I started writing in late 1996 and wanted to write a classic romance, "Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Gets Girl Back" sort of thing. I wanted it to be a contemporary, even though I really loved Regency--I just didn't think I could write a historical yet, because I was a total newbie. Unfortunately, I didn't know much about romance other than that formula, so when I sat down and thought about what kind of hero I though would be appealing, I cane up with...a football quarterback. Not only a quarterback, but an injured one.
That's common fare now, but back in the 90s, no one but Susan Elizabeth Phillips could make a sports hero work. I found the book unsaleable for nearly a decade, before Five Star published it in a lovely first edition.
The hardcover edition of Walk Like A Man is still available on Amazon--print never quite goes away. It may yet be sitting on the shelves of your local library.
It got pretty good reviews:
...a very enjoyable contemporary romance between a major sports figure and the therapist whose skill is all that stands between him and life in a wheelchair.
Lynn Welch, Booklist
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Sue Swift...is an author to watch. WALK LIKE A MAN is an altogether enjoyable reading experience. Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today
"... such a delight to read...tantalizing sexual tension, witty banter... not only a beautiful love story, great characterization and a good plot, but ...emotions that will reach in and squeeze the breath out of the reader... a fiery read. A must buy, a must read, this story is not to be missed!!"
(In case you're wondering who Sue Swift is--that's me. Just a different pen name.)
But time marches on, and, delightfully, reversions happen. That the rights to the book returned to me gave me the opportunity to update and re-edit the book...and here it is. Hope you love it!
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