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» Monday, June 08, 2009

Winners & my favoroite summer sport!

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 13

Don't forget this fun contest! Author Emily Bryan is holding a contest in which the winner will get a chance to name a character in her summer 2010 book Stroke of Genius. Details at

Despite my best intentions, I didn't get to the blog to post over the weekend! So sorry. My only excuse is that I took advantage of all the nice weather to spend time with my kids, my garden, and my favorite summer sport - bicycling.

In the sports world, my hand-eye coordination isn't the greatest, so I'm not much for any sport that has a ball involved. In school, I was the classic picked-last-for-every-team-in-gym-class kid. I did join the swim team in high school, but mainly to hang out with my friends, and I can probably count on one hand the number of events in which I didn't finish dead last. But we did have a lot of fun!

In my early twenties, I discovered bicyling - for fun, not for competition. I joke that bicycling is the perfect sport because you can do it sitting down!

With lots of encouragement from my dh and a cycling team, this no-sports girl even managed to complete three MS 150 mile (in two days) bikeathons! The last one of those loooong rides for me was 15 years ago, though.

Now that I'm fortysomething, I content myself with much shorter, more leisurely rides close to home. This year my husband got me a nice comfy gel bicycle seat for my birthday, so I'm all set. I usually ride with my youngest son, who likes bike riding as much as I do :-)

Now for last week's winners! Congrats to all - drop me an email at with your snail mail address and your choice of book to claim your prize.

  • A Gerri Russell backlist book - either Warrior's Lady, Warrior's Bride, or The Warrior Trainer. Winner: Carol L., commented on June 3 post @ 7:22 am June 4.
  • A Joy Nash Druids of Avalon backlist book - either Deep Magic, The Grail King, or Celtic Fire. Winner: librarypat, commented on June 1 post at 10:08 pm.

This week's prizes: Comment on any post from today, Monday June 8st, through Sunday June14th for a chance to win one of two new prizes:

  • Any Immortals title by Joy Nash: Immortals: The Awakening, Immortals: The Crossing, or Immortals: The Reckoning (anthology)
  • Insufficient Mating Material - a fantastic futuristic romance by Rowena Cherry (excerpt to come this week!)
And one former prize! - Dina, who won Angie Fox's two book set last week has told me she already owns Angie's first book, An Accidental Demonslayer - and would like to offer another reader the chance to win. (Isn't she a sweetie?) So post this week and you might win An Accidental Demonslayer, too!

The three winners will be chosen at random and posted on Monday June 15.

Good luck!

Joy Nash

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Blogger housemouse88 said...

Hello Joy,

Congrats to all the winners. My summer sport is usually my flowers, garden and mowing. Have a great day.

11:14 AM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

I too love to ride! Congrats to the winners and here's to a great week for everyone!!!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

2:01 PM  
Blogger Pissenlit said...

Congrats to the winners!

Ya know, I never did learn how to ride a bike. As a kid, I asked for a bike for my birthday and got it. There were training wheels, however, no one ever taught me how to ride nor did they take off the training wheels and eventually, I just outgrew the bike entirely and that was pretty much the end of that. Maybe one of these days I'll borrow my brother's bike and teach myself. :)

I'm not normally a sport-kinda gal but this summer, I joined a softball team. Fun stuff if you overlook the bruises! Heh heh.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Cathy M said...

WTG winners, big congrats. Cycling is big in my house, both my dh and boys ride and compete in road cycling events. It's not a passion for me like it is for them, but I do enjoy going out for a leisurely bike ride now and again.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

Wtg, winners!
I used to cycle, but arthritis has gotten so bad, it is too painful.

4:05 PM  
Blogger chey said...

I remember bike riding as a kid! Never did any real long distance rides though. Nowadays walking is more my speed.

5:24 PM  
Blogger dsadler53 said...

I was never any good at bicycling, I got distracted too easily and missed the potholes or rocks or whatever items were in my path. So now I stick to walking.Slow and easy, usually with my husband in the early evening. And it gives us some alone time too

6:51 PM  
Blogger scottsgal said...

