Losing Game by @Tracie_Delaney #NewRelease

Tracie Delaney

Blurb

Cash and Tally return in Losing Game, the second novel in The Winning Ace Series

Can love overcome betrayal, or are some things broken beyond repair?

Too hurt to look into who might have sent photos of Cash Gallagher kissing another woman, Tally McKenzie flees to a secret hideout in Brighton and tries to forget her lover.

Stubborn to the last, Cash tracks Tally down and wins her back by confessing his darkest secret. Now he can only hope his demons don’t become headline news and threaten his role as the reigning bad boy of centre court.

Can Cash and Tally’s deepening relationship survive all the challenges, or is the hot tennis ace about to discover that the prospect of losing his precious career is the least of his woes?

Tracie Delaney

Excerpt

“Hello, Natalia.”

The sharp pain in her chest couldn’t have been any worse if someone had cracked open her ribcage, reached inside, and torn out her heart.

“Leave me alone, Cash,” she croaked to the man she’d adored since she was fifteen.

“I can’t do that.”

She tightened her grip on the door handle, certain if she let go she’d crumple to the floor. “Don’t you think I’ve been hurt enough?” she whispered.

Cash bowed his head, and his shoulders drooped. “I don’t want to cause you any more pain.”

“Then go away.” She turned her back on him and opened the door.

“Please, Natalia. Can we go inside and talk?”

She rested her forehead against the doorframe. “No,” she said in a wavering voice. Tears pricked behind her eyes. She dug her fingernails into her palm as she swallowed past an uncomfortable lump in her throat.

“I can explain,” he said, his hand lightly touching her arm.

She spun out of his reach but kept her back to him. “I said no.” Her chin trembled, and she clenched her jaw to stop the involuntary movement. “I’m not interested in anything you have to say.”

“I know I’ve fucked up. Please, let me inside. I’ll tell you everything. About Gracie, about my mother and father. Everything. It’s what I should have done already.”

“Cash, please.” She faced him then, her voice cracking as the tears she’d desperately tried to hold back spilled down her cheeks. “Why are you doing this?”

“Oh, baby,” he said, reaching for her again.

She staggered backwards and stumbled over the step. Her ankle twisted as she tried to save herself. Cash shot out an arm and pulled her against his chest. This time, she didn’t have the energy to resist. She slumped against him as he dug around in his pocket.

He produced a crumpled tissue and wiped away her tears. “You’re freezing. Let’s go inside and get you warmed up.”

Before she could protest, he ushered her through the door and into the tiny hallway. He walked straight ahead into the kitchen like he owned the damned place and then flicked the kettle on.

“Go and get a shower. I’ll have the tea made by the time you get out.”

She wanted to tell him no, that she could make her own bloody tea, but the words wouldn’t come. She trudged into the bathroom and locked the door. She wouldn’t put it past Cash to follow her, and she craved control even as she sensed it slipping out of reach.

She’d thought Brighton would be a refuge, a place to heal, but he’d found her so easily. Once she’d showered and dressed in clean clothes, she would be able to deal with Cash. She would listen to what he had to say and then politely ask him to leave.

And then she was going home to London.

Tracie Delaney

 

Interview with the Author

 

Tracie, can you tell us what’s your favorite genre to read?

I have pretty varied tastes, although if I had to pick a top 2 (sorry, picking 1 is impossible), I would say romance and thrillers – quite different genres!

Speaking of different genres, do you venture into other genres other than your preferred?

Yes, I read across most genres, although I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi and fantasy, both of which I love in movies but not so much in books

What are you reading now?

James Patterson’s 14th Deadly Sin (part of the Women’s Murder Club Series). I’m a bit behind – I think it’s up to 16 now – but I love Lindsay Boxer, the protagonist. She’s just the type of heroine I like to read about

When your reading do you have a favorite beverage to read with?

Coffee – and lots of it

I think  lots of coffee is a must.

Let’s get down to the writing. Are you self-published or traditional?

I’m an indie writer. I’m not a big fan of the term self-published. I think, as a term, it has had its day.

Good point. How long have you been a writer?

I’ve always had a love affair with books, from a very young age. When I was in my early twenties, I wrote about fifty thousand words of a novel (and in those days I did it longhand), but then never finished it. I became immersed with self doubt. Why would anyone want to read anything I wrote?

After that, life kind of got in the way. I had a career to build and a mortgage to pay. Then about six years ago, these characters sprang into my head from nowhere. Literally, one day my mind was free and clear; the next, I could not shut them up. They demanded their story be written.

The next day I sat down and did as I was told. When I typed ‘The End’ on that first novel, little did I know it was only the beginning. If I compare my achievement to mountain climbing, I was still at the hotel in Nepal, and base camp, let alone The Summit, was a long way off.

Recognising I needed practice, I wrote a second book. And then I had a piece of good fortune. I began to follow a site called The Editors Blog. It had the most amazing advice for writers, all given freely and generously. I sent the owner of the site, Beth Hill a sample of my work. Her feedback, although direct, was exactly what I needed. She told me what I already knew deep down. I was far from the finished article.

That contact started an almost four year journey with Beth. She became my mentor. I owe everything to that amazing lady who taught me everything I know about creative writing. I’m still learning, every day, but I will never forget that my journey started with her.

I have a similar relationship with a lady I met online and think of her as my mentor as well. She’s not afraid to give me a swift kick when needed.

How long did it take you to write your first book?

Six months

That’s an amazing pace. Did you publish it?

Goodness me no! It was completely unpublishable in its original form, although now, six years later, I am rewriting it, changing quite a lot (okay, changing everything!) It’s a book with great characters, a great storyline, but is very badly written. So maybe, in the near future, it will be published.

