Literary Sports Fiction – Approaching Twi-Night

Approaching Twi-NightApproaching Twi-Night
By M. Thomas Apple
Publisher: Kinoshita Kijitsu Press
Published: February 2015
ISBN: 978-4905426660
ASIN: B00TI3WVJ8
Pages: 243
Genre: Literary Fiction, Sports Fiction

An aging baseball player is given one final chance at professional and personal redemption in small town America as he struggles to come to grips with his past, his sense of self, and his career.

Journeyman relief pitcher Jonathan “Ditch” Klein was all set to be a replacement player during the 1994-1995 baseball strike…until the strike ended. Offered a contract in the minor leagues, playing at the same Upstate NY ballpark he once found success in high school, Ditch has one last chance to prove his worth. But to whom? A manager with an axe to grind, a father second-guessing his pitching decisions, a local sportswriter hailing him as a hometown hero, a decade older than his teammates and trying to resurrect an injury-ridden career…Ditch thinks he may have a possible back-up plan: become a sportswriter himself. The only question is whether he is a pitcher who aspires to be a writer, or the other way around…

Praise for Approaching Twi-Night:
“It’s been some time since I sat and watched a baseball game, and longer still since I played, but despite that, the story of this pitcher and his teammates totally drew me in; it was just so compelling and real…” – Readers’ Favorite

“This is baseball as personal quest, without an emphasis on glamour or personal wealth.” – IndieReader

“Approaching Twi-Night is literary fiction at its best…Apple is an elegant and understated writer, and Approaching Twi-Night isn’t just a fine literary baseball novel, it’s a lyrically rich novel about life, work, and family by a writer in command of his craft.” – Self-Publishing Review

“…effectively conveys not only the mechanics of play, but also the psychology of pitching..An overall solid effort; readers will find that it’s worth sticking around for the last pitch.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Approaching Twi-Night really touched home, brought back so many great memories of my own experience as an owner and manager in minor league baseball. Most major league players will definitely be able to relate, from cramped bus rides to not having a lot of meal money, but just enjoying the game of baseball.” – Ben Bernard, President & General Manager, Glens Falls Dragons (PGCBL), Former manager, Glens Falls White Sox and Albany-Colonie Yankees

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Approaching Twi-night AuthorAbout the Author:
Originally from Troy, New York, M. Thomas Apple spent part of his childhood in the hamlet of Berne, in the Helderberg escarpment, and his teenage years in the village of Warrensburg, in the Adirondack Mountains. He studied languages and literature as an undergraduate student at Bard College, creative writing in the University of Notre Dame Creative Writing MFA Program, and language education in a Temple University interdisciplinary doctoral program. He now teaches global issues and English as a second language at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Approaching Twi-Night is his first novel. A non-fiction book of essays about parenting and childcare (Taking Leave: An American on Paternity Leave in Japan, Perceptia Press), is scheduled for publication in late 2015, followed by a collection of short fiction and poetry (Notes from the Nineties) in early 2016. The lead editor of the bestselling Language Learning Motivation in Japan (Multilingual Matters, 2013), he is currently co-editing a non-fiction educational research book, writing a science fiction novel, and outlining a baseball story set in the Japanese corporate leagues.

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Historical Fiction – Tracks: Racing the Sun

Tracks Racing the SunTracks: Racing the Sun
By Sandro Martini
Publisher: Aurora Metro Press
Published: September 2014
ISBN: 978-1906582432
ASIN: B00M291L00
Pages: 336
Genre: Historical Fiction

In this epic novel about the motor-racing heroes of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, legendary characters battle to win incredible races on switchback roads along the edges of ravines. Exploring the relationships between the champions as much as the sporting events themselves, this is a thrilling tale based on the true rivalries, triumphs and disasters during a fascinating period in European sporting history.

Recent Praise for Tracks: Racing the Sun
“‘Tracks’ is written in a romantic, nostalgic tone, almost with a film noir feel … an eye-opener.” — The New York Times

“Martini writes about the dawn of motor racing, a violent and treacherous sport where men serviced their addiction to speed and etched their names in history with blood. Enjoy riding with the greats, it’s a rush.” – Ben Collins aka The Stig

“Every fan of motor racing should read this book. How the legendary Italian drivers of the past forged the sport we love today with blood and bone.” – Mario Andretti, motor sport legend

“A great read! An incredible tale of skill and courage based on true events.” – Alex Baldolini, 250cc/moto2 WSS rider

“It’s racy stuff in more ways than one. […] The subsequent decade of research has resulted in a dramatic and lively novel, set in an era that has always been ripe for this type of fictional treatment. It would make a good movie.” – Motor Sport Magazine (October 2014)

“We’re sold! […] This early period of motorsport, when men danced on a knife-edge between victory and death, is hugely compelling, and Tracks tells its story in a way that’s illuminating and entertaining.” – Motorsports Retro

“Martini weaves a readable yarn …” – Classic and Sports Car Magazine (August 2014)

“[…] this is a fascinating novelization of a time and a group of characters whose real lives have been all too often subsumed in dry, academic prose. Tracks: Racing the Sun is an engaging, enjoyable and entertaining read, and one that I will read again very soon.” – The Virtual Driver

“Excellent, well researched […] Excellent book for history buffs and race fans alike. RacersDrive says ‘Check it out’!” – Mike Cesario, RacersDrive.com

Tracks Racing the Sun AuthorAbout the Author:
Sandro Martini is a seasoned journalist who has worked in Italy and the USA. He has spent years researching the facts and creating a story which tells us much about men, their addiction to speed and the love of the machine at a particular time in history.

