By: Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane & Kara
OTHER GAMES is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around
athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane,
and Kara Leigh Miller.
Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze
Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart,
is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the
Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a
magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running.
Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in
2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his
team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him
wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the
With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more
Trouble with Gold by Melinda Dozier
US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a
taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence
wearing nothing but his boxers.
Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal
with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she's not the kind of girl who
lets her hormones get in her way. A professional performance could help her
land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment
supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult. Can
she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm
heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?
The Girl behind the Gold by Aria Kane
Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm.
Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense
attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her a place in fans'
“Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This
is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the
Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way
into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found
– until he meets Lia.
The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want - but neither
would have guessed they’d also find what they need.
Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller
Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being
an Olympic hockey player.
Despite Brenna Jessup's abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she's
hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.
When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad
for her, Colton doesn't want apologies -- he wants retribution! And he knows
just how to get it -- and her -- in the process.
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The Golden Girls: Collaboration in the
The story behind the idea that led to Love and Other Games is well
documented (click! It includes the phrase “70,000 condoms wasn’t enough”), but
I get a lot of questions on how it was to work with my three co-authors.
Namely: How’d you keep track of everything? How were decisions made?
The first question’s easy to answer:
Google Docs. Sure, we had literally thousands of emails back and forth about
everything, but all important information went in a Google Docs folder we all
had access to. There were documents for character sketches, timelines,
publishers to submit to, query information, even setting & character
inspiration photos! When it was time to revise, our manuscripts even went in
that folder for critique from the other authors.
I have a feeling that when people ask
the second question, what they’re really asking is: what did you do when you
disagreed? And that’s a much harder question to answer. When you’re writing a
book on your own, you get to make all the major decisions yourself (at least,
at the start). With a project like this,
everything has to be run through your collaborators.
And the key to this is two distinct
things: respect and communication.
If one of us felt uncomfortable with
something or didn’t agree, we were not afraid to let the other ladies know. I have a strong personality and strong opinions
and that can sometimes be intimidating (especially in email), I know, but it
was clear from the beginning that everyone had equal say in the major
chose these ladies to work on this project with me because I already respected
them. In conversations, each person’s
opinion was just as valuable as anyone else’s. Some decisions (like which
publisher to go with) were harder than others and there are always compromises
to be made, but in the end, I feel so honored to have worked on this project
with these three wonderful Golden Girls. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I’m
doing it again (twice!) in 2014! So keep an eye out for more awesome
collaborative projects from us (and extra guests) this year.
Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer
and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but
now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he's a chihuahua.
raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was
forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie
dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she
became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word.
2010, Kara picked up her very first romance novel, and she was instantly
hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, new adult, and young adult
romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of
novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY
Creative Writers Café and the CNY Romance Writers.
resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats.
When she's not reading or writing, she's thinking about reading and writing.
And when she's not doing that, she's spending time with her family and friends.
Recently, Kara has taken on the position of Managing Editor for the Surge
Imprint at Anaiah Press,
LLC -- a Christian fiction press. She's working exclusively in the young
adult and new adult line.
Melinda Dozier lives in Guatemala, Central America, with her
husband, three boys and German Shepherd.
She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered
fully by her boys once they’re grown.
Learn more about her at:
Ana lives just outside Washington DC with her
very supportive husband and three rather demanding cats. She loves the ocean,
Indian food, Ikea, and cooking. Ana admits to watching too much television and
she swears that someday she’s going to learn how to play the guitar resting on
the bookshelf in her office.
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