Title: Kiss Me, Cooper
Series: A Hale Street Story
Author: Emily Leigh
Release Date: Dec 2nd, 2016
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Georgia Montgomery abandoned a promising future when she left home following a tragedy. As a paralegal at an up-and-coming law firm on idyllic Hale Street in Nashville, Georgia buried her past – and her dreams – to build a new life. Convincing Cooper Quinn, a reclusive and cranky-but-oh-so-devastating bookstore owner, to open up is part of her new life plan.
Cooper’s quiet bookstore life suits him just fine, and he’s determined to avoid the chaos that inevitably follows Georgia. She’s strong and loud and beautiful. Indestructible. But when one frustrated kiss leads to a thousand, Cooper realizes there is more to Georgia than meets the eye and her force-of-nature personality just might be destined to change his world forever.
Can you call it running away when you find the place you were always meant to be?
Say Hello to author Emily Leigh!
Emily Leigh has been an author since before authors were cool. By day, she dons office gear but by night she rescues cheese sticks from couches, wrangles cranky children, whips up amazing dinners (from the dollar menu) and writes toe-curling, delicious romance. Keeping her company are her two feline sidekicks and the many crazy voices in her head.
Emily’s Note: I’m not the author of this bio although every word is true. The write-up is compliments of my fellow Hale Street authors and partners in crime, Natasha and Amy. To clarify, yes, I have in fact pulled a cheese stick from the couch – more than once. I do wrangle children, two of them, and sometimes they aren’t cranky. My two cats, Captain America and Thor are possibly the most high-maintenance felines ever but they’re so dang cute. And all of this is made possible with a loving, totally put-upon husband who tolerates the voices in my head. I do have an office job but I prefer the aforementioned couch and a good book. Oh, and yes, I can cook but take-out is so much better!
What are you reading right now?
I just finished The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman which is actually the second in a series about the Devil’s Left Hand. Its an alt-world old west about a young girl who grew up in a saloon – which happens to be the Devil’s house – and in the simplest terms she’s sent out to do the Devil’s justice. I’m sort of on a western kick so next up is Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen, again an alternative world (with vampires which terrify me but the book sounds so good). Another good one I’d recommend is Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman.
If you’re a TV watcher, what are you addicted to?
I am in the middle of the new season of Grace and Frankie and just finished up Santa Clarita Diet – both on Netflix. I have a love/hate relationship with Netflix because I have impulse control issues and they make binge watching so easy. I am also re-watching every episode of Game of Thrones and I have two more episodes to go before Joffrey gets his due which is such a reward after sitting through the agony of season 3 watching all my favorites suffer horribly.
Tell me your favorite part of the writing process.
The moment when it all clicks into place is the most satisfying part of the writing process (besides the obvious, THE END). It’s that moment when all the threads you’ve been weaving (aka tangling) suddenly become clear and vibrant and the pattern emerges. After fourteen years of writing, I have come to know that this moment will always happen so it carries me through the other times when I want to bang my head against the wall and light my laptop on fire.
Now the writing process you hate the most.
The moments I want to burn my laptop? Yes. Those. Mostly those come in the middle when you’re just wading through all the muck and mess you’ve made of your characters’ lives and they are sitting in your head staring at you, waiting for you to make it all right again. I go through a period of about a month in each book where I write virtually nothing worth saving and I know deep, deep down that I’ll never finish this book and I’m a crap writer. But then… it clicks and I’m off to the races again.
Do you have a favorite writing spot that you get the most done?
I want my writing spot to be this place just a little ways away from my house. It’s in a protected wildlife area and there is a bubbling creek and huge old trees and violets growing in the grasses – butterflies and birds and little bunnies. There’s a picnic table and sweet smells. And also bugs and bright sunlight and splinters in the table and the heat, ugh. So that’s where I want it to be but really I get the most done in my little home office or at Starbucks where I look nothing like a proper writer but try anyway.
Where are you most inspired?
Between the pages of other books. Good, bad, great, or not, other books and stories inspire me more than anything else. It’s hard to read when you have a day job and a deadline but I do it because it is my very favorite thing to do. I am a writer but above that I am a lover of books and storytelling.
What are you working on now?
I am currently putting the finishing touches on my June release, Only Yours which is my 3rd book in the Hale Street Series. Hale Street is a series that I am writing with two other authors: Amy Knupp and Natasha Lake and so Only Yours makes the 9th overall book but they can all be read as standalone. This book features a character who wasn’t so likable in the previous books when she showed up and I’ve had such fun revealing layer by layer why she isn’t warm and friendly but rather holds people at arm’s length. Daisy Calloway in the introvert in all of us with fears that paralyze her and Hudson Bennett is only person in the world who can melt her ice.
Coffee, wine, or something else?
All of the above. Coffee in the morning, hot tea in mid-morning, sweet tea in the afternoon and wine when I write the kissy kissy scenes. Lots of wine for those.
What was the last movie you saw in the theater and what you thought of it?
I saw Beauty and the Beast with my daughter and I loved it – as much for the story as for how much my little one loved it. Before that I saw Table 19 with Anna Kendrick – I’ll see anything with Anna Kendrick – I want her to be my BFF – and liked it but after a few days reflection I like it a lot more. There was a twist I didn’t see coming and I’ll be honest, I am not one for twists. I don’t really like surprises which, given my love of Game of Thrones is in itself surprising but I have a confession about that. I read all the books first before diving in to the TV show and as I was reading and felt like something horrid or surprising was coming up, I’d Google it. I’ll own it. I Google everything.
Which book do you wish had a TV or movie?
Actually I just learned that one of my favorite books – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is being turned into a movie in 2018. The main character, Violet, is played by Lily James whom I loved in Cinderella so I’m pretty excited. Also I loved when Lifetime adapted all those Nora Roberts books and I wish they did more.
Do you have a book that you read as a child or teen that has stuck with you through adulthood?
I have a lot of books including Diary of Anne Frank and Anne of Green Gables. I was, and am, a voracious reader. I used to stay after school and haunt the library, reading between the stacks until the librarian got tired of me and kicked me out. My favorite place in the world is where the books are. Library or bookstore, it doesn’t matter. I walk in and feel home.
What 5 books would you buy right now?
The problem with this question goes back to my impulse control issue so I already have the 5 books. So here are 5 I have pre-ordered.
Emily has graciously agreed to give away a set of ebooks (listed below) to two lucky winners!
Contest Ends on April 3rd, 2017.
Giveaway opened worldwide.
TWO winners will win eBooks of these titles:
Thank you, Emily, for allowing me to feature you and your fabulous book, Kiss Me, Cooper, on For the Love of Chick Lit. It sounds really great!