Friday, November 18, 2016

Author Guest Post: Shutout (The Renegades #5) by Melody Heck Gatto

Shutout by Melody Heck Gatto
Release: August 12th, 2016, 2016
Romance Subgenre: Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance
Series: The Renegades #5

Love can be the best trophy and the sweetest consolation prize.

Dominic is flirty, swoon-worthy and tattooed. He's only ever truly loved one woman - Hailee - the one that got away. But that was a lifetime ago. She left a scar on his heart so deep that no bunny would ever fill it. No girl measured up to his Hailee – not that he wanted anyone to. If he was lucky enough to find her again, he wasn’t going to let her go so easily.

Hailee is stubborn, talented, tattooed, and not the kind of woman to let a man take care of her. She refuses to sit in the kitchen and bake pies for anyone. She is her own woman and plans to stay that way. That's why she had to leave Dominic all those years ago. Hailee kept herself hidden away in a hockey-free bubble, avoiding all aspects of the game and eliminating the possibility of running into him. Her heart missed Dominic, but her brain knew that she couldn’t be what he needed. It was just better this way. She had her own dreams and wasn’t about to give up on them, even if it meant giving him up.

When all things in her life finally start to fall neatly into place, one thing is still missing. Dominic.

Dominic was used to shutting out teams on the ice, but didn’t like being shutout by her. Hailee already had his heart, all she had to do was take down the walls she built, and stop playing games.

Author Guest Post
I'm excited to have author Melody Heck Gatto on the blog today to discuss her book, Shutout. Thanks for sharing, Melody!

I love making the game part of the overall story (I love the whole experience of being at a NHL game, the noise, the food, the sound of the skates on the ice.) My hope is even if you’ve never set foot into a hockey rink, you will feel as if you had while reading my books.

I write for the fan-girl in me. Most of my female characters have a favorite player or a crush on a particular player. They never thought they would have a chance much less an opportunity to catch the eye of said hockey player. Fan-girls typically dream of that player noticing them – well in my Renegades Series that is exactly what happens. There is some angst or drama, but it’ll only make you want a happily ever after for the couple even more. I like to say that my books are “fan-girl” approved.

Some of my characters have been influenced by hockey players from around the NHL. Others are completely fictional and mimic no one in particular. Each Renegades book is about one of the guys on the team, so you’re not following the same couple around in all the books. They do pop up again though, and we get to see them grow and progress in their relationships, with the team and life.

About Melody Heck Gatto
Melody was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband, and son. She’s a dog lover and recently losing her two 15yr old girls (dogs) they adopted a new puppy, in addition to a cat. After years of begging for a cat, she finally let her son adopt a kitten (even though she’s allergic!) The cat is definitely a “mama’s boy”. A house just isn’t a home without pets.

The whole family are avid Pittsburgh Penguins fans and like going to hockey games when they get the chance. Having met some of the players has fueled her interest in writing about them and creating wonderful stories.

Melody has loved writing since she was young, in school she never met a creative writing assignment that she didn't love. She is lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who encourages her to write. When she was laid off from her job of 14 years, he was supportive about letting her stay home and just be a mom. During that time, she discovered hockey-romances and found a renewed love of reading as well as a passion for writing.

She spends her spare time reading hockey romances. At holiday time she really enjoys any romance about Christmas, and Hallmark movies on tv. When it is the hockey off-season, she enjoys swimming and spending her days out in the sun with her family.

Basically if she’s not writing or reading, then she’s doing something that has to do with hockey!

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