Posted by Sat, December 1, 2012

Holy hot hockey players! I am now a published author with Random House!


Me and my contract from Random House!


Its all still so unreal and a part of me really doesnt believe it happened.

When I started Taking Shots, I mainly wrote it for myself. I remember when I finished it, and I looked over at my hubby and said “I just wrote a book.” He laughed and then said “What?” Lol. It was crazy, I wasnt the author type. I’ve always been a writer, I love to write little worlds of awesomeness, but I always thought I was meant to be just a mommy and nurse. Wow, did God, have a different plan for me.

Hubby convinced me to query for agents and publishers. I got rejected by EVERYONE and it really messed with me, I hated the rejection so I said eff it. lol. Well, then I saw that I could self publish, so I did that, I was like yeah, this is going to be awesome! I’ll make friends with new people that like my books and everything will be cool. And that was how it happened. I made some of my bestest friends now, and they have been with me since the beginning!

Well, the editing thing came up, and I was like EEKK! lol. So I hired an editor, got screwed, hired another one, got screwed some more, hey, why not go for a third time, GOT SCREWED AGAIN! lol. So I was to the point where I was ready to quit because people like good edited books. Well I didnt get a decent editor until Empty Net, and even she missed stuff because my books are big and its a lot to edit, but I still feel she did a great job.

I learned a lot, and I am glad with where I was in life. Things we wonderful, I have a fan base, I am interactive with my fans and I feel good. I basically felt like life was wonderful! I was making friends, I was working on Blue Line, and heck yeah, I was going to Disney World. I mean really? What else could happen!? lol. Well, I got an email from a friend that was like, I am talking to an agent for you because I think you need one. I was like okay, cool, I’d like to have an agent because my dream is to have my book in stores. To walk into Target and see my beautiful series on the shelf? I think I might piss my pants and then scream girlie little screams. So be aware when this happens! lol.

Well, I was excited to see what would happen with that but I was too busy with life and getting ready to go to Disney to be really worried about it. I have the mind set that if it happens it was meant to be, if it doesnt, oh well. Well I was out somewhere, and I remember getting an email from Susan Grimshaw, and it was titled Empty Net – Great Job! I cant always view my emails from my phone, it sometimes wont load so I figured I’d read it when I got home. Well I forgot and the next day I was doing my morning check and clicked the email, and this is what it said.

Hi there,
Just wanted to say congratulations on writing such a wonderful story – I love hockey so this theme totally resonated with me.  Your characters are wonderfully developed & I thoroughly enjoyed the journey you took me on – EMPTY NET deserves its starred reviews!
I was curious as to what your future projects may be & if you have any interest in working with a New York publisher such as Random House.
Love to chat with you sometime,
Now first, I froze. I read it again and then I started screaming, my computer flew off my lap, I ran into the bedroom and started screaming at my husband about the email. He read it and then he was like “Holy crap.” lol. So I emailed her back, and was like. OMG YES! lol and then I emailed my friend and told her,  “Hey, I got an email from Sue Grimshaw of Random House and she wants to talk to me. I think I may need an agent.”
I got an agent one day, a publisher the next, and then I went to Disney that next Monday.
I feel so blessed to have the most amazing agent that seriously is there for me. Her name is Alix Taylor and I couldnt have been fitted with a better person. She gets me. She gives it to me straight and she cares. I am a very honest, loving person, and I feel that Alix is what I need to protect me and to turn my name into something big. I am so excited for the ride me and her are about to get on and I know its gonna be a blast.
It was INSANE and I think that my family and I are still in shock. I cried when I got to announce it yesterday via Facebook, and I still get teary eyed when I think about it all. I’ve worked so hard to create this amazing world for my beautiful puck bunnies and to have someone take notice and want me, man, that is the most amazing thing in the world because I think my fans knew this was going to happen before I did. They believed in me when I didnt, and I cant thank y’all enough for that.
So now that I have this contract, I now how deadlines. That is scary let me tell you, I am freaking out a bit. Now, not only do I have to worry about making a great books for my bunnies, but now I gotta make sure I get it done on time for the publisher. Its crazy, but I am ready and I think as long as i have the support system I have, I can do whatever I put my mind too.
I mainly did this post to thank you guys. I am so blessed to have all of you in my life and I hope that you continue to stay with me through everything. Its gonna be fun, I can promise you that. To thank you some more, here is a little snippet of Blue Lines.

“I’m really sorry, it will never happen again.”

“Like I said, I had you if it would have gotten out of control.”

Erik laughed, “How so? Are you a ninja too?”

Piper smiled, “No, but I did take self-defense classes in New York, so I know how to protect myself.”

“Of course you do, I swear you’re a Jack of all trades,” he said as he moved off the bed.

I’m really excited about this book and cant wait for it to come out. I am also excited about the new covers and reedited versions of the past books. I think it will only make my books better! Thank you so much again, girls!


  • Tara says:

    BABE!!! I still get all excited every time I see this news!! I am so proud of you and happy that all of your dreams are coming true!!! I love you so much and I cant wait to enjoy this next part of your journey with you!!! You get em girl!!!

  • Lariza says:

    OMG!! So happy for you Toni!! So many people will get to enjoy your awesome stories!! You are so talented and I’m so happy I came across your books!!

