Sunday, February 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway of Red Zone by Sherri Hayes

Today we have a special guest here at Swept Away By Romance. Author Sherri Hayes stops by on her blog tour for Red Zone, the second book in the Daniels Brothers series. Please welcome Sherri Hayes, check out her guest post, the blurb of Red Zone and Karla and Steffi's 4 star review of the book. If you'd like to enter to win an ebook copy of Red Zone, please have a look at the Giveaway Rules at the end of the post.

 Please welcome: Sherri Hayes

"There are a lot of misconceptions out there about romance novels. One of the most prevalent today is that romance novels are ‘mommy porn’. First of all, I hate that term. What I write, and what most other romance authors write, is not porn. It’s romance. There is a difference.

What is romance, if it’s not ‘porn’? Romance novels are about people falling in love --- that butterflies in your stomach feeling. I’ve read hundreds of romances over the years, and some have little to no sex in them. Others have a vast amount.

Are the ones that have sex any less about love and romance than the ones that don’t? Of course not. Sometimes, it’s about an author’s preference or comfort level. It also has a lot to do with the characters themselves in my opinion. Characters, just like real people, are all different. Some of them would hop into bed with someone they’d just met without thinking twice. Others would tread more slowly, wanting to wait until the moment was right. As an author, you have to get to know your characters and find out what’s right for them. If you push, and they’re not ready, then it may not be believable to your readers. The opposite is also true. If the author keeps holding off on sex without a valid reason, the readers may lose interest since the characters are not consistent.

In my latest novel, Red Zone, Gage and Rebecca are complete opposites in this area. Gage is all about jumping right in the sack. He’s no stranger to one-night stands, in fact, he prefers them. No strings, just hot, uncomplicated sex. Rebecca, however, is much more reserved. Her list of partners is much shorter, and she tends to be rather meticulous as to who she sleeps with. Watching these characters find common ground was half the fun.

It all comes back to an understanding of the genre. If someone goes into it looking to find a justification for calling romance porn, then they will. However, if they look closer, they will find a love story that touches not only on the physical, but the emotional need in all of us…the need to be loved." 

Red Zone

After a case ended badly for Rebecca Carson, she’s losing her mind sitting around her apartment waiting on her superiors to allow her to return to work. Since she was a teenager, the only thing she’d ever wanted was to join the FBI. Now that dream was in danger.

Gage Daniels has made a pretty good life for himself. A nice house. A career he loves. As a professional football player, he’s used to getting almost everything he’d ever want with just the snap of his fingers. This includes women. A well-timed smile is usually all it takes to attract the opposite sex, especially in Nashville.

When a stalker threatens Gage, the team owner calls an old friend, Rebecca’s ex-partner Travis Hansen, to help protect his star quarterback and find the person responsible. Hansen offers Rebecca the job, and she jumps at the chance. It’s work, and it will get her out of her apartment. How bad can it be?

Posing as Gage’s girlfriend, however, isn’t as easy as it seems. The man is relentless. Rebecca must work to protect Gage while staving off his advances. She’s there to do a job, nothing more. The last thing she wants is to be another notch on a hotshot athlete’s belt.

As the stalker continues to up the ante, Rebecca finds it harder and harder to keep her distance from Nashville’s star quarterback. He isn’t what she expected in one of the city’s most notorious playboys. Now all she has to do is keep him safe until they can find his stalker, and hope she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.

You can read a dual review by Karla and Steffi of Red Zone HERE

About Sherri

Sherri is the author of four novels: Hidden Threat, Slave (Finding Anna Book 1), Need (Finding Anna Book 2), Behind Closed Doors (A Daniels Brothers’ Novel), Red Zone (A Daniels Brothers’ Novel), and a short story, A Christmas Proposal. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three cats. Her mother fostered her love for books at a young age by reading to her as a child. Stories have been floating around in her head for as long as she can remember; however, she didn’t start writing them down until she turned thirty. It has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found helping her husband in his woodworking shop.

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To enter to win an ebook copy of Red Zone, please leave a comment with your email address. If you have any questions or comments to share, we would love to hear them. This Giveaway is International and ends on February 13th.

We would like to thank The Writer’s Coffee Shop and Sherri Hayes for inviting us along on this tour.