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Tag Archives: Sports Romance

Welcome Jennifer Loring author of The Pieces of Us (The Firebird
Trilogy Book 3), a new contemporary sports romance.
Why did you write
this book?
From the time I finished Firebird, I knew Alex’s story was
going to be a trilogy; I just wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to end the
journey of a character that has become so dear to me. I tossed around a couple
of ideas but decided to go with the one I hoped readers were least likely to
expect. Alex gets his HEA, but not in the way you might think. And while some
readers might not like it, it’s where the story needed to go.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
It will probably always be horror, though I do read some
romance (mostly PNR and some historical). I also love non-fiction.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Two are characters I’ve loved since I was a
teenager—Irrylath from The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce and Zach
from Poppy Z. Brite’s Drawing Blood. I also adore Constantine from Robin
McKinley’s Sunshine. Two out of three are vampires, so I guess that says a lot
about me. J
What are you working
on at the moment?
A paranormal romance novella for After Glows Publishing and an
outline for a narrative game/interactive novel. I wasn’t going to work on a
novel-length project again until 2018, but I couldn’t resist the urge to
re-start the PNR novel I initially researched and outlined over a year ago. The
plot finally came together after a few false starts, and I’m excited about
writing it again.
What books will we see
from you in coming months?
April brings the fairy tale anthology Forest Seclusion,
featuring my transgender romantic fantasy story “If Only You Were Someone
Else,” from Supposed Crimes, and the first Erotikós anthology—containing
two of my erotic horror short stories—from DarkFuse. In May, I’ll be in a
contemporary romance anthology called Craving: Bad with a new Firebird short
story, and in August, I’ll appear in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the
Lake vol. 4. In October, I’ll have a novella in After Glows Publishing’s Hidden
Demons paranormal romance anthology. I still have quite a few short stories,
novellas, and novelettes submitted to various publishers, so hopefully this
list will be updating soon!
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Genre: contemporary/sports romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Aleksandr Volynsky thinks he’s experienced the worst life
can throw at him, until the most devastating loss leaves him questioning
One year later, Alex and his daughter, Anya, are still
picking up the pieces. In the process, he realizes how far apart their mutual
grief has driven them and how lonely he has become—especially when the Buffalo
Gladiators’ beautiful anthemist, Hannah Kent, finally introduces herself.
Anya Volynsky is a high-school senior with plans—her father’s
plans—to become the first woman on a professional hockey team’s starting
But Anya is toying with the idea of staying in Buffalo and
caring for her father rather than accept a scholarship to play hockey at Boston
College. Her decision becomes even more difficult when she meets her school’s
new athletic trainer, Lucas Donovan. Their experience with similar losses draws
them together, and soon their friendship blossoms into a forbidden love that
neither of them expected.
With lives torn apart by sorrow, Alex and Anya try to
restore their bond, but it’s not that easy…
Alex’s attraction to Hannah keeps
growing stronger, and he needs to decide if he’s ready to overcome his pain—but
also if he’s willing to do it without Anya’s approval. Anya, on the other hand,
is headed for trouble, and while Alex tries to do the right thing in order to
protect her, all he manages to do is push her further away.
Can Alex and Anya find the courage to pick up the broken
pieces of their lives, or will the heartache of the past ruin their chances at
finding happiness again?

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Jennifer Loring Social Media

Jennifer Loring has been, among other things, a DJ, an
insurance claims assistant, and an editor. Her short fiction has been published
widely both online and in print; she has worked with Crystal Lake Publishing,
DarkFuse, and Crowded Quarantine, among many others. Longer work most notably
includes the contemporary/sports romance series The Firebird Trilogy and the
critically acclaimed psychological horror novella Conduits. She lives in
Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.

Romance Lives Forever
Discover Books and Authors with Kayelle Allen
Play Is It True
with today’s guest Jean Joachim, author of Dan Alexander, Pitcher, a sports
romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can
elaborate on answers as much as they choose.
First, tell us about
your book.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): 4 heat level
Fed up with cheating women, Dan Alexander, star pitcher for
the New York Nighthawks, grew restless. Searching for something more than a bar
babe, he zeroed in on a girl in the stands. He never expected to see a
beautiful chick pushing frankfurters. But the hot dog girl looked as smokin’ as
the food she was selling.
Holly Merrill found a place to hide in plain sight, as a
vendor at Nighthawks’ stadium. Keeping her secret safe and simply happy to stay
alive, she never considered finding love an option. After all, a bad girl doesn’t
deserve a decent guy, does she?
Coming off his best season ever, Dan went into the playoffs,
hell bent on winning the pennant and playing in the World Series. But could he
maintain his focus on the field, where everything was going right, when off the
field everything was falling apart?
Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to
explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first
No. It’s book # 35
this book is part of
a series?
Yes, The Bottom of the Ninth series.
you lost sleep while
writing this book?
you did research for
this book?
some characters in
this book are not human? (pets for example)
Some of the ball players may act like apes, but they have
human DNA.
this book has more
than one genre?
you speak more than
one language?
you grew up where you
live now?
you love to read?
you are never late?
you love pizza?
you love sushi?
you have a pet?

