Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shots on Net Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to the five winners of the Goodreads giveaway for the paperback version of Shots on Net:

Sally Jessica H.
Suzann L.
Gina B.
Wendy P.
June P.

Your autographed copies will be sent out by the end of the week! Thanks to all whom entered!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Shots on Net Cover Redesign

Check it out! Shots on Net has a new cover:

It's beautiful! What do you think?

And with the cover redesign comes the print cover:

All thanks to my friend and fellow author Joss Conlon. Thanks, Joss! He worked on Game On for me as well. Any author needing a cover should definitely shoot him an e-mail: design@jossconlon.com

The print version will be available soon. Maybe I'll do another giveaway.... As always, I'll keep you posted!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Author Spotlight: Melanie Ting

Melanie Ting and I go way back, to when we were anonymous authors posting serialized stories on-line. We talked about writing and bonded over hockey and cats—which, incidentally, are two of Mel's favorite writing topics. She's just released her second full-length novel entitled Hockey Is My Boyfriend, Part One. The synapsis:

Wouldn’t it be great if you could tell exactly what a guy was like… before you went on a date with him? Kelly Tanaka can. After years of playing hockey with guys, she believes that how a guy acts on the ice is a good indicator of how he’ll be as a boyfriend.

So far, she’s only used this superpower to help her girlfriends, because Kelly’s not really into dating. However, when blond and beautiful Nicklas Ericcson comes along, her theories are put to the test. But then tall, dark, and smoking Phil Davidson insists he’s a better hockey player and a better potential boyfriend. What’s Kelly to do?

Hockey Is My Boyfriend is a smart and funny journey into first love. This is Part One of a trilogy, which follows Kelly's adventures as she stickhandles her way through life and love.

This book contains adult language and sexual scenes, and is suitable for readers 18+.

I've read the book, and I loved it. Not enough for you? Book reviewer Diane Subsits Lynch gave it 5 stars! Still not convinced to check it out? I took advantage of  kindly asked Mel if she'd be willing to do an interview and take a break from working on Hockey Is My Boyfriend, Part Two. She agreed.

Welcome back to the blog, Mel! You've just released your third work, Hockey Is My Boyfriend, Part One. But fans of yours will recognize these characters from a previously published work. How was it for you, as the author, to revisit Kelly and the gang?

Yes, I used to write serialized fiction online and got to know lots of readers that way. Hockey Is My Boyfriend had its origins as my very first story. I published a chapter every single night for seven months! Looking back, I can’t believe I did all that work, but it was like writing boot camp and a lot of fun. I really miss the regular feedback I got from writing serials.

However, given the length of the story (170 chapters) I could not figure out a way to make it a book until I got the idea of a trilogy. Then I had to wrangle the book into shape, because I’m a better writer now. I deleted chapters that weren’t working, and added new characters and new incidents. Also, I now know exactly where the story will end up. So I can add foreshadowing, like when Kelly says to Phil, “It would take an NHL superstar to break the Tanaka Scale.”

I’ve always liked Kelly as a character. She’s genuine and spontaneous. And she goes to the gym regularly, something I aspire to do. And Phil, what can I say? Rawr. Actually, I like everyone in the book. Dave Vanderhauf is kind of a douche, but I really enjoy writing his lines and in my head I hear them in this low, dumb voice. Secretly, I’m a bro.

Hockey Is My Boyfriend is a trilogy. Part One features heroine Kelly Tanaka through adolescence. In Part Two, Kelly's in college. And then Part Three takes place in Kelly's post-collegiate life as she begins her career. What's it like to work with a character through so much of her life?

My writing is character-based. I develop distinctive characters and then throw them into situations, and see how they react. The series has a main narrative, but also shows how Kelly and company develop over time. Their language matures, their interests evolve, and their dreams change. So Kelly, who is impulsive, will always be a person who reacts first and thinks later, but she learns to temper her impulsiveness. I like to think that we’re all works-in-progress.

Hockey may be Kelly's boyfriend, but she also has a few other—real!—boyfriends, too. One of those is Phil Davidson, Kelly's long-time best friend. Do you think it's possible for friends to transition into boyfriends/girlfriends? Any advice on how to break out of the "friend zone?" I'm, uh, I'm asking for a friend.

