Time to Party – A Perfect Catch is Here!

Yes, it’s party time in the Lair! Today we celebrate the launch of the third book in my New Jersey Ice Cats series – A Perfect Catch! So grab a delicious snack, a hot/cold/alcoholic drink and a hot hockey hunk and let’s have some fun.

A Perfect Catch CoverFor those of you who have been following the series – a huge thank you to you all – this is Ike and Tracy’s story. Eisenhower ‘Ike’ Jelinek is the Ice Cats goaltender and older brother to Tru Jelinek (A Perfect Trade). Tracy Hayden runs her own business providing services to people who are relocating and is Maggie’s younger sister (A Perfect Distraction). As you’ll have seen from the previous books, these two stubborn people have a shared past, which didn’t end well. Now, the time has come to see if there is a chance for them to have a shared future.

A Perfect Trade finalHere is the blurb:

He’s the perfect catch…for now! 

When it comes to romance, Tracy Hayden is not looking for a rematch. She’s had epic passion—and problems!—with professional hockey player Ike Jelinek. Brilliant on skates and magic in bed, his too-traditional-for-her views were like a bucket of ice water on their affair. 

Then an injury takes Ike out of the game, and everything changes. Suddenly he needs her services-providing business—even though he once claimed it was their biggest problem. Tracy’s determined to be professional, despite the sizzling attraction between them that won’t go away. Maybe they need a second fling to fix that!

APDcoverI’m thrilled that RT Book Reviews gave A Perfect Catch 4 stars! They say: Sugden’s novel is fun, in spite of Ike sustaining an injury. The quirky, fun hockey players add lots of color to the story and the chemistry between Ike and Tracy is seriously hot.

And here’s a sneak peek:

Tracy had just reached Ike’s room when she heard him roar.

“I don’t need a freaking straw in my drink and I don’t want you to cut up my food.”

A young blonde volunteer in a striped uniform rushed past Tracy, her face flushed. “Perhaps you’ll have better luck with him.”

Tracy smiled sympathetically, then strode into the room. “Someone’s in a foul mood.”

“You’d be miserable, too, if you weren’t even al­lowed to use a freaking knife and fork,” he growled, crossing his arms awkwardly over his broad chest. The bandages that covered his arm from fingers to shoulder hampered his movement.

The flowery pastel-blue gown should have looked silly on such an obviously masculine body. Instead, it emphasized his honed chest and arms, making him look more manly, rather than less. But Ike didn’t need to know that.

Nor that he’d made her pulse skip. “Good job I’m here to give the staff a break from your charming personality.”

He narrowed his gaze. “Do not push me.”

“Seriously?” Tracy rolled her eyes. “That might work on a sweet young thing like that candy striper, but I’m immune.”

Ike’s green eyes turned fiery, challenging her to take him on.

She tamped down her body’s instant heated re­sponse. Besides, she shouldn’t tease a wounded man. Especially one whose pride probably hurt as much as his arm.

LUD_413_LIV_COUV.inddEven better, today is actually a double celebration! It’s also the day that the French version of A Perfect Trade  – La Proposition Idéale – is released! I do love those French covers (and no, I don’t have his email address either!)

So, as it’s time to party, we’re going to open up the ballroom, stoke the logs in the huge fireplaces and turn on the champagne and chocolate fountains! Sven has laid on an incredible buffet of finger food with something to tempt every tastebud. Lars has got his brother, Nils, to play DJ, so we’ll be all set for great music. Paolo has sent the pesky bird off on his travels with dire threats if he returns befor emidnight. The Romans are organising the party games and Zach and the hockey hunks have promised to look after your every party need.

Over to you. As it’s a double celebration, I’m giving away two prizes. One each to two lucky commenters – an exclusive New Jersey Ice Cats notebook.

1. What are you wearing? 

2. Which song would you like Nils to play for you?

3. What’s your favourite party game?

4. What drink and snack would you like brought to you?

5. What dire threat do you suggest for the pesky bird?

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  • Barb says:

    Hi Anna

    I decided it was time I was back lol …saw Helen for a cuppa today and she said that you had asked after me ….thanks…. I have this book on the kindle …looking forward to reading it as I really enjoyed the other books in the series…
    1. I think I may need plenty of logs on the firies as I have shorts and tshirts on lol
    2 Dancing queen … ABBA
    3. Not sure about what game ….snap lol
    4. Chocolate liqueur with Tim tams
    5. For the pot if he doesn’t behave himself lol

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Barb!!!! So great to see you here! Was wondering how you were!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the other Ice Cats’ books 🙂

      I think you Aussies will enjoy a bit of cool weather! You can have a bit of our cold, if we can have some of your heat!

