Happy release day, Lisa. Bridge Over the Atlantic is a contemporary romance about true love and accepting who you are. Join me for a fabulous author interview and comment below for a chance to win a copy of Lisa’s debut novel, Bridge Over the Atlantic!
Bridge Over the Atlantic
Mallory Westerman is a full-figured, successful, young business woman living in Yorkshire, England. Though very career minded, she is extremely self-conscious about her ample curves and so her love life tends to pay the price. Concentrating solely on her business, she has almost given up on finding someone to love. That is until she literally trips into the arms of a stranger who becomes her Knight in shining armour.
The immediate sexual and romantic spark that blossoms into love and the events that follow, irrevocably change Mallory’s life-path and self-image forever, but only goes to prove that the road to true love is never smooth and that things don’t always turn out how you expect…
EXCERPT of Bridge Over the Atlantic:
“You can NOT be serious?!” Mallory Westerman recoiled. It wasn’t a habit of hers, to inadvertently quote 1980’s sports stars. But even she was surprised when she heard John McEnroe’s words fall from her lips.
Thankfully, her fiancé, whilst obviously bemused at her reaction and frustrated by her lack of enthusiasm, didn’t really notice the similarities between her and the wiry haired tennis supremo. He was much too busy stroking the print-out in front of him, on the table, as if ironing out the creases would make his suggestion a more viable proposition.
“Honey, imagine the life we could have there right now,” he pleaded. “The open spaces, the fresh air…”
“The midge bites, the lack of internet connection, no other civilization for miles.” She rudely interrupted. She immediately felt guilty when Sam’s eyes took on the appearance of a scolded puppy dog. She slid her arms around his neck caressing the sides of his beautiful face. “I’m sorry, sweetheart. I just don’t see me…either of us, really, taking to a permanent life out in the middle of goodness knows where at this point in our lives, surrounded by sheep and wearing wellies and tweeds!”
“Now you are being terribly stereotypical and insulting to all things countryside, Mallory,” Sam chastised in his Canadian drawl. “And besides, I think you’d look very fetching in wellies….just wellies that is, nothing else.” He grabbed her playfully and squeezed her. His green eyes flashed with a mischievousness Mallory had come to adore. She giggled and gazed up at him, lovingly recalling the first time she had found herself utterly mesmerized by him.
Mallory had lived in Yorkshire all the twenty-eight years of her life. Since dropping out of her PR course at Uni, through sheer laziness, she had endured a run of soulless jobs. Nothing ever really pushed her buttons. That was until an inheritance from her dear Aunt Sylvia had given her the opportunity to do the one thing she truly wanted to do.
Her little gift emporium, Le Petit Cadeau.
It had been the brain child of her Aunt many years before, when Mallory had taken to making her own Christmas gifts one year when, as was the case on more than one dreadful occasion, unemployment occurred on the brink of the festive season.
She had sobbed and sobbed when the solicitor informed her that her Aunt had left her the large sum of money under strict conditions that she was to, ‘get off her backside and do something fulfilling for once!.’ She remembered almost laughing aloud at the point when the solicitor had uttered the quote directly as her Aunt had written it. Even in death, feisty Sylvia knew how to draw a chuckle from her beloved niece.
It was a fairly quiet early December Wednesday in Leeds, well perhaps quiet was not the right way to put it. The city center was the usual bustling metropolis, but the Victoria Quarter was, ostensibly, being given a somewhat brief reprieve from the usual barrage of festive shoppers. Mallory huffed as she watched a swooning couple canoodling whilst browsing in the window of the lingerie boutique opposite.
“Sod this for a game of soldiers. I think I need a break,” she informed one of the cute, jointed, stiff teddy bears sitting, looking pensive on the shelf next to where she perched. “I reckon there is a tall, caramel macchiato with my name on it somewhere!”
Grabbing her oversized bag she chalked Back in 20 mins on her very own, handmade door sign. Once she had dropped the latch she headed out into the sea of suited business people and Christmas shoppers. She smirked at the vast number of pre-school children who were sporting cheap red Santa hats lovingly procured for them, she guessed, by harassed parents as bribery for good behavior.
The paved precinct area was buzzing. Mallory loved Leeds City Centre with its designer boutiques and quirky shops. At this time of year, however, there was something transcendent about the atmosphere. Maybe it was the twinkling lights strung from building to building or the way that each and every shop was decked in sparkling silvers and gregarious gold. The myriad Christmas songs, being played in numerous outlets all out of synch with one another, were an assault on the senses. The stalls all laid out, down the center of the precinct, were vying for the attention of passers-by with their brightly colored gifts and trinkets. A delicious aroma of roast chestnuts wafted through the chilled air and into Mallory’s nostrils making her tummy grumble.
