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Initial post: Nov 3, 2008 9:11:26 AM PST
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Hi folks - This discussion encourages authors to discuss their works, successes and efforts hoping to share the process with other authors, as well as attract readers who want to find undiscovered writers before they get famous.

Welcome authors and readers, one and all.

*** Amended 1/31/2011 Here is a list of most of the books posted here. If I've missed yours, let me know:

Advantage Disadvantage by Yale R. Jaffe
The Feathery by Bill Flynn
Barracuda by Mike Monahan
Sudden Death by Michael Balkind
Flat Out by Rocky Robinson
Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chief by Tom Begy
Talifiaferro by Dawn Knight
The Little Black Book of Violence by L A Kane
Bluejackets of Summer by Roger Gogan
Run Into Trouble by Ala Cook
Taking Home a Piece of the Game by John Witt
The Treasure of Health & Happiness by Carol Goodrow
Charging Through the AFL by Todd Tobias
Going Out A Champion: the Coach Joe Ellis Story by Doris Ellis-Jackson
Game by Phil Truman
Until the End of the Ninth by Beth Bolinger
Notes from the 12th Man by Mark Tye Turner
Heroes' Day by Jesse Gordan
Silver Dreams by Sondra Rice Newman
Dreams & Baseball by Reagan Rothe
A reason to Try by Thomas Lalumiere
No More Broken Eggs by Thomas Morin
Pinned by Alfred C Martino
Drawing Pete by Jerry Dowling
Foolish is the Heart by M. Emby
Beast by David Donch
Dirty Water by Jere P. Smith
The Perfect Game by John Grissner
Courtland Spirits by Donald Lehmann
Remember Westville by James E. Bryant
The Prospect by Eliot Parker
The Discovering Greatness Playbook: Lessons from Kids and Youth Athletics for Managers, Parents and Teachers by Coach Dave Johnston
Fantasy Football Guidebook by Sam Hendricks
AMERICAN GLADIATOR: The Life And Times Of Pete Browning
AMERIDI (American Diamonds): An American Baseball Reader
A Hearing for Jim Thorpe: An Exercise in Frustration by Michael Sheaffer
Lifetime Loser, Finish Line and Tuey's Course by James Ross
Scramble on the Edge by Kerry L. Hyman
The Wide Turn Toward Home by Scott Winkler
Murder at Blue falls by Maggie Bishop
Emeralds in the Snow by Maggie Bishop
Appalachian Paradise by Maggie Bishop
Sham, In the Shadow of a Superhorse by Mary Walsh
Fantasy Football Tips: 201 Ways to Win Through Player Rankings, Cheat Sheets and Better Drafting by Sam Hendicks
Fantasy Football Almanac 2009 by Sam Hendricks
Shimmy to Gold:Kelley's Story by Thurman W. Robins
The Anatomy of Sports Fans by Pierre Bognon
Count it All Joy! by Bruce Campanella
Automotive Intelligentsia 2009-2010 Sports Car Guide by James Gorzelany
Little Balls Big Dreams (2007, about golf) by James Wolfe
Curse? There Ain't No Stinking Chicago Cub Curse (2010, a book of sports related short stories) by James Wolfe
December Dream . . . Qualifying for the Final BCS Rankings by John J. Trombetti
The Knuckleballer by Ralph L. McNeal, Sr.
They are Freshman Season: How I Dodged and Tackled high School by Mary Marino
First Year Varsity: Time Spent in the Lost and Found by Mary Marino
33 Summers by Darren L. Pare
Tale of the Tigers by Juliette Akinyi Ochieng
Basketball:King of Indiana by Gary Smith

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 10:33:30 AM PST
First off, thanks for the invite. My book, FLAT OUT covers land speed racing and chasing a dream of becoming the world's fastest motorcyclist. The record of 322 mph, held by Dave Campos lastest for 16 years. We broke the record in 2006 at 342 mph, only to have it taken away 2 days later by my former team. In 2007 I crashed at over 300 mph and thought my racing career was over. Speed to September 2008 and we finally succeeded, breaking the current record by over 10 mph, the new number to beat now 360.913! Flat Out is from the unique perspective of the driver, and takes you along for the ride as if it were you behind the controls. This book was nominated and was a finalist for the Dean Batchelor Award, presented by the Motor Press Guild. For more info visit my website at: www.rocky-robinson.com
Thank you,
-Rocky R

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 11:42:07 AM PST
Rocky, thanks for your posting. I will check out Flat Out. I'm hoping to attract a vibrant supportive group of authors writing about sports and supporting each others efforts. Later, I will post my novel as well.

