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Free July 4th NJ Ice Cats Short Story!

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!

Not Long Now! More Ice Cats!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you and yours had a wonderful holidays and are enjoying a good, healthy start to 2017. After a difficult and stressful six months, due to the decline and eventual passing of my wonderful, 94-yr-old father-in-law, I’m ready for a fresh year.

There is plenty of good news to tell you. First, I’m delighted that the fifth book in my New Jersey Ice Cats series will hit the shelves on February 1st.

A Perfect Strategy features retired Ice Cats‘ captain, Scott ‘Scotty’ Matthews and Sapphire Houlihan. Many of you will remember Sapphie as Issy’s best friend in A Perfect Compromise. I had such fun pitting a woman who can’t even commit to an apartment against a man who’s looking for the someone to share his new life with. Especially when they have to do battle in the boardroom, as well as the bedroom!

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Is there really life after hockey?

If there’s one thing Scotty Matthews know, it’s hockey. Unfortunately, the former New Jersey Ice Cats captain isn’t proving successful at life after hockey. His wife’s left him and he’s lost his post-ice job as a media commentator. All he’s got now is a big, empty show house.

If there’s one thing Sapphire Houlihan knows, it’s that she never wants to be tied down to anyone or anything ever again. Unfortunately for her, a wonderful one-weekend distraction with Scotty turns into something much more complicated … Because he’s a guy who wants way more than one weekend.

You can pre-order A Perfect Strategy by clicking on the cover above. I hope you love Scotty and Sapphie’s story as much I do!

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Thank you to all of you who contacted me to let me know how much you enjoyed my two free short stories, A Perfect Plan and A Perfect Picnic. I’m sorry that due to family issues, I wasn’t able to complete the New Year’s and Valentine’s stories in time. I will be offering A Perfect Bouquet for free during February, for those of you didn’t manage to download it last year.

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Don’t forget that you can get all six of last year’s short stories in my NJ Ice Cats’ anthology, A Perfect Selection, for only 99c. This is only available in digital format.

I promise there will be more short stories on the way later in the year, so stay tuned!

 

In the meantime, I’m busy at work on the next New Jersey Ice Cats book, working title A Perfect Treat, which will hopefully hit the shelves in March 2018. I can’t say too much about it right now, except that the hero is a reader favourite!

Until next time, Happy reading!

 

Free NJ Ice Cats Short Story for Thanksgiving!

I hope you enjoyed Drake and Gertie’s trick-or-treating romance — A Perfect Plan. For those who’ve emailed/messaged me to ask if it will be available again anywhere, watch this space! I will have a new anthology of NJ Ice Cats‘ short stories for sale in the spring. That will contain all of the new short stories, starting with A Perfect Plan.

Before that, as promised, I have written another Thanksgiving-themed short story for you. A Perfect Picnic will available here, exclusively and FREE, for a limited time only. Simply click on the cover below.

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This time, it’s Will Hardacre’s story.

No turkey, no pies and no power!

When a Thanksgiving snow storm knocks out the electricity, Ice Cats’ forward, Will Hardacre, and his sexy, but workaholic neighbour, Amelia Norris, are stranded on the 45th floor of their apartment building. A traditional festive feast is out; the best they can do is pool the sparse contents of their kitchen cupboards. Could a candlelit picnic help them discover that they have more in common than their address?

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Wishing all of my friends and readers in the US, and my American friends and readers around the world a very Happy Thanksgiving!

New Book Coming and Free Short Story!

a-perfect-strategyA lot has been happening this month already!

First, I got to see the cover for my next New Jersey Ice Cats’ book, A Perfect Strategy, which is out Feb 2017. [Although it is up for pre-order at all good online retailers, in case you want to be sure to get your copy as soon as it it released :)]

I wrote a little bit about the title, blurb and my new cover, including which actors I think best suit the look of both Scotty and Sapphie on this month’s post at the Harlequin SuperRomance Authors blog. To give you a hint, think of the TV show Motive.

You’ll notice there is something different about this cover, in that doesn’t show hockey or skating. That’s because Scotty has retired, so much of this book is set behind-the-scenes at New Jersey Ice Cats’ headquarters. The idea was to give readers a chance to see what goes on in the Ice Cats’ organisation beyond games and practices. I hope you will enjoy this different kind of hockey romance, and the story of how Scotty and Sapphie survive working together!

For an excerpt and buy links, check out the Books section and click on the cover for A Perfect Strategy. Or you can click on the cover on this post.

cover-aperfectplanAlso, after the popularity of my free NJ Ice Cats’ short stories last winter, I have decided to give away some more free reads, starting this month. For a limited time only, I will put up a seasonal Ice Cats’ short story for free.

