Blurb for FIGHITNG FOR IT:
The first in a sexy new series where the hard-hitters of Las Vegas’s Stamina boxing gym are K.O.-ed by the women they never saw coming…
After suffering a devastating loss during his last fight, heavyweight boxer Jack Brady’s whole career went down for the count. Now, his late manager’s daughter has inherited his contract and Jack is pleased to discover that the girl he fell in love with as a kid has grown into a strong, sexy woman—until she makes it clear that Jack has no choice but to get in the ring.
Daniella Chambers is determined to get her father’s failing gym back on track with Jack’s upcoming fight. She knows Jack’s got the talent to become champion and decides to force the unmotivated fighter away from the neon lights of Vegas to train in the seclusion of her lake house. But when they take a time out from their sessions to steam up the bedroom, the urge to win gets all tangled up with their desires.
Now, Jack’s fight is swiftly approaching, and the fate of the gym isn’t the only thing on the ropes…
Includes an exclusive preview of the next Ringside novel, Going the Distance.
Fighting For It
Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
Thank you so much for having me. I’m so excited to be here. Currently, I’m working on a boxing series titled, The Ringside Series. Book one in the series, FIGHTING FOR IT, is about a heavyweight boxer, Jack Brady, who has suffered a devastating loss, and his beloved trainer has passed away. His trainer’s daughter and Jack’s old flame, Daniella Chambers, has inherited the gym. She’s back in town, and the only way to Daniella’s heart is for Jack to step back into the ring.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
My screenwriting professor in college told us to “write what you know.” And, it scared me because for a long time I didn’t think I knew anything. LOL. I probably still don’t, but I can research a topic to where I feel like I know it. That’s good enough for me. J
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
In my opinion, the character of Jamie Fraser in Outlander is the perfect hero. Alpha, yet emotionally aware. It’s a brilliant combination of what makes a hero swoon-worthy. I only hope that one day I can create and alpha hero that is as well-balanced someone who has his wit, insight, and physical strength.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Probably Kauai, Hawaii. I visited there many years ago for my best friend’s wedding. I had the honor of walking her down the sand. I loved the island, the area, the landscape, food, flowers, just everything. I hated the flight!! However, if with a wave of a wand could get me back there; I’d go in a second.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
I’m a creature of habit. I like what I like. I know it sounds dumb, because how do you know if you like something if you don’t try it. I’m totally one of those people who will go to a restaurant and order the same thing because I know what I like and I KNOW it will be good. J
Call me, crazy. I don’t mind.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
Electricity. When the power goes out I feel like a kid lost at the mall. I live in South Florida (near the Everglades) so when the power goes out it’s also very, very hot. I work a lot. My job requires that I stay connected on social media, etc. So, when we lose power and the batteries start to drain, my anxiety level skyrockets.
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
A night out with my husband. Dinner or dinner and a movie is fine. We’re very low key. We have a young son so we don’t get to go out alone very often. So, just having an adult dinner, with adult conversation can be very romantic.
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
A loyal friend, goal oriented, driven, hard-working. Or, at least I hope that’s what they’d say if they described me. Loyalty is a big thing for me. I need to know people have my back as I have theirs. I think sometimes we lose track of how important loyalty is, especially in a world where it seems everyone is out for themselves.
I love to work, probably because of how much I love my job. Being a writer is a dream come true. Having people read what I’ve written is a bigger thrill.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Chicken pot pie. No question about it.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
I love fall, and I miss it. Where I live it’s summer all year round, but the good thing about that is there’s no shortage of houseguests in the wintertime.
What project are you working on next?
I’m hard at work on Book Two in the Ringside Series. Its titled, “Going The Distance,” and it features middleweight, Michael Perez, who you meet in Book one. I loved writing Jack Brady. He’s a great hero, very tortured, but I think I’m crushing on Mike a little bit.
Jennifer Fusco began writing romance in 2010 as a way to expend the excess creative energy which wasn’t exhausted by her day job.
A fan of all genres, Ms. Fusco enjoys reading and writing contemporary romance. She loves creating incredibly flawed characters because, well, nobody’s perfect.
She received her B.A in English from North Carolina State University, and today, lives in southwest Florida with her husband and son.
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