      • Barb says:

        You can certainly have some heat although it isn’t too bad overnight but I am sure we are in for more hot weather before summer is over… I have been around and keeping up with things as Helen and I have more cuppa’s now she has finished work lol

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Barb! *waves madly* We’ve missed you. Grins. Glad you caught the Chook today. He needs a little commupance. Snork!!

  • Helen says:

    Woohoo Anna happy release day I am so looking forward to this one can’t wait to fall into it 🙂

    OK now for the answers

    1. What are you wearing?

    At the moment yoga pants and a t shirt but perhaps I should dress up in a slinky black dress

    2. Which song would you like Nils to play for you?

    Twisting The Night Away Rod Stewart

    3. What’s your favourite party game?

    Twister 🙂

    4. What drink and snack would you like brought to you?

    Tim Tams and a nice moscato

    5. What dire threat do you suggest for the pesky bird?

    No more Tim Tams for you

    Huge congrats on the release

    Have Fun

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Aww thank you, Helen and thanks for letting Barb know we miss her!

      I’m happy for you to come as you are – let’s all be comfortable! Unless, of course, you want to dress up – that’s okay too!

      How did I know Rod would be making an appearance on the playlist?! 😉

  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Anna. You know I have a thing for goalies.
    1. A henley and pajama bottoms
    2. Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk
    3. Trivial Pursuit
    4. Pomegranate martini and chips and salsa
    5. Abandoning him on the subway.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Jane! Indeed you do have a thing for goalies – rather hunky ones too 😉 Did you see him stop a puck with his neck? OMG!

      I’d be more than happy to abandon the pesky bird on the subway – oh, it’s only a threat?!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Yay! I love Uptown Funk! Grins.

      This playlist is gonna be awesome!!

      On the subway? OMGosh, he’d have people partying in the cars and dancing and doing sing-a-longs.

  • Laurie G says:

    Congrats on your double book releases!

    I love athletic heroes. Ike sounds like a handful of male angst.

    1) For the party I would wear black dress slacks with a comfortable , glittery sweater.

    2) Born To Run Bruce Springsteen

    3) charades

    4) Southern Comfort with 7 Up and an orange slice, spinach dip and veggies

    5) Banned from the party

  • flchen1 says:

    Wow, Anna!! Happy release day!!! What an exciting day to be celebrating! 😀

    Let’s see…

    I’m wearing my “inside clothes” at the moment, but I think I need to change into something a little more sparkly and fun–maybe a little black dress of some kind!

    As for music, I’m All About Those Books 😉

    To be honest, I hate party games… I’ll be in the corner of the snack table, nursing my drink 😀

    Speaking of which, I think my ginger ale needs refreshing 😉 And this nacho cheese sauce and chips are fab!

    The pesky bird? Better watch it if he doesn’t want to find himself having to cook and clean for me for a week 😉 (Hmm… I hope he doesn’t watch it!)

    Happy day, Anna! Can’t wait to read Ike and Tracy’s story for myself!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks, Fedora! There might be a parcel in the post with your name on it 😉

      Sparkly and fun works – any excuse for wearing my great shoes too!

      I know what you mean about party games – I tend to head to the snack table too!

      • flchen1 says:

        Ooh!!! I love reasons to look forward to the post! 😀 And I do adore party shoes, even if my feet might hurt after 😉 Thanks for hanging out by the snack table with me, Anna 😀

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Anna! Here’s a happy dancing WOOHOO for A Perfect Catch! And a double WOOT for la Propsition Ideale! Grins.

    Let’s see – I’ll be wearing jeans and boots, with a nice shirt, scarf and vest, and keeping my coat handy because I believe we’re getting an ice rink going outside…I’m gonna go skating!!

    For the playlist eighther Burning Down the House by Talking Heads or Burn it to the Ground by Nickelback. Grins. I’m into that grind this morning. Hahaha!

    As to games, Apples to Apples

    I’ll take a diet coke and something salty – honey pretzels for now, I think. I’ll take something harder and sweeter later (and doesn’t THAT sound kinky!).

    As to the chook, I think we should threaten to not let him go visit Helen and Barb in Aus. Grins.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hey Jeanne! The cover of La proposition ideale certainly deserves a double woohoo ;)!

      I’m up for skating! Especially with the hockey hunks to keep me upright. 😉

      LOL yes, that does sound kinky, but then again, you know how we roll here in the Lair!

  • I’m so excited that A Perfect Catch is out!!! Been waiting for this one.

    You all can go out to the ice rink. I’m staying inside where it’s cozy. (But I’ll keep away from Jeanne because it sounds like she’s in a pyromaniac sort of mood! 🙂 )

    Nothing fancy to drink – Jack Daniels and diet coke do the trick.

