Baseball Girl – A Novel
Francesca Milli’s father passes away when she’s a freshman in college and nineteen years old; she is devastated and copes with his death by securing a job working for the Bay City Blackbirds, a big-league team, as she attempts to carry on their traditions and mutual love for the game of baseball. The residual effect of loving and losing her dad has made her cautious, until two men enter her life: a ballplayer and a sports writer. With the support of her mother and two friends, she begins to work through her grief. A dedicated employee, she successfully navigates her career, and becomes a director in the team’s organization. However, Francesca realizes that she can’t partition herself off from the world, and in time, understands that sometimes love does involve taking a risk.
About Stephanie Verni (Annapolis, Maryland Author)
STEPHANIE VERNI is the author of INN SIGNIFICANT (2017), BASEBALL GIRL (2015), and BENEATH THE MIMOSA TREE (2012). She and her colleagues, Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, are the authors of EVENT PLANNING: COMMUNICATING THEORY AND PRACTICE (2016). She is Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University where she instructs writing and communication courses. Prior to working in academia, she spent thirteen years with the Baltimore Orioles and was the editor of Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken's Commemorative book, which celebrated and marked his consecutive games record. She resides in Severna Park, Maryland, with her husband and two children.
For more information about Stephanie and her work, visit her website and blog at Steph's Scribe -- www.stephsscribe.com.
Awards: INN SIGNIFICANT--Finalist, National Indie Excellence Awards 2017. BASEBALL GIRL--Honorable Mention Award for Sports Fiction in Readers' Favorite's 2015 contest. BENEATH THE MIMOSA TREE--Bronze medal, Annual Readers' Favorite Awards Contest for 2012 & finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards in 2013.