Whether it’s passion, friendship, or simply love of the game of basketball, Casey does a beautiful job weaving these elements into the story.


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Publication Date: March 13, 2021

The Cinderella Coyotes of State University are in the Final Four, poised to win the NCAA National Championship in basketball—the culmination of March Madness. For Marla Conners, she’s proud of her husband Neal, and his achievement of coaching a collegiate team to the pinnacle of his career and the ultimate victory for his team. Yet, Marla’s idyllic life is about to be viciously attacked and torn apart by a different madness—her husband’s reputation ruined, a university disgraced, and she finds herself on trial accused of first-degree murder.

The Coach’s Wife is rife with spine-tingling suspense, conspiracy, deceit, and murder, sizzling and seductive passion, right down to the last second buzzer-beating heroics. This is also a candid and vivid behind-the-scenes portrait of Division One college basketball, university politics, money and corruption, and all the lives that are blessed and ruined by it all.

The Review

The month of March has always been about family in my household. It’s the time of year when we sharpen our pencils, fill out the NCAA basketball bracket with our predictions, and then settle in to watch the best of the best in college basketball. It’s no wonder, then, that I was immediately drawn to Barbara Casey’s new book, The Coach’s Wife.

While I am familiar with the fan perspective, Casey’s storyline focuses on what happens behind the scenes of a basketball team powerhouse named Piedmont State. Coach Neal Connors and his wife, Marla, already have tongues wagging because of the age difference between the two. Meanwhile, someone is in the shadows trying to wreak havoc with the players, making a championship win seem unlikely.

From the beginning of the story featuring one of the coach’s pre-game rituals to how the wives handle jitters during the game, I was hooked. Including university politics and alumni donations make it even more believable. However, the story doesn’t stop when the game clock runs out.

That’s when the high octane suspense comes into play. A past relationship turns deadly, and all indications point to Marla as the culprit. It takes some intense detective work and legal wrangling, but the truth comes out.

Whether it’s passion, friendship, or simply love of the game of basketball, Casey does a beautiful job weaving these elements into the story.

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About The Author

Barbara CaseyBarbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. Her nonfiction book, Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave, is under contract for a major film. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her three cats who adopted her: Homer, a southern bobtail; Reese, a black cat; and Earl Gray, a gray cat and Reese’s best friend.


Blog Tour Schedule

April 19:

1: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
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3: Edgar’s Books
4: The Avid Reader
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2: Our Town Book Reviews review
3: Becoming Extraordinary
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6: Straight From the Library
7: Travel the Ages
8: The Faerie Review

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4: Westveil Publishing
5: The Phantom Paragrapher
6: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
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1: Literary Gold
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3: Harlie’s Books review
4: Sandra’s Book Club
5: Books to Light Your Fire II
6: Long and Short Reviews
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4: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
5: Fabulous and Brunette
6: Jazzy Book Reviews


Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Amy, thank you so very much for taking the time to host me, but also for your wonderful review. As one sports fan to another, I appreciate your understanding and love for the NCAA Tournament. Your kind words and five stars has made my day.

    Your bloggers and followers might be interested to know that Amazon Kindle is running a special promotion on THE COACH’S WIFE during my tour.

    I wish you all my best. ~Barbara


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