Hi Ana, thank you for joining me today. With this year (2014) being the Winter Olympics of the 30th Olympiad, what games are you most looking forward to?
Thanks for having me. A couple years ago I was surprised to learn that the summer Olympics are more popular than the winter games. Actually, surprised may be a bit of an understatement; I was stunned. The winter games have figure skating, ski jumping, luge and the ever-mysterious curling! They’re beautiful, majestic and often dangerous displays of athleticism and artistry. What’s not to love?
I’m not saying the summer games aren’t impressive, I mean who doesn’t like to watch the swimming competition (Hello, Boys!)? But the winter games have my favorite events, especially figure skating. I’m personally a total klutz. Seriously, I never even mastered roller skating, so when I see a man in ice skates lift and spin a woman who is also wearing skates without dropping her AND in time to music I’m amazed. Throw in the pretty costumes and-- lets be real here, ladies, those men have some nice rear ends-- and I’m a fan for life.
I totally agree with you. Figure skating is one of my favorite sports. Not that I can do it or anything... What is it about the Olympics which appeal to you?
I love the sense of global community that the olympics inspire. Yes, countries compete against each other and there is a bit of patriotic pride at play but, on the whole, I think we learn a lot about how similar people are regardless of their birthplace. I love the sense of friendship and cooperation the games bring.
When you think of the Winter Olympics and hot sexy men, what's the first sport to pop into your head and why.
You want just one? Seriously? I’d say there are plenty of hot snowboarders, speed skaters, hockey players and ski jumpers to keep girls feeling plenty warm at the winter games.
Okay. I don’t usually tune in for those. I’m going to have to check those out. Thank you Ana for joining me today. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Again, thanks for having me. Other winter game fans should definitely give Love and Other Games a chance, we’ve filled the anthology with sexy athletes, the rush of competition and a lot of international flair.
Ana lives just outside Washington DC with her very supportive husband and three rather demanding cats. She loves the ocean, Indian food, Ikea, and cooking. Ana admits to watching too much television and she swears that someday she’s going to learn how to play the guitar resting on the bookshelf in her office.
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LOVE AND OTHER GAMES is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller.
Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze
Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart, is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running.
Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the podium.
With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more than gold.
Trouble with Gold by Melinda Dozier
US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers.
Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she's not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way. A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult. Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?
The Girl Behind the Gold by Aria Kane
Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm. Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her a place in fans' hearts.
“Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia.
The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want - but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need.
Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller
Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player.
Despite Brenna Jessup's abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she's hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.
When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad for her, Colton doesn't want apologies -- he wants retribution! And he knows just how to get it -- and her -- in the process.
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