I would like to welcome author, Blaire Edens and thank her for stopping by Quesarasera Book Review to talk about her book, Coach Maddie and the Marine.
Keeping reading after the interview to find the links to buy the book and a Rafflecopter giveaway for a fabulous prize!
Without further ado…Blaire Edens!!
Welcome, Blaire. Tell us three interesting facts about yourself that you want readers to know.
Thanks for having me. I’m thrilled to be here!
Fair warning: I’m a little quirky. J
-I’m a voracious knitter. Not only do I knit up a storm, but I occasionally teach knitting classes, usually ones on how to make socks or complicated lace shawls. The more complicated the pattern is, the more excited I am about giving it a try. While I’m writing, I keep my knitting on the desk beside me. When I get to a difficult scene or I can’t seem to get something to work out, I pick up my knitting, crank out a few rows and it usually solves the problem for me.
-I’m a college football FANATIC. I have season tickets to my alma mater, Clemson University. Go Tigers! During the football season, I watch several games a week. Maybe more than several. I love the strategy that’s involved and the football pants aren’t bad either.
-I have an issue with mixed foods. Yep. You read that right. I like chocolate sans mint or peanut butter and apples without cinnamon. My coffee must be black and please, please, don’t ask me to mix ketchup and mustard. Blech. The simpler, the better. I have no idea why I’m like this. Everyone else in my family is fine with mixed foods.
I loved Coach Maddie & the Marine. Please tell us a little bit about your book?
Thanks! I loved writing it. Being from a military family, writing it was a little like going home and it was fun to be back inside the culture of a large base like Fort Wilson.
I love the theme of working outside of your comfort zone in order to build self-confidence and a sense of competence. In this book, Maddie is looking after her nephew while her sister is deployed. Not only does she have to learn how to be a surrogate mom, she has to learn to be a football coach. In her determination, she evolves and learns to see herself in a new light.
David, my Marine hero, is deeply scarred by the loss of Maddie’s late husband, Frank. He was with him when he died and David can’t stop believing he is responsible. He must learn to get over his guilt and himself in order to build a new life.
Coach Maddie and the Marine is about second chances and learning to rebuild lives after they’ve been impacted by grief. I hope it’s a universal story that readers can relate to.
The book deals with some tough topics. Was there any particular inspiration behind this book?
Grief is something most of us can relate to in one way or another. While I had the idea of Maddie and the football element for a long time, when I heard about the death of one of my college classmates, who was a Marine, the story came together for me and I was able to better access the emotions associated with a combat death. My friend, Andy, who was killed in Al Anbar Province, could have become an officer in the USMC but instead he chose to enlist. His death really hit home for me and in many ways, he was in the inspiration for the plot. Another one of my dear friends, a career marine, who witnessed more than his share of combat in the war on terror, inspired David in many ways. Being the man left behind has its own set of challenges and it was wonderful to have real-life sources.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? If you weren’t a writer, what other profession would you like to be in?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. While I’ve done lots of other jobs in my quest to make it as a full-time writer, creating new stories drives me and I can’t imagine giving it up. For me, writing is a way of understanding everything that’s going on around me. By filtering things through characters, I can get a better handle on what drives us as humans.
If I had to pick another profession, I’d probably teach Latin. Told you I was quirky.
Thank you so much for the interview, Blaire. How can my readers, and yours, connect with you?
I love to connect with readers. I’m on social media way more than I should be so you can usually catch me on Facebook or Twitter. I also have a street team, Blaire’s Belles, I’m always running contests and making wisecracks, so like me or follow me so that you’ll have the latest details on the freebies. Here are the ways we can connect:
Thanks again for having me. Happy reading!
Coach Maddie and the Marine by Blaire Edens
Release Date: January 11, 2016
About the Book:
After the combat death of her Marine husband, grief counselor Maddie Westerfield has thrown herself into helping other families—leaving no time for dating. Which is just fine with Maddie since falling in love again, especially with another man in uniform, is out of the question. No matter how gorgeous he is. Plus, she’s busy looking after her eight-year-old nephew for her deployed sister.
For the last eight years, Lieutenant David Sterling has lived with the guilt of losing one of his soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan. So when the opportunity presents itself, he jumps at the chance to help the beautiful widow coach her nephew’s football team. But keeping things strictly professional between them is harder than he expected. And even though he knows a relationship with Maddie will only lead to heartbreak, he can’t help falling for her.
First of all, let me start out by saying this book is filled with all kinds of feels. David is absolutely swoonworthy and Maddie is kind of an inspiration. I mean really. She herself is dealing with so much loss and grief and instead of letting all that takeover, she lets it become a part of her that she uses her experience to help other. David has also lost someone. Now only does he feel grief over the loss, he is also dealing with some major guilt.
When David and Maddie meet sparks fly, but she doesn’t think she can survive another romance with a man in uniform. David can’t deny his attraction, but he knows things have to remain professional. They try to deny it, but their connection is inevitable.
Blair Edens has quite a way with words. I got lost in this book and fell into David and Maddie’s world. I laughed, I cried and I rooted for them.
This is a 5 star read that needs to find a way to your bookshelf or e-reader list ASAP!
About the Author:
Blaire Edens lives in the mountains of North Carolina on a farm that’s been in her family since 1790. When she’s not plotting, she’s busy knitting, running, or listening to the Blues. Blaire loves iced tea with mint, hand-stitched quilts, and yarn stores. She refuses to eat anything that mixes chocolate and peanut butter or apple and cinnamon. She’s generally nice to her mother, tries to remember not to smack her bubble gum, and only speeds when no one’s looking.
Social Media Links (Twitter, Facebook, etc.):
Street Team Facebook Group (Blaire’s Belles): https://www.facebook.com/groups/422523621249428/
Rafflecopter link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1cb55495686/?