Please welcome Teegan Loy to Long and Short Reviews.
My name is Teegan Loy and I’m here today to tell you about my new book called Love Simplified. The book is the second in the Game, Set, and Match series. And just so know, as of right now, I’m not working on a third book for the series. My current project is a new series about hockey called Beyond the Boards. But I’m open to writing another book about Jalen and Austin.
I can write and edit anywhere. This talent was born out of necessity, because deadlines don’t wait, not even for fast pitch games or the state high school tennis tournament. I actually did an online chat to promote the first book in this series, Love Complicated, during my daughter’s state tourney. I was a nervous wreck, both for her and for me. It was my first chat, and I had no idea what I was doing or what to expect. It was also my daughter’s first time competing on the varsity team at state as a 7th grader. The chat went well, and my daughter and her partner won their doubles match, securing the 14th consecutive state team championship.
Today I wrote part of this post while sitting at a captain’s practice. Sometimes I wear headphones, but today I let the sounds of the tennis balls and the kids’ laughter be my music.
I drag my laptop with me to all of her events. Sometimes it stays tucked away in my bag and, other times, I have to work while she is on the court or on the field. It’s the only way to keep up my word count and fulfill all my commitments. Sometimes it’s a bit inconvenient, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Life is about making choices. For nineteen-year-old Jalen Marten, the choices he makes will not only affect his life, but the life and career of his superstar tennis player boyfriend, Austin Suter. Jalen spends the summer following Austin around the pro tennis circuit playing the supportive friend as Austin adjusts to life on tour.
Keeping secrets from people is hard enough, but when the media, a horde of new fans, and staff and family who all think they know what’s best for Austin are involved, it’s even worse. Coming out to the world is not an option, so Jalen is forced to hide in the shadows. It doesn’t always work, and Jalen begins to wonder if they should stay together. The next choice could make or break them as a couple, and both men wonder why love has to be so complicated.
Enjoy an excerpt:
I flipped on the TV, and there on the screen was my boyfriend, up and coming superstar tennis player, Austin Suter.
He lounged in the chair opposite the interviewer, long legs stretched out like he was hanging out with a good friend. The waves of his hair touched his shoulders and I remembered tugging on it when he was down on me. When I pulled, he had moaned and sent sparks up my spine. The memory made me push the heal of my hand against my dick, but I was pulled out of my reverie when I noticed the interviewer looked like she wanted to run her fingers through his hair. The only thing that saved the woman from me heading down to the studio and perhaps, glaring her to death was Austin fiddling with the key necklace I’d given him. The small smile on his face spoke volumes to me.
A loud knock on my door interrupted my lewd thoughts.
Lydia barged past me when I opened the door. “Hey. My TV is screwed up.”
I was about to ask why she couldn’t go to Will’s room or downstairs to the lobby, when he strolled into my room.
“Sure, come on in. Make yourself at home,” I said sarcastically.
They ignored me and sat in front of my TV, almost blocking my view. Lydia opened her laptop and took notes on the interview. They critiqued Austin’s performance, whispering to each other until I wanted to shove them both out the window.
The interviewer asked him how he was adjusting to professional tennis and all the travel.
“My mom brought my best friend over here to hang out with me. He’s going to spend the summer with me before he goes to college in the fall,” Austin answered. “His presence helps keep some sort of normal in all this craziness.” He gestured to the reporter and winked.
The interviewer squirmed, trying to retain a small bit of professionalism, but a blush stained her cheeks, and she kept tilting her head and batting her eyelashes.
“Oh, that’s awesome,” Lydia chirped. “Look at her face.”
“Shhhh,” I hissed.
About the Author: When’s she’s not writing Teegan Loy can be found watching hockey, hanging out at the movie theater, or drinking a cup of coffee with friends. She’s also a great taxi driver for her daughter, chauffeuring her to tennis tournaments, fast pitch games, and volleyball matches. Occasionally Teegan attends concerts of her favorite bands. Always on the go, she is able to gather countless ideas for new stories. Life is best lived through experiences.
If you’d like to find her and chat about sports and the fine art of juggling writing while watching your kid compete or voice your opinion about a third book you can find her on social media.