Happy Saturday, everyone! Here we are, just 2 days before 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 … eeeeek! … 2 days and counting …
Excerpt from THE SOCCER PLAYER AND THE SINGLE MOM: Felicity Shaw
Felicity rolled her eyes at the retreating radio station receptionist and looked to Scott, who appeared a bit peaked. “You all right?”
“Sure. Super.” He shifted his weight onto his other crutch. No, not shifted—he was inching closer to the door!
“Don’t even think about it.”
Another inch closer. Then two. “Think about what?”
“Scott, look at me.” His gaze darted from the giant logo, to her, then back again. She raised her hand and pointed to her face. “Really look at me. Right here.”
He did as he was told, the wariness she’d seen in the car multiplied tenfold. If she didn’t get him to calm down, he might well have a panic attack. As crazy as he’d made her this week, she found herself not wanting him to suffer any more than necessary. Being injured and mandated to stay off the field seemed punishment enough.
“How does it feel when you score a winning goal?”
His focus sharpened on her, brows furrowing. “What?”
“What does it feel like to score a winning goal?”
The smallest of grins tugged at his lips. “There’s no greater rush.”
She nodded, and his gaze shifted past her as if picturing a memory.
“You see it all in slow-mo—the trajectory of the ball, where the goalie’s standing—and all you can do is hold your breath and hope he doesn’t get a hand or a foot on it. But it slips past him, and you hear the ball strike the net just before sound erupts all around, the crowd becoming this giant, living, roaring creature. Then your teammates are there, slamming into you in celebration, and you’re relieved to know the team will live to see another game.” He shook his head. “Nothing can top it.”
His tone was one of reverence, not boastfulness, and for the first time since they’d met, Felicity got a glimpse of the man behind the curtain of indifference. It was abundantly clear he loved what he did. If he could replicate that same passion on the air today, how many kids might be inspired to give sports a try? Or adults, to pursue the things they loved?
Maybe this was the real reason J.B. was pushing him to get out there and talk to people. Not just to grow his fan base, but to grow people’s passions, to get them involved. Scott had a gift, one he apparently wasn’t accustomed to sharing with others. Now it was up to her to see that people heard his message.
“Scott?” The receptionist had returned and was holding the glass door open, her smile just as blinding as before. “Charlie said to come on back.”
He gave a nod then studied Felicity for a moment. “Thanks, I needed that.”
“I know,” she said softly. “Now, go get ’em, tiger.”
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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.