Knowing the Score’s only $0.99 and you could win $100 for helping me promote the sale!

From today through April 24, Knowing the Score is only $0.99, and I need your help spreading the word about the sale!

I’m giving away a $100 Visa gift card to one randomly selected person who helps promote it. You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

AND if the book makes it into the top 20 on the whole Kindle store, I will make it a $150 Visa gift card. If it makes it into the top 10, I’ll make it a $200 Visa gift card.

So go buy the book, gift it to a friend and tell all your friends about it!

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If you’ve never read Knowing the Score, I hope you’ll take this opportunity to pick it up! It was the very first book I wrote, the first book I had published, and the first book in my London Legends series. It’s very close to my heart, and I hope you love Spencer and Caitlyn’s story!

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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… | | Barnes & NobleCarina PressGoogle Play | iBooks | Goodreads

Follow Rebecca: Twitter | Blog

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! | & NobleCarina Press | Google PlayiBooksGoodreads

Read an excerpt

Follow Rhonda: Twitter | Facebook | Website

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… | | Barnes & NobleCarina Press | Google Play | iBooks | Goodreads

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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! | & NobleCarina PressGoogle PlayGoodreads

Follow Michele: Twitter Facebook Blog: The Violet Femmes

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! | | Barnes & NobleCarina Press | Google Play | iBooks | Goodreads

Follow Allison: Twitter | FacebookBlog

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! | | Barnes & NobleCarina PressGoogle PlayiBooks | Goodreads

Read Chapter One

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Celebrate World Toilet Day in the sexiest way possible

Friends, it’s one of my favorite days of the year: World Toilet Day.

I know what you’re thinking. There’s absolutely nothing, nothing sexy about toilets.

Oh, how wrong you are.

Did you know that “aid worker” is consistently voted one of the sexiest professions in the world? (Don’t ask for my source. I read it once, I swear.) Well, my novel Knowing the Score features a heroine who’s a specialist in building sanitation systems after disasters.

Yep, she digs toilets – toilets of all kinds. Deep-drop latrines. Cement toilet blocks. You name it, and she’s built it.

She’s skilled, courageous and clever – all things that make her irresistible to the novel’s hero, a professional rugby player.

So, in honor of World Toilet Day, here’s an exclusive excerpt from Knowing the Score. It takes place in Spencer’s bedroom as he’s taking care of the blisters she got from wearing high heels (she’s more a workboot kinda gal). Caitlyn’s sitting on his bed while he kneels at her feet.


He left the foot he’d treated on his thigh and picked up the other one, bending over to examine the back of it. Another violently red blister stared back at him, but his gaze also caught on a wine-colored blemish staining the side of her calf, too dark to have been caused by the shower’s heat. He trailed his fingertips over it, making her leg twitch.

“It’s a scar from a snake bite.” Caitlyn sounded almost breathless, her voice turning husky in a way that sent every cell in his body humming until her words broke through his pheromone haze.

“You’ve been bitten by a fucking snake?”

“I worked in Thailand after the tsunami. Stumbled across a pit viper—literally. Fell right over it. Fortunately it didn’t hold much of a grudge and only bit me quickly before trying to escape the scary red-and-white beast that nearly crushed it.”

His heart picked up pace. “You could’ve died.”

“Not likely. Not from a pit viper, anyway. And we had a field hospital nearby, so I got antivenom quickly. Believe me, the country was teeming with aid workers getting into all sorts of trouble. We probably outnumbered snakes ten to one.”

Jesus, her job sounded so worthy. And he’d practically bragged about surviving a broken leg so he could go on to play more rugby. Unable to restrain himself, he pressed his lips to the scar, his hands bracing both of her feet against his thighs. Her body froze, and he glanced up to see her hands tightly clasped in her lap, eyes closed and a slight smile curving her lips.

With only a second’s hesitation, he stroked a palm over her calf and kissed her bare knee.

Aaaand I’ll leave it there. If you want to read more, you can find out where to buy it at the bottom of this page.

Now be thankful for your toilet! Not everyone’s got one. In fact, go give your toilet a kiss and a cuddle. (No – that was a joke. Don’t do it. Gross.) Instead of doing that, go read this blog post by one of my best friends, “Where will you take your next poo?”, about her experiences as an aid worker promoting good hygiene in poor communities. It’ll change the way you think about toilets, I swear.