To celebrate Halloween, I have written A Perfect Plan – the story of Ice Cats’ forward, Drake Spencer, and his lovely neighbour, Gertie.

Who says zombies aren’t romantic?

Ice Cats’ forward, Drake Spencer, hopes his plan to take his nephew trick-or-treating will finally break the ice with his lovely neighbor. Unfortunately, Gertie Noakes is having a bad Halloween; she burned the cookies she promised to bake for her daughter’s class. The last person she needs to find on her doorstep is the sexy hockey player she’s been trying to steer clear of. Can a quick change of plan help Drake win Gertie over?

To download your free copy, simply go to the For Readers section and click on the cover for A Perfect Plan.

Stay tuned for another New Jersey Ice Cats’ short story, coming for Thanksgiving!

Until then, Happy Reading!

Free New NJ Ice Cats’ short story for Halloween!

*This promotion has now ended*

Yes, the New Jersey Ice Cats are back!

For a limited time only, you can download A Perfect Plan for FREE! Simply click on the cover below.

This is Ice Cats’ forward, Drake Spencer’s story.

Who says zombies aren’t romantic?

Ice Cats’ forward, Drake Spencer, hopes his plan to take his nephew trick-or-treating will finally break the ice with his lovely neighbour. Unfortunately, Gertie Noakes is having a bad Halloween; she burned the cookies she promised to bake for her daughter’s class. The last person she needs to find on her doorstep is the sexy, hockey player she’s been trying to steer clear of. Can a quick change of plan help Drake win Gertie over?

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I hope you enjoy Drake and Gertie’s story.

Don’t forget, you can catch up on all the NJ Ice Cats’ short stories so far in A Perfect Selection – click here for buy links.

One day only! St. Patrick’s Day free short story!

Sorry – the leprechauns have ended this promotion! But stay tuned for another give-away soon!

Yes, for one day only, I’m making my St. Patrick’s Day short story, A Perfect Lucky Charm, available for you to download for FREE.

Featuring Patrick ‘Paddy’ Mullroney and Shayla Friel:

Cover-APerfectLuckyCharm (2)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.
Make sure you take advantage of this promotion and download your copy of this bite-sized, New Jersey Ice Cats’ romance, before St. Patrick’s Day is over!

Simply click on the cover to download.

Note: A Perfect Lucky Charm is one of 6 New Jersey Ice Cats’ short stories available in the anthology, A Perfect Selection.

March is Here … and so is A Perfect Selection!

The spring flowers are out, here in Cambridge, but the weather is hardly spring-like. Quite a few places in England have had snow. We haven’t — well, there was that five minutes when a few fat, fluffy flakes came down — but the air is cold and the temperatures are hovering not far above freezing! On the upside, the nights are drawing out and it won’t be long before we’ll be putting away those jumpers and heavy coats.

3DCoverBoxedAnthology-APerfectSelectionThe big news this month is the release of A Perfect Selection on Amazon. Since a number of you had asked where you could buy the short stories I’ve been giving away on my website, because you’d missed one or more of the promotions, I decided to take the plunge and release them in a special anthology.

A Perfect Selection contains all 6 holiday-themed short stories:

A Perfect Party (Christmas) featuring Taylor ‘Mad Dog’ Madden and Lizzie Martin

A Perfect Lucky Charm (St. Patrick’s Day) featuring Patrick ‘Paddy’ Mullroney and Shayla Friel

A Perfect Disguise (Halloween) featuring Jamie ‘Blade’ Wilkinson and Daisy Carturo

A Perfect Reunion (Thanksgiving) featuring Troy Davidson and Charlotte Daniels

A Perfect Storm (Winter) featuring Vladimir ‘Vlad’ Ralinkov and Poppy Lambert

A Perfect Bouquet (Valentine’s Day) featuring Chaz ‘Monty’ Montgomery and Kayla DeMarco.

Can you read just one?

This anthology is only available on Amazon for the moment, but I hope to make it available on the other platforms shortly. To click straight through to buy your copy, simply click on the image above.

A Perfect Compromise CoverThank you for the lovely feedback and fabulous reviews on last month’s release, A Perfect Compromise. I’m so pleased you enjoyed JB and Issy’s story. He’s the character I get asked about the most, so I’m glad his story and his heroine met with your approval.

And yes, there are plans in the works for Sapphie too. I’m currently working on her romance with her very own Ice Cat. To give you a clue, he’s recently retired!

Until next time, happy reading!