October means two things to me: changing leaves, and the official start of hockey season. Here in Central New York, the foliage is off to a slow start, but in a few weeks, the trees will be a riot of bright orange, red and yellow. It's beautiful. Coupled with the chill in the air, it's one of my favorite things about the Fall.
As for hockey, I couldn't write about it if I wasn't a fan! So as far as my beloved New York Rangers go, I'm thrilled they have a new coach, one who hopefully isn't so tough on the players that they're completely worn down by the end of the season. I'm also delighted they've resigned center Derek Stepan and will have winger Rick Nash for the whole season. I'm confident the new smaller goalie pads won't have an impact on Henrik Lundqvist's always stellar play in net. All this stuff probably sounds boring if you're not a hockey fan, but I'll let you in on a secret: Some of my best ideas for Blades books come from these kind of details.
Have a great October!
“...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
“Deirdre Martin has a true talent for writing a great romance novel. She also lets her passion for sports shine through the pages of Hip Check. This was a story that pulled on my heart strings, and one that I completely connected with.”
4 out of 5 stars, Night Owl Reviews
“A sexy, successful contemporary romance, with chemistry, heat and a feel-good, affecting happy-ever-after ending that its intended audience will approve.”
“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.”
Kathy Andrico, ReaderToReader.com
“Does not disappoint...Ms. Martin weaves a wonderful story of compassion...Mixed in is humor and lots of love. She is the one author that I know when I pick up her book that I am going to love it. If you have never read a book by Ms. Martin, you are really missing out on something special.”
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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“Deirdre Martin knows how to write a beautiful single title romance.”
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