Tuesday, February 21, 2017

{Spotlight} The Girl at the Bar By Nicholas Nash

Girl at the Bar
Nicholas Nash
Thriller, Suspense, Mystery

a brilliant cancer researcher, disappears after a one-night stand
with a neurotic man with a questionable past.
sudden disappearance in the midst of a high-stakes quest to cure
cancer between two rival billionaires sets into motion an
inexplicable chain of events as the bodies start to pile up.
one knows why she disappeared. The race to find answers ensnares
everyone around her, one of whom is a deeply disturbed psychopath
lurking in the shadows.
Rebecca still alive? What happened to her? Who did it? And why?
Questions about her vex everyone looking for answers. No one can be
trusted and no one is above suspicion…

 Please join Quill & Ink
Book Tours in supporting Nicholas Nash's debut release, 

The Girl at
the Bar. 


Nash is the exciting new author of The Girl At The Bar, a
psychological thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a
brilliant cancer researcher and the quest to find what happened to
her. Nicholas resides in the concrete jungle of Manhattan in New York
City with his wife and three children and enjoys every moment of it.
An accomplished finance professional, he has a passion for reading
fiction and non-fiction books which inspired him to write an
intriguing thriller. Nicholas hopes you enjoy his work.
can be reached at:

{Recipe} No Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites: Little balls of energy
I found this recipe on the great and might Pinterest, then tweaked it. So far everyone who has tried these likes them, this includes the kidlets. Their super easy to make and a great little pick me up in the afternoon.

  • 1 cup quaker old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup trail mix (unsalted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Put everything in a bowl and mix well.
  • Place in fridge for 30 mins
  • Remove from fridge and roll into small balls. Place in an airtight container, will keep for about a week.

Makes 19 balls/ servings at 99 calories a ball/serving.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Cup of...

Welcome to Sunday Cup of... grab your favorite beverage and visit with me for a bit.
Sunday Cup of... is a combination post featuring, 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
and the Book Blog Hop hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer.
I share my week, what's going on around the blog, and what books I'm reading or have finished.

I really got nothing this week, other than my cold, which I thought I'd gotten rid of is back with a vengeance. 

All links go to Goodread pages

So I re-bought most of the Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper series as audio books so I can listen to them at work. It's kinda weird as I'm reading the newest book in the series and listening to book 4 of the series. 

Watching Season 6

Started watching the new the season.

I'm also joining the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer. Every week they will pop a question that you answer. Post your answer to your blog, and enter your post to the linky provided. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

This weeks question:

Can you read and watch TV or listen to the radio at the same time? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

Totally... er I can totally zone out all those things when I'm reading. I have a bad habit of multitasking, so yeah the tv or radio might be on when I've reading but I completely zone it out and usually anyone in the room. It's a bad habit I learned young. My parents had a lot of "friends" who came over all hours so I sort of learned how to zone out or maybe fall into my book. 

So that's it for this week, hope you'll stop by next Sunday. Have a great week!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

#FitReader Weekly Update

I'll be sharing on...
Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin
and linking up with Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and Angela from Marathons & Motivation

I'm going to start with some good news for once, DK bought me a pair of Fila running shoes for Valentines. Ok he also got me chocolates, and a small pocket knife for hiking. He knows me so well.

In other news I might have jumped the gun my cold is back with a vengeance. I think it's my own fault though. I ended up staying home from work Monday due to several things. Since DK has been sick, with the same thing only about 10 times worst, I figured I'd be nice and burn off some frustrations by shoveling the driveway. We do not have a small drive, it's about the length of two F150's nose to bumper and the width of two side by side. It took me an hour and forty five minutes, to completely clean up, and by the time I was done I was sweating in my snow gear. Probably not the brightest thing to do. Right now the symptoms are above the neck, so I'm going to try and soldier on.

More good news I managed to eat over 2000 calories 4 days this week. Although I think it was the chocolates that sent me over, but hey I'll take it. 

