FATHER/SON RELATIONSHIPS

APRIL IS ALL ABOUT AUTHORS…THIS TIME WE’RE LOOKING AT IT THROUGH A MALE’S POINT OF VIEW

Rodney Walther knows his way around the ballpark—he’s managed baseball and softball teams for over a decade. His award-winning debut novel, BROKEN LACES, is both a fond homage to Little League and an intense family drama. Since it’s release BROKEN LACES has garnered seven first place awards in writing contests across the country, and been a finalist in many more. “I feel very honored to have had my writing recognized,” Rodney says, “and am grateful for my generous readers, especially parents who seem to really connect with the story.”

IN THE WORDS OF RODNEY WALTHER …

BROKEN LACES is an emotion-packed novel that features Jack “The Cannon” Kennedy, a suburban workaholic who doesn’t understand the importance of family until he faces life as a single parent. Set in a fictional suburban Little League, this book explores the importance of father-and-son relationships, the struggles of shared grief, and the redemptive power of baseball.

The book’s concept sprang from a simple idea: what tragic past could drive a father to transform into a total jerk toward his son and to his team . . . and could baseball, with its inherent trait of providing second chances, offer such a man a chance at redemption?

I’ve been an involved father, and I understand the responsibility of leading not only my own children but also kids on my teams. This understand comes from having coached children of divorce as well as a couple of boys whose fathers had died within the year. Coaching is a tremendous responsibility, because you are teaching the kids more than a game, you are giving them life lessons..

BROKEN LACES is much more than a sports novel (although it’s currently #2 in Amazon’s Bestseller List in both Sports Fiction and Baseball, behind THE ART OF FIELDING and MONEYBALL, respectively), it’s a book that provides insight into the male emotions that play out in a family drama. I chose to tell the story in the first person narrative that exposes the emotions of a father/widower, who doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to when it comes to dealing with everyone involved. Which means Jack isn’t all lovey-dovey Super Dad.

One reviewer said, “I wanted to smack him, then comfort him, then smack him again. The shake-your-head irony of his struggle combined with his own self-effacing humor, never mind bravado, makes Jack a character I won’t forget.”

ABOUT THE BOOK – Since its publication in November 2010, BROKEN LACES has remained a constant fixture on Amazon’s Bestseller List. It has reached as high as the Top-250 of ALL Kindle e-books and has been in the Top-1000 since Christmas 2012. Many of Rodney Walther’s readers also enjoy books by Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, Jennifer Weiner, and more.

Of course, Rodney is hard at work on his next novel, this one a domestic drama that features a single father trying to raise a wheelchair-bound teenage daughter who craves her independence. “It’s kind of a cross between FINDING NEMO and THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST,” Rodney says. “Try working that out!”

BROKEN LACES is available in paperback and e-book/Kindle format – CLICK TO LEARN MORE

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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