Friday, 13 December 2013

Blog Tour: Foolish games by Tracy Solheim; Excerpt + Giveaway

Foolish Games
Author: Tracy Solheim
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: 2 December 2013

Sometimes the best defense is a strong offense…

Bridal gown designer, Julianne Marchione knows better than to lose her head at a client’s wedding. But much to her embarrassment, a mix of migraine medication and a smoking hot football player lead to a steamy one night stand resulting in a surprise pregnancy. Julianne has every intention of leaving her NFL hookup far in the past until her son, Owen, is born with a life-threatening blood disorder that requires a transfusion—and Julianne is not a match.

Will “William the Conqueror” Connelly grew up tough shouldering the stigma of being a bastard child born on the wrong side of the tracks. He refuses to let any child face the same discrimination. When he finds out about Owen, he’s furious that Julianne kept his son a secret. But when he sees her again at the hospital, he realizes that his feelings for her go far beyond anger.

Will insists that Owen recuperate at his home in North Carolina, and he’s adamant that Julianne become his wife—even if it’s only a temporary marriage in name only. But will their simmering attraction ever lead to a real connection? Or are they just playing foolish games?

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“You have younger siblings and a niece, what should I do here?”
“I don’t know nothin’ bout burping no babies.”  Gavin took another swallow of beer.
Will swore at his friend.
“Hey, not in front of the baby.”  Gavin laughed.
The door leading into the house from the verandah burst open and Will expected to see a wild-eyed, frantic Julianne.  Instead, Brody Janik stood on the threshold.
“Dude, are you sticking pins in that baby?”  Brody shoved his sunglasses onto this head as he waltzed in to the room, infuriatingly cool, impeccably dressed, a wrapped gift in his hand.
Will stood with a screaming baby in his own hands, spit-up decorating his Yale T-shirt, and a two day growth of beard on his face.  He was used to Brody’s unexpected appearances, but today his jarring perfection pissed him off.  “What the hell are you doing here?”
“You’ve been married a week and I haven’t given you a wedding gift,” Brody said as he gingerly tossed the gift onto the sofa.  “Apparently, I got here in the nick of time.  Let me have that baby.”
Will pulled Owen in closer to his body.  It only made the baby scream louder.
Brody held his hands out.  “Dude, I can fix this. Trust me.”
The last thing Will wanted was Brody Janik in his house, much less holding his kid.
“Give him the damn baby!” Gavin yelled over Owen’s cries.
Reluctantly, Will handed his son to Brody, who sat down on the sofa and immediately plopped Owen face down over his knees.  He firmly rubbed the baby’s back, then patted followed by more rubbing.  After a few minutes, Owen released a belch that would make a locker room blush, his crying subsiding almost immediately.
“Damn!”  Gavin raised his beer in salute.  “Where’d you learn to do that?”

About the Author

Author Tracy Solheim has written her share of best sellers and note-worthy books. Unfortunately most of them line the shelves of dusty government offices around the world never to see the light of day. She hopes to change that with her series of contemporary romantic fiction novels published by Berkley Books.

“I guess you could say I’m a frustrated sports writer at heart, but I love writing—and reading—books centered around sports. I can thank my dad for that. He introduced me to Dick Francis novels when I was a teenager and I was hooked. I am also a big fan of the happily ever after endings of romance novels, so it was only natural that I combined the two elements in my fiction debut.”

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Tracy is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and signed copies of GAME ON and FOOLISH GAMES to one random winner. Good luck!

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