Friday, March 9, 2012

Tour: Playing the Game by Stephanie Queen (Guest post)

Today I would like to welcome author, Stephanie Queen, who is joining us on her tour for the recent release of Playing the Game

The Glamorous Life of a Romance Writer by Stephanie Queen

If I’m leading the glamorous life of a romance writer, then I don’t know what the heck glamour is. Is a romance writer’s life glamorous? For instance, If I were at a book-signing with every Fabio-like guy in the room standing in line for an autograph—would that be glamorous? There’s something about the flash of a camera in a buzzing crowd-filled room that screams out “GLAMOUR!” to me (at least that’s what I thought I heard).

To figure out what glamorous really means, I turned to Webster. Webster said glamorous means: full of glamour (no kidding), or excitingly attractive, such as a glamorous life. As if Merriam knew. Had they even invented cameras in his day?

What Merriam had to say—and what I thought of it:
Favorite Synonym for Glamorous: ROMANTIC. Yes, even Merriam is enticed by the connotations of romance. Although I’ll bet he never wrote a romance novel. Outlandish was my second favorite synonym. I can testify to outlandish. I’ve been to a romance writers convention.
Least Favorite Synonym for Glamorous: Bizarro. Hmmm. 
Favorite Antonym for Glamorous: plain Jane, closely followed by the uncreative antonym, unromantic.
And my favorite unrelated feature in Websters: “Rhymes With” GLAMOROUS:  amorous and clamorous.  They definitely go with the glamorous territory. I could write a poem (but don’t worry, I won’t) (see bizarro).

So in summary, the answer to the question “Is a romance writer’s life glamorous?” is of course it is! If my life as a romance writer wasn’t excitingly attractive, why else would I do it? Isn’t glamour everything? Plain Jane is out. Bizarro is… well that’s another story for another day.

What do you picture as the ultimate glamorous moment of a romance writer’s life?

Stephanie Queen writes romance novels while running from the paparazzi who constantly haunt her excitingly attractive life. Her most recent release is PLAYING THE GAME, the first in the “PLAYING” series of romantic sports novels. Visit her at for all the latest in her glamorous romance-writing life.


Playing the Game:  About more than a ball. Can a woman bring down a legend by distracting him from his game? Since her disastrous marriage ended, Roxanne Monet has sworn off serious relationships with men. She has more important things to worry about, like no money, no job and accusations that she murdered her wealthy husband.  But when she meets superstar Barry Dennis and he challenges her to a game of seduction, she decides to play ball. When the game turns serious, she unintentionally exposes the legend to be a flawed man. Barry Dennis picked the wrong woman to play games with when he decides to flirt with the enigmatic Roxanne. Being the best takes all he has. He can’t afford to let anything or anyone interfere with his first and only priority--Basketball. But as the attraction between them heats up, he finds himself losing sight of his life’s game plan. While the sports world’s microscope is trained on Barry’s game and the media hounds Roxanne about her husband’s mysterious death, the stakes are ratcheted up even higher when Barry’s young daughter, Lindy is injured. Roxanne gives Lindy the attention she needs while Barry struggles to cope with the demands of his new priorities. Can Roxanne rely on Barry to do more than play ball?  She takes the risk and gives him the last thing she owns--her heart.


  1. I think the most glamorous part is seeing your book in print.

    The story sounds good. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cute post! I like to imagine a romance authors life is a life of luxury, sitting around and writing a book in an afternoon, eating chocolates, and picking out handsome hunks to pose on their covers....sounds great huh? I know its not like that, but hey we can all dream right? =)


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