I’m happy tow welcome award-winning author Barbara Casey. Today, Barbara shares her new release, The Coach’s Wife.
The Cinderella Coyotes of State University are in the Final Four, poised to win the NCAA National Championship in basketball—the culmination of March Madness. For Marla Conners, she’s proud of her husband Neal, and his achievement of coaching a collegiate team to the pinnacle of his career and the ultimate victory for his team. Yet, Marla’s idyllic life is about to be viciously attacked and torn apart by a different madness—her husband’s reputation ruined, a university disgraced, and she finds herself on trial accused of first-degree murder.
The Coach’s Wife is rife with spine-tingling suspense, conspiracy, deceit, and murder, sizzling and seductive passion, right down to the last second buzzer-beating heroics. This is also a candid and vivid behind-the-scenes portrait of Division One college basketball, university politics, money and corruption, and all the lives that are blessed and ruined by it all.
Another deafening roar exploded from the coliseum, and when it did Marla threw down her partially smoked cigarette and ground it into the polished tile floor with the toe of her shoe. Quickly she reached for another cigarette from the opened pack in her small red handbag. She lit it, sucked the smoke into her mouth, held her breath, coughed, and then slowly released it. Marla didn’t smoke, but when she paced up and down the hallways of basketball coliseums, puffing on cigarettes seemed appropriate. It gave her something to do with her hands, and it helped keep her sane.
“God, how I hate this.” Gale Simmons, the gray-haired woman pacing in the same direction as Marla, was married to one of the assistant coaches at Piedmont State. She, along with several other women—also wives of coaches, some of them wives of players—were known as the hall walkers. They were the women who met on a regular but unscheduled basis the last two minutes of every game, pacing the halls, smoking, or pretending to in Marla’s case, and trying to give each other encouragement. Unable to watch the most crucial time of the game—that last two minutes—they paced in heart-pounding agony, listening to the fans erupt in cheers or boos, and to the announcer scream out the play-by-play over the public address system.
It didn’t matter which team they supported. The bond they shared went beyond the game and winning or losing. It was after the game that most mattered. If their team won, it meant going through the torture one more time, but at least their husbands would be happy. If their team lost, it meant their husbands would go through weeks of depression and as their wives they would have to put up with an impenetrable wall of silence broken only by an occasional negative outburst—usually directed toward them. Each of the hall walkers had experienced it. And it was that experience more than any other that cemented the friendship between them.
With thirty seconds to go, the score is 76 all. This is a hot one, folks. Let’s see what the Seawolf pack is going to do. Sydney Rob makes an inbound pass into the back court to Jerry March—the clock is moving, folks. Jerry lobs the ball back over to Rob. Rob passes it over to Miller in the right court.
Interception by Darrell Washington! Holy cow, sports fans! The Seawolf’s Sydney Rob loses the ball to the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest has the ball. Washington bringing it down court. Fifteen seconds on the clock.
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Author Bio and Links
Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. Her nonfiction book, Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave, is under contract for a major film. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her three cats who adopted her: Homer, a southern bobtail; Reese, a black cat; and Earl Gray, a gray cat and Reese’s best friend.
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Thank you for sharing your book and author details. I am curious to know if basketball is your favorite sport and if you had to do much research on the topic for your story?
Before I married my late husband, Willis Casey, I honestly didn’t know that much about sports, collegiate or otherwise. Since he was Director of Athletics at N.C. State University, however, I quickly became passionate about the N.C. State Wolfpack and the ACC. I was a fast learner, and it didn’t take me long to realize that collegiate athletics was more than a game. My research was the life I had while my husband was the Athletics Director. Even now I continue to follow the Wolfpack and break out in a cold sweat during the heat of a game. Whether it is basketball or one of the other sports, I get nervous and excruciatingly so. Thank you for your thoughtful question.
I like that this is not just a suspense but also delves into the basketball/college life and the politics that go along with it.
Thank you for commenting, Cathy. For so many people college basketball – and other sports – is just a game. But in reality it is so much more.
Wow, this sounds like a winner. I know about pacing up and down during a basketball game – when we attend, I usually walk the rotunda for a while. Being a Tar Heel fan can bring on anxiety!
You might be interested to know that the idea for this book came from the NCAA Tournament when Jimmy Valvano took the NC State Wolfpack to the finals and won the Championship. My late husband – Willis Casey – was the Director of Athletics at NC State and we were there for the tournament. THE COACH’S WIFE, of course, is fiction. But the emotions and some of the themes are based in reality. I am so happy to meet another ACC fan!
Thanks for hosting!
Thank you for hosting me and for showcasing THE COACH’S WIFE. I appreciate your time and look forward to visiting with you and your bloggers. ~Barbara
You’re very welcome, Barbara. Best of luck with sales. 🙂