January 27, 2014

Contemporary: Love and Other Games @aria_kane #RLFblog #Olympics

Love and Other Games 
Authors: Ana Blaze, Aria Kane, Kara Leigh Miller, Melinda Dozier
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R 
In the Winter Olympic Village, a powerful torch mysteriously appears -- every four years. No one knows the torch's history or where it comes from, but there are plenty of rumors. The one thing everyone agrees on: It's good luck to be in possession of it while you compete, but it's terrible luck to have it for more than a day.
For four athletes chasing gold, this superstition is something they can't afford to ignore.

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Interview with Aria Kane

Why did you write this book?
Honestly? I was watching the Olympic Games and thinking about all the gorgeous, tight-bodied people in such a small space… and as a romance writer, took that to its natural conclusion! ;-)
What is your favorite genre to read?
I really enjoy almost all genre fiction, but I do enjoy a great urban fantasy.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Gosh, this is a hard question to answer! Characters keep popping in and out of my head. I'm going to have to go with a classic and say Sherlock Holmes. He's only been reimagined so many times because he's such an interesting character!
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I do! Though I wish I had more time to watch them. Some of my all-time favorites include: Stargate, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and Sliders. My current favorites include: Almost Human (Michael Ealy was the inspiration for Brandon in LaOG!), Once Upon a Time, and Doctor Who.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am actually working on two more collaborations with the other authors of Love and Other Games, along with a few special guests! Look out for those in March and later this summer.
Please tell us about your latest book. (blurb up to 300 words here, plus an excerpt of up to 800 words)
In the Winter Olympic Village, a powerful torch mysteriously appears -- every four years. No one knows the torch's history or where it comes from, but there are plenty of rumors. The one thing everyone agrees on: It's good luck to be in possession of it while you compete, but it's terrible luck to have it for more than a day.
For four athletes chasing gold, this superstition is something they can't afford to ignore.
Excerpt from when Brandon and Lia first meet:
His eyes flashed to her raised eyebrow and he smiled again. She had a feeling that smile – and those oceanic eyes – would be her undoing.
"I'm sorry, I have you at a disadvantage. I know your name, so it's only fair you know mine." He placed his hand out. "Brandon James."
"Evangelia Milonas," she responded automatically, raising her empty hand to meet his.
His big, warm hand wrapped completely around hers, dwarfing it. As he held her hand – longer than what seemed truly necessary, Lia noticed – his eyes never left hers. An electric current tingled against her skin where they touched.
"Oh, I know who you are, Evangelia."
Her full name on his lips sent shivers from her neck down to her toes. She crossed her arms across her chest and flitted her gaze about the room.
"My friends call me Lia." Her words sounded lame to her ears, but Brandon's smile took on a wanton tilt.
"I hope to earn that right, then."
She giggled. Evangelia Milonas, tomboy and unlikeable athlete, giggled. What had this man done to her? Not knowing how to respond, and not wanting to giggle ever again, Lia took a sip of Brandon's beer. The flavor was light and crisp, but not nearly as strong as she usually liked.
He effortlessly picked a fresh beer off the tray of a passing waiter and raised his glass to toast. She made a move to clink her bottle against his, but he pulled it away.
"Nunhuh," he said. "Look me in the eyes when you toast."
Lia gave him a quizzical look, but did as he asked.
"Why?"
"It's a German and French superstition." His eyes bored into hers, not even flinching when he added, "Something about seven years bad sex."
Lia felt a flush warm her cheeks. "In that case … " She raised her glass to meet his, meticulously maintaining the eye contact.
They both took a slow drink, keeping their gazes locked the entire time.

Author Bio

Aria Kane 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.

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me, Kayelle!

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  2. Sounds like fun reading with the Winter Games coming up in a few weeks.

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