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Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 11

Well, here we are. A day before the big day with the very last fun fact. I hope you've enjoyed seeing them all and learning a bit more about how this book came to be.


This is so, so true. I don't have a favorite. There's no way I could choose between my guys!

You can add Bracing the Blue Line to your to-read shelf and enter a giveaway on Goodreads. It's the last day to enter, so go, go, go! It's also the last day to pre-order for the special price of $2.99 on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, or Kobo. The price will go up, so go save some money and pre-order it now!

While I don't have favorite, you might be able to choose one. I'll leave you and the last fun fact with this:

Captain Neil Lawson
Goalie Grant Faison
Defenseman Winston Brooks
Who will be your favorite?

Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 10

We're nearing the end of the fun facts. In fact, tomorrow is the last one! The day after that? Well, you'll have Bracing the Blue Lines in your hands and you'll rather read that than another fun fact!


You may have caught on by now that I love some old TV shows. M*A*S*H*, The Brady Bunch, Mister Ed, Bonanza, and The Big Valley. Ever since I heard the girl's name, I've wanted to use it in a book. It sounds so pretty and before this show, I'd never even knew of that name. I fell in love.

When Neil's one night stand needed a name, Audra was at the top of this list. I don't know why, but it fit her character before I knew what she was like.

Check back tomorrow for the very last BtBL Fun Fact! Be sure to go look at the BtBL Pinterest board to see all the teasers.
You can add Bracing the Blue Line to your to-read shelf and enter a giveaway on Goodreads. Don't forget to pre-order it for the special price of $2.99 on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, or Kobo.

P.S. You should totally go check out all those TV shows if you've never watched them before!

Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 9

We've been talking about some behind-the-scenes fun facts, mostly concerning the names of my characters and today is Winston's day.


Oh, I felt bad about this one. Everyone had a last name, but him. Poor Winston, right?

Wait.

It gets even worse.

To find him a last name, I scrolled through my Facebook friends and tested out their last names with his first name. No one was safe! That's how I ended up with Brooks. So, to the person I'm friends with that has the last name Brooks, thank you! :)

By now, we know how everyone got their name.

Everyone but Audra, which is Neil's pregnant one night stand.

Check back tomorrow to find out where her name came from! Be sure to continue following the BtBL Pinterest board for daily teasers.
Only a few more days to go!!! You can add Bracing the Blue Line to your to-read shelf and enter a giveaway on Goodreads. Don't forget to pre-order it for the special price of $2.99 on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, or Kobo.

Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 8

Here's another behind-the-scenes fun fact, & it's about Neil!


It's always funny how these things work out. Once the baby had a name, I realized Neil needed a last name. He was just Neil for a long time. Last names right here lately don't come to me until way later in the book. It's odd, but it's how it works sometimes.

I was at a point where I wasn't sure what would end up happening with Neil. I like names that sound like they should go together, so I came up with a last name for him that I liked with the baby's name as well, just in case.

So, there you have it! That's how Neil became Neil Lawson.

Check back tomorrow for a BtBL Fun Fact about Winston! Be sure to continue following the BtBL Pinterest board for daily teasers.

You can add Bracing the Blue Line to your to-read shelf and enter a giveaway on Goodreads. Don't forget to pre-order it for the special price of $2.99 on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, or Kobo.

Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 6

The next few fun facts are the behind-the-scenes type. We'll be talking more about the names of my characters and where they came from. If you missed the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth, go check them out!


All you really know at this point is this: Captain Neil Lawson wants to run for the hills when a one night stand shows up on his doorstep, pregnant with his baby. His past haunts him before fueling him into being a part of this girl and this baby’s lives, but it won’t be that easy. 

Regardless of what happens, the baby needed a name. If you watch the TODAY show, particularly Kathie Lee and Hoda, then you know they have a feature called Johnson & Johnson's Baby of the Week. (Or something like that.) Anyway, I was watching one morning, knowing that baby needed a name, and then I heard it. 

The perfect name.

And that's how I found it! Names are important, but scouring baby name sites just wasn't working for what I was searching for. I didn't know what that name was until I heard it in the segment. 


Check back tomorrow for another BtBL Fun Fact, this time about Grant! Be sure to continue following the BtBL Pinterest board for daily teasers.
You can add Bracing the Blue Line to your to-read shelf and enter a giveaway on Goodreads. Don't forget to pre-order it for the special price of $2.99 on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, or Kobo.

