3 Football Romances You Need to Read before Kickoff

Years ago it was difficult to find the professional athlete hero in romance fiction. The common thought (at least what I heard for years while attending conference workshops and editor panels) was that readers didn’t want these characters. The pro athlete was not considered a good romantic partner.

I’m not sure when this opinion started to change. Did the shift occur when the Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips gained popularity? Did readers who were also sports fans asked to see professional athletes in romance fiction? Or did New York editors realize that a team of alpha men in their prime was a perfect built-in series?

Whatever the reason, these days readers enjoy a huge selection of sports romances. One of the popular sports readers enjoy is American football. The hero’s physicality is blatantly masculine and he’s celebrated for his power and brawn. He’s wealthy, famous and enjoys an enviable lifestyle. The football player hero is also driven, competitive and takes care of his team.

If this hero archetype interests you, here are three shining examples of football romance for you to try:  Continue reading “3 Football Romances You Need to Read before Kickoff”

What No One Tells You about Publication Dates

A print book’s publication date in the United States is on a Tuesday. Why is this? As far as I can tell, no one knows for sure. You can read some theories and how one blogger hunted for the answer in the excellent blog post “Tuesday the Holy Day of Publishing and How It Forms Reader Expectations”  over at Dear Reader. Continue reading “What No One Tells You about Publication Dates”

How to Take Control of Your TBR Pile

Every romance reader I know has a To Be Read pile. It might be a tower of books on her bedside table or a list of eBooks on her reading device. Some readers approach their TBR pile with a complex system while others will just reach for the book on top of the stack. Continue reading “How to Take Control of Your TBR Pile”