Tuesday, December 8, 2015

In Praise of the Unusual Occupation

With: Jamie Wesley

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Hi everyone, I’m Jamie Wesley, and I’m so excited to be back at Just Contemporary Romance!

I love sports, and I love romance, so when it was time to write my next book, I knew I wanted to write a sports romance. I’ve read tons of football, baseball, and hockey romances, so I thought I’d write a basketball player hero. SLAMDUNKED BY LOVE was born.

I love basketball, so I didn’t think much of it.  Until someone pointed out how unusual it was to make the hero a basketball player instead of football or baseball. 

I also got the “unusual profession” comment about my first book, TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD, in which both main characters are radio talk show hosts. Again, while writing the book, it never occurred to me that I was doing something “different,” because I listen to sports talk radio every day.

I’m so happy I didn’t change the sport in SLAMDUNKED BY LOVE.  All the unique challenges basketball presents makes Brady the wonderful and complicated hero he is. He’s just been traded to a new team and is trying to figure out how to fit in and still be true to himself. He’s obsessing over his last game, a loss his new teammates blame on him. Oh, and did I mention he’s one of the best players in the league, a fact he definitely knows and revels in?

And that’s all before he meets the heroine, Caitlin, who knows a little bit about the game and is never afraid to offer her opinion. She happens to be a radio show producer (another unusual career?).

Basically, I love this book and its so-called weirdness. :)

To celebrate the release of SLAMDUNKED BY LOVE, I’m giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble! All you have to do is answer one of the below questions about unusual professions in books and fill out the Rafflecopter! 

Questions: Do you like unusual professions for your hero and heroines? Do you give their careers much thought when reading blurbs for books and deciding what to read next? What profession have you enjoyed reading and learning about?


by Jamie Wesley

Revenge is supposed to be sweet…

Caitlin Monroe is ready to confront her past. Years ago, her father ditched her mother for the NBA, leaving her pregnant and alone. Now he’s a big-shot coach, and Caitlin’s ready to take the so-called “family man” down. But on her way to the team gala, her car dies, and it’s her father’s sexy new star player who comes to her rescue. 

Brady Hudson wants nothing more than to put his past behind him and concentrate on winning the championship for his new team. But when he finds himself the recipient of unwanted attention—attention that could destroy his career—he introduces the beautiful woman he saved on the side of the road as his "girlfriend." 

Brady needs to focus on his job. And Caitlin isn’t about to date an athlete whose career is riding on her father—though he is a convenient way to get the dirt she needs. But sometimes love has other ideas, and it’s not long before their pretend relationship becomes a liability neither can resist…

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Caitlin moved away to lean on the hood of the car. 

A mistake. 

Brady stepped directly in front of her, bringing him and his scent way too close again and forcing her to look up at him. Because he was a point guard, he wasn’t required to be a giant like most of the other players in the NBA. He was “only” six-three, if memory served her correctly, but he towered over her anyway. Granted that wasn’t saying much since she was five-two without heels. If she practiced perfect posture. Even with the heels, she wasn’t setting any height records. But looking up at him wasn’t exactly a hardship. In any way, shape, or form. He was a fine specimen of a man.

“Caitlin? You okay?”

She started, realizing she’d been staring at his sculpted lips again. And based on the smile that played across said lips, he knew it.

About the author
Jamie Wesley has been reading romance novels since she was about 12 when her mother left a romance novel, which a friend had given her, on the nightstand. Jamie read it instead, and the rest is history.

Jamie holds a master’s degree in sport management (yes, that's a real thing :-) ) from the University of Texas at Austin, so it probably comes as no surprise that she loves sports and spends an inordinate amount of time rooting for her hometown Dallas’s pro sports teams and her alma maters, Northwestern and the University of Texas at Austin.

She also adores Walt Disney World, shopping, and pop culture. Want to know if your favorite TV show is going to be canceled or what the newest Disney attraction is? Ask Jamie. She'll probably know the answer. Connect with her at:

Website: Jamiewesley.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Jamie_Wesley
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorJamieWesley

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  1. I like ALL professions, as love will hopefully come to everyone in life.
    I read them all. Variety is the spice of life.
    No, I do not give their careers much thought in blurbs.

  2. I seem to be drawn to law enforcement (FBI agents, detectives), Cowboys and sports figures as there are a lot of them on my shelf. I DO pay attention to professions because what one does is important to a person's story. Without it, the story is less impactful.

    Thanks for the post! I'm also going to check out the first book in the series.

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  4. I messed up the comment I just posted so I deleted it. I'll try again.

    I like the hero to be in the military, a cowboy or a firefighter so common but dangerous professions. The heroines seem to be writers, librarians or office administrators lately and I'm tired of that so I'd like to see an unusual profession for them. I don't know what though.

    1. Hi Jo-Anne,

      Thanks for stopping by. I like the dangerous professions, especially firefighters! They look so hot in their uniforms. I'll try my best to come up with some unusual careers for future heroines. :)

  5. I enjoy the variety out there... even learn a thing or two with professions I am not familiar with within my reading... No matter what I enjoy the journey the characters take.

    1. Totally agree, Colleen. It's all about the journey!

  6. I like unusual professions. I generally skip any book that features lawyers. I don't tend to enjoy those because I can't turn off the law analyzing part of me. I really like books featuring computer geek professions. I love a good beta-hero.

    1. Hi, Mandy! I agree that reading books that have subject matters your familiar with can be hard. As a writer, I'm always terrified I'm going to get something wrong and get a bunch of irate emails, so I do as much research as possible.

  7. I like usual professions, it would make a story more interesting. My favorite for books tends to be sports stars though

    1. Hi Shannon. I love sports stars too! They're focused, good at their jobs, and hot! What more can you ask for? lol.

  8. skip over books if not interested in reading about the job

  9. Unusual professions are cool, they allow me to learn new things. I always want to know the full name if my characters and what they do for a living.

    1. Hi, Kim. I love that you want to know the characters' full names. I spend a lot of time coming up with the perfect names for the heroes and heroines. They have to be perfect.

  10. I don't usually put too much stock in professions, although I do enjoy athletes since I know more about them, but reading other professions just gives me a better understanding about the world so it's fun but not a deal breaker.

  11. yes, I've learned about photography, sports, running a business

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  12. I think a person's profession tells you a lot about that person, so I care what a character does for a living. I like unusual professions in books.

  13. I enjoy all jobs but any job that has todowith food for me brings another element to the story.

  14. It's fun reading about unusual jobs I'm not familiar with but they don't determine which books I read at all.

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  15. Honestly, I don't think I've ever really paid attention to characters' professions when I'm reading. Nothing has stood out to me anyway! I guess I need to pay more attention. I might experience the books I read in a different way!


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