It's here! As an Olympic junkie, I look forward to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics like a kid looks forward to Christmas. And the Winter Olympics are even more special to me because we get to see my favorite sport, figure skating, on sports' biggest stage. This year the competition begins the day before the Opening Ceremony, so the action begins in a few hours!
To celebrate the 2014 Winter Games, I'm going to have a two-week long party here on my blog. There will be posts introducing you to all the American figure skaters, spotlights on some fabulous skating books, and giveaways every day that a skating medal is awarded!
Also, for the duration of the Games, Fighting for the Edge will be on sale for $0.99 on Amazon! Life on the Edge and Edge of the Past are already discounted, so you can get all three books of the EDGE series for only $3!
To kick off the celebration, I want you to meet a new author, KJV (Katie Van Ark). She's also an adult skater who's competed at Adult Nationals.
She just released her debut novel, a YA skating romance, and you can read it for free on Swoon Reads. Here's a little bit more about Pairing Up:
Madelyn Spier spends hours each day holding the hand of the most popular boy at school…on the ice. She wants more than their figure skating partnership, and a romantic new program could be her big break. Or a big break-up, since the only thing that rivals Gabriel Nielsen’s number of medals is his number of ex-girlfriends.
Gabe knows Maddy has a crush on him but he hasn’t spent years braving a freezing ice rink at five in the morning only to have his dreams shattered by yet another break-up. He’s not getting involved with Maddy, until their coach convinces him to pretend to be in love with her. As the lines between pretend and reality blur, Gabe must decide what he really wants to win.
And now for the giveaways! There will be one Rafflecopter for the celebration, and I'll include it at the bottom of every blog post so you can enter the contest daily. Prizes will be revealed the day of the medal events in figure skating, and winners will be announced shortly after each event. Here's the schedule of when prizes will be given away:
February 9 - Team Final
February 12 - Pairs Final
February 14 - Men's Final
February 17 - Ice Dance Final
February 20 - Ladies Final
Start entering now! The first prize will be given away Sunday, the day of the first ever figure skating team final!