Devil in Denim–Melanie Scott is in the Lair!

mjscott2_300_600w-1It’s my absolute pleasure to welcome back someone whose alter ego, M.J. Scott, is no stranger to the lair. In fact, we have *both* personas visiting us today (how’s that for split personalities?) Melanie has just launched a new series revolving around the owners of a baseball team. 

Here’s the blurb of DEVIL IN DENIM to whet your appetite:

As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.


Alex could never have imagined how much this team means to Maggie. He needs her to help show the players that they’re still a family…even if he and Maggie are at the verge of exchanging blows. But her fiery determination and gorgeous looks prove irresistible to Alex. And much as he wants to relegate their relationship to the playing field—and get the Saints back in the game—Alex just can’t help himself: What he wants to win most is Maggie’s heart…

 Over to you, Melanie!

Thanks to Christina and all the Banditas for having me back in the lair, it’s always so much fun. Now, I’ve been here before as M.J. Scott, writer of dark fantasy and things that go bump in the night, but actually today, I’m here to talk about a new writing adventure as Melanie Scott. So I thought I’d let M.J. interview Melanie to explain it all…

FIELDOFDREAMSM.J. So, new name. What do you need a whole new name for? Aren’t initials enough?

Melanie Initials are great but you took those and you write dark fantasy. I write contemporary romance. So less confusion if I’m not you. Maybe.

M.J Well, if you insist. Personally I think books with vampires and werewolves are more fun but what are your books about?

Melanie I’m writing a series called the New York Saints which is about three guys who buy the worst team in Major League Baseball to try and save it and–

M.J. Baseball? But you’re an Aussie. Aussies play cricket, not baseball.

Melanie Well, that’s true to a certain extent but there are extenuating circumstances. Firstly, it’s true Aussies are sports mad and it’s also true that I am not typically sports mad. But the thing is that ,while guys are taught to play cricket (and yes, I played much backyard cricket as a kid), girls (at least when I was at school) tended to be steered toward softball as the swinging a bat type sport. And softball is a lot like baseball, so I’ve always had a soft spot for baseball. With the added bonus of understanding the rules. Secondly, I’ve always loved baseball movies. Field of Dreams is one of my all time favorite films and Bull Durham would also be on the list (and despite the fact they have the young cute Kevin Costner is common, for me, it’s more about the baseball). And thirdly, my brother, conveniently, married an American and the first time I went to the US to meet them, we went to a MLB game and I had a lot of fun. So baseball is one of the few sports I actually know something about and like.

AngelInArmani_300_600hM.J. Well, I guess that makes sense. And those baseball uniforms are kind of cool. So what’s this book about?

Melanie The first book in the series is THE DEVIL IN DENIM and the heroine is Maggie Jameson whose father is the former owner of the team. Maggie always expected to grow up and take over the team but her dad had hidden the team’s financial woes from her and then sells the team without telling her. The hero, Alex Winters, is one of the new owners, so Maggie is not predisposed to like him at all. If only he weren’t so damned sexy…

M.J. That sounds pretty good. But couldn’t there be a vampire? Why contemporary romance?

Melanie Firstly, don’t worry, you’re not going anywhere, we’re still writing fantasy book but this is something I’ve always wanted to write too. In fact, when I first started trying to write seriously, one of the first books I read was Jennifer Crusie’s Welcome to Temptation and I knew I wanted to try writing a witty, sexy, fun book like that.

M.J. Crusie is kind of awesome. So you said there were three guys? Does that mean there are three books?

Melanie So far, yes. The second book ANGEL IN ARMANI is out December 30 and LAWLESS IN LEATHER is out May 5 2015. Then we’ll have to see what happens next. I’ve had lots of fun with these books so hopefully there might be more!

1BanditBootySo there you have it, the tale of the two sides of me. But now over to you. Who’s a a sports fan? A sports movie fan? Do you have a favorite sport to watch or play? A favorite athlete? To celebrate my first Melanie book, I’m giving away two signed copies of the Devil to two commenters so let’s chat!



  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the new series, Melanie. I’m a big sports, especially hockey and baseball. My favorite athletes are Henrik Lundqvist and Derek Jeter. I do enjoy sports movies, but my favorites are the comedies like Mr. 3000 and the Major League movies.

    • Hi Jane! Congrats on the Golden Rooster! I think he plays a mean game of baseball himself. You’re certainly in the right place if you like hockey, since we’ve got Anna Sugden’s Jersey Ice Cats here as well!

