Winter Blogfest: Ice Skating by Katie Kenyhercz

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Ice Skating

One of the things I love most about winter is ice skating. It’s a magical thing to me that holds a special place in my heart. My first date with my husband was at an ice rink. He’d never been before and had to hold onto me the entire time. I did not mind at all! We skated and talked for hours, unaware of the chill or tired, sore feet. Hot chocolate at the concession stand warmed us up after combined with off-the-charts sparks. Eight years after that, he surprised me by proposing in a rink. It was the 4th of July weekend, and he actually got down on one knee—in shorts—right there on the ice!

I’ve always been a skater, mostly of the roller variety, but when winter settles in, I strap on my blades and look for a frozen rink. There’s something about gliding around and breathing in the cool, crisp, fresh smell of the ice that zens me out and quiets the noise in my mind and any conflict in my heart. I like to go to day sessions in the middle of the week so it’s just me and a few practicing figure skaters. It’s peaceful, and I can skate for an hour or two with my ear buds pumping cheery pop music into my blood.

My passion for ice skating is directly tied to another of my winter loves—hockey! That sport speaks to my soul. It’s fast, exciting, breathtaking, and beautiful. There’s a brotherhood in hockey stronger than in any other sport and a determination to win that’s rival to none. These are a few of the reasons I write hockey romance—who could imagine a better hero? My guys are hot enough to melt the ice!

On The Fly Final CoverJacey Vaughn has a newly minted MBA when her father dies unexpectedly and leaves her his NHL team. Well-versed in business but not so much in hockey, Jacey navigates this new world with a few stumbles. She definitely doesn’t plan on falling for the team captain. At the first hint of scandal, a local Las Vegas reporter latches on, and Jacey finds herself in the newspaper with headlines that hurt instead of help. Jacey’s determined to keep her father’s legacy alive and make the team successful, but while she has no problem denying her feelings to the media, she can’t lie to herself.

Carter Phlynn has known nothing but hockey his entire life. Drafted into the NHL at age eighteen, winning the Stanley Cup is all he’s ever wanted. Nothing has ever disrupted his focus. Not until he meets his new boss. Jacey gets under his skin like no one else, and while dating the team owner would be a disaster for his career and reputation, he can’t get her out of his head. Carter has never had a relationship last more than a month, but the more he’s around Jacey, the more he can’t picture his future without her.

About the Author: I live in Seattle with my Air Force hubby, and I write hockey romance. I played one season of roller hockey when I was fifteen–it hurt enough that I decided I liked it better as a spectator–and it’s been true love ever since! My fictional team is the Las Vegas Sinners, and my real-world team is the Pittsburgh Penguins.

I like strong, capable heroines who bring out the vulnerability in their tough guys.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your own personal romance story! I am in awe at how ice skating played such a prominent role in your romance – it’s beautiful! Alas, I can’t skate – weak ankles due to a break years ago – they didn’t have PT then like they do now. Oh well. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying movies with the great Sonja Henie. Oh my gosh, was she a marvel on the ice. Hollywood doesn’t make movies like that any more. More’s the pity.

  2. I’m athletically challenged and I had always wished that I knew how to ski and ice skate.

    • Jess, don’t feel bad! I pretty much grew up in the roller rink and miraculously that somehow translated to ice skating. More or less. It’s a lot slipperier! I’m still afraid every time I take a corner that I’ll lose an edge and end up on my butt!

  3. Loved to ice skate as a kid, it has been many years now since I have been on skates.

  4. kim amundsen says:

    Use to ice skate in the winter we live by a lake when I was younger.

  5. ice skating’s fun
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  6. Michele, you’re my winner! Email me at, and I’ll gift you a copy of On the Fly 🙂

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