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Cover model Jason Vendryes has helped us out again and we have 15 signed postcards for Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton to give away! If you would like one, just leave a comment below and we’ll draw the winners on Sunday.

Melting the Ice comes out on February 4, 2014 and you can read more about it here.

And, in case you missed it before, we have an interview with Jason here.

This giveaway is open to all. Good luck!

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Jaci Burton getting a new Play-by-Play cover is better than Christmas morning! She shared the cover for Melting the Ice and it’s just…shew. *fans self*

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Carolina Preston has only one goal in mind—launching her new fashion line. She needs only one last thing to make it perfect—hockey phenom Drew Hogan. But Carolina and Drew have a history that goes back to their college days, and Carolina doesn’t want the embarrassment of her past to cloud the brightness of her future. Drew is eager for the chance to show Carolina he isn’t the boy who hurt her back then, but a man now, with the skills necessary to melt the icy exterior of her cold heart.

 

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February 2014

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ride_350.jpgGray Preston was born into money, but he’s built his racing empire on hard work and muscle. Now, with millions of fans, his senator father sends one of his aides, Evelyn Hill, to elicit Gray’s help in garnering votes for his upcoming national election. Gray wants nothing to do with his estranged father’s campaign, but Evelyn can be pretty persuasive. She’s willing to learn about racing, and maybe even get a little dirty.

Evelyn’s number-one goal is politics, which makes working with Gray difficult, because his only passion is fast cars. As she and Gray spend time together, he teaches her about the sport he loves, and she learns a lot about the man behind the wheel. The more she learns, the more she wants him. But any desire that threatens to derail the carefully laid plans for her future is a dangerous one.

With the passion Gray and Evelyn share running hotter than either imagined, one of them is going to have to compromise, or run the risk of losing more than their hearts.

 

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There’s something about fast cars that just gets to me. There’s nothing like being at a race track and seeing it, breathing it in and feeling the excitement of the crowd.

It’s so thrilling to watch a driver push a car—and the drivers’ skill—to its limits, racing around a track at speeds in excess of 200 miles an hour. Never having hit those speeds myself in one of my own vehicles (dammit), I can only imagine the pure adrenaline rush, what it must feel like to be behind the wheel of a car and have the kind of power in your hands. That’s why I love watching NASCAR, love watching these cars race, knowing at any moment a crash could happen as they’re hurdling toward the finish line. It takes talent to manage a vehicle at those speeds, and I’m in awe of these drivers.

 

I’ve loved watching racing for a while now, and since I love writing the sports I enjoy, I just had to include auto racing in my Play by Play series. Until now, most of my heroes have been pull themselves up by their bootstraps type of characters. But Gray Preston is a different sort of hero, one of I’ve been eager to explore. Gray comes from family money, but he’s eschewed that money, mainly out of necessity when his father cut him off when he chose a different career path in college. And while he eventually did have access to the family money, he built his racing career from sweat equity, so he knows what it’s like to use muscle and hard work to forge a dynasty. But he hasn’t forgotten the lessons learned when your family turns their back on you. So when he meets Evelyn Hill, an aide to his senator father, he wants nothing to do with her request to assist in his father’s latest political campaign.

 

I really wanted to mesh the world of auto racing and politics, two things that absolutely don’t go together—kind of like whiskey and peanut butter. Gray and Evelyn clash from the first moment they meet. They’re different in so many ways, and yet so alike in their stubbornness and determination to win at all costs. Of course neither of them can see their similarities in the beginning, and the delicious chemistry between them causes all sorts of problems as they find a way to work together, despite Gray’s desperate need to be utterly uncooperative and Evelyn’s desire to climb her way to the top of the political sphere in Washington, even if the way to the top means learning everything there is to know about auto racing.

 

I hope you enjoy ONE SWEET RIDE, book 6 in my Play by Play series, available now.

 

I’m offering up either a digital or print copy of any of the other books in my Play by Play series for one commenter. Open to international entries, subject to geographical restrictions.

 

Jaci Burton

 

Website: http://www.jaciburton.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jaciburton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJaciBurton

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Congrats! To claim your prize, please email mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces). You have 48 hours to email before a new name is chosen.

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Who has 15 advance reader copies of One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton to give away? We do, we do! Let’s take another look at the yumminess 😀

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To get what you want you have to move fast.

Gray Preston was born into money, but he’s built his racing empire on hard work and muscle. Now, with millions of fans, his senator father sends one of his aides, Evelyn Hill, to elicit Gray’s help in garnering votes for his upcoming national election. Gray wants nothing to do with his estranged father’s campaign, but Evelyn can be pretty persuasive. She’s willing to learn about racing, and maybe even get a little dirty.

