Some of you from last week asked me to tell you how my daughter did at the State swimming championship this weekend. She did great! She swam her backstroke in the relay in 29.10 seconds, which was her personal best. Their team was seeded last at 26 but came in 17. They were pleased, but a little disappointed not to come in 16 so they could have come back for day 2.
She had so much fun staying at the hotel with her team and the meet in general.
I was glad she just did a relay the first time so she could see how fast she has to get to come back for day 2 in the 100 backstroke. She's at 101 seconds and needs to get to about 57 seconds to come back for day 2. As good as our girls are as swimmers, you really see at a State championship how amazingly fast some of the swimmers are.
So now we move back to her club swim team, USA swim meets, and it being a little quieter winter swim season. Yay!
Before we get to my awesome interview, I have a few winners to announce.
The winners of THE SPINDLERS are Jill and Beth!
And the winner of CONJURE is Tessmania Anastasia!
Congrats! E-mail me your addresses so I can send you your books. Please e-mail me by the end of Wednesday or I'll have to pick a new winner.
This is the warning the Astrologer-Sorcerer gives Giulia when she pays him to create a magical talisman for her. The scorned illegitimate daughter of a Milanese nobleman, Giulia is determined to defy the dire fate predicted by her horoscope, and use the talisman to claim what she believes is her heart’s desire: true love and a place where she belongs–not likely prospects for a girl about to be packed off to the cloistered world of a convent.
But the convent of Santa Marta is full of surprises. There are strict rules, long hours of work, and spiteful rivalries…but there’s also friendship, and the biggest surprise of all: a workshop of female artists who produce paintings of astonishing beauty, using a luminous blue mixed from a secret formula: Passion blue. Yet even as Giulia begins to learn the mysteries of the painter’s craft, the magic of the talisman is at work, and a forbidden romance beckons her down a path of uncertainty and danger. She is haunted by the sorcerer’s warning, and by a question: does she really know the true compass of her heart?
Set in Renaissance Italy, this richly imagined novel about a girl’s daring journey towards self-discovery transports readers into a fascinating, exotic world where love, faith, and art inspire passion–of many different hues
If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. International entries are welcome.
And don't forget to enter my giveaway contests for ROOTLESS, RENEGADE, and WRITING IRRISSISTABLE KIDLIT. The links are at the top of the blog.
Here's what's coming up:
On Wednesday next week I'm participating in Lisa and Laura Roecker's blog tour and giving away a copy of their new book, LIES THAT BIND.
The following Monday I'm interviewing debut author Kasie West and giving away a copy of PIVOT POINT, a fascinating dystopian novel I couldn't put down.
Tuesday that week I'm doing my annual Holiday Hop Book Giveaway. I can't wait for you to see all the great choices.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope to see you next Monday!