Saturday, November 5, 2011

The First Annual Natalie Acres Boot Scootin’ Boogie Blog Tour

Welcome to good friend, Natalie Acres. I am flattered that my blog is part of her first annual blog tour:
Releasing November 7th


Cowboy Boots and Unsettled Debts




Blurb:

Seduction turns deadly when Abby Rose, an agent with the Underground Unit, decides to put a provocative spin on revenge. Her plan to sleep with a cartel leader backfires when fellow operatives refuse Abby the opportunity to face her enemy alone.

Abby’s fellow agents begin the fight of their lives. After discovering Abby will use her body to lure in the man who killed her father, and their command leader, seven highly trained operatives cope with high tensions as each man comes to terms with feelings never previously acknowledged.

This team isn’t fighting for another cause or plotting the best way to take out their mark. The stakes are much higher. These men will take up arms and meet their greatest challenge as they work together to protect the woman they admire and love.


Other books in the series available now:


Cowboy Boots and Untamed Hearts


Book One in the Cowboy Boots Series

Previous Milestones for Cowboy Boots and Untamed Hearts:

#1 Bestseller Bookstrand for Several Weeks

#1 Bestselling Erotica Amazon

#1 Bestselling Western Amazon

Bestselling Western ARE

Mobipocket Bestselling Title


Blurb:

Sydney has a problem with Bitch. The horse her father treasures more than gold is running loose and a blizzard is headed for Southwest Virginia. After spending the entire morning chasing the darn animal, she decides she probably won’t earn Cowgirl of the Year for her efforts.

So what's a damsel in designer jeans to do? Call in reinforcements and fortunately, she knows where to find them.

The Donovan men are known for their good looks, alpha-male ways, and their skills behind stacks of hay bales. It's their skills that often keep Sydney up late at night, only she's just dreamed about them. She's never had the opportunity to act on fantasies because her father's career often kept her on the move.

A winter storm strikes out and the Donovan brothers want to take the first step and make Sydney their own. Only first they'll reveal a torrid past and answer some tough questions about their family and Sydney's father. Soon, they discover their innocent little Sydney harbors several secrets of her own and from out of nowhere, a stranger rides in the storm with a surprise for the Donovan brothers.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fourth and Goal up for 5-Heart Sweetheart

The Romance Studio gave Fourth and Goal Five Stars!!!  As a result, I’m eligible for their 5-heart sweetheart voting. I’d really appreciate your vote. You can vote by clicking here (F&G is at the very bottom of the list):


You can read their review of F&G here:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Gift Horse--What a Deal!

I just received word that "The Gift Horse" is a retro release at Bookstrand Publishing this month. You can buy it for a 50 percent discount through November 12.

http://www.bookstrand.com/the-gift-horse

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Football 101--Don't Miss It!!!!

Hey, female football fans!!! It's that time of year again. In October, NFL teams all over the country sponsor workshops for women to learn more about football (and men, too, if they'd like to attend). Titled Football 101, this workshop is invalauable even if you know a lot about football. Even better, it's a lot of fun.

Read my blog post describing last year's Football 101 at the VMAC, the Seahawks headquarters.

http://jamidavenport.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-weekend.html

If you're a Seahawk fan, check this link for registration information:

http://www.seahawks.com/community/football-101.html

Or check your team's website for information on this program in your area. Don't miss it. You'll have a great time, and the proceeds go toward breast cancer-related charities.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs (RIP)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

G-Spot: Interview with Multi-Published, Bestselling Author...

G-Spot: Interview with Multi-Published, Bestselling Author...: Interview with Multi-Published, Bestselling Author, Jami Davenport: GRACIE: I’m excited to have you here at The G-Spot, Jami! Please tell...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Edit Process--Not a Pain but an Opportunity

On an author loop I'm on, Tymber Dalton posted this reply to a new author who was discouraged over her first round of edits. I loved her reply so much that I asked if I could use it on my blog. Well, great minds think alike, and she'd already posted it to her blog.

If edits are getting you down, read Tymber's The Edit Process: of Tires and Pastry Chefs:

http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2011/09/edit-process-of-tires-and-pastry-chefs.html

You'll find Tymber's take on editing encouraging and entertaining.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Returning to the San Juan Islands

My first two books were set in Washington State's San Juan Islands. The next two, including my new football series, were both set in the Seattle area. With Book 2 of the Seattle Lumberjacks Series, I'm returning to the San Juans, as Tyler, the cocky quarterback in Fourth and Goal, inherits a rundown mansion in the San Juans with one caveat. He must stay in the mansion for ninety days before he can legally own the valuable waterfront property.

