About Stephanie Queen

About USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen A romantic at heart and a writer by nature, Stephanie Queen writes angsty-funny college and sports romance. She's also written romantic thrillers and rom-coms and has published more than fifty books--so far. Although she's lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family and her cat, Kitty.

Have a Little Steam With Your Hockey

Hot hockey playerSteamy hockey romance, that is. Because of course. Who ever heard of a sweet hockey romance?

That was a serious question asked of me the other day by a writer who wondered if there were any readers out there who might want to read her books. She’s writing sweet hockey romance. Frankly, my answer to her was that I have no idea.

But I DO know that readers love a little steam with their romance when it involves a hunky hockey player.

Because that’s the payoff with a hunky athlete for a hero, right?

But I felt bad about not having a better answer for this author, so I did a quick survey of the top 100 sports romances on Amazon to see if I could find a sweet hockey romance book on the list anywhere.

The answer: a big fat ZERO

Which makes sense to me. We all have our reasons for choosing what we love to read, but there are those universal fantasies that hold true for many of us and one of them is to be ravaged by a big strong man–in no uncertain terms. These romances come in many tropes and subgenres from dark mafia to motor cycle club stories. And somewhere in there fit the sports heroes.

And within the sports romances, hockey romance reigns supreme. And by that I mean, the readers are dedicated and the books sell like hotcakes–or hot hunks.

If you have that fantasy about a rich rugged hunk who could have anyone choosing you, then steamy hockey romance will check that box. Every time.

You’ll know from the opening lines from He Has Charm that it’s a steamy one:

“Being blind isn’t a problem, sugar. I can smell and feel my way around you.” She giggles as I sit up in bed and rip the blindfold off.

That’s when I realize being blind actually was a problem. A big problem. Because I’m faced with three lovely naked ladies—and one of them has a camera…

Check out the Boston Brawlers hockey romance series today.

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Check out the book trailer for He Has Game- a steamy fake fiancee hockey romance!

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College + Hockey + Romance = Yikes!

There’s something about those college years that’s super exciting… dorms, sororities, fraternities, parties, football games, March Madness and the Frozen Four, all those hot players–especially the hockey jocks.

What is it about the hockey players that make them especially appealing in romance novels?
Maybe it’s that hockey players are understated in their cocky confidence. Or maybe it’s that they’re in killer shape–talk about stamina!!

Did you know hockey players need to eat 6,000 calories a day to make up for all that energy they expend on the ice?

And that doesn’t even count the Big D energy...

Your Kiss Is On My List

My newest release, Your Kiss Is On My List , all about a hockey player at St. Paul U and his best friend from childhood. She’s all grown up now–too grown up not to want a new grown up relationship with him.

But neither of them claims to want the distraction of unwanted attention or a relationship, so they embark on an ill-fated fake girlfriend-boyfriend pretense.

Of course there’s a whole lot more to the story, but here’s a little TEASER:

“Come with me to my dad’s house in New York for the weekend. I need the moral support.”
“What’s the catch?” Because the way she’s looking at me, I know there is one.
“We’ll have to share a bedroom because I told him we were… serious.”
“Serious? Seriously?” I’m stalling to get my sh*t together because I’m not sure if she’s inviting me to sleep with her or if she expects me to sleep on the floor. There’s no way I can sleep on the floor with her in the bed in the same room. No sleeping would be involved either way.
“Well?” she prompts and I’m still afraid to ask about her intentions…

Read Your Kiss Is On My List

The Playlist to Cry For: who listens to music while they read anyway?

By Stephanie Queen 

Confession: I listen to music while I write. It gets me in the mood, if you know what I mean. (Myren, my chauffeur just rolled his eyes.)

What Do I mean?   Music—the right music—enhances the emotional experience. Because let’s face it, what’s evokes emotion more quickly than a love song. Romance stories do a pretty good job although they make take a little while to sink their emotional teeth into you, to grab you and shake you up.

So I think listening to a love song that shares the same theme as the story I’m writing is a heck of a way to warm me up, to get me into the world and make me feel like I’m there.

In writing my latest, soon-to-be-released angsty college romance about forbidden love titled I Want To Know What Love Is (yes, of Foreigner’s hit song fame), I chose a play list that evoked the kinds of emotions I wanted you, the reader to feel. And listening to those songs as I wrote, the focused me on those particular feels.

The only down-side? 

It’s gosh darn exhausting—emotionally speaking! Because I write angsty books and between listening to the songs and getting into the characters so deeply to get the words on the page, I get so steeped and overwrought that my heart actually pounds.

Good news? 

You, the reader get the enhanced experience, the deep feels—and you can take a break any time you need to catch your breath. Unless you’re in emotional marathon condition, then go right ahead and read I Want To Know What Love Is all in one sitting.

Ready for some angst? (Myren’s getting the tissues ready now)

The Playlist to Cry For

If you want to listen and read, you can pre-order the book at Amazon.

BookTok on TikTok for steamy romance lovers!

by Stephanie Queen

A lot of people think TikTok is all about dancing and goofy videos, but not exactly. If you’re on TikTok, you might agree. Like Facebook, Twitter and IG, there are communities created by hashtags. And no other community enjoys popularity more than #BookTok. My theory on #BookTok’s popularity is that it’s dominated by people who are naturally creative. So naturally they take the outstanding tools TikTok has to offer and run wild.

Speaking of wild… #BookTok is also dominated by steamy and spicy romance readers and writers. They’ve found the perfect outlet for their very special interest.

If you haven’t experienced #BookTok, let’s say it bombards you with all kinds of book stuff. You’ll enjoy the amazing creativity of videos about hot romance books, characters and readers and authors who are funny, intriguing, clever and downright effective. After all, if it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then…

A video must be worth a million words.

And there are a million ways to do a video. Want to see some examples?

Here’s an example of a recent TikTok I posted about an upcoming book, a straight forward teaser using a voice-over.

Here’s an example of a fun author video about writing using lip-synching.

Finally, here’s an excerpt teaser using text and flipping pages for some action.

I think you get the idea. #BookTok is an endless rabbit hole of teasers, humor, book recommendations and all manner of creative fun and games.

If you don’t already have a TikTok account, you might want to give it a try, or if you do, let’s connect!

Follow me on TikTok @stephaniequeenauthor and let me know what you think of my videos.

I’d love to see you there! Here’s the link to TikTok