“Sure to thrill fans of modern romantic fiction. If you love Bella Andre and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, you’ll love the series Heart of the Game!” —EarthLoving Lens
“A new star in the romance world!” —New York Times bestselling author E. Alexander
“My favorite reads are spin-off series by authors like Nora Roberts and I’m happy to find another author I love reading as much.” —Julie Martin Wallace
“An undercurrent of mystery and suspense interlaced with a wonderful romance story…a solid 5 smarty stars.” —Lady Literary
A kiss in a dark alcove triggers the greatest challenge of their lives…
Ace pitcher Scotty Donovan has been traded from his longtime team—and hates it. But to his surprise, he now finds himself in the sweetest game of his life: winning the heart of smart, sexy physics professor Chloe McNalley.
Chloe loves teaching, but she’s never fit into academia. When she falls for Scotty, she discovers his arms and heart are where she belongs. They share a passion for the game, a fascination for the mysteries of the universe and an increasing love for one another.
Then Chloe inherits Scotty’s new team. As player and team owner, they shouldn’t be dating. They try to hide their passion, until a blackmailer threatens them personally and professionally. Exposure could be the end of everything–Scotty’s career, Chloe’s team ownership, and their new love—unless they find a way to transcend the taboo standing between them.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
I’ve written for many years for film and radio, but about five years ago, after producing the Powers of the Universe, I knew I wanted to put the many story ideas and voices of characters into novel form. And I’d fallen in love with romance, so it was a natural progression!
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
Write. Write. Write. Other activities are important, but writing is the one thing that has to happen!
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
My perfect hero lives in his body, listens (eventually) to his heart and soul and has the courage to risk loving a strong woman. The All-Star athletes who are the heroes in my Heart of the Game series are to-swoon-over physical, alpha males, but they are each unique, wounded in their own way, and only love calls them to the hero’s journey.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
We have a small organic farm, my husband calls it a large garden, but most days it feels like a small farm. I love to be outside in the garden. I hike the beaches on the Sonoma Coast, love white-water rafting and dreaming up fun parties for people I love.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Wow. Tough question. Moving from the city to the country was a challenge and every day it’s an adventure. I could write a funny book, Green Acres style about the mistakes I’ve made and zillions of things I’ve learned– the hard way– like Don’t wear yoga pant to weed foxtails; If it requires a pickaxe, reconsider; Don’t try to re-stake trees before the first cup of tea in the morning (smashed fingers).
But scuba diving the coral reefs in Fiji was probably the greatest adventure. Such life, teeming all around, the colors, the thousands of fish, it was another world under the water.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Right now it’d be the Kona coast. I was relaxed there once, had a peaceful week. I could use that right about now!
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
Adventurous! I’ve learned so much from Brendan Brazier and his book Thrive. I love that he’s a seven time iron man winner and yet only eats plants. It changed how I approached food and it’s been fun.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
My blender. I don’t have time to sit around chewing all the greens my husband brings in from the garden. If I’m on a writing deadline, I throw them into the blender and can down a whole days worth of vegetables in about three minutes.
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
A walk at the national seashore and the popping in to one of the local pubs for music and dinner. And then… well, mustn’t say here but if you read my books…
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
I am a positive person, sometime to a fault in that I always expect people to be kind. I was raised in a family where kindness was paramount.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Strawberry jam on toast! My homemade jam with berries from our garden. In the dark of winter it was like a burst of Spring! I ownce asked a writer freind of mine what it was about toast that it’s the go-to food when we’re under deadline (along with chocolate!).
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
I love the energy of Spring– all the blossoms saying some here. there’s life here, there’s promise.
What project are you working on next?
I’m finishing the 5th book in the Heart of the game and preparing for the launch of Love on the Line . It’s a challenging story– the hero is a sixteenth generation Samurai, raised on a peach farm in California’s Central Valley. He falls in love with Sabrina Tavonesi, the sister of Alex Tavonesi, the hero of Love Bats Last the first book in the Heart of the Game series.
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
I’m doing an appearance at Copperfield’s books in Petaluma on May 3rd and then again at their Montgomery Village bookstore June 12th. And you can find me on April 24th at Romancing the Jock the monthly blog I write about athletes and romance! If you click through the archive there’s an article about why All-Star Athletes make great lovers