5 Fun Facts about Whatever Life Throws at You
by Julie Cross
- While naming the characters for this book, I got on this weird kick where many of their last names could also be first names. I still have no idea why that happened.
- When Annie first meets the hot young rookie pitcher, he’s dripping wet and wearing only a towel.
- The romance in this book takes on a few different tropes—love/hate, friends-to-lovers, and forbidden love with that whole she’s-the-coach’s-daughter deal going on. So there is something for all kinds of romance fans.
- I’ve written many novels by this point, but WLTAY is the first real, deep father/daughter relationship I’ve written and I really loved creating this aspect of the story.
- I had no idea, when thinking up Annie’s irrational fear of tornadoes that it would lead to one of the hottest, sexiest scenes in the entire book. Sirens and all.
Get ready to SWOON for Jason Brody!
Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas is too young to remember her dad’s glory days as a pitcher for the Yankees. So when her father is offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals, Annie is intrigued to see the baseball side of her dad. Of course, knowing he’ll be a mentor to hot young rookie pitcher, Jason Brody, certainly makes it more enticing.
After an awkward first meeting with “Brody” involving very little clothing and a much-too-personal locker room interview, Annie’s convinced she knows Brody’s type: arrogant, self-involved, bossy. As her dad grows closer to the pitching phenom, the friction between Brody and Annie increases. But when opening day arrives and it looks like both her dad and Brody may lose their dream jobs, Annie steps up and offers support. She and Brody call a truce that grows into friendship—and beyond. Falling for a rising star who’s quickly reaching a level that involves rabid female fans is not what Annie would call smart, except suddenly she’s getting hints that maybe this crush isn’t one-sided after all. Could someone like Brody actually fall for a girl like her?
Julie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast and longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former gymnastics program director with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credentials, Julie is a committed—but not talented—long-distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar-weather survivor, and expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym-shoe addict.