Chris Cleave is the type of author who "walks the talk." While preparing to write his new novel Gold, Chris put himself through an intensive, athletic cycling program to get into the heads of the Olympic medal driven characters in his story. He also spent some time with children who have leukemia and was part of a team that raised money for leukemia research. 

Gold is on the heels of Cleave's bestselling and award winning novels Little Bee and Incendiary but this time the setting is the London 2012 Oylmpic GamesGold takes on the topics of friendship, family, commitment, and competition with cyclists Zoe Castle and Kate Meadows. Zoe and Kate share the same dreams, the same coach and the same world-class speed around the velodrome. Zoe stays the course but teammate Kate goes off track and vies for a comeback. 

In Gold Cleaves shows the extremes of health. One the one hand there is the fitness of these athletes at the top of their game and then there's Kate's daughter who is a sickly child with leukemia. Zoe and Kate struggle with their ambitions and obligations. On their quest for gold and Olympic glory these two friends and rivals must make sacrifices and compete for the one remaining spot on the cycling team. To learn more about Gold view the video below and read an excerpt from the novel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Cleave lives in London, UK with his family. You can find out more about the author and his work by visiting his website www.chriscleave.com. Social media fans can follow @ChrisCleave on Twitter, find Chris Cleave on Facebook, and look Chris Cleave up on GoodReads

YUMMY MUMMY BOOK CLUB

The YMBC will be reading Gold and discussing it in a virtual book club Twitter chat with our special guest author Chris Cleave! Save the date Wednesday, August 15th for what promises to be a wonderful discussion. Use the hashtag #Gold and follow the #YMBC Twitter chat updates on Bookalicious.ca. To become a YMBC member click here to sign up and get a heads up on free books!

BOOKALICIOUS BOOK GRAB GIVEAWAY

Random House Of Canada has copies of Gold to give to two lucky Bookalicious readers! Leave your comment in the "click here to spill it!" bubble below to enter the draw. 
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You must be a Yummy Mummy Club member to win. Click here to sign up. It's free and filled with perks! One comment per member. BBGG entries for the Gold draw will be accepted until 11:59pm EDT on July 27, 2012. Contest open to Canadian residents. Winners will be picked using www.random.org. Please mark the email wanda@yummymummyclub.ca as a "safe sender" when you enter a Bookalicious Blog giveaway and respond within 1 week to claim your prize. For more details on upcoming book news sign up for the Bookalicious Newsletter!
 
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Author photo credit: James Emmett