Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day Fifteen - All About Catching Jordan + Giveaway!

Book Profile

Name - Catching Jordan ( Goodreads ) 
Author - Miranda Kenneally
Genre - Contemporary 
Release Date - December 1st 2011 (* Originally a 2012 but we don't discriminate* :P )
Available - The Book Depository

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though - she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team... and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate. 

The Insider's Scoop

This is a deleted scene from CATCHING JORDAN! Originally this scene took place about a third of the way through the book, and it’s a scene between Jordan and her best friend and favorite wide receiver, Sam Henry.

I turn on my Nintendo Wii. First I play the boxing game, then the tennis game. I love Wii, but man, I’d rather be playing some actual tennis, or hitting a real person in the face.
After turning off the game, I go to our workout room down the hall, put on some boxing gloves and start hitting the bag as hard as I can. First I pretend I’m punching Kristen Markum in the face, then I pretend I’m punching Lacey Wilson in the face, but I’m not getting fired up enough. I’ve gotta get rid of some of this anxiety before my body blows up. So I pretend I’m punching my dad, the great Donovan Woods.
Dancing on my toes, I circle the bag, punching it over and over again. First little jabs, then I lean back and slam a punch across the bow. Sweat is starting to coat my t-shirt and I wipe the sweat off my forehead using my forearm. I do another long sequence of jabs and then a punch. “This is for not believing in me!” I yell at the bag, slamming it so hard I think the chains are going to break. “This is for not caring about my dreams!” I crash my fist into the red padding. “And this is for being such an asshole all the time!” But this time, when I slam my glove into the bag, the bag doesn’t move. It’s like I’m punching a brick wall. “Ow!” I yell, ripping off the glove.
Holding the bag with both hands, Henry pokes his head out from the other side. “I think it’s dead, Woods.”
Nodding, I pull my other glove off and throw it on the floor, then yank my shirt up to wipe the sweat off my face. Henry comes over and gives me a long hug. I don’t even need to tell Henry what’s wrong, to tell him my dad’s an asshole. Henry already knows. I bury my face in his shoulder and wipe the rest of my sweat off using his shirt.
“Gross, man,” he says, releasing me. He pretends to wring out his t-shirt. I laugh and walk out of the gym, back into the basement hangout area. I see that he’s already been scrounging in the kitchen because a glass of lemonade and a bunch of cookies are sitting on the coffee table. Sitting down on the floor, I grab a few cookies and stuff them in my mouth. Henry sits down next to me and I drape my legs across his. He puts a hand on my knee and plays with a hole in my jeans.
“What do you want to do?” I ask.
“Did you forget? We’re doing our fantasy football draft tonight.”
“Oh yeah… some fantasy,” I say, pointing at one of my dad’s many memorabilia shelves. We stare up at one of Dad’s two Heisman trophies. The other is upstairs in the family room. Sometimes, being a girl sucks so bad. I’m almost as good as Mike. If I was a guy, I might be even better. I hate that my dad just ignores the fact I even play football, choosing instead to focus on the future careers of my brother and friends.
And what’s sad? I can tell how much it means to Henry when Dad talks to him about football, and I can’t even be happy for my best friend. I know I should be, because Dad’s comments mean a whole hell of a lot to Henry, whose own dad is never home and never talks to him about his future. Henry’s father probably expects him to become some kind of a bum, working in a factory, or hell, driving a truck, too. Why can’t I be happy for him and encourage him to talk to my father about his future? I need to stop being so selfish.  
“Remember the other day? When you were arm wrestling Jake?”
Henry grins, leaning back on his hands. “Yeah, I’ll never forget that.”
“That was cool what my dad said to you.”
“Hmph.” Henry suddenly becomes very interested in the pattern of the carpet.
“I was thinking, maybe, you should talk to him about Michigan. Maybe you could ask Dad to come watch you at one of our games. He might be able to help.”
Henry’s eyes find mine and I think I see a tear, but it must just be the light. “I don’t want his help, Woods... Chinese food?” he asks, pushing my legs off his lap, standing up and going to the desk where we keep all our menus. He shuffles through the papers.
“I’ll order it while you go take a shower.”
“I don’t need a shower.”
Henry smiles. “I’m not going to sit here and smell your sweaty ass all night. Now go take a shower before Carter and JJ get here. They don’t want to smell you, either.”

I don't know about you but I'm craving to get my hands on a copy of this debut! I'm a huge fan of romance novels and this one is right down my alley. Too bad I can't enter my own giveaway because Miranda has kindly offered TWO (2) copies of Catching Jordan to you lucky people! This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and please show your support by leaving a comment :) Rules are stated below :)

Rule of Entry -

- International
- Ends 15th of February 
- Must be 13 or older
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  1. I've read so many amazing reviews about Catching Jordan, so I'm definitely excited to read this :D Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway <3

  2. THanks for the giveaway and for opening it to woldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  3. A girl quarterback? I am really curious about this one. I love heroines who are tomboys (and clueless), so I can't wait to read this!
    Thank you for the chance!

  4. I'm dying to read this, I've read so much about it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! The story looks awesome :)

  6. so there will be two winners? awesome! that doubles the chance of winning...

    thanks for the giveaway, im looking forward to reading the book!