Well, there’s bad news for your friend. I think that if you’re not attracted to each other in the first place, you can try, but it’s pretty tough. There was one guy I was friends with, then we dated, and we had a fabulous time together, but I was never that attracted to him. As in, “No! Put that shirt back on!”

I would hypothesize that the best way to go from friends to lovers is quite dramatic. Like a movie style makeover. A night of serious drinking. Or if the guy suddenly saved your friend from the path of a speeding train (or if she saved him) then the huge adrenaline rush could be enough to make them feel attracted. But who wants to risk their lives on the off chance that might work?

In Phil and Kelly’s case it was a combination of growing up, hormones, and a kiss—at the exactly right time!

Ugh, I guess I'm—friend! I mean my friend!—is out of luck.

Anyway, back to the interview. Besides the hunks, there is a large cast of distinct characters, from Kelly's parents, to Phil's parents, and their respective groups of friends, too. Oh yeah, and all those hockey teams. How do you keep all the characters straight? Do you base any characters on real-life people that you know?

For a writer, I have surprisingly little imagination. Everyone—seriously everyone—in my books is based on someone. Not 100%, but aspects of each character are taken from real life. This may be why hardly any of my friends know I write.

For example, Phil Davidson, is based a few different guys. One was my grade one boyfriend, who went on to play international hockey. At the time, everyone knew he was a good hockey player (yes, even at seven years old!) but I didn’t really care about hockey then. Should have hung on to him, right? He even proposed! I believe my answer was “Euw.”

I never have trouble keeping characters straight. I have more trouble separating real life from fiction.

Part One features a high-school heroine; however, we know that we're going to see her mature and develop in Parts Two and Three. Does that affect how you can classify Part One in a genre, i.e. Young Adult or New Adult? What kind of audience will Part One appeal to?

I’m so glad you asked this question. I think all this categorizing is a crock. If I want to read books about teenagers and watch 10 Things I Hate about You even though I’m grown up, why shouldn’t I? We don’t have friends who are all the same age, so why should we read only about characters our own age?

I do see a certain irony in the fact that the first book is set in high school, and it has a warning that it’s not suitable for anyone under 18, but that’s the industry standard rather than my personal philosophy.

The fact is that there’s a period in our twenties that we make a lot of life decisions, about our careers, our love lives, and our goals. I happen to think that’s an exciting time, so that’s what I’ve written about, so far. But I may write about seniors some day, if that’s what inspires me.

My books are for people who like to read about hockey and relationships, regardless of age. That’s all.

So, now that everyone is completely intrigued and wants to read your book, please tell us where we can find Hockey Is My Boyfriend Part One!

Awesome. I think it’s a great read, but I may be biased. You can find it on Amazon.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the five winners who entered the Game On Goodreads giveaway!

Your autographed copies are all set to be mailed on Monday. Happy reading!

Monday, June 30, 2014

2014: Half Over

How is it possible that this year—this wonderful, unbelievable year of gifts and firsts—is halfway through?! I can't believe it.

I'll save all the reminiscing for New Year's Eve; instead, I'm reflecting on the stuff that I didn't get gone. Ugh, that doesn't sound very positive, but it's not that bad, I swear.

I'm behind schedule on writing The Back Up. I'm currently rewriting the beginning... for the third time. Sigh. I wish that I could be the kind of writer who plows through a first draft and goes through a couple rounds of editing and rewrites. But I just can't. It's definitely a flaw I tried to work on. Instead, I agonize over the words as I write them, deleting and rearranging and rewriting as I go. That's why I'm stuck back at the beginning.

On top of that, June has been a very busy month, loaded with distractions and diversions. Oh yeah, have I mentioned Pinterest? Oh, the pictures! I'm late to the game, but feel free to check out my boards if you're into that sort of thing.

Meanwhile, I'm setting new goals for myself for July to help me get back on track—at least as far as the writing goes. And hopefully the rest will fall in place. 2014 may be half over, but there's still six months of surprises left!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Game On Now Available in Paperback

I'm very excited to announce that my latest release, Game On, is now available in a paperback edition from Amazon!


I'm so happy, so proud, so amazed to see my name in print for my very own book. As I've said before, this has always been a dream of mine, and it's coming true!

My goal is also to release Play the Man and Shots on Net in paperback this summer. As always, I will bombard my blog, Twitter, and Facebook with updates on those statuses.

