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About the author:
Jessica loves to write about real men and women and all the serendipitous, maddening and ultimately wonderful things that happen when love decides to grab us by the heart and not let go. She believes in happy endings, intense eye-contact and the little thrill that dances up your spine when the one you love touches the back of your neck.
What inspired you to write your book?
Hockey (hockey players!) and writing are my favorite things – why not combine them?
Here is a short sample from the book:
We kept walking, trudging through the leaves and cigarette butts on the way to my trailer. He stayed close to me, closer than I was used to, but it felt good and right somehow. Part of me wanted to put my arm around him, to offer some small physical gesture of comfort, but I was too self-conscious, too clueless about interactions with boys.
“You should come to one of my games.”
I looked up at him, half-wondering if he was joking. Inviting me to a game? An official invitation? I wondered if he realized how that would look to everyone else in North Falls. It would look like we were dating.
“Uh, really?” I asked, failing to keep a note of real surprise out of my voice.
“Yeah,” he smiled, “really. What’s so strange about inviting a friend to watch a hockey game?”
A friend. Of course. He wasn’t from North Falls. He didn’t understand how things were in very small towns. I accepted the invitation even though the word ‘friend’ had stung more than I expected it to. What was I thinking anyway? That the new guy – and not just any new guy, but the hot, hockey-playing, destined for the NHL new guy – would be interested in more than friendship with me? Not likely.