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Free July 4th NJ Ice Cats Short Story!

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Now that the Stanley Cup has been awarded, hockey fans have a long wait through the summer until the puck drops again on the new NHL season. Roll on October!

In the meantime, it’s a good time to catch up on hockey romances.

Some lovely readers and fans of the NJ Ice Cats have asked to see a holiday-themed short story for July 4th. Always happy to please, I wrote one for you.

So, here it is … A Perfect Contest … and it’s FREE for you to download during July!

Secret crushes … unfinished business!

The last thing Ally Finnon wants is to strut her stuff in a swimsuit and patriotic head-dress for the annual Miss Firecracker contest. But she’ll lose her job if she doesn’t.

The last thing recently divorced, Ice Cats’ forward, Jordan ‘Match’ Matcheson, wants is to interrupt his summer break and judge a beauty contest. But he drew the short straw, literally.

Could this finally be the chance for the former high school friends to get together and make sparks fly?

Remember, this is only free during July, so download it before it’s gone!

New NJ Ice Cats Short Story!

I hope it’s been a glorious summer — or pleasant winter, depending on your hemisphere — where you are. It’s been so lovely here that we’re actually desperate for rain! (no sooner did I type that, than the heavens opened and our garden and allotment got a much needed watering!)

Exciting news this month, starting with a new NJ Ice Cats‘ short story!

A while back, I asked on my Facebook page (which, of course, you all have liked … if not here’s the link <g>) which holidays you would like to see a short story for. Top of the list was July 4th. Always happy to fulfill my lovely readers’ requests, I set about coming up with a suitable short story to ease the hockey drought of the summer months.

Introducing … A Perfect Contest

Secret crushes … unfinished business!

The last thing Ally Finnon wants is to strut her stuff in a swimsuit and patriotic head-dress for the annual Miss Firecracker contest. But she’ll lose her job if she doesn’t.

The last thing recently divorced, Ice Cats’ forward, Jordan ‘Match’ Matcheson, wants is to interrupt his summer break and judge a beauty contest. But he drew the short straw, literally.

Could this finally be the chance for the former high school friends to get together and make sparks fly?

Make sure you hop over to my For Readers’ section and download your FREE copy of A Perfect Contest. Remember it will only be available during July!

Stay tuned for more NJ Ice Cats’ short stories coming soon.

In other news – look what arrived recently!

Aren’t they beautiful?

Puck-shaped, NJ Ice Cats’ flash drives – perfect for giving away my short stories to lucky winners!

Stay tuned – I’ll be doing a ‘Bored Without Hockey’ summer giveaway of several of these shortly!

Many thanks to USB Memory Direct who made these beauties for me. Check out their website for more fabulous, personalisable, promotional flashdrives – www.usbmemorydirect.com

 

Free St. Patrick’s Day Read!

*This promotion is now over*

Thank you to all my lovely readers — those who have been loyal from the beginning, those who joined the Ice Cats’ fans along the way and you newbies who discovered me with A Perfect Strategy — for downloading my free Valentine’s short story, A Perfect Bouquet, and for letting me know how much you enjoyed it.

If you missed out, don’t forget that A Perfect Bouquet is one of the six NJ Ice Cats’ short stories in A Perfect Selection (only 99c!)  (to buy links here)

As a special treat for St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve decided to give you my Ice Cats’ short story, A Perfect Lucky Charm, as a free download. Get it while you can – limited time only! Simply click on the cover below to download.

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There’s no such thing as luck!

Despite his name, Ice Cats’ forward, Patrick ‘Paddy’ Mullroney, isn’t Irish and doesn’t believe in lucky charms. For sure, they won’t help him get out of his scoring slump. But when a shamrock from the ear-ring of a green-eyed beauty drops at his feet, he wonders if St. Patrick’s Day might be lucky for him after all.

Valentine’s Free Read! Limited Time Only!

This promotion has now ended! Stay tuned for another free read!

As a special Valentine’s treat, I am making my Valentine’s themed NJ Ice Cats’ short story available for FREE. All you have to do to download A Perfect Bouquet is click on the cover image below.

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Anything, but red roses!

Ice Cats’ back-up goaltender, Chaz ‘Monty’ Montgomery, fell in love with florist Kayla DeMarco the first time he met her. Unfortunately, then she was married to one of his former team-mates. Since Kayla’s divorce, Monty has waited patiently, hoping that one day she’ll notice that he’s more than just a great customer. Can he convince her with a special bouquet that Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to take a chance on a different hockey player?

 

Remember this story will only be available for a short time, so download it before it’s gone!

Meeting the Inspiration for Jake – Scott Stevens

One of the most common questions writers get asked is where you get your ideas. The simple answer is from all sorts of places. Not very helpful or very interesting. So, for those of you who want interesting, here is the story behind A Perfect DistractionIn particular, its hero – Jake ‘Bad Boy’ Badoletti.

By now, you know I’m a big hockey fan :). And I love romance novels. Combine the two and I’m in heaven.So, writing a hockey romance was an obvious step for me. But how to make it original? Well, I didn’t have to look very far – in fact, to my very own New Jersey Devils.

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Former captain, Scott Stevens, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, was one of the all-time great defencemen. He led the Devils to three Stanley Cups, won the Conn Smyth trophy for playoff MVP in 2000, played in more regular season and post-season games than any other defenseman and was named to thirteen all-star teams. He was also the first New Jersey Devils player to be honoured by having his number retired. No-one will wear no. 4 for the Devils again.

Scott’s reputation is legendary – hard-hitting, hard-playing. Check out videos of his top ten hits on You-Tube. This man has probably given more players concussion than anyone else on ice. (Sadly, it was a concussion that forced him to retire). But he didn’t take cheap shots. Scott was also a great leader and a great mentor; no-one played harder, with more commitment and intensity.

Yet, Scott is a family man who adores his wife and children. Who supported his team-mates and friends off the ice quietly; without fanfare. He has the respect of all around him, both on and off the ice. A good friend, team-mate, family man – the epitome of a good man.

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Tell me the many facets of Scott Stevens – the ultimate bad boy, good man – don’t enthrall you?

They inspired me to create Jake ‘Bad Boy’ Badoletti; a hero filled with similar contrasts to Scott. Jake plays hard, both on and off the ice. He is the ultimate bad boy, until a tragic accident changes him. Through the course of A Perfect Distraction, he learns that he is also a good man.

Although Scott Stevens is the inspiration for A Perfect Distraction – remember, this book is a work of fiction!

stevensImagine my thrill when, during the course of my research, I met Scott Stevens!

There I was, soaking up the sights and sounds of a Devils’ practice, when a familiar figure skated onto the ice. A buzz went through the small crowd of spectators as we realised who it was. After practice, Scott graciously signed autographs and posed for this photo with me. Trust me, those piercing blue eyes are as arresting in person as they are in the clips!

Now, there’s a real life hero.