The following is a Q&A with Nate Ramsay, hero of Game On by Joanne Rock.
Hello, Tule Book Club! I thought it would be fun to do a Q & A with the hero of my new release, GAME ON, from my Texas Playmaker series set in Last Stand, TX. I’ve loved writing my baseball-playing Texans, and the dynamics of having a family full of athletes. In both hockey and baseball, I’ve seen family “dynasties,” where a son follows a father or sometimes multiple sons follow the path of a father and uncle. In the case of the Ramseys, all three sons were drafted by baseball teams after their father’s stint as a major league pitcher. Read on to hear what Nate has to say…
Joanne: Welcome, Nate! Thank you for joining us today and talking a little bit about your recent success in the majors.
Nate: Success? I’m cooling my heels back home in Last Stand while recovering from hand surgery. It’s not exactly a career season for me.
J: But after how long you bounced around double and triple A, it must feel good to be on a major league roster.
N: No doubt. I was getting to the age where some guys drop out of contention for a spot. It was cool to get the call-up, but it’s anyone’s guess where I’ll land after the hand injury heals.
J: You’ll be right back in Houston, getting the job done in right field and helping the team with key hits. But for now, can you tell us about Last Stand, Texas where you’ve chosen to recover?
N: I grew up here, so returning to Last Stand was a no-brainer for me. I’ve been meaning to check in with my grandad and see if I could give him a hand around Rough Hollow Farm & Orchards. The family business is dwindling since we—my brothers and me—all went into baseball.
J: Local rumors are flying that you’re in town for more than just reconnecting with the family patriarch, Everett Ramsey.
N: Local rumors are overrated.
N: My grandfather may have also asked me to look into a land dispute with a local wildflower farmer, but I’ll have that sewn up in no time.
J: Is this wildflower farmer the same woman you dated in your college days, Keely Harper?
N: That was a long time ago.
J: So there’s no chance of rekindling an old romance?
N: That’s a question for Keely, I think.
J: Of course. So in the meantime, you’re going to settle a land dispute while you heal. Any other plans while you’re in Last Stand?
N: I’m opening a baseball camp for kids. It will be my way of giving back to the town.
J: Sounds great! Especially with so much baseball talent in your own family to draw from. Will your father be a part of the endeavor?
N: The camp will be my legacy. Not my dad’s.
J: What about your brothers? Will they be involved?
N: Maybe in the off-season. Cal and Wes are always welcome, but they’re busy with careers of their own.
J: Sounds like you’re going to have your hands full in Last Stand between helping out your grandfather, settling the land dispute, and organizing a baseball camp.
N: It’s important for me to stay busy and minimize distractions.
J: Distractions like a certain wildflower grower?
N: No comment.
J: In that case, can you at least tell us a few of your favorite things about Last Stand?
N: The quiet you find when you drive out into the fields around Rough Hollow. Stargazing on clear nights. And don’t get me started on the peaches. Some of my happiest memories are from those years I got drafted…
Reader, if you could see the look in Nate Ramsey’s eyes at that moment, you would know that wildflower farmer was never far from his thoughts. But I let him off the hook in the interview. I hope you read more about Nate and Keely in GAME ON!
**Joanne’s Giveaway – To celebrate release day, Joanne is giving a prize pack to one US winner, and a digital download of THE PERFECT CATCH to a second winner (that one is open INTL). To win the prize, just share with us what you’d pack in your thermos for a night of stargazing in Texas Hill Country! Winners announced on 8/12.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Joanne Rock writes emotional, sexy romance from fast-paced contemporaries to small-town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. When she’s not writing, she enjoys long lunches with good friends and walking on the beach as often as possible. A quiet and organized Virgo, Joanne married a fiery and boisterous Aries man in true opposites-attract fashion.