But the Track and Field athletes of the Olympic games seem to actually enjoy their sport. I do watch in awe as the long- and high-jumpers do things I could never, ever even consider doing. I tried long jump at our sixth grade field day and fell on my behind every time.
Just because I didn't enjoy Track and Field as an athlete, doesn't mean I don't enjoy a book with a race to the finish. Which brings me to today's bonus prize: HOW TO HOOK A HOTTIE by Tina Ferraro.
Kate DelVecchio is a businesswoman. When it comes to the matters of the heart, she has no time. Look at her own parents. Total dysfunction.
At seventeen, Kate has one goal in life: to become a millionaire before the age of twenty. (Okay, twenty-five if she hits some bumps in the road.) And as far as she's concerned, college will only slow her down. Unfortunately for Kate, the one thing her parents do agree on is that they totally disagree with her strategy. And so the deal is born. If Kate can raise five thousand big ones by graduation day, her parents will hand over the balance of her college account to invest as she pleases. No college, no degree, and no way she'll ever be able to pull it off.
Surprisingly, it's where her heart isn't that's precisely what might solve her dilemma. Since when has love ever helped anyone?
When Kate reluctantly agrees to go to the sports banquet with the hottest guy at school, she stumbles upon a possible cash dow. The rest of the senior class is amazed that no-nonsense Kate could hook such a hottie, and one by one they approach her for help hooking their own. She doesn't know anything about getting guys, but for a hundred dollars a pop, she's more than willing to invent a Six-Point Plan. And how could that possibly backfire?
Personal recommendation: This is an awesome book by an awesome author. Her prose and plotting are tight and her characters are totally believable and fully fleshed. You can't go wrong with anything by Tina Ferraro.
On to how to enter this contest. As a writer, I'm very deadline driven. If I have a four month deadline to turn in a book, I'll spend at least 10 weeks of that time doing absolutely nothing-- er, I mean thinking and brainstorming. I'd much rather spend 4-6 weeks writing several hours a day than the entire four months tinkering away at the book. (For example, when I wrote my masters thesis, I spent several months "researching" and then write the entire thesis in about two weeks.) So, to enter this contest, tell me whether you're the type to plod away methodically at something, or do you (like me) prefer skidding into the deadline with hours to spare?
TRACK AND FIELD CONTEST
Answer this question: Do you work consistently to get things done early? Or do you barely make your deadline no matter how far away it is?
(1) copy of OH. MY. GODS. or teaser of GODDESS BOOT CAMP
(1) copy of HOW TO HOOK A HOTTIE by Tina Ferraro
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