Please welcome a new friend, the lively and lovely R.J. Scott! Today she's here to talk about hockey and hockey romance. Two of my favorite things!
Obsession and things
I’ve always loved Ice Hockey, well, as far back as I remember, to the year that Torvill and Dean won Gold with Bolero. That was when I first saw it, and was just gob smacked at how fast and dangerous and sexy it was. I live in England, and we don’t have a lot of exposure to Ice Hockey here – we have the Elite League, Cardiff, Edinburgh, there is even a team only fifteen miles up the road from me – The MK Lightning, although, they aren’t in Elite at the moment (soon though).
Fast forward and I have always read hockey books. I’m not much into American football, and baseball just bores me (reminds me too much of cricket – too slow!). But Hockey? That is fast and passionate and did I mention, sexy. So I found this group, The Sin Bin, and I joined, and watched and commented, and found some new authors to read. I’m sure I have run out of hockey books to read now and I wait (not so patiently) for my favorite authors to release new books for me to devour.
But I never supported a US team, because… well… life happened, and I’m in England, and also I have a tendency to get passionately involved in anything I like to the point where it just won’t leave me alone.
So, I announced in the group that I needed a team to follow. Bear in mind that I knew nothing concrete about US Hockey, and the only name I really know is Sidney Crosby, because even he gets mentioned over here, and in the UK coverage of hockey (when it happens, which isn’t a lot of times!). I decided to look at stats, news reports and… no wait, I actually didn’t do any of that.
I opened Google and typed in *sexy NHL players*.
Well, I skimmed the list, and you’d laugh if you could see the way my tongue hung out. People in the group were throwing names at me, Tyler, Johnny, Patrick (several of those) and of course, Sidney.
I realized that one guy jumped out at me… well two actually… and that pretty much made up my mind. It was a simple equation.
The beautiful Kris Letang + the steel jawed sexy Sidney Crosby = Pittsburgh Penguins
And hey, I like penguins, they are cute. I did however have to look up where Pittsburgh was, LOL.
There was me deciding, and then I find out the Pens might make it to the end of round one of the playoffs, and I thought, yay, this is cool.
Then they only went and won the Stanley cup!!!!
I think, clearly, that I am a good luck charm. Nods.
I also fell for Geno, Rusty, and Horny, and Hags, and Kessel, and… you can see where I’m coming from.
Then of course, I had to write my own hockey book. Because, I’m a writer and I can’t leave it alone now. LOLs. The Code will be out in October, and is about a D with anger issues and his best friends little sister.
Goodreads The Code
And as to where I got the name for the team, The Ice Dragons, from? I love Vermont, so decided to set the team there, and was researching and found Dragon boat races on Lake Champlain… this had to be done! So, the Burlington Ice Dragons team was born, an expansion team from back in 2010, not champions, but holding their own, finding their rhythm… I’m so excited, and have done so much research, guided by the awesome Lace Barton, a fellow Penguin fan who is explaining everything to me every time I have a question. Love that girl!
Win a $25 gift card for Amazon, just comment below on which team you support, and why, oh and who is your sexiest player? Or, if you’re not a hockey fan, what is your favorite sport to read?
Closing date – [August 29th 14:00 GMT (London)].
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