  7. Wow you can't imagine how much I would love to own this book. Thanks for making it international :)
    I can't wait to own it :D

  8. Amazing! 2 winners! I've read a lot of great reviews on this book! Thanks for giving us a chance to win!

  9. Thank you for this! I love the sound of Catching Jordan. I've been wanting to get a copy for a long time!

  10. I've heard a lot of great stuff about this book!! I decided not to read the deleted scene, but I've bookmarked it for when I do actually get a copy so I can go back and read!

  11. I love the first and last paragraph of the deleted scene! Can't wait to find more out about her father.

    Guys--read the post above! It's such a good sampler of what the writing is going to be like. After reading it I can say with confidence that--even though this scene didn't make the cut--I'm going to like it. Just based on the interaction between Jordan and her best friend, and wanting to know more about Jordan's life.

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway! :D

  12. I have read lot of good reviews about this book and I am really looking forward to read it. I like tomboyish heroines and the excerpt is great. Thanks for the giveaway:)

  13. The story sounds great! Like you, I'm a huge fan of romance novels so fingers crossed and thanks Miranda for the international giveaway, fingers crossed! :)

  14. I've read good reviews about this book and the story seems nice, thanks for this international GA ^^

  15. I want to read this book so badly. It's a book with football. It combines two of my favorite things.

  16. I've just finished the book...
    Wonderful one. You just want to be part of the team!

  17. Can't wait to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. This book was so flipping awesome! I loved it so much. :) Sam Henry = a bunch of awesome.

  19. interesting concept, i haven't read a book about sport ( except manga ) from sometimes so i would like to discover this one, thanks you for international opportunity

    all the best

  20. I also use Wii when I need to punch someone in the face hehe.

    I've heard so many good things about Catching Jordan, I hope to read it soon!

  21. Ooh, love the deleted scene! Henry is just adorable!:)

  22. I loved the deleted scene! Put a smile on my face.

  23. I LOVE THIS SCENE. Catching Jordan makes my life better.

  24. I've heard good things about this book :D

  25. You know, I wasn't sure I wanted to read this as I don't read a lot of contemporary novels, but this deleated scene just convinced me!

    Thank you both for the chance :)

    Rachel @ The Rest Is Still Unwritten

  26. Great deleted scene, ahame it wasn't included in the book though! Oh well.

  27. I've heard so many good things on this book. oh how I wish I have it right now. Thx for the chance!

  28. I live Sam & Jordan and I loved this deleted scene! I would love to win this book for my friend. Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Awesome giveaway! I have yet to read this book but have wanted to since it came out, I only hear AMAZING things about it. Thank you!!!


  30. I absolutely LOVED this scene!! Sam Henry rocks. Nuff said. :D

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  31. Such a cool giveaway!!!

    I follow the blog under Grace Radford-Tingley and this is a comment. so that's three.

  32. I think I've only heard about this book once before, and once again :-) your Insider Scoop made me curious! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  33. hearing nothing but good things about this book! thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Miranda Kenneally puts a spell on me. I fall hard for "Catching Jordan." I'm head over heels in love with Sam Henry. I really want this book so thanks for the chance to win it. =^.^=

  35. Aww, sucks that it was cute! It sounds so good! Would've loved to have seen it in the book :) And Catching Jordan just sounds like an excellent book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS! Okay, enough of the Caps Lock. But seriously, would love the giveaway. Hint Hint.

  37. Thanks for this international giveaway, I'm dying to read this book!

  38. Thanks for the awesome deleted scene and the great giveaway!

  39. "I love Wii, but man, I’d rather be playing some actual tennis, or hitting a real person in the face." LOL ! :DDD

  40. Love this scene! Too bad it was deleted, though. I bet it has a better scene in replacment though :D Thanks for the chance to read this!

  41. SO fun! I've been wanting to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

    - - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  42. I loved this book! it was a pretty awesome contemporary :D

    - juhina

  43. Yay for another great giveaway!! Thanks! :-D

  44. Awesome giveaway! I've been wanting to read this ever since it came out!

  45. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! After reading that deleted scene I SO wanna know what happens in the book :) Totally can't wait to get my hands on it!

  46. That's a great scene! Makes me want to read it even more though I've already heard so many great things about this book I'll have to get it one way or another! Thank you for the giveaway!


  47. Really wanna read this! Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Thanks for the deleted scene! I can't wait to read this.

    PS: I messed up my GFC name on the second entry, it's supposed to be 'mimz'.

  49. Amazing giveaway!! Thank you!!!
    Twitter: @gem_kerr_

  50. Oh, I really liked that! I've been hearing great things about this book... thanks for the chance to win! :)

  51. Thanks for all of these awesome giveaaway!

  52. I've been hearing a lot about this book and I'm seeing it a lot too, sounds really cool:)

  53. Thanks for all of these awesome giveaway!

  54. Thanks for the chance! I want to read Catching Jordan so badly! Fingers crossed! :D

  55. Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  56. Thaanks so much for the giveaway! This sounds good!

  57. Thanks for the giveaway - I've been wanting to read this book after so many favourable reviews about it :)

  58. Wow!! was awesome to read that!! Thank you!

  59. This book is one of the best ones I've ever read. I love every bit of it! THank you so much for this giveaway!!

  60. Thanks so much for this giveaway! This book sounds really cute and I can't wait to read it.

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