vrijdag 24 januari 2014

Book tour: Synopsis + Excerpt: Podium Finish ~ Beth Pond

Podium Finish

Synopsis ~ Samenvatting

With six months until the Olympic Games, seventeen-year-old Harper's life is pretty much perfect. She's fighting for the starting spot on Team USA Women's Hockey, and for the first time ever, she has a crush on a guy who likes her back.

She feels like the luckiest girl in the world, until she runs a risky play at practice and breaks her knee, thereby sentencing herself to six weeks in a cast and possibly ending her Olympic dream before it even starts.

For seventeen-year-old Alex, being anything less than the best is unacceptable. That's why, after a miserable debut season at the senior level, the former junior national singles champion switches to ice dance.

Her skating partner, Ace, is an "all skating all the time" type of guy, which would be fine, if he'd stop keeping secrets about the real reason he and his former partner broke up. Now is not the time for second thoughts, but how can Alex skate her best if she can’t trust her partner…or herself?

 As the pressure to make the Olympic team builds, the girls must rely on each other, because if there’s one thing they both know, it's that the only thing harder than skating to the top is staying there.

Met nog maar 6 maanden te gaan tot aan de Olympische spelen is Harper's leven bijna perfect. Ze vecht om de start positie in het USA Dames Ice Hockey Team, en voor het eerst in haar leven wordt ze verliefd op een jongen die haar ook leuk vindt.

Ze denkt dat het de gelukkigste meisje op aarde is, totdat ze in de training haar knie breekt en noodgedwongen 6 weken in het gips wat het einde betekenen van haar Olympische droom, voordat hij is begonnen.

Voor de 17-jarige Alex is alles minder dan perfect niet acceptabel. Dat is waarom ze na haar vreselijke debuut seizoen als senioren niveau, besluit de voormalig Junior wereld kampioene over the stappen naar ijsdansen.

Haar ijsdans partner Ace, leeft voor de sport en dit is dan ook het enige waar het over heeft. Dit zou geen probleem zijn als hij niet geheimen zou houden over waarom hij en zijn voormalige partner uit elkaar zijn gegaan. Nu is niet de tijd om te gaan twijfelen aan het parnerschap, maar hoe kan ze hem vertrouwen als hij niet de waarheid verteld? Kan ze wel op haarzelf vertrouwen?

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Over Beth Pond ~ About Beth Pond

Beth Pond author picBeth Pond graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Hendrix College in 2012. In 2013, she taught in South Africa for 9 months as part of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant. Pond is currently completing her coursework at the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing MFA program. Her debut novel, Podium Finish, was released from Astraea Press in November 2013. When she’s not writing, Pond enjoys martial arts (she’s a black belt) and serving as a volunteer coach for her brother’s special needs baseball team.

Beth Pond slaagde summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa op de Hendrix College in 2012. In 2013, heeft ze les gegeven in Zuid Afrika, voor negen maanden als onderdeel van het Fulbright Engels Onderwijs Assistentschap studiebeurs. Beth werkt momenteel aan haar opleiding Creatief Schrijven MFA programma van de Universiteit van Brithish Colombia. 

Haar debuut roman, Podium Finish, is uitgegeven door Astraea Press in november 2013. Als ze niet aan het schrijven is houdt Pond van Martial arts (ze heeft een zwarte band) en werkt ze als vrijwilliger als coach voor haar broers basebal team (speciaal onderwijs).


We finish a slow lap around the rink then I tell Rye I want to see him speed skate.

 "It's more impressive when I'm actually racing people."
 "That's okay," I say.
 "You just want an excuse to look at my butt."
 "No. I'll just race you then if you're going to be like that." 
"You'll still have a nice view of my butt."

If I were in 100 percent health, I would have punched him in the arm and bolted off, not caring that his skates are better designed for racing, not to mention the years of experience he has, and I would have raced my heart out, but I'm not in 100 percent health.

A dull ache crept its way into my knee on the second turn of our slow lap together. It's not painful. It's the weakness Tyler was talking about, but nevertheless, that ache is a reminder that comebacks are a multistep process.

Rye takes off, crossing his right leg over his left leg to turn the corner of the rink, picking up speed on the straights. When he passes me, a rush of wind follows him. He rounds the first turn again, fingertips brushing the surface of the ice, body at a 45-degree angle, so low to the ice that if it weren't for his speed, he'd fall over, too much speed and he'd fall as well.

I stand by the rink wall, and Rye whips by again, purposely getting close to me even though speed skaters normally try to stay as close to the inside of the track as possible. "Show off!" I call, but he's already coming out of the turn and probably can't hear me.

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