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About the Author

By day, Pat Tucker works as a radio news director in Houston, Texas. By night, she is a talented writer with a knack for telling page-turning stories. She is the author of The Cocktail Club, Sideline Scandals, Party Girl, Daddy’s Maybe, Football Widows (soon to be a movie), Daddy by Default, and Lachez (an original e-short). She is the coauthor with Earl Sewell of Loyalty Among Friends and A Social Affair and has participated in three anthologies, including New York Times bestselling author Zane’s Caramel Flava. A graduate of San Jose State University, Pat is a member of the National and Houston Association of Black Journalists and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She is married with two children.

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ONE


“Ww-what was that?”

B.J.’s pretty features twisted into a frown, and a perfectly groomed eyebrow rose. She tilted her head ever so slightly, straining to hear. B.J. needed a visual to go along with the foreign sound. It was so faint; it could’ve been her mind playing tricks. She stepped into her home’s foyer.

The cool, crisp air was a welcomed relief from the smoldering Los Angeles sun outside. Something wasn’t right; she could sense it. Maybe it’s nothing, she thought as she consciously stepped lightly on to the marble floor. In case someone was rummaging through her jewelry box, B.J. didn’t want to announce her arrival. Stranger things had happened.

There it was again!

This time, her heart slammed into her ribcage and her eyes quickly darted around the room. This was no figment of her imagination. She was certain she had heard something. She searched for anything that might be out of place, but nothing appeared to be. Maybe she should’ve grabbed something she could use as a weapon. She quietly closed the door and reached for her cell phone, fully prepared to call for help if needed.

Where could the noises be coming from? The house was supposed to be empty. Her husband’s car wasn’t in the driveway; she assumed he was still at the Los Angeles Sea Lions training camp. Their two young kids were still away with their grandmother so the nanny had been given some time off. B.J. herself was supposed to be relaxing at a resort in Palm Springs.

But it was like some evil force was trying to keep B.J. from her much needed mini-vacation. She and the other NFL coaches’ wives usually took a break before the hectic season began. But this year, things had started off on the wrong foot from the very beginning.

First, Ella Blu, the wife of one of B.J.’s husband’s assistant coaches, and the last person still willing to take the trip, had backed out at the last minute. Ella said her husband, Melvin, had begged her to stay home. Since they were having problems, B.J. figured she’d let Ella slide.

Determined to salvage the trip, however, she decided to head out alone. But then, as B.J. drove down I-10, her tire blew out. When her husband didn’t answer his cell, she was forced to wait nearly two hours for the AAA tow truck driver to come and fix the flat. Once on the road again, it was nearly an hour before she realized she didn’t have any of the paperwork needed to get into the exclusive resort. She reluctantly turned around and headed back home.

By the time she pulled up to her Brentwood home, she wasn’t sure if she even had the energy to venture back out today.

There it was again, that sound. Something told B.J. not to call out as she had started to do when she first heard the faint noise. She placed her designer Hobo on the bottom stair and followed the noises around the cascading staircase and toward the back of the house where the master bedroom was located. The sounds, although still faint, were becoming clearer.

Her steps suddenly became heavy, each more challenging than the one before. By the time she made it toward the hallway that led to her bedroom, B.J. experienced a sudden surge of adrenaline. She could feel a lone trickle of sweat running down her back. Her heartbeat began to race, and her throat suddenly went dry, but still, she cautiously padded toward the bedroom.

“What the hell…” she murmured, struggling to believe her ears.

By the time B.J. reached the door and clutched the doorknob, there was no denying those were sounds of passion that filled the air.

B.J. felt her face burn, and the vein on the side of her neck begin to throb. She swallowed back tears that felt like broken glass gliding down her tightening throat, but she managed a rugged deep breath, then blew it out.

When she finally mustered up the strength to push the door open, her eyes instantly locked on those of a naked young woman who was riding her husband atop her king-sized bed. It felt as if the air had been sucked out of the room as she stood trying to process what she was looking at. B.J.’s mouth fell open, but she was too irate to utter a single word.

