Thursday, December 5, 2013

December Joyathon 2013: Kat Latham's 12 Romance Heroes of Christmas + #Giveaway (ebook)


We have a thing for athletes and Kat Latham is one of our newest sports romance dealers :) The best part? Her athletes are rugby players. Rugby! And today is the release of MINE UNDER THE MISTLETOE so add this sexy novella to your holiday reading list.

Meet Kat:
Kat Latham writes sexy contemporary romance set all around the world. Her debut novel, Knowing the Score, is out now.

She’s a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She spent several years teaching English in Prague followed by several more working for a humanitarian organization in London. She now lives with her British husband and baby girl in a small town in the rural Netherlands surrounded by miles and miles of green pasture, canals and Shetland ponies. Kat’s slowly adjusting to life in a place where bicycles and cows seem to outnumber people.

With degrees in English lit and human rights, she loves reading and writing stories that reflect the depth, humor and emotion of real life. She’s been fortunate enough to win some contests, including the Golden Pen and Ignite the Flame, though her Mom is most proud of Kat winning the sex-scene contest, Between the Sheets.

Through her British husband (Dr Smarty Pants, PhD), Kat’s gained a keen appreciation for rugby, cricket, and the sound of a pucka English accent saying words ending in ‘-er’. He inspired her to write a series about hot rugby players with incredibly sexy voices. The first in the series, Knowing the Score, was published by Carina Press in summer 2013.

Kat’s other career involves writing and editing for charities, and she’s had the privilege of traveling to Kenya, Ethiopia, Bosnia and Northern Ireland to write about the heroic people helping their communities survive poverty, inequality and hunger.

When she’s not traveling, reading or writing, Kat can be found sharing overly personal things on her blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Other Ways To Connect with Kat: Goodreads | Blog | Newsletter

Kat's 12 Romance Heroes

I’m so thrilled to be part of Kati and Jamie’s December Joyathon—thank you for inviting me to part of this magnificent lineup of romance authors!

Today’s an extra-special day for me because it’s release day for my Christmas novella, Mine Under the Mistletoe, and for the Christmas anthology it’s part of, All I’m Asking For. I hope you’ll drop by my website and celebrate with me today! I’m giving away a copy of the anthology as part of the Joyathon’s grand prize. Good luck!

The hero of Mine Under the Mistletoe, Ollie Stansfeld, is not a professional athlete. However, I’m probably better known for writing the London Legends rugby series, a series about the world’s hottest pro rugby team. The first in the series, Knowing the Score, came out in August.

So if I put together a calendar of heroes, it would feature all sports heroes. Ready? Here’s the calendar!


January
January’s my birthday month, so I need someone special. I’d start my calendar with my favorite sports romance hero: Billy Wilkins from Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe. He’s probably the most unlikely sports romance hero to feature in a calendar because he’s not a very attractive man. But the story of his early hockey career destroyed his marriage—and the lengths he goes to to win back his ex-wife years later—is among the most heartbreaking and heartwarming stories I know.
February
In 2014, the Super Bowl is on February 2, so who could be a better representative for the month than Dan Calebow, the Chicago Stars coach who won the Super Bowl for his heroine, Phoebe, in It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips? Dan’s the man, and I’ve read his and Phoebe’s story more times than I care to admit.
March
Opening Day of baseball season is March 31, so I’ll have to have one of my favorite fictional baseball players: Wade O’Riley from Jill Shalvis’s Slow Heat. Wade’s funny, flirty and hot—in other words, he’s a trademark Shalvis hero.
April
Since Playing It Close, the second book of my London Legends rugby series, is coming out on April 14—and since this book contains a smokin’ hot scene where my hero bares everything for a calendar, April is reserved for Liam Callaghan. I loooved writing Liam and Tess’s story and hope you enjoy reading it. You can pre-order Playing It Close on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and Barnes & Noble.

May
In real life, I’m not a fan of sports that revolve 100% around people beating the crap out of each other. That said, Meg Maguire’s MMA series—Wilinski’s—totally rocks my world. My photo for May would have to be Rich Estrada from Taking Him Down.
June
Again, I’m not a hockey fan in real life. I’ve never been to a match, and I don’t know how anyone can see the puck when it moves so quickly. But according to my Google-fu, the Stanley Cup final is in mid-June—so Luc Martineau from See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson would be my June pinup. This was the first of Rachel’s books I ever read, and I’ve glommed on her work ever since.
July
In honor of the Tour de France, July is devoted to cyclist Tom Geiger from Ruthie Knox’s Ride With Me. I loved loved LOVED this book. It’s gotta be the sexist cycling story ever.
August
My childhood summers were spent watching baseball, so August is reserved for my favorite baseball romance novel: Alison Packard’s The Winning Season. Matt Scanlon is a wonderful hero, and a perfect fit for his unusual heroine, Kelly Maxwell.
September
This is the month my husband and I usually go to the London Double Header, when the four London rugby teams play each other in two matches. That’s why my hero Spencer Bailey from Knowing the Score would be my pinup for September. That—and because he’s unspeakably hot.
October
I have to include Dean Robillard from SEP’s Natural Born Charmer in my calendar. Years ago, when I tried to explain to my husband—a literature professor—why I love romance novels so much, I convinced him to read Natural Born Charmer. He only read about 100 pages before giving up, but I’ve read it enough times for both of us.
November
Mark Bressler from Rachel Gibson’s Nothing But Trouble would be my penultimate pinup. It wouldn’t be right to have a sports-romance calendar without featuring a man whose career ended because of a serious injury. Sad as it is, I love how Mark’s heroine Chelsea Ross doesn’t let him get away with his pity party. Her will is even stronger than his, and she drags him back from the beyond.
December
Last but certainly not least is a real-life athlete who has used his retirement to bring hope to millions of people. Ben Cohen retired from professional rugby a couple of years ago to start the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which fights bullying and homophobia. Ben has his own calendar, so if you’re looking for a great gift that will help fund life-changing working, consider buying Ben’s calendar. Want to get a sneak peek? Here’s a video. Enjoy!



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Genre: Contemporary
Series: London Legends #1
Length: 228 pages
Publisher: Carina Press (August 5, 2013)

Rugby player Spencer Bailey is determined to win a spot on England's World Cup team. But with a month break before the selectors start watching him, he's eager to have fun with a woman who knows the score: the relationship will end when rugby season begins. The lovely American Caitlyn Sweeney seems perfect for the role of temporary lover, since her visa will run out soon anyway.

Caitlyn works for an international disaster relief organization and can handle the world's worst crises, but she flinches from her own. Her past has left her with a fear of intimacy so deep that she has trouble getting close to anyone—until she meets sexy Spencer. His hot body and easygoing nature are too much for even her to resist.

Neither Caitlyn nor Spencer expects to fall hard for each other. But with their relationship deadline approaching, the old rules of the game seem less important than before…until past secrets surface, challenging everything they thought they knew about each other.

"This is one of the best contemporary romance novels I've ever read."
- The Season for Romance


"I want Spencer. I want to marry this man. Not only is he patient and a sweetie, he’s sexy as hell. Spencer should be cloned and mass produced for export. Britain would have a trade surplus that would be the envy of the world.”
- Dear Author



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