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.






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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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

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.

Girls Dig Sports

Guest Post by Jodie Becker, author of Dirty Beautiful; and Sidney Bristol, author of Flirting With Rescue

JODIE: Yes, we dig sports. We like to sit down and watch a good game and cheer our team on. I, am a HUGE rugby league fan. I watch it every week come footy season and follow my team in the hopes they make it to the final.

My team? The North Queensland Cowboys. They have long been thought of as the underdogs and they fight every year and even made it in the top 8 to finals the year before last. Last year they didn’t do so great. It shows how quickly the dime spins and sometimes we don’t know who will win it.

No, I don’t watch it for the mighty biffs… well okay, yeah, nothing like a good fight on the field to get the supporters all riled up. And yes, I do like watching men run around in shorts and tight shirts and wrestling each other to the ground… LOL Okay, there is a bit of perv factor in it, but I find I actually go for the mean looking forwards than the pretty boys in teams. Give me a raging bull over light foot any day. Sid, your fav week in week out sport?

SIDNEY: Hockey. I like rugby, don’t get me wrong, it’s my second favorite sport to watch boys play. I appreciate the tight shirts and short shorts, but they just don’t play it enough in America! Hockey is the sport I watch. I love the physicality of the sport. How many other sports out there openly bring guys onto their team for the express purpose of being violent?

Okay, so they did away with most of them when they revised the NHL years ago, but there are still players on the teams you know are out there to hit hard and throw a few punches! It might not be the highest scoring game to watch, but it’s hell’a exciting. I go to Dallas Stars games, which is a NHL league, and Brahma games, which is a local minor team.

JODIE: I’ve seen some games on ESPN. They don’t feature, I’m sure, like they do over there, but I did enjoy watching it even if it took me aaages to understand the basic gist. I still don’t get it, but I marvel at how well these guys are on the ice. I can’t even skate backward, but to do it AND defend? Wow. And to fight on skates? That takes a whole lotta talent.

Summer sports are different of course. Here, it’s all cricket. It’s not that fun for kids, it requires patience to watch. But I tell you, people go to the matches for the beer. It’s an event that can go on for several days with each side batting. But, since they introduced the one-day matches with only 40 overs (240 pitches/bowls to the batter) it makes the game go faster.

I can see your eyes glaze over. Cricket players actually play all year around because when it’s summer here, it’s winter in another cricket nation, and then they go overseas to play in England (for example) during their summer months. In the summer, what is your sport?

SIDNEY: Because of the Texas heat, it’s really hard to have any summer sports. During the spring and fall I’ll watch local rugby leagues when I have time. There’s some kind of big boom about people getting involved in it, and it’s super fun to go and watch. Not to mention the after parties are loads of fun.

I guess the true summer sport for me is roller derby. I used to play it several years ago, and I’ll keep track of which league’s travel team is in the standings to progress to the championships. Modern roller derby is huge here in Texas because this is where it had it’s rebirth, thanks to the Texas Roller Girls (Kill! Kill! Kill!). Mostly it’s flat track derby, all women, though I have played with a men’s league before, it’s kind of frightening.

I know I’m the weird Texan out because I’m not a basketball, football or baseball fan, but I like my sports where hitting and fighting are part of the game. Maybe I’m a little blood thirsty?

Buy: Flirting With Rescue, Dirty Beautiful

So, Dear Readers, what sports capture your attention? Is there a team you root for more than any other?

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Fabio #9 – Rodrigo Santoro

santoro2Today’s hottie is the Brazil actor with Italian ancestry, Rodrigo Santoro. If you’re a fan of Love Actually then you’ll know who he is… Rodrigo plays Karl, the loveable architect with the most adorable nerdy chic glasses.

He was also in Charlie’s Angels – Full Throttle and 300 where he played Xerxes.

Gives you a whole new appreciation for that blood and guts movie doesn’t it?

santoro1Looking at the IMDB profile of Santoro, all of us are going to be super lucky this year. He’s coming out in 5 films in 2009 if they are released on schedule.

In 2004, Santoro was slotted as #9 on People’s Most Beautiful List. The way to this man’s heart is ice cream with chocolate.

“I love both the sun and the moon, day and night. But I enjoy the day the most because I live in Rio and I can play sports.” – Rodrigo Santoro

Santoro can grace the cover of my romance novel any time!