With: Arlene Hittle
The first hints of warm weather bring with them the promise of spring. Here in sunny Prescott, Arizona, we’ve had highs in the high 60s and low 70s for days.
Unfortunately, the gorgeous weather brought with it some crazy plague...or flu. Half the newsroom is down for the count and those of us left are holding down the fort between coughs, sneezes and sniffles. (After I wrote these words, I also succumbed to the plague, spending the better part of last night and today in bed.)
It’s tough to be too miserable, though, because I’m looking forward to spring training.
Cactus League pitchers and catchers started reporting as early as Wednesday, and the rest of the players will be there by February 26. Games start March 1.
Hear me now: I WILL make it to a game or two this year. It’s ridiculous to live an hour or so away and keep finding excuses not to go.
I’m sure seeing all those ballplayers will provide inspiration for the men of the Arizona Condors, the stars of my All’s Fair in Love & Baseball series.
My newest Condors book, Ogling the Outfielder, is set for a March 4 release.
OGLING THE OUTFIELDER
Fresh from a social media scandal involving two women and the locker room showers, outfielder Sam Sloane has sworn off women—especially ones who show too keen an interest…like Condors intern Alexa Brandon. But Alex's sights are locked on Sam, and she won't take "no" for an answer. Will their one night together explode into the next media sensation or turn into a real, lasting love?
A lot has happened since my last visit to Just Contemporary Romance. When my publisher shut its doors, I turned that negative into a positive by sprucing up Diva in the Dugout before re-releasing it. Beauty and the Ballplayer followed. My third Love & Baseball book, Sliding into Home, is awaiting formatting, and I’ve been working on pitcher Luis’ story. (Sadly, it still has no title—and in my current fevered state, I’m not likely to come up with one tonight.)
Enough about me. Let’s talk about you. If you live close enough to spring training sites in Florida or Arizona, are you planning to catch a game or two? Who’s your favorite team?
About the author:
Arlene Hittle is a Midwestern transplant who now makes her home in northern Arizona. She suffers from the well-documented Hittle family curse of being a Cubs fan but will root for the Diamondbacks until they run up against the Cubs. Longtime friends are amazed she writes books with sports in them, since she's about as coordinated as a newborn giraffe and used to say marching band required more exertion than golf.
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