Today I am happy to welcome to the blog Ophelia London, who is celebrating the release of her debut novel Playing at Love, the first book in her Perfect Kisses series, published by Entangled Publishing in their new sweet category romance line, Bliss. Since music and sports play an important role in Playing at Love, I asked Ophelia to introduce to us the main characters of the novel through a song/sport. Ophelia, please take it away! :-)
Excuse me while I squeal. This is the best topic ever! I made it a point for music to play a big part in PLAYING AT LOVE, since writing and music are my two passions. I’m so thrilled that you asked me to describe my main characters by picking a song and a sport that describes them. It’s almost too easy!
“A few times I’ve been around that track/so it’s not just gonna happen like that…”
“Hollaback Girl,” by Gwen Stefani
Tess is all girl, but she’s also a fighter. I could say the same thing about Gwen Stefani, especially when she busts out this song. It’s on my P@L soundtrack and I think it fits Tess’s feisty/feminine character—as well as a major theme of the story—to a T. I can totally see the lyrics of this song going through Tess’s mind, almost like a personal mantra. First of all, it’s got a stomping beat that totally gets you pumped up. It sounds like something you might hear at a pep rally. Tess needs to get pumped up about two things. 1) She needs her music program to be saved, way important! 2) Jack—the boy who broke her heart 15 years ago—is back in her life, but she cannot let him, or his amazing butt, pull her focus.
“I see you around sometimes and my heart just melts/looking like if you had your wish you’d be somewhere else…”
Jack falls for Tess pretty quickly. Who wouldn’t? I made her so lovable. He doesn’t realize that it’s love right away, but he definitely can’t help feeling for her immediately and wanting to be around her. At the beginning of the story, every time Tess walks by, Jack is thinking the lines of this song, and he kind of wants to melt into a puddle at her feet. He doesn’t understand the pull that he feels toward her, he just knows that he wants to be with her.
“I know you're still afraid to rush into anything/but there're just so many summers babe and just so many springs…”
“In These Shoes” by Krista MacColl or anything from the early Alanis Morissette catalogue—the sassier, the better—those are the songs Mac can’t get enough of. She’s very fond of singing them in the shower. (As am I.)
Sports in books are fun too, and the right sport on a guy can be so sexy.
Obviously, Jack plays football. When he was younger, he had some mad basketball skills, too. Pretty much anything with a ball, Jack can master. Yes, I went there.
Mac? Well, she’s not really into sports. Her legs and too short and her hands are too small. But, as you’ll see in PLAYING AT LOVE’s spin-off, SPEAKING OF LOVE, Mac is pretty good at tackling guys in the snow…
What is your favorite song from a soundtrack? And what do you consider the sexiest sport?
Book #1 in the Perfect Kisses series
Show choir teacher Tess Johansson loves three things: music, her job, and sharing that passion with her students. But when a school budget crisis forces funding to be pulled from either the sports or music programs, she finds herself going head to head with Jack, the gorgeous new football coach who broke her heart fifteen years ago.
Jack Marshall wants two things: to be closer to his young daughter and to make his mark as a football coach. Taking the new job, with the promise that he’d have time to build a solid team, gave him both. But now he must win the season with a group of boys who aren't anywhere near ready or he’ll lose everything he’s worked so hard for. Being pitted against Tess, the summer love he never forgot, is like being fourth and long with only seconds on the clock.
On opposing sides of a fierce battle and with everything at stake, Tess and Jack find themselves torn between doing what it takes to win and doing what it takes to be together.
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