Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks…

 

Tomorrow, April 1, is Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds, which reminds me that in the spring my middle-aged woman’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of baseball.

I’ve been a Reds fan for a long time, but really started to love baseball, and my hometown team, when I was hospitalized for seven weeks after a fire and accident in my mom’s kitchen. At that time, I listened to the games on a little blue transistor radio. It was the early seventies—the years of the Big Red Machine. I remember going to a World Series game with my dad—standing room only–and they meant standing room. Of course, I was a lot younger then and didn’t have arthritis in my knees, so I could do it.

When the Reds won the World Series in 1990, I worked downtown. The stores were all decked out with special window displays. A party store had a Halloween display of a tombstone that said “Here Lie the Oakland Athletics” and a mannequin dressed in a baseball uniform. The health food store across from the Federal Building had a huge sign in the window that said “We will not sell any vitamins to Oakland.”

We got a new ballpark and I finally got to go to a game there in 2011. I’m ready and looking forward to the 2013 season. I think about 2010 and last year, when the Reds went to the playoffs. I’m hopeful they make it further this year. I didn’t exactly envision my parents being in a nursing home on Opening Day 2013, or any of the other crazy things that have happened to them and me over the past two years. But it’s spring and Opening Day is finally here so I’ve decided to play what if. Maybe the Reds will be world champions this year. I might win the lottery or, better still, sell millions of books and be independently wealthy. Okay, I’ll settle for hundreds of books and a perm job. I can dream, right? Bring on the hot dogs, peanuts and cracker jacks!

 

Nancy Goldberg Levine is the author of e-books, “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny,” “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless,” “Sweeter Than W(h)ine,” and “Three Strikes—You’re in Love,” a short story collection. Her fake baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Wolves, is featured in her books. In honor of Opening Day, “Three Strikes—You’re in Love” will be free on Amazon.com for that day only. Nancy is giving away an Amazon gift card to the first person to do one of these two things: 1) Get a copy of “Three Strikes—You’re in Love,” read it and post a positive review on Amazon or Goodreads or 2) Make a positive comment about today’s blog. Visit her author site:Amazon.com-nancygoldberglevine

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When Nancy Met Jon

Thirty-nine years ago, on March 29, 1974, I met my husband, Jonathan Levine. We dated for six years and were married for twenty-one years. He passed away from lung cancer on August 14, 2001.

Many, many things have happened since the night we met and as I sit here typing this,  I wish with all of my heart that he were here to help me with troubles that sometimes seem insurmountable right now. I wish he were here to see what’s happening with the e-book market. I think he was ahead of his time because years ago, he wanted me to have a website with book excerpts on it.

I’m drawn back to that night, thirty-nine years ago when my parents drove me to a Friday night service at the University of Cincinnati’s Hillel House. It was pouring down rain and the bad weather mirrored my mood. At the ripe old age of eighteen, I had decided that I was never going to meet Mr. Right. I read a poem at the creative service and afterward, Mr. Right came up and started talking to me. He said he would call me and two weeks later we had our first date. He was wonderful and funny and good-looking and I will love him and remember him forever.

I know he’s here in spirit, looking down on me (and wondering how I got into such a mess), but it isn’t the same as having him there to hold me when I’m crying in the night because of the things that have happened to my parents in the last five months or to celebrate with when my book goes live on Amazon.

 

Nancy Goldberg Levine is the author of “Three Srikes—You’re in Love” (short story collection), “Sweeter Than W(h)ine,” “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny,” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless,” which are all available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Goldberg-Levine/e/B009RV0N50/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Back to work

I went back to work today, but in a different department on a temporary assignment called a detail. I’m also dealing with my parents going into a nursing home, cleaning out there house so it can be sold, etc. I have been off work for five months and things have not exactly worked out the way I planned.

I should have known that the day would be weird when my friend, who happens to be a cab driver, picked me up and we saw a huge lightning bolt in the sky. It also poured down rain and we saw more lightning bolts on the way in. I was reunited with my co-workers from the other department and saw a guy I used to work with on a different job who now works at the same place on night shift. Things were pretty normal after that since most of today was spent in training. But I felt like it was my first day on the job again since the work is so different. We did a little bit of work in the afternoon. Everyone in our department kind of felt the way I did, but the person training us said it would get easier once we actually started doing the work.

Can I do this? I’ll do the best I can until my ship actually comes in and people start buying my books in droves. Meanwhile, I’ll go to work with my short, dark…& funny friend and try to make sense of this all.

So many books, so little time

So Many Books, so Little Time

My mom said that when I was a kid, and we’d go to the library, I’d come home with an armload of books. I still like to have a print book that I can hold in my hand and read, but now that I downloaded the Kindle app for my PC, I’m doing the same thing. But it’s a lot easier to hold the books – LOL.

When I was a kid, I discovered L.M. Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Mitchell. I visited places like Prince Edward Island, Massachusetts, and Atlanta. Now I’ve discovered some great new Indie authors, and some old favorites who now have e-books, as well as print books.

Some of my new favorites:

“Finding Lucas” by Samantha Stroh Bailey

“Heaven is for Heroes” by PJ Sharon

“Cozy Cash Mysteries Box Set” and “Bootscootin’ Series” by D.D. Scott

“Nobody’s Cinderella” by Joan Reeves

“Maids of Misfortune” by M. Louisa Locke

“For Love of Bluestone” boxed set by MJ Frederick

“Deadly Offerings” by Alexa Grace

“Her Greek Romance” and “Babies in the Bargain” by Mona Risk

“The Guestbook” by Andrea Hurst (which also includes recipes and I love to cook)

Old favorites:

“Heart vs. Humbug” by M.J. Rodgers – I read my first book of hers, “To Have vs. To Hold” at a yard sale years ago, and have been looking for the others in the Justice Inc. series ever since. I finally found them on Amazon in e-book form.

“Nothing but Heart” by Holly Jacobs – I knew her when—she had short stories and mini books published by Romantic Hearts and her book was published by Neighborhood Press, who bought my first (and so far only) print romance novel, “Tempting Jonah.”

What about you? Who are some of your favorite Indie authors and old favorites?

 

Nancy Goldberg Levine is the author of the Practically Perfect Hero series, “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless,” as well as “Sweeter Than W(h)ine” and the short story sequel to the Practically Perfect Hero series, “Three Strikes—You’re in Love.” They are all available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Goldberg-Levine/e/B009RV0N50/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1