Get into Bed with Leesa Bow (Author Interview)

41.CharmingtheOutback_coverKeira: In the past couple of months, I’ve heard a lot about “new adult” romances. How do they differ from young adult romances or contemporary romances? Is there blending of genres?

Leesa Bow: New Adult is where the characters are usually 18-25 years of age. We know this can be a sensitive time with many changes happening in the individual’s life, and so the struggle of becoming an adult is generally central to the New Adult story.

I consider Young Adult characters to be 17 years and under so that is a major difference. In New Adult the characters are often experiencing monumental firsts: first time leaving home, first time at college, first job, and first real love. Falling in love at this age is intense and emotional, so the romance is considered spicier than Young Adult.

You could say New Adult bridges the gap between Young Adult and contemporary romance.

Keira : Tell us about your new release Charming the Outback? How is this different to other Australian rural romances?

Leesa: Charming the Outback is the second book in my Player series and is Maddy’s story. We are first introduced to Maddy in my first book, Winning the Player, as Aubree’s BF and Hunter’s cousin. Maddy is feisty and refuses to settle down, until she meets Luke. We learn Luke returns to his family’s station to work on the sheep property. Six months later Maddy accepts a teaching position at a nearby country town hoping for a second chance at love.

Charming the Outback combines rural romance with New Adult. It has the flavor of rural romance along with the outback scenery while adding the emotional turmoil of younger characters stumbling to find true love.

Keira: Your novel Winning the Player focuses on football. Do you love football yourself? What drew you to write romances around sports?

Leesa: The football I describe in Winning the Player is Australian Rules Football, which differs to soccer, rugby and American football. I love all forms of football but was drawn to Aussie Rules as my husband played for many years.

Keira: Are there any particular challenges or pluses to writing new adult or sport romances?

Leesa: I find getting game facts, terminology or catch phrases correct to be challenging. Thankfully I have a number of sporting male friends I can quiz.

Writing New Adult can be emotionally draining since the characters themselves are at an emotional age experiencing extreme highs and lows. It’s a great ride and a journey I love.

Keira: What are you working on next?

Leesa: Currently I am working on another sport series (cricket). Jardine is book 1 and will be released December 15 in a box set with seven other New Adult authors. During November I intend to write Caught Out, book 2 in the series.

Over Christmas I will complete Embracing the Player, book 3 in my Player series.

Early 2015 I hope to publish my NA fantasy series, Ulara. This book is close to my heart as I first wrote the story from an oncology ward while my daughter was receiving chemotherapy.

My daughter is now in remission and doing well.

ABOUT LEESA

Website: www.leesabow.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Leesabowromance

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeesaBow

Book CoverWINNING THE PLAYER

When injury destroyed her dream of playing college basketball, Aubree Taylor fled overseas. Now she’s finally home again and ready to move on with her life. Until she runs into Hunter Stone on her first night out, the only guy who’s ever meant anything to her – and the last person she wants to see.

Since she ran out on him two years ago, Hunter hasn’t been able to get Aubree off his mind. The sexy football star has had girls all over him for years, but Aubree is the only one to have ever seen behind the cocky persona he puts on for the crowd.

Despite her attempts to keep her distance, Aubree is unable to resist the strong attraction between them and it isn’t long before they fall into a passionate relationship. She has never been afraid of a challenge, but Hunter’s arrogance and inablity to trust are testing her to her limits. Aubree must decide whether to follow her heart and lower her guard…or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

Buy: Winning the Player

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CHARMING THE OUTBACK

When jaded city girl Maddy McIntyre packs up and leaves Adelaide for a new job in the country, it’s not only a chance at a fresh start. Six months ago, the first guy she’d ever loved shattered her heart before moving home to Broken Hill. Deep down inside, Maddy is hoping that living in the same town will give her an opportunity to prove to Luke that she’s one temptation he can’t resist.

But when she arrives in Broken Hill, Luke White is not the same guy she knew in the city. And it soon seems very clear that he doesn’t want her there. Although Maddy settles in quickly, excelling at work and partying with her new friends, she can’t understand why Luke is remaining so distant. Particularly when all her instincts are telling her that they’re meant to be together – and that he feels the same burning attraction.

