Please Welcome a great friend and awesome writer, Veronica Forand to KickAss Chicks. When I suggested Veronica to the other Chicks, I received a resounding “HELL YES” from all. We think she’s awesome and are so proud to have her hear today talking about her latest release, Simmering Ice.
Welcome to KickAss Chicks, Veronica. We’re so happy you could stop in. You are most definitely KickAss and your latest release proves the point.
Veronica – Susan Scott Shelley and I wrote “Simmering Ice” as a follow-up to the book “Flirting on Ice.” It’s about Alec “Sequoia” O’Meara, the starting right wing on the team, and Annie Davidson, a physical therapist with low self esteem. They meet at a charity event at the hospital. Alec, a widow, is cautious to connect seriously with another woman. He prefers keeping things low key. When he sees Annie, her red hair reminds him of his late wife, but that’s the only similarity. They take their relationship slow and practically need a therapist to get over their personal issues, but they are perfect for each other and getting together is inevitable.
A.S. – What made you want to write a hockey romance?
Veronica – I love sports of all kinds. I played soccer in college and still play on a team decades later. Hockey, soccer, and football are my favorite sports to watch. Susan is a dedicated athlete as well. Her knowledge of sports stats is unbelievable. Follow her fantasy football team. She rocks.
We chose hockey, because the sport has some of the most dedicated athletes out there. They are tough, skillful, and incredibly focused. When one of them focuses on a relationship, it’s as intense as their focus on the ice.
A.S. – How did you and Susan Scott Shelley (Also totally awesome and kickass) decide to write these books together?
Veronica – We started as critique partners. We came up with an idea for a football story and had a blast writing the characters and plotting out where we wanted the story to go. That story “Tackled By The Girl Next Door“ sold to The Wild Rose Press and was released in September 2014. We sold “Flirting on Ice” to Entangled Publishing and kept writing.
A.S. – What’s it like writing with another author?
Veronica – The writing part is fun. We both are perfectionists and recognize when a suggestion from the other makes the story better. I love Susan’s writing voice. She writes the female POV, and I write the male POV. The blending of our voices works seamlessly.
It’s always a challenge with two names on the covers and in the contracts, because publishers are not always used to having two authors per book. We have to be vigilant about making sure both names are included on all forms of publicity.
A.S. – What’s next for you?
Veronica – “True Deceptions” the second romantic thriller in my True Lies series will be published October 20, 2015 with Entangled Publishing. Simon, the hero was introduced in the book “Untrue Colors,” and I’m excited to share his story.
Favorite Things: Hiding away at my cabin in the woods, brownies, and a red fleece blanket that travels with me and is always on my lap when I write.
Pet Peeves: Crowds, waiting in line, and misunderstandings.
Addictions: Coffee, Facebook.
Kick Ass Superpower: Sarcasm.
Find out more about Veronica Fornand here: http://www.veronicaforand.com . You can see why we’ve dubbed her an Honorary KickAss Chick. Thanks so much, Veronica, for stopping by today.
The back cover from Simmering Ice:
When the gloves come off, she’s worth the penalty…
Physical therapist Annie Davidson is great at her job but unlucky when it comes to love. She’s just out of a bad relationship. A really bad relationship. All she can do is focus on work…that is until she runs into professional hockey player Alec O’Meara. She’s a touch insecure and doesn’t understand why he’s interested in her.
Despite being one of the biggest players on the team, right wing Alec O’Meara prefers finesse over force. After the tragic death of his wife, he likes to keep things loose on and off the ice. But the red-headed Annie challenges his beliefs and makes him think about taking their relationship to the net.
The passion and fun they share is addicting and makes them long for more. But her insecurities that she’s not good enough, and his anxiety over a long-term commitment will keep them apart, unless they can find a way to break through the defenses they’ve built around their hearts.