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Author of the sexy Play-by-Play series and the new, heartwarming Hope series

Jaci Burton on heroes, heroines and romance

Have you always wanted to be a writer? What do you love most about your job? I can't say as I always wanted to be a writer, but writing is in my blood. I dabbled in it as early as a my pre-teen years, then picked it up again as an adult, but didn't settle fully into it until about twelve years ago. Now it is my full-time career and I couldn't dream of doing anything else. The thing I love most about it is breathing life into these characters that I've developed, and creating their story. When you wrote your first Play-By-Play book, THE PERFECT PLAY, could you imagine that it would become such a successful and popular series? And did you envisage it would run for so many books? I had no idea. I thought it was a fun concept, and I had some ideas for a few books, but no thought that I would eventually end up contracted for twelve books. What a thrill it's been. Do you have the most fun creating your heroes or your heroines? I'd say it's a mix of both. The heroes are typically larger than life, and they're always hot and sexy, so it’s always fun to create them, then figure out who they are. It's not just about looks for a hero. There also has to be some dynamic other than looks that makes them attractive to the heroine, so developing characteristics beyond physical appearance is the fun part of the job. What makes him strong? What makes him vulnerable? How does he react when he's with the heroine as opposed to with anyone else? With the heroine, I like them to be complex. Again, it has to go beyond the looks. What is her career? What are her vulnerabilities and her strengths? And then how do these two characters mesh together? It's a fun dynamic to put the hero and heroine together and see what happens. Do you have a favourite hero or heroine from your books or by any other author? My favourite heroine from my books is Elizabeth Darnell from my Play-By-Play books. She has no doubt been the most fun heroine I've ever written. Strong, smart, sassy, can't help but meddle in other people's lives, and very much secretly in love with Gavin Riley, the hero in CHANGING THE GAME, which made her vulnerable. I absolutely love her madly. I think Mick Riley from my Play-By-Play books has been my favourite hero to write. Mick was a very complex hero. Hot and sexy, yes, but also sweet, considerate, honourable, and went after his heroine, Tara, because he knew what he wanted. He was a great character to write. Are you a fan of sports? What inspired you to write a sports-themed romance series? Have you had any fun research experiences to help create your Play-By-Play heroes? I was actually looking for an idea for a new series to write, and my amazing friend, author Maya Banks, suggested I write a sports series, so I have her to thank for the idea. I love sports of all kinds, so it was a perfect concept for me. Oh, the research has been fantastic. While I'm a big fan of so many sports, there are nuances to each sport that required some research. I’ve done quite a bit of research, not only on on-the field plays, but also the mentality of professional sports players. And besides my heroes, many of my heroines have very interesting careers – an event planner, a sports agent, a physical therapist, a bar owner, and so on, so delving into their careers as well was so much fun for me. In fact, I had a shoulder injury that required about a year of serious physical therapy, so I had the opportunity to do what you could say was some hands-on research for Alicia Riley's profession from THROWN BY A CURVE. It was quite enlightening, and I learned a lot about sports medicine from the physical therapists I worked with during my shoulder rehab. They gave me quite a few tips on how one would rehabilitate an injured pitcher. It was so helpful in creating the rehab program for Garrett Scott, THROWN BY A CURVE’s hero. You've just started an exciting brand-new contemporary romance series with HOPE FLAMES. What can your fans expect from the Hope series? I'm so excited about the Hope series. It's night and day different from the Play-By-Play series, in that it takes place entirely in the small town of Hope, Oklahoma. The series is very town-centric rather than focusing on particular family members. This gives me the opportunity to expand the series in multiple directions. However, the first three books will focus on Luke and Logan McCormack, and on Emma and Molly Burnett, and the people who move in and out of their lives. You’ll also meet many of the people who interact with them. I have so many stories to tell about the people of Hope, and I sincerely hope everyone falls in love with the town and the people who inhabit it. Who are the authors you read for pleasure? Oh, I love so many authors. Jill Shalvis, Maya Banks, Julie James, Nora Roberts, Shannon Stacey, Sylvia Day, Lauren Dane, Vivian Arend are just a few. There's so much interest and excitement around romantic fiction right now. What do you think romance readers are looking for in the romances they read today? I think the wonderful thing about romance is there's something for every reader. It's not a one size fits all type of genre. There are so many genres, whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, historical, erotic, new adult, or whatever subgenre a reader might be fascinated by, they can find it on the bookshelves. We don’t all have the same reading tastes, and to be able to browse and find something exciting and new – or comforting and familiar – is what we all look for in our romance. In my opinion, I think readers want to know they're going to receive a read filled with emotion, with characters that'll take them away to a fantasy world of high stakes emotion, epic romance or day to day struggles. They want to be swept back in time to historical points in the past or live in places we could only dream existed. And in the end, there’ll be a happily ever after that’ll leave them sighing with contentment. It's up to the reader to choose their adventure book by book. And isn’t it awesome to know we have those choices in our romance?

