Giveaway of f/f sports romance “Romancing the Kicker” by Catherine Lane

For the first author interview in 2019, Catherine Lane has agreed to answer a few questions. Catherine is also giving away an ebook copy of her latest book, an f/f  sports romance titled Romancing the Kicker.


Welcome, Catherine. Please tell us a little about your newest release, Romancing the Kicker.

 The story’s set in the world of professional American football, but you don’t have to love, or even like, football to enjoy the book. Most of the sparks between Parker and Carly fly off the field, and the story is really about two women who lift each other up during hard times. Happily, they also fall in love along the way. I tried to make Romancing the Kicker a hopeful, feel-good book, where women support each other and celebrate their power in a male-oriented world. I wanted to find a setting that matched that theme, and what’s more patriarchal than American football?


Romancing the Kicker is set in Las Vegas, and Parker, one of the main characters, is the daughter of a hotel & casino owner. Have you ever been to Vegas, and if yes, what were your impressions of the city…and most importantly, did you gamble in one of the casinos?

 I’m not a big gambler, but I do love the entertainment and the extravagance of Vegas. I could stand outside the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel all day, watching the water dance against the sky. The fountains and, actually, all the entertainment along the Strip inspired the holiday shows at the fictional Sherbourne Hotel in the book. If there is a place where the Sherbourne shows could actually exist, it’s certainly in Vegas!


After The Set Piece, which is set in the world of soccer, Romancing the Kicker is your second sports romance. What draws you to this subgenre? Have you ever played in a sports team?

Sports have always been a big part of my life. I was a three-sport athlete in high school, played soccer in college, and later met my wife on the soccer field when I was training with Team L.A. for the Gay Games. But on a bigger stage, there’s something almost magical about sports. The way a community of fans can unite when a last-minute field goal wins the game or when a home run flies into the stands. In a world where it’s getting harder and harder to find common ground, sports can bring us all together.


So far, your writing has been pretty diverse—you have written two contemporary romances, a paranormal romance (Tread Lightly), and a celebrity romance that is set partly in 1960 (Heartwood). What’s your favorite genre, and is there any other genre that you would love to write in the future?

 Ah, you hit the problem right on its head. I haven’t found my favorite genre yet. Writing would be so much easier if I could figure that out. I’m like a kid in a toy store attracted to every shiny thing I see. What I really like to write, though, is the moment where one character notices the other. You know, glances meet across a crowded room, heat rises in the chest, worlds expand.  Luckily, all subgenres of lesbian romance have this moment.


Tell us a little about how you got started as a writer.

 I’ve always “written” things in my head, and then, one fateful day, my wife and I were standing in our kitchen. I was talking about a book I was reading in that half complaining, half wondering way if I could do better. She challenged me to try, so I did. I quickly realized how hard it is to actually write a book. But happily, by then, I was hooked. I also need to give a shout-out to the Golden Crown Literary Society and their mentor program. Without them, there is no way I would be giving this interview.


Which of the characters from any of your books has been the most challenging to tap into? Why?

Strangely, she’s one of my all-time favorite characters: Minnie Lee, Carly’s grandmother in Romancing the Kicker. She’s based on my own mother. Both are from Alabama, both cook amazing Southern food, and both are wise and kind in the most wonderful ways. There were many times when Minnie Lee did something, and I would think, my mother would never do that. It took me a while to stop hitting the delete key and let Minnie Lee be her own person.


You have a wife, a son, a dog, and a job that keeps you busy. How do you balance it all and ensure you have enough time for your work, your family, your writing, and yourself? 

I don’t—not very well. I tend to go at things whole hog, which is both a blessing and a curse. Fortunately, my son is older now (six months away from getting his driver’s license—still can’t believe that one), and my work luckily has some built-in down time. Most importantly, my wife is super supportive, and she’s really the glue that holds our crazy schedules together. All in all, I am very lucky to be able to balance everything—on a good day, that is.


If you would have to give up 3 of these 6 things for the rest of your life and could keep only 3, which ones would you keep? Coffee, pizza, chocolate, music, Netflix/TV, social media.

