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Canis

A Dog. His Best Friend. And the Magical Bond They Share

by Tracy Tomkowiak

When in Need, Let Them Lead.

Early synopsis: Major’s his name and he helps his owner find his way in life. Dogs are wonderful creatures who have an innate ability to read their loved ones emotions and the bond they have with their owners is an amazing gift everyone should treasure. This is a story of one of those bonds. Funny, lighthearted, and filled with love. Come back and check in on the latest updates to this soon-to-be-published book.

Big League Balderdash

Tall Tales of Dandies, Thugs & Cheats Who Forged Our National Pastime

by Tracy Tomkowiak

Baseball’s Origins Reimagined... Complete with Dozens of Player Profiles and Over 100 Illustrations!

Forget Abner Doubleday, the Elysian Fields and the rest of those antiquated chestnuts from the past—Big League Balderdash turns the myth of baseball’s origins on its head and replaces it with a fresh, satirical revamp flavored with a twist of biting humor and irony. Follow the game from the mid-1800s as it hurls headlong through its first four decades, beginning as a rustic diversion in a logging camp and culminating with the first-ever “World’s Series,” a winner-take-all contest between industrialist J. Barron Sterne’s prim and proper American Association League and pugnacious National Frontier League headed by chirpy beer baron Pete Schnockerd. Along the way you’ll encounter the ballplayers: the swilling, gambling, fighting and bamboozling characters who turn the game into America’s pastime. Big League Balderdash is a rollicking tale that’s as true as a legend ever is.

Vs.

An Old-Fashioned Baseball Yarn

by Tracy Tomkowiak

An Old-Time Baseball Grudge Match — Chock Full of Brawls, Foul Language, Cheating and Loads of Tobacco Juice Flying Everywhere!

Chester Deevers and Bill “Spit” Mullansky, two hard-scrabble baseball veterans in 19th century Toledo, pit their teams against each other in a no-holds-barred playoff series. Both men will pull out every stunt in their bag of tricks—bending and breaking the rules—to win the prize money and beat their hated rival. Who will win? And will either survive the series to blow their winnings on gambling, booze and women?

Vs. is a raucous companion to Big League Balderdash, complete with colorful characters and language, sudden bursts of violence and over-the-top antics that turn a city upside down and keep the reader wanting more. This is vintage baseball the way nobody remembers it!

Barnstormin’

A Journey of Baseball's Worst Team Ever

by Tracy Tomkowiak

A Madcap Dash Across the Country in Search of Their Next Game…and next meal.

From the series American Flim-Flam, former 19th century baseball star Flynt Doyle, banned from the sport for habitual drunkenness, receives one last chance to stay in the game—by managing the Baltimore Federals. But he soon discovers his new club is designed to lose, a miserable ensemble that can’t win a single game, boasting a gawky, wild-throwing bumpkin for a pitcher, a teenaged drifter with a lively bat and a chip on his shoulder, a slow-footed, lumpish center fielder with a distaste for physical exertion and a Bible-spouting, geriatric catcher. When they are locked out of their own ballpark, Doyle drags the team on a cross-country barnstorming trek, playing pick-up games, hoping to pull it all together before the coveted baseball tournament in Kansas City. Along the way they run into eccentric characters including an inept train robber, a shady riverboat captain, Wild Bill Cody and a hodgepodge of hooligans, ruffians and rascals. Barnstormin’ is a funny, farcical weave of buffoonery, unending calamities and redemption.

Bad Luck Don’t Rest

A Short Tale of a Killing

by Tracy Tomkowiak

The Old West...with a slight twist.

Merklund Grimes is having an ordinary day, idling away in his barbershop in late 1800s Junction Springs, Kansas. Things are quiet in this sleepy little town until his life is turned completely upside down when an enigmatic figure steps through his door and threatens to unearth a dark and buried secret. What follows is a string of peculiar events that leads Grimes to commit an act he’s ill-suited to perform, one with dire consequences. Just when you thought you’ve read it all, here comes a Western tale unlike any other, one that stretches the normal boundaries of convention.



Screwballs & Short Hops

Four Classic Base-Ball Stories

by Tracy Tomkowiak

The History of Baseball Turned on its Head—Four Vintage Tales in One Volume!

Welcome to American Flim-Flam, where we poke fun at the game of baseball during its early and formative years in the 1800s. With two full-length novels and two shorter works, Screwballs & Short Hops features a cast of quirky characters in humorous and oftentimes farcical situations as we take aim at satirizing our national pastime. The stories: Big League Balderdash A rollicking tale of the first four decades of baseball with dozens of player profiles and in the center of it all a colossal clash between the rich and powerful industrialist J.B. Sterne and the pugnacious beer baron Pete Schnockerd—with the entire future of the game up for grabs. Vs. Speaking of clashes, two hard-scrabble baseball rivals, Chester Deevers and Bill “Spit” Mullansky duke it out with their teams in a no-holds-barred playoff contest to see who survives each other’s blatant cheating. Chock full of foul language, over-the-top antics and sudden bursts of violence, this is vintage baseball at its finest! Barnstormin’ Flynt Doyle is down on his luck. Once a star outfielder for the Chicago Unions, he’s now been kicked out of the game for his habitual drunkenness and his only way back in is to manage the hapless Baltimore Federals, the worst team ever to play. Follow Doyle as he drags the team across the country on a barnstorming tour in search of a way out of their misfortune. Left Field The baseball era of the 19th century has long been forgotten but an odd bit of memorabilia has managed to pop back into the present day.

Effervescent Elixirol

Strongmen and Their Fanatical Pursuit of Excellence

by Tracy Tomkowiak

An Offbeat Tale of Foibles, Folly and the Drive to be the World’s Strongest Man.

He’s the champion weightlifter of his time…the Stout Powerhouse…the Germanic Juggernaut…the Great Reinhard! Unbeaten for years, Humbert Reinhard faces his greatest challenger yet and it couldn’t come at a worse time as his overworked body begins to betray him. Determined to uphold his title, he resorts to consuming a dubious quack medicine that promises to rejuvenate him but instead jeopardizes his future and further strains his relationship with his manager brother, Julius. Follow the Great Reinhard as he attempts to steer his fate from ruin to glory—risking life, limb and ligaments along the way.