About author, Toni Aleo: My name is Toni Aleo! (and I’m a total dork!) I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic. I have been told I have anger issues, but I think it’s cause of my intense love for hockey! I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play! When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life…probably Belle, and did I mention I love hockey?
Welcome back, Toni! Since your last interview, what you been up to? What havent’t I been up to is the real question!! Things have been insane. I finished Blue Lines and thank goodness HOCEKEY IS BACK!
Congratulations on being published by Random House! How did you find out? Well it is the craziest thing. I remember being a dinner and I got an email on my author account and it was from the publisher but I thought it was fan mail and I was like, I’ll get to it when I get home because I didn’t want to be rude and type out a response, so I didn’t even read it all. Well I get home, and I read it and I swear I screamed so loud, running through the house telling my husband that RANDOM HOUSE WANTS TO PUBLISH ME! It was insane. I found out at the end of September that they wanted me and signed the contract in December.
What did you do to celebrate? We had a big party and it was so great. All my friends and family celebrating my accomplishment. It was a blessing.
You recently finished “Blue Lines.” Can you tell us a little bit about it? I am seriously excited about this book. It will be different from the other three in the fact that the Hero will not be chasing the Heroine. He will be running from her while she tries to convince him that she is a sure bet. It is going to be great.
Who and/or what motivates you to write? Hockey, my husband, and Shea Weber.
Are you characters and/or events in any of your books based on real life? Yes, all of it. Lol. My friends read my books and some get mad, while others laugh so hard they can’t breathe. People aren’t safe around me. I get inspiration from everything.
Walk us through a day in your life: Well, I wake up, get my kiddos off to school, come home, clean, run errands and then write. On special days, I get to go watch my daughter dance, my husband play hockey, my son play whatever sport he is doing at the time, and then of course, I go to as many Nashville Predators games I can get too!
You’re a huge hockey fan, but have or would you ever incorporate other sports into your books? I don’t know. I like to write about what I know. I know hockey, so I don’t think I’ll ever stray into another sport. Now I do plan to completely leave the sport behind one day and write something different, but for right now, I am happy with my little hockey romance.
What author(s) would you like to meet? Rachel Gibson, Richelle Mead, Kristin Higgins, Julie James, and Nora Roberts. They are all my heros
How do you come up with the titles of your books? By complete luck. I sit there and think of the book and then hockey terms and by the grace of God, they come to me! Lol.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be? A nurse. I quit my job as a nurse to become a full time author.
Tell us about your upcoming projects: Well I am about to start writing book 5, Breaking Away from the Assassins Series, but I also will start a new adult series with the first booked called Rush of Love. I am pretty excited, scared and nervous for the new genre but excited.
Additional comments by Toni: Thanks so much for having me!!
**Click HERE to read my review of “Taking Shots” and to read my first interview with Toni!