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Friday, November 20, 2015

The Last First Game (The Senior Semester Series, #1) by Gina Azzi

When Lila Avers accepts a medical internship through Astor University in California for the fall semester of her senior year, she doesn’t expect much. In fact, she’d rather work on her tan and meet a surfer instead of logging long hours at the hospital and studying. But before she even boards her flight to LA, she meets Astor University wide receiver, Cade Wilkins.

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Published: November 2015

When Lila Avers accepts a medical internship through Astor University in California for the fall semester of her senior year, she doesn’t expect much. In fact, she’d rather work on her tan and meet a surfer instead of logging long hours at the hospital and studying. But before she even boards her flight to LA, she meets Astor University wide receiver, Cade Wilkins. A football player. When Cade turns out to be so much more than just muscle, Lila is smitten. Maybe a semester away from her friends won’t be so bad after all.

Cade Wilkins is beyond ready for his last season at Astor. Already being scouted and projected as a NFL draft pick, he’s riding a natural high and all set to breeze through his senior year. To sweeten the start of the fall semester, he meets his dream girl at the airport on his way back to LA. Lila Avers, a blonde, blue-eyed angel. Could life get any better?

When Cade is sidelined by an unexpected injury, he’s devastated to learn of more serious health concerns. As his world implodes, Lila holds him together. But is she strong enough to see him through his recovery?

As their own insecurities and doubts emerge, their new, fragile relationship is tested. Can Cade and Lila handle the ugly truths of falling in love when tensions flare, boundaries are violated, and uncertainty looms over the future of their relationship?

GUEST POST 
The Athlete vs. Jock (Reality, Myth, Literature/Art): 

Sports play a prevalent role in many books and movies today. Often times, there is the stereotypical “Jock” and the negative connotations associated with such a character. He’s a player, he’s conceited and cocky, he’s got a reputation – but girls love him anyway. 

While writing The Last First Game, I wanted to include the role of an athlete – Cade Wilkins. While there are allusions to Cade being a bit stereotypical at times – his past with girls, his confidence – I think he’s much more representative of the positive qualities of a collegiate athlete. Playing any sport in college – particularly performing at the Division I level – is no easy feat. It requires a great deal of commitment, dedication, and sacrifice. It’s demanding, insists on discipline, and dictates the majority of your time, physical strength, and emotional fortitude. 

However, being part of a team – belonging to something larger than yourself – and understanding teamwork dynamics, camaraderie, and school spirit is also incredibly rewarding, humbling, and personally fulfilling. 

Cade’s character is kind, empathetic, and caring. He commands respect from his teammates both on and off the field by portraying personality traits that fit in with his peers but also hold him to his own personal standards. As such, he is a strong leader. 

I think it’s important to demonstrate that student athletes – particularly men in popular Division I sports – are more than just the jock stereotype. And while that stereotype may be attractive to some girls, or something other guys would like to emulate, true student athletes hold positions of great admiration and leadership on their college campuses. Often times, they use their popularity to provide support to others, to promote awareness for causes they feel strongly about, to involve their teams in worthy pursuits. 

My aim for Cade’s character was to demonstrate that being a student athlete is hard work. But holding the athlete title also allows for increased responsibility to combat stereotypes, raise awareness about important issues, and influence positive change on campus. And still, this personality, the “Athlete” not the “Jock” can win over his dream girl!

About the author:
Gina Azzi loved every moment of college – especially her study abroad experiences, internships, and travel adventures! She drew on her college experiences to create the storylines for The Senior Semester Series.

Gina is a passionate reader, frequent globetrotter, and coffee enthusiast. She currently resides in Dubai with her husband Tony.

Gina loves meeting new people and would love to hear from you! Get in touch with her at:

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25 comments:

Bridgett wilbur said...

This book sounds great and I would love to read it .ty.

treehill30 said...

sounds amazing book

Jolanda LovestoRead said...

The cover looks beautiful.

gemiinii said...

Cant wait to read this book!

Betul E.

Rita said...

Sounds like a great read.

Corey Clancy said...

Congratulations on your new release. The Last First Game looks like a great romance. Thank you for sharing.

Jan Lee said...

Sounds like a book my teen niece might like to read since she'll be going to college in a couple years :)

Havebook willsurvive said...

Love the cover and the excerpt.

Stephanie LaPlante said...

Love sporty novels!

Kanoko said...

It doesn't seem as though my earlier comment got through, so just in case, and to keep it short: Sounds right up my alley.

nurmawati djuhawan said...

thx u for hosting :)

Betty Woodrum said...

Sounds great, thank you!

Joe Hawkshaw said...

Looks awesome will have to go buy and read.

Ally Swanson said...

Great post! I really enjoyed reading the guest post and learning about this book. This book sounds like a very fun, exciting, and interesting read. Also, I love the book cover! Very intriguing! Totally looking forward to reading this book!

Rebecca said...

Sounds like this will be a great read!

Richard Brandt said...

I always heard the last would be first; guess it was true.

Bube said...

Wonderful cover,sounds great the synopsys :)

Aleksandra said...

So excited to read it!

suzie said...

sounds like a book I would be interested in reading

Juana said...

I would love to read this story. I like the beautiful book cover too.

SamyP said...

Sounds good :)

Amanda Sakovitz said...

love the cover!

Thomas Murphy said...

sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Natasha Lamoreux said...

Sounds amazing! Ill have to check it out.

Dan Denman said...

This sounds like a good story. I am a football fan so I would like to read this.