A Philadelphia Liberty Romance
By: Erin Lindsey Maurer
Mattie Duvall is just starting to rediscover his dreams. Signing with the minor league Philadelphia Liberty gives him a second shot at playing professional baseball. What he didn’t expect was to fall for the cider-haired pixie haunting his dreams. Ashlynn Davis isn’t looking for love. She’s busy chasing down her own big dream: finding a way to use her cooking skills to give back to Philadelphia’s less fortunate. The two cannot deny their mutual attraction, or that they’re heading rapidly towards that four letter word they thought they’d never say: LOVE. When secrets from Mattie’s past bubble to the surface, Ashlynn begins to question her position in his life. Can the two put the past behind them in time to race toward a future together? Or is love destined to play second fiddle to big dreams and even bigger secrets?
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Let's Learn a Little about Erin:
What is your writing environment?
I don’t really have a specific environment. I spent a lot of time in Target Starbucks and Panera Bread when hammering out the first draft of Line Drive. I wrote the original draft of Line Drive in a spiral bound notebook. The subsequent drafts and edits were typed up on my laptop, curled up under my favorite blanket. I usually write in the recliner in my living room. I find that being comfy, and surrounded by my family’s noise makes the ideal place to write.
Who is your perfect hero/heroine? Why?
Hmmm...this one is difficult. I don’t think I really have a “perfect model.” I found by writing Line Drive (and plotting out subsequent books in the series) that I like my characters to have layers. Secrets, pasts, bumps, bruises and fears are all the things that shape who we are. Love can conquer all, but there are usually hurdles to overcome. In real life, I found that the best loves are shared by people who help unpack one another’s baggage. That’s true of my characters. They build lives together.
Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?
Oh so many. I like to give weekly shoutouts to those I’m reading on Twitter and Facebook. Lately, I’ve been filling my Kindle with Karpov Kinrade, Patti Larsen, Jennifer Bernard, Zoe Dawson, Brenda Novak, Edie Ramer, Jami Davenport, Darlene Panzera, S.L. Scott, Daisy Prescott and Nikki Worrell. They write the love stories I love to read. Their characters are multi-layered, but feel like real perfect. Love isn’t perfect, its messy and these authors capture that perfectly. I am also sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of Tasman Gibb’s newest release.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I knew I wanted to write love stories. My entire life, I have gotten swept in romance. I used to sneak my stepmother’s Harlequins long before I knew what all the sweating and thrusting was all about. After reading Jami Davenport, Toni Aleo and Nikki Worrell, I KNEW I needed to write sports romances. I’ve been in love with sports, baseball and hockey in particular, for as long as I can remember.
Top 3 things on your bucket list:
Hmmm good question. The top three things I hope to accomplish this year are:
1. Establish the Philadelphia Liberty series
2. Start a crochet shop
3. Open a doggie bakery with my wife
As far as over my lifetime, I really want to:
1. Attend some writer’s conferences. The second annual Tasty Author’s Weekend, maybe?
2. Earn my teaching certification.
3. Visit all 50 states and Ireland.
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
This is always the hardest question for me to answer. It always makes me feel a little bit crazy, but I swear the characters tell me their stories. Mattie and Ashlynn came to me in a dream. Originally, the Liberty was a hockey team, but that just didn’t work. After talking to my editor, I knew it had to be baseball. Afterall, that is my first love.
What is your favorite scene in your newest release?
Hmmm….I love so much of this book. But, I think two scenes tie for my favorite. The first is when Ashlynn is giving Rainbow cooking lessons and gets bowled over by her attraction to Mattie. It was so much fun watching her squirm. The second is when Mattie surprises Ashlynn with a tour of the bakery. Their late night food fight was sexy and giggle-inducing.
What is the last movie you watched and loved?
Last weekend, Annie and I had a movie weekend. We raided Redbox. One of my favorites was The Butler. I have a love of American history, and a particular fascination with civil rights. I just don’t understand how one group of people thinks they are better than another. I think the Butler did a great job of capturing the turmoil of those times.
What would you consider a “perfect date”?
Margaritas. Country Music. A Bonfire. I’m a pretty simple girl.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve been really busy trying to get Line Drive ready to publish. However, I have started outlining the second Philadelphia Liberty book. I’m hoping to having Bases Empty ready for publication in mid-July.
Erin Lindsey Maurer grew up surrounded by stories. She made up stories about well everything and often got caught reading under her covers with a flashlight. Today, she is still cooking up tales, with a spicier spin. Line Drive is the first title in her Philadelphia Liberty series, celebrating the boys of baseball and the women they love.
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