Friday, May 24, 2013

Guest Post by Joselyn Vaughn

Joselyn Vaugn is a fellow author, and she's doing an incredible thing. Her newest book is about a runner and the his dreams of running the Boston Marathon. She wrote it long before the marathon bombings, but when she heard the horrific news, she had an idea.

She would give a portion of her royalties to the fund for the victims and their families. How amazing is that?! Check it out:

When I heard about the bombings at the Boston Marathon, I couldn’t—pretty much anything. I was stunned. Who would do that?
 Two people I knew were running there: a college teammate and a man from my husband’s work. I flipped between social media and news sites, trying to learn enough about what happened to know if they were safe. After a couple hours, the messages came through that they were okay, one of them having finished the race only minutes before the explosions.
 I had cheerfully anticipated the Boston Marathon this year. My next book, Climbing Heartbreak Hill, features an elite runner who has never been able to conquer this marathon. I was excited that I knew people running in the historic event. In those few hours all that changed. How could I release a book so closely tied to a fresh tragedy?
 Then I had an idea – maybe the book could help those whose lives were forever altered simply because they chose to support their family or friends in one of the ultimate challenges to mind and spirit. A portion of my proceeds from Climbing Heartbreak Hill will go the One Fund for Boston to help those injured recover. I hope that in a year we will hear about some of these people completing their first 5k, a mile, or even a few steps.
Proving that nothing can defeat a runner’s spirit. Run on.

Professional runner, Ryan Grant, blows out his knee training for another attempt at the Boston marathon and the dreaded Heartbreak Hill. Ryan retreats home, not looking for anything more than a fast recovery, but he finds solace in the arms of his tax preparer, Tara Mansfield.
Tara’s cheerleading career ended abruptly and she faces an upward climb beating the stereotype as dumb blonde in her new calling as an accountant. Framed with defrauding the IRS during the last weeks of the tax season, Tara’s tentative confidence is shaken, but Ryan coaches her in ensnaring the true perpetrator. She cheers him on in discovering his identity as a coach rather than an athlete.
With the help of the junkyard king and a mechanical bull, can Tara and Ryan find the courage to climb Heartbreak Hill together?

Want to help? Here is the link to her charity:
The One Fund/Boston 2013

Buy Climbing Heartbreak Hill:
Astraea Press

Contact Links:
Twitter: @joselynvaughn


  1. Congrats to Joselyn. Yeah. Boston.

  2. Donna, thanks so much for stopping by.

    Wendy, thanks for hosting me!

  3. I'm about halfway through this book, and it's great! There's the humor that Joselyn is famous for, as well as a little bit of mystery. Great book!