Yale R. Jaffe
Author Advantage Disadvantage

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2008 3:36:44 AM PST
Tom Benjey says:
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about my favorite topic: Carlisle Indian School football. My new book, "Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs," chronicles the lives of 50 of these football immortals with a focus on their lives after leaving Carlisle. One became an "Untouchable;" another's early life served as the basis for a Broadway play, a silent movie and a talkie; Lone Star Dietz became a brilliant coach and is still the most controversial person ever to grace the sidelines; several fought bravely in the Great War; and quite a few helped form the early professional game. Introductory chapters tell the stories of Carlisle Indian School, Indians' involvement in pro football, and Pop Warner, their inventive coach.

-Tom Benjey

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2008 5:26:33 AM PST
Poisn'pen says:
Thank you! The motivation for my book, "New England Bandwagon Nation" came from having spent most of my life living in New England and being an avid NFL fan, but I have never been a Patriots fan. I am also not very fond of their fickle, fair-weather fan base. The fact that the Pats have garnered great success while the organization and the head coach were mired in the biggest cheating scandal in the history of sports (my opinion) pushed me right over the edge. There is profound animosity towards the Pats all over this great country and this book will validate those feelings, as well as thoroughly entertain the reader. This book is very controversial. I call out the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell for insulting NFL fan's intelligence with a seriously flawed investigation of spygate! Many more subjects pertaining to the NFL, the Patriots and their fan base are highlighted in the book. Thanks again!
Ken K.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2008 9:18:19 AM PST
Sports authors and readers: here is a description of my recently published novel. Check it out on Amazon!

Advantage Disadvantage is a nail-biting, behind-the-scenes pass into the world of high school sports and the people who make and break it. Set in Chicago, its innately urban backdrop is full of distinctly Windy City landmarks. This is the perfect read for sports fans that love an insider's view...an insightful and deliciously-sinful plot full of twists and turns. You'll find the perfect blend of bravery, betrayal and who-done-it adventure in this vividly penned thriller.

A neighborhood bookie peddles athletes to college coaches and develops a sport betting operation centered on high school games. He recruits an accomplice to execute his last bet, one that could set them up financially for life but is fraught with danger. The Chicago Police investigate the greedy gamblers who might try to manipulate a high school basketball playoff game. A chance meeting between the father of a mediocre student-athlete and the bookie puts in motion a sequence of events transforming the player into a Division 1 prospect using unorthodox basketball training methods. Corrupt adults, who selfishly engage in risky and exploitive behaviors, surround the athlete: gangland profiteers, win-at-all-cost coaches, greedy street agents, shoe company representatives, college recruiters, disloyal lovers, and others. Advantage Disadvantage examines the motivations that drive the surrounding adults to corruption, betrayal, and greed.

Yale R. Jaffe
Advantage Disadvantage

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2008 1:21:14 PM PST
Dawn Knight says:
This is so nice. I so often want to reply to posts about my book, Taliaferro. George Taliaferro is the Jackie Robinson of the NFL. He was the first black man drafted (1949 - Bears) and the first black QB (although he still gives credit to Thrower). He led Indiana University to its only undefeated football season as a freshman (1945), but had to live off campus because of segregation. He helped desegregate IU and the NFL, but along the way he overcame other obstacles like the WWII draft, the untimely death of his father, and the rejection of the woman he loves. The foreword is written by Colts coach Tony Dungy. Taliaferro is an inspiring, witty, person, whose focus on community service and education makes him a hero well beyond his athletic prowess. Taliaferro is still inspiring others, speaking at school and community engagements. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Thanks for this opportunity to tell you about an amazing person.
Dawn Knight

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2008 2:15:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2008 2:19:52 PM PST
L. A. Kane says:
Despite the fact that martial arts are not necessarily sports, the genre is categorized that way for book sales. I'd hate to pass on your kind invitation to make a crass, commercial announcement about what I've written, so here goes:

The Little Black Book of Violence (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594391297/ref=cm_arms_als_dp)

Every time you engage in violence, no matter how small or trivial it may appear to be at the time, it has the potential of escalating into something extraordinary serious. Consequently it is critical to know not only how to fight, but when to do so. More than mere techniques, this book fills in crucial information about street survival that most martial arts instructors don't teach or even know.

