L. Anne Carrington is a sports fiction bestselling author and freelance writer/journalist whose previous work covered topics from fiction to news stories, human interest features, and entertainment reviews. She wrote The Wrestling Babe Internet column for seven years, a former music reviewer for Indie Music Stop, former book reviewer for Free Press (an imprint of Simon and Schuster), and pens several other works which appears in both print and Web media.
Her acclaimed work in both fiction and nonfiction include The Cruiserweight series, Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star, and number one hockey best seller Power Play.
She resides in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Quinn Talmadge grew up in the world of his parents, hockey legends turned Pittsburgh Rebels owners Troy and Alex Talmadge, while working hard to create his own. He outwardly appears as a picture of success from adolescence to adulthood: captain of his schools hockey team, dating the class beauty, a junior league standout, American Hockey Conferences hottest draft pick, and following in his fathers footsteps as the Rebels captain.
Beneath the surface, shy and awkward Quinn deals with the pains of being dumped by his first love, taunts and intentional attempts made by opponents to injure him, verbal abuse from teammates parents on and off the ice, media scrutiny as the player with strange eyes, and wondering if hell end up alone while witnessing teammates interacting with spouses and significant others.
He then meets April Stephens in an unconventional manner one night while out with friends, but will a second chance at love survive the demands of his hockey career?
Alexandra “Alex” Galloway had lifelong ambitions of acting on Broadway, television, or in movies. Despite versatility in a wide range of regional dialects, stunt work, singing, ballroom dancing, archery, and field, street, and ice hockey, she has thus far been limited to an endless string of film extra and uncredited roles.
Alex’s small part in an underdog women’s hockey team film catches the eye of a visitor to the Vancouver set while in town for a game – Troy Talmadge, star and team captain of the American Hockey Conference’s Pittsburgh Rebels.
Dazzled by her on-ice flair, Troy appoints himself as Alex’s mentor. He urges his agent to take her on as a client and signed to a Women’s Hockey League contract, but the agent has something far better in mind: having her drafted as the AHC’s first woman player, specifically to the Rebels.
Will Alex survive the pressures that accompany her newly-found professional hockey career…or does it slowly freeze much as her previous stint as an actress?
A novella chronicling the aftermath of a best-selling nonfiction book’s, a woman’s inadvertent thrust into the spotlight stemming from a well-known bachelor’s interest in her…and a murder.
Taylor Andrews is about to walk a path never before traveled. A semi-obscure independent author with more than her share of struggles before clinching a five-book contract with Beach Publishing, she accepts the challenge to write a book encompassing the professional wrestling career of her longtime idol, Jeff Glass.
Will this new endeavor be Taylor’s biggest career moment that draws additional attention from fans and perhaps Glass himself?
Whose body is found in a wooded area next to an interstate?
How will Taylor handle becoming newly “almost famous”…and the attentions of indy publishing dynamo Sidney Beach?
Billy Kidman carved out a career as one of World Championship Wrestling’s and World Wrestling Entertainment’s most exciting cruiserweights. A solid in-ring worker for little over a decade, he enjoyed success as a multiple-time cruiserweight and tag team champion during the 1990‘s and early 2000‘s.
Kidman wrestled for several American and overseas independent promotions after being released from WWE and then became a trainer and occasional wrestler for Florida Championship Wrestling (now NXT). Now retired from the ring, he works as a producer at WWE events in the Gorilla Position.
Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star contains updated and some never before revealed information behind the story of an underrated and underappreciated talent who achieved success in several aspects of the wrestling business before age 40.
DISCLAIMER: This book was not prepared, approved, licensed or endorsed by Peter Gruner, Jr., World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), members of WWE, or any other wrestling organization.
In L. Anne Carrington’s first nonfiction book, she details how abnormal results of a routine mammogram in Summer 2013 inspired her to discuss important points of preventive health care measures, gives readers an in-depth look into being treated for her other health issues, and offers insights on how routine screenings and common preventive care measures can preserve one’s health – and some cases, save lives.
While helping clean his father’s garage, Donovan Klass opens a long-forgotten box containing a collection of videos, photographs and diaries belonging to his late mother, Marilyn. Was his parents’ marriage ideal as Donovan believed? What stories will those mementos – and an unrelated yet long-buried secret – reveal?
Brett and Karen come from two separate worlds with one common interest that brought them together - wrestling.
Brett Kerrigan is a smaller than average cruiserweight wrestler who loves to entertain the crowds, giving it all for his fans throughout the world. In spite of his size, Brett proves he can be as strong, quick and fierce as his larger competitors. Away from the spotlight, he struggles with being taken seriously as a wrestler, backstabbing co-workers, and power hungry management.
Pittsburgh-based sports journalist Karen Montgomery has followed wrestling since her teens. An acclaimed article printed one year earlier won a prestigious sports press award, and, when several attempts to arrange a personal interview with Brett are thwarted, she almost gives up attempting to meet her idol without the help of her editor, Greg Sullivan. One fateful night after a wrestling event, Karen has an unexpected encounter with Brett in a hotel lounge - ending in getting her sought-after interview with him.
Throughout the following year, a special friendship - and then romance - blossoms between the unlikely pair, despite the loss of Brett’s lucrative contract, long distance living between him and Karen, the differences in their ages, and an unexpected personal event Karen never considered in the present stage of her life.
Donovan Klass is in the fight of his life. A probation officer, he is the son of a seven-time cruiserweight wrestling champion. He has seen his daughter’s mother and his best friend climb to the very top of the pro wrestling world. Should he switch careers and become a wrestler? If he does, can he still be a good father to the daughter he adores and hold on to the beautiful ballet dancer who loves him?
Autumn is now the grown-up daughter of retired cruiserweight superstar Brett Kerrigan, but in the love stakes she’s a heavyweight.
She is searching for two things: success as a wrestler, just like her father, and for the intoxication of intimacy – she longs for an injection of the real love her parents share for each other. Several failed relationships leave her disillusioned and alone.
Three men each play a prominent role in Autumn’s pursuit of professional and personal success: Peter Klass, a retired cruiserweight legend determined to help make Autumn a star while trying to reconcile his own personal and professional lives, Mike Stackhouse, the fellow student wrestler who wins Autumn’s heart while on the edge of stardom with International, the world’s largest stage in professional wrestling, and Marcus Tucker, Brett’s personal assistant, the shining star of Peter’s cruiserweight class, and one of Autumn’s closest friends – and confidant – who once harbored a crush on her.
One night following the graduation show at Brett’s academy, the lives of Autumn and one of these men took a turn no one expected – yet affected those around them who cared the most.
Will her relationship with Mike survive the pressures of both their budding careers and that fateful night?
Or will she once again be a singles performer in the romance division?