Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ten Things Mary Learned About Lindsay

A few days ago Lindsay post the ten things she learned about me during this process. I may have cried at her kind words. But, I'm so excited to do this post about her.

1.  LP has talent oozing out of her. I'm in awe when she is writing. I could read her stuff all day long!

2. LP is the most loyal person! She is loyal to her BFF, her dog, her Penguins, and to her characters.

3. She is always worried about the characters of the books! I love that she writes with so much respect and makes sure she keeps them real.

4. She has a quick eye for a mistake or detail out of place. Sometimes I miss some of the details, but she is quick to see that it shouldn't belong or that it was written differently before. I LOVE HER FOR THAT!!!

5. She loves Hockey as much as I do!! Well, she might not be as vocal as I am about it, but she is!!

6. *sigh* I might as well say it......she loves the Penguins more than any other person! *shudders* I'm still trying to have her come over to the Blackhawks. I mean, come on, we have the Stanley CUP!!!! But she likes these two guys .. I don't know their names though *shrugs*

7. She is so funny! I'm a big jokester and she is right there with me, sometimes, and it cracks me up.

8. She is passionate about her projects! No matter the story, scene, or project she puts in 150% no matter what. Oh, and she can write some serious SEX scenes !!!

9. LP is a NIGHT OWL! We stay up into the wee hours of the morning writing and when she says she is tired, I know it's got to be close to 3 am! HA!

10. She is the GREATEST PERSON! In all seriousness, LP is indescribable. I can't say enough how thankful I am every day to be part of this amazing journey with her. I respect her and love her more and more every day!! Keep your eye out for her because someday she will be huge!! She has the drive and passion and I can't wait to see what she has planned for in the future

LP I love you so much !!! I can't wait for our next adventure.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Ten Things Lindsay Learned About Mary

A lot goes into writing a book and even more so when you’re writing that book with someone else. You learn a lot about that person when you talk to them every single day for hours at a time. You learn even more when you are working together. Mary and I thought it would be cool if we shared some of the things that we learned about one another with you!

Here are ten things that I learned about Mary.
  1. She is an amazing person. I talked to her every now and then before we started this process, and I knew that she was pretty great. Working with her though has shown me that she is so much more than a book lover and a Chicago Blackhawks fan. She’s sweet, caring, smart, and simply fantastic. She’s a wonderful person, friend, and co-writer.
  2. When Mary gets nervous about something, usually one of her great ideas, she always starts by saying, “Okay, hear me out....” That’s her sign that she’s nervous and there is never any reason for her to be nervous. She has great ideas!
  3. Mary loves making lists as much as I do! It’s good to know someone who enjoys that as well.
  4. The girl is packing lots of enthusiasm and it’s contagious. When Mary gets excited about something, she gets really excited. It’s fun to see that she feels so strongly about something that she can get that excited about it and believe me, it’s hard not to get as pumped about it as she is.
  5. She may be crazy. My BFF thinks I’m “obsessed” with hockey and that I “go crazy” about it. I just really love it. The point I’m getting to is that Mary is twice as bad as I am. She goes absolutely bonkers over some hockey and I love it. It’s great that even though we love different teams, the sport itself brings us even closer because we love it so much.
  6. She is a mind reader. I don’t know if she can read everyone’s mind, but she can read mine. We’ll be writing and she’ll message me about an idea just as I’m about to message her. She’ll post something on Facebook just as I was about to start typing up my own post. Wait a second. Maybe I’m actually reading her mind, but I have a delayed reaction...
  7. Mary is an extremely busy person. I have no clue how she gets everything done with as busy as she is! She’s a great multi-tasker obviously. She must be.
  8. She has 5 degrees!
  9. She can find the PERFECT songs for scenes. I don’t know how she does it, but it seems like it comes to her naturally to find the most amazing songs to go with scenes.
  10. She has a big heart. This sort of goes back to number one on my list, but it should be said anyway. Mary is a loving, sweet person and I'm so thankful to know her!

Check back Thursday to see the ten things that Mary learned about me!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

BREAKAWAY is here!

Breakaway has been released on Amazon! We are so excited about this book and we are absolutely thrilled to finally be able to share it with you.

Feel free to tweet us, Levi, or Presley to tell us what you're thinking while you're reading. We'd love to hear from you! We would also appreciate it if you would post a review on either Amazon and/or Goodreads once you've finished.

If you come to love these characters as much as we do, then you'll be happy to know that book two will be coming your way soon! We'll announce more when we can.

Thank you to everyone who helped us prepare this book for publication. It was a pleasure working with you all!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Cover Reveal for Breakaway

Lindsay Paige and Mary Smith are co-authors of The Penalty Kill Trilogy. Their first book, Breakaway is due out on Aug. 15, 2013

About the Authors:

Lindsay Paige and Mary Smith created The Penalty Kill Trilogy through their love of writing and hockey. BREAKAWAY, book one, is set to release August 15, 2013. Stay tuned for more details!

Lindsay Paige is a romance author from North Carolina who has published five books on her own. She is a huge hockey fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and loves to play tennis. When not writing, Paige is focused on completing college. 

Mary Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois, but currently lives in West Virginia. She is an avid reader, co-founder of Book Nerds Across America, and author of Melting Away the Ice. She goes nowhere without her cell phone or Kindle. Mary loves anything to do with Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Sharp, and hockey related!!

Lindsay and Mary created The Penalty Kill Trilogy through their love of writing and hockey. Through their late night writing sessions, text messages, and emails, they have created a trilogy following two characters dealing with college, family, friends, and the one sport that connects them all. Even though Lindsay and Mary are fans of different NHL teams, they are still close friends...except when their teams play each other.

