Friday, August 22, 2014

My Scene Stealing Secondary Character Actually Stole a Book!

Congratulations to "Marcy", the winner in Tracy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Are you ready for some football?  Meet the Baltimore Blaze, the team behind my Out of Bounds series of sports romances.  My latest release is Risky Game, the story of Blaze tight end, Brody Janik.  I know I’m not supposed to admit it, but Brody is my favorite child among all the players on the fictitious Baltimore Blaze football team.  But if I’m telling the truth here, the book I was supposed to release today was never going to be Brody’s story.  As a matter of fact, my favorite child was actually *cough* an accident.  

You see, I never saw Brody on the horizon when I was plotting out the books I was contracted for.  He just appeared on page thirty three of Foolish Games, wearing his trademark neon sneakers and lounging on Will Connelly’s sofa.  Loose-limbed and carefree, the blue-eyed jock breezes through life with his charming smile and athletic grace.  I was immediately smitten.  But there’s more to Brody than just his cover boy good looks and all-pro ball handling skills.  He’s vulnerable on many fronts and he’s trying his best to hide it from the world.  

But as most superstars discover, their life is not always their own.  Brody’s being dogged by a blogger who could possibly bring down his career.  He’s used to women selling him out to the tabloids for their fifteen minutes of fame and some cash, but the health condition he’s keeping secret could change the course of his life.  That has Brody in a panic because he isn’t really sure what he wants to be when he’s forced to give up the game and “grow up”.

I had a lot of fun writing Risky Game.  He’s a sort like a modern day Peter Pan. The woman I put in Brody’s path—Shannon Everett—is smart, sassy and not blinded by his shine.  Finally, a woman who “gets” him.  Readers will also get to reconnect with Shane and Carly from Game On and Will and Julianne from Foolish Games, as well as many of the Blaze secondary characters.  Because Brody’s story takes place during the season, they’ll be some on the field action, too.

So tell me, are you a fan of sports romances?  If you are, do you like them to include scenes from the playing field?  Obviously, I’m a big fan of the genre.  Here are a few of my favorites:

   Body Check by Deidre Martin
   This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
   Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis
   See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Leave a comment or share the title of your favorite sports romance books and I’ll select one reader to win a signed copy of Risky Game.  

Book Blurb:

Brody is at the top of his game… until Shannon changes the rules. 

Baltimore Blaze tight end Brody Janik is a natural-born football star. At twenty-seven, his record-breaking athletic performance and his cover-boy good looks have turned him into a household name. But Brody’s hiding a major secret behind his charming public persona: a health condition that may cut his career short.

PhD candidate Shannon “Shay” Everett works multiple jobs to put herself through school—including an unpaid internship with the Blaze training department. Strapped for cash, Shay answers the call of an NFL gossip blogger to uncover personal details about the Blaze players. Sneaking into the locker room one night, she gets entangled in Brody’s secret…and swept up by his charm.

Brody isn’t sure what to make of the gawky girl with the whiskey eyes, especially when he discovers she was snooping. His first instinct is to turn her in as a snitch, but she could destroy him by sharing his secret. Instead, he decides to keep her close…perhaps closer than either of them originally intended.

Buy Links:
Amazon; Barnes and Noble; Books A Million; iBooks; Indie Bound; Google Books; Powell’s Books
Available as an audio book August 27, 2014.

Where to find Tracy: 
Facebook: Tracy Solheim Books
Twitter: TracyKSolheim

Author Bio:
After years of writing reports and testimony for Congress, Tracy Solheim decided to put her fiction writing talents to better use.  In 2013, Berkley Publishing launched her Out of Bounds series, featuring the fictional Baltimore Blaze football team.  She lives in the heart of SEC country, also known as the suburbs of Atlanta, with her husband and their two works-in-progress.   When she’s not at the barn with her daughter or working out with friends (i.e. lifting heavy bottles of wine), she’s writing.  Except for when she’s reading, but according to her, that’s just necessary research.  

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  1. I have a few favorites but Rachel Gibson's Chinook hockey series and Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars series top my list of sports romances! But I do think they should include scenes from the playing field!!

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  2. I love both of those series! Deidre Martin's New York Blades series include lots of on ice hockey scenes for the sports fan.

  3. I actually do enjoy sports romances even though I am not a big sports fan. I like the peek into their lives within the team and see what comes about for them in their personal lives... thanks for sharing!

  4. I see that I'm not the only one who is in love with Rachel Gibson's Chinook hockey series and also SEP's Chacago Star series :) These two series are my favourite. And top favourite book is Simply Irresistible.
    Dear Tracy, I'm glad I ended up here, I didn't know about this site and you are a new author to me. I love your book cover and I'm on my way to check you on GR. Thank you for the chance.

  5. In March my husband got so fed up with the cost of cable that he cancelled it. As a result, I found myself with a lot of extra time on my hands that would previously been spent watching HGTV and Bravo housewives (and may or may not also have contributed to his desire to cut the cable). I have used my newly available time to in turn rediscover how much I love to read (I’ve now probably read about over 150 books this year alone). And right now the genre I enjoy the most are sports romances. Because I have read like a psychotic amount of books in such a short period of time, I have developed some really strong opinions.
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars series is among my favorites (and in particular This Heart of Mine-such a great mix of both humor and romance, Slytherin!, but also Nobody’s Baby But Mine ranks up there too, though there is less of a sports aspect to it). I also really like Rosalind James’ series about the All Blacks Rugby in New Zealand (feels almost like going on vacation when I read this + the sports aspect). Catherine Gayle’s Portland Storm Hockey series are also well written and are set in the city in which I currently live which makes them even more interesting. I had initially avoided Katie Kenyhercz’s books about the Las Vegas Sinners Hockey team because the covers did not catch my interest, but after I got past that and actually read them, I have to say that they are also amongst my favorites. She is a really good writer. Oh, and one more by V.K. Sykes (where the heroine is a golfer).
    One of the best books I have read though has to have been…Risky Game. Actually, I really like all of your books but Risky Game is my favorite because I love the characters. Brody is so sweet and funny. And I can relate to Shay as I too have a PhD in the sciences. It’s a sweet happy story with the right amount of humor. I also really enjoy how well the male dialog is written (this part has not been so great in many of the books I have read). It seems like you might be setting up Shay’s sister Teryn and Brody’s sister, Bridgett as potential future main characters? I can only hope!
    I just wanted to let you know and to thank you so much! I am really looking to your next books.

  6. haven't read many, so no favs

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  7. Sports romances are among my favorite books to read so I have quite a few. Like others, I'm a fan of Rachel Gibson and SEP. I have read a few of Deidre Martin's series but also a huge fan of Jaci Burton's Play by Play series! And I enjoy it because it's not primarily one sport, she covers hockey (my fave), football, baseball and nascar which is cool. But I also wanted to give a shoutout to Juliana Stone's Barker Sister hockey trilogy! :) As a sports fan, I do find it nice when scenes are played out on the field, just to give it a more immersing feeling to see the hero (or heroine) within that realm.

    I haven't had a chance to read any of your books yet, Tracy, but I have copies in my TBR pile that I found at my local library that I"m eager to start reading! :)

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  8. I've really been enjoying sports romances. A favorite series for me is the Portland Storm hockey series by Catherine Gayle. I've also red baseball and football romances.

    Your book is on my wish list, Tracy. I have the first book in this series, but like to have all of them before I start reading. LOL

    Marcy Shuler


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