Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Look Ahead







Holy wow. I just looked at the December calendar and it’s packed with holiday cheer! To help keep myself from veering off course – and for those who are interested – here’s what’s coming down the pike for December/Early January…




12/1- Deep Edge (Harrisburg Railers #3) Release Day
12/1 – Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers #1) .99 Book Bub Promo
12/1 – Full Strength (Harrisburg Railers #2) $2.99 Sale

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12/2 & 12/3 – Ice Skating Memories Posts with RJ Scott (12/2 @ RJ’s Blog and 12/3 @ Vicki’s Blog)

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12/15 – Holly & Hockey Boots .99 Holiday Sale Begins

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12/20 - The Best Gift, a Holiday Vic & Dan Short Story - Alex Jane's Rainbow Advent Calendar  - At This Blog 

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1/10/18 - Coach's Challenge (Cayuga Cougars #3) Releases


Saturday Story Spotlight - Blindsided by Melody Heck Gatto





Sam Morris, the “surfer-boy” hockey star of the Renegades is married to the sister of his team captain and lifelong friend, Tyler Kidd. The game runs through his veins. Trina’s love saved him from himself after a losing season and successive injuries. She was his life, his partner in crime, and his biggest fan. Adding their daughter to the mix gave him the perfect hat-trick in life. Hockey, love, and a family.

Trina Kidd Morris knows hockey is a way of life. She used to sing the anthem at the games in Winnipeg. She grew up in the hockey world and understands how the players are wired. She knows the level of dedication the guys put into the game. It is a state of mind for them, not a choice. Her husband brought her back to life after a devastating loss. He saved her when she needed saved the most. He is her hero, her love, and her best friend.

Sam and Trina have a fairytale marriage. The love of a lifetime. A match made in heaven. Beautiful and blond, with a little mini-me, they’re the picture-perfect family. There’s no behind the scenes drama, they’re happy and in love at home as they are in public. They’re the couple other couples were jealous of.

Blindsided by a scary hit that sends him to the hospital, Sam’s career is suddenly in jeopardy. Doing what comes naturally, he puts the game before his family, until the ice cracks around him. With his career threatened, the lines become blurred between good choices and bad. Playing becomes his main focus, leaving Trina to pick up the pieces.

They vowed: in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, on-ice or off. Trina pledged to support her man and always stand at his side. But emotions run high, words cut deep, and loyalty only goes so far. A mother’s instinct is always to protect her family, and Trina’s only choice may be to do just that.

When his game plan veers off course, Sam pushes away everyone he loves. But being alone is a worse hell than addiction. Now his only choice is to dig his skates into the ice and fight. Fight for his family, his career, and his health.

But first he has to get his priorities straight, before his entire world falls apart.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cover Reveal - Coach's Challenge (Cayuga Cougars #3)





I suspect some of Victor Kalinski's fans might be a little excited to see this! The beautiful cover for Vic and Dan's new book, Coach's Challenge, releasing 1/10/18. It was wonderful to get to write another story for two of my favorite characters. I hope Cougar fans will enjoy reading this newest tale for Victor and Daniel as much as I did writing it!

There will be no preorders for this book but not to fear! If you're a newsletter subscriber you'll get a reminder on release day. You can sign up for my newsletter here:

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You can also add it to your Want-To-Read list at Goodreads here :

Coach's Challenge (Cayuga Cougars #3) at Goodreads







#MM #Erotic #Hockey #Romance

Blurb:

Victor Kalinski and his husband, Dan Arou, are living the dream. Married for over a year now, the couple have settled into life in Cayuga surrounded by friends, family, and a team that’s poised to make another championship run. Each man is enjoying professional success as well as personal bliss. Who knew life in the suburbs with a spouse and a child could be so darn satisfying? Not Vic. K, that’s for sure.


The happy times are about to turn rough, though. The Cougars have picked up a new player, Sander March, a brash young center whose sass, skill, and attitude can rival Victor’s. When it’s revealed that this new player and Dan have history, tensions begin to rise between the newlyweds. As Victor and Dan work on those issues, the one person Victor never thought he would meet arrives in the small New York hamlet and proceeds to flip everything in Vic’s life upside down. 

Can Victor and Dan’s marriage withstand what life is about to drop on it, or will the challenges be too much for them to handle?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tuesday Tales - Picture Prompt




It`s time for Tuesday Tales.



Today we have a snippet from Blueline, my NaNoWriMo MF hockey romance book. In today’s snippet Helen and Bob meet up for coffee but not a date, according to Helen at least.

This week is our picture prompt and all snippets must be 300 words or less. *Wink*

This story may have erotic scenes, strong social issues addressed and mature language. If those things offend now is the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales blog. Thanks for stopping by!




Standing in line for coffee, I spied a beautiful strawberry cake under a glass dome. Chocolate had been drizzled over the white frosting. The top was artfully decorated with brilliant red strawberries with small green leaves of some sort for garnish and color. It was so lovely. And I did love strawberries.
“Someday maybe you’ll look at me like you look at that cake.”
I tossed a look over my shoulder at Bob. He gave me a wink and then signed a napkin brought to him by a boy of perhaps ten.
“You should ask this pretty woman here for her autograph,” Bob said to the young lad with the dark brown eyes. “She’s the leading defenseman for the Venom.”
“Oh, that’s girl hockey,” he said and raced back to his father.
“I am so sorry for that,” Bob said after the shock wore off.
I shrugged. “Trust me, we’re used to it.”
“Still, that’s not right at all. You women play just as hard as we guys do. Hell, you’re in the championship and we’re sipping coffee and playing golf.” He sidled up next to me, his arm brushing mine as he lifted a mug from the rack situated beside the baked goods. And the cake.
“It’s the way of the world. Women’s sports are always considered inferior to men’s.” A tall man with dreads appeared behind the case holding all the muffins, bagels, and cookies. And the cake. “I’ll just have plain coffee with cream and sugar and a slice of that cake.” I pointed at the heavenly delight under a glass dome.
“Same for me,” Bob said. 



