My Friday Read this week is New England Dreams, a YA contemporary romance by Pia Fenton (aka Christina Courtenay). The book is the 4th instalment in the Northbrooke High series which features UK heroines clashing with US heroes in an American high school setting. Intriguing!
When opposites attract, can dreams come true?
Staying in New England for a few months is just what Sienna Randall needs after all the family problems she's been dealing with at home in London. The last thing she's expecting is romance, so it's a total surprise when she ends up kissing a guy she meets on the flight.
Kyle Everett is Sienna's complete opposite – he’s clean-cut and over-polished, she has piercings and pink dreads. But he can’t resist making out with her. He is, after all, Northbrooke High’s number one player. Except Sienna's different from other girls. He’s definitely expecting to see her again – until they're separated by irate airline officials before he can get her number.
Fate throws them together once more, but when Sienna turns up in Kyle's homeroom, neither admits to having met before. The chemistry between them is still there though – should they let it have free rein or should the attraction stay in their dreams?
It sounds fascinating, doesn't it? You can buy a copy from Amazon:
Ebook (Kindle only)
And you can win a signed copy by leaving a comment on this blog. The best comment will recieve a FREE New England Dreams book. How fantastic is that?
Pia Fenton (aka Christina Courtenay) writes historical romance, time slip and YA contemporary romance, all published by independent publisher Choc Lit (some YA titles self-published). She is half Swedish and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, she moved to Japan where she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East.
Pia is a former chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her novels Highland Storms and The Gilded Fan have both won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romantic Novel of the Year (in 2012 and 2014 respectively). Her latest novels are The Jade Lioness (historical) and New England Dreams (YA contemporary romance). Coming soon – The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight (time slip).
I asked Pia to tell us a little more about herself.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No, I just wanted to be a reader and do nothing else, ever! I deeply resented it whenever my parents tried to get me to go outside and do sports and things like that as I’d much rather sit indoors with my nose in a book. But once I tried writing myself, I discovered that I really enjoyed it so I carried on even though it took me ages to actually get published.
Has any author inspired you?
Lots of authors have inspired me – probably mostly Georgette Heyer, Barbara Erskine, Johanna Lindsey and Susanna Kearsley, their stories are just superb!
What do you like writing most?
Time slip stories, where half is set in the past and half in the present. That way you get the best of both and you get two love stories, not just one.
Do you have a special place for writing?
I usually sit at a small desk in my bedroom, but I can write anywhere as long as I have my laptop. I like being surrounded by my dogs who sleep happily while I write (and sometimes give me inspiration for canine characters) – I have three of them.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Definitely a pantser! But recently I have tried to be a bit more organised and write down the plot in bullet points before I start to write. Usually I begin with one scene though, which comes into my mind fully formed, and then the story takes off from there and I just write. Sometimes when I get stuck, I have to stop and do some plotting.
What are you writing at the moment?
I’m editing my next time slip book for Choc Lit, The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight, and after that I will be starting on a new one. I have a story that is half written which is demanding that I finish it – characters can be so insistent, can’t they? They’re in my head, nagging me!
What inspired you to write this book?
New England Dreams, my latest YA book, was inspired by a crazy thing I did myself once – kiss a complete stranger during a flight to Alaska. (In my defence, I was a teenager and it seemed like a good idea at the time – teenagers are so impulsive, aren’t they?). I think we are all inspired by things we do, see or hear – no experience is ever wasted – and one day when I remembered this incident the story started to form in my mind.
What time of the day do you write best?
NOT early in the morning, but pretty much any other time (I’m a night owl).
What are your hobbies?
I like genealogy, gardening (although I’m not very good at it!), reading of course, going to the movies and sometimes doing craft projects like sewing or crocheting. I also love DIY – painting/decorating – so am always hassling my poor DH about doing up the rooms in our house. Oh, and my latest obsession is going to the local auction house to buy Foo dogs (mantle spaniels) – I’m a terrible hoarder!
What advice would you give to other writers?
Find yourself a writing buddy, someone who you trust, and critique each other’s work, and be as supportive as you can. I have found that invaluable!
Paisley Piranha YA group blog: https://paisleypiranha.wordpress.com/
Thanks for dropping by, Pia. Wishing you lots of success with your new book.
Don't forget, readers, the best comment on this blog wins a free signed copy of Pia's book.