{Blog Tour} Aimee Laine’s Guest Post

Published March 20, 2013 by LS Murphy

Guys!!!! AIMEE LAINE! TAKING OVER MY BLOG!!!!!!!!

I love Aimee, if you didn’t already figure that out. 🙂 Not only is she a great writer, she’s an amazing person. 

About Aimee: Aimee is a romantic at heart and a southern transplant with a bit of the accent (but not a whole bunch). She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and with him, she’s produced three native North Carolinians, two of whom share the same DNA.

With an MBA and a degree in Applied Mathematics, there’s absolutely no reason she should be writing romance novels. Then again, she shouldn’t need a calculator to add two numbers, either … but she does.

Take it away, Aimee!

Silent Echoes is a “Games of Zeus” novel but it’s not a traditional mythological conundrum. No, as the author, I’ve taken quite the liberties in creating a situation Zeus could have use to mess with we puny humans.

So, to have a little fun as Silent Echoes releases this month, my host here at L.S. Murphy’s blog has challenged me to create a Game of Zeus out of Baseball!

How could Zeus use Baseball upon two unsuspecting humans? How could he manipulate a seemingly innocuous game into a maniacal, devious relationship conflict? Oh, let me count the ways … or rather, let me show you.

Baseball

Not that you don’t know what baseball is, but if you’re not 100% sure of the rules … here is some detail from Wikipedia:

Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a 90-foot diamond. Players on the batting team take turns hitting against the pitcher of the fielding team, which tries to prevent runs by getting hitters out in any of several ways. A player on the batting team can stop at any of the bases and later advance via a teammate’s hit or other means. The teams switch between batting and fielding whenever the fielding team records three outs. One turn at bat for each team constitutes an inning and nine innings make up a professional game. The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins.

Before we get to the ultimate Baseball Romance … let me tell you a little about Silent Echoes. 

For years, Ian Sands has enjoyed his life as a bachelor, taking advantage of singlehood and exploring his own definition of passion—whoever she may be. Blonde. Brunette. Tall. Short. Hot. Not. Five months ago, all that changed. 

Ian’s been celibate, frustrated and desperately seeking answers to why one woman, who doesn’t play by girls’ rules, haunts his every waking moment. 

As a renovations specialist, Taylor Marsh lives, works and breathes construction—a profession her southern belle of a mother would rather Taylor not touch. The same goes for Ian; Mama Marsh would never approve of him. 

Like Ian, though, each time he and Taylor draw near, something compels her to get closer. 

Something else tells her to run away. 

Fast. 

As much as their histories suggest they shouldn’t be together, neither Taylor nor Ian can deny the pull, and the two succumb, indulging in a relationship that brings pleasure to body, mind and soul. 

Doing so, though, also ushers in a series of events both should have foreseen as well as one final outcome neither expected.

And now …

Baseball
One might think this would be an easy game of Zeus. I mean, it’s baseball … the game where sexual innuendo comes in the form of the ‘bases’!
So, I have to admit, in fact, I think baseball is a perfect Game of Zeus!
You see, three strikes and you’re out? Oh yeah, that’s prime game material. Let’s take a situation where she’s at bat. She’s got three chances to move on to 1st base. If she doesn’t, she has to return to home. If she does make it to first base, someone else has to propel her to the second.
So not only does she have to rely on herself, she has to rely on others to get her from batting at home plate to scoring at home plate.
Let’s say that scoring is ‘the win’ … meaning if she can get all the way around the bases,  she’ll get her guy. So now she has to bat, get to first, have at least one other person help her get to 2nd, 3rd and home and/or it’ll take up to five other people. That’s a whole team of people just to get her guy.
No so bad if your team is rooting for you and wants you to reach your goal.
But … in a Zeus story? That team is going to fall apart or turn on our illustrious ball player. The whole there’s no ‘i’ in team thing is going to be full of i’s or eyes. And at each round of a base, one of them is going to jump in and try to force the strike or the out or the end.
So from home around to home, how’s she going to get her guy? Well, in the seventh inning, everyone’s going to stand up and sing:

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don’t care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.”

And somewhere, in there, is hidden the answer to all her problems.

And there you have it. What do you think? Is Baseball a possible Game of Zeus?

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