What happened to a young man’s fancy turning to love?”
Everyone knows a young man’s fancy turns to love in the springtime, right? The love of baseball. To celebrate that love, that passion which beats in the hearts of red-blooded American young men and young women, and most everyone else, I’m launching my homage to America’s Favorite Pastime – Baseball.
I was introduced to the game of baseball in my early years while watching my four older brothers play in our home in Northern Utah. My love of the game grew when we went on a fabulous vacation to California and took in a ballgame at Dodger Stadium. My love of everything Dodger Blue resulted from that experience.
LOS ANGELES – APRIL 12: Arizona Diamondbacks against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 12, 2016 at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California.
My brother, Dale, taught me how to score the plays and from then on, I knew the ins and outs, the fine nuances, and slick finesses of the game. Just like the beloved “Skipper,” Tommy Lasorda, the manager of the Dodgers, if I’m cut, I’ll bleed Dodger Blue. Most seasons I watch most of the games the “boys of summer” play and root them on to victory. Sometimes I’m able to drag my husband, Tim – who is NOT a sports fan – to some Dodger home games, there to enjoy fresh roasted peanuts and Dodger dogs.
For the love of the game, I have written this novella – a humorous tale of redemption, grit, and love. I hope you’ll adore it as much as I do.
For the love of the game…
During the hot ’49 summer baseball season, the Sox’s hot corner – third baseman – Rudy Fleming, fouls out, and slides into the bottle, landing himself in a minor league team in Texas.
Can a bull-headed, tough-talking manager and a dark-haired angel named, Rebecca, coach Rudy to swing for the fences to save his career, his life, and get the magic back at hot corner, or will he strike out for good?
Rudy Fleming, hot shot hot corner — third baseman — for the Red Sox back in 1948.
“El Toro’s got plenty a’ arrows in his quiver.” Jiggs grinned.
“It’s an all fired shame we don’t knock some runs behind him when he tosses a game.”
“The team’s that bad, huh?” Rudy peered at Jiggs.
“Like trying to put socks on a rooster.” Jiggs leaned close. “Buzz was sort a countin’ on you being the glue that would hold the wool on the sheep.”
Rudy needed a drink something fierce if Jiggs’s sayings made sense.
Rebecca Lynn O’Neil, the granddaughter of Rudy’s Texas League Coach and forbidden fruit!
Rebecca Lynn – his unrelenting conscience and his ministering angel with kisses sweeter than honeycomb. Well, Rudy’d see about getting around her granddaddy.
Jiggs laughed. “She’s pretty as twelve acres of pregnant red hogs, ain’t she?”
Rudy laughed out loud. “She surely is.” But he was here to play ball. He should keep his mind on that instead of the honeyed lips of Rebecca O’Neil.
He should … but he wouldn’t.
“As I got lost in the narrative, I immersed myself in a past filled with the sounds of a baseball field – the crack of the bat as the ball is hit, the roars and jeers of the crowd combined with the smells of roasting hot dogs under the warm summer sun. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone.” ~ Keri K.
“This was a good book. I enjoyed the main character having a dilemma that he had to solve.” ~ Debbie S.
Knock one over the fence and get your copy of an essential story of baseball and love with “Hot Corner Magic.”
Every Summer Has a Love Story…Six Summer Tales of Sweet Romance that bring you the very best in Historical, Contemporary and Fantasy Romance. Sarah Daley, Carol Malone, Kathy Bosman, Debby Lee, Robyn Echols, and Lisa Watson weave stories of long days, sultry nights, sun-kissed beaches and sweet romance
Dreaming in California by Debby Lee:
In the summer of 1967, Hollywood actress, Lucinda Baker, appears to have it all– fame, money, and an all too doting fiancé. Dark traits begin to emerge from the man she’s pledged to marry, and he threatens her. Lucinda must now lean on her best friend, celebrity photographer, George Creston to escape the clutches of the dangerous relationship. Together they are forced to summon courage, and trust each other in desperate circumstances. Will they find love in the process or lose everything they hold dear, including their lives.
A Summer of Stars by Lisa Watson:
McKinley Graham has escaped to her summer getaway to regain her perspective and her health. Zane Davidson has taken refuge in the lovely seaside community, welcoming the healing balm of the salty sea air and his childhood home to mend his wounds. They aren’t looking for love, but their attraction is too explosive to ignore. Against the backdrop of starry nights and sultry kisses, they come to realize that even love may not be enough to save them from the angry storm of his past that threatens to destroy their dreams!
