Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Jaci Burton

 Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Jaci Burton, author of the Play by Play series. 


I saw my first hockey game—in person, that is, at the St. Louis Blues arena when I was in my twenties (this was quite a few years ago). I had watched hockey on television, but I hadn’t realized until I went to see a game in person how different it is seeing a game live. The action was nonstop. I held my breath the entire time, watching the players skate from one end of the ice to the other, the players fighting for possession of the puck only to see it slide away from their sticks. There was aggression, testosterone, Jaci Burtonfighting…yum.

It was there that my true love of hockey was born. Watching it on television had been fun, but seeing a game live? Nothing like it. To feel the energy as the players slam against the boards, all the power they as they rattle the glass in front of you—it was truly a sight to behold. I’ve never forgotten that first game, and I never will.

There’s something so inherently sexy about hockey players. I don’t know if any of you have ever ice skated before. Likely there are many of you out there who are really good at it. Me? Not so much. I apparently lack the ankle strength to remain upright on ice skates. Which makes me sad, because I love to watch people skate. There’s something so fluid and elegant about sailing along the top of the ice, skates skimming the surface as if you’re barely touching it. (Can you tell figure skating is one of my favorite Olympic sports?).

And then there’s hockey, which takes skating to a whole new level, because not only do you have to stay upright on skates, you have to skate forward and backward, while holding a stick and trying to maneuver a puck, fighting with one or more opponents while trying to get the puck into a net that someone’s guarding. That takes some skill, people. (Especially to someone like me who can’t even stand on a pair of skates).

Maybe that’s why I find hockey so sexy, because these guys can do what I think is seemingly impossible, all the while making it look so effortless, when I know it isn’t effortless at all. It takes skill and stamina, and we all know a man with stamina is hot.

And speaking of hockey, stamina and all things hot and sexy, I can’t wait for you to meet Ty Anderson, hockey stud extraordinaire and hero of TAKING A SHOT, the next book in my Play-by-Play sports series. Ty is cocky, confident, and knows exactly where he is in his life. He loves his caereer, and he’s got his eye on a woman. He usually gets what he wants. Except this time, the woman in question, Jenna Riley, wants nothing to do with him. Fortunately, Ty is relentless when theres a goal in view, and Jenna is someone worth playing for.

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Are any of you sports fans, and if so, what is your favorite sport? If you’re not a sports fan, just tell me your favorite type of book to read. I’m offering up a copy of either THE PERFECT PLAY or CHANGING THE GAME, the first two books in the Play by Play series. Winner’s choice.

The Perfect Play - Jaci Burton  Changing the Game - Jaci Burton

Open to: US residents only. You have until end day March 10 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.

Giveaway sponsored by: Jaci Burton

No purchase necessary to win.  You must be 18 or over to enter, void where prohibited. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. FVBR is not being compensated for this giveaway. If the winner declines to accept or fails to claim their prize within one week of the announcement, a new winner will be randomly chosen. Prize distribution is the sole responsibility of the giveaway sponsor. Fiction Vixen Book Reviews will not be held responsible for lost or misdirected prizes or for circumstances beyond our control. More information here.




  1. TrishJ says

    My favorite sport would be baseball followed by football (college rather than pro). I have never been to a hockey game, just because I’ve never lived anywhere it was played. I would love to win a copy of Changing the Game. Loved the first book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Laurie says

    My favorite sport is football, followed by baseball. I’ve been wanting to read this series, so I’d take either one. Thanks for the giveway!

  3. CrystalGB says

    Congratulations on your new book. Love a hero who is a hockey player. My favorite sport is basketball but I love hockey too.

  4. Susan T. says

    I don’t have one favorite sport, but I do enjoy watching basketball, football and baseball. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. says

    I’m definitely a sports fan, although I’m not a hockey fan, since I grew up in the South before the NHL expanded into the south. Mostly I watch baseball h& college basketball, although the dh is a huge football fan.

  6. Heather k says

    I love all things hockey! I went to college with a bunch of crazy canucks who introduced me to the game and I never looked back. I am looking forward to reading your new book, thanks for the giveaway!

