Thursday, February 13, 2014

Catching Heat by Alison Packard‏


Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alison now lives in Southern Nevada where she’s still getting used to the blistering summers and slot machines in every grocery store.

When not working at the day job that pays the bills, keeps a roof over her head, and supports her book and chocolate habits, she spends most of her free time writing. But when she takes a break, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Life has taught Angie DeMarco that all baseball players are womanizers, and her incredible one-night stand with sexy San Francisco Blaze back-up catcher J.T. Sawyer seemed to prove it. Determined not to give in to their sizzling chemistry a second time, she’s kept her distance ever since, focusing on her accounting job with the team. But now she’s laid off…and pregnant.

J.T. was hurt by Angie’s rejection, but with one more year with the Blaze, he has no time for love. He needs to spend the off season training hard so he can negotiate a better contract with a new team at the end of the year. But when Angie shows up on his doorstep, he‘s overwhelmed by wanting to not just do right by her but pursue a relationship with her. Hoping for a second chance, he proposes.

Angie agrees to marry J.T. on one condition: the marriage will be purely a business arrangement. But as Angie spends time with him and his family, and J.T. neglects his training to spend time with her, what begins as a union in name only slowly grows into something more—something that looks a whole lot like love and friendship.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I’ve always been a huge fan of marriage of convenience stories and although I knew it would be a challenge to write one in a contemporary setting, I felt that I had a good set-up for it with Angie and J.T., so I gave it a shot.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Although it seemed like forever because Catching Heat was much more difficult to write than the first two books in the series, the first draft was completed in about six to seven months.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The one thing that makes writing a true joy is being able to take a seedling of an idea and grow a story from it. It’s often scary and a little intimidating, but it’s the greatest feeling in the world when it’s all said and done and I’m hear from readers who have enjoyed the story.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Looking at the blank page and wondering what the heck to write next. It seems like it happens with every single chapter.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Tina Fey because I think she’s brilliantly funny and I’d like to know what that feels like for a day.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Wow…so many possibilities. lol. If I had to narrow it down, I’d say it’s a toss-up between a squeeze bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup, which has been in there for almost two years, and a jar of dill pickle relish that has been there just about as long.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More in my Feeling the Heat series for sure. I’m currently working on a novella featuring J.T.’s brother, Jake, and a full-length novel featuring two characters other characters from my second novel, The Winning Season.

3 comments:

Alison Packard said...

Thanks for having me on your blog, Pembroke, and for the fun interview!

Linda Andrews said...

Hi Alison, I love marriage of convenience stories too and this one sounds great What made you chose baseball?

Alison Packard said...

Hi Linda,

I love all sports, but I know more about baseball so it seemed like the best choice. I'm with you on the marriage of convenience stories; I'm such a sucker for them. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Have a great weekend!