Thursday, June 27, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Enforcer by Nikki Worrell

Lacey Benoit is in need of a fresh start. Her best friend, Dr. Zoe Millis, has been begging her to make the move from Maine to California. Taking a leap of faith, Lacey does just that.

Living in San Diego definitely has its perks, such as, sunshine and beaches. The best part of moving to the west coast, however, is that Steven is still on the east coast. Catching your almost husband having sex with one of your bridesmaids on your wedding day would make even the strongest woman jaded. Therefore, Lacey has sworn off men for a while, especially men who travel a lot that have easy access to loose women.

When Lacey meets the new enforcer for the San Diego Scorpions, she thinks she might be in trouble. But she is determined to fight her attraction to the sexy NHL hunk. And she is successful...for about a day.

He was due to get home around four o’clock and Lacey wanted to be at his house when he did. A home-made meal never tasted better than after eating out for days on end. At least Lacey thought so, and she was going to cook for Jody. He said he liked spicy, so she was cooking a Mexican dinner. 

She had just put the chicken in the oven when she heard the door open. “Lace? Where are you? I’m so glad to be home.”

“Follow your nose!” She heard him put his travel bag down. Footsteps fell on the tile as he came closer to her, and then he was standing in front of her. “I missed you. I’m glad you’re back.”

Lacey launched herself into his arms, burying her face in his neck. That’s when she caught the scent. A feminine scent. Not quite perfume, but feminine all the same. Oh god, oh god, oh god. No, please no, not Jody too. 

Jody felt Lacey stiffen immediately. He pulled her away and looked into her eyes. Her eyes were shiny with unshed tears, but they also held anger. “Hey, what’s wrong, Angel?”

“I can’t believe it. Aw, Jody, not you. How? How could you do this to me?” Lacey was mortified when a sob escaped her. She covered her face and turned away from him.

“Lace, sweetheart, what are you talking about?” He tried to put his arms around her but she whirled around and shoved him away.

She was incredibly sad, but she was also getting pissed. “You forgot to shower, sweetheart. I can smell her on you. I can smell her scent on your skin.”

Nikki Worrell
I am a hockey fan (Go Flyers!) who loves to read. And now I am enjoying writing. What do I write about? Hockey and men. Really, is there anything better?

I live in Hammonton, NJ with my husband of over 18 years. It's not always easy but it's always worth it.

I have a B.S.B.A. in Human Resources and work for a law firm in Philadelphia.
Favorite Books
Pretty much anything with strong characters. I also love some supernatural thrown in and anything that involves a hockey player!

Who is your favourite author and is you writing style similar to theirs?
Karen Marie Moning – No, actually it’s not. She writes in first person, while I prefer third. She writes paranormal books and I don’t. She does use sarcasm and humor which I try to use and all of her characters are strong, as are mine (90% of the time).

Any recent works that you admire?
I have read a lot of indie author’s books lately. I’m not going to name one particular book but I can tell you that I admire each and every book an indie puts out there. It’s hard work and sometimes the reviews are tough to read, so I admire them all!

Is your writing affected by any personal experiences?
I am an avid hockey fan and I’ve always liked the “underdog” so to speak. Therefore, I never buy the jersey of the team captain or the #1 goal scorer.  Nope, I like the 3rd and 4th liners, enforcers specifically.  I think that enforcers are underrated in the league and a lot of people don’t understand their role. They also have a suicide rate that’s too high. There is a correlation between being hit in the head and depression. Enforcers are hit a lot (as are other players). So my love of enforcers in the NHL led me to write “The Enforcer”.

What advice would you give to people who "run out of creativity" when writing?
Take a step back. Look at some of your notes to see if that jogs anything loose. But number one – do not be afraid to delete something if it doesn’t work (sometimes that makes me think of an entirely new thing to put in its place and gets me going again). You can’t write a book overnight, give it time and it’ll come to you.

When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
No, I have not. I give more thought to where they are from and what that might mean. For example, my first male lead in my first book is an NHL hockey player. He is from Canada (as are most hockey players), others are from Finland, Russia, Czech, etc. but you most likely won’t see a hockey player from, let’s say, India or Iraq, etc. I need my secondary characters to be believable.

What's your favorite part of a book?
The middle. I feel like that’s where all the twists and turns take place. The middle of the book allows you to understand what the beginning was leading up to. It also makes your mind wander in different directions when you are trying to figure out how it will end.

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1 comment:

  1. The picture of the kiss is my favorite of all the pictures I've seen along the blog tour. Since it followed the excerpt, I'm making chicken for dinner tonight. I just hope there is a good explanation about the smell.

    I've said it before, but I'm so excited for a hockey book, I only ever get baseball or football. And I prefer hockey in real life, I'm thinking I will prefer it in The Enforcer, too.