February Goals:
Keep up with Marathon training plan: 3/5 
Strength training once a week: 1/7 this week. (Shoveling snow totally counts as strength training)
Eat healthier: 7/7 
Hit at least 2000 calories everyday: 4/7
Walking to Mordor: 57.74 /1779 miles

Here's what I did this week...
2/11/17: Lazy
2/12/17:  Ran 2.01 miles in 30:50
2/13/17: Ran 2.18 miles in 31:44 mins
60:45 mins of snow shoveling
14 mins of Yoga
2/14/17: Rest
2/15/17: Nada
2/16/17: Nada
2/17/17: 3 hours of grocery shopping

Friday, February 17, 2017

{Spotlight} Exit Signs by Patrice Locke

Patrice Locke
Romantic Comedy

Tracy Price is trying to find a dead writer and forget a live
star Jesse Elliot is sure Tracy is demented, and she believes he
wouldn’t recognize the truth in a lineup of Bibles. Their only hope
is to stop trying to read each other’s minds and start speaking
their own.
who has ever had a crush, felt betrayed, or been forgiven will
appreciate Tracy's struggle to claim the life she never knew she

Jesse lunged toward
me. It was too late. I had already launched. He reached out but
didn’t connect. Instead, I broke the trajectory of my upper body by
grabbing him at chest level and sliding down. He was pushed backward
into the table, which stabilized our ungainly host-parasite tableau.
He softened my landing so that physically I was fine, but my pride
was ready for intensive care. 
Heaped at his feet,
like a demented penitent, I hugged his knees, my face pressed flat
into his thighs. I might as well stay down. What’s worse? To
stand up and face you, or remain here, nestled between your legs?
What do you think?
Then, the finishing touch: I erupted into
nervous, snorting laughter. He guessed there was no serious injury. 
It’s nice to
see you, too. You are okay, aren’t you? Can you stand?” He
reached for my arms to unwrap them from his legs and help me up. I
jammed my eyelids together to conjure up a do-over, but no such
I would have to deal
with it. 
He held my elbows in
his hands. “I guess we were both in a hurry to see each other.” 
I do appreciate
your attempt to lighten the mood, but you are standing SO close. I
can feel your body heat. Or is that mine? By the way, you smell tart
and fresh, like a lime.
I stared at his
shoulder. My dignity meter was stuck on empty. 
greeting. Thanks for that.” He was blatantly amused. 
It was nothing.”
I stepped backward to regain a semblance of independence. Don’t
mock me. But, you did go to all the trouble to bring your hair. And
your eyes. I might forgive you for witnessing my disgrace. That

a journalist, Patrice Locke wrote a lot of stories with unhappy and
even tragic endings.
are facts, and a writer doesn't mess with facts.
fiction is another world. Patrice began writing novels, where she can
control the endings and make them as happy as she wants. The best
thing about fiction, she says, is having time to think before her
characters speak, so they can say the things most of us only come up
with after the perfect moment has passed.
loves to write, read, and watch romantic comedies where life always
turns out the way it should. Her only obsessive relationships are
with semicolons and Oxford commas.
she doesn't like to brag, Patrice is an award-winning artist. She won
a gold and diamond watch when she was 13 for decorating a turkey
drumstick bone to look like Batman. Alas, that was her last
recognition in the fine arts.
lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not far from her daughter Kaitlin,
eight hours from her son Trevor, and way too many miles from amazing
grandsons Alexander and Zackary.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

{Spotlight} Sweet Southern Hearts by Susan Schild

Sweet Southern Hearts
Author: Susan Schild
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Contemporary Women's Fiction

Susan Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat
Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, for a humorous,
heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and

When it comes to marriage, third time’s
the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s thrilled to be on her honeymoon
with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome veterinarian. But just like
the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades her to take,
newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.

twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the
perfect stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag
along on the first week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew
women “of a certain age” could drum up so much trouble? No sooner
is Linny sighing with relief at being back home than she’s helping
her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an unexpected
legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever
imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s
that there’s always room for another sweet surprise…

Susan has an undergraduate degree from James
Madison University and a master’s degree (MSW) from The University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her professional
background as a psychotherapist and corporate trainer to add
authenticity to her characters.

Susan is a wife, a stepmother,
and a dog lover. She and her family live near Raleigh, North Carolina
where she is busy finishing up the third novel in the Willow Hill

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