New author Tracy March hits a grand slam with her book The Practice Proposal. So Many Reads is excited to be part of The Practice Proposal Blog Tour as well! Sit back and enjoy the review, interview and giveaway options in this blog post today. Also, be sure to look at the rest of the tour for your chance to win a bracelet and/or a Kindle Paperwhite!
- Title: The Practice Proposal (Suddenly Smitten, #1)
- Author: Tracy March
- Publisher: Entangled (Bliss)
- Release Date: March 11, 2013
- Category: Contemporary Romance
- Source: Copy received from Publisher
- Buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is.
Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he’ll need some positive publicity before he can make the roster. His agent, Frank, pitches Liza as the perfect prop…only Cole didn’t account for Liza no longer being just a teenager with a crush. She’s gorgeous and smart and he’s instantly hooked.
When Frank makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. But neither bet on the real feelings that surface. Could a fake fling turn into an official forever?
So Many Reads Review:
The Practice Proposal is such a fun story. I had a tough time pulling myself away from it and am now ready for baseball season to start! Tracy’s writing is smooth, the plot moved along at a good pace and her descriptions of people and places makes you feel like you are right there in the story with the characters.
In The Practice Proposal we meet Cole Collins, a major league baseball player for the Washington Nationals and Liza Sutherland, the daughter of the owners of the Baltimore Orioles. Cole and Liza had met when they were teens and Liza had quite a crush on Cole at that time. Now they are grown up and it has been years since they have talked. Because of Cole’s agent, Frank Price, the two are thrown together for a romance that neither Cole or Liza really expects to happen.
Tracy sure had me on the emotional roller coaster in this book. Both Cole and Liza have some past issues they need to deal with and it seems they are the only ones that can help each other out. I found my heart breaking and even shed a couple of tears for both of them at times. Cole and Liza also had fun and entertaining times together in which I found myself laughing out loud with them. When they forgot about the reason they were in this relationship, Cole and Liza were focused on each other, and the relationship was easy and fell into place. We don’t get to read a lot of books about easy going relationships so it was refreshing. There were no overly dramatic elements that you would roll your eyes at and I loved that about Cole and Liza.
The rivalry between Cole playing for the Nationals and Liza rooting for the Orioles was a big part of the book and so much fun. If you are a baseball fan you will really enjoy that about this book. I enjoyed the secondary characters in the story, especially Liza’s friend Paige. I hope there is a book in the future about her because she is a little spitfire and definintely entertains.
The Practice Proposal is a sweet romantic read. Tracy is an author that I will be checking out again in the future for sure. I highly recommend The Practice Proposal to anyone looking for a fun, flirty, heartwarming read about family, friends, and love.
Interview with Tracy March:
Amy with So Many Reads (SMR): Welcome to So Many Reads, Tracy. What do you hope people will get out of The Practice Proposal?
Tracy: I’m hoping to relax readers with a sassy, sweet and satisfying romance that tugs at their hearts a little, and leaves them wanting more of the Suddenly Smitten series. It would also be cool if they got excited about baseball season…the official start is just days away!
SMR: Where do you come up with the description of your characters? Do you see people on the street that might catch your eye and you think about using them in a book or do you think of celebrities or other TV/big screen personalities?
Tracy: I usually have an idea of who a character is before I attach physical characteristics to them. Then, I may get a feeling that a “real” person has the look I imagine for that character. I’ve written (and am currently writing) both primary and secondary characters without ever having a specific image of what they look like. Even now, thinking about them, I have only a vague picture of them in my mind. Sometimes afterward, I’ll see a picture of someone, or a person on TV or online and think—that’s him, or that’s her! Then I’ll pop the picture up on Pinterest. I hesitate to overly influence readers’ imaginations, but sometimes they like a visual to see if it matches up with the image they had of a character as they were reading.
I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies, and sometimes I’m influenced by knowing what a certain actor or actress is like in real life (according to the media), so I try to steer away from using people like that. I have used pictures from catalogs, and pictures of people I’ve seen online. And once in a while—especially with my heroes—I just know who they are. Maybe I have pictures of them hanging on my bulletin board in my office! 😉
SMR: What is the last book you read?
Tracy: The last book I read was SWAY: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman. It’s a non-fiction mix of psychology, sociology, physiology and game theory. I found the book really helpful in understanding why my characters want to behave (or misbehave) the way they do sometimes!
SMR: Did you have a favorite book or book series growing up? If so, what was it?
Tracy: I loved stories like Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and any Pippi Longstocking book or Nancy Drew mystery.
SMR: If you were stuck on a deserted island for a weekend, which hero (of any book you have read) would you want to be stuck with?
Tracy: Hoo, boy! Is my husband going to read this? I have to say that I’ve never fallen for a hero the way I fell for Cole Collins while I was writing The Practice Proposal. I just loved who he was—that sexy pro baseball player just aching to find real love. When I was writing his and Liza’s story, I couldn’t wait to spend time with him and learn more about him with every word. I’d share a deserted island with him anytime…for sure! 😉
SMR: Which heroine (from any book) would you want to spend a weekend with and what would you do?
Tracy: This one’s easy for me. I would love to hang out with Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter—my favorite classic by Nathaniel Hawthorne. We’d go to a cottage somewhere scenic and have wonderful food while she regaled me with tales of her puritan village, of how her daughter Pearl grew up and what became of her, and of how she had the amazing strength of conviction and depth of love to act as nobly as she did. She’s an incredibly fascinating character.
SMR: What is coming up for you next?
Tracy: I write contemporary romance and romantic thrillers. Coming April 30th is Girl Three, my debut romantic thriller. It’s the story of a bioethicist who, with the help of a former Secret Service agent, works to unravel the mystery behind her sister’s death. Set in Washington, DC, it features a cast of powerful yet questionable characters who each had a motive to kill a beautiful young lobbyist. There’s a lot more about Girl Three on my website: www.TracyMarch.com.
SMR: Who is your favorite baseball player?
Tracy: This is no mystery to anyone who knows me well. Michael Morse of the Seattle Mariners is my favorite baseball player. Not only is he super-hot, he’s very sportsmanlike, he has incredible team spirit, he appreciates and interacts with his fans, and he has a quirky sense of humor. We could use more pro-athlete role models like him. He used to play for my favorite team, the Washington Nationals, but he was recently traded. I’m still a little depressed about that!
SMR: Do you like ballpark hotdogs as much as Liza?
Tracy: Yes! They are always too expensive, and they may have been kept in a warmer for way too long, but it’s the tradition of eating them at the ballpark that keeps me going back for more. You know…baseball, hot dogs and all that awesome Americana!
SMR: Have you met any major league baseball players in real life? If so, who?
Tracy: Not yet…but I sure hope I will! Does anyone out there want to introduce me to Michael Morse? 😉
SMR: Thanks for joining us today, Tracy!
Tracy: Thanks so much for having me here today, Amy. It’s been lots of fun!
Giveaways (US/Canada Only):
1. There is a tour-wide giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below:
2. You also have the chance to win “The Practice Proposal” bracelet (see photo below) giveaway. Simply comment below and let us know who your favorite athlete is and why. Giveaway for the bracelet will end at 11:59 pm central time on Friday, March 29, 2013. Winner will be notified via email and announced on website.
Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her career in the pharmaceutical field, and her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.
Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its.
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