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Carol Malone

Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night

Los Angeles, 1954… Gangsters, crime, boxing – and romance …

Jimmy Doherty, a hard-luck orphan from the south side of Chicago, was mentored in the sweet science of boxing by Father Tim Brophy, the Battling Priest of St. Vincent’s Asylum for Boys. Jimmy’s fists were good enough to take him to LA where he has begun his rise up the local fight-cards. He has big plans to be a contender and even bigger plans for Lindy – his trainer’s only daughter, who’s sweeter than apple pie and harder to resist.

But when Lindy is arrested for killing a boxer with ties to gangster Mickey Cohen, Jimmy is forced to join forces with the arresting detective – who would like to do much more with Lindy than put her in handcuffs – in a desperate search for the real killer.

Love can be murder – in the ring and out…

A five-star knockout! Such true enjoyment! It’s been a while since a book grabbed me and refused to let go, and Ladies Night by Carol Malone did just that. It was hard to put it down and even harder to wait until I could come back to it and continue to read. ―MicaMaca

Move over gentlemen, a new contender steps into the boxing ring of the male dominated Fight Card Series. In my honest opinion, it is a five-star knockout!! ―Ginger

Carol, you accomplished what every good novelist should do; create characters that your reader can fall in love with. I really cared about Jimmy and Lindy, couldn’t put the book down until I knew that they were safe and happy. Your book now has a place of honor on my shelf among a few romance novels written by my late aunt Vicki Baum, author of Grand Hotel. ―P. Pohl

About the Author

An award-winning novelist, Carol Malone writes new-pulp-fiction suspense kissed with romance that rockets readers into the past to uncover a hard-fought happily-ever-after. Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night is the first novel she punched out under the Fight Card banner co-created by Paul Bishop. She’s been asked plenty why a nice dame like her would write for tough-minded guys, fans of the hard-hitting boxing tales of the past. “Well,” Carol says, “what guy wouldn’t want a gal in his corner supporting his dream of becoming a contender, a gal who doesn’t whine about him getting hurt, or beg him to leave behind the sport he loves? And what romantic at heart wouldn’t love a story about a strong-willed woman who finds her passion even while fighting a murder rap?”

Born in Logan, Utah, sports in her family was more important than eating. After moving to California, she became a die-hard Dodger devotee, and swears that if cut—like Tommy Lasorda—she’ll bleed Dodger Blue.

If not hammering out new tales, Carol is reading, watching the Dodgers and Vin Scully’s last year as announcer, as well as reruns of “Castle” on TV with her sci-fi author husband in Camarillo, California. She loves to connect with her readers and invites them to chat about romance and sports on her website.