Surviving Armed Assaults (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594390711/ref=cm_blog_dp/102-1215861-5012911?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=283155)

Roughly two million victims a year face the wrong end of a weapon in the United Sates alone, yet self-defense requires more than mere martial arts. Fists and feet simply cannot stop a bullet. Learn proven survival skills, including awareness, avoidance, de-escalation, armed conflict, countervailing force, and managing the aftermath of violence. Everyone, including experienced martial artists, security, and law enforcement professionals, and concerned citizens will benefit from this vital information.

The Way to Black Belt (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594390851/ref=cm_arms_pdp_dp/002-0747328-1828010)

Earning a black belt can be the most rewarding experience of one's lifetime, yet getting there takes considerable planning. Whether your interests are in the classical styles of Asia or in today's Mixed Martial Arts, this book prepares you to meet every challenge. Benefit from the wisdom of master martial artists from around the globe who share more than 300 years of combined training experiences. Their guidance will arm you with the information you need to swiftly become a highly skilled, well-qualified black belt.

The Way of Kata (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1594390584/qid=1115151635/sr=1-8/ref=sr_1_8/104-1408449-5318338?v=glance&s=books)

Kata (formal exercises) is the foundation of the fighting arts. Like a textbook, it contains all the techniques you could ever need to defend yourself, yet most practitioners do not know how to read it properly. Sadly, if you don't understand the bunkai (applications), it is really nothing more then dancing around in your jammies. Learn the secrets for analyzing any kata to find and apply realistic combat techniques that can hold you in good stead on the street or in the tournament ring.

Martial Arts Instruction (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/159439024X/qid=1099342780/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/103-4598121-1915827)

While the old adage, "those who can't do, teach" is not entirely true, all too often "those who can do" cannot teach effectively. This book is unique in that it offers a holistic approach to teaching martial arts; incorporating elements of educational theory and communication techniques typically overlooked in budo. Teachers will improve their abilities to motivate, educate, and retain students, while students interested in the martial arts will develop a better understanding of what instructional methods best suit their needs.

Best,

Lawrence

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2008 3:46:20 PM PST
Dawn, LA and all,
Thanks for responding. I will personally check out your books, and probably order some - hopefully we can attract some readers, and many other sports-related authors.

Yale R Jaffe
Advantage Disadvantage

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2008 6:50:15 PM PST
L. A. Kane says:
No problem Yale. Thank you!

Lawrence

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2008 12:08:54 PM PST
Hi Yale.

Appreciate the post and congrats on your book, "Advantage Disadvantage."

I am the author for "Bluejackets of Summer: The History of the Great Lakes Navy Baseball Team 1942-1945." While the title speaks for itself, I wrote to honor the baseball players who scarified large salaries, their professional careers, and even their lives to serve our country during World War II. Gainfully employed as full-time Sailors, the Northern Illinois Naval Training Station formed a powerful squad--made up of all-stars and future hall of famers--led by baseball greats Mickey Cochrane and Bob Feller. These teams of Sailors--during these four years--routinely defeated many war depleted Major League teams, American Association minor league teams, Big Ten college teams and many more semi-pro and industrial teams. It tells the story of the men who were part of the most dominate baseball team in the country, their Navy careers, and how segregation in the Navy parrelled that of the pros with many Negro veterans returning to their baseball careers after the war.

Please talk at look at my Amazon listing or visit my website www.greatlakessportspublishing.com

Thanks again,
Roger Gogan

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2008 12:19:54 PM PST
Roger, thanks for your posting....I will check out your book and hope that we can attract lots of potential readers and writers to this discussion group. By the way, I spent time as a boy scout at the Great Lakes Naval Training Base....I think it is now a big housing development!

Yale R Jaffe
Advantage Disadvantage

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2008 5:04:17 PM PST
Alan Cook says:
My upcoming mystery/suspense novel, RUN INTO TROUBLE, is about a footrace along the California coast in 1969. Drake and Melody, who worked together undercover, are teamed up by somebody who obviously knows too much about them. And is the Cold War about to heat up?
My website, alancook.50megs.com has more info.

