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Category Archives: Sports

Romance in which one or more sports are significant parts of the setting or plot.

Bucket list of Richie Raggalio from The Perfect Pitch @karencino #RLFblog #WomensFiction RomanceLet’s meet Richie Raggalio from The Perfect Pitch, a Women’s Fiction Romance by Karen Cino. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino

Genre Women’s Fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17
Francine and Richie Raggalio are high school sweethearts. Francine owns her own real estate business and Richie pitches for the New York Pelicans. Richie hurts his shoulder while pitching the first game of the season, not the way he wants to end his career. When Francine is left an abandoned restaurant from someone from her past, things begin to spiral out of control. The mystery of a hidden basement brings Francine and her friends together to do their own investigation, which puts them in the middle of a smuggling ring. Will Richie get through his surgery so he can retire on top of his game? And will Francine and her friends solve the mystery of the hidden basement?
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: 39
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Professional Baseball Player
Ethnicity: Italian American
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m your typical athlete. I’m tall, slim and muscular. I have wavy brown hair that I let grow past the nape of my neck during the off season, and I’m clean shaven.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m living the dream. I’m a professional ballplayer, the top pitcher in my field. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, the love of my life. I have a family who is supportive of me, and a mother who can be quite overbearing. I live comfortably and take care of my parents too.
Who is the significant other in your life?
My Francine. When I met her she was in foster care. I took a bit for my parents to get use to her, but once they did, they fell in love with her too. She treated my parents as if they were her own. She is a fun loving, caring person who stood by me from when I threw my first pitch in high school.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

The one and only!
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
From as young as I can remember, I always walked around with a baseball in my hand. A ball and glove were my best friends.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Now that’s a touch question. I love Italian food. Eggplant parmigiana is on top of the list and next homemade manicotti. I don’t cook as my mother is the chef in the family when it comes to authentic Italian food.
Tell us about your best friend.
My pal is Jason. Jason plays professional football. We don’t get together as much as we like because of our careers.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
Italy and Hawaii. Italy because my parents still have relatives who live in Tuscan and Palermo. And Hawaii because it’s one of the only states that I haven’t been to, plus the beaches are said to be beautiful.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Even though Alaska is beautiful, I would rather be in the warm climate than in the cold.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
I’d love to met Tom Seaver. Like him, I won the CY Award. He is a legend and I was told by my high school coach that I had the same form as him.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
There is no one in particular, but as a whole, I would like to avoid the haters and bullies of the world. I’ve seen so many peers lose their confidence because of hateful words. I try my best to only stay around positive people.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d love to travel back five years to game seven of the World Series. I’d like the chance to throw a curve ball instead of the fastball. To this day I still can’t believe I threw a one hitter, and that hit was a homerun, causing us to lose 1-0.

Tell us about The Perfect Pitch

Publisher Mandolay Press
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Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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Georgia Pine: Southern Promises #3 by KG Fletcher @kgfletcher3 #RLFblog #NewRelease #sportsromanceKG Fletcher, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Georgia Pine: Southern Promises #3 by KG Fletcher

Genre Contemporary Sports Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The agony of defeat never felt so real.
Never in a million years did Jessica Kaufman think she would be divorced from her real-estate mogul husband and left to raise four young daughters on her own in an affluent Atlanta subdivision. The very last thing she expects is an encounter with her gorgeous gardener who looks more like a sexy beast from her daughters’ favorite Disney movie. She is smitten with his evergreen eyes, wild mane of hair and impressive stature.
Tim McGill is in hiding – his reputation and celebrated career on the West Coast left in shambles. He moves far away to distance himself from his downfall and inconspicuously tends the upper-class landscapes to keep his renowned identity a secret. Unlike his typical wealthy clients, Jessica doesn’t seem to mind that he’s a gardener. One spark between them is all it takes to ignite a fiery passion that could explode if Tim’s identity is revealed. He must earn Jessica’s trust and finally come to terms with what he has lost.
Can Tim open his heart wide enough to let in a beautiful mother and her four little girls? Or will his Southern Belle turn her back on him and walk away from their happily-ever-after?
Why did you write this book?
This is Book Three in my Southern Promises Series. It’s the final book in the series and can be read as a standalone.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Contemporary Romance
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Jamie from Outlander
What are you working on at the moment?
Contemplating continuing the Southern Promises Series (numerous readers have reached out wanting more) but I have started another standalone contemporary romance novel with the working title, Run To The Sea
What books will we see from you in coming months?
Perhaps a Southern Promises Book Four and another contemporary standalone I’m working on.