As Maddy learns more about Luke’s family and background, she begins to understand that his mixed messages are caused by balancing what’s expected of him with what he really wants. Maddy gave Luke her heart long ago and, despite their differences, she knows she’ll only ever be happy with her hot country boy. But how can she convince him that she’s the risk he needs to take?

Buy: Charming the Outback

Historical Erotic Romances in Australia

ShesAlotLikeYouGuest Blog by Faye Hall, author of She’s Alot Like You

When I first started writing historical erotic romances, I had no real plan as to exactly where their settings would be.  I mean, I know I wanted them set in Australia – but where?

At the time I was in the midst of doing my family tree, discovering  so many new things about the little townships I now take so much for granted and look at so very differently after seeing what they have become.  Still it did start me wondering what things – lifestyles, behaviours, cultures – must have been like for my ancestors.

This in itself spawned the still ever growing intrigue I have for the townships around where I grew up.

Having grown up in a small township in Northern Queensland, Australia, I spent most of my younger years hearing what those overseas thought and seen of my country.  I mean, did they really think we all had pet kangaroos and all walked around wearing hats with corks hanging from them?  Surely not!  But I was horrified to discover that so many people really did see Australians this way.  And it was this that finally made my mind up as to where my stories should be set.

So began the unveiling of Faye Hall and the passion filled, mystery driven, suspense filled dramas that I write.  Each book Red Sage has contracted (along with the hundred or so half written still sitting on my computer) are set in a small township in North Queensland, Australia.  These townships now looked at as being so trivial, and near non-existent to the international eye, have had a breath of life put back into them, showing the great histories they once had.  These townships that are mostly now small mining or farming areas, were once great townships, full of as much history and glamour as those back in England or even early American settlements.

Bearing in mind that my works are primarily erotic romance, I have still strived my best to stay true to the histories of these little towns.  I’ve also researched widely to be able to include certain things singularly Australian to try and bring my readers something so much more truthful than the stigma Australia is often given.

I enjoy what I write, and I have found the research I’ve had to do for historical accuracy so intriguing.  I have learnt so much about my country by writing my books, and I hope that my readers have been able to learn and enjoy this with me.

My new release, She’s Alot Like You, will be available from Red Sage Publishing April 2014.  My debut book, My Gift To You, is currently available from both Red Sage and Amazon.

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Book Blurb:

Willow Jameson knew nothing of her family’s past or their connection to the Morgan family when she first met Re Morgan.  All she seen was his ruggedly handsome appearance, his gentle words luring her into his strong embrace.  What she found was a passion beyond compare.

She couldn’t have foreseen the lies and family betrayal that would inevitably rob her of the man she loved and forever change her life.

TEN YEARS LATER

Willow returned to the town life she loved so much, no longer ignorant to those who had separated her from the man she’d loved.  She was back now to make those responsible pay for all they’d taken from her.  In her search what she found was the hardened man Re Morgan had become…

…a man whose mere glance reignited a passion she had thought long since forgotten.

Re Morgan had left a horde of jilted lovers in his trail.  When he seen Willow again across the crowded dancehall, he wanted nothing more than to add her to this list.  Re wanted little more than a short, heated affair.

What he became involved in was far more scandalous than he could have ever imagined.

Buy: She’s Alot Like You

Excerpt:

Willow stood with her back to Re, never able to see his approach.  She didn’t even see the look of horror on his face…nor did he see the gleam of tears on her cheeks.  All he saw was her being held in Chris’s arms, her body only a breath away from his.  It was a closeness he knew was far from accepted in polite society.

It was a closeness he shared with her…had thought to only share with her.

Looking to his friend, Re silently pleaded with him.  He needed to hear him say it was all just a misunderstanding.  He needed him to put at ease the quickly growing doubt in his heart.

But he didn’t hear any of this.  All he saw was the obvious lust gleaming in the young man’s eyes.

