Playing The Game
York Bombers #1
By: Lisa B. Kamps
Releasing February 14, 2017
Harland Day knows what it’s like to be on rock bottom: he was there once before, years ago when his mother walked out and left him behind. But he learned how to play the game and survived, crawling his way up with the help of a friend-turned-lover. This time is different: he has nobody to blame but himself for his trip to the bottom. His mouth, his attitude, his crappy play that landed him back in the minors instead of playing pro hockey with the Baltimore Banners. And this time, he doesn’t have anyone to help him out, not when his own selfishness killed the most important relationship he ever had.
Courtney Williams’ life isn’t glamorous or full of fame and fortune but she doesn’t need those things to be happy. She of all people knows there are more important things in life. And, for the most part, she’s been able to forget what could have been–until Harland gets reassigned to the York Bombers and shows back up in town, full of attitude designed to hide the man underneath. But the arrogant hockey player can’t hide from her, the one person who knows him better than anyone else. They had been friends. They had been lovers. And then they had been torn apart by misunderstanding and betrayal.
But some ties are hard to break. Can they look past what had been and move forward to what could be? Or will the sins of the past haunt them even now, all these years later?
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33550939-playing-the-game
Lisa B. Kamps is the author of the best-selling series The Baltimore Banners, featuring “hard-hitting, heart-melting hockey players” (USA Today), on and off the ice. Her firefighter series, Firehouse Fourteen, features hot and heroic firefighters who put more than their lives on the line. Her newest hockey series, The York Bombers, launches with PLAYING THE GAME in February, 2017.
In a previous life, she worked as a firefighter with the Baltimore County Fire Department then did a very brief (and not very successful) stint at bartending in east Baltimore, and finally served as the Director of Retail Operations for a busy Civil War non-profit.
Lisa currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons (who are mostly sorta-kinda out of the house), one very spoiled Border Collie, two cats with major attitude, several head of cattle, and entirely too many chickens to count. When she’s not busy writing or chasing animals, she’s cheering loudly for her favorite hockey team, the Washington Capitals–or going through withdrawal and waiting for October to roll back around!
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Interview with Lisa B. Kamps~
1~ If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Honestly, it depends on my mood. But there are two that always seem to be at the top of my list:
Fight Song by Rachel Platten and…
Wait for it…
Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen!
2~ Name three things on your desk right now.
• A large bag of almond M&Ms (I won’t tell you how many are left in the bag)
• Large mug of coffee (strong with cream and sugar if you’re really curious)
• My planner and notepad, pens and post-its (yes, that only counts as one item in my world!!)
3~ A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less.
Okay, I’m really not that great at Twitter but I’ll give it a shot:
#secondchanceromance #steamyread #firstlove #nevergiveup #loveconquersall #hockeyromance #alwayshopeful #friendstolovers
Did I go over??
4~ What do you do when you are not writing?
Plan for the next book? Seriously, my mind is always going: thinking, dreaming, wondering, planning. Doesn’t matter what I’m doing, there’s always something involving writing going on in my head.
Except when I go into total slug-mode, which does happen every once in a while. If that’s the case, I’m either literally doing absolutely nothing (I mean I literally turn completely OFF), or I’m either reading or playing SIMS. Hey, don’t judge me J!
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
5~ Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
The best piece of advice I can give (and have given) any aspiring writer is one that’s been around for ages: Just do it. Don’t think about doing it, don’t talk about doing it, don’t dream about doing it. Just sit your butt down and get those words on the page. Talking is easy, but if you’re serious, stop talking and just write. You can fix it later, worry about it later, angst over it later. But you need to get those words on paper first. In this case, actions really do speak louder than words.
Don’t get so caught up in the rules that you end up hampering your creative flow. Yes, learn the rules, be aware of them, but don’t let them rule your writing (or your creative process). There are so many rules out there that “they” say can’t be broken. But guess what? They get broken all the time, and it works. Do what works for you, your story, your characters. Don’t let the rules silence your unique voice. (Note: I’m not talking about grammar and punctuation–those are important. It’s those other pesky rules, like don’t write in first person, don’t write about a sports hero, etc.)
6~ Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
To my current readers and fans: THANK YOU so much for taking a chance and joining me on this wonderful journey! It really wouldn’t be possible without all of you! To those readers who haven’t yet read my books: don’t be afraid to take a chance! You might surprise yourself and find a new favorite author (if not favorite, then hopefully one you really like!).
7~ Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My next scheduled release is PLAYING TO WIN, The York Bombers Book 2.
We met Jason Emory in Playing The Game and he seems like your typical jock who plays just as hard off the ice as he done on it. He’s single, hot, and completely free to do what he wants. And while he’s not exactly self-absorbed, he doesn’t really pay attention to what’s going on around him as well as he should.
Yeah…poor Jason has no idea what is about to hit him after one particularly hot night with a stranger who seems oddly familiar.
This one is a steamy twist on your one-night-encounter, with maybe just a hint of Cinderella thrown in! PLAYING TO WIN releases on March 21, and is available for pre-order now. You can find the link here: http://www.lisabkamps.com/playing-to-win/
PLAYING THE GAME (York Bombers Book 1) by Lisa B. Kamps
•Struggle Through It
I just finished reading my first Lisa Kamps book, and I’m thankful it was a hockey story! It’s an amazing story of a young hockey player and his childhood/teenage girlfriend.
Playing hockey and having his best friend then first love was what Harland needed to pull himself above and beyond the issues at home. Then he made the pros, but left her behind. Now he’s right back in his home town, instead of the pros he’s playing back in the minors and slamming toward rock bottom because of his sh***y attitude, less than marginal playing and no one to blame but himself. Harland also doesn’t have Courtney this time, although he cannot stop thinking about her. He’s even gone to her house several times, he just can’t bring himself to go to the door after the way he treated her.
Courtney’s life is all about her son and providing for him with the help of her mother. She doesn’t dream or think about how her future could have been anymore. It’s just the three of them together, nothing else matters. That is until Harland comes back into town, they had been so close to each other growing up. She thought they would always be together, but they were torn apart. And now that he’s back she doesn’t want to see him.
Will the past continue to hold them back, or can they move forward and rebuild the life and love that shouldn’t have been broken. To find out what happened between Courtney and Harland you’ll have to read PLAYING THE GAME (York Bombers Book 1). I loved it and cannot wait for Jason’s story in Playing To Win (York Bombers Book 2) due March 2017. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest blog tour review.
Favorite Passage ~Which also made me cry
~ “Noah, sweetie. Look. It’s Daddy. See? There’s Daddy.”