This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.
Interview with Jennifer Loring
Jennifer Loring's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies. In 2013, she won Crystal Lake Publishing's inaugural Tales from the Lake writing competition; in 2014, DarkFuse published her novella Conduits, and in May 2015, Omnium Gatherum released her debut novel, Those of My Kind. She recently signed a deal for a contemporary romance trilogy with Limitless Publishing; the first book, Firebird, was published on October 20, 2015. Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.
Why did you write this book?
The idea originally came to me in a dream: What would happen if a woman ran into her high school sweetheart, now a famous hockey player, one night at a bar and one thing led to another? What if she was already in a relationship? I'm a huge hockey fan, and I couldn't get the idea out of my head, especially when I started taking it further. What if he suffered a horrible injury on-ice, and how would that affect their relationship?
What is your favorite genre to read?
Horror and dark fantasy, actually. I first read Stephen King when I was 11. Horror is what made me want to become a writer.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
That's a tough one. I'm just going to throw a few out there. Irrylath from Meredith Ann Pierce's The Darkangel Trilogy; Constantine from Robin McKinley's Sunshine; Zach from Poppy Z. Brite's Drawing Blood; Elphaba from Wicked.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I'm working on the second book in the Firebird Trilogy as well as a paranormal romance. I have a couple of short stories coming out in anthologies as well. I'm also writing a proposal for a sci-fi romance novella, and toying with the idea of a hockey romance novella for next Christmas.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Stephanie Hartwell is a journalist chasing the story of her career…
When superstar hockey player and notorious bad boy Aleksandr Volynsky is traded to the Seattle Earthquakes in a blockbuster deal, Stephanie demands the opportunity to prove herself by scoring an exclusive interview with a man with no love for the media…the same man she once thought, as a naïve teenager, she'd someday marry.
An Olympian and Stanley Cup Champion, Aleksandr has achieved every goal he's ever set…
Now expected to carry a failing team on his shoulders, Aleksandr's troubles deepen when he encounters Stephanie after a season-opening loss. His lifestyle of drinking and random hookups has been a futile attempt to forget the beautiful tomboy who stole his heart nine years ago. And worse, fame and fortune have made it impossible for him to trust anyone—especially Stephanie, who is engaged to another man.
Romance rekindles, but tragedy reveals Aleksandr's dark side…
Being with Aleksandr in the first place jeopardizes Stephanie's journalistic integrity and threatens her career, and when he spirals out of control, it reawakens fears from her own history, making her unable to commit to a future with him.
When Aleksandr discovers the truth behind his self-destructive behavior, will his newfound self-awareness be enough to convince Stephanie to give him one last chance…
Or will his revelation drive her away for good?
About the Book
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Jennifer Loring
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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