Chris cocked his brow, as if it was obvious their reason for being together.  When Re looked at him, begging to know the truth, Chris’s smile turned into an obvious sneer.

Slowly, he shrugged his shoulders.

“How could I refuse?” he muttered, his words almost a whisper.

Hearing this short statement through her distress, Willow knew someone had found them.  Raising her tear-covered face from Chris’s shoulder she tried to free herself from his unrelenting grasp.  Realising her struggles were useless, she turned in his arms to see who had approached them.  Only too late did she realise just how suggestive her position would look.

Her eyes’ meeting the hurt and pain in Re’s eyes, Willow knew instantly what he was concluding of what he was seeing.

“Re,” she whispered, almost desperate.

His dark stare turned hateful.

“Damn you both to hell!” he spat at them, immediately turning back to make a quick return to the estate house.

“Re,’ she again called after him, struggling against Chris’s tight hold.

When Chris didn’t let her go despite her struggles, she turned slightly and pushed him away with all her might.

“You son of a bitch,’ she spat at him, suddenly realising this man’s intentions.

“I may be, madam,” he replied casually.  “Yet even you can’t deny what you wanted when you lured me out here.”

Her dark eyes narrowed with hate.

“I hope you rot in hell, you bastard!”

Turning quickly, Willow ran after Re’s retreating figure.  She knew what he must be thinking, but he had to know she played no willing part in it.  He had to know the truth.

“Willow,” Chris called after her, slight anger in his tone.  “Damn it, you know you want this as much as I do.”

But she never turned back to him.  She only kept chasing the retreating figure of the man she loved.

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Red Sage Publishing, Inc. © 2013 All Rights Reserved

Buy: She’s Alot Like You

Author Bio:

Faye Hall’s passion driven, mystery filled books are set in small townships of North Queensland, Australia during the late 1800’s.

Each of her novels bring something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world.

Each of her books tell of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder.

These romances swerve from the traditional romances as Faye aims to give her readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland.

Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on people she has met in her life.

Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.

Buy: She’s Alot Like You

How I Got Here

Guest Blog by Tea Cooper, author of The Protea Boys

Thanks for the invitation Love Romance Passion. I’m Téa Cooper. I write Australian contemporary and historical romance. I arrived in Australia from the UK, via India and a few places in between, with 40 cents in my pocket and no possessions (my backpack had gone missing somewhere between Singapore and Sydney) and I never went home!

From the moment I set foot in the country I knew it was where I wanted to be. The sky is higher, the sun brighter and the country is alive with promise, needless to say my love of the country is reflected in my books.

Tree Change, my first book, begins on the beach, my favourite beach, just north of Sydney. Cassia is a sculptor, determined to make her mark in the Sydney art world. She has to make a choice between her career and the man she loves, an environmentalist, Jake who is determined to preserve the pristine beach setting where they live.  Imagine her surprise when she returns and discovers Jake has transformed their little shack over looking the Pacific Ocean into a million dollar mansion. Not only that he’s taken up with his brother’s wife and they have a child.

Here’s a snippet …

“Are you ready for this? Come on,” he said as he spun on his heel and walked away from her.

The beach track gave way to sandstone steps. Her breath quickened as she walked up, regretting her daily cappuccinos and taxi rides. The steps leveled out, and she stood on a paved veranda.

“Well, what do you think?”

She gaped at the unexpected transformation and sucked in a breath, her eyes stretched wide as she attempted to take it all in. “It’s gone. Where’s our house? I mean, your house, the Shack.”

“What do you think?” he asked again in a low, husky voice, raising one eyebrow and smiling lazily, his white, even teeth highlighted against his suntanned face. He rested his arm against the timber doorjamb, giving her a meaningful glance that made her bare toes curl.

She clamped her lips together, still short of breath. She didn’t know if it was exertion or anticipation, but she was certain she knew what he was thinking, what he’d been remembering. She pushed the thoughts away. They belonged to another time, long gone. Stunned, Cassia stumbled past Jake through glass doors that seemed to slide apart of their own accord.

“Where are we? What have you done? Where’s the Shack?”

