New Release: Better Than Perfect by Kristina Mathews

NBtM Better than Perfect Banner copyKristina Mathews has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to spread the word about her new book, Better Than Perfect. As part of her book tour, Kristina will be awarding a $10 Amazon GC plus a digital copy of the book to a randomly drawn commenter.

Now, let’s learn a few things about Kristina:

I understand you’re a huge baseball fan. What draws you to the sport?

Baseball has a way of bringing people together. Fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, even perfect strangers can find common ground on or around the diamond. I played catch with my step-father and I played catch with my sons. I played co-ed softball in college with the man who would become my husband.

We’ve gone to games together, just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary. We took our son to his first game when he was only three months old. We took him to the last game at Candlestick Park and when pitcher Robb Nen threw a ball into the stands, he tried to throw it back. At fifteen months old, he knew the basics of the game, throwing the ball back and forth. We were able to stop him from tossing the ball back on the field and still have it today.

I’ve sat through eleven seasons of Little League, and made some lifelong friends with the other parents on the teams. I even served three years on the Little League board, and learned that baseball is a year-round endeavor.

I’m a fan of the San Francisco Giants. I wear my orange and black with pride. When they won the World Series in 2010 and again in 2012, I found camaraderie with perfect strangers.  The dad who dropped his son off at my school every day from August through October gave me a hug after “we” won. Strangers in the grocery store would start a conversation because I was wearing a hat or t-shirt or jacket. One kid at the elementary school I work at went home and told his mom “Mrs. Mathews is a huge Giants fan. And she wrote a book.”

What is your favorite indulgence?

My nightly bath is one of my favorite indulgences. It’s the one time of day where I can be undisturbed (mostly). I read, sometimes listen to a ballgame, and try to relax. I slip my Kindle into a water-resistant map pouch I found in the camping department at Walmart. It’s my time to read for enjoyment, to relax my muscles, and get away from it all.

Describe your writing space.

I have a leather chair and ottoman that my husband got me for our tenth anniversary. I prop my laptop on my lap and put my feet up. It’s the most comfortable spot. I can lean back and not put stress on my neck. The only drawback is that it’s in the middle of the living room, so my family doesn’t always think I’m working. I also work in my car when I have spare time, usually while waiting for my kids’ to get out of practice. I find editing is easier to do on the go, especially if I only have ten to fifteen minutes to work. But as a busy mom, I take what I can get.

What do you love most about your heroine in Better Than Perfect?

Alice has made mistakes, but she genuinely wants to do the right thing for those she loves.

What’s next for you?

More Than A Game, #2 will be out in July. Here is the blurb:

A ballplayer and a team owner would give anything for a championship—even their hearts.

After inheriting majority ownership of the San Francisco Goliaths baseball team, Hunter Collins wants to prove to herself—and the rest of the league—that she’s got what it takes to build a champion. Her first move is to trade for a hot left-fielder. He’s got it all, speed, power, and a desire to win. Not to mention undeniable charm. Marco Santiago is tired of being the new player in town. After four teams in six years, he’s facing free agency at the end of the season. He wants nothing more than a long-term contract and a World Series win. Hitting on his new owner probably isn’t the best way to get it, but love may be the most powerful challenger either of them has ever faced…Warning: Strong language, consummated love scenes, and some baseball clichés.

I’m hoping to have the third and fourth books finished soon.

About Better Than Perfect:

Portrait of baseball player with bare chest holding batThe woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he’s met on the field.

Pitcher Johnny “The Monk” Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can’t forget…the woman who made him a “monk.”

Alice Harrison’s three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood. She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors. Johnny comes back into her life just as she’s ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential. Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son.

With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they’ll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love.

CONTENT WARNING: Some strong language, consummated love scenes

Excerpt:

“Yeah, the kid’s kind of growing on me.” Johnny sounded surprised. But pleased. “I thought it would be hard to be around him. Since he’s…Mel’s. But, he’s such a great kid.”

The lump in her throat grew. She should tell him. Now. Before she lost her nerve.

He stepped toward her. “You have mascara, here.”

He reached out and wiped the smudge under her left eye. Her lashes automatically fluttered closed at his touch. A sigh escaped her lips, an instant before he captured her mouth with his.

He pulled her closer. Closer. Kissing her like they’d been apart for merely a two-week road trip, not fourteen years. His hands wove through her hair. Moved down her back. She leaned against him. She could feel him, his need pressing against her belly. Her insides dissolved. Longing filled her. Powerful. Uncontrolled.

“Ali…” His breath was ragged, heavy with desire. “Oh, Ali.”

She was about to surrender completely, when she heard the toilet flush upstairs.

“Johnny. Wait.” She pushed him away. Smoothed her blouse. Her hair. “Zach’s upstairs. He could come down any minute.”

“Right. Zach.” Johnny stepped back and her heart gave a small whimper. “I should go.”

“Johnny, please… Stay.” They needed to talk. She needed to tell him the truth. Or what could be the truth about Zach.

“I really need to go.” His eyes rested on the formal family portrait. He didn’t need to tell her any more. He wasn’t ready for a family.

Author Bio:

Kristina Mathews doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t have a book in her hand. Or in her head. But it wasn’t until 2010 that she confessed the reason the laundry never made it out of the dryer was because she was busy writing romance novels.

While she resigned from teaching with the arrival of her second son, she’s remained an educator in some form. As a volunteer, Parent Club member or para educator, she finds the most satisfaction working with emergent and developing readers, helping foster confidence and a lifelong love of books.

Kristina lives in Northern California with her husband of twenty years, two sons and a black lab. A veteran road tripper, amateur renovator and sports fanatic. She hopes to one day travel all 3,073 miles of Highway 50 from Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD, replace her carpet with hardwood floors and serve as a “Ball Dudette” for the San Francisco Giants.

Website www.kristinamathews.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kristinamathewsauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KristinaMathews

Book Buy Links:

http://lyricalpress.com/better-perfect-kristina-mathews/

http://www.amazon.com/Better-Than-Perfect-More-Game-ebook/dp/B00IT6IC0W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398285966&sr=8-1&keywords=better+than+perfect+mathews+kristina

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/better-than-perfect-kristina-mathews/1118912159?ean=9781616505288

GIVEAWAY

To be entered in Kristina’s drawing for the book and gift card, leave a comment then follow her tour and leave comments at each stop. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found on the Goddess Fish website at:

http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/02/virtual-nbtm-book-tour-better-than.html