The World Series just wrapped up. No matter which team you were cheering for, the game brings out the best in America. After all, Baseball is America's game! But baseball also weaves through the romance of Austin and Casey. They are both big fans and enjoy watching the games together. But even better, they know the game...and three strikes are all it will take before Casey will walk away from Austin!
Author Julie Navickas weaves baseball connections through her book I LOVE YOU TODAY. It is both cute and a great metaphor for the romance between her main characters. They started out just playing the game, but soon their hearts were on the line. Isn't that the way it is with your favorite team?? :) Best of all, I love how Austin is able to realize that the girl he needs is not the one he thought but the one he could be friends with. He did deserve so much more!
I LOVE YOU TODAY is the second book in the Trading Heartbeats Trilogy and can be read as a stand alone. Austin and Casey appeared as secondary characters in book one- I Loved You Yesterday. I LOVE YOU TODAY gives them their own spotlight.
Now available in ebook and print, you will want to grab a copy for yourself or the romantic at heart!!
Baseball season’s underway – and every game, is game seven.
Austin Templeton fell in love with the wrong girl. Mavis Benson was never meant to be his. After all, from childhood, her soul belonged to his cross-town rival, twin brother, Josh. The diamond ring he’d placed on her finger sealed fate’s door.
With his heart on the Injured Reserve, Austin relocates to Chicago and turns to Casey – an easy-to-love Cubs fan ready for any fastball thrown her way. She’s impulsive and reckless – everything he isn’t. And she’s exactly what he needs – two thousand miles away from his past heartache.
But when a promotion in Los Angeles lands in his glove, Austin is forced to choose between the dream career he spent his life working toward and the quirky girl in Wrigley Field who stitched his heart back together. With two strikes against him in the bottom of the ninth, will Austin strike out or hit a homerun? There’s only one way to find out.
Grab this World Series hit, today. Because it’s the bottom of the ninth and bases are loaded. Austin Templeton is at bat. Win or go home – because one more strike could cost him everything – including the heart of Cinderella herself. I LOVE YOU TODAY is the enchanting sequel to award-winning novel, I LOVED YOU YESTERDAY. And while it can be read as a standalone, you’ll want to grab all the pennants for the winning season.
She huffed out a breath, tracing the cracks in the countertop with her fingers. “Did you always know you wanted to be a lawyer?”
He tossed the first piece of buttered bread into the clean frying pan. It sizzled as he increased the heat and layered a slice of cheese on top. “Unless you count the brief phase when I was six and wanted to be a garbage man, then yes.” He turned, pulling out the utensil drawer to rummage for a spatula. He tugged one free, and with wide eyes, grinned at the large bite that had been taken out of the rubber.
Casey snorted as her cheeks flushed pink. “Totally Mavis’s.” She shook her head as she reached for it, pulled it from his hands, and tossed it into the trash can. “Try that one.” She pointed to the drawer beside the fridge.
Austin searched, pulling from within an intact spatula, and smiled. He flipped the sandwich, revealing a crisp, golden brown piece of bread—not one drop of cheese out of place.
Casey scrunched her nose and eyed the sandwich. “Do you ever do anything less than perfect, Austin Templeton?”
“Huh?” He snorted and reached for a plate in the cabinet.
“Seriously. It’s kind of exhausting.” She rolled her eyes and drained her glass with a large gulp.
“Are we back to this again?” He flopped the perfect sandwich onto a plate and pushed it in her direction. “It’s just a sandwich, Case.”
Her gaze dropped to her lap, her fingers busy picking pieces of lint from her shorts.
With a sigh, Austin leaned forward on the counter. “Do I do anything less than perfect?” he whispered. “Need I remind you of the reason we met?” He took a bite of her sandwich with a raised brow. “Believe me, I do plenty wrong.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julie Navickas is an award-winning, nationally recognized contemporary romance novelist, known for her keen ability to tell heart-wrenching, second-chance love stories through relatable characters with humility, humor, and heroism. She is also an award-winning university instructor and serves as the executive director of The Writing Champions Project. Julie earned master’s degrees in both organizational communication and English studies with an emphasis in book history, as well as a bachelor’s degree in public relations, graduating cum laude from Illinois State University.
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