Saturday, January 21, 2012

Blog Tour Guest Post + Giveaway: Catching Jordan

Please join me in welcoming Author Miranda Kenneally
to Let Them Read Books!

Ya'll know I love football, so I jumped at the chance to be on the tour for Catching Jordan (published Dec. 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire). Check out this guest post from Miranda and enter to win an ebook of Catching Jordan. Then check back tomorrow for my 4-Star Review!

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.

Untraditional Romance: Catching Jordan puts a great emphasis on the untraditional relationship and character roles Jordan possesses in the book. What effects do these types of relationships have on kids and people today? Is it important for people to be exposed to them?

At the beginning of Catching Jordan, Jordan feels she can’t show romantic interest in boys or the guys on her team won’t take her seriously as the captain and quarterback. If you think about it, it’s a pretty ridiculous notion, and it’s all in Jordan’s mind. The guys on her team care that she’s an awesome football player. They don’t care what she does in her free time unless it interferes with her ability to run for a touchdown from ten yards out.

But in Jordan’s mind, the fear is palpable. It’s very real, and I think that many people have similar, yet different fears, depending on who they are.

For instance, how many people out there are gay, but are too scared to share their true nature with the world?

How many people are interested in dating a person of another race or color, but don’t want to admit it for fear of how other people will react?

In the book, Jordan is an extreme tomboy who starts to fall for the alternate quarterback (Ty) on her team. Some of the guys on the team aren’t happy about it for various reasons. But once Jordan makes up her mind that she likes Ty, the other guys sort of shrug and move on with life.

The same can’t always be said for people entering into a homosexual relationship for the first time. Some people will balk at this. It’s just how things are. But some people will shrug and move on with life. It’s all a matter of exposure.

I think if more and more people begin to explore different kinds of relationships with different kinds of people, I imagine – over time, people will get used it.

The more and more we expose teens, and people of all ages, to new experiences and relationships, people and ideals will evolve.

That’s what I hoped to get across with Catching Jordan. It’s okay to think and act outside the box – everything will be okay. And if it’s not, at least you tried and probably learned something and put yourself out there. That’s cool.

Wanna win Catching Jordan?
I'm giving away an e-book version,
winner's choice of a Kindle or epub edition.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment or a question for Miranda and your email address! This giveaway is open internationally and ends at 11:59pm on Jan. 30th. My GFC and Twitter followers double their chances to win, so let me know in your comment if you're a follower!

This giveaway is closed and the winner has been selected.
Stay tuned for more great giveaways!


  1. I'd love to read this! Thank you for the giveaway!


  2. Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. thanks you for this giveaway, i would like to discover this book

    thansk you a lot

    gfc: miki


  4. I love football too and I love the message of this book! Did you know a young woman tried out for kicker at Virginia Tech last year? Beamer told her to come back and try again this year.

  5. I love this book! I'm so thankful for NetGalley that I was able to read it, but I'm dying to have a physical copy to reread it and share with y friends. Thanks for the chance!!

    GFC- Dea Sauva

    sauvadeavelle @ yahoo dot com

  6. Thanks for the giveaway!


  7. This sounds like such a fun book and I'm all for a girl who loves sports. It reminds me of my own sport days, though not football :)

    GFC: Na

  8. I am super excited to read this book, it sounds awesome! Go girls and sports!

    danceislove27 At gmail DoT com


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