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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

{Book Review} Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated by Dana L. Ayers


Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated
by Dana L. Ayers
Publisher:  Difference Press
Release: August 29th 2015 by
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Running, memoirs
How I got it: Received a copy from the author

Witty, observant, and full of cringe-worthy confessions and heartwarming encouragement, Confessions celebrates both running and life.

Part Bridget Jones, part Forrest Gump, Dana Ayers chronicles her awkward mishaps and adventures in transitioning from childhood bookworm to accidental accomplished athlete. Over the last ten years, Ayers has completed a vast array of races. She runs them all while admittedly not getting much faster, much thinner, or much more disciplined—though she has managed to be on national television, split open her pants, and get electrocuted. Ayers intersperses her hilarious yet relatable struggles with insights about how and why she keeps running.

A self-proclaimed ambassador of slow runners, Ayers has completed dozens of endurance challenges, including Tough Mudder, the Ragnar Relay, Muddy Buddy, Warrior Dash, Run Amuck, the Army Ten-Miler, the Country Music Marathon, and many more mud runs, obstacles courses, and races. Her race descriptions will entertain seasoned runners and non-runners alike. Woven into the chaos of her running adventures is compassionate reassurance for anyone who feels like they aren’t fast enough, athletic enough, or strong enough to finish a tough race.

Though told with humor, Confessions’ stories share an underlying theme of Ayers’ serious reverence for the sport of running and the running community. Ayers describes experiences such as participating in a 1,000-mile relay for Boston Marathon bombing victims, and being overcome by emotion while observing wounded veterans struggling to finish a race. Her stories prove how life-enriching it can be to physically fight for something and to cheer on others who are doing the same.

For anyone who has considered trying a marathon, an obstacle race, or simply taking up running for the first time, Ayers is your ambassador. If she can do it, you can too.


Review: As someone who enjoys running yet struggles with calling herself a runner, this book was right up my alley. I could relate with her as she told stories of her runs and races. I found myself nodding and laughing along as she told of her trials and tribulations. Yet it wasn't all fun and games, I empathized with her as she talked of the Boston Bombing and the relay for the victims. The way she described the running community made me long for more running friends that lived nearby.
Reading of how she struggled gave me the motivation I needed to run. Learning I wasn't alone in how I felt about my abilities and the doubts I have was wonderful. Her writing style was witty and humorous, poking fun at herself and telling it like it is.
Ms Ayers has written a wonderful book for anyone interested in running or needs motivation to run. I'm pretty sure I will find myself returning to this book anytime I need a little running pick me up.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Cup Of... #20

Sunday Cup of... is a mash up of 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
Mailbox Monday Located at Mailbox Monday
Weekly Workout Recap Hosted by Run Megan Run
And Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin
Basically it's a weekly post where I talk about books, weekly workouts, bloggy things, and possibly not so bloggy things. It'll be a weekly wrap up / news bulletin type deal. Sound good? If you want to link to your own week feel free to post in the comments.



If you celebrate happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope your all loving having a long weekend to relax and hopefully enjoy the nice weather, like we are. Summer has hit with a vengeance, and I'm not complaining. We're hitting 80 degree days and I'm loving the warm, sunny weather. I will be outside as much as possible before having to go back to working in the bikini mines. DK mowed a path for me around the half acre between our place and his grandmother's so I can run and not have to worry about creepers on the road. Now I just have to worry about snakes and ticks. Eww!!!




The Fit Reader section is going to combine my weekly exercise workout and the Fit Reader post.

This week was not a good one for working out. Apparently the stars didn't align right, or something. I need to come up with a new workout schedule as schedules around here have been shifting. It seems like something keeps coming up, making my tiny window of time after work even smaller. Although now with the path outside I might be able to do more. 