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Mistletoe Games: A Play-By-Play Anthology

Jaci Burton
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No one brings the sexy out in sports like Jaci Burton, the author of the New York Times bestselling Play-By-Play novels. Now, she puts together a holiday hat trick with three novellas featuring the hottest sports around: baseball, hockey, and surfing - because hard bodies are always in season...Holiday GamesFor the high-achieving Elizabeth and her husband, baseball player Gavin Riley, failure is not an option. So when it comes to making a baby, they're not about to let any holiday distractions get in the way of their necessary pleasures...Holiday on IceIt's the season for giving and superstar hockey player Patrick 'Trick' Niemeyer is ready to give dancer Stella Slovinski his heart wrapped up in bow. But he'll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away...Hot Holiday NightsChristmas in Hawaii brings sports agent Tori Baldwin two presents: a young surfer at the top of his game and his business manager. But this hot threesome has to decide if the romantic wave they've caught is nothing more than a vacation fling, or the kind of love that could change their lives forever...Want more sexy sporting romance? Don't miss the rest of this steamy series and check out Jaci's gorgeously romantic Hope series beginning with Hope Flames.

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The Final Score: Play-By-Play Book 13

Jaci Burton
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The thirteenth sexy novel in the Play-By-Play series from New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton. Perfect for fans of Lori Foster, Maya Banks and Jill Shalvis.Torn between his love of the game - and the woman who may be the love of his life... Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He's been drafted as quarterback for his dad's former team, and his sports future is bright. When his friend Mia Cassidy moves to the same city, their years-long friendship suddenly sparks hot, reminding him of the one night they had together in college that he can never forget.Like Nathan, Mia is from a sports-dynasty family and embarking on an incredible new career - as founder of her own sports management company. Her friendship with Nathan means everything to her, and tossing sex into the mix again could jeopardize it all. But the chemistry between them has always sizzled, and it isn't long before Mia realizes she wants more with Nathan than just late-night talks and pizza. Passion has a funny way of changing the rules, and soon Nathan and Mia realize that to win it all, they'll have to make an unexpected play for love.Want more sexy sporting romance? Don't miss the rest of this steamy series which began with The Perfect Play. And check out Jaci's gorgeously romantic Hope series beginning with Hope Flames.

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Hot Holiday Nights: A Play-By-Play Novella 10.5

Jaci Burton
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Jaci Burton

Hot Holiday Nights is an inviting enovella in the Play-By-Play series from New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton. Perfect for fans of Lori Foster, Maya Banks and Jill Shalvis.Tori Baldwin is a successful sports agent who enjoys her work, her clients, and, on the occasional free night, an uncomplicated love life.While unwinding over Christmas in Hawaii, she chances upon a surfing competition, and all the lean hard men that come with it - especially Alex McConnell, a young surfer at the top of his game, and his sexy business manager, Ben Reynolds. The attraction Tori feels for both men is off the charts and fueling the hottest passion she's ever felt.Soon, Alex and Ben will move on to the next big wave and Tori will head home. But as each night passes, Alex and Ben's feelings for Tori swell. And for the first time ever, Tori's thinking twice about the men she'll leave behind - and a kind of love that could change all their lives forever. Want more sexy sporting romance? Don't miss the rest of this steamy series which began with The Perfect Play. And check out Jaci's gorgeously romantic Hope series beginning with Hope Flames.

