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Debut Print Book & Giveaway: Game On by Tracy Solheim

I’ve had some concerns by readers who are primarily print readers that the coverage at Dear Author has been too focused on ebooks. When I asked the readers what they were interested in seeing, they responded that they would like to know more about print debut authors. We developed a little questionnaire and every Wednesday at 10:00 AM CST (as long as we have content) we’ll post the questionnaire answers along with links to the author’s site and a buy link to her book. I hope this helps people discovery new books. Now, on to the answers.

 Game On by Tracy Solheim

Name of debut release: Game On

Release date: 05/07/2013

Publisher: Berkley

2 sentence summary: Football’s bad boy is about to learn there’s more to life than breaking records while the media’s darling is about to learn that playing it safe isn’t any fun at all. It’s game on as the Devil of the NFL executes his toughest drive—scoring the life—and love—he never thought he’d have.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Characters: Shane Devlin, the Devil of the NFL, has made a career of breaking records on the field and breaking rules off it. The son of a football icon who abandoned him as a child, Shane has spent a lifetime blackening his pedigree every opportunity he gets.

Carly March is determined to make the best of her job as assistant to the General Manger of a professional football team, After surviving a childhood played out in the tabloids, Carly just wants to fly below the radar and live a quiet life. She has no intention of succumbing to the attraction of a brooding, hard-bodied quarterback.

What makes this story different: While this story is essentially a romance, there is also suspense element to the book. This storyline was written mostly to drive the characters together, but I think readers will appreciate the added tension.

Is this a series?: Out of bounds

Why you wrote this book: Believe it or not, I was at the beach one summer a few years back (before Kindle) and I ran out of things to read. Most of the story played through my head like a move and I wrote the first couple of chapters–long hand!–while the rest of my fished. It took me several months to actually finish it and three years before a publisher bought it.

Why is this your first published book? How many did you write before? Game On is actually the first manuscript I ever wrote. I did read a LOT before attempting to write my own book, so I think that helped with the key aspects of plot and pacing. The original manuscript was a finalist for the Maggie Award for Excellence given out by the Georgia chapter of RWA, which I took as a good sign that I was doing something right.

What’s your writing process? I’m a total pantster when it comes to writing. Often, my books evolve from stories I’ve seen on the news. I’ll plot a lot of my book in my head, but it changes somewhat when I actually sit down at the keyboard. I really wish there was a device where my computer could just read my mind, that way I could get most of my work done while I’m on the treadmill! I’m also a terrible procrastinator, a trait that comes from my earlier life in journalism. I definitely write better under pressure. My family would prefer I stick to a schedule, however.

Your next published book. Foolish Games

The last book you read that you loved. Gone Girl

The last book you read for research. I guess this could count as research: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The book takes place at a Dallas Cowboys football game. Since my series depicts football players, I thought it would be a fun book to read.

The romance book character you most identify with. Annique Villiers from Joanna Bourne’s THE SPYMASTER’S LADY. I have low vision, so writing and reading are always difficult for me (know you see why I want the direct hook-up to my brain). Annique was always adapting to her changing environment, her changing disabilities. Most of my life has been spent doing the same thing. I truly believe I was born to be a writer, I just have to jump through a lot more hurdles than the next writer to get my story told.

Tracy Solheim

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  1. Melissa Cutler
    May 16, 2013 @ 10:04:28

    Your book sounds wonderful. Congratulations on its release, as well as that totally hot cover.

    Melissa Cutler

  2. Tracy Solheim
    May 16, 2013 @ 10:15:12

    @Melissa Cutler: Thanks, Melissa! I’m working on an interview with my cover model. I hope to have it up on my website soon. :)

  3. Fran S.
    May 16, 2013 @ 10:32:55

    I’ve seen this around recently :) There’s just something about football romance heroes *sigh*

  4. Patti
    May 16, 2013 @ 10:37:05

    I have Game On on my wishlist; I love sports heroes. Great answers to the questions – I’m not a writer so I’m always fascinated by the ‘punster/plotter’ answers.

  5. Christy Hayes
    May 16, 2013 @ 10:39:36

    Love Game On and can’t wait for your interview with the model!!

  6. Rebe
    May 16, 2013 @ 11:34:31

    I would say baseball is my favorite sport. The DH loves football, but I have fond memories of going to Braves games in the 80s with my Dad.