Where can we find your
book online?

Jean Joachim Social Media

Jean is an award-wining, international best-selling romance
with books hitting the Amazon Top 100 list in the U.S. and
abroad since 2012. She writes mostly contemporary romance, which includes
sports romance and romantic suspense.
Dangerous Love Lost and Found won 1st place in the suspense
category in the 2015
Oklahoma Romance Writers of America International Digital
Awards contest. The Renovated Heart won Best Novel of the Year from Love
Romances Café. Lovers & Liars was a RomCon finalist in 2013. And The
Marriage List tied for third place as Best Contemporary Romance from the Gulf
Coast RWA. To Love or Not to Love tied for second place in the 2014 New England
Chapter of Romance Writers of America Reader’s Choice contest. She was chosen
Author of the Year in 2012 by the New York City chapter of RWA.
Married and the mother of two sons, Jean lives in New York
City. Early in thE
morning, you’ll find her at her computer, writing, with a
cup of tea, her rescued pug, Homer, by her side and a secret stash of black
Jean has 35 books, novellas and short stories published.


Red Hot Russian Alexei is king of the Ice…Antarctic style
Alexei Zaikov loves his life in remote Amity Bay,
Antarctica, until a new luxury guesthouse threatens the community’s future. As
head of Amity Bay, he’s driven to save it, but first must discover who is
hiding out in the supposedly deserted lodge…and why.
Nora Bradford has lost everything; a promising career and
the man she loved. Glacier Ridge Lodge, the architectural masterpiece she
designed but was denied credit for, seems like the perfect place to grieve her
loss, until a ruggedly handsome Russian arrives on her doorstep, determined to
bring her in from the cold. Desire sparks, leaving them hungry for more. But
will the truth about Nora’s role in Amity Bay’s demise, doom their romance?

Heating It Up: A Red Hot Russians Novella

Genre Contemporary
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Elizabeth Harmon

Contemporary romance author Elizabeth Harmon loves to read
and write romances with a dash of different. A graduate of the University of
Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a
freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that
allows her to spend her days imagining “what if?” and a loving family that
keeps her grounded in the real world. Her debut novel, Pairing Off, the first
book in her Red Hot Russians sports romance series, is a 2016 RITA Award
An adventurous cook, vintage home enthusiast, occasional
actress, and entry-level figure skater, Elizabeth makes her home in the
Midwest, where life is good, but the sports teams aren’t. She loves to hang out
on her front porch, or at her favorite local establishments, enjoy good food
and wine, and talks writing with anyone who will listen.

This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About the Author

In addition to a thriving career as a novelist, author Darin Gibby is also one of the country’s premiere patent attorneys and a partner at the prestigious firm of Kilpatrick Townsend ( With over twenty years of experience in obtaining patents on hundreds of inventions from the latest  drug delivery systems to life-saving cardiac equipment, he has built IP portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In addition to securing patents, Gibby helps clients enforce and license their patents around the world, and he has monetized patents on a range of products.
Darin’s first book, Why Has America Stopped Inventing?, explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system.  His second book, The Vintage Club, tells the story of a group of the world’s wealthiest men who are chasing a legend about a wine that can make you live forever.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader. He is also a sought-after speaker on IP issues at businesses, colleges and technology forums, where he demonstrates the value of patents using simple lessons from working on products such as Crocs shoes, Izzo golf straps and Trek bicycles.
An avid traveler and accomplished triathlete, Darin also enjoys back country fly-fishing trips and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Denver with his wife, Robin, and their four children.