Meanwhile I'm also working on my next novel, The Back Up. I'm having a lot of fun creating Lincoln Reynolds's world and plotting out what's going to happen to him. Once I get the first draft finished, I'll do a cover reveal to celebrate (that is, if you haven't already seen the sneak peek at the end of Game On...).

Friday, June 13, 2014

Author Interview

I was reviewed—and now I'm interviewed!

Ms. Ting interviewed me as during her stint as the Substitute Reviewer on the All the Things Inbetween blog here. She says I'm funny!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Play the Man Review!

The lovely and hilarious Melanie Ting has been reviewing books for the blog All the Things Inbetween. Her review of On the Surface and interview with author Kate Willoughby went live last week. I don't know how she has time to read books, let alone review them! On top of writing her own novels. Phew. I'm exhausted just typing that.

And this week, Mel's reviewing my book Play the Man! Read her glowing review here. Haven't read Play the Man yet? Check out the links in the sidebar to the right for buy links.

That's enough shameless promotion for now.

Stayed tuned for my interview with Mel!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Seduced by the Game Update

Last week, I got an update on the anthology sales for Seduced by the Game. Of course, 100% of profits are being donated to charity. This means that, since the anthology went live just two months ago, we've raised a total (between print books, eBooks, and swag) of almost $10,000 for the charity against cancer! This is all thanks to you, the readers. That is an amazing donation to make to such a worthy cause.

Toni Aleo, one of the fabulous authors included in the anthology, will be presenting the check to the Predators Foundation, the recipient of our first donation. This is such a big deal, and I know Toni is thrilled to be the representative from the anthology to meet with the Predators' organization.

The size of the donation (almost $10,000, that's amazing!) and the participation of an NHL team are all outstanding news. Great things are happening!

And this is all thanks to everyone who has bought a copy of the book or any of the associated items. Seriously, I owe a giant thank you to those who bought Seduced by the Game.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In the Beginning...

I've been thinking about beginnings a lot lately.

I've been writing and rewriting the first few chapters of my new story more times than I care to admit. It's tough because I want to show you just enough about my main character, Lincoln Reynolds, without giving away too much. I want to pique my readers' curiosities and interests, draw them in, and leave them wanting to read more! That's not an easy balance to strike.

A beginning is so important. It's the introduction to the characters and the starting point of the book's structure. It sets up the plot.

Did you know that you can read the first chapter of each of my three novels? Check them out by following the links:
Game On
Shots on Net
Play the Man
So, I'm interested to know: what do you look for in the beginning of a new book? What gets you hooked? Or is there anything you hate about a beginning? Leave a comment below and tell me!

Monday, April 21, 2014

What's Up Next...

So 2014 has been pretty crazy so far. Game On was released in February, and "A Valuable Trade," my novella in Seduced by the Game, was released earlier this month.

Now I get to relax, right? No!

I'm working on Book #4 right now. It's titled The Back Up--which, as you can probably tell, will focus on back-up goaltender of a pro team. I included a sneak peek of the cover at the end of Game On. The entire story of The Back Up will be told from goalie Lincoln Reynolds's point of view.

I'm excited to narrate the story from a guy's perspective. But that means this story is going to be different from the ones I've written before. Obviously, I'm an expert when it comes to women since I am, you know, a woman. But what about men? Are they really different from women? Well, here's what I've figured out so far: we all have the same feelings and thoughts, but our processes are different.

I've been talking to a goalie in a rec league to research my main character and to learn about the mindset of a goalie. And I'm checking out some great hockey stories and some "lad lit" too, to get some insight into a male perspective. I've got my work cut out for me as I continue to develop my story.

In fact, back to work I go! I have writing and reading to do.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Last Chance!

Just one last reminder to everyone that today is the last day to enter the giveaway for Seduced by the Game.

The giveaway ends at 12:00 midnight PDT.

What are you waiting for?!

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Today's the big media blitz day for the charity cancer anthology Seduced by the Game.

To help with the promotion, there's a ginormous giveaway going on. Check it out and enter! The prizes are so good, I'm half tempted to enter!

Additionally, the eBook is now available through iTunes and Kobo.

Of course, there's all that swag!

