I am very excited to welcome Jaci Burton to As the Pages Turn today. Jaci is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and spends a fair amount of time on the back of her husband’s Harley, where she often gets lost plotting her next story as the warm (and sometimes cold) breeze whips her face. She loves gardening, reality television, is a sucker for romantic comedies, and completely loses track of time when reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.
Jaci’s newest release is called The Perfect Play. I think the cover of this book has to be one of the hottest cover I’ve ever seen. When I saw the cover of this book I had to get Jaci here to discuss this book. Not only is the cover hot the book is set around the football world. This book combines my two love of football and romance. I enjoyed this book and I’m excited to have Jaci here today to answer some questions. Stick around until the end of the Q&A session for a chance to win a copy of The Perfect Play. Also click HERE to see the real model Jed Hill who is on the cover of The Perfect Play. He’s my Monday Man Candy for this week!
Author Q&A with Jaci Burton
Ing: Hey Jaci, welcome! For those not familiar or not aware of your newest release The Perfect Play (aka freaking hot lickable cover) can you give us some details about the book and what can readers expect from this book, especially the sexing..lol?
Jaci: Thank you! The Perfect Play is about a hot shot NFL quarterback who lives his life in the limelight. There’s nothing he can’t have, until he meets the one woman he wants who wants nothing to do with his lifestyle. This book is hot, sexy and emotional and centered by two dynamic characters who both want the same things—they just don’t know it when they first meet.
Ing: Mick Riley is the hero of The Perfect Play. He’s the star quarterback and a known playboy. Did you have any particular quarterback in mind either in the pro or college, you molded Mick after?
Jaci: No. Mick is a figment of my very vivid imagination.
Ing: Why are Mick and Tara Lincoln (heroine of TPP) perfect for each other? What about them individually draws them to one another? Why do you think the readers will fall in love with this couple?
Jaci: For Mick, Tara is everything he’s never had. He’s used to women throwing themselves at him, and Tara doesn’t want anything to do with him. She’s sweet, dedicated to her job and her son and she doesn’t want to be in the limelight, but she likes him for him, not for what he can do for her. That intrigues him and makes him want to pursue her. For Tara, Mick is generally a nice guy wrapped up in one delicious hot package, and she simply doesn’t know what to do about him, because he refuses to go away. And she really doesn’t want him to even if he doesn’t fit in to the current plan of her life. The readers will root for this couple because the chemistry between them is clear from page one, but beyond that there’s an emotional connection, which is far more interesting than merely the physical.
Ing: What was a scene that stood out or was memorable for you when writing The Perfect Play? Why did this scene stand out for you?
Jaci: Every scene in the book builds upon the previous one. But there’s one I particularly enjoy, where Mick asks Tara why she doesn’t want to see him again, and he asks her if it’s because the sex was bad and she just stares at him open mouthed in shock like he’s insane. Mick confuses her and challenges her neat and tidy plan for her life. It made me laugh to write that scene because I like the way Mick teases Tara.
Ing: Was there any special research that you had to do to write this book? I know you are a Sooners fan so I’m assuming you knew enough about football basics but was there more research you had to do. If so was there anything interesting that you discovered during your research? (whispering under breath..please say you got to visit some football locker rooms while they were changing..please say that..lol)
Jaci: Football locker rooms? Ha. I should be so lucky. I did research on Tara’s job as an event planner, and though I know football inside and out I wanted to make sure I did get some of the nitty gritty details right so I did do some football research. I also did some in depth research on Mick’s agent, Elizabeth’s job.
Ing: The Perfect Play is the first book in your new contemporary series Play-by-Play, what was your inspiration for The Perfect Play? How did this book and series come about? How many books are you planning for this series?
Jaci: I knew I wanted to do a new series. I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about. I actually give all the credit to the oh so talented and amazing author Maya Banks for giving me the idea. I was brainstorming with her about what to write and we were tossing around different ideas. She suggested sports, and voila. Here we are. So she gets all the credit for the sports idea.
Ing: Can you give us a glimpse or tell us a bit about the next book in the Play-by-Play series? What can the readers expect?
Jaci: Oh, I can’t tell you how much fun I had writing Changing The Game, book 2 in the Play-by-Play series. Elizabeth is in a lot of trouble, and I know readers hate her for what she did to Tara. Gavin isn’t too happy with her, either. But Changing The Game is Gavin and Elizabeth’s story, and I promise Elizabeth will be redeemed in this book and you’ll fall madly in love with her. I loved this book and I loved writing Gavin and Elizabeth’s story.
Ing: Now the most important question of all…did you get to help during the cover shoot for this cover..lol? I swear that is hands down the most visually appealing cover ever. I molested my copy several times! Now my copy probably feels cheap! Did you expect such a HUGE drool fest when your cover was revealed? What was your reaction when you first saw it? And how can I get in on the next cover shoot?
