Monday Musings ~ Prime Prizes: Boatload of Free and Bargain Books

Are you glued to your monitors searching and watching for that one Big Deal you just need to score—even if you didn’t know you needed that Big Deal until you saw it?  How about some Prime deals that are not limited and last longer than 36-hours?

Fields of France; Shores of Daytona—Racing Reigns in July

France in July. For the past 19 years, the month of July equals visiting France with very good friends. We’ve toured just about every nook and cranny of the Hexagon, from the famed cobblestone roads in the north to the never-ending fields of sunflowers swaying gently in the southern breeze.

Show Time for Batpersons #TBT

Batperson’s Big Chance. Sent to a meeting at home plate. I’d get to hear what really goes on in those home plate conferences. Behind the scenes at the ballpark. I met the two umpires and a slightly confused representative of the other team. “You’re the other batgirl, huh?” the home plate umpire asked. “Batpersons.”

Summertime and the Reading is Easy…

Summer reading today often resides in electronic formats on iPads, Kindles, or other e-Readers. Thanks to a flurry of Summertime promotions, you can fill your e-reader to capacity with free and low-cost books in every genre. From NY Times and USA Today Best-Sellers to amazing new emerging authors, you’ll find books for every taste. Just keep reading!

#TBT Confessions of a Minor League Batperson

It may be hard to believe, but not that long ago—at least in my perspective!—writing sports was strictly for the guys. No way could a girl know enough about professional sports to conduct an interview or write intelligently. How in the world could a woman know the difference between a fastball and a slider; offside and icing; first downs and pass interference? And even if she could carry on an intelligent conversation about the Montreal Canadiens’ chances in the Stanley Cup Play-Offs, no female could—or would—or should actually write about it.

#TBT Life Lessons Learned from My Grandmothers

From my Grandmothers I Learned these Life Lessons:

Don’t be a “fair-weather fan.” If you are a fan, stick with your team, through bad times, as well as good.
Do not show disrespect for your team by engaging in trash talk or—heaven forbid—booing your own team’s players.
As long as there is one out left in the bottom of the ninth, there’s still a chance to win—or lose; therefore, never, and I mean NEVER leave a game before the very last out.
If your team is going to lose by one run, it might as well lose by ten and “get it out of their system.” Besides, in a one-run loss, there are too many “what-ifs” attached to the losing team. If only… What if…You get the idea. Everyone has bad days. Move on.

Fantasy Sports or Sports Fantasy?

Fantasy Sports continue to dominate the men in my life. Many times each year, they sequester themselves in the Man Caves—or the garage, or behind a door that shouts "Do not disturb!" to study, plan, prepare A lists, B lists and C lists, in anticipation of a Fantasy...

Summer Reads…Get Them Right Here!

With the long Memorial Day weekend approaching, check out these two promotions that could deliver enough books to last you through the Summer. (Plus a prize or two!)

April Showers…Blizzards(?) Bring…

Spring!?! Don't know about you, but I am done with Winter. Actually, I was done before it even started, but this Southern girl expects March and April to be sunny, warm, with maybe some severe weather occasionally. Not Freeze Warnings! And certainly not highs in the...

Mega Giveaway Plus Free or .99 Books!

Just wait until you see this Mega Basket Full of Incredible Prizes! Sponsored by eBookBetty.com and eNovel Authors, these amazing gifts could land in your Easter Basket, along with free and $0.99 books from many genres.

Welcome to the source for everything sports, romance, and can’t-put-down fiction that merges your favorite topics.

 

Show Time for Batpersons #TBT

Batperson’s Big Chance. Sent to a meeting at home plate. I’d get to hear what really goes on in those home plate conferences. Behind the scenes at the ballpark. I met the two umpires and a slightly confused representative of the other team. “You’re the other batgirl, huh?” the home plate umpire asked. “Batpersons.”

