Worth The Trade Now Available

Cover Worth The Trade

Here’s an excerpt.

“I’m only interested in winning the division and making a strong run in the postseason.” She turned her head to look out the window as if to show she was unaffected by the chemistry between them.

“Aren’t you a rotten liar?” He chuckled softly. Oh yeah, he was definitely getting to her. “Don’t join in the poker game at the next owners’ retreat. You’ll be wiped out.”

She whipped her head around so fast the car shook. “I happen to be a very good poker player. I can hold my own against anyone. Anytime.”

Interesting. Her strong reaction told him two things. She was insecure about her place among her fellow owners. And yes, she was interested in him on more than a professional level.

“That explains your wardrobe.” He leaned back, not ready to leave her just yet. “You dress like you do to fit in with the old boys’ club. But you can’t hide the fact that you are all woman.”

“And you can’t hide the fact that you don’t want to be here.” She dared look him straight in the eye, but couldn’t hold his gaze.

“I’m starting to come around.” He gave her one last smile.

A Tale Of Two Covers

Do you judge a book by its cover? What if the cover changes right before the official release date? My debut novel, Better Than Perfect was given a new cover.

The finalized cover of Better Than Perfect

The finalized cover of Better Than Perfect

My original cover was pretty hot, too.

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The cover change was made only weeks before the release date, so it was uploaded to review sites with the original cover. And a few people I know have purchased the book and got the new cover as a preview but the Kindle edition had the old cover once it was downloaded.

My hope is that the various covers don’t confuse readers. With or without a shirt, I hope they love Johnny Scottsdale’s story.

 

Love And Baseball

Baseballs and roses (2)

I love baseball. I love to watch baseball, I love to listen to games on the radio. I even enjoy playing, although I’m hardly the athlete I wish I was.

I love baseball movies. The first movie I saw with my now husband of twenty plus years was Field of Dreams. At my bachelorette party, I made my girlfriends watch Bull Durham. I also loved The Sandlot, Fever Pitch, For Love of the Game, and The Rookie.

I love the San Francisco Giants. I’ve sat through bitter cold nights at Candlestick Park and the empty post-strike ballpark where they had guest vendors Ben and Jerry toss out their wares to try and draw crows. I’ve been to  Opening Day, and one postseason game. I’ve only left a game early once, when my two-year-old realized he wasn’t going down on the field to play with Marvin Bernard. I have been to sell outs at AT&T Park and watched Barry Bonds break Babe Ruth’s intentional walk record. Last year I watched Angel Pagan’s inside-the-park-walkoff-homerun. Talk about an exciting finish.

I’ve watched my kids “run the bases” after a Sunday game and I got to see Hunter Pence up close and get his autograph after his interview at Fan Fest.

I love baseball.

And I especially love writing romance featuring baseball heroes. What’s sexier than an athlete? A guy totally in tune with his body. He works hard, plays hard and never gives up. A baseball player is a patient man. Whether it’s busting out of a slump or winning the heart of his true love, a ballplayer knows how to be persistent.

Ballplayers have passion, both on and off the field. They know how to be part of a team, they know how and when to sacrifice. They also remember what it’s like to experience joy and pride and camaraderie.

The ballplayers in my More Than A Game series play for the fictional San Francisco Goliaths. Champions on the field of play, they work just as hard at winning the game of love.

Book 1, Better Than Perfect comes out April 7.

The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he’s met on the field.

Book 2, Worth The Trade will be available in September.

A ballplayer and a team owner would give anything for a championship, even their hearts.

Book 3, tentatively titled Making A Comeback is still a work in progress.

Gearing Up For My Debut Release and My First Auction Donation

My beautiful book cover

My beautiful book cover

With football season officially over, many are turning their thoughts to baseball season. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training on February 14, one of my favorite days of the year. The San Francisco Giants have their home opener on April 8, just one day after the scheduled release of Better Than Perfect.  How cool is that?

I will be setting up blog tours and getting the word out about my book on Facebook and Twitter and other places around the web. But I also wanted to let everyone know about a great cause.  I will be participating in Brenda Novak’s Online Auction For Diabetes. I’ve bid on critiques and other fun items in the past, but this year I get to contribute. Click on the link below to go to my page, and while you’re there be sure to check out all the wonderful items for readers, writers and anyone who wants to help find a cure for diabetes. Be sure to register for the auction, too.

http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=3290163

Cover Reveal

Here’s my very first book cover. Plus an excerpt from the book.

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“Alice.” Just saying her name sent a line drive straight to his heart. Even fourteen years later.

“Congratulations on your new contract. I know you’re going to have a great year.” She sounded like any other fan, wishing him well. She just marched right up to his table to ask for an autograph. A freaking autograph? Like he meant nothing to her.

A slight breeze blew her hair around her face. She tried to smile while tucking a loose strand behind her ear. Blond, straight, silky—and if he remembered correctly—oh-so-soft. She wore modestly cut jeans and a soft blue sweater that on anyone else would have looked plain and proper. He didn’t need to glance at her left hand to know she was off limits. Yet, she still moved him like no other woman ever could. Made him long for what he’d had. What he’d lost. What he’d tried for years to forget.

Johnny nodded, giving his most sincere smile, even though seeing Alice, and her kid, hit him like a 97-mile-an-hour fastball.

They started to walk away.

“Give my best to Mel.” As if he hadn’t already done that.

Alice turned around.

“Mel died. Eight years ago.”

What’s New

As we’re heading into the last two months of 2013, I can’t help but think the April release of my debut novel, Better Than Perfect, will be here before we know it.

In between final edits, waiting for my cover reveal and all the other behind the scenes stuff that goes along with getting a book published, I’m building my website.

I’m a bit of a do-it-yourselfer and a hands-on learner. I have to start a project, get partway through it before I realize I’ve done it wrong. When I put together a bookcase from IKEA, I always get half of it upside down. But it’s easily fixable, and eventually I get it done.

My writing process is similar to my bookshelf building process. I have to just jump in and do it. I finished two books before having the first clue about writing romance. Book number one will forever stay under the bed. So many things wrong with it, I can’t even know where to begin. But the hero did look a lot like Daniel Craig’s James Bond, so it wasn’t a total waste of time.

I joined Romance Writers of America, and by attending meetings at the Sacramento Valley Rose chapter and taking several online courses, I grew my craft, learned about the publishing industry and met so many wonderful writers in all stages of their writing career. I most definitely couldn’t have done this without them.

My first series, More Than A Game, features connected stories about strong, athletic men who can take on any opponent on the field. Baseball is easy compared to the game of love. Fortunately, they are challenged by strong, capable women who don’t need a man to handle anything life throws at them. They learn that it takes teamwork to win their happily ever after.