SPORTS RULE AS AUTUMN REIGNS

Here in Pittsburgh it’s difficult not to be a sports fan especially right now. Baseball teams vie to play in the play offs with the World Series lurking. Football started two weeks ago and already Super Bowl contenders race to win a ring. And if that’s not enough, the hockey season is about to start. Whew.

To escape the competition of your favorite teams for a few minutes this season, why not slip between the pages of a great box set of romantic, steamy stories – all with a sports’ theme, hunky heroes, and delicious relationships?

Score One For Love – Ten Stories for only $0.99.

Download your copy today!

Amazon – Kindle

B&N – Nook

iBooks – Apple

KOBO

Google Books

Here are the stories grouped by the sports.

Football

Loved by the Linebacker Lyssa LayneLoved by the Lineback by Lyssa Layne – “Love Lyssa’s books. Love this story.” Amazon review

Blurb: When sports agent Camila Lemos and linebacker Evan Purser meet, anything but sparks fly. When the walls are broken down, will a touchdown be scored or will it be yet another fumble for both?

Michele- Playing for KeepsHockey
Playing for Keeps by Michele Shriver – “This is such an awesome book! Another great one to read by Michele Shriver.” Amazon review

Blurb: Hockey star Colton Tremblay’s bad-boy reputation got him traded from Montreal to the expansion San Antonio Generals. As a female reporter, Maya Dominguez can’t afford distractions from the players she’s assigned to report on, but Colton is used to getting what he wants. Can he persuade Maya that this time, he is playing for keeps?

Third Base_KindleBaseball
Third Base by P.C. Zick – “A great beach read, rainy day read. . .or anytime or place read.” Amazon review

Blurb: Baseball star Tomas Vegas puts all his energy into winning the World Series, until he meets the widow Adriana Moretti. His supermodel ex-girlfriend and Adriana’s tightly-knit Italian family threaten them, but the more they’re pulled apart, the more they silently yearn to be together.

Monochrome image of torso and ball

Soccer
Played by Love by Rachelle Ayala – “A great tale of love, sex, and betrayal.” Amazon review

Blurb: Soccer goalkeeper, Jaden Sloup, has his eye on Ella Kennedy, a woman who won’t date jocks or frat boys. When Ella discovers his ruse, she runs into bullies who force Jaden to fight and prove that jocks and frat boys can be good guys too.

Flawed by Jade KerrionBeach Volleyball
Flawed by Jade Kerrion – “An awesome read filled with angst, heartache, passion, and a deep love.” Amazon review

Blurb: When burned-out actress Ariel Falconer meets professional beach volleyball player, Jake Hunter, their mutual attraction is immediate and scorching, but neither is ready for the emotional complications of false impressions and clashing expectations. Can Ariel and Jake escape unscathed, or will their conflict shatter their dreams and the promise of love?

An Unforgettable Lesson final_edited-1Golf
An Unforgettable Lesson by Abbie St. Claire – “The sparks fly in this one. And the banter is fun. You can’t help but smile.” Amazon review

Blurb: Huck Tyson hates golf. Period. When it’s suggested that he learn to play for his day job’s camaraderie, he’s less than welcoming of the idea, although desperate to advance his career. Amelia Berringer, the club’s only golf pro, doesn’t expect her student to be quite so negative and meets Huck’s sarcasm with a snarky bite of her own. However, neither of them expect romance to rise from the greens.

9 Chantel Rhondeau -Serving Up LoveTennis
Serving Up Love by Chantel Rhondeau – “This is a wonderful story about what can happen when the boundaries of professionalism are blurred.” Amazon review

Blurb: Melanie Rush has a huge crush on her coach, Ethan Patterson. He has strict rules against relationships within his tennis program, but Melanie wants to break them all. She’s determined to make Ethan hers, no matter what it takes.

Marcia James RacingHeartsStock Car Racing
Racing Hearts by Marcia James – “Racing Hearts definitely filled a void in my life. It was JUST what I needed!!” Amazon review

Blurb: Stock car legend, Tom “Torque” Tyler, faces a bleak future following a traumatic head injury and seizures. Determined to drag her high-school crush from his self-imposed solitude, service dog trainer, Meg Klein, and a tiny but talented seizure response dog bring Tom hope and love.

