Announcing the winner of my release week giveaway!

Happy Easter Monday to all who celebrate it! Last week was pretty incredible for me. There were so many lovely reviews and comments for Playing It Close, and I loved every single one (yes, even the not-so-positive ones, because I learn something from each of them).

Sooo…wanna know who won the $25 gift certificate and artisan chocolate in last week’s giveaway? The very lucky winner is…Janina Kessler!

Congratulations, Janina! I’m sending you an email.

Everyone else, don’t despair. Remember, there’s another giveaway going on right now. Help me spread the word about Playing It Close and you could win a $50 gift certificate to the online retailer of your choice, plus some handmade jewelry by my friend Moriah Densley and a London Legends tote bag. Enter using the Rafflecopter below!

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Playing It Close by Kat Latham

Book two of the London Legends

Playing It Close by Kat LathamWhere do you go to escape everything when you’re one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn’t exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.

Still reeling from a professional disaster that’s made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own.

Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief—after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he’s shocked to learn she’s taken a job with his team’s new sponsor. As the Legends’ captain, he’ll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they’ve told in the past.

Meet Liam’s teammate Spencer Bailey in Knowing the Score, out now!

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Sports romance winners!

Woot woot! We’ve got winners from last week’s sports romance giveaway.

Remember, each of these authors has a new book coming out on Monday, so I hope you’ll check them out! You can read all of the blurbs at the end of this post.

For now, though, here are the winners:

Veronica Rundell wins Knowing the Score (London Legends 1) by Kat Latham

jeayci wins Rush Me (New York Leopards 1) by Allison Parr

Shea wins Knock Out (Worth the Fight 1) by Michele Mannon

Claire wins The Changeup (Men of the Show 1) by Rhonda Shaw

ki pha wins On the Surface (In the Zone 1) by Kate Willoughby

Divya wins The Striker’s Chance by Rebecca Crowley

Congratulations! I’ll send each of you an email. (If you don’t receive it for some reason, email me at romancingkatrina [at] gmail [dot] com)

Don’t forget to enter my $50 gift certificate giveaway. If you pre-order Playing It Close and write a review next week, you get extra points!

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Sports romance coming out on April 14

Next week is Sports Week at Carina Press, bringing you stories about hot athletes in six different sports. Pre-order now and these hotties will be delivered to your ereader on Monday!

Love in Straight Sets by Rebecca Crowley

Love in Straight Sets by Rebecca CrowleyRegan Hunter came to tennis late in life, but she’s worked hard to become one of the world’s top players. Beating the odds has made her unstoppable on the court and neurotically controlling off of it. So when her manager hires a new coach, a has-been who left the sport after a scandal, Regan wants him gone, fast.

Ben Percy, a former Grand Slam winner, is well aware of Regan’s reputation for driving coaches away—usually screaming. But working with the notoriously mercurial Regan could be just the break he needs to take his career to the next level, and he’s never been one to scare easily. He must stick to only one rule: hands off Regan.

Keeping his distance from Regan is more difficult than Ben ever imagined. Behind her tough, sexy exterior is a woman he wants to get to know better. And Regan feels a connection with her patient, easy-on-the-eyes coach that’s hard to ignore. But with the biggest championship of all on the line, romance may be completely out of bounds…

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The Ace by Rhonda Shaw

The Ace by Rhonda ShawBook two of Men of the Show

“Love ’em and leave ’em” has been real estate agent Karen Bently’s motto for as long as she can remember. She doesn’t need a man, except to make her toes curl. Or so she thought, until her longtime crush, Ace pitcher Jerry Smutton, sets his sights on her.

After signing one of the largest baseball contracts in history with the Detroit Rockets, Jerry enlists Karen to help him find the house of his dreams. Their connection is instant and electric, but neither of them is the relationship type. When Jerry proposes a friends-with-benefits arrangement, that suits Karen just fine.

Passionate sleepovers soon turn into long, romantic evenings… Still, Karen and Jerry refuse to acknowledge they’re a couple. Karen insists that she’s immune to Jerry’s heart-melting charm. Jerry’s not ready to settle down. Denial is the name of the game, until one pitch changes everything…

Meet Jerry’s teammate Chase Patton in The Changeup!

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On the Surface by Kate Willoughby

On the Surface by Kate WilloughbyBook One of In the Zone

Not every athlete is a player…

NHL player Tim Hollander lost his temper one time and threw a water bottle at an abusive fan. After “Bottlegate,” he’s traded to the San Diego Barracudas, where he’ll need to keep the bad publicity to a minimum while proving he can still compete with the younger guys on the ice.

Erin Collier is a pediatric nurse who’s never seen a hockey game, but gets in line for Tim’s autograph at a PR event in hopes of impressing the doctor she has a crush on. When an obnoxious fan gets pushy toward Erin, Tim rushes to defend the pretty stranger, throwing a punch in the process.

Grateful for the rescue, Erin agrees to stand by Tim during the resulting press conference and host him at a hospital charity event. Their chemistry is palpable, and soon their lives are intertwined. But Erin doubts a hockey player is capable of anything resembling a real relationship. And if Tim can’t get her to see beyond what’s on the surface, they’ll never last longer than a single season…

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Tap Out by Michele Mannon

Book two of Worth the Fight

Tap Out by Michele MannonLate-night shock jock Sophie Morelle has been fired, dumped by her network after an embarrassing incident cost them big bucks. But she knows just how to get back on her feet—by filming a raw, gritty documentary about MMA fighters, starring the hottest welterweight around. The only problem? He’s the one responsible for ruining her life.

