I (Miranda) recently went to Authors After Dark in Charlotte, North Carolina. Authors After Dark is an Author/Reader convention held every year in August. During this years event I had the opportunity to sit with Author Catherine Gayle at the Sins & Virtues Ball. Catherine had a LUST table. She was a delight to speak with during the dinner and she put together a wonderful swag bag for every person at the table.
She was generous enough to let me grab an extra to give away here today and interview her!
Taking A Shot
Katie Weber has lost her health due to leukemia, and now her chemotherapy treatments have taken her hair. She’s not about to show up to her senior prom bald and let her classmates steal her dignity, too. Prom is no place for a girl who looks more like an alien than a high school student, especially when her so-called friends all dropped her like she had the plague at the first mention of the word cancer. Katie could never get up the courage to ask Jamie—her crush for almost two years, ever since he joined her dad’s pro hockey team—to take her. Not with the way she looks now. Besides, her dad would absolutely murder him.
Jamie Babcock knows its bad news to fall for his Portland Storm teammate’s daughter, but he’s had a thing for Katie since the first time he met her when he was just a wide-eyed, eighteen-year-old rookie. Now cancer might take her away before he ever grows the balls to do anything about it, though. Her father won’t be happy about it, but Jamie has to take a shot and ask to take her to her prom. It seems like Katie has just about given up, and he can’t let her go without giving her some good memories…something to hold on to. She’s still got her whole life ahead of her—she just has to keep living it. If he can convince her of that, nothing her father might do to him will matter.
Available September 4, 2014
Playing for Passion
Love is the name of the game in this limited-edition boxed set of sizzling sports romances. Twelve New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling, and award-winning authors put you right in the action with scintillating stories of hot athletes and the women who prove love is the ultimate game-changer.
Dare to Love by Carly Phillips: Riley Taylor believes herself immune to domineering men—until charismatic team owner Ian Dare turns a kiss into an assault on her senses and she learns she likes his brand of control in the bedroom. They complete each other, but Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember—and her struggles against Ian’s dominance might cost her everything.
Breaking Away by Toni Aleo: Phillip and Reese are happy in their single lives. They do what, who, and how they want, but from the moment they meet, attraction is undeniable. Soon, they’re willing to get tangled in the sheets. But one night turns into two, and two into three, until they find themselves in a repeated dance of “One Last Time” that has the potential to be more.
Hook Me by Chelle Bliss: Michael Gallo found his calling in life—he wants to kick ass. The title is no longer enough—he must capture the woman of his dreams.
Bigger than Beckham by V.K. Sykes: Sports mogul and soccer star Tony Branch takes one look at sexy Martha Winston and her soccer team and decides he wants both. But Martha has no intention of submitting to Tony’s demands—until he gives her no choice!
Love Bats Last by Pamela Aares: The baseball diamond isn’t the only field for all-star Alex Tavonesi; he also runs his family’s prestigious vineyard. But what he can’t seem to run is his love life. When love’s in the game you can’t play it safe…
Schooling the Player by Allie K. Adams: Women throw themselves at star pitcher Zach “Breaker” Evans, and he plays the field. When curvy Becca Porter moves in next door and treats him as nothing more than a neighbor, he goes all-out for her attention. One night, one party, and one winner-takes-all bet, changes everything.
Crashing the Boards by Jami Davenport: Professional party crasher Izzy Maxwell needs team captain and reluctant party guest Cooper Black’s cooperation, but he can’t get past his hockey team’s relocation to Seattle. Can Izzy melt his frozen heart or will this party crash along with her fledgling business?
Breakaway by Catherine Gayle: Dana Campbell’s panic attacks make it impossible for her to have a normal relationship with a man. She asks her brother’s best friend, Eric Zellinger, for help. As the captain of the struggling Portland Storm, he can’t lose focus—but he can’t say no to Dana, either.
Perfect Pitch by Mindy Klasky: When cocky star pitcher DJ Thomas slams reigning beauty queen Samantha Winger in an interview, Sam seduces him even as she uses their notoriety to promote her kids music program. Can Sam and DJ’s blazing relationship survive when DJ’s son begs to trade Little League for music class?
Inside Heat by Roz Lee: Identical twins Jeff and Jason Holder share everything on and off the field, including Megan Long. When Jeff is injured, he could lose everything he loves: Megan, his brother, and his career. It’s going to take more than physical therapy to mend relationships and get him back on the mound. It’s all fun and games until someone falls in love.
