#WorldSeries Trivia - Day 4

And we're back! If you've been following along, my fellow baseball romance author Jean Jochim and I have been posting World Series trivia each of the last few nights. If you'd like to check out our previous posts, please go to:

1) Jean's blog 2) My previous post

Before I post the answers to the questions in my previous post, let's add a couple more questions.

1) The Dodgers weren't originally based in L.A. What year were they established and where? When did they move to L.A.?

2) Did Vin Scully actually throw out the first pitch before Game 2 of the 2017 World Series? Who caught the first pitch?

And, 3) In CALLED OUT, book #3 in my Calling It series, Vin Scully is mentioned along with Harry Caray, Red Barber, and Bob Uecker. Of those three, who was famous for saying: “It could be, it might be… It is—a home run!”

Now that you have those questions to ponder, here are the answers to the questions I posted the other night.

Question: How many teams have come back to win the World Series after being down 0-3 in the League Championship Series?

Answer: 34

Question: How many times has the winner of the World Series been decided in the 7th game?

Answer: Just once. As they said on SB Nation: "It’s the 2004 Red Sox, and then it’s everyone else."

See https://www.sbnation.com/2016/10/17/13313812/baseball-teams-down-0-3-in-a-postseason-series-history for the full rundown.

QUESTION: The trivia question that seals Dorie’s fate in CALLING IT -- “This player led the Yankees in RBIs in every season from 1949-1955. Name the player and, as a bonus, name his claim to fame from the 1956 World Series.”

And here is the complete passage from CALLING IT, with the answer included:

But it was the last question that was a knife to Nate’s gut. The one that he knew was coming, but hoped against hope would prove his doubts wrong. His heart came to a slow, painful stop as the words came out of Lola’s mouth. “This player led the Yankees in RBIs in every season from 1949-1955. Name the player and, as a bonus, name his claim to fame from the 1956 World Series.”

He wanted her to bungle it. To give an answer just about anyone else in the world would give hearing those words. Mickey Mantle. Joe DiMaggio, hell, even Babe Ruth, although the timing was off by about twenty years. So many famous Yankees that even a Red Sox fan knew them all; so many names that someone could throw out and think they had a shot of getting it right. But what most people didn’t realize was that the man whose quotes provided laughs on a regular basis was also one of—if not the—greatest catchers of all time.

“Yogi Berra,” Dorie answered quietly. “He caught Don Larsen’s perfect game.”

Once again cheers erupted around her, but all Nate could do was close his eyes and breathe.

If you're interested in finding out why this was such a turning point for Dorie and Nate, well, you'll need to read the book. ;) You can get it and the rest of the CALLING IT series on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo.

I’ll post the answers to the next set of questions in a few days. In the meantime, check out Jean’s posts at http://jeanjoachim.blogspot.com.


#WorldSeries Trivia - Day 2

So Jean Joachim and I were recently chatting--us both being baseball romance authors, as you know--about the World Series coming up and doing some posts to go along with it. Since one of the key scenes in CALLING IT (book #1 in my Calling It series) takes place during an epic Trivia Night bout at the local bar and grille, I am happy to follow up Jean's post last night with some Trivia of my own. This happens to be a personal favorite of mine, for reasons that I'll elaborate on in my Friday night post. But for now, here goes: how many teams have come back to win the World Series after being down 0-3 in the League Championship Series?

And as long as we're at it: how many times has the winner of the World Series been decided in the 7th game?

Let's do one more, this one being the trivia question that seals Dorie's fate in CALLING IT:

“This player led the Yankees in RBIs in every season from 1949-1955. Name the player and, as a bonus, name his claim to fame from the 1956 World Series.”

I'll post the answers on Friday. In the meantime, check out Jean's post from last night at http://jeanjoachim.blogspot.com. And she'll be posting round 3 of trivia tomorrow night.

To learn more about CALLING IT, see http://www.jendoyleink.com/books/calling-it-calling-it-1/.

One Heck of A Week (aka The Cover Reveal/99¢ Sale/Baseball Giveaway/Breast Cancer Awareness Month/Free Romance Edition)

You know that saying, "It never rains, it pours?" Well, this week is kind of like a monsoon. It's a *good* monsoon--don't get me wrong! (If monsoons can be good, of course. And I should probably stop the analogy right there.) But, well, let me list what's going on...

1) This week's HUGE news is that my novella, CRUSH, which is part of the launch for Marina Adair's St. Helena's Vineyard Kindle World is going live on Wednesday. I just now finished up my cover reveal over in the FB Group (you can see my Cover Reveal/Giveaway 1 and Excerpt/Giveaway 2 posts by clicking on the links in this post--they should be live at least until the end of the day on Monday, 10/3). The novella itself--as well as the 17 other novellas launching the world--will go live on WEDNESDAY 10/5. And then we're all joining in to watch the airing of Autumn in the Vineyard, Marina's book-turned-into-a-movie, on Saturday night. Join us at the What'cha Watching Live party here: https://www.facebook.com/events/878387495627610/).

