Love and Other Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane and Kara Leigh Miller: Interview and Giveaway

January 16, 2014 Reviews 4

Love and Other Games

In just a month, the Winter Olympic Games will be upon us again. Today’s blog tour stop is for a fabulous anthology that centres around winter athletes.

I am very excited to be this stop on the book tour for Love and Other Games. This features some wonderful authors – Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane and Kara Leigh Miller.

In this post, we are lucky enough to have an interview with Melinda Dozier, author of Trouble with Gold. There is also a giveaway, so check it out below to see what you can win!

So, what is Love and Other Games about?

Love and Other GamesLove and Other Games is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller.

Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze
Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart, is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running.

Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the podium.

With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more than gold.

Trouble with Gold by Melinda Dozier
US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers.

Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she’s not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way. A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult. Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?

The Girl behind the Gold by Aria Kane
Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm. Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her a place in fans’ hearts.

“Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia.

The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want – but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need.

Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller
Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player.

Despite Brenna Jessup’s abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she’s hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad for her, Colton doesn’t want apologies — he wants retribution! And he knows just how to get it — and her — in the process.

Who are the fabulous authors bringing us this anthology?

Ana Blaze (Worth More Than Gold)

Ana Blaze

Ana lives just outside Washington DC with her very supportive husband and three rather demanding cats. She loves the ocean, Indian food, Ikea, and cooking. Ana admits to watching too much television and she swears that someday she’s going to learn how to play the guitar resting on the bookshelf in her office.

You can visit her on Facebook (Ana Blaze), Twitter (@ana_blaze) and Pinterest.

Melinda Dozier (Trouble With Gold)

Melinda DozierMelinda lives in Guatemala, Central America, with her husband, three boys and German Shepherd. She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they’re grown.

Visit her website at http://www.melindadozier.com and her blog at http://melindadozier.blogspot.com. You can also visit her on Facebook (Melinda Dozier).

Aria Kane (The Girl behind the Gold)

Aria KaneAria is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua.

Visit her website at http://www.ariakane.com. You can visit her on Facebook (Aria Kane) and Twitter (@aria_kane).

Kara Leigh Miller (Ice Gold)

Kara Leigh MillerBorn and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word.

In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, new adult, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Creative Writers Café and the CNY Romance Writers.

Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s thinking about reading and writing. And when she’s not doing that, she’s spending time with her family and friends.

Recently, Kara has taken on the position of Managing Editor for the Surge Imprint at Anaiah Press, LLC — a Christian fiction press. She’s working exclusively in the young adult and new adult line.

Visit her website at http://www.karaleighmiller.com and on Facebook (Kara Leigh Miller).

Now for our little chat with Melinda Dozier:

Hi, Melinda! Welcome to My Written Romance!

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Well, first, thank you so much for hosting me at My Written Romance. It’s great to be here.

Being a mom, wife, teacher, blogger, writer and reader keeps me busy. I live in Central America with my family and teach at an American School. I love living “overseas,” and experiencing the life and beauty of another country.

Can you give us the Cliff’s Notes version of what your book, The Christmas Cabin is about?

Love and Other Games is a new adult contemporary romance featuring four stories centered around the Winter Olympics. If you like sex, superstitions and sports, this is the novel for you!

In Trouble with Gold, you’ll meet Olympics-virgin, US snowboarder Ty Madsen, aka Trouble. He’s known to get into lots of trouble, including being shackled to a post in subzero tempertures — in his boxers only! Lucikily, serious Olympics volunteer, Nadia Hoffman comes to the rescue.

What is it that you love about this book, and in particular your hero and heroine?

I love Ty and Nadia’s silliness — the jokes — their ambition.

I also loved working as a team to write the anthology and how our stories connect in small simple ways. Even though my story is finished after the first eight chapters, you’ll still hear about Ty in other stories.

What inspired this particular story? Is there anyone that springs to mind when you think about your hero and heroine?

Ty was my inspiration. I wanted to write a snowboarder for a while now — the sport fascinates me. Immediately, I formed together Ty’s trouble-making abilities which fit perfect with a gnarly boarder.

Physically, I picture Ty Madsen as actor James Marsden. Here is an entire Pinterest board that inspired me as I wrote: http://www.pinterest.com/melindadozier/trouble-with-gold-love-and-other-games/

What was it that drew you to writing romance?

Simple. I’m a hopeless, sappy romantic. My love of reading romance led me to write. One day I decided to take all these ideas in my head and put them on paper. As a teenager, I wrote my first romance and shared them with my best friend. We’d laugh and giggle at the kissing scenes. If my former self could see my “kissing” scenes now, she’d turn red and hide under a pillow.

What is your favourite part of the writing process? Is it creating characters, world-building or is it typing The End?

The best part of the writing process is the brainstorming of a new idea. I get so excited, and when I actually write the first chapter, I’m on cloud nine. I have so much fun creating hot heroes (they’re usually my first inspiration) and quirky stories to go along with them.

Is the process of writing as part of an anthology different? How do you approach it?

Yes! I’m not usually a huge planner when it comes to my stories, but when you unite with other writers, it’s a must. We wanted to write four stories that connected the same superstition, so it took research and lots of emails to join forces.

When you hit a blank patch for inspiration, how do you rediscover it?

Well, most people who know me, know that I love pinning sexy men on Pinterest. For some reason, half-naked firefighters (or in this case Olympians) inspire me!

Who is your writing superhero? Why?

I have several go-to authors: Jill Shalvis, Susan Mallery and Shannon Stacey. I buy every book and gobble them up. Not only do I enjoy their work as a reader, but I study it as a student — their sentence structures, word choices, character formation.

Outside of writing, what do you do? How do you relax?

My guilty pleasure is reading. Since I’m a mom, wife, teacher and writer, I almost never have time to just relax, but I always make time to read every day.

What’s next for you?

I’m in the process of finishing a WIP and submitting it to publishers.

I also have an exciting project in the works with my “Golden Girls” (Love and Other Games authors). Watch out for us in March for a St. Patrick’s Day anthology full of fun, mayhem and, of course, hot heroes!

Thank you so much for stopping by My Written Romance today, Melinda. It’s been wonderful chatting with you!

Now I’ve spoken with Melinda, I think you should get hold of Love and Other Games and find time to read it.

Here’s where you can get your hands on a copy: Amazon – Barnes & Noble

Tour Wide Giveaway

As part of the book tour for Love and Other Games, the authors are generously giving away a Nook Simple Touch (open internationally) and a swag pack from Aria Kane – Olympic bracelet, evil eye necklace, bookmarks (US only).

Sounds like something you want to win? Just complete the Rafflecopter form below to take part.

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