5/22/16: 18 mins Kickboxing/ Barre workout
5/23/16: Rest
5/24/16: Wasn't able to workout
5/25/16: Wasn't able to workout
5/26/16: Wasn't able to workout
5/27/16: Ran 1.44 miles in 20:19 min on Hill Repeats (first time trying hill repeats)
5/28/16: Ran 1.51 miles in 21:46 mins on Tramp




This was a very light week, blogging wise. I've been playing catch up this weekend, since it's got an extra day. I've also been scheduling out some reviews and what-not.



All links go to Goodreads pages

In my mailbox...
Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley
Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running by Rachel Toor 

Email...
Colony of the Lost by Derik Cavignano 


What I'm Reading...
Karma's A Bitch (A Pet Psychic Mystery #1) by Shannon Esposito
Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum #15) by Janet Evanovich
Harley Quinn Vol. 4: A Call to Arms (Harley Quinn II #4) by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin (Illustrator)
Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Finished:
The Unspeakable Crimes of Dr. Petiot by Thomas Maeder
The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor Marie Ingram

So that's it for this week, hope you'll stop by next Sunday. If you like this idea, go ahead and make your own Sunday Cup of... post, no link back needed. I know some folks commented on the button, you're welcome to use it if you want. Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teaser is from Confessions of an Unlikely Runner
"Pro tip: Running makes you feel fierce. Be prepared to strut when you return from a run. Or, depending on how sore you are, at least be prepared to waddle with attitude."




Thursday, May 19, 2016

{Book Review} The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor

The Spirit Chaser
by Kat Mayor
Publisher: self
Released: November 13th 2015
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Paranormal Romance
How I got it: NetGalley

Some places are too evil. Some places should be left alone.

Austin Cole has it made. Star of the hit television show Spirit Chaser Investigations, he has become the world’s most famous paranormal investigator. Although hard work, a talented investigation team, and favorable genetics have something to do with it, it’s his lack of fear and willingness to take risks no one else will that make Spirit Chaser Investigations cable’s number-one show. When a ghost-hunt-gone-wrong seriously injures his best friend and lead psychic, Austin is forced to find a replacement for a team member he considers irreplaceable.

Casey Lawson can’t catch a break. She’s been on her own since she turned eighteen and is scraping by as a part-time psychic and cashier at a New Age store. When a desperate Austin Cole calls her up and offers her a position on his team, has her fortune finally changed?

He’s a control freak; she’s stubborn and opinionated. It takes time, but when they finally realize they’re working on the same side, everything clicks, both on and off screen.

Just when things are looking up, a new threat emerges. Over the years, Austin has angered plenty of demons, and one of them has set her sights on him. Now he’s the one in danger, and it’s up to the team to rescue him from the riskiest investigation of their lives.

Review: This was just what I was looking for.
Casey hasn't had the greatest luck, she's currently making a living as a part-time psychic and cashier at a friends store. Barely eking by and drowning in debt she is taken by surprise when a long time friend recommends her to Austin as a talented psychic. Austin is in need of a psychic for his TV show Spirit Chaser  Investigation after his friend and current psychic is possessed and refuses to come back. With reservations he calls Casey, and hires her. Casey is unprepared for what she has signed up for, not only on the job but off.
This was a great mix of horror, romance, and a little mystery. The plot was engaging, I was pulled in from the first chapter and was a little sad when it ended. Casey and Austin have there issues at first but once they start working together the sparks really start to fly. The book is a roll-a-coster ride of emotions as Austin and Casey figure out where they stand and as things heat up. I will say I felt Casey was a bit of a tease in the beginning of the book, we do learn why later so I forgive her.
My biggest complaint about the book was the head hopping, a couple times I got a disoriented and wasn't sure who the POV was in. Other than that I loved the book and will be looking for more books from this author.


Monday, May 16, 2016

{Book Review} Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen A. Miller

Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport
by Jen A. Miller
Publisher: Seal Press
Released: March 22nd 2016 by
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Memoirs, Running, Love
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

Jen Miller has fallen in and out of love, but no man has been there for her the way running has.

