Blog Tour: Top Ten List + Author Interview and Giveaway - BEAUTIFUL BURN by Adriane Leigh

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Title: Beautiful Burn
Author: Adriane Leigh
Genre: Steamy Student Teacher Romance
Release Date: January 13, 2015


I've broken him, bent him, and burned him, and each fevered moment was worth every ounce of pain. Auburn Lawrence has loved her English teacher, Reed West, since she was fourteen. Through brainstorming stories, reading classic literature, and plenty of fiery banter, they've forged a bond that neither of them expected. Propelled by a chance encounter after her graduation, they discover just how deep their connection runs, but love requires more than chemistry to flourish. They spend three electrifying summer months discovering each other under a veil of forbidden passion and desperate lust before they learn that the unattainable is often destined to remain exactly that. By the time temperatures dip and snowflakes fly, their relationship will face a deep freeze that threatens to snap the bond they thought they shared, shattering their lives one secret at a time. Intended for mature audiences.   

TOP Ten Things I’ve Learned Since I Started Writing
  1. Believe in your story.
  2. Write every day, no matter how long, no matter how bad the words.
  3. Hire an editor.
  4. Hire a professional cover designer.
  5. Emotion is what connects the writer and the reader.
  6. Too much sex can be a bad thing! In books, in books ;)
  7. Accomplishment happens one step at a time.
  8. Step away from the story for a while.
  9. Avoid cliches, adverbs, repetition, and excessive inner monologue.
  10. Drinking helps.



1. In 5 words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’
Lyrical, Edgy, Sexy, Emotional, One-Click-Worthy! <---Does that last one count?! lol
2. Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners?
My men always come from my dreams! Sometimes they're inspired by a real life someone, but my leading men are always way more swoonworthy. Men tend to suck in real life!
3. What do you do in your down time?
I have a two and a four year-old, I don't really get down time! I wish I had more time to read and knit.
4. When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?
The new release displays! I like to touch the pretty covers and leaf through the heavy pages. I'm a first-class book nerd.
5. Why did you decide to write romance novels?
I've been reading those steamy, bodice-rippers from the grocery store since I was a kid, I used to hide them under my mattress so my mom wouldn't find out I was reading the smutty stuff! It was a natural progression I think.
6. Who, if anyone, has influenced your writing?
I appreciate Hemingway's sparse prose and always keep that in mind when I'm writing. It's not for everyone, but I love concise sentences that convey heavy emotion.
7. What research did you have to perform to back up your story? Any research which really opened your eyes or gave you new respect for a topic or profession?
Very little research was needed as most of the scenes are inspired by things I've done or places I've been. I did have fun re-reading some of the classic books mentioned in Beautiful Burn. I love discovering parallels in contemporary books with classic stories. It means that love is crazy, wild, unpredictable, beautiful, comforting, and above all, timeless.
8. What is your method for writing a book? A certain amount of hours every day? A certain routine? Are you character/story builder or an outliner or some other method?
My method is madness! If you have a type-A personality, look away!
My books are pretty story-driven. I don't have a solid outline until half-way through the book, I just write by the seat of my pants and get inspired by the characters and the situations they've found themselves in up to that point. I try to write 5-6 days a week (emphasis on try) for an hour or so at a time. I tend to work best in the early afternoon, and I have to have a clear desk to write at; clutter isn't good for the creative process.

About the Author
Adriane Leigh

Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore. She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer. Adriane is married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, plays mama to two sweet baby girls, and is a voracious reader and knitter.  


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