Play it safe or get out of your comfort zone? Here’s a two-part essay I wrote on the topic, drawing on my own experiences.
Booklist praised my novel, Cracking the Ice (Westside Books), saying, "Hendrickson’s debut novel paints a gripping account of a courageous young man rising above evil."
Since then, Pentucket Publishing has published four additional novels of mine: Bubba Goes for Broke, Body Check, Offside, and my latest, No Defense.
My award-winning short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and the Fiction River anthology series.
My titles have populated multiple e-book bestseller lists.
I’ve published well over one thousand works of nonfiction ranging from sports journalism to humor and essays. I've been honored with the Joe Concannon Hockey East Media Award and the Murray Kramer Scarlet Quill Award for my sports coverage on US College Hockey Online where over 400,000 readers follow my columns, stories, and features.
Contact me at dave DOT hendrickson AT gmail DOT com.
Autographed, personalized copies are available for all five of my novels: No Defense, Offside, Body Check, Bubba Goes for Broke, and Cracking the Ice.
For any combination of books, the cost is $13 for the first, $25 for any two, $36 for three, $46 for four, and $56 for five. That includes standard shipping within the continental United States, autographed and personalized per your request.
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"Cracking the Ice scores the literary equivalent of a hat-trick: funny, harrowing and finally, heartfelt. This book is a winner." --Greg Neri, author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty, a 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor book
"I started Cracking the Ice and could not put it down. Jessie Stackhouse's generosity, hope and intelligence touched my heart...I kept reading until the last page!" --Joyce Carol Thomas, author of 2009 Coretta Scott King Honor book, The Blacker the Berry
"A compelling, civil rights tale of a young man's coming of age on the ice. Hendrickson personalizes history with unforgettable characters." -- Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor book, Ninth Ward
"Having been a black hockey player in this era, I found that Cracking the Ice isn’t just a very good read. It captures the prep school life completely. I felt like I was back in my old room. The hockey action comes to life. The scenes made me feel as if I were out on the ice. But this book doesn’t just cover a black hockey player at a prep school; it’s for anyone trying to succeed in difficult situations.” -- Richard Harris
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Sportswriter Olivia Turnbull covers the Blades, Boston’s professional hockey team. She'd never break the taboo against dating one of the players. The temptation never even crosses her mind.
Until, that is, the Blades trade for Chad Finnegan. She and Chad enjoyed a torrid love affair during their college days and when he arrives, one look dooms them both.
Their love breaks all the rules, but the forbidden fruit tastes too sweet until they learn that it could cost them everything.
Body Check provides an insider's view of newspapers, sports writing, and hockey, but most of all, it tells a captivating tale of star-crossed lovers.
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Tiffany only needs a boob job to become a star. Who'll pay?
"'Tiffany' works beautifully, and by the end of the story, I had fallen in love with this savvy, determined, and somewhat crazy woman. Everyone who has read this story remembers it and likes it. You will too."
--USA Today Bestselling Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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A live turkey tied to a goalpost... the famous "zip code" speech... the infamous money on the table... a geyser in the visitors' locker room during a national championship game.... UMass-Lowell played its final hockey game at Tully Forum in 1998, but the outrageous and hilarious stories live on in "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Tully Forum."
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Dave awakes at five ayem with a splitting headache. Is it brain cancer or is he being a nutcase? When the day goes downhill from there, bestselling humorist Dave Hendrickson uses it all as fodder for one of his funniest and most-loved pieces.
Available on Kindle, NOOK, Kobo, Smashwords. Includes bonus story "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Tully Forum." $2.99