We nine authors are so happy to be doing our part to support the fight against cancer. We have each been affected by a cancer diagnosis. I've mentioned before that my paternal grandfather died from lung cancer. My maternal grandfather is battling bladder cancer—a fight that I am so happy to say that he is winning. This is why I'm so grateful to be a part of this anthology, to know that I am helping to raise funds for charity that supports a cause so important to me.

I must stress that 100% of all royalties are being donated. Please, help us support Hockey Fights Cancer™!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Seduced by the Game: Live!

The cancer charity anthology, Seduced by the Game, is now live via several eBook retailers:

Or get the print version of the book.

I will, of course, give updates when the anthology is available through additional retailers.

Also, check out the Seduced by the Game website for tons of other swag, such as t-shirts, buttons, mugs, bags, and more. Help us raise money and support the fight against cancer!

I'm so proud to have been included in this anthology. I'm in such good company with eight other authors, and we're working together for one hell of a cause.

All authors are proud supporters of Hockey Fights Cancer™.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Excerpt from "A Valuable Trade" in Seduced by the Game

Earlier this month, I gave my readers a sneak peek into my story, "A Valuable Trade" for the cancer charity anthology, Seduced by the Game. Since the anthology will be released on April 10th, I'm going to give you another, second excerpt of my story. Enjoy!

I may not be a hockey player, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t know how hard trades are. When I said goodbye to winger Tim Fletcher, it was like I was losing a brother. I may not be a player on the Comets, but the players have always made me feel like I was a part of the team. Like I was one of them. I care about them, and I try to make sure they’re all taken care of. Sure, it’s a part of my job, but Lord knows I don’t just do it because I’m paid to do it; I do it because I want to. I’m like a mother hen keeping her chicks in check. I’m polite and kind, but I can get feisty and sassy if I need to in order to get things done.
So when I meet our newest star at the airport, Bryan Comstock, I can immediately tell that he’s wary about this new city and his new team. I can see it in his slumped posture. He’s a big man—or at least that’s what his bio says. He’s six feet tall and 195 pounds, but he looks smaller as he walks toward me. Of course I’m sad to see Tim go, but he’s not under my wing anymore—so my allegiance stays with the Comets. Now, everything in me is telling me to take care of Bryan and help him adjust to Dallas. My maternal side comes out, and I want to fix whatever’s wrong. After all, I’m a problem solver. I make things better.
Bryan never smiles at me, even though I try my best to make him feel as welcome as he should. We’re all hoping that he’ll lift us out of the slump caused by injuries and fatigue, as well as by a little bit of complacency. As I drive him into the city, I do what I can to break through to him, always by talking about Dallas and the promise of the future of the team as well as his bright potential here—and never talking about the past or Carolina. None of those things matters anymore. I do most of the talking as we cruise down the highway with the windows down; it’s hotter than a goat’s behind in a pepper patch. Before coming to the airport, I had been making sure everything was set up and ready for Bryan’s temporary housing, until he is able to find something of his own, and I am hot, sweaty, and dehydrated from working in this heat.
I really didn’t know who this guy was before the trade. We played the Tornadoes months ago and won, but I don’t remember much out of that game. Especially Bryan Comstock, who I wouldn’t have recognized if I hadn’t been shown his picture before being sent to the airport by management to pick him up. Physically, there’s not much that makes him stand out. He has brownish hair cropped close to his head, brown eyes, and thin pink lips. He’d be handsome if he smiled, but he doesn’t look like he does much of that.
Bryan looks stoic but also a little queasy, I think. It had been a big day for him, with getting the news and all. I know that Tim was taken aback, too. It’s hard to start over in a new city alone, but that’s why I’m helping: to ease the transition. When we get to the small townhouse where he’ll be staying—bought by the Comets for instances just like this, conveniently complete with a car in the driveway for him to use—I help him bring his bag inside and give him a brief tour before telling him that directions to the American Airlines Center are printed out and on the passenger seat of the car.
“And the keys are on the counter. So you’re all set,” I tell him. “Coach said not to worry about trying to figure out our system yet—we’re just gonna let you play your game, and we’ll see what you’ve got. I know I’m excited to see how it goes.”
He nods, but he doesn’t look excited. I wish I could make him see that this is going to be good for him. I want to tell him that he’s going to fit in well here. I want to tell him that he’s a top-four defenseman, and that’s where he’ll be put here in Dallas. He was on the third pairing in Carolina, always held back by the bigger names on the Tornadoes’ roster. He wouldn’t have been able to show off his skills like he can here in Dallas. He’ll get more minutes, he’ll get more chances, and he’ll make a bigger splash.
But I feel like even if I tell him all that, he won’t believe me. So I don’t bother to say those things. Instead, I reach out and touch his arm. I make sure he has my card so he can call if he has any questions about the team’s routine or about Dallas in general, but he doesn’t even glance at it before he shoves it in his pocket and just nods at me. So I then tell him that I’ll see him around the rink and leave him there for the afternoon to get acclimated to his new, albeit temporary, home in Texas.
Lord knows I’ve got my hands full of stuff to do back at the arena, so I leave Bryan and head back home so I can shower and change into appropriate work attire before going back into the office. It’s a lot of work, taking care of my Comets, but I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Now Available for iBooks!

