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Old 05-23-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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For the next month, you can read the true-story account of a record-setting ride in "The Toughest Mountain Bike Race in the World" at the promotional price of $2.99 at Just type in the coupon code, SE89V. "Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide" is slated to be officially released June 15 at

Here is the book description: Jill Homer, a newspaper editor from Alaska, has an outlandish ambition: Racing a mountain bike 2,740 miles from Canada to Mexico along the Continental Divide. But in the tradition of best-laid plans, Jill’s dream starts to unravel the minute she sets it in motion. An accident on the Iditarod Trail results in serious frostbite. She struggles with painful recovery and growing uncertainties. Then, just two days before their departure, her boyfriend ends their eight-year relationship, dismantling everything Jill thought she knew about life, love and her own identity.

“Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide” is an adventure driven relentlessly forward as foundations crumble. During her record-breaking ride in the 2009 Tour Divide, Jill battles a torrent of anger, self-doubt, fatigue, loneliness, pain, grief, bicycle failures, crashes and violent storms. Each night, she collapses under the crushing effort of this savage new way of life. And every morning, she picks up the pieces and strikes out to find what lies on the other side of the Divide: Astonishing beauty, unconditional kindness, and boundless strength.

Author Bio: Jill Homer grew up in Sandy, Utah, and graduated from the
University of Utah with a degree in journalism in 2000. She began her
career working for weekly and daily newspapers in Utah and Idaho. In
2005, she moved to Homer, Alaska, to pursue adventure in the Last
Frontier. She never viewed herself as an athlete, but she was
searching for a unique kind of outlet that provided both physical and
psychological challenges. Endurance cycling fit that description. Two
years of (mainly mis)adventures landed her in one of the most
difficult endurance races in North America, a 350-mile winter traverse
of Alaska wilderness called the Iditarod Trail Invitational. The
unforgettable experience was the genesis of her first book, Ghost
Trails: Journeys Through a Lifetime.
Her second book, Be Brave, Be
Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide
is a continuation of her
ongoing adventures. She currently works as a freelance writer and
editor in Los Altos, California.

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