Interview with Darin Gibby

Why did you write this book?
Gil is one of those books I wrote for myself.  It tells a powerful story about the price required to pursue one’s dreams, and about what really matters in life. Gil’s dedication to his wife, Keri, was the main theme I wanted to convey.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I tradeoff between historical fiction and thrillers.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Johnny Nowlan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months? 
I am finishing up a thriller entitled Chasing Hindy. This book is about a patent attorney who thinks she’s landed her dream job with a company who has invented a technology to let cars run on water only to discover that there are other interests who are poised to make sure it never comes to market.  It should publish in March 2017.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Some gifts come with a price.
Twenty years before, high school coach Gil Gilbert gave up his dream to play professional baseball so he could marry his pregnant girlfriend, Keri. When he miraculously discovers that he can pitch with deadly accuracy and speed, he must choose between his successful career and familiar family life or his chance to play with the Colorado Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil stuns the pitching staff with 100 mph fastballs and is offered a contract.
After joining the Rockies, the world soon learns that Gil is a supernatural phenomenon and the Rockies keep winning. But Gil soon faces stiff opposition, including a frivolous lawsuit, a father who feels his son’s calling to pitch is to save souls, and threats from the striking players. As the season progresses, Gil discovers that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death. While Keri supports his decision to keep playing, she is fearful about her husband’s bizarre heath condition.
Gil must decide what price he is willing to pay to live his dream.

About the Book

Title Gil
Genre Literary Fiction – Sports
Author Darin Gibby
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

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About the Author
Known the world over as The Oldest Living Erotica Author, Desiree Holt
proves every day that she is more than the sum of her years. She is a winner of
the EPIC E-Book Award, an Authors after Dark Author oft he Year and winner of
the Holt Medallion. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The
Village Voice
, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The
London Daily Mail
and numerous other national and international
Interview with Desiree Holt
Why did you write this
because I am addicted to football and romance and sexy guys, and in
Forward Pass I had a way to combine them both.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
romantic suspense
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Lucy Kincaid from Allison Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid series
What are you working on at
the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
A story for Cat Johnson’s Hot SEALs Kindle World, a BDSM story for a
box set and a firefighter story for a box set. Coming up will be the launch of
an action/adventure series set in Alaska, another in my rock star series, and
two more in my Rawhide series.
Please tell us about your latest book.
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.
About the Book
Title Forward Pass
Genre erotic contemporary sports
Author Desiree Holt
Book heat level
(based on movie ratings): R
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I Think I Love You 

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introduces the story.

About the Author

Iris Blobel was
born and raised in Germany and immigrated to Australia only in the late 1990s.
Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living
in Scotland and London, as well as in Canada, where she actually had met her
future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently
emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides
west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters, as well as
her two dogs. In addition to her job at a private school she also presents a
German Program at the local Community Radio.

Interview with Iris Blobel

Why did you write
this book?
“I think I Love You” is the 3rd in the Australian
Sports Stars Series. I started with Tyson (the AFL player in “Love Will Find
You”) and fell in love with his friends Oliver and Markus that I decided to
dedicate them a book as well. I decided for Markus to be a soccer player, not
only because of my German background, but I started jotting down ideas during
the World Cup last year, which Germany won J
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I love Romance, but I generally read across the genre,
except historical novels and erotica.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Jack Reacher …love him!
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m currently working on another series which is set in a
small coastal town called Fermosa Bay. Connor, who’s lived most of his life in
London, returns to his place of birth and discovers there are many things about
his past he isn’t aware of … or he hasn’t been told of. It’s fun to write.
Quirky characters, laid back, and very Australian!
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Markus DeLeon and Sarah Winter’s lives couldn’t be more different…
After three years away as the goalkeeper for an English soccer club, Markus has been happy to be back in Australia. He’d missed his family and friends, including Sarah. He’s known her since childhood, and often protected her from the teasing of other children and the troubling consequences of a broken home.
When they attend their friends’ wedding, a new light is cast on their friendship…
Sarah is fresh out of a bad relationship, and Markus has always been the one she can confide in. Maybe it’s the magic of the wedding—or how stunning he looks in a tux—but the attraction between them intensifies in ways they’d never imagined.
But sometimes when risking what you have, you might lose everything…
Following a passionate encounter, Markus isn’t sure how to handle this new aspect of his relationship with Sarah, and literally flees the scene for the coast. Sarah is unsure how to react to his sudden departure, but is soon knocked off course by misunderstandings and a frightening family emergency.
Markus realises his mistake and wants to make things right, but he also faces obstacles. He’s been offered an exciting new job, and an attractive newcomer to the neighbourhood is eager to claim his attention, though the last thing Markus needs is another confusing relationship.
Can Sarah and Markus face the fear and doubt—and the potential loss of their lifelong friendship—to give their love a chance?

About the Book

Title: I Think I Love You
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Iris Blobel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

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