Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Celebrating LuAnn McLane's New Cricket Creek Release

Today at our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating the release of the second book in LuAnn McLane's Cricket Creek Series, CATCH OF A LIFETIME.


A Cricket Creek Novel

Desperately missing baseball, retired superstar Ty (Triple Threat) McKenna jumps at the chance to coach the Cricket Creek Cougars. After years on the road he's charmed by small town life and wants to settle down. He sets his sights on Chicago transplant chef Jessica Robinson owner of the upscale Wine and Diner.

But Jessica remembers Ty from his baseball days and is reluctant to trust the self proclaimed bachelor. Ty, however, is persistent and he's determined to win her heart. He's tired of playing the field and wants to prove that there's more to him than meets the eye. And although he might be retired he's about to show Jessica that he's still got game...


LuAnn McLane writes southern bent romantic comedy for NAL and is currently penning her third novel in her Cricket Creek book series.  Her books have appeared on best selling lists including Barnes and Noble, Rhapsody and Doubleday Book clubs.

She recently collaborated with country superstar Wynonna Judd with the novel Restless Heart.

When she isn’t writing… she enjoys family, friends, cooking, reading, music, travel and University of Kentucky basketball.


WIN - Leave LuAnn a question today at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for an autographed copy of PLAYING FOR KEEPS, the first book in LuAnn's Cricket Creek Series and a $25 Target Gift Card, because LuAnn's new book is available at all Target Stores!!!  Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner - Good Luck!

AND - Follow LuAnn on Twitter and every time you put "@writerlu LuAnn McLane's CATCH OF A LIFETIME" in a tweet, your name goes in the hat for a signed copy of PLAYING FOR KEEPS - - LuAnn will pick a random winner on February 1st - Good Luck!!


  1. Good morning LuAnn and super congrats on the new release and congrats on Target stores stocking it! I saw on your twitter account that you hit a few stores to sign the book - that had to be a lot of fun!

    For those not familiar with your Cricket Creek Series, can you tell us all about it and how the stories connect?

    I love the humor you put in your stories, is CATCH OF A LIFETIME a romantic comedy, or is it more of a serious contemporary romance?

    It's so great to have you with us today and congrats on your recent wedding and good luck with the move to Florida - since I'm looking out at a yard covered with the white stuff, I'm a bit

    Here's to CATCH OF A LIFETIME being a monster bestseller for you and hope you enjoy your party!

  2. Congrats on your new release! I love romantic comedy so this is my kind of read. Would love to year your book. Do you ever base books on things that happen in real life?


  3. Hi DeNita, I'm so excited that this book is out. Jessica and Ty are favorites of mine since they are an older couple getting a second chance at hapiness.

  4. Cricket Creek is a combination of some favorite small towns in Kentucky. I love boating and the Ohio River so I knew I would write about a quaint river town. And I am huge fan of southern diner food so I had to have a diner! Of course I've written about baseball before with Hot Summer Nights because I really love the boys of summer... so this town has all of my favorite things!

  5. HI Virginia,

    I think all of my heroines have a little bit of me in them and yes I do base some of my scenes on things that happen in real life... especially funny things. I love small town characters and diners are a favorite of mine (it was fun research!)

  6. Hi LuAnn,
    congrats on the new release. I love romance books, and comedy even better. You are a new author for me and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Thanks for the chance to win.
    My questions for you are: Any favorite books? Favorite authors to recommend? And if you could write any genre, what would you write? Would you stick with romance?
    Congrats and thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Congratulations LuAnn. I grew up along the Ohio River in Ky. I am always looking for new authors and when I found tweets about you today I came to your page to check you out. Loved the fact that you worked with Wynonna Judd on Restless Heart. Looks like I have some catching up to do. Anticipating reading your back list with a smile. Do you have plans on any more works with Wynonna?


  8. Many congrats LuAnn for your books being at Target! I always make a bee-line to the book section when I go to Target. I don't have a bookstore near me so finding books at Target or a grocery store is always a treat.

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  9. CONGRATS on your release !!!

  10. I am a Southern girl, so I enjoy reading books that have a dose of Southern humor! I especially love the humorous and eye-catching book titles that you have. My favorite is "Dancing Shoes and Honky Tonk Blues."
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  11. Hey, girlfriend!
    I am so glad to see that this story is the next in your Cricket Creek series. You know I totally agree with you that there is a need for older heroines/heroes in contemporary romance. I can't wait to receive my copy of your latest...waiting on the mail. Congrats!
    Morgan Malone

  12. Congrats on your release. I was wondering if you have a special thing you have to do when you write.
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  13. Congrats on the new release, LuAnn. I must check out your Cricket Creek books.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  14. HI LuAnn,

    Congrats on the new book. I am so looking forward to reading it.

    So who is up to get their book in the series?

  15. FOrgot to add

    I am tired

  16. Congrats on the new release!!
    What do you love most about the BIG BLUE NATION?

  17. LuAnn, I do not know if anything can top the cooking scene in A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action. That is my all time favorite over the top hysterical book moment. I do not remember how many times I had to stop reading as I was laughing so hard tears were rolling down my cheeks.

    I love that you were able to create a story with older main characters. The older I get the more I appreciate older heroines in my romances. I look forward to reading this story and wish you lots of new readers through the availability of this book at Target.

  18. Oh Jennifer I loved writing that scene! Nothing has come close excpet for the bathtub scene in He's No Prince Charming. Yes, I went to Target today and took a picture of it on the shelf!

  19. Chris, I grew up reading historical romance with classics like The Wolf and the Dove but I've always loved romantic comedy. I started out getting published in erotic romance with Kensington Brava but found a great fit with NAL/Signet Eclipse. If I could write anything else it would be middle grade books for kids. I think this age bracket gets lost in the shuffle and we lose future readers.

  20. Teresa I was thrille to work with Wynonna. I was so nervous but she is so down to earth and put me at ease and had me laughing!

  21. Congratulations!!

    Do you find that where you live plays a big part in what & how you write? Especially as regards your characters.


  22. I cannot wait to read this book. I so love books that take place in small towns.. I think it is because I grew up in such a large city..
    Congrats on the book...and your new hubby...


  23. Oh, LuAnn!! Congrats on this latest release! I can't wait to catch up with this series! Do you have a set number of books in mind for it, or is it more open ended? Congrats on your recent wedding! Woohoo! ;) Hope you're enjoying all the celebrating!

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  24. Hi Luann! Congratulations on your new release. Sounds great. I like the cover. I am a big UK basketball fan too. :)