Real Life and Equestrian Experiences of Mayor's Daughter Inspire The A Circuit - Available Today, May 24, 2011
New York, NY - May 24, 2011 - Today, Georgina Bloomberg, an accomplished professional equestrian, philanthropist and youngest daughter of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, launches The A Circuit (Bloomsbury, original paperback, $9.99), the first in a series of teen novels set within the equestrian world she knows so well. Co-written with Cathy Hapka, Georgina brings an authenticity and flair to the books that will entice as much as they will fascinate. The second novel in the series, entitled My Favorite Mistake, is scheduled to be released in March 2012.
The A Circuit is the A-List meets the elite horse world, capturing the lives of three teenagers, Zara, the wild child of a famous rock star, Kate, a working student serious about riding, and Tommi, a billionaire heiress, as they navigate the life of privilege and competition and figure out how to succeed while being true to themselves. The social drama set within an elite world will have teens flocking to this series.
"The A Circuit captures the pressures and struggles that riders face, and is also a great lesson that working together in any sport can bring different people together," said Georgina when asked why she decided to write the series.
Georgina will be competing at this year's Devon Horse Show and will be doing a book signing on Thursday, June 2nd prior to the start of the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon.
Georgina started riding when she was young girl at the encouragement of both of her parents: her mother loved horses, and her father used to work at a barn in exchange for lessons when he was a kid. It was love at first ride for her; she immediately enjoyed being around the horses, building friendships with other kids at the barn, and as soon as she started showing she was hooked.
"I love competition and being able to do something that I found fun and challenging was the perfect combination," says Georgina about her life as an equestrian. "It's a great gift to wake up in the morning and know that I get to do something that I love doing all day."
Georgina is actively involved in several charitable organizations. She is an Equine Welfare Ambassador for the ASPCA, a member of Friends of Finn of the Humane Society and a board member of the Bloomberg Family Foundation and the Bloomberg Sisters Foundation. In 2006 she started the charity The Rider's Closet that collects and redistributes clothing and equipment to Intercollegiate Riding teams, therapeutic riding programs, and riders who cannot afford what they need. She is also on the board and passionate about her work with the Equestrian Aid Foundation, to which a percentage of proceeds from The A Circuit will be donated.
"Giving back is something that both my parents made me realize is the greatest gift in the world," says Georgina, "I feel really lucky to be able to help causes I care about and get more satisfaction from knowing that I am making a difference in someone else's life than winning any competition."
BLOOMSBURY: Bloomsbury USA, a division of Bloomsbury Publishing World Wide, was launched in 2002 as a general-interest publisher of children's books for readers of all ages. The imprint publishes such award-winning and bestselling authors as Newbery Honor winner Shannon Hale, Julianne Moore, Alexander McCall Smith, Carrie Jones, Simone Elkeles, and E. D. Baker. In the UK, Bloomsbury is the publisher of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.