 

 

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Health/Sports/Nutrition – New Jump Swing Healthy Aging and Athletic Nutrition

New Jump Swing Healthy Aging Athletic Nutrition ProgramNew Jump Swing Healthy Aging and Athletic Nutrition
By Donald “Spiderman” Thomas
ISBN: 978-1462884261 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1462884278 (hardcover)
ASIN: B0098IP3W0
Pages: 217
Publisher: Xlibris
Genre: Health, Sports, Nutrition

New Jump Swing Healthy Aging and Athletic Nutrition is a world record sports nutrition program focusing on plant based nutrition and herbs for athletic performance and healthy aging.

Let Donald ‘Spiderman” Thomas show you how through this program he was able to achieve three Guinness World Records in public speaking.

His topics included:

The history of herbs in maintaining physical fitness and vegetarian athletic nutrition.

In these pages you will learn how to:

  • Maximize your health span within your life span
  • Preserve and improve skin and muscle tone as well as lung capacity
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol through diet and exercise
  • Manage the symptoms of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy) safely and effectively
  • Replace “energy drinks” with drug free herbal sports nutrition
  • Achieve your goals in life

Thomas developed this program as a part of his rehabilitation from respiratory disease and knew disease, as well as knee surgery.

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New Jump Swing AuthorAbout the Author:
Donald “Spiderman” Thomas was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1953 and has lived in Hawaii since 1981. He is a graduate of Antioch University West, with a BA in liberal arts with a concentration holistic health. Currently he is a para legal and Social Security Disability Advocate with a major law firm in the state of Hawaii.

Thomas holds three Guinness World Records in public speaking. In 1980, he set the record for the Longest Sermon which was ninety-three hours on the subject of The Philosophy of Divine Nutrition and held that title through 1984. In 1986, Thomas set the record for After-Dinner Speaking for nineteen hours and twenty minutes on the subject of The History of Herbs in Maintaining Physical  Fitness and held the record through 1987. In 1989, he again set the world record for After-Dinner Speaking for thirty two hours and twenty-five minutes on the topic of Vegetarian Athletic Nutrition.

Donald Thomas established PDN Publishing & Health Products, Inc. in 1980 to market all workshops, written materials, audio and visual works as well as nutritional products pertaining to the PDN New Jump Swing Programs.

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Coming of Age – Getaway Day

Getaway DayGetaway Day
By Ken White
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 978-1629949154
ASIN: B00IX0D7L8
Pages: 400
Genre: Coming of Age

When a father gives to his son, they both laugh. When a son gives to his father, they both cry.

It’s the 1962 World Series. New York Yankees versus San Francisco Giants. Tropical storm Freda has delayed the crucial sixth game in San Francisco. It’s dry as a bone in Modesto, California, where the Yankees have a farm team and a field named after Yankee owner Del Webb. A flurry of phone calls leads to a bus ride to the Central Valley town of 30,000. On October 14th, 1962, a crowd of more than 5,000 fills the small minor league park. This once-in-a-lifetime event features eight future Hall of Famers. Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle from the Yankees; Orlando Cepeda, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry from the Giants.

One of the fans is thirteen-year-old Mikey Wright. Unlike the rest of the spectators, he’s not there to see his idol and namesake, Mickey Mantle. He’s there to convince the Commerce Comet to play catch with Mikey’s father, who is dying of cancer.

Getaway Day chronicles Mikey’s journey to save his father’s life. And learn the meaning of his own.

Getaway Day will appeal to Baby Boomers, young adults, and anyone who loves baseball and remembers the joy and sorrow of adolescence.

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others is, and remains, immortal.

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Getaway Day AuthorKen recently retired from the worlds of advertising, corporate communications, and interactive entertainment to concentrate on writing and community service.

He received his A.A. degree at Modesto Junior College, his B.A. and teaching credential at UC Davis, and his M.A. at San Francisco State University. He has taught mass communications and film appreciation at Modesto Junior College.

Born in Lathrop and raised in Modesto, California, he continues to live in his home town. He is married to Robin and has two adult step-sons, Tyler and Eric. He is the author of four novels, fourteen screenplays, two stage plays, a short story collection, and one sitcom pilot. Most of his stories are about his home town and the Central Valley heartland.

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Humorous Sports Fiction – Slammin’

SlamminSlammin’
By Marcus Paul Cootsona
Publisher: Pro Tennis Press
ISBN: 978-1496082404
ASIN: B00KRGWIKW
Published: May 2014
Pages: 246
Genre: Humorous Sports Fiction

SLAMMIN’ takes place in a different 2011.  Fifty-three year-old tennis pro and family man, Wally Wilson is happily teaching Silicon Valley’s millionaires and billionaires at the double-wide estate of his temptress and benefactor, 17 year-old Ashley Margincall.  But when Wally’s serve speed spikes and unidentified government agents appear, he begins a pro tennis odyssey that might lead him to the U.S. Open or the twisted nexus of a Grand Slam conspiracy.  Strangely blessed, but always behind the curve, Wally realizes he’s been given all the power, but none of the control.

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Recent Praise for Slammin’:
“Marcus Cootsona hits a clean winner with Slammin’.” – Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated.

“Slammin’ has the sort of wacky charm that keeps a reader following Wally’s excellent adventure as the plot, like the pro circuit, curves around like a snake eating its own tail.” – Michael Mewshaw, Inside Tennis.

“The world constructed by Cootsona feels very alive, and even in the face of the most bizarre dangers of the book a laugh can somehow be found.” – Self-Publishing Review.

About the Author:
Slammin AuthorMarcus Paul Cootsona is a tennis professional, lapsed playwright and the author of Occam’s Racquet – 12 Simple Steps To Smarter Tennis.  He is a contributor to Inside Tennis magazine, and a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff.  He lives with in Northern California his wife and two sublime, ridiculous dogs.  He is not a former Navy SEAL.

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