Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Triple Play Curse Blog Tour! (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

The Triple Play Curse
Every member of the Strikers, San Francisco’s professional baseball team, knows about the Triple Play Curse. When one Striker falls in love and gets either married or engaged during the season, two more will fall for a total of three. And, whenever the curse is in play, the team suffers for it. More errors and injuries, lost pennant runs, you name it. No one wants to trigger the curse.

Shortstop Rafe Wilson has his routines down to a science. How he ties his shoes, what shirt to wear under his jersey, which foot touches the field first, and how to enter the batter’s box. It works for him. The proof is in his stats. No question; the routine works. Until it doesn’t. When Rafe is left scrambling to figure out what went wrong, he quickly finds the newest addition to his pregame routine. A kiss. And, not just any kiss. Ashlyn Daniels’ kiss to be exact. But, can he convince Ashlyn to be part of his arsenal of “superstitions” that keep his game going? Or will the pregame kiss trigger an even worse superstition? The Triple Play Curse.

Pitcher Aiden Kyle knows the Triple Play Curse has the ability to mess with his life and with his team’s performance. And, now that the curse has been triggered, Aiden also knows he has to do all he can to avoid being its next victim. And that means strippers and hand lotion in the shower for the rest of the season for him. Until Lily Dupree whirls into his world with a crash that puts a kink in his plan. If Aiden can find a way to help Lily and get her out of his life, he just might avoid being the next victim of the curse.

After two of his teammates fall prey to the curse, Gage Collier realizes he’s got worse things to worry about than the power of the curse alone. He’s got his mother to fear, and the woman is on a mission. When a columnist spills the beans that the curse is in play and there’s only one victim left to be had, Gage’s mother spins a web designed to trap him into being its third victim and give her the grandbabies she’s been wanting. Though the bait she sets is tempting, Gage has no interest in falling in love. With his mother strategizing against him, Gage probably doesn’t stand a chance, but he’ll go down fighting before he takes this hit.
~Guest Post!~
I know a lot of the people who follow these blog tours are readers, but there are also quite a few authors and aspiring authors here as well. Thought I’d do a post on some of the best writing advice I’ve received in the past two years. I’ve had so much support from so many fantastic novelists. Having the chance to pay it forward is fabulous!

One of the most basic pieces of advice I received is to simply write. And, it’s so true. If you have a book clanging around in your head up there, give it a shot. Don’t let anyone tell you not to try your hand at writing. I recommend writing a few chapters and sending it to a friend who won’t hesitate to be honest with you. Better yet, send it to your enemy. If they like it, you’re bound to be on to something!

Once you begin to write, you’ll soon find that writing can come in fits and starts. Some days, the words flow easily and quickly. Other times, you feel like you’re pulling teeth to get one or two paragraphs down on paper. One of the best things I discovered in a book on increasing your writing speed is the importance of spending five minutes thinking about what you want to write before each session. So, grab your coffee, your cookies, and your laptop. Then, before you log on, daydream for five minutes about the scenes you’ll work on that day. When you do begin to write, you’ll find things flow much more readily.

And, speaking of daydreaming, it’s one of the most crucial parts of the process. I always get the bones of a book out on paper, but then I need to spend a few days imagining the scenes in my head. I need to watch my characters live the scene and listen to them. That’s often where the quirks and quibbles of their personalities really come alive. After I’ve had the chance to let my characters whisper in my ear, I’m able to go back and redraft the scenes to really bring my characters to life. 
~Try an Excerpt!~
From Game Changer, Book One:

Ashlyn couldn’t believe how nervous she felt, standing in one of the tunnels beneath the baseball field, waiting where the security guard had told her to wait for Rafe. The guard stood at the end of the tunnel, his gaze averted, though she knew he was watching her from the corner of his eye. She wondered how often he’d had to escort a player’s—well this was awkward, wasn’t it? What was she? Not a girlfriend. But, that’s probably what the guard would assume. The guard would probably assume Rafe wanted to kiss his girlfriend before the game. He certainly wasn’t likely to guess Rafe wanted to kiss his good luck charm before the game. A good luck charm he’d cut a deal with to be here.

She’d been relieved to see she wasn’t seated with the wives and girlfriends behind home plate. That would be weird. What would she have said to them? How would she introduce herself? Rafe must have anticipated that she’d feel uncomfortable there and had gotten her a ticket that was every bit as good as the wives and girlfriends’ section, but was just behind the team dugout.

A door opened and Rafe jogged down the deserted tunnel toward her, nodding to the guard as he passed him. Ashlyn couldn’t help but notice the raw power he displayed in his uniform—arms pushing at the edges of his sleeves, thighs filling out the tight pants with muscles that made her mouth water. His hair fell onto his forehead in a way that should have said boyish charm, but on him, it said something more along the lines of lick me.

The ease with which he jogged toward her, completely comfortable and in charge, was sexy as sin. That was her single thought as he approached. Just sexy as sin. He pulled up short in front of her.

“Hi.” His voice was low and quiet, as he leaned into her.

Ashlyn realized she had no idea what they would do. In Anna’s kitchen, the kiss had just kind of happened. There hadn’t been time for her to be nervous or edgy, which was the way she felt now. But, here, in the ballpark tunnels, it was awkward for a split second. And, then, suddenly it wasn’t. Suddenly, Rafe was grinning at her as he cupped the back of her head with one hand, pulling her hip toward him with the other. Her whole body pressed to his and his mouth lowered, capturing hers in a kiss that curled her toes. And, nothing was awkward or uncomfortable about it. It was incredible. And, all too short.

He pulled back and looked her in the eyes. “I’ll see you after the game, Ashlyn.”

And, that was it. He was jogging away and her legs were jelly. Before she knew it, the guard was clearing his throat. She followed him up to the stands where she took her seat and proceeded to watch one of Rafe’s best games ever. Only, her mind was still stuck on the way her lips tingled after that kiss, and she squirmed in her seat every time she looked at him out on the field.
~Meet Lori!~ 
Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. Her books range from sweetheart to steamy in heat level (for sweeter, read the Evers, TX series.)

She lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children (with another on the way!), two mostly well-behaved dogs, and a lone little cat in Austin, Texas. It's a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn't change a thing.

Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has fallen in love with writing. She is the author of the Sutton Capital Series, the Evers, Texas Series, and will be putting out several novellas with baseball player heroes in Bella Andre's Kindle World, Game For Love, in late 2014. She loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog.
Lori will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.


  1. An interesting Guest Post thank you.

  2. All these stories sound fascinating and fun.

  3. I enjoyed the guest post and excerpt.

  4. "Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense." Sounds like my cup of tea!

  5. Great guest post - even though I've only been toying with the idea of writing - I like to read suggestions from published authors - paying it forward is a great idea:)

  6. Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?

  7. Thank you for hosting and thank you all for stopping by!

    Mai T - I uses Lea Marika for these books - I always use referrals from other authors for my editing.

    Maria - you should write! Even if it only ends up being for yourself, it's a ton of fun!