My name is Lindsay Chamberlin, and I am a self-published author of three novels, Alyeska, The Shoreline, and See You Soon. When I’m not writing, I am attending college full time, working a full time job, raising a beautiful baby girl, and adoring my supportive husband. I am a gluten for punishment when it comes to taking on new tasks, but I love being busy!
My latest novel, Alyeska, is my newest task, and I am beyond excited for its release date. I am a romance author by nature, and Alyeska doesn’t disappoint. Kayleigh Wilson is our heroine who ventures into the cold tundra of Alaska to finally start experiencing the dating world again, but when confronted with her past of use and abuse, she has to determine the type of woman she wants to become. Does she remain the scared, scarred hollow version she has been for years, or does she take a chance on a man who could open the door inside herself to the woman she has wished she could be?
Let’s Get To Know Lindsay Chamberlin
Q: What’s the funniest thing a reader has ever said/emailed to you?
A: The funniest thing a reader has ever said/emailed to me was actually said to me by my mother. She said, “Why don’t you just say penis?” My books are steamy, and I do use the proper names for my characters appendages, but to say penis continually leaves so much to the imagination. Imagination is key in some cases, but when I create a world around my characters, I want the reader to be able to see it through the characters eyes, know it as if it were right in front of them. Once my reader knows the details, then I can use a proper name, but to have my mother ask me to say penis is probably one of the many highlights of our relationship.
Q: If you could go back in time before you published your first book, what advice would you give yourself about publishing?
A: If I could go back in time before publishing my first novel, I would give myself the advice to have my novel professionally proofread. As the author, you know exactly how the story should read, hear it being read in your own head with your own tone. It is one of the many mistakes we new authors make, to proofread ourselves.
Q: What fictional character would you punch if the face if you thought you could get away with it without going to jail?
A: The fictional character that I would punch in the face whether or not I would get away with it would be Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series. In my little imaginative world, I would be a witch as well and would turn her nasty self into a balloon that I would then pop! Her lack of empathy hurt me as she tortured young children, so as a new mother, popping her with or without consequences would be fine by me.
About Alyeska by Lindsay Chamberlin
The Alyeska Ski Resort and Spa near Anchorage, Alaska is known for its beautiful mountains, relaxing environment, and delicious dining, but for Kayleigh Wilson, a trip to the frozen tundra was meant to offer so much more. After a past full of pain, she lived her life based on how little she had to feel, so when her brother offered a weekend trip to the resort where no one even knew her name, she jumped at the opportunity. For Kayleigh, this trip was exactly what she needed to put herself back in the game of dating and romance, but she never planned on meeting a man who could actually alleviate her past and allow her to experience every emotion she had shut off so long ago. Benjamin Thomas, the man who awakens her heart from hibernation, is full of his own pain, but in his mind, some secrets are better left unshared. As Kayleigh faces her past and confronts Ben’s, she fights to keep herself from falling back into the darkness of unfeeling, but it may be at a price she isn’t willing to pay.
Ben watched the slow movement of her hands as she pulled the jacket apart and off of her body. His eyes met hers again as she reached for the straps of the suit on her shoulders with a quizzically curious stare.
Kayleigh called back the ember from this morning, easily bringing the tiny warmth back into the depths of her body, as she lowered the suit to her waist and shimmied it over her hips. She couldn’t hide the bit of discomfort from her face as the suit passed her tailbone.
Ben slowly approached her, closing the few feet between them and kneeled down in front of her. He untied her left boot then gently applied pressure upwards on her foot, a clear hint to lift her leg as much as she could. Kayleigh obliged his silent request, knowing for sure if she tried to reach for her boots herself to take them off, she would’ve been in a world of pain.
Ben worked quickly at removing her shoes and damp socks, strewing them haphazardly behind him in his haste. As Kayleigh’s bare feet rested back on the floor, immediate warmth met her toes.
The floor was heated!
With just that small, lavishly wonderful aspect, Kayleigh never wanted to leave this spa for the rest of her life. She could live perfectly happy in the decent sized room forever with a floor like that! She released a small sigh and sunk further onto her aching heels.
“Are you OK?” Ben asked from his kneeled position where the deep concern from a moment ago now looked a bit more curious about her mood change.
“Better than OK. I could stay standing in this room forever,” Kayleigh smiled down at him, wiggling her toes in delight.
Ben’s answering laugh came in a small, but deep boom.
At least his mood had started to change, too, Kayleigh thought to herself as she steeled her resolve to complete the current task at hand.
She pushed her snow suit down a bit further to her thighs, but winced from the stretch and strain on her backside. The jeans she had underneath them were bunched up and soaking wet, making it nearly impossible for her to remove them herself.
As Ben stayed kneeling in front of her, she looked back at him and gave her best “can you help me out” grin she could. His answer was clear as his hands reached up and gently pulled down the heavily down feathered suit. He lifted her foot again to pull the freezing outerwear off of her leg and placed it back on the warm ground. Kayleigh couldn’t help but sigh again as another task was completed.
Under her snow coveralls, her many layers of clothes, a sweater, a t-shirt, jeans, bra, and panties, were all soaking wet, but thankfully the room was warm enough to hold off her shivering.
Ben stood in front of her, a few feet of distance between them, and eyed her curiously. “I’ll be right outside the door if you need more help. Just put a robe on when you are done, and I’ll be back in a few.”
Kayleigh felt the ember wane and grow, diminish and shine again with Ben’s words. Her resolve from the mountain was competing furiously with the flight which had become so ingrained in her body. If she said OK, Ben would do exactly what he said and wait for her to undress before coming back into the room. He would never force her to do anything that would make her uncomfortable.
But if she asked him to stay, she knew he would, but she had no idea what would happen in the next moment. That next step is what scared Kayleigh, the unknown of what could happen. The flight that had become a part of her over these many long years from so much pain caused by other men was stopping her from experiencing everything the one in front of her could offer.
Ben turned away from her and headed for the door. With each step he took, the war of flight versus flame spiked through her body, pushing and pulling her mind in a million different directions. She closed her eyes as Ben took the final few steps towards the door, concentrating on his foot falls and reinforcing her determination, damning the flight from her body.
Just as Ben’s hand rested on the door handle, Kayleigh opened her eyes and could feel the ember deep within her spread like wildfire. She relished in the feeling, coaxing the flame to grow stronger.
“Ben,” Kayleigh called out, her voice barely sounding like her own.
He looked back at her just as the door cracked open. His beautiful, enchanting emerald eyes searched her face, looking for an answer to a question Kayleigh wasn’t sure he would find.
“Stay with me,” Kayleigh said aloud as the flame reached further within her.
Ben stared at her for what felt like forever, but with the warmth of not just the room and floor anymore pushing Kayleigh forward, throwing all flight from its buried corners, she could have stood like that forever, waiting for Ben’s response.
He pushed the door closed and stood completely still in front of it. “Always.”
My favorite quote from Alyeska is:
When I first met you, ate that first meal with you, I fell for you. And every moment we were together, I felt my love for you grow. You allowed me to save you, but you didn’t realize that you were saving me, too. – Ben Thomas