Welcome to Jared and Sheridan from GAME FOR MARRIAGE! CONTEST!

Welcome today to Jared Quinn and Sheridan Harper, hero and heroine from Karen Erickson’s brand spanking new - and delicious! - Brazen from Entangled Publishing, GAME FOR MARRIAGE

As Jared’s should-be wife (hey, sharing a last name imparts certain rights, dontcha think?) I’m a little resentful that he got married when clearly we are soulmates, but whatever. I’ll settle for this interview in lieu of a torrid affair and quickie marriage. Since Sheridan, that lovely wi—lady, got there first. ;)

I’m going to ask the same questions of both Sheridan and Jared, as I’m sure they don’t share the same views about everything. And I won’t even ask any personal, private questions of Jared, though I certainly think it’s my right as his former flame. In the sense that I was on fire while I read GAME FOR MARRIAGE. Which totally counts, right?

Make sure you read on to the end to find out how you can enter Karen's fabulous giveaway!

1) So rumor has it that you two spent a hot night at a motel together after knowing each other approximately seventeen minutes. True, false?

Jared – Totally false. It was at least a couple of hours before we ended up at the—ow. (rubs side with a grimace) Whoops, sorry. No comment.

Sheridan – (Smiles serenely after jabbing Jared in the ribs) I have no idea what you’re talking about. *blinks*

2) I’ve developed a new love of soda. I’ve heard Jared has something in common with Pepsi products. Are there pictures?

Jared – Uhh, now I’m the one who’s clueless. (scratches head, turns to Sheridan) What’s this crazy woman talking about?

Sheridan – (leans in toward her husband and whispers) Oh, my God, don’t be so rude! She’ll ask even tougher questions if you keep this up. (Sits up straight with a smile) You must’ve heard something from my best friend Willow. She has such a wicked sense of humor and it’s a—private joke between us. I can’t go any further than that, sorry.

3) Now as you can imagine, I’m a big romantic. But even I question a relationship and marriage that occurred before Sheridan had time to change her underwear (Jared, I’m assuming you don’t wear any, because, seriously, don’t.) How did you two fall in love so fast?

Jared – I wear underwear—sometimes. *winks* Look, I was instantly attracted to her. And she didn’t seem that interested in me which I gotta admit, intrigued me even more.

Sheridan – When we met, I was working, Jared.

Jared – I know, I know, and I admired your work ethic—amongst other things. (Gives Sheridan a long, smoldering look)

Sheridan – God, you’re so bad.

Jared – You know it. Now tell the nice lady who claims we were married in another life how you fell in love with me so fast?

Sheridan – *smiles* I like how he’s always so focused on me. Like nothing else matters when I’m with him, just me. And trust me, there’s always something going on in his world that could distract him. He shuts it all out when we’re together and I love that.

Jared – That’s because there’s no one else I’d rather be with. You make it easy to shut everything else out.

Sheridan – See? That. That’s exactly why I fell in love with him.

4) Jared’s injury has to slow things down on the field and off. Was your honeymoon as quick as your nuptials? Feel free to give my readers details. Salacious details.

Jared – Very quick. Timing was all wrong, season was starting and I couldn’t give Sheridan the honeymoon she deserves. I’m rectifying that very soon.

Sheridan – Yeah, our honeymoon was…weird. But never mind that. (turns to look at Jared) What are you planning?

Jared – You’ll find out soon enough.

Sheridan – I hate secrets.

Jared – You’ll like this one. Trust me.

5) Now that you two have ridden off into the sunset, do you have any tips for keeping the home fires burning? Do you ever consider partner swapping? (Oops, never mind, disregard that last question.)

Jared – (Clenches jaw) Considering she’s my wife, that would be a big hell no to your crazy question. She belongs to me and no one else.

