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Shelley Shepard Gray

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What is the Bridgeport Social Club?

It’s a new contemporary series of romances that I’m writing! This series takes place in a suburb of Cincinnati and features a group of men relocating from a small town in West Virginia. These men feel a bit like fish out of water in the midst of country clubs and PTA meetings and decide to start their own club in a buddy’s garage. There, they play a little poker and form true friendships.

The books focus on friendship, family, and faith and feature strong characters who I think y’all are going to love. 

 Currently, there are three books in the series. TAKE A CHANCE, the first book in the series, will be published in September of 2018.

Below is the back cover blurb for TAKE A CHANCE. I hope you will enjoy the books as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Who knows? Maybe one day soon you will also want to join The Bridgeport Social Club.  


Kurt Holland wants the best for his younger brother, which is why he moves Sam to Bridgeport, Ohio. It’s a bigger town with a well-known high school. Just the place to give his little more opportunities—maybe even a scholarship to college. Kurt hopes his gamble pays off, since Sam’s future isn’t the only thing riding on it. Kurt’s put most of his savings into a new landscaping business there, too. But when Sam gets in trouble for fighting at school, Kurt isn’t so sure it was the right decision … until he meets Sam’s English teacher.

Emily Springer is passionate about helping all of her students succeed, but there’s something about Sam Holland that makes her want to go the extra mile. When he’s caught in a fight at school, she goes to bat in his defense, and during a conference with the principle she meets Sam’s rugged older brother—and guardian. Emily has a strict no-dating policy when it comes to her students’ parents, but Kurt isn’t technically Sam’s parent. It’s OK to bend the rules a little bit, right?

In an effort to make some friends and find a place in the Bridgeport community, Kurt starts up a weekly poker game in his garage. It’s not long before everyone wants in, and they all soon discover that these Friday night poker gatherings are about more than just the game.

Shelley Shepard Gray’s new Bridgeport Social Club series is about men who need a place to call home, a community in need of hope, and a group of women who are special enough to help both things happen. This first installment is genuine and heartfelt. It’s  filled with hope, warmth, and the belief that love and acceptance can overcome any tough situation.