With: Megan Erickson
It’s no secret that CHANGING HIS GAME has a nerdy hero, heroine, and enough sexual tech puns to fill up your iCloud (okay, sorry, that was a bad one. I used all my good ones in the book).
The hero, Austin, is not only the owner of Gamers Magazine, where the heroine, Marley, works, but he’s also the creator of Aric’s Revenge, which is a video game that was made into a movie. Aric’s Revenge is not real. I made it up for the book and I had so much fun doing that. Want to hear about it?
Here, I’ll share an excerpt from the book:
(Background, Marley is at the movies with her brother, Chad, and they are about to watch Aric's Revenge, which is a movie based off of a video game)
“So who’s Aric and why does he want revenge?”
Marley tried to explain it as briefly as she could. The video game was set in a fantasy medieval world. Aric was a warrior, stripped of his knighthood, who was seeking revenge against a king who killed his family and enslaved his wife.
“So, what you’re saying is he’s a pissed-off mother- with armor and a sword.”
“And dragons,” she said.
“Come again?” Chad asked.
She opened her mouth to answer him but instead of her own voice, she heard a deep, soft one—the same deep voice she’d heard in her head since yesterday afternoon.
“Aric’s dragons are summoned when his anger level reaches sixty-seven percent.”
Marley stared at Austin, who stood in the aisle by Chad’s chair, a teenage girl at his side, nodding her head in agreement.
Austin’s gaze was on Marley, even though he answered Chad’s question. “It’s rather difficult for the player, because he or she must allow Aric to be injured enough to raise his anger level, but not enough to kill him. It’s a delicate balance. And then once the proper anger level is achieved, it must be held for five seconds. Of course, the programmers erred and it’s more like four-point-seven seconds.” His face darkened, like that error really bugged him.
He wore a pair of worn jeans that hung low on his hips, and a dark red henley, one top button undone, the fabric stretched over his chest. He talked like a textbook and looked like an underwear model. The combination did absolutely everything for her libido.
She looked to her brother, who stared at her coworker with eyes the size of saucers. Chad slowly turned his head to Marley, a silent question in his expression.
She cleared her throat and pointed at the man in the aisle. “This is Austin.”
So the theme of the video game plays out in this book, and it’s also mention in the next book in the series, PLAYING FOR HER HEART. It was fun to write about Aric and his captured wife Evelyn, as well as Aric’s right-hand man Breck. Marley plays the video game in the book (while Austin is… ahem… playing with her), and it really leads to a fun, creative scene. One of my favorites I’ve ever written.
Even if readers aren’t into video games, there is a story at the core of Aric’s Revenge that I think they will like. Plus, in CHANGING HIS GAME, there might be some costume role-playing, and let’s just say that Aric doesn’t wear much more than tight leather pants, a harness, and a big sword.
CHANGING HIS GAME
Marley Lake is no stranger to awkwardness, but getting caught watching a dirty GIF by the company’s hot new IT guy exceeds even her standards. That is, until she realizes he's as turned on by it as she is. But with a big promotion on the line, she refuses to let her current dry spell be her downfall. Maybe.
Austin Rivers has no business lusting after the irresistible editor of Gamers Magazine. He's a secret partner in the business—and technically Marley’s boss. One look at that GIF, though, and he’s ready to install a whole lot more than just software…as long as she never finds out who he really is.
But reality’s not as virtual as it seems, and when Austin’s identity jeopardizes Marley’s promotion, he has to change his game or risk losing the only woman with the cheat code to his heart.
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About Megan Erickson
Megan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she's not tapping away on her laptop, she's probably listening to the characters in her head who won't stop talking.
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