If only life came with a script.

Anna Jeffries has spent the last thirty-two years blending in, content in her worn-out reading chair—her happy corner of the world—spinning romantic scenarios she’s certain reality can’t deliver. After three years of teaching Shakespeare at UC Berkeley, Anna is working toward full tenure. Her life in the classroom means everything and she can’t imagine wanting more… until she does.

Dane Sivac is in his second year as the wide receiver coach, and with new talent on the team this year, he’s beginning to think his future may hold a permanent position with Cal—as permanent as any coach can hope for. When his star receiver begins struggling on and off the field, the sports psychologist asks Dane for help. For Dane, emotions are best ignored, but his player’s seemingly uptight Shakespeare professor is driving Dane nuts… until she’s not.

Invested in the future of a student athlete they’ve both come to care about, Dane and Anna are forced to work together. The attraction is undeniable, but opposing teams rarely get along. Right as Dane makes the type of romantic gesture Anna has only known in fiction, her career is threatened and she is reminded, playbook or not, she was never good at games.

Quotes

“You have a house?”

“I do. Is that surprising?”

She nodded.

“Why? Do you think I live at the gym? Maybe I camp outside and shower off with a garden hose like an animal?”

Anna was stuck for a minute as her mind entertained him and a garden hose with such clarity that she felt it all the way down her legs. His laugh thankfully broke her free.

Reviews

“The narrative is fast-paced and accessible, with many deeply touching and unexpected scenes about loss and emotional health.”
Kirkus

“Another huge hit. Beautifully written.”
Lori

“If there was ever a sweeter couple than Dane and Anna, I have not come across them.”
Becky

“This was just such a great love story!! It felt old-fashioned in the very best way possible.”
Ms_Dibs

“This book made me ugly cry in a good way.”
Buttons Mom 2003

Chapter One

Annabelle Jeffries was lost in thought. It was nothing new, except this time she almost bought a zebra head. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the little girl with the blue toenail polish in line at Cosmo’s Costumes, Anna definitely would have left with the wrong rubber mask. She was trying to memorize the names of her new students, using a word association trick her friend and professor-in-crime Cynda Bass had explained, when the little girl’s incessant whining to her frazzled mother about “needing boas for the birthday party or everything would be ruined,” Anna returned to reality. The snap back to real life was often jarring, but as she noticed the stripes rather than the donkey she ordered, Anna was grateful for it.

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What Readers are Saying…

  • "It’s light without being fluffy, the romance realistic, the friendships meaningful, and the characters easy to connect with. I always recommend Tracy Ewens’ novels, but this one might be my personal favorite."
    Carlene
    Carlene (Tap)
  • “Tracy Ewens writing proved to be what I crave from my romance books. Angst and conflict coupled with a character driven plot guided by charming, unassuming characters and terrific writing.”
    TeriLyn
    TeriLyn (Playbook)
  • “No characters have felt more real to me than these two. Sure there is the snappy dialog, wry and witty humor, but underneath it all is a love so deep and thorough that you can’t help but let your heart and emotions be touched in a way that lasts long after the story ends.”
    Becky
    Becky (Exposure)
  • When it comes to the story itself, I loved the author’s voice. Her way with words, especially the inner dialogue of the characters, it was a really engrossing and comfortable read. It was funny, sad, happy and angsty at times but each character shined through as his/her own person and moved the story along as just the right pacing.
    Wishful Miss
    Wishful Miss (Brew)
  • "Another great and witty book from Tracy Ewens, this time focussing on Patrick McNaughton and the brewery’s wonder woman Aspen. Great connection between the characters and you really get drawn in to the story."
    Rachel
    Rachel (Smooth)
I once wrote a character whose favorite day of the week was Monday. Proof that writers often create characters unlike themselves. Happy Monday! 😜

