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Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Monday, September 15, 2014

BLOCKED Excerpt #NA #Volleyball #Romance


Five weeks until the release of Blocked!


Have you added Blocked to Goodreads yet? Add it HERE.

And US readers, be sure to enter the giveaway for two signed copies.

My Spanish expert, Elii Vela from Book's Minion Blog, has this to say about Blocked:

"The relationship between Lucia and Dane was very sweet and very sexy. The end of the story was fabulous, made ​​me scream with excitement because it was the perfect ending."

Leading up to the release, I'll share excerpts each week. This is from chapter one.

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“Hey, Ramirez,” a friendly voice said, and I turned to find a welcoming smile. “I’m Maddie Brooks.”

“The team captain?”

“That’s me.” We were about the same height — six-foot-two — and she studied me for a moment. “You’re obviously a strong side hitter.”

I cocked my head. “How’d you know?”

“You look strong as hell, girl.” She rubbed my right shoulder.


I felt twenty pounds lighter all of a sudden. The awesome team captain said something nice about me! “Actually, I’m a lefty.”

“Even better!” Maddie’s eyes lit up. “Bridgetown won’t know what hit them when you slam the ball down the line.”

I laughed. The Ramirez-Monroe presidential rivalry had just begun, but the storied Highbanks-Bridgetown sports rivalry had been around for years. When things had gone south at Texas, I’d considered playing at Bridgetown until my club coach Susie had squashed that idea like a tiny bug.

“So, what happened to the Texas coach?” asked Maddie.

I peeked back at Coach Holter, who appeared engrossed in lecturing my Secret Service agents. Frank’s jaw looked pretty tight but Allison maintained her serene smile. Good luck fighting US Government regulations, Coach.

Noting my hesitation, Maddie asked, “Or maybe that was a nosy question?”

“It’s okay.” I shrugged. “Apparently the Texas coach had an affair with one of the players.”

Maddie’s jaw dropped.

“When he got caught, the athletic director made him resign.” 


“Whoa.”

I nodded. “He seemed like a cool guy on my recruiting trip, and I had a full ride. But my dad freaked — he told me I couldn’t go to UT anymore, even after the coach resigned.”

Maddie blinked. “Why?”

“My dad was concerned that the affair had gone on for two years before anyone found out.” To mimic my father, I tucked in my chin and deepened my voice, allowing a subtle version of Grandpa’s Mexican accent to creep in. “My daughter will not play for such a morally reprehensible program.

“My God!” She snickered. “You sound just like him. It’s so cool to have somebody famous on our team.”

As we approached Griffin Athletic Complex, I heard the throng of reporters a moment before I saw them. “You might not think so in a second.”

“Lucia Ramirez!” a female reporter called as she jogged toward me in heels and awakened the ten or so ambulance chasers behind her.

My chest tightened as I braced myself. I immediately felt the presence of Frank on one side and Allison on the other, hustling me forward and pushing Maddie to the side. “Sorry,” I said, and she nodded.

The breathless reporter neared me. “How do you like Highbanks, Lucia?”

“Dammit, how’d they know we’d be here?” Allison whispered as her eyes darted right and left.

Frank tapped his left ear—he must have been getting something on his earpiece. “Jansen just told me they were already here for Monroe.”

My knees almost buckled—I’d thought it would be at least a couple of days before I ran into Dane Monroe. Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to attend Highbanks. “Is the men’s team’s inside?” I cried.

Questions hurled toward me like whizzing volleyballs. 

“Why aren’t you at University of Texas?”

“Are you living in the dorms, like normal freshmen?” 


“Why’d you choose the same school as Dane Monroe?”

I closed my eyes. Why, indeed? Why attend the same university as the son of the Democratic nominee for president—my dad’s opponent in the election? When my eyes opened, we were almost at the door. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#IWSG: To Series or Not To Series


Thanks to author ninja Alex Cavanaugh for his brainchild:


I want to hear your experiences with writing series. Love 'em? Hate 'em?

I have written one stand-alone New Adult sports romance and one romantic suspense trilogy. I'm considering turning my upcoming NA volleyball romance Blocked into a series.

So I have some writerly questions for you, in my deliberations. Feel free to answer none, one, or more!