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Play-By-Play Collection 1: The Perfect Play, Changing The Game, Taking A Shot

Jaci Burton
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Rules Of Contact: Play-By-Play Book 12

Jaci Burton
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Rules of Contact is the twelfth sexy novel in the Play-By-Play series from New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton. Perfect for fans of Lori Foster, Maya Banks and Jill Shalvis.When it comes to love, it's time for this player to up his game... Football star Flynn Cassidy doesn't enjoy being in the spotlight, but knows doing so will help his new restaurant succeed. Now if he could just meet a woman who loves him and not his fame...After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two - if only she wasn't wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again, however much she loves spending time with the tough yet tender Flynn. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was the easy part - yet trust is a hard-fought battle for both. Are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?Want more sexy sporting romance? Don't miss the rest of this steamy series which began with The Perfect Play. And check out Jaci's gorgeously romantic Hope series beginning with Hope Flames.

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Don't Let Go: Hope Book 6

Jaci Burton
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Jaci Burton

Don't Let Go is the sixth in the sexy, heartwarming Hope series from Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author of the Play-By-Play series. Perfect for fans of Bella Andre, Jill Shalvis and Nora Roberts.Welcome to Hope, Oklahoma. The small town that's sure to warm your heart. Full of big hearts, fiery passion and love everlasting...Brady Conners is hardly the settling type, but when tragedy strikes in his family, he has no choice but to return home to Hope, Oklahoma. Setting up shop to work on custom motorcycles and pass the time, Brady has no intention of letting anyone get close - until he meets Megan.Pastry shop owner Megan Lee is drawn to quiet, brooding Brady. Their connection is undeniable, and it quickly develops from physical attraction into something much stronger. But with Brady putting up barriers, Megan is afraid to truly open her heart - unless she can convince him to let go of the past...For more romance to warm your heart, check out the rest of the Hope series which began with Hope Smoulders, or look for Jaci's sexy sports romance series, Play-By-Play, beginning with The Perfect Play.

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Unexpected Rush: Play-By-Play Book 11

Jaci Burton
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Jaci Burton

Unexpected Rush is the eleventh sexy novel in the Play-By-Play series from New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton. Perfect for fans of Lori Foster, Maya Banks and Jill Shalvis.This player has all the right moves...to break all the rules. It seems as though Barrett Cassidy's dreams are coming true - he's playing defense for the Tampa Hawks and he may have found his ideal woman. Harmony Evans is smart, gorgeous and hard to resist. If only she wasn't his best friend's sister...Harmony has always gone after what she wants with single-minded determination. She never expected her youthful crush on Barrett to develop into something deeper, and she's not about to let some ridiculous guy code - or her brother - stand in her way. With chemistry this combustible, lines are easily crossed. But when Barrett and Harmony's secret gets out, it just might be game over...Want more sexy sporting romance? Don't miss the rest of this steamy series which began with The Perfect Play. And check out Jaci's gorgeously romantic Hope series beginning with Hope Flames.

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Make Me Stay: Hope Book 5

Jaci Burton
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All Wound Up: Play-By-Play Book 10

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Love After All: Hope Book 4

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Holiday On Ice: A Play-By-Play Novella 8.5

Jaci Burton
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Hope Burns: Hope Book 3

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Hope Ignites: Hope Book 2

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Hope Smoulders: A Hope Novella 0.5

