Catching Heat by Allison Packhard
Publisher: Carina Press
Number of pages: 267
Word Count: 87,000
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.
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.
1. Why did you decide to start writing stories?
I started writing as a hobby. I wrote fan fiction for my favorite soap opera couple on General Hospital for several years and then one day I decided to find out if I could do more than fan fiction. I wanted to know if I could go from weaving stories about an established and popular soap opera couple to creating a full length book with characters no one already knew or cared about. And if I could, would anyone publish it? As it turned out, I could and Carina Press took a chance on me and published it.
2. How did you come up with the idea for your first book?
I’ve watched soap operas since I was a teenager and I wrote fan fiction about soap opera characters, so it seemed fitting that my first book would be set in the soap opera world. My first book, Love in the Afternoon, is the story of Sean Barrett and Kayla Maxwell, two actors on the fictional soap A New Dawn, who fall in love when their characters are paired together on the show.
3. Do you ever base your characters off people you know?
Good question. Although I’ve used a few names of people I know, I haven’t yet used anyone I know or with whom I’m acquainted with as character models. But in my Christmas novella, A Christmas for Carrie, I did use a tragic incident in my late grandmother’s past as a part of the story.
4. Was there ever a time in your life that you included in one of your books?
Nothing super exciting has ever happened to me (except getting published, of course! LOL) so I haven’t used any of my own life experiences or events in my books. But I have used places I’ve been to as settings. I grew up in Northern California and have used my personal knowledge of the area in my books.
Favourite tv show? Nashville
Favourite food? Mexican
Favourite past time? Reading
Favourite desert? Anything chocolate!
Favourite movie? Dirty Dancing