Harlequin’s Very Valentine’s Reads Blog Tour: Lynda Aicher’s ‘The Perfect Valentine…Or Not’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be a part of Harlequin’s Very Valentine’s Reads Blog Tour and to be hosting an awesome guest post from Lynda Aicher in which she shares an outtake from GAME PLAY on “The Perfect Valentine…Or Not.”

I was so lucky to get a chance to read GAME PLAY just a little bit early and let me say that this book is scorching hot. It will make the perfect post-Valentine’s Day read when it releases on the 16th.

There are seven books and authors featured on this tour. So be sure to check out all the stops to read guest posts from, and interviews with, each author and learn a little bit more about these Harlequin reads.

  • GAME PLAY by Lynda Aicher
  • UNFADED GLORY by Sara Arden
  • THE DEVIL TAKES A BRIDE by Julia London
  • HOMETOWN VALENTINE by Lissa Manley
  • ACE’S WILD by Sarah McCarty
  • LONE STAR VALENTINE by Cathy Gillen Thacker

And, each week of the tour features a brand new Prize Pack Giveaway. Stop by the blogs each week for additional chances to win.

But before you do all that, scroll down to learn more about Lynda Aicher’s yummy new Power Play series and read the short outtake from GAME PLAY.


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Title & Series:  GAME PLAY (Power Play #1)
Author: Lynda Aicher
Release date: February 16, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 248
Format: eBook
Price: : $7.99 U.S.


One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?


Other Books in the Series…


BACK IN PLAY (Power Play #2) – releasing May 11, 2015 – AMAZON | B&N | GOODREADS

PENALTY PLAY (Power Play #3) – releasing August 10, 2015 – AMAZON | GOODREADS

The Guest Post

I hope you enjoy this little snippet of Samantha’s and Dylan’s Valentine’s Day. It’s a special outtake created just for this post and provides a peek into their relationship on this holiday. Happy Reading! – Lynda Aicher

The Perfect Valentine…Or Not

(A Game Play outtake)

Samantha Yates paced her cramped bedroom, thumbnail whittled down to nothing. The pink envelope laid on her bed, innocent and damning. Why did I buy it? There was zero chance of her sending it to Dylan, let alone actually giving it to him. Yet the card had made her think of him. He’d get the old pickup pictured on the front and the keeper message inside the Valentine.

But she hadn’t kept him, had she?

Damn it. She was being sentimental when it wouldn’t get her anywhere. Emotions weren’t a part of the game. Clear thinking, strategy, clean play—that’s what she knew. Hearts and roses and… That stuff was out of her depth.

Plus they hadn’t spoken to each other in weeks. Why would he want a Valentine from her?

She slumped onto the bed, the card sliding closer as the mattress dipped. She picked it up, flipped it in her hands. The lazy scroll of his name in her hasty handwriting had her throat tightening. Regrets rushed up to well in her eyes, one lone tear slipping out to splatter on the paper.

And now she was crying over him. Double damn. They were done. They had different plans and no chance of a future.

A quick swipe at her cheek, a long exhale. She stood, tossing the card into the trash bin. It was just another day on the calendar. Nothing special.


The text message stared back at Dylan Rylie, queued up and ready to send. Happy Valentine’s Day, Samantha. His thumb hovered over the Send button, indecision twisting his stomach.

“Let’s go, Rylie”

Dylan jerked his gaze to the retreating back of the Glaciers’ captain. Shit. He didn’t have time to stress over this. Samantha had made it clear. She wasn’t interested in him.

He quickly deleted the text then shoved his phone in his locker. He had a game to prepare for and that was all he should be focused on. What was I thinking? Wishing Samantha a happy anything was pure madness on his part. Stupid fake holiday.

Dylan grabbed his gloves and headed out to the ice. At least he knew what he was doing out there.

About Lynda Aicher

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Lynda Aicher has always loved to read. After years of weekly travel implementing computer software into global companies, she ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties as a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, volunteer, cleaner and mediator.


The Giveaway


For this third week of the tour there is a giveaway for…

A Harlequin’s Very Valentine’s Reads prize-pack – to ONE Winner US/Canada, which includes:

  • A copy of Julia London’s THE DEVIL TAKES A BRIDE
  • A copy of Sarah McCarty’s ACES WILD
  • A copy of Sara Arden’s UNFADED GLORY
  • A copy of Victoria Dahl’s FLIRTING WITH DISASTER
  • A copy of Lynda Aicher’s GAME PLAY
  • A copy of Cathy Gillen Thacker’s LONE STAR VALENTINE
  • A Copy of Lissa Manley’s HOMETOWN VALENTINE
  • A $50 Victoria Secret Gift Card

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Jan. 26 – Parajunkee – Interview with Victoria Dahl

Jan. 27 – Books Complete Me – Interview with Julia London

Jan. 28 – Paranormal Book Club – Interview with Sarah McCarty

Jan. 29 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guest Post by Lissa Manley

Jan. 30 – Wicked L’il Pixie – Interview with Lynda Aicher

Week Two

Feb. 2 – Smexy Books – Guest Post by Victoria Dahl

Feb. 3 – Library of a Book Witch – Guest Post by Julia London

Feb. 4 – Curling Up With A Good Book – Interview with Sara Arden

Feb. 5 – My Favorite Things – Guest Post by Sarah McCarty

Feb. 6 – Magna Maniac Cafe – Guest Post by Cathy Gillen Thacker

Week Three

Feb. 9 – BookHounds – Interview with Lissa Manley

Feb. 10 – Fiktshun – Guest Post with Lynda Aicher

Feb. 11 – The Phantom Paragrapher – Guest Post with Sara Arden

Feb. 12 – Babs Book Bistro – Interview with Cathy Gillen Thacker

Feb. 13 – Reading with ABC – Interview with Julia London

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