Meet Richie Raggalio from The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino Women's Fiction #Romance #RLFblogWelcome Richie Raggalio from The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino, a Women’s Fiction Romance. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Richie Raggalio

Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m six foot and because I have to work out every day, I have washboard abs. My forearms are big and the pain in my shoulder really stinks. I keep my dark brown hair short and I’m clean shaven.
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Professional Baseball Player/Baseball Coach
Ethnicity: Italian American
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a professional baseball player for the New York Pelicans and have played baseball since I was four years old. Baseball is my life along with my high school sweetheart, now wife Francine.I’m easy going and it takes a lot for me to get mad.
Who is the significant other in your life?
My wife Francine has been with me since the beginning, through my ups and down in my early baseball career. She is the heart of my life and makes certain to be at every home game I pitch. And yes, I can hear her voice in the crowd yelling my name!

For the Author

How do your hero dress?
When Richie isn’t dressed in a baseball uniform, he is in jeans and a button down casual shirt.
What is your character’s viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
He likes to live comfortably. He has a nice house, bought his parents a house but feels that money can’t buy happiness. He loves the holidays where he can buy toys and books for children in need. Money is essential for an easy lifestyle, but not necessary for happiness.
What is your character’s family like?
His family is nuts but he love them to death. His mom and dad live close by and his mom is always coming over with food. She doesn’t understand that he is eating a lot, but the extreme workouts keeps him thin. But through the ups and downs his parents are always there for him.
Is your character involved in his community?
Richie is very involved in the community. He attends high school events and during the off season he goes to grammar schools to talk to the kids. He visits nursing homes and hospitals, hoping to bring joy into children and adults lives. He is always available for no appearance charge for neighborhood fundraisers.
How do others perceive your character based upon looks? How true is this assumption?
Fans treat him like he’s some sort of God. The girls/women throw themselves at him, calling him hot and sexy.
Does your character care about those assumptions?
Richie takes the time to interact with the fans and kindly turns the women down. He feels that if he weren’t a baseball player he wouldn’t be getting this much attention.
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Richie needs to get through the game and hope that he didn’t do any damage to his aching shoulder.
What is your hero’s biggest hopes and dreams?
Richie feels that he has everything he wants. He hopes that his career will continue on for a few more years and dreams of retiring and helping Francine raise a family.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Richie and Francine wants so much to have a child. That would be the one thing in his life that he wants and feels is missing.
What is your hero’s biggest personal flaw?
Richie is a perfectionist. If he doesn’t have a good game and his pitching is off, he is hard on himself.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions.

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
The writer loves baseball and is impressed with pitching, especially that her daughter was a softball pitcher since she was seven.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I would have appreciated if she didn’t show others that I’m still a mama’s boy.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
It was a surprise to me that I was able to handle having shoulder surgery and dealing with the outcome.
When your writer is writing about you, what do you think makes your writer the most happy? What makes your writer the most sad?
I feel the writer loves to see me happy and loves seeing me on the pitcher’s mound. Having an argument with Francine and having Francine doubt my love for her, puts a frown on my writer’s face.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I think she likes writing about real issues and finds writing as a way to display her underlining emotions.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I wish she would write another story about me dealing with my family years later.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I’d like to know more about Toni. She was a a corky character that I would love to know what she’s up to.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
I’d like to thank her for creating me into a good guy, who is so full of love and compassion. She choose a great friend for me in Jason. I wish her the best of luck as she continues to write and create more characters.
From Karen Cino: How did you feel about Francine keeping the secret about the restaurant basement from you?
I have to say I have never gotten so mad at Francine like that before. I was so worried, after the fact. I couldn’t believe she kept that big of a secret from me. But I didn’t let that mar our relationship. Francine and I never sent to sleep mad at one another.

Tell us about The Perfect Pitch

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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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