Drowning Sandy by Sarah Daley:
The water is calling…
and Sandy can no longer resist the urge to unleash her mermaid form. But a simple swim in Lake Ontario ends when she discovers the truth of her own banishment. When long time crush, Alardo, seems to shift in a direction she never dreamed possible, Sandy must make a choice — mermaid or human? Once she chooses, she can never go back.
Summer Holiday by Carol Malone:
In the summer of 1905, Lizzy Gordon’s father dismisses her desire to be a doctor, demanding she become a teacher—a profession which does not allow women to marry. Determined to be free to choose her destiny, Lizzy defies her father and falls for her grandma’s handsome neighbor—literally.Teacher Brent Pierce is dedicated to expanding young minds, but circumstances are forcing him to take over the family farm. Sweet complications arise when feisty Lizzy Golden drops into his arms.Before the summer is over Lizzy and Brent will be forced to make tough decisions. Can they find the courage to each fight for their independence, pursue their dreams, and still be together?
Shark Boss by Kathy Bosman:
When Tara takes up a job at the local aquarium, her colleagues warn her about their harsh boss, Mr. Carter Jones. She soon discovers how impatient he can be, but she also can’t deny her fascination and attraction to him. Carter can’t stop watching Tara as she works but holds back from her because of his secrets. If she knew what he was, she would never want him. Could the reason for Carter’s moods be related to something more troubling than what’s on the surface? Tara soon discovers Carter’s secret, and it only bonds them closer. But the curse starts to take over Carter’s life, and he won’t give his heart to a beautiful woman when he can only cause her pain.
The Best Place to Meet a Man by Robyn Echols:
Jeff goes to the beach to run and clear his head. Meredith goes to the beach intent on burying her nose in her book. In this contemporary romantic comedy, these two collide when Meredith’s two young nephews come up with other plans.
Debby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo, Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child and has written several novels, but never forgets home.
The Northwest Christian Writers Association and Romance Writers of America are two organizations Debby enjoys being a part of. Publications, thus far, include a series of short stories titled The Butterfly Fairytales Collection, and a novella with Barbour Publishing.
As a self-professed nature lover, and an avid listener to 1960s folk music, Debby can’t help but feel like a hippie child who wasn’t born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, but often does anyway in grass and on beaches in her hamlet that is the cold and rainy southwest Washington.
During the football season, Debby cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along with legions of other devoted fans. She’s also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting Denmark, Italy, and Morocco some day.
A native of Washington D.C., Lisa Watson writes multicultural novels with engaging storylines, strong, fun characters with universal appeal. Lisa’s Match Broker series, introduced readers to Love Contract, and matchmaking guru, Norma Jean Anderson, aka The Love Broker. Book two in the series, Her Heart’s Desire, was a #1 on Amazon’s Bestseller list, and was listed as one of 2014’s Top 25 Books of the Summer, and Top 50 Best Reads. Book three, Love by Design was #2 on the Amazon Bestseller list.
Her latest story is a Sweet Romance. A Summer of Stars, is one of the novellas in the Summer Hearts Compilation. This exciting new collection featuring five additional authors, and their sweet, beach-themed romances, will be released May 2015.
Lisa works at a technology consulting firm, is the co-publicist for RT BookReview Magazine’s annual RT Booklovers Conventions, and host for Reader’s Entertainment Radio show.
Married for nineteen years, with two teenagers, and a Maltipoo, Brinkley, Lisa lives outside Raleigh, NC and is avidly working on a Sweet Romance, and her next series.
Sarah lives in Arizona with her best friend and husband, Chris, their adorable monster child, and neurotic dog.
At the age of six, she became a reading machine. Devouring everything she could possibly get her hands on. In high school she almost failed English three times because of her detest for writing book reports. Today, Sarah writes whatever stories haunt her dreams, and struggles to focus on one idea at a time. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, or writing, you will find her nose stuck in a book, or out walking and enjoying the sunshine.
Drowning Sandy is her debut novella!
Links to find out what is coming next:
Award-winning author Carol Malone has successfully combined her three passions – romance, sports, and writing in her two highly-rated books, Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night, and Ladies Night Christmas sequel. She was the first woman to write a romance for the all-male dominated genre. Carol invites her readers to scramble into a front row seat for a thrill-ride of suspense, sports, and romance. If not hammering out new tales, Carol’s loves reading, sports, and hanging with her author husband on the coast of California.
Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She home-schools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.
