AGAINST THE CAGE: Worth the Fight Series
Loveswept Contemporary Romance
Written by Sidney Halston
Releasing May 27, 2014
In her Loveswept debut, Sidney Halston turns up the heat as a sexy cage fighter shows a former bookworm how delicious a few rounds between the sheets can be.
For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentally punching an officer . . . in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.
Jack Daniels knows how to take a hit. After all, when he’s not chasing reckless drivers, he’s kicking ass in a mixed martial arts ring. So what takes his breath away isn’t the low blow, but the woman who dealt it: a gorgeous knockout with legs Jack wouldn’t mind being pinned under—who just so happens to be his best friend’s nerdy little sister, all grown up. Soon their instant chemistry leads to a sizzling affair, but Jack and Chrissy are fighting an uphill battle if they want to make love last beyond the final bell.
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Author Guest Post
Top 5 most influential books
My father bought me my first book and I fell in love with books at a young age. The first romance novel, I read was Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon, I think I was fifteen-ish. Sheldon’s books have been the most influential books for me. I consumed all his books in no time. If Tomorrow Comes, Windmill of the Gods, Bloodline…all of them. They were so well written and so enticing, that I could only aspire to write books half as good as these. All his heroines were strong, independent, driven women. Something that is sometimes lacking in books nowadays with all the alpha-male character (I’m not complaining because I LOVE me an alpha-male). I have vivid recollections of certain scenes from his books, that I love and haven’t yet to read anything like it. These books are still not dated. I know, because I have since re-read them and they’re still just as good. And, to think…they were written by a man! The man was a genius.
Other than Sheldon, my high school teachers were very big on reading books you love instead of forcing you to read the regular school stuff (although I did read my share of Shakespeare and other school-sanctioned books), but I remember reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and that got me away from romance for a few years and I began to reading lots of great, inspirational books like all of Marquez’s books as well as Isabelle Allende and some autobiographical books, like Frank McCourt. Then, after not picking up a romance novel in years, I kept hearing about a little book called Twilight. I didn’t fall right into the Twilight bandwagon, I have to admit. I actually read it after all the books were already out and a week before the movie came out. I read the first two chapters twice, before I could move past it. But once I got into it, oh boy, did I get into it. I read all four books in less than a week, and as soon as it ended, I read them again. I was in a daze for months when it ended. That is what got me back into the romance genre and haven’t moved away since. Then there are the clichéd classics, but cliché or not, I love them and they have been so influential to me: Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. I read one of these at least once a year…just because.
Then of course, there is the obvious: Fifty Shades of Gray. It’s not my favorite book, but I can’t deny it has been influential in my life—big time. FSOG took a lot of the taboo away from woman and sexuality. It made it okay, mainstream, even, to read books that were steamier and whose plot had a lot to do with sexual topics and even certain kinks that most people didn’t talk about in the open. So, for that, it has been very influential because it paved the way for lots of other books that I’ve absolutely loved.
Since reading is what inspires writing, at least it is to me, these books didn’t so much influence the plot of my books, but made me want to write and I can only hope that I do my favorite others proud.
About the Author:
Sidney Halston lives her life by one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started” (Mark Twain). Or even simpler: “Just do it” (Nike). And that’s exactly what she did. At the age of thirty, having never written anything other than a legal brief, she picked up a pen for the first time to pursue her dream of becoming an author. That first stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Halston lives in South Florida with her husband and children.
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