Guest blogger: Leesa Bow
A rural romance is one of my favourite fiction reads. Although I write sporty new adult romance, my love for the country stems from my childhood. I grew up in Broken Hill, far west New South Wales. The small town is situated in a desert climate where hot dry summers are common, and so are the magical coloured sunsets.
Small towns are known for everyone knowing everyone’s business. So when I met my future husband, organising a discreet date was rather challenging. The Silver City is a mining town and breeds tough young men. Despite their rough diamond image, it’s the simple things that make many eligible country bachelors happy.
My husband—boyfriend at the time—and I discovered different places to go on dates. I became tired of the usual ‘meet me at the pub’ scene. On weekends, the town comes alive with numerous clubs, pubs and a nightclub in the main street. The people of Broken Hill are known for their friendly manner and are always ready to have a good time. The atmosphere inside a pub quickly escalates with the music, especially since most people know each other, and the night turns into a celebration, just because it’s the weekend.
Some of our dates included picnics, especially while watching the sun sink into the Mundi Mundi plains, lighting up the sky in brilliant shades of pink, orange and yellow. You only need a rug, chairs, some nibbles and champagne to make it memorable.
When I wrote Charming the Outback it was a chance to write in the new adult genre, set in a small town, and add an element of sport. Authors are told to ‘write what you know’, and Charming the Outback was the perfect opportunity to combine new adult romance, in a rural setting, and weave football into the story.
Charming the Outback is the second book in the series. We are first introduced to Maddy and Luke in Winning the Player.
My latest venture is a cricket romance titled Caught Out, which I hope to release soon. It is a two-part series. The first book, a novella, Jardine, sets up the characters, their pain and their love.
I am also working on Embracing the Player, another football romance, and the third book in the Player series. I am hoping for the same positive response as the first book Winning the Player.
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?