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football-801047_1280Is it too honest to say that the past two weeks have been the most exhilarating and exhausting I can recall since giving birth to my children? Well, in a way I did give birth … to a book. After years of longing and wishing, I finally entered the countdown of months, weeks, and finally days until Catch of a Lifetime released into the hands of readers who might take one look at my baby, wrinkle their nose, and try to find something kind to say.

So far, the reviews have been very kind and it’s been super-fun to read the thoughts of readers on Amazon and Goodreads. And super-scary at the same time. (Kind of like the football player in the picture who reached the end zone but is waiting for the full impact.)

First, quite a few readers don’t like football but loved the book. Whew!

I’m going to go ahead and confess this: I’m not a football fan. I’m more in the category of “Hide! The game’s coming on!” Okay, now that we have that out of the way, I do have to say that I truly loved this book! So, if you’re second guessing picking up this story because you don‘t care for the sport, don’t worry about that part of it. You’ll hopefully love it as much as I did.

I have a limited understanding of football and the inside workings, but I am glad I didn’t let that stop me from reading this novel. I was never lost.

About the only way I can stand sports is if they’re couched in a good story. Like Blind Side for example. And this book is chock full of heartwarming, good story!

Second, those who loved football, also loved the book.

The author puts the reader right at the fifty yard line during the games with the excitement of winning and the agony of losing … The game descriptions were so vivid, I could see every play in my mind. 

I love college football and love romance so, yeah, I loved this book.

Maybe I liked it because it had college football as one of the subjects, and the story wrapped around the game or could it be I was pulled in by the characters and somehow knowing that for one of them a harsh experience was coming?  Perhaps it was just about a woman trying to move forward after a devastating loss, but finding herself still trapped in her heart.  No matter what it was that drew me to the book, I must say the novel is simply thrilling!

Third, quite a few mentioned not being able to put it down.

When I opened the book, I couldn’t put it down.  

Pick up Catch of a Lifetime by Candee Fick and you won’t be putting it down anytime soon.

Once I started it, I didn’t want to put it down and also stayed up late finishing it.

I picked it up at 11:00 pm and could not put it down until I reached the last page. But hey, who needs sleep?

Some made me smile that I’d captured the emotions of the reader.

This was an addictive, emotional, enjoyable read.

I found myself a little sad when the book ended since I felt a kinship with the characters.

The characters were so real – as if they were special friends. 

I couldn’t put it down because it was not only a great book but also God filled. It made me cry, laugh and want to punch someone all at once but love it and would read it over and over again if I could.

And now the scary part. Over and over, readers have said they can’t wait to read more of my books. Part of me is thrilled to announce that another story I absolutely adore is already in the editing and production line-up with my publisher and will be out next fall. Part of me is terrified because the story after that one is still trapped in my head!

So I’ll make you a deal. I’ll get busy plotting and fast-drafting and revising in order to keep a supply of fiction flowing to my new readers. All I ask in return is that if you liked Catch of a Lifetime, please leave a quick review on Amazon and then tell a friend or two. Deal?