So…it’s been ages since I’ve been on this blog. The posting page looks different and as usual I’m having trouble navigating all the changes. Big surprise. The purpose of this post is to introduce my new book and tell you how the story came to life. TaDa…Introducing Love Complicated. The first book of two.
Several months ago a story popped into my head involving a tennis player and a music kid who is only trying to survive high school. It’s no secret that I love sports and these days I’m around tennis a lot. My daughter started playing when she was four years old and yesterday she stepped on the court as a member of the varsity high school team. She’s only a seventh grader. She won her singles match and her doubles match, helping her team win their dual meet.
Love Complicated happened because of the countless hours I have spent watching my kid learn the game of tennis. The practices, the tournaments, and all the wins and losses. Her competitive nature and love of the game shows up in the character of Austin Suter. The book will be out on May 11, 2015 and is currently available for pre-order on the Dreamspinner website. I hope you love the story of Jalen Marten and Austin Suter as much as I enjoyed writing about them.
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.
Frozen Hearts will be available tomorrow. You may pre-order on Amazon, Dreamspinner, or AllRomanceEbooks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.