Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Guest Blogger Christy Gissendaner - It's Football Time Again

It’s that time again. My favorite season of the year. With a hint (mind you, a very small hint) of coolness in the air and the feeling that something exciting is coming. Do you know what I’m talking about yet? Yep, my friends, autumn is upon us.

In the Deep South, autumn is synonymous with…well, fall…but it also means football season. I officially have four days until the kickoff of the first game for SEC’s gridiron giant, Alabama’s Crimson Tide. So what does that mean, you ask? It means a certain someone will be slaving over the stove, making appetizers for a football-crazed pack of the hubby’s friends. And by someone, I mean yours truly.

It’s not that I don’t like football. I do. (Even though after four years of marching band and I have YET to figure out the rules.) But I like football in the way a person likes window shopping. For me, it’s all about the people watching. While the hubby is cursing over a bad play, I’m over here like “Ohhh, pretty cheerleading uniforms.” As an aforementioned member of a marching band, I live for the brief moments of the half-time show. So I’m not what you would call an armchair watcher of football. I prefer to be there live and in person, enjoying the tailgating and soaking up the sense of camaraderie in the air.

Life in Alabama during the fall months can get quite interesting. With a die-hard Bama fan for a husband, I’ve been treated to some doozies in the years past. Most notably, the husband’s interpretation of the Gangnam Style dance after an incredible touchdown. My biggest regret is not having a video camera in my hands at that exact moment. He even went so far as to high-five our wall where the game was being projected. Yep, I’ve seen it all. Laughed my butt off too! I can’t wait to see what this season has in store for us.

Bama has been having quite a run the past few years, but you know the Tide’s gotta turn at some point. Pun intended. The “bad” years shall remain unspoken, but rest assured there are a lot of beer bottles being tossed out in the trash with every disappointing loss.

So what’s a romance author, with little knowledge of football, to do when faced with such a situation? Why, she makes the heroes of her latest series members of the SEC’s winningest team. That’s right. You heard it here first. All the heroes in the Out of Bounds series were once college football players for Bama. Did I mention they’re also all paranormal? Yep, so far we’ve got the Welsh god of music and a werebear. Seems I’ve stumbled upon the secret behind all those National Championships. ; )

So why the hubby is yelling at the television and I’m asking dumb questions like “How do they paint the blue and yellow lines on the field so fast?” I’ll be taking note for the third installment in my series. (Psst…this one will be a dragon.) Now bring on the Fritos and the Rotel dip, it’s football season, baby!

Thanks to the Nine Naughty Novelists for having me today and…Roll Tide!

Christy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand. She lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons and is always hard at work on her next novel, but in her spare time she loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything resembling a vacation! Christy also writes historical romance as Robin Danner. Check them out at http://christygissendaner.webs.com and at http://robindanner.webs.com


Erin Nicholas said...

I LOVE, love, love, love football! I think I'd enjoy a season in the south... you all take is as (more?) seriously as we Nebraska fans do!

I will definitely check this series out. Very fun tie-in for a die-hard fan :) (and I can help you with the game... not the lines on the field or the band as much though ;))


Meg Benjamin said...

Hi Christy, welcome to the Naughty Nine. Touch of Sin sounds like a lot of fun!

Christy said...

Sounds great, Erin. I'll just have to teach you to say ya'll with the right dose of Southern drawl. ; )

Hi, Meg! (waves) Thanks for having me!

Rosalyn Jernigan said...

Roll tide roll!!! Can't wait to read it!

Kelly Jamieson said...

Welcome to the Naughty Nine, Christy! We have some football fans here - and some fans of athlete heroes, whatever sport they play. :-)

Sydney Somers said...

Hey Christy!! Thanks for being with us. Too bad you hadn't been able to catch your husband on video after all. Would have made for great leverage down the road. LOL