When I think about Speed Skating it always makes me think of the book Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates. (You can read the book for free online at Project Gutenburg.) The late 19th century story is about a boy and his sister who want to compete in the big skating race on the canal because they want the prize, a pair silver skates. I remember reading this book as a child and thinking how wonderful it would be to skate outside on a frozen canal. It would feel like you were flying over ice.
Today's bonus prize comes from the I Heart Daily co-founder who recently interviewed swoon-worthy speed skater J.R. Celski: LOVESTRUCK SUMMER by Melissa Walker. Here is the blurb:
This is the story of Quinn, an indie rock girl who came out to Austin, Texas for a music internship.
She also plans to spend long, lazy days in the sun at outdoor concerts--and to meet a hot musician or two. Instead, she's stuck rooming with her sorority brainwashed cousin, who now willingly goes by the name 'Party Penny.' Their personalities clash, big time.
But Sebastian, a gorgeous DJ, definitely makes up for it. Sebastian has it all: looks, charm, and great taste in music. So why can't Quinn keep her mind off Penny's friend cute, All-American Russ and his Texas twang?
One thing's certain: Quinn's in for a summer she'll never forget!
What a fun way to warm up from this winter chill!
And to enter today's contest, tell me about a favorite book from childhood. (My big three are The Westing Game, The Egypt Game, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.) Answer in comments for your chance to win Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp and LOVESTRUCK SUMMER.
SPEED SKATING CONTEST
Answer this question: What was your favorite book as a child?
(1) copy of Oh. My. Gods.
(1) copy of Goddess Boot Camp
(1) copy of LOVESTRUCK SUMMER by Melissa Walker
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 after February 28th.
And don't forget the other contests:
Gold Medal Contest
COOP2 1 HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter
COOP2 2 MY SOUL TO TAKE and MY SOUL TO SAVE by Rachel Vincent
COOP2 3 TATTOO and FATE by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
COOP2 4 BALLADS OF SUBURBIA by Stephanie Kuehnert