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Five Difficulties of a Coach/Player Relationship

Coach/player relationships hit about a thousand of my buttons, which is why I was so excited to write one in Coach’s Challenge. I have a thing for any kind of forced proximity romance (snowed in a cabin! Marriage of convenience!), and the secrecy inherent in the Coach/Player dynamic makes it super hot. But, as the title of the book suggests, it’s also not the easiest – and here are some reasons why!

  1. Alone time is hard to come by. Especially in the ECHL – hey, you’re on a bus with a lot of other guys, in a locker room with a lot of other guys, staying in a hotel with a lot of other guys….you get the picture. Throw in the adrenaline rush post-game and how do you find the perfect place where you won’t be interrupted to indulge in some sexy hotness? It’s one thing in your own locker room, but if you’re away in some strange state, in a city you’re not familiar with and an arena that isn’t yours…those dark corners aren’t always easy to come by! Also, hockey players wear a lot of gear. If you’re secret boyfriend is a goalie, you’re gonna have to wait a few minutes for him to get all that gear off before anything sexy can happen.
  2. Locker Rooms aren’t made for trysts. Seriously, it’s all hard benches, cold floors, lockers and smelly equipment. Not exactly the most conducive to a sexy moment, right? Showers are all right there in the open and everything, too. You’re going to have to be pretty creative. Besides, let’s say you work something out and find a way to get it on…then you’re going to be stuck having inappropriate thoughts about the many uses of skate laces during the pre-game speech.
  3. A coach’s job is to offer both praise – and critique. While this is great for a player’s on-ice development, relationship wise? It can be a little tricky. If you’ve got a coach with some strong opinions – and who’s used to shouting them out in the moment – then that might lead to some complications in intimate situations. Hearing a critique of your passing techniques is one thing…but no one wants a diagram about their bedroom skills and how they can be improved when they’re in the middle of things.
  4. Hockey has some of the most unintentionally dirty lingo in sports, and that might lead to some embarrassing interruptions when you’re not really in the mood for an audience. Because your teammates might hear the coach telling you why he wants you to “get it in deep” and not think anything about waltzing right in and interrupting you.  
  5. If you’re a coach, you’re going to be watching your secret boyfriend playing hockey in a lot of situations…both good and bad. And if you’re a hotheaded coach, you might take exception to the guy on the other team who just tripped your boyfriend on the ice. Especially when he has the puck, and a clear lane to the goal. And if your boyfriend gets that game winner in OT that wins your team a championship? You can’t really kiss him senseless without everyone knowing what’s up.

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Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
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Why Arianna Hart Writes Happily Ever Afters

My husband is a news junkie. He has the network news on TV and is on his iPad cruising other sites. When something big happens he is glued to the TV.

I hate that.

A lot.

I am not a news junkie. In fact, I would be really happy to only hear the weather report, the sports scores, and how kittens got rescued from trees. That doesn’t mean my head is in the sand or I walk around like Pollyanna, but why go searching for bad news?

I work in a school for kids who have dropped out or have been kicked out of regular school. I teach teen moms, drug dealers, drug addicts, gang members, depressed students, bullied students, and a huge cross section of LGBTQ students who felt they didn’t fit in at their regular high schools. Many of my students are now or have been homeless. Many of them have been abused or neglected by the very people who are supposed to love them the most. This year alone I had 3 students die from drug overdoses.

Trust me when I say, I know the world has bad things in it.

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Things I Would Like To See More Of In Romance by Heather Slade

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

The answer is always, “yes, you can.”

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never get it.

Did you ever wish you could meet someone again for the first time?

I don’t just write romance, I jump in and roll around in it. I’m incurable. And an optimist.  I love the idea of meeting someone again, for the first time. Having that second chance at love whether it’s with someone you know, or someone you’ve just met. Reaching for the dream that you believe is impossible to achieve, because you wake up one morning and say, “what the hell—I’m going for it.”

I’d like to see more leaps of faith in romance. One of my favorite poems was written by George Sand. It begins, “Once my heart was captured, reason was shown the door, deliberately and with a sort of frantic joy.” I love the idea of throwing out all reason and allowing ourselves to fall in love without allowing fear to talk us out of it.

