Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Running Against Traffic by Gaelen VanDenbergh

Join Gaelen VanDenbergh, author of the contemporary women's fiction novel, Running Against Traffic, as she tours the blogosphere September 2 - Septembe 27, 2013 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!


Paige Scott spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding in her crumbling marriage to wealthy David Davenport. When David suddenly thrusts her into a remote, impoverished world, Paige is forced to face the betrayals of her past - not to mention the colorful townies of her present. Unexpected friendships and her discovery of running propel her on a jagged and comical journey toward learning how to truly live.

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I am a writer, runner, reader, compulsive list-maker, mother and zookeeper (it feels like it, anyway). I grew up in Philadelphia, moved around a bit – Maine, Boston, NYC, back to Philly – and I have lived here for the past twelve years. I live with my husband and daughter, a fat cat, several fish, and a one-eyed dog.


My Review
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I began reading Running Against Traffic by Gaelen VanDenbergh.  I knew I was intrigued by the description of the story and by the title, after a hard day at work I sometimes feel as if just living life can be like running against traffic.  I wasn’t expecting to find myself falling in love with almost all of her characters (except for David Davenport, Paige’s soon to be ex), the dialogue and her descriptions of a small Pennsylvania town. 

Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Paige Scott Davenport has spent her time not really participating in life.  Married, but pretty much ignoring her husband, Paige is surprised when he drives her to a house “they’ve purchased” in the country, dumps her and her luggage off at the house, and tells her he’s done and drives off.  Unprepared to live life on her own, and not even knowing what it takes to live life, Paige finds herself faced with having to get to know herself.

Both the primary character and the book's only point of view, we get Paige's story as she comes face to face with the fact she’s never really done anything in her life.  She can’t cook or clean, and has no employment experience.  Realizing she’s going to need money for food, and liquor to drown her sorrows and anger, Paige manages to get a job with the local attorney answering her phone.  He’s also going to handle her divorce. 

Ms. VanDenbergh lets us get to know Paige as she begins to face her life and how she’s gotten to be where she is.  As Paige gets to know the people in town, and gets talked into taking two roommates, Al and Bryce, who’ll work on fixing her house, she begins to spread her wings.  Soon Paige finds herself running daily which helps to free her mind and help her get in touch with her emotions.  She realizes she’s attracted to Al and finds herself caring for Bryce as a substitute mother.  She also gets in touch with her anger, her pain and all of the emotions she’s kept buried deep inside. 

Will Paige make peace with her new life and learn to embrace whatever comes next?  Will she let her attraction to Al become something more than just an attraction?  You’ll have to read Running Against Traffic to find out.  I enjoyed it and can’t wait to read Running in Circles, the next book which will tackle Paige’s ongoing journey in life.  

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns

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blog tour schedule
Tuesday, September 3 - Book featured at One Page at a Time
Wednesday, September 4 - Book featured at Margay Leah Justice
Thursday, September 5 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Thursday, September 5 - Book featured at Miki's Hope
Friday, September 6 - Book featured at Icefairy's Treasure Chest
Monday, September 9 - Book featured at Sweeping Me
Tuesday, September 10 - 1st chapter reveal at Books and Needlepoint
Wednesday, September 11 - Book featured at Soctrates Book Reviews
Thursday, September 12 - Guest blogging at Storeybook Reviews
Friday, September 13 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Friday, September 13 - Book featured at Mom Loves 2 Read
Monday, September 16 - Guest blogging at The Writer's Life
Monday, September 16 - Book featured at The Self Taught Cook
Tuesday, September 17 - Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz
Tuesday, September 17 - Book featured at Libby's Library
Wednesday, September 18 - Book featured at Mary's Cup of Tea
Wednesday, September 18 - 1st chapter reveal at Reader Girls
Thursday, September 19 - Interviewed at I'm Shelf-ish
Thursday, September 19 - Guest blogging and 1st chaper reveal at Ali's Books
Friday, September 20 - Book featured at Confessions of a Reader
Monday, September 23 - Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts
Monday, September 23- Guest blogging at Crystal's Many Reviews
Tuesday, September 24 - Book featured at Jody's Book Reviews
Tuesday, September 24 - 1st chapter reveal at Literary Winner
Tuesday, September 24 - Book reviewed at Queen of All She Reads
Wednesday, September 25 - Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, September 25 - Book reviewed at Ramblings of a Book Lunatic
Wednesday, September 25 - 1st chapter reveal at Sarah Ballance
Thursday, September 26 - 1st chapter reveal at moonlightreader
Thursday, September 26 - Book featured at My Cozie Corner
Friday, September 27 - Book reviewed at All Grown Up?
Friday, September 27 - Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
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FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of Running Against Traffic in exchange for a fair and honest review.  I did not receive any additional compensation for my opinion of the reading material provided. 


  1. Love the cover of this one and, after reading your review, I'm very intrigued by the story told in Running Against Traffic. I'm a big fan of books where there is a lot of self-discovery and personal growth of a character(s).

    Congratulations on the release Gaelen!

  2. Yep....you sold me. I'm totally buying this when I get paid! can't wait!