Not crazy over the cover, the story promises a lot of fun nonetheless – and a snowstorm that, from my Floridian mid July heat, is just what I need.
The Hockey Player and The Angel (Calendar Men of King Court book 1) by Kirsten Paul releases today in the romantic comedy genre.
Top chef Katrina Sherrer should have left hockey pro Marc Johansen out in the cold. That’s where she’s headed if she can’t change his mind. The all-star defenceman is determined to buy the family-owned Acadia Restaurant and Inn and tear it down. But the gods of blizzards and power outages have other ideas—they want to have fun. They strand Marc at the inn and Katrina in his room. Cognac, fireplaces, cold showers, wrong medication, and scones need to work their magic to prove that Marc can be more than Katrina’s arch-enemy and business is not all about money.
Katrina began to unbutton his shirt, but the feel of his warm skin and the sight of his chest made her fumble. He was the picture of a weightlifting, muscle crunching, cardio sweating-god only a professional athlete could be. The dusting of hair on his chest that crawled down his abs, into his pants and, presumably, all the way down yonder where the puck and hockey stick were strategically placed for the photo, gave him away as a mere mortal.
Marc drew closer. “Are you afraid of me?” His voice was a sensuous whisper.
“Don’t make me laugh.”
“Then why are you going so slow?” More of the silky tone. “Rip my shirt off just like the movies.”
She focused on the job or risk losing herself in his allure. “I can’t afford to buy you another.”
“I’ve got plenty. Come on. Rip it off. I work out. I have a good chest. Me Tarzan. You Jane. Rip.”
“This is not the jungle.” She undid another button.
His eyes narrowed but glinted with slyness. “You are afraid of me.”
Katrina yanked his shirt apart, the buttons flying everywhere. “Satisfied?”
The shirt was stuck over the ripples of his shoulder muscles. “You haven’t finished.”
Katrina dragged it off, ripped it in half, and threw both pieces in his face. “Ripped.”
Laughing, he batted them away.
She put her hands on her hips. “Any requests for the pants?”
His eyes lit up. “With your teeth.”
She charged out of the bathroom.
He pulled her back. “Just joking.”
She undid his buckle and pulled his belt off.
Marc drew closer, his lips touching hers. “Unless you’re up for it.”
About the Author
Under the pseudonym of Kirsten Paul, Franca Pelaccia has written two romantic comedies, The Hockey Player and the Angel and The Detective and the Burglar. She has also written a woman’s adventure entitled Moses & Mac, the first book of the Vatican Archaeological Service series.
Writing as Francesca Pelaccia, Franca self-published The Witch’s Salvation, a historical paranormal novel that won the Beck Valley Reviewers’ Choice Award for 2013. An avid reader, Franca reviews novels for the Historical Novels Society.
Self-editing for the Up-and-Coming Indie Author
by Kirsten Paul
Most indie authors don’t do much editing on their manuscript. Some have friends read it for spelling or grammar while others do a spell-check. But editing isn’t just about spelling and grammar. It’s about plot, characterization, point of view, pacing, dialogue and everything else that produces a work of fiction. An indie author who just checks spelling and grammar mistakes risks having their self-published novel read like a first draft.
Whether an author goes the self-publishing or the traditional route he or she needs to present a well-edited manuscript to compete with other authors in their genre or get the attention of an agent or publisher. Professional editors who do manuscript evaluations cost money. They’re well-worth it but there are free or low-cost alternatives to help an indie author with editing.
1) Find yourself a beta reader. Another name for a beta reader is a friend or family member who reads and enjoys the kind of novel you write. They are your audience. Listen to their comments and especially reactions, carefully…attentively. They are the ones who buy your kind of novel and their reaction-feedback is what will help make your novel sell. You can find beta readers on Facebook or look for “professional” readers. These are people who love to read and often have book review blogs. Best thing: they’re free!
2) Think about getting a critique partner. This is an aspiring or published author. He or she reads your scenes, chapters or manuscript and looks at them from an author’s point of view. Did you introduce a character and forget about him in your scene? Does your POV go into too many heads? Does the plot flow or go flat or lack urgency? You return the favor and do the same for your partner. Their comments are not a criticism of your work but constructive feedback. Most big writing organizations offer critique partner set ups such as Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime but their local chapters and library or community writing groups offer them. Sometimes they can be critique groups. More feedback is always good.
3) Enter your work in a contest. The feedback is worth the low entrance fee. The person who judges your work is anonymous to you just as you are to them. Judges give feedback on many aspects of your writing: plot, conflict characterization, POV, etc.
4) Read books on the craft of writing. Some even come with exercises. These are invaluable resources. I have started posting grammatical advice on my blog, Self-Editing for the Know-It-All-Author. I post under my real name, Franca Pelaccia. Check it out. https://francapelaccia.com/blog/
5) There are lots of online writing courses, podcasts and webinars that don’t cost much and are devoted to writing, publishing and marketing. Most big writing associations offer them, too and are usually genre specific. Even smaller author groups, agents and book publishers offer something. Scan through them and pick the ones of value to you because there is lots of free advice out there. You just have to pick and choose the right ones for you.
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