In Running: A Love Story, Jen tells the story of her lifelong relationship with running with wit, thoughtfulness, and brutal honesty. Jen first laces up her sneakers in high school, when, like many people, she sees running as a painful part of conditioning for other sports. But when she discovers early in her career as a journalist that it helps her clear her mind, focus her efforts, and achieve new goals, she becomes hooked for good.

Jen, a middle-of-the-pack but tenacious runner, hones her skill while navigating relationships with men that, like a tricky marathon route, have their ups and downs, relying on running to keep her steady in the hard times. As Jen pushes herself toward ever-greater challenges, she finds that running helps her walk away from the wrong men and learn to love herself while revealing focus, discipline, and confidence she didn’t realize she had.

Relatable, inspiring, and brutally honest, Running: A Love Story, explores the many ways that distance running carves a path to inner peace and empowerment by charting one woman’s evolution in the sport.

Review: I devoured this book. It was one of those where if I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about reading it. I don't usually read this type of book, memoirs just aren't my thing, but the blurb caught my attention.
Ms Miller's story is inspiring and I could identify with many of the things she talked about. As she talked about growing up in a New Jersey suburb it took me back to growing up in small town NY, riding bikes, balling ball, etc. Following her trials and tribulations as she navigated growing up, going to college, etc I was able to relate and feel for her. I became invested in her story, wanting to know how she dealt with relationships and hardships. As a runner myself I got how she felt trying to drive away the mental pain with physical because I've been there. Her story struck a chord with me as I think it will with many women who have had turbulent lives.
I was inspired by her tenacity and dedication to running even when she felt it let her down she chose to keep at it. I enjoyed reading about how Ms Miller took something she hated at first and turned it into not only a passion but a career. I have to say that even if you don't run, hate sports and would rather curl up on the couch reading you should still get this book. It's a wonderful inspiring, heart wrenching, and powerful read.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

{Book Review} The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes

The Michigan Murders
by Edward Keyes
Publisher: Open Road Media
Released: April 19th 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: True Crime
How I got it: NetGalley

An Edgar Award Nominee: The terrifying true story of savage murders, a terrorized midwestern town, and the serial killer who could have lived next door

 In 1967, during the time of peace, free love, and hitchhiking, nineteen-year-old Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen alive walking home to her apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One month later, her naked body—stabbed over thirty times and missing both feet and a forearm—was discovered, partially buried, on an abandoned farm. A year later, the body of twenty-year-old Joan Schell was found, similarly violated. Southeastern Michigan was terrorized by something it had never experienced before: a serial killer. Over the next two years, five more bodies were uncovered around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan. All the victims were tortured and mutilated. All were female students.

After multiple failed investigations, a chance sighting finally led to a suspect. On the surface, John Norman Collins was an all-American boy—a fraternity member studying elementary education at Eastern Michigan University. But Collins wasn’t all that he seemed. His female friends described him as aggressive and short tempered. And in August 1970, Collins, the “Ypsilanti Ripper,” was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

Written by the coauthor of The French Connection, The Michigan Murders delivers a harrowing depiction of the savage murders that tormented a small midwestern town.

Review: This was a spine tingling read, even if all the names had been changed. This is the account of several murders spanning the late 60's, each gruesome and senseless. Seven young co-eds lost their lives to a serial killer in Southeastern Michigan. I am interested in true crime and had never heard of these cases, so I found this book extremely interesting.
I thought Mr Keyes did a wonderful job researching the cases and providing readers with all the information. Starting with the first murder and crafting a detailed story leading us to the arrest and conviction of John Norman Collins, called James Armstrong in the book. In this story like many others of this genre, it was observation and diligent police work that led to the capture of this hideous person. As the book progresses we learn how James/John took pains to try and cover his tracks. It was interesting to read how forensics at that time worked and was used.
Over all this was a fascinating read, and if you are into true crime definitely check it out.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

