The cover for Game Time, book two in the Girls of Summer series, took shape this week, and I realized that the Valentine’s Day recreate would be better suited to book three in the series. So here is the final-ish cover for the next book:
I reserve the right to change it–when I self-publish, I often make good use of that right–but this is the general gist. Due to requests (thank you to two readers who contacted me on social media!), I also made it available for pre-order on Amazon. This is my first time using the pre-order option on the KDP publication platform. “Pre-order” means that as soon as the book is uploaded and approved for publication on the KDP platform, it’s automatically delivered to the purchaser’s Kindle app. Seems like a good process to me, both for the author and the reader.
The publication date I selected is September 30, 2016. Only a month away! Whew. I (and my patient beta readers) have much to do. In the meantime, here’s the blurb/product description:
Training Ground, book one of the Girls of Summer series, introduced Emma Blakeley and Jamie Maxwell, two young athletes with seemingly bright soccer futures. Now, in book two, those futures are upon them.
It’s late 2013, and the world’s best soccer players are gearing up for the 2015 World Cup. In London, Jamie has just completed her third season with Arsenal Ladies F.C. Only one soccer dream still eludes her: a spot on the US women’s national team.
Emma, a national team regular, plays professionally in Seattle with the NWSL, the most recent incarnation of American women’s pro soccer. When Jamie is invited to her first national team residency camp, Emma is apprehensive. As professional athletes they have crossed paths a few times before, but they haven’t spent this much time together since high school.
Jamie, meanwhile, would do almost anything to earn the chance to play for her country at the highest level. Even, if she had to, share a room with Emma at team residency camp.
Both women are hoping it doesn’t come to that.
Join Jamie and Emma for the latest installment in the ongoing story of their lives, loves, and would-be world championships in Game Time, book two of the bestselling Girls of Summer series.
All right. Happy summer to you, and back to work for me… As a reminder, you can add your email address to my mailing list if you’d like to receive news and updates on future releases. Happy reading!
Hooray! My friends are part of a new house that’s opening here in Houston, the Pink Giraffe House, that will host our LGBT teen group amongst othher things. I’ve decided that they need to have a Kate Christie library available, so I’ll be ordering some books soon.
Hey Ranger! Just saw this note–not sure how I missed it? Thanks for the support. I love the idea of having my books available to teens and other LGBT folks in your area. Let me know if I can send any copies. I have some extras around for just this purpose. 🙂 Hope all is well with you!
Is there any chance of you selling your books on Google Play in the future?
Hi Grace. Thanks for getting in touch. Not sure about Google Play. I’ll look into it, but it would have to provide enough bang for the buck for me to use it for distribution. Since I do everything myself for my self-published books, I have to pick and choose where to spend production time and energy that could be used for writing fiction. The return on investment has to be decently high for me to invest in a new distribution channel. But thanks for the suggestion!
I notice you said the “Valentines Day recreate” would be better suited for book three – does this mean we can look forward to book three soon? I’ve loved the first two books and am eagerly awaiting more in the series.
Thanks for getting in touch, Emma! I’m working on Outside the Lines and hope to have it done by late spring–not in time for V-Day, though, unless I am particularly speedy… Did you sign up for my mailing list? That’s how I plan to keep readers updated on my works in progress. I should have the excerpt ready soon. Ish… 😉 Happy New Year, and thanks again for your note!
What is the prospective release date for the third book?
Oh my gosh, I just realized I never responded to your comment! I’m so sorry. Anyway, I just posted a new blog that basically says I don’t have an ETA, but that I’m working on it and hope to have it out before the end of the year. Thank you for your note, and for your interest in the GOS series. Sorry again for the delay. Happy fall!