Fire on Ice by Dakota Madison: Firestorm Center Kian Kavanagh dominates the ice like a rock star on stage. After Taylor Thompson’s heart was shattered by her high school’s most popular jock, she vowed never to date another athlete, but after a chance meeting with Kian, Taylor’s walls are in danger of being burned down by Mr. Fire on Ice.
Game Misconduct by Bianca Sommerland: Oriana Delgado’s father owns the Dartmouth Cobras, but he doesn’t own her. When he treats her future like another play, she changes the rules and picks her own lineup. But the intended deke turns into the real thing, and the game can’t be won in one lusty night.
Playing for Passion releases on September 15, 2014, and will be available for a limited time only.
This is a novella of second epilogues to books 1-4 in the Portland Storm series. It is approximately 35,000 words long.
It’s the NHL’s draft day, but the whole Portland Storm team is back together for an entirely different event. Complete with a double wedding, an unanticipated guest, overdue apologies, unexpected goodbyes, and fresh starts, this big day has the potential to get them all called for a Double Major.
Double Major will be available on September 18, 2014.
Was Charlotte your first AAD? If so what did you think?
Yes, it was my first! I thought it was fantastic, because it was big enough for a good mix of authors and readers, and small enough that we were actually able to talk and spend time with people. It makes a huge difference, I think, getting to know who your readers are as people.
What was your favorite part of AAD?
Honestly, I think my favorite part was the book signing. I had been talking to various readers throughout the event, but at the signing I was able to meet some readers who had come in just for that part of it.
You sponsored a Lust table at the Sins and Virtues Ball. How well does Lust fit your novels?
It fits and it doesn’t. I think with most romance novels, there is some element of lust involved. Mine tend to focus more on the emotional than on the physical, though, and the heat varies—sometimes significantly—from book to book as I try to make sure it fits both the characters and their development.
I absolutely loved your wonderful swag bags and I am thankful to be giving one away today. You did an excellent job of branding your swag. Was it hard putting the stuff together or did you know right away what you wanted to do?
Thank you so much! I had some help from a friend coming up with ideas for what to include. As to the branding and putting it together, I tried to stick to the logo and team colors I’ve had created around my hockey team. That helped to bring it all together.
Please tell our readers a bit about your Portland Storm series.
The Portland Storm series is centered around a fictional NHL hockey team based in Portland, Oregon. While hockey is definitely an integral part of the series, the overwhelming theme that you can find within the books is that no matter what mistakes you’ve made in your life or what’s been done to you, there is still a happy ending to be found. That means that each book often deals with some pretty heavy subject matter. In the series so far, I’ve tackled rape, molestation, grief, homelessness, cancer, unplanned pregnancy, and miscarriage, and there are more similar issues that will be integral to some of the upcoming books.
How did you pick Hockey as your characters sport?
Hockey is my favorite sport, and it’s the one that I feel I know well enough to be able to write believably. If I’m going to write a sports romance, I want there to be plenty of sports action in it. I really don’t like picking up a book labeled as a sports romance and discovering that while the hero might play a sport, that doesn’t factor into the book in any way. I want to feel like I’m in the game. If it’s a sport I don’t already love, I want to learn more about the game, and maybe I’ll start to watch it. If it’s a sport I do love, I want to feel as though the author really understands it. So…for me, it was the only sport that I could write about in such a way that I wouldn’t upset the reader part of me.
Do you have a favorite couple in your Portland Storm series?
Most of my readers would say Jamie “Babs” Babcock and Katie Weber from Taking a Shot, and I love them…but the couple that started it all includes the heroine who I most relate to on many levels. So I have to say Eric “Zee” Zellinger and his best friend’s kid sister Dana Campbell from Breakaway.
Summarize your series in five words 🙂
Big athletes and bigger emotion. (And that is a mean question. LOL.)
What is your latest release or an upcoming release?
Taking a Shot releases on 9/4. It’s a novella that was originally published in the Seduced by the Game anthology and will now be out in the world on its own. And on 9/18, I’ll be releasing Double Major, which is a novella that serves as a second epilogue to every book in the series leading up to that point.
Catherine Gayle is a bestselling author of Regency-set historical romance and contemporary hockey romance with a New Adult feel. She’s a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monster’s next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic.
You can find out more on her website, her blog, at Red Door Reads, at Facebook, on Twitter, and atGoodreads. If you want to see some of her cats’ antics and possibly the occasional video update from Catherine, visit her YouTube account.
Here are two of the great goodies that one lucky winner will get! A signed copy of Taking A Shot and a Portland Storm License Plate. There is also a $10 Gift Card and more intimate goodies 😉 I will also throw in some JR swag!