I discovered this week that I have neglected to blog about my own book! Here I have written about other books I have read, encouraging you to read Robin Jones Gunn, Chimamanda Adiche and Stephen King, and not even suggested you click on my latest in the column on the right. I’m not sure if it is because of my tremendous humility or simply marketing incompetence. (Most likely it is a result of having talked about the book on Facebook until I was afraid of boring people into indifference.)
Crossovers is a new juvenile novel by world-renown author LeAnne Hardy. (Hey! I know people in lots of countries; after all, I’ve lived in six.) It tells the story of thirteen-year-old ice hockey player, Ben Bradley, who secretly wants to learn to jump and spin. He’s been training with the figure skaters in the early mornings and is scared to death that his hockey buddies will find out. Worse yet, what will his former hockey-star dad say? Meanwhile his sister is hoping to go to hockey camp and be the first girl to make the high school varsity team.
One of my reviewers on Amazon says, “Crossovers is a fast-paced coming of age story with something for everyone--sports, gender clashes, friendship issues, family relationships, a satisfying ending, and plenty of action…. This isn't a story about skating. It's a story about pursuing your passion against all kinds of personal and societal obstacles--written with energy, sensitivity, and a real understanding of what teenagers (and adults, for that matter) go through in their search for identity amidst all kinds of pressures to conform…”
Mark Zukor praises my writing and recommends Crossovers as a great read for all ages. (Okay. He’s in my critique group, but I assured them they were under no obligation to say only positive things. Personally, I find realism more convincing that gushing.)
So I hope you will click on Crossovers in the right hand column of this page, read more about it, then click on the book cover on the left of that page to e-mail me your order. When you’ve read it, you can post your own review on Amazon. And if you like it, talk it up on Facebook, review it on your blog or just tell a few friends. Even before the Internet, it was word-of-mouth that sold books, not ads in the New York Times. The Internet just makes it easier.