Welcome to author Eli Easton and the Desperately Seeking Santa blog tour! Eli’s dropping in to share her fave sports romances, and there’s also a giveaway, so be sure to check out those details below!
I love glutting myself on Christmas romance books and movies. Especially with all the stress in the world this year, I think we could all use some good, old-fashioned escapism to close out 2017. I love romance for the hope and faith it inspires. And Christmas romances tend to be even more full of good deeds and fluffy sentiment.
The protagonists in my Christmas book this year, “Desperately Seeking Santa”, are Gabe, a journalism student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Mack “the Mountain” McDonall, a 6’10”, 285-pound college wrestler. Gabe first sees Mack when he attends a wrestling match with his friend, Jordan. Jordan knows Mack because his boyfriend, Owen, is also on the wrestling team. He thinks lively Gabe might be good for quiet, guarded Mack, and he sets them up. But it doesn’t go too well at first, thanks to Gabe’s callous-sounding remarks about how he intends to “unmask” a mystery Santa at a local charity dinner. Eventually, though, Gabe convinces Mack to give him a chance.
I had fun researching wrestling for my first wrestling-themed book, “Superhero”. In fact, Jordan and Owen from “Superhero” appear again as side characters in “Desperately Seeking Santa”. And this new book features college wrestling too. Mack is a massive guy who is undefeated in his weight class. I have several of his matches in the book and wow, are they fun to visualize! 😊 I’d love to see him wrestle in real life.
For the blog tour, I’ve put together a list of my top five favorite sports-themed romances from other authors. There are so many good ones out there right now. But these are the best ones I’ve personally read. In no particular order:
HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
This story featuring two hockey players is sweet, playful, and very sexy. A must read.
Training Season by Leta Blake
This book features a very flamboyant figure skater and his macho Montana neighbor. I loved all the detail about figure skating competitions and Mattie’s training. Plus it’s very hot.
Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
This is an oldie but goodie, a genre classic. The romance is between a closeted football player and a film buff. Such feels!
Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell
I just recently read this and loved it. Take one bad-boy, giant football player on house arrest, and one resentful live-in PA and sparks fly. It’s a fun, addictive read.
My Hero by Max Vos
This story features a swimmer and a football player and has a GFY (gay for you) element. The slow build of the UST and the sexual relationship was a lot of fun.
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you enjoy the holidays to the fullest.
About the Book
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Length: 50k words approx.
Cover Design: Reese Dante
Blurb: Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious journalism.
Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.
As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?
About the Author
Eli Easton has been at various times and under different names a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer, and a long-distance walker. She began writing m/m romance in 2013 and has published 27 books since then. She hopes to write many more.
As an avid reader of such, she is tickled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, two bulldogs, several cows, and a cat. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
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