His Game, Her Rules: Warriors #1

Charlene Groome

ISBN 9781601833440
Publish Date 9/1/2014
Format ePub
Categories Romance Contemporary, E-Originals , E-only, Kensington Ebooks
List Price: $1.99

Charlene Groome begins a spirited new series with this riveting introduction to the Warriors, a hockey team whose star player has game both on and off the ice—until their new skating coach changes everything…

Ty Caldwell is one of the Warriors’ most valuable players—and one of Vancouver’s most eligible bachelors. His moves are part of his charm, so he’s surprised by how strongly he’s drawn to the team’s new skating coach—and even more surprised when she cross-checks his advances. But Ty loves a challenge, and the same persistence he flaunts in the rink may help him off the ice…

Eileen Francis is a world-class skater with a gold medal to prove it. But professional hockey is still a man’s world—so when she lands the job as the interim coach for The Warriors, her curves are way bigger news than her turns. To take control of this bunch of alpha males, Eileen is going to have to play cold as ice and twice as hard. But she’ll have to break her own rules to get the team’s MVP to play up to his fullest potential…

About Charlene Groome:

I have always been a writer. Ever since I can remember, I penned stories, but it wasn't until grade twelve when my creative writing teacher marked a story and said it was the start of a novel. I can't even remember what the story was about, but I do remember her encouragement and excitement of handing me back my A-paper. That's when I had a light bulb moment. How fun would it be to write novels? And so my writing ventures began. I took journalism in college, wrote as a fill-in journalist a my local newspaper and Freelanced articles to magazines and took the creative writing diploma program through Surrey's Continuing Education. I found my love. I also found a job I cared a lot about. I worked in television and radio, where my media career soared. I took part-time radio studies at college. I am always trying to push myself, to make myself excel in my chosen career. Although media has had a huge impact on me, writing novels is everything I dreamed of.

I hope you live your dreams, and accomplish what your heart desires because you're the only person who can make that happen.

Photo Credit: Denise Hallate

An Idea Is Born by Charlene Groome

I have people ask me from time to time, where did you get your idea to write His Game, Her Rules? The answer is simple: I love playing ice hockey and I live in a hockey-crazed city. It’s not unheard of for women to play, either with the guys or on an all-women’s team, like I do. There are a lot of really good female players who teach the game. I was inspired by our Women’s Olympic ice hockey team and by the great female skating coach, Barbara Williams. I read about Barbara when I was a girl playing hockey and thought how cool it was she was coaching the professionals. As a writer, my creative juices flowed and I imagined how a female would be portrayed in a male-dominated league. I love heroines that are fierce and strong-minded, hence, my heroine, Eileen Francis, who I created to be someone I could look up to if she were real. I guess I had been thinking of this character for some time because my idea for her transpired into a person I wanted to know more about.

One of my favorite scenes in His Game, Her Rules is when Eileen is coaching the Warriors and gets body-checked on the ice by a bitter, unfriendly player, and she gets badly hurt. Writing from experience, I too had been thrown into the boards, not as severe as Eileen, but it did result in a sprained hand. No doubt the game is physical and its fast pace is what keeps people watching and entertained. When I wrote this particular scene, I imagined what it would be like if I were Eileen, being on the ice with men and their high expectations to win the game. You can feel the adrenaline in the air. Every move, every action, there’s a consequence to be had. It brought me back to a particular time when I was in my early twenties. A male friend asked if I wanted to play hockey one night on his recreational team. It was at an ice rink in an industrial building only half the size of a regular rink, but it was ice-time and I couldn’t resist. I had my own dressing room, which most of the guys didn't know I was there, even with my shorter haircut and helmet on, they didn’t seem to notice. As I played the game, there was a lot of pushing and stick-slapping. A guy was just about to body-check me. When I moved out of the way, my friend yelled out in panic, “No! No! She’s a girl!” After that game, it was harder to play with the guys because they played with such intensity and wanted to play rough. I didn’t want to get hurt and I knew I would if I played with them again.

As a writer, I find my ideas everywhere. I look for something that grabs me and doesn’t let go until I start exploring the whirlwind of thoughts and process each one until it becomes a story. Creative people have a way of capturing a moment and letting their imaginations go. Inspiration comes at the most unexpected times, but it’s through living that an idea is born.

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