Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Guest Post + Giveaway: Off Her Game (Texas Highlanders Ice Hockey, #1) by Suzan Butler

Penalty Number One: Men

Making time for men and relationships doesn’t fit into Valerie Chase’s game plan. This crisis-counselor-turned-cocktail-waitress knows the score—Men are a distraction. But when a certain hockey player tempts her wild side, part of her wants to indulge in a little harmless fun.

Penalty Number Two: Desire

As the star center for the Texas Highlanders, Darren Moran's good looks and deadly determination make him a fan favorite. But after the previous season’s disaster, the last thing he needs is to let some woman crawl under his skin. But… Valerie is different. She brings out the best in him—both on and off the ice—and he’s not about to lose her.

Penalty Number Three: Passion

When the game moves to the next level, Darren and Val have got to call timeout. An unplanned romance is a game-thrower, a sinful temptation that neither of them can afford. After all, there’s no way to have order in matters of the heart when the penalties tally up to an ejection from the game.
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Welcome Suzan Butler

Suzan Butler is a romance author, both contemporary and fantasy with a penchant for Dr. Pepper, ice hockey, and world domination. 

You can also find her on Twitter (often tweeting inappropriately!) and Facebook or watch her ramble incessantly on her blog about various things like hockey, shoes, online dating, and even her mad picture-taking skills from time to time. Sometimes, she talks about writing and social media.

First Experiences

Last year, I finally took ice skating lessons. I thought it would be easier than it was at first. I got there, put the rental skates on, and then when the instructor had us take the ice, I forged ahead… and promptly got stuck in the middle of the ice. Talk about embarrassing.

I had no idea how to propel myself around, or how to turn, stop or whatever. I was stopped in the middle of the ice, with no idea on how to get myself moving. At first, I was afraid, that maybe I’d be stuck out there. Then I was mortified, because there were about fifty kids under the age of ten that could skate circles around me on the ice at the same time. By the way, the person who thought it was an awesome idea to have the adult class at the same time as the kids’ classes? They should be shot for stupidity.

I will say this. Once I got to my class, I caught on to their lessons fairly quickly. By the end of class, I could move forward at a decent speed, and kinda sorta maybe move backward a little. Yeah. I’m probably not going to win any national competitions any time soon.

So, when it came time to write a character development scene in Off Her Game, it was really very easy for me to draw on my own experiences at that point. Granted, it wasn’t exact, because there was no super hot hockey player helping me across the ice.


You know what I had? I had this cute little pre-teen figure skating girl lead me over to my class. Thank goodness she wasn’t the instructor. I hear she recently won a national competition in figure skating, though. Maybe I should have asked her for tips.

So let’s hear from you. What was the most mortifying first experience you’ve ever had? I know. I ask all the easy questions. ;)
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  2. Thanks, y'all, for having me here today!

  3. Just heard about this author and books. Sounds good.