SATURDAY 02nd MARCH 2013
I am delighted and honest to host Romance Author and fellow North Easterner, Michelle Betham, as she releases her seventh novel Striker.
Michelle Betham is a born and bred Geordie, and proud of it! An ex-Media Technician, she now lives in County Durham with her extremely patient husband and their gorgeous West Highland Terrier, Archie.
Michelle is the author of seven novels ranging from the edgy and sexy contemporary romances ‘No Matter What’, ‘Illusions of Love’ and ‘See You At The Show’ to light-hearted romantic comedies ‘Too Much Trouble in Paradise’ and the bestselling ‘Bon Voyage’, which hit #53 in the Kindle Top 100 in May 2012. She’s also written a Christmas novella – ‘Christmas Without Icing’.
A fan of rock music, a decent TV drama, and most movies starring Keanu Reeves, her biggest ambition is to write a northern sitcom – preferably with Peter Kay, and preferably about darts!
So Michelle tell us all about your new novel Striker…
‘Striker’ is my seventh novel, and one I absolutely adored writing. But what led me to write a book set in the world of professional football?
Well, I’m actually a bit of a closet football fan. Back in the 1980s I could be found inside St. James’ Park clutching a burger in one hand and a match-day programme in the other, because I was a season ticket holder at Newcastle United for a number of years. Oh yes, I thought nothing of sitting there in the freezing cold in the middle of December, with the wind and the rain whipping across my face as I watched twenty-two men kicking a ball round a field. I loved it! I was also a huge fan of ‘Footballers Wives’ – anyone remember that? Fun, fabulous, frothy TV drama at its best! So, I suppose my love of football, and my fascination with the life behind the sport led me to write ‘Striker’. Although, it’s not quite as frothy as ‘Footballers Wives’!
I also recently read a book called ‘I Am The Secret Footballer’– written by an anonymous Premiership footballer who gives us quite an insight behind the scenes of top-flight football. It was an incredibly interesting read, and it made me realise that sometimes the things you hear about footballers, well, they’re not quite as far-fetched as you may think. It gave me a lot to think about when I was deciding how far to push the character of Geordie bad-boy footballer, Ryan Fisher. And I pushed him quite far!
‘Striker’ is very definitely a hard-edged romance – it isn’t sweet, and it isn’t pretty. I’ve actually dubbed it “Fifty Shades of Football”, but make of that what you will. However, if you like your romance more Jackie Collins than Jane Austen, then this might just be up your street! I guess I just love creating sexy escapism, and I hope that’s what I’ve done with ‘Striker’ – a story of fame, power, secrets, and sex! Because, sometimes, the beautiful game isn’t always so pretty…
Ryan Fisher is young, talented, and very, very sexy; a professional footballer with the world at his feet he’s returning to his native North East England after more than a decade away in a multi-million-pound transfer deal to Newcastle Red Star, a big-name local club. He’s got it all – looks, fame, money; women falling at his feet, and a lifestyle he’s in no hurry to give up. But is his return back to the north of England as clear-cut as it seems?
Amber Sullivan is a beautiful, feisty Sports Editor for a local North East news programme. With an ex-professional footballer for a father she’s grown up around the sport, but the one thing she’s sworn off is relationships with men who play the game. For a reason. As far as Amber’s concerned, work comes first. Until she meets Ryan Fisher…
Jim Allen is a handsome, charismatic, extremely successful, American-born football manager. He’s been poached from a top London club to join Newcastle Red Star in a bid to give them the success that’s eluded them for so long, but is the league title the only thing Jim’s out to win?
A story of fame, power, secrets and sex, ‘Striker’ is a hard-edged romance with a kick. Because, sometimes, the beautiful game isn’t always so pretty…
Grab your copy of Striker here.
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