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State of the Trout: New Year, Not-New Book! And other business-type things you know I don’t like to talk about.

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Hey everybody! It’s the very first day of 2020, and most of us are looking into the next decade with a “clean slate” mindset with regards to our resolutions for the roaring twenties. Today was the day I had planned to get back to running but it turns out I’ve just left my running clothes hanging up in the bathroom since the last time I used them way back in September. They needed a wash back then, too, let me tell you. Since Facebook tells me it’s bad luck to do laundry on New Year’s Day and OCD tells me that’s probably true and I’m putting my whole family at risk if I dare to clean the only sports bra I have that fits me, I guess I’ll be putting the miles off until tomorrow. I’m pretty nervous, truth be told; I haven’t run since breaking my foot. I’m a little afraid that I’ll start out and like four steps in the whole thing will break again.

But that’s not why I’m here today. My running goals and broken foot don’t really affect you. You’re probably wondering why I even told you about them. Because my family is tired of hearing about it. That’s why.

Anywho, I told myself I would also come back to work on January 1st, and here we are. With actual, real work to present to you. If it had required a load of laundry, I wouldn’t be here. Just keep that in mind.

Back in the early days of the ’10s, I wrote a series of baseball romances for an indie publisher. Later, I got the rights back and intended to republish them but I’m very much like Walt Disney in that I like my head to be cold and also I keep moving forward. Going back to work on something I already wrote feels like rolling backward. But one of my resolutions for the year and the rest of my career, basically, is to treat my business more like a business and make those tough business decisions that won’t keep everybody happy. As a result, any backlist that I release is going to be Amazon-only. Not because I don’t appreciate my readers on other platforms but because the amount of time and frustration I invest in putting work on other platforms (I am easily overwhelmed, friends) has actually held me back from re-releasing the old work that I could be making money from. So, please don’t hate me as I re-release my old stuff on a single platform. I still plan on selling new work wide.

So, back to that baseball romance I was telling you about:

Close-up portrait of muscular man posing with a bat under the title, "Long Relief" and the author's name, "Abigail Barnette."

Billionaire entrepreneur Maggie Harper has lived and breathed baseball since birth. But being the coach’s daughter never prepared her for team ownership, and all the business savvy in the world can’t help her navigate the complications from a sizzling one-night stand with a player who definitely wants something more.

After pitching a disastrous game that cost the Bengals the championship pennant, veteran reliever Chris Thomas knows his days as a player are numbered. There are more important things to be worried about than the sexy new team owner, but Maggie’s hot-and-cold act is driving him to distraction. A woman has never come between him and the game before, but now he has to make a choice between his love of playing ball and his rapid fall for Maggie.

Caught between doing what’s right for the team and what’s right for them, Maggie and Chris have to decide what’s more important: a championship season, or a chance at love?

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Long Relief will be out January 7th, so I hope those of you who don’t already own it haven’t spent up all your Amazon gift cards yet.

So, with that, this State of the Trout is concluded. Happy New Year, and gosh, I really hope 2020 is gonna be great for everybody in Trout Nation.

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  1. J

    Happy New Year Jenny! I hope your holidays went great and I look forward to any and all content you put out this year!!!

    January 1, 2020
  2. Lindsey L
    Lindsey L

    Ohh I’m pretty sure I read these both and they were fantastic! Highly recommend to everyone!

    January 1, 2020
  3. Jordan Bell
    Jordan Bell

    Happy new year! Wishing you good health, good luck and a profitable outcome from the focus on your business. ❤️

    January 2, 2020
  4. Anon

    Welcome back, Jenny!

    January 2, 2020
  5. DS

    You mentioned at some point expanding on your sexy fairytales which I adored. Also really liked your steampunk stuff. I want to believe that the 3rd brother got his HEA too. So if you ever go back to those, I’ll be all over them like a kid in a candy store. I hope your foot is ok. Happy New Year! <3

    January 2, 2020
  6. Moon Moon
    Moon Moon

    All the best things for you in the new year, Jenny!

    January 2, 2020
  7. Black heart
    Black heart

    Wow, so, thank you, Jenny. Now I get why everyone had roaring 20s parties. Damn, I am getting dumb.

    January 3, 2020
  8. Hillary

    Hey, I just finished reading Long Relief and am kinda bummed I can’t just read the next one right now. ANYWAYS! Looking forward to the next one. I also wanted to offer my services as a proofreader should you need any/another/whatever (I found several typos while reading including one instance of Maggie being called Rebecca (at least I’m pretty sure it was Maggie being referred to that time)). So if you’d be interested in a second proofreader or something, let me know!

    February 8, 2020
    • JennyTrout

      OH MY GOSH THANK YOU FOR THE HEADS UP. That’s the wrong file. These are republished backlist and the “Rebecca” mistake happened in the publisher’s release. I have to go upload the right file! If you’d never mentioned it, I would have had no idea!

      February 14, 2020

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