He needs a comeback, but is it in his career, or love?
In this second-chance romance, a former top men’s figure skating champion is willing to risk everything for a comeback – except a new start with his long lost love…
About GETTING IT BACK
An unexpected phone call from the man who broke her heart offers Amy Shepherd an opportunity to return to the work she loves, training elite figure skaters. Except it’s just one figure skater: Him. Can she finally forgive and forget?
Figure skater Mikhail “Misha” Zaikov once had it all: medals, money and the adoration of millions. But a devastating injury put an end to his career and his romance, leaving him with nothing but regret over what could have been. His last chance to re-join the world’s top skaters is now. And there’s only one person who can help him: Her.
On Russia’s unyielding ice, Misha must reclaim what he’s lost while facing off against a talented young rival and risking further injury. But Amy soon discovers Misha’s much bigger challenges lurk off the ice. And she’s determined to keep Misha whole and healthy, even if doing so ends his shot at the gold.
On Sale in Digital: April 4, 2016
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GETTING IT BACK by Elizabeth Harmon – Excerpt
The day Misha arrived at the University of Delaware’s training center for the first time, the pretty red-haired student caught his eye.
She’d worn a fitted blue t-shirt and khaki shorts that displayed shapely legs, still with a trace of a summer tan. Her hair was in a single braid, worn off to the side. Pert breasts. Nice ass. Everything a guy could want, but it wasn’t just her looks that grabbed his attention. It was also the way she carried herself, moving through the room with calm assurance that seemed to fill more space than she actually did. Watching her efficiently coach a surly wrestler through his floor stretches left him with no doubt in her ability. At the end of his first day, he’d asked the professional trainer in charge of his rehabilitation to assign her to work with him, and when she’d greeted him in Russian at their first session, he’d been beyond impressed. Her stilted grammar and atrocious accent made it obvious she wasn’t a native speaker, but to hear someone speak his language, even badly, had meant the world to him.
“Why did you decide to learn Russian? I thought most Americans learned Spanish or French,” he’d asked, as he lay face down on the training table, turning his head so he could look at her.
Her face brightened with a pretty smile. “I took French in high school. But since I want to specialize in athletic training for figure skaters, studying Russian in college seemed more practical.”
“An excellent idea,” he said, liking Amy Shepherd’s common sense almost as much as he liked her looks. Not only did he want her working on his case, he wanted to know her on a deeper level. Everything in his life felt so unsure, he hoped a bit of her unflappable, steady confidence would rub off on him.
He wanted it then, he wanted it now.
That had been behind his crazy, pain-addled decision to text her two nights ago. He hadn’t known what he expected. Medical advice, punctuated by emoticons? Any response kinder than ‘fuck off,’ was welcome, though that had never been Amy’s style. All he knew was that he was hurting in pretty much every way it was possible to hurt, and it compelled him to reach out to the only woman who’d ever made him feel whole. The fact she’d responded by coming to be at his side, especially from so many miles away, only served as further proof of what a fool he’d been to leave her.
Check out other books in the Red Hot Russians series!
2016 RITA® Award Finalist…Best First Book!
American figure skater Carrie Parker’s Winter Games dreams were dashed when her philandering partner caused one of the greatest scandals in skating history. Blacklisted from competing in the United States, her career is over…until she receives a mysterious invitation and is paired with the most infuriating, talented—and handsome—skater she’s ever met.
Russian champion Anton Belikov knows sacrifice. He gave up a normal life and any hope of a meaningful relationship to pursue his dream. And he’s come close—with a silver medal already under his belt, the next stop is the gold. All he needs is a partner. While he’s never forgotten the young American skater he seduced one long-ago night in Amsterdam, he never expected to be confronted with their past…never mind share the ice with her.
When what starts as a publicity stunt grows into something real, Carrie and Anton’s partnership will test their loyalties to family, country and each other. With only a few months to train for the competition of a lifetime, can they master technique and their emotions, or will they lose their footing and fall victim to the heartaches of their pasts?
TURNING IT ON
Book editor Hannah Levinson couldn’t be happier. This “Nice Jewish Girl” is ready to marry the man she’s longed after for half her life. When her fiancé suggests they audition for Last Fling, a steamy new reality show for engaged couples, she lets herself be swayed. Maybe she’ll learn a thing or two.
Vlad Shustov’s fall from a once-bright career as a competitive figure skater was swift. Now trapped by a shameful past and an uncertain future, “Vlad the Bad” strips for cash. Joining the cast of Last Fling could earn him a fortune—or at least enough to finally leave stripping. But to win the show’s prize, he must seduce an engaged woman, something he can’t even bear the thought of.
