My blog has been taken over by Gina L. Maxwell ! 😀
MMA fighters, swag and an eBook copy of her latest novel, RULES OF ENTANGLEMENT, are all on offer today, so enjoy 🙂
Why MMA is A-freaking-mazing (and not just for the eye candy)
Two things popped into my head the first time I saw a mixed martial arts fight. The first was that with few exceptions, MMA fighters look like they have less than four percent body fat. The second was totally inappropriate so I’m not going to talk about that, but if you’ve read my books, you can pretty much correctly assume what my second thought was. But moving right along, I was completely and totally intrigued with the entire MMA process. I mean sure, the fighters – from the neck down mostly cause their faces had been beat to hell and back – were definitive eye candy and the sport was the very definition of high octane, but what sparked my interest the most was how in the world these guys trained to look and fight the way they did.
I really got into watching the sport with my husband and we started watching shows like The Ultimate Fighter and really getting a sense for the ‘hows’ rather than the obvious va-va-va-voom factor. Let me tell you something, MMA fighters train hard! Constant cardio and monitoring of carbs and fat, these guys really take their sport seriously. It’s nothing for a fighter who isn’t even training for an upcoming fight to be in the gym five days a week for six hours a day. In a sport where you are moving non-stop, cardio is crucial and these fellas really know the meaning of the word stamina.
Now you may be wondering what in the world this has to do with romance, right? I’m getting there.
The key word was stamina, ladies ( and gents of course). Stamina. Three syllables that mean a world of awesome for us. Just ask Vanessa. In RULES OF ENTANGLEMENT,my heroine makes the crucial mistake of assuming that training for an MMA fight is nothing more than running a mile or two, smacking around a speed bag and not eating pasta for a week. Oh how wrong she was. Jax not only shows her how difficult training for a fight can be, but how amazing it is as well.
Say it with me, folks. Sta-Mi-Na!
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RULES OF ENTANGLEMENT by Gina L. Maxwell
Entangled Publishing – March 2013
Seven days. And seven rules to break…
District Attorney Vanessa MacGregor firmly believes that structure and order are the stuff that dreams are made of. Happiness can be planned—and it starts with the seven rules she’s laid out for her future. But as she’s organizing her best friend’s wedding in Hawaii, all of Vanessa’s best-laid plans are about to meet their match in a wickedly hot MMA fighter…
Jackson “Jax” Maris is focused on surfing, training, and fighting. That is, until he opens up his big mouth, and finds himself having to pretend he’s engaged to his little sister’s best friend, Vanessa. When they’re forced to share a romantic bungalow, however, their little charade suddenly takes a turn for the seriously sexy. And while Jax is definitely not part of Vanessa’s long-term plan, he has seven days—and seven naughty nights—to turn her seven-rule plan upside down.
Title: Rules of Entanglement (Fighting for Love, #2)
Author: Gina L. Maxwell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 397 pages
Release Date: March 2013
Imprint: Brazen (Special Edition)
Purchase from Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rules-of-entanglement-gina-l-maxwell/1114954602
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Growing up in a small town Fort Atkinson, WI, Gina L. Maxwell, formerly Bisbee, could often be found onstage in the latest theatrical production, performing with her high school show choir, or holding office in her local FFA chapter. She dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps in the entertainment business, of enabling her audience to forget about life for a few hours as they enjoyed the stories she told through her love of singing, dancing, and acting. It wasn’t until her sophomore year in college when she realized she had no acting talent to speak of and her dream needed some adjusting. Another ten years would pass before she discovered a different means to accomplishing the same dream.
Within those ten years Gina married her high school sweetheart, had two beautiful children, and moved more times than she cared to count. In 2009 she started writing as a hobby while her kids were in school, and it quickly became an obsession she couldn’t stop, and then a dream to publish stories of love and passion for romance addicts just like her.
Three years later, her dream came true when she signed with Entangled Publishing for a total of seven books in two of their imprints.
Her Fighting for Love series with MMA heroes debuted July 20th, 2012 for the digital Brazen imprint with the first book, Seducing Cinderella, and reached #9 on Barnes & Noble’s best seller list in just seven days.
The first book in her paranormal romance trilogy, Desires of the Soul, is set to release both digitally and in mass trade paperback in Summer 2013 for the Entangled Select imprint.
When she’s not writing or wrangling plot bunnies, Gina keeps busy with her wonderful family and their ever-growing extra-curricular schedules. Thanks to their immense patience and support, she’s able to do The Thing She Was Meant To Do and live her dream of bringing a little romantic fantasy to the world, even if only in the pages of a good book.
Author Website: http://ginalmaxwell.com/