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Meet Amy Mills from The Perfect Pitch (Book 1) by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #WomensFictionWelcome Amy Mills from The Perfect Pitch (Book 1) by Karen Cino, a new Women’s Fiction Romance.

Amy Mills from Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino

Age: 39
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Real Estate Broker
Ethnicity: Irish American
Please provide a physical description of your character.
Amy is average height and weight with shoulder length blonde hair that she can wear either as its natural curls or straightened, along with big green eyes.
Please tell us a little about your character.
Amy is Francine Raggalio’s best friend since high school. She loves going on adventures and she loves sports. When she gets involved with Francine’s husband’s best friend, her life spirals into a good place. She loves customer service, which is why she makes a good real estate broker. She is easy going, but deep down she still looks for her parents’ approval.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Jason Maddock who is everything Amy ever wanted in a man.
How does your heroine dress?
When at work dress pants with a silk shirt. When at home, jeans and a T-shirt.
What is your character’s family like?
Her parents are living in the house they purchased when they got married. Her mother is opinionated and her father is laid back and quiet.
Is she close to family?
She is closer to her father than her mother. Most times she goes to see her father when her mother isn’t around. But she does love her mother in her own way.
Can your heroine keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Absolutely. She’s carrying a big secret that she shares with her two best friends Francine and Toni.
What secrets does your character know about people around her that she does NOT share?
The mystery of the basement in the future home of The Perfect Pitch.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
What past event causes your character the most fear?
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Amy’s biggest need is to find happiness and keep her friend Toni under control.
What is your heroine’s biggest hopes and dreams?
Amy dreams of meeting a man who respects her and will love her.
How does your character handle challenges?
Amy goes after any challenge in her life head on, not afraid to take anything on.
Amy are you happy with the character Karen Cino created for you?
Yes. I am also glad that you gave me Francine and Toni as best friends.
Are you happy with the relationship she involved you in?
Yes. I am so happy to have met Jason. I never thought that I would met a man with so much charm and class who is also a good lover.

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. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think she loves my carefree attitude and my dedication to my friends.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish she didn’t make it known that I favor Francine over Toni.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
I feel the writer was surprised that I became involved in an interracial relationship.
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 is happy that I finally found a man who I love and respect. Arguing with Toni over simple things makes my writer sad. She hates to see me get upset.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I think my writer loves to write as a way to keep focus in her life.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I’d love her to try her hands on a time travel or historical. I’d love to see how she would handle writing outside her box.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
Of course I would love her to write a book about me. But I think if she wrote a book about Toni, it would be a hit since Toni is a very interesting character.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
Keep writing and creating wonderful characters. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to be a part of her story.

Tell us about The Perfect Pitch

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Seaside-Boulevard/dp/154525415X/
https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-perfect-pitch-karen-cino/1126551906

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.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

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
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Seaside-Boulevard/dp/154525415X/
https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-perfect-pitch-karen-cino/1126551906

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.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

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

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Seaside-Boulevard/dp/154525415X/
https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-perfect-pitch-karen-cino/1126551906
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555

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.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #suspenseWelcome Karen Cino author of The Perfect Pitch, a new romantic suspense.

Why did you write this book?
I was living in Staten Island, New York at the time and wanted to write about everyday problems women deal with in their lives.
Is this part of a series?
Yes
What is your favorite genre to read?
Women’s Fiction
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a Cozy Mystery Series and a new Women’s Fiction Series.
What books will we see from you in the coming month?
A New Kind of Perfect (Book 2 in the Seaside Boulevard Series)
Another Side of Perfect (Book 3 in the Seaside Boulevard Series)
New Beginnings (Book 1 in the Camp Mirage Series)
Please tell us about your latest book.
Francine and Richie Ragglio 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’s 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?Genre romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Where can we find your book online?

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-perfect-pitch-karen-cino/1126575077
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author of eight novels, two novellas and a book of poems and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing article for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. 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. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.

Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her books are written in Staten Island, 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.

Karen has two children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works at Home Depot and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.

Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y

 

The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #suspenseToday’s featured book is The Perfect Pitch, book 1 of The Seaside Boulevard Series, romantic suspense by Karen Cino.

Francine and Richie Ragglio 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’s 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?

Genre romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/karen+cino?_requestid=755366
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author of eight novels, two novellas and a book of poems and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing article for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. 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. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.

Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her books are written in Staten Island, 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.

Karen has two children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works at Home Depot and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.

Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y

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