    • Hi Jane
      I don’t know a lot about ice hockey, very much not a sport we play here. So only what I’ve seen in the movies! It would be fun to go see some live.
      Thanks for dropping by!

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    The new series sounds great, Melanie! I’ve been reading and enjoying quite a few sports romance books lately. I don’t play a sport, but I have always loved baseball for the very reason you mentioned. I can understand the rules. LOL

    I grew up following the Detroit Tigers and Derek Jeter grew up about 30 minutes from where I now live in Michigan. 😉

    • Marcy, LOL about being able to follow the rules. I’ve enjoyed Rugby Union all my life and never really had a great handle on the rules. Now my son’s playing it, maybe I can learn along with him 🙂

      • Bull Durham is such a good film, Amy. I need to watch it again. I vaguely understand basketball but prefer baseball! American Football is a mystery 🙂 despite the fact my brother played in a team for a while here.

    • I think understanding the rules is key to liking a sport, Mercy. Aussie Rules football is complicated (though not as complicated as American) and I don’t understand Rugby at all. Long live baseball! 😀 And sports movies where the announcers always helpfully explain things lol

  • Amy Conley says:

    Funny topic. I LOVE sports movies and today I have been looking at and reading one of my favorite lines from BULL DURHAM.
    As for actual sporting events, yawn. I can handle wat hing American football, (go COLTS), but that is my limit. Yes, I live in Indiana, but I hate basketball!
    But reading about a sport or sports themed book is more like watching a sports movie and this series sounds great.

  • flchen1 says:

    Woohoo, Melanie/MJ! While I’m not a huge fan of sports, I AM a huge fan of sports romances 😉 Those are extremely fun to read, and the best writers make me love the sport and find it completely intriguing even as their characters have it as a backdrop to their lives and love! Looking forward to your trilogy–it sounds fantastic! And possibly more, eh? That sounds even better!

  • Mary Preston says:

    I played soft ball at school, so good to know I could understand baseball in a pinch.

    I’m coming off a Commonwealth Games high. The swimming was exciting & a great favourite.

    • Hi Mary, nice to see you here!

      Swimming is another sport I understand. Was a complete water baby as a kid, you couldn’t drag me out of the pool. I still love to swim but don’t do it often enough! Doesn’t hurt that those male swimmers look pretty good in their Speedos! *g*

  • Hi Melanie and MJ. I love MJ’s work, so I guess I’m predisposed to loving Melanie’s as well, particularly if it’s sassy and fun. I’m not a massive sports fan, even though I’m a swim teacher and work in the health and fitness industry in my day job. But I did love Field of Dreams and A League of their Own, so I think I’m going to love these books. Have already got it, so don’t put me in the giveaway – can’t wait to read it.

    • Waves to Leisl from both mes 😀 See, you are just training the future swimmers, which is good. And Field of Dreams. Such a good film. So is A League of their own. Definitely need some baseball movie rewatching!

    • Hi Leisl! Lovely to see you here on Romance Bandits! I have Devil all downloaded and ready to read on Kindle. Can’t wait!

    • Amy Conley says:

      Myself and two of my kids are in A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. Talk about fun! And Tom Hanks is even better looking in person 😉 Rosie was awesome also. Best of alll was Penny Marshall (she was the director), my daughter and I were sitting next to her and her directors spot and she was talking away to both of us.

  • Anita H. says:

    Ohh a new sports series? Sign me up. I do enjoy sports, mainly hockey but I’m definitely more of a watcher than a player 🙂 I would have to say Teemu Selanne is my favorite player even though he’s retired now. Can’t wait to check out this new series!!

    • Hi Anita! Just had to google Teemu. I can see the appeal. Maybe we really do need ice hockey here in Australia. There’s lots of regular hockey…just need to add skates. And build many more ice rinks *g*

  • Lucy says:

    Funnily enough, I currently have a game of Australian Rules Football on television playing in the background, so I guess at the moment I am a fan of tough footballers that have very nice big muscles to look at 😉
    The Devil in Denim sounds like a wonderful read – Congratulations Melanie 🙂

  • SecretNinja says:

    Hi Melanie!! Love hearing there’s more sports series coming out, I just love reading them. I’m a huge sports fanatic, I’ll watch anything but my favorite is hockey. I’ve got tons of favorite athletes, I always have a hard time picking just one although lately I’ve been watching a ton of tennis (waiting impatiently for hockey season to begin!!!!) and cheering for my fellow Canadians, Milos Raonic and Genie Bouchard!


