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My love for the Olympics began in 1984 when I donned my Mary Lou Retton flag leotard at eight and attempted handstands in front of the television… Below is the only gymnastics move I ever actually mastered.
This year I get to share the magic with a very excited six-year-old. And this time, she gets to watch what she actually plays during the weekends.
Time flies when I’m having tons of fun writing the next prettyTOUGH book! Is Thanksgiving really right around the corner? I’ve been hard at work on the sixth and final series book, FIFTEEN LOVE, while adding the finishing touches to the fifth book, MAKING WAVES. In between, I was lucky enough to attend a few festivals and signings this fall with the amazing members of the Kid Lit Authors Club. Below are some pics.
Collingswood Book Festival
Cyn Balog and her adorable daughter
Neshaminy Mall Barnes and Noble
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Wednesday! :)
The first Wednesday of the month means another edition of The Book Review Club hosted by Barrie Summy, author of the I So Don’t Do Mysteries series. Today, I’m featuring two fabulous young adult novels about popularity by two amazing authors – Amy Holder’s The Lipstick Laws and Alissa Grosso’s Popular.
Not only are Amy and Alissa super talented authors, but they’re both super sweet and super fun. I was lucky to spend time with both ladies (along with other amazing authors, Ellen Jensen Abbott and Cyn Balog) at the Collingswood Book Festival this Saturday. Check out the shades.
Three reasons why I loved Amy Holder’s The Lipstick Laws…
1. Humor – The Lipstick Laws is bursting with unforgettable one-liners. And Amy is just as funny in person as she is on the page.
2. Characters – From mean girls to wannabe queen bees, the characters were fun, feisty, and fabulous.
3. Voice – Amy’s fun voice is full of energy and she keeps the pages turning. By the time I was finished with The Lipstick Laws, my abdominal muscles ached from too much giggling.
Three reasons why I loved Alissa Grosso’s Popular…
1. Unique concept – Each chapter is told in the point of view of a different character. And Alissa pulls off this tough writing task with ease.
2. Uncommon characters – Speaking of characters, Alissa does an amazing job making each one memorable.
3. Unforgettable Ending – I will never, ever forget the twisty ending of Popular. And I’m not the only one.
Both Alissa and Amy’s novels tackle teenage popularity in their own unique and incredible way. If you haven’t read these goodies by this talented twosome, make sure you add Popular and The Lipstick Laws to your TBR pile ASAP.
For more middle grade, young adult, and adult book reviews and recommendations, click here.
Disclosure: I often receive ARCs and/or books for reviews (sometimes because I’m an author and other times because I beg). However, I do not blog about every book I receive, only the ones I absolutely adore or feel the need to recommend to fans of sporty lit.
First an earthquake yesterday and now a hurricane is heading our way. It’s been a crazy week at the Jersey Shore.
If hurricanes are churning, then that means summer is coming to an end and we’re heading back west. *sniff* My daughter starts school in two weeks. Classes are back in session at Rowan and Stockton in a few days and *gulp*, I’ll be sitting on the other side of the desk for the first time in ten years! Yup. I’m going back to school to earn my MFA at Rutgers University. I’m so excited to be surrounded by other writers and really dig into fiction.
In the meantime, below are some summer vacation pics. The Mikulski tribe crossed the country, ate a ton of food, spent a lot of time at the beach, and had a blast at my cousin’s wedding. Enjoy!
Trip to LA
I was lucky enough to snag an invite to an Under Armor Event in Hollywood. Jane Schonberger and I worked out with Gunnar Peterson and Jessica Szohr from ‘Gossip Girl’, picked up some awesome gear, and chatted with celebrity trainers. Check out the complete article about the event here.
My Baby Cousin Got Married
What did you do on your summer vacation?
PAYA: I’m super excited to attend my very first PAYA event this Saturday. I’ve heard so many great things about this event which raises money for local libraries and I’m so honored to attend. Come out to support the libraries and have tons of fun with YA authors. Check out more details about the event here.
And stayed tuned for an exciting announcement about the Pretty Tough Series!
It’s been an awesome summer so far. Lots of time with my tribe at the beach, boardwalk, pool, and parks. Love it.
I also love this video. Check out why these amazing athletes, including two-time Olympic medalist Jessica Mendoza, love softball! Thanks, Pretty Tough, for another fun promo video.
And check out what people are saying about Stealing Bases! Yay!
“Stealing Bases is a worthy read. Keri Mikulski pitches a great story filled with wonderful writing. The story will hit you fast and doesn’t slow down until the end. I am very curious to see what will be next for Keri Mikulski, whatever it is, I will be reading.” – Book Cellar
“Kylie is the most edgy girl so far I have met in Keri’s books. She had a little mean streak, which was fun and she was taking risks which makes her an interesting person to read about. I also loved to read how things work at the softball field, Keri is a real softball expert and you read her love for the sport between the lines. Sporty and fun and great characters and plot! Don’t miss out this book! 5 stars!” – Marjolein’s Book Blog
“I really liked the competitive feel when Kylie was playing ball. With the teams egging each other on, it felt like you were sitting there playing with the team, chewing gum and sunflower seeds. As a softball player in my teen years, I loved reminiscing with Kylie and her team as they played their way to the Desert Invitational. The added bonus of boys, prom, and high school make this a well-rounded, fun and flirty read. I wish this book was around when I was a teen. It would be a great addition to any library. Sports fans are sure to enjoy reading about Kylie’s adventures in Stealing Bases.” – Lost for Words
“Once again, Ms. Mikulski just a fantastic job on writing this series. I enjoyed reading each one and enjoy getting in the feel of the characters. I love learning about sport and the passion the characters have for it. I can’t wait to read the next book. This is a series I hooked on and can’t get enough of!” – Books With Bite
“Stealing Bases is another great installment in the Pretty Tough series that blends sports, romance, and great characters.” – A Good Addiction
“I seriously love this series. Not only is it very fun to read, I also feel like I am learning something about sports. Each book in the series focuses on a different sport and each book really explains what the sport is all about. It’s a very interesting concept, especially for what seems like such girly books.” – Katie’s Book Blog
“I played sports in high school, I played basketball and softball so I could really relate to Kylie’s feelings about the games as well as understanding some of the lingo, but I still think that you could get into these books even if you’ve never played sports. I really liked this book, it’s a great book for both sports lovers as well as lovers of chick-lit!” – A Reading Adventure