Sheridan – I love it when you get all possessive and growly. *sighs* Now, as for tips to keeping the fires burning at home, I must confess it’s pretty easy when you’re so completely attracted to your spouse. I mean, look at him…

Jared – Aw baby, look at you. Isn’t she the most beautiful woman ever? And she’s thoughtful, feisty, and incredibly talented. I’m all sorts of amazed she actually wants to be my wife.

Sheridan – Stop, you’re making me blush.

6) Just for fun: Wall or bed? (I have both available, just saying.)

Jared – Without a doubt, the bed. I can have my pretty little wife every which way and take my time with her. *grins*

Sheridan – Well, how can I follow up that answer? I actually prefer the wall because it brings back fond memories. Plus, I like it when he shows off how strong he is. I mean, I’m not a small girl and he can haul me up and press me against the wall, hold me there while he…

Jared – (whispers, mouth curved in a wicked smile) Getting a little carried away there, wife.

Sheridan – Oh! Sorry. Yes. The wall. Ahem.

Thanks so much to Jared and Sheridan for visiting today! Be sure to leave a comment or question for the happy couple to be entered into the giveaway!

Contest: One lucky commenter (please leave your email address so we can contact you!) will win a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice!). 
Just answer the following question: marriage of convenience stories – love them or hate them?
 (Contest runs until Monday 1/21/13 at 11:59 pm - winner announced Tuesday 1/22/13)


He’s going in deep to make her his…

Struggling artist Sheridan Harper never imagined she’d spend a sizzling night with Jared Quinn, the smoking-hot star quarterback of her local professional football team, the San Jose Hawks. And she’s even more shocked when Jared’s publicist offers a proposition: a fake marriage to keep Jared out of the gossip mags. Being that close to Jared would be too tempting, so to protect her heart, she insists on secretly including a clause forbidding sex between them.
Jared just wants to keep his starting QB job and keep it in San Jose. His reputation as a ladies’ man has landed him in the headlines one too many times, but there’s something about his kind, passionate new wife that tempts him beyond reason. Any sort of intimacy between them is completely forbidden, but as their bodies fall in deep, will their hearts follow suit?

Link to Entangled Publishing page for GAME FOR MARRIAGE:

Karen Erickson’s bio:

Bestselling romance author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read—sexy contemporary romance and sensual historical romance. Digitally published since 2006, she currently writes for Samhain Publishing, Entangled Publishing’s Bliss & Brazen Imprints and Avon Impulse. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

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Anonymous said...

I like them because they always end up falling in love with each other

Evelyn said...

I love them because most of them make the best stories that I have read in my opinion.

Shannon Bereza said...

Marriages of convenience, love them or hate them? My answer is both. It all depends on how the story is written in a book. Sometimes it can be too predictable when its a marriage of convenience, but if an author does it just right these make some of the best stories. On a side note, the cover of this book is smokin hot and I really want to read this book! sbereza22 at gmail (dot) com

Eva's Flowers said...

Love them! I like the reasons they come up with for not wanting to 'want' the other person, but their chemistry is just so hot, that they can't help themselves...just love all that tension. I am in the process of reading Game for Marriage and boy oh is good!


kog said...

Cute character interview!

I'm in the love 'em camp. Marriage of convenience stories are a great way to throw a hero and heroine together, creating lots of opportunities for sexy times.

chilosa2004 said...

Love them, love to seem fall in love

Sandy said...

I love them. The characters struggle against the inevitable is delicious fun!

Sandy said...

I love them. The characters struggle against the inevitable is delicious fun! Can't wait to read it!

Moran V said...

I love marriage of convenience stories.
I finished reading Game For Marriage late last night and I just loved it!


Kelsey Summer said...

I've always loved marriage of convenience stories. I love the see the characters love develop even when they think it won't.


Kim B said...

It depends on the story, but for the most part, yes, love 'em.

Danielle Gorman said...

It depends on the story. I have read some that I have loved and some others not so much.

I just finished Game For Marriage and I really enjoyed Jared and Sheridan's story. They are pretty hot together and I loved their chemistry. I can't wait to read about Nick and Willow.

