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I'm so excited about a LEAGUE OF HER OWN's Dec 1st release tomorrow!! To celebrate, here's a sneak peak excerpt:
Garrett's grumbling teammates filed out of the pre-game meeting, followed by the coaches and Heather's father. Garrett, however, remained in his seat, watching the lithe young woman as she stood by the door.
At last she turned to him.
"We meet again. Garrett, right?"
He stood and strode to the door. When he stopped, her eyes widened, caution swimming in their depths.
"You mentioned having individual meetings," he said, keeping his voice even, hiding the irritation shimmering through him. "I thought we'd have ours now."
She blinked up at him, and her lips moved. Though he strained to hear, he couldn't make out what she'd said.
"I'm sorry, I didn't catch that."
A bright pink suffused her cheeks, and he forced himself not to notice how pretty the color made her.
"I said that I haven't finished my notes for you yet. I'll watch you pitch tomorrow. We'll meet after that."
He had to give it to her. Soft-spoken or not, she had a direct way about her. He didn't doubt that she could lead...just not professional baseball players. "That's what I wanted to talk to you about. I'm requesting to be released from my contract. This isn't the right place for me to advance in my career."
Her mobile face stilled. "And why would that be?"
"Look, I'll be blunt." He tapped his fingers on the sides of his legs. "This team isn't hustling, and it'll be a long time before they come around to supporting you. Things will get worse instead of better. I have a limited window of opportunity to advance. Given these factors, my bottom-line pitching won't look good with a losing team behind me. I'd like to help you, but selfishly, this is my last shot."
A speculative gleam entered her eyes. "So you're asking to be released because you think I can't help you reach your goals."
A long breath rushed out of him. She was going to be reasonable. "That'd be great. Thank you."
She arched an eyebrow. "You're wrong, and I'll be as frank with you as you were with me."
His relief turned to irritation. So she wasn't going to make this easy. He held his tongue and waited to hear her out.
"I think you're overvaluing yourself." She nodded when his mouth dropped open.
Guys talked this way to each other. Not women...especially not pretty women...to him.
"Your control isn't where it should be, and if that's not addressed, you'll also be another reason why this team isn't doing well. But you have potential, and I can help you."
"Right," he scoffed. What could a softball pitcher do for him? "No offense, but I need someone with more experience."
She tapped her chin and angled her head, her eyes flashing up at him. "If I can change your mind about that, will you drop your request and give me your support and a hundred percent effort?"
He held in a laugh. Was she for real? There wasn't a chance she could change his decision. "What do you have in mind?"
She stepped closer, and her subtle citrus scent curled beneath his nose.
"A contest. If I get more strikes out of twenty pitches than you do, you stay. If you have more, then I'll release you."
He stared at her. Processing. She couldn't be serious. Sure, he had control issues, but he was still better than a college-level player. She was making this easy. But if she was foolish enough to offer him this out, he'd take it.
They eyed each other for a long, tense moment before he jerked his chin at her.
"You're on."
Phew! Hope that will hold us... :) Add A LEAGUE OF HER OWN to your Goodreads TR Pile or purchase at:
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Win one of five copies of my September #Harlequin  release SOMEONE LIKE YOU in my Goodreads #giveaway  http://bit.ly/1mQqBsb !
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I'm giving away signed copies of my Contemporary Romance, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL, on Saturday, 5/31 11-12 at RWA Booth 2551! Stop by to say hi and for a free, autographed copy if you are attending the Book Expo of America Conference. Hope to see you there :)
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So excited that my YA contemporary romance, WISH ME TOMORROW is the 2014 Winner of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence! You can check it out on http://amzn.to/19HE0uL :)
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Hi, bloggers! If you're interested in reviewing my upcoming Harlequin Heartwarming HIS HOMETOWN GIRL, the NetGalley link is http://bit.ly/MWM8ov . I would greatly appreciate your reviews on your wonderful sites and on Amazon <3 Thank you for considering, and here's the blurb to help you decide :)

He'd always managed to best her…

Jodi Chapman will do whatever it takes to get top care for her autistic son. If that means going home and convincing local farmers to sell their land, so be it. Even if her biggest opponent, childhood rival Daniel Gleason, is equally determined to convince farmers to buy into his co-op plan. And he's not playing fair.

Facing off against Daniel is the last thing Jodi wants. The attraction that's always fueled their competitiveness is as strong as ever and just as distracting. But with both their futures on the line, and years of distrust between them, how can they ever be on the same side?
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Have you gotten back together with an ex or wanted to? Read my blog: RETRO-ROMANCE- I WANT YOU BACK http://bit.ly/LIcTLS for tips and comment there to win my one-day giveaway of a signed copy of my latest novel HIS HOMETOWN GIRL  The winner will be announced on Friday on the blog post and at http://www.facebook.com/karenrockwrites. :)
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If you love wholesome, tender romance, win this terrific giveaway of three autographed upcoming Feb Harlequin Heartwarming releases at http://bit.ly/1cDIILF ! You'll be entered to win Summer Kisses by Melinda Curtis, What a Girl Wants by Jennifer Snow and A Minute on the Lips by Cheryl Harper! Open internationally :)
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*Squeeee! I'm thrilled to receive Coffee Time Romance's Coffee Time Reviewer Recommendation Award and five coffee cups for my novel WISH ME TOMORROW http://bit.ly/1cw1pYj . If interested, check out WISH ME TOMORROW as a print book at http://bit.ly/17BOorY or on Amazon Kindle http://amzn.to/17bFja7 Thanks so much :)
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Book cover for my WIP.
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Teaser from my WIP. A Heart for Rebel. 
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