Jaci: Am I not the luckiest author on the face of the earth? And I could only wish to have been present for that cover shoot. Jed Hill is an amazing model, and perfect (ha! There’s that word again) for the cover of The Perfect Play. Sadly, I had nothing to do with it. I just asked for a hot sports guy on the cover, and the incredibly talented Berkley Art Department delivered.
When I got the cover in my email, I think I might have cried, because truly it’s the best cover I’ve ever had.
And as soon as I figure out how to get in on a cover shoot, I’ll be sure to let you know. 😉
Ing: Now on to questions about you. We want to know more about Jaci Burton. Who are some auto buy authors that you read now?
Jaci: I have SO many favorite authors I could take over this Q&A with my list. But here’s a few:
Anything Nora Roberts writes, Jill Shalvis, Julie James, Nalini Singh, Maya Banks, Shannon Stacey, Roxanne St Claire, Lora Leigh, Stephanie Tyler and Larissa Ione
Ing: Which of your heroines would you say you are the most like and why? If you could be one of them for a day which heroine would you be?
Jaci: I am nothing like my heroines. They’re all unique in their own way. I make them up in my head and breathe life into them, but they aren’t me at all. I love the individuality they represent, just as we are all individual and unique.
Now if I could be one of them for a day, right now I’d choose Tara from The Perfect Play, because then I could have Mick. Heh.
Ing: In your bio you stated that you’ve always wanted to write for Harlequin and that you recently got contracted for them under MIRA (congratulations BTW). What was your reaction? Where were you, when you got the news that one of your dreams was finally fulfilled and what did you do to celebrate?
Jaci: Yes! I’m so excited to be writing for MIRA! And thank you! I was sitting at my desk writing (like always) when my agent gave me the news. My husband and I went out to dinner to celebrate. I’m always up for a celebratory dinner out, so yay!
Ing: Any movies you’ve seen lately that you would recommend? Or TV shows that you love right now and don’t ever miss?
Jaci: I really loved Inception. A very thought provoking, mind bending film with incredible special effects.
I also loved Despicable Me. We love kid movies around here, even though the kids are grown and gone. Important to keep the child within you alive and well. Kid movies make us laugh. Despicable Me was adorable and funny.
I’m a TV show addict. I watch a lot of television. I won’t even give you the list of all the shows I watch because you’d probably be appalled and wonder when I have time to write. But some of my favorites are How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Parenthood and The Good Wife. I find those are some excellent shows that I would never want to miss.
Ing: If you could go back to your younger self when you were first starting out in the writing industry, what would be the one advice you would give yourself?
Jaci: Heh. I wasn’t exactly younger when I first started writing since it’s only been 10 years, but I don’t think I’d change anything about the journey that brought me to where I am right now. Maybe to relax a little and enjoy the journey more.
Ing: If you weren’t writing what else would you be doing right now?
Jaci: Probably a lot more reading.
Ing: Thank you for your time today! I really appreciate you answering all these questions. I am so happy you could stop by today and spend some time here! I can’t wait for Gavin’s book. Any last words you want to say or any questions you have for the readers?
Jaci: Thank you SO much for inviting me! I’m so glad to be here. I’d love to know the readers thoughts about The Perfect Play if they’ve read it already. If they haven’t, what intrigues them about the book?
★ Giveaway ★
I hope you guys enjoyed the Q&A. I’m offering 2 copies of The Perfect Play to give away today. I really enjoyed this book and I want to share the love. Here are the rules below.
- Giveaway is open to US and International residents where Book Depository ships to.
- Leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
- Also answer Jaci’s questions: She’d love to know the readers thoughts about The Perfect Play if you’ve read it already. If you haven’t, what intrigues you about the book?
- Be sure to say “HI” and leave any questions you might have for Jaci.
- Contest ends Feb. 20th
Here is the cover and blurb of the book you could possibly win, The Perfect Play. Isn’t it pretty?
Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game…
For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara’s not interested in getting to know football’s most notorious playboy any better.
As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara’s life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick’s latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.
But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.
I thought I’d throw in Book #2’s cover. This one doesn’t coming out until August 2011.
Most people play by the rules. Gavin and Liz aren’t most people….
Win at any cost. That’s always been the mantra of sports agent Liz Darnell. When she carries things too far and risks losing her number-one client, baseball pro Gavin Riley, Liz realizes that she’ll have to work extra innings to win him back. It might not be too much of a stretch. She’s had a thing for this player’s moves since she first laid eyes on him, and by the looks of it, he wants her just as bad.
Gavin’s more than ready—especially when Liz is offering herself as part of the bargain. And as much of her as Gavin wants. For added thrills, he decides to throw a little curve ball Liz’s way to see just how far she’s truly willing to go to keep him as a client. But when love unexpectedly enters the playing field, neither Liz nor Gavin are ready for the biggest game-changer of them all.