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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Warriors Series author Charlene Groome: Interview & Spotlight


Please welcome  The Warriors Series author Charlene Groome to Diane’s Book Blog. 

Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you currently call home?

Born in Vancouver, BC. I live in Langley, BC

What is in your refrigerator right now? 

There’s always milk, eggs, cheese and yogurt in the fridge. 

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Besides my children, my husband is my greatest love. We have been together since we were 19 and over the years we've grown and changed, but the thing that has been most consistant is our committment to each other and we’re friends. We enjoy each other’s company. 

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to be a better hockey player. I’ve played ice hockey since I was a kid, but I’d love to be a faster skater.

What is the quality you most like in a man/woman?

Honesty, kindness, respect

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Is it Friday, yet?

Telling my kids to hurry up, “we’re going to be late!”

What is your favorite part of the The Warriors series? 

My favorite part is in book one, His Game, Her Rules, when Eileen is shooting pucks with Ty after practice and he stays on the ice to ask her out. She doesn’t want to give in to him, yet she finds him irresistible. I love that the two of them can play hockey and she gives him a little competition. 

How long did it take you to write the books in the Warriors Series?

Book one took me a couple of years to write because I kept revising it. Book two took me around seven months and book three, due out this August took me around five months.

If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?

Eileen for sure! I’d love skating tips from a pro!

What inspired you to write your first book?

I have written other books that will stay hidden forever, lol, but my first published book, His Game, Her Rules, I wrote because I wanted to read about a female hockey player who teaches the pros. I love reading about strong women and this was a good fit for me. 

Who or what inspired you to be a writer?

It’s funny because ever since I was young I wrote. I have a big imagination. I took creative writing in grade 12 and one of the stories I wrote got an A and I was told it was the beginning of a novel. A light went off and I thought, yes, I could try writing stories!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

One of my favourite authors is Sophie Kinsella. I love that she can make me laugh and is always a fun read. 

What is your typical day like?      

My typical day is hectic. I have three children under six, so my writing time has been pushed into mini sessions. I get up between 5:30 & 6, coffee is my go-to, I make lunches, sit and write for a half hour and then get myself ready, then the kids. When my middle child is in preschool (3 times a week) and my baby is napping in the afternoon, I get an hour to write. I pick up my kids from school, drive them to their activity if they have one, come home, make dinner, help with homework. After dinner, I get the kids ready for bed, read with them and I get to write.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I work out. If I am able to, I go for a walk or read magazines. I’m a visual person, so by focusing on other things, subconsiously I am thinking about my book. 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

My third book in the Warrior series, Practice Makes Perfect, will be published this August. The hero is Jared Landry, who carries guilt from his young adult life and really doesn’t have anyone to confide in and love him for who he is. The heroine, Meghan O’Riley has been hired as the promotions coordinator for the Vancouver Warriors. She pushes him to be more than the hockey player he is known for, but also they connect on a different level. They are both in need of a dependable relationship. 

What book are you reading now?

Emily Giffin, The One & Only. 

What is your favorite thing about sports romances? 

The hero. There’s sex appeal about a guy who works hard on his physical appearance as well as strive for what he wants. 

What do you love most about hockey?

Friendships are made, its exciting to watch, but most of all, I love the game itself. It’s physically and mentally challenging. 

Who is you favorite real life hockey team?

LA Kings & Vancouver Canucks.

What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks? 

Paperback. I still go out of my way to purchase a paperback novel.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I appreciate my readers. Thank you for choosing to read me.

His Game, Her Rules (The Warriors #1)

Charlene Groome begins a spirited new series with this riveting introduction to the Warriors, a hockey team whose star player has game both on and off the ice—until their new skating coach changes everything…

Ty Caldwell is one of the Warriors’ most valuable players—and one of Vancouver’s most eligible bachelors. His moves are part of his charm, so he’s surprised by how strongly he’s drawn to the team’s new skating coach—and even more surprised when she cross-checks his advances. But Ty loves a challenge, and the same persistence he flaunts in the rink may help him off the ice…

Eileen Francis is a world-class skater with a gold medal to prove it. But professional hockey is still a man’s world—so when she lands the job as the interim coach for The Warriors, her curves are way bigger news than her turns. To take control of this bunch of alpha males, Eileen is going to have to play cold as ice and twice as hard. But she’ll have to break her own rules to get the team’s MVP to play up to his fullest potential…

Cold as Ice (The Warriors #2)

The Warriors take to the ice again in Charlene Groome’s sensational series about hockey players and the women who love them. But the team’s new addition may have to work for a warm welcome…

Defenseman Devin Miller has bounced from team to team and city to city, but he’s finally ready to settle down—professionally and personally. The Warriors seems like the perfect fit. Now all he needs is the right woman to start a family with—and he’s willing to put in the practice to find her. 

Sports anchor Carla Sinclair already doesn’t like Vancouver’s hot new acquisition. So when she’s persuaded to interview him, she’s not prepared for the chemistry between them. But though Devin seems eager to show Carla his moves—on and off the ice—he keeps his personal life off-limits. Frustrated by him in more ways than one, Carla decides to track down Devin’s secrets on her own—and soon must decide if their attraction is worth the hit to her fragile heart…

Practice Makes Perfect (The Warriors #3)

She’s in the front office. He’s a star player. It’s a match-up guaranteed to melt the ice…

Left winger Jared Landry is one of the (gorgeous) faces of Vancouver’s Warriors hockey team—except he’s not comfortable in the spotlight. He gets that charity events are important to the community, he just wants to contribute in his own way. Face-time with the fans puts him in a vulnerable position, bringing up past memories—and present complications. But a certain fiery newcomer won’t take no for an answer…

Meghan O’Riley is the Warriors’ new events coordinator, and she wants everyone on board—including Jared. Meghan knows he has a history of flaking out on important occasions, and she has no patience for his devil-may-care attitude. But Meghan will have to hone her rookie flirting skills to get the star to commit to the team—and maybe even to her…

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