    I like Jeanne’s suggestion – no tim tams for you! That should keep the rooster in line.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks, Donna! I hope Ike and Tracy’s story lives up to expectations :)!

      Definitely – no Timtams and no trips to Helen or Barb will be a perfect deterrent for the pesky bird ! Though he has a soft spot for Jane in NY too. Perhaps no BBs for a month!

  • Cassondra says:

    Anna, so excited for your release! And I have to say, that guy on the French cover? *slurp* Interesting that they chose just the guy, rather than the couple, for the cover. Seems to be a trend in contemporary here that there’s always a couple.

    Lessee the questions…

    1. What are you wearing?
    Well…you probably mean to the party, and this is a shame–I’m probably wearing my ratty jeans, big fuzzy socks and my gray hoodie, cuz it’s freezing here, I’ve already got that on, and I’m not in the mood to get all fixed up,

    2. Which song would you like Nils to play for you?
    Thunderstruck by AC/DC

    3. What’s your favourite party game? Charades, or anything like that where you have to act silly and everyone laughs a lot.

    4. What drink and snack would you like brought to you? A hot toddy at the moment. I’m freezing.

    5. What dire threat do you suggest for the pesky bird? Ah, I’ve given up on the threats. I just send the dragon after him. If there’s one thing he fears, it’s getting his feathers on fire.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks, Cassondra! I have been very lucky with my gorgeous French covers! *G*

      We’re freezing here too! Lots of layers needed for sure – or a hunk to warm you up!

      Can’t beat a bit of ACDC! I’m partial to that hockey anthem – Hell’s Bells!

  • Deb says:

    Hurray, Anna! Congrats!!

    1. What are you wearing?
    Black slacks with a red sweater with black and white checked cuffs and a black and whited checked Scotty dog in the center with snowflakes surrounding it.

    2. Which song would you like Nils to play for you? A slow song…”The Rest of Mine” by Trace Adkins; I sang it to my husband at our wedding.

    3. What’s your favourite party game? Not much of a game person. Spoons, or Spades or Apples to Apples.

    4. What drink and snack would you like brought to you? Chocolate…red wine or chocolate milk, ha!

    5. What dire threat do you suggest for the pesky bird? Hmmm, I don’t have real Tim Tams here in the States, so can’t use those for leverage. Maybe the American equivalent of no Oreos, and Double Stuff, at that!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Deb! Thanks so much for stopping by! You look very dapper!

      Aww how lovely that you sang to your husband. I think the best thing I did was not to sing to mine LOL

      You know how the pesky bird is with anything like Oreos, so that works!

  • Whew, a few sore heads in the lair this morning after yesterday’s huge announcement and party. It was lovely seeing so many people swing by to wish us well in our new endeavors.

    Anna, huge congratulations on the release of A PERFECT CATCH. And seriously, that French guy is very easy on l’oeuil! Story sounds great!

    1. What are you wearing? It’s about a million degrees down here when I am in Australia, so a bathing suit!

    2. Which song would you like Nils to play for you? Tainted Love. Ah, 80s synth pop, how do I love thee?

    3. What’s your favourite party game? Charades.

    4. What drink and snack would you like brought to you? A brandy alexander and a prawn pizza (had a glorious one up in the Blue Mountains and I’ve been craving another ever since).

    5. What dire threat do you suggest for the pesky bird? That my next pizza order will be for chicken and cheese!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks so much, Anna! Yes, he is rather lovely!

      Ooh no wonder the hunks are all in a lather if you’re in your cossie!

      I love Tainted Love! Great choice!

      LOL now that’s a good threat!

  • Anna, woo-hoo! Congratulations on your newest Ice Cats release! I’ve downloaded my copy and am looking forward to it.

    I’m wearing a long, black skirt, and a red velvet, scoop-necked top.

    The song I’d request is “Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler.

    As for party games, I have to confess that I’m not a big fan. I’d rather keep score.

    My drink would be Bailey’s on the rocks, and my snack, 7-layer bars. Yum! I was going to pick a brandy Alexander, but Anna C. Just did, so I’ll add some variety for whoever’s behind the bar just now.

    For the bird, I’d say we should make him clean up after the party. He thinks that’s so beneath him! But it would give Sven and the guys a well earned break..

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Aww thank you so much, Nancy! Hope you enjoy.

      That song is one of my favourite gal anthems – I love it! Fond memories of it in the film Footloose too.

      It’s interesting how many of us aren’t into party games!

      LOL we could turn the pesky bird into a feather duster if he misbehaves!

  • Shannon says:

    1. What are you wearing?
    Grey coordinates and designer glass earrings and pendent.

    2. Which song would you like Nils to play for you?

    Eye of the Tiger. (Joke at work over the tiger/lion debate.)

