Sunday, July 5th, 2015
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It’s a crisp fall day, the sun is shining, the stadium is filled with screaming, yelling fans, and two football teams—the modern equivalent of the roman gladiators, line up to face each other and do battle. The ball is set up n the tee, the kicker sets himself, takes his three-or-four-step approach, kicks with the full force of his deliciously muscular leg and as the ball sails to the other side of the field the game is on. For me it’s an addiction that I don’t want to cure, even when the thrill of victory is dampened by the sadness of defeat.
Football fandom simply overwhelms all other sports in America, growing not just merely super, but superior, from high school right on up to this Sunday’s quasi-religious festival — which celebrates our adoration of the sport as much as the sport itself. And with the addition of a college football playoff, the interest in football has risen to even higher heights.
So when I created a new series, for my romantic heroes I chose the gods of the field, the stars of the game that I think is so very exciting. What’s more romantic than these gladiators, right?
I was thrilled when Carly Phillips invited me to write for her Dare To Love series, built around the Miami Thunder football team. And huge huge huge thanks to every reader out there who has kept the book ins the #1 spot in Kindle World romance for one week today. Here is a taste of Daring To Chance It:
Sarah York celebrated passing the bar with a New Orleans weekend with her friend. But then everyone couple up buy her and she was left getting cozy with her drink. Until a mouthwatering god name Beau Perini, hotshot football player, swept her off her feet and into a night of unbelievable ecstasy. When she dell asleep she was already trying to figure out how they’d get together again.
Except when she woke up, Beau had done a disappearing act. And not even a thank you note, the rat.
Fast forward six years. Sarah is the newly minted In House Counsel for the Miami Thunder football tea and Beau is their golden new fret agent. Imagine her shock when she sees him at the press conference to introduce him to the Miami media.
Beau has never stopped thinking about Sarah and regretting his hasty exit. Through a bad marriage and divorce, full custody of his three year old son and a fat new contract with the Thunder he’s never stopped thinking of her. Now he thinks Fate has given them another chance and he plans to make the most of it.
Too bad Sarah, who has trust issues, might not see it his way. But then the chemistry between them explodes again and all bets are off.
And hard on the heels of the success of this book is the release of Forward Pass, Book #1 in my Game On football romance series. I chose to focus on the players of a high school state championship tea, fifteen years after the fact.
As a Texan who didn’t grow up in Texas, it’s really something to behold: I love football, but Texas LOVES football, especially high school football, in a way that cannot be appreciated without seeing it for yourself. Tons of people wear team gear and decorate their cars all year long. School districts keep high schools large to make sure that football teams are competitive. And the stadiums are nicer than those of many small colleges–hell, some are on par with large college stadiums. Talk to anyone long enough, and if they played high school football, you’re bound to hear about it.
In the Game On series I try to bring that excitement to you:
Shay Beckham grew up idolizing her brother’s best friend, star quarterback Joe Reilly. There was no one in their Texas town who had the moves to match Joe on or off the field. Years later, he’s still a player who has what it takes to drive any hot-blooded woman wild. But Shay isn’t a kid with a bad case of hero-worship anymore. She’s grown-up and independent, with her feet on the ground and a serious head on her shoulders. If she could just say the same for Joe.
It’s been fifteen years, but Joe Reilly hasn’t forgotten the skinny little kid who used to follow him around like a shadow. What he can’t get over is that the skinny shadow has grown into one hell of an incredible woman. One any man in his right mind would kill to get his hands on. And one who seems to be completely immune to him. He knows he and Shay could have something special together. If he could only convince her he’s about more than just the game.
Saturday, July 4th, 2015
Happy Fourth of July!
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ALL HAT NO CATTLE by Randi Alexander – Deep in cowboy country for a rodeo, Harper Johansen is looking for a cowboy of her own, but roughneck Shaw Donahue needs to convince her to value a man for more than his cattle.
FOR LIBERTY by Rene Folsom – While deployed, his mission classified, the heartfelt letters Maximus writes are the only bits of communication Liberty receives while he is away. His letters are a constant reminder of why he chooses to fight: For Liberty.
COME WITH ME by Sable Hunter – Lacy has never experienced the big ‘O’. This July 4th will have more explosions than fireworks in the sky. Jake will prove to Lacy he can be all she needs – in bed and out.
WHITE CHOCOLATE CHERRY by Graylin Rane – When a widowed news reporter receives notice she’ll receive a Candy Man, she’s nervous. Can she open her heart and her home to another man?
SCORIN’ ON THE FOURTH OF JULY by Cassandra Carr – When professional hockey player Mikael meets USA Olympic goaltender Terri, both her beauty and skill attract him. But Terri might have to leave town to keep playing and their blossoming love put on ice.