Play the Man, Shots on Net, and Game On are now available through iTunes for reading on iBooks!

New links are added to the sidebar.

I'm very excited to be able to offer all these reading options!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thank You!

I just wanted to take the time to say a big, huge, GINORMOUS thanks to you, my readers.

I first published Play the Man in March 2013, so it's been a year since I started this crazy journey. In the span of a year, I published three titles. A lot of it was pre-written material that was edited many times over with a couple of changes here and there, a new ending for an old story, and covers slapped on front.

Writing had been a hobby and a habit for years. I always had a hard time seeing a project through to the end, so I started posting a story online in a public forum, figuring that if I thought someone was reading it, then I would be motivated to see it to completion.

And man oh man, did you guys ever come through for me. I got a ton of readers, many of whom left me great comments, and pushed me to write and post—from start to finish—a bunch of stories.

Some of you encouraged me to take it to the next level. Eventually, I said, "Why the hell not?" and gave it a go. I figured that I would try, give it about a year, and then I would check in and see if it was worth my while.

And man oh man, was it ever worthwhile.

The transition from writing serials to novels is big, but novel-writing has always been my dream. Right now, I am living my dream. I'm getting paid to write, by people who want to read my writing. Just writing this makes me well up with emotion and gratitude. I can't thank you all enough for helping me achieve my dream.

Some day, hopefully, I can quit my job and write full-time; that's my ultimate goal. But for now, I'm happy to write in my spare time and share it with you.

Hearts and hugs and kisses,


Thursday, March 20, 2014


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Now Available for Nook!

My novels are now available as Nook books from Barnes & Noble!


I've updated the links on the side bar to show all the retail options for all my eBooks.

I'll share more news about the availability of my books as it continues to roll in. Stay tuned! Big things are happening!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Call for Bloggers: Seduced by the Game Review Tour and Release Day Blitz

Sign up for our Seduced by the Game cancer charity anthology Release Day Blitz on April 10 or the Review Tour starting on April 11!

Help spread the word about the anthology and support the fight against cancer!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Now Available on Kobo!

All three of my novels are now available on Kobo. Neat!

So if you don't have a Kindle or any of the Kindle apps, Kobo might be an eReading service for you.

Check it out!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Seduced by the Game: Excerpt

Seduced by the Game 2014 will be released next month!

Eight novellas compiled into one collection, featuring some of the best hockey romance writers in the biz, for one price. And 100% of the list price gets donated to Hockey Fights Cancer*.

Check out Seduced by the Game on Goodreads and add it to your to-read shelf!

I'm giving you an exclusive sneak peek at my story for the anthology, "A Valuable Trade." Here it is:

