I can't remember if she found me first or if I found her. All I know is that I was immediately impressed. A Packer loving, eco friendly, Wisconsin mother of three boys. She is Melissa from Green Girl in Wisconsin.
The more I read her blog the more she inspires me. She is such a wonderful mother. Outdoorsy and fun, involved and strong. I love reading about her wonderful boys and their adventures in the woods behind their house. And I'm always awed at all of her efforts and ideas on how to save the world. I have her to thank for getting me to buy my favorite reusable grocery bags. Such a little step, yet I am grateful beyond belief. She has me thinking about gardening and composting in ways that I never had before. More, I can do that, rather than, that is cool for everyone else. And for God's sake, she is a freaking 2nd degree black belt in karate. A serious ass kicker. Could I be more envious or impressed? I love her. And guess what else she did. She wrote a book.
Of course when I heard that I wanted to be one of the first to read it.
Whipped, Not Beaten is such a fun, witty book. I wish I would have saved it for my trip to Oklahoma. It is the perfect book to read on a three hour layover in Chicago, but I just couldn't wait that long to crack it open.
Sadie Davis is craving change. Recently dumped and working for a boss she despises, she is determined to shake up her life as a single woman in the city of Madison. She takes a side job as a home party consultant selling kitchenware, hoping that it will be the spice that turns her life around. Through failed recipes and cold ovens, Sadie works to create something that’s a bit sweeter, a lot richer, and oh, so very delicious.
A book about a single woman living in Madison? I can relate to that! There were so many parts of the book that I just said "YES!" to, remembering my single days in Madison. I love the mention of specific bars and places I went to and places I'd loved. It made me feel I was in the story.
I am so proud of Melissa. She is such an inspiration in so many ways. Every time I read a book like this I think, "I should really write a book!" It inspires me. It drives me. Then I realize I don't have a storyline. Or anything to write about. Or anything witty to say. Or a writing degree. Okay, forget it. I won't write a book. But it is still inspiring.
If you are looking for a fun, witty book to read pick up Whipped, Not Beaten.
And if you want a FREE, fun, witty book to read just comment on this post. I have a copy of Whipped, Not Beaten that I am giving away. And if you absolutely can not wait for me to get back from vacation to draw your name for the giveaway go to Whipped, Not Beaten , and order your own copy.
Way to go, Melissa!!!!!