May 17, 2016
Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for
Winging It (Corrigan Falls Raiders #3)
by Cate Cameron
presented by Entangled Teen Crush!
We are so excited to have Cate back on the blog where she talks about the world of Corrigan Falls!
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, ice-melting kisses, and a swoon-worthy hero. This fake relationship romance will have you wishing for a hockey player of your own…
Natalie West and Toby Cooper were best friends growing up, on and off the ice. But when Toby’s hockey career took off, their friendship was left behind. Now Natalie has a crazy plan to land her crush—Toby’s biggest rival—and she needs Toby’s help to pull it off.
When Nat asks Toby to be her fake boyfriend, he can’t say no. Not when it means getting his best friend back. But Natalie is all grown up now, and spending time with her—even when it’s just playing hockey together—stirs up a lot of feelings, old and new. Suddenly pretending to be interested in her isn’t hard at all…if only she wanted him and not his enemy.
Book Title: Winging It (Corrigan Falls Raiders, #3)
Author: Cate Cameron
Release Date: May 16, 2016
The World of Corrigan Falls (World Building)
We usually talk about world building when we’re looking at science fiction or fantasy writing. The author needs to create a system of magic, or of government, or decide what technology is available, or all of the above.
That’s a fun kind of world building, for sure. But I think world building in contemporary fiction can be just as much fun.
The truth is, there’s no town called Corrigan Falls in Ontario, Canada. I don’t think there’s a town called Corrigan Falls anywhere. But I’ve set three books there, and populated it with characters that feel pretty real to me. I’d say that’s a form of world building.
And the world I built in Corrigan Falls? It’s a world centered around hockey.
I’m a Canadian, but I was born and raised in one city, then moved to another city for school, then to another city for more school. And everywhere I lived, yeah, hockey was a thing. People watched the games, most kids still played, even some adults still hit the ice. I’ve never lived anywhere that hockey wasn’t a fairly big part of life.
But it wasn’t until I moved to a small town that I realized just how huge hockey can be.
In the city, hockey was one of many options. A popular option, sure, but there was always lots of other stuff going on. In a small town? Especially in the winter? Hockey is it.
The arena is a multi-generational meeting area—the kids play or practice while their siblings do their homework in the stands, waiting for their own turn on the ice. They drink watered-down hot chocolate, scalding their tongues on the first sip and swilling through the gritty powder at the end. This is life.
And the parents? In this day and age, most adults don’t work in the same small town where they live. They either commute to the city or to another small town or to the quarry or the bush or the mine. And in the winter, they don’t see their neighbors when they’re hanging out in the yard, because only kids are crazy enough to spend much time outside in the winter. No, adults see their neighbors at the rink. They get caught up on the news and the gossip, they socialize a bit, and they keep half-an-eye on the ice.
Because somewhere out there, on a rink just like this one, in some small town in Canada, the next hockey star is figuring out his game. And maybe that star is on this ice. Maybe that star is their kid. And if it is?
That’s where the real fantasy begins. All the different options, trying out for various teams, getting the privilege of choosing between the OHL or a hockey scholarship. It’s the Canadian dream.
And that’s the world I tried to build in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series. The Raiders are just kids themselves, mostly seventeen and eighteen years old, but they’ve already gone further in hockey than most Canadians ever will, and they’re hoping to go further. They’re looking forward to the NHL… but that doesn’t mean that any of them forget the small town arena in their past, with the bad hot chocolate and the homework and the gossiping parents. The world I built is a world centered around the rink, just like the world of so many small Canadian towns.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, underage drinking, sexual situations, and crazy squirrels. It may cause you to become a fan of hockey – or at least hot hockey players.
The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…
Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.
But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.
Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, swoon-worthy kisses, and sexy hockey players. It may cause you to watch a hockey game…or ten.
Sixteen-year-old Claudia Waring has never kissed a boy. Never been popular. Never been to a hockey game. All that’s about to change. Assigned to tutor Chris Winslow, a prank-loving, gorgeous hockey player, Claudia’s perfectly planned life immediately veers off course. And she kind of likes it. But as fun as Chris is, she knows she’ll never fit in his world.
After his latest prank lands him in hot water, Chris has to get serious about school or lose hockey. Not an easy thing for someone as carefree as the defenseman. The biggest problem, though, is how much he wants to help his cute, buttoned-up tutor loosen up a little. But while confidence has never been a problem for him, around Claudia, Chris is all nerves. Why would a girl as smart as her ever fall for a jock like him?