RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Connie Ciampanelli

Each day this month, meet a Rhode Island author! Comment on this blog post for a chance to win our Grand Prize (a $200 Amazon gift card) or our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card). Some authors are giving away books, too – your comment enters you into their drawing as well. (See details at the bottom of this page)

Journey to 10K: Adventures of an Older Novice Runner
In 2012, I celebrated my 60th birthday by running a 5K for the first time in my life. Never an athlete, I followed the Josh Clark Couch to 5K® designed especially for beginners. Journey to 10K: Adventures of an Older Novice Runner, my first book, is the story of how I achieved my dream. Written as I went along, it illustrates the successes and failures, good and bad runs, and discouragement and elation that I experienced.

I wrote this book to encourage others who embark on similar journeys. With desire and determination, anyone in good health can succeed in achieving their running goals.

If Connie’s story inspires you, you could win a copy of her book! Comment on this blog post for a chance to win, and your comment also enters you into the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.

Connie Ross Ciampanelli is a writer from North Providence, Rhode Island.  She earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts, majoring in English, from Rhode Island College. She has been married for 43 years to Anthony Ciampanelli and is the mother of two grown sons and grandmother of two. Connie worked for 14 years at La Salle Academy in Providence and is now happily retired.

In addition to writing, Connie is a voracious reader. She enjoys cooking and baking. For nearly 40 years she has been an enthusiastic needle-worker, specializing in sampler reproduction. She has an abiding passion for animals. At this time, Connie and Tony have two cats of their own, Mercedes and Nelle, and all the Ciampanellis’ cats that have crossed the rainbow bridge were rescues.

Connie’s first book, Journey to 10K: Adventures of an Older Novice Runner, is the story of her starting to run at age 59 through completing a half marathon to celebrate her 63rd birthday.

In 2008, a black male feral cat appeared at Connie’s back door. Surviving the odds, he was to return many times over the course of nearly 12 years and gained a large internet fan base. Tony and Connie named him Bartholomew Thomas Katt. Connie’s second book, Bart the Mysterious: A True Story, is about those 12 miraculous years. It is expected to be released in 2020.

You can leave a comment on each day’s blog post during November, for up to 30 chances to win. Daily giveaways by authors will be drawn one week after publication. The author will contact the winner to coordinate delivery. Grand Prize and Bonus Prize will be drawn and announced on December 8.

27 thoughts on “RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Connie Ciampanelli

  1. I had the pleasure of meeting Connie at the Rhode Island Author Expo. Her author table was right next to mine. I bought her book as a Christmas gift for my cousin who had recently started to run in marathons (in her early fifties). It was the perfect gift!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. This is Awesome, good for you! 🙂 I think that we can achieve pretty much what we want, it just takes will. Have a Great rest of the week and stay safe. God Bless you and your family.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Congratulations on your running achievement. Impressive. I used to run but with painful arthritis, I’ve had to stop running and fast walking. I use a cane, but I’m still active in my garden with the assistance of my cane/walking stick. I love cats. We have several feral cats that likes to nap in our garden. A neighbor feeds them. I always look out for them. I will have to get your book about Bartholomew.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Bonnie, thank you. We adjust with whatever obstacles we face and move on, move forward. Your positive outlook is inspriing.
      Believe it or not, before we took in our first stray in 1991 I was terrified of animals. My husband and sons taught me how to “read” cats, and that first cat, Shim, turned me around 180 degrees.
      Life is good.
      Take care.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh, my, Phyllis, thank you! I got a late start in mother-in-lawhood as well as in becoming a grandmother. At sixty-eight, I am grateful for my family and my lot in life.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Congratulations! Running at any age isn’t easy. I have three kids and all three ran/run Cross Country and Track n Field. My oldest did it in high school and 4 years in college. He now suffers so much knee pain that its hard for him to even exercise. My next did it up to his Junior year. My youngest started when she was 12yrs old. After her second 5k she was moved to varsity and has been there last three years. She has made it to state all three years in both Cross Country and Track. She runs 5k’s in town as well. For last two years she has been first female to finish in the CandyLand 5k. Running 5k takes endurance, determination, and definitely not something you just wake up and decide to do. Hats off to you!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you, Tashia. Due to a couple of injuries and one fall too many I can no longer run, but I did not go back to the couch! I remain active.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Oh looking foward to reading Journey to 10K ! I am hoping it will inspire me to get moving !
    And look foward to also reading your book ” Bart The Mysterious ” put it on my to read list !

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jackie, if I, a lifelong couch potato, can do it, you can, too.
      As for Bart, I guarantee you will fall in love with this mysterious feline. He was quite to boy.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s