{Spotlight} The Body in the Wardrobe by Katherine Hall Page

The Body in the Wardrobe

by Katherine Hall Page



The Body in the Wardrobe by Katherine Hall PageMinster’s wife, caterer, and part-time sleuth Faith Fairchild pairs up with Sophie Maxwell, last seen in Body in the Birches and now a newlywed living in historic Savannah, Georgia, where Sophie crosses paths with murder.
Attorney Sophie Maxwell has come to Savannah to be with her new husband, Will. But nothing throws cold water on a hot relationship faster than a dead body. Worse for Sophie, no one believes the body she knows she saw is real, Will is spending an awful lot of time in Atlanta on a case he claims is urgent, and she’s been tasked with house hunting for them with his former sweetheart, who Sophie can’t help but suspect wishes Sophie would return to her Yankee roots!
Fortunately, Sophie has a good friend in Faith Fairchild. With teenage Amy being bullied by mean girls and husband Tom contemplating a major life change that will affect all the Fairchilds, Faith is eager for distraction in the form of some sleuthing. In between discussions of newlywed agita, surprising Savannah customs and, of course, fabulous low country food, Faith and Sophie will pair up to unmask a killer!


Book Details:

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: April 26th 2016
Number of Pages: 256
ISBN: 0062439502 (ISBN13: 9780062439505)
Series: Faith Fairchild Mystery
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads

Author Bio:
Katherine Hall Page

Katherine Hall Page is the author of twenty-two previous Faith Fairchild mysteries, the first of which received the Agatha Award for best first mystery. The Body in the Snowdrift was honored with the Agatha Award for best novel of 2006. Page also won an Agatha for her short story “The Would-Be Widower.” The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic, she has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Macavity Award. She lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Deer Isle, Maine, with her husband.
Photograph by Jean Fogelberg

Catch Up with Katherine Hall Page -
author's website author's twitter author's facebook

Excerpt:

Her limbs were frozen in place as she stared down at the man, a dark shape against the rich colors of the Oriental carpet on the floor. It was impossible to believe. A body in the wardrobe?
She opened her mouth, took a deep breath, but couldn’t make a sound. And then as if a starter’s gun had gone off, she tore down the stairs and found herself in the kitchen, staring at a door she knew was locked. Just as all the doors were.
Her phone! She looked down at her bare legs. The phone was in the bedroom. She’d taken it out of her skirt. The skirt she was about to hang in the wardrobe. The wardrobe where the dead man had been. Waiting for her to open the door.
Think, Sophie, think! She snatched the landline receiver from the counter, punching in 9-1-1, turned the lock, and wrenched the door open, stumbling into the cool night air. Relief started to flood over her until she realized the killer could be hiding behind the stacks of lumber and bags of cement that filled that garden at the back of the house. Quickly she darted to the path surrounding the house and the gate beyond. She pushed down on the handle; it opened easily.
There was no front yard, only a small patch of ivy with a cast iron planter at the foot of the stairs leading to the front door. Gloria had filled the urn with red cyclamen, evergreens, and pinecones. Sophie moved across to the square and stood under a streetlight. No cars were passing and no one was on the sidewalks, although lights were on in most of the houses.
Her call was picked up. Listening to the voice on the other end saying “this call is being recorded,” Sophie struggled to clear her throat, finally gasping out, “There’s a dead man in my bedroom. He’s been stabbed.”
The remarkably calm-sounding woman on the line responded by asking Sophie’s name, the address, and if she was still inside the house. Sophie answered, her voice getting stronger. Her heart began to slow and her mind began to clear.
“Can you confirm the identity of the dead man?”
“No, I don’t know.” Her thoughts swirled again. Who was he? One of the crew working on the house? She was almost positive she had never seen him before, yet it had all happened so fast she hadn’t gotten more than a glimpse of his face.
“There is a squad car in your area and will be with you immediately,” the dispatcher said. “Are you alone?”
“Yes,” Sophie answered. “I’m alone.” Very alone.
But not for long.
Two police cars, lights flashing, pulled up. Officers wasted no time rushing into the house—through the back when Sophie told them she thought the front was locked. A female officer took Sophie into one of the cars and put a blanket around her. Sophie hadn’t realized she was shivering until she felt the warmth. She was able to answer questions—her name again and a description of the deceased—“At least six feet tall. Heavyset. Long dark hair. Greasy. Dark clothing. Maybe jeans.” She closed her eyes, trying to see it again. Not wanting to see it again.
“Can you describe the weapon?” The officer was busy taking notes.
“A knife with a long, thick black handle. I couldn’t see the blade. It was . . .” Sophie felt her throat close and stopped.
“That’s fine. You’re doing just fine, honey. Is there someone we can call? Family?”
Sophie almost laughed. An hysterical sort of laugh. Her accent had betrayed her. The question mark after “family” could have been drawn in the air with neon it was so vivid. She wasn’t from here.
“My husband is in Atlanta working. This is my mother-in-law’s house.”
Neighbors had gathered a safe distance away from the action. Sophie could see them in small knots speculating on what piece of Savannah news was unfolding. She was overwhelmed with fatigue. The fatigue that had haunted her since the night of the party. She wanted Will. Will, her husband, her beloved. And she wanted him now. Tears gathered in the corners of her eye and blurred the surreal scene outside the squad car window.
The door opened and the officer who had been the first to take off for the house slid next to Sophie.
“Mrs. Maxwell?”
Sophie wiped her eyes with her hand and sat up straight, clutching the blanket around her. “Yes?”
“You did say that the man fell out of the wardrobe in the bedroom at the top of the stairs in the front of the house?”
“Yes, I was putting my clothes away and he . . .” Her voice gave out again for a moment, but she regained it. “He came tumbling right out and I could see he was dead.”
The officer’s voice softened. “There’s no one in the house, dead or alive, darlin’.”


