Winner of $100 Visa gift card — plus 6 chances to win my books!

Thank you guys SO MUCH for all the tweets, Facebook shares and blog posts during my Knowing the Score 99c sale last week. You are AMAZING! Thank you for helping Knowing the Score get down to #92 in the entire U.S. Kindle store. And if you bought the book, I hope you enjoy it!

The winner of the $100 Visa gift card is…Natalie Yarborough!

Congratulations, Natalie! I’ll be contacting you shortly.

Thanks to the lovely blogger Rae Latte, the giveaways are not ending! Every day for six days, Rae is featuring one of my London Legends books on her awesome blog, Books I Love a Latte (which is a great place to find out about new romance novels, by the way). Every day you can win the book she features. All you have to do is leave a comment on the relevant blog post. There’s a different question each day, so make sure you read through her post and leave your answer in the comments on her blog.

Six days of rugby fun

Here are the ones that are live so far:

Knowing the Score

Playing It Close

Tempting the Player

Unwrapping Her Perfect Match

Tomorrow she’s posting an interview with me (and a chance to win your choice of any of my books), and Wednesday she’s posting a review of Taming the Legend, so subscribe to her blog or bookmark it so you remember to go back.

Lastly, have you ordered your copy of Taming the Legend yet? It comes out in just a couple of weeks–make sure it’s on your e-reader the day it comes out!

Good luck, and thank you all again!Meet the world's hottest rugby team

Release day celebration for Tempting the Player! Win a $50 gift certificate!

Woot woot! Tempting the Player arrives on ereaders today!

Matt and Libby’s story was such a pleasure to write, and I hope that shines through in the story. It features some of my favorite themes — a best-friends-to-lovers romance with a strong heroine who has an interesting job and a hero who utterly needs her.

I’ve been really excited about the reviews coming in. Readers are falling in love with Matt, and I have to say that I think he’s vulnerable and adorable all rolled up in one insanely sexy package.

I’m running a giveaway for readers who help me spread the word by tweeting, sharing the book on their blogs and writing a review. You could win a $50 gift certificate to the online retailer of your choice. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of the Tempting the Player page.

I hope you’ll take a chance on Matt, just like Libby has. And I hope you’ll be just as happy with that decision as she is!

See below for an exclusive peek at Libby and Matt’s first kiss. Enjoy!

Tempting the Player
Book three of the London Legends

Tempting The Player by Kat LathamBest friends make the best lovers.

Libby Hart and Matt Ogden are perfect for each other—as friends. They’ve known each other for ages. They act as each other’s plus-ones. They even share custody of a dog. And if there’s always been a little spark between them, so what? It’s never been worth jeopardizing their friendship.

Professional rugby player Matt is fighting for a starter position with the London Legends—and that’s not the only thing he’s fighting. A crippling fear of flying means he’s struggling to get his career off the ground. He has no time for a relationship, even if Libby does make him ache. As an airline pilot, Libby’s looking for a stay-at-home husband so she can have a family without sacrificing her high-flying career. Matt’s certainly not that man.

But just because they don’t have a future together doesn’t mean they can’t have a right now. When Matt asks Libby for help overcoming his fear, they agree to take a vacation from their platonic relationship—whenever they fly together, they can have sex. It’s the perfect way to resolve all that built-up tension. As long as they can avoid getting a little too comfortable…
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Excerpt

“Libby.” He whispered her name as if it were a plea, a prayer even. More than that. The answer to his prayers.

Her plump lips parted and she explored him with the tip of her tongue. He met her, tangled with her, tasted her. She was all strawberries and sweetness, strength and power. She filled his arms and stole his sanity. He kissed her with all the pent-up passion he’d ignored for so long. He cradled her face, stroked her soft cheek, explored her to quench his curiosity, only to find so much more to be curious about.

Finally she pulled back far enough to drag in a shaky breath, forcing him to breathe too. Dropping his forehead to hers, he gripped her leather jacket and watched himself as if from a distant, foggy place, stroking his thumb across her bottom lip. Her body trembled—or was that his?

He wasn’t sure, not of anything. Not anymore.

The only thing he could make sense of was the need that pounded through his body. That, at least, was familiar. He would usually know how to take care of it, but not with Libby.

Her voice was soft but controlled when she finally used it. “Where do you usually sit when you fly?”

What the fuck? He started to pull away, but she held him close. He cleared his swollen throat. “I think I misheard you.”

“Do you have a favorite seat? Or an assigned seat?”

His thumb rode the words as her lips formed them. The sight was the only thing confirming that he hadn’t imagined what just happened. Five years of platonic friendship changed in an instant. He pulled his thumb back across her soft cheek to the hollow behind her ear. She pressed her lips hard together and eked out a moan that vibrated straight down to his groin. Wrestling a bit more control over himself, he answered. “In the back. By the loo. In case I puke.”

“Worst possible place for you to sit.”

Jesus—was it dangerous? Had he been fooling himself all this time, maybe sitting in the place most likely to break apart in a storm?

“I can see the gears working in your head.” Libby’s hands shifted from behind his back to the hair at his temples. She tilted his head back enough that they could make eye contact. What he saw in her face nearly brought him to his knees. Desire. Hesitant, eager desire. He’d always had hints of her attraction to him. Now that she let him see the full force of it, he felt powerless to control his reaction. He wanted her. Bad.

