Readers Share Baseball Girl on Social Media

I said this earlier in the week, and I mean every bit of it: I am touched by my friends and supporters. Thank you so much for helping a little independent author like me get the word out there. It’s word of mouth, sharing on social media, pinning, and talking it up that are seriously…

10 Things That Baseball Idioms Have Taught Me

My second novel, Baseball Girl, has been prepped and is almost ready to make its appearance on Amazon. The main character, Francesca Milli, learns a few things from her love of baseball in the novel, as you will see if you decide to read it. And although I wrote the main character and modeled some…

Baseball Girl “Teaser” Video

Happy New Year, all! I’m getting all of my marketing materials together as I prepare my novel for publication in early 2015. So, here is the 30-second “teaser” for the novel which I’m planning on publishing when pitchers and catchers report to spring training. As always, thanks for your support.

Editing My Novel: “Baseball Girl” Is In Motion

On Friday, I completed the first draft of my second novel, currently titled “Baseball Girl.” This sucker is seriously in motion. So, what does one do now that it’s complete? Well, my friends, now begins the difficult part, the part where you have to be critical of yourself, change things that are not working, and…

10 Memorable Baseball Quotes

Baseball’s back, the weather is getting brighter here in Baltimore, and I’m coming in from third to home with the writing of my baseball-themed novel. In baseball as in life, quotes can be inspirational, funny, or just tell it like it is. Quotes are a big part of my novel; each chapter’s lead quote ties…

The Heart of Baseball—For Love of the Game

Last week was an exciting one. Despite our recent move to a different county, we kept driving back up to our old county so that my son could finish his baseball season and participate in the playoff games. You see, his team just couldn’t lose. They kept on winning. In several come-from-behind scenarios, the Brewers…

On slumps, in baseball and in writing…

Last night after my son’s baseball game and in the middle of a post-game, in-depth discussion about baseball bunting, I told my kids to hold it a second. “Let’s call Charles and ask him what he thinks about bunting.” I’m not a fan of bunting, though I do realize it has its benefits. I dialed…

Baseball, Jackie Robinson & Google

Today, Google honored Jackie Robinson on its main page in the logo. The artwork is really amazing. Happy 94th birthday, Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson was a tremendous athlete, both at Pasadena Junior College and UCLA, where he received varsity letters in four sports (basketball, football, track & baseball). He served as Lieutenant in the Army…

Remembering Earl Weaver

I didn’t know Earl Weaver well, only a little bit. He was at the helm when I started working for the Orioles as a 19-year-old in 1985. He was tough and rugged, spoke his mind, but was always fair. He was nice to those of us who were beginning our careers in sports. When he…

Writing the Follow-Up to “Beneath the Mimosa Tree”

Last weekend when I was in Miami and “Beneath the Mimosa Tree” won a bronze for contemporary romance fiction in the Readers Favorite contest, I was in a bit of shock. I couldn’t believe it. Contemporary Romance. Bronze Medal. It was my first book, but it was a long, long time in the making. I…