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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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Justified

Jay Crownover
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Jay Crownover

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and thrilling romance between a rugged Texas sheriff and the woman who was once his sworn enemy...Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he's determined to do everything by the book - until he's called to Aspen Barlow's office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn't the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge...Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she'll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there's a thin line between love and hate... because there's nothing Case wouldn't do to keep her safe.

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Passion on Park Avenue

Lauren Layne
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Lauren Layne

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Stiletto and Oxford series, Passion on Park Avenue is the first in a sizzling new series following the unlikely friendship of three Upper East Side women as they struggle to achieve their dreams and find true love and happiness in the city that never sleeps. For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite - the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strong-minded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewellery empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants - but it's going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan's upper class stop treating her like an outsider.The worst offender is her new neighbour, Oliver Cunningham - the grown son of the very family Naomi's mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he's tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them...Filled with charm and heart and plenty of heart and wit, this entertaining series will hook you from the very first page. Look out for the next two titles, Love on Lexington Avenue and Marriage of Madison Avenue.Want more fun, fresh, flirty and very sexy rom-com? Check out Lauren's Oxford series and don't miss her warm, witty and sexy Wedding Belles series and the I Do, I Don't series, as well as the romantic standalones in the Love, Unexpectedly series.

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A Match Made in Monaco (A Girls' Weekend Away Novella)

Shana Gray
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Shana Gray

'Full of fun, friendship and romance - a real escapist treat' Jill Shalvis on What Happens In VegasIn a warm, funny and romantic novella in the Girls' Weekend Away series, four best friends embark on the ultimate girls' getaway filled with hijinks and a sprinkling of romance. For any fan of Bridesmaids and Sex and the City and readers of Jo Watson, Lauren Layne, Joanna Bolouri and Cate Woods.Look for the Girls' Weekend Away novels, including What Happens In Vegas, Meet Me In San Francisco and The Nashville Bet!

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The Nashville Bet

Shana Gray
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Shana Gray
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I Think I Love You: Oxford 5

Lauren Layne
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Lauren Layne

Fans of Julie James, Carly Phillips and Chanel Cleeton - meet the men of Oxford magazine! New York Times bestseller Lauren Layne's Oxford Series continues with I Think I Love You, in which a game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong...Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard - she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no spark, Brit decides it's time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the 'let's be friends' card?Hunter Cross has always figured there's nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit's request is a surprise he doesn't see coming - and one he's definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.Want more fun, fresh, flirty and very sexy rom-com? Check out all the titles in the Oxford series: Irresistibly Yours, I Wish You Were Mine, Someone Like You and I Knew You Were Trouble and don't miss the warm, witty and sexy Wedding Belles series and the I Do, I Don't series, as well as the romantic standalones in the Love Unexpectedly series.

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Ruin

Samantha Towle
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Samantha Towle
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Runaway Groom: I Do, I Don't Book 2

Lauren Layne
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Lauren Layne
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An Ex For Christmas: Love Unexpectedly 5

Lauren Layne
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Lauren Layne

An Ex For Christmas is a charming Love Unexpectedly friends-to-lovers rom-com from Lauren Layne, the New York Times bestselling author of the I Do, I Don't series. For fans of Jill Shalvis, Julie James and Carly Phillips.She's making a list - and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? When a psychic tells fiesty, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she's already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an 'Ex List' and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they're meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she's never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly's list break her heart, and he's not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark's always been there for her, but the timing's never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.Want more fun, fresh, flirty and very sexy rom-com? Check out the I Do, I Don't series as well as Lauren's Oxford series, Wedding Belles series and the rest of the romantic standalones in the Love Unexpectedly series.

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Breaking Hollywood

Samantha Towle
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Samantha Towle

Breaking Hollywood is a a hot and hilarious standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Towle...It wasn't supposed to be like this... I wasn't supposed to be boyfriendless, homeless and jobless at twenty-eight. And I most definitely wasn't supposed to hit Hollywood's resident bad boy Gabriel Evans with my car and break his foot. Now I'm stuck in his apartment, taking care of him while he's incapacitated. Living with the hottest guy in Hollywood, who I've had a crush on forever, doesn't sound like a chore, right? Wrong. Gabriel Evans is rude, crude, drinks way too much and, as soon as his foot is healed, I'm out of here. So, why do I keep forgetting to check the classifieds? And keep getting flustered when I see him shirtless? Breaking Hollywood wasn't part of the plan. But neither was falling in love with him.'Breaking Hollywood is romantic comedy at its best. It's laugh-out-loud funny, incredibly sexy, sweetly heartfelt and unadulterated fun... You'll be smitten with everything about this entertaining, steamy and feel-good romance' USA Today's Happy Ever AfterLoved Breaking Hollywood? Check out Samantha's sexy, laugh-out-loud romance, Wardrobe Malfunction, out now!

