Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Olympics Beat Launch

It's official. Today, with exactly two months to go until the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics, I am launching my e-book, a short, fun travel memoir about an incredible adventure. If you want to buy The Olympics Beat: A Spectator's Memoir of Beijing, it's available on (and,, .fr, and .it) for just $0.99 (or 0.77 GBP or 0.89 EUR). Updated: now available on the NOOK from Barnes & Noble.

To celebrate my launch this week, here's what's happening:

Sunday: Book launch! I was interviewed by writer Stuart Beaton in China on his very cool podcast. Here's the link if you'd like to hear my voice :).

Monday: I have a guest post about the Olympics on Book Dilettante.

Facebook Share Storm. I'm asking everyone I know, whether or not they want to buy the book, to post the link on Facebook. The goal is to get the word out to as many people as possible who might want to read it. It means I won't have to keep bothering my Facebook friends about the book because they'll all know about it. If you want to join The Olympics Beat Share Storm, just post a link to the book some time on Monday.

Tuesday: My book will appear on the blog of my lovely writing partner, Jane Cornelius.

Wednesday: I will have a guest post about being an expat writer on Adventures in Expatland.

Thursday: I will have a guest post on The Reading Life blog about the reading life in Asia.

Friday: I'll wrap up the launch week with a writing video about the experience.

Next week, I'll return to a normal Kindle in Hong Kong schedule of bookspotting, book reviews and walking tours.

Thank you to everyone for your support of my e-book! Here's the blurb one more time:

The Olympics Beat: A Spectator's Memoir of Beijing
The drama, the variety, the spectacle - Shannon can't get enough of it. She is an American student who has always been fascinated by the Olympic Games; her father has a lifelong love affair with China. They team up for the Beijing games and the adventure of a lifetime. Without the filter of a small screen, Shannon and her father are hypnotized by the passion of a great nation unveiling itself to the world. This mini travel memoir is a picture of a new China and the experiences that would change one American girl's life forever.

Visit for original photos illustrating each chapter of this story.

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