In His Corner by Vina Arno ~ Character Interview and Giveaway

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In His Corner by Vina Arno ~ Character Interview and GiveawayIn His Corner by Vina Arno
Published by Lyrical on April 14, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance


No sex for almost a year could kill a guy, but when you’re the boxer known as the Juggernaut, it’s the price you pay for turning pro. Tommy’s fully dedicated to his craft, until he meets the incredibly gorgeous Dr. Siena Carr. Now he’s looking forward to taking on this prim and proper lady in a wet and wild workout…


Siena has seen many patients come through the ER, but none as sexy as Tommy Raines. With a nasty cut over his eye, she knows he needs stitches, but after he takes off his shirt, she needs some air. With rock-hard abs and taut biceps, it’s clear this man takes care of his body. And all Siena can think about is letting him take care of hers…

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In His Corner: Interview with the Juggernaut

By Vina Arno

My debut romance, In His Corner, features an Olympic gold-medalist boxer known as the Juggernaut, who gets knocked out at first sight by the beautiful Dr. Siena Carr. When he goes to the ER for stitches, she fixes his cut and captivates his heart.

In the book, the Juggernaut is a media favorite who graces covers of sports magazines. He meets Siena during the most critical point of his budding career—a few weeks before a million-dollar fight, his first as a pro.

He wins the bout in a phenomenal first-round knockout that propels him higher in the sports stratosphere. If I were to add a TV interview in the book, it would be like this.

ESPN Interview with the Juggernaut

Doug Ortiz: Good evening. I’m Doug Ortiz reporting for ESPN. We’re live in the Desert Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where Tommy “the Juggernaut” Raines launched his professional career with a sensational victory just a few minutes ago.

Juggernaut: How are you doing?

Doug: I feel fantastic, thank you! The question is—how are you doing? How does it feel to win a million-dollar fight?

Juggernaut: I won’t lie to you, it feels good.

Doug: Just “good”? Not great?

Juggernaut: Well, the fight lasted only one minute and thirty-three seconds…We were just getting warmed up.

Doug: It’s a knockout, come on! It’s one of the fastest and most dramatic knockouts in the history of boxing. That’s got to feel incredible.

Juggernaut: I just turned pro tonight. I have a long way to go and I can’t afford to be complacent. Hats off to my opponent, Diego Fuego. He fought well.

Doug: Everybody’s comparing you to Muhammad Ali, who was your age when he beat Sonny Liston in 1964.  How do you feel about that?

Juggernaut: Muhammad Ali is my hero. I’ll be the first to tell you—I don’t deserve the comparison.

Doug: This is why fans are crazy for you…the women, especially, are mad about you judging by the interruption at the start of the fight. I’m sure they’re all dying to find out if you’re single.

Juggernaut: I’m not sure how to answer that question.

Doug: Are you dating right now? Are you in love with someone?

Juggernaut: In love? Yes, absolutely. But I’m not sure if she’ll have me. It’s complicated between us at the moment. And that’s all I can say about that. Ask me about something else if you want to continue this interview.

Doug: Always straightforward, just like your jabs! Okay, tell us what’s next for you. What are your plans?

Juggernaut:  It’s not a secret…I want to be the world middleweight champion. To do that, I have to win a lot of bouts. Expect at least ten fights for me next year.

Doug:  Who’s the boxer you’d like to fight most?

Juggernaut: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is undefeated. If he decides to move up to middleweight, I’d fight him anytime.

Doug: There you have it, sports fans—the Juggernaut in his own words. And now, back to the SportsCenter Studio.

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About Vina Arno

Vina Arno is a pen name used by Cindy Fazzi. She is a Philippine-born American writer who has worked as a journalist in the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. Her two decades of experience as a news reporter and editor includes working for the Associated Press. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University. Her short stories have been published in Snake Nation Review, Copperfield Review, and SN Review.

You can read more about Vina in the April 2015 issue of Romance Times Book Review magazine:

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