What Happens on Campus, Book One
M L Sparrow
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: September 1 2016
Number of pages: 254 Paperback
Word Count: 79053
Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor Designs
Let the game begin…
After a tragic accident which leaves her tormented by guilt, Chloe Newman accepts a scholarship to study a St. Joseph’s University. Traveling from England to Texas, the last thing she expects is to meet the schools charming quarterback on her first night. However, Parker Mitchell is a player both on and off the field.
Parker is immediately fascinated by Chloe and, after a rocky start, they manage to find a way to make their relationship work despite interference from others on campus, including Parkers jealous ex, and the ghosts that haunt Chloe’s conscience.
But, the real test comes when they visit Parker’s family over Christmas break and he finds himself being pulled back into their lifestyle...
M L Sparrow is currently the author of four books: two YA Sci-fi’s, The Demon Inside and Ghetto, an Adult Fantasy called No Rest for the Wicked.
Player will be her first foray into the world of Contemporary Romance. She will write pretty much anything that pops into her head, no matter the genre, and enjoys keeping her readers guessing as to what she will write next, though you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some degree of romance!
As well as writing, M L Sparrow enjoys travelling and has been to some amazing countries in the past few years, her favourite of which was Japan. She never fails to gather inspiration from her travels and has an endless supply of ideas for future novels…
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Please welcome Player author M L Sparrow to Diane’s Book Blog.
How long did it take you to write Player?
It took me about 3 months to write Player, but that’s not including all the time afterwards which was spent on editing!
If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
Chloe (Player) is the character who is the most like me, but because of that I think life would get a bit boring! I’d probably pick Sunny (Ghetto) to be my new best friend, because she could sort out any computer issues in an instant!
What is your favorite book that you wrote?
No Rest for the Wicked will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first novel I ever completed and I had great fun writing it.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I’ve always wanted to be an author, even when I was really young, so I don’t really know what made me want to be one! I can only assume that it stemmed from my love of reading and a vivid imagination.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I’ve found that taking my dogs on a nice, refreshing walk always clears away the cobwebs and when I get back I’m ready to get back to work.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m currently working on a novella set in Japan in 2011, when she tsunami struck, tentatively titled A Tangled Web. Here’s a quick, unedited excerpt:
Wide eyed, Taiyo could only stare at the black wall rushing towards them, engulfing everything in its path.
Grabbing her arm and twisting her around, Ryuu snapped her out of her trance, his own eyes wide with panic. “Run!” he yelled over the roar of the approaching tsunami, “Run!”
Her feet tripped and stumbled beneath her before she found her stride. Years of being on the track team caught up with her and running was second nature, her legs stretched out and her arms pumped, but she couldn’t help looking back. Chasing at their heels, the wave was gaining on them fast. Water was already pooling around their feet, seeping through shoes and socks to freeze their feet as the continued sloshing through it. There was nowhere to go.
“Keep running,” Ryuu cried, snatching at her hand and pulling her along behind him, fear making him run faster. “There, look.” Pointing to an apartment building, he veered towards it.
“We won’t make it!” The water was already starting to cut them off.
Reaching for the gate, Ryuu went to haul it open, but it was too later.
It felt like a concrete wall had smashed into her back. At first it shoved her forwards into the gate, before yanking her back and forcing her under. All the air was knocked out of her and she gasped, inhaling frigid water as the wave sucked her in. Beneath the surface, the water churned, flinging her around amidst the rest of the debris like a toy doll in a washing machine. Something smashed into her side, but the flare of pain barely registered. Despite the turbulence, Ryuu’s hand remained wrapped around her wrist. The water tried to drag them apart, pulling them in separate direction, and she prayed he’d hang on no matter what.
Kicking her legs and flailing her free arm in a desperate attempt to swim, her lungs burned. What felt like an eternity later, Taiyo sucked in cool air as they broke the surface. Her hair was wrapped around her face, blinding her, but as she pushed it away another surge of water dragged her back under. Bobbing back up a second later, she coughed and splutter, forcing her eyes open despite the sting of the dirty water, gripping at Ryuu with her free hand as he tried to keep their heads above water, his feet kicking her legs as he trod water. Black hair plastered to his skull, his face was stricken, white with fear. His terror only intensified her own.
“Over here! Over here!” Latching onto the voice that could barely be heard over the angry rumble of the water, she strained to see a man crouched atop his car as the vehicle was pulled along by the tide.
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
I love paperbacks so much that my bedroom looks like a library, but I have to admit that I love my Kindle because it makes travelling so much lighter without having to take loads of books!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love getting questions and talking to readers, so if you want to chat feel free to find me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, or my website!