14 Sep 2015

Taking the Ice (Ice #3) by Jennifer Comeaux

Series: Ice #3
Release date: August 17th 2015
Purchase: Amazon
Synopsis via Goodreads

Olympic rings and an engagement ring.
Courtney Carlton is ready for both.
She and her boyfriend Josh have skated together and dated for four years, and they’ve reached a critical point in their partnership both on and off the ice. With the Winter Games coming up and their career nearing an end, they are fighting to win a spot on the Olympic team, something Courtney has dreamed of since she was ten years old.
She also has another wish she hopes comes true soon. She’s waiting for a marriage proposal from Josh that she expected to happen by now. Will she realize either dream or will her heart be broken from disappointment?

Can you tell us a little about your latest book? 
Taking the Ice is the third and final book in the Ice series. Courtney and Josh are fighting to make the Olympic team, and Courtney is also hoping for another milestone to happen soon – a proposal from Josh.

What inspired you to write it? 
Once Courtney and Josh paired up, I wanted to see their journey through to the end of their skating career and also to show how they’ve grown as a couple. I hope readers will find this to be a satisfying conclusion to their story!

How did you come up with the idea for the cover? 
I knew I wanted a pair posing on the cover, so I asked pair skaters Alex Shaughnessy and Jimmy Morgan if they could pose again for me (their feet are on the first book in the series). I looked at photos of skaters to come up with ideas for poses, and I found one of Meryl Davis and Charlie White that I loved. Alex and Jimmy replicated the pose for a photo, and then my cover artist Sarah Schneider worked her magic!

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
I would love to see Anna Sophia Robb as Courtney and Logan Lerman as Josh. I think they fit the characters looks and personalities perfectly!

Is it part of a series or is it a stand-alone novel? 
This is the third and final book in the Ice series.

Where is the novel set and why did you choose to set it there? 
Much of the book takes place in Boston because the national championships (the Olympic trials) were held there in 2014. The characters live on Cape Cod, so it’s considered a home event for them.

What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much? 
I love writing sports romance because along with the excitement of the characters falling in love and dealing with relationship obstacles, there’s also the thrill of competition and the suspense of whether the characters will reach their goals.

What made you want to become an author? 
I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid, and I always dreamed of having a book published. When I got the idea for a skating romance, I just wanted to put it out there for other skating fans to read, and that led me to getting the story published.

How do you come up with character names? 
The main characters are usually names I’ve always liked. For the secondary characters, I often use names of friends, and I brainstorm the rest with my plotting buddy. Last week we were in a seminar together and we looked at the list of attendees and came up with a name!

Name one of your all-time favourite books? 
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Who, or what, inspires you? 
Traveling to skating events always inspires me. There’s always so much drama behind the scenes!

Where is your favourite place to write? 
My favorite place to write is my big, comfy chair in my living room.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book? 
A tie between The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Notebook

Name two of your favourite authors. 
Stephanie Perkins and Rainbow Rowell

Tell us a random fact about yourself. 
I don’t drink coffee unless it’s in a frappucino or iced with a whole bunch of hazelnut creamer.

Who would play you in the movie about your life? 
Ooh, this is a tough one. I’ll go with Rachel McAdams.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live. 
I live just a few minutes from New Orleans, one of the most entertaining cities you can find!

What are your (writing) plans for the future? 
My next book will be another skating romance focused on Liza, one of the secondary characters from the Edge and Ice series.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list. 
To visit Europe.

Favourite myth / fairytale? 
Beauty and the Beast

Who/What did you want to be when you were a kid? 
A novelist or a journalist

Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a die-hard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing.
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