Friday, April 18, 2014

Carina Press Sports Week

Carina Press Sports Week

Congratulations to the winners!

TAP OUT - Manda W 
THE ACE - Marcy S


In honor of Carina Press’s first-ever Sports Week, featuring six new sports-themed romance releases, the Sports Week authors are defining unique terms from their respective sports.

Between hockey, rugby, tennis, MMA, football and baseball, do you have a favorite? We’re giving away one of each of the Sports Week releases. Leave a comment for a chance to win!

From Kate Willoughby, author of hockey romance On the Surface:

Fast hands: Tim Hollander, the hero in my book, On the Surface, is a professional hockey player with fast hands. Does this mean if you met him in a bar, you’d have to be on your guard? Nah. In hockey, players with fast hands can move the puck with alacrity across the ice, around opponents and into the net to score. It's the guys on the other team who have to watch out!

Find On the Surface at Amazon *Amazon UK *B&N *Google Play *iBooks *Goodreads
Find Kate on the web *Twitter *Instagram

From Kat Latham, author of rugby romance Playing it Close:

Touch: Rugby players might touch each other a lot (mostly trying to knock their opponents off their feet), but there’s nothing erotic about touch in rugby. Touch is the out-of-bounds area around the playing field, and kicking the ball into touch is a common way of ending a rugby match. There’s a common expression among rugby fans—kicking someone into touch—which means that you’ve ended a relationship with someone, so if you hear a rugby player say, “She kicked me into touch,” he’s telling you that his girlfriend has dumped him. Poor guy. :)

Find Playing it Close at Amazon *Amazon UK *B&N *Google Play *iBooks *Goodreads
Find Kat on the web *Twitter *Facebook *Pinterest

From Michele Mannon, author of MMA romance Tap Out:

Haymaker: A lethal, diving punch. If landed, it will likely change the outcome of a fight. In Tap Out, book two in the Worth the Fight series, each chapter begins with heroine Sophie Morelle’s tongue in cheek interpretations of MMA moves. For example, Haymaker is a fight that a barn. Right?!

Find Michele on the web *Twitter *Facebook *Blog

From Rhonda Shaw, author of baseball romance The Ace:

Can of corn: One of the strangest baseball terms I’ve heard is “can of corn” which means an easy catch by a fielder.  There are different theories scattered across the web behind the ‘why’ of this term, ranging from it having to do with grocers stocking cans of corn on top shelves and easily catching them when they were knocked down, to the old days when the outfield was termed the “corn field.”  Whatever the reason, a strange term indeed.

Find Rhonda on the web *Twitter *Facebook

From Rebecca Crowley, author of tennis romance Love in Straight Sets:

Let: In tennis, a let is the act of replaying a point if anything has obstructed the trajectory of your shot or otherwise interfered with the game. So if a streaker runs onto the court as you’re serving, you ask for a let, or you opponent offers one. It’s a polite way of mutually acknowledging that the competition has been disrupted in a way that’s unfair and a chance for a redo, and something that wouldn’t go amiss in romance. Ex-boyfriend unexpectedly shoves open the door during a first kiss? Ask for a let!

Find Love in Straight Sets at Amazon *Amazon UK *B&N *Google Play *iBooks *Goodreads
Find Rebecca on the web *Twitter

From Allison Parr, author of football romance Imaginary Lines:

Line of scrimmage: The lexicon of football is wonderfully strange and diverse, ranging from almost violent terms to oddly poetic, like line of scrimmage. It refers to the imaginary line running parallel to the goal from sideline to sideline, and touching the ball. Of course, imaginary lines can refer to more than just those on the football field, such as those people draw between themselves… Like those between two old friends who aren’t ready to admit they might be falling in love.

Find Imaginary Lines at Amazon * Amazon UK * B&N * iTunes * Google Play * Goodreads

Find Allison at her blog * Twitter * Facebook


Six lucky readers leaving a comment or email entry will win one of the above-listed books!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST April 19th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 


  1. ON THE SURFACE and THE ACE are the books I'm most looking forward to reading from this group.

    Marcy Shuler

    1. Thanks, Marcy! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing (and researching!) it. :)

    2. Thanks, Marcy! Ditto on what Kate said. :) Good luck on the giveaway!

  2. What a great giveaway! Everyone of these stories is appealing. Love the sports theme. Kudos.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

  3. Really love books including hot sportsmen and women!!

  4. So excited to see all these sports themed romances...especially tennis! No one ever writes about tennis players.


    1. Yay for another tennis fan! :-D

  5. Thanks for the chance to win... Love sports themes books!!!

    jamiann (at) optonline (dot) net

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  7. I prefer rugby, hockey, and football romances. All of these books sound really good though. Thanks for the giveaway!

    kscathy at yahoo dot com

    1. Yay, rugby! Good luck in the giveaway, Cathy!

    2. First: HOCKEY rules! Go Kings!

      Second: I have found I can enjoy sports romances that feature sports I don't really like to watch. I guess that's a testament to the writers!

  8. I love sports themed books. I want to read them all. For Hockey - Go Kings. I was so happy when they finally won The Stanley Cup.

    yenastone at aol dot com

  9. Interesting books

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  10. Ooh, I love the sounds of these! I'm looking forward to Allison and Kat's first, but am adding these all to my TBB! Thanks!

    fedora at gmail dot com

  11. this is an amazing group of writers, thanks for sharing ( I enjoyed the twitter party the other day

  12. The only sport I seem to excel at is competitive napping. I do love my naps!

    Happy Easter

  13. The only sport I seem to excel at is competitive napping. I do love my naps!

    Happy Easter


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