Welcome to our Grand Finale celebrations for the amazingly talented
Today we'll spend some time with Brian & Lexi from ACE and MATCH, plus our Q&A with Kate, and one more chance to win!
The first book is ACE
At twenty-two years old, World No.6 and England's No.1, Brian Scagill has the tennis world at his feet. Last year's semifinalist, this year Brian enters England's biggest tournament determined to win. A Grand Slam on home turf is calling to him and he's not going to let anything stand in the way of victory - certainly not a cute Croatian who doesn't even play in the same league.
Fooling around with Lexi might be an easy distraction but the last thing Brian needs right now is to be distracted, and there's more than this tournament at stake.
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Second in this series, MATCH
Whatever happened to Brian Scagill?
A year after his dramatic exit from England’s Grand Slam tournament, Brian has all but disappeared from the world of professional tennis, and doesn’t intend to return. He’s made a life for himself with fellow athlete Lexi Horvat, far removed from the dual pressures of fame and family.
A surprise wildcard might be his last chance to play on an international stage, and Brian’s life is thrown into tumult once again. This time, however, he’s not alone. Lexi has secured himself a place in the tournament, as has Jared, a young player the two men have been coaching. With his loved ones accompanying him, Brian agrees to play. Lexi promises they’ll take on the tournament together, as a team, but Brian knows better than anyone that on the grass, it’s every man for himself.
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Our Q&A with Kate:
1. What inspires you? What gets you writing?
I don’t struggle for inspiration. I’ve got a folder full of bunnies and I wait for one to start shouting louder than the rest. If a story isn’t working, I’ll put it aside and maybe come back to it later. The Slave sat at 10k for more than a year before I went back to it, and suddenly it had grown into a three-book series.
2. What's your writing process? Seat of your pants, lots of sticky notes, complex spreadsheets?
I used to be a pantser, but these days I plot meticulously. I’ll have a detailed chapter-by-chapter outline of each book, which usually runs to 3000 words on its own. It makes the story come together much faster, and prevents me losing time writing myself into a corner.
3. Which character from your books is your favorite, and why?
I don’t really pick favourites in anything, but I’ve got a soft spot for Kai from the Free Men books. He’s so vulnerable I just want to cuddle him.
4. Which character is your least favorite, and why?
I’ve written some pretty twisted characters in my time, but I still quite like them in their own malevolent way. Andor (again from the Free Men books) is probably the worst. He was certifiably insane.
5. If you could go back into one of your books and change one thing, what would that be? And why?
I’ve never thought of going back and changing anything. They say a book is never finished, the author just stops writing. At the point where you stop writing, you have to let it go and move on, or you’ll always be looking back. There aren’t any changes any of us can make which would create the perfect book.
6. What's next for you? What amazing book are you working on?
Right now I’m working on the third book in the Blowing It universe. After that I’ve got plans for a spin-off from that series, and I’m also writing a historical series on the side.
7. Anything else you'd like to share with your readers?
The best way to keep informed of what I’m up to is to join my mailing list. I pick subscribers at random to win free books, and offer swag as well as provide updates to new releases. And I don’t spam!
More about Kate:
Kate Aaron lives in Cheshire, England with two dogs, a parrot, and a bearded dragon named Elvis.
She has the best of friends, the worst of enemies, and a mischievous muse with a passion for storytelling that doesn't know the difference between fact and fiction.
She holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, and an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, and is an outspoken advocate for equal rights. When not hitting the campaign trail or doting slavishly on Elvis, she does what she does best – writes about men in love.
Thanks for joining us again today and learning more about Kate Aaron. We hope you found a few new favorite books, and that we'll see you again next week, when we start our celebrations for our September Author of the Month.
Until then, happy reading!