Readers looking for something a little different will love The Change Up by Elley Arden, a twist on the traditional billionaire romance.
Out now! The Change Up (Arlington Aces #1) by Elley Arden
Title: The Change Up
Series: Arlington Aces #1
Author: Elley Arden
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Length: 66k words
Digital ISBN: 978-1-4405-9151-8
Commercial real estate mogul Rachel Reed is the one person her father can depend on, so when he walks into her Philadelphia office two weeks shy of her fortieth birthday to drop a personal and professional bomb, she rises to the occasion. She will help get his independent professional baseball team up and running before the inaugural season, and then … she will sell the team to recoup his substantial investment. It’s a tall order, but Rachel knows one thing for sure: a sexy nuisance from her past and a few acres of trees won’t stand in her way.
Former minor-leaguer-turned-landscaper Sam Sutter is surprised to find his brother’s ex in the woods behind the house he bought when he cashed out his signing bonus and said so long to baseball. He’s even more surprised to learn “his” trees are on her chopping block. There’s no way he’ll desecrate his nature-loving mother’s memory by letting that happen. But butting heads with the beautiful business woman is a tricky task that leads Sam to accept a position as head groundskeeper at her father’s stadium. Working under Rachel’s watchful, smoldering eyes might be Sam’s undoing.
She doesn’t know a thing about baseball. He swore off the sport ten years ago. But strange things happen when field dust gets in your veins.
She thought about that for a minute, thought about him, standing there, looking at her like she was the only woman in the world, and the heat was undeniable. The attraction unmistakable. Sam Sutter was a mouth-wateringly beautiful man. Five years younger and without a discernible life plan, but damn it, libidos didn’t care about those things. And honestly, the only thing holding her back from taking out all her recent frustrations on his blessed body right now was the fact his crew was just outside the leftfield wall.
To neutralize the lust bubbling in her veins, she asked, “Do you miss baseball?”
He looked broadsided by the random question and didn’t rush to answer.
“I know that came out of left field …” she grinned at her cleverness, “but I’ve been wondering about it ever since the festival. When my dad was asking you about baseball, you looked very uncomfortable.”
His gaze shifted away from her and anchored onto something in the grandstand, but then he shrugged like she hadn’t hit a nerve. “I was uncomfortable because I was worried about your father. I wasn’t sure what was going on. That’s all.” But his jaw pulsed, and she knew better.
“Sam …” She stepped closer, narrowing the space between them. “I saw that same look a minute ago when I asked you to help me out with the coaching prospects. You miss baseball. It’s okay to admit it. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be human. God, you played every year of your life until you were how old? Just because you were ready to hang it up professionally doesn’t mean you don’t miss the game personally.” He looked at her then with a hurt in his eyes that seemed to be saying maybe he wasn’t as ready to hang it up as he pretended to be.
“I miss some things more than others,” he said. “There’s a rush you get from playing the game.” Silence stretched out between them as the warm wind wrapped them in the sun-dried fragrances of spring. All the while, his eyes roamed her face until they focused on her lips. “Fortunately you can get that rush from other things.”
“Like?” she asked, breathlessly, knowing damned well she was encouraging him.
“This,” he whispered before he leaned in and kissed her, a brush of his lips, soft as the breeze that carried the heated scent of his skin to her nose and then to her brain.
Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.
Elley has been reading romance novels since she was a sixteen-year-old babysitter, sneaking Judith McNaught and Danielle Steele novels off the bookshelves of the women who employed her. To say she’d been sheltered up to that point is an understatement. No one had ever told her women could live bold, love freely, and have sex lives that were exciting and fulfilling. (They don’t teach these things in Catholic school!) Now that she knows, she’s happy to spread the word. The women she writes about may be fictional, but the success, respect, and love they find on the page is a universal right for women everywhere.
Elley writes books with charming characters, emotional stories, and sexy romance. Visit The Bookshelf for a detailed listing.
Elley took a moment out of her busy schedule to sit down and answer a few questions on her writing process with us today. Thanks for stopping by, Elley!
- What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
The best way to publish is whichever way is best for you, the writer. We all come into this for different reasons with different goals and different personalities. Both traditional publishing and self-publishing have their positives and negatives. “The best way” to publish these days is in a well-informed manner that empowers you. If you try one way, and it doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to try another.
- What are your favorite genres to read? Why?
I’ve been a reader of contemporary romances since I was in my late teens. I like the modern-day setting, the relatability, and the feeling that these people could pass me on the street at any given moment. I also like historical non-fiction. I’ve been fascinated by the world’s power struggles for as long as I can remember. Royal history is my absolute favorite.
- How do you approach starting a new book?
With each new idea, there is an initial burst of excitement that is hard to contain. The characters and the potential storylines invade my mind and make it very difficult for me to concentrate on anything else. (Ask my family. Whatever they say goes in one ear and out the other.) But then reality crashes in, and I know I need a reasonably complete outline to stave off the panic that happens at the mid-point of every book. I then spend several sometimes unenthusiastic days working on this outline and character sketches. After that, the actual writing begins.
- What is your writing process?
My strongest work comes when I’m in a sort of symbiotic relationship with my characters. If I can feel when they are feeling, then I know I’m on the right track. I spend a lot of time listening in on their conversations in my mind, and then I analyze those conversations for deeper insight into their personal issues. Honestly, it’s sort of crazy how it works, and so much of my “writing” is done off the page.
- What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
I love Steven King’s On Writing, Donald Maass’s The Fire in Fiction, and Jenny Crusie’s blog posts on writing romance. So much good information there!
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