Terri (comment #41), the winner of The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton!
Ladies, please contact me at marykate317 at verizon dot net with your mailing address.
Thank you also to Monica and Jaci for visiting Katidom!
Posted by Kati at 9:52 AM
1- It seems that the first question has to be about football! You wrote to lovingly and knowledgably about football, you must be a fan. So, college ball? Pro ball? Who are your teams?
I am a fan, of both college and pro ball. For college it’s the Oklahoma Sooners (Boomer Sooner!), and for the pros it’s the St. Louis Rams, mainly because I’m from St. Louis, and also because former Sooner Sam Bradford was drafted as the Rams quarterback. How cool is that?
2- The Perfect Play features one delicious hero! Mick Riley is a quarterback, and has never really had any trouble getting women. What makes Tara Lincoln so intriguing to him, do you think?
She intrigues him because she doesn’t immediately fall all over him. She recognizes him, but unlike most women, doesn’t rush to be with him. She has her own life and her job and that’s her number one priority. The fact she isn’t immediately fascinated with him is what fascinates him about her.
3- Your heroes tend to have strong personalities. Are they informed by the men in your life?
I love a man with a strong personality, one who’s sure about himself and who he is as a man. I find self confidence to be incredibly sexy. And yes, those character traits are very much drawn from certain men in my life.
4- When creating a “pretend” professional football team, did you have to take any particular liberties with the creation of the team?
I used my imagination to a certain extent, of course, especially with team names and used a few liberties here and there but didn’t want to change the game. Football is football and the game is the game. I didn’t want to change how the game is played.
5- I have a thing about kids in romance, so many of them can distract from the storyline, but Nathan read so realistically to me. Especially when he gets into trouble and Mick has to bail him out. Do you have experience with teenage boys? And if so, did you model Nathan on anyone in particular?
I know a lot of readers don’t want to read about kids, especially in an erotic romance. Of course Nathan is fifteen, and I wanted my heroine to realize that she could be a single mother with a sex life, just like all single mothers can have a rich, fulfilling sex life.
And yeah, I know teenage boys. Raised two of them. Attitude and all. Love them more than life itself. And no, I didn’t model Nathan on anyone in particular, just teenagers in general.
6- One of the trademarks of a Jaci Burton book is lush sensuality, and The Perfect Play is no exception. How have the love scenes that you write now evolved since you first became an author?
Ooh thank you for the wonderful compliment!
I think every author grows as she writes each book. I’ve changed so much in the ten years I’ve been writing. The experience is different for me now than it was back then. And each character and story is different, as is the approach I take to every story. I’d like to think I’m a better writer with each new book I take on, that I learn from every book, from every edit, so I take away new knowledge from the experience.
7- Another aspect of the story that got me excited was the fact that Tara is an event planner. Given that that’s what I do professionally, I was really impressed with how right you got it. What kind of research did you do? Or did you make it up off the top of your head?
Oh, thank you so much! It’s wonderful to know I got the research right.
I do love to research a character’s profession (wish I had known you when I created Tara!). Of course, thank God for the Internet, because it’s a wonderful writer’s tool. When I can, I’ll talk to people who are active in a profession and can give me tips and tools of the trade. Otherwise, I Google! And some things I just create on my own.
8- One of the things that most intrigued me about this book is that you’ve set up the next heroine to be, well, a bit of a bitch. I’m fascinated to see how you redeem her in the reader’s eyes. What’s more fun to write a bad boy? Or a bad girl?
Yes, I’m very interested to see how readers react to my redemption of Elizabeth in Changing The Game, the second book of the series. She’s such a bitch in The Perfect Play. I had so much fun writing her in the first, and the second book.
And bad boys and bad girls are so much fun to write. And to redeem. * grin *
9- OK, it has to be said, the cover of The Perfect Play might one of the most memorable I’ve seen in romance in forever! How much, if any say do you get into the covers? And, please, please tell me that guy exists in real life! J
I nearly died when I got the cover to The Perfect Play. Hands down my favorite cover ever. Kudos to the Berkley art department for that one.
I do cover conference with my editor and she asks me what I’d like to see on the cover. For The Perfect Play I said…give me a hot guy on the cover. I think she hit that on out of the ballpark, don’t you?
And Jed Hill is the guy on the cover. He’s a real guy. Honest. Rawrrrrr.
10- What do you have in store for Jaci Burton fans this year? What’s next?
Changing The Game, the second book in my Play-By-Play series, will release in August of this year. I’m also releasing the first book in my new romantic suspense series with MIRA this year—Heart of a Killer will release in November and I’m so excited about it!
KATI: Thanks so much, Jaci for visiting! I loved The Perfect Play and seriously can't wait for Changing The Game!
