Happy Thursday, everyone! Here we are, 4 days until the release of my 9th novel, THE SOCCER PLAYER AND THE SINGLE MOM. To help pass the time (because the week before release day is always a nail biter for me!) I’m doing a “Meet the Characters” event. Each day, I’ll be introducing you to one of the characters from the book, and sharing a sneak peek with them in it.
So here we go… 4 days and counting …
Excerpt from THE SOCCER PLAYER AND THE SINGLE MOM: Edna with Scott and Felicity
Edna peeked around the kitchen corner wearing a ruffled apron that matched her mailbox and motioned Felicity inside.
“If you want breakfast, you’d better step it up, missy,” she said loudly. “I can only hold off my bottomless pit of a grandson for so long.”
Said bottomless pit sat with his back to them, sawing through a stack of pancakes. Either he was ignoring her in an attempt to play off the kiss they’d shared last night, or he was just really focused on his meal.
“Oh, I’m good,” Felicity said. “Not really a—”
“What?” Edna plucked a hidden earbud out of her right ear. “Sorry, couldn’t hear you over my tunes. What was that?”
Tunes? Felicity stepped forward, grinning. “Thank you, but I’m not much of a breakfast person.” Not entirely true, but not a complete lie. Anxiety always did kill her appetite.
“Nonsense. A person’s gotta eat, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even Knucklehead will agree with me on that one.”
Scott took a heaping bite of pancake, realized their attention had turned to him, and humored them with a chipmunk-cheeked smile. Finally, something made him look less like a GQ model. She tried not to notice the way he seemed completely at ease with her arrival, as if their kiss hadn’t affected him.
And why shouldn’t he be? It probably hadn’t.
Edna slipped the earbud back into place and resumed her station at the griddle as Felicity eased into the seat adjacent to Scott’s. At least he was fully clothed again. Far easier not to ogle when those abs were sufficiently hidden.
“Did something happen while I was gone?” she asked.
“What, you mean the name calling?” He shrugged and stabbed another forkful of flapjacks. “Nah, she’s always like this. I’m used to it.”
Somewhere between her worry that Tyler would pick up bad habits from Edna rather than Scott and her inner debate over how to broach the subject of work, a mile-high plate of pancakes appeared on the table before her. Felicity glanced up in time to see a stern-faced Edna pouring her a glass of orange juice.
“Now, you eat up, and don’t even think about getting up from the table until that plate is empty, young lady.”
Edna raised a hand to silence her, plucked both earbuds free, and peeled the apron up and over her head with expert deftness that left not a hair out of place. “No buts. You eat, I gotta finish getting ready.”
“Getting ready for what?” Felicity asked, watching her go.
“What’s today?” Scott said.
He nodded. “Euchre.”
“At eight in the morning?”
“That’s pretty late for her. Bridge is at seven thirty on Mondays, Canasta at six thirty on Tuesday. Thursday used to be Pinochle, don’t remember the time.”
Felicity chuckled. The woman had a crazier schedule than she did. “And Saturdays?”
“Oh, no, Edna never schedules anything before noon on Saturdays.” His smile faded to a look of reverence. “Stays up too late on Fridays playing Bingo.”
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~~THE SOCCER PLAYER AND THE SINGLE MOM, releasing 3/11/19 from Entangled Publishing.~~
For most women, working for a sexy soccer star would be a dream come true. All except single mom Felicity Shaw. She has no interest in playing personal assistant for a stubborn, injured playboy—no matter how nice his abs are. But with bills piling up and mouths to feed, she can’t say no to the job.
That’s when it gets interesting.
The last thing Scott Gillie wants or needs is a persistent and entirely too distracting PA while he’s recuperating in his small hometown. Unfortunately, it’s not up to him. Then Felicity and her son end up temporarily moving in—all thanks to his meddlesome grandmother. Now temptation is right across the hall and it’s driving Scott crazy.
His only option is to fight fire with fire.
He never expects Felicity to do the same.
See you all back here tomorrow for another sneak peek at novel #9!
P.S. HER UNEXPECTED HERO, my third book in the Checkerberry Inn series, is on sale this week for only 99 cents! It can be read as a stand alone, but also goes great with the rest of the series. I’ll put a link here so you can begin your escape to the Checkerberry Inn today: HER UNEXPECTED HERO Sale.