Nearly there! A Perfect Trade – Quick Five

A Perfect Trade final

Can you believe it? We’re less than a fortnight away from the launch of the second book in my New Jersey Ice Cats series – A Perfect Trade?! Squee! There will be a wild and wonderful launch party on July 2nd, when I’ll be joined by dear friend and Supers sister, Kris Fletcher. We’ll have the usual Bandita party hijinks – Sven and the rest of the Lair men are helping the hockey hunks getting the rink and bar ready (and battening down the valuables!) – but in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to give you a teaser of things to come!

For those of you who have read A Perfect Distraction — and especially for those who have been begging for Tru and Jenny’s story — A Perfect Trade will tell you all :). Soon you’ll be able to find out what happened in their past to make them behave as they do towards each other. To remind you, here’s an excerpt from A Perfect Distraction, where Maggie meets Jenny for the first time:

“Hello, gentlemen.” A throaty voice curled around them, like the tendrils of smoke from a vamp’s cigarette in a film noir.

Maggie recognized the blonde—Jenny, queen of the puck bunnies. The players welcomed her with enthusiasm as she walked around the table greeting them.

“Ice Man. Chance. Blade.” Each name was accompanied by a touch, a brush against a shoulder, a tap on the arm. “Mad Dog.”

Vlad grinned as she reached him. “Remember me, Jenny?”

“Detroit. The natural hat trick.” Her eyes twinkled. “You scored the overtime winner with fourteen seconds left.”

“A memorable night.” From the Russian’s tone, he didn’t mean the goal.

Jenny laughed. She trailed a French-tipped finger along his shoulder, then moved on. “Juergen Ingemar. I haven’t had the pleasure.”

“We must put that right.” He wasn’t talking about hockey, either.

The woman was amazingly self-confident. She spoke easily to the players, alternately teasing and flirting. How would she treat Jake with Maggie there? Maggie’s stomach gave a little twist. She told herself not to be silly. It’s not like there was anything between her and Jake. Yet.

Jenny dropped a kiss on Ike’s head. “You dropped too early on that wrister.”

“I know.” He sighed. “I thought he was going five-hole.”

“Portnoy can’t get his shot off quickly enough to get it through your legs. He always roofs it.”

Ike tilted his head. “Really?”

“Watch game tape.” There was her supreme confidence again.

“I will. Thanks.”

“My pleasure.”

A Perfect Distraction

“Truman.” Clipped, cold. Dismissive.

Maggie was surprised when Jenny moved past Tru with no smile, touch or banter.

“Jenny.” The easygoing man shifted in his seat, his attention focused with rigid determination on the burrito platter.

Things are no better when A Perfect Trade opens, as you’ll see from this sneak peek:

Jenny damned the way her pulse hitched. When would her traitorous body learn that she was no longer inter­ested in the good-looking defenseman? Hadn’t been for thirteen years. Other women might drool over the way his broad shoulders filled out his black, long-sleeved shirt and how his faded jeans fit his muscular thighs, but she’d learned the hard way not to trust his pretty packaging. She could resist those high, Slavic cheekbones and that rugged jaw, too. Her mom had always said “handsome is, as handsome does.”

That made Tru as ugly as sin.

“I saw the news about…him,” Tru said quietly. “Are you okay?”

For a moment, the protective concern in his green eyes touched her. Warmed her. As it had the day they’d met in first grade. He’d had her back when she’d squared off against the class bully over her lunch money. He’d always had her back. Until the night he hadn’t.

The warmth vanished, leaving frost in its place. “I’m fine.”

“If you need anything…”

She cut him off. “You’ve done more than enough.”

“I’m sorry.” Red tinged his cheeks and rose up his neck. “More than you’ll ever know.”

“So you’ve said.” But an apology couldn’t fix the damage he’d done. 

So what do I have in store for these two? Here’s the blurb:

A win-win negotiation? 

Truman “Tru” Jelinek’s life is pretty much off the rails. With his professional hockey career on thin ice, and his personal life falling apart, he’s ready to implement some serious changes. Helping Jenny Martin—the only girl he’s ever loved—make her dreams a reality is a good place to start. 

There’s just one problem: Jenny doesn’t want his help. She barely wants to speak to him. But Tru is prepared to negotiate a deal that even Jenny can’t refuse. As trading favors turns into sharing passion, he has to face the truth that when it comes to Jenny, the game is far from over.

Ah, it’s such fun being an author – you can put your characters through torture. Of course, they’ll get their happy ever after in the end … but they’ll have to work for it. Which makes it all sweeter, don’t you think?

On to today’s Quick Five. I thought it would be fun to play with some trades. You can choose one or more, or all five. You just have to offer a trade for each one you choose. My favourite answer will win a signed copy of A Perfect Trade and an exclusive A Perfect Trade notebook. One other commenter will win an exclusive A Perfect Trade notebook. For either prize, if I see you have liked my Facebook author page, you’ll get a bonus of an exclusive A Perfect Trade keyring!