“Dallas.” Fuck.
“We’ll pack up your things and send them along for you. Thank you for your years of dedication, Bryan. Good luck with your new team.” The general manager of the Tornadoes stretches out his hand, which I reluctantly shake. Then I shake my coach’s hand—well, my ex-coach’s hand. I can’t look either of them in the eye.
As I leave the GM’s office and head for the exit, the threshold from my old life to my new one, I run into a couple of my teammates. My former teammates now. They express their regrets regarding my trade and say they’re sorry to see me go. That they’ll miss me. But it’s not like that matters.
Soon after my conversation with my old GM, I get a call from my new GM of the Dallas Comets. He’s excited to bring me on board and talks a lot about how I’m going to fit in with their team and help them make the play-offs. He lets me know that they’re going to take care of everything for me and help arrange my move; that way, I only have to focus on my play.
I don’t want to go, but I don’t really have a choice. So I head home to my girlfriend Corinne to break the news to her. Somehow, though, she already knows. As soon as I walk through the door, she stands and asks, “Is it true? Are they sending you to Dallas?”
My shoulders fall. “Yeah. Just got the news.”
“How can they do that? How can the Tornadoes just give you away?”
“It’s the business side of hockey,” I explain to her. “The Tornadoes needed a forward, and the Comets needed a defenseman. Unfortunately, I’m the guy caught in the middle.”
Corinne frowns and crosses her arms over her chest. “Don’t be selfish, Bry. You’re not the only one involved in this. What am I supposed to do?”
“Come with me, of course. I’m flying out tonight.”
“I can’t! I have to pack everything up, arrange to move it all, get this place listed...” Her voice fades out as she thinks about all the things that need to be done.
“The Comets’ll take care of all that. Cory, baby,” I say, grabbing her hand and pulling her body into mine. I need the comfort more than ever now. “I just need you with me. Please come with me to Dallas.”
She takes a deep breath; I feel her body expand and then shrink back down. “I think I should stay, though. Oversee everything. And then I’ll follow you down.”
It makes sense, but that doesn’t mean I like it. I’m getting traded, and I could use the familiarity of a friendly face to keep me company in a new place. But what else am I supposed to say? I’m saddened that she won’t be joining me on my flight. “Okay.”
“Texas,” she spits out. “I can’t believe we’re going to Texas. Why couldn’t they have traded you to the Rangers? I would’ve loved New York City.”
I wish I had an answer for her—or yet, a better locale to take her to. Dallas is a great sports town in general but not necessarily a great market for hockey. Corinne doesn’t sound very pleased with it either. She and I met our freshman year at the University of North Dakota, where I had been playing with the Fighting Sioux. Once I went pro and started playing for the Tornadoes, she kept up with her studies and graduated with great grades. She wanted to move to New York to start her career, but I persuaded her to come with me to Raleigh by telling her that long-distance relationships don’t work. I don’t think she ever really adjusted to North Carolina.
Because of a freak snowstorm in Raleigh that lays down more snow than anyone expected, I’m stuck here until the following morning. I know I won’t have a chance to make it to the morning skate before the game they’re playing tonight, so I’ll have to play without getting a practice under my belt. It’s bad enough getting traded...but how am I supposed to make a good first impression when I have no practice and no chance to learn the new systems?
The flight feels both too short and too long. I want it to be over, but I want it to never end, either. But I can’t have it both ways. When I get off the plane and pick up my bag, I keep my head down and head toward the taxi stand. As I navigate through the crowd, though, I see my name scrawled on a poster board and tentatively head toward the holder of the sign. It’s got to be a joke, though. The person picking me up is a caricature of a Texan. She’s wearing dark jeans with a hole in the knee, a clingy white tank top, cowboy boots, and a cowboy hat. Or is it a cowgirl hat? Is there a difference?
“Hi, Bryan, I’m Georgiana Pierson. I’m from the Comets. Welcome to Dallas! We’re so excited to have you.” She has a southern drawl, but it’s anything but slow. The smile on her face is wide and genuine. She extends a well-manicured hand. I expect a weak handshake, but she surprises me with a firm grip and vigorous pump. “We’ve got housing set up for you, and I’m going to help you get settled in before tonight’s game. If you need anything as you get acclimated here—and I do mean anything—then I’m your girl. Let me help you with your bag.”
I’m kind of overwhelmed by her. She talks fast and moves even faster; before I can tell her that I’m more than capable of handling my own stuff, she takes the duffel bag of mine and hoists it over her shoulder. The sight is reminiscent of something out of a rodeo, the way she manhandles it. She’s solidly built, but not in a masculine kind of way. No, she’s all woman, with curves and dark brown curly hair that spills out of her hat almost like a wig. Her brown eyes smile just like her mouth. It’s kind of catching, except I don’t feel like smiling. As we head for the door, I wonder if she’s picking me up from the airport on a horse.

Want to check out some other excerpts of the other stories? Find them here:

Toni Aleo - "Tangled in the Laces"

Cassandra Carr with Cindy Carr - "Hooking Hannah"

Jami Davenport - "Crashing the Boards"

Catherine Gayle - "Taking a Shot"

V.L. Locey - "Heir Apparent"

Bianca Sommerland - "Blind Pass"

Nikki Worrell - "Captain, My Captain"

I hope you'll support the cause!

