Dear Readers,

Meet the newest member of our family: Moses! He’s a six year old male Newfie, and we’re ecstatic not only to finally have a dog, but to have rescued a Newf! (My husband and I are Newf freaks).


If you’re a longtime reader, you might remember that I based Stanley of Chasing Stanley on Rocky, the Newf we had at the time. Moses has your typical Newf personality: he’s affectionate, loyal, and would be glued to our sides day and night if he could. He’s a big, goofy, ball of love! He does, however, suffer from the delusion that he’s a lap dog, and crawls up onto the couch at night to watch TV with us. That my fault: I just can’t say “No.” (Plus I kind of like it).  At any rate, he’s got me thinking about putting another animal in a future Blades novel, since they can be so much fun as secondary characters.

Spring remains elusive! If you meet me and notice a large bald patch on my head, it’s from from me tearing my hair out over the schizophrenic weather. Give me three warm, sunny days in a row. That’s all my sinuses and I ask for now.

Well, I’ve got a giant dog nudging me to play, and since I can refuse him virtually nothing, that’s what I’m off to do. I hope I’m complaining to you next month about how it’s so warm that Moses is outside all the time, trampling the first buds of Mark’s flowers. Because if the weather remains like this, I’ll be posting a picture a of me completely bald, and that’s something no one wants to see!

Hoping for May Flowers,


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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.”
—Kirkus Reviews


 “...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.”
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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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 “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.”
—Fresh Fiction


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...


 “If you’ve never read any of Deirdre Martin’s New York Blades books, you are so missing out.”
—The Brazen Bookworm


 “Deirdre Martin knows how to write a beautiful single title romance.”
—Single Titles


 “Contemporary romance doesn’t get much better than this.”
—All About Romance



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