  7. Katrina
    May 16, 2013 @ 11:50:13

    I played rugby and wrestled on boys’ teams through high school, so I definitely have a soft spot for both.

  8. Kim
    May 16, 2013 @ 11:52:47

    Congratulations on your debut book. Although my favorite sports are tennis and baseball, I still like reading football romance books. Susan Elizabeth Phillips wrote a terrific football series.

  9. kp
    May 16, 2013 @ 12:00:26

    Love baseball!

  10. Tracy Solheim
    May 16, 2013 @ 12:44:31

    @Rebe: I’ve enjoyed my share of Braves games. too! We also try to get back “home” to DC to see the Nats and the Orioles each summer. It isn’t the Fourth of July unless you’re in a ball park.

  11. Tracy Solheim
    May 16, 2013 @ 12:45:23

    @Kim: I love the SEP series with the Chicago Stars. :)

  12. erinf1
    May 16, 2013 @ 14:09:51

    College Baseball! Mainly b/c where I live, the College World series is not just a series… it’s *the* series…

  13. SandyPo
    May 16, 2013 @ 16:25:31

    I’m not familiar with The Spymaster’s Lady but I’ll have to add it to my TBR list. The new book sounds great!

  14. Violet Bick
    May 16, 2013 @ 17:52:34

    There’s just not enough sports-related romances. I’m anxious to read this one.

  15. bn100
    May 16, 2013 @ 18:04:45


  16. Chelsea B.
    May 16, 2013 @ 18:24:04

    CONGRATULATIONS on the release of your novel! I’m so happy for you!
    I don’t have a favorite sport– please don’t shoot me. I could just never get into them!

  17. MissE
    May 16, 2013 @ 18:37:07

    I’m a huge baseball fan and have had a hard time reading baseball romances due to sport related errors in the book. I spend way too much time obsessing about the minor errors and it ruins my enjoyment of the story. However, I like sports romances in general, and a football story sounds like a good read.

  18. Tracy Solheim
    May 16, 2013 @ 18:42:28

    @erinf1: My favorite college baseball team has been to the CWS the last three years and on two of those trips, they’ve won!

  19. Tracy Solheim
    May 16, 2013 @ 18:44:17

    @SandyPo: I highly recommend The Spy Master’s Lady. Great placing and really great plot twists.

  20. Diane
    May 16, 2013 @ 19:16:43

    Hockey and we’re in the semi finals! Yay! Sens!!!

  21. Maureen
    May 16, 2013 @ 20:36:13

    I enjoy baseball the most.

  22. Tiffany
    May 17, 2013 @ 00:45:13

    College football. But not nfl football. That’s just no fun….

  23. Julie
    May 17, 2013 @ 04:58:07

    I watch basketball and tennis, mostly. Happy as a clam right now, what with the NBA Playoffs going on!

  24. Danielle D
    May 17, 2013 @ 07:40:10

    OMG I love sports but football followed by hockey have my heart.

  25. Jacqueline Cook
    May 17, 2013 @ 11:56:05

    My favorite major professional sport is basketball, although I’m not as into it as I used to be.

  26. Meri
    May 17, 2013 @ 12:00:37

    The Braves in the 80s, wow – clearly you’re a better fan than I :)

    My other favorite sport is figure skating, which is criminally underused in romance. The on-screen and behind the scenes drama is off the charts.

  27. Justine
    May 17, 2013 @ 12:53:59

    Figure skating! It’s an Olympic sport!

  28. Becky M.
    May 18, 2013 @ 15:14:16

    Hockey! Football’s a close second, though. Baseball games are just too gosh darn long….

    (I will totally read a romance involving any kind of athlete, though. I’m very open-minded like that ;))

  29. Victoria Zumbrum
    May 18, 2013 @ 19:47:28

    I love figure skating. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good.

  30. AuntieKristin
    May 20, 2013 @ 12:39:19


  31. Lobo
    May 21, 2013 @ 02:48:53


  32. CarolinaSpain
    May 21, 2013 @ 14:18:21

    I want to read this book, it looks very good!, my favorite sport? Football!!!!

  33. cindy r
    May 21, 2013 @ 21:55:15

    Tracy, I’m so excited for you! Like Christy and just about all the girls (and guys) I want that model. YUMMY! Congratulations! I remember being in the meeting when you first pitched this story and now it’s a book. YEAH! Can’t wait to get my hands on it and ALL THE OTHERS!
    xoxoox cindy

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