Grab your beverage of choice and join us every morning for
the month of December.... ( no sewing, quilting topics...just books)
books for women by women.
Each day we will have a book giveaway.
The book that is featured by our guest authors...
Also every week we will be gifting....
it will be a different day every week....
All of them are highlighted below!
So let us begin with our 1st distinguished guest...
Today I would like to introduce you to this lady and author
Author of FAST GIRL, what an interesting lady she is...
by the way just checked this book can be downloaded to e-readers on amazon!
Q and A--- with Fast Girl Author Ingrid Steffensen
1. What prompted you to start high-performance driving?
I’m no Danica Patrick: I’ve always been a nester. I’m totally a homebody who loves to cook, and read, and do projects around the house. I had absolutely no interest in cars and would never have dreamed of trying out high-performance driving if it hadn’t been for my gearhead husband who did this loony thing for years before he finally convinced me—very reluctantly—to give it a try. When I finally did, I was terrified! Here’s a gal whose biggest thrill is finding a kickass pair of boots on sale, and suddenly I was being asked to drive my car in ways I had no idea it could even go. But I’m pretty stubborn, too, and once I’d decided to do it, I went through with it. And it was still terrifying, but once I got to the end of that first weekend, I found I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Curiously, it’s a challenge and a skill that I simply felt compelled to try to master—read the book and find out why! And I promise you’ll be laughing yourself silly from page one.
2. What kind of experiences did you have being a woman in such a male-dominated sport?
You know, I thought it was going to be all hairy-chested, ball-busting masculine aggression, with pole dancers in the garage, but it isn’t really like that at all. Because I drive with owner’s clubs (like the BMW or Audi Club), these are all amateurs in the original sense of the term: they just love the sport. When I realized that high-performance driving is a skill like any other that takes practice and patience to master, I also discovered that the guys (and it is almost all guys) respect the skill, not the gender. In fact, most of them are pretty psyched to have more women involved, and on the whole they’ve been really supportive and nice to me. Still, it is a very masculine environment, and part of what I’ve come away with is a broadened sense of myself: I can compete with these men on an equal platform, and, yes, definitely, that makes me feel at least seven different kinds of awesome when I can equal or better them in a contest of high-speed skill! It’s also really fun to see them in their natural habitat: sometimes I feel like Jane Goodall on an expedition, getting a glimpse at how this other species operates.
3. What message do you want women to take away from this book?
My story really isn’t so much about cars and driving—it’s about the journey. Even though I’m finding a lot of guys are loving the book, the audience I had in mind when I wrote it was the smart, funny, engaged women who are my friends. It’s a story about what happens when you push yourself way beyond your comfort zone, and all the things you discover about yourself when you’re in that scary place. I found out that I’m way stronger, braver, and more adventurous than I’d ever given myself credit for. It’s not an exaggeration to say that learning this outrageous skill completely changed my life. And yet, there’s truly nothing that special about me—if I can do this, so can you!
Thanks Ingrid, very insightful!
Tomorrow we will have one of our cheerleaders
reviewing one of the books they chose from
Members of the Perseus Books Group | Distributed by Publishers Group West
WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS
to the following over the top generous GIFTERS
A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..
From top to bottom..... Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some pillow stuffing, and some wonder under to 2 winners who stick with Pellon!
Aurifil is gifting 4 boxes of large threads in a variety of colours to 4 lovers of threads....
Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!
Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.
Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there ) to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.
Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...
And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!
Our whole month of December we cheerleaders will be celebrating all of YOU, who have been
with us for years. To our new followers, we will welcome you with all the warmth we can muster....
WE hope you will be visiting us and leaving lovely comments for all of our guests who have
made this month possible.... Take this time to thank those around you for all of our blessings...
It will be a very special month....
All those who follow will be eligible for all of our gifts.....and if we hit 5,000 followers, I have a very special gift for YOU....oh yes...wink...( and a gift for all those up to 5000...they are included too)
Whatever your wishes are this season, these are our wishes for you...!
With warmest blessings from our cheerleading TEAM...
Jane, Carol, Katherine, Marlene, Wendy, Corrie, Linda, Cherry,
Pauline, Christine....These are our cheerleaders...
and a new one who will be joining the team in 2013 Mary!
ps. each day winners will be announced the next morning!