2) The ALSO HUGE second item of news is that CALLING IT is on sale for 99¢ through Monday 10/10. Isn't that awesome???? You can go directly to this link to buy it on Amazon, or head on over to the Carina Press website for a full list of retailers offering the deal price.

3) Another big thing going on is that I'm part of a Baseball Romance Giveaway. You can enter to win 30--yes, you read that number right--baseball romances plus a Kindle Fire. Crazy, right? Good luck!

4) I am also happy to be one of the donating authors with the Send A Little Love campaign in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check it out at: http://www.romancehasaheart.org/

5) And finally (for this week at least), LAST CALL, my free short story, is one of 21 romances that are all being offered for free. Can I say that one more time? Sure -- FREE! That's actually being hosted right here on my website, so all you need to do is pop on over to the Fall In Love page.

Oh, fine, should we have a bonus what's-going-on post? In two weeks, I'll be part of the Hearts & Sparks Blogger/Reader Appreciation Brunch at the NJ RWA chapter's meeting in a couple of weeks. On Sunday, 10/16, in fact. Want to join us? We would love to have you! Head on over to http://www.njromancewriters.org/hearts--sparks.html to sign up.

Phew! Thanks for reading -- I hope you'll be clicking on some of these links, too! And then maybe we can all go find a hammock somewhere to collapse into. Although that's probably as bad of an idea as the monsoon analogy. But, hey, it's pouring right now so I can't think straight. Luckily, I enjoy the rain.

Blog Tour: Day Five

Blog Tour: Day Four

Blog Tour: Day Three

Blog Tour: Day Two

Today is Day Two of the CALLED UP blog tour, and we've got seven stops today, including a guest post at Fire and Ice Book Reviews where I talk about Who's Who in the series. (Stop 1) - I Love Romance (with REVIEW)

(Stop 2) - Lisa's Home for Books (with REVIEW)

(Stop 3) - The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

(Stop 4) - Fire And Ice Book Reviews (with REVIEW)

(Stop 5) - Plain Talk Book Marketing

(Stop 6) - Melena's Reviews

(Stop 7) - A Southern Girls Bookshelf

And don't forget to check out the Tasty Book Tours website for the full blog tour schedule.

IT'S RELEASE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, today is CALLED UP's release day! Thank you for sharing it with me! This is also the beginning of my two week blog tour. Thank you to Tasty Book Tours for organizing ten days' worth of posts, reviews, and excerpts. TBT is amazing!

And here's the list of blogs I'll be appearing on today. Please be sure to check out Ctrl, Alt, Books! because I'll be doing a guest post there on the top five reasons women love baseball players. Thank you to all of the bloggers for hosting me, and a humongous extra thank you to those who did a review. I, of course, hope everyone loves the book, but even for those who don't, I very much appreciate your including CALLED UP in what I know is a huge TBR pile and for taking the time to do a review. You are all amazing!

* NOTE: Stops in bold indicate there will be a review.

AUGUST 29, 2016:

(Stop 1) Thoughts of a Blonde (with REVIEW)

(Stop 2) - Ellesea Loves Reading (with REVIEW)

(Stop 3) - Ctrl, Alt, Books!

(Stop 4) - Wicked Reads (with REVIEW)

(Stop 5) - A Sky Filled with Sparkling Stars

(Stop 6) - Addicted 2 Romance

(Stop 7) - Southern Yankee Book Reviews (with REVIEW)

(Stop 8) - Books & Spoons (with REVIEW)

(Stop 9) - Diana's Book Reviews

(Stop 10) - Hines and Bigham's Literary Tryst (with REVIEW)


Want to see the rest of the blog tour schedule? Click here.

FB Party: The Lineup

Have you RSVP'd yet for Monday night's Sweet & Sexy Release Day Facebook Party that Rachel Lacey, Lisa Marie Perry and I are hosting in celebration of our books coming out this week? If not, join in now at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1614567405521101/ There will be great prizes, including the grand prize of a $75 Amazon gift card. And the lineup is incredible. Check it out:

7:00pm - Welcome (Rachel, Lisa and myself) 7:10pm - Debbie Mason 7:30pm - Rachel Lacey 7:50pm - Shannon Stacey 8:10pm - Maisey Yates 8:30pm - Nicole Helm 8:50pm - Me! 9:10pm - Molly O'Keefe 9:30pm - Elizabeth Hayley 9:50pm - Jessica Linden 10:10pm - Lisa Marie Perry

There's also an "Invite a Guest" pre-party giveaway on the Discussion tab (direct link here: http://bit.ly/2aqNwyP) where we have three $5 gift cards up for grabs.

