Blog Tour: Playlist & Giveaway: Screwball by Linda Morris

Passion dominates the diamond in the second novel in this fun and flirty baseball romance series by the author of High Heat.

Paul Dudley, president of the Plainview Thrashers, is spinning out of control. Preserving his family’s baseball legacy in these tough times takes everything he’s got, and constant clashes with his father have left him struggling for authority over the team and even his own future. So when sports reporter Willow Bourne, a one-night-stand from a year ago, walks back into his life, he knows he can’t give into his feelings for her—no matter how strong they are.

Willow never expected to see Paul again, and she’s got her reasons for keeping her distance. Except the more time she spends around Paul, the harder it is to hide her secrets—or stop herself from falling head over heels.

As the sparks between them fly, Paul discovers what Willow has been concealing from him, leaving him with a difficult choice—keep the team his top priority or make his own legacy by following his heart…

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Thanks for having me here today! Here's my playlist for Screwball, the second book in my Hard Hitters series, set on a small-town, minor league baseball team, the Plainview Thrashers:

"Small Town," John Mellencamp. What better song to kick off a playlist for a book set in Plainview, Indiana, by Mr. Small Town Indiana personified, John Mellencamp?

"My oh my," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. A lovely ode to the longtime announcers for the Seattle Mariners, Dave Niehaus, but it's really all about those things that baseball taps into. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, generations rooting for the hometown team, passing on traditions and stories of great plays, great victories, and heartbreaking near-misses. (Bartman Ball, anyone?)

"All Men Are Liars," Nick Lowe. An ironic choice, because in Screwball, it's the heroine who is somewhat, um, truth-challenged. (But for a good reason, of course!) But this is a great song anyway, even if the gender is wrong. (And why was Nick Lowe not a huge star, by the way? One of the mysteries.)

"I Want You Back," Jackson 5. With apologies to Guardians of the Galaxy, I need this song for this soundtrack too. Paul and Willow meet only briefly for the first time, but it's powerful enough to create a shockwave that ripples through the rest of their lives. Paul wants Willow back, but for her, things are complicated…more complicated than he knows.

"You Do Something to Me," Paul Weller. One of the great melancholy love songs, it captures the mixed emotions and ambiguity of love. "Dancing through the fire, just to catch a flame."

"Never Let Me Go," Stacey Kent. A wonderful song by a young jazz singer with the potential to become one of the greats. "Because of one caress, my world was overturned. All my bridges burned by my flaming heart."

"To Zion," Lauryn Hill. The greatest, most realistic song I know about parenting, "To Zion" talks about the shock and confusion of an unintended pregnancy, but also the joy that can come with embracing it.

"Let's Stay Together," Al Green. Hey, this ought to be on every love story's playlist. A pure expression of the determination to stay together through thick and thin, which is what romance is all about, right?

Linda Morris Bio:
Linda Morris is a writer of contemporary romance, including High Heat, the first book in the Hard Hitters series; Melting the Millionaire’s Heart; The Mason Dixon Line; and Nice Work If You Can Get It. She writes stories with heart and heat, along with a joke or two thrown in. Her years of Cubs fandom prove she has a soft spot for a lost cause.

Twitter: @LDMorrisWriter


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