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  1. Hi there!

    First, I'm a big fan of your blog and FB posts. As a mom to five boys (all runners), I finally took up running when I was 48 and love it. I've logged a couple of 5ks and 8ks and am working up to running my first 10k this June. Anyway - the reason I'm writing is that I'm also an author and I think my first book, False Start (Gemma Halliday Publishing), may appeal to you and your book club.

    Here's a synopsis:

    Mattie Ross is probably the last person who should be doling out good counsel to anyone on anything. Still smarting after being left at the altar two years earlier, she is strapped with debt, has sworn off men, routinely buries herself in her work and despite her well-proportioned figure, remains haunted by childhood taunts of "Fatty Mattie." But to her publisher at the Chicago Gazette, and readers, she is their latest advice columnist, The Plate Spinner, a self-assured working parent to adorable fake children and multi-tasking savant. Enter Nick Derosa, the twin brother of Mattie's cold-footed fiancé who is trying to get back on his feet after his brother steals his identity and implicates him in an illegal investment scheme. But thanks to Nick's legendary running career, the publisher of the Chicago Gazette proposes a wager: If Nick can train an out-of-shape working parent in time to compete in the Chicago Marathon, he will contribute enough to help Nick launch his own non-profit running club for kids. Suddenly "Fatty" Mattie and Nick are thrust together as the most unlikely of pairs and under a deadline to put their trust issues aside and avoid another false start in their lives.

    Publisher's Weekly gave it a starred review and had this to say about it: "A lighthearted and endearing blend of comedy, drama, and romance. Quick-moving and thoroughly delightful."

    If you'd like read more, let me know. I'd be happy to send you a complimentary Kindle copy.

    Take care and happy running!


    Barbara Valentin

    1. Sounds like a fun read. I don't think this would work for the book club. The books are chosen mostly for inspiration; I've thrown in a few biographies of runners as well. I haven't included any fiction books.

      But I'd love to read it on my own and share a review on my blog!

    2. Excellent. Thanks, Wendy! I'd appreciate that. Would you prefer a paperback or Kindle copy?

  2. Your Facebook page is blocked to new "likes." :-(

  3. I love your blog! I just wanted to let you know that we featured you in a list of 100 best running blogs. You can find our article at the following link:

    We would appreciate it if you shared this with your readers, followers and fans.

  4. Hi Wendy,

    I was just checking my Google Analytics (something I too rarely do) and saw I had some traffic coming from you, so had to investigate. Thank you so much for including me in your sidebar on reading. It's so great of you to include that on you page and I appreciate your willingness to share and help others. I'm not a runner, but still recognize how committed you are and what a great site you've created around running as well as other parts of your life. Bravo!

    1. Thank you for reaching out! I love to read and I so appreciate your thoughtful book reviews! Happy to send my readers your way.