Writing

3 Days and Counting

Happy Friday, everyone! Here we are, 3 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… 3 days and counting …

Excerpt from THE SOCCER PLAYER AND THE SINGLE MOM:  Tyler and the dinner crew

Felicity slid into a seat across the table from Scott at dinner that night, expecting dark looks and an overabundance of glowering. Instead, he greeted her with a nod and a smile.

A smile?

He was up to something, she just knew it.

“So, Tyler, dear, anything exciting happen at school today?” Edna asked as she loaded a small mountain of spaghetti onto his plate.

“Exciting? No. Oh, wait! At lunch, Sammy Simmons shoved green beans up his—”

“Tyler.” Felicity shook her head. “How about you tell us something else. Something you learned today.”

His shoulders fell. “Well, I learned I really stink at…”

“At what, sweetheart?”

With a shake of his head, Tyler’s gaze fell to his lap; the sight nearly broke her heart. It was rare to see her sweet little boy clam up like that, especially before the Gillies. She reached over and put a hand on his knee as Edna finished serving dinner. “Maybe I can help you later?”

Tyler inched his leg out from under her touch and shook his head again. The brush-off stung, but not as much as the knowledge that he was hurting. She’d give anything to take it away, but clearly it was going to have to wait until later.

Maybe he was too shy to talk about it in front of the others.

That, or he was still upset about having to get glasses. She’d hoped getting to pick out his own pair that afternoon would soften the blow, but the minute they’d gotten in the car, he broke into tears. She prayed it would go better for him when they picked up the finished pair.

“Okay, then. So, um, Edna—how was Pinochle?”

“Fun as ever,” she said, not missing a beat with the intentional change in subject. “Norman got us there late. The dimwit forgot to fill up his tank before we left and insisted we stop at the Shell station on the way.”

“Norman?” Felicity asked, looking to Scott.

He flashed her a conspiratorial grin. “Her suitor.”

“Her what?” Tyler lifted his head just enough to peek through his mop of bangs.

Scott leaned toward him and whispered, “Her boyfriend.”

Tyler wrinkled his nose, and Scott offered him a soft fist bump under the table.

“Hardly.” Edna rolled her eyes. “The man is far more worried about playing the Daily Three than anything.”

“Sure,” Scott said. “Because if he hits the numbers, then he can whisk you off on some romantic getaway.”

“I raise you under my own roof, and this is the thanks I get?”

He tipped his head ever so slightly in Tyler’s direction, and Edna’s dark look softened.

“I suppose a trip to Jamaica would be better than a stick in the eye,” she said. “I’d just have to take extra-dark sunglasses. Can’t even imagine that man without his shirt on.”

# # #

~~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.

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