Dear Readers,

I can't believe it's already July! By now, I'm supposed to have gone up in a hot air balloon, ziplined, and gone rapelling. I've done none of those things. Last summer I managed to kayak and swim nude in the ocean. That's it. That's all I had to show for my summer "To Do" List.

But it's slowly starting to dawn on me: A "To Do" list kinda defeats summer's purpose. If I remember correctly, summer's about letting sunny, breezy days unfurl; it's about relaxing and finally having time to see friends and family; it's about losing track of time.

Don't get me wrong: I still want to have those experiences (Notice how they're all outdoor activities. Makes sense: I spend all day inside at my desk.). Maybe I'll hit some of them. Maybe I won't. I'm starting to realize it doesn't matter. The point is that life isn't a "To Do" list, and my self imposed deadline for cramming in as much activity as possible is nuts! I'm going to do an experiment and try living in the present moment, not that moment in the future when I might be able to waterski, or canoe...I'll let you know how it goes.

Hope you have a really fun, relaxing July,


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 “A sexy, successful contemporary romance, with chemistry, heat and a feel-good, affecting happy-ever-after ending that its intended audience will approve.”
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 “...a thoughtful romance filled with characters you will care about. The realistic work and life situations that Esa and Michelle face add depth to the romance. Hip Check will score with readers.”
—4 out of 5 Blue Ribbons, Sarah W., Romance Junkies


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 “Hip Check is a passionate romance between two independent individuals... At the same time, it is a poignant story of a young girl who has lost her mother, and is given to an uncle who has no idea how to interact with an 8 year old. Watching their relationship grow into something strong and lasting is just as memorable as the romance between Esa and Michelle.”
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Esa Saari is a hockey player for the New York Blades with a bad boy rep both on and off the ice. But when he suddenly becomes the guardian of his eight-year-old niece, Nell, he knows his excessive lifestyle is about to get body checked.

So he hires a live-in nanny. Her name is Michelle Beck, and she gets along great with Nell. What surprises him, though, is that he instantly hits it off with her, too. Becoming romantically involved would be a bad idea, but he’s finding it impossible to ignore the intense chemistry between them.

Michelle, however, takes her job very seriously, and must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart. And Esa’s got to decide if he can give up his bad-boy image for the love of a good woman...


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