Hello everyone! I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to my good friend and author, Sophia Henry. I have invited her to my blog today to share with you a little bit about her recently published romance book Unsportsmanlike Conduct, which is the 4th book in her Pilots Hockey series.
I would classify Sophia’s books as New Adult. I’ve read the first two books in her Pilots Hockey series and enjoyed them. They are not overly hockey-centric. The characters are young and the stories focus on their growth and development as they emerge into adulthood. Henry’s books are written in first person usually from the heroine’s point of view, but in Unsportsmanlike Conduct she also writes from the Hero’s point of view. Her books lean towards sweet, not steamy romance.
As a side note, can I just say that the book covers for this series are seriously yummy!Finally, we are getting Pasha’s book and I for one am so excited. Since the first book Delayed Penalty, I have been looking forward to this!! Finally, Pasha gets his story!
Sophia, tell us about Unsportsmanlike Conduct! What inspired you to write this story?
The song “I Lived” by One Republic and Bryan Warnecke, the teen with cystic fibrosis (CF) who is featured in the video for the song. The first time I heard “I Lived” I fell in love with the lyrics and the message behind it. Then I saw the video. Around that same the time, I’d been thinking about how I could write a diverse heroine—in my own way. Bryan inspired me to write a strong heroine with CF who has the courage and drive to live life to the fullest.
Yes, about your characters, tell us a little more about Kristen and Pasha!
Kristen Katsaros is an upbeat, fun-loving, free-spirit with cystic fibrosis. She has just graduated from college and works as an event coordinator for Motor City Bar Management, a company that owns a group of bars in Detroit. Pavel (Pasha) Gribov is a hot Russian hockey player hiding a painful past behind his cocky demeanor. They meet when Kristen runs into Pasha on the running track on a cruise. *Literally* run into each other when Kristen turns quickly to avoid the guy her parents are trying to set her up with. Together they’re snarky, sweet, sexy and fun. :)
What was the biggest challenge in writing Unsportsmanlike Conduct?
The hardest part was writing a heroine with cystic fibrosis and doing her justice. All the people fighting for their lives every day deserve a kick a$$ representation of how strong and amazing they are, so I didn’t want to get it wrong. It was very important to me to show how Kristen LIVES. I don’t have CF, so I don’t know what living with it is like. I did a lot (A LOT) of research and I spoke with people who have it. I wanted to write a strong, normal, amazing person who has to work hard to stay healthy.
Can you give us a little sneak peak of Pasha and Kristen from the book?
Yes! This is one of my favorite scenes because it’s so unexpected—for the readers and the characters! :) While Kristen and Pasha are dancing, they share details about their individual backgrounds, which gives them common ground and allows for them to get closer in a very subtle way. Here’s a snippet:
As I put weight on my back foot, rocking away from one particular creepy dude, someone caught my hand and tugged me forward into his hard chest. What kind of guy had the audacity to grab me when I obviously hadn’t been giving off those vibes?
To brace myself, I pressed my palms against a soft black button-down shirt. Pasha stood in front of me with an adorably arrogant smirk on his face. Instead of speaking, he held his arms up in a formal dance position. I took his hands and he immediately led me in a succession of smooth salsa steps.
It wasn’t intricate choreography that only two dancers who had practiced together would know, just a series of basic Latin dance steps. He led and I followed. But nobody else on the dance floor knew that. To them it probably looked like a scripted routine straight out of a musical.
And damn! Pasha could move.
~ From UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT by Sophia Henry
This is awesome!! If I wasn’t chomping at the bit to rush out and get the book before, I sure am now. Thank you so much for stopping by Sophia!! Where can readers go to find your book, Unsportsmanlike Conduct?
My books can be found at Amazon, iBooks, BN, Kobo, Google Play, and BAM. When someone buys a Sophia Henry book, they are automatically supporting a charity. I donate the first $500 of the royalties from each book before I take a penny for myself. I’m proud to say that my generous readers have already allowed me to make the donations for the first three books. I also plan on doing a yearly contribution based on book sales each year.
The charity I selected for Unsportsmanlike Conduct is the CysticFibrosis Foundation. To learn more about the organizations I chose for each book, please visit my website.
***Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I truly appreciate it! ~ Sophia xx***