The opening of the month means new Superromance books, and this March includes my second novel to feature mixed martial arts, titled In Her Corner.
From the jacket cover:
Bella Fiore has a lot to prove. For three generations her family has dominated the world of mixed martial arts—a tradition Bella dreams of carrying on. Her family, on the other hand, doesn’t agree. Without their support, she’s relying on the coaching of medal-winning Kyle Peters.
Training with Kyle is not what Bella expects. They’re constantly butting heads. And with the body of a Greek Adonis, Kyle’s mat technique isn’t her only focus. Not that this attraction can go any further. She has a title to win! Yet when Kyle proves Bella can always rely on him, a championship may not be the only thing worth fighting for….
People ask, why put romance together with mixed martial arts? It can be a bloody, brutal sport, certainly, but the men and women who dedicate themselves to MMA are amazing, fascinating people. Apart from being some of the world’s greatest athletes, many fighters have really interesting back stories about how or why they got into the sport, and I hoped to capture a slice of that in my books.
Women’s mixed martial arts is especially exciting for me to follow. WMMA has finally gotten on the radar since the world’s largest MMA promoter, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), had its first women’s match, and an all-female league, Invicta FC, started last year. The level of strength, skill, commitment, perseverance and sheer grit these ladies have blows my mind. They face regular criticism for entering a realm dominated by men, some of whom still believe women do not belong in the cage. And while the UFC has finally recognized female fighters, there are still so many challenges these women—and all women—face. I got to explore sexism, genderism, misogyny, and the microaggressions women put up with daily when writing In Her Corner, and it helped me understand a lot about my own life, too.
I’m giving away one copy of IN HER CORNER to a commenter! Tell me: what are your thoughts about mixed martial arts? Have you or would you watch a fight between women? Why or why not? Draw takes place Friday, March 7! Winner will be announced March 8.