“OHMYGOD!” the woman cried and froze mid-stride.

At first B.J.’s own voice seemed trapped in her throat. Her eyes narrowed to slits and tears started to burn in their corners.

“I can’t believe this shit!” she spat, finally finding her voice.

“Oh, Jesus!” She heard Taylor, her husband, before she could actually see him.

“Don’t call on Jesus now, you bastard!” Sheer venom dripped from B.J.’s words. “And you!” she hissed toward the woman.

Suddenly, it was like a scene from a movie; everything seemed to be moving in slow motion. Taylor bolted upright and inadvertently shoved the woman to the floor. She tumbled down and quickly began to scramble for cover.

B.J. stood, still trying to comprehend the scene that played out before her eyes. As the wife of an NFL head coach, she’d been through quite a bit over the years, but nothing could’ve prepared her for the heart-wrenching situation she had stumbled onto. Her husband had brought another woman into their bed.

“I can, um, I can explain!” Taylor stammered as he also tried to find cover.

“In our home? In our bed? How could you?!” B.J. shrieked, utterly disgusted. “And of all people for you to stab me in the back with!”

Beside herself, B.J. grabbed the antique vase and flung it toward the headboard.

“You sick bastard!” she screamed. “And you, you backstabbing bitch!”

Taylor ducked and the vase smashed into the wall.

“Wait, B.J., hold on a sec,” he managed to get out. “Ella, get dressed and get out!” he instructed the woman. “Hurry!” he added.

By now, Ella had found her clothes. But she was huddled in a corner crying and shaking as she tried to get dressed.

“I’m so sorry, B.J. I’m so sorry.” She sobbed.

“You’re sorry!” B.J. screamed and lunged toward her. But Ella was way on the other side of the room.

B.J. was frantically looking around the room as if trying to find something else to throw at her husband. But this gave Taylor time to scramble up from the bed and tackle his wife before she could find another weapon. He cradled her body as she struggled to break free.

Ella quickly got up, stepped over them, and hurried out of the room as B.J. and Taylor continued to wrestle on the floor.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Strebor Books; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593093152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593093150
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I spend my days as a news director for the radio station, KPFT Pacifica's affiliate in Houston. By night, I'm busy churning out page-turning stories. I'm a former television news reporter, with a knack for ripping inspiration straight from the headlines-many of my stories are inspired by real life events.

I'm an award-winning broadcast journalist who has worked as a reporter for ABC, NBC and Fox affiliate TV stations and Radio stations in California and, Victoria, Waco, and Houston, Texas. I'd like to think it's the quality of my stories that keep the readers coming back. I'm also a ghost writer-which means I'm often cranking out stories for other authors as well....

I've written 11 novels and short stories in three anthologies, including Zane's New York Times Bestseller, Caramel Flava. I graduated from San Jose State University, and am a proud and active member of Gamma Phi Sigma, the Houston Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.


Books by Pat Tucker: Daddy's Maybe, Lachez, Party Girl, Football Widows, Daddy by Default-

E-books: All of the above, plus Proceed With Caution-Led Astray-Infidelity-The Hook Up-Summer Breeze (anthology) Under Pen Name PL Wilson: Holy Hustler-Sweetwater Sinners Under Pen Name Rikki Dixon: Try Me

After you've read any of my books, please drop me a line and let me know what you think: sylkkep@yahoo.

I appreciate your support!

www.authorpattucker.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OOSA Online Book Club on March 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
As the head coach of the Los Angeles Sea Lions, Taylor Almond and his wife B.J. are NFL royalty. While coach and his assistant coaches were away at training camp, B.J. and the assistant coaches' wives were headed to the spa for the weekend. After Mona, Lawna and Jewel cancelled, B.J. and Ella Blu still planned to meet. A last minute cancellation and a flat tire, it just seemed that B.J. was destined to be home. Upon arriving home, she catches her husband in their bed with one of the assistant coaches' wives. If that weren't bad enough, it's one of her so-called dear friends she was supposed to be spending the weekend with.

