As my regular readers probably know by now, I’m emotionally exhausted from the journey through “Wrecked” and the ups and downs I traveled with Lizzy and Dylan. I hope that you enjoyed every moment.

It was unusual for me to publish each chapter – I’ve never done that before. I don’t even read what I’ve written until the very end.

Thank you for being my companions as I tried something new. Also for your patience as the words unfolded (errors and all).

This story enabled me to purge a lot of personal darkness I’ve been dealing with. Hence the graphic below. The more I write, the more my little oddities seem to reveal themselves. That you accept (even embrace) these aspects of my character means more than you can possibly know.

There is much to be done, so many things I’ve neglected as this story demanded to be told, but for today…for a couple of days…I need to rest emotionally and physically. That will allow me to come back fresh and renewed…ready to write.

Until then…much love,

Shayne

 

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CHAPTER THREE

Summer faded and Elizabeth met the changing season with a sense of excitement and trepidation.  She didn’t see Dylan and her thoughts drifted to him at the most unexpected times.

The week of the marathon arrived and she wondered if he would come to watch.  It was silly because she knew they weren’t exactly friends.

Not that she didn’t wish they were.

Nana didn’t plan to miss the marathon for any reason and Elizabeth found a lovely little café near the end of the race for her to sit and relax.  She took the waitress aside with a smile.

“It will be a few hours.  She won’t be any trouble but I don’t want her outside.  It’s still too hot.  If you’ll keep her in tea and little snacks, notice if she needs anything, and talk to her now and again – she’ll be just fine.  I know she wants to be here for this.”

The woman was older, heavy, with silver roots showing along her hairline.  Her eyes and smile were kind.  “Don’t you worry about her one bit.  Enjoy your race, dear.  I couldn’t run from here to the next block over if a bear was chasing me.”

Elizabeth grinned.  “There was a time I didn’t think I could either.  Thank you so much.”

Nana kissed her and wished her luck and she took a cab across town to the starting line.

The experience was unlike anything she’d imagined.  So many thousands of people but there was a camaraderie and a sense of teamwork among them.  People of all ages and races ran together, sweated together, and helped each other.  Spectators lined the route and cheered for all of them.

For almost four hours, Elizabeth felt what it was like to fit in, to be around a group of strangers who didn’t care what she looked like, how manly she was, or that she was shy.

They ran, she ran, and it was perfect.

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Love of the Game Sports Romance Collection by Shayne McClendonLove of the Game – The Complete Collection

My sports romance series “Love of the Game – The Complete Collection” was recently released digitally on Amazon. I love these stories featuring hot athletes and the strong women who don’t take their shit.

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In other news, “Love of the Game” is on its way to print!

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Simply email me at shayne@alwaysthegoodgirl.com and I will send you an invoice via PayPal.

Please specify your country (costs are outlined below) and number of copies.  If you are buying the book for yourself or as a gift, please let me know who I should personalize it to.  Please include the name with your PayPal order.

Pricing and Information

For readers in the US, flat rate of  $20 (which includes $5 for shipping).

For readers in Canada, flat rate of $25 (which includes $10 for shipping).

Note to readers outside the US/Canada - please be aware that the shipping alone for a single book is around $35.  If you would like to order one of my books in print, personally signed by me, the cost would be  $50.  If you order multiple books, you would pay shipping for one and I’d cover any overage due to increased weight.

I realize this is outrageous for international shipping so if you order them through Amazon around the world, perhaps I will be able to sign them when I one day have a tour near you. *hopes for European tour in near future*

Books will ship in approximately 16 to 24 days.

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From a “Good” Story to a “Great” One

My novel “Yes to Everything” was recently updated digitally on Amazon. If you purchased it prior to February of 2014, please make sure you request the update from Amazon Customer Service (you’ll need your receipt number).

If you haven’t read it – I strongly urge you to!

Even More Exciting!

In other news, “Yes to Everything” is on its way to print!

Get your personalized and signed signed copy today by pre-ordering.

Simply email me at shayne@alwaysthegoodgirl.com and I will send you an invoice via PayPal.

Please specify your country (costs are outlined below) and number of copies.  If you are buying the book for yourself or as a gift, please let me know who I should personalize it to.  Please include the name with your PayPal order.

Pricing and Information

For readers in the US, flat rate of  $20 (which includes $5 for shipping).

For readers in Canada, flat rate of $25 (which includes $10 for shipping).

Note to readers outside the US/Canada – please be aware that the shipping alone for a single book is around $35.  If you would like to order one of my books in print, personally signed by me, the cost would be  $50.  If you order multiple books, you would pay shipping for one and I’d cover any overage due to increased weight.

I realize this is outrageous for international shipping so if you order them through Amazon around the world, perhaps I will be able to sign them when I one day have a tour near you. *hopes for European tour in near future*

Books will ship in approximately 16 to 24 days.

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CHAPTER TWO

The first day Elizabeth took Dylan home with her, he ended up sleeping on her living room sofa for several hours.  She washed his clothing and folded it neatly.

When her Nana came downstairs, she raised her brows in surprise but said nothing.  They knew one another well and she knew a young man wouldn’t be sleeping in her house without a very good reason.

Watching her elderly grandmother tiptoe around downstairs, in an effort not to wake Dylan up, made Elizabeth’s heart feel too big for her chest.

It was nearing dark when he came awake in a panic and hurriedly pulled his own clothes on.  The swelling was down in his eye and many of his scratches looked much better already.

Shrugging his shirt over his shoulders, he grimaced.  He walked to stand in front of Elizabeth after he managed to get his boots tied.  Though she offered to help, he did it himself.

For a long time, he simply stared at her.  They were the same height, a new experience since she usually towered over other boys her age at a level six feet.

“Your eyes are so green.”

It was a strange thing to say but she thought it might have been a compliment.  “Yes.”

More silence stretched between them.  Then he said, “Thank you, Lizzy.”

“You’re welcome.”

“Please don’t…”

“No one will hear a word from me, Dylan.  Not ever.”  It was getting dark.  She walked toward the back door and picked up a small reusable grocery bag she’d packed for him.  “There’s more ibuprofen in here and ointment for your cuts.  If you need more, let me know.”

She didn’t mention the canned foods that filled the bottom.  There was no reason to make him feel more awkward.  He took it from her with a small frown between his eyes.  The weight told him there was more than bandages and ointment inside but he didn’t ask her about it.

“I have to go.”

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Wrecked – Chapter One | Read Romance Stories by Shayne McClendon

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Free Excerpt of “The Three Pointer” by Shayne McClendon

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From the newly released “Love of the Game – The Complete Collection” box set, here is a snippet from “The Three Pointer” – the longest of the novellas (with a twist or two)! The Three Pointer by Shayne McClendon The next half an hour was a flurry of activity as they took Harley back to [...]

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Free Excerpt of “Win, Lose, or Raine” by Shayne McClendon

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From the newly released “Love of the Game – The Complete Collection” box set, here is a snippet from “Win, Lose, or Raine” – a brand new (never before published) novella! Win, Lose, or Raine by Shayne McClendon Five years ago… Opening her eyes, Raine Storm turned her head to look at the gorgeous man [...]

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From the newly released “Love of the Game – The Complete Collection” box set, here is a snippet from “Time to Make the Doughnuts” – visit with Josie and Max! Time to Make the Doughnuts by Shayne McClendon The smell was killing him.  His mouth was watering, his stomach growling, and he couldn’t concentrate on [...]

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