#hellomonday
#mondaymadness
#mondaymonday
#amwritingromance
New York City is a study in the benefits of perspective. I took this picture from our hotel room last month, and every time I look at it, the streets below seem so simple. ⁣
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I often write myself into a corner, take a story down the wrong path, and lose my way. ⁣
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In those moments, it’s easy to give up or make brownies.🤪But after some time, I change the way I look at things until the story makes sense again, and I find my way to the next chapter. ⁣
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Writing is never easy, but like New York, it is worth the bustle. ⁣
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#writingcommunity 
#amwritingromance 
#amwriting 
#newyorkstreets 
#romancewriters
Knitting Update. 🧶⁣
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I have progressed from potholders that burn my hands to (drum roll please) A keyboard mat/pad/thingy. ⁣
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It looks a bit like a flag and provides zero ergonomic value, but it’s a pretty sweater for my desk, and I made it all by myself. ⁣
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If you knit, have you made a hat? Are they difficult? It would be super cool to make myself a hat. Or socks. ⁣
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Maybe someday I'll make a sweater for myself instead of my desk: a person sweater or even one arm of a person sweater would be super exciting. ⁣
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Look out, Etsy, here I come. 😂 ⁣
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Let me know. In the meantime, I’ll keep practicing. ⁣
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#newknitter ⁣
#ishouldbewriting ⁣
#authorlife⁣
#yayme⁣
#tryingtoknit ⁣
#selfcarefun
My squad.❤️ Wishing you peace, kindness, and cookies this holiday season. ⁣
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#christmaspicture #wecleanupwell #nothisisnotourhouse #authorsofinstagram 
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California is so beautiful. ❤️⁣
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Just when I think I’ll set my books somewhere else for a change, I see a picture like this and remember why my characters never want to leave. ⁣
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Michael and our oldest took a boat out to Santa Rosa island to hike and explore. She took this gorgeous shot. ⁣
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I stayed home with Jack to read. 🐾⁣
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Halfway through Miss Moriarty, I Presume, and already I don’t want it to end. Sherry Thomas hooks me every time. ⁣
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Two episodes into Dexter- New Blood, and I’m sure Harrison is shady.⁣
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🎧 : ⁣
I’m a sucker for Casio chords and hooky angst, so You from Regard is my weekend windows-down choice.⁣
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Happy Saturday, whether you’re out adventuring or curled up and cozy. 🥰⁣
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#californialove 
#bookishlifestyle 
#amreadingromance⁣
#santarosaisland 
#mothernaturerocks 
#booklover
Finally reached this one on my #TBR. It was a rich and vivid love story. Not one wasted page. ⁣
I loved it. ❤️⁣
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#amreading #bookstagram #bookrecommendations #latetotheparty
Happy Halloween! 👻 🎃 

#happyhalloween #halloween #jackolantern #pumpkincarving #smallbutmighty
I am a huge fan of the marigolds, especially this time of year. Day of the Dead darlings, garden protectors, hearty in a vase, and my favorite color. ⁣
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All hail Lovely Marigold. 👑 ⁣
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#marigolds #blooms #dayofthedead #orange #flowers #writinginspiration #myview #authorlife #amwritingromance
Jack vibing with the witches! I love spooky season. Not bloody or scare the crap out of me, just spooky and witchy. ⁣
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And pumpkins, 𝘗𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 🎃, and candy corn. Fine, I love October and all the festivities. ⁣
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When my kids were younger, their costumes were epic. Each of them, at some point in high school, had to break it to me that they were no longer dressing up for Halloween. ⁣
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Jack loves Halloween. Or maybe he's just grateful I don't dress him up too. 😉⁣
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In my mind, when I’m old and wear red lipstick, I’ll throw a big masquerade party every year. Not sure why I need to be old, but that’s the dream. ⁣
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Do you enjoy Halloween? Favorite candy? Favorite movie? ⁣
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#halloween #spookyseason #dogsofinstagram #dogsofinsta #authorsofinstagram #authorlife #amreading #amreadingromance #amwriting
Tyler has achieved success by managing his business and personal life in equal measure. ⁣
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He’s fine loving Jules from afar, knowing she’ll never want more or ask him for anything. Until she does. ⁣🙈❤️⁣
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#catchalovestory #newreleasebooks #amreadingromance #amreading #tracyewens #booksaboutlove #bookstagram #romancebooks #dialogue #bookstagram #bookrecommendations #booknerd
This one was a 944 page giant. ⁣
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Probably the longest book I’ve ever read and somehow, I wanted to be there for every page. The magic of Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). 🙌❤️ ⁣
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#amreading #robertgalbraith #jkrowling #booklover #bookrecommendations #lovedthisbook
I have tried keeping only electronic inspiration, but there’s something about the printing and pinning that helps me create a story. ⁣Sorry, 🌳. I keep all the pictures if that helps. 😕
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It’s not always a picture. Sometimes it’s texture (Sistine), food (Logan), or colors (Drake). Physically, characters are usually a mixture of multiple people, but in this one, she’s pretty spot on Carey Mulligan. That’s rare. ⁣
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Although Grady (CANDIDATE) was always Chris Pine, so maybe it’s been that easy a few times. 😉⁣
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Any guesses whose story is on board next? Hint: The title is STAY - A LOVE STORY. ⁣
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#amwriting #amwritingromance #writinginspiration #inspoboard #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #amreadingromance #wip
First ever loaf of 🍞!
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I’m always a bit behind the curve. My quarantine baking urge has finally kicked in.⁣
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This little golden brown attempt was a white tin loaf (think 80s sandwich bread). It looked pretty, thumped hollow but was a tad underbaked. Back to the board until I get it right. ⁣
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Damn, it is much easier to write about a baker. 🤪⁣
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#starbakerintraining #bread #bakingmyfeelings #firstloaf #ishouldbewriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #bake #amreading
The onions were beautiful this morning. 👩‍🌾 ⁣
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#backatit #farmersmarket #veggies #onions #authorsofinstagram #amreadingromance #amreading #amwriting
CATCH is out now on #audiobook! 🎧⁣
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Jules and Tyler’s story is narrated by the wonderful Xe Sands, and is available wherever audiobooks are sold. 🥰⁣
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#audiobook #audiobookstagram #audiobooksofinstagram #audiobooklover #amlistening #xesands #amreading #amreadingromance #catchalovestory #tracyewens
“Your enthusiasm for my person is both comprehensive and much appreciated.” 😂⁣
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Loved this one and all the others before it in the Veronica Speedwell series.⁣
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These are fun mysteries with one hell of a romance. A couple who slow burn for multiple books is my kind of couple. ⁣
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Deanna Raybourn’s words are a gift. Her characters, my friends, and every story is a refuge from reality. ❤️

