Thanks, Mile High City!


On June 5, Val and Jo celebrated WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS with emcee Kim Constaninesco, founder of, Renee Ostertag, All American track star and founder of Body Mind Physical Therapy — at the Mutiny Information Cafe in Denver. Thanks, Kim and Renee, for sharing your stories with us! (For more pictures, see these!)

Denver Celebration of LIONS & Sport Stories: Meet the Authors!

DSC_0876Hey Denver Friends!  Come join Kim Constantinesco, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of, for a lively
discussion with authors Valerie J. Gin and Jo Kadlecek as they talk about WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS, sports stories, TItle IX & what makes a champion.

Valerie & Jo will also do a short reading from their novel & sign copies of the book. Join us in celebrating the power of stories & #WomenInSports!!

Sunday, June 5, from 3-4 pm at the Mutiny Information Cafe in Downtown Denver!


A New Rave from Baseball Pro & National Radio Host Les Norman

Unknown-1A new rave from Les Norman, former Jr. Olympic Gold Medalist, MLB outfielder, TV analyst & syndicated sports radio host (who recently interviewed Val & Jo on his show, “Breakin’ the Norm”):


“As an AVID sports fan and voracious reader, I search for compelling stories that will both move my heart and have the potential to change the world.  I found those very things in WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS!  I laughed, cried, grew angry at injustice, and cheered with joy. This is not only a book about the champion spirit that lies within female athletes, but the athlete in general . . .

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Champions Get a Book About Champions


RUSoccer PicturePresident Kina Mallard (far right) of Reinhardt University in Waleska, GA, honored the Lady Eagles Soccer team by giving each player a signed copy of LIONS. What a fantastic way to celebrate their undefeated season and team GPA of 3.25!

Can’t wait to hear what the Eagles think of the Lions!  Thanks, Dr. Mallard, for supporting women’s sports and their stories. Congrats, Eagles!

LIONS and A Literary Light

JoAMSmith (1)Alexander McCall Smith, the delightful & prolific novelist best known for his bestselling series “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” recently spoke at a literary event in Australia that Jo attended. After he signed one of his new books for Jo, she asked if she could give him WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS. Not only did he say, “Yes, Please!”, he asked her to sign it, take a picture together and said he’d be reading it on the plane home to Scotland! (Jo got a little excited about this, as you can see in the pic!)  Thank you, Mr. McCall Smith, for such generosity of spirit!