As B.J. shares the information with the rest of their intimate group, she learns that they had previously heard the rumors that their friend was a little too close with coach. Infuriated, B.J. sets out to exact revenge on the entire group. What happens to a woman scorned who you've shared all of your dirt with? She writes a tell-all book!

The ladies desperately try to reason with B.J. in order to keep what they do off the field private. However, B.J. refuses to listen. Each one of them has learned to deal with their husband's lack of attention, the groupies, rumors, lies, secrets and infidelities in their own special ways. Now they have to watch as their lives crumble in the public eye. Can their marriages and lifestyles survive the ridicule?

I was immediately enamored with the title FOOTBALL WIDOWS as well as the cover. I loved that the drama is kicked right off and by time we get to the final down, the ladies have grown. The story doesn't seem to be complete. Sure we get the full story, but it seems as if it's been intercepted some. Even with that said, I will be checking for more of Pat Tucker in the future.

3.5 stars
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.Marie on October 31, 2011
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Okay, so I've read a few of Pat Tucker's books. The one thing that I can say about Pat is that her writing is always full of suprises, twists, turns, and you are always guaranteed to see one of her characters go over the edge. I always enjoy reading this authors work, because all of her writing is always different. Once again Pat delivered a solid read that will have her readers under the covers with a flash light trying to finish the book. Your man is definitely going to be mad that you won't put this book down and pay him some attention. Am I reading correctly that this book may have a sequel in the making????? I for one definitely want to know what Sasha comes up with next...but not before we find out about that scandalous Lachez from Daddy by Default. LOVED IT!!!
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Football season is serious for the NFL players and the coaches, but what do their wives do while they're busy on the field? B.J. Almond is furious when she discovers that her husband is having an affair with one of his assistant coaches' wives. To make matters worse, B.J. finds out that the other coaches' wives, who she considered her close friends, knew about this affair all along. Out for revenge, B.J. decides to get back at everyone by writing a tell-all book exposing all of the football wives deepest and darkest secrets. B.J.'s friends are scrambling to stop this book from being published, but will they be too late?

Football Widows by Pat Tucker is full of juicy scandal and secrets. Tucker gives readers a birds-eye view of how these NFL wives entertain themselves off the field and how it can backfire on them. From STDs, rendezvous with random men, and obsessive compulsive tendencies, the women in this story are anything but normal. This book really makes you think about the value of close friendships and if keeping secrets is the proper way to deal with some issues. Football Widows is a fast-paced and entertaining page-turner by Pat Tucker.
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Football Widows is the first book that I read from author Pat Tucker. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was just the type of book that I love to read. It was filled with drama from page one therefore making it a real page turner that I could not put down. The characters in the book brought various dimensions to the table and it was great to see their interaction with each other through it all. To me, it was like reading what could actually be a reality show on TV but way better ;) Great job and I look forward to reading more from Pat Tucker.
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This was very easy read. A story that will leave you wondering just how much do you know about the people you call Friends. Pat Tucker takes you behind the scenes into the lives of the coaches, their wives and the team. The game of life off the field. Lets just say, there's just as much action off the field as it is on the field. Leaves you really wondering is this really fiction. Rose Wright, Savvy Book Club, Jackson, MS.
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By wens4games on March 30, 2014
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My first time reading a book by Pat Tucker. I enjoyed the story about the wives in the NFL. The story revolves around the drama the wives are involved in. I am planning on reading the sequel also. I hope that the ladies in this book are in that one. Some of the story lines I would like to see further. I do wish there were only 2 or 3 ladies to keep track of.. If that makes sense.
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Pat Tucker took us into the lives of NFL football coaches wives. I really enjoyed the fast pace of the story. Between Ella, Lawna, Mona, and Jewel secrets; BJ had more than enough to write a book and then some. BJ's revenge put all of the ladies life styles in jeopardy. Great story from start to finish!
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