By Alison Packard, author of STEALING SECOND
A few years ago, when I was writing The Winning Season, the minor characters of Tom Morgan and Katherine Whitton were nothing more than a blip on my radar. At the time, the only thing I knew about them was that they’d shared a bittersweet past. So when it came time to write their story in Stealing Second, I decided that Tom and Katherine had once been deeply in love and committed to each other in high school and then something awful happened to break them up just before they were set to leave for college together. Now, seventeen years later, and both working for the San Francisco Blaze, they have to deal with each other and the break-up that changed them forever. But the question is—can they? I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s a sucker for the reunited lovers’ trope. Because who doesn’t love second chances, right? And speaking of second chances, for me, no other couple deserved one more than Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls of the cult TV show Veronica Mars. Seriously, teenage angst doesn’t get much better than this:
When the series was abruptly canceled at the end of the third season, Veronica and Logan had broken up. But thanks to a boatload of fans (affectionately nicknamed ‘Marshmallows’) who donated to the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign, those of us rooting for our favorite ‘epic’ couple were overjoyed to see the former lovers fall into each other’s arms and admit to what all of us Marshmallows already knew…they’d never stopped loving each other. A satisfying ending for LoVe fans everywhere!
Please tell me I’m not the only one here who loves Logan and Veronica. Or if not, do you have another favorite fictional couple who were parted by circumstance and later got their happily ever after? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
Katherine Whitton doesn’t purposely avoid men and relationships, but she doesn’t mind that side effect of immersing herself in her job with the San Francisco Blaze. Years ago she was betrayed by her one true love, and she’s never fully recovered, though she’s tried by building a new life in a city she loves.
It’s taken seventeen years for Tom Morgan to get over Katie—Katherine now. Sober now and faced with the incredible opportunity to manage the Blaze, he thinks he’ll finally be able to handle working with this beautiful woman without falling to pieces…as long as she doesn’t get too close.
A crisis with the team’s star pitcher forces Tom and Katherine to put in long hours together. Years of animosity melt away as the sexual tension between them ignites. But it’ll take more than scorching kisses to avoid the wreckage of the past. And neither Tom nor Katie are sure they’re ready to trust each other or risk their hearts for a second chance at happiness.
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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alison Packard now lives in Southern Nevada where she’s still getting used to the blistering summers and the slot machines in every grocery store. When not working at the day job that pays the bills, keeps a roof over her head, and supports her book and chocolate habits, Alison spends most of her free time writing. But when she takes a break, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.