Friday, August 17, 2012

[Feature] GAME ON by Kyra Lennon!

Today, I have the honor of featuring someone near and dear to the blogging community: the fabulous Kyra Lennon! Her debut novel, Game On, was released last month, and she’s graciously offered to stop by SYAW as part of her blog tour. :)

Let’s take a quick look at what Game On is all about:


After swapping her small town life to work for one of the top soccer teams in the U.S, Leah Walker thought she could finally leave the ghosts of her past behind. However, when she meets serial womanizer, Radleigh McCoy, the memories of her old life come swarming back, and she is forced to ask herself whether she has really changed at all. 

Oo, a serial womanizer? Sounds they're going to clash! ;)


"This excerpt happens on a Westberg Warriors night out, and shows the first glimpses of Leah’s interactions with two characters who become very important in Leah’s life: Miguel Vega and Jesse Shaw." - Kyra Lennon

*Squeal* An excerpt? Bring it on!


A disturbing sight caught my eye over Miguel’s shoulder, halting me before I could speak. Amongst the throng of happy clubbers, I noticed McCoy intertwined with Taylor. His hands firmly held the exposed skin at her waist and she was grinding her hips against his. 

 “Oh hell.”

Miguel turned to follow my gaze. “That’s not good.”

My eyes darted around, seeking out Jesse and hoping he hadn’t seen them. I spotted him by the bar, staring in their direction and my heart instantly went out to the young soccer player. 

“I think I should go and talk to him. He looks like he needs a distraction.”

“Okay, I’ll wait for you down here.”

I gave him a quick hug, before making my way off the dance floor towards Jesse. 

“Hey,” I said, placing a gentle hand on his shoulder.

With a half-hearted smile, he said, “So you saw them too.”

“I did. I don’t think you should read too much into it though.”

“Leah, that’s practically foreplay!”

It was hard to disagree. Taylor whispered something in McCoy’s ear and he smiled like a man who was about to get lucky. 

“Taylor’s yours. You know that.”

“I thought so too but now I’m not so sure. Of all the people in here, why did she choose McCoy? Why the man who made me want to be a soccer player?” He let out a deep sigh. “When I got selected to play for Westberg, I couldn’t believe I was going to meet McCoy and play on the same team as him. I guess he really is as much of a dick as the papers say.”

The pain on Jesse’s face made my heart break a little. Just eighteen years old, starting out in his career and his life, only to think it was all over because the girl he loved was rubbing herself up against the man he idolised. 

“Jesse, listen,” I said, turning him to face me. “I’m no fan of McCoy but the only thing he cares for, besides himself, is the Warriors. He would never screw you over by taking your girlfriend.”

I desperately hoped Bree was right in assuming McCoy wouldn’t touch his teammates’ women because I couldn’t think of any other way to wipe away his sadness.

“What about her?” he asked. “Can I trust her?”

“I don’t know. But she’s young, and being here with all these super famous people is probably really exciting for her.”

“Did you behave that way when you first got here?”

“No,” I laughed, “but I’m eight years older than her. I don’t look that good half naked. If I did, Bryce Warren would almost certainly have got a lap dance.”

Jesse’s face finally broke into a smile. “Hey, for an older woman, you’ve got it goin’ on.”

I playfully bumped my hip against his. “Come on, kiddo, let’s get out there and show them you’re not worried.”
Hah! Very nice. ;)

Congratulations again, Kyra! Thank you for stopping by!



Kyra Lennon said...

Thank you for having me! <3

Carrie Butler said...

Anytime! :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Great excerpt, Kyra. Serial womanizer. Uh-oh, I can sense trouble brewing. Congrats on your new book. I'm happy for you. Hope you're enjoying all the benefits. It's a huge accomplishment. Bravo. And thanks, Carrie, for sharing Kyra's work.

Christine Rains said...

Love that excerpt! Makes me adore Leah all the more.

Nick Wilford said...

It's nice to see all the support Kyra's getting in these posts and comments. Game On is a great read!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks for stopping by, Joylene! :) I'm happy to share!

Carrie Butler said...

Me too! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Isn't it? I love our blogging community! :)

Melissa said...

Wow. That was great! :)
Off to add this to my TBR pile...

Carrie Butler said...

Wasn't it? I can't wait to read the whole thing. :D

Kyra Lennon said...

Thank you very much! :D

Kyra Lennon said...

Hee hee, thanks!

Kyra Lennon said...

Bloggers are the best!! :D

Kyra Lennon said...

Aww, thank you, Melissa! :D

Clare said...

I love the bond Jesse and Leah share, and this scene really highlights that. Excellent stuff. :D

Lisa Regan said...

Love the excerpt! Read a different excerpt elsewhere and they are both great! Best of luck, wishing her big sales!

Carrie Butler said...

I'm cursing my TBR pile. I want to read this now!

Carrie Butler said...

This is why I love excerpts. It's easy to get a quick feel for the author's voice and style. :D

Leigh Covington said...

Congrats again to Kyra! I love this book!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks for stopping by, Leigh! :D

Golden Eagle said...

Great excerpt! I like how supportive she is of Jesse.

Congratulations to Kyra!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks for swooping by, Eagle! :)