Author Paul Dorset Offers a Novel Approach for Young Adults

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Nov 23, 2011) - Paul Dorset's new novel, "New Blood: Melrose Part 1" (, capitalizes on the current bloodlust for vampire books, movies and TV dramas to encourage older teenagers and young adults to keep reading.

As young readers outgrow the high school drama and simple romance of adolescent fantasy fiction, they need something with the same allure -- and a little more substance, says Dorset, a father of five girls and boys ages 13 to 27 years old. His previous works of fiction include fantasy novels for the 12-and-older set.

It's that middle ground of readers who need special attention, he says. In their world, the written word is all texts and Tweets, which can contribute to a short attention span and inability to absorb more complex written material.

As a pioneer in the computing world (he was writing classified code for the British government in the late 1970s and early '80s), Dorset has an unusual insight into what clicks, literally, for young readers -- and their parents.

"New Blood" draws on his 30-plus years in Information Technology. He tosses in a little paranormal activity (a graduation from vampires) and "Da Vinci Code"-style intrigue for something older teens, young adults and their parents can sink their teeth into.

"I wouldn't recommend it for my 13-year-old, but it's perfect for my 16-year-old," Dorset says. "Even my 22-year-old loves it, and the guys like it as much as the girls."

"New Blood" also hits on the contemporary themes affecting all of us: layoffs and corporate reorganization; technology and the looming shadow of "big brother"; ambition and its costs.

"You've got lots of layers for any adult, or young adult, to peel back," Dorset says. "The more things that happen, the more you uncover."

About Paul Dorset

Paul Dorset is a 51-year-old father of five who has worked as a computer consultant for more than 30 years. His previous publications include fantasy novels for ages 12-plus and how-to books for adults. He incorporates his extensive experience in computers -- and his insightful perspective on the possibilities therein -- in novels that include layers of contemporary intrigue, romance and mystery.

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