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Monday, June 1, 2009

New Giveaway - Stealing Home by Allison K. Pittman

Stealing Home by Allison K. Pittman

Publisher: Multnomah

Thanks to Elizabeth and Random House I have one copy of Stealing Home to giveaway to a lucky commenter. Full rules are below.

About the book: It’s 1905 and the Chicago Cubs are banking on superstar Donald “Duke” Dennison’s golden arm to help them win the pennant. Only one thing stands between Duke and an unprecedented ten thousand dollar contract: alcohol.

That’s when sportswriter David Voyant whisks Duke to the one-horse town of Picksville, Missouri, so he can sober up in anonymity. He bides his time flirting with Ellie Jane Voyant, his unofficial chaperone, who would rather hide herself in the railway station ticket booth than face the echoes of childhood taunts.

Ned Clovis, the feed store clerk, has secretly loved Ellie Jane since childhood, but he loves baseball and the Duke almost as much–until he notices Ellie Jane may be succumbing to the star’s charm.

Then there’s Morris, a twelve-year-old Negro boy, whose only dream is to break away from Picksville. When Duke discovers his innate talent for throwing a baseball, Morris might just have found his way out.

Four individuals, each living in haunted isolation, each harboring a secret passion. Providence brings them together. Tragedy threatens to tear them apart. Will love be enough to bring them home?

About the author: Allison Pittman spent seventeen years as a high school English teacher, and then shunned the advice of “experts,” quit her day job and set out to write novels that bring glory to God. She relishes inspiring other writers and leading the theater arts group at her church. She and her husband and three sons live in Universal City, Texas.

1. Must have U.S. Address/no P.O. Boxes.
2. Since baseball is an American pastime - to enter, please leave a comment relating ANY experience that you have ever had with baseball/softball/t-ball, etc - you get the picture.
3. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave your email in the comment!
4. One entry per person.
5. Giveaway runs from June 1 - June 22.

Stealing Home
Publisher/Publication Date: Multnomah, April 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-60142-136-4
352 pages


Cindy said...

Ahhh...baseball...I have special memories of Little League baseball. One of my sons played baseball for years. I always kept books to read in the car because you never knew when the practices would end. Some practice evenings seemed never ending but watching the games was worth it! My son was not the best batter on the team, but he had speed and was great at stealing bases!

Thank you for a super giveaway!


clenna said...

My husband and I coached a girls softball team, ages 10-12. One of the girls was very clumsy. She would fall over anything. One time she batted, hit the ball, and took off for first. Didn't she stumble and fall before reaching first base. She crawled the last few feet - laughing all the way. She's a runner today - in marathons and no stumbling! BTW she was safe (everyone was laughing so hard that she made it!)

Tea said...

I would love to win "Stealing Home" by Allison K. Pittman. I have four sons. I have to be truthful. My sons favored basketball over baseball. My husband taught them how to play baseball, basketball, they know how to swim, etc.

But guess what! I love baseball. I'm a crappy player. I always strike out no matter how fast I run, but I do love baseball over basketball. Thanks for giving me a chance to win.

bevsclark said...

My teenage daughter played t-ball when she was about 7. My favorite part was the watching the kids in the outfield. They would dance, sit down, pick flowers and just do whatever came to mind...except watch the game.

mindy said...

growing up my brother had a baseball themed room, he had a special mural of a catcher on one wall and a pitcher on another, he was a big yankee fan thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, darling. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

Sherry Kuhn said...

I have never been to a live game but I remember going to my aunts penthouse apartment in Chicago which overlooked Wrigley Field. I thought that was so cool.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Sherry K

tetewa said...

I'd like to be included, go Tigers! tWarner419@aol.com

scottsgal said...

We live and breathe baseball at my house - oldest son played varsity ball all through high school, youngest is my all- star lefty pitcher - plays travel ball and around 70 games a summer so we watch his baseball 4-5 times a week. The rest of the time we're watching the Cubs!

msboatgal at aol.com

Marie said...

I love baseball! As a kid I played a lot of softball -- I was lousy at catching balls but because I could hit and run fast they kept me on the team :-)


LuAnn said...

I really want to read this book! I was the team mom when my oldest son was in little league!


KR said...

I tried palying softball in 7th garde. I was awful. I stuck it out for that seaon only!!!


jemscout425 said...

my daughter played at the elite level of softball for many years. it was great for her and great traveling to watch her play.

Unknown said...

When I was in elementary school I played t-ball, I think that was last time I really had any interaction with a baseballesque sport. This one looks like a good read, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Alicia said...

