By Elley Arden, author of Take Me Out, Change My Mind, Crashing the Congressman’s Wedding, and Save My Soul
When it comes to baseball, I guess you could say I’m a locational fan. Wherever I’m living at the moment, I pledge my allegiance to the closest team. Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates. I’ve been accused of being a bandwagon fan by people who don’t know me. The truth is I just love baseball. To me, it’s not about the team as much as it is about the game being played. Do I have preferences for who wins? Usually. But that has more to do with the guys playing and whether or not I like them as people. One bad egg can ruin it for the whole team. J I figure the players feel that way, too. It must complicate things. Can you imagine playing against someone who for whatever reason isn’t your favorite person only to be traded to that team? My writer’s brain can concoct all sorts of confrontational scenes from this scenario. Trades are tough. They’re also a big part of the business. Like my flexible allegiance, a player’s allegiance must be…adjustable.
My latest release, Trade Off, is a short story included in Crimson’s baseball romance anthology, Take Me Out. In the story, Catcher Ben Border is traded from a championship team to a struggling expansion team, and he’s having trouble adjusting. He can’t imagine anything good coming from a trade to Orlando…until his high school girl friend, a woman he still loves, walks into the hotel elevator. Marketing Executive Scarlett Dare is in Orlando on business. She never dreamed the answer to her increasing restlessness would come in the shape of Ben. It’s a reunion story about two people at a crossroads, and the idea that change can be good, even when it starts off feeling bad.
Three other stories by talented Crimson authors round-off the anthology. There’s another reunion romance by Alicia Hunter Pace, written in her popular, sweet, Southern style. Leslie P. Garcia brings some multicultural flare and a smidge of mistaken identity to her entertaining story. And Bea Moon treats readers to a bit of suspense and paranormal activity at the ball park. There’s something for everyone in this collection of baseball romance short stories.
I do hope you’ll check it out. And as you’re watching the World Series, cheering on your team—better yet, cheering against the other team—remember…the guy you hate, standing in the outfield, just might be on your team next year.