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KG Fletcher is the author of the standalone contemporary romance, The Nearness of You and romantic suspense novels, Love Song and Unexpected. Southern Promises is her first series and features three standalone romance novels: Georgia Clay, Georgia On My Mind and Georgia Pine. She lives in Atlanta, GA and is an active member of RWA and the Georgia Romance Writers Association. She was a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN and a recipient of the “Airplay International Award” for “Best New Artist” showcasing original songs at The Bluebird Café. She earned her BFA in theater at Valdosta State College and has traveled the world professionally as a singer/actress. She currently gets to play rock star as a backup singer in the National Tour, “Remember When Rock Was Young – the Elton John Tribute.”
KG and her husband Ladd are officially empty-nesters after recently sending the youngest of their three gorgeous sons off to college. She is a hopeless romantic continuing her work on her original cabaret act called, “The Novel Romantic – an unexpected evening of sweet and spicy love” to help promote her romance novels. She is also a conference speaker and shares how music can enhance a writer’s experience.
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Know the Hero from Before the Whistle by Linda O'Connor @LindaOConnor98 #RLFblog #sportsromanceLinda O’Connor, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Before the Whistle by Linda O’Connor

Genre Sports romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Jordyn Kendra is a talented designer and savvy businesswoman. Spending eighteen hours a day establishing and running a successful business doesn’t leave much time for pursuing a relationship, and frankly she hasn’t really missed it. But when an invitation arrives that could help her fulfill her career dreams, she has to make a decision. What’s harder: going to a gala without a date or finding someone to ask?
Ben Matthews, head athletic therapist for the wildly popular Clarington Quakes hockey team, tends to stand out in a crowd. When Jordyn doesn’t recognize him, it puts a dent in his ego, but he catches her attention when he jumps in to save a life.
She’s a queasy bystander, cowering at the sight of blood, and he’s cool, calm, and confident, which she finds irresistible. With a little prodding from her spirited aunt, Jordyn realizes that she and Ben might be the perfect mismatch.
Before the Whistle – when cool and calm in an emergency is totally hot.

Know the Hero from Before the Whistle

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?
Goes to the gym or kicks back and watches the sports highlights from the day.
What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?
Street meat – hot dog or sausage with the works. Quick and easy.
Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.
Khakis, collared shirt, and a Clarington Quakes team jacket.
Does he know how to fix things?
His handyman skills could use a little work, but he’s great to have around in a medical emergency. Cardiac arrest? Respiratory distress? That he can fix.
He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
He was tired of his tiny place close to the arena. It was time to find a new place, preferably with a view of the Charlebois River. He found a little house, but the deal fell through. Enough. He asked a realtor for help, and now he has the lead on a condominium – with a great view and even better neighbors.
How does he act around children he doesn’t know?
Doesn’t daunt him – he’s outgoing and happy to meet Quakes fans of all ages.
What is he like first thing in the morning?
When the alarm goes, he’s up out of bed and ready to roll.
Can he use chopsticks?
Why would he when a knife and fork are so much faster? Unless he was dining out with the elusive Jordyn Kendra. Then he’d be in no rush to finish the meal, and he’d fumble with chopsticks one grain of rice at a time.
Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it?
Yup. Large double double at the drive-thru on the way to work.
What apps would he have on his phone?
ESPN, theScore, SHARKdocs, SportsMed, ATReports
Android or iPhone?
Beard or clean-shaven?
Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?
Unadorned skin
Personal vehicle or public transport?
BMW X6 sports car courtesy of the Clarington Quakes
Recycle or toss?
Recycle. Always.
Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

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Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing romantic comedies when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at a local home décor store. Her books have enjoyed bestseller status. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic. She shares her medical knowledge in fast-paced, well-written, sexy romances – with an unexpected twist. Her favourite prescription to write? Laugh every day. Love every minute.
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