Interview with Helena Hunting, author of Forever Pucked

1. Tell us something about your latest book. Is it your debut? What genre does it belong to? When does it release?

Forever Pucked is the 4th book in The Pucked Series. It’s a return to Alex and Violet—the couple who started the series and they’re about to embark on the road to marriage, which we all know isn’t always easy. The Pucked Series is a sports romantic comedy with a hockey slant—my Canadianness approves of this sport. 😀

2. Is your book part of a series or can it be read as a stand-alone?

Forever Pucked (Book #4) is best read AFTER reading Pucked (book #1 standalone). Pucked Up (Book #2, standalone) and Pucked Over (Book #3, standalone) don’t need to be read prior to Forever Pucked, but they’re both lots of fun, so there’s that to consider. Is that clear as mud?

3. Which character of your book was the hardest to write?

I don’t know that either of them were particularly difficult. I think there were scenes that were maybe a bit challenging to flesh out. I typically write in dual POV which allows me flip between the character who has the most to say at any given time.

4. Any writing goals for 2016?

Definitely. I have more plans for The Pucked Series. I’m also working on an angsty contemporary romance and another romantic comedy unrelated to The Pucked Series, so lots happening there!

5. If you’re not writing, what do you love to do?

Crafts I suppose. We make a lot of crafts up in the Hunting house. Spending time with my family is always awesome. And sleep, I miss that sometimes.

6. Did anyone inspire you to start writing or did you always knew you just had to write?

I wrote stories as soon as I could put the pencil to the paper, so I’ve always loved to write. I studied English in university with no real idea as to what the heck a degree was going to get me, all I knew is that I loved it. I don’t think I read more than a magazine article after four years of reading literary fiction in mass quantities. Through my twenties it was more of just a hobby. I’d start stories but never finish them. After I had my daughter I started to write again, and that’s when it changed for me and became the dream I wanted to pursue. Debra Anastasia is the one who really encouraged me to pursue this as a career. She’s an incredible author and a wonderful friend.

7. Any advice/tips for newbies?

Edit like your life depends on it. Join writing groups and have a solid base of friends and professional alliances in the industry. Network, go to conferences, and most of all, keep writing and seeking critical feedback so you can continue to grow in this incredibly fast paced, ever changing industry.

8. Are you already writing a new book? Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Oh yeah. I have three different projects on the go right now. I have to prioritize them according to level of importance/pressingness of project completion. This makes me sound incredibly organized. I’m not. I’m currently working on a romantic comedy that’s not related to The Pucked Series. I’m excited to do something a little different.

9. A word that you use way too often? (Mine are “quite” and “probably”)

Just, already, and all profanity are commonly overused words for me. I know what mine are, so I often have a running list going in the comments in my docs for my editor.

10. Last but not least: What’s your favourite type of candy, if you don’t mind me asking?

I love maple sugar candies. They are so ridiculously delicious. I also love straight up chocolate.

Author Bio:

NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The PUCKED Series, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy. She likes to play Scrabble in her spare but her husband doesn’t like how competitive she is about it so she resorts to Candy Crush instead.

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[Review] Getting It Right by A.M. Arthur

~ Getting It Right by A.M. Arthur ~

(Restoration #1)
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance
Date of Publication: March 16th 2015 by Carina Press
Source: Author

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Synopsis:

Detective Nathan Wolf might just be a junior detective, but he tackles every case with the passion that he lacks in his personal life. A series of failed relationships with women has left him still single at thirty-four—because he’s too scared to admit to his longtime crush on his best friend James.

Dr. James Taggert likes to keep his profession as a psychiatrist separate from his party-animal persona. Known around the gay clubs as Tag, he’s the guy who screws them, leaves them, and never looks back. But James’s drinking is getting heavier, and when bad memories from the past resurface, he’s close to becoming the worst version of himself.

After a drunken blackout ends in a hot and heavy make-out session with his very straight best friend, James has no memory of the steamy affair. But Nathan isn’t sorry for the kisses that James can’t remember. Nathan finally musters the courage to tell James how he really feels, but a life-altering event might force them apart before they can ever be together.

