Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hot Jocks Blog Hop & Giveaway


When I signed up for this blog hop, I expected to be well into writing the continuation of Baby Dom Luke Denton's story (Nobody's Dream, #5) in the Rescue Me series, but, as you know, I'm still working on Nobody's Perfect (book #4). 


So, I don't have any new scenes about my one and only jock in the series. As fans of the series know, Luke played for the University of Texas Longhorns in college, but he went there primarily for the opportunity for higher education. While he wanted to study industrial arts, he had to change his thinking when he found out they didn't offer that major, so he became an art studio major instead. Now he makes awesome BDSM equipment for the Masters at Arms Club in Denver, as well as does carpentry. 


However, because everyone's awaiting Nobody's Perfect (due out in August), I thought I'd share a brief new scene from that book that involves Luke. This is a Christmas Day scene and we're in Damian's point of view. He thinks he can keep Savi and Marisol in the kitchen and private living quarters of the house on this day, so there shouldn't be a problem. 


Then he notices something that surprises him. 




(Unedited excerpt from Nobody's Perfect, copyright 2012)


Damián pulled in next to Luke's new gray Dodge pick-up truck in the driveway. Judging by the amount of mud on the fenders, he'd been off-road somewhere this morning because it hadn't looked like that last night when Luke had delivered the dollhouse. Marc's friend and SAR partner was becoming a regular at the club. Of course, they'd all worked together a few years ago trying to get the club ready. The man was a helluva carpenter, but his work creating the beautiful equipment in the club was his real gift. Lately, Damián  had been training the "baby Dom," as Marc liked to call him, to wield a bullwhip. The man had finesse with butterfly kisses and Damián doubted he'd want to go any harder on a sub or bottom—not for a while, at least. Lately, the newest Dom at the club seemed more interested in learning rope bondage from Dad.


Damián wondered how Adam and Karla were getting along on their honeymoon. It was hard to believe the wedding had only been a couple weeks ago, given all that had happened since then.

Savi and Marisol had happened. His life would never be the same again. He opened the back door of the Nissan and helped unbuckle Marisol while Savi eased out of the passenger side. She still moved stiffly, favoring her healing rib, but Marc assured him it was just going to take time. There was nothing much they could do. He hated feeling so fucking helpless.

He motioned for them to precede him onto the porch. He didn't expect anyone but Grant and Luke to show up today. He'd told them Savi had no idea the building was a kink club, but they were only going to be in the private residence today, so no sense mentioning it. This was still Dad's house, until he and Karla found a new place.

Normally Damián would be in California for Christmas, but he couldn't leave Savi and Marisol—and sure as hell wasn't going to take them back there. Good thing he'd been able to give his sister Rosa the presents he'd bought and made. They'd left a few days after Savi showed up. He would give them a call later today to see how their day went. He felt torn between two families now. But Rosa and Teresa were healing and Savi and Marisol needed him more now.

He braced himself before opening the screen door. Savi would probably roast his nuts if she knew what went on in parts of the house. But it was also Dad's home, at least until he and Karla found a more appropriate place to raise a kid.

Savi took the screen door as Damián pushed the inner door into the kitchen and was hit in the face with a number of smells.

Italian seasonings. Ham. Cinnamon.

Leather.

Whoa! Mierda. He didn't realize people could smell the club's leather all the way out here in the kitchen. Not to mention a little sweat. He'd never noticed it before, but was probably just used to it. He looked down at Savi and saw her cute little nose scrunching up as she appeared to sniff out the unexpected scent as well.

The confusion on her face was evident. "Adam and Karla's is someone's home?"

Either she hadn't noticed the leather, or was too polite to point it out. "Yeah. This is my adopted dad's place—Adam Montague. Do you remember meeting him and his new wife, Karla, at Rosa's house?"

"Yeah."

"They were married the day you…arrived. They're on their honeymoon right now. Angelina offered to prepare dinner for me and some of…Dad's friends so we wouldn't have to fend for ourselves this Christmas."

Damián looked down at Marisol and back at Savi. "Now you're included. I know he'll love seeing you again, Savi, when he gets back next week."

"Maman, why does it smell like horses here?"

"Shhh, Mari," she whispered, bending down to Marisol. "That's not polite." Still, Damián hadn't missed the question in Savi's eyes.

Okay. How to explain this?

