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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Friday, July 3, 2015

Second Chances

                                                              Second Chances

               As I write this on May 19, 2015 the Kansas City Royals have the best record in major

league baseball, 27 – 14.  Part of the reason for their success is that the club took a chance on two

players that other teams did not pursue.

                Kendrys Morales has played in the majors off and on starting in 2006.  He became a starter

in 2009. On May 29, 2010 he leapt into the air in celebration of the walk-off grand slam home run he

had just hit.  He landed awkwardly, injuring his ankle.  His recovery took some time.  He did not play

until last year when he was picked up after the season started.  Morales did not have spring training.  

He tried to get his form back during the regular season with disappointing results.  By the end of the

year his game improved. He helped the Seattle Mariners during the pennant race.  Although other

baseball people thought Morales would never reach the level he had before his injury, the Royals

invited him to spring training and gave him time to work on his skills.
            He was given a spot on the roster.  At this point he is hitting at a 305 clip and has the most runs batted in of all American League players.  In the last game he hit two home runs.  He celebrated quietly.  Maybe the Royals thought he was persistent based on his history.  Morales escaped from Cuba on his eighth attempt.
            Pitcher Chris Young became a starter in 2006.  He was very successful until 2009 when he required surgery to deal with an injury.  He had a series of physical set backs over the following years.  Last year the Seattle Mariners used him as a relief pitcher when injuries plagued their starters.  The manager described his as “a godsend.”  Despite this, Seattle did not ask him to their spring training.
            The Royals were the only team to offer him a chance.  He came to spring training and impressed the management so much that they offered him a contract.  They sent a rookie pitcher who had done well in last year’s post-season to the minor leagues to make room for Young.  This year he has a 4 – 0 record thus far as a starting pitcher.  Last night despite not having his best stuff he pitched six scoreless innings.  His earned run average is .78.  Young saw Morales while both players were part of the Seattle ballclub. Young said he was not surprised at Morale’s performance because he was impressed by the hard work Morales put in to improve his game. 
            Was it nice for the Royals to offer the two players a second chance? Of course it was.  But the chances did not come from kindness alone.  Both players had a history of success.  Both had shown persistence in their willingness to rebuild their physical strength and game skills.  It has turned out to be as good for the team as it is for the players.  Popular opinion is that the Royal’s appearance in the World Series last year was a fluke.  Few commentators picked the Royals to make it to the postseason this year.  They may have overlooked the team’s, uh, kindness. 
            Second chances help the recipient. They can help the giver too.

What do you think?


Grace Topping said...

All of us at one time or another have needed a second chance in life. Some more than just a second chance. Thanks for the reminder that we also need to be willing to give others that second chance.

Kara Cerise said...

Thank you for the inspirational message, Warren. The Royals are to be commended for realizing the true worth of these players and giving them a second chance.

Kait said...

I don't know diddly about sports, but as Grace says, all of us need a second chance at one time or another. There are a lot of hard and improving lessons in failure. It's grand when someone else realizes that the failure has made you stronger and better and takes a chance on you. Well done, Warren.