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Debut Print Book & Giveaway: Game On by Tracy Solheim

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.

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You can check out more about Tracy Solheim and her books at http://www.tracysolheim.com

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Debut Print Book: A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara

Debut Print Book: A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara

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.

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Name of debut release: A Most Scandalous Proposal

Release date: 02/26/2013

Publisher: Ballantine Books

2 sentence summary: Two childhood friends in Regency England discover love with the most unlikely of partners: each other.

Genre: Regency romance

Characters: My main heroine is Julia St. Claire. She has spent the past few years watching her older sister nurse a fruitless crush while avoiding marriage herself. If she has to marry, she’s determined to do so for sensible reasons. In fact, she gets such an offer. Unfortunately, the offer comes from the man her sister has a crush on.

Benedict Revelstoke is an old childhood friend of Julia’s. He’s recently resigned his commission in the cavalry with the intention of settling in the country and breeding horses. Only he comes to town to purchase bloodstock and while he’s there he finds out Julia’s been made the object of a wager. The notion upsets him a great deal, and he has to warn her off while coming to realize his feelings for her might be more than friendship.

What makes this story different: You can’t really tell from the blurb, but the book contains two romances. I suppose you could call one a secondary romance, but it’s just as important to the plot as the primary romance. You might say Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensiblity influenced this book a great deal.

Also, while this is a Regency, there’s nary a duke in sight. One of the heroes has a title; the other is a second son.

Is this a series?: There’s a tie-in sequel, but there’s no series name.

Why you wrote this book: Because I couldn’t not write it. I had no intention of writing a Regency. I was working on another manuscript when the idea for this one came to me, and it just wouldn’t let me alone until I set the other aside and gave these characters a voice. I still haven’t finished that other one.

Why is this your first published book? How many did you write before? In part, because the other manuscripts I wrote weren’t quite there yet. Also in part, because my other manuscripts were not set in a time period publishers like to acquire. A Most Scandalous Proposal is my fifth completed manuscript.

What’s your writing process? I’m a pantser. That means I start out with a few characters and an opening situation and I let the characters determine what happens next. I don’t meticulously plan out everything that my characters do. I can’t. They won’t let me. They’re stubborn buggers who take their toys and go home if I try to force them to do what I want.

Your next published book. A Most Devlish Rogue

The last book you read that you loved. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

The last book you read for research. The Letters of Private Wheeler. It’s a collection of letters written by a soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. They were interesting for the vernacular and little details of soldierly life. I may have borrowed an anecdote or two for Benedict’s backstory.

The romance book character you most identify with. She’s not a romance heroine per se, but Eowyn from Lord Of the Rings. I identify with her unrequited feelings, and I admire her courage. Plus, um, Faramir is hot.

You can check out more about Ashlyn Macnamara and her books at http://ashlynmacnamara.net

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