Monday, July 14, 2014

Soulless Cover Reveal and Sidelined blog tour

I'm so excited today to host the wonderful Kyra Lennon (author of the Game On series) for her Sidelined blog tour and to help reveal the gorgeous new cover for SOULLESS by the cheese-rific Crystal Collier.

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Hey everyone! Thanks Christine for allowing me some blog space today!

When I was setting up the blog tour for Sidelined, and I was emailing everyone and asking what they’d like me to talk about, Christine hit me with one of the best questions I’ve ever been asked. Why are sports romances so popular?

Well, I had to think on this one for a while because, actually, the answer wasn’t immediately obvious. Not everyone loves sports, right? But LOTS of people love to read a sports romance – so what is it that makes it so interesting?

After thinking for a while, the most obvious – and some might say superficial – answer I could think of was – SPORT IS SEXY.

Yeah, yeah. I know, it IS a little shallow, but let’s be honest. The World Cup is happening right now, and if I had a penny for every time someone posted on Facebook or tweeted about how sexy a certain football team or player is, I could just about retire!

Don’t get me wrong – I am in no way suggesting that everyone who reads sports romances is only into the good looks of sports player. There are masses of people who enjoy sports for what they are. My point is – there is something exciting, and almost untouchable about a famous sports player. It’s a world most of us don’t ever get to see for ourselves in reality. Sure, we can get out glimpses into the perceived glamorous lifestyle of sports stars through Internet gossip sites and magazines, but in a book, we get to delve a little deeper. We get to go on a journey into something we will probably never go on in our real lives.

Sports aren’t just sexy, they’re intriguing. Interesting. And let’s not forget to factor in the excitement of backing a team or a sports person, and waiting to see if they triumph, or if they falter and lose everything they’ve worked towards.

So, to sum up – I believe sports romances are popular because readers enjoy a deeper look into a world that is intriguing, yet untouchable for most.

Why do YOU think sports romances are popular?

Blurb: At the age of twenty-one, Bree Collinson has more than she ever dreamed of. A handsome husband, a fancy house, and more shoes than Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos combined. But having everything handed to her isn’t the way Bree wants to live the rest of her life. When an idea to better herself pops into her head, she doesn’t expect her husband to question her, and keep her tied by her apron strings to the kitchen.

Isolated and unsure who to turn to, Bree finds herself falling back into a dangerous friendship, and developing feelings for the only person who really listens to her. Torn between her loyalty to her husband and her attraction to a man who has the perfect family she always wanted, she has some tough choices to make.

While Bree tries to figure out what she wants, a tragedy rocks the Westberg Warriors, triggering some dark memories, and pushing her to take a look at what’s really important.

About the Author:

Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she's not reading, you'll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go.

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Have you met the Soulless and Passionate? In the world of 1770 where supernatural beings mix with humanity, Alexia is playing a deadly game.

SOULLESS, Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she's forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

What people are saying about this series: 

"With a completely unique plot that keeps you guessing and interested, it brings you close to the characters, sympathizing with them and understanding their trials and tribulations." --SC, Amazon reviewer

"It's clean, classy and supernaturally packed with suspense, longing, intrigue and magic." --Jill Jennings, TX

"SWOON." --Sherlyn, Mermaid with a Book Reviewer

Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend†(a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

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  1. Yay and congratulations to Kyra and Crystal.

  2. Thanks for having me over, Christine! And congratulations to Crystal!

  3. Lots of great new books... congrats to Crystal and Kyra.

  4. Congrats to Crystal and Kyra. Love Crystal's new cover.

  5. Lol, if *I* had a penny for how often Kyra commented about a certain footballer ;-)

  6. I enjoy sports anyway, so the sexy part is a bonus.
    Congratulations, Crystal!

  7. I can't recall any other sports romances I've read, but Kyra's are great!

    Congrats, Crystal!

  8. CONGRATS are going out to both Kyra and Crystal!

  9. Yay! Thanks everyone, but especially Christine and Kyra. I'm not usually a fan of sports romances, but Kyra's got me hooked. =)

  10. Congrats, ladies for your awesome novels! As far as sports, heck ya, soccer players are sexy!!!!!! And I love ice hockey players and their fast-paced games too.

  11. Thanks for all the comments, guys!

    LOL, Annalisa - sorry about that!


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