounds like a very cool anthology. I am intrigued. If you end up doing a blog tour or some other sort of promo on it and need bloggers, count me in! 🙂

  5. Ginachick September 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh Julie, this sounds awesome! I love your mind! 😉

  6. Julie Cross September 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    totally, I'm sure we'll need all the bloggers we can round up! thank you 🙂

  7. Tonya Kuper September 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    LOVE this idea!!! CAN'T. WAIT.

  8. Brooke DelVecchio September 21, 2013 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Wow! Congrats! Awesome!

  9. jesu geisse September 21, 2013 at 2:01 am - Reply

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