by JB Salsbury
What do you do when everything you avoid, turns out to be exactly what you need?
Easy and predictable, just the way he likes it, Blake Daniels flies through life the way he burns through women: on his terms, no regrets.
With his fighting career in full swing, he’s on the threshold of title contention. But when his training is compromised by injury, the stakes grow impossibly higher. The rage that fuels his punches also chips away at his focus, and he risks losing everything he cares about.
He won’t let that happen. Not again.
Layla’s through with men. After a marriage that never should’ve happened, she hopes to reclaim the pieces of the woman she lost years ago.
Emotional abuse has left her insecure and terrified. A master at faking what she’s not feeling, she masks her self-doubt in false confidence.
She’ll never let another man hurt her. Not again.
Chased by shadows of the past, Blake and Layla know what they don’t want, but their hearts have a different plan. As a web of lies and betrayal threatens to destroy them, they’re forced to make a choice.
Is love enough to heal even the deepest wounds?
My days as an Octagon Girl. When people ask me how I know so much about professional mixed martial arts fighting, I tell them about my days working as an Octagon Girl for the UFC. Okay, fine. I was never an Octagon Girl. The truth is that my husband is a fan of MMA. When we first got married I was forced to sit in front of the television and watch grown men beat the ever-loving crap out of each other. I started asking questions, paying attention, and then it hit me. Is there any sport that can compete with MMA? I can’t think of one. These guys are deadly on their feet, and even more so on the ground. They can wrap their limbs around another human being and choke the life right out of them. They’re trained to land a punch that will shock a nerve in their opponent’s head and force the brain to shut down. Knockout! Meanwhile they have to maintain excellent cardio in order to stay breathing during all this. It’s remarkable. So when I decided to write romance, I asked myself who are the roughest toughest athletes around? The answer was obvious. The second question I asked myself was what on earth would possess a man to dedicate his life, his health, and his body to being beat on for a living. I was convinced that any person who would do this must have something wrong with them. I thought surely every one of them walks into that octagon all riled up emotionally, turning every opponent into their worst enemy. I loved that. It gave my characters motive, purpose. But then, I read UFC Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell’s book, Iceman. And Ole Chuck killed my romanticized ideas of MMA. “I’m not holding any ‘Where’s Daddy?’ demons. I never step into the cage angry, trying to turn my opponent into my long-lost father. You can’t win if you can’t control your emotions.” Well, crap. So I take creative liberty with my writing. Although most of my characters fighting traits are based on a living, breathing MMA fighter, their emotional upheavals are strictly fictional. But it begs the question… Why do MMA fighters do what they do? In the words of Chuck Liddell… “I have no idea…I’ve never been afraid to fight. In fact, I like fighting, always have…All I ever wanted to do was make a living fighting.” Huh…I’m not going to question that, but something tells me there’s a story there.
Bestselling author JB Salsbury lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.
Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.
Fighting for Flight is her first novel in the MMA romance series.
For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads.
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