Friday, November 16, 2012

Blog Tour: Life on the Edge - Review/Guest Post/Giveaway

Life on the Edge
By: Jennifer Comeaux
Release Date: January 3, 2012

Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.

Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily's dreams of gold.

This was a sweet and endearing story about figure skaters, that even behind all the pressure of skating and making it to the Olympics they are real people too and go through things both you and I go through. It was a cute fun quick read.

We meet Emily just as she is starting to practice for a path to lead her to the Olympics with her skating partner Chris and her Russian coach Sergei. If you know anything about figure skating, you know the Russians have always been the ones to beat. This is a romance novel, although you would initially think without reading anything since this is a pairs figure skating tem that it would be the pair that were getting involved, but now it’s Emily and Sergei, her coach. This is frowned upon by the Federation.

At first they do they whole friends thing but something just triggers in both of them because they can’t deny the interest they have in each other. Again it’s all very sweet and innocent for sure. During competitions and everything they need to keep their love affair a secret because who knows what could happen to Sergei.

Well Chris and Emily make it all the way to the Olympics, sure they’ve had hurdles along the way, and even things to deal with since Emily and Sergei are together. But they push through it. You'll have to read it to see if they won.  Overall this was a good sweet book. I know I keep repeating sweet, but it really was! Great cover which is perfect for this book. Hope you all get a chance to enjoy it as much as I did.  Can't wait to see how the author continues the story to the next book.

I will say this though there was a part in this book that I wasn't expecting, sure it talks about the Olympics and a certain time frame but I have to say I was not prepared to be reading about 9/11.  Goes to show you exactly how many people this event really affected in many different locations.  I appreciated that.

Guest Post:
10 Things You Didn’t Know About LIFE ON THE EDGE

Thanks so much for visiting my blog tour! Today I thought I’d share some “behind the scenes” facts about Life on the Edge!

1. The book started out as a serial that I wrote just for friends to read. It wasn’t until a year after I started writing that I decided to take everything I’d written and edit it into a publishable book.

2. I gave myself a cameo in the book! You’ll have to read it to see if you can spot me ;-)

3. The townhouse on Cape Cod where Emily and her best friend Aubrey live is in a complex where I stayed on vacation ten years ago. I loved it so much and always pictured it as a cool setting for a book.

4. The book is set in 2000-2002 because I first came up with the idea for the story about seven or eight years ago, and even though years passed before I put it down on paper, I still pictured the big event in the story being the 2002 Olympics and didn’t want to alter the timeline.

5. I’m in love with all things Boston and Cape Cod, so I couldn’t imagine the story being set anywhere else.

6. One of the first pivotal events in the book is a Sting concert that Emily and Sergei attend together in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and Sting actually did play a show in Mansfield in the summer of 2000. He also played there in the summer of 2010, and I just happened to be vacationing on the Cape that week (I thought that was fate!). Of course, I had to go to the concert and experience the venue where my characters had a memorable night!

7. The locations of the all the competitions in the book are the actual locations where those events took place in real life.

8. When I picture Sergei in my head, I see Josh Dallas, who plays Prince Charming on Once Upon a Time.

9. Emily’s best friend Aubrey is named after one of my favorite baseball players, former Tulane standout Michael Aubrey, who played in the Cleveland and Baltimore minor league systems.

10. The sequel, Edge of the Past, will be released this winter!
About the Author

Jennifer Comeaux earned a Master of Accounting from Tulane University and is a Certified Public Accountant in south Louisiana. While working for a Fortune 1000 company, she sought a creative outlet and decided to put on paper a story that had played in her head for years. That story became Life on the Edge, her first published novel.

When not working or writing, she is an avid follower of the sport of figure skating, travelling to competitions around the country. Those experiences allow her to see another side of the sport and serve as an inspiration for her writing. Jennifer is blessed with a wonderful family and many friends who have encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a published author.

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1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful review and for hosting me on the tour!!!!