Evelyn’s number-one goal is politics, which makes working with Gray difficult, because his only passion is fast cars. As she and Gray spend time together, he teaches her about the sport he loves, and she learns a lot about the man behind the wheel. The more she learns, the more she wants him. But any desire that threatens to derail the carefully laid plans for her future is a dangerous one.

With the passion Gray and Evelyn share running hotter than either imagined, one of them is going to have to compromise, or run the risk of losing more than their hearts.

June 4, 2013

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For a chance to win, just leave a comment below. This giveaway is open to all! We will post all 15 winners on Sunday, May 12. Be sure to check back then to see if you’ve won. Good luck!

(If your comment doesn’t post immediately, it may have went to moderation. I’ll fish all of those out. Promise!)


*Giveaway sponsored by the author

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Well, it’s come to this, y’all. THROWN BY A CURVE is the last Riley book. Alicia Riley is the final Riley in the Play by Play series. It’s not the last book in my Play by Play series, though. There are many more to come.

 

But when I got to Alicia’s book, I realized I had done two Riley brothers, one Riley sister, and two Riley cousins. To be as realistic as possible, there was no way I could drag up a few more Rileys who played or were somehow involved with professional sports. If I did that, there would be talk of the series jumping the shark, and we wouldn’t want that. So it was time to move on from the Rileys and into new territory.

 

So in THROWN BY A CURVE, you’re going to meet Garrett Scott, Alicia’s love interest. You’ll also meet Garrett’s college roommates, Gray Preston, Drew Hogan and Trevor Shay. And yes, they all play professional sports. I’m already crazy in love with all of them, and I hope you will be, too. I know everyone loves the Rileys—I do, too. I love them all madly and if I could continue writing Rileys until I ended the series, I would. But I wanted my series to make sense. I wanted it to be realistic. Okay, as realistic as a fictional series about hot sports stars could be. And that meant no more Rileys. It was time to branch out and introduce new guys. And I think you’re going to love them, starting with Garrett.

 

Garrett has a giant problem on his hands. Or, rather, a giant problem with his shoulder. He’s a star pitcher for the St. Louis Rivers baseball team, but he has a torn rotator cuff that’s keeping him out of the game. Alicia Riley is a sports medicine specialist for the Rivers, and since Garrett isn’t making progress in his therapy, Alicia is called on to take over.

 

This is a major rehab assignment for Alicia, and while she’s determined and focused, she also knows how important Garrett is to the team. And how much he hasn’t been working on his own rehab. So she’s less inclined to let him just slide by like he’s been doing, and more inclined to want to kick his ass. Garrett is used to getting into the good graces with his therapists, kicking back and laughing his way into not getting the work done. He hasn’t worked with Alicia yet, though, and her style of therapy is a lot of work and pain equals gain. So the two of them clash immediately, and the sparks fly between them, both workwise and personally.

 

But as soon as Garrett’s convinced Alicia is out to kill him, she shows him tenderness, and an understanding of what he’s going through. She knows what’s at stake for him, and he realizes she wants the same thing for him that he does—a return to the pitcher’s mound.

 

While we’ll all love the Rileys first and foremost, I hope you give the new guys a chance. I think you’re all going to fall in love with Garrett, and with the new guys I’m introducing in THROWN BY A CURVE.

 

But as a bonus, there’ll be a Riley holiday novella releasing in November. You know, I just can’t let them go quite yet. More on that one coming up later this year. 😉

 

So tell me about some of your favorite series that have ongoing family members or integrated characters. I really love Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. She does such a great job of rotating characters and introducing new characters in that series. I also love Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski series, and she’s done a wonderful job of working with the extended Kowalski family.  What are some of your favorites?

 

I’m giving away winner’s choice of any book in my backlist, print or digital. International entries welcome. Geographical restrictions may apply on the digital copy if it’s not available to the winner in your area.

 

Jaci

 

Website: http://www.jaciburton.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jaciburton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJaciBurton

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We have a pretty shiny to give away! 😀

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She thinks she knows this player—but he has a few surprise moves.

For Alicia Riley, her job as a sports therapist for the St. Louis Rivers baseball team is a home run—until she becomes the primary therapist for star pitcher, Garrett Scott. Out of the lineup with an injury, he’s short-tempered, hard to handle, and every solid inch, a man.

Right now, the only demand he’s making on Alicia is that she get him ready to pitch in time for opening day. Except the sexual chemistry between them is so charged, Alicia’s tempted to oblige Garrett just about anything. But both their careers are at stake—one bad move and it’s game over for both of them.

Garrett also feels the hot sparks between them, and the way he figures it, what better therapy is there than sex? Now all he has to do is convince the woman with the power to make the call.

To read an excerpt, visit jaciburton.com.