  • Hi Ada. Firstly I have to say your little ninja avatar is adorable 😀 Secondly, tennis players also have great bods. Though they’ve taken to wearing baggy shorts which is sad. Don’t mind playing the odd game of tennis and then of course there’s Wimbledon, the movie with the lovely Paul Bettany!

  • Caren Crane says:

    Welcome, both M.J. and Melanie! As I’ve often confessed, I am NOT a big sports fan. Many in my family are, but it missed me somehow. I am, however, a HUGE fan of sports movies! You mentioned a couple of great baseball movies. I would add Fever Pitch with Jimmy Fallon. While it isn’t about a baseball player, it is ALL about the Church Of Baseball, as Susan Sarandon famously said in Bull Durham.

    Btw, I had the honor of attending games in the old Durham Bulls park where they filmed some of the movie. It had tons of atmosphere! The new one? Not so much.

    I also seriously love some underdog football movies. Or heck, even hockey! Sucker for The Mighty Ducks and Miracle. Now I need to go watch some sports movies…

    • There’s a US baseball version of Fever Pitch? With Jimmy Fallon? How did I not know this? Must get. I’ve only seen the UK one with the divine Colin Firth. I love a League of Their Own too, Caren. Gina Davis is great. And all the others.

      • And now I’m mixing up my replies. It’s getting late here in Oz, must be almost time for bed. I think I’ve seen Miracle, Caren. That’s hockey? With Kurt Russell?

  • Helen says:

    Huge congrats on the release Melanie I have this on my kindle and am really looking forward to reading it. And yes I am a big sports fan I love my footy and follow the Wests Tigers her in Sydney and I also love cricket and I love sports movies one of my favourites is A League of Their own love that one 🙂

    Have Fun

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I love football. The Indianapolis Colts are my team since I live in Indiana. While growing up, long before the Colts came to town, my parents (so me too, of course) were die-hard Green Bay Packet fans. I still root for them occasionally depending on who they are playing. At any rate, I am such a fan of the game, if there’s one on TV, no matter who’s playing I’ll watch it. As soon as fall rolls around I’ll be trolling the station’s looking for one to watch. On Saturdays, there is usually college football as well. While not as big a fan of it as I am pro ball, I do watch Notre Dame when they are on TV. Your series sounds good. Haven’t read your work before but I will definitely check it out.

    • Debbie Oxier says:

      Stupid autocorrect. It’s Green Bay Packers as any football fan will know!

    • Debbie, I have watched movies about American Football and TV shows (I’m working my way through Friday Night Lights right now) but I still find the game confusing. I think it’s one you have to grow up with. I respect the guys who play it though, they go in hard! Ouch. My brother played in a very unserious American Football league here in Aus for a while and they all go pretty bruised and battered.

  • Hi everyone
    It is, as I commented above, getting late here, so I’m off to bed. But I’ll be back in the morning and will catch up, so please keep commenting, it’s fun hearing everyone’s stories and faves!

  • Susan Sey says:

    Good morning (it’s morning here anyway) to MJ & Melanie! First off, I LOVE sports movies & books! I’m not such a huge fan of televised sports that I don’t play (i.e. football & baseball) but if they tell the players’ backstories like they do on the Olympics? I’m IN.

    I will absolutely check out Devil in Denim! Best of luck with the new name & the new release!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Are you ready for some (American) FOOOOTBALLLLL!!!!! Grins. Yes, yes I AM a football fan. Carolina Panthers, to be precise, but if it’s on, I’ll watch it no matter who’s playing.

    Hi MJ/Melanie!! Welcome back to the Lair!!

    The books sound great. I’ve come to love baseball, thanks to my Eldest playing high-level travel baseball. I am currently sporting a baseball-mom-tan thanks to him, and have a collection of ball caps which I normally eschew because they look awful on me. Ha! But for the boy? Yeah. Got it. :>

    And, yes, I like basketball too….but not nearly as much as American Football. I adore Rugby too though. LOVE THAT GAME. Just love it. I’m always grateful for international television on cable b/c I can usually find either a rugby match or a football game. Yay!!

    And I am so puzzled and confounded by cricket that I’m determined to, at some point, figure it out. Hahahah!!