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Thursday, November 9, 2017

MM Goodness Book Review - His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington



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A wonderfully written romance that gives us two men from different backgrounds, an NFL star and a dancer. The two marry to keep Victor, the Chechen dancer, in the US. I really enjoyed the characters, how they grew to know each other, and the bond of Victor with Isaiah’s son.

I understood where Isaiah’s fear of loss came from, being a widower left to raise his adopted son alone. Fear makes people erect walls to protect their heart. I found that part quite realistic. I'm also a fan of diverse romances of all kinds and this one certainly ticked quite a few boxes. 

Overall, it’s a great read, filled with warm characters and lots of hot man love. 



4.5 out of 5 stars 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Tuesday Tales - Prepare




It`s time for Tuesday Tales.




Today we have a snippet from my NaNoWriMo MF hockey romance book, Blueline, Venom #6. In this excerpt Helen and her friends/fellow Venom players are discussing wedding plans, dresses, and a certain Wildcat captain.

Our word prompt today is “Prepare.”

This story may have erotic scenes, strong social issues addressed and mature language. If those things offend now is the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales blog. Thanks for stopping by!




Morning skate was more like morning agony. The coaching staff was pushing us hard and while it was paying off in greater cohesion, overall, it was also kicking our asses. My left knee ached like a bad tooth. It had been iced immediately after skate, and now looked a bit swollen to me. The two previous sprains had weakened it, or so it felt. Maybe that was just my brain trying to get me to favor the twice torn MCL. Still, swelling or not, there was no way I was sitting out this run for the championship. I’d worked too hard, given up too much, to spend time on the bench with an ice bag on my leg.
“You up for something fun tomorrow?” Alicia asked after showers were completed.
“Like what?” I wiggled around trying to get my bra in place.
“Well, I was thinking maybe my bridesmaids could come out to the farm and we’d pick out patterns for your dresses. Since we don’t have a skate.”
Oh yeah. The wedding. I cringed a bit internally. I adore our captain and would lay down my body for her on the ice and off. I was also quite fond of my teammates. But it was a known fact that bridesmaid dresses were generally ugly. And I did not need yards of ugly hanging off me. It was hard enough finding clothes that fit me properly and were somewhat fashionable.
“That would be incredible!” Kate wiggled around me, beaming, hair still soaking wet. “I love your goats! Oh! Can I bring Bobby?”
“No,” I said but Kate just ran right over me.
“He loves goats too! And bees. Well, not so much bees. They kind of make him swell up and die, but he likes honey!” She paused. I tried to slip another ‘NO!” into the upcoming ramble but was too slow and bulky. Story of my life. “Maybe it was Mama who liked honey but not bee stings. Well, no matter! He can help Dale do farm work while we talk about dresses. I like geese too. They’re funny. One time I had this goose down pillow that was super soft, but sometimes the feathers escaped and would float around the room. Oh! There’s my phone. I bet it’s Bobby. I’ll tell him about tomorrow on the farm! Thanks for inviting us!”
Off she ran. Alicia smiled up at me. “I always feel like Dorothy Gale after her ride in the twister when I’m done talking with Kate.”
“That describes it pretty accurately. So, what color are these dresses going to be?” Please do not say pink. A woman my size in pink taffeta is not a pretty sight.
“Colors that will please the goddess,” Alicia dreamily replied then went off to meditate or align her chakras. That was helpful. Not at all. I was not prepared for this.
I went to the bus, wiggled myself across two seats, using one to keep my leg straight, plunked my ice bag onto my knee, and dug out my phone. Maybe I could get back into movie the on the way home. A sharp rap on the window behind me made me jump. I craned my head to look over my shoulder. There on the other side of the window, stood Bobby. Smiling and waving. Probably I should give him the cold shoulder, but that white rose in my bag had softened my brain or something. Instead of cutting him down as I normally did, I waved two fingers at him. His smile broke into a grin which kind of did odd and tingly things to my stomach.
“Aw, look at his love-sick face.”
I threw a dark look at Karrie peeking at me over the back of her seat. “Why aren’t you in the back stirring shit up?”
She gave me a sassy wink. “It’s more fun stirring you up.”




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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Saturday Story Spotlight - Roster Addition ( A To Love a Wildcats Novella)







#MF #Hockey #Romance #Novella

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Veikko Aho, Wildcats star goalie, and his wife Liz are about to add a new player to their family roster. The open adoption of Maggie and Derrick’s granddaughter will help to heal the gaping hole infertility has left in the Aho’s life. Finally, that huge mansion on the Main Line will hear the sweet laughter of a child. 

But the birth that the Aho’s are so looking forward too seems to be stirring up some anxiety and unspoken fears for the grandparents. As the seemingly endless night of labor drags on, power struggles that threaten to break up a long-standing friendship rise to the surface. Can both families put aside their petty differences or will this precious new Wildcat tear them apart?