I believe there comes a time in everyone’s life, when they wonder what if? Or is it too late for all my what ifs? Letting love in, even when we think that phase of our life is over.  Deciding it’s time, finally, to make a a lifelong dream a reality.

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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The Anatomy of a Hero by Jess Anastasi

No, I don’t mean that anatomy. Though I have to admit, when I wrote the title of this post, it did cross my mind that spending the next few minutes talking about the importance of aaaaaabs and biiiiceps drool on a hero. But, come on people, we’re trying to maintain some standards here… most of the time. Just a quick note, for the purposes of visualization, I’m going to be using TV heroes as examples. My job… so hard some days.

Ahem. Seriously now, have you ever thought about what all your favorite heroes have in common? And I don’t just mean those delicious bad-boy Alpha heroes like Dean Winchester from Supernatural who have a brooding smolder down to an art (and the single manly tear. My god, does that man know how to bring the feels). Some of my favorite heroes are kick ass chicks like Buffy (who doesn’t love Buffy) and River Tam from Firefly.

But I’ve definitely got a thing when it comes to a hero. And that is the imperfect hero. I love those heroes that have a dark side, either because they’ve experienced dark things, or have walked a dark path themselves. So, let’s look at some of these heroes and their anatomy. Inner anatomy.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
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Top 5 Sexy Baseball Players by Lynn Stevens


Aw, baseball, America’s pastime. There’s nothing better than sitting in the stands and watching a player smash a 90+ mph fastball over the wall. The art of the game, the patience, the strategy, and those hot baseball pants, what’s not to love?

I’m a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, but I love watching games even if my RedBirds aren’t playing. Pitching duels, high scoring games, the long ball, I’ll sit through anything. Even a rain delay. Naturally, I also enjoy the sexiness on the field.

So here are my top 5 sexy baseball players who don’t play for the Cardinals:

  1. Kris Bryant – 3rd baseman for Chicago Cubs – just look at those eyes. It also helps that he’s one hell of a player. His batting stance is almost perfect.
  2. Derek Jeter – former shortstop for New York Yankees – no list is complete without Jeter who seems to get better with age. Retirement suits him.
  3. Kevin Kiermaier – center fielder for Tampa Bay Rays – I watch the Rays when I can. For good reason.
  4. Dustin Ackley – 2nd baseman for Los Angeles Angels – The crooked smile is stuff novels are made of.
  5. David Freese – 3rd baseman for Pittsburgh Pirates – Okay this is a bit of a cheat since Freese was the hero of the Cardinals 2011 World Series run, but he plays for the enemy now so…

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Who’s the Best Boyfriend: Werewolf or Vampire?

I’m excited to be here on EverAfter Romance today. For all you paranormal readers, I invited two special guests—Mr. Werewolf and Lord Vampire—for some fun insight into what it’s like dating a supernatural.

Juliette turns to her guests on the sofa Thank you, gentlemen, for joining me today for this interview on EverAfter Romance. Inquiring minds want to know who would be the best boyfriend for the modern girl. If you don’t mind, let’s get right to it. First question. Where would you take a girl for a romantic first date?

Mr. Werewolf: I would take her somewhere private and intimate so I could devote attention only to her. Perhaps a woodland picnic by moonlight.

Lord Vampire: That’s also where a serial killer might take her.

Mr. Werewolf: You would know, blood-sucker.

Lord Vampire: chuckles

Juliette: Okay then, Lord Vampire. Where might you take a girl for a romantic date?

Lord Vampire: My castle, of course. For a quiet, candle-lit dinner surrounded by opulence and luxury befitting her. I would treat her like a queen.

Mr. Werewolf: Not every woman cares for your money.

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Our Favorite Brits by Robin Bielman & More!

In my new release, Talk British to Me, my hero is the Dating Guy on a popular morning radio show. To keep his identity a secret, he uses a different name and a British accent. This makes him a very popular Brit. He’s definitely my current favorite. But I’ve got others too—Daniel Craig (I may or may not have a picture of me photo shopped next to him, just saying), Henry Cavill, David Beckham, Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, to name a few—and I thought surely some of my favorite authors also have favorite Brits, so I asked them! Here’s what they had to say…


Samanthe Beck, author of Emergency Attraction ~ Hands down, John Oliver from HBO’s Last Week Tonight. I love him. I’m talking, like, restraining order level love. I can’t even properly articulate why this Brit works my shit, but he does. Want a .gif? Cuz I’ve got a .gif!


