I honestly don't understand the appeal of the Biathlon. The cross-country skiing bit, yes. Who doesn't love the idea of swooshing across the snow at a non-death-defying angle? But stopping every so often to shoot at targets...? To quote a character from one of my all-time favorite shows: "When's that get fun?"
I'm pretty sure I'm not the target audience for Biathlon anyway. I don't really get the appeal of hunting or guns in general. (Unless, of course, you're a spy or a very sympathetic thief.) But I do appreciate the skill it takes to hit a target with a rifle while your body is thrumming with adrenaline and your hands are probably shaking like a leaf in a hurricane.
Anyway, onto the (completely comprehensible) fun.
Today's bonus prizes(!) are donated by a multi-talented author who writes great books, reads more than anyone I know, is getting her PhD, and still manages to find time to devour TV shows like Make It or Break It. (I don't think she sleeps.) Today you can win signed copies of: TATTOO and FATE by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Here are the blurbs:
Bailey Morgan isn't the type of girl who shows a lot of skin, but somehow, she ends up in a dressing room at the mall with her friend Delia applying a temporary tattoo to her lower back. Never one to suffer fashion doubt, trendsetter Delia knows exactly where she wants her own tattoo: on her stomach, right where her shirt ends—can you say "midriff"? Annabelle, the quiet one, chooses the back of her neck, and tomboy Zo plasters hers on the top of her foot. The tattoos will last for three days, and Delia's sure that with them, the four friends will absolutely kill at the school dance.
Unfortunately, killing is just what someone has in mind, and Bailey, Delia, Annabelle, and Zo are in for the battle of their lives. Along with her tattoo, each girl receives a gift—a supernatural power to help them in their fight. As Bailey's increasingly frightening dreams reveal the nature of their enemy, it becomes clear to the girls that it's up to them to save the world. And if they can get Delia to stop using her newfound power to turn gum wrappers into Prada pumps, they might actually stand a chance.
For the past two years, Bailey Morgan has lived a double life: high school student by day, ancient mystical being by night. As the third Fate, Bailey literally controls the fate of the world, but as Plain Old Bailey, her life is falling apart. She’s got a tattoo that was supposed to be temporary (but isn’t), friendships that were supposed to last forever (but might not), and no idea what her future holds after high school graduation.
Then Bailey meets the rest of the Sidhe, an ancient race defined by their power, beauty, and a sinister habit of getting what they want at any cost. Before Bailey knows it, she’s being drawn into an otherworldly web more complicated than anything she weaves as a mortal Fate.
And the best part? The mythology, of course. Well, that and the fact that Jen has a way awesome middle name. (Though I might be biased on both counts.)
And to enter today's contest, tell me about a sport or hobby that just doesn't make sense to you. (Example: I don't understand Rugby. I like it, but I have no clue what's going on.) Answer in comments for your chance to win Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp and TATTOO and FATE.
Answer this question: Did you know what Nordic Combined was before reading this blog?
(1) copy of Oh. My. Gods.
(1) copy of Goddess Boot Camp
(1) copy of TATTOO by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
(1) copy of FATE by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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Gold Medal Contest
COOP2 1 HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter
COOP2 2 MY SOUL TO TAKE and MY SOUL TO SAVE by Rachel Vincent