What would you offer to trade for the following? 

1. A housekeeper for a year, to do all your cleaning, laundry, ironing and household chores.

2. A one hour ‘shopper’s dash’ through your favourite department store (starting in the shoe department!).

3. An all-expenses-paid trip to the holiday destination of your choice (where would it be?)

4. An evening with your favourite hunk (other halves not allowed!), including a five star dinner. (who would you choose?)

5. Twenty-four hours with Sven, Paolo, Demetrius, Lars and the hockey hunks at your beck and call (and what happens in the Lair, stays in the Lair 😉  )

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Anna,
    Can’t wait for the release of “A Perfect Trade.” I’m tempted to choose an evening out with King Henrik, but I think I’ll go with the all expenses paid trip to France. I want to see Paris, Nice and Provence. If I get to enjoy the delicious French cuisine, I’m willing to give up junk food for a little while.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Anna

    Firstly I finished reading this one today I started it yesterday afternoon and finished it this morning what a great story I love Tru and Jenny’s story it is moving heartwarming and very sensual 🙂 Don’t miss this one or this series everyone

    1. A housekeeper for a year, to do all your cleaning, laundry, ironing and household chores.

    Ok I would give up Tim Tams for 6 months for this one that would give me heaps more time to read 🙂

    2. A one hour ‘shopper’s dash’ through your favourite department store (starting in the shoe department!).

    No sorry I am not a shopper LOL

    3. An all-expenses-paid trip to the holiday destination of your choice (where would it be?)

    The Scottish highlands and I would trade all chocolate for a year 🙂

    4. An evening with your favourite hunk (other halves not allowed!), including a five star dinner. (who would you choose?)

    I probaly wouldn’t be able to talk to shocked so I will leave this one LOL

    5. Twenty-four hours with Sven, Paolo, Demetrius, Lars and the hockey hunks at your beck and call (and what happens in the Lair, stays in the Lair )

    This one would be great I would get to meet everyone 🙂 that would mean trading me making caramel biscuit slice for everyone maybe LOL

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks so much, Helen! I’m so pleased you enjoyed A Perfect Trade. It’s so nerve-wrecking wondering what readers will think of your second book. 🙂

      Ooh some great trades, Helen. I’m loving the sound of your caramel biscuit slice! I do hope you’ll stop by in England, before you head north to Scotland!

    • Cassondra says:

      Wow, Helen! All chocolate for a year to go to the Highlands! That’s an impressive offer right there. I’m not sure I could top that one.

  • Anna, huge congratulations on the forthcoming release of A PERFECT TRADE. A PERFECT DISTRACTION was brilliant and this one sounds like another corker!

    Oh, man, I want it all! All, I tell you! I think I’ll go for the housekeeper – only because I’ve had guests this weekend and the idea of someone else cleaning up the house really appeals right now. In return, I’d trade a nice furry koala bear. Hmm, maybe not. What about some of my famous chocolate slice? Mind you, Helen looks like she’s got the baking market cornered!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks so much, Anna! Hope you enjoy A Perfect Trade as much as Helen did 🙂

      Oooh chocolate slice or a koala – we had such fun cuddling that koala, didn’t we? Then again, chocolate slice – yum!

  • Amy Conley says:

    I’d like #1, but what to trade is the big question. It wiuld have to be my books. Which I already own, in my house and on my kindle for a housekeeper, or any of the five reallly.

  • Mary Preston says:

    1. A housekeeper for a year, to do all your cleaning, laundry, ironing and household chores.

    I’d trade my son who creates a lot of the chores.

    2. A one hour ‘shopper’s dash’ through your favourite department store (starting in the shoe department!).

    My favourite handbag. (I think I’m going to cry.)

    3. An all-expenses-paid trip to the holiday destination of your choice (where would it be?)

    Great Britain (if I’m trading I want it all) & I will trade one of my visits up to the coast. LOVE the beach, so this is a biggee for me.

    4. An evening with your favourite hunk (other halves not allowed!), including a five star dinner. (who would you choose?)

    I don’t care that George Clooney is now well & truly spoken for I want my evening with George. I would trade to stay home every night for the rest of the year.

    5. Twenty-four hours with Sven, Paolo, Demetrius, Lars and the hockey hunks at your beck and call (and what happens in the Lair, stays in the Lair 😉 )

    I’m too old to be capering about like this. I seriously doubt I’d survive. Going to have to pass!!

    So much fun thank you.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      You’re very welcome, Mary – thank you for taking part and offering up such great trades!

      Your favourite handbag?! Ahhh – that is a great trade. LOL about your son!

