Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The New Jersey Ice Cats are Back!

One of the problems with being a slow writer, is that there is often a long gap between books. Luckily you all are very patient with me and very kindly wait for the next book in the series to release. This year, I tried to tide you over with some Ice Cats' short stories, featuring some of the secondary characters on the team, which I offered for free in the For Readers section of my website. Thank you for all the lovely feedback on those stories. And yes, for those of you who missed out, I do plan to release them all in an anthology - hopefully, later in the spring.

Anyway, I'm pleased to say that the wait is over, and my boys of the ice are back!

Catch up with the New Jersey Ice Cats in A Perfect Compromise.

This time, it's the turn of reader favourite (and one of mine, but don't tell him!) Jean Baptiste Larocque. When JB skated onto the page in A Perfect Distraction, he also landed himself in big trouble that almost got him kicked off the team. Luckily, as you know, Jake 'Bad Boy' Badoletti saved JB's bacon. I hadn't planned to give JB his own story, but he kept demanding one - as did my editor - and so did you! The tricky part was waiting for him to grow up enough to earn his happy ever after. And, of course, for the right woman to come along.

The last thing schoolteacher, Isabelle 'Issy' Brandine, wanted was to be JB's woman. Sure he's hot, hot, hot, but he was only meant to be a holiday fling. She has her life planned out and her stable, secure future doesn't include a playboy hockey star. Until a surprise pregnancy changes everything!

Can there possibly be a compromise between Miss. Uber-Sensible and Mr. I Hate Responsibility?

I had such fun rocking both JB's and Issy's worlds. There is nothing like a surprise pregnancy -- and a baby -- to shake things up. I hope you'll enjoy reading their story and seeing how they handle the challenges that face them.

To celebrate the release of A Perfect Compromise, I'm giving away TWO prizes! One is a signed copy of A Perfect Compromise and the other is a set of signed, limited edition print versions of the Ice Cats' short stories. To be in with a chance to win, comment below and tell me about your favourite sporting hottie.

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22 comments:

Angela Crockett said...

Thanks for the contest. I don't have a sport but I love reading about them. What I like is that even though it's a romance, we find out great details of the games and it's like you are right there!

Lorelei's Lit Lair said...

Hi Anna! I haven't read your series yet and I do love hockey romances so it's perfect that I can read one after another! Thanks for the chance! APC sounds like an awesome story and hope to read it soon!

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Angela! Welcome! That's what I love about sports romances too. I do miss reading hockey romances, though, as I can't read those while I'm writing my own series.

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Lorelei! Great to see you here! It's lovely to see so many fans of hockey romance. When I first started writing about the Ice Cats, I was told no-one wanted hockey romance. Now, there are loads of series out there! Hope you enjoy my boys. :)

Colleen C. said...

I am a big NASCAR fan... for years I always cheered for Jeff Gordon... was sad to see him retire last year... never really saw him as a hottie, but cheered him on for his talent!

dstoutholcomb said...

Derek Jeter--need I say more? ;)

Denise

Jane said...

Congrats on the new release, Anna. My favorites include Henrik Lundqvist, Klay Thompson and Derek Jeter. No need to enter me in the contest.

Anna Sugden said...

Hey Colleen! Thanks for stopping by. I've never really followed NASCAR, but my BFF does and she used to like Jeff Gordon too.

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Denise! Thanks for joining in the fun. Uh no. Derek Jeter is definitely all you need to say! Derek is one of the sportsmen who inspired me to write a mixed race hero - JB.

Anna Sugden said...

Jane! Great to see you here! Ah yes, I know all about you and Hank. Sorry about last night ;) It was our turn! xx

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

So excited. Really looking forward to this book. I love this series.

Mary Preston said...

I don't really follow sport a lot, but I can't pass up on David Beckham. The full package.

Anna Sugden said...

Hey Tammy! Thanks for stopping by! So glad you love this series - makes my day to hear that!

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Mary! Great to see you here! It's hard to pass up on David. Although he needs to ease off on the tats!

Summer said...

I love hockey, so I really need to try your series. The San Jose Sharks are my favorite team, so I'd pick any of them, they're given a pretty hard time for not winning the Cup yet, but I find their personalities really easy to cheer for, like last weekend at the All-Star game, Burns and Pavelski with their little boys, and the way they supported John Scott, they just seem like genuinely nice guys.

Fedora said...

How fun, Anna!! Can't wait for your newest! As for favorite sporting hottie? I don't know... I really don't follow much in sports, but I did read all about John Scott and the whole All-Stars game thing :/ Glad it worked out beautifully for him in the end, and kudos to him for keeping his cool!

Anna Sugden said...

Hey Summer! Welcome and yay on being a hockey fan!

Aww I have a soft spot for your Sharks and always cheer for them over those 2 other California teams! I've always liked big Joe. You're right, they do seem like lovely guys. Wasn't that so cute at the All Star game? And I thought John Scott was such a stand up guy for handling the whole horrid saga with dignity, style and humour. And you have our old coach and some of our old players - Martin and Zoobs!

Hope you get a chance to try the Ice Cats series!

Anna Sugden said...

Hey Fedora! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

That whole John Scott saga was dreadful. The NHL should have behaved better and so should some of the people in the media. Whether or not he should have been there was irrelevant once the fans voted him in - as the NHL asked them to do! I thought he was brilliant and it was lovely to see all the other players supporting him.

I know every sport has its heroes and villains, but to me hockey gets a bad rap. I've never met a nasty hockey player (though I know some exist). And even some of the villains are stand-up guys when you meet them.

Fedora said...

I enjoyed reading his own post about the situation, and it definitely gave me insight also on the players' behavior--sounds like some of it is responding to what is expected of them, of what role they are supposed to play for the team. He sounds like a class act, and it's heartening to see how many players and fans have shown him support :) Hope the hockey leadership gets its act together to show the same kind of consideration.

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Anna Sugden said...

You're so right, Fedora. And that's a lot of why I write the books I do - to show the other side of the men of the ice! Jake was inspired by one of the biggest heroes or villains (depending on your perspective *g*) of the ice - Scott Stevens. The man who could wipe out a player with a legal check, was also the man who would give a rookie the suit off his back.

Fedora said...

I love that, Anna! You authors give me the chance to know a little about something I ordinarily wouldn't have contact with! Thank you!! :) (And keep on writing, please! ;) )

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