Friday, 9 May 2014

Fantasy Cast Friday - revisited... 'Offside!' by Jamie Tucker Dougan

Today I'm really happy to be hosting what I'm calling a Fantasy Cast Friday revisited for my fabulous friend and fellow author Jamie Tucker Dougan

A few months back he released his sexy soccer-themed romance Offside!, but since then it's had a bit of a make-over, a cover change, and it's just been re-published as full-length novel, rather than the novella it originally was. And to celebrate the book's re-release Jamie has kindly done a slightly re-vamped Fantasy Cast list for the book. Want to find out more? Read on...


Author Bio

Jamie Tucker Dougan is a 40something indie author and blogger from East Ayrshire in Scotland. He enjoys blogging about random things and writing short stories with an adult romantic theme.

His first short story, Grande Plage, was released in July 2012 and reached number 1 in the Amazon DE Free Download chart in August 2012. It was followed soon after by his second short story, Always Running Away which included the little bonus story, A Bus Journey.

In September 2012, Jamie released The Rubicon Trail, a fictionalisation of a real life adventure in America. It has been a Top 5 best seller in its category.

Recently, he released Offside!: Not Everyone Plays By The Rules. Originally, it was the first in a novella series and was released as such before Christmas 2013. But like a few writers, Jamie wasn’t happy with the story and how he had written it. So he rewrote it and republished it recently as the first novel in the Shane Henderson Diaries Series.

Away from writing, Jamie works in a busy car & truck dealership in his home town and is a loving husband to his partner of 22 years and loving dad to his two young sons. He enjoys watching football, motor racing and walking.

Book Blurb - Offside!: Not Everyone Plays By The Rules

"When I was 12 years-old, I dreamed of playing for a football team. The football team I supported. The team my uncle, Sean Quillen, played for. That team was Milton Keynes Rangers. Never in my wildest dream did I think that two months shy of my 17th birthday I’d score the winning goal on my debut for that team. That's truly the stuff of dreams. 
 If it hadn’t been for the belief and 
encouragement of my best friend and her dad, that dream would never have come true. 

But dreams are not all good. There are good bits and bad bits. 

I’m Shane Henderson, I’m a professional footballer. These are my diaries, my thoughts, and conversations. My daily life as I live my dream, the good bits and the bad bits."

Offside!: Not Everyone Plays By The Rules is the first novel in the Shane Henderson Diaries series that follows the life of fictional footballer Shane Henderson and his love of Milton Keynes Rangers, the team he plays for during most of his career. Follow the series as he tells of his love for that team. The love he has for Mia, his best friend... with benefits. The love for his wife who doesn't deserve his love. And how he rekindles the relationship with his older brother despite his brother doing something that almost breaks Shanes' heart. And watch as Shane slowly realises who his heart really belongs to and wrestles with his feelings hoping he makes the right choice. 

"It’s a saucy romance set in the world of football"


Fantasy Cast List

Shane Henderson  

Every story has a main character. The main character in Offside! is Shane Henderson, a sexy, good looking but shy and quiet professional footballer in his early 30′s. Since his teens, he dreamed of being a footballer, just like his dad, brother and uncle. But his footballing abilities were overlooked by his parents, who had little time for him when he was young.

It’s not until his family move to another country that his abilities are noticed by the father of his new best friend that he begins to follow his dream.

Shane leaves school and gains a place at the footballing academy of his favourite team, Milton Keynes Rangers. Almost a year later, he makes his professional début. Over the next 12 years at MKR, his footballing abilities shine and he become club captain. On a stormy night in Paris one year, he becomes a club legend when his goals win his beloved club the Champions League against the odds.
A change of ownership at MKR forces Shane to leave the club he loves and join local rivals Daventry United.
He is not a typical professional footballer though, preferring a quiet life at home rather than fast cars, faster women, nightclubs, race tracks and casinos. So it probably wasn’t a good idea to fall in love and marry a fame hungry, attention seeking ex-Page 3 model. But his wife is not the only love in his life, there’s the love for Mia Rodrigues, his best friend from his teens who shared the same dream. But it’s not the only thing they share...
The visual muse for Shane is Dan Ewing, best known for playing his role as Heath Braxton in Home & Away.

Mia Rodrigues 

Mia Rodrigues, the pin-up girl of womens’ soccer. Beautiful, talented and a sensible head on her shoulders, so it’s no wonder that away from the football field she is also a successful model, part-time lawyer and owner of a successful sports and entertainment management company.

