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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like …

Not quite yet! Not until December 1st, in our house anyway. But, we will be going to pick out our tree at the weekend and we plan to have the decorations up in good time.

Autumn is definitely with us. Even though Bonfire Night (Nov 5th) has been and gone, the air smells like November. The weather is turning colder and the leaves have pretty much all fallen. It’s another beautiful, crisp, sunny day here in Cambridge (after some pretty yucky grey days), but the heating is on and the cats are curled up under the radiators.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday. And for all my readers around the world, I’m very thankful for you!

If you’d like a quick treat, for those precious few moments amid the holiday hubbub, check out my newest Thanksgiving-themed NJ Ice Cats short story, over in the For Readers section, A Perfect Favor (or, if you prefer the English spelling, A Perfect Favour! – Yes, a true Two Nations Divided!), which you can download for free.

I’ve also put up my other two Thanksgiving-themed short stories – A Perfect Picnic and A Perfect Reunion – so that’s 3 FREE short stories to treat yourself to. But be quick – they’ll only be around for a couple of weeks.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving, Happy November and Happy Reading!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers! And happy November 23rd to all my readers, wherever you are. I’m very thankful for your support and for your love for my NJ Ice Cats!

As a thank you, I’m giving you my latest Thanksgiving-themed NJ Ice Cats’ short story – A Perfect Favor (or, if you prefer English spelling, A Perfect Favour!) for FREE for the next couple of weeks.

Meet the newest Ice Cat, Cooper ‘Coop’ Johansen!

Lights, Camera … Turkey!

Cooper ‘Coop’ Johansen doesn’t expect his fresh start with his new team to entail being Mr. November for the Ice Cats’ charity calendar. Food photographer Becca Emory’s Thanksgiving shoot could win her a contract that will stabilise her business. But her best friend’s in a jam and needs her to produce a calendar page for the Ice Cats asap. Combining the jobs should be a piece of cake. After all, how much trouble can a shirtless hockey player and three kittens be?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But that’s not all, you can also download my other Thanksgiving-themed short stories, A Perfect Picnic and A Perfect Reunion for FREE too!

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?

 

A day of thanksgiving?

When Ice Cats’ defenseman, Troy Davidson, sees his ex-fiancé at his parents’ Thanksgiving party, he’s determined to make things right. He screwed up five years ago, when he ditched their engagement party to elope with a movie star. Now divorced, he realises he’s only ever loved one woman. Charlotte Daniels claims she’s forgiven Troy. But can she trust him enough to take another chance on him and love?

 

 

To download, simply click on the cover of the short story you want to read.

Remember these are only free for the next couple of weeks and then they’ll be gone!

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy reading!

Halloween Already?

I can’t believe autumn is here, the clocks are about to go back and Christmas is just around the corner! Still, it’s a lovely, crisp, sunny day and the view from my office is filled with autumn colour, as the leaves turn in the garden and across the fields.

And hockey is back! Go Devils! Go Ice Cats!

As a special Halloween treat and to celebrate the return of the boys of the ice — both real and fictional — I’m giving away FREE downloads of my  NJ Ice Cats‘ Halloween short stories.

Pop over to my For Readers section and you can download A Perfect Disguise, A Perfect Plan and the latest story, A Perfect Pumpkin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But you’d better be quick — they’re only available for the next few weeks!

 

Happy Halloween and Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

3 Free Halloween Reads!

This promotion is now over!

Hockey season is back and so are the New Jersey Ice Cats!

By popular request, I am offering my lovely readers another FREE holiday-themed Ice Cats‘ short story. With Hallloween around the corner, I couldn’t resist something pumpkin-spiced!

Meet Ice Cats‘ forward, Logan Halliday!

No tricks — just a treat!

When sports’ journalist, Frankie Ellerton, agrees to help her sister at the pumpkin festival, the last person she expects to see is the sexy hockey player with whom she had a one-night-stand. Ice Cats’ forward, Logan Halliday, knows the Stanley Cup celebration he shared with Frankie was special, but she insists their relationship must now be strictly business. With his niece as chaperone, maybe he can carve more than the perfect jack o’lantern — a fresh start with Frankie.

 

But that’s not all.

As a special treat, you have a chance to download not one, not two, but three Halloween short stories!

Yes, for the next few weeks, I am also making both A Perfect Plan and A Perfect Disguise available for FREE.

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?

 

 

Who’s the lady behind the mask?

Ice Cats’ forward, Jamie ‘Blade’ Wilkinson thinks his neighbour, pretty schoolteacher, Daisy Carturo, is too good for him. She deserves better than a man with his dark past. When he meets sexy Catwoman at a team charity event, he thinks he’s found a more suitable woman to date. So why does she make him think about Daisy? If only he could have the best of both worlds.

 

To download, simply click on the cover of the short story you want to read.

Remember these are only free for the next couple of weeks and then they’ll be gone!

Happy Halloween and Happy reading!

 

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!

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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!