Monday, April 7, 2014

Aloha to Tracy Solheim and A NUMBERS GAME

Life is full of surprises ... earlier this year, I was reading a feature in my sorority's alumnae magazine about members who are published authors, including Tracy Solheim.  Since then, we've exchanged emails and learned we have more than a sorority in comment!  Tracy joins me today to celebrate the release of A NUMBERS GAME - a novella from her Out of Bounds series.

Kim:  I am envious that you worked a "brief stint" for the Seoul Olympics. Can you tell us the challenges and rewards of this mega event? 

Tracy:  That was my Walter Mitty experience for sure! I worked as a production assistant for the Seoul bureau chief prior to the games and then for the Late Night Show with Bob Costas while the games were ongoing. Late Night was the best shift because—due to the time difference—the show actually took place during the next day. We went on the air at 2:30 in the afternoon just as the east coast U.S. was going to sleep.

The biggest challenge had to be the twelve hour days. My shift was from five A.M. to five P.M. for sixteen days straight. All of my day was spent inside the International Broadcast Center assisting with scripts, cataloging video tapes and helping the producers and “talent” prepare to go on air. In one case it meant sewing a tear in Bob Costas’ jacket. Since I wasn’t one of the professional staff, I was tasked with a lot of the logistical errands, but I didn’t mind. I saw a lot of what it takes to put on a show of this magnitude that way.

The rewards were witnessing such a huge sporting event through the unfiltered lens. I saw the events live—albeit it through a television monitor—and I didn’t have to watch only what the network packaged for the viewers back home to see. Not only that, but I met some amazing people and I got some really great swag that I still use today.

Check out pictures from our trip to Korea last summer
at ALOHA ON MY MIND (link)

Kim:  Now that football is over, what sustains you until football returns in the fall?

Tracy:  Thank goodness for the NFL Network and other sports channels because football is never over! This time of year, the strategists come out to play as teams reshuffle their rosters and players become free agents. Next month, the NFL draft takes place and I love to see where some of my favorite college players end up.

I’m also a huge fan of the NHL so I get my game fixes watching hockey. Basketball has never really been my thing except for March Madness. My husband and I will take in a few baseball games during the spring and summer—minor league is pretty inexpensive to enjoy with the whole family. Other than that, most of my “sports time” is spent standing around at horse shows watching my daughter compete.

Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium

Kim:  You set A NUMBERS GAME in Baltimore, my current hometown. Why did you choose Charm City? Have you visited Baltimore? 

Tracy:  I love Baltimore! It’s a great sports town. The city itself has character and I always wanted to use it as a backdrop for a novel. My husband grew up in the suburbs—the Glyndon-Reisterstown area. Before we moved to Atlanta, we lived in North Potomac, Maryland and we visited my in-laws often. In fact, they still live minutes from the Ravens’ practice facility.

Crabs are an integral part of our family get-togethers even when we visit today, so I HAD to include a scene in A NUMBERS GAME where Merrit and Heath pick crabs. In my upcoming full-length Out of Bounds book, RISKY GAME, (May 6, Berkley Sensation) Baltimore and several of its landmarks are featured frequently, including Santoni’s Market in historic Glyndon. I had lots of fun with it and I think folks from Charm City will appreciate the mention.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Mahalo, Tracy, for the cozy chat.   I know readers will come to appreciate you and your writing as I have ...

Author Bio:

Author Tracy Solheim has written her share of best sellers and note-worthy books. Unfortunately most of them line the shelves of dusty government offices around the world never to see the light of day. She hopes to change that with her series of contemporary romantic fiction novels published by Berkley Books.

“I guess you could say I’m a frustrated sports writer at heart, but I love writing—and reading—books centered around sports. I can thank my dad for that. He introduced me to Dick Francis novels when I was a teenager and I was hooked. I am also a big fan of the happily ever after endings of romance novels, so it was only natural that I combined the two elements in my fiction debut.”

To find out more about Tracy Solheim, visit her at:

Goodreads: link


Love is worth more than the sum of its hearts…

CPA Merrit Callahan learned early not to let passion unravel her orderly life. Back in college she fell hard for a football player, only to be devastated when she discovered he’d been duping her all along—dared by his teammates to score with his bookish tutor. Now, after her back-stabbing fiancĂ© breaks off their engagement, Merrit flees to Baltimore to escape the fallout.

After eight years in the pros, a series of concussions have forced Heath Gibson out of the NFL. The transition from player to coach for the Baltimore Blaze hasn’t been smooth, but finding himself face-to-face with Merrit Callahan makes the ride even rockier. He’s been filled with regret ever since a stupid team prank caused Merrit to run away from him a decade earlier.

Merrit’s stunned to reconnect with Heath. And despite the authenticity of his reignited feelings this time around, Merrit’s got her mind set on payback. She’ll give Heath a night he won’t forget and then walk away. But Heath’s hold on her heart—and the rest of her body—is difficult to break…

Includes a preview of the next Out of Bounds novel, Risky Game.

Buy links:

Amazon- link
B&N- link
iBooks- link
Kobo- link
Goodreads: link

Giveaway details:

Tracy is giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice) to one random commenter during the tour.

Rafflecopter code:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

April 7- Smexy Books

April 8- SOS Aloha

(2nd Stop) What I’m Reading

April 9- Delighted Reader

April 10- Romance Junkies

April 11- The Romance Dish

April 14- Rookie Romance

April 15- Cocktails and Books

April 17- Romance Reader Girl

April 18- Harlequin Junkie-

Also coming is my review of RISKY GAME -
loved it!


  1. I love your sports romances, Tracy! I think they are the only ones I have read so far.

    1. Thank you, Cathy! I hope you'll enjoy the novella and Risky Game as well. Stop by my website or facebook and tell me what you think of them. :)

  2. I love sports romances. My new favorite is the Portland Storm hockey series from Catherine Gayle. She handles some deep subjects along with the hockey.

    Marcy Shuler

    1. I'll have to check those out, Marcy. I love hockey books!

  3. I don't know that I do have any favorites.

    1. Too many to choose from! Thanks for stopping by Mary!

  4. I love Rachel Gibson's Chinook series and Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars series. I'm really big on hockey romances and Anna Sugden writes great Harlequin Superromances too!

    1. Ada, I LOVE both Rachel Gibson and SEP. I'm going to look for Anna Sugden, too! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I love sports theme romance books!

    1. Thanks, Danielle! I hope you'll give these a chance. If you do, let me know how you like them!

  6. My love with sports romances started with Susan Elizabeth Phillips's It Had to Be You. Some of my favorite series are her Chicago Stars, Rachel Gibson's Chinook series, Allison Parr's series on a fictional football team, and many more.

  7. Congrats to Tracy on the new release!!! My favs are the SEP books :) Thanks for sharing!

  8. I really don't have a favorite. Susan Elizabeth Phillips are good as are several others.

  9. Kat Latham has some good ones and SEP!

  10. Thanks everyone for stopping by! And thank you to DG sister Kim for hosting me today.

  11. Love. Sports and books with sports, thanks

  12. Since I currently don't play any sports, it is fun to read about them in romances. Can't think of a favorite at the moment though!

  13. I am enjoying Lily Harlem's 'Hot Ice' series about hockey players! I have also enjoyed Jaci Burton's 'Play by Play' series but I am very behind on it. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with the release!

  14. Kim, thanks for hosting Tracy!

  15. I'm not a big sports fan so that scenario won't be the first thing to make me pick up a book but I am partial to Bianca Sommerland's Cobra series and anything to do with MMA. Thanks for sharing your books with us :)

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