There’s just something about baseball and romance that just seems to go hand-in-hand. I don’t know if it’s the game and it’s beauty, the players, the uniforms, or sitting in the stands on a warm summer afternoon, an icy beer in one hand and a hot dog in the other, but it always puts me in search of a baseball romance. For me, it’s all of these ingredients, but more than that, it’s the characters, their struggles individually and as a couple to solve their issues and find love.
My love of baseball and sports romances eventually evolved into my first book, She’s Out of His League. Emma Delaney runs a farm in Defiance, Indiana, and she’s always dreamed of white picket fences and happily-ever-afters with Sam Parker until the day he abandoned her for baseball, proving what she’s always known—she’s out of his league. Sam lived and breathed baseball for nine years, all the while trying to relieve his guilt over his brother’s death and avoid a father he disappointed. But now his baseball career is over, and Sam returns home to face his guilt, and Emma, the woman he abandoned for the game.
One of the things I really enjoyed about writing this book was the town. I love writing about small towns, and one of my favorite small towns was Stars Hollow, and its host of quirky characters on Gilmore Girls. Setting has never been easy for me, and it’s something I work hard to develop in every book. I even draw my own fictional town.
Figure 1 Beauty Bowl
Places like Corn Husker Field and The Beauty Bowl in my book become characters for me, and by the time I reach the end, I know these places inside and out.
I’m giving away a print copy of She’s Out of His League. All you have to do to get your name in the drawing is subscribe to my newsletter at www.katecurran.net. And an just for subscribing, you will also receive my short story, Angels R’ Us completely free, so be sure and sign up.
If you love baseball romances, be sure and pick up the All-Star Baseball Romance bundle that’s due out June 28th. The All-Star Baseball Romance bundle is divided into two tiers. If you spend a minimum of five dollars you get the first five innings:
- Thrown by Love by Pamela Aares
- Getting Wound Up by Jennifer Bernard and Erin Nicholas
- Pitch Perfect by Sierra Dean
- Sliding Into Home by Arlene Hittle
- Catching Hell by Mindy Klasky
If you spend at least five dollars more, you get the rest of the game, plus an extra inning—five more books, for a total of ten full-length baseball romances:
- Lead-Off Bride by Rebecca Clark
- Just One of Those Things by Mindy Klasky
- Strike Out by Roz Lee
- Be My Baby Tonight by Kasey Michaels
- Scoring Position by VK Sykes
No matter how much you spend – five dollars, ten dollars, or more – ten percent of the purchase price goes to First Book, a US non-profit with the sole mission of providing new books to children in need.
As you can tell I love sports romances, and I’m always on the lookout for a new author, so if you have one please share.
California native Kate Curran has spent long hours behind the lens of a camera, wading through cow manure, rice paddies and orchards over her twenty-year career as a photojournalist specializing in agriculture. One day, while leaning on a corral fence, ankle deep in cow manure, Kate paused to consider if this was the life she’d envisioned when she’d been young and idealistic. Definitely not, and although she enjoyed her career as a photojournalist, she was ready to spread her wings and make a leap into something new—contemporary romances. Ironically, her books still carry an agriculture thread in them, some more than others.
Also writing under Kathy Coatney, Kate has written a series of children’s books, From the Farm to the Table and Dad’s Girls.