Please welcome back, Linda O'Connor, with her new release "Before The Whistle" from her "In the Game Hockey Romance series."
Jordyn Kendra is the heroine in Before the Whistle. She and her three friends find love in the stories of the In the Game Hockey Romance series. Sarah and Danni are both physicians, and Kelly is a pharmacist. Jordyn is the only non-medical one in the bunch.
Jordyn faints at the sight of blood and gets queasy at the thought of using an automatic defibrillator. She shares that characteristic with me! Not the queasy-at-the-thought-of-running-an-arrest part, but the fainting-at-the-sight-of-blood part. When I was accepted into medical school, I fainted at the very sight of a needle. During my first year of medical school, I spent ten weeks of my elective time shadowing an anesthesiologist in the operating room. I could watch the surgery and sit down whenever I felt lightheaded. Eventually I did become desensitized to it – I think because I began to see it from a different perspective. Now I focus on the anatomy and management rather than the pain and injury. And, it turns out, giving needles is a lot easier than getting them!
LOL. So glad you became desensitize to it. You know, needles were not my problem, what was my problem for a while was the site of blood.
If you haven't read one of Linda's In The Game Hockey Series, I can guarantee you will enjoy the humorous read. Share with us a little about this particular book, Linda!
Before the Whistle (In the Game Hockey Romance series, Book 4)
Jordyn Kendra is a talented designer and savvy businesswoman. Spending eighteen hours a day establishing and running a successful business doesn’t leave much time for pursuing a relationship, and frankly she hasn’t really missed it. But when an invitation arrives that could help her fulfill her career dreams, she has to make a decision. What’s harder: going to a gala without a date or finding someone to ask?
Ben Matthews, head athletic therapist for the wildly popular Clarington Quakes hockey team, tends to stand out in a crowd. When Jordyn doesn’t recognize him, it puts a dent in his ego, but he catches her attention when he jumps in to save a life.
She’s a queasy bystander, cowering at the sight of blood, and he’s cool, calm, and confident, which she finds irresistible. With a little prodding from her spirited aunt, Jordyn realizes that she and Ben might be the perfect mismatch.
Before the Whistle – when cool and calm in an emergency is totally hot.
Sounds like another great winner, Linda. Can we get a peek at an excerpt?
The man who’d walked in as she’d come out of the pool – and wasn’t he gorgeous? – glanced over at the teenagers and then stepped in front of her, blocking their view. “Hi. You’re Jordyn, right? Danni’s friend?”
Jordyn stumbled to a stop. The top of her head came level with the middle of his bare chest. There were only a few advantages to being short. Being eye level with that view – sculpted muscle, smooth skin, broad shoulders – was definitely one of them. She swept her gaze up to his face. He looked familiar, but she couldn’t place him.
“Ben Matthews. I work with the Quakes.” He took the towel from around his neck and handed it to her.
She took it without thinking. “Of course.” He was the head athletic therapist for the Clarington Quakes, the professional hockey team in town. She’d met him a couple of times at team events when she’d accompanied her friend, Dr. Danni Angelo, who was one of the team physicians. She hadn’t realized that impressive physique was under the loose team jacket he usually wore. “Hi, Ben. Yes, I’m Jordyn Kendra. Nice to see you.” She held up the towel. “Ah, thanks, but I don’t really need to take yours. I left one on the chair over there.” She pointed to the lounger at the end of the pool.
He nodded. “That’s okay. I can get another. You go ahead – it’s a bit chilly in here.”
Jordyn tilted her head. Really? The water was cool, but the air felt like a balmy summer day. She shrugged and wrapped the towel around herself. “I didn’t know you lived in this condo.”
He smiled. “Just moved in last month. I had an apartment close to the rink, but when something opened up with a view of the river, I jumped at it.”
“You can’t beat it. You’ll love it here. I’m sure you’re busy with the team, but it really is convenient having the pool, squash courts, and weight room in the building.”
“I’m certainly enjoying the view.” His eyes lit with amusement.
Jordyn nodded. “Well, I should get going. It was good to see you. Maybe we’ll see more of each other.”
He chuckled. “Maybe.”
That was funny? She didn’t get it. “Thanks for the towel.”
She walked toward the change room and glanced back as Ben dove into the water. Hmm. Perfect form and hardly a splash. For a huge guy, he was pretty graceful. It looked like he’d done that before. She fleetingly wondered if he ever had trouble with shrinking bathing trunks.
She headed inside and fiddled with the combination of the lock to her locker. She’d rather shower upstairs in her condo, but she’d brought a cover to wear in the elevator. She unwrapped the towel, threw it on the bench, and glanced at her reflection in the mirror across the room. Her heart pounded in shock.
Her bathing suit was completely see-through. Her eyes widened. It left absolutely nothing to the imagination. She groaned and covered her cheeks with her hands. No wonder the teenagers had been so interested. She shook her head and laughed in embarrassment.
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HFQGXSM/
Oh My Gosh! I wasn't expecting that! LOL. Let's get a little bio on Linda!
Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing romantic comedies when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at a local home décor store. Her books have enjoyed bestseller status. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic. She shares her medical knowledge in fast-paced, well-written, sexy romances – with an unexpected twist. Her favourite prescription to write? Laugh every day. Love every minute.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-OConnor/e/B00S7CNLEA
Thanks so much, Linda, for coming back and sharing your new release with us.
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9/26/2018 10:58:26 am
Thanks very much for hosting me, Connie!! It's always a pleasure to visit.
9/26/2018 01:50:18 pm
Ha, going to med school when needles make you queasy? I bet that was a challenge. Sounds like a great read. Congrats!
9/26/2018 03:24:12 pm
Thanks! I found the human body fascinating, and luckily, that outweighed the rest. It all worked out!
9/26/2018 04:03:13 pm
Yow! Swimwear can be so tricky. Love the excerpt!
9/26/2018 07:06:05 pm
Thanks! I agree, especially those white bathing suits! :o
9/26/2018 05:22:44 pm
Love the excerpt....I can feel her embarrassment LOL!
9/26/2018 07:06:43 pm
Thank you so much!
9/27/2018 10:10:33 am
That must have been quite a challenge for you, Linda. I could deal with emergencies with my kids. Once the pros took over, I'd start to shake and fall apart. LOL How great you were able to take your own challenges and use them in a story. Best wishes.
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