I can’t wait to read it.

What’s your favorite genre to write?

Romance and Romantic Suspense

Those are two of my favorites. I’m a sucker for a romance.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Yes – write. Just sit down every day and get some words on the page/computer. Don’t worry about whether they are bad, good or indifferent words. Worry about all the other things that comes with being a writer later. Writing the book is THE number one thing to focus on.

Great advice. You can’t edit what you haven’t written, that’s for sure.

Where do you get the most writing done?

My study. Originally it was a garage which I had converted. My husband is still mourning the loss of his garage

I can sympathize. We inherited a poorly constructed garage and my husband takes spells where he sinks all his time into fixing it but I personally believe it’s beyond help. He just want let it die.

Tracie’s Latest Project

The Winning Ace series has been a real labour of love. Cash Gallagher, the protagonist, came to me some years ago, and I’ve loved spending all these years with his voice in my head. He’s a great guy, but hugely complex and very private, hence his conflict with Tally!

I’m a huge tennis fan, so when I found out Cash was a top tennis player, that was all the inspiration I needed.

The series started out as a three book trilogy, but has recently been expanded to a fourth book which will focus on Rupe Fox-Whittingham who is Cash’s best friend. I received several requests to write Rupe’s story, and I felt he deserved to step out from Cash’s shadow.

The original book took an age to write. Because I was still quite new, I kept fiddling with it and couldn’t quite let go and move on. The next two (Losing Game and Grand Slam) which much quicker to write. Grand Slam is currently with my editor and will be released in October. Mismatch, the final novel will be released in December.

Title

Losing Game (The Winning Ace Series Book 2)

When will it be released?

July 31st 2017

Genre

Contemporary Romance

Blurb

Can love overcome betrayal, or are some things broken beyond repair?

Too hurt to look into who might have sent photos of Cash Gallagher kissing another woman, Tally McKenzie flees to a secret hideout in Brighton and tries to forget her lover.

Stubborn to the last, Cash tracks Tally down and wins her back by confessing his darkest secret. Now he can only hope his demons don’t become headline news and threaten his role as the reigning bad boy of centre court.

Can Cash and Tally’s deepening relationship survive all the challenges, or is the hot tennis ace about to discover that the prospect of losing his precious career is the least of his woes?

Excerpt

“Hello, Natalia.”

The sharp pain in her chest couldn’t have been any worse if someone had cracked open her ribcage, reached inside, and torn out her heart.

“Leave me alone, Cash,” she croaked to the man she’d adored since she was fifteen.

“I can’t do that.”

She tightened her grip on the door handle, certain if she let go she’d crumple to the floor. “Don’t you think I’ve been hurt enough?” she whispered.

Cash bowed his head, and his shoulders drooped. “I don’t want to cause you any more pain.”

“Then go away.” She turned her back on him and opened the door.

“Please, Natalia. Can we go inside and talk?”

She rested her forehead against the doorframe. “No,” she said in a wavering voice. Tears pricked behind her eyes. She dug her fingernails into her palm as she swallowed past an uncomfortable lump in her throat.

“I can explain,” he said, his hand lightly touching her arm.

She spun out of his reach but kept her back to him. “I said no.” Her chin trembled, and she clenched her jaw to stop the involuntary movement. “I’m not interested in anything you have to say.”

“I know I’ve fucked up. Please, let me inside. I’ll tell you everything. About Gracie, about my mother and father. Everything. It’s what I should have done already.”

“Cash, please.” She faced him then, her voice cracking as the tears she’d desperately tried to hold back spilled down her cheeks. “Why are you doing this?”

“Oh, baby,” he said, reaching for her again.

She staggered backwards and stumbled over the step. Her ankle twisted as she tried to save herself. Cash shot out an arm and pulled her against his chest. This time, she didn’t have the energy to resist. She slumped against him as he dug around in his pocket.

He produced a crumpled tissue and wiped away her tears. “You’re freezing. Let’s go inside and get you warmed up.”

Before she could protest, he ushered her through the door and into the tiny hallway. He walked straight ahead into the kitchen like he owned the damned place and then flicked the kettle on.

“Go and get a shower. I’ll have the tea made by the time you get out.”

She wanted to tell him no, that she could make her own bloody tea, but the words wouldn’t come. She trudged into the bathroom and locked the door. She wouldn’t put it past Cash to follow her, and she craved control even as she sensed it slipping out of reach.

She’d thought Brighton would be a refuge, a place to heal, but he’d found her so easily. Once she’d showered and dressed in clean clothes, she would be able to deal with Cash. She would listen to what he had to say and then politely ask him to leave.

And then she was going home to London.

Buy Links

Winning Ace (Book 1) http://www.smarturl.it/qtubpm

Losing Game (Book 2) http://www.smarturl.it/xaa62f

Author Bio

Tracie Delaney is the author of the Winning Ace series. She loves nothing more than immersing herself in a good romance, although she sometimes, rather cheekily, makes her characters wait for their HEA.

When she isn’t writing or sitting around with her head stuck in a book, she can often be found watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or any tennis match involving Roger Federer. Her greatest fear is running out of coffee.

Tracie studied accountancy, gaining her qualification in 2001. Her maths teacher would no doubt be stunned by this revelation considering Tracie could barely add two plus two at high school.

Tracie lives in the North West of England with her amazingly supportive husband. They both share a love of dogs, travel and wine.

Social Media Links

Website – traciedelaneyauthor.com

Facebook –facebook.com/TracieDelaneyAuthor/

Twitter – twitter.com/Tracie_Delaney

Instagram –instagram.com/tracie_delaney_author/

Emal – tmdelaney67@gmail.com

Tracie Delaney

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