Today we are so lucky to have Jaci Burton on the blog with us today. (*Fan Girl Squee* from MinnChica) Jaci is an accomplished author and has published with various epublishers: Samhain, Ellora’s Cave and Carina Press to name a few. She also has an ongoing series from Berkley and a new suspense series from MIRA. She’s touched on everything from sexy biker undercover agents to sports stars to everyday blue collar workers and even demon hunters.
Her newest release, Changing the Game, book 2 in the Play-by-Play series is out today! See MinnChica’s review here.
Jaci, welcome to The Book Pushers!
Jaci: Thank you so much for letting me guest here! I’m so excited.
Book Pushers: Can you give us a brief overview of Changing the Game?
Jaci: Chaging The Game is book 2 in my Play-by-Play series, and begins several months after the end of The Perfect Play. Elizabeth Darnell is avoiding Gavin Riley, afraid he’s going to fire her. But Gavin catches up to her, determined to have a serious talk with Liz. But when he takes her to his beach house in Florida, all that serious talk turns to something else entirely, resulting in a major change in the agent/player relationship they’ve had for the past five years.
Jaci: Thank you! I have to admit I’m having so much fun writing this series. I just turned in Taking A Shot, the hockey book and book three of the series. At this point there are least four books planned in this series. Maybe more. We’ll see how well the series does and go from there.
Book Pushers: What kind of research did you have to do with each sport you’ve written about?
Jaci: I love sports so much. There are some, like football and baseball, that I know a lot about, but when writing there’s always research involved to make sure terminology is accurate, that you have teams playing or doing preseason during the right time of year. And with brothers doing alternate sports like football and baseball, there’s overlap and timing issues. There are equipment and plays and sports lingo that have specific wording, so I do have to spend some time immersing myself in each sport. No hardship there.
Book Pushers: Scores of your fans have proclaimed one of your covers as lickable, what input do you have with your book covers?
Jaci: I’m so appreciative of all the cover love! I do a cover discussion with my editor for each book. For this series, my input has consisted of – Please give me a hot sports guy. Have they delivered or what? I worship Berkley’s Art Department. They’ve created amazing covers for this series and I’m so grateful.
Book Pushers: You have a new romantic suspense series coming out from Harlequin’s MIRA line. What can you tell us about it?
Jaci: I’m so excited about this romantic suspense series! Thank you for asking about it. The first book—Heart of a Killer—releases in late October and is about a group of foster brothers and the one girl they all protect. They’re involved in a murder when they’re teens. There’s a coverup, but twelve years later the murder comes back to haunt them when a similar murder occurs, bringing them all back full circle to that night twelve years ago. I can’t wait for everyone to read the first book in my Killer series.
Book Pushers: Your Wild Riders series has been going strong and you’ve teamed up with Lora Leigh for two anthologies now. How many books do you have planned for the series?
Jaci: Actually, Riding The Night was planned as the last book in the series. All of my original Wild Riders stories have been told. But Lora asked me to do another anthology with her, so I created a new Wild Riders character, and the series lives on!
Jaci: I’m also doing a contemporary romance series for Carina Press-my Kent Brothers series. There are three brothers—Ethan, Wyatt and Brody. All She Wants For Christmas released last December. That was Ethan’s story. The next novella in that series—Wyatt’s story, will release this December. These are straight contemporary romances set in a small Missouri town. I hope you all check them out if you haven’t read them yet! (Minn reviewed All She Wants for Christmas last year here)
Book Pushers: Do you have a favorite genre to write in?
Jaci: I love contemporary romance. It’s my favorite genre to read in, so it’s one I love to write. I like to vary by writing in straight contemporary, erotic and romantic suspense, but I’ve stuck to contemporary for several years now.
Book Pushers: If Mick and Gavin had to pick their all time favorite sport icon, who would it be?
Jaci: Ohhhh, tricky question! Good one. For Mick, he’d have to say Joe Montana, who he thinks is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game (I believe he and Tara discuss this in The Perfect Play.) For Gavin, it’s probably Albert Pujols from the St Louis Cardinals. And of course just because I was born and raised in St Louis and think Pujols is a master at first base has no bearing on Gavin’s decision making here. But Gavin also worships Lou Gehrig.
Book Pushers: If a bar brawl were to break out between the heros of the Play-by-Play Series and the Wild Riders Series, who would win?
Jaci: You want me to choose between my guys? No can do. My Wild Riders boys are from the streets. They’re tough as nails. But my Riley’s aren’t pussies, either. I’m going to call it even.
Book Pushers: Once said fight was over, what would the heroines say to their men?
Jaci: The heroines would call all the guys dumbasses, then take them home, clean their wounds and jump their bones. Come on—fighting is hot.
Thanks so much again to Jaci for being here today! She has offered one lucky commenter a signed copy of The Perfect Play. Leave a comment to be entered, open international. Ends August 8th. Good Luck!