Cover reveal for Taming the Legend!

I’m so, SO excited to share the cover for Taming the Legend with you. It might be my favorite cover for my London Legends series. When Carina Press sent it to me, they said it showed the hero in a “sexy yet vulnerable” position. Boy howdy!

So here it is…in a puzzle!

(If you don’t want to do a puzzle, you can see the cover here.)

Taming the Legend comes out on May 11 but it’s available for pre-order. I’ll share the first chapter in a couple of weeks, but here’s more about the book.

Taming the Legend

Book four of the London Legends

When retiring rugby star Ash Trenton considered his next career move, coaching troubled teens at his ex-girlfriend’s California camp wasn’t on the list. But when Camila Morales reappears after eighteen years, begging for his help, he can’t say no to his first and only love.

Camila was just sixteen when Ash moved on to start his rugby career, leaving her heartbroken…and on her own to make a life-changing decision. Now she needs his help to win a tournament prize and save her camp. Relying on Ash is the last thing she wants. But while it’s hard to get over being dumped for a sport, it’s even harder to ignore the rush of attraction that has only gotten stronger after so many years apart.

Coaching teens is the hardest job Ash has ever had, and the task becomes personal when he begins to fall for Camila all over again. But when he is offered his dream job, will he choose the job—or the woman whose heart he already sacrificed once?

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What do you think? How sexy does Ash look in that photo?

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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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!

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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…

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Read Chapter One

Follow Kate: WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Pinterest

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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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!

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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!

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Read Chapter One

Follow Kat: Twitter | Facebook Newsletter Website Pinterest

Coming soon to an ereader near you: A whole lot of sports romance!

Do you love sports romance? You know I do! That’s why I’m thrilled that Carina Press has selected Playing It Close to be part of their line-up for their first-ever Sports Week, a week celebrating sports romance!

On April 14, Playing It Close will be published along with five other sports romances, each featuring a different sport: tennis, football, hockey, MMA, baseball, and, of course, rugby.

We’re honored to be visiting some fantastic blogs as a group, and I’ve got some dates of my own lined up. I wanted to give you all the dates and links to where you’ll be able to find me over the next few weeks. I’ll update these links as the blog posts go live, so be sure to bookmark this page and come back often.

March 31: Giveaway at Kat Latham’s blog (right here – see below)

April 1: Give Me Books blog

April 2: Kat’s interviewed on Donna Gallagher’s blog

April 3: Kat’s at Lady Scribes

April 7: Kat’s in the spotlight at Harlequin Junkie

April 7-12: Fresh Fiction (Kat | Kate | Michele | Rhonda | Allison | Rebecca)

April 12: Kat’s at Book Reviews & More by Kathy

April 13: Romancing the Jock

April 14: RT blog
              All About Romance
              Contemporary Romance Cafe – Kat shares an excerpt

April 15: Dear Author

April 15, 16, 17: Carina Press blog

April 16: The Season for Romance blog
              Harlequin Junkie

April 17: Twitter party hosted by @CarinaPress
              Heroes & Heartbreakers

April 18: Just Contemporary Romance

April 20: Romancing the Jock

Here are the Sports Week books!

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…

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | 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!

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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…

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Barnes & NobleCarina Press | Google Play | iBooks | Goodreads

Read Chapter One

Follow Kate: WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Pinterest

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!

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.ukBarnes & 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!

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | 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!

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Barnes & NobleCarina PressGoogle PlayiBooks | Goodreads

Read Chapter One

Follow Kat: Twitter | Facebook Newsletter Website Pinterest

Giveaway!

The lovely authors are here today to do our first giveaway. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post before April 8, 2014. I’ll announce the winners on April 8.

There will be six winners. Each randomly selected winner will receive a digital copy of one book. Here’s what you could win:

Knowing the Score (London Legends 1) by Kat Latham
Rush Me (New York Leopards 1) by Allison Parr
Knock Out (Worth the Fight 1) by Michele Mannon
The Changeup (Men of the Show 1) by Rhonda Shaw
On the Surface (In the Zone 1) by Kate Willoughby
The Striker’s Chance by Rebecca Crowley

Also, don’t forget that I’m running a separate giveaway for readers who help me spread the word about Playing It Close. Visit the Playing It Close page and enter using the Rafflecopter form for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate and other goodies!

Help me spread the word about Playing It Close & you could win prizes!

London Legends field bagOne April 14, just under six weeks from now, my second London Legends novel comes out. I’m really excited about sharing Playing It Close with you, and I hope you love reading it!

I would love to have your help spreading the word about it. Between now and May 4, I’m holding a giveaway. You could win a $50 gift certificate to the online retailer of your choice (it doesn’t have to be a bookseller; it just has to allow me to buy a gift certificate online), a gorgeous handmade bracelet from my friend Moriah Densley, and a London Legends tote bag.

Some of these are things you can do without reading the book – such as publishing the book cover and buy links on your blog, or tweeting about the giveaway, or adding the book to your Goodreads shelves. But if you read the book, then you can also write an honest review and earn more points.

Please note that I want honest reviews. Writing a glowing review will not make you more likely to win, and writing a negative review will not disqualify you from winning.

Win an early copy of Playing It Close

Since I’m really eager for you to start reading, I’m giving away three advance copies to readers who leave a comment on this blog before March 11.

If you don’t win, you can find links to pre-order Playing It Close below.

Good luck, and thank you so much in advance!

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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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Read Chapter One

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!