Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Perfect Catch Blog Tour (+$15 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: A Perfect Catch
Author: Anna Sugden
Series: New Jersey Ice Cats #3
Pages: 384
Date Published: February 3rd 2015
Publisher:  Harlequin
Format:  Paperback
Genre:Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
When it comes to romance, Tracy Hayden is not looking for a rematch. She's had epic passion - and problems! - with professional hockey player Ike Jelinek. Brilliant on skates and magic in bed, his too-traditional-for-her views were like a bucket of ice water on their affair.

Then an injury takes Ike out of the game, and everything changes. Suddenly he needs her services-providing business - even though he once claimed it was their biggest problem. Tracy's determined to be professional, despite the sizzling attraction between them that won't go away. Maybe they need a second fling to fix that!
 
~Try an Excerpt!~
Tracy was surprised by how confidently Ike han¬dled the small bundle.

“Goaltenders have the safest pair of hands,” he said smugly, as if he’d read her mind.

“Of course.” Her smile felt forced as she jumped up and went to sit in the chair on the opposite side of the bed.

“Ike used to help my mom look after Linc while Aunt Karina was at work,” Jake added. “He was a whiz at changing diapers, making bottles of formula and burping the kid.”

Tracy knew one of the reasons Ike was so serious was that he’d had to learn responsibility at an early age, after his father had walked out. Even though Jake’s parents had helped Karina Jelinek a lot—Jake and the four Jelinek boys had been raised together— it had been a struggle as Ike’s mum had worked several jobs to keep her sons fed and clothed. Ike and the next oldest, Tru, had done their part to help look after their younger brothers, Kenny and Linc.

It was touching to see the brawny goaltender holding her tiny nephew so tenderly, his green eyes looking fondly at the gurgling baby. Someday, he’d probably hold his own children with the same con¬fidence. Look at them with the same affection.

She ignored the tug in her chest.

Tracy didn’t want to be the woman who gave him those children. She was happy with her life and her business; she answered to no one but herself. She enjoyed the freedom of doing what she wanted, when she wanted. Sure, she dated. Some guys had even lasted a few months. But every time things had started to turn serious, she’d felt hemmed in and backed away.

As for children… Well, she was a fantastic aunt and that was enough for her.

Really, it was.

Tracy turned to Maggie and asked brightly, “How are you feeling?”

“Pretty good, considering.” Her sister lowered her voice. “I don’t want to upset the men by telling you about my stitches, so I’ll give you the gory de¬tails later.”

Tracy bit back a laugh as the two hockey play¬ers winced. “At least we’re in the right place if they pass out.”

“I’ll go and check if anyone else is in the waiting room,” Jake said quickly.

“I’ll come with you.” Emily hurried after him, already bored with her new brother. “I wonder if Nonna and Poppa brought me a big-sister present.”

Maggie shook her head indulgently. “Jake’s poor parents have been bombarded with helpful sugges¬tions for gifts.”

“Em’s thrown a few ideas my way,” Tracy said.

“Mine, too.” Ike nodded.

“The little monkey. We had a talk about that and I told her not to try it on.”

Tracy patted her sister’s arm. “Emily’s excited about Joe’s arrival, which is nice, given she’s been an only child for so long.”

“I know. She’s a good kid, just a little cheeky.”

“I don’t blame her. It’s not like our parents ever spoiled her.” When their father was alive, Em had been lucky to get a birthday card, let alone a pres¬ent. Dominic Hayden had believed gifts were friv¬olous. Since his death, their mother had continued to abide by his rules. God forbid she should have a thought of her own.

“True.” Maggie grimaced. “I suppose I should let Mum know about Joe.”

“Don’t worry. I’ll call her later.” Tracy deliber¬ately changed the subject. “Have the doctors said when you can go home?”

“Tomorrow, assuming everything’s okay.” Her sister sighed. “I’m sorry. This has messed up our plans at work for the next few weeks. I can’t believe I went into labor so early. Everyone kept telling me I was bound to be late because it had been so long since I’d had Em.”

“Babies come when they want to,” Tracy reas¬sured her. “I’d factored in the possibility. Which is why the intern we recruited is starting ahead of schedule—on Monday. Carla’s grateful for the extra money and I’m happy to pass over the admin du¬ties, so it’s all good.”

“Even more reason for you not to pay me while I’m off work.”

“Don’t start that again. You know how well the business is doing and there’s more than enough in the budget to cover your maternity pay, so relax. Be¬sides, didn’t I read somewhere that worrying turns a mother’s milk sour?”

“That’s an old wives’ tale.”

Tracy shrugged. “I wouldn’t want to risk it.”

“Okay.” Maggie laughed. “Can I at least ask if you heard back from those two new business pitches we made this week?”

“Not yet, but I’m sure they’ll let me know before the weekend,” Tracy lied smoothly, not wanting her sister to start fretting again about her workload.

Both contracts were in the bag, which would be a nice boost to their bottom line and another step closer to Tracy’s goal of getting their business to number one. Even with Carla’s help, she’d be work¬ing flat out until Maggie returned. But the extra hours would be worth the financial cushion it would give them for next year.

“How will you cope if we win them both?” her sister asked.

“I thought we just agreed that everything was under control,” Tracy scolded.

“Yes, but…”


Thankfully, Maggie’s protest was interrupted when Jake’s parents bustled into the room, followed by Ike’s mum and stepfather.
~Meet Anna!~ 
Harlequin SuperRomance author, Anna Sugden, loves reading and writing happy endings as much as hockey! When not reading or watching hockey, she loves football, good food & wine, making simple cross-stitch projects, and collecting memorabilia, penguins and fab shoes!


A former marketing executive and primary teacher, Anna lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and two bossy black cats. Learn more about Anna, her heart-warming romances and her shoes at www.annasugden.com . You can also follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/annasugden.romanceauthor), Twitter (www.twitter.com/annasugden) Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/annasugden) and on the Romance Bandits blog (www.romancebandits.com
Anna will award a $15 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter, as well as 4 signed copies of A Perfect Catch AND 4 exclusive A Perfect Catch notebooks. (international giveaway). One randomly selected host will receive a $15 Amazon GC.

15 comments:

  1. I'm a fan of the author's work, so everything else is a bonus.

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    1. Hey Mary! Thanks for stopping by today! Aww you're such a sweetheart! <3

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  2. thank you for the excerpt, i enjoyed reading it :)

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    1. Hey Lisa! Glad you dropped in and enjoyed the excerpt. Hope you enjoy the rest of the chapter at the other stops! <3

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today! <3

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  4. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thanks!

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    1. Hey Sydney! Thanks for stopping by today and letting me know you enjoyed the excerpt! :)

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  5. Hey everybody - what kind of presents do you think Emily got?

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  6. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Rita, and thanks for following the tour!

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  7. What I liked best was seeing Anna here!!!
    Hi, Anna! Hope you're enjoying all that life has to offer!

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    1. Hey Laney4! Great to see you here today too! My day is a lot brighter, thanks to you!Hope you're having a great one!

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  8. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by and again to Andra for letting me play here today!

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