Monday, February 18, 2013

Leanne Tyler Shares Ava, her Love Letters Novel

Ava by
Leanne Tyler
When You Are Clueless, You can Still Find Love, says Leanne Tyler

When my editor asked me to write a novella for the Love Letters series I agreed. She told me about this a few months before the actual call for submissions went out so I began trying to come up with a story idea. After a few attempts at it, I found I was getting nowhere. This was frustrating, but I finally had inspiration hit while watching adaptation of Emma by Jane Austen. I had always loved that story. I even liked the teen flick Clueless with Alicia Silverstone. At first it wasn’t the matchmaking schemes of Emma that attracted me to the films. It was Emma and Mr. Knightly or Cher and her older step brother once removed. In other words, it was the potential for romance between the characters that drew me into the story.

However, that isn’t what inspired me when I tried to write my Love Letter story. It was the matchmaking. I thought what if Ava did the same thing and what if John tries to stop her. And what if John is secretly in love with Ava, but she is too clueless to notice? And then there was the character of Miss Jane Tippens. She was the perfect lamb for Ava to meddle in her life. I even heard Toni Collette’s voice in my head as Harriet Smith every time Jane spoke. (Yes, I hear voices in my head when I’m writing. I think most writers do!) I had lots of fun writing this American inspired story. And I hope you will enjoy reading it too.

What is Ava About?

Ava Monroe loves matchmaking and even though she promised her best friend John she'd stop, she can't. Determined to find her new friend Jayne a suitable mate, Ava even contemplates matching her with John. 

John Franklin wishes nothing more than to marry Ava, but she is too engrossed in her mischief to see his love. Taking matters into his own hands, John attempts to foil Ava's match for Jayne by proving love is better left to fate than a matchmaker.

Can a clueless matchmaker and a literary scholar find happiness when she breaks her promise to him?

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About Leanne Tyler:

Award winning author, Leanne Tyler lives in the South and her writing reflects her heritage. She writes Sweet and somewhat Sensual Southern romances whether historical or contemporary. Leanne's debut release Victory's Gate was the 2007 American Rose winner of the Through the Garden Gate contest and was released electronically by The Wild Rose Press in December 2007. Finally in December 2009 the Through the Garden Gate Anthology became available in print and includes the four winning entries.
Stepping into the Contemporary circle, she debuted with her Class of '85 Reunion story It's Always Been You in August 2011. And her first full-length historical novel Season of Love (Nov. 2011) is a time-travel set in 1850 Charleston, SC. A recent release from Books to Go Now A Country Kitchen Christmas (Feb. 2012) is a light inspirational romance. In May and August 2012 the first two books of The Good Luck Series was released from Amazon The Good Luck Charm and The Good Luck Spell. Ava, a novella in the Love Letters Series was released in November 2012.
She invites readers to step into her world and enjoy the passion.
Author website/blog site:
Twitter: @LeanneTyler


  1. I like your story of how you came up with your plot. Sounds like a good read!

  2. Heidi,
    Thanks. I really had a lot of fund writing it so I hope readers will enjoy reading it too.

  3. Welcome to Sweet Not Spicy, Leanne. I just love your Ava cover!

    Morgan Mandel

  4. Thanks for having me, Morgan!
    I love the cover too. I think for a sweet romance it has a very sensual appeal about it. But then, I think sweet can be sensual.

  5. I just adore those matchmaker type of heroines. Sounds fun.

  6. Clover,
    Thanks for dropping by. Yes, matchmaker heroines can be fun. Ava goes through a period of reflection on her own life in this story. She thinks she'll match John with Jayne, but then realizes this may not be the best plan for several reasons.

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The heroine is very reminiscent of Jane Austen's Emma, which I find fascinating. I'm not sure how you pulled this off, Leanne, but you did an excellent job. Congrats on an excellent story!

    1. Thank you. I'm glad you liked it. And thank you for thinking my heroine was like Austen's Emma. That is truly a compliment.

  8. Hi Leanne.
    I love Emma and Clueless, too! What great inspiration for your story.

    1. Jana,
      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I think I can watch Emma often and still find things about it I didn't notice before.

  9. Ah, Emma. I'd never read it when I first saw the movie. What a story it was, and what a great inspiration.

  10. Liz,
    Yes it is a great inspiration. Thanks for dropping by.

  11. Hi, Leanne
    sorry to be so late coming to the party. was away with the husb and 3 of 4 grandchildren.
    mega amounts of recovery time is called for!!
    great post. Love the tag line for the story.
    best of luck in sales for this darling story!