Author Guest Post
The Non-Game Side Of The Olympics
Despite the Olympics being over, I have to admit I still have the games on my mind. I miss them and wish I had gotten to watch more of them (the day job didn't approve bringing in a television so we could watch daytime coverage.) While I love watching the stories and enjoy suddenly becoming a diehard fencing fan and other equally rarely-ESPN-covered sports, I admit one of my favorite aspects of the game is learning new facts about the sports and history.
As Bob Costas aptly commented about the I-Didn't-Know-That-File during the opening ceremonies, the Olympics can be a trivia nut's bacchanalia of tidbits, facts, and figures. In my family, we fondly refer to this as the fountain of useless knowledge. But as a writer, I love filing this kind of knowledge away. You never know when you might be able to use something for a character or a setting in the future. In fact, my new appreciation for archery has me sorely tempted to make a future heroine be handy with a compound bow.
In a lot of ways the Olympics can be seen as an opportunity to gain knowledge on top of being a sports fan haven. And I love every minute of it.
Is there something you enjoy for a reason other than its main purpose? Did you watch the Olympics and learn something new?
About The Author:
When Kristen’s not reading or writing, she’s hanging out with friends, family, her two rambunctious daughters, and her exceedingly tolerate husband. She’s also a huge New York sports fan.
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Love Like Krazy by Kristen Beairsto
Published By: Amazon Digital Services / Self-Published
Release Date: May 11, 2012
Format: eBook - 237 pages / Kindle - 458 KB / 699 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Chick Lit
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by CBLS Promotions.
Benjamin Matthews is a guy who appreciates things to be slow, steady, and safe. Ben knows many consider him to be boring, but he’s happy with his life and loves the horse ranch he runs with his brother. The only thing he worries about is surviving the planning of his brother’s wedding.
With a wedding between Kit’s best friend and Ben’s younger brother fraying the nerves of everyone involved, Kit’s return home brings out her dark secrets into the light. The emotional overload starts to weigh on Kit and she begins to see Ben as an anchor. As their relationship intensifies, Kit struggles to believe they might actually have a future and soon finds herself fighting for the love she never thought possible.
My Book Review:
Kit Conner is a best selling author who comes back to her hometown of Eastminster, California, to be the maid of honor for her best friend Anne's wedding. It's been seven years since she was back home, so she relies on her old outward appearance of wearing outrageous outfits and doing crazy antics that the townspeople remember to mask her deep dark secrets that have haunted her all her life.
Benjamin Matthews is a down-to-earth guy who runs a horse ranch with his younger brother Greg. Ben is going to be his brother's Best Man in his wedding to Anne.
Kit has had an attraction for Ben since freshman year in high school that hasn't dimmed over the years. When Kit arrives home for the wedding, Ben doesn't remember meeting her years ago, but he did meet her as a self-conscious shy overweight teenage girl who worked in his mother's shop. Seven years later and sixty pounds lighter, she's a real beauty and doesn't resemble that awkward teen anymore.
Sparks fly and banter abounds between Kit and Ben, but when her past comes to light, Kit has to decide what she is going to do about their relationship. Can Kit let go of her past and let Ben into her heart?
Love Like Krazy is a lighthearted romantic story about a woman's journey of self-discovery and acceptance. Written in the third person narrative, the reader follows along on Kit's emotional journey to put her past behind her, to learn to believe and accept who she really is, and to trust others and allow love inside her heart. This is a story of a girl who has emotional and self esteem issues that were inflicted upon her by her mother in her childhood, and the damaging affect it continued to have into her adult life. The author does a wonderful job of balancing the quirky antics that Kit uses as a facade to cover her insecurities with the tantalizing romantic relationship that blossoms between Kit and Ben. When Kit's past is revealed, the reader is in for an emotional roller coaster ride, you can't help but feel for Kit, it will tug at your heartstrings. As Kit journeys to rediscover and accept herself, she has the love and support of her family and friends to realize that there is nothing better then to Love Like Krazy.
The author has created a cast of characters that are realistic and engaging, and the reader can easily relate to them. Kit's a complicated person who hides her hurt and insecurity behind a sassy facade. Ben is the strong, patient, steady type of guy that a girl can depend on. I really enjoyed how the romantic relationship developed between Kit and Ben, the sparks and banter and passionate encounters make this an enjoyable romantic love story. The supporting cast of characters: Anne, Greg and Aunt Mae are all fun loving people whose dialogue and interactions with Kit and Ben help make the story that much more an enjoyable read.
Love Like Krazy is a sassy romance story that has a mixture of passion, humor and emotion that will tug at your heartstrings and make you smile.
RATING: 4 STARS ****