Monday, May 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Game. Set. Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli - Guest Post & Giveaway!

Welcome to our stop on the GAME. SET. MATCH. blog tour! I'm so excited to have this great guest post for you! It's about.....Awesomely Hot Tennis Players. Enjoy! And be sure read below to learn more about the book and awesome author, plus enter to win some great prizes too! (Also, stay tuned for my review this amazing book coming soon!)



There’s just something about tennis players. Maybe it’s their jet-set lifestyle (there’s a new tournament every week).  

 Maybe it’s that the game is international (read: ACCENTS LOTS AND LOTS OF GORGEOUS ACCENTS). Or maybe it’s that the sport is so physically demanding, it’s nearly impossible to play at a professional level without being in tip-top shape.


Whatever the reason, it’s undeniable. Professional tennis players are some of the sexiest people in the world. I won’t bore you with the details, but there are all kinds of studies that talk about how physical beauty and athletic ability are related. That symmetry of your features (i.e. how our eyes and brain perceive human beauty) is directly associated with hand/eye coordination and agility. And those two qualities are the essence of all sports, including tennis.

When I decided to write GAME. SET. MATCH. I knew the sparks were going to fly between my characters and it was easy to be inspired, especially when it came to adding in the smexy bits!

Audiences all over the world are fascinated by beautiful people like on Gossip Girl or not-quite-people like on Vampire Diaries, but the people I was writing about ratcheted up the attractiveness just by being who they are. Their drive and passion. The way they push themselves mentally and physically. That was just hot beyond words. As the romances developed between my characters, I thought about that, about their passion and drive and ability to focus and then what would happen if that focus was directed towards another person.


How could these people not be attracted to each other? Of course they are!

It was a lot of fun to write and I hope you have fun reading about them!

***About GAME. SET. MATCH.*** 

 Nestled along the coastline of North Carolina, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the best elite tennis training facility in the world. Head Coach, Dominic Kingston has assembled some of the finest talent in the sport. From the game's biggest stars to athletes scraping and clawing to achieve their dreams, OBX is full of ego, drama and romance. Only the strong survive in this pressure cooker of competition, on and off the court.

Penny Harrison, the biggest rising star in tennis, is determined to win the French Open and beat her rival, the world’s number one player, Zina Lutrova. There’s just one problem, the only person who’s ever been able to shake her laser-like focus is her new training partner. Alex Russell, tennis’s resident bad boy, is at OBX recovering from a knee injury suffered after he crashed his motorcycle (with an Aussie supermodel on the back). He's hoping to regain his former place at the top of men’s tennis and Penny’s heart, while he’s at it.

Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. Her parents have seven Grand Slam championships between them and she’s desperate to live up to their legacy. Her best friend is Teddy Harrison, Penny’s twin brother, and that’s all they’ve ever been, friends. Then one stupid, alcohol-laced kiss makes everything super awkward just as she as she starts prepping for the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.

The Classic is what draws Indiana Gaffney out of the hole she crawled into after her mom’s death. Even though she’s new to OBX, a win at the  Classic is definitely possible. She has a big serve and killer forehand, but the rest of her game isn’t quite up to scratch and it doesn’t help that Jasmine Randazzo and her little minions are stuck-up bitches or that Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and oldest brother, is too hot for words, not to mention way too old for her.

Who will rise? Who will fall?

Told from rotating points of view, GAME. SET. MATCH. is a 'new adult' novel about three girls with one goal: to be the best tennis player in the world.

***About the Author***

Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave...ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett all of whom wrote about kick-ass girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-ass. She got a Bachelor's degree in Adolescence Education and English Literature quickly followed up by a Master's in Library Science, which lets her frolic all day with her books and computers, leaving plenty of time in the evenings to write and yell at the Yankees, Giants and her favorite tennis players through the TV.

***Find Jennifer & Game. Set. Match. Online***



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