I’d like to introduce myself!
I’m Lisa Dale and my first novel, Simple Wishes, just came out this month. Needless to say it’s been a very exciting New Year! As of today, the book is on the list of top 100 romances sold so far this year. A dream come true.
Simple Wishes is a love story that explores the mysterious connectivity between mothers and daughters, cities and mountains, the future and the past.
I’ve always thought that the landscapes people live in affect who they are, and so I wanted my first novel to be set somewhere fascinating—someplace with lots of textures and layers to explore. The problem was that being in graduate school meant I didn’t have much of a budget. So the setting needed to be accessible and close to my New Jersey home.
That’s when my grandparents came to the rescue. They own a small cabin in the mountains of Pennsylvania. It’s on a dirt road so secluded that sometimes their only neighbors are the kind who walk on hooves and paws.
Below is a little video of their cabin—please forgive the “cheese” factor! I made it myself. You can see me and my Pop and Gram in it too.
If for some reason the video doesn't work, here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrPTgT33Hew
Here’s the scoop on the plot: My heroine Adele makes a terrible mistake that forces her to leave New York City and return to the backwoods mountain cottage she inherited from her mother. There, her friendship with a Korean-American grandmother challenges her to rethink her difficult youth. Just when she thinks she has healed enough to fall in love with the reclusive but sexy artisan who lives next door, dark secrets from her mom’s past threaten to ruin everything.
You can see a trailer for Simple Wishes by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFcUWTrK33o&feature=channel_page
Simple Wishes (Forever, $6.99) is a different kind of women's fiction/romance novel. When I was a kid, I used to think the word “provocative” meant “sexy” because of how people said it in sexy commercials. Simple Wishes is sexy, but it’s provocative in other ways as well. It’s emotionally complex and the language is deliberately lyrical. The characters in Simple Wishes are survivors who have been pushed to their limits. Oh—and there’s a big bombshell ending too!
Do you have a place that’s important and special to you? I’d love to hear about it! Post a comment about your meaningful place, and you could win a FREE COPY OF SIMPLE WISHES!
http://www.lisadalebooks.com/ – Official Homepage
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Thanks to everyone for your good cheer and for sharing your thoughts! It was a lot of fun reading about your getaways and as a new writer I especially appreciate your support!
The free copy of Simple Wishes will go to Michele L. this week--I love a woman who uses exclamation points with the same enthusiasm that I do! Michele, please email me at lisa (at) lisadalebooks.com.