R is for Recruit

I hope this A to Z Challenge ends soon because I’m running out of ideas!

Today’s letter “R” is for Recruit, or rather my short story Swim Recruit.

The NCAA allows five paid visits to universities as a prospective student-athlete, and I find the process rather fascinating. The university attempts to woo the recruit while the recruit attempts to show off her academic and athletic prowess.

A recruiting trip might be one of the first times away from home for the high school senior. Though I was a teetotaler throughout high school, I got drunk for the first time on my swimming recruiting visit to Yale. 😉

This short story was part of an anthology benefiting breast cancer research, but now it’s a sweet YA single available for free at Omnific Publishing or for $.99 on Amazon.

Not long after Abby Donahue’s family falls apart, she escapes on an airplane to Chicago for a recruiting trip. A talented high-school swimmer, Abby hopes to score both a college scholarship and some distance from her parents’ recent divorce. But is this university for her?

Her first encounter with freshman swimmer Reese McGowan makes her nervous. He’s a tall backstroker with a mess of blond hair, glittering aquamarine eyes, and a suspension from the team for badmouthing the school to another recruit. As Abby unravels the mystery underlying Reese’s disdain, she begins to unlock her own hidden emotions about her father. Together Abby and Reese battle bullies on the team and inner demons, learning that flipper feet and fighting for family can actually be a good thing.

Here’s another “R” for you–my review of Room by Emma Donoghue. Haunting story!

Thanks for stopping by.

8 thoughts on “R is for Recruit”

  1. You're doing great, Jennifer! Let's hear it for 'R'! :)BTW, I gave you an honorable mention on my blog today…er, uhm…actually, two honorable mentions! I just wanted to thank you for the great help you provided me with your posts! 🙂


  2. Sounds like a great story! I'm adding it to my list as well.The challenge has been great but I'm ready to be done as well, it's a lot of work!


  3. Kyra, the anthologies benefited \”Save the Tatas\”. Love that name! Thanks for adding Swim Recruit.Jack, thanks in advance! Heading over there now.Julie, I agree with you about the amount of work. If I had prewritten some of my posts it might have been better. Luckily I get a week's rest after the challenge ends before a blog tour for me begins.


  4. Save the tatas! LOL. My best friend, Sandra, also a psychologist would have bought several copies just for the title … also she is a survivor of breast cancer as well. I wish I had known about it when it was selling! Thanks for the kind words on my blog. It made my weary evening! Roland


  5. Hello, Jennifer! I'm a big supporter of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life so anything that supports cancer research is a definite must-get!Have a lovely weekend and happy A to Z!!


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