Need that RSVP link again? Here you go: https://www.facebook.com/events/1614567405521101/

14 Free Books!

Instafreebie_Steamy_1x1 I'm so happy to be part of a group giveaway beginning today over at Instafreebie. LAST CALL, a short story that introduces readers to Inspiration, Iowa, is part of the "14 Free Steamy Romances" giveaway running through Thursday, 9/1. (LAST CALL itself isn't steamy, I'm sorry to say, but the series it intros is! :) ) Here's the full line-up, along with the freebie links. Enjoy!

Tease by Alexis Anne

Anywhere with You by Heatherly Bell

Sass by Laramie Briscoe

King Takes Queen by Monica Corwin

Welcome to Cypress Corners by JoMarie DeGioia

Last Call by Jen Doyle

Stockholm Diaries, Caroline by Rebecca Hunter

Wrecked (Studs in Spurs) by Cat Johnson

The Wedding Week by Julia Kelly

Dissident by Cecilia London

Personal Geography by Tamsen Parker

Tease by Tracy Reed

A Good Game by D. D. Shaw

Protecting His Heart by Dana Volney




Release Day is Just Around the Corner!

That's right! Except for that whole pesky deadline thing, August 29 has seemed reeeeaaaalllllyyyy far away. Until, um, just now. Because CALLED UP releases on Monday!!!!! So, to build a little excitement:

Last Call_smallerONE day from now... You'll begin to see announcements for an incredible group giveaway I'm part of through Instafreebie. There will be fourteen awesome FREE short stories/novellas/books available, including LAST CALL, my short story intro to Inspiration, Iowa. (Hint: Deke makes a cameo appearance.) So if you haven't had a chance to get a copy of that yet, now you will.

IMG_5654TWO days from now... Well, okay, two days from now I'll be taking a breather in anticipation of a fantastic upcoming couple of weeks and will therefore be hanging out with the fam at the beach. I'll post pictures. :) But I'll also post some specifics about next week's Facebook party. Stay tuned...

Called UpPre-Order GiveawayTHREE days from now... Is the last day of my preorder giveaway. Have you had a chance to enter yet? There's still time. But not much. So head over to http://bit.ly/2b2nMW1 and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card.


AND THEN, drumroll please...


RELEASE DAY ON MONDAY 8/29!!!!! And there's so much happening!

So rest up, folks. Because it's going to be a great few days!





Reviews of CALLING IT

I feel so very honored to have received so many awesome reviews for CALLING IT, my debut book with Carina Press. I thought I'd collect some of the best ones here so they'd be in one place. Check them out below. (And if you're interested in taking a chance on a new author, you can buy CALLING IT at Amazon and other e-retailers.) Thank you!

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Purest Delight Award"Calling It grabbed my heart from the start and didn’t let go. I enjoyed every crazy, funny, emotional, heart-warming minute of it and I can’t wait to read the next one in this series!" ~ 4.5 stars ~ Guilty Pleasures ~ Read full review

“Ms. Doyle’s fresh writing just lit a fuse that I didn’t want to end. I’m in awe that CALLING IT is her first novel. She absolutely killed it!” ~ The Romance Reviews ~ Read full review

TRR Top Pick“I am STUNNED that this is a debut book for this author. She honestly couldn’t have written it any better. I cannot wait for the next one. This author just became an auto-buy for me. I can’t wait for more, but in the meantime…YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!” ~ A+ ~ Smitten with Reading ~ Read full review

"Sweet, hot and easy reading – I am hoping that Ms. Doyle will be revisiting their friends and giving us their happily ever afters too." ~ 4.5 "awesome" stars ~ Wicked Reads ~ Read full review

"Author Jen Doyle definitely hits a home run in her first at-bat with her debut, Calling It. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun 😉) Jen’s a fresh and welcome new voice in the romance genre and I look forward to reading more from her soon!" ~ Polished Bookworm ~ Read full review

"This must be one of the sweetest romances I’ve read lately. And it’s got everything. Small town, tight knit families, sports--even the mention of hockey which is my favorite--flings and secret glances that’ll probably be revealed in their own books, a charming hero and a librarian heroine. I mean, c’mon, if this is not the recipe for a damn good book, then I don’t know what is. ... I’m adding five big spoonfuls of this sexy, sweet romance into my hodgepodge and contemplate on who might do the naughty with whom in the future books that I wish were already here." ~ Lady Muslin Myst's Mysterious Hodgepodge ~ Read full review

""Calling It' by Jen Doyle is a fun, light romance that has a sexy Hero and a sweet heroine. It is sure to make any reader feel good and happy. ... I would certainly recommend this if you are looking for a story that has a great sense of family, love and growth.  Oh, and a bit of baseball heroes too!" ~ Cat's Reviews ~ Read full review








Harlequin Junkie Spotlight

Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 10.03.32 PM Going back through some old links and I thought I'd share one of my favorite memories of the CALLING IT release blitz: being highlighted on Harlequin Junkie. With questions ranging from "Random Facts" to "Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?" I got the chance to really think about different aspects of the writing process. If you didn't have a chance to read it back in April, you can check it out now at: http://harlequinjunkie.com/spotlight-giveaway-calling-it-by-jen-doyle/  


The Only Way I Take the Bed...

Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 7.53.16 PMSo, as I mentioned, oh, a month ago, I've been trying to catch up on everything that has happened in the two months since the release of CALLING IT, and one thing I wanted to call attention to was this awesome fan art by The Lusty Literate. I am in awe of people who can take a snippet of text--the right snippet of text--put it together with a photo, and make it into the perfect bite, for lack of a better word. The Lusty Literate was part of the blog tour I did with Tasty Book Tours, and I am again so very appreciative of everyone who took part in that. If you have a chance, stop by and say thank you for me.

Author Spotlight on Anna Harrington's Blog

My very dear friend Anna Harrington is an author of historical romance, with three books out at the moment: Dukes are Forever, Along Came A Rogue, and How I Married A Marquess. I was so honored to Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 10.54.40 PMbe the first in her "Author Spotlight" series (I'm the featured author for May).

The interview starts off with:

Anna: What would readers be surprised to find out about you?

Jen: That I can’t talk about sex. I can write the hell out of it, but to actually talk about it with anyone? Nope.

...And it goes from there. ;)

Read the rest on her website!

Facebook Party Jen-Style

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Because I can't ever go about anything in a straightforward way, for the Facebook Party celebrating the release of CALLING IT (on Monday, April 11, just in case I haven't mentioned that, oh, a billion times already), rather than just have a flat-out party, I decided to go with a theme approach. A theme within a theme, in fact.

There's the baseball aspect, of course, complete with a starting lineup of ten authors (designated hitter included). But then there's also the part where each of those authors represents a specific aspect of my journey to publication. So since we're ten days away from my release date (!!!!!!!!!!), I thought I'd do a ten day countdown on my Facebook page, introducing one guest author per day in the order in which they'll be appearing:

7:30  Marina Adair (Featured TONIGHT [3/31]) 7:50  Lisa Marie Perry (Featured on Friday, 4/1) 8:10  Nicole Michaels (Sat., 4/2) 8:30  Adriana Anders (Sun., 4/3) Inserting Designated Hitter, Anna Harrington, here. :)  (Mon., 4/4) 8:50  Jennifer Hallock (Tues., 4/5) 9:10  Melissa Cutler (Wed., 4/6) 9:30  Joanna Shupe (Thur., 4/7) 9:50  Sheryl Lister (Fri., 4/8) Inserting 7th Inning Stretch here, which mixes everything up entirely, but is appropriate so that we can take a break for my in-person CALLING IT A Book Party on Saturday, April 9 (if you're in the Boston area and are interested in going, please see details on my Events and Appearances page) 10:10  Shannon Stacey (Sun., 4/10)

To see all the posts, like my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/jendoyleink/

And to join the party, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1769646836591549/ (and click on the "going" button). We hope to see you there!


Where Am I? - Part 2

From today's post at Scribblers Ink, "A Perfect Process":

I consider myself a perfectionist—this is not a good thing. Things may be collapsing in chaos around me, but, darn it, I’m going to make whatever it is that I’m working on the absolute best it can be. For example, in preparing for this blog post on the writing process—and knowing what I consider my writing process—I spent several hours researching others’ definition, not to mention all the different ways every other writer in the world approaches her/his craft. (Full disclaimer: I gave up after two.)


Read more at: http://scribblersink.com/new-blog/2016/3/28/a-perfect-process-by-jen-doyle.

Thank you, Bobbi Lerman, for having me!

T - 2 Weeks!

Two weeks from today, CALLING IT is available! After all of this time, it's hard to believe that it's finally here. And since I've been warned by so many about the letdown after it officially hits the (virtual) shelves, I've decided to milk the ramp up for all it's worth. :) To begin, this week, I'm appearing on two blogs: on Wednesday (3/30), I'll be over at L.D. Rose's blog, Romance at its Darkest, doing an author interview. And on Thursday (3/31), my guest post on my writing process will be at Bobbi Lerman's Scribblers Ink.

And there's so much more to come! I'll be doing in-person events on Tuesday, April 5, and Saturday, April 9. More details on all of these will be posted soon here on my website. But not right now because I need to get to the day job. :) Stay tuned!