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Running Lean- Diana L. Sharples

She’s holding on with everything she has…
in hopes he’ll never let her go.

*** Special THANK YOU to BookLook for providing me with a review copy.***


Diana Sharples lives in north Georgia with her husband and teenage daughter, along with a house full of pets. She started writing stories when quite young and finished her first novel at age thirteen. Life intruded and bills had to be paid, but in the late 80s she returned to school and earned a degree in communication design/illustration from the Atlanta College of Art. She pursued a career in science fiction/fantasy illustration and won numerous awards for her work, which appeared on a magazine cover in Great Britain and in the pages of a gaming manual. She worked for a number of years on a never-ending elvish soap-opera-novel, receiving feedback and mentoring from several published authors in the speculative fiction genre. However, she changed career tracks in 2001, after accepting Christ as her Savior.

Writing and occasionally creating artwork for the Lord has proved to be more personally gratifying than all of her previous efforts. Looking forward into the world her daughter would soon enter, in 2005 Diana began writing contemporary fiction for teens. She founded a successful critique group for other young adult and middle grade writers, and her novels were finalists and winning entries in several competitions. Her first published novel, Running Lean, will be available from Zondervan Books in 2013.

Combining her love of illustration with her writing, Diana is creating a series of Manga-style videos for Youtube, based on her novella, When Pigs Fly.

In addition to writing and creating art, Diana loves riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle around the mountains of north Georgia and beyond. She volunteers with her church youth program, doing crazy stuff like dancing onstage wearing 80s garb and a purple-streaked Duran Duran-style hairdo, and chaperoning 45 teenagers through the New York subway system on an urban mission trip.



That’s what Stacey and Calvin found in each other.

He is as solid as his beloved vintage motorcycle and helps quiet the constant clamor in Stacey’s mind.

She is a passionate, creative spirit—and a lifeline after Calvin’s soldier brother dies.

But lately the balance is off.

Calvin’s grief is taking new forms.

Voices of self-loathing are dominating Stacey’s life.

When struggles with body image threaten her health, Calvin can’t bear to lose another person that he loves.

Taking action may destroy their relationship, but the alternative could be much more costly.


I am so in love with Diana Sharples’ “Running Lean” and her lovely characters, Calvin and Stacey!
This is one of my fave reads this year!
I found myself totally caught up in this story…fretting over Stacey’s eating disorder and how best to help her… and grieving for Calvin and his family over the loss of his brother.
Running Lean is so full of emotion, love, family dynamics, friendship, and the complicated lives of teenagers.
When someone I love is struggling, I often want to jump in and fix it all up….but this story is a wonderful reminder to me that sometimes the greatest expression of love and concern isn’t saying all the right words, but listening, loving and just “being there”.

*****5/5 STARS- 2014 FAVE; I LOVE IT; GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!*****


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