What's in the Swag Pack?

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook that I might share what will be in the Bracing the Blue Line swag pack. And I nearly forgot to post it today!

So, why am I sharing what's in the swag pack? Because I'm evil and I want you to see it now, even though you won't get a chance to win one until release day. Plus, I'm way too excited to keep this to myself.

So, here it is!

There's a BtBL t-shirt. That's the front and the back has the cover and my blog link.

We have the paperback and bookmark, of course.

The remaining three items tie in to each character.

That black, round thing? It's a hockey puck-shaped stress ball and that's for Neil. It says, "Pace the room with Neil Lawson" because he's a pacer when he's stressed. And Neil has a lot to be stressed about! If you aren't sure why, let me refer to this line in the blurb: "Captain Neil Lawson wants to run for the hills when a one night stand shows up on his doorstep, pregnant with his baby. "

Below that is a library card and card pocket. That's for Grant for two reasons. 1. He loves to read. 2. He's in the library quite often, which is one place where Lucy keeps finding him.

To the left is a retro popcorn box and a bag of popcorn tied together with a movie night ribbon. That's for Winston. All I can really say is that he and Maddie start watching movies together when she's missing home.

So, there you have it! As I said, the first chance to win one of these is via the Release Day Email through my monthly newsletter. If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so here. Be sure to say YES to wanting to receive the email on release days and you'll automatically be entered to win a swag pack!

Bracing the Blue Line is available for preorder on AmazonKoboB&N, or iBooks for the special price of $2.99! Be sure to add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads as well!

It's time to learn about the next book!

Today is the day, y'all. I already shared a little about the guys' book in this blog post and now, I'm about to tell you the title and release date! For the fun of it, why don't I go ahead and share the synopsis too?! Just for you, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone for the sake of spicing things up (AKA not doing a regular blog post). 

So, let's all take a deep, calming breath and watch this vlog.



Go to the page for this book to read the description and be sure to add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.

Quick note for my newsletter subscribers: I accidentally put the incorrect date in July's newsletter. Disregard that date, because September 27th is the correct one. 

Thanks for stopping by! We can all excitedly wait together for release day to come. :)

Let's play: Guess That Title! (A Giveaway)

This Saturday, I’m announcing some info on the next book. I’m so excited and so tempted to just tell you everything right this minute.

But patience is a good thing to have, right?

Right.

Therefore, we’re waiting. In the meantime, what I will do is give you the first letter of each word in the title. What I want you to do is come up with a title with those letters in the order I present them. You could try to guess the title based on what you know so far, or you can think of something funny with it, whatever. Just create a title(s) with it.

To make it even more fun, I’ll throw in an e-ARC of the book to one person who comments. I’ll announce the winner when I reveal the title and all that jazz.

Here are the letters: B t B L

Good luck! Be sure to read the fine print below for the rules/guidelines/etc!

-You must be 13 years of age or older to enter.
-You must use the letters in a title in the order they are given.
-You must comment on this post for your entry to be eligible. You can list as many titles as you wish, but they must be in one comment, which serves as each person’s only entry.
-If you are one of my beta readers, you are not allowed to enter.
-If you are one of the few that do know the title, you are not allowed to comment with the title.
-Once a winner is announced, said winner will have the following 48 hours to email me or another winner will be chosen.
-Winner will not receive the e-ARC until August 1st or later. (Only adding the "or later" in case something comes up and it's not ready by then.)
-I have the right to end this giveaway at any time without any notice. I have the complete discretion to operate this giveaway as I deem fit.

A little about the next book

I posted on Facebook yesterday that I might share a little info about the next book. That's what I'm doing today!

The next release is about the guys! Neil, Winston, and Grant, in case you didn't know. I'm already so nervous because I've never written anything like them before. This book is a lot of firsts for me.

-My first book that is told entirely in male POVs.
-My first book that is told in 3 POVs.
-The way it is written is new for me.

This will be a standalone NA sports romance book. Each guy, each relationship, each history is different yet intertwined together. I'm really excited and really nervous, but hopefully you'll like it.

As the image above shows, I'll post the title and release date in July. My newsletter subscribers will know those things on July 1st. If you want to know all the new information first, then you should sign up. :)