Love baseball. I listen to the games every night on the radio. Tonight the Dodgers are losing 0-2, but there's still a chance of pulling out a win.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

bloggyig at gmail dot com

ossmcalc said...

My daughter played T Ball and softball. She tried so hard but ended up spending alot of time on the bench. I really admire her for trying.

This book sounds like it would be great to read. Count me in!

Thank you,


Anonymous said...

I was one of only 2 girls who joined a little league team. I caught a winning out during one of the games.

13rubberducks [at] gmail [dot] com

Belinda said...

The only time my picture made the local paper was with a comment about baseball.
1bmore @ gmail . com

Sue W. said...

My husband's passion is baseball, specifically the Red Sox. In Sept. of 2004 I took him to Boston and two games at Fenway Park just before the Red Sox won the penant. What a terrific experience. Before that I had been a sort of Blue Jays fan but going to Fenway and experiencing the excitement changed me forever to a Red Sox fan.


Sandra K321 said...

Growing up I was a tomboy and I remember playing baseball in the field behind our house with my older brother's friends. I was about 6 years younger so they would put me in the outfield near the brook so I would have to go get the ball if it went in.


CherylS22 said...

My fondest memory of a baseball game is one I watched in the old Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Roberto Clemente & Bill Mazeroski were playing. When the Pirates would do anything good, the fans would kick the wooden slats that ran along the base of the seats in front of them. What an exciting sound! Imagine the frenzy when a home run was hit!

Thanks for helping me to remember such a great event from my childhood!


Nickolay said...

I have been going to Twins games my whole life. Last Summer I caught a foul ball. It was the first time I ever caught a ball at the game. Even though I am older now, it was still a thrill. I caught it bare handed even

Looks like a awesome book. Thanks for the chance


Unknown said...

When I was a kid, my friend and I were obsessed with Pete Rose. My friend broke his arm trying to do the slide like Pete Rose. I got in trouble for spitting on the sidewalk at church like him. (He chewed) My parents were not amused. In my defense, I was only 7.


Anonymous said...

Well, one of the ways we discovered how bad my eyes were was during a family game of 'baseball' (really, since us kids were so little, it was just a ball being lightly thrown towards us for us to try to hit). The ball kept hitting me because I couldn't see where it was in relation to me (no depth perception). After that, my mom took me to an Opthalmologist to be checked more thoroughly than a routine exam, and they found the problem. Needless to say, that was the last of the baseball for me.

Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!


L said...

A few years ago I played softball. We were really bad but I had fun because all of my friends were on the team too. I remember that when we played a team, my friend(who was the catcher), was hit by the ball and it left seam marks on her skin.

Great giveaway!


Deborah said...

I got divorced when my son was five. His dad wasn't around much and I was never athletic, so my son didn't have anyone to teach him how to play sports. When he was seven, he wanted to participate in a Home Run Derby. I took him, even though I knew it would be the first time he held a bat in his hand. He came in second and signed up for T-ball that very day. asthenight at gmail dot com

Lindsey said...

Hmmm baseball... one of my least favorite sports, lol. At least to play. :-) And to watch on TV. But watching friends or family play... I have a good memory of our entire family (cousins, uncles, aunts, etc) setting up a baseball game and playing together, back when we all lived close by in Alaska. We have some great pictures of that event, too. :-)

Great giveaway, I love Allison Pittman!

ladyufshalott at yahoo.com

Ellie Wright said...

My dad played minor league ball back in the 1930s-40s. It was his dream to make it to the majors, but WWII happened and his hand got messed up, so he never made it. He had only daughters and never lived to see my three sons playing little league. He would have been so proud. Baseball has been a big part of my life.

eswright18 at gmail dot com

rubynreba said...

My sons played baseball on Little League - when they first started they would sit down out in the field if nobody was making any good hits - then they got in trouble!

Unknown said...

I played in a Woman's League called Northside Gang after I had all 4 of my children.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

LittleEagle said...

I sat behind home plate at the 1972 world series when the Oakland A's won it in 7.

Unknown said...

Baseball has always played a big part of my life. When I was in elementary school, my girl friends father managed the scoreboard for a local minor league team. We got to go the games free and often could sit back behind the scoreboard with him to watch the game. What fun it was!!

Thank you for the great giveaway.

bstilwell12 AT comcast DOT net

Dixie said...

This book sounds charming.
I had the experience of watching my 5 year old son pat his father's arm and say"It's okay Daddy" as his very sad father watched the Red Sox lose the world series to the Met's in 86.
I also had the extreme pleasure of watching these same two whoop and holler for sheer joy when the Red Sox won the world series in 2004.



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