Thursday, October 25, 2018

A Celebration of Women

Women are incredible beings. I marvel at my friends’ accomplishments, confidence, and resilience every day. When I set out to write the first book in the Love Games series, I wanted to write heroines like the women I know. Flawed, yes. But kick-ass nonetheless.

In book one, LOVE GAME, I wanted to write about a woman who—like so many I know—is a superstar at everything she does, and the man who loves her without wanting to make her less.

The second book, PLAY FOR KEEPS, features a heroine who was so confident, so stubborn and sure of her life choices, she almost misses the opportunity for more love than she ever imagined for herself.

And in this new book, DOUBLE PLAY, I wanted to feature a woman and a man who are content with their choices and not looking for anything more when fate turns their worlds upside down.

Avery Preston has never fit the conventional mold. Raised by a trailblazing great-aunt and a ultra-feminist mother, she’s never considered marriage an appealing option…but she’s always longed to be a mother. Dominic Mann married the first time because it was expected of him. Now he must learn to reconcile what he was taught was right, with what works for both him and Avery.

LOVE GAME was a story about loving someone in all their glory and celebrating their wins.
PLAY FOR KEEPS is about loving someone enough to find a path to happiness when it really counts.

DOUBLE PLAY is all about living life on one’s own terms, but still sharing that life with someone else.

Here’s more about DOUBLE PLAY:

She knows what she wants, and how to get it

Avery Preston knows her mind. The Women’s Studies and Literature professor is the latest in a long line of feminist firebrands determined to break the mold at Wolcott University. When her biological clock tells her it’s time to bust a move, Avery does what she does best—she takes care of business all by herself. Or, so she thinks….
Dominic Mann is happy with his life just as it is

The widowed baseball coach is content and sees no point in changing his lineup this late in the game. Still, a man would have to be dead not to notice a live wire like Avery Preston. But a one night stand was all either of them wanted.
There’s only one complication

The clinic where Avery was inseminated has been hacked. Now, she not only knows who the father is, but she knows the father. In the biblical sense. Avery shows up on Dom’s doorstep with a bun in the oven, a bellyful of ethical righteousness, and the absolute conviction that she doesn’t need him, and soon, the two of them are caught in a rundown between their hearts and their heads.

Here is an excerpt from DOUBLE PLAY:

“Dom, I’m not asking you if you want to date me or be in any kind of relationship with me. I’m asking you if you’ve donated sperm. At Lifespring Fertility Clinic specifically.”
Reeling, he narrowed his eyes at the woman sitting across from him. “What do you want?” he enunciated carefully.
“I only want to know if you’re a donor at Lifespring Fertility Clinic,” she repeated, equally slowly and carefully. “That’s all.”
That’s all, she said. Dominic wagged his head, dumbfounded. She was asking him to reveal his deepest darkest secret. They’d had sex exactly once. They were practically strangers. He wasn’t about to tell her what he’d done, or try to explain why he’d done it.
His mind raced. “Aren’t those things supposed to be anonymous?”
She nodded stiffly. “They’re supposed to be.”
Puzzled by her attitude and wondering how she had the gall to be getting bristly with him, Dom fell back on the defensive. “Why are you asking me this? Even if I had, why would I tell you?”
Avery sighed, and her whole body seemed to sag, curling into itself like one of those roly-poly bugs trying to shield its soft underbelly from the cruel world. He immediately felt like a bully.
“I’m pregnant,” she said, looking him dead in the eye.
He shook his head, denial instant and instinctive. “Avery, we haven’t seen each other in months. And we used protection,” he reminded her. “You can’t be saying this baby is mine.”
“I’m not saying you got me pregnant when we were together,” she replied with exaggerated patience. “I’m asking if you were ever a donor at this particular clinic.”
“What does this have to do with me?” He was backpedaling, and he knew it, but he had no other choice. If she kept talking like this, he was going to tell her to get the hell out of his house. “What does it matter if I have?”
“I was inseminated at Lifespring Fertility Clinic five weeks ago,” Avery said as matter-of-factly as she could manage.

Double Play is available today – grab your copy at:

By day, Maggie Wells is buried in spreadsheets. At night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. This author of feminist, sex-positive romance is the product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt. Trust us, you only have to scratch the surface of this mild-mannered married lady to find a naughty streak a mile wide.


  1. This sounds very interesting. The excerpt definitely has my attention.

  2. Julie Evelyn JoyceOctober 25, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    So excited for this book! Amazon just delivered my e-copy this morning and I can't wait to dive in! Congrats, Maggie! :)

  3. I'm sure Dom never expected to open his door and be asked if had donated sperm at a fertility clinic.
    Loved the excerpt.


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