"Hope I didn't smell the place up too badly." Luke came down the hall drying his hair with a towel. He wore a western-cut plaid shirt, jeans, and cowboy boots. "Been on a horse all morning and didn't have a chance to change at the SAR barn, so I just came over here and took advantage of the facilities."

Horse leather. Damián grinned, relaxing his guard a bit.

Marisol leaned a little closer to Damián's leg, reminding him that introductions were in order. "Savi and Marisol Baker, I'd like you to meet Luke Denton. He's a…friend of mine. He does search-and-rescue with Marc."

Luke shook Savi's hand, smiling, then hunkered down to Marisol's level and extended his hand to her, as well. "Hello, darlin'. You're cute as a button."

Marisol still wasn't sure about this strange man—good girl. Damián put a protective hand on his little doll's shoulder to reassure her that she was safe. She released her grip on his leg, not as scared, and drew herself up a little taller.

"Buttons aren't cute."

"Hmmm. Well, maybe that's true." He grinned. "But you sure are. Pleased to meet you, Marisol." 

Luke waited for her to become comfortable enough to make the next move. Damián's thumb stroked her shoulder and she stretched her tiny hand out to be swallowed up in Luke's much bigger one.


Now, it's giveaway time! Please comment below and tell me what is your favorite trait of a jock in a romance novel. Winner will receive a free e-book (current or future) in the Rescue Me series--and a set of swag (Master Adam hand fan, "Ahh, Kallypso...the stories you tell" purple ink pen, a bookmark, and a set of three Rescue Me Romance Trading Cards). Drawing will be on/after July 18. As with all my contests, this is open internationally. 

And don't miss the 68 other entries in this Hot Jocks in July Giveaway Blog Hop, sponsored by Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews and Under the Covers blogs! 

69 comments:

  1. I like jocks in romance novels who are strong and athletic, but still intelligent and sensitive.

    If only there were more men like that in the world. *sigh*

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  2. My favorite trait is that they are all cocky and sure of themselves around other jocks, but you get to see the sweet or possessive side no one else does. I love the duel sides of men. Makes them more real.
    Samijo133@gmail.com

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  3. I love soccer! My favorite book is The Locker Room by Amy Lane! I love the attitude that have. Thank you for the contest!!

    evelynmoly@yahoo.com

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  4. Hmmm....you know I love my cowboys and mountain men and military men much more than jocks!! LOL

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  5. I like a strong, self assured man who is protective and caring of those he loves. This applies whether the hero is a jock or not.

    Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  6. My favorite trait is the muscles, the body. Gosh, these are some of the most fit men on earth. Only ones better are military men.

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Can't wait to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Love the excerpt, i wanna read more!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

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  9. Thanks for the excerpt, I so needed that. Cannot wait for this book Kally and am being very patient. I know when you are finished it will be perfect. Not sure if I have ever thought much about what traits a jock has that I like. I'm not much into sports but I guess it would be his committment to his team and how he takes care of himself. That should mean something. Of course having a nice body does help. :-)

    robinwomack@comcast.net

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  10. I agree with Emily above. But the best are military men who are jocks lol. rmwyer@shaw.ca

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  11. Thanks for the excerpt, can't wait to read the whole thing. Never thought to much about jocks i guess, i'll go with muscles and dedication to staying fit and healthy.
    starsia_70@yahoo.com

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  12. What I like most about jocks is that the are fit. I love thise muscles. I love when they are strong and also have a secret caring side that comes out when they are with that special someone.

    Thanks for the excerpt, I can't wait for Damian and Savi's book.

    rachaelmccully@yahoo.com

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  13. I love stories about Jocks because I love sports..basketball is my favorite..Baby Dom Luke may be my favorite...athletes are disciplined and very fit too

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  14. Can't wait to read this! But I know you are working hard on it, so I know it will be amazing!

    Jocks are...built for endurance>>LOL.. I like how they tend to have a overconfidence that hides a insecureness and tenderness inside.
    modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

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  15. I love jocks because they are fit and have the stamina to go at it all night long.