A very happy day would be sitting in front of a big-screen TV watching Netflix, eating a pizza with mushrooms, onions, and artichokes.  Then several binge episodes later, I would get up and make an ice-cream fudge sundae.  I couldn’t do it every day, but I’d much rather do that than drink a latte and fall down the social media rabbit hole. But, you know, actually that sounds fun too…


What makes a good novel?

When you can’t stop thinking about the book. When you’re driving home from work and you’re thinking about the characters as if they’re real. When you fall asleep at night wondering what is going to happen next. When years later you can’t get a piece of dialogue out of your head. I don’t know what it is exactly. But it’s the same sort of feeling when you meet someone and know that they’ll be a life-long friend.


What are you working on right now?

I just wrote a short story about Parker in high school. It happens long before the action in Romancing the Kicker, but it shows Parker’s true character right from the start. I turned it into an audio file and put it up, for free, on my You Tube channel. One of my goals in 2019 is to create a bunch of free audio stories during the year. Check it out here.


Where can your readers find out more about you and your books?

Catherine’s books at Ylva Publishing

Catherine’s website

Catherine on Facebook

Catherine on Twitter


Book giveaway

Catherine is giving away an ebook copy of her f/f sports romance Romancing the Kicker.

Anyone can enter. To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment on this blog.

Entries close on Thursday, January 17, 2018, 10 a.m. CET, when I’ll draw the winners using a random numbers generator. I’ll notify winners via email. Your email address won’t be used for any other purpose.


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100 thoughts on “Giveaway of f/f sports romance “Romancing the Kicker” by Catherine Lane”

  1. As a fan of this author, I’m thrilled to see that she’s giving us small snip it’s and some backgrounds stories on some of our favorite characters. It’s always fun to get before and or after sneak peeks of what the characters our like or even up too…🤗

  2. I’ve always been interested in sports romances but find it hard to relate to the characters because I’ve never been very interested in sports themselves. I do think they’re interesting, though, especially if the other character is like me and doesn’t know much about the sport in the beginning. I love seeing how an author can weave together something I’m not interested in (sports) with something I’m very interested in (romance), and create something that I can really fall in love with.

  3. Never read a sports romance before but this one sounds rather enticing and the setting could only add more to the tale

  4. I love sports romances. Tennis would be my favourite sport but I enjoy reading about others.

    I enjoyed the interview. Always like to find new authors.

  5. Hi everyone !! 😊

    🍾🍾🍾🍾 HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! 🍾🍾🍾🍾

    May 2019 be a very good year, full of Health, Joy, Peace, Love, Books and whatever you wish … 😉😉😉


    Interesting interview !! :-)

    I do love sports novels … and I also love authors who have more than one string to their bow (= who are able to write in several subgenres) … so I think I’ll have a closer look on Catherine’s work (the 2 sports novels are already in my MBR-list since a while …)

    Good luck all !!! 🙃🙂

    Greetings from Reunion Island

  6. This is the first book I’m excited to read in 2019! The sports theme is giving me flashbacks to high school and what could have been 😁

  7. A great interview, thanks. I totally agree with you, regarding sports bringing people together, if only for a short period of time. Perhaps we can bridge more of those times together, to make them a more permanent state of consciousness, in our future.

  8. Really looking forward to reading Romancing the Kicker. As a former athletic trainer myself, it’s fun seeing the profession in fiction.

    • I have been to five of the ten Gay Games and loved every one. I’m hoping to make it to HongKong in2022 to swim in the 75-79 games. I’m also looking forward to reading this book.

  9. Nice interview. Girls and women who participate in sports bond with others in a way that is different and more intense than other relationships. It’s easy to see how love can grow from that intensity of purpose and drive. I like that you haven’t found your singular genre to write. It gives all of us readers a chance to experiment along with you as you explore. Thanks

  10. I’m really glad I read this interview. Not only am I interested in reading both The Set Piece and Romancing the Kicker, but I also see a lot of similarities between Catherine and me. It’s really encouraging as a newbie author to find others interested in the same things and who have taken a similar path to getting started in the writing world.

