Know the Heroine from Before the Whistle by Linda O'Connor @LindaOConnor98 #RLFblog #romanticcomedyLinda O’Connor, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

Before the Whistle by Linda O’Connor

Genre Medical Hockey Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13

Jordyn Kendra is a talented designer and savvy businesswoman. Spending eighteen hours a day establishing and running a successful business doesn’t leave much time for pursuing a relationship, and frankly she hasn’t really missed it. But when an invitation arrives that could help her fulfill her career dreams, she has to make a decision. What’s harder: going to a gala without a date or finding someone to ask?

Ben Matthews, head athletic therapist for the wildly popular Clarington Quakes hockey team, tends to stand out in a crowd. When Jordyn doesn’t recognize him, it puts a dent in his ego, but he catches her attention when he jumps in to save a life.

She’s a queasy bystander, cowering at the sight of blood, and he’s cool, calm, and confident, which she finds irresistible. With a little prodding from her spirited aunt, Jordyn realizes that she and Ben might be the perfect mismatch.

Before the Whistle – when cool and calm in an emergency is totally hot.

Know the Heroine from Before the Whistle

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.

It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?

She designs skate wear and swimwear for a living, and she’s learned the hard way that the fabric can do funny things in the water – transparency and shrinkage oh my. So as part of her routine, she whips up a a mock swimsuit and tests out the fabric in the water. The pool in her condo building is open 24 hours, so she’d be there testing out her latest creation.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Pie – it’s a fav!

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Comfy sweats – unless Ben is around – then it’s cashmere and slim-fitting capris.

Does she know how to fix things?

She’s a master seamstress so she can fix anything – with fabric and thread.

She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

She reluctantly tried to sign up for a First Aid/CPR course and ended up in a First Responder course. It’s a little daunting for someone who faints at the sight of blood and quakes at the thought of doing the Heimlich maneuver. She has 2 best friends who are doctors – and figure they’ll jump in to save a life. Why would she need to?

How does she act around children she doesn’t know?

She recently made little duckling costumes for the local kiddy skating club. Putting little ones quickly at ease is part of her job.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

She wakes up slowly but gets up early.

Can she use chopsticks?

Like a champ.

Does she drink coffee? If so, how does she take it? If not, what does she drink instead?

Nope, she’s a tea drinker – caffeine in the morning and a fruity herbal at night.

What apps would she have on her phone?

Color Swatch, Trends in Fabric, Quickbooks, Swimwear Today, Skate Canada

Android or iPhone?


Earrings or unpierced ears?

Earrings with sparkle and colour.

Tattoos or unadorned skin?

Unadorned skin

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Personal vehicle – but her work is down the hall from her condo so the commute is short.

Recycle or toss?

Recycle everything including fabric swatches!

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Before the Whistle


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Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing a few years ago when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at the local home décor store. It turns out she loves writing romantic comedies and has a few more stories to tell. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic (well, even when she is writing she’s a physician, and it shows up in her stories :D ). She hangs out at
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