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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sunday Cup of... #17

Sunday Cup of... is a mash up of 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
Mailbox Monday Located at Mailbox Monday
Weekly Workout Recap Hosted by Run Megan Run
Basically it's a weekly post where I talk about books, weekly workouts, bloggy things, and possibly not so bloggy things. It'll be a weekly wrap up / news bulletin type deal. Sound good? If you want to link to your own week feel free to post in the comments. 


I am finally feeling good! Yay! I'm looking forward to the One Bad Mother 5K that I will be doing later today and I'll post about it tomorrow. 




The Fit Reader section is going to combine my weekly exercise workout and the Fit Reader post.
So my goal for this week was to eat better and I have been somewhat... ok so I like my pie... and Jelly Belly's. But I've been doing better.
5/1/16: 22 mins Yoga
5/2/16: 30 mins Running
10 mins Weightlifting
7 mins Yoga
5/3/16: 30 mins Running on treadmill 2.67 miles
5/4/16: Rest
5/5/16: 28 mins Running 2.2 miles on tramp
18 mins Yoga
5/6/16: 51:30 mins Running on Treadmill 5.71 miles
5/7/16: Rest


So here's a rehash of what was on the blog this week...
5/2/16: Motivation Monday
Flash Back My First 5k
{Book Review} The Agony That Remains: A Paranormal Investigation in America's Heartland by Brandon Callahan
5/3/16: Teaser Tuesday
5/4/16: {Workout Review} KettleToning ~ blend of toning, yoga & kettlebells with Tone It Up
5/5/16: {Book Review} Must Love Ghosts (Banshee Creek #1) by Ani Gonzalez
5/6/16: {Review} BSN Amino X BCAA mix




All links go to Goodreads pages

In my mailbox...
Nada


Email...
Nada


What I'm Reading...
Haunted (Harrison Investigation #1) by Heather Graham
Varney the Vampire; or, The Feast of Blood, Volume III by Thomas Peckett Prest
Dark Hollow Road (Taryn's Camera #3) by Rebecca Patrick-Howard 