*Seduced by the Game is no way affiliated with the NHL, NHLPA, and Hockey Fights Cancer.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Seduced by the Game/Cover Reveal!

I am so very happy to share news about the upcoming hockey romance anthology, which I'm so excited to be a part of. The anthology will be released in April, with proceeds going to Hockey Fights Cancer.

Firstly, it's named Seduced by the Game. Hooked yet? And the cover is gorgeous. Take a peek:

So, what do you think? Feel free to tell me in the comments!

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Game On Chronicles: Publication!

Game On is now live on Amazon's website!

This is the end stage of work on an eBook. The story is finished and is uploaded to Amazon—just waiting for you to purchase and review (/shamelessplug).

But now I have to switch modes from writing to marketing. It's time to get the word out! Announcements on Twitter and Facebook. Updating GoodReads. Blogging. Is there anything I'm missing? Probably.

I'd like to relax a little bit after wrapping up a big project, but there's no time for that now. I still have to work on my story for the Hockey Fights Cancer anthology, which will be released in just a few months. Besides that, I have some other ideas to open my writings up to a bigger audience. And of course, I already have plenty of ideas about my fourth novel. There's a teaser at the end of Game On for this fourth book, which I'm already excited about. Check it out and let me know what you think!

In other news, today's the last day to get a copy of Play the Man for free. This is the last free promotion I have planned, so now's the chance to score your free copy!

I hope you all have a good weekend! I'm going to spend it typing away....

Monday, February 24, 2014

FREE: Play the Man

That's right, Play the Man is free right now on Amazon! And it will be until Friday, February 28, which is the release date of Game On.

Want a free advance copy of Game On before Friday? Contact me, and I'll send you an ARC.

Happy reading!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

More Good News!

I'm very happy to announce that I will be published in anthology of hockey romance compiled to raise money for Hockey Fights Cancer!

I'm really very happy to be included with the likes of Toni Aleo, Cassandra Carr, and V. L. Locey, (who you may have checked out during the Hottie Hockey Hunks Blog Hop), among others like Bianca Sommerland, Nicki Worrell and more!

The as yet unnamed anthology will be released in April, and proceeds will be donated to Hockey Fights Cancer, which I'm sure we can all agree is a great charity. My paternal grandfather succumbed to lung cancer, and my maternal grandfather is currently undergoing treatment for bladder cancer. Needless to say, this is a cause that is very important to me.

My submission is the short story A Valuable Trade, a former Quickie, which will be adapted for publication in the anthology.

Of course, I'll keep everyone in the loop once publication nears!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Game On Chronicles: Draft Completed

Last night, I finished the draft of Game On. Thirty chapters are written. For me, writing is the hardest part. Getting my ideas out of my head and into a tangible form takes a lot of time and effort. And tons of thinking, scheming, and daydreaming.

I said in a previous Chronicle that I don't know how a story will end until after I write the ending. That's so true; I knew that my main character Audrey would return home for Christmas, and that's when the story would end in the timeline of events. But it wasn't until I got to the final scene that I felt the closure I needed to feel to know that the story was over.

So, the writing's finished. But what does that mean for a story?

It means there's more work to be done!

A draft must be turned into a final copy suitable for publication (and for a publication date to be calculated), which requires the following steps:
  1. Editing
  2. Proofreading
  3. Formatting for eBook Publication
  4. Cover Designing
For those of you who keep up with the Chronicles, the cover for the Game On eBook is finished. So that's one less thing to worry about.

Editing is about making sure the story is the best that it can be, that the plot and characters are exciting and believable, and that reading the story will be enjoyable for those who buy it. The editing process is finished. Mel Ting has been checking over each chapter as I have completed it. Out of 30 chapters, 26 have been edited. So I just have to implement the edits for chapters 27-30. That means I have some rewriting to do, so this may take up to several hours of time to complete.

Once that is complete, the entire document needs to be proofread for errors such as typos, misspellings, and anything that may have been missed the first few times around. Proofreading is all about the technical details; it's polishing the story to perfection (er, as close to that as possible). I proofread as I write, but it's hard for a writer to always catch her own mistakes.

