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

Review: Only the Brave Try Ballet by Stefanie London

braveballetHero: Grant Farley injured his hamstring on the field and must regain his flexibility quickly in order to play. He signs up for ballet lessons because he’s desperate for a “quick fix.” What he doesn’t expect is to find himself very attracted to his private tutor. Tweaking her tutu is just the kind of fun he likes.

Heroine: Jasmine Bell is a prim and proper ballerina. Or at least she was until she hurt herself. Now she can’t dance the way she loves. Pointe is completely out of the question and so is Grant Farley… he’s just like her last boyfriend. He wants a pretty thing on his arm and when she can’t be everything he wants, he’ll move onto the next model type. Grant’s determined to change her mind about him and ballet.

Review: If the hero and heroine hadn’t been injured they would never have met. It was a great premise. I liked Grant a lot as a hero. His bar fight that gets alluded to often is something he’s already taken care of, but he doesn’t want to screw up again and it gets to him. Most of his troubles feel like they are in his head. The same for the heroine. I had trouble caring about Jasmine’s fears of trying again to do proper ballet, especially once we learn that the doctor thinks its psychosomatic. So that didn’t work for me. However, Stefanie nails it on flirting and sexual chemistry. Oh la la!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Buy: Only the Brave Try Ballet

10 Reasons Football Players Should Do Ballet

ONLY THE BRAVE TRY BALLET cover medGuest blog by Stefanie London, author of Only the Brave Try Ballet

I love books that throw unlikely pairings together. In my debut novel, Only the Brave Try Ballet, I put a former wild-child football player and an ex-professional ballerina together…oh, and I made the footy player take ballet lessons just to make him extra uncomfortable. Grant and Jasmine do seem like an odd couple, but they find more commonalities between their lives and their careers than they first expect. Jasmine has the tough task of convincing Grant that the ballet lessons will help him.

So why would a football player take ballet lessons? Here are a few reasons I came up with:

Ten Reasons Football Players Should Do Ballet:

  1. Flexibility – both his and hers!
  2. Core stability – important both on the footy field and in the bedroom
  3. Sweat – ballet may not look it, but it’s an amazing work out
  4. Ballet teachers – much better than what a footballer will find in the men’s locker room
  5. Strength – ballet works the whole body, but it’s especially great for thighs and calves
  6. Injury prevention – all that stretching is great for keeping muscles and joints injury free
  7. Increased body awareness – holding ballet positions increases awareness of how the body moves and the muscles work
  8. Mental challenge – many football players started when they were kids, they know the game inside out. Ballet is a whole new world for them to conquer
  9. Romance – ballet is romantic and passionate, maybe the footy players could pick up a few tips?
  10. Love – they might just meet the love of their life…Grant Farley sure did!

Official Blurb:

Step up, Grant Farley…not your typical ballet student!

Football pro Grant Farley is nursing an injury and needs to get back into shape—fast. Ballet wouldn’t be his first or even his last choice, but he’s desperate. Enter tantalizingly prim teacher Jasmine Bell—one disapproving arch of her eyebrow and Grant knows he’ll enjoy getting her tutu in a flutter!

But it’s not only Grant’s flexibility that Jasmine’s pushing to the limit! He knows she feels the heat between them, so why won’t she give in to it? Time to convince Jasmine that if she’s brave enough to dance en pointe she can certainly handle a fling with him!

Buy: Only the Brave Try Ballet

IMG_0449_2 - smlAuthor Bio: Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Her favourite activity was going shopping with her Nan during school holidays, where she would sit on the floor of the bookstore with her little sister and painstakingly select the books to spend her allowance on. Thankfully, Nan was a patient woman.

Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.

Now she lives with her very own hero and dreams of travelling the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, French perfume, high heels and zombie movies. Recently she gave up her day job to write sexy, contemporary romance stories and she couldn’t be happier.

Links: Stefanie loves to hear from her readers, you can find her at her website or on Facebook.

Review: Going Cowboy Crazy by Katie Lane

Summary: Faith Aldridge goes to Bramble, Texas, looking to find her sister, Hope, the twin she never knew she had. Except that the backwards town only sees Hope and they’re determined to hook “Hope” up with her old high school flame, Slate Calhoun. Now Slate knows there’s something off about “Hope” and he doesn’t think it’s because Hollywood took away her personality and attitude. He actually likes sweet shy feminine Faith, who is a total contrast to loud, brash, tomboy Hope. A small town hides big secrets and Faith is about to learn one she never expected and now the real Hope is headed home and she wants Slate for herself.

Mistaken Identity: I don’t know how a whole town can just not “get it” when Slate gets it right away. Faith acts nothing like Hope and her style of dress and speech is galaxies away from Hope’s as well as her accent. It’s not Texan. Hello! Other than that they’re the epitome of small town characters who are nice, and sometimes rowdy, interfering busybodies. I wouldn’t mind moving there.

Review: You know its love when the heroine and reader think the guy has a nicer truck than he has a trailer. Slate’s not poor, but he’s not rich either. He’s a high school football coach. The heroine likes dogs, but could easily kill one by looking at it wrong; she’s that bad with them. She’s a computer programmer but desires to be a teacher. The two had good chemistry.

Recommended: For readers who love cowboys, twin mistaken identity plots, and heroines older than the usual late teens/early twenties.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: Going Cowboy Crazy (A Deep in the Heart of Texas novel)

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