Baseball at the Ontario Summer Games

Photo: Allen Gou, Summer Games

Photo: Allen Gou, Summer Games

One of the reasons I wrote Tagged Out is that my son has played baseball practically since he could walk. In the summer, our entire family lives at the baseball diamond.

For many years, that diamond was at Christie Pits, where Tagged Out is set (and he still umps there). This year, he joined the Hamilton Cardinals Bantam Elite team and they were given a great opportunity–to participate in the Ontario Summer Youth Games in Mississauga. They had an incredible time, and took home the bronze.

Congratulations to all of the competitors — and yes, my next baseball book will include some scenes that happened right on the field during the Games!

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Cover reveal!

tagged out coverI can finally reveal the cover of my debut novel, Tagged Out. Ta-da!

Tagged Out is a middle-grade (grade 6-8) novel for reluctant readers. It’s set in Christie Pits in Toronto.

Here’s the back-cover blurb:

The inner-city Toronto Blues baseball team is having a lousy year. Shortstop Gnash and the Blues can’t seem to win. They especially hate losing to their arch-rivals, the snooty Parkhill Pirates. When all-star player Jock joins the team, it looks like the Blues might be able to turn the season around. The only problem? When the Pirates find out that Jock is gay, they ambush Gnash and Jock, and Gnash has to decide whether he wants to stick with his old ways–or become the person he really wants to be.

You can pre-order a copy of Tagged Out, on Amazon.

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Last round of edits for Tagged Out

Pits pano hi rez Oct 2015

I’m in the final round of edits for my baseball novel, Tagged Out, which comes out in March 2016.

This round is when I check and double-check and triple-check everything, and supply the dedication and acknowledgements information.

After this, the book goes “into production,” which means that it will go from my current editor, the amazing Kat, to a project manager. She will find a copy editor/proof reader for it, and she’ll co-ordinate all of the production, cover photography and design, layout, etc.

So, as I am wont to do… I headed down to Christie Pits. I just sat and looked out at it and man, it was beautiful! Good setting for a novel, if I do say so myself.

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