Why a hockey romance anthology?
Guest Post by Cassandra Carr
I became a hockey fan my first year of university. Which isn’t so remarkable, except when you consider the circumstances. I was 17, living in a different country. I’d chosen to live in an all girls dormitory, mostly because I’d refused to live anywhere that required me to climb a hill at the end of my day. I had a television in my dorm room, but I’d still join the large group of people congregating in front of the television in the dorm’s common room to watch various shows.
One evening, I was searching for something so I headed to the common room. There were only 3 people sitting in front of the television. I joined them. They were watching the CBC. A program called ‘Hockey Night in Canada.’ I was fascinated. Oh sure, I’d watched a few games with my family, even had gone to Madison Square Garden to watch the family’s team play. But this was different. I wasn’t watching the sport for or with my family. I was watching it for me.
“What’s your team?” One girl asked.
“The rangers,” I replied. Because they were. They were my family’s team, and now they were mine.
And so throughout that year, I got to know those gals. A canucks fan, a jets fan and a leafs fan. And me. The ranger fan.
That was a magical year, by the way. In the fall of ’93, alongside 3 other female hockey fans, I discovered the crazy obsessive hockey fan inside of me. The end of that school year saw the beginning of a cup run that would see a very special piece of hardware making it’s way to my home city.
So is it any wonder that I’d want to put together an anthology that celebrates my favorite sport, written with two female friends who happen to be amazing writers who share my passion for the sport? I think not.
Going All In
Cassandra Carr, Isabo Kelly, Stacey Agdern
Blurb: Professional hockey players Marcus, Alex, and Chris attend their team’s Vegas Night fundraiser unaware their lives will change forever. Can they face their difficulties and win the most important game of their lives – the game of love? These guys are going all in…
HEDGING HIS BET: Cassandra Carr
Marcus Mitchell never thought he’d find the love of his life with champagne dripping from her shirt rather than walking the runway at Fashion Week like the models he usually preferred, but you can’t always plan these things. Annalise Alonso isn’t going to make it easy for him, though—he’s going to have to work for her love. Now, Marcus is taking a shot and hedging his bet on love.
CASTING THE DIE: Isabo Kelly
After she sees his murder in a vision, Nathalie Mendez has to warn star hockey goalie Alexander Semenov of the danger. To keep him alive, she risks exposing her many secrets. But once the die is cast, her biggest gamble involves her heart.
PLAYING HER GAME: Stacey Agdern
Melanie Gould has been dubbed ‘The Girl in the Lace Corset’. But she doesn’t always like to be the loud mouth defender of the romances she writes, and is definitely not good at playing the games relationships require. Of course, she’s never gone head to head with a guy like Chris Emerson. Chris is trying to behave, and someone like Melanie would destroy his plans to stay under the radar. So what happens when the ‘Girl in the Lace Corset’ and the NHL’s most infamous bad boy go one on one? Will they play her game? Will they play his? Or will they both end up in the penalty box?
Going All In will be at a special “introductory” price of $2.99 for two weeks after release. The regular price of $4.99 will begin after that, on 9/12/13.
About the Authors
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Sybarite Seductions, Decadent Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Recently she was re-elected president of Western New York Romance Writers.
For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www. booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/ AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ Cassandra_Carr.
Isabo Kelly is the award-winning author of multiple science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romances. After finishing her Ph.D. in animal behavior in Ireland, Isabo settled down to write full time. She currently lives in New York City with her brilliant Irish husband, her two heroes-in-training sons, and her mad dog.
Stacey Agdern is the two time award winning Romance Specialist at Posman Books, an independent bookstore located in Grand Central Terminal. She has a regular column, ‘Dispatches from the TBR Pile’ at ‘HEA’, USA Today’s online romance blog. She has also written reviews and commentary for publications such as Barbara Vey’s ‘Beyond Her Book’ Column at Publishers Weekly’s online site, Heroes and Heartbreakers, Criminal Element, Romantic Times Magazine and Romance at Random. She has given presentations on the effective use of booksellers at regional and national conferences. You can find her on twitter at @nystacey. She lives in New York, not very far from her favorite hockey team’s practice facility.