Let’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.”
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 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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