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[Review] Love Me Never by Sara Wolf

~ Love Me Never by Sara Wolf ~

(Lovely Vicious #1)
Genre: Fiction, YA
Date of Publication: April 5th 2016 by Entangled: Teen
Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis:

Previously published as Lovely Vicious, this fully revised and updated edition is full of romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments.

Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.

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[Review] Hawke by Sawyer Bennett

~ Hawke by Sawyer Bennett ~

(Cold Fure Hockey #5)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Date of Publication: March 15th 2016 by Loveswept
Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis:

The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team proves that love is a power play. As Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling series continues, the league’s most notorious party animal gets blindsided by the one that got away.

Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later—except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.

Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do—until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.

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[Review] What You Own by A.M. Arthur

~ What You Own by A.M. Arthur ~


Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance
Date of Publication: November 29th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Source: Author

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Synopsis:

For Ryan Sanders, the Paige Community Center is more than a place where he teaches at-risk teens about musical theater. He found a sense of belonging there during one of the hardest times of his life. With the center facing a financial crisis, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep the doors open—even soliciting fundraiser donations from Langley-Quartermaine Financial.

Adam Langley has a plan: survive an internship at his father’s company, finish college, get his trust fund, and find his former high school best friend Ryan and beg his forgiveness. In that order, because if Ryan does forgive him, Adam believes he’ll finally find the courage to come out to his wealthy, bigoted father.

Adam’s carefully considered plan is shattered when Ryan appears at the office a full ten months before Adam is ready, and Ryan is just as stunned. Against his better judgment, Adam gets involved with the fundraiser—and Ryan. Old feelings won’t be denied, and as Ryan and Adam reconnect, they realize neither knows the entire truth about the horrific night three years earlier that tore their friendship apart.

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[Review] Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

~ Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard ~

(Red Queen #1)
Genre: Dystopian, YA, Fiction
Date of Publication: February 10th 2015 by HarperTeen
Source: Purchased

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Synopsis:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

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[Review] Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs

~ Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs ~

Stand-Alone
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA, Fiction
Date of Publication: April 1st 2016 by Albert Whitman & Company
Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis:

Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life–or so she thinks. When powerful tech giant Aether Corporation selects her for a top-secret project, she can’t say no. All she has to do is participate in a trip to the future to bring back data, and she’ll be set for life.

Elena joins a team of four other teens with special skills, including Adam, a science prodigy with his own reason for being there. But when the time travelers arrive in the future, something goes wrong and they break the only rule they were given: do not look into their own fates.

Now they have twenty-four hours to get back to the present and find a way to stop a seemingly inevitable future from unfolding. With time running out and deadly secrets uncovered, Elena must use her eidetic memory, street smarts, and a growing trust in Adam to save her new friends and herself.

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[Blast] Beneath These Lies by Meghan March

 

 

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BTL Amazon (2)Look, but don’t touch…she might as well wear a neon sign that says it. It just makes me want her more.

She might be above me in every way, but I still want her under me.

I’ve got no business touching her rich-girl skin, but that won’t stop me from stealing a taste. Because rules were meant to be broken—especially when the prize is so fine.

In a world where nothing is at it seems, what’s buried beneath these lies?

 

 

 

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meghanmarchpicMeghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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[Blog Tour] Hawke by Sawyer Bennett

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Title: Hawke (Cold Fury, Book #5)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: March 15, 2016

Synopsis:
The New York Times bestselling hockey series featuring the Carolina Cold Fury continues as the team’s most notorious party animal gets blindsided by the one that got away.

Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later — except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.

Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do — until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25775928-hawke
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About the Author:

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate. Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the LegalAffairs Series and the Last Call Series.

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[Review] Him by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen

~ Him by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen ~

(Him #1)
Genre: Romance, M/M
Date of Publication: July 28th 2015 by Rennie Road Books
Source: Purchased

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Synopsis:

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

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