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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Island Ice by Rachelle Vaughn: Interview and Cover Reveal

Island Ice blurb:

City girl Avery Addison is used to the finer things in life. Room service, limousines, a haute couture wardrobe and five-star dining. When she finds herself stranded on a desert island in the South Pacific she’s in for a startling realization. With no cell reception and just a designer coat to shield her from the tropical rain, she is left to devise a plan to get back home. To make matters worse, she soon discovers she’s not alone on the island. Red Valley Razors hockey player Colton Greene is in the same predicament. His laid-back devil-may-care attitude irks Avery to the nth degree. This is a life and death situation after all.

Will Avery and Colton find a way off the island before they strangle each other? Or will a night in a makeshift shelter change Avery’s mind about the cocky jock?

Your ticket to paradise awaits!

Island Ice will be released July 22, 2016 and is available for pre-order now!

Rachelle Vaughn


Please welcome Razors Ice Series author Rachelle Vaughn to Diane’s Book Blog.

What is your favorite part of the Razors Ice Series?

I love that the books are stand-alone and the possibilities for storylines are virtually endless—as long as the main character is a hockey player! The series has featured massage therapists, an aspiring veterinarian, a hair stylist, an optometrist, a fashion designer and even an ornithologist. Doing research for these books is a blast!

If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?

How appropriate! As much as I love Colton and Avery from Island Ice, they are amateurs when it comes to wilderness survival. I’d probably choose Nataliya from Hockey Gods. She isn’t afraid of anything and is the type of woman who could find water, build shelter, and hunt for food with no problem at all. She’d have some great stories to tell to keep me entertained, too.

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

I would be besties with Emily from Underneath It All. She is strong and courageous and I value those qualities. Plus, I’d get to hang out at O’Leary House where there would be endless inspiration and we could enjoy some of Aunt Maureen’s home cooking together! And Emily has a really hot brother!

What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always been an avid reader and wanted to be a writer ever since a young age. Life got in the way of my aspirations for a while and then I got back into reading again. It was actually after reading Leaving Normal by Stef An Holm that I thought, “Hey, I'm finally ready to write a book!” My first obstacle was the hero’s occupation. I knew he had to be wealthy enough to afford a fast car and a nice house. Then the lightbulb came on and I decided he would make a perfect hockey player. And so Home Ice and the Razors Ice series was born.

What is your favorite book that you wrote?

Home Ice will always hold a special place in my heart because it was my first book, but I think Mama’s Ink is my favorite overall. I really love Sadie and Jared’s emotional story and the colorful characters in Mama’s tattoo shop. Reading the epilogue still brings tears to my eyes to this day.

What do you love most about hockey?

Hockey is awesome because it’s so fast-paced that there is never a dull moment. The players are modern-day warriors who have no qualms about pulling out a loose tooth or getting stitched up in the locker room and getting back out there on the ice. They play with torn muscles and broken bones and I respect their intense dedication to the sport. And I love how quickly things can turn around in a game. A team can be up by three in the final round of the playoffs and all of a sudden the underdog comes back and wins it all.

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

I want to say thank you for taking a chance on Home Ice and enabling me to transition into writing full time. I love creating new stories that will make readers laugh and cry and it’s because of them that I get to do what I love.

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