    Oh, and as Susan says, I love the olympics. Winter best, but summer too. Stay glued to the TV for the whole 2 weeks of the Olympics from torch run to torch passing. Grins.

    So…yes, sports fan. (Kinda obvious, eh?) and Yes, I love sports movies too – esp Field of Dreams, We Are Marshall, Rudy, Hoosiers, etc. Love them. Oooh, Miracle on Ice. Loved that one.

    Okay. Stopping now. Grins. Best of luck with the books!

  • Deb says:

    Melanie, another movie you have to watch is THE FINAL SEASON. It is about the high school baseball team in Norway, Iowa playing their last season as a school before they merge with the larger and newly formed district called Benton Community (the name was changed in the movie since BC wouldn’t allow the name to be used). Norway ALWAYS won state titles almost if not every year for well over 40 years. They were always known as THE team and THE town to live and breathe baseball. The opening scene is beautiful….cornfields of my beautiful state of Iowa.
    Congrats on your success as an author!

  • Minna says:

    Well, I like watching sports occasionally, like ice hockey or skating, but I’m one cynical sports fan. When I’m watching just about any kinds of sports I’m usually wondering what kind of doping they are using.

    Enigma – Beyond The Invisible

    “Weird Al” Yankovic – Headline News

  • sandyg265 says:

    My favorite sport to watch is football.


    Nothing better than watching the backside of certain pitchers the second before they toss that ball over the plate at 90+ miles an hour. And the forearms of the hitters as the knock it back the other way. Love Double plays and even the very, very rare triple play!!

    Uhm…yes, I’ll be reading your books, Melanie…well, I’ll be buying them. May have to wait to read them once the baseball season ends at the end of the month…unless my Cleveland Indians make the play offs!!

    😀 😀

    **and can I say how cool it is an Aussie loves the game, too?**

    • Suz, Aussies are so sports mad, they are into pretty much everything. There are local baseball leagues here now.

    • Suzanne I like your fave bits about the sport too. Down with baggy baseball uniforms 😀 There’s something very satisfying about a home run soaring out over the field. In cricket, the same thing (where they hit the ball out over the boundary without touching the ground), is an automatic six runs and gets the same sort of reaction but a home run is more dramatic somehow!

      • Darn, hit send to soon! And yes, equally satisfying when the fielding gets exciting and they get a double or triple play. Don’t get those in cricket, for sure!

  • Hi Melanie – Love those titles!

    I like baseball, but I wish the game were shorter. LOL – the older I get the less patience I have. Still there’s nothing better than sitting in the stadium with a cold drink and a hot dog on a bun.

    I like college football (not so big on the majors) because the teams are made up of college kids – emphasis on the kids. They make mistakes. They make great plays. And they have enthusiasm. Fans and athletes both. The pros take this stuff much too seriously, IMHO.

    Love the sound of your new series. Great Titles! Wishing you much success!

    • Hi Donna! Thanks re the titles, though they were my brilliant editor’s idea. Shorter games are good, which is why I refuse to watch test cricket. That can go for five days! Life is too short 😀 And I adore hot dogs. How could you not like a sport that involves hot dogs?

  • teresa says:

    I love watching American football! Watching rugby is fabulous as well. Hockey is fun to watch if it’s on the television, but I don’t think I can ever watch it live since the puck is kinda small. This was the first year I actually watched all the World Cup games on the television. That was quite a marvelous experience. And when the Olympics come around, watch out because I am glued to the television.

    I love finding new sports themed books! Thanks!

  • Bube says:

    Congrtas on new release Melanie 🙂
    Love the cover 😀
    I’m big sports fan,I watch almost every sports,but my favorite is MotoGP and my favorite athlete is Valetntino Rossi,I adore him 🙂

    Thank you for the wonderful post and great giveaway!
    Can’t wait to read The Devil in Denim 🙂

    • Bube, you are obviously a motorcycle fan. I admire the guys that race motorbikes and cars but I find it really hard to watch because I get so worried they’re going to crash and get really hurt. My parents live on the way down to Phillip Island where the Aussie motogp is held, so it’s always interesting if I drive down that weekend to see all the fans heading down on many many motorcycles. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a motoGP movie but I did love Rush which is about car racing. And not just because the lovely Chris Hemsworth is in it. Thanks for dropping in!

  • bn100 says:

    Not a big sports fan