    3. What’s your favourite party game?


    4. What drink and snack would you like brought to you?

    Some sparkling cider and fruit-topped flan.

    5. What dire threat do you suggest for the pesky bird?

    You get to drive the beltway, at about 8:30 am.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Shannon!

      Oh another favourite – I love ‘Eye of the Tiger’. Such a fan of 70s and 80s rock!

      LOL about the Beltway – it is a nightmare to drive – and I learned in the DC area!

  • Elaina says:

    My red jersey dress.
    Music would be 50’s.
    No party games
    Lime Rickey
    the bird flew the coop.
    I am awaiting the party and the goodies.

  • ellie says:

    Dressed as a socialite. Fun.
    The piano manned by Jeff Goldblum.
    Best game ever Jeopardy.
    Drinking Lemon Seltzer
    Got rid of the annoying bird.

  • pearl says:

    What am I wearing? A new slim jeans with a purple sweater.
    What music is there? music supplied by Patrizio Buane.
    Games time – Charades since I am old school.
    Drinks and eats – Tea and scones.
    Birdie can go to the rooftop.

  • Oooh! Another Anna Sugden book to add to my collection! Huzzah! I do so love the Ice Cats! Nothing like a hot hockey hunk to melt the ice.

    Yes, last night’s party was a three visit party – three visits from the police because of noise complaints from the neighbors! Ah well!

    1. What are you wearing?

    A floor length Scottish wool tartan skirt and a sequined wool sweater. It is COLD outside! Tell Sven to add another log to the fire!

    2. Which song would you like Nils to play for you?

    We Are Family – to remind us all of who the Romance Bandits and Buddies are.

    3. What’s your favourite party game?

    A good old fashioned game of Charades.

    4. What drink and snack would you like brought to you?

    Some piping hot Russian tea and a plate of fresh-baked scones!

    5. What dire threat do you suggest for the pesky bird?

    No Tim Tams for a month!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      YAYYY! The wonderful Louisa is in the house – the party can begin in earnest! And you look very dashing in your outfit (I’ll forgive you the tartan, this once! LOL)

      Aww We are Family is the perfect song!

      Hah! Make it more like a year and he might pay attention!

  • Amy Conley says:

    1. My pjs
    2.Open Arms by Journey
    3.Trivial Pursuit
    4.Diet Pepsi and something chocolate.
    5.Sending him up north where the temps are freezing and the snow is deep.

  • Pissenlit says:

    1. Warm cozy sweatpants and a hoodie…and a scary bright pink Strawberry Shortcake fleece throw. 😀

    2. Fall Out Boy – Immortals(from Big Hero 6)

    3. Some sort of multi-player video game that involves smashing? Or maybe Cards Against Humanity. I don’t really like games all that much.

    4. A Long Island Iced Tea and chips with a bowl each of guacamole and hummus. Ooh and maybe a cheese ball and crackers! Omnomnom!

    5. No books for a month!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Woohoo! Pissenlit is back! Great to see you!

      Oh wow – you are a serious party girl – a Long Island Iced Tea is awesome! Haven’t had one for years!

      Love the snacks too!

  • Rae Latte says:

    Happy Release Day Anna! – Loved those Sexy Hockey Hunks!

    1. PJ’s – reading and writing in my comfy clothes!
    2. Ellie Goulding or Michael Buble
    3. Apples to Apples Disney – super fun and anyone can play!
    4. Scotch and Chocolate
    5. Not sure – 😉

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Yayy! Rae is in the house! Aww thank you so much – so glad you enjoyed my boys 🙂

      Ellie Goulding will be lovely music for us all.

      Never heard of Apples to Apples Disney – do tell!

  • Mozette says:

    1. What are you wearing?

    My party dress of a strapless, 1970’s style dancing dress, with black stockings and heels…

    2. Which song would you like Nils to play for you?

    ‘Celebrate’ by Madonna

    3. What’s your favourite party game?


    4. What drink and snack would you like brought to you?

    Lemon, Lime & Bitters – traditionally made please… and vegetarian nachoes! 😀

    5. What dire threat do you suggest for the pesky bird?

    Threat? Why threaten him? Have we ever thought of lining him up with a girlfriend? The amount of Tim Tams and dark chocolate he goes through, he’s gotta have some romance in him…. oh, hang on, then he’ll be a married bird!

    forget I said anything… 😛

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hey Mozette! You’re looking lovely tonight!

      Ah yes, any song by Madonna goes down well!

      LOL Twister should be awesome fun with all the Lair hunks! Oh Za-ch!

      The problem is he has so many girlfriends! 😉

      • Mozette says:

        Ooooohhh… I seeee…. GR is a feathered version of a gigolo…

        Oh… yay… how, um… slutty can he get…

        He’s the bird version of ‘The Fonz’… 😛