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Ready To Run: I Do, I Don't Book 1

Lauren Layne
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Lauren Layne

The Bachelor meets Runaway Bride in Ready To Run, the first addictive romance novel in the I Do, I Don't series, about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show. For fans of Julie James, Jill Shalvis and Chanel Cleeton.Jordan Carpenter thinks she's finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: firefighter Luke Elliott, a known player who's left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan's emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It's not Manhattan, but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly...except for Luke, who's more intense - and way hotter - than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan's everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes' book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her - and deep down, she's starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms. Want more fun, fresh, flirty and very sexy rom-com? Check out the rest of the I Do, I Don't series as well as Lauren's Oxford series, Wedding Belles series and romantic standalones in the Love Unexpectedly series.

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Only for You: One Night of Passion

Beth Kery
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Beth Kery

For fans of E. L. James, Sylvia Day, J. Kenner and Maya Banks. From the New York Times bestselling author of the Because You Are Mine series and The Affair comes the fifth title in her sizzling and sensual One Night of Passion series, where it becomes clear that some passions are just too hot to disguise...Never date actresses: that's the rule former Army intelligence officer turned special effects makeup artist Seth Hightower lives by. There's only ever been one woman who truly tempted him, leading to a night of uninhibited passion - and a lifetime of what-ifs. When Hollywood 'It' girl Gia Harris witnesses a heinous crime, things quickly become too dangerous for her to remain in the spotlight. Seth's knowledge of disguise makes him invaluable to Gia, but their history makes him the last person she wants to turn to.They can hide from the media circus, but Seth and Gia can't escape the blistering attraction between them. And when they give into one another, they reveal more than they've ever laid bare before...For more electrifying romance, don't miss the other titles in the One Night of Passion series, Addicted To You, Bound To You, Captured By You and Exposed To You as well as Beth's bestselling erotically charged romance series which began with Because You Are Mine.

Beth Kery

Beth Kery is the New York Times ebook bestselling author of Because You Are Mine and recipient of the All About Romance Reader Poll for Best Erotica. Beth lives in Chicago where she juggles the demands of her career, her love of the city and the arts, and a busy family life. Her writing today reflects her passion for all of the above. She is a bestselling author of over thirty books and novellas, and has also written under the pen name Bethany Kane.You can read more about Beth, her books and upcoming projects at www.bethkery.com, discover her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beth.kery, or follow her on Twitter @BethKery.

Carly Bloom

Carly Bloom began her writing career as a family humor columnist and blogger, a pursuit she abandoned when her children grew old enough to literally die from embarrassment. To save their delicate lives, Carly turned to penning steamy, contemporary romance. The kind with bare chests on the covers. Carly and her husband raise their mortified brood of offspring on a cattle ranch in South Texas. Also? Carly is vegan. The cows love her. To find out more about Carly, visit her website at www.carlybloombooks.com, find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/authorcarlybloom and follow her on Twitter @carlybloombooks and Instagram @carlybloombooks.

J. Kenner

J. Kenner loves wine, dark chocolate, and books. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughters. Visit her online at www.jkenner.com to learn more about her and her other pen names, to get a peek at what she's working on, and to connect through social media.

Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times bestselling author who lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs. She has three grown children, who are all scattered around the country having lives of their own. A lover of sports, Jaci can often tell what season it is by what sport is being played. She watches entirely too much television, including an unhealthy amount of reality TV. When she isn't on deadline, Jaci can be found at her local casino, trying to become a millionaire (so far, no luck). She's a total romantic and loves a story with a happily ever after, which you'll find in all her books.Find the latest news on Jaci's books at ww.jaciburton.com, and connect with her online at www.facebook.com/AuthorJaciBurton or via Twitter @jaciburton.

Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, the Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books have been translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.Learn more:www.jaycrownover.comTwitter @JayCrownoverFacebook.com/AuthorJayCrownover

Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestseller Jill Shalvis is the author of many romance novels including her acclaimed Cedar Ridge, Lucky Harbor and Animal Magnetism series. The RITA winner and three-time National Readers Choice winner makes her home near Lake Tahoe. Visit her website at www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog, and www.facebook.com/jillshalvis for other news or follow her on Twitter @jillshalvis.

Kelly Rimmer

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women's fiction author of six novels, including Before I Let You Go and Me Without You. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in eight languages. Lauren's work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City. Join Lauren at www.laurenlayne.com to get news on her latest books, or keep up to date with her on Instagram: @laurenlayneauthor.

Shana Gray

Shana Gray is a hybrid author who was first published in 2010 and has written contemporary erotic romances for multiple publishers including Harlequin Blaze, Random House, and Headline and is also an indie author. Her stories range from scorching quickie-length to longer full-length novels. Shana's passion is to enjoy life! She lives in Ontario, but loves to travel and see the world, be with family, friends and experience the beauty that surrounds us. Many of her experiences find their way into her books.Visit her website at shanagray.com, find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorshanagray, and follow her on Twitter @ShanaGray_.