By Alina Adams
In honor of the Winter Olympics kicking off in Sochi, I felt a burning need to point out the obvious - how much writers are exactly like Olympic Figure Skaters (what? You don't see it?):
1. We work alone (or, at most, in pairs)
2. Our canvas is a blank, white surface (ice, page, computer screen...)
3. We spend months, years, decades (!) working on something that might be judged in a split second
4. When we fall on our butts, we do it publicly
5. When we land on our feet, there's barely any time to enjoy it before worrying about what we have to do next
6. There's always some young prodigy lurking around the corner
7. Overdoing it can cause concussion and/or repetitive strain injury
8. Everyone thinks they could do it, too
9. Everyone's a critic/Has suggestions on how we could do it better (whether or not they've ever tried it themselves)
10. Full make-up, chiffon and sequins are a must.
Alina, thank you for sharing your Top Ten List with us today! As a fellow author (and fan of figure skating), I couldn't agree more with your list.
For the 1st time ever get all five, best-selling Alina Adams Figure Skating Mystery novels, originally published as paperback originals by Berkley Prime Crime, in one electronic volume with this exclusive, enhanced collection that includes...
BOOK ONE: MURDER ON ICE
At the World Figure Skating Championship, the Ladies' Gold medal goes to Russia's dour Xenia Trubin over America's perky Erin Simpson thanks to the vote of one judge. Who then promptly turns up dead.
Who killed Silvana Potenza? A skater? A coach? A fan? An official? A parent?
It's up to Bex Levy, intrepid television researcher, to figure everything out before the end of the competition, or lose her job - and maybe even her life...
BOOK TWO: ON THIN ICE
Bex Levy’s search for a pair of athletes who mysteriously dropped out of the sport years earlier leads to a host of shocking secrets, a kidnapping – and a murder!
BOOK THREE: AXEL OF EVIL
Bex Levy races to discover who killed an ice skating coach during a competition in Moscow. Igor Marchenko defected from the USSR to the States in 1977 and this is the first time he's been able to return home. But he soon turns up dead, poisoned by a pair of gloves. And once Bex does the rounds, she finds that plenty of people had plenty of reasons to bump him off.
BOOK FOUR: DEATH DROP
Bex Levy investigates the mystery behind an infant left in the arena at the Nationals, and why the baby's mother, an ice dancer who mysteriously took off a year ago, is hanging dead from a sequined belt. But leery from events in the past, Bex is hesitant to follow the clues that will uncover personal secrets... and a killer who'll do anything to keep them from coming out.
BOOK FIVE: SKATE CRIME
When a world-famous coach is murdered on the eve of his televised tribute, the suspects include the former partner he dumped as soon as something better came along, the much younger new wife that he turned into a clone of his old one, his resentful daughter who always had to battle Daddy's students for his attention, the skater whose life he nearly destroyed, and the one he guided to Olympic Gold.
Alina Adams is the NYT best-selling author of soap opera tie-ins, romance novels, and figure skating mysteries. The latter have all just been released in one, electronic volume with professional skating footage included!
The Figure Skating Mystery series (5 Books in 1)
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Alina, thank you for guesting today! Hope everyone sticks around for a bit to chat. Please feel free to post your comments below.