  7. says

    I will say football only because their butts look so yummy in those pants. RAWR! Congrats on the new release and thank you for the contest! Don’t feel bad, I can’t stand on skates either!

  8. says

    I LOVE this series, and I am not ashamed to admit the covers are what first got my attention. I can not wait to the read Taking a Shot, have been waiting for their story since they met last book. I like baseball but I can actually go to hockey games, there is a local arena for hockey and My husband loves Hockey. So Hockey is my favorite sport and watching the game at the arena is way better then on tv. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  9. Jane says

    Happy Release Day, Jaci. I’m a big hockey and baseball fan. I occasionally watch football.

  10. says

    My favorite sport is baseball! I used to go to games with my dad when I was a kid and loved it!! Go cardinals!

  11. Lisa B says

    I am not a huge fan of sports but i enjoy watching just about any of them. I just don’t actively go looking to watch them. My mom loves to watch Red Wings hockey so if it’s on i do enjoy watching it but i wouldn’t go out of my way to do so. Take it or leave it kind of thing. I do like reading sports oriented books though for sure.

    Lisa B

  12. Myra C says

    My favorite sport to watch is men’s tennis followed by baseball. I would love to win a copy of The Perfect Play. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. mariann says

    i love baseball and hockey. so excited about spring training!!! thanks for a chance to win–love this series!!! :):)

  14. Paula says

    Hockey is awesome live! My favorite sports would be mixed martial arts (my hubby is a trainer) and hockey. I’ve got The Perfect Play on my birthday wish list. I would love to win either book. Thanks for the giveaway. 😀

  15. Diane Sallans says

    I enjoy sports where I can feel a connection to the team or a player. I’ve started following the Baltimore Ravens when they were doing so well, and more recently Jeremy Lin; and I’m really looking forward to the Summer Olympics.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  16. erinf1 says

    Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway!

    I haven’t really read any sports themed books but I’ve read such awesome reviews about Jaci’s books, I’d love to give them a try. Plus they have gorgeous covers 😉 I’m not really a sports fan, I’m kinda ambivalent.

    I don’t really have a fav genre. I do find myself reading more PNR but I also read historical romance, mystery, etc.

  17. Danielle West says

    I loved Perfect Play and I really really need to read Gavin’s story. I am a big football and baseball fan. Love watching on TV and going to the nearest games when possible. I love watching hockey during the Olympics, too.

  18. Stacy says

    Hi Jaci,
    My favorite sport is basketball because that is what my son plays! I wonder if we’ll get a basketball play by play book? Also, my favorite type of book is “smutty”!!! LOL

    Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your books!

  19. Diana N. says

    I am not a fan of sports (I don’t think I have the brain capacity to understand them!), but I do enjoy hockey themed romances. 😉

  20. Patti F says

    Love baseball….favoirte team is the Phillies….also love watching my 10 year old son play. Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

  21. infinitieh says

    About the only time I am rabid about sports is during the Olympics. Other than that, I’m not really a sports fan.

  22. Glittergirl says

    My favorite sport to watch is college football. I’m a big Oregon Duck fan and we go to all the home games. The other sport I love because my daughter used to play is softball. She was awesome on 3rd base. Her nickname was Triple because she never seemed to get a home run, just triples, lol. My son swims, but having a meet be exciting is a challenge unless you know what’s going on.

  23. Lexi says

    There is something about watching hockey in person, I love it. I can’t watch it on tv but my husband and I love going. I am actually reading The Perfect Play right now! I love Mick! Hard to put it down!!!

  24. kiki w says

    My favorite sport to watch is Football, College Baseball, Softball , and Track and Field. What can I say I love sports.

  25. cheryl c. says

    I am a big college football fan! I also love to read romances that feature sports heroes.

  26. Shannon says

    My favorite is tennis because I used to play and love watching the matches on television, but I have always loved baseball. I used to trade baseball cards with the boys at school, dated two baseball players in high school, and love going to our local minor league games.