This year I also returned to the San Juan Islands in another way. It's been years since I've boated to the San Juans, but my husband and I were lucky enough to spend 10 days in the islands on a boat this August. To see pictures of the trip, friend me on Facebook. Here's a teaser:

An Orca whale in the Straits of Juan de Fuca

Sunset at Roche Harbor

Our hostess for the trip, the Cabaret

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Book of the Week Voting at Whipped Cream


Fourth and Goal has gotten some great reviews over the past few months. Recently, I received a 5-star review from Whipped Cream.

This weekend it’s up for Book of the Week at Whipped Cream Romance Reviews. I’d really appreciate it if you’d click on the link below and vote for Fourth and Goal.  


Thanks so much!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

I'm Back Again

I'm back again.
It's been three weeks.

I turn off the road onto the driveway to the barn where I take my lessons, and my horse is boarded. Funny, I didn't really miss it while I was gone. In fact, I been seriously considering cancelled my lessons and being 100 percent horse-free. You've probably heard this from me before in the past several months.

Yes, I considered it.

But then I considered a lot of things, such as giving up horses completely, spending time and money on other things, things normal horseless people spend money on like clothes and vacations and new cars. Yeah, stuff like that. I considered it long and hard during my three-week hiatus.

I dreaded going to the barn that day. I had too many things to do, didn't really want to ride. I arrived at the barn fully intending to give up my lesson spot that evening. After all, there are plenty of clients dying to have a prime spot like mine in the early evening.

I walk to the arena to get my horse assignment. (If you've been following this blog, you know that my wonderful dressaage partner of thirteen years has suspensory issues and cannot be ridden and has been retired to broodmare status.)

I've been assigned Ciro to ride. Now Ciro is as close to a push-button dressage horse as I've ever ridden. He's FEI level, knows all the tricks, and is incredibly supple and sensitive. His owner has gone boating for a month and wants him kept in shape.

I groom Ciro, saddle and bridle him, and head to the arena. It always take me a while to get the stirrups adjusted correctly on someone else's saddle. I walk him around the arena, then trot as the other lesson is finishing up.

My lesson starts. I'm still wishing I was home working on my latest book. We start by getting him round and over the top and lifting his shoulders. Once he does that, I can sit him somewhat easily. Then we do shoulder-in, half-pass, haunches-in at the trot.

We go to canter. He has a lovely canter. You just plug your butt into the saddle and sit there. I do canter half-passes. He makes it simple. Enjoyable. Just like it should be.

I've ridden him enough to know that it just takes a touch to lift him into a canter and a switch of legs and seatbones to change leads. We head down the short diagonal, and I do two changes, ending up on the counter canter. Easy. Really easy. He's just rolling along. We do some more all over the arena.

Dang, this is fun.

I guess I won't talk to my trainer about giving up my lesson time. Not yet, anyway. :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Reviews for Fourth and Goal

Wendi, The Super Librarian--B+ and Recommended Read
"I really enjoyed this story... I got sucked into this book. I mean, hook line and sinker sucked in. I was deeply invested in these characters. Not just Derek and Rachel, but all of them. Even Derek's asshole cousin, Tyler, who cannot string a sentence together without dropping the F-bomb half a dozen times. Hooked folks, I'm positively hooked."-- Wendy, The Super Librarian

Night Owl Romance--4.75 Stars and Top Pick

"I am thoroughly impressed with Ms. Davenport's ability to instill escapism in her story. For the duration, I was consumed with her tale of two friends to lovers intertwined with football." -- Yadira, Night Owl Reviews

Jane at Dear Author and via Goodreads

""Fourth and Goal displayed a deep and comfortable knowledge of football but strangely enough it wasn't the on field shenanigans that I enjoyed the most, but the off the field relationships that the characters developed. ...I was captivated..."

