I’m so excited to be part of Cassandra Carr’s Sports Romance Blog Hop. On The Surface, my first sports romance novel isn’t coming out until April 14, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me!
For this blog hop, I thought I would touch on an event in hockey history that ignited my imagination when I was just starting to write On The Surface. I had in my mind that I wanted my hero to have been recently traded from his old team amid a flurry of bad press. I turned to the internet for help.
Lo and behold, I found Mike Milbury’s shoe incident. There was a fight. A fan started whacking the players with a hockey stick and Mike Milbury ended up going up into the stands and hitting a fan on the leg with his own shoe.
Here’s a video if you’re interested in seeing what actually transpired.
Inspired by this true event, I changed the item from a shoe to a water bottle and gave my hero, Tim Hollander, a strong reason to act the way he did. Here’s an excerpt in which the incident is first mentioned in Chapter Two. Tim was traded to the San Diego Barracudas a couple of weeks earlier and is on his way to the car dealership to pick up his new Escalade. In the taxi, he has a conversation with the driver.
A few moments passed. “You know what, man? I admire your restraint. I probably would have done a lot more than hit him with a water bottle. I’d probably have killed the guy.”
So, I owe a debt of gratitude to Mike Milbury for inspiring Tim’s tragic backstory, even if I don’t care for his hockey commentary on NBCSN.
Like I said, On The Surface doesn’t come out until April 14, but I want to give away an Advanced Reader Copy to one lucky person. There are many ways to enter. Make sure you leave your email address in the comment section so I can notify you if you win.
Here are links to the rest of the authors participating in the blog hop. Please visit them to win more fun stuff!