From the sideline- Amy Avanzino


football cover

Print ISBN-13: 9781635110531

ePub ISBN-13: 9781635110548

Kindle ISBN-13: 9781635110555

Hardback ISBN-13: 9781635110562


Series:  The Wake-Up Series

Series Number: 2

Edition: First

Pages: 266

Author: Amy Avanzino

Publisher: Henery Press

Price: $15.95 trade paperback

$31.95 hardcover

$2.99 digital ebook

Publication Date: July 19, 2016

BISAC Audience: TRA (General/Trade)

BISAC Subject:

FIC016000 (fiction: humorous)

FIC044000 (fiction: contemporary women)


“Funny yet tender…witty and charming…a reminder of the things that really matter in life.” – Jackie Bouchard, USA Today Bestselling Author of What the Dog Ate (on Wake-Up Call)

“Hilariously funny…endearing and heartfelt.” – LibraryThing (on Wake-Up Call)

“A lighthearted read, with lots of love, hilarity, some sexiness and definitely a good time.” – Comfy Reading (on Wake-Up Call)

After losing her marriage, life savings, and waistline, Autumn Kovac is terrified of being hit by more heartache. So when her only child decides to try out for the football team, the overprotective, sports-illiterate mom has a near phobic reaction. But Zachary hasn’t smiled since his father left, and she’s desperate to make him happy (and doing nothing and hoping for the best hasn’t been working). She reluctantly enters a new world of youth competitive sports, full of overzealous coaches with Vince Lombardi dreams and fanatical parents trying to achieve vicarious glory.

Unexpectedly, Autumn begins transforming within this strangely addictive new culture, finding her voice, facing her past, tackling her fears…and uncovering the secret that’s been keeping her from her son. After meeting her ideal catch, she finds herself back in the dating game and discovers some fierce competition of her own. Will Autumn make it off the sideline? Can the underdog finally win?Related subjects include: chick lit, women’s fiction, humor, humorous fiction, rom com, romantic comedy, friendship.

Books in the Wake-Up Call Series

  • WAKE-UP CALL (#1)
  • WAKE UP all covers

Part of the Henery Press Chick Lit Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all…Author Bio:

Amy Avanzino received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s from the University of Washington. She is a former special education teacher who has spent the last several years writing and doing extensive hands-on research for her Wake-Up Series, the first of which is Wake-Up Call. She’s a contributing writer of Hap Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New York, which won two Audience Choice Awards. Amy currently lives in the stands above the football fields, basketball courts, and baseball diamonds around Folsom, California with her husband and four children. Visit her at[1]

I was asked to join the blog tour by Amy and received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a story that explores motherhood and family relationships ,friendships and moving forward from an abusive relationship.

Autumn’s son wants to try out for an American football team and although she’s initially very resistant to the idea, she is soon drawn into the whole parental involvement becoming a football mum. She sees a difference in her withdrawn son and as he starts to come out of his shell her involvement becomes more intensive. My daughter was a competitive swimmer at one point and this reminded me of the whole competitive edge between the parents but also the team spirit that draws you in the more you put in.

I don’t know anything about American Football leagues but feel a little more educated about the passion behind the little leagues.

There is an element of romance and some very touching scenes.

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