Skate into thrilling new page turner with Leighton Buzzard author’s Strictly on Ice

A Leighton Buzzard author has released a new romance novel that looks set to captivate and thrill fans of the ITV show Dancing on Ice.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 8:01 pm

Helen Buckley, 35, is delighted to introduce readers to Strictly on Ice, her heart-warming love story about second chances and sporting stars.

The plot features Katie Saunders, a former Olympic skating champion, who is well known for her ‘ice queen’ media persona, and who is trying to put a nasty injury behind her.

Helen said: “On the face of it, perhaps Katie should have forgiven her former skating partner and ex-boyfriend, Alex Michaelson, for the accident that shattered both her ankle and their Olympic dreams – but she just can’t seem to let it go.

Strictly on Ice and Helen (right) signing her Choc Lit contract.

“When Katie reluctantly agrees to take part in a new TV skating show, it’s only because she’s desperate for cash.

“What she didn’t count on is the drama – not only is she partnered up with infamous love rat rugby player Jamie Welsh, but one of the judges is none other than Alex Michaelson himself.”

Helen attended Hounslow Manor Secondary and used to read whilst walking to school “trying not to bump into lampposts!”

But despite a love for literature, it wasn’t until March 2018 that she started writing her first novel.

Helen said: “My husband and I had been trying for a few years to have a baby and it wasn’t happening. We were approaching the start of IVF treatment and I wanted an escape and a more positive way to deal with those emotions.”

Helen found writing “a joy” and hasn’t stopped since. She had her first novel, Star in the Shadows, published in 2019, and her next three novels, including Strictly on Ice, are to be released by women’s fiction and romance publishers Choc Lit.

Helen is now a proud mum to two young sons, and writes early in the morning, late at night, and during nap time!


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