Monday, August 17, 2015

TAKING THE ICE Release Day Giveaway!

It's release day!! TAKING THE ICE, the final installment of the Ice Series, is now available on Amazon! Click on the cover to pick up a copy:



Olympic rings and an engagement ring. 

Courtney Carlton is ready for both. 

She and her boyfriend Josh have skated together and dated for four years, and they’ve reached a critical point in their partnership both on and off the ice. With the Winter Games coming up and their career nearing an end, they are fighting to win a spot on the Olympic team, something Courtney has dreamed of since she was ten years old. She also has another wish she hopes comes true soon. She’s waiting for a marriage proposal from Josh that she expected to happen by now. Will she realize either dream or will her heart be broken from disappointment?

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To celebrate the release, I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and three signed bookmarks!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TAKING THE ICE Cover Reveal


I'm so excited to present the cover of TAKING THE ICE, the final installment in the Ice series! Once again two of my favorite pair skaters, Alex Shaughnessy and Jimmy Morgan, posed for the cover, and I can't thank them enough for being the perfect models for Courtney and Josh. I must also thank my friend Marni Gallagher for photographing them at the Skating Club of Boston and Sarah Schneider for designing the beautiful cover.

You can pre-order the book HERE! It will be released August 17. If you haven't read the first two books in the series, you can pick up Book 1 CROSSING THE ICE here and Book 2 LOSING THE ICE here. I hope you enjoy the conclusion of Courtney and Josh's story!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

An Evening on Ice 2015


This weekend I made my annual journey to L.A. for the US Foundation's Evening on Ice show. It's always such a fun event with world-class skating. This year's post-show Meet and Greet was also especially fun as it was set up so we could mingle and talk more with the athletes. It was so great to talk to some of my favorite skaters and meet some new ones!

Here's a run-down of the show with a few thoughts:

Gracie Gold - "I Am Here" by Beyonce. Jumps were a little scratchy but she looked very engaged with the music.

Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford - "One" by Bono & Mary J. Blige. I LOVE seeing Meagan and Eric perform live. They really have a dynamic quality together.

Jeremy Abbott - "Black Skinhead" by Kanye West. Very modern and intense program. I prefer his more lyrical exhibitions, but this one was definitely entertaining.




Kimmie Meissner - "Latch" by Sam Smith (cover). There is so much joy in every movement Kimmie makes across the ice. She spoke to the crowd after the show, and she said five years ago she was really down about skating, and Nick and Tricia Laroche invited her to be part of the first Evening on Ice show and encouraged her to start skating again. It helped her find her love for the sport again, and she hasn't stopped performing since then!

Yuka Sato - I don't think I've ever seen Yuka skate live (unless she was on the '94 COI tour, which my old brain can't remember). Her blades are so quiet, and she looked so happy and peaceful in her performance.

Madison Chock & Evan Bates - "Interrupted Flight." I never get enough of seeing my faves! They bring so much elegance and beauty to the ice, and they are two of my favorite skaters off the ice, too. Get ready for a stunning free dance from them this season! ;)



Brendan Kerry - "Troublemaker" by Olly Murs. This was my first time seeing Brendan skate. He looks to have good basics, so I'd like to see how he can progress in the future.

Alissa Czisny - "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" by Madonna. Her jumps and spins were a bit off, but her simple glide across the ice is always so graceful and beautiful to watch.

Polina Edmunds - "California Dreamin" by Mamas and the Papas (cover). This was a new, edgier look for Polina, and I think she pulled it off. She did her trademark magnificent twizzle, which I love.



Shawn Sawyer - "We No Speak Americano." Shawn knows how to entertain, and his flexibility never ceases to amaze me. I could watch him spin and do spirals all day long.

Rohene Ward - "A House is Not a Home" by Luther Vandross. Very emotional performance from Rohene with some beautiful moves, including a killer layback and a hydroblade.

Richard Dornbush - "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin. He pulled off a great triple Axel and had his usual playful style working with the crowd.

Daisuke Murakami - "Bring Him Home." I really like the bones of this program and am excited to see its progression as his short program this season. Daisuke said at the M&G that Frank wanted to stretch him as a performer this year with this piece.

Courtney Hicks - "Amazing Grace." This was such a beautiful performance! I can see that Courtney has been working hard on the artistic side of her skating. It was one of my favorites of the evening.



Karen Chen - "Nessun Dorma" by Luciano Pavarotti. It looks like Karen has grown a bit, and it's helped her look more mature on the ice. She skated with wonderful speed and did a great triple Lutz.

Beatrisa Liang - "Give Me Love" by Ed Sheeran (piano version). I'm now obsessed with this version of the song and need to find it STAT. Bebe always picks great music and shows her love for skating in her performances.

Jonathan Cassar - "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel. The only way to describe Jon's skating is gorgeous and heartfelt. We all know he has killer spread eagles, but everything he does on the ice is special.


Derrick Delmore - I wasn't familiar with the song, but it sounded like Ricky Martin? Derrick can't stop smiling while he's skating, and it's obvious he's another one who loves any chance to get out there and perform.

Leah Keiser - "On My Own." Leah has grown so much and really has a striking presence on the ice. Loved her Ina Bauer.

Douglas Razzano - "Your Song" from Moulin Rouge. Any time I can see Doug skate and then chat with him afterward is a good day. I was very happy to hear he'll be a team leader for the Challenge Skate in Salt Lake City this year. He is a one-of-a-kind personality!

Braden Overett - "Feelin' Good" by Michael Buble. Braden has comedic skating down to a science. He was one of my favorites back when he was competing, and I'm so happy he's still performing. You can't buy that kind of charisma.



Here are all my photos from the show and the Meet & Greet plus a couple of videos. I wanted to take more, but I had some obstruction issues. => PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Just Couldn't Put It Down Blog Hop


Welcome to the Just Couldn't Put It Down Giveaway Hop! The third and final book in my Ice series will be released August 31, so I thought I'd share a little about the series. The first book is CROSSING THE ICE, and here's what it's all about!

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team. 

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though… 

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross? 

Check out a clip from the audio book, narrated by Emily Stokes:




The second book in the series, LOSING THE ICE, was also just released in audio format. You can find both books on Amazon and Audible.

Now to the giveaway! Need some help funding your summer reading habit? Enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card below!

Follow this link to hop around to the other sites => Giveaway Hop Central

Sunday, June 28, 2015

TAKING THE ICE Teaser

TAKING THE ICE has a release date! The third and final book in the Ice series will be released August 31. It will be a novella, as LOSING THE ICE was, but a bit longer ;) Here's another quick teaser!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

TAKING THE ICE Teaser

Only three more months until the final book in the ICE series is released! You can now add it to your bookshelf on Goodreads here!


Monday, May 11, 2015

RONE Award Voting


CROSSING THE ICE has been nominated for an InD'Tale Magazine RONE Award in the New Adult category! I would be so appreciative if you could take a moment to vote. It requires just a quick sign-up if you're not already registered. It would be such an honor to make it to the finals! You can vote HERE.