“This is the Shack. You’re standing in it. I decided it was time to reap the local real estate benefits. The auction is next week. The agents have several people interested. Mostly investors looking for a weekender to add to their portfolio.”

She gasped. “A weekender? It’s more like a resort in Fiji. You’ve sold out, Jake. I thought this was our”—she shook her head, correcting herself—”your unspoiled place in paradise.”

“Times change,” he said, cutting her short as he followed her through the huge sliding doors. “It’s time to move on.”

The Protea Boys is more of an outback romance and draws very heavily on my own experience. I once owned a wildflower farm—sadly the wonderful team of “boys” who make up The Protea Boys are but a dream. They are the product of some serious wishful thinking. My girlfriend owned a plant nursery at the time and one evening we were lamenting the difficulties in finding anyone to employ …. and that’s where the story begins.

There’s a little bit of personal experience in all my stories and whenever I read a book I always wonder which bit of the story is ‘real’. What about you?

The_Protea_Boys Tea_CooperBlurb: Protea Boys

Georgie can run but she can’t hide from the man who stalks her dreams and throws her ordered life into a tailspin.

Emotional entanglement is not on Georgie Martin’s to do list. She has turned her back on her sophisticated Sydney lifestyle, determined to renovate her parents old flower farm and her shattered ego. However, the challenges prove more than she bargained for until a madcap scheme comes to fruition and the Protea Boys are born. The team of efficient, well-tapered six-packs solve her farming problems, but their leader presents a different kind of challenge—their first spark of attraction ignites a passion she cannot ignore.

Tom Morgan likes his women “pretty and entertaining,” not “efficient and driven,” but the threat of being co-opted as a wine waiter or worse, chef in his brother’s restaurant encourages him to take up what he sees as the highly amusing challenge of managing the Protea Boys. It is the perfect distraction while he waits for a new assignment—or so he thinks until he realizes he has found the one woman he cannot run away from.

Buy: The Protea Boys (An Australian Falling for the Boss Romance)

Tree_Change Tea CooperBlurb: Tree Change

Despite her success in the Sydney art world, Cassia yearns for the idyllic life she once lead with Jake in their shack over looking the Pacific Ocean. Seeking closure she falls, like an addict, straight back into his arms, and out again equally quickly. Not only has he taken up with his brother’s wife, but it seems they have a child.

Truth is, Jake’s living a lie, sworn to secrecy, and hamstrung by the debt he owes his estranged family. But one glimpse of Cassia and he knows he cannot live without her. Her fey, artistic character and magical body possess his imagination and his heart. Can he convince her to trust him long enough to save the crumbling remains of their relationship?

Buy: Tree Change (An Australian Second Chance Romance)

Bio: Téa writes contemporary and historical romantic fiction featuring strong-minded women and sexy Australian men. Love and life Down Under isn’t always easy. Her heroes and heroines have to fight long and hard for what they believe in before they reach their happy ever after.

The Protea Boys is Téa’s second Australian contemporary romance, and her third Passionfruit & Poetry will be published in mid-2013. She is currently working on a series of nineteenth-century historical romances set in Sydney and the Hunter Valley. The first two, Lily’s Leap and Matilda’s Freedom, will be released in 2013.

To keep up with all of Téa’s news visit her website www.teacooperauthor.com where you will find links to her blog and social media pages.

Review: Romance Abroad by Annie Seaton

romance abroadReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Please make sure to read the letter from the author. She reminds us that sometimes we forget that authors started out as readers just like us. She also reminds us how diverse other countries are – which is something I tend to forget. I also love to find out that I have a connection with the person writing the stories I have read. In this case, Annie loves the ocean.

Holiday Affair
ISBN: 9781622669066
Date: March 12, 2012
Pages: 133 pages

Melissa “Lissy” McIntyre is on a sailing adventure – I’d be jealous if I didn’t always get seasick. Right off the bat, Annie puts in some women’s fantasy about being hit upon by a sexy sailor – but then again it is just a fantasy. Dominic “Nick” Richards is a real ladies man. Right here is where Annie had me hooked.

