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Catching Heat Review and Author Interview

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (1)

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Interview 

So, what have you written?

 

My series, Feeling the Heat, is published by Carina Press and to date I have four books in that series: Love in the Afternoon, The Winning Season, A Christmas for Carrie (novella) and my current release, Catching Heat.

 

Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)

 

My novels are digital release only and can be purchased here:

Amazon: http://ww.amazon.com/Catching-Heat-Alison-Packard-ebook/dp/B00GKBHITE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1389976798&sr=1-1&keywords=catching+heat+alison+packard

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/catching-heat-alison-packard/1117366824?ean=9781426897788

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/catching-heat-1

ibooks: http://ibookstore.com/products.php?i=B00GKBHITE

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-catchingheat-1380295-149.html

 

What are you working on at the minute?

 

Currently, I’m working on two additions to my series, a novella featuring J.T.’s brother, Jake, and a full-length novel featuring two characters introduced in my second novel, The Winning Season.

 

What genre are your books?

 

Contemporary romance

 

Do you write full-time or part-time?

 

At this stage of my career, I still need to work a full-time job for financial reasons, so all my writing is done during my time off from work (weekends, evenings, etc.).

 

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

 

I tend to do a loose outline of the plot, but if something along the way causes me to veer off course I go with it to see where it ends up.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.

 

I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a kid. My favorite authors are: Julie James, Susan Elizabeth Philips, Joseph Finder, Rachel Gibson, Maggie Osborne, LaVyrl Spencer and Sue Grafton.

 

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

 

When my first book was published I read reviews religiously. Not a good idea, at least for me. I found some of them had a tendency to make me doubt myself. Now, three books later, I’ve come to the realization that not everyone is going to like my books and it’s best for me to not read reviews unless I’m specifically linked to them by a blogger/reviewer, or a friend.

 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

 

Learn your craft, write as often as possible and don’t give up!

 

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Would you rather always have to say everything on your mind or never speak again?

 

Say what’s on my mind. Never speaking again is not an option. lol

 

Would you rather be forgotten or hatefully remembered?

 

If I’m hatefully remembered at least there’s a chance that in the future it will be discovered that I wasn’t so bad after all.

 

Would you rather eat a stick of butter or a gallon of ice cream?

 

That much of either seems like a stomach ache waiting to happen, but I’d have to go with the ice cream. I’d enjoy it more before stomach ache.

 

Would you rather never use the internet again or never watch TV again?

 

I’d get rid of the television, then watch my favorite shows on the internet. Problem solved!

 

Would you rather find true love or 10 million dollars?

 

Since I haven’t found it yet, I’m going with true love.


My review of Catching Heat

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had never read anything by this author, but the summary caught my eye. Unplanned pregnancy, baseball players, and falling in love? Yes, my type of romance! This is a novel about Angie and J.T. whom shared a passionate night that results in an unplanned pregnancy. When Angie loses her job, J.T's offer of marriage becomes more appealing. Angie wants nothing to do with ball players, and J.T wants nothing more than to be there during every part of his child's life. The writing style of Packard is well-written and clear. She makes the characters witty and believable. She is able to back up every "what if" question I had. So many times, I read a book, only to be like "What in the hell are you thinking???" I didn't feel that way with Catching Heat. I fell in love with both the characters. I didn't guess the ending either. (No spoilers) but I figured J.T would do something...and it never happened. Nothing better than a book that keeps you guessing! A marriage of convenience isn't that far fetched. It happens! I love the character building. I promise you- you will see the characters grow and change from the beginning to the end. Even the minor characters are believable, and they don't distract from the story. From Angie's jerk of a mother to J.T's investigating brother, each character helps the story progress. I read the book in one sitting, pulling an all nighter (which i rarely do these days since I have to be at work at 7am) then went out and bought another book from this great author! I give this book 5 stars, because its a believable love story that made me laugh and cry.

I won't give away any spoilers because I hate when i accidentally read something, but Packard has definitely gotten me hooked!


Book Summary

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.