Then it's time to format the story. This will make the eBook look like an eBook when it's uploaded to Amazon and then downloaded by a buyer. To save time at this stage, I've been writing out my story in publication format. I have the title page, copyright page, author page, etc. already plugged in, and the text is set up for conversion. There's even a little teaser for what will be my next full-length novel....

All that to say, all I have to do is finish the editing process and then proofread again. And Game On will be finished!

Now that I'm close to being ready to publish, I've set the publication date: February 28. Ten days and counting!

I know this post is long, and I'm hoping you're still with me. And if you are, you're in luck! I'm going to distribute advanced reading copies (ARCs) to any interested fans! Just leave me a comment with your contact info, and I'll be happy to send you an ARC when the final version is completed, before it publishes on the 28th! All I ask is that, if you enjoy the story, please review the eBook on Amazon and/or Goodreads to help spread the word. Reviews for eBooks are like comments on blogs.... Authors live for the feedback!

Oh, yeah, and I created a Facebook page. So, if you like me, why not Like me?

I've got big news coming up, too, that I'm very excited about. Stay tuned for that!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Game On Chronicles: Back Cover Copy

As a story nears completion, and I finally have a clear idea of everything the story is supposed to tell, then it's time to start thinking about the "blurb." In publishing terms, this is called back cover copy, because it's the teaser that gets printed on the—you guessed it!—back cover.

Writing this is so hard! It's supposed to be a teaser. So this is what I typed up:

Audrey Hunt hopes to make her mark on the world. Armed with her masters in broadcast journalism, she applies for a job that would allow her to do just that but instead finds herself in Columbus, Ohio, covering the NHL’s Blue Jackets. At first, she thinks that the job is a joke; however, she quickly discovers that there’s more to hockey than scoring goals and more to sports reporting than talking stats. With the support of the players on the team—including lots of help from the superstar captain Nathan Fox—Audrey searches for her niche as a sports journalist for Ohio Spots Network and finds out more about herself along the way.

Let me know what you think. Does this make you want to read Game On?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Game On Chronicles: When the End's in Sight...

It's been about two months since I've updated on my progress of my latest novel, Game On. It's hard to talk about it when I don't exactly how the story is going to end, or when I'll actually wrap it up.

Endings make the story. Endings are the story; everything that happens is designed that way, solely to lead up to the end. The reader's satisfaction depends on how the story wraps up. Has this ever happened to you: you're reading a story or watching a movie, and everything's rolling on just fine, until you get to the ending and bam! The whole plot is ruined by a crappy ending, and instead of a feeling of resolve, you only feel disappointment.

That's why endings are so hard for a writer. Beginnings are the fun part; you get to create a whole new world! Middles are the interesting part, because you get to know your characters and investigate their lives and personalities. But endings... Sometimes, I feel like I don't write the endings. They happen entirely on their own.

I know that I'm getting close to the end. Right now, I'm working on Chapter 29, and the story should only run a few more chapters after that. The exact events yet to occur still aren't crystal clear, but I at least have a vague idea. But that's the way that story writing works for me: I have a general sense of what should and will happen (or what I want to happen, because sometimes those are very different things!), but it's not until I actually put the words on the computer screen that the details and specifics emerge.

My favorite stories don't wrap up every tiny detail in a pretty bow. I like some open-endedness. That lets my imagination fill in some of the blanks. The stories that I'm drawn to are ones that make me think. I try to do the same with the stories that write. Those who have read some of my stories in the past know that I'm not a fan of epilogues, for that very reason. The hardest part about a satisfactory ending, for me, is balancing out the conclusions that get set in stone and the ones that are left open for interpretation.

These are the thoughts that weigh on my mind as I begin the end of Game On.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Great Review for Shots on Net!

I recently got a great five-star review on Amazon, written by Anne-Marie Cherry:

I guess that Shots on Net is a sports romance about hockey, but it's so much more than that. This is a realistic story that deals with the struggles that a lot of millennials face: figuring out your goals, priorities, and most of all your career. Layered on top of that is all the awkwardness of dating and having to define the relationship for everyone in your life, and exploring attraction, desire, and love. If you're on the dating scene now, there is a lot to identify with in the story of Shannon and Kevin. And I really liked the fact that Shannon loves romance books.

 Sure, I write about hockey, and hockey is a major part of the storyline. But I like to think that I write about people and life. It's nice to see that someone else thinks so, too.