What do you think is the best quality or most attractive thing of each and every hero of your Play by Play series? See that's easier than asking for favorites ;)
The one thing I find most attractive about each of my Play by Play heroes is their vulnerability. They might not even be aware of it, and it may take them awhile to show it, but eventually they're all vulnerable in one way or another, and they trust the heroine enough to show it. It takes a lot for an athlete to show vulnerability, whether it be physical or emotional, and their willingness to shed that macho image and expose their underbelly is one of the things I love the most about these guys.
Cole's story is finally here and of course people are always wondering if the stories will be as hot as the covers. Can you give us a little teaser of PLAYING TO WIN?
Cole is my bad boy who refuses to take responsibility for his failings. Until Savannah shows up and makes him see the light. I wanted to do a story that was relevant to sports figures today. So many of them think they can do whatever they want--act however they want without consequence. In Playing to Win, Cole has to face the consequences of his actions. He's on his third strike, and if he screws up again, he's out of the game for good. Savannah is his last hope to clean up his image and make him understand that much of what he's done is his fault. So it's two people butting heads, and the attraction that comes out of them working closely together and how they manage that while trying to salvage Cole's career. Lots of sparks and fireworks and heated sexual tension--fun stuff!
Cole's sister Alicia will be the heroine of the next book with Garrett, Gavin's friend. What can you tell us about THROWN BY A CURVE while we suffer the wait?
In THROWN BY A CURVE I deal with what happens when a player is injured. Alicia is a sports medicine specialist, so she has to deal not only with Garrett's physical injury, but the psychological ramifications of what happens to an athlete when they can't play, when their life has been all about their sport. Garrett undergoes a crisis not only physically, but also mentally as he faces what might happen if he can't pitch again. And he has to lean on Alicia not only because she's his therapist, but because she comes to know him better than he knows himself. They work closely together on his rehab, and she sees the good side and the bad side of Garrett as he works through his issues. And as they draw closer and closer, will either of them be able to let go once Garrett's rehab is complete?
When can we expect the second book in your Killer series?
Killer Decision will be released as an e-book original sometime in 2013. I'll hopefully have details up on my website soon about this book.
Many authors get their ideas from everyday life. Do you have a story to share where your real-life experience has influenced your writing?
My love of riding Harleys influenced my Wild Riders series, and my utter addiction to sports influences my Play by Play series. I often write about the places where I live or where I've lived before, like St Louis and Oklahoma and California, because I know those locations best and loved them the most.
Christmas is around the corner and that to me means another Kent Brothers story! Will THE BEST THING be the last in this mini series?
Yes, THE BEST THING, Brody and Tori's story, wraps up the Kent Brothers series.
If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
Warning: Author on deadline--bad disposition, curses often. On strict diet of pizza, Hershey Kisses and bubble gum. Do not attempt to engage in conversation.
An avid reader yourself, what have been the book(s) that stand out the most from everything you've read in 2012?
Oh I've read some awesome books this year. I lost an entire day of writing by reading Nora Roberts' The Witness, which I thought was just excellent. I loved Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor series. Julie James needs to write a lot faster, because About That Night was great. I have mad love for Shannon Stacey's Kowalski series, and I just got a sneak peek at Maya Banks new Highlander historical, Never Seduce A Scot, due out this month, and it's fantastic. I also thought Sylvia Day's Bared to You was brilliant.
Is there anything you'd love to write (genre, idea) that you haven't done yet?
Not really. I love writing contemporary romance. When I first started writing erotic romance, I dabbled into a lot of different genres. I've written fantasy and paranormal and suspense, but I love contemporary the best.
What are you currently working on and what will be the next project to be released?
Right now I'm working on my Hope contemporary romance series, a new series that'll be released through Berkley next year. It's set in a small town in Oklahoma with connected characters. The first book will be released in an anthology next summer, and the first single title will come out next fall. I'm really excited about this series!
Next to be released on Nov 6th is the digital release of The Ties That Bind, my novella that was previously available in the Laced With Desire anthology. We're releasing several of my novellas that were previously available in anthologies for those that might have missed them or might not want to buy the entire anthology just to read one of my books.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
My husband and I like to hang out at a few of our local casinos. So far we haven't struck it rich, but it's not for lack of trying. We still enjoy riding the Harley, but that's been kind of tough with the brutally hot summers we've had here in Oklahoma lately. I love to garden, but again, these summers have been a challenge to my green thumb. Good thing my jalapenos love the heat. And of course, I read whenever I'm not writing.
What was the last movie you watched?
The last movie we went to the theater to see was The Dark Knight Rises. Great film. At home, I think the last movie we watched was Contagion, which made me never want to touch another surface again without copious amounts of hand sanitizer.
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Football star Cole Riley is notorious for doing as he pleases—on the field and off. He parties hard and fights harder, but if he doesn’t clean up his act, his career is over—so Cole reluctantly agrees to work with image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. He’s not used to being told what to do, especially by some (admittedly hot) Southern belle. As for Savannah, she’s not convinced she can transform this cocky (and aggressively sexy) force of nature. But she’s determined to give it her best shot.
When the sparks start to fly, Savannah lays down the ground rules: no personal complications. If she can turn off the tingle she feels every time Cole gives her a hot stare with his gorgeous baby blues, he can turn off his desire as well. But for two people determined to have it all, a hands-off policy can only last so long before one of them yields.