Want video? I’ve got video!


Penny Reid, author of Dating-ish ~ Ada Lovelace is my favorite Brit.

Not only was she one of the world’s first programmers, she was also a mathematician, computer scientist, scientist writer, created the first algorithm, AND was a countess. I also love that she is Lord Byron’s only legitimate child. How cool is that? The father of romanticism gave birth to the mother of computer science.


J. Kenner, author of Bitch Slap ~ Bond. James Bond. Because freaking awesome, that’s why!


Rachel Harris, author of The Nanny Arrangement ~ Oh gosh, that’s so hard to choose! I think I have to go with Colin Firth. He’ll forever be Mr. Darcy and that man and movie can get me out of any funk I’m in. Sick? Pride & Prejudice time. Sad? Turn it on. Bored? Yup, I lose myself in his brooding stare. But I also have a huge girl crush on Emma Watson 🙂


Hayson Manning, author of Taming the CEO ~ My favorite Brit hands down would be JK Rowling for bringing us, Harry Potter. I’ve had the joy of reading the books to my kids, watching the movies. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried (don’t get me started on Hedwig). So thank you to JK Rowling for inspiring generations of kids to dive into a book (and their parents too).



Cindi Madsen, author of Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny ~ It’s so hard to pick just one favorite Brit when there are so many hotties to choose from. I’m going to have to go with Richard Armitage. If you haven’t watched him in the North & South miniseries, you’re missing out. Between the looks, sexy accent, brooding, and the crazy intense romantic tension–need I say more?–I fell a little bit in love with him. (Oh & it’s totes on Netflix right now) 


Julie Richman, author of The Do-Over ~ Patsy and Edina. Hands down my favorite Brits. My nephew calls me “Aunt Eddie” – and there’s a reason for that (yup, I’m owning up to it). I can binge on Season’s of AbFab and love to do it with close friends and family members who “get it”. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley are brilliant and a fantasy of mine, Sweetie Darling, would be to write with Jennifer Saunders someday. I’ll bring the Bolly. Wear LaCroix.  

(Welshmen aren’t Brits, are they? UK and all…because if we can squeeze them in…the handsome man on my next cover, Jason Caselton, would need to be on the list…and probably need to be on an AbFab episode).

*Robin here – I just googled Jason and yep, no problem staring at him for a while.


Anissa Garcia, author of The Promise Series ~ My favorite Brit?? I have to choose one?!! Hmm…Mr. Darcy because he has more than 10 thousand a year. 😉 But, seriously, he may not be completely charming, but he’s dashing, sincere, and tries to do the right thing. 

And Tom Hardy because he rescues people and dogs in real life.


Maggie Kelley, author of One Little Kiss ~ Well…wrap Matthew Goode up in a Union Jack and I’m a goner but…my true Brit crush is Mick Jagger. Never knew sexy until I spent a night in the third row of a Stones concert-watching Mick strut. Damn, that devil’s got all my sympathy.

Who is your favorite Brit?



When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.


TalkBritishToMe_500x750As the Dating Guy on L.A.’s top morning show, I give the single guy’s perspective on dating, love, and sex—and I give great advice. Everyone’s hooking up…well, except for me. Sure, I can get any woman I want, but I’ve got a “no relationship” clause in my contract and the only woman I want has “relationship” written all over her. Probably stamped on her ass, too. And wouldn’t I like to confirm that.

Unfortunately, she wants nothing to do with me. At all. Something about the next Ice Age might have even come up in her rebuttal. Adorable. Because she’s determined to ignore what one simple kiss proved: she wants me as badly as I want her.

Everything in me is screaming to go after her, but I’ve got a secret that I’m fairly certain will end up with her roasting my nuts over an open fire. So, job on the line? Check. Nuts on the line? Check. Can’t get her out of my head? Nail…meet coffin. But what a way to go…

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Lexxie Couper on Writing Romance

Pretty much all my books are written this way: I open a new word doc, I put my fingers on the keys and I wait to see what happens. I’m always surprised. It can also be frustratingly annoying.