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Summertime and the Reading is Easy…

Summer reading today often resides in electronic formats on iPads, Kindles, or other e-Readers. Thanks to a flurry of Summertime promotions, you can fill your e-reader to capacity with free and low-cost books in every genre. From NY Times and USA Today Best-Sellers to amazing new emerging authors, you’ll find books for every taste. Just keep reading!

read more

#TBT Confessions of a Minor League Batperson

It may be hard to believe, but not that long ago—at least in my perspective!—writing sports was strictly for the guys. No way could a girl know enough about professional sports to conduct an interview or write intelligently. How in the world could a woman know the difference between a fastball and a slider; offside and icing; first downs and pass interference? And even if she could carry on an intelligent conversation about the Montreal Canadiens’ chances in the Stanley Cup Play-Offs, no female could—or would—or should actually write about it.

read more

#TBT Life Lessons Learned from My Grandmothers

From my Grandmothers I Learned these Life Lessons:

Don’t be a “fair-weather fan.” If you are a fan, stick with your team, through bad times, as well as good.
Do not show disrespect for your team by engaging in trash talk or—heaven forbid—booing your own team’s players.
As long as there is one out left in the bottom of the ninth, there’s still a chance to win—or lose; therefore, never, and I mean NEVER leave a game before the very last out.
If your team is going to lose by one run, it might as well lose by ten and “get it out of their system.” Besides, in a one-run loss, there are too many “what-ifs” attached to the losing team. If only… What if…You get the idea. Everyone has bad days. Move on.

read more

Fantasy Sports or Sports Fantasy?

Fantasy Sports continue to dominate the men in my life. Many times each year, they sequester themselves in the Man Caves—or the garage, or behind a door that shouts "Do not disturb!" to study, plan, prepare A lists, B lists and C lists, in anticipation of a Fantasy...

read more

Spring Rush Romance Giveaway

No matter if March came roaring in with another Bomb Cyclone or as a balmy day’s surprise, a group of romance writers across all genres offer you all the books you’ll need to survive Winter’s Last Stand and welcome Spring! Sponsored by Buzz Books, the Spring Rush Romance Giveaway offers free books and book previews, as well as a huge selection of discounted reads.

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Caught Gawking Like Some Puck Bunny ~ Exclusive Excerpt This Piece of Our Being

This Piece of Our Being hits the e-tailers in little over a week! In the conclusion to the clearing the ice trilogy (This Piece of My Heart and This Piece of My Soul), Andrew and Caryn navigate a difficult path to repairing their marriage. After four months apart, each treads carefully, hoping to to begin addressing the issues that drove them apart. The following preview from Chapter Ten finds Caryn re-joining Andrew for his therapy sessions at the rehab center. When they meet in his room, Caryn worries that her heart will cause her to forget the past and rush back to him.

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Sneak Peek: This Piece of My Soul, Chapter 3

On the day Andrew and Caryn Chadwick plan to depart on a ten-day anniversary trip, he receives an unexpected Offer Sheet from the Tampa Suns NHL team—a career move that would catapult him among the elite players in the league. With a short window to consider the contract, their trip is rerouted through Tampa. After a long day of travel from Toronto to Tampa, meetings with the front office staff and Andrew’s agent, and a city tour for Caryn with the wife of the Suns’ captain, they finally can relax—alone—at the hotel provided by the Suns. Needless to say, both are more than ready to celebrate their second anniversary!

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Music Sets the Muse…

Music sets the muse in motion….When you need to concentrate on a task, do you have a go-to playlist? For me playlists can set the mood and are far less distracting than the radio or television in the background—or silence.

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Sneak Preview: This Piece of My Heart-Meet Andrew

This Piece of My Heart—Sneak Preview: Andrew Chadwick. From the first time my dad laced up a pair of skates when I was three and helped me wobble across a frown pond, I knew I’d play pro hockey. Just like every other kid in Canada who played pick-up games wherever frozen surfaces beckoned.

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TBT—Four Years Later, It Still Stings

TBT… Recently came across this blog post, originally published four years ago. The Falcons at that time were poised for a Super Bowl run, with “Matty Ice” as the team’s wonderfully refreshing quarterback. Then, some reporter from ESPN actually had the nerve to proclaim Atlanta The Worst Sports Town in America.

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The Agony and The Ecstasy. Repeat.

Not exactly a calm week around here. Kinda like that iconic opening sequence from The Wide World of Sports: The thrill of victory; the agony of defeat. Only in this case, reverse that order. Two sports currently monopolize the televisions in this home: Hockey and...

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Boring? Seriously?

Certainly did not expect to read an article on Sports Illustrated online this week that began "The most popular driver in NASCAR has become, well, kind of boring lately." This after weekend races produced verbal sparring that would make most 13-year-olds proud. The...

