I`m happy to have a new friend, and fellow hockey lover/author, Katie Kenyhercz visiting today! Take it away, Katie!
After a bum knee ended her soccer days, Alexandra—Allie—Kallen has dedicated her life to helping injured athletes cope and get back in the game. As the new team sports psychologist of the Las Vegas Sinners, she starts out with just one player, but he’s a handful. Goalies are stubborn, and she would know. She’s determined to figure him out and return him to the net good as new, especially after she sent her last patient back to the ice too soon. The problem is, she sees so much of herself in Shane, and their chemistry is off the charts. Falling for him isn’t in the plan. Is love worth losing her career?
Shane Reese’s entire identity has been wrapped up in being a goalie since he was five years old. When he gets a high ankle sprain right before playoffs, he doesn’t exactly take it well. After putting his fist through the physical therapy room wall and hitting a few joking teammates, he’s ordered to see the new shrink. All he has to do is convince her he’s seen the light, and he can get back to defending his team as soon as his ankle heals. The problem is, she sees through him like no one he’s ever met, and the more time he spends with her, the less hot he is to get back to the ice. Could something mean more than hockey?
And here are some inside facts about Full Strength and the Sinners world in general:
I put at least one X-Files reference in every book. In On the Fly, Carter is named after XF creator, Chris Carter. In Full Strength, Dana (Mac) MacGuire is named after Dana Scully J
Mac’s married name, Sickavish, is the last name of minor league hockey player, Kelly Sickavish, whom I watched play when he was with the Youngstown Steelhounds. He was breathtaking.
Allie’s favorite sweets, chocolate covered gummy bears, are my favorite too.
Saralynn, Shane’s sister, is named after two of my favorite people: My sister-in-law, Sara, and my friend and now cousin, Lynn. Love you ladies!
The official Sinners song and the one the dance team performs to is “Vegas Girl” by Conor Maynard.
You will never see the Sinners play the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals because I couldn’t bear for my Pens to lose even to my Sinners.
The character of Dylan Cole, the young phenom and new NHL “It” boy/ youngest captain, is based on Sidney Crosby. I’m intrigued by the maturity, inner strength, poise, and attitude it takes to handle that kind of pressure. Can’t wait for Dylan’s book! Madden gets book 3, but Cole gets dibs on 4.
When I’m plotting, I write out the dates, teams and outcomes of every playoff game even if I’m not writing out that scene. I do it so I can keep track of how a win or loss will affect a player’s mood and the main plot.
And the only buy link available at the moment (though it's up for pre-order on iBooks too):
You can get the first book of this series, On the Fly, for only $1.99 on Amazon for all of February so readers can catch up with the Sinners before book 2!