ONE LAST RODEO by Michel Prince – Mistakes happen when we’re young, now this rodeo pickup man will have one chance to fix it with his ex. She ran to the city to make it big on the news, but he’ll bring this country girl home.
STARS AND SPARKS by Christin Lovell – One curvy journalist. One ex-marine. Two people attempting to find their new place in this world, but, sometimes, it’s not about finding a place; it’s about finding a person. And there’s nothing but stars and sparks between these two.
FIRECRACKER! by Desiree Holt – She’s hot as a pistol in the rodeo ring, leaving the competition n ashes. But can this firecracker bring the same explosive emotion to a night with two hot, hot, hot men?
SPARKS FLY by Mari Carr – I Do is the easy part. Happily ever after? Not so much. Over the Fourth of July weekend, Evan vows he’ll reignite his wife, Annie’s passion with his own brand of fireworks.
RETURN TO HER by Alexandra O’Hurley – Writhing passion quickly turns into more when friends become lovers. Their surrender comes days before an ill-timed deployment, where the two are quickly ripped apart. Will fate prevent this soldier from returning to her?
Friday, July 3rd, 2015
A Friendly Engagement by Christine Warner
Release date: 6/23/15
About the book: Omar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan…
Okay, so it wasn’t exactly Devi’s plan to become her friend’s fake fiancée. Lies aren’t her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise—enough to track down the missing father she’s never known—and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax…
This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line between friendship and…well, something more, Devi realizes she’s made a huge mistake that just might cost her both job and friend—falling for her fiancé.
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About the author: Christine Warner is living her dream in rural Michigan along with her family, one laptop, and a much loved assortment of furry friends. Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines. A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter, and her website at christine-warner.com.
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He checked his watch. “Lunch will be over if you…”
The bathroom door squeaked slightly as it opened, and he turned. His heart galloped, then went into a full-blown stampede.
Devi walked across the room. Although her hair fell down past her chest in two loosely gathered pigtails, they bounced with each step. So shiny, he wanted to reach out and touch the fullness, grab a handful, and smell. Hell, he wanted to slide her hair from the two flower clips and tangle his fingers through the silky-looking waves. She chose that moment to spin in a circle.
“What do you think? Too old school?”
“The suit. I bought it on a fifties replica website online. I like the style, but I know most people don’t swim in suits like this. It’s a swimdress actually. Don’t you love the cute black and white polka dots? I adore polka dots. And how it gathers at the waist, and the sweetheart neckline, how cool…”
Her words were lost to him. All his focus centered on the rays of sunlight illuminating her face as her mouth moved, each word forming on glossy red lips but never quite reaching his ears. The way her eyelashes fluttered over her cheeks as she inspected her suit, tugging at the waistline and running her fingers along the edge of material that nestled against the swell of her breasts.
And then there were her legs. Where the hell did she get legs like that? Long, toned, and tanned the perfect shade of light brown. They looked smooth, and his fingers ached to reach out and touch them.
What the hell? He’d seen her legs thousands of times when she wore a dress—the mainstay of her wardrobe— even caught glimpses of her upper thigh from time to time, but to see the entire package…
Holy shit! She spun around again.
“O, I want your opinion.”
Damn. Her legs were incredible, but her ass. That suit did amazing things to her ass. He couldn’t stop staring, and when she turned back around to face him he craned his neck to try to follow the view.
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
By Tina Gayle
Welcome Tina Gayle to the blog today and her latest release, Stormy.
A widower, a divorcee, co-workers, lovers… a future together… marriage?
Consoling each other for years over each other’s misfortune, Karen and Daniel turn a friendship into a weekend of unbridled red-hot passion. The heat between them leads to thoughts of a future together. That is…
Until children, an ex-husband, an unexpected heart attack, a conniving trophy-wife, guilt and personal choices come between them. Will the heat of their passion, let them break from the past and move into the future?
“Damn it, Daniel, if I find you with a young chickadee like I did my ex-husband,” she growled as she trudged up the staircase. “I might be tempted to…”
Her gaze immediately fell on the empty king-size bed. Exasperated by her inability to find him, she quickly scanned the entire room…desk area, open closet, bathroom… the door closed. Light glowed through the seam between the floor and the bottom edge. “Daniel, if you’re in the bathroom come out this minute.”
The entrance opened, and he stood in the doorway.
Problem, he wore only a towel.
Awe, shit… she didn’t need to see his bare chest covered in crisp dark hair, the sculptured muscles of his arms and shoulders, developed pecs, and thick thighs.
Damn, how was she supposed to resist such temptation?
Desire added to the anxiety she’d already experienced on her drive here, lit her anger. “Why the hell didn’t you answer your phone? I’ve been calling and texting you for the last two hours.”