FindingtheStrengthMartial Arts
Finding the Strength by Stacy Eaton – “A crisp and engaging read, and one I easily finished in one sitting.” Amazon review

Blurb: The night Tayla Adams is attacked, Third Degree Black Belt, Cam Giles steps in and stops the violent man. Little did Tayla know that when she takes a self-defense class she will come face to face with her knight in shining armor, but can Tayla learn to defend herself, and gain enough confidence to protect the two of them when the time unexpectedly comes?

Body Lock Kimmie EasleyMixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Body Lock by Kimmie Easley – “Seriously awesome book, combining a heady emotionally heart-stopping story with serious hotness!.” Amazon review

Blurb: After the violent death of her fiancé, Dakota Asher finds herself with a new desire to tempt fate as an adrenaline junkie. MMA coach, Ford Herveaux specializes in adrenaline. Dakota now specializes in Ford.

Remembering the Moment

 

following the writing dream

By Patricia Zick @PCZick

I watched a documentary recently about pursuing a dream. The Back Nine revealed much more than the story of one man going for the impossible. The piece chronicles the life of Jon Fitzgerald, who at the age of forty decides to pursue his dream of playing professional golf.

Almost everyone, except his wife and daughter, discourages his dream. He continues on his quest. It’s the story of discovering what’s most important in life. It’s the story of fathers and sons. It’s the story of journey trumping destination.

On his journey, Jon must train and practice. One of his coaches – a yoga teacher – asks him to remember the moment he felt the highest joy when playing golf. Once he remembered the moment from childhood, she told him to reconnect to that feeling every time he played.

I knew what she meant because I remember the moment it occurred for me in my writing.

As I wrote my second novel, A Lethal Legacy, I came to difficult scene. A character in the story dies with the protagonist at his side.

I sat in an antique rocking chair with the keyboard in my lap as I envisioned the scene. I rocked back and forth and closed my eyes, remembering. I began typing as the scene in my mind moved to my fingers on the keyboard. I was transported back to my memory to when I sat at my mother’s bedside as she lay dying. The words flowed as freely as the tears running down my cheeks. My fingers flew across the keyboard. It was a moment of pure commitment to my craft. It was blissful and joyful, despite the painful memory I evoked. I’ve heard other writers refer to it as “the flow.” I was definitely in it, and like a drug addict seeking the next high, each time I write, I seek that moment once again. It’s never been as good as it was that first time, but I’ve come close. More than a decade later, I still remember what it felt like.

That moment is the very reason I continue on my journey as a writer despite the pitfalls. Jon has yet to realize his dream but what he gained from the pursuit gave him much more. I have yet to realize my full-blown dreams as a writer, but what a ride I’ve experienced so far.

a moment of writing joy

Excerpt from A Lethal Legacy

By P. C. Zick (formerly Patricia C. Behnke)

“I slowly rose from my bed to get dressed. I would not let Gary die alone as my father had. He would have those who loved him near him as we tried to make his passage from this world a safe one. After a lifetime of suffering, it was the least he deserved.

We remained with Gary for the rest of the night. It was excruciating to sit in that room. We waited after each loud breath for the next one, dreading it, yet hoping it would come. As the night wore on, the breathing became more irregular.

Finally, around dawn with the new day emerging outside the shaded window of the bedroom, Gary took one last gasp of air, but he never let it out. He had gone from us, just as the night had slipped away, with little fanfare.

The first cry came from Rick, who began rocking back and forth in his chair next to the bed. Claire had positioned herself on the other side, standing near the head of the bed resting her cheek on Gary’s forehead as he breathed for the last time. The tears slid down her face as I went to stand next to her, trying not to let the sob escape from my throat. We stood motionless for an eternity each thinking our private thoughts of this man who could finally rest in peace in a place where demons no longer tortured young men, where fathers cared, and where acceptance came as naturally as living on this earth.”