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And the Winners Are . . .

Thank you everyone who stopped by to participate in our new release party. The winners of the three ebooks are:

Kim C. — Backstop

Hurrie — Stormy Weather

Liza Quisisem  — A Gentleman Never Tells

Congratulations to the winners! For everyone else, there are free downloads at the Second Wind Website: Freebies

There is still a chance to win a signed copy of Backstop — J. Conrad Guest is sponsoring a contest, and all you have to do is write 200 words about your most memorable baseball date. You can find the information here: Backstop Launch Celebration

You also still have a chance to win a signed copy of A Gentleman Never Tells — Jerrica Knight Catania is offering a quiz for all you regency buffs. You can find the quiz here:  Regency Quiz and Giveaway!

And if storms are your thing, you can win a book and photos of stormy weather from Sherrie Hansen: Stormy Weather Contest – Check It Out!

And finally, there are puzzles for everyone. Just click on a cover and have fun!

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Win Free Romance Ebooks This Weekend Only!

We are celebrating the release of three new novels, and we are giving you the prizes! All you have to do is mention the name of the book or books that you would like to read, and if you are one of three lucky persons chosen at random, then you will receive a book.

To find out more about the books, check out the new releases on our website: Second Wind Publishing

To find out even more, click on a title below to read the first chapter:

Backstop

A Gentleman Never Tells

Stormy Weather

We are also offering a contest, quizzes, and puzzles here: Help Us Celebrate Three New Releases!

So please hang around, and let’s have fun!

 

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Help Us Celebrate Three New Releases!

Three new romances have recently been released by Second Wind Publishing, and we are celebrating!

Is baseball your game? Then be sure to check out J. Conrad Guest’s contest. To win a signed copy of Backstop, submit a personal account, between 200 and 400 words, of your most memorable baseball date. It could be disastrous; it might have led to marriage. It can be fictional or factual (fact is sometimes stranger than fiction!). The outcome of the game is unimportant; what is important is what happens between the couple. For further information, click here: Backstop Contest

To read the first chapter of this novel by J. Conrad Guest, click here: Backstop

Is Regency your era? Then be sure to check out Jerrica Knight-Catania’s regency quiz. Just how much do you know about the era? One person, chosen from all those who answered correctly, will win a signed copy of A Gentleman Never Tells. Click here to find the questions: Regency quiz

To read the first chapter of this novel by Jerrica Knight-Catania, click here: A Gentleman Never Tells

Is stormy romance your pleasure? Then check out Sherrie Hansen’s quiz, and you might win a book about Stormy Weather. Click here to find the questions: Stormy Weather

 To read the first chapter of this novel by Sherri Hansen, click here: Stormy Weather

And there’s more! Click on the cover of any book and you will win an instant surprise.

And there’s still more! Be sure to come back tomorrow and perhaps you will win a free ebook of whichever romance you choose.

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Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings by J. Conrad Guest

Michigan writer J. Conrad Guest scores with his second novel. Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings, from Second Wind Publishing, is told from the perspective of the protagonist known only as Backstop, the nickname he earned during his first year playing catcher for his ability to block pitches in the dirt. You know Backstop. He plays for any team in any city in America with a major league ball club. You cheer him when he delivers, and boo him when he doesn’t. In what could be his last game after 14 years in the major leagues—the seventh game of the World Series—Backstop chronicles his rookie season, takes the reader to Chicago where he finds romance, and reveals the heartbreak he endured in the aftermath of an adulterous affair. 

Guest builds the story around a fictional ballplayer who makes his dream to play in the major leagues come true. Backstop is driven to succeed, to prove himself to his father, who passed away the year before the Tigers drafted him. In his first season in the big leagues, he meets and falls in love with Darlene, a former lawyer turned business owner in Chicago. After a season-long courtship, they wed, and 12 years of happy marriage ensue. However, when the Tigers make the playoffs for the first time in Backstop’s career, he goes out on the town to celebrate with team mates and falls prey to the seductive overtures of a predatory younger woman. Thereafter, his world comes crashing down when Darlene asks for time apart to consider their future together. The following season, Backstop leads the Tigers to the World Series, while trying to win back both Darlene’s trust as well as her heart. 

Reviews: 

Fellow Michigan writer and author of Landscape with Fragmented Figures Jeff Vande Zande writes of Backstop: “J. Conrad Guest offers an entertaining and instructive journey into both major league baseball and major league matters of the heart.” 

While Rachael Perry, also a Michigan writer, says, “Baseball, like love, is a game of errors and regrets. Pop-outs, ground-outs, strike-outs. A bad swing, a bad throw, a bad hop. But what captivates us most is the possibility of the next at-bat, of the chance for a rally, of an unlikely clutch play that suddenly changes the stakes. This is where J. Conrad Guest meets us in Backstop: in this beautiful, hopeful place closest to our hearts, where we play for the love of the game, and we love with everything we have.” 

For this, his second published novel, Guest combines his love and knowledge of baseball with romance and the heartbreak of betrayal. Not your typical romance novel, Backstop can perhaps best be described as a literary Bull Durham, sure to appeal to purists of the game as well as those who enjoy a good love story. 

Bio

A resident of Northville, Guest is the author of January’s Paradigm, first published in 1998 by Minerva Press. He is working on a new novel, Cobb’s Conscience, a murder mystery written around baseball legend Ty Cobb and the shooting death of his father by his mother. His short fiction, non-fiction and sports writing can be found at a number of Web sites and in print publications.

Book launch promo 

Second Wind is having a launch party on January 29 and 30, which will include Backstop. J. Conrad invites readers to submit a personal account, between 200 and 400 words, of their most memorable baseball date. It could be disastrous; it might’ve led to marriage. It can be fictional or factual (fact is sometimes stranger than fiction!). The outcome of the game is really unimportant; what is important is what happens between the couple. In addition to a signed copy of Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings, the winning submission will receive a signed baseball from Backstop himself! 

Please submit your entry to secondwindpublishing@gmail.com. J. Conrad will select a winning entry, which will be announced the following Saturday, February 6.

Check out the first chapter (prologue) here: Backstop

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