I know you’re wondering, and so let’s look at them one at a time, because The Dead Shall Live is being edited and time is getting tight and I don’t have time to do a longer post.
Today? I am putting the final touches on a short story set in the universe of the Fury Triad. This is a fun prequel where we get to see Cosmo and Greylund in their Oxford days, along with their friend Prince Al Tair, unintentionally wreaking havoc in Ordinary London. Let the chaos begin!
If you want to close your eyes and imagine three charming young rakes riding through Ordinary London leaving havoc in their wake, you can listen to what I’m listening to!
#BookQW is a twitter meme
Writers post quotes from their work–published or not–that use the word of the week.
Anyone is welcome to join in.
Each week, Mindy Klasky will choose a word for people to use on Twitter, in quotes from their books, using the hashtag #bookqw. If you’d like a weekly email reminder of the #bookqw, you can sign up at:
Some people just post a short quote as a tweet. Others make graphics. Whatever you want to do. Just use #bookqw as part of the tweet, and then anybody who follows the meme will see yours, too!
I post mine on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Twitter. Once it’s made, why not? If you join in, tag me and let me know!
This week the word is VOICE.
Hey, even if you don’t read sports romances, maybe your friends do, so share, why don’t ya? Thanks!
I’ve got the best news: this week is the official kick-off of football season in the US–and with college football back, too, we’ve all got lots of chances to catch our favorite teams playing our favorite game.
So what makes this even better? We have EIGHT football romances for you to huddle with right here, each of which is a touchdown (and the extra point, too!).
Check out each one–and as a bonus, each author is giving you her own favorite sports romance recommendation.
Some Enchanted Season by Patricia Burroughs ON SALE for .99 at Amazon
Patricia recommends . . . Sosie Frost‘s Happily Ever All-Star, A Secret Daddy Romance. “She hooked me with the sizzlin’ guy on the cover, reeled me in with “Secret Daddy,” and totally delivered with laugh-out-loud funny and heart-tugging sweetness.”
A Tempting Dare by Cathryn Fox only $1.99 at Amazon
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If you’re interested in joining Cathryn’s Street Team, they’d LOVE to have you. They have a lot of fun over there, and lots of special prizes and contests for her lovely FOXY ladies!
Cathryn recommends . . .Dare to Love by Carly Phillips: “A hot, heartwarming story about family, love and trust. Oh, and did I mention it’s HOT and FREE right now??”
Game Changer by Ann Jacobs
Ann recommends . . . “Jaci Burton’s Play-by-Play series won’t disappoint you, no matter which pro sport you fancy! As a football fan and steamy romance lover, I have The Perfect Play high up on my keeper shelves—but there’s not a loser in the 12 hot novels and novellas. Check out Jaci’s website and get in the game!”
When We Were Us by Tawdra Kandle is FREE on iBooks/Barnes and Noble/Kobo/Google and Amazon/–if they get their act together! If you have problems, let me know in comments and I’ll make sure you get the book.
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Tawdra recommends . . . “Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen. She’s my favorite hockey writer, and this book has it all: sizzling romance, hunky guy, sassy chick and all the right moves!”
Bold by Nicola Marsh
Nicola recommends . . . “Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, part of her Chicago Stars series. Cal Bonner is a seriously hot hero and this book got me hooked on SEP. It’s on my keeper shelf!”
Liz recommends . . . “Blindsided by Jami Davenport, the first book in Jami’s Seattle Steelheads subseries. So much hot fun with these hunky football players . . . and some old favorites from the hockey books, too!”
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Holly recommends . . . “Diva in the Dugout by Arlene Hittle. Arlene is a riot to be around, and her stories are romantic comedy. Add baseball to the mix, and you’ll understand why I love this woman and her books.”
Liz recommends . . . “The Deal by Elle Kennedy, the first book in Elle’s sizzling and wickedly funny Off-Campus series: football players, snarky women and the bumpy road that leads to true love . . . eventually.”