  • eli yanti says:

    Hi anna,

    My answers :

    1. Give bonus or holiday
    2. Favorite store should be bookstore, i will staying there and buy all book i want
    3. France, austria or netherland, but the most is netherlandto meet my bookclub friend
    4. With reyes farrow from darynda jones’s book hero
    5. To be honest i don’t all of them 😀

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Eli! Nice to see you – hope you’re well.

      The Netherlands are beuatiful – I’m sure you’d enjoy a trip there. So what would you trade for that trip?

  • Teresa Hughes says:

    Hey Anna! You know I can’t wait for this book!! If it is even close to as good as the first one (and I’m sure it will be) I will be very happy!!!

    As for the trades…

    For a housekeeper for a year I would trade all my Golden Girl episodes. Love that show and that would mean half of my tv time would be gone.

    Shopping….I’m not a big shopper so I can’t see myself doing that one.

    For the trip I would trade antique stereo that I inherited from my grandmother so I could go to Australia. That had always been my dream trip.

    An evening with my other have I would trade autographed book collection for an evening with Vin Diesel!!!!

    And the last one not sure I could handle all of those guys so I will let that one go.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hey Teresa! Thanks so much for stopping by! I know things have been a little upside down for you lately. Thanks to for your very kind words about A Perfect Distraction 🙂

      You’ve offered up some wonderful trades – Vin Diesel should be honoured that you’re trading your autographed books for an evening with him!

  • Shannon says:

    1. A housekeeper for a year, to do all your cleaning, laundry, ironing and household chores.
    It would be almost impossible but I’d give up my morning latte.

    2. A one hour ‘shopper’s dash’ through your favourite department store (starting in the shoe department!).
    Taking lunches to work instead of eating out all the wonderful greasy sandwiches at one of the lunch places near work for three months/

    3. An all-expenses-paid trip to the holiday destination of your choice (where would it be?)
    My lattes? And I’m still dreaming of some time in London, a trip to Bath, and a couple of castles scattered about the UK (see that includes Scotland, tricky hummm???)

    4. An evening with your favourite hunk (other halves not allowed!), including a five star dinner. (who would you choose?)
    and
    5. Twenty-four hours with Sven, Paolo, Demetrius, Lars and the hockey hunks at your beck and call (and what happens in the Lair, stays in the Lair 😉 )
    Still in the post-divorce stage that good looking men scare me. There’s a guy at the pool with the best body, but I just cannot do much more than say hi and settle in with my Kindle and admire. I might be able to do a friendly chat about world affairs with someone like Tom Friedman, David Ignatius, or Farid Zakaria.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Shannon. Hugs – know what you mean about that post-divorce time. AT least you can enjoy the eye-candy!

      Ooh I like the sound of your trip – and that you’re prepared to give up lattes for it! If you’re like my dearest friend, that is a HUGE sacrifice! 🙂

  • ellie says:

    1. For the housekeeper for a year I would give up my treats.
    2. Shopping doesn’t really matter.
    3. A trip would be paradise so I would babysit 5 days a week to go to Italy.
    4. An evening out with Patrick Stewart which is rare I would give away all my sons baseball cards.
    5. I don’t think I could do that last one.
    5.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Ellie and thanks for joining in the fun!

      Does your son know you’re offering up his baseball cards for your evening with Patrick Stewart? I’m sure he’ll understand what a special night that would be! 😉

      Ah yes, Italy is lovely!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    The only one I would possibly trade for is a one hour shop at my favorite department store. Problem is, I don’t have anything anyone would want. Besides, I wouldn’t trade the things most dear to Me anyway. Not my family, home, pets, freedom. Don’t have any spare change lying about. It will be interesting to see what some people say though.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Debbie and thanks for stopping by today.

      Aww – I’m sure you have lots of things that other people would love – but it’s okay that you want to hold precious things close to you! So what would you like to buy in your one hour shopping spree?

  • elaina says:

    A housekeeper for a year to do all the cleaning, etc. I would give up my morning delightful coffee and resort to watery tea.
    For the shopping spree I would trade in my car.
    An all expenses trip and I would go to a beachside retreat, I would never watch t.v.
    An evening with my favorite hunk who would be Kiefer Sutherland I would even garden which I hate.
    Cavorting with the guys is a pass.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Elaina – welcome and thanks for taking part in the fun!

      I’m impressed by how many people are giving up their coffee for these treats! And I’m sure Keifer Sutherland would certainly appreciate you gardening so you could spend time with him!

  • annie says:

    My major concern would be recovery from these wonderful indulgences and resuming my normal hum-drum life again after I have enjoyed this pleasures.
    Item No. 1 – The housekeeper is desperately needed and for this I would give up my morning chai.
    Item No. 2 – A shopping spree which is sorely overdue due to illness so I would be eternally greateful and no eating out at all for a full year.
    Item No. 3 – Oh this is a beaut which I need badly and would appreciate dearly. Italy here we come, my most romantic and beautiful experience. I would have to relinquish buying prepared foods which I do occasionally but forever now.
    Item No. 4 – An evening with Nathan Filion whose intelligence is masked by his gorgeousness, I would cook meals for my sons. This is a hardship though.
    Item No. 5 – is a no go.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      LOL Annie – good point! At least you’ll have fabulous memories – and a very clean house!