Jessica said...

I like them, it's always fun to watch them fight the attraction !

Anonymous said...

I like the marriage of convenience stories.

Karen H in NC said...

I love the marriage of convenience trope. It's so much fun watching the characters travel a twisted path and taking leaps of faith to gain their HEA. Thanks for the giveaway.

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Linda said...

I love them! It´s great seeing love conquer everything, =) and two people who didn´t think to find love in that, getting a HEA.
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Friday!
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Kyla Whitley said...

Marriages of convenience usually have a fun twist! Don't mind them. Thank you for sharing! :)


Kati R said...

Just leaving Karen some love. Please don't enter me for the giveaway.

It depends on how the marriage of convenience is written. Karen did a fabulous job so yes, I love hers :) Some are so horribly done that I've been known to throw the book and realize it's on my e-reader at the last minute. lol

redjuliet said...

I love marriage of convenience stories because they often feature people who don't want to fall in love but can't help themselves!

Great interview!

redjuliet said...

Forgot to leave my email addy!

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Renald said...

Yes I like them. You want it to work out if you like the people.

Ruth Gutscher said...

Ruth Gutscher said::I think marriages of convenience depend on the couple involved.In Karens story "Game for Marriage" you could just tell that in this case it would work.Jared & Sheridan had issues in their pasts that had them going through trials that the average couple does not have to go through. I really love the way this story was done because they had to come to the same conclusion that they could not have that happy ending if they were not together.It gave me a fuzzy feeling inside! My e-mail address is

JessS said...

Ehh I don't hate them, but I don't usually love them either. I read one really recently and I think partly what annoyed me was that there wasn't the same build up and tension in the relationship because they're already married. Plus the characters always start off thinking really badly of one another and sometimes that doesn't feel like it's resolved properly.
Anyway thanks for the giveaway!!


Jo said...

I like them - especially if the 2 people involved had no idea they were even attracted to each other until they are married.

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Mel Bourn said...

I like them. Some of the inconveniences can make good stories.
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

laurie said...

I love them because most of them make the best stories that I have read in my opinion.

LM said...

Both-- it depends on the story and if I as the reader feels connected to the characters .

Kim said...

I love them, as long as they aren't too predictable. Game for Marriage wasn't. Yes, you know they have a happy ending, but it's the journey.

LOVED the interview.


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chey said...

I like them.
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Melinda Dozier said...

What a great interview. Fun couple! Cant waitto read how they meet. Yes, I get sucked into the Marriage of Convenience tropes.

mrs.hildebrand AT gmail DOT com

Grandmareads said...

I love marriage of convenience stories. I love the give and take as the relationship develops.

June M. said...

I love marriage of convenience stories. The characters usually but heads a few times before finally falling in love and the relationship as it progresses is often very fun and sexy :)
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JanD said...

Love marriage of convenience stories.
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Melody May said...

Oh my gosh, I loved the interview. They are so cute together. Makes me love their story even more.

donnas said...

I like them, because they usually end up being just right for each other.

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bn100 said...

I like them.


Miriam Whitewolf said...

love stories like that. the characters always seem to be much more in love then others.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy them because the convinence one's always eventually fall in love for real. The interview was funny and great, I really enjoyed it and look forward to the book.

Gail D said...

It depends on the story. If the author does it right then they can be the best. If done wrong..well!!

I loved this story...Thanks.


Beckey said...

marriage of convenience stories – love them or hate them?

It all depends on what and how as well as if things are benfitical to both parties meaning, if they get married & they have no feeling for each but they end up with a HEA ending...

There is so many factors and that is how I look at things...

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Eva said...

Love them! They usually have happy endings :)


Timitra said...

They always have an HEA ending so I love them!

Jyl22075 said...

I love them! They are really common in historical romances, so when I can find a contemporary one, I'm always thrilled.

JYL22075 at gmail dot com

Texas Book Lover said...

I don't mind them. They usually end up being very good stories that I really like.

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