I’m so pleased to have authors Jeff Adams and Will Knauss stopping by TNA today to celebrate the release of their new collaboration, The Hockey Player’s Heart, for Dreamspinner Press’s Dreamspun Desires house line.
It’s a great privilege to be able to return the hosting favor—they’re the dynamic duo who bring us Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast, so relax and enjoy, and don’t forget to check out the giveaway details too.
Welcome, Jeff and Will!
It’s great being here at The Novel Approach and we thank Lisa for hosting us on our blog tour for our first co-written book, The Hockey Players Heart.
The Hockey Player’s Heart, which comes out tomorrow from Dreamspinner Press, is #50 in the Dreamspun Desires line of gay category romances, and is the first book in our Hockey Hearts series. It’s a feel-good story featuring an NHL hockey superstar who returns to his small hometown in upstate New York and falls for a grade school teacher–the nice guy who tutored him in high school years before. For New York Rangers captain Caleb Carter and teacher Aaron Price it’s a second chance at the love they never spoke about while they were teens.
Our inspiration for the book and series was to create an interconnected group of characters as a way to tell a range of stories.
Setting it in the world of hockey was a natural, since Jeff loves to write about the sport. From there we looked at the tropes and character types we both loved to come up with the first three stories in the series.
Initially, we’d considered calling the series The Wedding of the Year and centering it on events that happened around Caleb and Aaron. While the series title changed, the concept for the books remained the same.
Given this is category romance, we’re not spoiling anything when we mention that Caleb and Aaron get their happily ever after. The second and third books feature Caleb and Aaron in supporting roles while other characters step to the forefront to find their happy.
It’s one of the things we enjoy most about the Dreamspun line. There are some terrific series written by some amazing authors and (as a reader) it’s great to see beloved characters from previous books make cameos to show how they’re doing.
Don’t miss out on the Rafflecopter below. We’re giving away an e-book copy at each tour stop plus there’s a grand prize of an autographed paperback for a US winner or a $10 Amazon e-gift card for an international winner. The more stops you visit on the tour, the more changes you have to win.
We hope you enjoy The Hockey Player’s Heart and would love to hear what you think. If you read it, please consider leaving a review on your favorite site or dropping us a comment on one of our websites.
~ Jeff & Will ~
About the Book
Hometown hero. Hockey superstar. Perfect boyfriend?
When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R & R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser . Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard, like being checked into the boards. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take, right?
Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what a celebrity like Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. Their differences are just too great. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.
About the Authors
Jeff Adams and Will Knauss are husbands, authors, and podcasters based in Northern California. They write gay romances, sometimes together and other times separately. Jeff also writes young adult LGBT fiction. Together they host Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast, a weekly show devoted to gay romance literature and the pop culture they love.
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