Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I Gotta Be Me

Congratulations to "Irma J." the winner in Kate's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

What do you want to be when you grow up? Some people know the answer to that question like its engraved on their bones. Some struggle before finding the answer. Some never find out and languish in careers that are just the means to a paycheck. 

Becca Chen, the heroine of my latest hockey romance, Across the Line, is one of the lucky ones who knew what she wanted to do, but she still struggled because her parents were adamant that she become a doctor, like the rest of her family. Cooking was not an auspicious profession.

Calder Griffin, the hero, also knew from the time he was a boy that he wanted to play professional hockey, perhaps because his dad dreamed of his sons playing for the National Hockey League and even named them after NHL trophies. But unlike Becca, Calder wanted to play hockey. He ate, breathed, and slept hockey. Lucky for him, he had the talent and the drive to make it big.

Across the Line (In the Zone book 2) 
by Kate Willoughby

Calder Griffin needs to get back in shape. Sidelined last season by a knee injury, he's determined to return to the San Diego Barracudas and play the best hockey of his career. This might even be the year he gets out of his talented older brother's shadow.

For months, Becca Chen has poured her energy into Cups, the restaurant she owns, desperate to prove to her parents that she can succeed in the career of her choice, not theirs. But after she spends a five-hour plane ride flirting with charming, magic-on-the-ice Calder, she tells herself she needs a fling.

Becca and Calder can't keep their hands off each other, but they know the relationship can't last. They live on opposite coasts, and they're both too devoted to their careers. All they have to do is prevent their feelings from crossing the line from lust to love...

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"With this second book in the series, this author just made my "auto-buy author" list!!" - 5 stars, Christi of Smitten With Reading

"As long as Kate Willoughby keeps writing, I will keep reading her wonderful books." -  4.5 stars, Steffi from Swept Away by Romance.

"I enjoyed the book so much that I have gone back and purchased the first book in the series..." -5 stars, Christine Mize, Goodreads

Tell me about your passion—whatever it is that feeds your soul—and you could win a copy of either of my In the Zone hockey romances: On the Surface or Across the Line

Author Bio:
Kate Willoughby happily writes her hockey romances in Southern California. She is married and has two sons, a dog, and a betta fish. When she’s not writing, she’s watching hockey. When it’s not hockey season, she whines a lot.

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug. 28th. 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. Music feeds my soul. I love playing my piano although I haven't played a ton in years. I just love losing myself in the music. :) Love sports romances so I'm looking forward to reading your In the Zone romances!

    thebigbluewall77 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Anita, I also have not played piano in years. It would make it a lot easier if I had one. LOL Unfortunately, I'm not good enough at playing to lose myself in the music. Mainly, I get frustrated trying to make my fingers do what I know they should be doing. LOL Good luck with the drawing!

  3. I have to say that books feed my soul. Any romance serves me :) I love them all, contemporary, historical, YA, NA,... I work as an accountant and I have a young daughter and a house to take care of. But the nights are mine :) I grab a book and I wonder to the wonderland. I can't get enough... I have to add that I love sports romances and I would be honored to read and to actually own one of your books! You are a new author to me and I'm so glad I had a chance to spot you here.
    Thank you for the chance. (irma DOT jurejevcic AT amis DOT net)

  4. Oh, books--my first true love! Aren't they just the perfect way to escape? So much better than TV, if you ask me. Best of luck with the drawing!

  5. Romance books and drawing feed my soul... going on a journey with characters, visiting places all over the world, over coming obstacles to find happiness.... and drawing... putting things that catch my eye onto paper...

  6. I doodle when I'm at meetings and am bored...does that count? LOL Seriously, i always longed to be one of those people who had a really cool sketchbook filled with stuff that said all sorts of things about me. In a way, my novels are kind of like that, except they're words, not pictures. :)

    1. I love when an author's words create an image or character for me... reading such words makes them come to life and I love people with that gift and ability... I stink at expressing things on paper and with words...

  7. My passion is reading and cross-stitching. I like being able to escape into a new world with books and creating a lovely pattern to look at and hang on my wall. I'm very interested in checking out your hockey books! Love reading sports romances, especially hockey!!

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  8. Okay, I'm totally being punked! You guys are listing all my hobbies past and present! I have a ton of cross-stitched masterpieces I've done over the years. Next thing you know someone is going to mention stained glass, scrapbooking and/or cooking.

  9. reading

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  10. Don't enter me in the giveaway since I've read and loved both books in this series. I can highly recommend them. *waves at Kate*

    I obviously love books, and cross stitch and quilting.

    Marcy Shuler

  11. BN, good luck to a fellow reader!

    *waves back at Marcy with enthusiasm*


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