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Today we’re very lucky to be interviewing j. leigh bailey, author of Reckless Hope.
Hi, j. leigh, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thank you so much for having me! I’m an office drone by day in the Chicagoland area, and by night I’m the author of New Adult and Young Adult LGBTQ romance. RECKLESS HOPE is the second book in my Letting Go series, and is an opposites attract story centered around two characters who have to overcome the stresses and disappointments of their past to build a happy relationship together. And, while doing this, they have to figure out who they are and, ultimately, what they want for their future.
Tell us the five moments that stayed with you from any book.
- At the end-of-term banquet in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when Neville Longbottom is awarded points for standing up to his friends and thus allowing Gryffindor to win the House Cup. Every time I read it or see that scene in the movie I get a little teary.
- There’s a scene in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Book, The Shadow Rising, where one of characters returns home to discover that his entire family, including distant relatives, has been killed. He’s trying so hard to stay stoic, and then the girl who is both his love interest and a pain in his rear, yells at him, telling him to mourn, and he breaks down. That description doesn’t do it justice, but it’s heart-wrenching. That scene, and the way these particular characters’ romance comes together, makes this one of my favorite books.
- Almost every other scene in Lover Awakened (the Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J. R. Ward stuck with me, but especially the one when Bella comes back to tell Zsadist she’s pregnant and he gives her the handwritten note telling her he loves her. Knowing what he had to give up, to overcome, to reach that point, made it a supremely powerful scene.
- The opening scene in the bookstore of Z. A. Maxfield’s Crossing Borders. The awkward realization, the flirty and infuriating texts, the plan that was destined to fail… It’s a great start to a fantastic book.
- “Our relationship was a lot like underwear in a dryer without a static control sheet. One minute we were floating through life, buoyant and carefree. The next we were attached at the crotch.” ? Darynda Jones, Fifth Grave Past the Light. There are no words to convey the awesomeness of this line.
I’d love to know what some of the readers think. What are some of your favorite moments from any books that stayed with you?
Author Name: j. leigh bailey
Book Name: Reckless Hope
Part of a series? If yes, can this book be read as a standalone? Yes, but can be read as a standalone
If a series, what is the series title? Letting Go
If series, what number is this book? Book2
Release Date: August 24, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages or Words: 67,000
Categories: M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
What’s life without a little risk?
Or a lot of risk, if you’re Sebastian Carlisle. He’ll never live up to the legacy of his dead brother, so why try? Being the wild child in a family of stuck-up rich snobs suits him just fine.
Until he meets Micah Burke, and everything changes.
Micah’s got too much going on for a relationship. Even if he could trust Sebastian, a distraction—a sexy, reckless distraction with a death wish—would only derail his carefully scheduled life. If it were just Micah, maybe that would be fine, but his mother and sister depend on him, and he can’t let them down. Or at least that’s what he tells himself.
A hot moment leads to a hot night leads to a connection neither of them are ready for. And when a crisis hits Micah’s family hard, Sebastian will have to shed his bad-boy image and decide whether he can be the man Micah needs—and Micah needs to decide whether he’ll let him.
“I thought I knew what kind of person you were.”
“Yeah, you made that pretty clear.”
Micah cringed, but kept going. “You take for granted everything I work my ass off to achieve. It’s easy for you. And now I know there’s more to you than that. I don’t understand your choices, or the need for an adrenaline rush you seem to have.” He held up a hand to keep Sebastian from saying anything. He scooted up, resting his back against the handlebars. “I don’t have to understand. It’s part of who you are.”
“Somehow I don’t think this discussion is heading in a direction I’m going to like.” Sebastian drew his knees to his chest and wrapped his arms around them.
“The thing is, you’re a bad influence on me.”
“You don’t even have to do anything. Take tonight, for instance.”
“I have a midterm tomorrow. I should be studying. Or even sleeping. Instead I’m here. I never have trouble doing what I’m supposed to do. Setting aside my ‘want tos’ to do my ‘have tos.’ Except around you.”
“I’m not trying to make your life harder. I’m just trying to be part of it.”
“That’s what I don’t get. You could have almost anyone. You could find someone a hell of a lot less complicated than me.”
“You may not believe it, but I don’t mind complications.”
About the author:
j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of New Adult and Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.
She wrote her first story at seven, which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told, years later, that the character’s name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.
Now she writes New Adult and Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/JLeighBailey
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4384864.J_Leigh_Bailey
Rafflecopter Prize: An eBook copy of Nobody’s Hero (Letting Go book 1) and an eBook copy of Reckless Hope
Tour Dates & Stops:
Amanda C. Stone, Divine Magazine