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Vinny Rottino Optioned to AAA Columbus

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Folks, in some ways Vinny Rottino getting optioned back to AAA Columbus from the Cleveland Indians is good as it means Cleveland obviously still wants him.  But of course it has to be frustrating for Rottino to be up in the major leagues for two days, then to be sent back down.

Rottino’s most recent stint in the majors was as follows: he went 0 for 5 with 1 RBI (on a sacrifice fly), striking out once.  His batting average in the majors this year (thus far at any rate) is .158; he has 2 home runs, 6 RBI, has scored 8 runs, stolen 3 bases, taken 6 bases on balls and struck out 10 times.

At any rate, Rottino’s had a good season at AAA and it’s likely that he’ll be called up again in September once rosters expand.  At that point, I hope Rottino will finally get a decent shot to show that he really can hit major league pitching.

Written by Barb Caffrey

August 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Posted in baseball, Vinny Rottino

Just Reviewed Rosemary Edghill’s “Vengeance of Masks” at SBR

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Folks, if you haven’t read Rosemary Edghill’s writing yet, you should.  She’s one of the best writers working in any genre, and her books never disappoint.

That’s why I find it so hard to believe that she had to self-publish the entirety of her interesting, surprising, different SF/F hybrid novel THE VENGEANCE OF MASKS, especially as this novel contains many elements that are traditional in dark fantasy epics — which means there are cognates out there (in other words, if you’ve read any of Cathrynne M. Valente’s dark fantasy, or Michaele Jordan’s, or Jane Lindskold’s, or most especially Jacqueline Carey’s, you will enjoy THE VENGEANCE OF MASKS.)

I’ll tell you what — if you aren’t reading every single thing Rosemary Edghill writes, if only to figure out why and how she puts stories together, you are missing out.  (Big-time.)  And when you consider that she writes cracking-good adventure stories, great and realistic romances (even under uneasy and often off-putting situations), and that she never disappoints, it is beyond me why she doesn’t have a far greater readership.

That said, her novel THE VENGEANCE OF MASKS  is excellent, as I said in my review tonight at Shiny Book Review (SBR).  Constantly surprising, always engaging, and compulsively readable, this is one novel that should be bought, read, and re-read as it is excellent in every particular.

Seriously.  Go to Lulu right now and buy THE VENGEANCE OF MASKS.  Then read it, enjoy it, and recommend it to your friends — because trust me: if you like dark fantasy and/or sword and sorcery epics and/or science fiction/fantasy romance, you will love THE VENGEANCE OF MASKS.