1. Do you prefer to read stand-alone novels or series? Why?

2. Have you ever written a series (or plan to write one)? If so, when in the process did you realize you wanted to write a series?

3. If you like series, do you prefer the same characters as protagonists or new main characters featuring "spin-offs" in subsequent novels?

4. How do you decide to write a stand-alone or a series?

5. How many books are ideal for a series? When does a series get too long for you?

THANK YOU! Write on, my friends.


Monday, September 1, 2014

September is for Sequels #Giveaway Hop


Thanks to Lisa Loves Literature and I Am a Reader for hosting this giveaway.


Do you love sequels and series? I do. We grow to love characters in the first novel, and it's a special treat to follow their journey in a sequel.

When I wrote my debut novel With Good Behavior, I didn't intend to write a series. But I quickly realized that limiting the story to one novel would cut short the adventures I wanted to have with my characters. So I wrote a trilogy: The Conduct Series.

I'm giving away the ebook of Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2). Can two cons find happiness after the happily ever after? Sometimes it isn't pretty, but true love with persevere. I'm a psychologist and this romantic suspense story features quite a few couples counseling sessions.

Enter on the Rafflecopter. With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1) is on sale for only $.99 HERE.

And don't forget to enter to win a print copy of my new NA volleyball romance Blocked to the right!

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Now hop on over to check out these sequel giveaways!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

#Giveaway of Hydraulic Level 5 and Skygods by Sarah Latchaw


I'm stoked for the release of SKYGODS (Hydraulic #2) by the gorgeous Sarah Latchaw. Check out her blog HERE.



I loved HYDRAULIC LEVEL FIVE (Hydraulic #1)--see my 5 star review HERE.



What stunning covers!


*******Giveaway*******

Wanna enter to win these excellent reads? Leave a comment with your email address. You can comment about these books or answer this question:

How likely is it for a divorced couple to rekindle their romance?

Giveaway ends 9/2/14.

Sarah Latchaw was raised in eastern Iowa and appreciates beauty in mud-splattered gravel roads and fields. She also loves to explore far-away places, thanks to countless family minivan trips across the States. This passion for finding stories led to college adventures in many different countries, and each place’s story rests in the back of her mind and in her photo albums.
Sarah received her BA from Wartburg College in public relations and media, and entered the workforce, ready to climb the ladder. However, when researching MBA applications evoked feelings of dread, with the loving support of her husband, she pursued a career in creative writing and was awarded her MA from Iowa State University.
These days, Sarah wakes every morning thrilled to cuddle her small children, show them the world, then capture that world and shape it into stories on paper. She is not thrilled when she wakes to her cats smothering her face. She and her family reside in Des Moines, Iowa—one of the best places to live and work.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cover Reveal and #Giveaway for Blocked by Jennifer Lane #NA #Sports #Romance


I'm excited to share the cover for my New Adult volleyball romance:


New Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance

Releasing October 21, 2014

College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. Hijole. Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

If you would like to participate in the Release Event and/or Request to Review BLOCKED, you can find out more information HERE.



GIVEAWAY

I'm giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an Advanced Reader Copy of BLOCKED! You can enter HERE:

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About the Author

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry.

In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Cover Reveal is Coming 8-25! Blocked by Jennifer Lane #NA #Volleyball #Romance


Julie from AToMR Tours is hosting the cover reveal for BLOCKED in three days! Over 40 blogs will participate and there will be a big giveaway--check back here for the Rafflecopter link on 8-25-14.

Heroine Lucia Ramirez is excited for you to see the cover. 


She thinks the cover is caliente!


Sign up for the release event and review tour HERE.


Blocked is a New Adult sports romance.

College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Box Set Release & #Giveaway: The CONduct Series

Thank you to Omnific Publishing for launching a BOX SET of my babies to the world!




Enter the giveaway HERE. Thank you to these bloggers for celebrating the release with us:

Grace at Sweet Spot Book Blog
Darcia at Quiet Fury Books
Autumn at Autumn Review Blog
Michelle at Book Briefs Blog
Sophia at Delighted Reader Blog
Mandy at I Read Indie Blog
Jessica Subject at Mark of the Stars Blog

The CONduct Series
Can Two Ex-Cons Find Love?
Will the Mafia Let Them Live Long Enough to Find Out?