Blackraven's Reviews--4.5 Ravens

"Romance so real that you feel you are there will keep you wanting more as you fall in love with Derek and Rachel. You will laugh and cry with them as you find yourself entrapped in an amazing story of love and life."--Trixie, Blackravens Reviews

 

Manic Readers--4.5

"A good beach or airplane read and you don’t have to know a lot about football to enjoy the story."-- Alberta, Manic Readers

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Guest Blogger: Lynn Shurr: Bad Good Advice

I'd like to welcome Lynn Shurr, a fellow football hero romance writer. Lynn has written two entertaining romances which are centered around the Sinners football team.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Super Review by Wendy, The Super Librarian

"I got sucked into this book. I mean, hook line and sinker sucked in. I was deeply invested in these characters. Not just Derek and Rachel, but all of them."

"Hooked folks, I'm positively hooked."

http://wendythesuperlibrarian.blogspot.com/2011/06/digital-review-fourth-and-goal.html

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

I'm at J. Rose Alister's Blog Today

Today I'm a guest blogger at:

http://jroseallister.blogspot.com/2011/06/guest-jami-davenport.html

Addicted to Harmless Blog Party

I'm part of Melissa Schroeder's Addicted to Harmless Blog Party this week. Go to her blog to read all about it and win free books, including Fourth and Goal.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jami at Smutketeers

On Saturday, I’m blogging at Smutketeers.


Stop by and find out why I love sports heroes in romance novels.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Guest Blogger at Whipped Cream

I'm the guest blogger at Whipped Cream today (yes, it's really today, I posted the wrong day a few days ago.)

http://wcguest.blogspot.com/2011/05/guest-post-jami-davenport.html

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

istorytale.org

Fourth and Goal is now on iStorytale.org at:

http://istorytale.org/902-2/

Monday, May 16, 2011

Whipped Cream

I'm the guest blogger at Whipped Cream on Wednesday, May 18. Stop by and say hi.

http://wcguest.blogspot.com/

Friday, May 13, 2011

I'm at Friday Free for All

I'm at the Friday Free for All at Cup of Porn. Leave a comment to enter a drawing to win a copy of Fourth and Goal:

http://cupoporn.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/friday-free-for-all-fourth-and-goal-by-jami-davenport/

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wednesday I'm doing the Whine and Wine

Wednesday, you can find me for the Whine and Wine at:

http://cupoporn.wordpress.com/

I'm talking about writing for a niche.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Win a Copy of Fourth and Goal

Stop by Michele Zurlo's The Steam Room and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Fourth and Goal.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Where to Find Me

Here's my schedule for the next week. Drop in and say hi!

Date Description


5/1     Destiny Blaine: http://destinyblaine.blogspot.com/

5/3     Kate Davies: http://kate-davies.blogspot.com/

5/3     Loose Ends: http://looseidauthors.blogspot.com/

5/6     Jeanne St. James: http://jeannestjames.blogspot.com/
5/8     The Steam Room: http://www.michelezurlo.com/apps/blog/

5/11   Cup of Porn: http://cupoporn.wordpress.com/

Monday, May 2, 2011

Guest Blogging

I'm guest blogging this week at:

Destiny Blaine's for the next two days.

http://www.destinyblaine.blogspot.com/

Kate Davies

http://www.kate-davies.blogspot.com/

And more to be announced...

Please stop in and say hello.

Fourth and Goal-- Available Now

Fourth and Goal
Seattle Lumberjacks Football Series Book 1


In a game played on and off the field, only one of them will emerge the winner.

Armed with an uncanny ability for evaluating football talent, a dogged determination to succeed in a man’s world, and an empty bank account, Rachel McCormick agrees to help struggling wide receiver Derek Ramsey get his game back. Rachel believes Derek, her former best friend and lover, knows the truth behind a points-shaving scandal which ruined her father. She vows to expose the secret even if it destroys Derek in the process.

When Derek’s coach suggests sex as an excellent tension reliever the night before a game, Rachel takes one for the team. The next day, Derek has the best performance of his not-so lustrous pro football career. As Derek and Rachel rack up nights in bed and other places, the team racks up wins on the field. Rachel is torn between her loyalty to her father and her growing affection for Derek. Now it’s fourth and goal, one second left on the clock. Their hearts are on the line. Do they trust each other enough to go for the long bomb or do they get dropped for a loss?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Romance Trading Card for Fourth and Goal

Thanks so much to Kim at Hot Damn Designs for the design on my romance trading card for Fourth and Goal.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Coming on May 3rd--Fourth and Goal--from Loose Id


In a game played on and off the field, only one of them will emerge the winner.