    Tali_abdn AT btinternet DOT com

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  16. I like jocks that are strong, sure of themselves, sweet, and protective. Thanks for the giveaway.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  17. i like a jock that exudes confidence, it can come off as arrogant to those who don't know him though.

    emily.heisler @ gmail.com

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  18. I think jocks are just another example of our alpha male fixation. We like them to be protective and strong. Jocks also are athletes so they are fit as well.
    Carin mawmom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I like my jocks muscular, but gentle. A little chest hair to rub my nose in. Protective and when they smile look you straight in the eye.
    suzyrph@charter.net

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  20. I like my jocks to be alpha men; strong, dominant but extremely protective. I love the Rescue Me series! I can't wait for the next book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

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  21. I love my jocks to have alpha written all over them but also have a sensitive side.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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  22. Thanks for sharing,favorite traits would be strong and sensitive: )

    reginamayross@gmail.com

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  23. I thought Luke played for the University of Texas Longhorns?

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  24. I love the descriptions of what traits you like best in jocks, because they so line up with military men AND Doms.

    Liz, thanks for the heads up. Um, I was late getting the blog up and wrote it REALLY fast so I totally missed that I had the wrong university. (But I got the mascot right this time! LOL)

    Kally

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      Hubby would never have forgiven me if I hadn't caught that. lol

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  25. Thanks for the excerpt. Love your books. I like a jock that's strong and know's how to use it, but tender and knows how to treat a woman.
    tiss81@hotmail.com

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  26. I hate professional sports so it surprised me that I really enjoy sports themed romance books. What I like about them is the same thing I like about cowboy romance and BSDM romance, the men tend to be men not boys. I like that! jepebATverizonDOTnet

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  27. What do I love about jocks...well the muscles are nice of course but my favorite traits are the confidence, intensity, and drive they put towards the people and things they love most. A little vulnerability doesn't hurt either:) who doesn't love a closet shy guy?

    Hballinger86@gmail.com

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  28. I love jocks that work hard on the field/ice. Makes me wonder if they play hard off the ice!
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  29. I love that the jocks in most romances are so grounded - sure they have this super strength and are fast ----but, they seem so protective and caring. Love that! Very alpha!

    brunettelibrarian AT gmAil . c0m
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

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  30. I love guys who work with their hands. Either through their jobs or hobbies. Ridgetb at yahoo dot com

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  31. What do I love about jocks? Apart from their obvious physical attributes, I love their focus, intensity and confidence - just like my other alpha heroes :)
    lanim at vodafone.co.nz

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  32. Like them strong and protective. kbmckee at mail dot com

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  33. Possessiveness - I love that in a man :) They have tremendous focus and intensity as well. All the makings of a true alpha.

    kerryjcj AT verizon DOT net

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  34. I can't wait until book 4 (then book 50 come out... You keep your readers very happy.

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  35. I like the term athlete better than jock. Jock reminds me of a guy with no self esteem that dates cheerleaders and picks on nerds .. Lol. I love to see tender and tough, good with kids, confident, and I love a good chase to show off his athleticism :)

    Kathysimpson at adelphia dot net

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  36. Thank you for sharing sounds really good. I like the hot guys with muscles love alpha males! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  37. I like a muscular jock who is moody and mean on the field but is sweet and loving with his woman...with an edge to it!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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  38. I like my jock to have a sense of humor but still be sexy bad also. Thanks for the contest
    pademe_lee@yahoo.com

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  39. I love my alpha males :) Thanks for the chance to win

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  40. When they are confident without being a complete @$$, and the great bodies! Thanks for the excerpt & giveway!
    lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

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  41. Jocks..hmmm could it be the physique? LOL. Actually in a lot of books it's the intensity and dedication. Once they apply it to a woman/man off the field/arena it's really hot.

    Thanks for the excerpt, hot picture and giveaway. I am looking forward to Luke's story.

    j.l.obrien912(at)gmail.com

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  42. I love a jock that has eyes for his lady only. Brains are just as, if not more important than brawn. He also has to be compassionate and possessive.

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  43. Definitely the dominate, caring, possessive type who only has eyes for his girl. He has to show respect for her and unconditionally love. A nice body doesn't hurt either. ;)

    Thanks for the excerpt, I can't wait for the nest books to come out. I am looking forward to Savi's and Damo's story. I read you had some difficulty writing it due some of it's content, I understand. for the same reasons I am excited but very nerves to read it. It is amazing how stuff from your past can effect you everyday.

