Author Interview with Francine Beaton – Book Wrecking Ball (@BeatonFrancine)

About the Book

One feisty red-head. One stubborn Scot. One meeting to change their life forever.
When Richie Campbell arrived in Pretoria, he had a reputation a mile long. The Flying Scotsman had no choice to leave Scotland since he was left in the cold after yet another brawl with a member of the British press. Pretoria was far away, and Richie hoped to find peace and to be able to enjoy his rugby again. What Richie hadn’t expected was to meet his Scottish teammate’s sister in Pretoria and to fall head over heels in love. Not that it helped. It seemed that Sarah Mackay was immune.
Sarah had two rules. One: never date a client. Two: never date a professional sportsman. They have way too much testosterone. She knew as she had been on the receiving end twice.
Sarah added one more nickname to Richie’s repertoire: Wrecking Ball. Getting involved with Richie will spell disaster. But for how long could Sarah resist his charm, especially when she learned his secrets? And was Richie’s Nan right? Did things happen for a reason?

About the Author

Romance author Francine Beaton published her first romance novel—a contemporary sports romance called EYE ON THE BALL—in April 2018 after she first started writing in July 2016. Francine calls Pretoria home, but she loves traveling to faraway places and considers Scotland her second home. When she’s not reading or writing about love and Happily Ever After, she’s most likely busy painting or taking photos of everything that catches her eye. During rugby season, you’ll know where to find her. It will either next to the pitch or in front of the television, following her favourite teams. It’s probably not difficult to figure out why her debut novel, Eye on the Ball, as well as the series, Playing for Glory, has rugby as a theme.

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?

Wrecking Ball is the 6th book in the Playing For Glory series, following the lives of red-hot professional rugby players and the women they love.

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?

You’ve met Rosalind James’ Escape to New Zealand series. You’ve met Kat Latham’s London Legends. You’ve met Minah Carter’s Strathcow Sharks and Amy Andrew’s Sydney Smoke. Now it is time to meet South Africa’s representatives in Francine Beaton’s Playing for Glory series. The Buffaloes, formerly known as The Wild Dogs before Nicholas Carter bought the club, is one of Pretoria’s two professional teams. As the smaller of the two clubs, the Buffaloes represents South Africa in a brand-new international club rugby competition involving teams from the Americas, Europe, UK and Australasia, competing in three groups and finally for the ultimate trophy in the International Club Rugby Challenge. The Playing For Glory series follows the lives of red-hot professional rugby players and the women they love.

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?

Mine? I have so many favourite books and authors. In my genre, Nora Roberts, Marie Force, Pamela Aares, and so many more. I love reading crime too and my favourites are the Scottish authors Stuart MacBride and Iain Rankin

Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?

Practise, practise, practise, practise. Read your genre. Write, edit, repeat. There are so many things authors could do. Join writing groups specialising in your genre. Just remember, you can’t edit a blank page. Don’t make excuses. Just write it, even when it’s bad.

Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?


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