Please help us welcome author Keira Andrews, who’s dropping by today to help us celebrate our 5th Blogiversary. She’s here to share some love for figure skating and is offering the chance for one lucky reader to win an e-book from her backlist.
Thanks so much to Lisa and the TNA crew for having me today to celebrate their blogiversary! My new release, The Next Competitor, is about the world of men’s figure skating, and I thought it would be fun to share with you my top five favorite programs of the last year or so.
I follow skating religiously and realize that most people don’t. With the 2018 Olympics coming up in just over a year (how time flies!) in PyeongChang, South Korea, here are a few of the top male contenders to watch out for.
5. American Jason Brown at Skate America in October 2016. This long program is such a step up in maturity for Jason. I love how the woman opening the door in the boards to the Kiss and Cry was crying herself because she was so moved by his gorgeous skating.
4. Canada’s Patrick Chan nailed his Beatles medley short program last week at the Grand Prix Final. He’s struggled with inconsistency throughout his career, but his “skating skills” (edges, transitions, flow, stops, turns, speed) are the best in the world, in my humble opinion. Sublime.
3. Javier Fernandez of Spain defended his world title in March 2016. Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu was having an amazing season (see below), and I honestly don’t think anyone (including me) expected Javi to be able to beat him again. But under enormous pressure and with a painful landing foot, he did it with a gorgeous performance.
2. Japan’s Shomo Uno is like an anime character come to life. (Speaking of anime, I still have to watch Yuri on Ice! I hear so many great things about it.) Tiny, adorable, and incredibly talented, Shoma made his mark last season in his first year as a senior. His signature cantilever into the flying camel on the swell of “Nessun Dorma” at 4:55 in the video gives me chills every time. My character Alex skates to the same music, and I listened to it on repeat while working on the book.
1. Yuzuru Hanyu’s winning long program from the 2015 Grand Prix Final last December was one of the most difficult and well-skated programs ever in my book.
Do you have any favorite men’s skating programs? Would love to hear your thoughts!
About the Book
To win gold, figure skater Alex Grady must train harder than the competition morning, noon, and night. He’s obsessed with mastering another quadruple jump, and due to the lack of filter between his mouth and brain, doesn’t have a lot of friends. As for a boyfriend, forget it. So what if he’s still a virgin at twenty? The Olympics are only every four years—everything else can wait. Relationships are messy and complicated anyway, and he has zero room in his life for romance.
So it’s ridiculous when Alex finds himself checking out his boring new training mate Matt Savelli. Calm, collected “Captain Cardboard” is a nice guy, but even if Alex had time to date, Matt’s so not his type. Yet beneath Matt’s wholesome surface, there’s a dirty, sexy man who awakens a desire Alex has never experienced and can’t deny…
Note: This gay romance from Keira Andrews features opposites attracting, new adult angst, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.
About the Author
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”