Thank you for joining me to celebrate the release of my newest m/m sports romance, Shots on Goal (Stick Side #3), and thank you to Smexy Books for allowing me to briefly take over the blog!
Shots on Goal is the third book in the Stick Side series. Each novel features different main characters and can be read as standalones. Shots has a prickly NHL player who cooks his way into his teammates’ good graces, and an optimistic college senior trying to save his local library.
Shots was technically ready to publish at the end of September, but there’s so much that goes on behind the scenes when I publish a book that I couldn’t make an early release happen.
Every author releases books in different ways. For me? I like a lot of prep time so I can put together promotions, schedule advertising, and tease my readers with what’s coming. “A lot of prep time,” however, doesn’t normally mean three months! But in this case, I had a few conflicts.
First, I was travelling for three weeks in October, part of that to GRL—GayRom Lit—a book retreat for authors and readers of LGBTQ romance. It was my first one and it was a total blast…but the entire month beforehand I was putting the finishes touches on Shots, working a full-time day job, writing a short story for a charity anthology coming this March, and putting together swag for GRL.
Second, the aforementioned day job. All of my writing, research, new release prep, swag research and design, and literally everything to do with the business side of writing (like expenses, ew), happens around the 9-5 job. As you can imagine, it doesn’t leave me a lot of time for my author gig, and I couldn’t prep for a new release while also doing everything else that was required of me at the time.
Third, Christmas. And by that I mean releasing a non-holiday book during the holidays. I could’ve released Shots at the end of November, but I was worried about releasing it in the middle of the holiday release madness. Christmas romances are everywhere at that time of year and I didn’t want Shots to get missed amongst them.
One of these days I’m going to publish a book without any lead up and see how it goes. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Cody and Roman’s opposites attract love story in Shots on Goal!
About the Book
Recently traded to the newly formed Vermont Trailblazers, professional hockey player Roman Kinsey needs to focus on helping the team win games and filling the stands, not on the blond, bespectacled part-timer who works at the library he volunteers at. He knows all too well that outing himself equals heartache and ridicule…or worse.
Cody Evans, psych major and grad school hopeful, notices everything and thinks too much. But he doesn’t know what to think when he sees Roman reading to kids. The rugged hockey player just doesn’t look like the type. But it stirs something in him, something he’s never felt before.
When the library is threatened with closure, Cody enlists Roman’s help. As they get to know each other better…much, much better…they realize that they have more in common than books. But Roman’s keeping a big part of himself from his team, and giving in to his feelings for Cody might be more than he’s willing to risk.
About the Author
Amy’s lived with her head in the clouds since she first picked up a book as a child, and being fluent in two languages means she’s read a lot of books! She first picked up a pen on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class had to stay inside for recess. Tales of treasure hunts with her classmates eventually morphed into love stories between men, and she’s been writing ever since. She writes evenings and weekends—or whenever she isn’t at her full-time day job saving the planet at Canada’s largest environmental non-profit.
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Welcome, Amy, and thanks for sharing what goes on behind the scenes for an author. Best wishes for the success of Shots on Goal!