Author bio

Stephanie Kay

Stephanie Kay - book author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Stephanie Kay has always loved a good romance, and she got hooked on the dirty ones at the tender age of 14, when she told her mother that if the cover wasn’t a bodice ripper, then there was no sex in the book. As an avid mystery reader, her mother never checked to see if Stephanie was lying. Twenty plus years later, Stephanie’s most prized possession is her Kindle, and she may have a Hallmark movie obsession.

She has called California, Maryland, and Rhode Island her home, but now lives in New Hampshire with her husband where she asks him incessant questions until he escapes to go hiking in the mountains. That’s the only time she can get him out of the house so she can get her writing in. Married couples shouldn’t both work from home!

Sports were never her thing, but after beta reading for another hockey author and buying NHL Game Center within one month of watching her first hockey game a few years ago, she dove into learning everything she could about the sport and the hot men that play it. Now she spends her spare time visiting hockey arenas in the name of research and loving every second of it.

You can find her online at, and on Facebook and Twitter. Please join her reader group for updates and excerpts.

You can also email her at [email protected]

Stephanie Kay is the author of books: Breakout (San Francisco Strikers, #1), Skating the Line (San Francisco Strikers #2), Unmatched (Love by the Bay, #1), Delay of Game (San Francisco Strikers, #3), Last Call (Love by the Bay, #2), Faceoff (San Francisco Strikers, #4), All I Want (San Francisco Strikers #5), Fractured Rhythm (Steelwolf, #1), Going All In (San Francisco Strikers, #6), Rookie Move (San Francisco Strikers, #7)

Author books

Penny Connor is putting the pieces of her life back in logical order. At least that’s the plan. Six months ago, her world imploded when she walked in on her fiancé with another woman. After calling off her wedding, she spent a week acting completely out of character in the Tuscan countryside with a scorchingly hot man. They didn’t even exchange last names.

Ethan Hartnell has grudgingly returned home. He's got an image to fix after being traded to the San Francisco Strikers, due to some questionable behavior. He plans to keep his nose to the ice, focusing on the career he loves. Everything is going according to plan, until he walks into a friend’s bar and sees her. She’d left him in her bed in Italy, with a note, and run.

Which is exactly what she does when they see each other again.
It should be a sign.
So why does he keep chasing her?

This is an 83,000 novel with a HEA and NO cliffhanger! Only for readers 18+. This series is connected with the Love by the Bay series, but each book can be read as a standalone.
Amanda Pearsall never wanted to put down roots. To trust putting her happiness in someone else’s hands. Her mother tried that—repeatedly—with disastrous results and Amanda is not interested. You can’t get your heart crushed if you bail before it starts beating. Six years ago, she put California in her rear-view mirror and set out to travel the world, one adventure at a time. Eighteen months ago she returned home for a family emergency, and she’s still here, with no departure date in sight. The job she took to tide her over is stifling at best and she needs to get back out there. To throw caution to the wind and live her life on her terms.

Ben Chester, stoic captain of the San Francisco Strikers, lives and breathes hockey. From the tender age of three when his father strapped a pair of skates on Ben’s feet, hockey has been his life. What could be more enjoyable than being out on the ice and winning with your team? His nickname might be Cheesy, but he has no time for jokes when he’s playing the game he loves. And he has no time for distractions, especially from the media. He learned his lesson years ago to never trust anyone with a press pass, and when he discovers what Amanda does for a living, he wants nothing to do with her.

Ben knows they are all wrong for each other, no matter how good she feels in his arms. He likes skating in the lines. But Amanda can't even see them.

This is an 85,000 novel with a HEA and NO cliffhanger! It is the second book in the SF Strikers series, but can be read as a standalone.
Readers 18+
Lexi Wells has been searching for her perfect match online. Not that he needs to be perfect. Just someone who she can hold a conversation with, who will give her mind-blowing orgasms, maintain a steady job, and fall in love with her six-year-old daughter. Why is that so damn impossible?

Grant Parker isn’t looking for forever, at least not yet. He’s moving in a few months for his final four years with the Coast Guard, and then he’ll think about settling down. Now is not the right time for happily ever after, much to his family’s frustration.

Then he rescues Lexi from a horrible date. Over chocolate lava cake they decide to have some fun before he leaves. Where’s the harm in two consenting adults enjoying dessert and each other for the next few months?

They’re just scratching an itch until he leaves, so why does it feel like so much more?

This is an 80,000 novel with a HEA and NO cliffhanger!
Readers 18+
Can secrets designed to protect the ones they love end up tearing them apart?

From a painful past nobody knows about to aspirations for the future, Sophia Lanzi has learned to lock things away to please those around her and to protect herself. Landing a job working for the top sports physical therapist in the city, avid hockey fan Sophia is taking a step toward fulfilling her dreams.

But when sexy hockey player Eric “Finn” Finnegan enters the clinic for treatment after a devastating injury on the ice, Sophia only has more secrets to keep, as she develops more than a crush on her patient.

The last thing Finn needs is a distraction, and especially in the form of Sophia Lanzi, a beautiful physical therapy assistant. Finn is desperate to get back to the game he loves and prove to everyone that their investment in him has been worth it, but the chemistry with Sophia is too strong to deny. Finn and Sophia can’t resist each other, and a kiss leads to a secret relationship. Secrets aren’t new to Finn, either, and he’s holding one that can destroy his family if it’s ever discovered.
Lily Pierson’s life has been turned upside down. Now a single mother raising her seven-year-old twins, and finishing up a long and painful divorce, she’s ready to get her life back on track. Distractions are not welcome. Especially in the form of Adam Byrne, her brother’s best friend. A constant figure in her life, who’s been absent recently. But he won’t leave her thoughts, nor will the kiss they shared when they were kids. A kiss he doesn’t remember.

