I’ve never been much of a sports fan. I like hockey (players) (actually, I think what I really like is DB Sweeney in “The Cutting Edge”) and I can get worked up over a good Wimbledon match, but that’s about it.
But my husband is a little bit of a ninja. I’m not just saying that because I like him. The man has a couple of black belts, has done loads of martial arts his whole life, even wrote a book breaking down the mechanics of a fight scene (he draws a lot of them, as you can see from the picture), and introduced me to the wild world of Mixed Martial Arts Fighting.
Art by Jeff Johnson, used with permission.
I wasn’t too impressed with MMA fighting the first time I saw it. I mean, sure. The fighters were doing kind of badass things, but it all looked like anger issues and ’roid rage to me.
And then what to my untutored and judgmental eyes should appear but… Randy Couture.
I found that I developed a sudden deep interest in MMA fighting.
Not only was Randy a badass who won fights, he was lovely to look at. He was also smart and nice and funny in his interviews, not that I scoured the internet to read/watch any of them.
And I can tell you that he was also very lovely to meet—and by “meet” I mean “stand in a line at Comic Con with 9,000 other people and take a picture with him while trying not to hyperventilate.”
This is that picture:
Standing next to a man like Randy Couture was an eye-opening experience for me. The power. The calm, centered confidence. The size of him—even the arm he held behind my back was intensely heavy with all of that muscle and capability. I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that he could, if he wished, physically best every single person in about a ten mile radius. It was a little bit like standing next to a live electrical current. Everyone who spoke to the man—men, women, kids—came away a little giddy. Did I mention all that power?
Obviously, I had to make him into a Presents hero.
NO MORE SWEET SURRENDER, my latest release, is the story of Ivan Korovin, an ex-MMA fighter turned Hollywood action star who wants to use his fame to start a children’s foundation. But he has a thorn in his side—Professor Miranda Sweet, who spends a lot of time on a lot of television programs calling him a caveman, among other things.
She’s bad for his image—but when Ivan comes up with a plan to deal with both Miranda and his publicity problem in one fell swoop, he discovers that she might steal a little more from him than his reputation…
Giveaway: Caitlin has generously offered 3 copies of No More Sweet Surrender, print or digital, for a giveaway! To enter to win, just leave a comment telling us if your a fan of
MMA fighting or martial arts. Three winners will be randomly drawn on February 15. good luck!