Armed with an uncanny ability for evaluating football talent, a dogged determination to succeed in a man’s world, and an empty bank account, Rachel McCormick agrees to help struggling wide receiver Derek Ramsey get his game back. Rachel believes Derek, her former best friend and lover, knows the truth behind a points-shaving scandal which ruined her father. She vows to expose the secret even if it destroys Derek in the process.

When Derek’s coach suggests sex as an excellent tension reliever the night before a game, Rachel takes one for the team. The next day, Derek has the best performance of his not-so lustrous pro football career. As Derek and Rachel rack up nights in bed and other places, the team racks up wins on the field. Rachel is torn between her loyalty to her father and her growing affection for Derek. Now it’s fourth and goal, one second left on the clock. Their hearts are on the line. Do they trust each other enough to go for the long bomb or do they get dropped for a loss?

Read First Chapter

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fourth and Goal Cover

Fourth and Goal

Available on May 3rd from Loose Id


It’s fourth and goal, one second left on the clock. Derek and Rachel are racking up points in bed. Do they trust each other enough to go for the long bomb or do they get dropped for a loss?

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Coming Soon Page

I now have a "Coming Soon" page for Fourth and Goal at Loose-Id. The countdown is on. F&G will be available on May 3.

My book page is at: http://www.loose-id.com/Fourth-and-Goal.aspx

I'm so excited about this book. It's my first Jami book in over two years. I'm hoping to have the sequel done and released also this year.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Reading and Teenagers

I heard this on the radio last week:

Teenagers who read at least one book a month are much more likely to have rewarding careers in their early 30s. I can't remember the percentage, but it was high, something like 30 to 50 percent.

Here's the kicker: The study also found that it didn't matter what they read. Only that they read.

So for all those people out there who turn their noses up at romance novel readers or consider romance garbage, keep this in mind: reading is what's important. Not what you read. Reading romances can be just as important to your future as reading a literary novel or a non-fiction book.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sneak Peak of Fourth and Goal

I'm excited to annouce that Fourth and Goal is out of the editing stage and moving on to final copy edits. Tentaive release date is the first week of May.

Click here to read the first chapter and wet you appetite for more.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fourth and Goal Update

I finished line edits for Fourth and Goal this weekend. It's off to the proofer's. Once it's been proofed, I'll be able to post an excerpt.

The tentative release date is May. I'm planning a blog tour for that month. I'll post a schedule on my website.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Winter is Over???

Hey, gang, I am thrilled to announce that the scene in this picture is hopefully gone for the year. This is the view from my horse arena with our house on the left, barn on the right (horse trailer in front of the barn).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fourth and Goal Publication Date

I'm in the final edits for Fourth and Goal. My release date is sometime in May. I can't wait. I've been busy working on the 2nd book in the series titled Forward Passes.

Check back for more information. I'll post it as soon as I hear more.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Seahawks, Prove 'em Wrong

The 12th Man flag is flying on the Space Needle and at the State Capitol (below).

Guest Blogger: Destiny Blaine

I'd like to welcome Destiny Blaine again as she talks about her newest release.

