Leesa writes contemporary New Ault and is going to explain what this increasingly popular genre is all about, but of course the book can be enjoyed at any age. She is going to tell us what sort of adventure we can expect and how the story came to life.
Thanks for inviting me to the Novelist's Circle blog. This group was a driving force in making my dream a reality and I cherished the supportive environment. I am extremely excited about the release of my new novel ‘Winning the Player’, and
the release date is ideal for a fun Mother's Day read.
So what’s story about Leesa?
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 inability 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.
New Adult is a relatively new category that is becoming increasingly popular, especially in the States. It is not young adult as the characters age is generally between 18 and 25 years. New adult centres on people and the problems they encounter after leaving high school through to their mid-twenties. It is often a sensitive time with many changes happening in the individual’s life and the struggle of becoming an adult is generally central to the story.
Most of us have fond memories of leaving school and attending university, or finding employment. It is a time when we spread our wings and embrace independence. It is also an emotional time experiencing highs and lows on leaving the family home, splurging on holidays and or travelling the world, and finding new friends while losing others.
But it is the finding love — and sometimes losing it just as quick — that is a focus for me. So my stories are about the characters finding their way as they enter adulthood, adding the emotion and
adventure of romance. And along the way they discover who they are and what really matters to them, and fighting for it. Something we can all relate to regardless of our age. Although I write contemporary new adult with a sport theme, other sub genres are becoming just as popular like fantasy or sci-fi, paranormal, and suspense.
Now a little about the lady herself.
Leesa Bow grew up in Broken Hill and sport played a major role in her life. After moving to Adelaide in her early twenties she married a football player, and inevitably her four daughters were also sporty. Leesa began writing seriously when her second daughter became sick with cancer. Initially writing was therapeutic, but when her daughter got the all clear, she decided to continue writing seriously. Stories about sport, romance, and characters aged eighteen plus seemed logical since her daughters were of a similar age, and often surrounded by athletes. It was her involvement in these sports and the injuries her family suffered inspired her to write ‘Winning the Player’.
Don't forget you can ask Leesa questions, or just let her know what you're reading at the moment.
Visit Destiny Romance for a sneak peek at the first
chapter of ‘Winning the Player’, and don’t forget to grab a copy on the 14th!
Take a look at this hot cover - yowser!