At forty years old, the Mustangs batting coach, Jake
Tulleson, has spent a lifetime running from commitment. When he falls in love
with a woman barely older than his daughter, he uses every excuse to justify
leaving her when the season is over. It isn’t long before he realizes his
mistake and heads back to Dallas to claim what’s his, but it’s going to take a
Christmas miracle to convince her to give him a second chance.
Siobhan Flannery is well aware of Jake’s reputation for
loving ‘em and leaving, but she believes her love is enough to make him stick
around, despite their fifteen year age difference. Before the stadium lights
dim following the teams final playoff game, Jake ends their affair and
disappears to his off-season hidey-hole. When he returns weeks later, full of
remorse and begging for another chance, she just wants him to go away and leave
her be. It’ll be a cold day in Dallas before she takes him back.
SEASONED VETERAN, a Mustangs Baseball Holiday Novella.
The car idled
beneath her like the giant cat it was named after, a sensual caress that made
her hyper aware of her lady parts that had been throbbing ever since she first
heard his voice purring in the darkness.
Branches sway in the gentle wind. The air is crisp and fresh,
the antithesis of summer heat and humidity. Mother Nature cloaks herself in a kaleidoscope
of colors—umber, gold, burnt orange, scarlet.
Brittle leaves chatter about the passage
of time then gently drift to earth to form a blanket of colorful memories while small animals scurry to prepare for winter, their tails swishing as they race
from tree to tree gathering the bountiful harvest.
Magic is in the air. I see it in the slant of light, hear it
in the clatter of dry leaves and naked branches, feel it in the bite of cold air. It’s time to
take stock, assess the year gone by. Time to nurture what’s on the inside so
when the warm winds of change return and Mother Nature dons her coat of green, I,
too, will rejoice and thrive with renewed spirit.