Game PlayPower Play # 1
By: Lynda Aicher
Releasing February 16th, 2015
One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.
One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.
When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?
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Spin-off Series: The Good, Bad and Ugly
As most of you probably know, the Power Play series is a spin-off from my Wicked Play series. The characters in Power Play first appeared in Bonds of Courage, book six of Wicked Play. The Glaciers professional hockey team was first mentioned in Bonds of Need, book two of Wicked Play along with Holden Hauke, the hockey star and hero in book six. Scott Walters, the upcoming hero in Back in Play, book two of Power Play, was also mentioned in Bonds of Denial, book 5 of Wicked Play.
Are you confused yet? Keeping the stories and characters straight is just one of the ugly parts of creating a spin-off series. I started planning the Power Play series two years ago when I first referenced the Glaciers. Building up the team and characters was always a subset of the current Wicked Play stories I was writing, but I was always careful to never let it overtake the current story.
Spin-off series can have a benefit of bringing current readers into your new series, but it can also turn off new readers who haven’t read the other series. It’s a delicate balance to carry over characters and keep them consistent without losing or annoying any of your readers—old or new. Some people love spin-off series and other hate them. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll never make everyone happy no matter what you do.
For me, writing a spin-off series was really about writing books about hockey players. I saw an opportunity to weave the team into the series I was currently writing and made sure to leave the option open. At the time, I honestly had no clue if I’d get to write my sports romances or if anyone would want to publish them. Luck was with me though, and I did get to write my hockey stories.
Do you like to read spin-off series? What about them do you like or dislike? I personally like them if it’s from a series I really enjoyed. I love seeing the world continue in a new way. Maybe that’s why I decided to write one. It’s been fun keeping parts of the Wicked Play series alive while creating a tangent world next to it.
Lynda Aicher has always loved to read. After years of weekly travel implementing computer software into global companies, she ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties as a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, volunteer, cleaner and mediator. Find her at: http://lyndaaicher.com
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