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Aloha native Beth Bolden publishes book

Romantic comedy about fictional baseball team is first of trilogy

Beth Bolden has three loves: reading, writing and the Boston Red Sox. With those three passions, it makes sense that her first novel should be about baseball. Released last week is “The Lucky Charm,” a romantic comedy about the Portland Pioneers, a fictional baseball team.

“‘The Lucky Charm’ is about a baseball expansion team,” Bolden said. “And actually about the second baseman and the sideline reporter, who doesn’t have a lot of broadcast journalism experience and doesn’t know baseball — she’s a bit of a fish out of water.”by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Beth Bolden's 'The Lucky Charm' is available as an e-book and in printed form.

Izzy Dalton, the sideline reporter, has to convince her boss that she’s competent, learn what she can about baseball and stay away from the second baseman, Jack Bennett, who has a wicked sense of humor and “even more wickeder blue eyes.” The story begins with Izzy thinking it will be a snap, but the season is long, and Jack is more irresistible than she counted on.

Jack is focused on winning baseball games and couldn’t be less interested in romance, but somehow Izzy becomes the key to his success.

A writer for all her life, Bolden graduated from Aloha High School and earned an English degree from Pacific University. She said “The Lucky Charm” took about two years to write but went more quickly after she quit her job with an accounting firm. She self-published the book, so she could control more of the details of publishing.

The first person Bolden had read her book was her mother, who was a “really tough” critic and helped her smooth out transitions in the story. Then Bolden hired a content editor who returned the book with six pages of suggested changes.

“The last couple of days I’ve been overthinking it,” she said. “I’ve asked friends if I should change this or that, and they tell me, ‘Don’t worry about it. It’s time to print it.’”

“The Lucky Charm” is available as an e-book from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com for $3.99. It can be purchased in print form from CreateSpace.com.

Bolden said “The Lucky Charm” is the first of a trilogy she has “mentally outlined,” and she is already working on the second book.

“A secondary character (in book one) is the main character of book two,” she said.

Bolden said she writes every day and reads everything that interests her.

“It’s been my lifelong dream to be an author,” the West Linn resident said. “I was scared to do it, but I feel good about the book.”

Learn more at bethbolden.com.

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