My very first published book was an erotic sci-fi novella. I didn’t know what I was going to write when I started that book. I opened my laptop, opened a new doc, and then…just started writing. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting what I wrote (Shifting Lust is very erotic, very violent, and very…twisted. I’m blaming my childhood growing up watching Doctor Who, and Star Trek, and reading Stephen King), but it was just the beginning. More erotic sci-fi romances followed, most with elements of paranormal. Then came paranormal all by itself. Then I went back to visit sci-fi again, this time with fantasy elements followed by some more sci-fi, this time with a foursome unlike any other. Never in amongst all that did I dream I would ever write a contemporary romance. But eventually (thanks to New York Times’ Bestseller, Mari Carr) I did.

Mid 2009, Mari Carr asked me to be a part of series at a publisher no longer in operation. A strictly non-paranormal, non-sci-fi series. I was as nervous as all hell, but I love Mari sooo damn much I couldn’t say no. So I did what I always do: opened my laptop, opened Word, put my fingers on the keys and waited…

Copping A Feel was the result and, according to my editor, it was the best thing I’d ever subbed to her. “Freaking hilarious” I think was the words she used. Of course, me being me, I didn’t believe her and before I knew it, I was submerged again in the paranormal worlds where wild horny sex happens between non-humans and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Apparently, for my muse, the paranormal worlds were safe. 

And then in 2009, the most wonderful Heidi Shoham threw down a challenge. Write her a menage contemporary erotic romance, and do it in ten days.

So, I did. Because I can never say no to a challenge. And in doing so, I discovered that I absolutely love writing contemporary romances. Love love love.

I haven’t stopped. The Mistaken Billionaire is the second book in the Muse series, and my tenth Entangled Publishing release. As you can imagine, it’s pretty special to me. It’s also, when it comes down to it, only the beginning. Because every time I sit down to write, it’s always new. Never knowing the words, the story, makes it that way.


Thomas St Clair is used to getting exactly what he wants, when he wants it. So when a mysterious woman shows up at his door with his runaway dog and her presence drives away his writer’s block, he’s willing to put up with her secrets if it means she’ll stay around.

Mila Elderkin once had a promising career in journalism, until her dreams were shattered by a rising star in the literary world. When fate lands her at that same man’s door years later, and he doesn’t recognize her, it seems she’s been offered a chance for a little fun. Mila’s not out for revenge, especially not once she starts to see the man beneath the persona. But the past has funny way of creeping into the present, and secrets don’t lie quiet forever.

Each book in the The Muse Series stands alone. The Mistaken Billionaire is the second book in the series. The Stubborn Billionaire is the first! 

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10 “Romantic” Office Trysts by Kadie Scott

It’s a dirty job, but…

I was married when I started working for a large Silicon Valley tech company, so I never had an office romance to find out for myself. However, I heard a handful of stories from my single friends at work about places people would “get it on” in the office.

Very few stories. Here’s why… Companies frown heavily on nookie in the office. As in you get fired. Therefore, I am in no way encouraging this in real life. But in a romance novel, this still happens a lot. Why? Let’s be honest, office lovin’ can be an exciting and sexy endeavor—the heat of the moment, the lure of the forbidden, the danger of exposure (no pun intended).

So, let’s talk about some arousing, yet inappropriate, options to get horizontal, or sometimes vertical, in the office…and why most of them blow (again with the unintended puns).


  1. Boss’s Private Office

Not even an option…

These days, most companies no longer have private personal offices with walls and doors. It’s much cheaper to put up cubes, and those suckers have zero privacy. In fact, every job I’ve had, even the CEO didn’t have an office. So even if your character IS the CEO, this likely just isn’t an option.

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GIVEAWAY: My Top 5 Jill Shalvis books by Donna Michaels



Haley Wagner’s life just got a lot more complicated. As if turning her struggling ranch around isn’t tough enough, she’s forced to call him for help. With his hard eyes and even harder body, Cord is an irritatingly sexy contradiction of hot and cold. How can she possibly hide her embarrassing secret when just looking at Cord is a combustible event?

