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August 22, 2014…Re-release Day

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It’s been a long journey to get to this point. Tomorrow, Frozen Hearts will be re-released into the world. Way back in March of 2013 this book saw the light of day only to have things go horribly wrong and disappear from the public. Now, with Dreamspinner Press behind me, the book will once again, come to life.
The word count has increased. Characters fleshed out and more detail added to the story.
The first time the book released I was sitting at a college hockey game watching the game I love. Today I’m waiting patiently for hockey season to start. Last I checked, I have 44 days until the puck drops for my college team. The pro pre-season starts a little earlier but still, it’s a long time to wait. And I have to watch the pro games on television. There’s nothing like watching hockey in person. And I have great seats. Third row from the ice, to the visiting goalie’s left side…it’s awesome.
Frozen Hearts is about a guy who played four years of college hockey, was the team captain, drafted by a pro team, and touted as the best college hockey player in the nation. After his team wins the Frozen Four, he quits, no longer willing or able to stay in the closet and live a lie.
Come take the journey with Erik “Foxy” Fox and see if he is able to figure out his life and get what he wants.

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Frozen Hearts will be available tomorrow. You may pre-order on Amazon, Dreamspinner, or AllRomanceEbooks

Xo, Teegan

Be Still

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One of the most common questions an author gets asked is where did the idea for your story come from. I know exactly how the idea for Frozen Hearts happened.

I listen to a lot of music and one night, I stumbled upon a track by The Fray called Be Still. The moment the haunting music started an idea formed in my head.I listened to the song again and the story idea roared. I grabbed my computer and started to write the almost end of a story.

Even to this day, when the music starts, I’m whisked back to the experience of writing that heart wrenching scene. I hope I did the song justice. And maybe I wrote the scene so well that the reader will know exactly where the song fits.

And if you go through the valley
And the shadow comes down from the hill
If morning never comes to be

Be still be still be still

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Frozen Hearts is available for pre-order at Dreamspinner & Amazon

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I loved writing the story.

Xo, Teegan

The Completed Quest

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Well, that was an adventure. I love hockey. I love watching hockey. I love skating. And I love to write about the guys who play hockey. I believe this adventure has inspired me to write the sequel to Frozen Hearts. Check out Frozen Hearts which is available for pre-sale at Dreamspinner

Now back to the quest. Got in line and stood. The first half hour no movement was recorded. Except for the two tiny children racing around and squealing. We knew the cup showed up when a loud roar came from inside the arena. We stood in the sun, melting. One hour later, we were in the lobby of the arena and air-conditioning…I got my first glimpse and internalized my loud squeal. Half an hour later of winding through ropes, I got my four seconds with the cup. IMG_2140

And yes, both the mini and me need a freaking haircut!

xo Teegan

The Quest

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It’s freaking 8am in the morning, which is early for me since I usually like to write at night. BUT there’s a great reason I’m awake, showered, and fully clothed. Today, I’m going on a Quest… A Cup Quest. I have a book coming out on August 22nd and I figured I should blog something about the book and since the book is about HOCKEY what better way to do it than to head out on a quest.
Frozen Hearts is the first novel length book ever picked up by a publisher, granted that particular partnership failed, but now the story is back and better than ever. Thank you Dreamspinner.
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I’ll be back later to do a full disclosure on the state of my quest.
In the mean time, Frozen Hearts is available for pre-order on Dreamspinner

NORTH DAKOTA Hockey

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Write what you know…Yeah, well, I’ve never actually played the game of hockey unless you count games on outdoor rinks where you spend more time crawling out of snowbanks than playing the game, or maybe teaching power skating to little wanna-be hockey players count. Regardless, I wrote a book that includes hockey (make that two books. Frozen Hearts is coming out in August)
Since Picks & Pucks was released, I’ve been asked where the book is set, so tonight, I’m spilling the beans. When I was writing the book, I decided not to get specific about the location. It’s easier to be vague, but it’s easier to use real locations to get the descriptions right. And since I grew up in a college hockey town with a stellar team and beautiful arena, I went with what I know.
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This is the arena I used. It’s one of the best venues in the country. It was built especially for viewing hockey and playing the game. The Ralph Englestad Arena is gorgeous, inside and out.
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When I attended a game at the Joe Louis arena, where the Red Wings play, the first thing I thought was…this is a dump compared to our college arena. I didn’t say it out loud. I’m not that stupid. 62358_478358612227483_2036537693_n
The building has two sheets of ice. One regulation hockey, the other an Olympic size sheet of ice. I’ve skated on both sheets and been in the underbelly of the building. I’ve only seen pictures of the hockey locker room though. The arena seats close to 11,700 people and is regularly sold-out for the games.

So there’s the answer. I used the University of North Dakota hockey program for inspiration when writing Picks & Pucks and Frozen Hearts.

If you ever have a chance to see a hockey game up in the frozen north at the palace on the prairie, I highly recommend it.

Xo, Teegan

A Sports Bucket List

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I’m watching hockey. Big Surprise. Anyway, I thought I’d post a blog I did when I was on Dreamspinner’s Blog…just in case you missed it.  Plus I thought it was cool. And I may have added a few things since I made the original post. 

