Today we sit down with Francesca “Frankie” O’Connell from author Elizabeth Spaur’s
Gridiron Knights series.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
I was barely keeping my head above water. Between caring for my father, who’s recovering from a stroke, playing in my football league and trying to find a coaching job, I didn’t have a moment to breath.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I never give up. I’ve spent most of my live pursuing dreams in worlds dominated by men.
What do you like least about yourself?
I have a hard time trusting people.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
I have to admit, I never pictured myself dancing in a ballroom dance competition, even doing one exhibition dance.
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
I have to admit I argued with her a lot. I was so sure I’d put my week with Rush in the past; I wasn’t sure why she had to bring it into my present.
What is your greatest fear?
That I’ll be left alone.
What makes you happy?
I’ve always loved football. My dad was one of the greatest college coaches there ever was and he taught me everything I know about the sport.
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
If I was going to rewrite any of my story, I would change the past, and I would have trusted Rush six years ago instead of walking away from him.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why? Camilla Houghton. She’s Rush’s ex and she keeps showing up everywhere in town and trying to worm her way back into his life.
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
I think I would trade places with Delilah Derringer. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and she’s ride or die for her friends.
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Elizabeth Spaur writes romance because she loves writing about love. Her writing is all about big families and big friend groups because she can only write series set in worlds that continue to grow with every story. She can be found at elizabethspaur.com
What's next for you?
There’s a lot in store for us in King’s Folly. I’m going to relax with Rush and watch the next couple up on the block. I hear Delilah’s getting her happy ending next. Things are heating up, and we’re going to have to work with our rival universities to unravel some mysteries.
One week, six years ago was all they had before secrets and lies tore them apart. After hurling words like daggers before they’d parted, they never dreamed they would see each other again. If they can open their hearts, they might be able to let go of the past and build a future.
Francesca “Frankie” O’Connell was a woman in a man’s world. A former Marine and star wide receiver in a women’s football league, she was used to always following the play. When an old friend offers her a chance at her dream job it also comes with a place that might be the secret to her father’s recovery from a stroke. Working with the man who broke her heart wasn’t something she prepared for. Will the one who got away throw a wrench in all her new plans, or will he help her succeed beyond her wildest dreams?
Rushford Avery hadn’t planned on settling in King’s Folly permanently. Accepting a job at Cormac University was supposed to be temporary until he got his grandmother settled in her childhood hometown. Then it was back to England and his plans for his future. Instead, every day he planted deeper roots and became more involved in the lives of people in the community. He hardly ever thought about the woman who’d destroyed him six years ago with a few well-chosen words. Will her reappearance in his life help him strengthen his place in the community, or tear it out at the roots?
Rush and Frankie still have chemistry for days. The problem is their vivid memories of the circumstances that tore them apart are just as powerful. Their jobs, an unexpected dance competition and the reappearance of an ex push them together and force them to confront the lies and secrets that have haunted them both for six years.
Will love help them look past their mistakes and find their destiny together?