So when I was looking for a wonderful and muscular cover photo for Some Enchanted Season’s update, I went through many, many stock photos of guys with muscles bared who were holding footballs, wearing football gear, something.
One thing that was noticeable–very much so–is that they all have very short hair. Which isn’t actually the norm for professional football players in the US. And yet, it is what is trendy fashion and what the models have. So even though Rusty Rivers doesn’t have short hair, I wasn’t showing his hair anyway so… I made do.
Until I found The Guy. Various poses of The Guy. Everything about The Guy was awesome, and I immediately knew he was The Guy. I figured out which pose I wanted.
And then immediately had to change to another. Why? Because Sosie Frost had already used the same pose on her book.
I love everything about this cover. I love the colors. I love The Guy. I love his hair. I love the fonts used. I love the tattoo that the cover artist added to the photo.
I love everything.
And guess what–I ended up buying that darned book because its subtitle is, A Secret Daddy Romance. And that made me go, huh? And I read the blurb, and it was kind of catnippy for me, two people in forced proximity who are not supposed to fall in love. I’ve written that before. Maybe more than once. 😉
Veteran running back Jude Owens is one of the best and most respected players in the league. A brutal concussion nearly ended his career, but Jude refuses to retire without earning the ultimate honor—a championship.
But first, he needs me to clear him to play. As the Ironfield Rivets’ neurologist, I usually treat bad boy quarterbacks and beastly linebackers. I can’t be impartial when my lifelong crush hops onto the exam table. Not only is Jude gorgeous and a gentleman, he’s my brother’s best friend…and the father of my unborn baby.
Or so everyone thinks.
Jude offers to pose as my boyfriend and the baby’s father to save my reputation. In return, he needs my help to stay on the field. The pretend romance keeps me close enough to take care of him, but I can’t protect my heart. Our stolen kisses and nightly indiscretions have transformed this fake relationship into something so very real.
I can’t complicate our arrangement by falling in love, especially as Jude’s obsession with football blinds him to everything but the game. When his symptoms worsen, the only way I can protect him may be to sit him on the sidelines. But ending his career will ruin our Once Upon A Time.
It’s up to me to save my prince charming…
Even if it means I lose my happily-ever-after.
Happily Ever All-Star is a sexy, flirty standalone romantic comedy with no cheating and a guaranteed happily ever after. For a limited time, Bad Boy’s Baby, Beauty and the Blitz, and Once Upon A Half-Time are included with this file!
I bought the darned thing–even though I haven’t bought or read a contemporary romance in years. And didn’t even notice that [see above] right now you get three other books from this series as part of the download!
I read it. And it’s terrific. Which is why I’m telling you about it now. Because seriously, check it out. This may very well be a book you find adorable and funny and sweet and even angsty, too.
Oh, and since they are twins, we’ll check them out side by side.
And watch this space. Tomorrow I am bringing you more football romance goodness, along with a contest!
Football season is starting, folks, and here at PlanetPooks I decided it was time to update the cover on my football romance.
Dare I admit it?
Okay, I’ll admit it.
I dragged my feet on this one. I didn’t want a bare-torso on my covers.
But hey, the readers have spoken. Since I changed the cover at Amazon and let my newsletter subscribers know about it, sales have quadrupled! And I guess honestly? This is the cover that sexy and surly Rusty Rivers has deserved for a long time.
Brace yourselves. Grab a fan and your smelling salts. Ready?
Some Enchanted Season: A Football Romance is waiting for your reading pleasure at Amazon, and available for KU subscribers.
What Readers Are Saying
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This is my least favorite ‘big’ holiday if you’re talking classic activities. I can’t tolerate heat, and I live in Texas. Unless they’re part of another activity, fireworks are okay but generally not worth the trouble of going to see them.
