5/18/2015

All of Me by Jennifer Bernard Guest Post + ARC Review


Welcome to My Book Snack's stop for the All of Me virtual tour.
Today I'm super excited to feature a special guest post from Jennifer Bernard! There is also my review and the tour-wide giveaway. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Jennifer’s Favorite Baseball Memory

I knew I was irrevocably in love with baseball when, on the night of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, I found myself walking alone through the streets of Manhattan, oblivious to everything except my Walkman. (Yes, we had Walkmans back then.) That game became famous as one of the most bizarre and dramatic in history – but of course I didn’t know that as I strolled from midtown to the East Village.

For the first time in my life, I was on my own in a strange city. A girl from Texas, I began rooting for the New York Mets as a way to feel part of this huge, overwhelming place I now lived. I learned to ride the subway out to Shea Stadium so I could see the games. I’d huddle with my boyfriend under a big blue Mets umbrella during rain delays. I listened to the call-in shows with all their fascinating Bronx and New Jersey accents. I watched, attended, or listened to every single game that year.

Then came Game 6 of the World Series, Mets versus the Boston Red Sox, with the Mets on the brink of elimination. The game started while I was at work, and someone had the radio on so we could all listen. I had a viewing party waiting for me after work, but I didn’t want to miss a single second of the game. If I took the subway, I’d lose the radio signal.

So I walked, even though it was over fifty blocks to my party. I barely noticed the streets I crossed or the cars darting past. All my attention was on the little earphones bringing me the play-by-play. I don’t remember the words, but I do remember the announcer’s resignation when the Mets were down 5-3 in the 10th inning, on their last at-bat, down to their LAST STRIKE. It was over, clearly. Some players were already changing, making their flight reservations to go home. And then … Gary Carter singled. I actually let out a scream as I walked down 1rd Avenue.

No one minded. Hey, it’s New York.

Then the pinch-hitter, Kevin Mitchell, singled. 5-4. In my excitement, I nearly stepped in front of a cab. But then Ray Knight went to 0-2, and it all seemed to be over. Again, the Mets were down to their last strike. I prepared myself for grief.

But no – Knight singled! Mitchell scored. Tie game. Tie game! The Red Sox changed pitchers. Mookie Wilson came up to bat. I turned up the volume so I could hear over the pounding of my heart. He too went down to his last strike before fouling off pitch after pitch.

Torture. Back on the streets, I’d reached the apartment where the viewing party was. I ran up the stairs. The door was open, and inside everyone was crouched next to the TV, yelling at Mookie, moaning, begging. Come on, Mookie.

Finally, I was actually seeing the game instead of hearing it. I wormed my way close to the set, just in time to see the infamous little grounder from Mookie that Red Sox fans hate to remember (sorry, guys.) The ball skipped through first baseman Bill Buckner’s legs like a mischievous little imp. Mookie darted for first base, Ray Knight bounded to home plate, holding his helmet so it wouldn’t fly off, and just like that, the Mets were resurrected from the dead. I’ll never forget the screams, the tears, the unbelievable release from the tension of that game.

And I’ll never forget walking the streets of Manhattan while I listened to it. After that game, I felt at one with my adopted city, and forever in love with baseball, which can rip your heart out and put you on top of the world in one swing of the bat.

So that’s my favorite sports memory. What’s yours?
~ Jennifer Bernard

What an absolutely exciting baseball memory, Jennifer! I've seen this particular World Series moment played many times on TV throughout the years. It was, indeed, incredible for baseball fans! I felt like I was right there with you cheering as you were telling your story.
Thank you so much for sharing this memory with all of us!

I guess my favorite sports memory would be the first time my husband and I saw the Lakers play at the Staples Center years ago. We got to see Kobe, Shaq, Dyan Cannon, and the back of Jack Nicholson's head. ~Grace


ALL OF ME
Love Between the Bases #1
Jennifer Bernard
Releasing May 26th, 2015
Avon Romance


Jennifer Bernard, the USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelor Firemen series, scores another homerun with a brand-new series about sexy, single baseball players.

Playing for the Kilby Catfish is hotshot pitcher Caleb Hart’s last chance to salvage his career after a major league meltdown. But the day of his opener with the minor league team, Caleb strikes out with the gorgeous woman who is delivering a petition to run the unruly Catfish out of town. Now to stay in the lineup, Caleb will need to score big with the feisty brunette he can’t keep out of his thoughts.

After the nasty lies Sadie Merritt’s rich ex-boyfriend spread about her all over town, she’s lucky to have a job at all. She can’t afford to screw it up by falling for the player who is supposed to be helping her change the image of the fun-loving Catfish. But that’s easier said than done when Caleb’s voice alone is enough to make her pulse race. And when he surprises her with a mind-blowing kiss, she knows there’s no turning back.

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This is my honest review
Rating: EXCELLENT

5 Pitcher Perfect Stars!!!

The bases are loaded, and I think All of Me is a home-run hit! Jennifer Bernard’s first book in her new Love Between the Bases series proved to be everything I wanted and more in a sports romance. If you’re into baseball romance, small-town romance, and likable characters who persevere through whatever obstacles life throws at them, then consider reading All of Me.

Baseball pitcher Caleb Hart is currently straddling the lines between the major and minor leagues. Right now he’s the new guy on the Kilby Catfish minor league team. If he can just improve his game a little more his career can finally take off in the right direction. He meets and works closely with Sadie Merritt on a PR project. For Caleb and Sadie, the sparks definitely fly, and the chemistry irresistibly flows between them.

“I want you, Sadie. You don’t know how bad. And when you talk to me like that, all fired up and passionate, I can’t keep my hands off you.”

I adored both Caleb and Sadie! Life has not been easy for either of them. Learning about their backgrounds twisted my heart so much. Caleb has major issues going on with a certain family member, and Sadie has had to endure the cruel wrath of an ex-boyfriend. Really, the ex is the worst and a purely despicable person. This is a small town read, so there are people who are quick to judge and secrets that don’t stay so hidden.

Ms. Bernard had me completely riveted with All of Me from beginning to end. There was great character growth with Caleb and Sadie both individually and together as a couple. Most of the secondary characters were equally as fun to get to know. I’d like to see a few of them get their own stories. Overall, I loved the direction Ms. Bernard took this story. This was my first read from this author, and I’ll gladly check out her other books while I wait for the next book in this series.

Jennifer Bernard is the USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series. She is a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to … well, any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.

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