I am behind in writing about the books I’m reading and today and tomorrow I’m going to catch up.
The book opens with the Canton Brothers arriving at their new hockey home with the minor league Battle Creek Hawks, a team that hasn’t won a game in three years. The brothers are at the end of the line after being thrown out of the NHL and several other teams. How did this once promising trio end up in Battle Creek? Journalist Saul Davis is eager to find out, especially after he watches the brothers get thrown out of their first Battle Creek game for fighting between themselves. Saul’s also attracted to Devon, the eldest of the trio. Saul eventually ends up with a disturbing story that he may jeopardize his career by not printing.
Hecht builds a great story here, with its foundation in family and the lengths that family will go to protect each other. Devon, Chad and Trey have been through a lot, but at the end they are very close while at the same time having fierce tempers. It was fun to watch these three go through their various states of loving and hating each other. At the same time, it was touching as Devon worked through his feelings for Saul. Devon knows he needs to keep the report at bay, but at the same time he feels the same attraction that Saul feels for him.
I enjoyed the different plots in play, since the book covers a couple of my favorite topics: hockey and journalism. There were a couple good hockey scenes, some good scenes of Saul working to get his story together and a excellent tension between Saul and Devon as they try to figure out if their going to fall for each other or not.
Hecht created good characters here and I’m going to pick up some other books in the Blue Line Hockey series so I can read more about them.
The 2012 Spring Season kicked off for both of my teams last night… and both ended in victory!
The Boxers opened against the Honey Badgers and beat them 4-1. We came out blazing for our third season and for the first time we won the opening game. The team looked good last night. Of course, we didn’t have too much time to get rusty either since the off-season was all of a week (in the fall/winter there’d be times we’d be off for two weeks between regular season games). We had a pretty good passing game going and a lot of time in the offensive zone.
Next up, the NYCGHA’s new D8 team, the Westies, made their debut against the Blizzard. For this game the final score was 5-4 and was decided in a shootout. It looks like this new team will do well this season as the opening game was pretty solid even though the players haven’t all played together as a team (although various combinations of us have). It’s going to be fun watching this team grow over the season. I’m only an alternate on this team, but hopefully I’ll get plenty of ice time with them.
So, how did I play last night? Well, it was kind of weird. I played with Jonathan in both games, which is great because I like having him as my D partner. We’ve played long enough together we know what the other is going to do. We did well in the Boxers game. The lone goal against was scored on us and it was one I don’t think we could’ve stopped. Through the Boxers game I felt I was making good decisions and executing on them well. The Westies game was a different story. The first two periods were good, but in the third Jonathan and I both fell apart, letting three goals against rack up in a very short time (I can’t remember if we weren’t responsible for the fourth one or not as those three in a row are burned in my brain). Those three were scored by the same duo coming at us. I’m told by those on the bench that we were letting them trap us into not blocking up the passing lanes enough. Luckily we pulled it together in the end of third and in OT to not let the Blizzard win. It was scary and I hope neither Jonathan or I have this issue again.
On the other side of the Blizzard game, after the game got tied up I did make an offensive rush that was quite nice. I took it down ice, got mostly behind the D and made a shot that just grazed the post. Couple inches to the right and it would’ve been in and that would’ve been awesome. I mention this simply because my shots don’t usually skim the edge quite like that…it’s more usually on net/at the goalie or quite wide. It was thrilling to watch it come so close.
A milestone anniversary was achieved last night. It was spring 2002 that I began playing on a team, fresh out of hockey prep. So I’ve been at this for 10 years now… and still having a great time. It’s great to consider all the great people I’ve gotten to know playing this game. Happy Anniversary to me!
Bicycle Built for Two came out last summer. One of the reasons for writing the story was as a way to give additional funds for the HIV/AIDS services provided by the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.
The story opens with scenes from an AIDS charity bike ride that runs from Boston to New York, similar to one I have done to raise money for The Center for the past two years (and have signed up to do again in 2012). All of my author royalties from Bicycle Built for Two go towards my fundraising efforts for the ride, which happens each September.
To date, Bicycle Built for Two has contributed $324 to the cause (that accounts for royalties earned through March 2012). Thanks to everyone who has purchased this novella to date and helped provide fund for the Center’s critically important services.
As I mentioned, I’m doing the ride again this year (for 2012 it’s called Cycle for the Cause). Please help me reach my $4,000 fund raising goal by picking up a copy of Bicycle Built for Two or by donating online. Thanks!
The Car is literally Jaws on wheels and it’s one of my all-time favorite movies. John Landis is right, it’s pretty dumb, but I don’t think he quite appreciates how awesomely cuckoo-bannanas it is. Be sure to check it out. You’ll thank me.