By: Collette West
Released July 25th, 2014
Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davison is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name.
When a health scare forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs.
Until Kyle’s sister, Sasha, steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist.
Nevertheless, Brooks doesn’t want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle’s little sister, not some sideshow.
Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there’s no way he’s letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.
GAME CHANGER—the idea that just wouldn’t die
By Collette West
Let’s flashback to 1997. I’m eighteen and a freshman in college. During a brainstorming session in an obligatory Intro to Writing class, a lightning bolt of inspiration strikes me smack-dab between the eyes. What if a Major League Baseball team had a female player? It’s crazy. It’s implausible. Yet the idea imprints itself firmly in my brain—mostly due to the reaction of my professor, Mrs. B.
She can’t get enough of it.
The following week, the red exclamation points lining the pages of my persuasive essay are proof of that. The sheer number of encouraging remarks that fill the margins truly astounds me.
But one phrase in particular stands out from the rest.
“I want more!”
Her enthusiasm percolated within me. For years, her feedback became a persistent mantra inside my head. Her insistence that I tell this story, badgering me at every turn. Her gut instinct prompting me to revisit the notion time and again, needling me to flesh it out and share it with the world.
And now, finally…I am.
Fast forward to today. GAME CHANGER is no longer just an intriguing concept endlessly tumbling around inside my overactive mind. It’s an honest to goodness book. The girl who makes sports history? Well, she’s not so hypothetical anymore. Sasha Roberts exists on the page—at least—as a fearless heroine courageous enough to bridge quite an imposing gender gap.
For nearly two decades, I’ve carried her story around with me—too long for a character like her to be residing in limbo, dwelling in the misty corners of my imagination. But thanks to Mrs. B. initial cheerleading on her behalf, (at last!) she’s come alive and in such a powerful way.
Because Sasha’s story is one of love, hope and taking a chance on the impossible.
Something that great teachers, like Mrs. B., do all the time—inspiring us to believe that a glimmer of an idea can indeed become reality.
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball’s biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette’s impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she’s not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at email@example.com
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.
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