While October might be all about pumpkin spice lattes, football, blanket scarves and jumping in piles of leaves, it’s also about a great American pastime, baseball.
In case sports aren’t your thing, here’s the scoop: we are in the final weeks of the professional baseball season here in the States.
Fun fact: the Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs and hoping to end the longest World Series drought in Major League Baseball history. If they win the World Series, it would be their first championship in 107 years. Wow. No pressure or anything, Cubs.
Might I add that even if you’re not into baseball (or sports at all), this is still the perfect time to read a baseball romance.
My second novel, Covering Home, features a has-been professional baseball player running from his past and trying to restart his career in Japan. I spent a few weeks in Japan when I was a junior in college as part of my training for majoring in Sports Medicine. Who knew that adventure would later serve as research for writing a novel?
Caleb Scott is one of my most favorite fictional friends. His story was a blast to tell. Here’s a brief interview I concocted.
Character Interview: Caleb Scott from Covering Home
Thanks for taking a few minutes to let your fans hear a little more about you, Caleb. We’ll make this quick because we know you’re a busy guy…
What’s your favorite book?
Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris
On a date, would you prefer an adrenaline-fueled adventure or a romantic candlelit dinner?
A romantic candlelit dinner
What kind of drink do you order at Starbucks?
A Venti mocha
If you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would you choose?
Shoeless Joe Jackson, because he has one of the most fascinating stories in baseball history. Randy Johnson, since he’s a successful pitcher I look up to and I’d like to ask his advice on a few things. My grandfather, Abe Scott, because he’s legendary in Wyoming for his bull riding skills. I’d love to hear a few of his stories.
When you book a vacation, do you go to the beach or the mountains?
I grew up on a ranch in Wyoming so I didn’t spend a lot of time at the beach. The mountains are a little more exciting, in my opinion. If I could pick a third option, I’d have to say fly-fishing in Montana is my ideal way to spend the off-season.
Which baseball stadium is your favorite?
It’s hard to choose a favorite. Each one has unique characteristics and it depends on if you’re playing there or just enjoying a game with your family and friends. As a player, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia will always be special to me, since we won the World Series there.
Tell us something unique about you.
Let’s see … I have seven brothers and one of them is my identical twin.
Do you have a quote that inspires you?
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” –Babe Ruth
It’s a good reminder that we should learn from our failures. They are preparation for future successes.
What’s the best gift you could ever receive?
A generous donation to my foundation, Mandy’s Kids, which benefits disadvantaged youth in Denver, Colorado. We make sure kids have backpacks full of food on Friday afternoons so they don’t go hungry on the weekends, summer camps so they can enjoy the outdoors, and community centers so they have a safe, healthy place to go after school.
Back Cover Blurb:
On assignment in Japan, television personality turned sportscaster Britt Bowen is determined to land an interview with the most reclusive pitcher in baseball and prove she can succeed in a demanding profession. A relationship with a self-absorbed professional athlete is the last thing Britt needs. Shunning all media attention, former All-Star pitcher Caleb Scott is focused on rebuilding his career in Japan, far from his past and the horrible tragedy that nearly ruined him. Then he meets Britt, who is everything he vowed to avoid. But it doesn’t take long before Caleb is battling his attraction toward Britt. While she works to uncover his secrets, she can’t deny she’s drawn to his wounded soul. At a crossroads, Caleb must decide if he can break free from his past mistakes and give love another chance. And Britt must choose between advancing her career … or falling in love.
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By the way, I heard from a reliable source the Kindle edition of Covering Home will be free the last five days of October. Just sayin’.
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Happy reading, friends!