(Yoga in the City, #1)
Publication date: May 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
A sassy new romance from a USA Today Bestselling Author…
After moving cross-country yet again, Hannah Roberts wants to put down roots in Colorado. She’s sunk her life savings into a share of Bloom Yoga Studio, but the studio is losing money, and fast. The building is undergoing a messy, noisy renovation–and the hot carpenter in charge is distracting her yoga students in more ways than one. If Hannah can’t talk the hard-bodied builder out of his power tools, she might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When Jake Marshall returned from Afghanistan, he brought back an injured knee and a lot of bad memories. He just wants to finish this renovation, rehab his knee, and head for Alaska to leave it all behind. A sexy yoga teacher doesn’t fit into his plans. But when Hannah offers him private sessions in exchange for quiet hours—he’s all in. He doesn’t expect that while she’s healing his knee, Hannah will poke at all his hidden wounds…and come dangerously close to breaking open his heart.
Why You Wanted to Be An Author
People often ask me- why did you want to be an author? To be honest, I don’t know that I ever had a choice in the matter. I’ve been writing and telling stories since I was a little girl. Somewhere, tucked away in my basement, I have little flip pads full of poorly spelled words and run-on sentences. I rewrote the Wizard of Oz about a babysitter. I had a strong connection with a black and white cat who was always getting into trouble like Amelia Bedelia. I wrote (and illustrated) poems about leaves and grandparents and holidays.
As I got older, my interests changed (read: BOYS.) My favorite past-time was imagining intricate scenarios about meeting boys who saw past my awkward tween exterior. I began to tell stories to friends about their own cute meets. Sleepovers were full of light as a feather, stiff as a board and me, conjuring long tales of boys and smiles and handholding, all tailored to the listener.
In essence, I was a romance author ever since I understood that boys were cute.
I loved every English class in high school. I went to college to study Environmental and Women’s policy (to change the world, of course) and ended up studying English Literature, Creative Writing, and French Language. I dropped all my adjectives and was way too cool for my own good. I wrote ‘deep’ poetry and ‘cutting edge’ short fiction. I learned short story. I learned characterization. I learned plot.
And I kept writing. In journals and notepads and on my super hip typewriter.
But it always came back to romance for me. Some time ago, I decided I was going to write a romance novel and become famous because—how hard could it be? I was a writer, right? Oh, the innocence. The ignorance. I was quickly humbled by how much I didn’t know about crafting a 400 page plot. I took courses from RWA, I studied books, I worked with other romance writers online.
Many years and many misspelled words later—here I am.
Leigh LaValle is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She lives in Montana with her family. When she is not chasing kids, bemoaning the laundry, or carving out time to do yoga, she is sneaking away to write. She would rather read than sleep, and cannot imagine a better job than writing romance. She is also a certified yoga teacher, but is not nearly as flexible as she once was.
Awards and Nominations
RT Book Reviews 4 stars…..TOP PICK Night Owl Reviews….Nominated BEST HISTORICAL The Romance Reviews….Nominated for Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award…Nominated Best Historical Romancing Rakes
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