More Than the Game
Publication date: September 14th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Trending on social media is her nightmare.
Beth Evans, former Olympic golden girl, known for a national scandal and daughter of a rising political star, is more than happy to stay out of the spotlight, living life as a normal single mom in a small Jersey town. The last thing Beth needs is Twitter’s favorite bad boy–Marc Demoda–walking into her life to stir things up.
Marc lives for the three b’s; baseball, bars, and ball bunnies, until the unthinkable happened. An accident destroys his shoulder and his career, leaving him desperate to get back in the game. Too bad no one hires notorious bad boys to coach. With his reputation on life support, Marc finds his saving grace might be the feisty blonde he can’t get out of his head.
When pictures of Beth and Marc’s chance encounter blow up on Twitter, they strike a deal to avoid further scandals and fix their image. But even in the harsh public spotlight, their fake relationship begins to feel real. Beth’s growing feelings for Marc have her questioning if she can permanently handle the limelight, just as Marc wonders if Beth might mean more than the game.
An Interview with Jenni Bara
What inspired you to start writing?
My grandparents. They both had a huge love of reading and stories. Like the dedication of my book says—to Grammy who taught me to love a story and Poppy who taught me to love a book.
My grandmother was a story teller. She loved to sit and let my cousin and I make up a start of a story for her to finish. She would have us in stitches with stories of her childhood or raising her girls. She showed me how to grip someone and pull them into your story.
My grandfather, every Christmas eve, took all his five daughters, five sons-in-law, and too many grandkids to the book store and said pick books. And he bought them all. He always had a book to share and read anything that we recommended just so he could talk about it with us. He passed on his love of books to each and every one of us.
Why romance? Were you a romance reader before becoming you began writing?
Susan Elizabeth Philips. The first book I ever read by her—It had to be You—hooked me to romance forever.Her perfect balance of laughter and real-life issues grips your heart while make everyone in the room look at you like your nuts for laughing out loud over a book. My job is heavy and rarely do I see a happy ending – so the happily ever after of romance is a great escape to balance that.
How do you get anything written between your job and having a family?
What I tell people is that I have to three year who doesn’t sleep more than four hours in a twenty-four-hour period and it’s amazing how much more you can do when you just don’t sleep. LOL. But—writing is how I relax, some people watch TV or a movie, or go out to a bar, some hike, or fish, or go to the gym. I write. And when you love something, you make time for it.
Tell me something about yourself that you’d like to share with the world.
I’m blessed with a BIG family. Both my own and the family I married into when Alex and I said I do—are huge. The Evans (although NOT based on any people in my family) reflect the support and love I have in all of them. One of the main things I’ve heard from reviews is they love the family, and every member of mine should take that as compliment because the family—love, teasing, annoyance, unwavering support is all from them.
Something lighter that you can laugh about – I can’t chew gym. It stresses me out. I start chewing faster and faster trying to make it go away. I end up with a sore jaw. It makes people laugh at me.
Jenni Bara lives in New Jersey working as a paralegal in family law, writing real-life unhappily ever-afters every day. In turn, she spends her free time with anything that keeps her laughing, including life with four kids, or five, if you count her husband. She is just starting her career as a romance author writing books with a great balance of life, love, and laughter.