Thank you for coming back and joining me on the blog for What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome Collette West, author of Game Changer. What do you think of her sexy cover? Gorgeous 🙂 I really enjoyed Collette’s guest post and I think you will too. Afterward, check out the blurb for Game Changer and then don’t forget to enter her giveaway via the links at the end.
Take it away Collette…
Girls can do everything boys can do…right?
A female player getting signed to a Major League Baseball contract.
In an era that boasts women in all branches of the military and female CEOs running Fortune 500 companies like Yahoo and Pepsi, it seems like integrating the sports world is the next logical step. Danica Patrick has made inroads on the NASCAR circuit. After the Sochi Olympics, Canada’s goalkeeper in women’s hockey participated in an NHL practice session. Yet for all the progress women have made in most areas of life, some doors seem forever barred against them.
I’m probably naive and overly optimistic, but I think that someday there will be a female baseball player. At least, I’d like to put the idea out there for human consumption.
Most probably feel that a girl would be physically overmatched playing against a team full of guys.
Others cringe at the notion of welcoming a woman into the jock culture of the locker room.
While a slight minority might be misogynistic enough to ridicule any mention of a woman joining “their team” as the worst thing to happen in the history of the known universe.
In GAME CHANGER, I address all of these concerns through Sasha’s eyes, once she becomes a member of the New York Kings. She clearly battles through at bats, trying to catch up to a ninety-seven-mile-per-hour fastball. She’s given a stern warning by the general manager not to get “too friendly” with her male teammates, making dating one of them out of the question. She’s even heckled by an unruly mob during her first game, in a scene that turns downright ugly.
In real life, a woman stepping foot into such an environment would not be easy, and I wanted to show that. The trials that Jackie Robinson faced in breaking the color barrier are proof enough of the courage required to stand up to such intolerance.
So what prompted me to write about it?
To put the idea in people’s minds.
Many credit the TV show 24 for paving the way for the public’s acceptance of an African American president. Not to say that a piece of entertainment can dictate politics, but it can change the way we see things, even subliminally. A lot of inconsequential factors go into forming a quantum shift when it comes to witnessing societal change on a grand scale. If we believe something can be done—even if it’s only in our imagination—it can go a long way in getting us to envision different possibilities and outcomes for our collective future.
Art, literature, music are meant to open our minds to new ideas. All it takes is striking the right person, at the right time, under the right circumstances. Each and every one of us has the power to shape the world into a better place.
We just have to believe that we do.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.
*Collette is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Giveaway for $10.00 Amazon Gift Card and Signed Copy of GAME CHANGER*