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Between a Puck and a Hard Race

Day 74 of the NHL Lockout. "Negotiations" going about as well as the "Fiscal Cliff" debate—in other words, nowhere. Posturing, PR campaigns, Twitter, and media interviews comprise the "weapons" of choice in the courting of public opinion. If two sides don't talk...

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Chicks Really, Really Dig the Bad Boys

“Bad Boys”—you know, the guys you do NOT want to like, but just can’t help yourself. Those edgy, competitive guys who push the envelope—on and off the field, the court, the track, the ice—and sometimes wander just a little too close to that thin line that separates bad boys from Boys Behaving Badly. Honestly, if it weren’t for bad boys, would we really enjoy the sport(s)?

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So… What Exactly IS the Point, USADA?

The timing of the allegations is suspect... the eve of cycling's most hallowed competition. The accusations are expected, I guess, given the years of scrutiny this athlete's already endured for having excelled in this sport at a level that many assume is impossible....

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Sean Connery was Right—Never Say Never Again!

Almost made it... a Freelance Fan sailing through the NHL season (#TeamlessInAtlanta) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs without really caring who won each game. Just enjoying hockey as a sport, appreciating the different styles of each team without the stress that comes...

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This is No April Fool’s Joke. Seriously.

Like any self-respecting Atlanta sports fan, I have an instinctive, virulent, extremely strong dislike for any sports team bearing a NY logo. Doesn't matter: Mets... Knicks... Giants... Islanders... especially the Yankees. Don't like them. Never have. Never will....

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Sidney’s Back! Back Again

We are pleased to welcome Michelle Zehr back to ChicksDigSportsRomance.com. This is her second post for Chicks Dig Sports and Romance—Check out her initial post and please visit her blog at Gold Star Games. We're delighted to feature this talented and knowledgeable...

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Piling on? First ESPN, Now Forbes….

Forbes' Tom Van Riper just named Atlanta America's Most Miserable Sports Town. Seriously. We climbed to First Place in the magazine's ranking, after languishing in second place last year. You can read the article in its entirety here, but don't feel too smug—if you...

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Daytona 2012: The Pack is Back!

Did you think it would never get here? After months of winter doldrums, Daytona opens the 2012 NASCAR season with a celebration tagged Speedweeks. Unlike any other season opener, Speedweeks is a celebration of tradition, history, speculation, expectation,...

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Winter Classic: Winter Magic

Quite possibly, the Winter Classic is the most fun sporting event of the year. There's really nothing like it. Professional hockey on an outdoor rink, subject to cross-winds, wind chill, rain—and snow—the Winter Classic is not an All-Star Game, nor an exhibition...

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Chicks Dig Soldiers, Our True Heroes

On November 11,  American Flags will be flying, federal offices will be closed, traffic will be light, and after a moment's pause, we'll realize, "Oh yes, it's Veterans' Day." Veterans' Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, or Poppy Day... all different names to...

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Bring on the Bad Boys!

You don't want to like them, but you just can't resist. Honestly, identifying the "Bad Buys" was much more fun than writing about them.... So many to choose from... So hard to limit to just a few. Tough, but absolutely a fun task! Bad Boys include those athletes you...

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Blown Calls Just a Part of the Game

Amidst the uproar this week following the magnificently bad call in the 19-inning Braves-Pirates debacle this week, a renewed cry for instant replays crowds the baseball chat. To be fair, the home plate umpire, Jerry Meals was fairly consistent in his decisions all...

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Tour de France….Over So Soon?

It's over so quickly. What began July 2 in the Vendée region of France, with a seemingly endless vista of stages and miles and days is suddenly over. Twenty-one stages, twenty-three days, 2,100 miles, teams and riders part of our lives for the month of July. Then, an...

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Never Thought I’d Admit This…

...but I do love NASCAR. Even putting these words on the screen causes me to wonder however did we get to this point? Cutting my teeth on baseball, initiated into the excitement of hockey before I was eight, desperately wanting to grow up to be a major league first...

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THEY BELIEVE LOVE CONQUERS ALL.

One of pro-hockey’s golden couples, Andrew and Caryn Chadwick live in the limelight reserved for elite professional athletes. On their second anniversary, Andrew receives an unexpected contract offer to join the Tampa Suns. As they look forward to a new adventure, neither foresees an event that challenges their love and threatens their marriage.

UNTIL THE DAY IT DOESN'T.

**Although This Piece of My Soul is the second book in the Clearing the Ice Series, it can be read as a standalone novel.**

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