Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the Hot Summer Reads Giveaway Hop, sponsored by the Insatiable Reads Book Tour.  There are over 100 bloggers and authors participating in the hop, and each is offering a giveaway on her blog.  And there are two Grand Prize, too:

– a Kindle Fire

– $50 Amazon gift certificate

Nice, eh?  But it’s not all about the prizes, is it?  It’s about the books, too–all those wonderful reads that can steam up your summer and make it a whole lot of fun!  And what better for a hot read than the Boys of Summer, themselves?

In addition to my historical romances, I write contemporary romance with my husband as V.K. Sykes.  As you can imagine, writing romance with hubby leads to some interesting developments–plot developments, that is.  You see, hubby is something of a baseball fanatic, so he thought it would be fun to write a series centered around the players of a pro ball team.  Thus, The Philadelphia Patriots were born.

Our USA Today Bestselling series features classic alpha male athletes as heroes, and the women who tame them.  These guys are smart, sexy, and very hot, as our heroines find out sooner rather than later!  Here’s the blurb for our latest book in the series, Curveball:

Taylor Page has never wanted anything but a career in major league baseball. Through talent and guts, she’s finally landed a position as Assistant General Manager of the Philadelphia Patriots. The only problem is that most men in baseball still don’t take a woman exec seriously, so she needs to do something big to convince her bosses she has what it takes to run a team.

Veteran Pittsburgh outfielder Ryan Locke’s career is in jeopardy when a suddenly unreliable throwing arm comes on top of rehab from a major injury. A single parent with a troubled daughter and an alcoholic mother to provide for, retirement is out of the question.

When Taylor needs a replacement for an injured first baseman, she comes up with a risky idea: convince her boss to make a trade for Ryan Locke, and then convince the still talented slugger to play first base for the Patriots. With Ryan dead-set against that plan and both their careers on the line, neither Taylor nor Ryan can afford the explosive physical attraction between them. But despite Taylor’s best efforts to resist Ryan’s campaign of seduction, she’s not sure she’s got the willpower to keep from playing along.

You can read an excerpt from Curveball and my other contemporary romances on my V.K. Sykes website.

For my visitors to the blog today, I’ll be giving away a copy of my Philadelphia Patriots 3 Book Box Set, plus a $10 Amazon gift card.  Just tell me what hot summer reads you’ve got lined up for a chance to win! 

And don’t forget to visit the other sites in the Blog Hop.  Click here to start hopping away!

 


Review Contest for Play Hard!!

PlayHard RIR cover

Fellow fab wordsmith Jennifer Lyon is running a great contest for our new sports anthology on her website.  Play Hard includes books from me (writing as VK Sykes), Jennifer, and Juliana Stone.  Hop on over to Jen’s website for a chance to win a $15 gift card for Amazon or B & N!


Play Hard Now On Sale!!

Under my V.K. Sykes pen name, I’ve just published a contemporary romance anthology with two fabulous authors.  Play Hard is a three book bundle of sports romances, written by Juliana Stone, Jennifer Lyon, and moi.  And for a limited time, it’s only 99 cents!!

Each story revolves around a different sport and one sexy, uber-alpha hero–we’ve got baseball, hockey, and Mixed Martial Arts, so take your pick!  Play Hard is now on sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and All Romance e-Books.  It will soon be available in the iTunes store, too.

So, what are you waiting for?  It’s time to Play Hard!


Guest Author: Barbara Meyers!!

I’m pleased to be hosting Barbara Meyers today, the author of the Braddock Brothers Series of stand-alone contemporary romances.  Barb has a new book out, and she’s graciously agreed to be my guest blogger today.

Vanessa asked for three to four paragraphs on a reader-oriented subject for this blog and I immediately wondered if I had anything appropriate already prepared.  I seem to write potential blogs all the time but mostly they are about my experiences, my thoughts, myself!

But if I were a reader reading this blog what would I want to read about?  This part about blogging always seems to elude me.  The truth is I don’t know what readers are interested in.  Books and reading, obviously.  Romance novels, right?

Although I love a good romance as part of the plot in the books I read I don’t seek out romance novels to read.  I think I od’d on them in my early twenties.  I read and re-read Rosemary Rogers and Kathleen Woodiwiss among others.  But as I grew as a reader and became a writer, I wanted more.  I do love well-written romantic suspense, especially Tami Hoag and Sandra Brown, as well as straight suspense.  Most recently I’ve read Lisa Gardner’s The Neighbor and am almost finished with Fragile by Lisa Unger.  Though I once eschewed male writers (too brutal and too graphic) I forced myself to reassess that decision and try reading their stuff.  That’s how I discovered the work of James Grippando and Lee Child.  Check out my Goodreads list for other authors I’d recommend.  (Like Ruth Rendell!)

I have never been a fan of faces on the covers of my books.  Yes, they are contemporary romance novels but there’s a bigger story going on around the romance.  Authors are given some input on the covers, and Samhain Publishing does its best to make the faces on the cover resemble the characters.  With my latest, when I questioned the cover choice I got an interesting response.  Something along the lines of “this book is straddling the line between romance and women’s fiction, that’s why we wanted a romantic cover…”

If you like romance novels with a little something more going on, here you go! 

Thanks, Barb!  Readers, here’s the blurb from Barb’s new book, The First Time Again:

There’s no defense when love blindsides your heart.

Once Trey Christopher was the small-town golden boy. Now he’s just another burned-out, washed-up ex-quarterback with a bum knee, a tarnished reputation, and a simple wish. To be the kind of man he can face in the mirror. Moving back home is a start, as is hiring a down-on-her-luck local woman to help him out around his grandparents’ old homestead.

The last thing Baylee Westring wants is to clean house for a high school crush who barely remembers her name, but Trey’s money will finally top off her get-out-of-Henderson-forever escape fund.  Before she hits the road, though, Baylee’s got something for the man she still finds wildly attractive: the virginity he almost—but not quite—took during a drunken teenage party.

Neither is prepared for the emotional impact of that encounter. But just when Baylee dares to believe in happy ever after, an old enemy turns up to even the score. And Trey finds his heart left in the red zone, with his last chance for love ticking down to zero.

Warning: Contains an overeducated housekeeper who’s open to receiving a pass or two, and an ex-football player who can’t seem to stop himself from showing her all his moves.

Vanessa, here.  Doesn’t that sound great?  Since I write sports romances myself as VK Sykes, I’m a sucker for an athlete hero.  Check out details and an excerpt for The First Time Again on Barb’s website.

EXTRA, EXTRA!!  I’m visiting Ramblings With This Chick today, giving away copies of my new VK Sykes sports romance, Curveball.  Come visit me for your chance to win the latest addition to the USA Today bestselling series that I write with hubby!


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