Archive for September 2nd, 2010

Making a pass…for love

All Paige Turner wants is to be taken seriously as a journalist. The entertainment columnist and blogger extraordinaire gets more notoriety than she planned when her scathing review of NFL superstar Torrian Smallwood’s memoir sparks an online confrontation. But that’s nothing compared to the sensual heat that tackles her when she meets the heart-stoppingly sexy athlete face-to-face….

Torrian can’t let Paige derail his dream of a new career as a restaurateur. Even if the sassy, sultry writer is making America’s favorite wide receiver yearn to be on the receiving end of her desire. And with a reality TV cook-off propelling them into the spotlight, Torrian can no longer hide his passionate secret goal—to build a future with the woman who’s making an end run around his heart….


Romances set in the world of sports have always been popular with readers, and as an admitted sports fanatic, I have been dying to jump on the bandwagon.  You see, I love sports. Love them. And when I decided to write a romance series centered in the sports world, there was no question which sport I would use: Football!

With an uncle who has played and coached in the NFL for nearly three decades, and a younger cousin who just started his sophomore season as an NFL wide-receiver, football is not just a game to me; it’s like another member of the family.

Despite the bevy of stories out there that center around the gridiron, there still seems to be great demand. Personally, I think it’s because when it comes to romance readers, it’s not about the sport as much as it is about the men who make up the team and the camaraderie they share. And let’s not forget the women who steal their hearts. One of the things I have enjoyed the most while creating my new series about the fictional New York Sabers football team is balancing the cocky personalities of the heroes with strong, self-assured heroines. There’s just so much fodder in the world of sports, and football in particular. I believe we’ll be reading about make-believe sports teams many years to come.

Originally, I was going to ask readers to list their top five romance sports heroes, but when I tried to do the same I realized I could not narrow it down. To make it easy on readers (and myself) I’ll ask you all to list your top sports books or series.

Even this was hard for me to narrow down, but for now, this is my list:

  1. Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s Chicago Stars Series (Football)
  2. Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s Golfing books (What can I say? The woman knows sports)
  3. Rachel Gibson’s Chinooks Series (Hockey)
  4. Jill Shalvis’s Santa Barbara Heat Series (Baseball)
  5. Erin McCarthy’s Fast Track Series (Stock Car Racing)

One lucky commenter will receive a prize pack that includes an autographed copy of HUDDLE WITH ME TONIGHT!

I hope readers enjoy HUDDLE, and look for the next book in the Sabers series, I’LL CATCH YOU, in stores in March 2011. Visit me at www.farrahrochon.com, and find me on Facebook and Twitter.

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