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  44. Confident, honest, loyal, cocky, smart, funny, protective and loving. Oh and shirtless and wears tight fitting jeans.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  45. I like them dominant, sexy, to have a sense of humor, with a huge capacity to love.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

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  46. Jocks tend to be sexy, witty when talking to his girl and very confident.I like the insanely delicious bodies jocks have. thanks

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  47. I like their confidence...makes them sexy!
    andieleah78@gmail.com

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  48. dominate, caring and of course sexy...Thank you for the giveaway..


    ronnkelly3@aol.com

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  49. I like him dominate but loving and HOT LOL. thanks for the chance to win

    jessharrison78@yahoo.com

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  50. Besides the obvious...their buff bods are totally lickable...Jocks (a term not commonly used here in Australia) exude confidence and charisma. They're sure of their strengths and abilities. They seem to be easy going with a zest for life, must be all those happy endorphins released from regular physical activity. But my fav trait, their 'team spirit' makes for ethical and honourable gentlemen with a touch of bad boy! Love your work Kallypso!

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  51. I definitely want a the jock to have a gorgeous body, alpha, self-confident but at the same time humble, kind, caring and loving.

    Thanks for this giveaway and I can't want for Damian and Savi's book!

    redfirewood888(AT)yahoo(DOT)ca

    Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

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  52. Hot body, self-confident, alpha...

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  53. I love the intensity and drive in a jock...though the six pack abs don't hurt either ;)

    Gigi

    Gigis0426(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. sheilap demigoddess10(at)yahoo(dot)comJuly 15, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    they are confident and sexy. with your stories, they are also very intense and alpha all the way. :)

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  55. never read any jock romance novels, but definitely interested. thanks for participating in the hop!

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  56. Hot sweaty men? All of the ones I've read have been pretty entertaining. A cocky sort of humor and wit. Dedicated, hard working men. Yeah. They're good :)


    Thanks!
    acade29@gmail.com

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  57. Hot Zone series by Carly Phillips is my favorite sports series!! Love them all but wish she would write another, like a holiday one. LOL! Sweaty men, who wouldn't love that! LOL Wonderful contest, thank you so much!

    carol.byles@yahoo.com

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  58. I guess my favorite trait would be the Alpha-ness. This makes them determined to get what they want, they never give up, etc.

    However, in real life, I am not a sports fan :( I know it is shocking her in Kentucky but I can't stand basketball, LOL The only time I know anything about it is when my nephew tells me (he is almost 12 and a major UK fanatic). I do like to watch him and my other nephews (5 & 7) play sports though.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  59. I am catching this hop on the last day….was so busy with classes I have been offline for last two weeks. I love to watch football and hockey. I guess it’s all those hot sweaty guys! I love reading about any sport as long as it’s good, football and soccer are some of my favorite because I’ve read some good ones. I have a few favorite sport books/series. A few of them are: The Locker Room by Amy Lane, Stiker by KyAnn Waters, Rough Riders Series by Lorelei James, Play by Play Series by Jaci Burton, The Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Hot Zone series by Carly Phillips. In real life I don’t really have a favorite athlete. Thank you for a great contest!!

    swkimbell@yahoo.com

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  60. Loved the excerpt! I really enjoy seeing Damian in that daddy role. ;)
    I think athletes have similar characteristics of Alpha males. I have not read many novels with jocks in them, but a favorite trait of mine would be loyalty. Sometimes to a fault. Thank you so much for sharing another awesome excerpt, Kally!!! Thank you for the giveaway also.
    trb0917 at gmail.com

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  61. i can't wait to read the rest of Damian's story. :)
    I love all about a good, strong, kind, natured jocks u have written about, i wouldn't mind if they knocked on my door anytime..lol.. Keep Up The Great Reading & i look forward to the next story :)

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  62. Hey, it's Leagh. I have chosen a winner for the Hot Jocks in July giveaway. Using random.org, our winner is...

    Jolene and Family
    Jolene says: I love my alpha males :) Thanks for the chance to win

    Email address: june111(at)att(dot)net

    I will be emailing you shortly.

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  63. I like the mountain men. Strong, dominate but loving.

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  64. The really good athletes can read body language the best! That ability gives them a leg up on the other doms. Love that aspect as well as the muscles...sigh....strength, can read body language and throw in some (not much, mind you) cocky self assurance and you have my perfect guy!

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  65. That was a great excerpt from Damian's story. I can't wait. I really liked seeing Damian's protectiveness kick it. I think he is making out to be a fine dad even though he doesn't know it yet. Love a Dom with a heart of gold.

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  66. I loved the sneak peak Kally. And my favorite Jock trait is....they are tough and can handle things well...but a part of them are also sensitive when the time arises. To me that is exactly how Luke seems to me. Sweet but hard when he needs to be. :)

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