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Free July 4th Short Story – Limited Time only!

We are having the most amazing summer, here in Cambridge! Glorious weather – although, the garden is in desperate need of rain (perhaps an overnight shower or two would be good!)

Although hockey is over for another season, following a dramatic and exciting Stanley Cup, you can feed your hockey hunger with your favourite players from the NJ Ice Cats. Especially as I’m offering a free download of my July 4th short story — A Perfect Contest — for a limited time.

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?

To get your free short story, simply go to the For Readers section of my website and click on the gorgeous cover.

This promotion will only be around for the next few days, so don’t delay!

Happy summer (or winter to those Down Under) and Happy Reading!

A Perfect Selection 2 is Here!

The garden here in Cambridge is in full blossom, but the weather is more like July, than May. So it looks like spring, but feels like summer. Crazy English weather – not that we’re complaining!

It’s been an exciting time, seeing my NJ Devils exceeding all expectations and making the post-season this year. Sadly, we lost to the Lightning in the first round. But this is the start of something great, I’m sure! Congratulations to all those fans whose teams are still in the running for Lord Stanley’s Cup! And commiserations to those of you whose teams missed out or have been knocked out.

Thank you to everyone who let me know how much they’ve been enjoying the NJ Ice Cats short stories that I’ve been giving away in the For Readers’ section. I’m so glad you like keeping up with my men of the ice.

For those of you who have missed one ore more, as promised, I have gathered together 5 of the short stories into A Perfect Selection 2.

It is available for 99c at most digital retailers (links at the end of the post). Bite-sized, holiday-themed romances featuring NJ Ice Cats’ players — perfect for those times when you want a satisfying short read! The holidays included are July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day and Easter.

 

 

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Stay tuned for information about how you can win a free copy of A Perfect Selection, the first NJ Ice Cats‘ short story anthology, in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Happy Sunshine and Happy Reading!

Happy Easter!

Having survived the Beast from the East — which was more like a grumpy puppy than a growling behemoth — we’re looking forward to spring, here in Cambridge. Although it’s pouring with rain, we have had some beautiful, spring-like days since we moved the clocks forward. And it’s already light until 7:30pm. It looks like our daffodils, snowdrops and other spring flowers survived the sub-zero temperatures and snow, so in a few weeks, we should have a glorious garden.

Thank you to all those of you who told me how much you enjoyed A Perfect Date – my free Valentine’s Day-themed, NJ Ice Cats’ short story. I really appreciate knowing that you’re reading and loving these bite-sized treats.

When I asked you which holidays you’d like to see represented, a popular request was Easter. Thanks to the brainstorming talents of my lovely author friend, Donna MacMeans, we came up with what I hope will be a fun read for you – A Perfect Chance.

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Ice Cats’ defenceman, Hank ‘Vexer’ Delecchio, knows he needs a game-changer to get lovely nurse, Elise Arnett, to look past her dislike of professional athletes and take a chance on him. Will dressing up as the Easter Bunny, to entertain the kids on the children’s ward, be the play that finally helps him score?

 

 

To download A Perfect Chance, simply go to the For Readers section and click on the cover in the post ‘Free Easter Short Story!’

Remember, this will only be available for a limited time, so download it before it disappears!

In other news, plans are being finalised for A Perfect Selection 2, a second anthology of NJ Ice Cats’ short stories, which will be released during April. It will include 5 holiday-themed short stories, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, July 4th and Valentine’s Day. I hope to be able to reveal the fabulous cover to you soon. So, watch this space!

In the meantime, Happy Easter and Happy reading!

A Valentine’s Treat!

Not only is it February already, but it’s almost halfway through the month, with Valentine’s Day tomorrow! Here in Cambridge, the weather is still very cold, but the green shoots are popping out of the ground and the nights are already beginning to draw out.

Thankfully, for us and our cats, the various remodelling and redecorating projects at Chez Sugden are now complete. We love everything that’s been done by our wonderful tradesmen, but are glad to have finished with all the disruption.

For me, that’s meant I can write in peace! And I’ve been beavering away at several new projects — some Ice Cats and some not — which I look forward to sharing with you soon.

One thing I have been working on are some new holiday-themed Ice Cats’ short stories, in response to your lovely feedback about the ones I wrote for Halloween and Thanksgiving, and your kind requests for more. Yes, there will be another Ice Cats’ Short Story Anthology released soon, featuring the most recent stories, so don’t worry if you’ve missed the ones posted. Stay tuned for more on that soon.

In the meantime, as a special Valentine’s treat, I have put a new, FREE, Valentine-themed short story — A Perfect Date — up in the For Readers’ section. And, as a bonus, I have also put up A Perfect Bouquet. These 2 FREE short stories will only be available for a short time, so be sure to head over there and download them before they disappear!

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Reading!

 

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!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

A Perfect Selection on iBooks!

This promotion has now ended. But A Perfect Selection is available for only 99c.

Great news! My delicious anthology of six NJ Ice Cats short stories – A Perfect Selection – is now available on iBooks! And, it’s FREE until the Stanley Cup is won, so download your copy now.

To order, simply click on the image below.

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Don’t forget, it is still free on Kindle, Nook and Kobo too.

Free Ice Cats Short Stories for the Playoffs!

This promotion has now ended!

The NHL playoffs is a great time of year. No matter how your team did in the regular season (boy, were my Devils bad!), it’s fun to watch the best teams compete for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

What better time to offer a special deal for hockey fans?

For as long as there are teams playing, and until a new champion is crowned, A Perfect Selection will be free!

So, whether your boys didn’t make it to the post-season, lost in the early rounds or are battling it out for the Cup, you can treat yourself to six fun, Ice Cats’ short stories.

For Amazon, click on the cover below. For Nook and Kobo, click on the links.

A Perfect Selection on Nook

A Perfect Selection on Kobo

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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!