Now Available: Elite Athletes 2: Stick the Landing

Stick the Landing

It’s here! My second Elite Athletes book, Stick the Landing, is available for your reading pleasure. A gymnast after gold… a retired figure skater who knows a thing or two about adversity… hot summer days and nights in Madrid…

A few years ago, I met a sports writer at a party whose beat was mostly gymnastics, and she led me into this whole new world of gymnastics podcasts and fan websites and YouTube channels that proved instrumental in my research for this book. So although you don’t need to know anything about gymnastics to understand the book, there’s a little extra for the fans here. Hopefully I didn’t make any mistakes!

Anyway, here’s more about the book:

Jake Mirakovitch might be the best gymnast in the world, but there’s one big problem: he chokes in international competition. The least successful of a family of world-class gymnasts, he has struggled to shake off nerves in the past. This time he’s determined to bring home the gold no matter what.

Retired figure skater Topher Caldwell wants a job as a commentator for the American network that covers the Olympics, and at the Summer Olympics in Madrid, he has a chance to prove himself with a few live features. He can’t afford to stumble.

Olympic victories eluded Topher, so he knows about tripping when it really counts. When he interviews Jake, the two bond over the weight of all that pressure. The flamboyant reporter attracts the kind of attention Jake–stuck in a glass closet–doesn’t want, but Jake can’t stay away. Topher doesn’t want to jeopardize his potential new job, and fooling around with a high-profile athlete seems like a surefire way to do just that. Yet Topher can’t stay away either…

Get it now wherever you buy ebooks!

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And the mass market paperback hits shelves in October!

If you missed it, Book 1, Here Comes the Flood is already out and Book 3 will be out this fall! (Book 3, Race for Redemption is a jock/nerd romance but both are track runners. I’m stoked for you guys to read that one next!)

Elite Athletes 2: Stick the Landing, available for pre-order

Stick the Landing

These are distracting times! The book has actually been up for pre-order for a few weeks, and I completely forgot to tell anyone.

There will be no Olympics in 2020, or probably much in the way of athletic competition (I’ll believe baseball’s back when I see it), but if you need that sports fix, here’s a new book for you!

What happens when a great gymnast prone to choking meets a retired figure skater who was denied his own gold medal?

Stick the Landing

Jake Mirakovitch might be the best gymnast in the world, but there’s one big problem: he chokes in international competition. The least successful of a family of world-class gymnasts, he has struggled to shake off nerves in the past. This time he’s determined to bring home the gold no matter what.

Retired figure skater Topher Caldwell wants a job as a commentator for the American network that covers the Olympics, and at the Summer Olympics in Madrid, he has a chance to prove himself with a few live features. He can’t afford to stumble.

Olympic victories eluded Topher, so he knows about tripping when it really counts. When he interviews Jake, the two bond over the weight of all that pressure. The flamboyant reporter attracts the kind of attention Jake—stuck in a glass closet—doesn’t want, but Jake can’t stay away. Topher doesn’t want to jeopardize his potential new job, and fooling around with a high-profile athlete seems like a surefire way to do just that. Yet Topher can’t stay away either….

(I know we’re not supposed to pick favorites, but this is my sentimental favorite from the series, not gonna lie.)

The book hits virtual shelves on July 28! Pre-order from your favorite ebook store!

And mass market paperbacks will be out in October!

New Release! Elite Athletes 1: Here Comes the Flood

The Flood has arrived!

At the Summer Olympics, a swimmer who hit rock bottom meets a diver who hates the spotlight. There’s sports, there’s romance, there’s tabloid scandal. Get Here Comes the Flood now! (This link goes to retailers selling the ebook. Paperbacks are coming one month from now, on May 26!)

This series has been a long time coming. It seems like a million years ago now, but I moved in the summer of 2016, and the process was so stressful that I didn’t really write anything for a couple of months. But I have always been a huge fan of the Olympics, so I spent that July distracting myself by consuming all of the Olympics-related media possible. (I’m working on a Special Features post that will delve into that more. There shall be book recs and videos! Stay tuned!)

Then one morning in August, the day after the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Rio Games, I woke up with the book idea fully formed in my head. I literally got out of bed, walked across my apartment, sat at my desk, and wrote out the whole plot. I wrote the first draft over about three weeks, most of that time with sports on in the background.

That book went through revisions and beta reads and edits, of course, but I was so excited about the idea while I was writing the first draft that I teased it on social media at the time. And I’m still excited now! The 2020 Olympics may be postponed, but this book is finally out in the world.

And two more are coming!

Book 2, Stick the Landing, is about a brilliant gymnast who tends to choke in big competitions. He meets a retired figure skater who is at the Olympics to do puff pieces for the American TV network, and he knows a thing or two about choking. The pre-order for ebooks should be up at your favorite retailer any day now, but the paperback is up on Amazon now. (The ebook will be out July 28. The paperback will be out in October.)

Book 3, Race for Redemption, is about track runners. One is a flashy sprinter trying to repair a tarnished reputation, the other is an engineering student who uses math to make his hurdles races better. They’re total opposites, but also meant for each other obviously. I believe that book will be out this fall.

I really love this series and I’m excited for it to be out in the world. I hope you guys love it, too!