Part of my fascination with sailing comes from the movies. Namely Captain Ron (yes, I said it--I liked Captain Ron) and Fool's Gold. They make me want to hold a massive garage sale, put my mementos in storage, and spend a year floating around the Caribbean. What about that doesn't sound awesome?
Speaking of awesome, here's today's bonus prize. You get to sail away with your choice of either HOW TO RUIN A SUMMER VACATION, HOW TO RUIN MY TEENAGE LIFE, or LEAVING PARADISE by Simone Elkeles.
Here's the blurb for HOW TO RUIN A SUMMER VACATION:
How does a fashionista teen end up on a farm in the middle of Israel with her estranged father? Oy, vey doesn't even come close to describing it.
Moshav? What’s a moshav? Is it “shopping mall” in Hebrew? I mean, from what Jessica was telling me, Israeli stores have the latest fashions from Europe. That black dress Jessica has is really awesome. I know I’d be selling out if I go with the Sperm Donor to a mall, but I keep thinking about all the great stuff I could bring back home.
Unfortunately for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, “moshav” is not Hebrew for “shopping mall.” Not even close. Think goats, not Gucci.
Going to Israel with her estranged Israeli father is the last thing Amy wants to do this summer. She’s got a serious grudge against her dad, a.k.a. “Sperm Donor,” for showing up so rarely in her life. Now he’s dragging her to a war zone to meet a family she’s never known, where she’ll probably be drafted into the army. At the very least, she’ll be stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summer—no best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone…
Goodbye pride—hello Israel.
So Amy's not too keen on her unexpected summer plans (but things turn out okay, I promise). What about you? To enter today's contest, tell me about your best summer vacation ever.
Mine happened the summer between my two years of graduate school. I had to do an internship for my program and ended up getting a sweet gig at the very last minute. I was the site manager for the Never Summer Ranch, an historic dude ranch on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The job included on-site housing in a 1950's cabin. I was ten miles from the nearest visitor's center and the nearest town. I had electricity and running water but no land line and no cell service. I was just me and a slew of elk and moose. And every morning I got to step outside to the smell of pine and the towering Rockies overhead. It was magical.
Answer this question: What was your best summer vacation ever?
(1) copy of OH. MY. GODS. or teaser of GODDESS BOOT CAMP
(1) copy of your choice of HOW TO RUIN A SUMMER VACATION, HOW TO RUIN MY TEENAGE LIFE, or LEAVING PARADISE by Simone Elkeles.
Enter below and check back tomorrow (and the day after that and the day after that) for a new contest. Winners of all contests will be posted on August 25th.
And don't forget the other contests:
Gold Medal Contest
COOP 1 I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE by Stephanie Kuenhert
COOP 2 CRUEL SUMMER by Alyson Noel
COOP 3 HOW TO HOOK A HOTTIE by Tina Ferraro
COOP 4 REVENGE OF THE HOMECOMING QUEEN and TWISTED SISTERS by Stephanie Hale
COOP 5 SHRINK TO FIT by Dona Sarkar and VIOLET IN PRIVATE by Melissa Walker
COOP 6 LULU DARK CAN SEE THROUGH WALLS by Bennett Madison
COOP 7 ZETA OR OMEGA? and THE NEW SISTERS by Marley Gibson (writing as Kate Harmon)
COOP 8 YOU HAD ME AT HALO by Amanda Ashby
COOP 9 THE SPECIALISTS: MODEL SPY by Shannon Greenland
COOP 10 SLEEPLESS by Terri Clark and INVISIBLE TOUCH by Kelly Parra
COOP 11 HELL WEEK by Rosemary Clement-Moore