Adam Byrne’s life is finally where it should be. After an injury took away his dream of playing professional hockey, and his father passed away, Adam found himself running the family bar. Years later and finally happy in his new role, he decides to expand the business. He’s been avoiding Lily, but she’s the best realtor in town, so he enlists her help, knowing that the more time they spend together, the harder it will be to fight what’s between them.

Can Lily truly let go and give love another chance? Can Adam find happiness with the woman who has been there all along? Could this be their Last Call for love?
Sara Randolph is head chef in a bar frequented by the San Francisco Strikers hockey team. With her history of having her heart broken by athletes, she really should be avoiding them. They’re her Kryptonite, and left winger Colin O’Sullivan is at the top of the No Touch List, in spite of his delicious flirtations.

Colin “Sully” O'Sullivan is tired of being second best. His home team took the Stanley Cup the year after he was traded to San Francisco. He’s been on the top line on the Strikers for a few years and now his spot is in question. But when the ginger-haired jokester lands a night in the arms of Sara, he thinks his luck is finally changing. Until she tells him it was all a terrible mistake.

Sara can’t believe she let herself get carried away with Sully. He’s an athlete. A player in all variations of the word. Been there. Done that. Never again. But there’s no denying their attraction is hot enough to melt all the ice in the arena. When it comes to a faceoff between them, are they willing to own up to the truth about how they really feel about each other?

This is an 80,000 novel with a HEA and NO cliffhanger!
Readers 18+
This series is connected with the Love by the Bay series, but each book can be read as a standalone.
A tragedy in her past inspired Maggie Terraza to become a pediatric oncologist. Her focus on her career leaves little room in her life for anything else. Maggie might have loved Alex Westbrook for years, but they were on very different paths. When Alex’s career takes him from their Chicago hometown to the west coast, whatever they had between them had to end. Maggie can’t let a long-distance relationship distract her, no matter how it breaks her heart. But when a residency opens up at San Francisco’s Children’s Hospital, can she avoid seeing Alex?

Alex “Westie” Westbrook loves his job playing with the San Francisco Strikers hockey team. His life is the game, but also giving back to his new city with his Westie’s Warriors Foundation, offering an arena suite to sick children and their families from Children’s Hospital. The last person he expects to see when he greet the kids in the suite is the woman who stole his heart and iced him out four years ago.

Fate has finally brought Maggie and Alex back to the same city. Can he open his heart again to the woman who broke it? Can Maggie find room for both her career and the man she never stopped loving? With the holidays fast approaching, they may discover all they really want for Christmas is a second chance at love.

This is an 18,000 word novella with a HEA and NO cliffhanger!
Readers 18+

Please note - This novella was originally published in the Hockey Holidays anthology
For years, the rock band Steelwolf was a big part of Cassie Steel’s life. Then it all fell apart.

Cassie’s built a new life in New York and puts her heart into her career as the youngest culinary producer for Scrumptious. She’s not prepared to wander into some dive bar and see the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Sebastian Wolfgang Clark, lead guitarist of Steelwolf, had played her body like a fine instrument and made her heart sing before he’d shattered it.

The well of music Bash tapped into for years has dried up. It died when his best friend did. Or maybe when he’d pushed Cassie out of his life. It’s been two years since he said goodbye to his friend and the record label is done waiting for new music. Then Cassie walks back into his life.

Is Cassie willing to risk her heart again? Can she help Bash repair the fractured rhythm of his life and create the music he loves once again? Or will he end up pushing her away again for all the wrong reasons?

Release date - September 2019
All Darcy Collins wants is to focus on finishing her master’s degree. She doesn’t have the time to get involved with anyone. But her meddling mother is persistent in her unwanted matchmaking for Darcy. When her mother tries once again to set her up on a date, Darcy tells her she’s already seeing the San Francisco Strikers' latest handsome hockey star, Jake Northman. Her mother doesn’t have to know they’d only met last week and had gotten off to a rocky start.

Traded to the San Francisco Strikers after a terrible season and off ice antics with his old team in New York, Jake’s out to prove he’s reformed his ways and is all-in with his new team. Dating a good girl might go a long way toward proving he’s trying to shed his bad-boy reputation. Besides, the long-legged sexy brunette is certainly easy on the eyes.

Jake’s happy to go along with the hoax, but when things start to heat up between them, will they go all in to turn a fake romance into true love?
Rylie Malone might’ve gotten her new job with the San Francisco Strikers because of her dad, but she worked hard for her degree and is determined to prove her worth. But on her first day she discovers that the guy she had a casual hookup with the week before is a newly traded player to the team. There’s probably a rule against that in the handbook.

Desmond Lachley, the Strikers’ newest defenseman, is still nursing wounds from his ex and is ready to start fresh in a new city with a new team. He was a fool for love once, but never again. A one-night-stand with a stunning stranger suits him just fine. He never expected to run into her again. Or that she’d be his coach’s daughter.

Rylie’s determined to do her job, but how can she resist Desmond’s moves both on and off the ice? Desmond knows he should focus on the game, not the girl. Falling for the coach’s daughter would be a world-class rookie move, sure to land him in the penalty box, but Rylie skates past all his defenses. Can breaking all the rules lead to a lifetime of love?

This is a 30,000 word novella. HEA and standalone.

Coming May 2020.