Bad news is that I started to read it on my lunch hour and found I didn’t want to put it down – something I don’t think the boss would understand. Our author puts in a twist that will have you figuring out what’s going to happen to Lissy before she does. I wish I could see it in person but then that’s what’s so great about our imagination.

What a great book to start this bundle off with. The reader is kept guessing about Lissy and Nick almost to the very end. This is a great lead into the second affair. You will also find that all the Richards’ men are brothers. Got to love a series where family connects the stories.

Italian Affair
ISBN: 9781622661374
Date: June 10, 2013
Pages: 142 pages

Brianna Ballantyne has an inheritance with a strange stipulation. Tomas Richards is at the airport waiting for his flight to be called. The first impression I get about Tomas is he’s a real stuffed shirt. And Brianna seems to be a woman who’s a little flighty. And these two polar opposites are lucky enough to be sitting next to each other on a long flight.

This story shows that you don’t necessarily need to know each other a long time in order to fall in love. Sometimes you don’t realize that you’re in love until it’s too late. But our author adds in a couple of twists – you’ll just have to get the bundle, or book, in order to find out what happens when they are revealed. It’s another one that I had a hard time putting down once I got started.

Outback Affair
ISBN: 9781622663217
Date: October 14, 2013
Pages: 172 pages

Jessica Trent is looking to get a job at a magazine. And she’s not off to a good start. Alex Richards is trying to fight the rain so he can finish making his deliveries. The meeting of these two was very interesting and they both have things to hide. They also end up traveling together – I think we need a little traveling music. A movie that comes to mind while reading was “Crocodile Dundee”.

I can almost picture a younger Paul Hogan in the part of Alex – their personalities just seem so similar. Of the three books, this seems to be the funniest. So make sure to pay close attention to the car trip they take. Ending the series on a funny note is perfect. If you need something to make you smile, then make sure to read this one. A place mentioned in this story is Cockatoo Springs and Annie has me wanting to visit. This is one bundle that if I ever went to Australia, I would take this with me.

If you have never read any of Annie’s books before, why not start with this series. You can read all three of these books on the same day. Or maybe you only have a little time each day in which to read, then you could read the books one at a time. If you’ve never been to Australia, this just may give you the push you need to put a trip on your bucket list. It’s also a great series to read in the wintertime, you’ll be warm in no time.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: The Romance Abroad Bundle

Review: A Venetian Affair by Dana Mitchell

Venetian AffairReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Helen Stoddart is a singer who has caught a gentleman’s attention. Gabriel Venier has come to listen to opera at a Venetian café. He also comes to the aid of a damsel in distress. The heat is combustible between the two of them. If my book was a paperback, the pages would burn.

If you like to listen to music while reading your books, you may want to try listening to Il Divo and Il Volo. Or if you prefer opera, you could try stopping down at your local library and see what they suggest. Me, I loved watching “The Pirates of Penzance” with Linda Rondstadt and Kevin Kline. You can catch a segment below:

This is a story about misunderstandings. Dana shows how misconceptions can hurt and how people can overcome other people’s attitudes. Helen is a passionate woman but she has a mask that she always wears when she is around others. Will she ever find someone who will look beyond that mask? The only way you can answer that question is if you read this book.

Besides having just the right amount of sex, Dana puts in just enough tension that will have you turning the page. She also reminds her readers that you can’t pick your family. But best of all we get our HEA ending. It will be interesting to see what she has in store for her readers next. But while you wait, try giving Dana’s book A Venetian Affair a chance.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: A Venetian Affair

Review: Dodging Machetes by Will Lutwick

dodgingmachetesReviewed by Karin

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the era of the Vietnam War. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

It’s a toss up whether it is a memoir or a memoir-cum-novel with a lot of poetic license. Either way it was a lot of fun and quite evocative of the times.

I was given an e-book by the author and LRP. One thing I like with a paper book is the ability to skip ahead, which I can’t do easily with an e-book, so it wasn’t until the end that I learned he wrote the book in a memoir writing class he took in San Francisco.

