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Draft of next book completed

The first draft of my next fiction book is complete, and I’m excited to tell you a little bit about it.

It will be called “Heart of the Plate.” 

Here’s a brief synopsis:

Jeff Wright is at the pinnacle of his Major League Baseball career, earning his way into his first All-Star Game. Not long after, Jeff suffers a gruesome, career-ending injury and ventures down a path of self-destruction, and becomes addicted to painkillers. He is arrested for drug possession. 

Upon completing a short stint in a rehabilitation center, Jeff returns to his hometown of Lewis Rock, Georgia, where he discovers that the town’s largest job source, Reynolds Manufacturing, is being sold off and will leave hundreds jobless. He also attempts to rekindle a love that he lost years ago. 

What begins as mandatory community service for Jeff’s arrest — helping his alma mater’s floundering baseball team — quickly becomes his saving grace. In “Heart of the Plate,” follow along as Jeff helps his hometown through a difficult time the only way he knows how — through baseball.

Look for more on this book throughout the summer and fall. No timetable yet for a release date, but I’ll be sure to post about it when I know.

Gary Lloyd is the author of five books: "Trussville, Alabama: A Brief History," "Deep Green," "Heart of the Plate," "Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South," and "Ray of Hope." He has been a reporter and editor at newspapers and magazines in Mississippi and Alabama. He grew up in Trussville, Alabama, and graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School in 2006. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from The University of Alabama in 2009. He lives in Moody, Alabama, with his wife, Jessica, and their two dogs, Abby and Sonny.

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