Game, Set and Match by Ali Vali aka A. Valdivia

For some the World Cup (football / soccer) is the focus of attention right now, others might spend time watching the Wimbledon tennis tournament and some – like I – am waiting for the cyclist of The Tour de France to get on their bikes and pedal out of Rotterdam in The Netherlands on July 3rd.

If you get tired of watching the sports on TV, you might want to take a little time with a (fan) fic touching on a sport theme. So I invite you to pick your favourite game on the list below and to relax while you “watch” the ladies work out!

How about starting off with a game of field hockey ? If you like this game or if you are just curious as to what it’s all about, you might look up “The Player” and join Gil and Emma while they play the game and get to know each other – review.

Should field hockey not be to you liking, you could look in on “America’s Sweetheart” by Catherine Burke a sweet romance written on the backdrop of women’s soccer in the US (review).

If golf is your sport – you can stop by “The Deal” by M. Ryan (review) in this story you’ll be treated to an almost play by play run through of the game, while you follow Kaz’s in the world of News.

The road from Kilimanjaro” (review) might be somewhat off a strict sports theme, but if you are not too keen on chasing after a ball you might like to go hiking up the mountain slops of Mt. Kilimanjaro or journey along on a safari with KG MacGregor, while Mary Kate and Kristine get acquainted or perhaps you would rather join Ryan and Jamie on a bike ride in the “Beginning” of their rather long relationship in SX Meagher’s ”I Found My Heart in San Francisco” series – by the way – you’ll find plenty of sports played out in this series as Ryan is a real sports jock (review).

Blue Calm” by Larisa will give you a touch of the atmosphere on the beaches of Hawaii while Tucker learns to navigate the waves on a surfboard and Dunk takes her last win in the Pipe Master Competition (review).

Finally I’ll leave you on Centre Court with Parker King and her racket as she whacks the ball and let it fly past the player on the other side of the net to win the women’s singles final in Wimbledon. Parker is the “bad girl” of the tennis world – dating and discarding women as “just another notch in my lipstick case” (That’s a new one … I think?) and it’ll take a transatlantic flight and a disastrous – but funny – meeting with a blond pilot to changes Parkers lifestyle.

Emily – the blond pilot in question – on the other hand takes her love life serious. Returning from a three weeks stretch of transatlantic flights she meets Gail – her partner of three years – for a short vacation at a rented beach house to reconnect, but this is just another disaster waiting to happen as Gail’s long time habit of drinking becomes unbearable.

Luckily enough it turns out that Parker resides next door to the beach house that Emily rents and I guess that that is all the invitation needed to start Parker and Emily off on the road toward friendship and perhaps, who knows something more. Hey don’t get too excited – you’ll have to watch the ladies work through some misunderstandings before they can walk the path laid out, but that’s just the way it is in romantic fiction !

Ali Vali has penned a number of stories among these “A place to dance” which is the one I like best, but “Game, Set and Match” is a nice romance with a sprinkle of drama and a bit of funny dialogue that’ll keep you well entertained. Just bear in mind that Ali Vali has a tendency to be a little lax with the editing, which might be slightly confusing at times.

In case you are wondering – I do know that you can find a ton of (fan) fic’s on the theme of women’s basketball. I might get around to do a list of basketball fics later – perhaps when the indoor season knocks on the door again.

A Place To Dance by Ali Vali

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same. For Jolly such was the case with Mimi and if you are at all inclined to look into the life of a woman who needs a bit of time to discover that the love of her life is sitting right in front of her – and has been for a while – well, then look in on Jolly.

As you probably know, there are many ways to express your love, even the love that you don’t know that you harbour deep in your heart. Jolly expresses her love by the craft of her hands and makes beautiful wooden furniture for Mimi.

Besides turning out furniture for Mimi, Jolly spends her time as an architect and master house builder. At this time in her life, she is getting a kick out of building just the right house, in the perfect spot, for Christina, a local gallery owner. And what’s more natural than to go from building a house for a good looking lady to dating her? In a romance, that’s just a matter of a couple of pages on your screen.

OK that’s got to be enough to get you interested and I don’t want give you the whole story in just a few lines. If you are keen on romances of the alternative nature then go look it up. I promise it’s not a waste of time. “A Place To Dance” is a quality read based on a well developed storyline with a good mix of likable characters and good editing.

Enjoy your story time.

Memories of the Heart by Ali Vali

Briar Kilston is a rich, powerful woman who seems to have it all: good looks, a gorgeous woman, millions of dollars, and her health. But all is not what it seems to be and after suffering a massive heart attack and miraculous transplant, she finds herself mysteriously led to New Orleans.

Megan Beniot is a thirty-something kindergarten teacher who has been in love with Vivian since she was 14 years old. She loves Viv but feels that something is missing from their relationship – passion.

As with most Ali Vali’s unpublished fan fiction, it is riddled with grammatical errors and misused words but the story makes it worth the mental corrections. Vali can write some romance. Unlike most of her work, this one has no sex so if that’s a requirement for you, you’ll be disappointed. If you want a sweet story of love, loss, and family, you’ll enjoy this one.