      Another person longing for Italy – I don’t blame you! What a great thing to give up. Does that include fast food too?

      I hope you get a chance for a shopping trip soon!

  • catslady says:

    I would give up chocolate for as long as I could have a housekeeper lol. Don’t enter me – I am currently reading A Perfect Trade and loving it.

  • Hi Anna –

    This sounds fantastic! The excerpt from THE PERFECT DISTRACTION to the excerpt from THE PERFECT TRADE is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Love your voice. Love the tight connection between the two books. You definitely have a winner here.

    Okay – I’ll trade my incredibly sexy leather corset for a trip to England (to visit you, of course), France, Scotland, etc., etc. I’m taking a long, long trip 🙂

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks so much, Donna! From your mouth to readers ears! LOL

      Ooh yes please – would definitely love to have you visit. And to have you give up your corset for that – major score!

  • SO looking forward to this one, Anna S !! I loved A Perfect Distraction and I can’t wait to find out what went on between Tru and Jenny!

    Hmm. What to trade !

    1. A housekeeper for a year, to do all your cleaning, laundry, ironing and household chores.

    I’d trade my boss. To another Walmart. Perhaps one in Baghdad? 🙂

    2. A one hour ‘shopper’s dash’ through your favourite department store (starting in the shoe department!).

    I’d trade Reese’s cups for six months for this one. SHOES !!!

    3. An all-expenses-paid trip to the holiday destination of your choice (where would it be?)

    I’d trade all chocolate for a year for this one and you all know what a sacrifice that would be! And the destination? England, of course!

    4. An evening with your favourite hunk (other halves not allowed!), including a five star dinner. (who would you choose?)

    I would say Richard Armitage, but as La Divina Campbell might hurt me I’ll say Gerard Butler.

    I’d trade my third favorite pair of stilettos for it. Another great sacrifice for me!

    5. Twenty-four hours with Sven, Paolo, Demetrius, Lars and the hockey hunks at your beck and call (and what happens in the Lair, stays in the Lair 😉 )

    Ooh! Fun! I’d trade Milo’s Sweet Iced Tea for six months for this. I have SO much for them to do. 😉

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Aww thank you, Louisa! I hope A Perfect Trade lives up to expectations!

      Some fabulous trades – even giving up shoes! Would love to see you over in England too! LOL about trading your boss. Like it!

  • pearl says:

    Dream, dream and sweet dreams. What a great thought. For the past 2 years I am considered the cook, cleaning woman, and schlepper which is too much at my age and stage. A housekeeper, how could I refuse and the trade-off would be to forgive and forget the omissions of others. Shopping which is tiring for me is a delightful idea but I would have to give in and give up my nightly hot chocolate. A memorable travel experience which my heart pines for is to go to France in exchange for no movies. An evening with Leonard Cohen is special for me and what I would relinquish is less time online. I do not have energy for No. 5. since I have to clean and cook and drive little people and babysit little people.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Pearl! Thanks for stopping by and taking part in the fun!

      It sounds like you have a very busy time of things! Giving up your movies to go to France – that is a major trade!

  • bn100 says:

    3. trip to Tahiti in exchange for no cheesecake for 6 months

  • SecretNinja says:

    Hi Anna!

    Ohhh the decisions. In the end, I had to choose two that I`d willingly trade for!!

    As I`m a sucker for hunks, I would choose an evening with Ryan Reynolds and trade away my bookshelf but for no more than a month!

    And 24 hours with the hockey hunks in the lair? Oh Anna, I`d give up my entire summer vacation for partying it up with the boys!! LOL

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Ada! Thanks for stopping by!

      LOL on choosing the hunks – can’t fault that thinking (although the shoes and the cleaner for a year come close!)

      The hockey hunks will be right over to party with you – so say goodbye to your summer vacation!

  • Cassondra says:

    Hmmmm…I’d go for the housekeeper because I hate to shop and the guys–while nice to look at–would be of no use to me since I have Steve. :0)

    What would I trade?

    Okay that’s harder.

    I could trade chocolate. Yes, I could trade chocolate for the duration of having a housekeeper. I believe I could do it. Only if he/she does windows.

    Can’t wait for this release! Congratulations in advance!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hey Cassondra! Aww that’s nice – a whole Lair full of guys isn’t a match for Steve! 🙂

      Oh the housekeeper should definitely do windows!

  • Anita H. says:

    I’d definitely take the housekeeper for a year! I would trade my secret stash of chocolate for some help keeping my house neat!