Alan Cook

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2008 11:55:33 AM PST
John Witt says:
Ok so mine might not fall under the category of a Novel but that is soon to come. My name is John Witt and I am the author of "Taking Home A Piece of the Game". It should be showing up on Amazon in the next couple of days but right now it can be found at https://www.createspace.com/3358632 .

Over the past 32 years I have caught and collected over 4,850 baseballs at professional baseball games as well as 1000's of autographs and game used items. In fact of the 4,850 baseballs that I have caught just over 2,800 were caught at Major League Baseball regular season games and 99 of those baseballs were game home runs.

The biggest "catch" would have to be Sammy Sosa's 61st home run in 1998. In the book I give baseball fans tips and information on how to catch baseballs and get autographs and other cool stuff at games. I let them know what time to get to the ballpark, where to go for autographs and baseballs and many other cool tips! There is a list of all 30 MLB team phone numbers and even some great stories of my most memorable home run catches over the past 32 years.

Some of the home run stories include of course Sosa's 61st in 1998 but also the story of how I got both home runs that Eddie Murray hit on May 9th, 1987 from both sides of the plate, Ron Kittles 7th roof-top HR at Old Comiskey Park in Chicago (the last "roofer" ever at that park) and even Derek Jeter's home run in game 3 of the 2003 ALCS.

So I hope you don't mind that I posted here and I will definitely be writing more! After 32 years of being a totally obsessed baseball fan you tend to have some great stories. Throw in the fact that I have worked in minor league baseball for the past 12 years and it will make the next book that much more interesting!

Thanks again everyone!

John Witt
Taking Home A Piece Of The Game
https://www.createspace.com/3358632

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2008 2:01:11 PM PST
John Witt, as a Chicago boy I watched Kittle's ascent from minor league phenom to big league bopper to his rusty comback attempt. Is he still with the Schaumburg Flyers? Also, what do you do with minor league teams - we've spent some time at the Jackhammers games.

Yale R Jaffe
Advantage Disadvantage

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2008 3:48:55 PM PST
I am the author of a children's chapter book, children's NOVEL called, "The Treasure of Health and Happiness". It was written at the request of children.
It's about a young child afraid to enter her first fun run. She is a reluctant runner, couch potato, and introvert. I have authored 3 children's books, but this one is the favorite of the children.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2008 9:19:17 PM PST
Todd Tobias says:
Thanks for the opportunity to mention my books. I am the author of two books about different periods of San Diego Chargers history. The first is called Charging Through the AFL; Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers Football in the 1960s. The second is Bombs Away! Ait Coryell and the San Diego Chargers. Both books are filled with general history, oral histories that I did with former players and coaches, game summaries and statistics, and more than 300 photos from the team archives.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2008 9:29:46 AM PST
Todd Sentell says:
Yale ... many thanks for starting this discussion, but I don't have too much time to respond as I continue to run and hide from jowly men in green jackets and bucket hats after the publication of my wickedy funny social satire TOONAMINT OF CHAMPIONS: How LaJuanita Mumps Got to Join Augusta National Golf Club Real Easy. Let's stay in touch ... Todd Sentell

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2008 10:34:02 AM PST
John Witt says:
Yale R. Jaffe,

Very cool! I grew up in Elmhurst and watched Kitty progress as well. I have done pretty much everything imaginable. I have been a beer vendor, grounds keeper, Director of Concessions, Director of Ticketing, Director of Stadium operations and even done some Sales and Marketing. My favorite job that I have had however was being the clubhouse manager. The hours are long etc but the pay is good and so far about 15 players that have been in my clubhouses have made it to the big leagues!
As far as what Ron is up to these days I am not really sure. I know that he is making Benches out of Major League Baseball Bats and bases (google Benches by Ron). They are pretty cool but very pricey!
What an awesome guy for sure!

John

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2008 11:25:55 AM PST
John, a Yorkie? I referee high school basketball int e western sub conference and also in the west suburban Catholic - so I will be at York and Immaculate Conception this season. If you yearn for some nostalgic Chicago references (with a sports theme) check out my book, Advantage DIsadvantage.