#bestreads #amreading #veronicaspeedwell #deannaraybourn #booklover #booknerd #bookrecommendations #bookreader #lovedthis
Dialogue is my favorite. I could write it all day. It's the rest of the writing business that's tough like... plot. 😂 ⁣
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But put two people in a room, sit their asses down with a cup of coffee or tea, and I am in my happy place. ⁣
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So much is revealed in what a character says or doesn't say. Much like life, I suppose. ⁣
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Jules from CATCH made me laugh and cry nearly every day while I wrote her kicking and screaming into her own Love Story. ⁣
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She's not an easy character. Also, much like life.⁣ ❤️
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#catchalovestory #newreleasebooks #amreadingromance #amreading #tracyewens #booksaboutlove #bookstagram #romancebooks #dialogue
“Ladies and gentlemen: Her soulmate.” ⁣
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Lured by the cover. Stayed for the insides. ⁣
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This was exactly what I needed last week: well-drawn characters, a fun storyline, and joy. I’m always here for the joy. 🥰⁣
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Thank you, #christinalauren. ⁣ 
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#amreading #amreadingromance #reading #finishedreading
I learned to knit while I was writing TAP. 🧶⁣
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I enjoyed the lessons and was getting the hang of things. Sadly, once Sistine and Cade had their HEA, I abandoned my yarn.⁣
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⁣But knitting is back! A new beautiful bowl for my yarn (thank you, Etsy), and I’m on my way to one hell of a potholder. 🤪⁣
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#knittinglove #authorlife #writinginspiration #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #amknitting #amwriting #amreading #amreadingromance #behindthescenes ⁣
Farmers Market Sunflowers. 👩‍🌾🌻⁣
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I’m not sure if I’ve ever written a farmers market scene. Maybe in TASTE? ⁣
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I’ll have to look because if not, these gorgeous bursts of orange need to be on the page somewhere. 🧡⁣
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#farmersmarket #blooms #sunflowers #authorlife #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #orange #flowerstagram #flowers #amreading
These books looked so lovely together when I unpacked that I’ve left them just as they are on my shelf. ⁣💛💙💜♥️
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I have this practice of reading books on my Kindle first and then buying the ones I love for my shelves. These are all fantastic stories. ⁣
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Fun fact: In my book CATCH, Jules reads TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN at the suggestion of Millie and Auntie N. 

