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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Beyond the Book: The Captain and the Cheerleader

The state of South Carolina is in a great depression today. Clemson University lost the national football championship to Alabama. Did you know that Kurt Deveraux, my hero in The Captain and the Cheerleader is a football coach? His team too has a chance to win a championship. Here's a short excerpt from the action at the big game.

The Mavericks lost two chances to score, and even though everyone could see Kurt was concentrating on boosting his defense, the Mavericks were slowly being pushed toward their own goal line. With three minutes left on the clock, the opposing team scored a touchdown. The extra point was good, putting the Mavericks in a tie ball game.

Susan swiped angry tears from her eyes when the other team won the extra point. “He’s got to win! He needs this so much. I can’t stand it if he loses.”

“It’s a game,” her father remonstrated as everyone turned to stare at her. “Some you win, and some you lose. He knows that and can live with it, or he wouldn’t be coaching.”

Susan sprang to her feet. “I’m going down to the field.”

Bill grabbed her arm and pulled her back down. “No, you aren’t going down to the field. Do you want to make sure he loses? If you go down there, he’ll be thinking about you, not about what he needs to do. Now sit still.” 


Susan English can’t stand Robin Lanford! She’s so full of herself she irritates everyone on the faculty of Fairfield High. When Robin bets Susan fifty dollars that she can’t get a date with Kurt Deveraux, the head football coach, Susan jumps at the chance to put the little heifer in her place. She had no idea that teaching Robin a lesson would irrevocably change her life, strain treasured friendships, and throw two families into chaos.

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