Video: I flew a plane!

This summer when I was home in San Diego, I went on a very special research trip.

I took a flying lesson over La Jolla in an experimental airplane built by the pilot, Jeremiah D. Jackson. The plane — the Urban Coyote — had recently been rebuilt after crashing in the mountains, an accident that Jerry describes in his gripping book Four Minutes.

My lesson was part of my research for my own book, Tempting the Player. It’s about Matt, a professional rugby player who’s terrified of flying, and his best friend Libby, a commercial airline pilot who helps him overcome his fear. In this video, you won’t hear Jerry or me talking (in fact, the sound seems to have disappeared completely, but trust me, it was LOUD in that plane) but you’ll see beautiful views as we leave the Pacific Ocean, fly just north of the Coronado bridge and come in to land at Montgomery Field. Also, I have NO IDEA why the thumbnail is gray. I chose a different thumbnail for the video, but it’s not showing up. Technology, eh?

We flew over the ocean (which I tried to video but my phone froze and the video didn’t save). It was so beautiful, but I was really nervous. I used to love being in planes when I was younger, but when I was in my early 20s I suddenly developed a terrible fear of flying.  These feelings helped me get inside Matt’s head, but I decided to take a flying lesson to find out more about what he would feel when Libby hands control over to him.

Answer: scared as shit.

Jerry and I my dad have been friends since second grade, so I know he has about as much experience flying as he has walking. He’s also a scuba diver and a skydiver. When I was in high school, he helped make science relevant and fun for me. I remember when I had to do a project for my chemistry class, and Jerry came over with a bottle of soda and explained how air embolisms form in scuba divers. Basically, he’s brilliant, and he showed me how cool scientists can be. He also showed me around his work as an environmental engineer one day and encouraged me to consider engineering as a career. (I studied English instead.)

Kat and Jerry

I was waaaay more comfortable when Jerry was in control of the plane, but I still managed to execute a turn over the ocean.  Let me tell you, when you’re staring down at the ocean, a thousand feet suddenly doesn’t seem very high. In fact, it seems like you could close that distance in about a second. And I really felt for poor Matt and all I made him suffer in the book.

Want to know more? You can read about my flight in December’s issue of RT Magazine!

Have you ever flown a plane? Did you enjoy it? Have you ever forced yourself to do something you had a phobia of?

P.S. I wanted to share a really cool article about Tempting the Player on one of my favorite blogs, Romance Novels for Feminists. Jackie Horne wrote about Matt’s fear of flying and traditional masculinity. Hope you’ll read it and maybe leave a comment!

Cover reveal for Tempting the Player – & giveaway!

You guys, this week is so exciting. On Wednesday I’m flying to San Antonio for the Romance Writers of America’s annual conference, where I’ll get to take part in my first book signing, and where Mine Under The Mistletoe is up for a RITA award.

So what better way to start the week than with a cover reveal for my next book? Hurrah!

Tempting the Player comes out on November 10 (but you can preorder it now), and it’s book 3 in my London Legends rugby series. I have to admit, this is my favorite cover of the series (don’t tell Spencer and Liam that, though 🙂 ). And I absolutely LOVE this story. It combines some of my favorite things: a friends-to-lovers story with a hero who’s strong but vulnerable and a heroine who rescues him. What’s not to love?

For those of you who have read the rest of the series, you might be wondering who the hero of Tempting the Player is. Let me introduce you to Matt Ogden, a reserve player who’s fighting to be the team’s starting fullback. He’s only mentioned briefly in Playing It Close, when he and the rest of the players strip down for their calendar photo shoot.

He does a lot of stripping in this book, too. 😉

So are you ready to see Matt? (Seriously, he’s just so HOT.) Here he is – but you’ve got to put him together!

If you want to see him but don’t have the time or desire to do the puzzle (boo!) then head on over the Tempting the Player page and you can see him in all his muscular glory.

Here’s more about Matt and Libby’s story.

Tempting the Player
Book three of the London Legends

Best friends make the best lovers.

Libby Hart and Matt Ogden are perfect for each other—as friends. They’ve known each other for ages. They act as each other’s plus-ones. They even share custody of a dog. And if there’s always been a little spark between them, so what? It’s never been worth jeopardizing their friendship.

Professional rugby player Matt is fighting for a starter position with the London Legends—and that’s not the only thing he’s fighting. A crippling fear of flying means he’s struggling to get his career off the ground. He has no time for a relationship, even if Libby does make him ache. As an airline pilot, Libby’s looking for a stay-at-home husband so she can have a family without sacrificing her high-flying career. Matt’s certainly not that man.

But just because they don’t have a future together doesn’t mean they can’t have a right now. When Matt asks Libby for help overcoming his fear, they agree to take a vacation from their platonic relationship—whenever they fly together, they can have sex. It’s the perfect way to resolve all that built-up tension. As long as they can avoid getting a little too comfortable…
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Inspirational images

Here’s my Pinterest board with some of the images I found inspirational. Can you say sexy, sexy rugby player?

Follow Kat Latham’s board Tempting the Player on Pinterest.

Giveaway!

Let’s celebrate! Use the Rafflecopter form to enter for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the online retailer of your choice and a London Legends tote bag. Good luck!

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Which of the London Legends book covers do you like best? What do you think of the Tempting the Player cover (you can be honest!)? Do you like friends-to-lovers stories?