Knowing the Score by Kat Latham

Knowing the ScoreBook one of the London Legends

Rugby player Spencer Bailey is determined to win a spot on England’s World Cup team. But with a month break before the selectors start watching him, he’s eager to have fun with a woman who knows the score: the relationship will end when rugby season begins. The lovely American Caitlyn Sweeney seems perfect for the role of temporary lover, since her visa will run out soon anyway.

Caitlyn works for an international disaster relief organization and can handle the world’s worst crises, but she flinches from her own. Her past has left her with a fear of intimacy so deep that she has trouble getting close to anyone—until she meets sexy Spencer. His hot body and easygoing nature are too much for even her to resist.

Neither Caitlyn nor Spencer expects to fall hard for each other. But with their relationship deadline approaching, the old rules of the game seem less important than before…until past secrets surface, challenging everything they thought they knew about each other.

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– The Season for Romance

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Win sports romance novels, a bracelet and a sexy rugby calendar!

I’m back! Phew! Sorry I’ve been silent for a month. Can I give you all a piece of advice? Never try to move house while recovering from jetlag, editing two books, writing another and working full time. Why? Because destiny will choose that moment to strike you, your husband and your baby with a bad cold at the same time – and that time will probably be when the only piece of furniture you have is a crib that only one of you can fit in.

Anyway, I finally feel like I’m (sort of) on top of things. And I’m happy to announce a few big things! First…the giveaway!

Win Knowing the Score and a handmade bracelet

Win this handmade blue glass, jasper, and Tibetan silver bracelet in LONDON LEGENDS colors!
Win this handmade blue glass, jasper, and Tibetan silver bracelet in LONDON LEGENDS colors!

My stunning – and stunningly talented – friend and critique partner Moriah Densley has made this gorgeous bracelet in the colors of my London Legends team.

I’m on her blog answering her (super tough!) interview questions, and someone who leaves a comment will win the bracelet and a copy of Knowing the Score. Go forth and enter!

Win one of 140 sports romance novels

I’m also giving away Knowing the Score at the Give Me Books blog as part of their Extreme Jock Giveaway.

If you like sports romance, you HAVE to check out this giveaway. They have over 140 prizes, and I’m so thrilled they asked me to participate.

Win the world’s sexiest rugby calendar

On Monday, I’m sending out my enewsletter, which will have a chance for you to win the Dieux du Stade 2014 calendar. Yes, the French rugby team gets their kit off (translation: strips off their uniforms…EVERY SINGLE STITCH) and has their pictures taken.

It’s so sexy I’m not going to post the cover of the calendar here. You can see it in my newsletter on Monday. You’ll only be able to enter if you subscribe to the newsletter, so make sure you do that now.

*fans face* Seriously. It’s hot.

Announcing big things!

My next release is speeding toward us! On December 5, my novella Mine Under the Mistletoe will be released from Carina Press. It’ll be part of an anthology called All I’m Asking For, which also has contemporary holiday stories by Christi Barth and Brighton Walsh. I haven’t seen the cover yet, but I’m already excited to share it. 😉

I also have a release date for book two in my London Legends rugby series. Playing It Close will be on sale April 21. I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s available for pre-order. It’s the story of Legends captain Liam Callaghan and the woman who turns his world upside down. My favorite scene takes place behind a waterfall in Venezuela.

And I’ll leave you with that thought! I hope you all are having a great week!

Winners of the Dear Author giveaway

Hi, all! Thanks again to Jayne at Dear Author for the awesome review. I floated on air all weekend. (Actually, I spent most of the weekend editing the second book in the London Legends series, Playing It Close. And playing with my baby. And eating Mexican food, since I’m in San Diego. But also floating on air.)

Anyhoo, here are the winners! Three people will get a digital copy of Knowing the Score, and they are…Trish Brady, Virginia Horton and Stacey Symes Tardif!

Trish’s name was the first one Rafflecopter chose as a winner, so she also gets a London Legends tote bag! Congrats, Trish!

If you didn’t win, you can find the list of places where you can buy Knowing the Score here. I’ll also be giving away a couple of copies as part of the Sizzlin’ Summer of Contemporary Romance, so stay tuned for more details!