Golden Leaf Spotlight on Short Contemporary: Leigh Duncan

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Short Contemporary: “Second Chance Family,” by Leigh Duncan (Harlequin)

Second Chance Family - Front

Courtney gestured toward the trees, but swore no one noticed. Oh, one or two of the parents gave vacant nods. Melinda, the woman she’d met at tryouts, sent her a cheery look. Courtney returned the half-wave and turned to see what had captured everyone’s attention.

As she suspected, Travis was the culprit.

On the field, he moved with a lithe grace from player to player, positioning them for infield practice. When he squatted down to speak face-to-face with the catcher, Courtney swore she heard one of the mothers swoon. The fathers, well, if the starry-eyed hero worship in their eyes was any indication, they’d all become members of the Travis Oak Fan Club.

A club she was just as determined not to join.

The coach might be the adored answer to the other parents’ prayers, but she was not going to fall under his spell. First and foremost, he was a baseball player…and she was done with those.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Leigh and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

It’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit our website for more information. But hurry, registration closes October 4th!

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