Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Coming this weekend - A Perfect Match - Kelli's Wrestling Romance


Hi everyone! My new Amber Quill Press romance, A Perfect Match is being released this Sunday, March 27. I blogged a little bit about the book before, but now I’m sharing an excerpt and some insight into how the book came about. (It also ties into the theme of where writers get their ideas.)

A Perfect Match is a contemporary romance set in the world of professional wrestling. It follows the adventures of reporter Danni Stone as she travels along with Heavyweight Champ, Vinnie Valentine. Along the way, Danni learns all about the business, and gets to see life from the wrestlers’ perspectives. Although everything looks “fake” and easy on TV, she quickly discovers that there’s more to being a wrestler than she thought.

Here’s a short summary:

A PERFECT MATCH

Falling for the wrestler she had been assigned to interview wasn’t part of Danni’s plan, until Vinnie Valentine pinned her heart in a flash.

Disgruntled with her job as the office gopher for a national sports magazine, Danni Stone impersonates a reporter to prove herself to her boss. Her assignment? Spend thirty days on the road with Vinnie Valentine, a sexy professional wrestler.

Life isn’t going well for the Heavyweight Champ. Vinnie is struggling with a manipulative boss, prepping for the most important match of his career, and feuding with his arch-enemy, Thorn. The last thing he needs is a nosy reporter following him around—even if she is hot.

Thrown together in close quarters, Danni can’t help falling for Vinnie. Their mutual attraction grows, and Danni gives in to the lustful feelings she’s repressed for years. As their relationship deepens, she finds herself drawn into Vinnie’s world and becomes a key player in his title bout. But before Danni can tell Vinnie that she isn’t the reporter she claims to be, he discovers her deception. Her lie threatens to destroy everything between them. Is their fragile, newfound love destined to fail, or are they a perfect match?


As anyone who knows me will attest, wrestling has always been a part of my life, so it was only natural that one day I’d write a book with wrestling as the backdrop. So how did this book come about? It sounds strange, but the entire book came to me in a dream!

At the time I was in the middle of working on another contemporary romance, Trust with Hearts. That book is about a country music singer, so I wasn’t thinking about wrestling at all. Then one morning, I woke up with the whole book in my head! Naturally I grabbed a pen and paper and started writing down everything. I had the entire plot and knew all about the characters, but they refused to give me their names. Sometimes that’s how books happen – by accident.

Here’s a short & sweet excerpt.

A minute later, she felt someone standing over her left shoulder. What did Everett want now? She snapped her head up. “Look I—”

The words died on her lips as she found herself staring straight into a black spandex crotch. The bulging groin had a four-inch wide pink heart embroidered in the center. What on Earth?

Her gaze flickered up, taking in the rock-hard abs, the tanned chest and wide shoulders, until she settled on the honey-blond hair and green eyes. Vinnie flexed his pectoral muscles one at a time and winked at her.

Her pulse quickened, and a bolt of lightning zapped through her. The words HOT AND SWEATY SEX blazed across her mind before she could stop them.

“Oh man, if I had a nickel for every time I saw that look…” Ev laughed.

Vinnie elbowed Ev in the ribs. “Will you get lost and leave us alone?”

Danni felt her face flush. No wonder women drooled over Vinnie, he looked like a sculpted Greek god.

“How’s it going?” Vinnie asked.

She focused her attention on her notebook and tried to calm her racing heart. What was wrong with her? She had watched Vinnie wrestle on TV, and she knew what he looked like in his wrestling gear. So why was she so flustered at seeing him in person? Maybe because now he was real. Seeing him on TV was one thing, but now he stood less than two feet away from her, half-naked, and close enough to touch. If she didn’t know better, Vinnie could be a nude centerfold.

She dared a peek at him again. No matter what tricks he threw at her, she had to remain detached and professional. It was the only way she could get through this. “I was writing down questions.”

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On Monday, I’ll be blogging on the Amber Quill Press author blog site (http://aqpauthors.blogspot.com) and sharing a hot excerpt.

Don’t forget to order a copy on Sunday! The book link is:

http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/PerfectMatch.html

Stay tuned to the blog hear more about wrestling in general, why it influenced the book, and more! Love the cover? Leave a comment and let me know!

Until next time,
Kelli

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