  27. JenM says

    I love watching just about any sport other than Basketball. For some reason, I just cannot get into that sport, whereas football, baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, even golf, I can sit and watch. I’ve got The Perfect Play, so I’d love to win a copy of Changing the Game.

  28. Marika Weber says

    I’m married to baseball (Texas Rangers and Houston Astros–I’m a Texas girl) and my mistress is hockey. I worked for the Dallas Stars for over 5 years.

    Love the covers!

    Marika Weber

  29. Martha Lawson says

    My favorite sports are: Atlanta Braves baseball and MMA fighting! Can’t stand football. I’d love to be entered to win, they sound like awesome reads.

  30. Chelsea says

    I really enjoy watching football, baseball, and basketball. I love reading about all sports and Love Jaci Burton’s books! :)

  31. LadyVampire says

    Congratulations on your all new release. Can I just say how much I love the covers of these books! But back to the question… Do I like sports? Oh yes. And my favorite sport is baseball. I originally got into baseball so I would have something in common with my father that we could talk about but I found out how much I enjoyed the sport also.

  32. says

    I love going to all sporting events. My favorite is Notre Dame College football. We drive 11 hours every fall to go to a game on campus!


  33. SHZ says

    Bah. Discrimination against non-Americans, as ever! I’ll buy the book all the same.

  34. PamC. says

    Love, Love, Love Jaci’s books. Baseball is probably my favorite followed by hockey.I already have the Perfect Play, so Changing the Game would be my pick.

  35. says

    Not entering the contest, as I don’t live in the USA. Thanks for the interview, it was nice to read a bit more about the thoughts behind the books. Question: did you get to meet your cover models?

  36. Leigh says

    My favorite sport is hockey! The players have so much stamina, are so graceful, coordinated, and are just so talented. They have to be in tip top shape, have super fast reflexes, and think quick. The things those players do on the ice are unreal. Phew!!

    I have had your series on my TBR list for awhile now, but haven’t gotten it started yet, so I would love to win The Perfect Play to get me started.


  37. Mollie W says

    I am not a big sport’s fan in real life, but I do love to read sports romance books!
    I love the Play-by-Play novels and cannot wait to read Taking a Shot!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  38. Jen B. says

    I hate sports. There, I said it. I couldn’t imagine liking a book based around sports but I really enjoyed The Perfect Play. I just finished it a couple of weeks ago. I have Changing The Game on my wish list. I am dying to find out how Gavin and Elizabeth fix their relationship! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  39. Darla says

    I really don’t enjoy watching sports unless it’s a really great game. Baseball, football, and basketball are probably my top three to watch when the game is good. I also really enjoy people watching during a game. Seeing the reaction of someone else is really entertaining. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  40. Chris Bails says

    I love to watch sports live and on TV. Do prefer live. I love College Football, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes. I love watching basketball. Also love going to hockey and baseball games. Hockey is great-love the fights.
    Would love to win either of these books. Both are new books and authors for me. I would love The Perfect Play. Best covers of any books. What gorgeous men.

  41. LisaE says

    I love ice hockey. Big Flyers fan and I watch every game. I’d really like to win the first book in the series because I haven’t had a chance to start this series yet.

  42. Grace S says

    Grew up in a sports crazed house and have managed to infect my 2 children, too. They between them play baseball, basketball and soccer and love to go to our local high school, college and professional athletic events.

    Last year I took my little ones (at the time 7 and 5) to their first pro hockey game and the first time 2 sweaters crashed against the boards in front of us my 7 year old looked at me as if he’d seen God. “Mommy…..That. Was. AWESOME!!!” My little girl found great justice in a sport where grownups could sit in time out for 2 minutes the way she has too occasionally. lol

    I’d say my favorite sport is whatever the Olympics is televising at any given moment when they are on. I don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about luge or rowing except every 4 years when I become obsessed. I’ll watch anything they give a medal for!

  43. Chelsea B. says

    I hate to say it, but sports just go waaaay over my head, haha. I am so lame 😉 I love to read anything with a good romance :-)