MMA-champion-turned-model Caden Kelly is hell-bent on reestablishing himself as the best fighter in the country. He’d been on a roll, too, until that loudmouth reporter hit him in the head with a camera on national TV. The headaches he’s suffered since are nothing compared to the one he gets when she shows up, seeking an exclusive. That Sophie’s gorgeous is undeniable…but she’s also the most infuriating woman he’s ever met.

Stepping into the ring with Caden Kelly is not for the faint of heart, but Sophie’s never been the delicate type. This champion may have finally met his match—both in and out of the bedroom.

Don’t miss Knock Out, available now!

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Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr

Imaginary Lines by Allison ParrBook three of the New York Leopards

Tamar Rosenfeld has been in love with New York Leopards linebacker Abraham Krasner since they were twelve years old. She’d always considered it destiny that they’d end up together…until Abe was drafted and she professed her feelings in a moment of blind excitement. The sting of his rejection was like nothing she’d ever felt before, and it’s nothing she’ll ever forget.

Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York’s premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she’s felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.

But destiny has finally chosen to interfere. Just as Tamar’s decided to move on, Abe’s realized she’s the only woman for him. When he confides the truth, Tamar has to decide if she can put her crush behind her, or take a chance on the very man who’s been holding her back all these years.

Read more about the New York Leopards in Rush Me and Running Back, available now!

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Playing It Close by Kat Latham

Book two of the London Legends

Playing It Close by Kat LathamWhere do you go to escape everything when you’re one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn’t exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.

Still reeling from a professional disaster that’s made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own.

Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief—after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he’s shocked to learn she’s taken a job with his team’s new sponsor. As the Legends’ captain, he’ll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they’ve told in the past.

Meet Liam’s teammate Spencer Bailey in Knowing the Score, out now!

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Winners, winners and more winners!

Well, I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like last week was crazy busy! Not only did I have two different giveaways going on this blog and one at Lady Scribes, but I also enjoyed several “firsts” with my baby girl Doodle Bug, who’s now ten months old. I took her to her first swim class (no smiles, but no tears either), and we got a baby seat for my husband’s bike and took her for her first ride (again, no smiles but no tears). Even more exciting, this morning she stood on her own for the first time. I would’ve taken a picture, but she was holding an empty wine bottle she’d discovered in our recycling bag. (Mother of the Year, right here.)

Anyway, time for the winners!

The winner of my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway is…SuzGlo! Suz, let me know what online bookstore you want me to order your $10 gift certificate for.

In her comment, Suz said:

I have read several of Kristan Higgins books and my favorite is probably “All I Ever Wanted”. I loved Ian and Cassie and the scene in which they meet at the DMV is laugh out loud funny. And the encounter with the bird (wild turkey? goose? I cannot remember!) toward the end of the book is priceless.

(I totally agree, by the way. LOVED that book.) That means that Suz won a $10 gift certificate for Kristan Higgins, too! I’ll email Kristan and let her know.

Next, we have four winners of an advance e-copy of Playing It Close (three winners from my blog and one from the Lady Scribes blog).  The winners are:

Janina
Tallulah A.
Veronica Rundell
Bette Hansen

Congratulations! Please email me at romancingkatrina [at] gmail.com and let me know what digital format you want the book in.

Don’t forget, everyone, you can win prizes for helping me spread the word about Playing It Close. You’ll get extra points for reviewing it in the first week of its release. If you didn’t win the book this week, it’s available for pre-order at several sites (see below).

Playing It Close

Playing It Close by Kat LathamBook two of the London Legends

Where do you go to escape everything when you’re one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn’t exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.

Still reeling from a professional disaster that’s made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own.

Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief—after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he’s shocked to learn she’s taken a job with his team’s new sponsor. As the Legends’ captain, he’ll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they’ve told in the past.

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Playing It Close

Winner of Playing It Close!

Thank you SO much to everyone who stopped by to check out my cover for Playing It Close! I’m really chuffed by all the comments. 🙂

The winner of Playing It Close and a $10 gift certificate is…Michelle G!

Congratulations, Michelle! Email me and let me know what digital format you want your book in and where you want your gift certificate for.

If you didn’t win, you can preorder Playing It Close. It comes out on April 14!

Playing It Close

Playing It Close by Kat LathamBook two of the London Legends

Where do you go to escape everything when you’re one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn’t exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.

Still reeling from a professional disaster that’s made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own.

Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief—after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he’s shocked to learn she’s taken a job with his team’s new sponsor. As the Legends’ captain, he’ll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they’ve told in the past.

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Winner of Once In A Lifetime by Jill Shalvis!

Thanks so much to everyone who commented on my Jill Shalvis giveaway! And thanks to Jill for asking me to give away her book to one of my readers instead of sending her the gift certificate she won in my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway.

The winner of Once In A Lifetime is…Joye!

Congrats! Email me at romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know which format you’d like it in (if you want a digital copy, let me know which bookseller you want it from).

Didn’t win? Here’s where you can buy it.

Once in a Lifetime

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he’s back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she’s not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben – even though he has absolutely no idea what she’s done . . .

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

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