Steam Toys
Just Released Today
Available Now at Aspen Mountain Press

Revenge is a hot, bitter dish when served up enthusiastically by someone empowered by extra steam.
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Blurb:
Heidi Labeidi, a successful Nevada brothel owner, had the world by its tail until her deceptive lover Stan Graves disposed of her. Lost somewhere between life and the afterlife, Heidi materializes in her former home thirty years after her death. She has a second chance and she’s hell bent on solving her own murder.
With a knack for creating pleasure-inducing trinkets and furniture, Edward Brady is an eccentric mad scientist on the verge of greatness. He’s also in desperate need of an assistant and his problems are solved when he discovers a sensual ghost enjoying his sex toys.
Heidi has something to offer Edward but her assistance comes at a price. And when Edward becomes an assassin’s mark, only Heidi can help him. Will Edward barter with a ghost who can save him and if he does, will the former madam become the one woman Edward is unable to resist?
Excerpt:
Heidi squeezed his fingers. “You’re a thoughtful man, Edward, but trust me when I tell you: I’ve ruined many a man’s reputation. You’re considered a genius in this town. You don’t want this city to turn its back on you right now. You’re on the verge of something great and I want to come along for the ride.” She slid her arm under the table and touched his knee. “And I want a lot of rides with you, Edward.”
His damn prick was ready to negotiate the terms.
You do?” Edward asked, engaging himself in what must’ve looked like an odd one-sided conversation. By the time he realized what he was doing, half the restaurant’s customers were now turning around, staring at him with marked curiosity.
Heidi tilted her head toward some of the patrons. “You’re seated at a table for two. You requested a couple of wine glasses. Two meals have been served. This seat is vacant and you’re holding a hand that doesn’t exist.” She looked down at their entwined fingers. “Your thumb is jerking as if you’re massaging my wrist. You don’t think this is newsworthy for the Las Vegas Lifestyle Magazine?”
“You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen,” Edward admitted. “If I can see you, then they must.”
“No, Edward,” she said, standing.
He stood too as a polite gesture.
“I don’t exist in your world. You’re the only one who can see me.”
“Then I’m one lucky guy.”
Heidi held her shoulders back. A quick tilt of her head sent ringlets tumbling across her shoulders. “That depends on who you ask at the moment. In public situations like this, I recommend that you listen and let me do the talking. Some here are ruthless snakes when it comes to tearing down a man’s reputation, especially one like yours, and they’ll be anxious to poke fun at the crazy man, the man who inevitably will catch the eye of their women because of his deep pockets.”
“What’s that mean, exactly?”
“You’re about to make millions, the kind of money this city hasn’t seen since the days of Howard Hughes, and you’re acting as crazy as Hughes himself.”
“I’m not hungry,” he told her, feeling like he’d known her at another point and time in his life. “I want to take you home and—”
“And what, Edward? Get to know me?”
“Yes.”
She took a deep breath. “Oh for heaven’s sake, sit down and finish your meal and then meet me at the curb. As long as you’re looking at me like I’m dessert, there’s no way you’ll enjoy your dinner. Besides, you’re drawing too much attention.”
“I would think someone in your line of work craves center stage.” he pointed out, snapping at her.
Heidi leaned forward. “Careful, Edward, everyone is staring now.”
Excerpt Two:
A few seconds after the hand-job, she tucked him in his pants and redressed quietly. He stared at her in disbelief. “You are most definitely a tease.”
“No, Edward. I’m not,” she assured him, adjusting her simple sleeves.
‘Then do you mind telling me why you didn’t finish what you started?”
“Of course not,” she said, crossing one long leg over the other. “Lesson number one is just for you, Edward. You may have a whore in your lap, with your cock in her cheek, but you never, ever make the implication you believe she’s old, used and cheap.”
“I made you feel that way?”
She tilted her head down and with wide eyes, she confirmed it. “Yes you did, Edward.”
“You’re the one that said you’d given head a few times. Not me.”
She smiled, placed her hands in her lap and looked straight ahead. When they pulled into the parking lot of the towers where Edward lived, she said, “And you suggested I may have been out of practice which was a direct slam to my age.”
“It wasn’t.”
“It was, Edward,” she said, pushing her hair over her shoulders. She tilted her head toward the driver approaching them. “Try not to act like a scorned lover when you get out of the car. Remember, he can’t see me. I’ve learned from experience those employees closest to you are the first to run their mouths when things begin to spiral out of control. The last thing you need is your driver telling a reporter you’ve lost it.”
The limousine driver opened the door. Edward stepped out. He was brewing. Not only did he have a hard-on, he had a complicated woman to credit and blame. Not only did he have someone to blame, he couldn’t publicly point an accusing finger her way.
“Did you have a nice dinner, sir?” the driver asked, trying to make small talk while Edward retrieved his wallet.
“We did,” he reported. “Thank you.”
The driver accepted his tip and arched a brow. “Did you meet friends while you were out?”
Heidi studied her fingernails. “You didn’t listen.”
“How the hell was I supposed to listen when I’m standing here with blue balls?”
“I beg your pardon, sir?” the driver fired back.
Heidi yawned. “Since your dick seems to be the only thing you can think with, see if it can help you worm your way out of this. I’m waiting upstairs.”
She was gone in a flash and Edward wished he could disappear just as rapidly.
“Sir, are you feeling okay?”
“No, Truman,” Edward replied. “I’m not. I apologize for the outburst. I’m hearing voices tonight.”
Truman frowned. “Sir, I’d strongly advise against telling anyone else about voices. You know how people like to talk.”


Destiny Blaine’s Book, Steam Toys is available today from Aspen Mountain Press. Check out other excerpts and information here: www.aspenmountainpress.com or follow her blog here: www.destinyblaine.blogspot.com