About the Book:

Levi Carr is captain of the Roxboro University Lions hockey team. His rival is James Wayne University and their captain, Trevor McCarthy. After an incident in high school and his mother’s death, Levi does whatever he can to make McCarthy’s life a little harder. When leaving the rivaling campus one night, Levi meets one person who can unknowingly help him mess with McCarthy.

My one job in this is to mess with McCarthy’s head and all it has done is mess with mine.

Presley McCarthy lives in the shadow of her twin brother, Trevor. After being separated when their parents divorced, all Presley heard about was Levi Carr being a bully to Trevor. Now in college, Presley is trying to be her own person, but when she meets Levi Carr, it all changes. But will the changes be good or bad?

He is nothing like my brother described. Maybe I’ve been wrong all along.

Stalk Links:

For Lindsay:




For Mary:




For The Penalty Kill Trilogy:




Levi Carr on Twitter:

Presley McCarthy on Twitter:

The Cover:

What do you think?
Thank you Book Hustlers Tours

Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday's Music

I wasn't sure which song I wanted to choose this week. I scrolled through my options and decided on this song. Whenever I listen to the playlist for Breakaway, which is often, I always start with this song. I'm not sure why, but I do.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

How We Met

(The black text is Mary. The blue text is Lindsay.)

Even though LP and I have only been writing since May, it seems like we’ve been writing forever. Strange, I know?! I was lucky enough to actually meet LP, in person, last Saturday and it was amazing! She’s an incredible person and real! After we parted ways, I started thinking about how this whole whirlwind started and I thought that LP and I would share the story with you.

I have been a blogger for almost 3 years and have been involved with the Indie Community since day one. Through that, I met LP. I met her when another blogger suggested I read her book, Sweetness. I loved that book, to this day! Jake and Emily are amazing characters. Once I did my reviews of all the books that were out (at that time), I found LP on Twitter. It was there I found out she was a hockey fan and I began to stalk her (don’t judge I only stalk the best *wink*). It was during the lock-out, this past season, that we grew closer and then I ended up writing my book, Melting Away the Ice. I asked LP to read it and was extremely shocked when she said yes. I mean, come on … this is Lindsay Paige! She is one of my faves! (I may have fan-girl scream when she said yes to read it). Anyway, one thing lead to another and I was at my day job when she sent me a message via Twitter, saying she was sending me an email. Well, of course I was refreshing my email like mad to figure out what she wanted.  Finally, the email came and she asked me to co-author with her. First, I screamed (yes, literally) and second, I may have fainted (slightly) and third, my co-workers really figured out that I was a loon. Nonetheless, I sent an email back, as fast as my fingers could type “YES”. LP’s response was, “Wanna think about it?” and I said “NO”. I’m a person of few words, when I’m excited!

That is definitely true. When I emailed Mary and she responded, I was overwhelmed by her excitement and willingness. She said yes while only knowing the genre of the books. For a second, I was skeptical that she was agreeing so fast. I kept thinking, “She’s going to hear the full idea and change her mind.” Or “Maybe she’s really busy at work and misread something.” I don’t know what exactly I was thinking, but cowriting was something I have been wanting to do for the longest time and I couldn’t believe that it was actually going to happen. Through the whirlwind of emails that were sent that day, I kept waiting for the ball to drop. But then Mary’s excitement never stopped and it was contagious and I was like, “OMG! IT’S HAPPENING!”

We hashed out my original idea and molded it to make it our idea. Something we both could see where we wanted to go with the story. We talked about every aspect from the actual writing part to what would happen after we finished. Once we got everything in order, we started writing. Two weeks, people! Two weeks was all it took for us to write the first draft. I was amazed, but hooked on the story and writing with Mary flowed so easily. We talked constantly and when an issue arose, we tackled it in an hour tops.

I know that it sounds very strange that we wrote a book in two weeks, but it’s true! We wrote every chance we got. We wrote until wee hours in the morning and even if I had to get up early for work, I didn’t care. This story consumed LP and me from the moment we typed our first sentence. We worked through every detail … together! Never have I been apart of a project that went so smoothly. Now, August 15 is just around the corner!

Exactly! Then we started working on the originally planned book two and it was a struggle. We talked it over and changed the plan. You can read more about that in the update post from last week. Working on the second book got Mary and I thinking about how we were already halfway through our project. It’s weird because we think so much alike that’s it’s scary and super freaky. We were thinking the same thing before we even mentioned it to one another. I think Mary was the first to say something about how she would miss working together when the trilogy was over. I may have laughed, but only because I was literally just thinking the same thing. Working on this trilogy with Mary made working on my solo projects hard. I would get to a hard scene and think, “This would be so much easier if I was writing with Mary. She could help me out or just take over.” I love working with her and it definitely helps that we think so alike or in those moments when we don’t, we’re able to think of something together that we’re both happy with.

I don’t remember who said what, but we definitely came to the conclusion that we wouldn’t mind working together on more projects after this one was finished. Nothing is planned, but the option is there. Plus, we have a lot of stuff planned individually as well that we are working on.

LP is telling you the truth. I was a little emotional thinking that we already halfway through book two and book three would be knocking on our door to be written and then...well, it would be over. I have the same problem with my solo projects. I’m always wondering what LP would do (might need to put that on a tshirt W.W.L.P.D?) But, I’m glad that we talked about it and have the option to write more. LP’s talent has no bounds and even though I still hate commas, my writing is improving! I have her to thank for that! Thanks LP!

Oh, Mary gives me too much credit, but there you go! That’s our story on how we got to this point. We’re very excited about this project and hopefully, in the future, we’ll bring you more books from the both of us.