Tons of people have bucket lists. I have specific bucket lists. Like a travel bucket list, a People I’d like to meet bucket list, a Sports bucket list…

 Ah, a sports bucket list. Yes, indeed, I have a sports bucket list. Some wishes are absolutely insane and will probably never happen but some are realistic and have happened. So without a drum role or the nat’l anthem, here is my Sports bucket list. 

Attend a World or US National figure skating championship … I’ve seen a ton of figure skating shows, but never a world-class competition.

Attend the Masters. Ever since Tiger Woods burst onto the scene, that tournament has intrigued me. At the beginning of his career, Master’s badges were selling for $10,000 per badge. Yes, people were paying ten grand for four days of golf. Crazy. I mean, you don’t even get an assigned seat, unless you pay someone to race for a hole with your chair in hand when they open the gates. Or I suppose you could do it yourself…

Attend all four grand slam events for tennis. Australian Open, The French Open, Wimbledon, and The US Open. I’ve attended several tennis matches and seen some of the world’s best play. My mini plays tennis, maybe she’ll get me there. 

The Olympics. I don’t care if it’s summer or winter and I would be one of those people who would attend every event possible. From the obscure to the feature sports.

Attend a Frozen Four… college hockey equivalent of the Stanley cup. To make it more special, please have my alma mater winning the event.

A world class gymnastics competition. Because gymnasts are totally insane. 

See a leg of the Tour de France, preferably a mountain time trial or a mountain stage going up Mont Ventoux_68422249_alpe

Wear a crazy hat and witness the Kentucky Derby 

I’ve had the opportunity to see some awesome competitions. I’ve seen a game 7 during the Stanley cup playoffs. Granted it was in round one, but the game was magnificent, even though my team lost. I’ve been to a Superbowl, a ton of professional basketball and hockey games. I was even on the kiss cam at Joe Louis arena in Detroit. Unfortunately, I was with my brother so the fans booed us when we didn’t kiss. Fun times. I was at a World Curling championship. And yes, I wanted to be there. I love playing the game and watching it.

I watched an all-star basketball practice where Shaq stood close to me. He’s very tall and large. During that same event, I knocked on Jason Kidd’s hotel room door to give him tickets. When he opened the door, he was in his boxers. I shoved the tickets in his hand and asked him to autograph a basketball. I’m not sure how I found my way out of the hotel after seeing a pro basketball player almost naked.

During a Superbowl pregame event, I thought Lynn Swan was a FedEX guy. We were in an elevator with the guy. Give me a break. He had on blue pants and a polo shirt and carried several FedEx envelopes. My friend laughed his head off at me. I also met Joe Theisman that same day. He’s a very nice guy. I refrained from asking about his broken leg.

A few times when I was sitting in the front row at an ice show, I found it quite difficult not reach out and grab a handful of ass. My God, those figure skaters have rock hard ass muscles and they wear skintight pants that highlight everything!

Maybe your sports bucket list involves watching your child chase after their goals. For me, this past year was filled with watching my daughter win her first “big” tennis tournament, and win her first state title in fastpitch softball. It was glorious watching her joy.

Or maybe, your bucket lists involve you competing in something? I’d love to skate with some pro hockey players… Just skate… Note: I will be wearing figure skates though. Or curl with some world-class curlers.

Or are there specific stars you’d love to meet?

Hmmm…. My list? Rafael Nadal, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (cuz they’re a set), Brian Boitano, Lance Armstrong (I have my reasons – okay, my journalist instincts might kick in. He fascinates me), Charles Barkley (I’ve stood next to him and got his autograph, but didn’t have a conversation with the man. I love his sarcastic sense of humor), I could go on forever.

So, give me some of your sports bucket lists? Maybe you want to see some obscure sport like the cricket world championships. Okay, I made that up. I don’t know how the world of cricket works. Badminton? Ping Pong? Beach Volleyball? I could get behind some beach volleyball. On the beach, with scantily clad guys smashing a ball.

 Oh yeah, and don’t forget to check out my book, Picks & Pucks. It’s on Amazon, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, (Seriously I had no idea there were all these Amazons) AllRomance or click on the book cover to get over to Dreamspinner. 

Okay, back to the hockey game

Xo, Teegan  

 

 

 

Hockey Trick Vids

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The release of Picks & Pucks has been a pretty lovely experience. For every author who releases anything into the general public, it’s nerve-wracking and sometimes, ego damaging. But for the most part, it’s been great. The process of writing the book was hard work, sometimes painful, like having a root canal without the numbness, and sometimes joyous. 

So today, I wanted to share some cool things I used in the book. There are a couple of scenes where the hockey players show off some of their more stellar moves. I stole a lot of the moves from Tomas Jurco, except my main character did a dance on the ice with the puck and stick. Here’s a link to the vid I used to inspire the scenes. And seriously, if you’ve never seen the Patrick Kane stick handle video Check it Out! 

And don’t forget to check out Picks & Pucks Now available at Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and several other sites. 

Xo, Teegan