THROWN BY A CURVE releases on March 5th but one of you can win an advance reader copy. Leave a comment below and we will draw the winner next Friday (2/15). Good luck! 😀

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We are all familiar with the cover for Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton, right? Gorgeous hockey player with sweat trailing down spectacular abs? Hit the best seller lists? Let’s take another look since it’s never painful to stare at this one.

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I’m not just posting that for the drool-factor. Really. Mad was on Facebook today and discovered a new cover that left us both speechless.

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Huh. Taking Shots vs Taking a Shot. Shirtless, ripped model with skates tossed carelessly over his shoulder. Similar backgrounds. Even the font is similar. I think we are pushing coincidence a little too far here.

Oh, Loveswept. I am so disappointed and a little angry that you would underestimate the intelligence of romance readers. Is making an attempt at originality that painful and scary?

We’re calling total WTFery on this one.

Updated:

As I was looking at Amazon, I found the original cover for Taking Shots. And then I was sent another cover for it.

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This title was originally self published by Toni Aleo with these covers then purchased by Random House/Loveswept. And that is where what appears to be a blatant bait and switch is occurring.

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Guh. Just…guh.

 

 

To get what you want you have to move fast.

 

Gray Preston was born into money, but he’s built his racing empire on hard work and muscle. Now, with millions of fans, his senator father sends one of his aides, Evelyn Hill, to elicit Gray’s help in garnering votes for his upcoming national election. Gray wants nothing to do with his estranged father’s campaign, but Evelyn can be pretty persuasive. She’s willing to learn about racing, and maybe even get a little dirty.

Evelyn’s number-one goal is politics, which makes working with Gray difficult, because his only passion is fast cars. As she and Gray spend time together, he teaches her about the sport he loves, and she learns a lot about the man behind the wheel. The more she learns, the more she wants him. But any desire that threatens to derail the carefully laid plans for her future is a dangerous one.

With the passion Gray and Evelyn share running hotter than either imagined, one of them is going to have to compromise, or run the risk of losing more than their hearts.

 

Release date: June 2013

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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. He parties hard and fights harder, 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. If she can turn off the tingle she feels every time Cole gives her a hot stare with his gorgeous baby blues, he can turn off his desire as well. But for two people determined to have it all, a hands-off policy can only last so long before one of them yields.

 

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Let’s talk about cover art. I know everyone these days is going all 50 Shades of Greyscale or 50 Shades of What’s on a Guy’s Dresser or In His Closet. You know the covers I’m talking about. Not that there’s anything wrong with them. I actually like them a lot. I think they’re all very sharp—sexy without being In Your Face sexual.

 

And then there are the covers to my Play by Play series. Hot, sweaty, naked from the waist up athletes with ripped abs and wide shoulders and muscled biceps.  Nothing greyscale or nonsexual about those covers, is there?

 

Someone on Twitter asked me a few weeks back if I’d be changing my Play by Play cover art to a greyscale cover with just a football or catcher’s glove or hockey stick to match the current craze in “God Forbid We Let Anyone Know We’re Reading A Hot And Sexy Romance Novel” trend of cover art.

 

My answer to that was to laugh and say not a chance in hell.

 

Why? Because when cover art works, you don’t mess with it. There’s no doubt the cover art for my Play by Play series is working and working well. The covers for this series have caught readers eyes—a lot of times it’s the covers who capture readers attention well before what’s inside does. Do I have a problem with that? Not in the least. Of course I want readers to love the story—that’s the most important part for me. But if the cover can grab them and make them read the first chapter or the back cover blurb, then I’ve gotten their attention. And I think the stories are good enough to make them want to buy the book.

 

Putting my reader hat on for a minute, I can tell you that from a reader’s perspective, at least this reader’s perspective, cover art grabs me and makes me want to take another look at a book I might not otherwise be interested in. If it’s a great cover or a unique cover or interesting cover, I’m going to stop and take a look at that book. It doesn’t matter to me what the title of the book is, or what the subject matter is—a unique or compelling cover will make me stop and either browse the book online, or pick it up at the bookstore and look at the back cover blurb and start reading it to see if it’s something I want to read. It begins and ends for me with the cover art.

 

I’ve heard from countless readers how they decided to pick up my Play by Play series based upon the cover art (thank you Berkley Art Department!). So why would I mess with that by changing what has so far been a series of phenomenal covers?

 

What about you? Are you liking the trend of changing covers to reflect something a little less in your face sexy and more tame, like cufflinks and ties and whirling ribbons and what not? Are do you still think traditional romance covers are the way to go? And tell me what you think about the covers to the Play by Play series.

 

I’m offering up a copy of my newest release, Playing to Win—print, Kindle or Nook copy, to one commenter.

 

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To read an excerpt, visit jaciburton.com. And for a chance to win, just leave a comment below. Good luck!

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