Hello everyone Love Bytes is excited & happy to invite you to the exclusive cover reveal of a special author duo!
The first book written by Jeff Adams , who we all know, and his husband Will Knauss.
Jeff and Will introduce us to the cover, share an exclusive excerpt and brought with them a giveaway for our readers.
Welcome Jeff and Will 🙂
Thanks so much to Dani for having us on Love Bytes to reveal the cover for our first ever joint project. You may recognize our names as the hosts of Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast and Jeff’s been writing gay romance and YA for a few years now. However, The Hockey Player’s Heart, which is Dreamspun Desires #50, is the first time we’ve written together.
We had a great time collaborating on this second chances story about Caleb Carter, pro hockey player, reconnecting with Aaron Price, who is now a third grade teacher. We love the cover Bree Archer created too. That’s Caleb with his picturesque upstate New York hometown in the background.
We’re looking forward to the book coming out January 16 from Dreamspinner Press!
Make sure you check out the excerpt below, as well as the giveaway for your chance to win a ebook copy of The Hockey Player’s Heart once it comes out in January along with a $5 Amazon gift card that we’ll send out right after the giveaway done. That way you can get an ebook of your choice this month and then our book in January..
Here we go !
Cover art designer: Bree Archer (www.breearcher.com)
Hometown hero. Hockey superstar. Perfect boyfriend?
When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R & R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser . Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard, like being checked into the boards. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take, right?
Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what a celebrity like Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. Their differences are just too great. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.
Here’s your first look at The Hockey Player’s Heart with a brief excerpt of Aaron’s reaction to seeing Caleb again for the first time in years.
Aaron returned to his students to help them finish their booth setup.
Even though Pam had mentioned that Caleb would be making a special appearance at their small-town event, it hadn’t prepared him to see Caleb for the first time in years, standing in the gym. It was good talking to him again after so long. What had surprised him was the visceral reaction he had to being close to Pam’s kid brother like that.
One thing was for certain. Caleb Carter was no longer a kid.
What the hell was happening? Just standing close to Caleb had left Aaron unsettled. Examining those pictures, Aaron felt the heat coming off Caleb, not to mention the occasional bumps he had gotten as Caleb reached around to point at the images.
The candid picture captured the real Caleb, and it was sexy as hell too. Caleb’s sweaty face, a lock of blond hair peeking out from the helmet, showed the effort and intensity of the game. The subtle five o’clock shadow got Aaron’s full attention and drew him in. He wanted to see the photo come to life.
Thankfully Heath, intrepid fourth-grade reporter, had come up and broken the moment before Aaron’s body could noticeably react, no blushing, no sweaty palms, and thank God, no tent in his jeans. That would’ve been the worst.
Caleb looked amazing. Aaron had a pretty good idea about the physique underneath that oversized team jersey he was wearing. Caleb packed solid muscle from all the training he did. It’d been true in high school, he’d seen Caleb shirtless a couple times by accident, and it still had to be that way since he was a pro athlete.
He couldn’t think about that. After what had happened during his time in California, he’d had enough of jocks to last him a lifetime.
Jeff Adams has written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he’s continued to create, often with a hockey player at the center of the story.
Jeff lives in northern California with his husband of more than twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book, it would be a tie between Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan’s Every Day.
Jeff is the co-host of Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast, a weekly show devoted to gay romance as well as pop culture. New episodes come out every Monday at biggayfictionpodcast.com.
You can learn more about Jeff at jeffadamswrites.com.
Will Knauss is a child of the seventies. When he wasn’t twirling around on the playground (like Lynda Carter from Wonder Woman), he wrote stories and performed plays for family members. Enthusiasm for his theatrical presentations varied. Before becoming an author, Will’s work experience ranged from hotel housekeeper to retail clerk. While living in New York, he even worked as a Wax Museum tour guide.
In 1995 he asked the man who would eventually become his husband on a date. No Netflix and chill for them, though, remember, this was the Dark Ages (aka the midnineties). They went to an actual theater to see the John Carpenter remake of Village of the Damned. They have been inseparable ever since.
Each week, Will shares his love of gay romance fiction with the listeners of the Big Gay Fiction Podcast, a show he co-created with his husband and fellow author, Jeff Adams.
Other random facts: He loves Jacqueline Susann – Valley of the Dolls and Armistead Maupin- Tales of the City. He can answer any question about Bette Davis (he’s that obsessed) and has an ever-growing collection of Wonder Woman ephemera (see Lynda Carter reference above).
You can keep up with Will at WillKnauss.com and check out the Big Gay Fiction Podcast at BigGayFictionPodcast.com