Playing For Fun Release Day & Giveaway

Kia ora, hello!

I admit that on occasion one of my guilty pleasures is watching a season of The Bachelor (or Bachelorette!). While some episodes it’s more for the trainwreck-giggle-cringe factor, the idea of a single person being confronted with so many choices of potential mate, all with completely different personalities, sparked a few fun ideas. How would Ford react to being set up? How would Holly react to the guy she secretly has a ‘thing’ for being set up?  I had so much fun writing their Friends-to-lovers story – I hope you enjoy reading it!



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Playing For Fun (Due South Book #6)
Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 290 pages



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Wanted: A woman for Ford.

Ford Komeke can’t deny he could use an up-skill in the dating arena. It’s a local in-joke that his game, as far as women go, sucks. Thanks to the meddling of New Zealand’s worst octogenarian matchmaker, he’s got an online dating profile, a new wardrobe, and a haircut from Stewart Island’s sexy hairdresser, Holly Parker. But since he’s well and truly mired in the friendzone with Holly, what’s the harm in exploring his options? A little jealousy could work wonders.

Offered: Dream job with a catch.

What do you say when you’re offered an un-turn-downable career opportunity? You say, hell-to-the-yeah! Only there’s a problem. To get the dream job Holly must leave Stewart Island and her two best friends, Shaye and Ford. But if Holly can distract Shaye with wedding planning and set Ford up with a nice girl so she can stop imagining him naked, neither will notice if she exits stage right. Neither will notice if her feelings for Ford stop being strictly platonic.

Warning: One kiss is never enough.

As addictive as the chocolate stash Holly hides in her fridge, one kiss forces them out of the friendzone—way out of the friendzone. Heat and hunger explode, but the ugliness in Ford’s past hold his heart hostage. Playing for fun or playing for keeps? Holly and Ford must decide because the consequences of falling in love means that someone’s heart or someone’s dream will ultimately end up shattered.


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 Playing For Fun release day giveaway

(Open Internationally)


Prize includes:

~ New Zealand black fern tote bag
~ New Zealand Haka tea towel (not sure what you’d call it overseas. Used to dry dishes if you’re so inclined…). 
~ New Zealand Rotorua Mud hand cream (don’t worry, it’s a lot nicer than it sounds and feels lovely to apply!)
~ New Zealand Rotorua Mud Facepack and Soap giftset
~ Hand-crafted ‘treble’ symbol earrings for pierced ears
~ Expandable-fit ‘Koru’ bracelet
~ New Zealand emergency poncho
~ New Zealand selection of individually wrapped chocolates with Manuka honey creme, boysenberry & Kiwifruit centers.
~ Author magnet.
~ Author bookmark.

To Enter: Just click on the below Rafflecopter giveaway links below.

To qualify for the bonus 5 entries, you’ll need to purchase Playing For Fun and answer this question in the space provided in the rafflecopter. The question is: What is the name of my hairstylist mentioned in the acknowledgements section at the end of the e-book? (Answer is found at the end of Playing For Fun e-book.) 

* Prizes are not exchangeable for cash or anything else.
* All due care will be made in ensuring the prize arrives at the winner’s address, but I am unable to refund prize value in any way should it not arrive due to postal disaster.
* Entries close on January 4th and winner will receive a direct e-mail from me shortly after – so please ensure my e-mail address is added to your safe/contacts list. If I haven’t had a reply from the winner in 48 hours, I will redraw a new winner.


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Comments (13)

    • Tracey Alvarez


      Hi Leah,
      Glad you enjoyed Playing For Fun – I’m working on Harley’s book now! 🙂


      Tracey A.

  1. Jools


    Can’t wait to read, just got my copy on my Kindle! LOVE this series and I will always want MOAR!

  2. Rakz


    Hi Tracey! I’ve started reading your series and it’s wonderful to find a New Zealander author who writes contemporary romance. Lovely!
    I look forward to reading your latest instalment. Thank you & Happy New Year 🙂

    • Tracey Alvarez


      Hi Rakz – thanks! I hope you enjoyed the books you’ve read so far – and that Holly & Ford win your heart. 😉
      Happy New Year to you too. 🙂

      Tracey A.

    • Tracey Alvarez


      Hi there – glad you got it sorted! I won’t make you previous post public.
      Happy New Year!

      Tracey A.

  3. Rebecca


    I have enjoyed all your books. The one chapter a week was a tease but I looked forward to every email I received! Can’t wait for your next one!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Juaneil Ellsworth


    I have enjoyed reading your books and always look forward to each new release.

  5. Lourdes Olle


    I love reading about the families,tbeir adventures and the love on the island. Please keep bringing me back with your books.

  6. tinatalker


    I have SO enjoyed this whole series! Very cool for this American to learn something about New Zealand, and having the bonus of it being romantic doesn’t hurt…

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