I’m so glad you could make it to What to Read Wednesday! I’m excited to introduce Megan Ryder, who has graciously agreed to an interview before sharing the awesome details and gorgeous cover of her release Love From The Left Field.
Afterward, please follow the link to enter Megan’s giveaway!
Let’s gets started …
Q: What do you love most about sports romance?
A: I love the heroes and the possibilities behind the sports books. The heroes all come from different walks of life but are so driven and competitive. That competitive fire is so sexy. Love From Left Field is not quite a true sports romance because neither character actually plays the sport but they both have the competitive fire even working in the front office, making deals, playing God so to speak from on high.
Q: Why do I write about baseball?
A: I love baseball. It might be a slow game on the surface but I love the subtleties of the game – the strategy and the finesse involved. And the tight pants help. It’s one of the few sports that you can see the whole athlete, not covered in pads and gear.
Q: Why did you decide to write about a baseball team?
A: I’ve always loved sports, especially baseball, and I love the camaraderie of the guys on the team – the brotherhood. The close bond that the players share is something special and I’ve always wanted to explore that.
Q: Love From Left Field is not about a player. How does this fit into the series?
A: Unlike the first book, where Jason was an outside being introduced, Love from Left Field is about the front office and the people who structure the team, bring the players together. They’re going to be the jumping off point for the players in subsequent books. For example, we hear a bit about Dylan Prosser, a new catcher, and he’ll launch us back into the players. But I’ve always wanted to go behind the curtain and see what happens to put the team on the field. Love From Left Field came from that desire.
Q: What is your favorite scene from the book?
A: Lucas was a little too uptight for me and he was being a bit too standoffish so I had to do something about that, get him involved. So on Opening Day, the mascot, a Knight in shining armor, didn’t show up for work so they put Lucas in the costume. He was so indignant about the whole set-up but for Miranda, he would do it. I loved that whole scene and laughed out loud writing it.
Q: What’s next for the Knights?
A: Next up is Dylan Prosser, another uptight, too-focused individual who needs some loosening up. Stay tuned for his book early next year!
Q: Who are some other favorite Sports romance authors you love?
A: Jaci Burton, Jennifer Bernard, Tracy Solheim, Deirdre Martin, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Carly Phillips, to name a few.
Miranda Callahan’s father, principle owner and hands-on dictator of the Georgia
Knights, has a heart attack, the responsibility to make the team an independent
success becomes solely hers. Though everyone expects her to fail in her new
role, Miranda is determined to take her team to the top and earn her father’s
love and respect on the way. The only other obstacle is the League’s consultant
– a secret crush from her past – the man trying to take over the team, and the
one person who can save them all.
Wainright is a turnaround consultant, hired by the League to save the Knights
and so many other teams – only this time it’s personal; before being ousted by
Seamus Callahan, Lucas’ family had been the owners of the team. Now, he has the
perfect opportunity to regain his rightful position with the Knights, if he’s
willing to suppress his scruples and his attraction to Miranda Callahan.
Miranda and Lucas let go of old grudges and hold on to their new love?
“Really? So you think that I’ll be here, ready to kiss you whenever you want?”
The smile that crossed his face was one of pure male arrogance, confident in his own sex appeal. “Oh yeah. No obligation here.”
He stood and stalked around the desk. Too late she realized that she’d poked the tiger and he was deadly serious about his intentions. He swiveled her chair so she faced him, her chair bracketed between his knees. He braced his hands on the arms, trapping her neatly so she couldn’t escape. Only she had no intention of trying to get away. That kiss had replayed in her mind several times in the few days since the event and she wanted to see if it was exhaustion that had made it so great, or something else.
She tilted her head to the side and relaxed her body, allowing a small smile to spread across her lips. “So now you’re going to prove it was a good kiss? Give it your best shot, lover boy. Let’s see what you got.”
He leaned forward and gently brushed his lips across her, lightly, as if drawing a feather across her skin. She shivered and he chuckled, a low male sound deep in his throat. His lips skimmed her jaw line, brief, barely whispers of a touch, designed to tease, to taunt, to increase her desire. She moaned and went to reach for him.
“Oh no. Stay still for this.” He grabbed her hands with his, and placed them on the arms of the chair, imprisoning them with his own.
He nudged her face up with his nose then rewarded her with a deep kiss, soul stirring yet innocent. After a moment, his tongue slid along the crease of her lips and she opened them, welcoming him in. The kiss quickly turned deeper, hotter, their tongues entwining and exploring. His mouth tasted of coffee and sweetness, like the butter-cream frosting of cake, and she couldn’t get enough of it.
Slowly, chest heaving with exertion, he pulled back, resting his forehead on hers while they both caught their breath.
“Still think it was obligation?”
Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the
library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels
of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy
contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door. She
lives in Connecticut, spending her days as a technical writer and her spare
time divided between her addiction to knitting and reading.