Yale R Jaffe
Advantage Disadvantage

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2008 11:29:58 AM PST
Todd, I will check out your book. I just read Sudden Death, a book by Michael Balkind which is a mystery/thriller surrounding a pro golfer's life being threatened if he wins a tournament. Check it out on Amazon.

Yale R Jaffe
Advantage Disadvantage

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2008 7:10:50 PM PST
Thanks for the opportunity to discuss my new book, "Going Out A Champion-The Coach Joe Ellis Story." First of all, there ARE good things happening in Surry County, VA (despite the Michael Vick dogfighting saga)! My book chronicles the remarkable life of Coach Joe Ellis, from his birth in Surry County to his death. Joe's whole life was centered around basketball, both as a player and coach. He faced many obstacles during his life, both disciplinary and health. In August 2003, at age 50, while he was the head coach of his hometown high school boys basketball team, Joe was diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer. Even having to retire from his teaching profession, Joe refused to leave his team. The young men saw his determination and strength, rallied around him, and found themselves in the state championship game on March 12, 2005. Coach Ellis was so weak that he had to be carried into the gym that day in a wheelchair. The young men beat the odds and won the state championship, the first ever in the history of Surry County High School basketball. Coach Ellis sat on the sideline with his face in his towel as he wept with joy. Television cameras were everywhere. A few weeks later the school board renamed the high school gym "The Joseph A Ellis Gymnasium" in his honor while he was alive to know it. Coach Ellis passed away two months later on May 14, 2005. His team, wearing their championship jackets, served as his pallbearers. One reader of the book put it so well when she wrote, "We all knew that God could move mountains, but this book shows that mere human beings, if they love enough, can also move mountains with God's help." The book is available at www.goingoutachampion.com. It is also available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Please check it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2008 8:37:50 AM PST
Phil Truman says:
GAME is a novel about God, country, apple pie, and football. It weaves a story around the intensity and weightiness of small-town high school football in America. But GAME is not just about football. Set in Oklahoma during the 1970's it tells the tale of the human spirit fighting through adversity. It's about finding heartland values like courage, integrity, personal responsibility, and brotherhood. It's about the value and act of mentoring.
For more info visit www.PhilTrumanInk.com.

Phil Truman
Author of GAME

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2008 9:40:54 PM PST
Alicia says:
Hi, everyone, my new book, "Boxings' Greatest Interviews!!" is now available @ www.target.com ! I'm so very excited!! I just want to say, "Thank You" to my many fans for making this book into the best-selling boxing book, of all-time! I have interviews with everyone from Ray Leonard to Oscar De La Hoya to Sylvester Stallone! Plus, interviews with Chtisty Martin, Micky Ward, Kostya Tsyzu, Ricky Hatton and the last official interview with, "Chico" Diego Corrales. To have a phenomenally-large, international company like Target, to now be carrying my book, is for me...a very large honor which has left me completely speechless! Please, use the link below or go to your local Target store and ask for the best-selling boxing book of all-time, "Boxings' Greatest Interviews!!" Thank you to everyone who's gotten me this far and God Bless, everyone!!

To buy my new book, "Boxings' Greatest Interviews!!", please use the link below:
http://www.target.com/Boxings-Greatest-Interviews-Sylvester-Stallone/dp/0595479472/sr=1-1/qid=1227235589/ref=sr_1_1/189-0524563-9606238?ie=UTF8&index=books&rh=k%3Aboxing%20interviews&page=1

http://www. target. com/dp/0595479472/sr=1-1/qid=1226298990/ref=sr_1_1/178-7631332-0678746?ie=UTF8&index=target&rh=k%3Aboxing%20interviews&page=1

Boxing's, Greatest Interviews!!: Boxing's Biggest Star's Speak! Ray Leonard to Oscar De La Hoya to Sylvester Stallone!

Thank you and God Bless, Everyone!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2008 5:20:44 AM PST
Alicia, congratulations on the success of your book. I am a fan of boxing because of the various personalities - so your book will be very interesting to me. I'm buying it.

As an author of a sports novel, I am also interested in your marketing plans which resulted in such wide acceptance. Are you willing to share your methods? Love to hear more, as perhaps others in this forum would.

Yale R Jaffe
Author: Advantage Disadvantage
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