A confused frown passed over his handsome face. Instead of responding, he stepped to the bedside table. He lifted his cell phone and clicked a few buttons.
Unable to contain her impatience, Karen stalked forward.
He glanced up when she grew closer and showed her the phone. “I don’t understand it. I don’t show receiving any messages or calls. The signals must have gotten lost because of the storm.”
She’d suspected as much. Still, she refused to let him off the hook because he could’ve contacted her before he left town. “You should’ve called me. But no…”
Having endured his inability to communicate for months now, she stabbed her finger through the air at him. “You never call. You always expect me to phone you. Well, I’ve had it.”
The distance closed between them and she stood inches from him. Her fingertip tapped his chest. Static electricity sparked between them and her fist unfolded. She stumbled backward.
“Whoa.” Daniel caught her around the waist with one hand and held her close. His phone landed on the bed before he circled his other arm around her. His strong grip held her steady and didn’t allow her to step away. “You’re right. I guess I’m just use to…”
“Don’t say it. I’ve heard it too many times. Sharon might have resented the interruptions, but I’m not her. I’m never in any type of meeting that you could possibly disrupt.” Karen spread her hands over his chest and worked to maintain a smidgen of distance. Nevertheless, with him so near, his warmth surrounding her in a seductive cocoon, she had to fight the urge to melt against him.
“Yes, but if I called you whenever I wanted we’d never get off the phone.” The husky tone of his voice pulled her gaze upward.
Spying the silly grin on his face, she shook her head. “Don’t play with me, Daniel. I was worried that something bad might’ve happened to you.”
He cupped the back of her neck and guided her head to his shoulder. “You worry too much. Nothing’s going to happen to an old dog like me.”
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
MELTING ICE–Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle 5)
By USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport
USA Today Bestselling author Jami Davenport presents another Seattle Sockeyes hockey romance and the fifth book in her Game On in Seattle sports romance series showcasing alpha male heroes of football, baseball, and hockey.
Brimming with attitude and broken beyond repair, Isaac “Ice” Wolfe has a heart as cold as his nickname, and he likes it that way–until he meets his neighbor Avery Maxwell. Avery is unlike any woman he’s ever known. Her smile thaws his frozen heart. Being with her heals his broken places. She makes him feel, and for Isaac that’s not always a good thing. Isaac has burned every bridge in his professional hockey career. When he’s traded to the Seattle Sockeyes halfway through their inaugural season, he knows he won’t get another chance. He’s never been a team player, yet he needs to become one–and fast.
Avery has only wanted one thing in her life–to train and show horses. Her decision to drop out of college to pursue her riding career causes a rift with her big sister, but Avery is tired of following everyone else’s dreams. Now she’s following her own, and no one is going to distract her from her passion–until she meets a dark stranger and his cantankerous dog.
When Isaac is warned away from Avery by the team’s captain, who happens to be Avery’s future brother-in-law, Isaac sees the writing on the wall. It’s Avery or his career. To Isaac, a life without hockey wouldn’t be a life worth living. But what about a life without Avery?
Do Isaac and Avery sacrifice their life’s passions for their mutual passion for each other, or do they fight to have it all, even if by doing so, they might lose everything in the end?
While all books in this series can be read as standalones, you’ll likely enjoy the other books in the Game On in Seattle sports romance series:
Book 1–Skating on Thin Ice (Seattle Sockeyes Hockey)
Book 2–Crashing the Boards (Seattle Sockeyes Hockey)
Book 3–Crashing the Net (Seattle Sockeyes Hockey)
Book 4–Love at First Snow (Seattle Sockeyes Hockey)
Book 5–Melting Ice (Seattle Sockeyes Hockey)
Book 6–Blindsided (Seattle Steelheads Football) AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER 2015
Meet Jami Davenport
USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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He was like a drug, and she was high on him, his scent, his closeness, his blue eyes, his rugged good looks, his body. All of him. Everything about him heightened her senses and destroyed any self-preservation she might have. Any argument against casual encounters with near strangers ceased to exist in her brain, which crashed like a bad hard drive and refused to reboot.
He wanted this night to last forever, and he savored every moment from the twinkle in her eyes when she teased him, to the tilt of her head as she listened to him. Avery was bright, insightful, and not afraid to offer opinions different than his. He loved that.
And maybe, just maybe, he loved her.
Isaac had not only fallen in love with Avery, he loved her.
She’d fallen for the man, hard, and she didn’t think she’d ever get up. Wallowing around on the ground in love was a much better way to go than standing up and being lonely the rest of her life.
If he was the devil, she’d gladly follow him to hell, but judging by how he made her body feel, he was more likely a fallen angel who’d take her to heaven.