Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Paperback Edition

Sadly, Gray Dog Press ceased publishing fiction this year. As a result, the print rights to All That Counts reverted to me.

Since I already publish the ebook version of this title, I decided to independently publish the re-issue as well. In the course of doing so, I had to decide how much I wanted to change.

A sweep for typos was an obvious. But aside from fixing any of those, I decided to resist the urge to "improve" the book from a craft perspective. This story is written, and for good or ill, it is the story that it is.

But formatting? Well, I felt like I could play with that a bit. And so I did. I used a slightly different layout than GDP did, especially for the chapter headings, and the hockey quotes. But I also selected a different font for the narrative.

If you have the original GDP edition, you can contrast and compare with the new edition, a sample of which is below. Hope you dig it.



As a reminder, some people who know hockey liked All That Counts.

“With a nod toward Spokane’s long puck tradition, All That Counts is a book about life and hockey that will you will love.  Will Graham’s vision quest is something we can all understand and cheer for and his inspiring journey reveals the wonder and absolute joy that hockey brings into this world.”

Mark Rypien  (NFL Quarterback and Superbowl XXVI MVP)

"All That Counts is a must read for anyone who has ever laced ‘em up. The locker room banter combined with the on ice antics are so true at all levels of hockey. The book made Eagles Ice Arena come alive in my hands. I can visualize the walk down the stairs and going down onto the ice. Nothing’s better in recreational hockey after the game than a cold shower topped off with a cold one. Frank does a great job combining the real life and on ice drama. No hockey fan should miss out on this entertaining read."

NHL Head Coach Bill Peters, Carolina Hurricanes
(Spokane Chiefs, 1996-97, 1999-02, 2005-08)

"All That Counts is an intriguing read for any avid hockey player, hockey fan, or sports fan alike. His ability to incorporate the intangible, unique elements of hockey with the always changing aspects of life outside of hockey provides an exciting read from cover to cover. 

Frank's writing style provided an easy read, as well as keeping me hooked until the very end. People will be able to draw connections to their own lives through Graham's experiences. I enjoyed the story, and would recommend it to anybody that enjoys sports and good books."

NHL Player Derek Ryan, Carolina Hurricanes
(Spokane Chiefs, 2003-07)

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Few[s] Reviews

Here are a few reviews for All That Counts that have popped up on the 'net...

"I not only have no interest in hockey, I even disapprove of heavy-contact sports--but I couldn't put this book down. I was attracted by the title, and I am delighted to have read this book. The author sets some very human issues securely in some fun action scenes. Without giving away any parts of the plot, I'll just say that it is very well-written and touches on important points about life while effectively painting an absorbing picture of playing rec-league sports!"
Ann Baker, from a 5-star Amazon review

"I didn't start playing ice hockey until age 13, and finally hung up the dented skates at 40. The first coach put me in goal because I couldn't skate well enough to play anywhere else, but after all the years, bruises, stitches on the forehead and goals scored against, I still wouldn't play any other position. Are goalies crazy? You bet!


From the first quote on page one, Frank Scalise brought back all the memories--the ribald and profane locker room talk, the bruises to both body and ego, the struggle to find one's own "style," (Terry Sawchuk was my idol,) the tight focus on the next save, the agony of the sure knowledge that every loss is the goalie's fault--it's all there. There's also the thrill of a great save, the satisfying "thunk" of a hard shot caught on the pads, the smirk when you outsmart the shooter. Scalise tells it all. If you've never played the game, read this and you'll see why some of us, believe it or not, want to stand in the way of a projectile headed our way at 80 mph.


Oh, and the ending is something you won't forget for a long time!"
Gail P. Leatherwood, from a 5-star Amazon review

http://www.goaliestore.com/board/hockey-talk/100035-book-review-all-counts-frank-scalise.html
(a review in a goalie store forum)

Friday, April 19, 2013

New Audio Book and a Freebie!

All That Counts is now available as an audio book!

