Go, Cowboys! Ooh Rah!

My life is pretty damn surreal and amazing, if I do say so myself.

In the course of researching and writing 50+ books over the  past 9 years or so, I’ve met some pretty fabulous people, from cowboys, to military, to restauranteurs, who provide me with inspiration and fodder for my stories.

Sometimes, all of those folks collide. And sometimes I get really cool stuff too! Case in point… the lovely folks I met from Oklahoma through Joseph’s Fine Foods in Drumright while researching my cowboy book set at OSU in Stillwater through one of my Army contacts who was then a student there. Add to that one of my old USMC contacts who happened to be a door gunner on a CH-53 and deployed to Afghanistan and you’ve got the makings of a really cool freaking story of how in 2013 a romance writer from NY ordered an OSU Cowboys Pistol Pete flag from Amazon and shipped it to Camp Bastion to be flown in a helicopter appropriately called a ‘Super Stallion” over the Helmand Province during combat operations for Operation Enduring Freedom. The crew reportedly ‘had a little excitement’ during that flight.

Hand to God, it’s all the truth. I’ve got the documentation and the flag and the pictures to prove it. With that, I am proud to wish the OSU Cowboys all the luck in the world this Saturday in their game against Iowa State. It’s a lucky flag. That helo crew can attest to it. 🙂

The OSU Flag aboard  a USMC CH-53 over Afghanistan

The OSU Flag aboard a USMC CH-53 over Afghanistan

The flag & certificate signed by the crew -Aircraft Commander, Co-pilot, Tail Gunner and 2 Door Gunners.

The flag & certificate signed by the crew -Aircraft Commander, Co-pilot, Tail Gunner and 2 Door Gunners.

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Iowa State Cyclones

Surprise New Release! Game For Love: GAME ON

Game On Cat Johnson

SURPRISE! I have a new release today!

No, you haven’t missed anything. There was no cover reveal or preemptive promo like usual. I wasn’t talking about this one because I wasn’t allowed to. Ooo, the intrigue!

Game For Love : Game On Kindle WorldsAnyway, some of you might be aware that Amazon has something called KINDLE WORLDS . I’m guessing a lot of you are not familiar with it so I’ll explain. They basically bought the license to existing fictional worlds such as Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, GI Joe, Veronica Mars, etc and they allow authors to write stories and characters (keeping within established guidelines) within those worlds. Authors upload their stories to Amazon and readers can buy and read them. It’s, for lack of a better term, commercialized fan fiction. Today, Kindle Worlds announced that have added 4 new worlds, worlds based on well known romance book series and one of them is Bella Andre’s Game For Love world.

Where do I come in? Well I was lucky enough to be asked to be one of the launch authors for the new world, which meant I was working fast and in secret to get a story ready to upload for today’s launch. How? First, I read Bella’s book, GAME FOR LOVE,  so I was familiar with the world I’d be writing within and the existing characters in it. Then I came up with new characters, a hero and heroine of my own, along with a few of their friends, relatives, and co-workers. I connected my characters to Bella’s characters (my hero Trent is a friend and teammate of her hero Cole) and viola! I had the makings of my approximately 26,000 word novella, GAME ON.

It was fun joining Bella’s world for a little while and writing a football player for a change after so many military men and cowboys. Though really, I write hot alpha bad boy heroes so it doesn’t matter if he’s wearing combat boots, cowboys boots or football cleats, now does it? Little secret…my football hero Trent grew up in Texas on a ranch and might even put on those cowboy boots and hat for a scene or two, so GAME ON, though a part of Bella’s world, is truly a Cat Johnson story. 😉

Game For Love: Game On (Kindle Worlds Novella)

In the game for love, only the winners walk away with their hearts intact…

Trent O’Shea is a superstar athlete on the football field, but for one week each year he escapes into anonymity at an exclusive resort in the Florida Keys that caters to the rich and famous. Armed with a fake identity, he’s happy to sit by the pool and do nothing except enjoy some breathtaking scenery—and maybe ask her if she needs help putting sunscreen on her back.

Laurel Burnett never met a bad boy she couldn’t catch. Cheating spouses. Deadbeat dads. Scammers. Once the determined PI sets her sights on them they all fall, and the next alleged perpetrator in her crosshairs is none other than the San Francisco Outlaws’ Trent O’Shea. The super-sexy linebacker who Laurel’s client hired her to track will be her biggest trophy yet. She’ll do anything to bring him down, even follow him to a resort paradise and use herself as bait.

But things aren’t always as they appear and Trent and Laurel both learn that sometimes even perfectly planned plays can go wrong when love and lust are involved. Then it’s game on!

AUTHOR’S NOTE: GAME ON is a stand-alone story. You do not need to have read Bella Andre’s Game For Love to understand or enjoy mine.




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