  • Christi Snow says:

    Whoohooo! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!! This seriously couldn’t happen to a nicer, more talented author. I am so excited for you and am DYING to hold print copies of these books in my hands. CONGRATULATIONS!!! smiles….

  • Samantha says:

    Congratulations, Toni! You deserve this and so much more! Keep writing and following your dreams! My only wish is that the NHL would get their act together and we’d have a hockey season! Best wishes!!


  • Laura says:

    Hey, I feel slighted! I got things in motion! :)

    But I am so happy for you and I know that Blue Lines and whatever else you write will be awesome!

    Congrats, Toni!

  • Lisa says:

    One word – AMAZING!!

    Love your books, you deserve the credit for all your hard work!!

    Excited to read blue lines

  • Gidget says:

    There isn’t a word that explains how excited I am for you. Can’t wait to get my hands on the series and give them for gifts too. The first step to being an addict is to admit it. Toni- I’m an addict I have reminder set to check when Blue lines is coming. Take your time it’s really worth the wait.

  • Adrienne says:

    Of course we will be there for you. What are fans and friends for anyway. It is so exciting to see this thing blow up as many of us knew it would. Your stories are dynamite. Glad to see that others are taking notice of your awesomeness.

  • Tiffany says:

    Your books are awesome and you deserve it!! Can’t wait for Blue Lines!


  • Corinne says:

    welcome to the “first” line Alix & Random House!! Congrats all around!! =)

  • Toni Arnett says:

    I’m so happy for you. I love your books and you deserve to have a great publisher.

  • Virginia says:

    Congrast!!! May this new year bring you and your family many more blessings. Can’t wait for Blue Lines!!!

  • Francesca says:


    I am so excited for you! Even when you were balancing a full schedule of writing, being a mum and working as a nurse, you always made the time to share your thoughts and feelings with us with total honesty, love and openess. It’s immediately obvious to anyone who has read your posts that you are not only an exceptionally good author, but also a thoughtful, caring person (who also happens to be hilarious!). It makes me so happy to see you achieving the super success that you so deserve. I got teary when I read your announcement on Facebook and hope that life continues to bring you every fantastic opportunity for happiness that it can.

  • Annette G. says:

    This is wonderful news congratulation! Big big big!

  • Stephanie B. says:

    This is so awesome …you deserve it …

  • Denise S says:

    Well done Toni. After all your hard work you deserve it. Can’t wait for Blue Lines!

  • Victoria says:

    Yaye! Congratulations Toni! It’s well deserved. Looking forward to Blue Lines!

  • Amber says:

    Seriously amazing! You totally deserve it! You are and amazing writer and I love all your books and cant wait for more to come! :)

  • Sabrien Derieck says:

    That’s awesome! I’m so happy for you!

  • Tasha says:

    What a wonderful thing to happen to-in my opinion one of the best romance author’s out there’!!congrats!!!

  • Samantha says:

    This is fantastic. I really connected with the books. This is an amazing accomplishment :)

  • Booksie says:

    Congrats, Toni! WTG!!!!

  • Michelle says:

    Wow Amazing, so thrilled for you and the world will have better access to your excellent hockey stories!!! I am so glad I stumbled upon your books, they are some if the best I have read in a long time. You deserve all this, enjoy!!!
    Just keep the stories coming cant wait for Blue Lines!!!

  • gerri says:

    Oh Toni you so totally derserve all of the exciting things happening right now! While reading your post on Facebook I got goosebumps and all teary-eyed! So happy for you and so happy to call you my friend. ! You are truly blessed.

  • Laurie says:

    <3! So very happy for you!!! Wishing you the best and continued success! Am a huge fan and will forever be cheering you on =)

  • Mel Bourn says:

    WOW!! That rocks!! So happy for you!

  • sandra henao says:

    I got teary eyed reading your own story. I didn’t know you were self published I just assumed some publishing company already knew how awesome you were. Random House chose well!!! Congrats again and big hugs!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!!!

  • Elena Moreno says:

    I stumbled upon your books. They were recommended as a read by Amazon. But it was the cover of TRYING TO SCORE that made me take a chance. Well what can I say? I downloaded book 3 and I was in tears and it was such a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Then I was like damn, I have to get book one.

    Well let’s just say, not a lot got done around my house. I was just happy I didn’t have to work that weekend. I truly fell in love with all the people in the stories. I am now on pins and needles waiting for the next book.

    I can’t wait to own a hard copy of the books. So happy for you :)

  • Nicole says:

    Ms. Aleo-
    I stumbled on your books on my Kindl. I love them. I read all three in a week. I knew you had to have some medical knowledge from the information in your book. I am on Trying To Score for the second time as I cannot get enough of Fallon and Lucus. I love when Fallon yells at the ref as I could see the same words coming out of my mouth. As a physician and a wife of a previous college hockey player and now coach of my son’s team I know right where you are coming from. I have recommended your books to my group of hot book loving women and hockey moms. Thanks for a wonderful bunch of stories, can’t wait for Blue Line. I have two books of my own that I am trying to get out so thanks for the insight on publishing and not giving up!
    Congratulations on your contract.

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