Thursday, August 22, 2013

PLAYING THE FIELD by Jennifer Seasons (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to Jennifer Seasons, joining us with her new sports romance just in time for baseball season, Playing the Field! 

I played a lot of baseball growing up.  Some of my earliest memories are of T-ball and getting so scared of running to first base that I started crying.  It just seemed so far away, you know?  

Then there was the time one of my older brothers chipped my front tooth when we were practicing and I missed his fast pitch.  To my credit a small garter snake had just crawled out of the grass in front of me and I was just a tiny bit preoccupied with being freaked out.  I’d forgotten there was even a ball headed in my direction.  

There was also the time in third grade when I was playing catcher during a game and got rocked so hard by some kid sliding into home that my brain rattled.  My kneecap ended up dislocated and I decided right then and there that I wasn’t nearly tough enough to be a catcher.  Maybe shortstop?  Or clear out in right field?

Over the years I played many positions.  Catcher, shortstop, second base—you name it.  But, my personal favorite was, and will always be, pitching.  I was a pretty mean softball pitcher in my day.  It was challenging, rewarding and it kept my kneecap in place.

In my Diamonds and Dugouts series each Rush ballplayer plays a favorite position of mine.  In STEALING HOME, Mark is a catcher. PLAYING THE FIELD has JP as shortstop.  And in the last book in the series THROWING HEAT, Peter Kowalskin in the team’s ace pitcher.  I had a ton of fun writing these characters into positions that I remember so well.  Especially Peter.  I think my love of pitching really comes through.

Oh, what am I saying?  I love them all, and it shows.  Hopefully you’ll all agree.

Jennifer Seasons’ Diamonds and Dugouts series, 2nd installment: 
Avon Books; on-sale July 23, 2013
e-book ISBN: 9780062271464; $1.99
“Riddled with sexual tension and a hotshot ball player determined to win the heart of the single-mother he can’t stop thinking about, PLAYING THE FIELD by Jennifer Seasons is another exciting addition to her Diamonds and Dugouts series.”—RT Book Reviews
Rookie ballplayer JP Trudeau is a charmer on and off the field. He may be fast on his feet, but he’s never been fast with his heart. And when he meets beautiful single mom, Sonny, and her diabetic son, Charlie, something new sparks in him: A much deeper interest than anything the cleat-chasers he’s met since joining the major leagues could offer. Though she’s reluctant to admit it and determined to protect Charlie, Sonny feels something too.
Wanting to keep their life as normal as possible, Sonny’s hell-bent on keeping JP at arm's length. But this rookie has a plan. And to get the girl he’s fallen for, he must step up to the plate and convince her to take another chance on love . . . before this game gets rained out.

Jennifer Seasons is a Colorado transplant. She lives with her husband and four children along the Front Range, where she enjoys breathtaking views of the mighty Rocky Mountains every day. A dog and two cats keep them company. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family outdoors exploring her beautiful adopted home state.

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