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: Scared of Beautiful (Scared Series, Book 1) by Jacqueline Abrahams

Scared of BeautifulReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Maia and Jackson seem to be two different people walking a different path. Maia wants to go to college without anyone bothering her. She has a need to escape her privileged upbringing of wealth and control to live her life the way she always wanted to. Jackson feels rejected after his high school sweetheart left. The result is he turned into a guy who has one-night stands with many girls until he admits to himself that he made a mistake and decides to go to college and study, leaving female attention and dating aside due to the problems they bring.

Then the two of them meet – at the same college.

Review: As expected, Maia and Jackson are very different people. She’s rich and privileged with all the trappings of her high social status while he’s hot and comes from a normal background. The two of them shouldn’t get on in theory, but we are talking about a romance novel here and by these standards, they are bound to hook up.

Maia is an in your face type who puts up a defensive wall around everyone she comes across at college, pretending that her life is alright when she knows something is missing, a man she can love and trust. Jackson has come to study and do well at college, but when he meets her, he goes back to his cocky and arrogant self. The more he gets to know her, however, the more she sees him for what he is, and in a way they actually do get on.

The idea that their coming together isn’t love at first sight is interesting as it isn’t other than mere sexual attraction; there is no reason why they should have got together in the first place. Maia struck me as a troubled woman from the start. She tends to hide it behind a bitchy, snobbish attitude, but Jackson notices this and in his own way tries to take her down to her most basic level to find she is also an emotional wreck.

Good Bits:

  • Hits the reader emotionally
  • Well developed characters
  • They are an opposites attract love match that surprisingly works

Summary: Although the characters can be seen as tough to get used to as their personalities aren’t that likeable, once Jackson takes apart Maia’s wall of nastiness and pretence, I started to like them more. The bitchiness is seen as more of a misunderstanding than anything else. As a debut novel in the Scared series, I enjoyed it as it played out different to the usual romance novels I normally read and look forward to reading more by this author.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Scared of Beautiful (Scared Series Book 1)

The Cinderella Trope

me cinderellaGuest blog by Aubrey Rose, author of Me, Cinderella?

Hi everyone, my name is Aubrey Rose and I just finished my first new adult novel, Me, Cinderella?. The story is about a young woman who longs to visit her mother’s grave in Hungary and ends up finding love along the way. Both of the main characters in the book are troubled by the violent deaths in their past, and at its heart the story is a fairytale about two broken people trying to find a way to let themselves become vulnerable again.

The Cinderella trope is very common in romance, and the first part of my book starts out the same way – girl meets boy, boy doesn’t know her name, girl runs away, leaving only a single clue to her identity… but from there, things take a different turn.

“Fate told me I wasn’t a Disney princess, and I agreed. When the other girls at school wanted to play in imaginary royal palaces built out of cardboard and imagination, I went along. But I was never the princess. I was the funny sidekick lobster that helped the princess get the prince. What I never saw in myself—what nobody ever saw in me—was the slim grace of the hand that rests the tiara on her brow.

Instead, I looked to the older legends, to the stories my mother told me about the goddesses: their vengeances, their fury.

Me, Cinderella? A dainty, feminine orchid, destined to be plucked? No. I was Artemis, strong and intelligent and cunning.”

This book is very personal to me – my father died when I was eight years old, and I’ve never been able to visit his grave. When I was younger, my mother would take me and my sister to the beach on his birthday, and we would attach notes to a balloon to send off into the sky. Later, whenever I visited a chapel, I would light a candle for him in remembrance. I have pictures of him, and my mom tells me stories about how much he loved us. But I’ve never been able to visit his grave.

Fairytales are meant to comfort us. I still miss my dad more than anything, and I still long to see the place where he is buried. But writing this book has given me some measure of comfort, and I hope that sharing my story with my readers will help anyone who has lost someone and has a hard time sharing their grief. Love is the most powerful force in the universe, and it’s what keeps us going through all kinds of tragedy. And love is what lets us know that—eventually—we will live happily ever after.

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How has love helped you cope with the twists of life? I’ll be giving away a copy of Me, Cinderella? to one of the commenters below, so please check back in later. Thanks so much to Love Romance Passion for hosting me!

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Website: http://aubreyrosewrites.wordpress.com/

Blurb:

One kind deed can change your life forever…

Brynn Tomlin could never afford to follow her heart. But when she sees a stranger shivering in the snow outside of the college library, an inexplicable urge leads her to buy him a hot cup of coffee. It’s just a small act of kindness, a few words of conversation. Brynn should be focusing on her finals, after all, not on the man who looked up at her gratefully with piercing blue eyes.

He could have been anyone – a janitor on break, a graduate student, a bum. But the man standing outside in the cold turns out to be Dr. Eliot Herceg, one of the most brilliant minds in mathematics and heir to a fortune. After years of reclusive isolation, he now finds his heart awakening to the kind girl whose name he does not know.

Brynn has spent her life trying to forget her desires, and Eliot’s deep wounds have taken nearly a decade to heal. After so much hurt, will either of them be able to open their hearts again?

Buy: Me, Cinderella?