When people find out I've set my Love Games series in the
world of college athletics, they often ask if I played myself. I wish.
Like most jock-types, my dreams of glory started early but were met with adversity.
I had a Dorothy Hamill haircut and a pink skating dress my big sister sewed for
me, but our local ice rink closed just as I was getting my skates under me.
My father covered our back yard in asphalt and installed a regulation goal for
my five older brothers. I could (and still can) hit a backwards bucket shot from
anywhere within the three-point arc. Even in my First Communion dress.
Sadly, I topped out at 5' 4", which made me an easy mark for any player blessed
with greater height. I can't tell you how many times I swatted air when trying
to get at a jump ball in seventh grade.
And spiking over a volleyball net? Forget it. I can bump and set with the best
of them, but this girl can't jump.
Despite being vertically challenged, my love of all things sporty has never
abated. I live for college football season each year. I can bemoan the allowance
of intentional fouls with the best of them. I love the Olympics. I've even been
known to combine sports, like grilling chicken while the hubby and I shoot some
But I find the evolution of college athletics fascinating. It's a
multi-billion-dollar business, being run under the umbrella of academia, and
built on the muscle of players who are not paid to play. Fan bases are vocal and
voluble. Big money boosters wield power like sledgehammers. Athletic programs
have become a source of massive funding, even for state-run institutions. In
2016, the highest paid employees in 39 states were men's football or basketball
coaches. Talk about a hotbed of conflict!
When I set out to write a series with high drama, high stakes, I simply followed
the money—and my heart—and it led me right back to my own back yard, so to speak.
Mixing business and pleasure is a dangerous game...
Tyrell Ransom, the new men's basketball coach, is ready to whip his team into
shape and start winning some games. But when compromising photos of his
soon-to-be-ex-wife with one of his players go viral, everything comes crashing
down. With reporters thick on the ground, Ty and his team need some serious
When public relations guru Millie Jenkins arrives in her leopard-print cape
to save the day, things really heat up... Soon they're going to have to
work double time to keep their white-hot chemistry out of the headlines.
[Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: April 1, 2018,
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492651529 / eISBN:
By day, Maggie Wells is buried in spreadsheets. At night she
pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. The product of a charming rogue and
a shameless flirt, you only have to scratch the surface of this mild-mannered
married lady to find a naughty streak a mile wide. She has a passion for college
football, processed cheese foods, and happy endings. Not necessarily in that
order. She lives in Arkansas.
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