Hannah’s not like any woman Vlad’s met before. Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and relegated to the ugly-duckling role she’d worked so hard to shed, can she trust there’s more to Vlad than meets the eye? With sleazy TV tactics shattering the last shreds of the contestants’ confidence, they’ll have to believe true happiness is not only possible…it may be looking right at them.
Elizabeth Harmon loves to read and write romances with a dash of different.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that allows her to spend her days imagining “what if?” and a loving family that keeps her grounded in the real world. Her debut novel, Pairing Off is a 2016 RITA Award Finalist.
An adventurous cook, vintage home enthusiast, occasional actress, and entry-level figure skater, Elizabeth makes her home in the Midwest, where life is good, but the sports teams aren’t. She loves to hang out on her front porch, or at her favorite local establishments, enjoy good food and wine, and talk writing with anyone who will listen.
I’m honored to have Elizabeth on the blog today, and took the opportunity to beg, plead, cry for an interview. She felt sorry for me and agreed to answer my
nosey, interesting questions 🙂
Interview – Elizabeth Harmon
How do you approach starting a new book?
I often start with a scene that’s in my head and which I just have to get down on paper. It’s not necessarily the first scene in the book, though in the case of Getting It Back, it fell pretty close to the beginning. I was driving on a two-lane highway, and passed a rundown motel in a small town. That motel, the stormy gray sky and the wide farm fields made such an impression, and I knew it was where my figure skater hero was going to begin his journey back to the top.
What is your writing process?
I work from a loose outline and try to hit a minimum daily word count while I’m writing the first draft. For the second and third drafts, which are primarily editing and rewriting, I set a daily page count, which varies, depending upon the level of editing I need to do. I try to write/edit every day and confine most of my marketing work to “Marketing Monday.”
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
Two books that changed my writing life are Stephen King’s “On Writing,” which helped me learn to rely on my instincts as a storyteller, and Blake Snyder’s “Save The Cat,” which taught me how to tell a tight, well plotted story. Two writing blogs I love are paranormal author Jami Gold’s blog and Romance University. Both offer great posts on craft, marketing and writer’s life.
What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?
I love to cook, and try new recipes. I also love to eat. Exercise is a continual struggle, but I try to run a few days a week, and ice skate. We have a great rink in town and I’ve made some wonderful friends among the adult skaters who skate Friday afternoons. I take lessons and though I’m nowhere near the level of the skaters I write about, it helps with the sensory details of what they experience on the ice. I also love acting, and hope to have more opportunities to do it in the future
What was your best date ever?
When my husband (actually my fiancé at the time), and I went for late night drinks in the bar on the 97th floor of the John Hancock Building in Chicago on a snowy night. We sat by the window and watched the snow come down on Michigan Avenue, caught in red and green Christmas lights. It was a spur of the moment decision to go there, and I’m so glad we did. It’s one of our favorite memories.
Tell us something you are really proud of.
My two sons, ages 17 and 22, are smart, talented and best of all, kind young men. My husband and I are proud of them every day, and can’t wait to see what’s ahead for them. Career-wise, I’m still walking on air after learning that my debut novel Pairing Off is a 2016 RITA Award finalist for Best First Book.
(Congratulations!! This is a huge accomplishment!)
Can you confide something you wish you were better at?
Figure skating! I loved it as a kid but never pursued it until a few years ago. As an adult, learning to do things on the ice is so much harder.
Navy SEAL or cowboy?
Cowboy…preferably one who plays guitar and/or writes poetry. Or paints amazing landscapes of the wilderness he rides through. I find the combination of rugged and sensitive very sexy. 🙂
Chocolate or chips?
I like both. Chocolate probably…as long as it’s dark.
If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why?
Teleportation. As a writer, it would be great to be able to go anywhere in an instant.
Fancy restaurant or picnic?
Fancy restaurant, definitely!
Beer or wine?
It depends on the weather. I love beer in the summer time, wine when it’s cold out.
I consistently enjoy books by Kristan Higgins, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Kleypas, Courtney Milan, Gillian Flynn, Stephan King and John Grisham. A diverse list, but what they all have in common is that they’re great storytellers.
Smooth or hairy?
We’re talkin’ chests, right? 🙂 Hairy, for sure!
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Grand Prize: $30 Amazon gift card
2 Runner-up Prizes: Digital copies of any one (1) book by Elizabeth Harmon from her backlist