Jaci Burton
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Hope Smoulders is the novella introducing the sexy, heartwarming Hope series from Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author of the Play-By-Play series. Perfect for fans of Bella Andre, Jill Shalvis and Nora Roberts.Welcome to Hope, Oklahoma. The small town that's sure to warm your heart. Full of big hearts, fiery passion and love everlasting...Jane Kline is a struggling divorcee and single mother with a social life on hold. Not only does Jane not have the time to date anyone, she's not even going to consider making herself vulnerable to another man after being deserted by her husband. That's why Will Griffin, her ex's former best friend, takes her totally by surprise. What would such a hot and sexy wild card see in a harried mother juggling two kids and two jobs? For starters, everything Jane no longer sees in herself. As she dares to take the flirtation to the next step, Jane finds herself back where she never wanted to be - falling for another man. Now it's up to Will to convince Jane that she has everything he wants in a woman, and that the second time around can be the best time of all.For more romance to warm your heart, check out the rest of the Hope series continuing with Hope Flames, or look for Jaci's sexy sports romance series, Play-By-Play, beginning with The Perfect Play.***Hope Smoulders previously appeared in the anthology Hot Summer Nights***

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Hope Flames: Hope Book 1

Jaci Burton
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Playing To Win: Play-By-Play Book 4

Jaci Burton
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Playing To Win is the fourth seductive thrill ride in the Play-By-Play series from New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton. Perfect for fans of Lori Foster, Maya Banks and Jill Shalvis.Someone's going to have to let down their guard... Football star Cole Riley is notorious for doing as he pleases - on the field and off. But if he doesn't clean up his act, his career is over - so Cole reluctantly agrees to work with image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. He's not used to being told what to do, especially by some (admittedly hot) southern belle. As for Savannah, she's not convinced she can transform this cocky (and aggressively sexy) force of nature. But she's determined to give it her best shot. When the sparks start to fly, Savannah lays down the ground rules: no personal complications. But for two people determined to have it all, a hands-off policy can only last so long before one of them yields.Want more sexy sporting romance? Don't miss the rest of this steamy series which began with The Perfect Play. And check out Jaci's gorgeously romantic Hope series beginning with Hope Flames.

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The Perfect Play: Play-By-Play Book 1

Jaci Burton
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Jaci Burton

The Perfect Play is the first in New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton's 'must-read' (Fresh Fiction) Play-By-Play series, and an erotic story about love and the games people play from the queen of contemporary sports romance. Perfect for fans of Lori Foster, Maya Banks and Jill Shalvis.Could love throw this all-star off his game? For years Mick Riley has enjoyed the fame, fortune - and girls - that come with being a pro athlete. So he's surprised to find he wants more than a one-night stand after a steamy and passionate encounter with confident, beautiful Tara Lincoln.Too bad Tara's not interested in getting to know football's most notorious playboy any better. As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing she needs is to be thrust into the spotlight of the jet-set lifestyle of a heartbreaker like Mick Riley. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind...Want more sexy sporting romance? Don't miss the rest of this steamy series which began with The Perfect Play. And check out Jaci's gorgeously romantic Hope series beginning with Hope Flames.

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Changing The Game: Play-By-Play Book 2

Jaci Burton
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Jaci Burton

Changing The Game is the second steamy hot tale in the Play-By-Play series from New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton. Perfect for fans of Lori Foster, Maya Banks and Jill Shalvis.Playing by the rules isn't for everyone... Win at any cost. That's always been the mantra of sports agent Liz Darnell. When she carries things too far, she loses a major client in Mick Riley and figures his brother - baseball pro Gavin Riley - will be the next to go. With little left to lose Liz decides to get one taste of the player she's had a thing for since she first laid on eyes on him.But Gavin has a mind of his own, and Liz soon finds herself agent and lover to the bad boy of baseball. And when love unexpectedly enters the field, neither is ready for the biggest game changer of them all.Want more sexy sporting romance? Don't miss the rest of this steamy series which began with The Perfect Play. And check out Jaci's gorgeously romantic Hope series beginning with Hope Flames.

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Taking A Shot: Play-By-Play Book 3

Jaci Burton
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Holiday Games: A Play-By-Play Novella 6.5

Jaci Burton
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