Robyn Echols has been writing since she was in junior high school. By choice, she spent most of her evening hours in her “dungeon”, as her mother called her downstairs bedroom, writing stories, only joining her family in front of the television upstairs when her favorite programs were playing. She has spent hours learning and teaching family history topics, and focuses on history from a genealogist’s perspective of seeking out the details of everyday life in the past. Several of her family history articles have been published in genealogy magazines.
Now Robyn resides with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite” and has fun researching and writing the books that she hopes will interest and entertain her readers. She writes Young Adult/New Adult and contemporary fiction under Robyn Echols and adult historical romance under her pen name, Zina Abbott.
When Robyn isn’t busy piecing together novel plots, she stays busy piecing together quilt blocks.
RM Alexander is an author of clean romances that are sometimes contemporary, sometimes paranormal or suspense, but are always ruled by the heart of true romance.
With characters who look for love in the wrong places and are victims or the worse kinds of betrayal while fighting for what they want and believe in, RM’s novels promise a good read with unexpected twists and turns.
When she’s not writing, RM is spending time with her husband and two small children in Michigan. She loves to travel, especially to Walt Disney World, and can often be found on Twitter or Facebook chatting with other authors and readers.
I am pleased and excited to announce this sweet and clean romantic collection, available today, exclusively on Amazon. My friend, Beth Barany, has a short story in this collection featuring Rose and Julien and is the continuation of their time-travel love story that began in Touchstone of Love. Congrats Beth!
Ten sweet stories of love. Ten great authors. Ten ways to celebrate Autumn.
Falling in love is timeless. From a sexy medieval stonemason to a small town shopkeeper—Regency England to Napa Vineyards, this selection of Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal and Time-Travel short romance stories is sure to capture your heart.
Be sure to visit all ten authors’ home pages to enter their giveaway.
Just CLICK on their names!
AUTUMN VOWS. Patricia Kiyono. Contemporary
For 30 years, busy wife and mother Yolanda Murray pushed aside her career for family. With the kids grown now, it’s her turn. But her husband Craig needs surgery, and his worries extend far beyond his health issues. Will this couple survive the changes in the autumn of their lives?
CAROUSEL MAGIC. LaVerne St. George. Contemporary.
For Thomas Martin, feelings don’t get in the way of business. As the new owner of an amusement park, he’s determined to replace the old carousel with video games. Mayor Ginger Fairchild is equally determined to save the vintage carousel. Can the carousel’s magic touch two more hearts?
THE FALL APPLES AND MR. CRAIGSON. Kathy Bosman. Contemporary
Trina knows most men are out for her money, so a fantasy rich husband acts as her shield. She hires attractive Seth Craigson to cut down unwanted trees, certain he won’t discover her secret. As Trina’s heart leans toward Seth, he sees past her lie. Does he accept her for herself or see only her wealth?
FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN. Beth Barany. Paranormal/Time Travel
Sexy Medieval stonemason Julien relies on his fiancée Rose to adapt to 21st century life and struggles to find his place in modern times. Holding down two jobs to support her and Julien in expensive San Francisco, software expert Rose has no time for romance. A weekend getaway may provide just the spark these time-crossed lovers need.
A HARVEST OF HOPE. Debby Lee. Historical
After putting away a crooked bootlegger, Meggie and Luke Preston set out for California, hoping for a second chance at life. When their past catches up with them, Meggie must find the courage to face the issues that have driven a wedge into her marriage… or she may lose everything.
THE LONELY SHOPKEEPER. Cindy Flores Martinez. Contemporary
Lately, Judy has been too busy for love. Running a small business in her hometown occupies all of her time. When she meets Graham, a visitor from Scotland, it’s chemistry at first sight–and impossible. He’s not here to stay. She’s not willing to move. What will happen when they fall in love?
RUNAWAY LOVE. Nicole Zoltack. Historical
After harvesting his crops, the last thing Corin Jannings expects is rescuing a woman tossed from a runaway horse. A woman who can’t remember who she is. She’s highborn, obviously, so it’s only a matter of time before someone comes for her. And since she’s a lady, Corin cannot dare risk falling for her.
SOFT BURGUNDY NIGHTS. Ruth Roberts. Contemporary
For the first time since she was abandoned, Jessica Rayne has a real home and her dream job as manager of Marchetti Vineyard. After ten years, Rafaele Marchetti has returned from New York, still bitter over his father’s mistakes. Rafaele may take away everything Jessica’s worked for… or make her dreams of love come true.
