THE ORIGINAL SIX HOCKEY ROMANCE SERIES
A sweet & swoony, slightly sporty, Christian contemporary romance series, set in the cities of the original six teams of the NHL
Okay, so I'm the first to admit that an Aussie writing a series about ice hockey must seem a little unusual. But ever since watching the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 I'll admit to having a fascination for this sport. And while I'm the first to admit I'm not especially sporty myself, I find the strength and stamina, grit, grace and skills needed for hockey rather awe-inspiring.
The first book I wrote (before any of my historicals) I based on a couple I saw entering the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, when I saw an Aussie female athlete holding hands with a US athlete. I was intrigued about how two elite athletes from opposite sides of the world could meet then sustain a relationship. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't find out who they were, so I eventually wrote 'their' story, which is how Love on Ice began. I made her a short track skater (because hello: awesome toughness right there!) and he was an ice hockey player (bc: tough). This led to another book, this time set in Muskoka, Ontario, where again I used a hockey player as my hero.
It was a few years later that I realised these stories could be connected as they were both part of Original Six teams, which includes Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Montreal, New York and Toronto. My husband and I actually visited most of these cities (and saw a Blackhawks game in Chicago!), and I realised that there were probably others who could appreciate these amazing cities, and the skills of these athletes. Thus, the concept for the Original Six hockey romance series was born.
You don't have to love hockey to love these books, as readers tell me they're captivated by the heroes, the depth, and the swoon-worthy kisses. So if you enjoy stories of family, faith, friendship and love then I hope you'll check them out.
Check out the photo galleries below for some of the behind-the-scenes inspiration from my trip to North America that inspired scenes in various books.