Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for eXtreme Blindside by Leslea Wahl, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
Title: eXtreme Blindside
Author: Leslea Wahl
Publisher: Pauline Books and Media
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
After winning Olympic silver, teen snowboarder Jake Taylor is struggling with sudden fame when he’s offered a gig he can’t refuse: becoming a spokesperson for a state-of-the-art athletic training facility. Training for its first competition, Jake relies on his faith to help him find ways to use his fame to help others . . . when athletes mysteriously start getting sabotaged one by one. Time is running out for Jake and his girlfriend, Sophie, to figure out what is going on before he is also sabotaged . . . or worse.
After unpacking, I grab my camera and trek up the hill behind the resort to the halfpipe. A few dozen people mill around the area. Since the games have not begun yet, not many people are around. I spy Jake at the top of the run and settle in at a picnic table at the base of the halfpipe. As Jake bounces around and does the rest of his pre-run ritual, I look through the viewfinder, adjust my lens, and check my shutter speed. I brace my elbows on the table, my finger set to snap photos and catch all the action.
He pushes off, aiming for the top edge of the halfpipe. He dips off the coping, smoothly gliding down to the bottom then accelerates up the other side. My finger twitches, ready for the action. His body shoots high into the air and he starts flipping, my heart leaping right along with him. I watch him plunge back toward the hard wall of the halfpipe, my stomach tightening. He lands softly, and I let my breath out. He hurtles up the other side, this time flipping himself backward in the air. Part of me desperately wants to squeeze my eyes shut as he spins and twists while plummeting to earth. He lands safely again. Thank you, God.
He speeds back up the other side. Third trick means it’s time for the 1260. My breath catches in my throat as he soars even higher and begins spiraling around, practically upside down, reminding me of a toy jack spinning on its axis. Whoa! Watching him defy gravity is surreal. It was so much less stressful when I didn’t care for the guy. Every muscle in my body tightens as he hurtles back toward earth for his blind landing. I can barely watch; it’s the most amazing, yet terrifying, thing to witness. But he does it flawlessly and lands safely.
When he finally lands his last trick, I remove my fist from my mouth. I’ve been biting my gloved thumb and haven’t taken a single photo.
Leslea Wahl lives in beautiful Colorado with her family. Leslea is the author of three other Catholic teen novels, The Perfect Blindside, An Unexpected Role, and Where You Lead, and strives to write Young Adult novels that will encourage teens to grow in their faith through fun, adventurous mysteries.
In addition to writing her own books, Leslea has begun reviewing Catholic and Christian teen novels on her website to help families find faith-based novels. She is also one of the founding members of the joint-website CatholicTeenBooks.com.
For more information on her award-winning Young Adult mysteries please visit www.LesleaWahl.com.
(5) winners will each receive a signed print copy of Extreme Blindside, a custom bookmark, and scented soap!
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