VIKING FOR HIRE. Jo Grafford. Historical
Branwyn O’Tyre is convinced her estranged brother plans to arrest her for witchcraft, so she drinks a protection potion before he arrives. A Viking sea captain, living under a curse, witnesses her magic and offers her an escape if only she will help him. The hitch? If she fails, Branwyn’s heart will be his forever.
THE WITCHING WELL. Kristy Tate. Time Travel
Celia Quinn holds Jason West responsible for the demise of her grandmother’s dress shop, so when she takes a sip of water from the witching well and is transported back to Regency England, Jason West is the last person she wants to see–or kiss.
Watch the trailer for this unique collection of stories.
You know how much I love romance, writing it, reading it, and living it. This is an important collection in the romance community. Be sure and pick your copy up soon.
The season of giving thanks is fast approaching and I wanted to pause to express mine. During the “Gratitude Give-A-Way,” I’ve learned what you as readers, are most grateful for, and I’m thankful for your heartfelt reminders. For without a grateful heart, we would not be found on the path to true happiness. On my path I have encountered wonderful people who continue to lift me up, to mentor me. They make sure I trudge forward, not looking back, and put one foot after the other as I continue to walk the journey of life, yet in return they ask nothing.
Below is my gratitude list. I’d love it if you sent me yours.
First and foremost, I must express my gratitude to God for my life and the beauties of the earth. A great man once said, “how much happier we are in the presence of a grateful and loving soul, and how careful we should cultivate, through the medium of a prayerful life, a thankful attitude toward God and man.” i
Family history has always been important to me, bringing me close to my roots for which I owe my life – literally. I’ll write future posts about my family history work and what I’ve uncovered.
I’m grateful for a loving, caring, loud and ruckus family while growing up. I’m especially thankful for parents who adored me and spoiled me relentlessly.
I even grateful to be the younger sister to four older brothers. I know what you’re thinking. How can she be grateful for four older brothers? It was hard to welcome their teasing and their playful torment, but that showed their affection.
I’m grateful to have grown up in a very, very small town where it could snow from September to July. But I could honestly say I walked uphill both ways to and from school in the snow. Beat that if you can.
I recognize the good times we shared and appreciate warm family ties with my brothers as adults.
I love my brothers, their wives, their children and their children’s children.
I’m thankful for the love of a good man who has reaffirmed daily for the past thirty one years, that he loves me and chooses to ignore or appreciate my phobias and antics, my stubbornosity.
I shall be forever grateful for his strength, because he kept me moving when I wanted to throw my hands up in aggravation or run for the beach shouting, “Life’s unfair.”
And yes, even though our life has been anything but smooth seafaring, we’ve negotiated troubled waters with faith, finding a safe harbor in each other.
My thirty year old son has been both the joy of my life and my greatest sadness. I’m still proud of him and what he has accomplished. He still tells me he loves me. What more can a mother ask?
My talents, though not great when compared with others, are none-the-less mine and what I have accomplished with them, I shall be forever grateful. It still amazes me I have written a book and it’s published for the world to see.
I’m grateful for the efforts of my mentors – those fabulous teachers who took raw writing talent and helped mold it. Toni, Shelly, Beth, Paul,Tim, and various other mentors who are far too many to name. I write because I have to – it fulfills me and lets me express my gratitude in words.
I’m thankful for music. It has been a source of happiness my whole life. One of the best thing my parents ever did for me was buy me a little record player and happy, upbeat children’s songs on old 78 records. When I was six years old, I wanted to be Julie Andrews. This obsession with music has served me well learning to play the piano and singing. I can usually answer my husband’s questions in the form of a line from a song and still enjoy sharing music in choirs today.
I share my appreciation with my readers in the form of a give-a-way this Thanksgiving season. Without readers, what would authors do? Write menus for local restaurants?
I don’t know if you’re like me and author Aldous Huxley who wrote, “Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”ii I hope at this season, I might inspire you to generously express your attitude of gratitude. “We cannot be bitter, resentful, or mean-spirited when we are grateful.”iii
Thank you so very much for coming to my blog to share in my gratitude for the season. May yours be a blessed one as you remember to share gratitude for the good, the bad, the unattractive and the beautiful. Everything we pass through adds to our character. Express it in your own way.
I’ll end with the words of one of my favorite hymns: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” iv
Come Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise
i Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. (1939), 263.
ii Aldous Huxley, Themes and Variations (1954), 66.