Former Army Ranger Cord Brannigan has a secret, too. He promised his fallen teammate he’d protect the tempting, fiercely independent Haley—from a distance, but now they’re stuck together for three weeks. Alone. Keeping his hands off will take every ounce of control he can muster. And that control is slipping…

Now onto the guest post! 

A big thank you to EverAfter Romance for giving me the opportunity to share my favorite books from my author, Jill Shalvis. It’s no secret that she is my idol. I love to read many romance genres, but my favorite are humorous romances packed with heat and heart that feature realistic characters. Jill delivers every time. It was not easy narrowing the list down, but I did. Here is the list in no particular order:


51XwtsB9axLLucky in Love– Lucky Harbor Series

Jill combines a very hot former Navy SEAL in town to heal from injuries from an op that claimed his team, with a caring nurse who doesn’t know how to put herself first, and is on a quest to have fling with Mr. Wrong. Obviously they have what the other needs, and help each other like who they are. It’s the book I pick up when I need a pick me up.





51xSgSVeo1LRumor Has It – Animal Attraction Series

Oh wow. This story never fails to amaze me. Each time I read it I discover some nuance Jill layered in there. To me, it’s a masterpiece. Her hero is former Spec Ops back in his hometown recuperating from war injuries, dealing with his estranged father, and his newly discovered attraction to his sister’s best friend. The heroine is a grade school teacher who has always had a crush on him, does everything for her family, and is prone to spouting inane facts when she’s nervous. Love, love, love this story. Note to self: read this over the weekend.




519v899dv-LInstant Temptation – Wilder Series

Ah, T.J. What a hero. He’s an adventure guide in the family’s adventure business who would rather be outdoors than deal with the paperwork part of the business. His raw sexapeal appeals to a former classmate who remembers an encounter that he doesn’t. When I want to read a hero that is exceedingly hot, I pick up this book. I’d also like to note that the second book in this series: Instant Gratification has the BEST opening scene I have read, yet! Her hero is funny, sexy, and out of his element because he needs medical attention, but the doctor is a beautiful woman he’s attracted to. I can’t encourage you enough to go check it out. You’d probably be able to read it for free on Amazon.



51da9VdXpRLAnimal Magnetism – Animal Magnetism Series

This book not only has a hot, alpha hero who makes me swoon, it has my favorite heroine of Jill’s. She’s quirky, travels to her own tune, helps animals, and bemuses the hero on several occasions. I couldn’t wait to see what she did to him next and devoured the book in one sitting. I read it as a treat to myself whenever I need one.





51jNCQmnd2LThe Trouble with Mistletoe – Heartbreaker Bay Series

With heat, humor, and heart packed in a holiday book, it was a sure thing for me to love. The hero is still handsome but he’s changed since high school, and even more appealing to the heroine who remembers his more arrogant days. The attraction and characters keep me reading well into the night. And I can’t wait to see this story on TV when Passionflix turns into a small series this December!!


So, there you go. My top 5 Jill Shalvis books. If you haven’t ready them, I hope you’ll change that very soon. You won’t be disappointed. And if you’re looking for another hot, humorous, heartwarming read, I hope you’ll check out my brand new release, The Right Ranger. I had fun writing this hero. He resembles Jensen Ackles, is always in control, and buried his feelings for his friend for so long that when they surface and won’t go away, he’s knocked off balance and forced to face a few truths, and stake a claim on the woman who rocks his world.

If you read Jill, I’d love to know some of your favorites!

Thanks for reading,



It’s all my mother’s fault. She read to me when I was little and sparked my imagination. Now, my mind is the limit, and believe me, there’s no limit to my mind. Hello, I’m Donna Michaels, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Award winning author of Romaginative fiction. I write romance through the H’s—Hot, Humorous, Heartwarming reads with strong alpha cowboys and military men who are equally matched by their heroines. With a husband in the military fulltime, four children—some still at home, and several rescued cats, I never run out of material. From short to epic, my books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres, and one has even been hand drawn into a Japanese Translation. Now, if only I could read it…

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