She rounded the corner heading for her favorite coffee shop when suddenly she involuntarily lurched forward. Her stiletto heel had become lodged in between two paving slabs, sending her and her belongings, hurtling into the arms of a passing stranger.
“Whoaaaa there!” The startled man grabbed for Mallory, in a bid to stop her inevitable collision with the pavement. “We haven’t been formally introduced and yet here you are throwing yourself at me!” He laughed. His accent was noticeably of the North American variety.
Congratulations on your debut release, Lisa! Tell us, what is your favorite thing about being a writer?
I love the escapism; the way I can disappear into another world for a while.
What genre(s) do you write?
Only contemporary romance at present.
What genres and authors would we find you?
I love to read contemporary romance too but I also have started to enjoy paranormal romance. My faves are Jan Romes, Bernadette Marie, Jamie McGuire, Melynda Price and Abbi Glines
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Honestly? Letting it go when I had finished! I wanted it to be out there but I loved writing it so much that I felt very emotional knowing it was done.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I kind of do both! Sometimes I meticulously plot but then other times (like in my second novel) an idea springs to mind out of the blue and I just write it as it flows.
Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?
I want people to read mine along with others. I don’t want to steel readers I want people to read my books because they have heard good things.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
I want readers to fall in love with the characters as I did when I wrote them. I want them to finish reading my book thinking “Wow! I can’t wait to read her next novel!”
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Just that love is very real and very powerful.
How long have you been a writer?
I have been writing since I was a child but it has usually been poetry and song lyrics. I started to write a novel as a teen but never finished it.
How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?
I started my book in early 2012, completed in October 2012, Signed to 5 Prince Publishing in November 2012 and my book is published in April 2013 so all together a year of my life has gone into the book. Wow!
What other careers have you had?
I have been a singer…an office manager…a Science Learning Mentor in High School and now I’m a full time writer.
Do you write under more than one name? Why?
No, I decided to use my own name – no particular reason really.
Are any of your characters based on real people or events?
I see elements of myself and my husband in certain character traits but none are actually based on real people. Scotland features because it’s very important to me and the move we made to live here plays a part.
How would you describe yourself if you were “speed dating” your readers?
I am quite scatterbrained and I am a HUGE worrier! But I am passionate about my work and put my heart and soul into what I do. I hope it’s evident when readers pick up my novels.
What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?
Back in 1996/1997 I appeared on television on a show called ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ where I impersonated Alanis Morissette. Lol!
What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?
That I just want them to really enjoy the journey they take with my characters.
What books or authors have most influenced your life?
Gosh! So many! Just lately I have discovered some amazing talent. But looking back, I do love Emily Bronte and J D Salinger.
How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?
They are so very proud and supportive. They are my biggest fans and my biggest critics too which keeps me on my toes. My friends have helped by beta reading and my husband has been my inspiration.
Where are you from?
Originally from Yorkshire, England but now living in Scotland (I’m an honorary Scot’s lass)
How do you come up with the titles?
They usually come from something quite prominent in the book. Not always right away though. The title usually comes later when things have whirled around in my head for a while.
Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?
Absolutely! I was aiming to run a little craft business when we relocated as I had NO CLUE that my writing would take over! But I love that it has. It’s the best feeling ever!
Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?
I have done a little of both. I started on my second novel whilst I was finishing my first. Then I worked solely on my second to finish it but at the moment I have three projects on the go. I am trying to concentrate on one so that it’s the best it can be but I can’t always do this as inspiration has a habit of appearing like a bolt out of the blue!
When not writing, how do you relax?
Reading! I LOVE to read. I bought a Kindle to treat myself when I moved to Scotland and I have lost count of how many wonderful books I have read.
Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself.
I hate having my photo taken
I miss singing
I am a HUGE worrier
I have two crazy dogs
Scotland is my favorite place
Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.
Bridge Over the Atlantic is out in April and my second novel has been submitted for consideration…just waiting J Novels three and four are works in progress and all are stand alone stories.
How can we find you?
Available from 5 Prince Publishing www.5princebooks.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Genre: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Purchase link: www.5princebooks.com/buy.htm
Thanks again for joining us, Lisa, and congratulations on your new release!