A little after midnight, early Tuesday morning, I was woken by our barking dogs. I trudged out of bed and took them outside. Immediately, I sensed something off in the atmosphere. If you’ve ever been through a tornado, you know the eerie calm before the storm. However, exhaustion won out, and I went back to bed without checking the news—something I will never do again. Continue reading “💔 A tornado disaster update from Elicia Hyder”
“Even if derby isn’t your thing….you will love this book.”
“I am so loving this story. More of a suspense, thriller, paranormal kind of fiction fan but this story hooked me in and I’m now a big roller derby fan!”
“Read this in one day, because whenever I have an Elicia Hyder book in my hands, nothing else matters! It was sooooo good. The first 2 chapters had me laughing aloud! Couldn’t put it down after that. I would love to think I have a tiny bit of Grace in me!! Thank you, Elicia.”
“I just finished Britches get Stitches. I Loved it!! I laughed and cried and laughed again!”
“I did not want to put this book down!!!! It was fabulous, I loved it even more than The first book Lights out Lucy.”
“I loved this book for the emotions and the great storyline and can’t wait to read the next. These women rock!”
“This one had me hooked within the first few sentences. If my Kindle hadn’t shut down, I would have read it in a few hours! Britches Get Stitches had me laughing, crying, laughing again and cheering on Grace.”
“This series just keeps getting better and funnier. If you liked the first one, you will love this one.”
Be brave. Be strong. Be badass.
After a two-year struggle to conceive ends with her husband getting another woman pregnant, Grace “Britches Get Stitches” Evans is taking out her frustrations on the roller derby track. Full-contact violence and absolutely no cheating men? Best divorce-support group ever.
With the help of her teammates, Grace is reclaiming one piece of her broken heart at a time—starting with the family dog, which she lost in the divorce. When the dognapping ends with a call to the police, the best revenge shows up at her door in the form of Officer Jason Bradley. He’s hot. He loves animals. And he’s her ex-husband’s very best friend.
Then her ex does the unimaginable, threatening everything she has left as well as the new life she’s started to build. Only Grace isn’t the woman he kicked to the curb anymore. And just like in derby, though she might get knocked off the track and blocked behind unbeatable odds—she’ll keep pushing forward.
This story is included at the front of every copy of Lights Out Lucy, but it’s too special to risk you not seeing it.
On this launch day, I share with you the most personal story I’ve ever told. The story behind the story of Lights Out Lucy: Roller Derby 101.
In 2008, my first husband was one of the first recorded deaths resulting from texting and driving in the state of Tennessee. He was 25 years old. At the time we had two children. Canaan was four. Will was two.
In the aftermath of that awful year, my good friend, Chuck, introduced me to the wild and wonderful sport of women’s flat track roller derby. On a dare, I joined Fresh Meat (Roller Derby 101) with the Nashville Rollergirls, and “eL’s Bells” (my derby name) was born.
Truth be told: I SUCKED AT ROLLER DERBY. I hung up my skates after my 2nd serious knee injury before I ever even skated in my first official bout…BUT new lifelong friendships were forged, my body became a formidable machine, and through the bruises, torn ligaments, and pulled muscles—my heart finally healed.
Fast forward to 2015 when I was diagnosed with cancer. My daughter—who was counting the days until she could play junior roller derby—was faced with the possibility of losing another parent. Unlike her brother, who only remembered their dad in pictures, Canaan knew the pain that seemed to lurk in our future.
As I planned my funeral (yes, that’s dramatic, but I think every cancer patient considers it), I wondered if Canaan, too, would find her healing on a pair of quad skates.
And thus, the idea for this novel, Lights Out Lucy, was sparked.
I published my first book with chemotherapy burning through my veins. And while the doctors and nurses (hi, Rena) saved my life, I can honestly say that writing saved my sanity.
Three years later, I’m cancer free and Lights Out Lucy is my 9th published novel. It’s also my favorite. In these pages, I hope you’ll experience the power of friendship and determination. I hope you’ll laugh, fall in love, and see the very best in yourself through our unwitting heroine.
As for Canaan? She finally got her own skates. That’s her front and center in the photo below. #ProudDerbyMom
There are thousands of roller derby teams worldwide. Just go to your favorite search engine and type: *roller derby insert your city here* to find a team near you. A lot of them are non-profits that support local charities, so bring the whole family to a bout and have fun for a good cause!
And if you ever toy with the idea of joining Fresh Meat to FIND OUT WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF…
I dare you.