Author: Jeff Adams & Will Knauss
Book: The Hockey Player’s Heart
Series: Dreamspun Desires, Hockey Hearts
Page/Word Count: 226 pages, 54K words
Categories: Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
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 Jeff Adams:
Jeff Adams has written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he’s continued to create, often with a hockey player at the center of the story.
Jeff lives in northern California with his husband of more than twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show],the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. He also loves to read, but there isn’t enough space to list out his favorite books.
Jeff is the co-host of the Big Gay Fiction Podcast, a weekly show devoted to gay romance as well as pop culture. New episodes come out every Monday at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Interview with Jeff Adams:
- Author Amy Wasp: What is your favorite trope to write and why? I adore friends to lovers because it’s great to see the ways a friendship can grow to more. Enemies to lovers (or enemies to friends to lovers) is also something I enjoy. I’m getting more into force proximity too because it creates such an interesting dynamic between the two characters since they can’t get away from each other.
- Author Jeff Adams: What’s your favorite part of the writing process and why? Writing the first draft is always a blast for me. Fleshing out the plot, digging into the characters and getting the story down is so satisfying. An even though I plot a lot these days, there’s still the discovery of new ideas as I first draft that make it an adventure too.
- Author TM Smith: What inspires you to write? I have to write. It’s always lurked in me, albeit dormant sometimes. These days, if I’m not working on a story—and it can be either writing or editing—I get fidgety.
- Author AE Via: What career would you have if you never would’ve published your first book? I guess that would be my day job, which is with a website accessibility company. Even though I’ve published a number of books the writing can’t be full time yet. The goal is to get to the point where writing is my career, but that’s somewhere in the future.
- Author Lynn Michaels: How do you balance being original and giving the readers what they expect/want? I can only write the books that interest me. If I try to do anything else, it won’t turn out well. At the same time, I hope the stories are what readers want—or are at least ones they’re willing to take a chance on.
- Author JR Barten: What have you done as a writer that you are most proud of? The Codename: Winger series, which is a young adult cyber thriller series. Theo is a high school hockey player and computer genius who has a boyfriend and…works for a covert agency. Being gay is the least interesting thing about him. I wanted to create a gay hero who had a guy in his life, had great friends and just happened to be a spy who has tons of adventure while also trying to be a regular kid. I wanted gay teens to see a world where being gay wasn’t a problem and where someone like them saves the world.
- Author Morningstar Ashley: What genre and trope would you like you write that you haven’t yet? I haven’t done forced proximity yet and I’d like to. I love disaster movies and I’d like to do a disaster-based romance that could use forced proximity. It’s on my to-do list.
- Author Alexa Land: What are you working on now, and when can your readers expect it? I’m editing the fourth, and final, book in the Codename: Winger series. Netminder will be out in spring 2019. I’m also preparing the promotional materials for the third book of that series, Audio Assault, which comes out November 27. On the romance front, I’ll be releasing the gay hockey romance Head in the Game sometime in October. This novella was part of the Changing on the Fly: The Second Period anthology last year and this will be its first standalone release. If you’re coming to GRL, I’ll be giving away free ebook copies there.
- Author Deanna Wadsworth: How do you come up with your character’s names? It’s almost always total randomness—either looking up lists of names on the internet or looking through the name books that are in my husband’s office. The Codename: Winger books, however, do have some characters that are named after some of the series influences—such as the TV shows Kim Possible and Alias.
- Author K-Lee Klein: Do you usually have only one project on the go or do you multitask between stories? I write one story at a time. I try to multitask if I need to work on edits for one story while writing another—but that sometimes fails.
- Author Jessie Gin: What do you think makes a good story? Characters I care about. Plots are fun and all, but if there aren’t characters I can invest in I probably won’t care about the plot.
- Author Wade Kelly: What is your suggestion or piece of advice to new and upcoming authors? Don’t hate your editors. It may seem like they’ve ripped you apart when you get that manuscript back and there’s digital red ink all over it, but they only want to make your story the best it can be. I’ve been punched in the face by edits but now I embrace and even look forward to them.
Where to find Jeff Adams:
Amy Wasp – City Boy
Jeff Adams – The Hockey Player’s Heart
TM Smith – Survivor or Lover
AE Via – Winner’s Choice
Lynn Michaels – The Holeshot
JR Barten – Unf;nished
Morningstar Ashley – A Different Light
Alexa Land – The Rest of Forever
Deanna Wadsworth – Easy Rider
K-Lee Klein – Lazy Sundays
Jessie Gin – Rebuilding Hope
Wade Kelly – Winner’s Choice
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Dirty Dozen Author schedule…
October 1 – Amy Wasp will host Wade Kelly
October 2 – Jeff Adams will host ME 🙂
October 3 – TM Smith will host K-Lee Klein
October 4 – AE Via will host Deanna Wadsworth
October 5 – Lynn Michaels will host Alexa Land
October 6 – JR Barten will host Morningstar Ashley
October 7 – Morningstar Ashley will host Jen JR Barton
October 8 – Alexa Land will host Lynn Michaels
October 9 – Deanna Wadsworth will host AE Via
October 10 – K-Lee Klein will host TM Smith
October 11 – Jessie Gin will host Jeff Adams
October 12 – Wade Kelly will host Amy Wasp