Today, I get to chat with Leigh LaValle, author of Breathless, the first book in the Yoga in the City, #1
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.
Here’s what Leigh tells us about inspiration, yoga, and the characters of this story.
Thanks for having me today!
Lots of people ask me where I find inspiration for my books. I get ideas from many different sources but mostly from other forms of art- music, poetry, books, and film. A good, heart-wrenching song gets my heart in the right place to plot and write. Lately, I’ve been listening to Lord Huron—such great music AND lyrics. Their songs are these epic tales of love. “She lit a fire and now she’s in my every thought.” “She lives to see the sun and feel the wind and drink the rain.” “I had all and then most of you, some and now none of you. Oh take me back to the night we met.”
The inspiration for my Yoga in the City series came from my love of yoga. I began studying yoga and meditation over 20 years ago. I lived at a yoga center in New England, became a certified teacher, then continued to study and apprentice for years with a master teacher in Boulder, Colorado. Yoga and writing are my two loves (other than my family) and I wanted to bring them together with these books. It’s been really rewarding for me. The Yoga in the City series follows the lives of four girlfriends who own a yoga studio together in Boulder. Obviously, my experience has inspired the books and the characters, but I honestly can’t think of one real person or event that has been translated into the stories. They are definitely fictional.
BREATHLESS was always about Hannah, who doesn’t quite fit into the yoga world. She was always a clear character for me. The yoga world is pretty well defined, in some respects. It has its own set of rules and expectations and a clear value system. I really wanted to write about a woman who loves yoga, and has made a life around it, but who also doesn’t fit into the yoga world. Hopefully readers can relate to her. I know I can!
And Jake, he was a hero inspired by my love of a good hero ;-). It took me a while to really get his character down, but I totally fell in love with him.
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