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Camel Press Releases Big Leagues: A Female Sportswriter Reporting for a New Team Cries Foul
Big Leagues, by Jen Estes, is a new Camel Press mystery featuring a female sportswriter who doesn’t realize her exciting new high-profile job is fraught with danger., 12/14/2011 - Camel Press is proud to announce the release of Big Leagues ($14.95, 274 pp., ISBN: 978-1-60381-870-4), by Jen Estes, a mystery featuring a female sportswriter who doesn’t realize her exciting new high-profile job is fraught with danger. This book launches a new series featuring sportswriter Cat McDaniel.

“A wickedly funny, juicy mystery,” says Nat Gottlieb, Reporter for HBO Sports. “Big Leagues is a walk-off home run!”

“Baseball isn’t the nation’s only pastime,” says novelist Michael Murphy, “so are corporate greed, blind ambition, conspiracy and mur**der. Readers will cheer plucky hero Cat McDaniel through the final pulse-pounding pages.”

Rookie sportswriter Catriona McDaniel is on deck in Sin City for the job of a lifetime with baseball’s hottest team. The Las Vegas Chips have the best record in baseball, snagging two trophies in their first three years. Two men are vying for the position of “boyfriend of summer.” Her new boss, Erich König, is a German wunderkind and the Desert’s most eligible bachelor. Then there’s her neighbor—a biology professor whose fetal pigs know more about baseball than he does. Not all the men admire Cat. As the team’s junior reporter, Dusty Carlyle was on-deck for her position. Now he’s desperate to get her out of the lineup. Save for the scheming coworker, Cat has everything she ever wanted … until a star outfielder’s heart stops. Suspecting that his dea*th was no accident, she starts nosing around, becoming the newest player in an extreme game of hardball. Will Cat become the next member of the team to be taken out of the lineup?

Says Estes, “Why do I love baseball? The heartwarming stories, the behind-the-scenes gossip, and the journey from Opening Day to the trophy. The idea for this series came to me in the offseason. As usual, my Cubs’ season had ended sooner than the fans wanted and I was staring at my bookshelf, looking for something to fill my afternoons. I’m a mystery lover as much as a baseball fan, and it dawned on me that not many novels combine the two. So, instead of reading a book, I wrote one. As far as plotlines go, I didn’t have to look far for inspiration: every season the scandals come to us.”

Born and raised in Illinois, Jen Estes started her writing career as a baseball blogger in 2007 and expanded to freelance sports writing in 2009. She is an active member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), Springfield Poets & Writers and the National Writers Union (NWU). Big Leagues is Jen’s debut novel and the first in a three-book series featuring sassy sports writer Cat McDaniel. When she isn't writing, Jen enjoys running, yoga, traveling and watching baseball with her husband and cat. You can find Jen on the net at or and on Twitter @jenestesdotcom.

Big Leagues is available in Kindle ($4.95) and paperback editions at select Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores as well as, the European Amazons, and Amazon Japan. Bookstores and libraries can order through Ingram, Baker & Taylor or by contacting Other ebook versions are for sale on Smashwords or any of the major online stores.

ABOUT Camel Press—Based in Seattle Washington, Camel Press is a new imprint owned by Coffeetown Press. Camel publishes genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, science fiction, hor*ror … or any combination thereof. We publish the books that grab you and hold you in their grip long into the night.

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