Monday, May 13, 2013

Gone South Again! Book Release Day

Celebrate with us today as the second book in our Gone South series is released. If there is nothing like that first one, the second one provides some relief that you can do it again!

It is probably possible to write a contemporary series set in the south without mentioning football, but it would have to be set in an alternate universe.

Still, Scrimmage Gone South is no more a football story than Gone With The Wind is about cotton farming.

Yet, Nathan Scott had to be a football coach. What else was he to do? His life had been mapped out—high school star, college All-American, and a certain future in the NFL. A reporter had christened him “The Angel” because no one without wings should have been able to leap so high with such precision to snatch a ball out of the air—that and his flawless face.

He had even met the girl of his dreams—classy, smart, and funny. She would have been way out of his league if not for the talent that had made him famous and was going to make him rich.

But two games away from his the end of his senior season and seven months away from the NFL draft, it all ended in a matter of seconds. He zigged when he should have zagged and ended up at the bottom of a pile with a destroyed knee.

And it was all her fault. Just hours before going on the field for what would be the last time, he found out she had been lying to him all along.

At sixteen, Tolly Lee had always been such a good girl. It was time she did something bad—and really how bad was it to crash a fraternity party and tell everyone she was a junior at a neighboring college? And how she could have predicted that a dance and a kiss with Nathan Scott would lead to more lies and his ruined future? She paid with her heart and she’s been paying ever since.

Tolly would have never moved to Nathan’s home town to practice law with her cousin if she had dreamed he would ever return.  After all, it had been thirteen years. She has made a good life for herself here, but if the people of Merritt find out that she ruined their hometown hero’s career, she might as well pack her bags.

But when the Merritt High Bobcats need a head coach, the town calls home their favorite son. When he accepted the job, no one told him Tolly Lee, sneaky lying debutante lawyer, had set up practice on Main Street. But why would they? No one knows about their past and he is just as anxious as she is to keep it that way.

They might have gone on like that forever if the Merritt Bobcat starting quarterback had not suddenly become orphaned with no good place to go. In a moment of uncharacteristic spontaneity, Tolly offers to take the boy in and, suddenly staying away from Nathan is a thing of the past.  

Are you a football fan? If you are not, would you read a story with football elements?


Angela N. Blount (RedPeril) said...

Happy release day! :D

Love the cover. The blurb really sparkles as well...and this is coming from an avid non-sports fan. >.> It certainly piqued my interest.

~Angela Blount

Daco said...

Congrats!! Fun story!

So true, South = Football, oh yeah!

Lexi said...

How can you live in the South and NOT like football? Hot cover and the blurb is a winner!

Carla Swafford said...

I'm not a big football fan, but Susan Elizabeth Phillips may me fall in love with several football players in her stories. And I have a feeling I just might do it again. The Angel. Oh, yeah.

Alicia Hunter Pace (aka Jean Hovey and Stephanie Jones) said...

Angela--His is hot, isn't he? He should be his mother was a high-end lingerie model.

Daco, Yeah--like peas and carrots!

Thank you both for stopping by.

Ali Hubbard said...

Congrats on your release. Mine has football too. lol. LOVE the cover as well.

Alicia Hunter Pace (aka Jean Hovey and Stephanie Jones) said...

Lexi, Are you saying, "How 'bout them dawgs?"

Alicia Hunter Pace (aka Jean Hovey and Stephanie Jones) said...

Carla, Love, love, love those Chicago Stars--and SEP.

Alicia Hunter Pace (aka Jean Hovey and Stephanie Jones) said...

Ali, I will have to find yours. I love a football story.

Suzanne Johnson said...

Congrats on the release! I went to Alabama and I work at Auburn, so...yeah, I've been around a little football in my day :-)

Deborah O'Neill Cordes said...

Congratulations on your release, Alicia (Stephanie and Jean). It's a great day! :)

Alicia Hunter Pace (aka Jean Hovey and Stephanie Jones) said...

Suzanne, Must be really interesting on Iron Bowl Day1

Alicia Hunter Pace (aka Jean Hovey and Stephanie Jones) said...

Deborah--What a great Crimson Sister. Thank you for stopping by!

Louisa Cornell said...

CONGRATS on your latest! I LOVE the premise of this story! I was raised to be an Alabama football fan (my Mom's cousin is Leroy Jordan who played for Bama and then played for the Dallas Cowboys.) And this story definitely sounds like a great romance set against the backdrop of what happens to many of those NFL hopefuls.

Alicia said...

Louisa, I cut my teeth on Alabama football too. Leyoy Jordon was one of the greats. This story was a lot of fun to research. I was able to find the floorplan for the suites in the athletic dorm--which I needed for the back story.