by Lisa Brown Roberts
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)
So…Lisa is one of my new favorite authors! When I had this interview with her, though, I hadn’t read a single thing by her, and now I’ve sped though – I mean seriously devoured – two of her lovely, adorkable romances, Resisting the Rebel and The Replacement Crush! For new readers, here’s what you need to know about Lisa, her books, and the wonderful heroes!
Hi Lisa! Welcome to A Leisure Moment. We’re excited to have you stop by!
So to begin, why don’t you tell readers something about you that not many people know?
Hmm…I wish I had some fabulous secret to tell you, like I used to date Johnny Depp back in the day, but I don’t. Though one time when I was visiting a sculptor friend in Taos, my dog ran up to Martin Scorsese and jumped all over him and I was totally humiliated. That’s my closest brush with celebrity…so far 😉
I love the covers of your books! They’re definitely on my must-read list. Though I noticed your newest work, The Replacement Crush, has a little bit of a different vibe. What makes this book unique from your other works?
Thank you! I love my covers, too. The Crush e-book covers have a different look than the print books, and I’m so thrilled with the cover for The Replacement Crush. When my editor sent it to me I did a happy dance, and I’m super excited that the same artist is designing the cover of my print book releasing next August. I’ve seen a sneak peek and it’s amazing!
The Replacement Crush is my love letter to all of Romancelandia- the people who write it, read it, and review it. I love romance novels and the amazingly supportive community surrounding this genre.
You’re titles are very intriguing. You seem to write about some of the things that are what not to do. Do the twists and turns that life offers influence your writing? What about seeing beyond the general picture?
I like writing about believable, relatable heroines and the guys who fall for them. I like heroes who are smart, funny, thoughtful and honorable- these guys do exist in real life – I promise. I also like to write about imperfect characters who grow and change, who earn love by becoming their best selves, especially in the face of life’s challenges.
One of my favorite quotes from my books sums up my philosophy, and why I write the books I write: “Life is messy. But sometimes amazing things can happen, even when it seems like it’s all falling apart.” (Lucas, in How (not ) to Fall in Love).
What is your favorite genre to read, especially in between books?
Well, I love romance, obviously :). I read a lot of contemporary adult and YA books, and I also love historical romances, Regencies in particular because of the Austen vibe. Cozy mysteries are also my catnip, as long as there’s a romance component.
Thanks for answering my questions, Lisa! It was great to have you stop by.
Thanks for having me, Moriah, and this one’s just for you 😉
Le sigh…I do love Dylan!
“Long-distance relationships are hard.” Dallas shrugged. “But even if I was still there, we wouldn’t have lasted.” He took a sip of his chai, eyes fixed on me. “Just wasn’t meant to be.”
My heart ricocheted in my chest. Why was he telling me this? He wouldn’t tell me about his secret trophies, but he’d just told me about his girlfriend? Ex-girlfriend, I corrected myself.
“Maybe I’ll try your strategy.” His eyes roved across my face.
“What strategy?” My voice sounded raspy.
“Your replacement mission. Make a list of what type of girl I want.” He paused. “But I’m interested in something longer term. Not just a date for a dance. Want to help me make my list?”
I stared at him as if he’d just asked me to plan a kidnapping.
He smirked, then reached for my notebook again and tore off the sheet of paper he’d written on. “So how does this work?” He inclined his head toward my bag. “You have your replacement notebook with you?”
I gaped at him. Who had told him about my notebook? “Um, this isn’t, uh, why we’re here, Dallas. I’m supposed to be interviewing you, not helping you find a…a…”
“Replacement girlfriend.” Laughter danced in his eyes as he watched me squirm. “Why not? Don’t you want to help out the new guy?”
I huffed a sigh of frustration. “You’re mocking me.”
“No, I’m not. Think about it logically, Spock. You know everyone. You can help me narrow the field.”
I sucked down cold tea, trying to compose myself. Help Dallas narrow the field? Introduce him to potential girlfriends? Everything in me protested, and I knew why.
Because I wanted to be the replacement.
But I couldn’t. That was the whole point of my own mission: not to fall for someone who could make me lose control. Because even if that someone seemed like an amazing person…well…letting myself get carried away again was just too scary.
“We can help each other,” he said. “Since I’m new here, I can give you an outsider’s opinion on your…what do you call them?”
“Targets,” I whispered.
His dimple flashed, deepening as he chuckled. “Targets. Right. So yeah, I’ll give you the outsider’s opinion on your targets. And you give me the inside scoop on my targets.” He paused. “Logically, this should work, Spock.”
“But…but…” I sputtered like a cartoon character. “I don’t know you well enough. To help.”
“You’re getting to know me. Working together in the store. Asking probing interview questions.” He flashed another grin. “And I’ll tell you some of my…criteria. That’s what you call it, right?”
I nodded. My hormones pounded on every nerve in my body, dying to escape and capture Dallas as their personal love slave.
Obviously, you need to get a copy of The Replacement Crush and everything else Lisa has written, right?