The book details his time in the Peace Corps in Fiji. He’s changed some names and recreated events and conversations. He meets ‘Rani’, a beautiful Indian woman at work. The Indians did not assimilate into the mixed culture of Fiji at that time, and they had to meet on the sly. Their love affair began very quickly for a protected woman (who dressed in mini skirts.)

It was quite dangerous for them to date, because of honor killings.

Ultimately they marry, and he returns to the US with her. Then he needs to extend his deferment.

I was sorry to learn that he is no longer with her.

If you liked Forrest Gump, you will enjoy this book. I loved it!

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Vivian’s Return by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Vivian’s ReturnReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Vivien Galloway has returned to Geraldton. She’s a pilot and also a safety assessor. Paul Levissianos is also a pilot. However, he doesn’t appear happy to see her. He’s the owner of Batavia Coast Air Charter Company.

Paul has an incident when he is out with his helicopter. I thought this would have been the start of the suspense but nothing more came from this incident. I couldn’t tell that this thought was followed through. I think I may have missed something but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.

I would, however, consider this more of an adventure than suspense. Unless you consider this a “will they or won’t they” tale. I felt that they complimented each other because they both like to take chances. Also they have their love of flying. If I wasn’t afraid of heights, they would even convince me to try my hand at taking flying lessons – but somehow I don’t think planes come with training wheels or wrapped in foam.

This book held my attention from beginning to end. If you like Tracy’s work, you will probably like this one as well. If you haven’t read her work before, this may pique your interest in wanting to read more of her work. Plus, make sure that you read all the way to the end because you get a treat of some excerpts from not one but three other books by Tracy.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Vivian’s Return (Go Get ‘em Women)

Romancing Australia

falloutGuest Blog by Karlene Blakemore-Mowle, author of Fallout

If you ask an Australian woman if Australian men are romantic, most would probably die laughing… but perhaps that’s being a little harsh! For years, Aussie women have been drawn overseas to get their ‘romantic men fix’ through movies and books but I have to say, I think Aussie men have lifted their game a bit, there’s been an influx of hot Australian men in lead roles in Hollywood and now, I’m happy to say, also in fiction.

Now, I’m not sure Aussie men will ever be classed as romantic in the true sense of the word… not like when you think of men from other parts of the world, like ohh la la France or maybe some Italian Stallion action, but I think Aussie men have a charm all of their own and hopefully, I can help spread the word!

What is an Aussie man? Well, he’s a man of few words (unless inebriated) he’s a hard worker (unless there’s a game of cricket or football on TV) he’s rugged and manly (no metrosexual types around here!) he’s hung like a horse (ok, I may have made that last one up!)

Okay, Okay, okay I know not all Australian men are like this, yes, we have our big city, high flying, business men and entrepreneurs, who wear suits and ties to work and sail their yacht on weekends… but for the sake of a hero, in my books… they’re more of the rugged and less of the metro, persuasion.

Meet Jake Holden, hero of my novel Fallout. He’s ex Army, and at a cross roads in his life.

Fallout Blurb:

Risking their lives for others is second nature, but can they trust each other enough to risk their hearts?

Tully Chambers is no damsel in distress. An up and coming Detective, she had her sights set on promotion until the day her partner was murdered and she ended up on the run from the mob.

Jake Holden has demons of his own. Having served his country for over twenty years, he’s found himself wounded, alone, and without a plan for his future. What starts as a simple diversion—figuring out the feisty little waitress next door—turns out to be his most dangerous mission yet.

From the tropics of Far North Queensland to the rugged interior of Northern Territory in Australia, two modern-day warriors discover their greatest fear isn’t that of a madman’s revenge–but of laying their hearts on the line for love.

Buy: Fallout

So think, Chris Hemsworth, Russell Crowe (we share him with New Zealand) and Sam Worthington (is getting hot in here or is it just me?) you get the picture…these are the faces of Australian men in all their glory—so if you haven’t already, give an Aussie romance a try—I promise you won’t regret it!

For other titles by Karlene Blakemore-Mowle find her here: Karlene Blakemore-Mowle Amazon Author Webpage