"Extreme" is a Finalist!

It’s with great excitement that I share with you that “Extreme” has been placed in the Finalist in the New Fiction category of the International Book Awards.
Over 2,000 new books were considered – I’m so proud to be in the top 20% of 2021 publications.
Here's what readers are saying:

Kate Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Games Hope Plays
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020

In this fast-paced novel by Joan Gelfand, Hope is more than a four-letter word: It's the main character's name, a young woman who is fueled by hope, driven by dreams, and haunted by a past that seems to be catching up to her. Set in the start-up, tech world of Silicon Valley, EXTREME is almost nostalgic, in a pre-pandemic way, with its whirl of non-stop action, close-up and personal, mask-less. We wonder how Hope would adapt to social distancing and a slower pace, of days with no wardrobe pressure. Yet Gelfand creates such an adaptable character that we imagine Hope would survive. I found Hope an engaging, fully developed character and wonder if there is a sequel in mind for her and Gelfand. The novel itself explores the fast-paced world of tech start-ups and buy-outs, mirrored in the extreme X-games and real world sport—all on the edge. Take a leap with the characters, Hope, Doug (another favorite), James, Charlene and Richard, believable and contemporary, to find good company and a great story for our bewildering times.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2020

I found “Extreme” to be a very enjoyable read. A delightful mix of edgy, high-tech Silicon Valley start-up story and the human interests behind it. Loved the fine balance between concentrating on the main characters while still giving the supporting cast their voices. Also loved the weaving in just enough tech and scene talk, not too much and not too little. Writing is easy-flowing and competent, but not without its own edge — very expertly done.
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