Hello Everyone! I'd like to welcome author, Cassandra Carr to my blog today. She is filling in as our Guest Blogger today. Let's give her a warm welcome!!
Why hockey players and bull riders?
by Cassandra Carr
One of the most common questions I am asked is, "Why do you write hockey players and bull riders? They're so disparate!"
The answer is easy: No, they're not. Not really. Let me explain:
1. Both are athletes, and I love me some athletic heroes! I mean, what could be better than having all that hard-bodiedness pressed up against you? And the stamina, oh man...
2. Both are known for their humbleness (at least compared to other athletes). Many hockey players and bull riders come from small towns, whether in the US, Canada, Europe, or in the case of bull riders, Brazil or Australia. Though both sets of boys certainly enjoy their toys, they're known for being down-to-earth and easy to approach. In all the years I've been personally interacting with hockey players-going on more than 15 years now-I've had exactly one of them act like a jerk to me. And he was pretty much a jerk to everybody, including his own teammates, so I don't think he was showing me anything unusual.
3. Both do something many people consider crazy or dangerous. And I don't know about you guys, but I love crazy and dangerous! Well, in my romance heroes, anyway.
4. Both need to have drive, competitiveness, and a host of other admirable traits to be successful at what they do. And who can't admire a guy who moves to a completely different country, where oftentimes he doesn't even speak the language, just to make his dream come true. These guys sacrifice a lot for what they have.
5. Both are tough as nails. Bull riders don't get paid if they don't compete, and it's not uncommon for a bull rider to ride despite broken bones, cracked ribs, collapsed lungs, you name it. As I said above, crazy, but nonetheless admirable. My friends and I have a joke about hockey players, too. If one of them was to sever a limb they'd simply skate off the ice with it and tell the trainer to hurry and re-attach it so they can get back in the game. These guys break noses, feet, hands, and still play. And that's not even in the playoffs.
What do you think of my reasons? Got any to throw in?
Thank you, Cassandra, for stepping in my shoes for the day! What a terrific post. And I have to agree--both hockey players and bull riders are great heroes to read AND write about.
Title: Cold As Ice
Author: Cassandra Carr
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Published: March 7, 2012
Sizzling PR Tour
The sex is hot, STEAMILY so, and a no-holds barr...so not for the faint of heart and definitely NOT your mama's Harlequin romance. But if you like adventure and smexy times with three studly men, Cold As Ice is your cup of tea.
I would have preferred a more gradual build-up and more background with the characters, but for what the book is--an erotic menage a quartre--then you are delivered exactly that.