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Toni AleoWhy being a HOCKEY romance author rocks my socks!


I have always enjoyed the whole romance world, being a hopeless romantic it’s expected but then I discovered that there were hockey romances and my heart exploded.

Honestly.

Big, rough, rugged guys throwing their hearts on the ice for a woman to have?

UGH YEAH! SIGN ME UP!

But before I get to those sexy men, let me start from the beginning. I haven’t always been a hockey fan. Growing up, I was really into music and singing, things like that. I did do my stint in softball but that was only to keep my sexy girlish figure. When my husband and I seriously started dating when we were 17, I gave up softball (along with my girlish figure) and decided that the only thing I needed was his sexy butt but he wasn’t the only thing I got. Along with his heart, two kids and a bull dog, I was given the love for hockey.

My husband not only plays, but he is a diehard Red Wings fan (Yes. I was a Red Wings fan. I admit it. It was all I knew but that changed when the Predators and Shea Weber walked into my life!) and taught me everything I know about hockey today. It is our thing. We love being together while watching the greatest game ever. It is the most amazing thing in the world, and I couldn’t thank him enough for introducing me to such a great sport.

Now, like I said, when I discovered hockey romances, my heart exploded. The book I read was, See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson and it was pure magic. I hadn’t been a romance reader for a very long time, but she soon had me reading all her books and then every other hockey romance that was out. I LOVE IT! Along the way, I started to write more than I had before. I was writing about peach farmers, cowboys and all kinds of other stuff and then, like out of the blue, I was like ‘what if I wrote about a hockey player?’

It was that silly moment when the light bulb goes off.

It worked, and Shea Adler was born. I have made this world of hot amazing hockey players that make girls swoon something fierce! I get to live in this world and man, what a world to live in. Now to make my world believable I get to do research on hot hockey men and let me tell you, it is the BEST part of my job. I get to go to Galas where I talk to these men and pick their brains. I get to sit on the bench and listen to guys talk. I get to go through play by plays with my husband and make this world I have created, more real. I also get to meet other female hockey fans and man, is it a rush.

That is why being a hockey romance writer rocks my socks.

Are you a sports romance fan? Which sport and why do these stories rock you? Comment below & you might be randomly chosen to win a $20 Gift Certificate to an eTailer of choice plus a hot off the press Net Galley Preview of my first book in the Assasin’s series, TAKING SHOTS on sale in May. Good luck! Winners have been contacted – thanks all for making Toni’s introduction extra special — we hope you enjoy the Assassins series – these heroes are real men that play real hockey, I think you’ll love them & their women too! Happy Romance!!



About the book:
In Toni Aleo’s exhilarating debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.

No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what’s happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world.

A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he’s living outside of it: the girls, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he’s just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together—if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside throw her insecurities out the window before she misses out on a shot at love.
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About the author:

I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.toni aleo

I have been told I have anger issues, but I think it’s cause of my intense love for hockey!

I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!

When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.

I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life…probably Belle, and did I mention I love hockey?
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