The only daughter of Brazilian World Cup winner Pepe, football has always been in her blood. Her dream of being a top player came true when she headed for the USA at 18 years old. That was after being spotted by a daily tabloid newspaper and her modelling career taking off. But all she wanted to do back then was play football. Her footballing career was cut short though in her late 20′s. So she moved into coaching and eventually management, becoming the first female manager of an MLS team in America. She has her sights set on a bigger league though… The Premiership.

Mia is also Shane Henderson’s best friend, having known each other since their teens. But their relationship goes deeper than just friendship. They have feelings for each other and have in the past, crossed that line where friendship becomes something else. Will the paths of their lives cross again?
The visual muse and inspiration for Mia is model/actress/entrepreneur/TV presenter Kelly Brook.

Lewis Henderson 

Every story needs a bad guy. The bad guy in Offside! is Shane’s big brother, Lewis. But is he really the bad guy?

Like Shane, Lewis is also a professional footballer. Nearing the end of a career mostly spent playing in Italy, he moves to Shane’s former club on loan. Always the blue eyed boy to his mother, he has an estranged relationship with his little brother. But in a strange sort of way way, he cares for his younger sibling which is why he does something that breaks his brother’s heart.

The visual muse for Lewis is Emmerdale’s lovable rogue Cain Dingle played by Jeff Hordley. Cain is a bad boy but you just can’t help liking that bad boy. Just like Lewis when you realise why he did what he does to his little brother.

April Flowers

April Flowers, new wife of Offside!’s main character Shane Henderson. A woman he loves very much but a woman with a secret… a few secrets. The former Page 3 model turned TV sports reporter and lads’ mag pin-up girl is not as sweet and innocent as she appears.

She’s an attention seeking drama queen who loves the limelight. Very much a WAG but not the kind of WAG happy shopping in the best shops and eating in the best restaurants.  She’s the opposite of Shane, who shuns attention and tries to live a quiet life away from the media spotlight. April attracts the media. In Offside! though, she’ll wish she hadn’t.

Revelations that April has been playing “offside” set the scene and as the series progresses, we’ll find that not everybody is playing by the rules and April is not the only character playing “offside”.

The visual muse for April is former Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallet. Like Roxanne’s character was in Emmerdale, April looks sweet and innocent but is also a bit of a man eater and heart breaker.

Sam Black 

Sam is the goalkeeper at MKR and Shane’s former teammate. They are also best mates having joined Milton Keynes Rangers’ Youth Academy together. Sam is also Mia Rodrigues’ cousin. But that doesn’t stop Shane often confiding his feelings for Mia in Sam.
Sam also has a big dislike for April, and often tells Shane his opinion of her.

I’ve cast Home & Away star Steve Peacocke who plays Darryl ‘Brax’ Braxton. Not because they are similar characters but because when I wrote the first line in Offside! mentioning Sam, Home & Away was on TV and Brax was on the screen.

Shelby Cooper 

Shelby is a familiar face for Shane when he signs for Daventry United, their paths having crossed before one night a few years previous. Shelby Cooper is the beautiful club physiotherapist at Daventry United. She’s also girlfriend of United’s manager Dario de Luccio. That doesn't stop her being flirty with the players at United, Shane especially.

I’ve cast Emmerdale’s Natalie Anderson as Shelby. She’s the ideal choice to play Shelby, long dark hair, flirty nature but loyal to the person she cares about most.

Other characters from the Offside! Series, some minor and some yet to be introduced...

Dario de Luccio 

Daventry United manager. He has a minor part in Offside! but will have a major impact on what’s going on in the second book in the series. I’ve cast a real life former footballer as Dario – former Rangers and Blackburn Rovers player Lorenzo Amoruso.

Chip Agassi 

 Mia’s race car driving husband. He’ll make his début in the second book in the Shane Henderson Diary series. I’ve cast Coronation Street bad boy Marc Baylis (Rob Donovan) as Chip.

Dale McKechnie

Shane’s ex-girlfriend from his schooldays and early part of his career. Mentioned in the first book but makes her proper début in the second book. I’ve cast another Coronation Street star as Dale – Samia Ghadie who plays Maria Connor. 

There are more characters I could cast but the ones I’ve listed here are characters that have visual muses, faces I picture in my mind when I’m writing the Shane Henderson Diaries Series.

Contact Info

Twitter - @JamieTDougan

'Offside!' is available to download HERE.

And you can check out all of Jamie's books over on Amazon -

Thank you for a brilliant Fantasy Cast, Jamie! Wishing you loads of success with the re-release of Offside! And I can't wait for the next book in the series! 

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