Hello friends,

Exciting news! My first YA novel – Out at Home – is now available on Amazon as an ebook!

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The book’s description is thus:
“This young adult novel combines gay themes with sports and high school relationships.

Caleb Hanson and his newly single mom pack up their car and drive from the only home he’s ever known in New York City to his uncle’s house in middle-of-nowhere Kentucky. In NYC, Caleb was the star pitcher of his high school’s baseball team and openly fooled around with his best friend, Jackson.

In Kentucky, Caleb opts to stay in the closet, but is forced to sit the bench because the Bullfrogs’ roster is already full. When Caleb is paired up with Danny Thompson, the team’s distractingly attractive catcher, to throw batting practice, Caleb realizes that being stuck in small-town America might have some perks after all.

Something clicks between the boys, though their newfound friendship is soon challenged when signs are misread and accusations are made. Caleb and Danny rely on each other to work through their insecurities and find themselves growing closer on and off the field. But will small-minded teammates and the pressures of being someone other people expect you to be be enough to break Caleb and Danny’s burgeoning relationship, or can their love of the game take them and the Bullfrogs to another State Championship?”

(I LOVE BASEBALL, OKAY?)

Here is the link to Amazon, should you want to give it a gander 🙂

Feel free to share the link with your friends, family, neighbors, bank tellers, etc!

And if you happen to read the book, I would be beyond appreciative if you could leave a comment/review on the Amazon page! Reviews and Word of Mouth are going to be the best way for the book to gain any sort of exposure. A huge Thank You to my family and friends who have already ordered the book. Even though I’m bonkers nervous for people I know to read it, I am wholly humbled by the love and support I have received so far. This is legitimately a dream come true for me.

I really loved writing this and have outlined a sequel should anyone ever be interested in it 🙂 In the meantime, I’m presently working on another YA book and am about 1/2 way done with that.

If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please let me know!

And if you are interested, here’s a link to the Facebook page I started for me and the book 🙂

Have a fantastic day!

-Katie

… I wish I was at a ball game right now. Instead, I am sitting in the living room next to my Moose getting ready to watch the All-Star game. The game starts in a couple minutes… right now the end of The Office Season 2 finale is on. It’s the scene where Jim tells Pam he’s in love with her. Man, I remember watching this years and years ago and thinking this was one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen on television. Jim and Pam used to be my OTP… until I stopped watching The Office this season b/c I got super bored with it. (Now, since I’m obsessed with Glee, Klaine has obviously been my OTP since Blaine was introduced in “Never Been Kissed” and they will be my OTP until the end of time.)

I’m super excited to watch the All-Star game. I enjoy baseball a lot. I like watching it live or on television. I don’t know why I like baseball so much – I just kinda do. Maybe it’s because I played softball for a bajillion years and baseball is sorta the same game, but completely different all at the same time. I like the team aspect of it all – one person does not a baseball team make.

Everyone in my immediately family played baseball or softball. My mom even coached my team when I was in 8th grade. I played for the city in grades K, 2-12. I played for my middle school and high school teams. I was MVP of my middle school team in the 8th grade. I was the MVP of the JV team when I was in 9th grade (I think it was 9th grade… may have been 10th). I played Varsity ball my junior and senior years, and was awarded Jim Daley Award my senior year. This was complete surprise and honor because I knew Jim Daley. He coached my sister, as well as was influential in my pitching career (when I had one… hahaha… I am such a has been at this point). Senior year, I was also the female recipient of our school’s Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award (also a major shock and honor).

When I first started out, I played first and third base. When I was in the 3rd grade, I decided I wanted to try pitching. I ended up pitching through the end of my softball career, in addition to playing outfield when I entered high school. (See, when you’re little, playing the outfield means that you aren’t a strong player, but by time you get to high school, playing outfield is a sign of pride because it means you have a strong arm and are reliable to get the ball back into the infield in a timely fashion.)

Not to toot my own horn too much, but from about grade 5-9, I was one of the best pitchers in the city. By time I hit high school, I was still pretty good, but all the other girls in my grade were taking lessons and learning how to throw crazy shit. I, on the other hand, only had a fastball, change-up and knuckleball in my wheelhouse. I could also control whether the ball went over the left or right side of the plate, but I couldn’t throw a breaking ball or a slider if you paid me.

I pitched a lot my freshman year of high school on the JV team (which is how I ended up being MVP one year). As much as I liked the position, I got over-pitched and it cost me in the end. The summer before my freshman year of high school, I messed up my neck and back pretty bad during a softball game (I fell backwards trying to get back to 3rd base on a play, and my head/neck snapped against the ground. I still have neck and back pain to this day…). So, pitching just about every game my freshman year really agitated my injuries. I kept going though – I had to.

By time I got to Varsity, there was another pitcher who was better than me, so she pitched most of the games and I became the back-up pitcher/closer if needed. If I wasn’t riding pine (which I did for a spell when I told the coach I wasn’t his best choice to play 1st base after my sister graduate [she was one of the best infielders in the city during her high school career]), I was in left field. My first Varsity game, I threw a girl out at home plate from left field. That was a very memorable moment in my softball career 🙂

I liked the outfield. You had a great view of the whole field. I always knew what I had to do if the ball got hit to me, or who I had to back up if it didn’t.

In addition to being a good fielder, I was an okay hitter as well. When I was little, I hit a lot of triples and homeruns. But, for some reason in high school, they would put in the DH for me. When I did get to hit, though, I made it count. In 11th grade, I hit in the winning run that allowed us to go to the semis. We ended up losing in the semis, but we did get a chance to play at Firestone Stadium (the stadium where the Akron Racers play!). I called it “going to the show,” just like in Bull Durhman. It was a big deal for me. I never played in such a stadium before. I had seen my sister play there a few times when she was on the Varsity team, but that was the only time I got to play there. What a friggin’ huge backstop. As a pitcher, you worry about those things 😉

(The All-Star game is about to start… right now they are talking about the victims of the Tuscon shooting. I’m getting a little verklempt here.)

National anthem time… way to go, Jordin Sparks.

PLAY BALL!!!

Well, enough nostalgia about my softball career…

I had off from work today. I ran some errands with my mom so now I don’t have to do any after work tomorrow! Then, we played a lot of ping pong. I lost every game today. Boo.

After lunch, I threw some laundry in and then somehow managed to find a pair of shorts in my room that don’t look horrible. If I cuff them right, they actually look super cute. And if I wear them with my 3-4″ wedge shoes, then they look extra super cute and it actually looks like I have long legs (because even though I’m fairly tall, I have short legs – boo). So, perhaps I’ll have to rock the shorts/wedge combo when I visit my sister this weekend. Woot woot.

In addition to laundry, I finished making the mix CDs that I wanted to bring on my trip. I made 11 CDs total – 6 Glee mixes, 3 Darren Criss CDs (his live stuff is soooo good), 1 Best-of-StarKid CD, and 1 epic HSM mix. I have a super entertaining car ride ahead of me, that’s for sure.

Well… the game is seriously going to start after this commercial break, so I’m gonna get going and cheer on the American League.

Have a good one!