I should preface this with, are you ready for some American football? My latest novella, Making the Play, features American football. I’d love to write a story about soccer, but I don’t know much about the sport and if I’m going to write about it, I’d like to do the sport justice.
But this post is about American football, college football to be exact. Most football fans have been eagerly watching the combine…it’s where many of the players who want to transition from college ball to the professional leagues go to show off their skills and make themselves more marketable for the professional teams. It’s a big thing. How high someone can jump, how fast they can run the shortest distance, how many passes they can catch in a row… whatever works to show their skills.
So what does this have to do with my novella, Making the Play? Glad you asked. Making the Play centers around two guys who play college football. Tyler is a kicker and isn’t planning on going into professional sports. He likes kicking and playing for the sake of the game. Then there’s Allan. All he’s ever dreamed about is going pro. He’s switched from the wide receiver position to special teams where he returns punts. The scouts are looking at him for his speed, agility and ball handling skills. This is the guy who should be going to the combine to show off what he can do.
Not everyone who goes to the combine will be picked up in the draft. Not everyone who doesn’t make it will be left out of professional football, either. But that’s the tightrope act these players have to perform. It’s a lot like life and Tyler and Allan are about to find that out. Do they follow their dreams which would take them in opposite directions from each other or do they find common ground and keep playing the with sizzling passion between them? It’s a touch choice.
Who has the most to lose? Who wants their dream more? Tyler’s got a lot of emotional baggage and has been through some rough patches. I liked writing him because he’s so realistic. He has challenges and being slightly shy and quiet adds to his problems. Most football players aren’t quiet and certainly aren’t shy. Allan’s the opposite. He’s the first one to laugh and laugh loud. He knows what he wants and won’t stop until he gets it. But something about Tyler makes him pause. I liked writing him because he’s so different from Tyler. Tyler’s tall and bald, where Allan’s more compact, with black hair and a chiseled body. Can these opposites attract and find their happy ending together? There’s only one way to find out—read Making the Play for yourself. Sweaty men, a sizzling kiss by the ceramics kiln and a meddling ex…there’s plenty for everyone.
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Want to know more about Making the Play?
Making the Play by Megan Slayer
Part of the Out of Bounds Series
M/M, Anal Sex, Masturbation
Contemporary Sports Romance
Sometimes switching things up really does mean getting the guy.
Allan Clark thought his life as a wide receiver for the Wildcats was over the moment he was told he’d be the new punt returner. He’d thought he didn’t want to be a special teams player. He’d rather have the limelight. But once he starts returning punts, he realizes this was where he should’ve been all along. Speaking of perks, he now gets to spend time with the sexy kicker, Tyler Leigh. Maybe this switch is the best thing that could’ve happened to him.
Unlike Allan, Tyler isn’t planning on going into the draft or playing football for the rest of his life. He’s got other plans, though a side trip in the sheets with Allan isn’t off his radar. He’s wanted Allan since he joined the team. But Tyler’s got baggage and an overzealous ex-boyfriend hell-bent on making his life miserable. With Allan, he sees a bright spot.
Will these two seeming opposites leave their desires on the field, or will they find common ground together and score?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of masturbation, implied abuse as well as references to violence, physical assault and emotional abuse.
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About the Author
Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.
When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at: http://wendizwaduk.com/indexMegan.htm