Backstop: A Baseball Love Story is now available from Second Wind Publishing. A Kindle version is currently available from Amazon, with book to follow.
Rachael Perry, author of How to Fly and also a Michigan writer, says of Backstop: “Baseball, like love, is a game of errors and regrets. Pop-outs, ground-outs, strike-outs. A bad swing, a bad throw, a bad hop. But what captivates us most is the possibility of the next at-bat, of the chance for a rally, of an unlikely clutch play that suddenly changes the stakes. This is where J. Conrad Guest meets us in Backstop: in this beautiful, hopeful place closest to our hearts, where we play for the love of the game, and we love with everything we have.”
For this, my second published novel, I combined his love and knowledge of baseball with romance and the heartbreak of betrayal. Not your typical romance novel, Backstop can perhaps best be described as a literary Bull Durham, sure to appeal to purists of the game as well as those who enjoy a good love story. Backstop is a great winter read as we await spring and the arrival of a new baseball season, when hope springs eternal.