Romantic Suspense with a Psychological Twist: Now Available in a Boxed Set!
BOOK ONE – With Good Behavior:
With Good BehaviorIn a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and dim hopes of redemption, can
true love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost.
Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer’s door, the attraction is instantaneous. But a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.
BOOK TWO – Bad Behavior:
Bad BehaviorGrant Madsen’s got issues. He’s still battling his Mafia family and doing everything possible to keep his loved ones safe. With the cruising season coming to an end, he has to find another job soon or he’ll rejoin his father in prison. And he’s trying to convince his rebellious teenage nephew to stay away from their criminal relatives (you can imagine how that’s going). But worst of all, Grant’s parole officer has mandated that he attend therapy.
The only saving grace is that they’re couples sessions with his girlfriend, Sophie Taylor, a fellow parolee who’s struggling with a few issues of her own. Sophie desperately hopes her past with
Grant’s brother won’t destroy her future with him. There’s a sleazy professor at work who revels in sexually harassing women in the psychology department. And her father still hates Grant.
Their psychologist has his work cut out for him.
When Grant’s ruthless father hints at a plot to get out of prison, Grant must use everything he’s learned in therapy and beyond to try to stop him. It’s a race against time and a race to rescue Sophie from the Mafia’s clutches once again. But this time McSailor and Bonnie refuse to play victims. This time the cuffs are coming off.
BOOK THREE – On Best Behavior:
On Best BehaviorPlanning a wedding is never easy—especially when the Russian Mafia wants you dead.
On Best Behavior—the third and final book in The Conduct Series—finds our favorite couple moving forward, despite the odds. Following a pardon by the Governor of Illinois, excons Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen are finally free to pursue their love and the life that lies ahead for them. Grant now fights the forces that have hurt his loved ones by working undercover for the FBI, and he has infiltrated the Russian Mafia in Chicago. Sophie dives into swimming with Grant’s nephew, Ben, and into her career as a psychology professor. Thankfully, now it’s Ben’s turn to heal through
therapy sessions with Dr. Hunter Hayes.
With so many things going right for Grant and Sophie, it’s too bad the Russians aren’t their only threat. When Grant’s father, Enzo Barberi, discovers his own son thwarted his plan to break out of prison, his overdeveloped sense of vengeance flares to life. As Sophie scrambles to save her fiancé, it’s impossible to say who will kill Grant first—the Russians or his Italian family. Can love triumph over evil? Are hard work and a pledge to be on best behavior ever enough?
Once again, author Jennifer Lane brings a harrowing tale of romantic suspense with a psychological twist, and it’s sure to leave readers breathless.
Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes and Noble
Author: Jennifer Lane
Title: The CONduct Series Boxed Set
Genre: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 9781623421694
Release Date: August 19th, 2014
Author Website: http://www.JenniferLaneBooks.com
Twitter: @JenLaneBooks

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Work In Progress #WIP Blog Tour


I've been tagged by the lovely Maria Savva for this blog tour. Maria is a prolific author and I loved her collection of short stories Fusion (my review is HERE.) 

The rules: Provide the link back to the post by the person who nominated you. Write a little about and give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your current WIP, then nominate four other writers to do the same.

My current WIP isn't actually in progress anymore; it's FINISHED. Yahoo! The release date for Blocked is 10-21-14 and the cover reveal is just around the corner: 8-25-14.

College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player.¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?


Want to sign up for the cover reveal, release blitz, and/or blog review tour for Blocked? Head over to AToMR Tours.

Blocked has alternating points of view. The odd chapters are Lucia Ramirez and the even chapters are Dane Monroe.

Chapter One

As I plopped down on the bleachers and scanned my new teammates around me, one word came to mind: heaven

Chapter Two

I can’t fucking believe it...I thought for sure Brad was shitting me when he said Lucia Ramirez was coming to play volleyball here.

Chapter Three

Sweat poured off Dane in a steady stream, but he didn’t even look like he was breathing hard. 

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I'm nominating the following 4 talented writers to reveal their WIPs :)


Nicki Elson - http://nickielson.blogspot.com

Beck Anderson - http://authorbeck.com/category/blog-post/

Elisa Dane - http://www.elisadane.com

Carol Oates - http://www.caroloates.com/p/home.html

Check out their blogs and their books!!
 


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