And yet I love the Fourth of July, Independence Day, if you’re talking about what it represents. And my favorite way to celebrate?Movies. Air conditioning. Wallowing in the feel-good warm-and-fuzzy patriotic feels I get from watching my favorite movies for the day. History, Americana, and a rousing bit of patriotic rah-rah-BOOM! Fireworks of a different kind.
Oh. And of course, all the food that goes with it!
What about you? How do you celebrate your national holiday?
What I’m reading right now: Clockwork Souls, A Steampunk Anthology, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford & Brenda W. Clough.
And I have a short story in it!
I knew the collection would be wonderful because I’ve read the previous two. I am thrilled to be part of it because at this point in this world’s progression, we join the American Civil War, and not only is there a fight to free slaves, but also to free enslaved souls that have been used in the creation of automatons.
I’m very proud of my story, which was originally intended to be a bit playful, until my character revealed things to me I hadn’t known before, and there ya go. Some things can’t be playful, or at least, she wouldn’t allow it to be.
My story is, “A Need for Expanded Abilities of a Discreet Nature.”
What are these ‘discreet abilities?’ Oh dear, I really couldn’t say. [Fluttering fan, reaching for smelling salts, swooning.]
Right now the ebook is available at Book View Café for only $3.99, or at Amazon at the same price. You can download a mobi version for Kindle, or an epub version for all other devices and apps. It’s safe and easy, and if you decide to do that and don’t know how to get it onto your device, let me know and I will talk you through it, or put you with someone who can. [Which makes it sound hard. It’s not. But anything can be daunting if you’ve never done it before, and so many of us just his ‘buy’ and have it show up automagically on our machines so have never had to do this little maneuver before!]
Let me know if you buy the print.
I’ll send you an autographed book plate for it!
What did I just finish reading? What am I also reading right now? [Hey, there are no rules any more and if two of my Ws in WWW are ‘reading right now,’ who cares?
Sometimes I choose an audiobook simply because of the voice in my ear. Well, I wouldn’t download just anything, but if it’s already something on my radar…
That is true of Half Bad. Yes, it was kind of on my radar already, mainly because I’d seen the cover a lot. But since I prefer historical settings, I hadn’t paid it a lot of mind. But then–then I clicked on the audible sample and… this voice. This accent. It just pulled me in. These aren’t the plummy tones of a Hugh Grant or Colin Firth. This is more regional, but I am not sure which region. I’m guessing industrial midlands or north? I honestly have no clue.
UPDATE: And I have been told reliably that it is Yorkshire, perhaps Hull with shadings of Sheffield! Yay!
It has been compared to Hunger Games, and yes, I see that. Dark YA, life and death.
But there is personality and character here, like a real guy is telling me his story, and I no longer care that it isn’t historical. It’s this guy, this character, and I must hear more.
And yes, I’m listening now, and it is set in modern day England, I think [Wales is a two hour train ride away] yet with white witches and black witches and a young guy who will probably be put to death when he’s seventeen, or so it seems right now. The story, the world, the characters–and of course the voice [both the voice Sally Green gave Nathan, and the voice of the reader, Carl Prekopp who I see is from Sheffield so maybe I’m write about the accent or maybe he’s using some other accent] has sucked me in. What a wonderful reading/listening experience.
In digging around, I found out that, “On March 3, 2014, it set the Guinness World Record as the ‘Most Translated Book by a Debut Author, Pre-publication’, having sold in 45 languages prior to its UK publication by Penguin books.”
Pretty darned amazing.
First in a trilogy. A trilogy that is already written and available.
And what will I read next?
Last week I said I’d read Changing the Guard by James Farner next.
I didn’t intend to. I downloaded it, wrote about it, and then forgot about it. Ooo[s.
What will I choose this week, and then not read?
Inkheart has been on my list forever. I hope this time I really do read it.
The cover is delicious. The idea even moreso:
One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART— and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever. This is INKHEART–a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.
How have I not already read this???
Oh, hi. It’s all about me, because, well, that’s me. But now, how about you?
What are you reading right now?
What would you read if you had time to read?