April 9, 2015

Ashleigh Jessup from Leading Man by @elle_rush #RLFblog #romance


Interview with Ashleigh Jessup

Tell us about yourself, please.
Hi, my name is Ashleigh Jessup. I own and run Jessup Dance Studio in Los Angeles, California. Have a seat but watch out for the crutches.
*cell phone beeps*
Please excuse me a minute.
*reads text*
Nick – my boyfriend Nick Thurston – wants me to tell you that the crutches are not his fault and no toes were broken in the making of this romance. You'll understand why he wants to clear that up when you read the book Elle wrote about us. Actually, my twisted knee is what happens when a dance instructor gets between two five-year-old ballerinas who are trying to prove who would be the better Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtle.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
I want to expand my dance studio. I've worked my ass off for my success and now that it's paying off I need to keep up the momentum. Unfortunately success comes with roadblocks and they pretty much have me at a stand-still at the moment. I also want Nick. Frankly, getting the dance studio will be easier because that boy's middle name is Trouble. Adding Nick to my life actually pushes my dream studio farther away because lives like ours aren't meant to intertwine but I'm not willing to compromise.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Nick? Nick is awesome. He's a second generation Hollywood actor – on both sides of the family - so you know he's got the looks. Unfortunately he also has the attitude. That's something we're both working on. He's funny and generous and incredibly talented whether he's on the stage or in front of a camera. He's starred as Ares, the god of war, for all three years of Olympus and he is about to start shooting their fourth season. Nick is almost perfect… I only wish the boy could dance.
What would that person say about you?
He'd say I'm sexy and intelligent and witty and that I'm the best dance instructor on the planet. I know because we've practiced this question for the press.
What is your family like?
I'm an only child. I think I've spent a total of an hour with my parents since I turned eighteen. Next question.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
I'm happy with it. The very end was good but the part just before that sucked big-time because… I don't want to talk about it. You'll have to read the story. Let's just say you don't need drama in your life but anything worth having is worth the effort you put into it. Nick and I did a lot of work on our own issues and on building something together. Now I think we have a real shot at something good in the future and we are definitely on the right path to get there.

About the Writer

Elle Rush is a romance author from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. When she's not travelling, she's hard at work writing her contemporary romances which are set all over the world. Elle has studied several languages and has flunked poetry in every single one of them. She also has mild addictions to tea, cookbooks and the sci-fi channel.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
I'm very close to my family, and I knew Ashleigh was estranged from hers. When I introduced her parents into the book, her reaction surprised me.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Leading Man is the third book in the Hollywood to Olympus series. I hope to have at least one more novel later this year.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
I'd love to try to write a paranormal romance – particularly a shifter book – because I read a ton of them.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
Every character I write has one of my personality traits. In this book, it's Nick's inability to dance. I can't dance. At all. Not even a little bit. I have no rhythm whatsoever. In fact, I'm so bad that Nick makes me look good.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
I think everybody has had a crush on an actor at some point and I think the fantasy of having it come true will appeal to a lot of readers. Also, Ashleigh and her friends are hilarious, their boyfriends are smokin' hot, and if readers like things a little steamy, this book can provide that too.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Hi, readers! Thanks for your support! I'm a romance reader too, so check out my newsletter for deals and sneak peeks on my books and for recommendations about other great writers. Please feel free to say "hi" on any of my social media accounts.

About the Book

Title Leading Man
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Elle Rush
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Olympus heartthrob Nick Thurston is a leading man with a problem. His new play opens in a month and when it comes to the pivotal waltz scene, he can't lead. When he broke up with his dance instructor girlfriend, it also ended their professional relationship and now he needs a new teacher. Desperately.
Ashleigh Jessup needs to find a new building to take her booming dance studio to the next level. She doesn't have time for a private student, but she's willing to make an exception to do a favor for a friend and earn extra money for her down payment.
Ashleigh's success has come at the cost of her love life, so she can't believe it when Nick is good with them spending as much time on their careers as they do with each other. But when Nick's ex tries to sabotage their relationship, Nick begins to doubt Ashleigh's intentions when she benefits from his fame, and Ashleigh has to decide if she's willing to risk her business for a relationship Nick may not even believe in.

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17 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me over to visit today!

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  2. I loved the interview. Congrats on your new release, Elle. I don't read a lot of contemporary romance (I'm a historical girl through and through) but your book sounds too interesting to pass up. Indeed, who hasn't had a crush on an actor at some point or another!

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  3. This sounds awesome, Elle! I'm sure everyone has an actor or two they wouldn't mind walzing with! Nick sounds totally dreamy, and I laughed out loud at the ninja turtle comment! Will definitely be adding this to my TBR list! :-)

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  4. Glad to have you here, Elle. ^_^

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  5. Thanks, Amy. I'm currently crushing on all of the Avengers... at once :) I'm just dipping my foot into historical waters as a reader, if you have any recommendations.

    Hi, Jessica. I love the little ballerina in my book. Thanks for the add.

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    1. Glad to find another Avengers fan. I can't wait for the next installment!

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    2. I'm with you on the Avengers, Elle. I'll be at the theaters with my boys when the new movie comes out. And Thor is my muse for the novel I just finished writing. So besides, my own historical ;) I have a list of my favorite historical authors on http://amyquinton.net/faves/ if you're looking for someone to read. I just finished It Started with a Scandal by Julie Anne Long - it took my breath away. I adored it. I even felt compelled to write a review. If you want a steampunkish paranormal historical - Kristen Callihan is my go to - Her Dark London series is fantastic.

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    3. I'm with you on the Avengers, Elle. I'll be at the theaters with my boys when the new movie comes out. And Thor is my muse for the novel I just finished writing. So besides, my own historical ;) I have a list of my favorite historical authors on http://amyquinton.net/faves/ if you're looking for someone to read. I just finished It Started with a Scandal by Julie Anne Long - it took my breath away. I adored it. I even felt compelled to write a review. If you want a steampunkish paranormal historical - Kristen Callihan is my go to - Her Dark London series is fantastic.

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    4. Thanks, Amy, I'll look those books up.
      (Thor is also my favourite...but Captain America would do in a pinch.)

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  6. Congrats, Elle. The new book sounds fab!

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  7. Congrats on this book, Elle. Wishing you lots of sales.

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  8. Great interview Elle. Congrats on the new release.

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    1. Thanks, KT. I loved writing Ashleigh and Nick.

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  9. I've read this book, and it's fantastic, as is the rest of the Olympus series. I don't ordinarily read romance, but I really got sucked into this series.

    Thanks for the great interview. It captures the voice of Ashleigh very well.

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