Finished:
Griffith Tavern (Taryn's Camera #2) by Rebecca Patrick-Howard
Varney the Vampire, Volume II by Thomas Peckett Prest (Listening to)
Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen A. Miller
Jekyll Island (Taryn's Camera #5)by Rebecca Patrick-Howard

So that's it for this week, hope you'll stop by next Sunday. If you like this idea, go ahead and make your own Sunday Cup of... post, no link back needed. I know some folks commented on the button, you're welcome to use it if you want. Have a great week!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

{Book Review} Must Love Ghosts (Banshee Creek #1) by Ani Gonzalez

Must Love Ghosts (Banshee Creek #1)
by Ani Gonzalez
Publisher: FAC Publishing LLC
Released: February 2016
Genre: Fiction-Adult: Paranormal Romance
How I Got it: NetGalley

Seducing the Rational Skeptic...

Abby Reed believes in folk songs, faery tales, and ghosts, but she doesn’t believe in love. She lost her soulmate when her fiancĂ© died while deployed in Afghanistan, but she still has her music, her crazy spectre-filled town, and her pen-pal-slash-best-friend, Mike Stone. It's a good life and she's happy, but when Mike arrives in Banshee Creek after his last tour of duty in Afghanistan, Abby starts to have doubts, about music, ghosts and, most importantly...love.

Like a good soldier, Mike Stone follows the rules, and Rule #1 is: Don't Fall For Your Buddy's Fiancée. His relationship with Abby has been strictly platonic, and will remain that way, if he has anything to say about it. But when he arrives in Banshee Creek, a town where the impossible is an everyday occurrence, he'll find out that sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Review: I thought this was a cute read. Abby and Mike have been friends for awhile. Mike friend zones Abby because she was his best friend's fiancee, but said friend has been dead for two years. Charged with an important mission to deliver something special to Abby, he ends up in Banshee Creek.
Sparks fly when these two come together.
I really enjoyed this story. The plot moves along at a good clip combining a little paranormal, a little humor and some romance. The characters were likeable and I loved how they interacted. The paranormal investigating biker club was a nice touch. I will say the ending was a bit of a tease, not a cliffhanger exactly but a tease none the less. Lets just say I added the rest of this series to my Amazon wish list.
Overall a fun romantic read.



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser is from Running a love story: 10 years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life changing sport
"A full marathon? Please. I could barely run 2 miles without being killed by a lawn mower."

Monday, May 2, 2016

{Book Review} The Agony That Remains: A Paranormal Investigation in America's Heartland by Brandon Callahan

The Agony That Remains: A Paranormal Investigation in America's Heartland
by Brandon Callahan
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Released: August 8th 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Paranormal
How I got it: NetGalley

In the northeast corner of Oklahoma, where the deadly path known as the Trail of Tears ended and where one of the world's large clusters of ley lines intersect, there's a place of extreme paranormal activity that has received little attention from the outside world. Join Brandon Callahan and his crew as they investigate the horrifying legacy of a bloody and brutal past, where generations of families have been terrorized by ghosts, demons, UFOs, little people, Bigfoot, and countless other paranormal manifestations.

Teaming up with a family who has been driven from their land, Brandon and his crew discover energies that have no fear. As dark forces begin taking hold of the investigators' lives, Brandon must attempt to salvage what's left of his team's—and his own—sanity.

