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Game On by Collette West: Playlist & Giveaway

Title: Game On
Author: Collette West
Genre: Romance
Publication: October 17th, 2014

Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.

Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.

Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.

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Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.

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GAME ON Playlist

Please welcome author Collette West.

I'm a big country music fan, so that's what I was listening to while writing GAME ON. I don't think you can beat the romantic imagery found in country lyrics and there's nothing sexier than hearing a deep, masculine voice singing a love song. I know it gets me weak in the knees whenever a guy can sing about how a woman makes him vulnerable. It gets me every time, whether a song on the radio makes my heart flutter while I'm driving or when a certain turn of phrase catches my ear while I'm typing away at my desk. There's just something so swoon worthy about hearing a man's man singing about being in love.

"I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice
This one is my anthem for GAME ON. Jilly's this big, strapping guy who doesn't date. He doesn't do romance. But when it comes to Hailey, he'll do anything to make her happy as long as he can do it with her.

"Hope You Get Lonely Tonight" by Cole Swindell
This is the ultimate booty call song, but related in a way that any woman would readily respond to. It was my inspiration for when Hailey calls Jilly in the middle of the night and tells him to, "Get over here now!" because I REALLY like what happens next.

"Burnin' It Down" by Jason Aldean
For me, there's nothing sexier than Jason Aldean's voice. I dare any female on the planet to listen to this song and not get turned on by it. This one helped me write the chapters at the end of the book when Hailey and Jilly finally let go and give in to each other.

"I Hold On" by Dierks Bentley

This one best encompasses Jilly's personality. He doesn't let go of the things that are important to him. He's a rich and famous ballplayer now, but he still has the same best friend he had his entire life and he's still in love with the girl he's had a crush on since the first grade. His loyalty to those he loves runs deep. Success didn't corrupt him. He still values the same things he did before he made it big.

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