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Life is one endless touchdown for Jared Dawson. Until the former playboy and star corner back for the New York Sabers discovers his girlfriend in bed with another man. Reeling from the betrayal, Jared returns to his flings-with-no-strings ways. But no man can walk away from Chyna McCrea. The ravishing choreographer is already tackling the pro-footballer’s heart.


Playing defensively is supposed to safeguard against heartbreak. But how can Chyna protect herself from Jared’s sensual onslaught? It seems the hunky athlete-and sports world’s most eligible bachelor-has decided that playing the field is not an option. Together, can they score the greatest victory of all and be on the winning team of both their dreams?

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NT: Hi Farrah! Thank you for being my guest today.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Farrah: I’ve been writing all my life, but I didn’t make the decision to be a “real” writer until my sophomore year of college. I wrote my first novel between classes. It’s written longhand in a three-subject notebook that I still have stored away in a closet.

NT: You have a new release this month. Can you tell us about Field of Pleasure?

Farrah: Field of Pleasure is the third installment in my New York Sabers football series. It features the team’s cornerback and punt-return specialist, Jared Dawson, and the Saberrettes dance squad’s choreographer, Chyna McCrea. The book opens with Jared grieving over the discovery that his girlfriend of ten years has been unfaithful. As a diversion to distract him from his heartache, a fellow teammate suggests he engage in a summer fling. But what is supposed to be just a casual affair turns into much, much more when Jared decides to pursue Chyna.

NT: What inspired the idea for this story?

Farrah: I initially planned to pair Jared with his long-time girlfriend; making it one of those “couples rediscovering their love” books. But after hearing several derogatory statements directed toward cheerleaders while attending an NFL game, I decided to create a cheerleader heroine. I had never read a romance that featured one, and I wanted to show that there is more to these women than just glittery outfits and pom poms.

NT: Do you have a writing routine? What is your average writing day like?

Farrah: My writing routine depends on how the story is flowing. On the days when things are going well, I wake up early, brew a cup (okay, three or four cups) of coffee, and can sit at the computer all day and type away. When things are not going all that well I usually have to drag myself to the computer and play mind games in order to hit my daily page goals. The thing that has worked well lately is to write in short, timed writing sessions, rewarding myself for each mini-goal that is met.

On an average day, I can usually write between ten and twelve pages, unless something really interesting is happening on Twitter or in the publishing world. Then it’s more like seven or eight pages.

NT: What was the most interesting thing you had to research and what was the hardest thing to research?

Farrah: That would be the world of the NFL Cheerleading squads. It was fascinating to discover how diverse the women were. But they all had one thing in common, their love of dance.

Nothing about this book was really hard to research, but one of the most enjoyable things I had to investigate was ballroom dancing. In Field of Pleasure there is a scene where my heroine teaches the hero the tango. It’s super fun, and super sexy, and was just a ball to write.

I guess I should thank Dancing With The Stars for igniting this craze. YouTube had hundreds of video clips. I remembering thinking to myself how lucky I was to have this job. Really, who gets to watch video clips of ballroom dancing all day and call it work?

NT: When not busy writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Farrah: My favorite hobby, by far, is reading. I wish I had more time to indulge in it. In addition to reading, I love watching sports, attending Broadway shows, and traveling. And I love all things Disney!

NT: What can your fans look forward to from you in the near future? What are you working on now?

Farrah: My next release will be the fourth book in the Sabers series, Pleasure Rush, coming in April 2012. I’ve hinted about a relationship between Theo Stokes and Deirdre Smallwood, the hero and heroine in Pleasure Rush, from the very first book in the series, so fans of the Sabers are very eager for their book.

I am currently working on the as-yet-untitled second book in a brand new series set in the small, fictional town of Gauthier, Louisiana. It’s a bit different from the urban setting of my Sabers series, but I am absolutely in love with this town and the cast of characters. I hope readers enjoy reading it as much as I’m enjoying writing it.

NT: If someone has not read any of your books, which would be the one you’d recommend they try first?

Farrah: Being a stickler for reading a series in order, I would suggest readers start with Huddle With Me Tonight, the first book in the New York Sabers series. Not only is it an extremely fun book, but it also introduces the guys on the team who eventually get their own stories.

NT: How can readers contact you?

Farrah: Of course, readers can always contact me through my website, www.farrahrochon.com, but I’m also very active on both Twitter and Facebook. Follow me at www.twitter.com/farrahrochon or friend me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/farrah.rochon.

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Farrah will be giving one lucky reader their choice any one of her New York Sabers books. Just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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Once Lexxie Couper, Jess Dee and I settled on the details of the Bandicoot Cove world, we started writing. And here was part of the real fun—we got to write in each other’s stories!

I emailed Jess with a few lines from a scene in PARADISE FOUND. It was a section that had her heroine, Sienna ( from ISLAND IDYLL), headed to the bar, and my three characters happened to bump into her. It was so much fun to have one of my heroes, Mason, ask a logical question and then wait for Jess to email back what she wanted Sienna’s response to be—

Then ACK!!

Even though we knew who the other characters were, I didn’t really know what was going to happen in Jess’s story. So imagine my surprise when her response (via heroine Sienna) was totally opposite what I expected! My characters reacted with shock, and quickly snapped back with questions. It was like holding a real conversation, although time delayed by email and the Canada Australia time zones!

With Lexxie, she has a scene between the twins Mason (one of the PARADISE FOUND heroes) and McKenzie (heroine TROPICAL SIN). She wrote the scene she needed, then sent it to me, and I adjusted the phrasing and things that Mason said to make it work for my storyline.

Four stories, one setting, friends and lovers—Bandicoot Cove.

PARADISE FOUND

Fate is a wind that can change at the drop of a heart…

 

Bandicoot Cove, Book 2

 Paige has enjoyed every no-strings-attached minute with her two Australian lovers, Trent and Mason. Over the past eleven months, they’ve surfed, hiked…and explored their seemingly limitless sexual chemistry.

Her lovers’ invitation to the opening of a new resort comes at the ideal time, because in a few days she’s returning to Canada. It’ll be a fitting swan song for their easygoing relationship. A chance to fulfill a few fantasies and then escape before her men realize she’s broken the rules by falling in love with them both. Better to take flight than be forced to choose.

Unaware of Paige’s self-imposed deadline, Trent and Mason scheme to get Paige on their yacht for a once-in-a-lifetime voyage with one goal in mind: break the news that they’re ready for something more than casual—and hope she doesn’t run like hell.

It’s a delicate operation that’ll require close attention to which way her emotional winds are blowing. One wrong word, and their paradise-perfect arrangement could be lost in an instant.

Warning: This book starts with the heat turned way up high. Two men entirely focused on one woman’s pleasure. One woman stepping outside the box to please her men. An exotic resort suite featuring an erotic piece of furniture that makes ménage a trois even hotter than usual. Really.

Buy links: SamhainAmazon |Barnes & Noble

Vivian Arend | Lexxie Couper | Jess Dee | Bandicoot Cove

Paradise Found | Tropical Sin | Island Idyll | Exotic Indulgence

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