Narrated by the talented sports narrator, Dan Czerwonka, this hockey novel centers on Graham Wilson, a recreational league hockey player. Graham decides to try goaltending, and the result is like life -- there is comedy, drama, tragedy, and perseverance. It is a journey that shows Graham what truly is "all that counts" in life.

You can get your copy of the All That Counts audio book at AmazonAudible.com or iTunes. You can hear an audio sample here.

In celebration of  the audio book release, I am making the Kindle version of All That Counts FREE for 5 days!

You can get the Kindle version of this book for free from Saturday, April 20th until Wednesday, April 24th. Just go here and download!

Just in time for the NHL  playoffs!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Hardest Hit is #1!

My first book in the Sam the Hockey Player series, The Hardest Hit, is currently the #1 Children's Hockey book on Kindle!

Yes, you heard me. It is #1!  Here's the snapshot:

I don't know what to say, except...how cool is that?

You can read more about The Hardest Hit on my website, including the first 37 pages or so, or about how it is the first in a series. I'm working on #2 now. Or go to Amazon, where you can buy the book if you want!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

FREE! All That Counts will be FREE for 5 days!

Yes, you read that right. All That Counts will be free from July 20th through July 24th on Amazon.com.

I figured we needed to celebrate a little hockey, since it's off season and not much is happening.



All That Counts is a novel about life and a man's discovery about what is truly important in it. 

Graham Wilson is a thirty-something recreational hockey player who decides to follow a long-held desire to become a goaltender. His transition is both comedic and inspiring as he seeks to challenge himself in the midst of a mundane life. Also on display is the curious paradox of the recreational game in American culture (i.e., it means everything, but it is only a game, but it is more than a game, but...). When his team's regular goalie leaves, Graham steps unsteadily into the crease, causing conflict on a team that is used to winning.

Graham's journey is a microcosm of life. Humor, inspiration, camaraderie, love and spite all make their appearances both on and off the ice as Graham struggles to learn what truly is "all that counts."


You can get the book for free on Amazon from 7/20 - 7/24. Enjoy, drop the puck, and game on!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

THE HARDEST HIT Now Available in Paperback!

My middle grade novel, The Hardest Hit, is now available in paperback.

Eleven year old Sam Parker loves to play hockey. But this is the year that he will start body-checking. His natural fear of getting hit is temporarily overshadowed by finding out his parents are getting divorced.

Determined to keep them together by being a hockey superstar, Sam instead suffers a bone-crunching check from the school bully in his first game of the season. The resulting pain and fear brings out the worst in Sam as one difficulty after another piles on. Even his best friend, Jill, doesn't always seem to understand what he's going through.

When will his head stop hurting? Will he ever be able to play hockey again? How can he keep his parents together? Or can he? It will take everything Sam has to bounce back. Every one of his problems feel like ...the hardest hit.

The Hardest Hit is part of the Sam the Hockey Player series (first book).

You can get it HERE (preferred) or on Amazon (within a few days) or order it from your favorite bookstore.  The Hardest Hit by Frank Scalise, ISBN 978-1463550059.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Updated Cover for THE HARDEST HIT!

Artist Gordon Ennis updated the cover of The Hardest Hit for me. The result is a cover with much more vibrant, striking colors. Compare (and actually click on the covers to enlarge them to really see how big a difference there is):

OLD VERSION:


NEW VERSION:



Your thoughts?

In The Hardest Hit, we meet eleven year old Sam Parker. Sam loves to play hockey. But this is the year that he will start body-checking. His natural fear of getting hit is temporarily overshadowed by finding out his parents are getting divorced.

Determined to keep them together by being a hockey superstar, Sam instead suffers a bone-crunching check from the school bully in his first game of the season. The resulting pain and fear brings out the worst in Sam as one difficulty after another piles on. Even his best friend, Jill, doesn't always seem to understand what he's going through.

When will his head stop hurting? Will he ever be able to play hockey again? How can he keep his parents together? Or can he? It will take everything Sam has to bounce back. Every one of his problems feel like ...the hardest hit.

The Hardest Hit is available now as an ebook for $2.99 and will be available as a paperback for $8.99 before the end of the month.