Lucy Cooper isn’t looking for love when she finds it—or slams into it, rather—during rush hour traffic. But her heart, like her car, is a total loss the moment West Adler steps out of his truck to inspect the damage.
West truly is the perfect guy: handsome, funny, rich. The benefactor of not one, but two children’s hospitals. And he’s the main sponsor of the Music City Rollers, Nashville’s championship roller derby team.
When Lucy discovers the Rollers are actively recruiting “Fresh Meat,” she puts her life on the line to catch West Adler’s attention. But will accident-prone Lucy skate off with the heart of Nashville’s Most Eligible Bachelor? Or will she get herself killed in a sport that promises, “It’s not a matter of if you’ll get hurt—but of how bad and when.”
Lights Out Lucy is fresh, fun, and my new favorite by Elicia Hyder. Not only do the Music City Rollers tackle opponents at the arena, but also personal challenges in their lives. Solidarity among the team players turn into friendships that will bond them for life. There’s a sweet romance with great chemistry, likable and even quirky characters, drama, plenty of LOL moments, friendships, and most of all a message of personal healing and emotional growth.
I joined the Nashville Rollergirls back in 2010 during a tumultuous time in my personal life. My first husband had been killed about eighteen months before in a texting-and-driving incident, and I was not handling the aftermath of that tragedy well. I stopped writing. Dated awful men. Partied too much. When I decided to dress up as a rollergirl for Halloween, a friend asked a Nashville player if I could borrow her jersey for my costume. That player, Lady Fury, asked him, “What? Is she too big of a &%$$# to play the sport herself?”
The Nashville Rollergirls were recruiting “Fresh Meat” so I decided to try out for the team. It was amazing. My life was transformed as I became a part of this wonderful derby family. While the sport conditioned my body and gave me an outlet for some pent-up hurts and frustrations, the relationships really helped me piece my broken life back together. Years later, we’re all still friends. And as for Lady Fury, the legendary skater whose taunt pushed me to join…she works for me now, coordinating reader parties at roller derby bouts all over the world.
Inspiration Behind The Book
Lights Out Lucy tells the story of a young woman who moves to Nashville for a fresh start following the loss of her mother to cancer. It was actually inspired by my daughter, Frostfire (her derby name), and my own cancer battle.
Frostfire was almost old enough to join junior roller derby when I was diagnosed with stage-two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I was in the bathtub—probably planning my funeral because that’s what you do when you’re diagnosed with cancer—and I could hear the unmistakable sound of roller skates on the driveway. She was practicing in my old derby skates.
I wondered if she, too, would find her healing in the roller derby world once I was gone. And thus, the idea for the novel was born. Thankfully, now I’m cancer free, and I’m officially a derby mom. She plays junior roller derby.
Bestselling author Elicia Hyder played women’s flat track roller derby with the Nashville Rollergirls under the skater name, eL’s Bells. After a black eye, a broken finger, a severely pulled groin, and two serious knee injuries, Elicia hung up her skates to focus on a safer hobby—writing. She has fictionalized her experience in her latest novel, Lights Out Lucy: Roller Derby 101. More novels are to come in the Music City Rollers series. Elicia still lives in Music City with her superhero husband, five (loud) children, and two co-dependent dogs.
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