Meg Harding’s Happy Place

November 28, 2016
Meg Harding's Happy Place


Hi all! I’m Meg Harding, and for those who don’t know me, I’m in love with hockey. I was never really into sports before—I’ll casually watch tennis and that’s about it—but when I found hockey, well… it spiraled. So much spiraling. Not only did it provide me with a pastime, but it provided me with endless amusement (seriously, go watch some of the videos these teams post), a community of fellow sports writers and sports fans—a few of which I’m quite close to now, and it’s led to a lot of my recent traveling ventures. I’ve been to Pittsburgh for the World Cup, I went to Canada to watch a preseason game, I moved to Chicago in part so I could see the Blackhawks, and I’ll be heading to St. Louis today, actually, to watch the Dallas Stars!



The sport, and the teams I love, have become a happy place for me. I wasn’t in the best mind frame when I first got into it, not really happy and just overall ugh about everything, and it became something that made me feel better. I’d watch it, I’d read books about it, to get away from reality. Honestly, I read more hockey fanfic than I do anything else. So, naturally, it felt right for me to start incorporating hockey into my books. It’s a subject I know well and one that I get a great deal of pleasure writing about.

Checking it Twice, the third in my Carlisles series, is about a model and a hockey player. At the moment, the NHL has no out players, but they do have things like You Can Play and pride tape. Both of which are mentioned/explained in my novel. I wanted Checking it Twice to feature both sides of the coin, so to speak. The hesitance of being the first, but the support structure that is in place to help those who eventually take the step. It’s not a perfect world, and progress is something that’s still, well, a work in progress. But slowly actions are being taken, and one day… one day they’ll get there. Checking it Twice is just moving that one day to today.

Running with the hockey theme, I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of To Arizona. Want to enter? Share what your “happy place” is. Is it a specific book or author? An actual place? A TV show or sport? What do you turn to for comfort?


Check out Checking It Twice today!


Checking It Twice by Meg Harding


All Romance
Barnes and Noble


Closeted professional hockey player Eric Belanger is falling hard for an out-and-proud male model. He’s unable to resist Dorian’s charm and pushing personal boundaries he never thought he’d cross. But Dorian is the kind of guy who deserves someone who isn’t afraid to be himself. Eric’s fears about what coming out will do to his career clash with the future he hopes to build with Dorian. He knows he’ll eventually have to make a choice.

Dorian Carlisle knows better than to date a man who wants to keep him a secret, but there’s something about Eric he can’t ignore. So he’ll take the risk, and it’ll be all right, because this isn’t a forever romance. He’s happy to live in the moment. But somehow, at some point, feelings sneak up on him and he’s not okay anymore. At a breaking point, Dorian must also make a decision. Their time together will either be the start of something wonderful or nothing more than a happy memory.


About Meg Harding:

Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF and is completing a master’s program for publishing in the UK. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life, she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.
Twitter: @Cumberstone61

8 Responses to “Meg Harding’s Happy Place”

  1. H.B. says:

    Congratulations on the new book release! It sounds like a great read.

    As to my happy place. I’m a solidary creature so I like a lone time to listen to music and read. So if I can find a little nook were no one will find me I’ll be just dandy.

  2. Trix says:

    I am a big hockey lover myself (going to see my Sharks play against the Habs this week, even though it’s hard seeing Torrey Mitchell in rouge instead of teal). My happy place usually involves Sesame Street, or book and record stores…

  3. kp says:

    My happy place is my books. They can always bring me joy!

  4. Angela says:

    Congrats on the release of Checking it Twice and a happy release day. I already have the first two books in this serie so i’m looking forward to continue. As for my happy place it is in my garden on my loungeset with a good m/m book and some coffee ;)

  5. Meg says:

    Thank you H.B! I think a good playlist and a good book with no one around to interrupt is one of the best things ever :)

  6. Meg says:

    Hi Trix!
    Hockey trades are the worst! The Habs acquired a player I’m fairly attached to recently, and I honestly cried when he played his old team the first time, so I feel your pain.

  7. Meg says:

    Thanks Angela!
    I’m glad you’ve liked them :) Your happy place sounds very peaceful!

  8. Meg says:

    Hi Kp!
    I think books are honestly one of the best “happy places” ever. My personal favorite thing is when something’s so cute/awkward and I get real second hand embarrassment/awwww for the character. That’s how I know it’s really good lol.

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