Hockeywood is a suspenseful thriller of a book about hockey and family.
The Cortez family has hockey in their DNA with NHL ties stretching back a century. Tomas coaches the long-suffering Toronto Mounties. His oldest son Mark was a #1 overall draft pick and one of the best prospects in NHL history. His middle son Ray, AKA Hockeywood, just retired from the L.A. Coronas as one of the great players of his generation.
When Tomas is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ray decides a comeback is in order to help his dad win the Stanley Cup once before he dies, but on the eve of the Final, two thugs threaten to kill Ray if the Mounties win.
Now with the hopes of a city and the dreams of a father riding on his efforts, Ray must decide whether to cave to the threat or fulfill his promise.
$1 from every sale of Hockeywood goes to the charity End Brain Cancer to find research to rid the world of this menace.
Hockeywood is available below in paperback and digital editions.
Saturday April 7, 2018, 7:00 PM: On the last night of the NHL's 2018 regular season, the Angry Beaver will be the place to watch hockey and catch a reading from Hockeywood during the intermission of the 7:00 game on the big screen. Copies of Hockeywood will be available on site. (The Angry Beaver is located at 8412 Greenwood Ave., Seattle, WA 98103)
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My love to hockey inspired me to write "Hockeywood"
"Hockeywood" takes its name from the nickname of its narrator and protagonist Ray Cortez. Hockey was written into Ray's DNA; he was descended from generations of hockey royalty. His great-great-grandfathers had played together with Toronto in their inaugural season of the NHL a century ago. His older brother Mark had been a first overall draft pick in the early '90s. His father Tomas had a venerable coaching career stretching back 25 years, the last six as head coach of the iconic Toronto Mounties.
Ray has only recently retired from being the greatest hockey player of his generation, but the decision to hang up his skates had never sat well with him.
Maybe that was why when he heard the news of his father's terminal cancer diagnosis, he was so quick to suggest a comeback in a desperate effort to help his dad achieve his dream of winning the Stanley Cup before he died.
The story takes a dark turn on the eve of the Stanley Cup Final when two thugs accost Hockeywood and tell him that if the Mounties win the Cup, they're going to kill him.
Confronted by his own potential demise, Hockeywood must decide whether to fulfill his filial obligations and face down his own death or betray his family and team and suffer ignominious and humiliating defeat, but go on to live a long and happy life. Like hockey's version of Achilles he must choose: glory and death or infamy and life.
Sunday March 23, 2018, 8:20 AM: I will be appearing on KING 5 Morning News in the 8:00 hour to promote Hockeywood and talk about self-publishing.
Monday April 2, 2018, 5:30 PM: The Puget Sound Inline Hockey League opens its spring 2018 season at Skate Deck in Everett and to kick things off, I will be there for a reading of Hockeywood and a chat session afterward. Come out and sign up to play inline hockey this season! Copies of Hockeywood will be available on site. (Skate Deck is located at 9700 19th Ave. SE, Everett, WA 98208)
Friday April 6, 2018, 4:45 PM: Lynnwood Ice Center is hosting a stick and puck session and I will be there for a reading of Hockeywood and some puck chat. It's $10 to join the stick and puck, but free if you're just there for the reading. Copies of Hockeywood will be available on site. (Lynnwood Ice Center is located at 19803 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA 98036)