Sunday, September 18, 2016

2016 U.S. International Classic


It feels like I was just in Boston watching Ashley Wagner bring the house down with her free skate at Worlds, but here we are starting a new skating season! This is the fifth edition of the U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City, and I've been able to attend the event every year. This year's roster wasn't as strong as it has been in the past, but there were still some noteworthy performances. Here are a few thoughts on the competition:

  • I really enjoyed the short dance event. I wasn't sure about the rhythms before the season, but the entertainment value was high with the programs we saw in SLC. I think the mostly upbeat music will be a nice change from the snoozy themes we had last year. Karina Manta and Joe Johnson's program especially stood out for me.
  • I wasn't a fan of Adam's short program when I watched in on YouTube earlier in the summer, but I thought it was very dynamic in person. He really sold every step of the choreography.
  • I also wasn't a fan of Jason's short program music, but he made me love the program with his smooth interpretation. I thought his quad in SP looked fully rotated, but what do I know.
  • I can't remember a dance team using "Liebestraum" in the past 15 years, and now we have two teams using it this year? (Paul/Islam and Hawayek/Baker) Strange coincidence? Hmm. I thought Paul/Islam did a wonderful job with the piece. It's right in their lyrical wheelhouse but not as sappy as some of their past programs.
  • Soooo happy for Alex Shaughnessy and Jimmy Morgan winning bronze at their first international event. After sticking together for so many years and weathering major setbacks, this was such a sweet reward for them.
  • Min/Gamelin have my favorite hip hop section so far this season.
  • Satoko hasn't missed a beat from last year, and I hope her consistency and graceful movement are rewarded this year over other less aesthetically pleasing competitors (*coughs* Medvedeva)
  • I haven't looked at the protocols, but I'm still scratching my head over how Mura didn't win.
You can find all my photos from the event here!!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

GOLD RUSH Release Date


I'm so happy to finally announce the release date for GOLD RUSH. You'll be able to get your hands on it January 9! Here's more about the book in case you missed my earlier posts:

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Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

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Monday, June 20, 2016

GOLD RUSH Teaser


You can add GOLD RUSH on Goodreads here! The book will be out early next year. Stay tuned for more teasers and cover news!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop! I thought I'd share some news about the YA contemporary romance I'm currently writing. GOLD RUSH will be released early next year, and here's what it's all about!

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Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

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And now for the prizes! I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and an ebook copy of my book LIFE ON THE EDGE. Enter in the Rafflecopter below and then click here to find the next site on the hop!



Thursday, May 19, 2016

GOLD RUSH Blurb

Are you ready for Liza's story? The blurb for GOLD RUSH is finally done! The book is a standalone YA romance and a spin-off from my two series. You don't need to read the series before this one, but if you haven't you should definitely pick them up ;)


Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

Monday, May 16, 2016

RONE Award Voting


LOSING THE ICE has been nominated for a RONE Award in the Novella category! It would be such an honor to be named a finalist. If you could take a moment to vote, I would be so appreciative! You can vote here.

Thank you so much for your support!!!!