Well, it’s another month, so that means another book release – yay, Checked Impressions releases tomorrow!
Last month saw the release of my Winter Olympics-based story Love on Ice, which I’d originally set in Chicago, another of the cities of the Original Six hockey teams my romance series is based on. But when an editor friend suggested I could chop off the final third and use a run at the Stanley Cup in a different story, I saw the potential in this, especially as it would give me more time to explore some of the fabulousness that is Chicago!
I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Chicago back in 2010, and even though it was a short visit it was very memorable for this Aussie author. I’ve always enjoyed architecture, and this city full of amazing (& original) skyscrapers is full of fabulous art deco and other period features best enjoyed from a river cruise. (Pics below). Another of my highlights was trying deep dish pizza (oh yum!) and watching a Chicago Blackhawks hockey game. The atmosphere was incredible – and my impressions might’ve just made their way into a few scenes in this book, and proved invaluable when writing a series about hockey players!
But one of my standout memories was visiting the Art Institute of Chicago and its utterly fabulous collection of art. I’ve always been a fan of art, especially artworks from the Impressionist period, and the Art Institute has one of the finest collections in the world. I incorporated some of this love into Checked Impressions, as Allie (my heroine) is a museum guide there with a passion for impressionism, something which draws the interest of Jai Mullins, our hometown hockey hero.
Check out these images of some of my favorite paintings and other sites we visited and enjoyed – ALL of which make an appearance in this novel of misconceptions and romance, which readers have enjoyed, saying: “I am emerging from a book hangover after reading Checked Impressions,” “The romance, humor and themes of identity are so enjoyable and make for a great read!,” “I love how down to earth the characters are in this book” and “I love that hard conversations are not glossed over and they are both challenged to grow in their faith and walk with God. They balance each other so well and I was blessed by their story.”
I hope you’re blessed by this story too.
Here’s a bit more about Checked Impressions:
Sparks fly when a hometown hockey hero meets a classy art-loving museum guide hiding a secret…
Jai Mullins is used to being the fastest man on ice. Trouble is, his ability to find a genuine woman is tracking at glacial melt levels. He’s trusting God she’s out there, but he’s wary of getting trapped by a superfan, when all he wants is someone with whom he can be real.
Allie Davis has two great loves: impressionist art and hockey. More specifically, a certain hockey player. But between her shyness and her embarrassing family, she’s convinced she’ll never meet him, let alone connect with him in a non-embarrassing way.
Until she does. And they connect. And romance sparks.
But she is hiding a big secret, and he’s about to find that first impressions sometimes need a reality check. Will they learn to trust and find a way forward, or will half-truths lead to further hurt on opposite sides of the country and lonely lives?
This Windy City romance has plenty of heart, humor, and swoon-worthy kisses in the third book of the Original Six, a sweet, slightly sporty Christian contemporary romance series.
Okay, it’s time to talk! Have you been to Chicago? Are you a fan of art, or visited a wonderful art museum around the world? Is there a major city in the world you would like to visit? Why?
Giveaway: One randomly selected commentator will receive an ebook of either The Breakup Project or Love on Ice. This giveaway will remain open until midnight on Sunday 27th.