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

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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 

 

Blogging, blogging and still more…

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Let’s just get this out of the way. I’m about blogged out AND I have a new release on Monday where I will be spending the day…wait for it… blogging on the Dreamspinner Blog. I’ve spent the last few days trying to figure out what the heck I’m going to talk about ALL DAY! And to top it off, I’m always a little freaked out on release day. Because it’s release day and with this particular story, no one has read it except my editors, which I suppose is totally wacked. I have no idea why didn’t send it to my beta. 

The same thing is going on with my evil, still-nameless WiP. The story is making me crazy. I’m so close to finishing the first book of two that each time I open the doc I catch a glimpse of the finish line. But days like today, the damn line keeps blurring and I wonder if I’m ever going to type Fin. Plus, I’m a little nervous about where this story will fit. The first book the MC’s are 18 years old and still in high school. Although they’ve known of each other for years, their romance starts quickly and turns into a ranging forest fire in a matter of days. I tried to age the guys up, but it didn’t work. I tried to do flashbacks, but that failed too. They demanded I tell their story in chronological order. Stupid characters can be so demanding sometimes. 

And to add another cherry to my already overloaded plate, I need to figure out what sort of cover art I want for Frozen Hearts, which will be released in August 2014. 

I better get back to the evil WiP. It’s shrieking my name. 

Xo, Teegan 

 

 

The hockey boys from Picks & Pucks

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Today I’m going to introduce you to the hockey side of Picks & Pucks. Justin has a problem with all things hockey. He has a bad habit of hooking up with the wrong guys who happen to be hockey players. Let’s meet the guys. First up is Danny Jackson. Image

He’s a cocky ass who plays hockey on Justin’s dad’s college team. When Justin comes home to train, it’s Danny who picks Justin up at the airport. Justin’s demons come out in full force and torture him with thoughts of being with Danny. 

The next guy to stroll into Justin’s life is another hockey player who transferred to play hockey under Justin’s dad. Meet Colton Daly or CJ Image

So who does Justin pick? Either, neither, both? Hahaha, just kidding. He doesn’t get both, but man, that would have been a hot scene to write. Fans self. 

I’m having a hard time writing this post. I keep scrolling back up to look at the pictures of CJ and Danny. You can blame for my inability to write a coherent sentence. My spelling is also atrocious today. Thank you autocorrect. Anyway, to get back on track, Picks & Pucks will be out on April 21. Take the journey with these boys. Pick your favorite. 

Xo, Teegan 

I’m also over at Michael Rupured’s Blog today. There’s an excerpt from the book. 

Picks & Pucks

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Since it was an Olympic year, the World Figure Skating Championships fell under the radar. If you didn’t know, the United States didn’t medal in anything. Nothing. Nada. Zippo. On Monday, April 21, I have a book coming out called Picks & Pucks. Pretty sure my main character would have medaled at Worlds. In fact, Justin would have settled for nothing less than gold. 

So who is Justin Corrin? Image

 

This is how I picture Justin. And I should know, he resided inside my head for many months. He was a young hockey phenom who gave up the sport to compete in figure skating. This decision did not sit well with his hockey coach father, his hockey playing brother, and his sister, who felt he took the spotlight off her budding skating career. The only two people in Justin’s corner are his mom and his coach, until tragedy strikes and he loses his mother in car accident. HIs life spirals out of control, and instead of facing his demons, he runs to California to a training facility far from home. Tomorrow I’ll introduce the boys in his life. As if he didn’t have enough problems, he seems to have a thing for hockey boys. 

Xo, Teegan