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Posted by Kati at 12:00 AM
This morning, I went with Scott's sister, Helen Marie, to get my nails done. While I was there, Scott called me to ask whether we might like to go to lunch. I said yes, and he indicated that he'd meet up with us. Little did I know, he'd stopped at the jewelry store to pick up this. He met us at the salon, and asked me whether I agreed that it wasn't the "where" it was the "what". I agreed, thinking he was talking about where we'd get our lunch. He pulled the ring out, dropped to one knee, and told me he loved me, and that he wanted to spend the rest of my his life with me, and asked if I'd do him the honor of being his wife.
Unsurprisingly, I burst into tears and said yes about five times.
We're looking at getting married next summer.
I couldn't be happier or more honored to be marrying the love of my life and the very best man I know.
Posted by Kati at 6:06 PM
Hi everyone, I’m so glad to be back here at Katidom. I think very highly of Kati (see doll, I remembered; no E!) and her opinions about romance books. In fact, that’s how we met. We met through another blog where we chatted romance.
Chatting is something I’m good at. I can talk your ear off. So it’s not surprising that all sorts of topics come to mind when I’m talking with romance readers. For instance, recently I was talking with readers about what we find attractive about men. For me it’s all about perspective. I said I loved a man with a bald or shaved head. I wasn’t really sure why until I started thinking about it. After some thought, I decided that it’s because a man with a smooth head indicates the man possesses self-confidence.
Let’s face it; there are a lot of men out there who don’t own their baldness. They take this one long strand of hair and sweep it forward and use it as if it’s actually going to cover up the fact that they’re going bald. I like a man’s ability to own his lack of hair. It sends a message that he’s strong, confident and there’s nothing sexier than a man who’s got it all together. Some examples of bald/shaved heads that I love are Telly Savalas, Bruce Willis, Jason Stratham, Yul Brynner and Vin Diesel.
If you’ve ever seen any of Brynner’s movies where he’s bald, West World, Rogers and Hammerstein’s the King and I, etc., you’ll understand what I’m talking about when I say the man is as masterful as they come. Brynner had a magnetism that was further emphasized when he was bald. Strong, powerful, and just outright dominating. His image was that of a man who reaches out and takes what he wants. Damn sexy if you ask me.
Then there’s Vin Diesel. When I look at this guy, I’m overwhelmed by his beauty. The raw, almost tangible, power he projects. If Vin had hair, I don’t think he would be anywhere near as heart-stopping gorgeous as he is. And yes, in my mind he’s gorgeous. His muscular body looks rock hard and says he’s strong enough even to pick up even my hefty butt.
His sleek head cries out “Go ahead. Touch me. You know you want too.” That smooth head matches the rest of him. What do you think would happen if you actually touched the god’s smooth scalp? Well, if you’re that close do you really think that’s all you’d be touching? LOL Envision yourself wrapped in those hard, sinewy arms with his mouth nibbling at your neck while your hand is curved around that deliciously smooth head. Can we just say that’s one hell of a fantasy? Because if the man’s beautiful in just a pair of jeans, he’s GOT to be beautiful everywhere else! *waggling eyebrows*
Now not everyone will agree with me when it comes to bald men and how sexy they are, which is peachy keen. It just goes to show that there are different tastes for everyone, and that perceptions are individual by nature of the beast. So what does all of this have to do with my upcoming release Pleasure Me?
Perception is the key word here. In Pleasure Me, my hero is a younger man interested in an older woman. Not only that, but he’s a virgin. Garrick isn’t bald, but he is beautiful. At least Ruth and I see him as beautiful, and I hope readers do as well. But Garrick has the perception that his deformity ensures no woman would want to come to his bed. Naturally, it’s the wrong perception as far as Ruth is concerned because she finds Garrick far more attractive than she believes she should. Of course her perception is that she’s too old for Garrick. Do you see where I’m going with this?
Heroes and heroines all come into a story with preconceived perceptions about themselves and other people. The perceptions are referred to as inner conflict and baggage by authors, but in my mind they’re the same thing. Everyone, real or fictional characters, have preconceived notions about everything in life, from what’s sexy to what’s not, from what’s young and what’s old. But in a book, it’s the author’s job to make not only the characters change their perceptions of their world, but change the reader’s perception as well (that’s generally called suspension of disbelief). In Pleasure Me, I think I succeeded in making Ruth and Garrick change their perceptions of who they are, and who they are with each other. As for perceptions about bald men, let me just say that when you put a man with a smooth head together with a sinfully dark chocolate voice, I’m ready for dessert.
So what’s your perspective? Do you find bald/shaved heads sexy??
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