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It’s spring! At least officially, in the Northern Hemisphere. And that means things are hopping in the winter sports world of THE GAMES.

Rikki Lodge, the Olympic biathlete in THE GAMES, would have spent this past weekend in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, where the biathlon season wrapped up, with Darya Domracheva of Belarus winning the overall title in the last race of season. And Rikki’s hockey-player lover Lanny Kaminski would have been there, too, urging her on all the way.

The day before, France’s Martin Fourcade grabbed his record fourth overall title in a row, while Canada’s Nathan Smith scored his first World Cup race win.

Alpine skiers Kyle Armstrong and Nan Monahan – and their coaches – would have been in Meribel, France for the World Cup Finals. Mikaela Shiffrin continued her standout run in the slalom there.

(Speed Skating World Cup finals were held in Erfurt, Germany, also this past weekend. Congratulations to Heather Richardson on winning the overall title. Does that bode well for the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea?)

The World Figure Skating Championships start later this week in Shanghai. The U.S. team includes 16-year-old Polina Edmunds, who reminds me so much of Amy Yost, the young skater former Olympic champion Tess Rutledge coaches in THE GAMES.

Once you’ve read THE GAMES, let me know if you think Tess and Andrei would be together in Shanghai.

And, of course, hockey season is still going strong. So Lanny will be busy looking for new opportunities, now that Rikki’s season is over. Maybe he and Tess can team up for something like real-life Olympic figure skater Michael Weiss is doing – giving skating lessons to hockey players. And this Olympian and three-time U.S. men’s champion gave THE GAMES a great review quote!!

THE GAMES accurately portrays the emotional roller coaster an athlete rides in pursuit of … Olympic glory.”

And USA Today columnist Christine Brennan called THE GAMES “fast-paced, vivid, and true-to-life … a gold-medal winner.”

So add some warmth to these first days of spring by reading THE GAMES. It’s available in ebook and print.

Or listen to the audiobook, which is wonderfully narrated by Trevor Algatt. Trevor is a talented actor who’s deeply involved with the fascinating – check it out!

You can read an excerpt and listen to a sound clip. 

And celebrate spring with THE GAMES!