Dani’s strength and passion give Jules a new perspective and power, as they did for me when I read it during a challenging time. ⁣
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Books are brilliant that way. The gorgeous colors are a bonus. ⁣🥰
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#amreading #amreadingromance #booknerd #prettybooks #prettybookcover #bookshelf #romancebooks #thursdayvibes #reading #writersofinstagram #takeahintdanibrown #bookstack
This is one of my favorite pictures- me, Michael, and our son in Kanazawa, Japan. It was a funny night, and I was in such a great mood. ⁣
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I'm a notoriously bad picture taker. Seriously someone pulls out a phone, and I lose my mind. ⁣
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But, I am me in this picture. Happy and unfiltered me. ⁣
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Four months after this trip, I found out I had cancer.  I keep this picture in my office even though it is bittersweet. It reminds me that everything is temporary- the good and the bad. ⁣
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#tuesdaytruth #kanazawa #cancersucks #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #romancewriter #livethelittlethings
Ann Patchett surprises me with the gift of the extraordinarily ordinary every time I read her work. ⁣
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THE DUTCH HOUSE and these words will stay with me forever. ❤️⁣
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#booklove #thedutchhouse #amreading #booklover #mondaywords #annpatchett
Michael racing Newport to Ensenada.❤️ ⁣
Why have I not written a sailor yet? 🤔⁣
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Photo by @katlynewenss, which may or may not piss off her brother @cotter_ewens. Although, I'm guessing he's pretty secure in his abilities. 😘⁣
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#mylove #writersofinstagram #inspiration #olson40 #amwritingromance #amwriting #californiasailing
Finally!  Catch - A Love Story will be everywhere in ebook and print on June 8th. Audiobook soon. 

Ebook up for pre-order. Link in bio. Netgalley coming soon. Happy Reading. ❤️
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#amwriting #amwritingromance #amreading #amreadingromance #romancebooks #romancereadersofinstagram #newreleasetuesday #writersofinstagram #newromance #tracyewens #catchalovestory #beachreads
The best time to wear a red sweater is all the time. ❤️ 
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#brittanyspaniel #brittanysofinstagram #brittanysofinsta #dogsofinsta #doglife #amediting #authorsofinstagram
This photo was on my vision board while I was writing Brew. Granted, Boyd isn’t quite that grey and Mason is older, but for me this image captured the ease of their relationship. 

I am revisiting all things Brew lately since I just finished listening to the new audiobook (thank you, #sebastianyork), which will be available everywhere in the coming weeks. 

When I know I’m going to love a book or any new release by my favorite authors, I will get the audiobook and the ebook at the same time so I don’t  have to stop the story when Jack needs a walk. 

Where do you listen to #audiobooks? 🎧
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#audiobookstagram #romanceaudiobooks  #readingromance #amreading #amreadingromance #amlisteningtoromance #googleplay #chirp #scribd #kobo
Goodnight sun. ☀️ 
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#sunset #authorsofinstagram #amwriting #present #writerscommunity #nofilter
Fall 🍁 
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Jack! 🎃 👻 
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He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. ~ Anonymous ❤️
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#doglove #authorsofinstagram #bff #brittanysofinstagram #brittanyspaniellove #brittanys #brittanysofinsta
We need the tonic of wildness... ❤️
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#thoreau #authorsofinstagram #romancereadersofinstagram #muirbeach #tennessevalleytrail
Oh, Nature. I needed this today. Thank you. ☺️❤️
#mothernature #arizona #besafe #grateful #28dayjoychallenge
Yeah, I might have a @blackwing problem. 
#sorrynotsorry #blackwingpencil #amwriting #pencils #authorlife #writersofinstagram
Noticed this awesome bit of yellow after lunch today. Why do all of my characters drive trucks or not drive at all? This Bug is practically begging for A Love Story and I’m on it. 🥰
#writinginspiration #vwbug #authorsofinstagram #readersofinstagram #amwriting #romancebooks
It feels so good to be back. #grateful  #fuckcancer #writersofinstagram #amwriting
Bodega Bay is named after Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra even though he discovered modern day Tomales Bay instead. History is quirky that way. 
The word “bodega” means store room or wine cellar. Bodega y Quadra most likely had ancestors who worked with or owned goods and wine. Names are cool that way. 
#amwriting #amwritingromance #readingromance #bookresearch #authorsofinstagram #booknerd #writinginspiration
BookBub Alert! Blow- A Love Story will be featured on 10/17. Only $0.99 for the ebook on Amazon, Kobo, and Apple. 
#booklove #booklover #amreadingromance #bookstagram #romancereader #romancereads #bookbub #booksale #ebooksale