Title: Cross Crease
Author: Elizabeth Hartey
Series: On the Edge #3
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: August 20th 2019
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
I was fourteen the first time I laid eyes on the smoking hot, silver-eyed, goalie. Damon Wolfe was the most gorgeous boy I’d ever seen. All it took was one glance, one sentence and my heart was his. But I was too young and he was too broken.
Seven years later, he’s the biggest off the ice player in the NHL and I’m his virginal best friend.
Of course, I have the perfect solution to that particular problem, but Damon keeps on refusing to be the one to vanquish my chastity. He claims he doesn’t want to ruin our friendship, that he’s not good enough for me. Yet, somehow his eyes say something different whenever he looks at me.
Just one night, that’s all I’m asking.
What’s the worst that can happen?
I was mesmerized by Heaven Andersen the first time I looked into her sparkling turquoise eyes. She was a teenage kid with a mouth full of braces and bruised knees, but she was the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen—like a fairy-tale princess. With one look, she sent all my inner demons running. But she was just a kid and I was too damaged.
Seven years later, she’s my best friend. My best friend with a single-minded mission—to get laid.
She wants me to take her virginity and teach her about sex. But she’s an off-limits, flawless diamond girl, and so far out of the realm of anything my blackened heart is looking for or deserves it’s laughable.
So, how come I’m not laughing? How come my best friend is the first thing I think about in the morning and last thing I think about at night? More importantly, what am I going to do to protect her—from me?
1. What does your writing process look like?
I am most definitely a seat of my pantser. I have no idea where my story is going other than knowing there will be a sweet HEA. I have an idea of a story bouncing around in my head keeping me awake at night and distracting me during the day until I sit down to write it. Then I just let the characters take me where they want to go. Sometimes we don’t always agree, which is why some books take longer than others to write. J
2. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’re finished? How many times do you go over it?
I edit and edit and edit and edit as I go. If it’s been a few days since I’ve had a chance to get back to writing I reread the whole thing up to where I left off before I start writing again. Many times, while in bed, or in the shower or wherever, I’ll get an innate flash that tells me I did a scene wrong or the character said or did the wrong thing. So, I go in and rewrite it. I may reread a manuscript a zillion times before I send it to an editor. And even after all that a good editor will always find something that needs to be corrected.
3. Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
Sadly, I’m not part of a writer’s group that gets together and helps each other out. I wish I was. There is nothing more supportive to its members than the writing community. I live in a very small community and don’t have access to any local writing groups. However, social media sites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have awesome writing communities. I’ve made some amazing writer friends and we all support each other every way we can through these sites. Some authors will even take the time to Beta read your manuscript and give you suggestions or cheer you on when you’re feeling insecure about your writing. It’s a wonderful group to be part of and I’m so happy I’ve found them.
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers? Being a relatively new published author compared to some authors out there I wouldn’t presume to have the wisdom to guide new aspiring writers. However, I will say this. If you love to write don’t let anyone discourage you. Writing is one of the most wonderful yet difficult things I’ve ever done. Opinions on writing styles as are diverse as there are people reading your work. I sent out hundreds of letters before I found the right publisher for my books. Some people will love your writing some will hate it. The important thing is you love writing it and you love the final product. Just keep doing what you love and you’ll eventually connect with the right people to get your book out in the world.
5. What are you favorites?
My preferences in book genres and authors are fairly diverse. I’m all about the classics. I have a deep love for the English classics and writers like Charles Dickens, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austin to name a few. I also love American writers Tennessee Williams, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott. I could go on and on. As far as contemporary writers, it’s all about romance for me, both contemporary and historical. L.J Shen, Max Monroe, Helena Hunting, Lauren Blakely. This list is also never-ending. My favorite historical romance writers are Elizabeth Hoyt and Julia Quinn. Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series and Quinn’s Bridgerton series are not to be missed if you love romance.
As far as movies and TV go, again, I’m all about the classics. Anything made between 1939 and 1965 is for me. My favorite TV channels are Turner Classic Movies and Masterpiece Classics on PBS. To throw out a few movie titles there’s Gone With the Wind, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Citizen Kane, Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor In the Grass, Sterile Cuckoo, anything from Alfred Hitchcock. Again, the list is unending. As far as current TV shows. I love period pieces like Downton Abbey, Poldark, Upstairs Downstairs, The Crown, Victoria, The Handmade’s Tale (although that would be classified more contemporary or futuristic than period.) And of course, who doesn’t love and miss Game of Thrones?
I also have a pretty diverse music list. I’m not ashamed to admit I love Pop artists like Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, One Direction, Seven Seconds of Summer and Julia Michaels. Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and James Arthur are inspirations to my writing, I’m also a classics lover when it comes to music, Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Beatles, Sly and the Family Stone, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Melanie. I love me some good old country music too. Garth Brooks is the king. But I also adore Martina McBride, Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert. And I’m also a lover of Broadway musicals. Those composers and lyricists are nothing short of gifts from God. Gosh, I don’t know how people pick favorites in music there’s a world of beautiful sounds out there. How do you pick just one?
As far as favorite writing snacks. I can’t really eat anything when the muse hits. I have to stay focused. Food is a distraction. Although, I will admit a good cup of coffee or glass or two of wine has found their way onto my desk many times.
When I'm not juggling work responsibilities and writing, I enjoy baking, knitting, traveling, hiking the beautiful hills and woods around my home and spending time with my family.