Review: This is the second book of Mr Callahan's that I have read, I think he is a wonderful author. I enjoy Mr Callahan's way of offering up his stories, laying out his and his group's experiences, say here it is believe or not this is what happened to me. After having read The House Where Evil Lurks: A Paranormal Investigator's Most Frightening Encounter I found some of the risks Mr Callahan took to be surprising. For example investigating alone, knowing what kind of activity the house was capable of.
The investigation of the property spans a couple years, bringing in not only Mr Callahan's team but other teams as well to look into the claims. I did feel slightly skeptical, because of the over abundance of activity. We have knocking, EVP's, ghost box recordings, faces in windows, a house that is possibly willfully falling on the investigators, Bigfoot related activity, UFO type activity, little people and of course demons. Even with the land's history, legends, and ley lines, it seems like a lot of stuff going on in one area.
That aside, I will say that this book brings about an important point on the Trail of Tears and the treatment of the Native Americans during that time period. The scene portraying that era were chilling, and done in such detail that I don't doubt Mr Callahan's dreams on the matter.
While I am skeptical on points of the story, which I have to say reading it second hand makes it hard not to be, when you're dealing with thing that can be subjective such as EVP's and sightings. I still enjoy reading the accounts and feel Mr Callahan does a great job documenting his investigations. Overall a very enjoyable and at times chilling read.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Cup of #16

Sunday Cup of... is a mash up of 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
Mailbox Monday Located at Mailbox Monday
Weekly Workout Recap Hosted by Run Megan Run
Basically it's a weekly post where I talk about books, weekly workouts, bloggy things, and possibly not so bloggy things. It'll be a weekly wrap up / news bulletin type deal. Sound good? If you want to link to your own week feel free to post in the comments. 



So after last week's craziness I'm sick. Not with the same thing as C, thankfully, I think it's a sinus infection or throat thing. Tired, fever, achy, snotty nose, sore throat, headaches, you know the drill. I used my last vaca day Thursday and spent most the day in bed, actually friday too. Hubby knew I wasn't doing well because usually I can't sleep during the day. The really sucky part is we've had some beautiful spring days this weekend, and I can't muster the energy to take the kids outside.
Hopefully I can shake this soon, I signed up for the Bad Mother Runner Virtual 5k on Gone for a Run. It sold out soon after I register. I'll be running that on Mother's Day, ironically DK got it for me for our anniversary not a Mother's Day present. He said I could sign up for another race, if I wanted as a Mom Present, but I can't decide which one I want to do. I'm currently debating on the US Road Running's Pirate 5k which is May 16th. I kinda have to make a decision soon though, what do you think?



The Fit Reader section is going to combine my weekly exercise workout and the Fit Reader post.
My goal for this week was incorporate some more weight training into my workouts. Which I did, yay!
4/24/16: 30 mins Weightlifting
15 mins Running on Tramp
5 mins Yoga cool down
4/25/16: 16 mins Yoga for when your sore
4/26/16: Rest
4/27/16: 30 mins Run on Treadmill
4/28/16: Sick
4/29/16: Sick
4/30/16: Feeling better but not going to push it. 


It was a slow week on the blog, but that's ok sometimes you need a slow week.

4/25/16: Motivation Monday
4/26/16: Teaser Tuesday
4/27/16:{Spotlight} Witch’s Cursed Cabin (Coon Hollow Coven Tales; Book Two) by Marsha A. Moore
4/29/16: Runfessions April

All links go to Goodreads pages

In my mailbox...
Nada


Email...
Griffith Tavern (Taryn's Camera #2) by Rebecca Patrick-Howard (Bought: I'm reading this series a little all over, because I got 1 and 5 as free downloads. I was struggling for something to read at work one of my new books being a DNF and succumbed to starting book 6 before I had a chance to buy 2-4. But now I get to go back and see what I missed.)



What I'm Reading...
Varney the Vampire, Volume II by Thomas Peckett Prest (Listening to)
Haunted (Harrison Investigation #1) by Heather Graham
Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen A. Miller
Jekyll Island (Taryn's Camera #5)by Rebecca Patrick-Howard

Finished:
The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes
The Agony That Remains: A Paranormal Investigation in America's Heartland by Brandon Callahan


So that's it for this week, hope you'll stop by next Sunday. If you like this idea, go ahead and make your own Sunday Cup of... post, no link back needed. I know some folks commented on the button, you're welcome to use it if you want. Have a great week!