Monday, August 24, 2015

Broken Play by Samantha Kane (Birmingham Rebels #1) @skaneauthor #Interview #Giveaway #Erotic #SportsRomance

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Birmingham Rebels #1
Samantha Kane
Releasing Sept 1st, 2015

Perfect for fans of Shayla Black and Lexi Blake, the deeply sensual new Birmingham Rebels series introduces an unforgettable team of chiseled football gods—and the daring, provocative games they play behind closed doors.

Birmingham Rebels offensive linemen Beau Perez and Cass Zielinski are inseparable, on and off the field. Cass, the captain with the cowboy swagger, is a loose cannon. Beau, the veteran tight end, is cool under pressure. And ever since they were caught on tape in a steamy threesome, their exploits have fueled more than a few tabloid headlines—and naughty fantasies.

Marian Treadwell knows all about the video. And now that she’s the Rebels’ new assistant offensive coach, she can’t look at Beau and Cass without picturing their hard, naked bodies—with her pressed in between. Marian would like nothing more than to indulge those impulses, but she knows better than to get too close to her players, a bunch of adrenaline-fueled alpha males who don’t always follow the rules.

Just the thought of sharing the gorgeous yet guarded Marian drives Cass wild. At first, Beau isn’t sure she’s right for them . . . and lately, all he desires is a little alone time with Cass to explore their new intimacy. But it’s only a matter of time before Cass breaks through both of their defenses. Because when seduction is the game plan, he always plays to win.

Broken Play is intended for mature audiences.

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A Tasty Read chats with Samantha Kane

A Tasty Read: What Inspired You to Write Your Book?

Samantha Kane: This is a tough question. I’ve had the idea for the Birmingham Rebels series simmering in my head for the past 2 or 3 years. I can’t remember now what originally sparked the idea. But Michael Sam and the subsequent media extravaganza surrounding his being drafted into the NFL made me want to finally sit down and write a series about an NFL team with openly gay and bisexual players on it. His treatment by the media and the NFL actually changed some of the storylines in the series, and sparked a new character, Tom Kelly, the newly drafted running back. BROKEN PLAY, however, focuses on another issue in the NFL—the lack of female coaches. Pretty timely considering the Arizona Cardinals just hired the first female assistant coach in NFL history. I guess they heard about the book and decided it was time. ;)

ATR: Which writers inspire you?

SK: All of them. Every time I read a good book it sparks my creativity. Heck, even bad books spark my creativity. Some writers make me wish I could use words as eloquently. Some writers make me wish I could plot so intricately. Other writers make me wish I could describe setting so perfectly, and still others make me envious of their dialog. And even badly written books can tell a good story if you can get past the writing. Or they’ll make me think, if only they’d done A, then B would have worked better. In other words, they make me think creatively and that translates to my own work. No book read is ever wasted time or effort.

ATR: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

SK: Well, I’ve already mentioned my heroine is a female NFL assistant coach. I didn’t make her the first, but one of a few. But she does worry about her career and image when she gets involved with two of the Rebels players because she’s leading the way. She’s good at what she does, comes from a football background, and brings out the best in the players she coaches. She earns their respect and friendship.

ATR: What genre are your books?

SK: I’ve written in several different genres. BROKEN PLAY is contemporary erotic romance. I’ve written several historical erotic series and stand alone stories, including The 93rd Highlanders about the 4 Fletcher brothers, starting with HAMISH. I have a m/m contemporary series called Mercury Rising. The first book is Cherry Pie. And I have a steamy but not erotic 3 book Regency historical series called The Saint’s Devils, also with Loveswept. The first Saint’s Devils book is THE DEVIL’S THIEF.

ATR: What draws you to this genre?

SK: Most of my books are erotic romance. A few are classified as steamy rather than erotic. I think sex is very much a part of romance and HEA, so I don’t close the bedroom door in my stories. I think that people who are falling in love can often have their most intimate, important moments when making love, including revelations about their future together, and acknowledging and confessing their feelings.

ATR: Where do your ideas come from?

SK: People ask this a lot, and the answer is…everywhere. LOL I find story ideas in movies and on television, in the news, music, a picture in a magazine, a stranger I see on the street. Even a car, or a dress, or a suit can spark an idea. A location, like the beach or a city. Anything and everything influences my stories.

ATR: Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?

SK: Sales. Everyone loves a bargain book. But other than that, no. I don’t think there’s a magic formula out there that will work for everyone. If a book takes hold of a vocal and strong readership, I think word of mouth is still the best advertising you can’t buy.

ATR: What is your favorite motivational phrase or positive saying. What does this mean to you?

SK: When I’m struggling—with writing, or my kids, or running that extra lap at the track—my mantra is “Positive mental attitude.” Years ago my cousin, who has a chronic illness, told me that was how he got through each day. The power of positive thinking. So when I need that extra push I keep out negative thoughts by reminding myself to think positively. Positive Mental Attitude.

ATR: What is your favorite book and why?

SK: My favorite book? Or my favorite book I’ve written? I’ll answer both. When I was about 13 I read Richard Adam’s Watership Down, as many 13 yr. old girls do. That book changed my relationship with books forever. That was the first book that made me cry, during the story and at the end because it was over and I wanted more. It altered my expectations as a reader and influenced my creative writing, which I was involved in through school. I still have my original copy in my bookcase. I think all my books have a Hazel and a Bigwig.

Favorite book I’ve written? This is always hard because I love different books for different reasons. But overall, I’d have to say Cherry Pie. That book just came out of me in a flood of words and emotions. It’s the first book I’ve written that made me cry as I was writing it.

ATR: What is your favourite quote and why?

SK: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you’ll land among the stars.” Les Brown

I like the idea of no wasted efforts. Of reaching for that seemingly unattainable goal, and finding other success along the way, of being successful because you tried it, you went for it. 

ATR: Such a pleasure to have you at A Tasty Read and best of luck with the Rebels!

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Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl. With a master’s degree in American history, she spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full-time writer and mom.

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