  11. Thanks for the interview ! I didn’t realize you’d crossed so many “genres” and am looking forward to investigating your other titles, as well.

  12. I would be doing the same thing with the 3 things I could keep! I really appreciate how you entered the world of writing through a challenge from your wife. Looking forward to discovering your work.

  13. I’m looking forward to listening to the YouTube stories. Since they’re audio, has she considered delivering it as a podcast?

  14. I love reading books with a sports theme. Fit women, six pack abs, sweat. . . equals sexy characters!!! I am looking forward to reading this one, and her previous sport themed books!

  15. I am a sports fan and would be happy to read this book. It was nice to get to know the author a bit through this interview.

  16. I’m all in for going on this reading adventure! Maybe the Raiders will have a female kicker after they move…it could happen!

  17. I recently found this category and I really enjoy it, a lot more than I thought I would. Thanks for the interview! I love learning about authors and what they are like outside of writing amazing stories.

  18. I’m looking forward to more interviews this year. This is a great way to start the year! Looking forward to reading this book.

  19. Not an American football fan, but love sport lesbian romances. Can’t wait to read this and check out the soccer story too!

  20. Great interview, it’s always interesting to know a bit about the person behind the book. It’s also shocking to realize that they are not Supreme like beings and are actually normal. 😁

  21. Great interview! I am looking forward to Catherine’s newest book, and I liked her answer about what makes a book good.

  22. Love sports romances. I played volleyball in college and still play today in a women’s league and I have been playing 10 pin bowling for over 20 years.
    Don’t get me started about the fountains in front of the Bellagio. I tell my partner (of 19 years🤗) that is my dream vacation to stay at the Bellagio facing the fountains and watching them all day.
    I saw my partner in 1991 as she walked passed me on the payphone, to visit her brother, in our dorms in college and thought “she is hot, gorgeous” and so much more and I wasn’t even out to myself back then. It took another 4 years for us to actually meet and talk at her brother’s wedding and another 4 years after that to be together. She is the love of my life.
    Thank you all for writing such great books. I can never get enough.

  23. Looking forward to your latest novel. I don’t know a lot about American sports but by reading your novels I am slowly learning.

  24. Loved the interview. I’m glad to know more about Catherine. This is one of the books I’ve been wanting to read so badly and hopefully will be on my read list soon ;)  :D

  25. Good interview. I found myself surprised by sports romances in the past and was glad I took a chance on them. And this one sounds good as well.

  26. Great interview! I love her answer to “What makes a good novel?” I know that a novel is special when I find myself in tears at the end, not because of the story, but because I’m going to miss being a part of the characters’ lives. If it feels like good friends are moving away and you’re not going to see them again, you know the author has done their job well.

  27. Great interview! I can’t do sports anymore but still enjoy watching and reading about them. I look forward to reading your book!

  28. I LOVED The Set Piece, can’t wait to read Romancing the kicker. Women are becoming more prominent in Football and I can’t wait to read this take on it.

  29. Good interview. I haven’t read any of Catherine Lane’s books, but will keep her in mind the next time I’m book shopping.

  30. Hi, I’m from Holland and love to read English books.. haven’t read one of your books (yet), hoping that will change very soon ! 🙈🤞🏻

  31. I haven’t read any of her work. I am so glad for this interview as i am currently hooked on stories that are in the movie/tv business. Being a fan of sports and slso as she was I played multi sports throughout all of school. Off to buy Heartwood.

  32. Enjoyed the interview, thanks Jae. And thank you Catherine for your generosity in giving away a copy of your latest novel. I really liked your first 3 novels, Heartwood was my favorite, and I look forward to reading this latest one.

  33. I haven’t read any of your books….yet. after this, I will be purchasing Heartwood. I seem to be on a kick for stories based in Hollywood. Next up sports, because your latest sounds fascinating. Great interview. Great questions and wonderful answers.

  34. I remember when I read my first lesbian novel. Been I Brinker. I have not stopped reading them. Gerri is one of my favorites. I would like to win but just knowing there are more to read makes me a winner. Thank you to all lesbian book authors.


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