by V.K. Robbins
Talented young ballplayer Clay Love has just been called up from the minors to play major league baseball. Freelance writer and divorcée Rose Lasting, the world's biggest baseball fan, wasn't expecting to fall in love when she fell into Clay's arms, but fall in love she did. Now they are caught up in a whirlwind romance complicated by the paparazzi, Clay's ex-girlfriend, Rose's ex-husband, and a stalker who puts Rose's life in grave danger. Saving her life and catching her attacker takes you on a roller coaster of emotion and intrigue that you won't soon forget.
Rookie Season is the first book in the Love in the Ballpark Series, by V.K. Robbins. This adult erotic romance tale sizzles with romantic and sexual chemistry, emotion, and suspense. Once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down.
Lots of unexpected things had happened in my life. When Joel walked out on me after ten years of marriage that was unexpected. When my grandfather died a few months later that was unexpected, too. It seemed like all the unexpected things in my life weren't the good kind. Until now.
The game moved slowly. Painfully so. Then there were extra innings. I wanted to pound my head on the railing. The only real bright spots were when Clay ran out to take left field. I sat on the edge of my seat and watched his long easy stride. Did he really ask me out? I asked myself again and again. Twice during the game he'd run over to the stands on his way to the dugout and give me the ball he had just caught. The first time he leaned forward and whispered in my ear, "I can't wait to see you later." The second time, he handed me the ball and playfully whined like a little kid, "When is this game going to be o-o-o-ver?"
I was thinking the same thing. That's when Sam chimed in again, "There's no way he's twenty-five. No way." I rolled my eyes and sat down. It looked like Sam was falling into one of his melancholy moods, the kind that started hitting him out of the blue after his wife passed away. But even that couldn't ruin my excitement.
Finally, the game ended. By that time, I didn't care about the final score or who won. I hurriedly said goodbye to Sam and jogged my way up the stairs, dodged a bunch of people, and jumped over a few seats to get to the stadium exit.
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.
I liked this one, I really did! Its not too complicated, just wiggly enough to make your brain think ahead, write a plot and then be totally thrown when it doesn't quite work the way you saw it. Just enough to keep me interested and page turning and reading in one sitting, almost. The day job has a habit of getting in the way of my reading. :-P
Anyways, Clay is a ball player in his first season. Rose is a reporter (sports?? I can't remember what they said she did!) And they fall into each other, hard and fast. An ex girlfriend appears, then disappears, and ex husband appears and lingers, and the plot twists I didn't quite see coming til it was revealed made the book for me.
steamy in places, heart breaking in others, is written entirely from Rose's POV. Some from Clay would have been nice, especially when said ex girlfriend turns up.
This is the first in The BallPark series, and I can't see who is next. But Hunter (Clay's friend) needs a story, and maybe Sam (Rose's best friend and ball park partner) will get one too. Who ever is next, even if its a different city with a different ball park and players, I would like to read them, given the chance.
4.5 stars, simply because its single person POV AND in the first person.
**same worded review appears on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com**
The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Promote Your Book Online
For authors, particularly indie authors, getting the word out about their books is almost as difficult as the actual book writing and editing. On some days, it feels much harder, to be honest. It could be because writing the book and promoting are completely different activities that require totally different skill sets. Writing is very personal and solitary; Promoting is so....out there! It's easy to make mistakes while promoting books.
Fortunately, the universe is pretty helpful with this because, in most cases, the right way is the way that eventually pays off and the wrong way is the way that won't sell very many books.
The right way involves thinking of yourself as a reader first, which is easy because most writers are also readers. How do you find and select the books that you read? I find the books I like through reading blogs, Facebook and G+ groups, book reviews (both online and in print publications), and through recommendations my friends make. I also look for new books by my favorite authors. I don't think I've ever chosen a book because someone was spamming about it constantly on Twitter or sending me lots of email begging me to buy it.
The answer, then, is to join in the discussion about good books. Write reviews of good books. As people come to know you as a reviewer, they'll begin to look at things you've written. Thank those who have written reviews of your books, too. Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are like gold!
You have to remember that there is no quick and easy way to sell lots of books through online promotion. It takes time to build an online presence and even longer to become a valued part of reading communities, but it's time that pays off over the long term. Most of the "sell lots of books fast!" strategies annoy more readers than they attract, and this is one of the exceptions to the "any publicity is good publicity" slogan. There are many books out there for people to read. If readers connect your name to annoyance, they are very unlikely to give you a second chance unless they have other evidence that your books are really good and worth reading.
The best way to promote your books online is to engage with your current readers. Someone who has already read and enjoyed something you've written, whether it's a blog or a book, is much more likely to read something new you've written. Stay connected with your readers through email (responsibly, of course), Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and G+. Not only will they read more of your work, but they will become your best ambassadors.
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Veronica Robbins is a published author of both fiction and nonfiction who has been writing professionally for the last 20 years. In addition to writing fiction and poetry (her first love), she is also an expert grant writer and copy writer. When she's not writing, she's watching baseball, enjoying her children, reading, and trying to train her dog, Handsome, who so far has been very successful at training her. You can follow Veronica on Facebook or through her blog, A Writer's Journey.
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