Congrats winners - we have a pool so we try to swim at every opportunity during the weekends and evenings. Of course when I'm not floating around reading!

msboatgal at

7:47 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

Congrats winners, biking is not my thing, lol. I remember when I'd ride so far and didn't have the strength to ride back, lol

7:56 PM  
Blogger Infinite Designs said...

Congrats winners!

I used to love riding my bike as a kid. I haven't done that in ages. I would probably crash now more than stay on the path lol.

I guess my fav summer activity is hikinig and swimming.

Pam S

11:40 PM  
Blogger Kytaira said...

Congrats to all of the winners! I'm not very athletic. Or outdoorsie type for that matter. I've got a recumbent bike. My sister recommended it so I could read a book at the same time.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Got a new bike this past fall. Still haven't had a chance to ride it. It isn't safe to ride on our country roads. They use you for a target. The local farmers complained about the pick club riding in this area (a bike route goes by here). The guys whose tractors block the road and go 15 miles an hour, were upset the bikers held them up when they were driving their trucks. Had a friend who had a car follow him into the field trying to hit him. Anyway, we have to find a time to load up the bikes and head for some of the bike paths that are in the area. The Virginia Creeper Trail isn't too far and is a wonderful hiking and bike path. I'm so out of shape I hope I can still ride.
Bought A LITTLE LIGHT MAGIC today and can't wait to read it!

12:58 AM  
Blogger Eva S said...

Congrats to the winners!
I love biking too, I'm too lazy to walk, but I like to get away from home now and then! Just for fun.
Have a great week!

6:00 AM  
Blogger Rowena Cherry said...

Good topic, Joy.

I'm another swimmer, but with the cold start to the summer this year, I am already 80 laps behind my goal of 10 laps a day!

8:11 AM  
Blogger Sue A. said...

Congrats to the winners!
The dreaded mowing of the lawn and walks do it for me.

10:38 PM  
Blogger one6ylady said...

What a great summer this has been for so many fans. It's wonderful when writers are so much in touch with their readers. Why is it that in the romance world we have writers who are still very much regular people, while most writers in other genres seem to be so isolated from their fans?

10:45 PM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

Thank you so much everyone for all the congrats.
Carol L.

6:58 AM  
Blogger Joy Nash said...

OMG, Patricia, your post made my hair stand on end! You need some rough and tough bicycle enforcers in your neck of the woods.

I've found some country roads less than hospitable to cyclists in the past. Years ago, my husband and I were out in farm country riding on a *public* but secluded road when a big dog ran out from a farm house we were passing, bit my t-shirt and pulled me down on the gravel as I was racing to outdistance it. I crashed and skidded, and my husband raced back to scare off the dog. My knees and arm were dripping blood all over the ground and my clothes, and I had a good bit of gravel embedded in my arm (still have the scars). Took me a while to even be able to stand up.

The "friendly" farmer looked out of his front door, called his dog back in, and didn't even bother to come out to see if I was seriously injured, or to ask if we needed help, water, bandages, ambulance, etc. -- even though it took a good half hour to get me patched up enough so I could ride the 10 miles++ back to our car!

I was never so glad to get home and in the bathtub as I was that day (picking the gravel out of my forearm)! I couldn't believe the farmer had been so callous.

10:20 AM  
Blogger storylady said...

Sounds like a great summer read. I like a book that is pure fun, and loaded with humor.
Pick me to win. : )


10:36 PM  
Blogger Laney4 said...

Good luck with the biking! My husband and two kids have biked 50+ miles to a nearby town and back whenever possible (starting when one of them was on her first kiddy bike at 5 years of age) to visit with family. I, on the other hand, am lucky if I can get around the block without my knee(s) hurting. Oh well. I walk instead. It's not the same, but it's better than nothing!

10:41 AM  
Blogger Raonaid Luckwell said...

Congrats to all winners!!

11:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congrats to the winners....used to love to ride a bike, and have been thinking about getting one this year. That was my primary mode of transportation until I finished high school.

12:52 AM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

Congrats to the winners!
I don't have a favorite summer sporting activity. I like to swim on occasion.

Have a great summer!

10:49 AM  

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