Hot, sexy, heroes on and off the field!

Available on Amazon now!

I’m so excited to share with everyone THE PLAYERS: Overcoming the Odds boxset. There are some fantastic books in this collection and I hope you’ll give it a shot. It’s only .99 and FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

My contribution to the set is: TAKING A RISK. It’s about a football player who was forced into early retirement when he suffered knee injury. But for Nolan Greer, a change from being on the field, to a coach became a no brainer when he found out he was the father of a little girl with a birth defect that required a few surgeries and left her with a limp. He chose to keep her from the public eye for many reasons.

When Nolan walks into a bar during spring training to blow off a little steam and maybe catch a glimpse of the cute social media coordinator, Jessica Roads, he never expected for her to great her with a knee buckling kiss. He doesn’t quite know what to think when he finds out she did so on a dare and in order to prove to her ex that she’d moved on.

As the season heats up, so does their romance, but when his family is put in the spotlight, Nolan backs down. The last thing he needs is the media camped out in his front yard waiting to get a glimpse of his crippled little girl, but that is exactly what happens.

Taking a Risk is about not only taking a risk with your career, but with your heart, and on love. It’s about creating a family, on and off the field.

Available in The Players Boxset.

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Series or Standalones

That was the question posed by a member of The Story Empire earlier this week. You can read his full thoughts here– well worth your time.

I’ve read many great standalone books, (Cinderella anyone?) but have to admit I enjoy stories set in a series much more. There’s a deeper connection to a) the characters, and b) location- though either of those can, and often do, change throughout the course of a series.

From NY Book Editors:

Writing a book series can be incredibly challenging (that’s the bad news), but it’s also one of the best ways to develop a loyal fan base (that’s the good news).

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The books can follow one or two main characters through a variety of adventures- such as J.D. Robb’s In Death series or the Harry Potter franchise.

They can also be set around a location and the citizens within- Susan Mallery’s Fools Gold series or J.R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Some follow a progression of events and are best read in order, while others are self-contained stories within the series and can easily be read out of order.

Whichever style you prefer, series seem to be growing in popularity, some are even twenty books long and counting!, and readers can’t get enough.

I’m currently working on the third story in my Gambling Hearts series, My Girl. The series follows the lives, and loves, of three siblings born and raised on a Texas hill country ranch.

This is Aaron’s story:

Sometimes, the right decision isn’t the easiest one to make

Trish Sylvester knows her family and when they accept a week long stay at a rustic dude ranch, she is concerned- especially since it’s at her ex’s home.

Aaron is overjoyed at the opening of his family’s guest ranch, until he learns their first guest is his ex-girlfriend, her parents–and a fiancé.

And that isn’t the only surprise.

Excerpt

“I met your fiancé,” he said, his voice ripe with challenge. The outdoors clung to her skin, sun and flowers combining to intoxicate him more than the whiskey.

She lifted her chin, eyes narrowing. “What did you say to him, Aaron? I’d hoped we could all act like adults while we’re here.”

Aaron laughed, his hands doing the job his heart urged him to do, forcing her to come up against his chest with a soft oomph. “Darlin’, I’m definitely a man, make no mistake.” He leaned down and brushed her lips, setting up a warning through his chest. He was playing with fire, and if he wasn’t careful, there was little doubt who was going to get burned. Again.

“Aaron, stop this,” she murmured, though her lips parted on a sigh. “We can’t…”

He lifted his head and stared at her upturned face. “Can’t what, Trish? You invited yourself onto my territory and brought reinforcements. I want to know why.”

She moved out of his arms. He pretended not to feel the loss.

“We needed a break from the city,” she said. “Surely, you can understand that? Your sister sent an email to me highlighting the new business venture—congrats, by the way—and I thought it would be fun to come and check it out. End of story.”

He eyed her nervously tucking her hair behind her ear and knew she was bluffing. The question remained; why?


Box Set News

We have a new box set releasing August 30th!

Sweet and Sassy Baby Love 

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Nine NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors offer stories of men and women who go to great lengths for the children they love.

A scent of innocence, that touch of softness, an angelic nap, and deep belly laughs. Babies and toddlers bring great joy, love, humor, and even conflict into our lives. But first, we need a passionate encounter, a romance that transcends time.

How do you feel about series or standalone stories? Let’s talk about it.

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Nice-nice

She’s such a nice person. I’ve often heard that sentence, followed by, “Can you do…”

It can be: can you watch the kids for another hour?

Can you prepare the coffee hour for the church?

Can you drive the neighbor?

Can you…can you…

Are you the nice-nice person who can’t say no?

Are you the shy one who ordered a medium done steak at the restaurant but received a well done and ate half of it silently because you can’t embarrass the waiter?

Are you the wife who gets dressed to go out for dinner, and then says, “Okay I’ll cook something” when dear Joe wants to watch that fantastic game on TV?

Are you the mom who’s always chosen to drive her daughter AND friends to the movies on Friday evening?

I used to be that nice-nice, silly-silly person.

And then I bought several books on how to be assertive and I practiced. And I learned to say, “This steak is so good, but I’m sure the lady in the next table would love it. I prefer my steak medium.”

Or , “Honey, I love it when you take me to that romantic place.”

Or, “The kids were so much fun last Friday. You wouldn’t want to miss their et-together.”

I learned to be assertive while sugarcoating my refusal.

Don’t you hate to be taken advantage of, just because you’re a nice, shy person?

How do you handle the situation?

Mona Risk is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sweet–and not-so-sweet–romantic comedies. You can view all her books at www.monarisk.com or sign up for her newsletter. Her latest romance novel, HUSBAND FOR A WEEK is available at Amazon

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Husband for a Week is a novella that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists as part of Summer Fire Box.

Jonathan Ramirez values his law practice and doesn’t believe in commitment, especially not to Isabella Cantari, a sassy young woman, who seems to attract trouble wherever she goes. Sicilian vendetta, fake husband, and an irascible matchmaking grandmother complicate Jonathan and Isabella’s lives. Can love conquer all?