Thursday, September 29, 2016

{Review} Labrada Lean Body Ready-to-Drink Salted Caramel


Disclaimer: I received a sample as part of my JackedPack to review for free.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I received a carton of Labrada Lean Body Ready-to-Drink protein drink in Salted Caramel flavor. This was delicious! Seriously it tasted amazing. There was no chalky aftertaste, and it wasn't gritty. It contains 40 grams of protein and no sugar. I want more. I mean it totally hit the spot after my workout. I did a 6.5 mile run, 5 mins squats, and 15 mins yoga/pilates. It actually filled me up and made a really nice snack. I would absolutely buy this again.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Phoenix 10K Triple Challenge Recap


In a fit of insanity I signed up for this 10k Challenge, it's 3 10k races all in one package. The most I've ever run at once was around 5 miles, so 6.2 shouldn't be that bad. Actually it wasn't. I felt pretty darn good after running it. Here's my time and medal for race #1. I don't think I did to bad...





Race #2 gave me some problems, I started running it Friday the 16th on the treadmill and nearly blacked out 2.04 miles in. So Saturday I decided to get up early and finish it. I got up and went out running figure eights around our yard and the trail behind DK's Grandma's. I managed to run the other 4.20 miles. I also scared a mommy and baby deer, I tried to get a picture but the camera on my phone sucks. After that about 2 miles into the run, my headphones crapped out, thankfully the route circled pass the house so I just tossed um on the porch and kept going. I did get a little nervous when I heard gunshots, I was glad we don't allow hunting on our land and I was wearing bright yellow. Even if it isn't hunting season yet. 
Overall time 67:01 mins with a 10:48 min pace.


For the 3rd run in this challenge I managed to cut 20 mins off my over all time. Going from over an hour to just over 40 mins, I'm so proud of myself. I don't know why I was about to do so much better on this run, except I covered the time display on my treadmill. It was distracting, so maybe I just wasn't paying attention to the time anymore and that allowed me to just relax an' run. If that makes sense. 



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

{Book Spotlight} Lucky Blow (Gods and Pawns: Book 1) by Amanda Washington


Lucky Blow
Gods and Pawns: Book 1
Amanda Washington
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Date of Publication: 9/27/16
ISBN: 978-1537101279
ASIN: B01KUEPQM2
Number of pages: 189
Cover Artist: Lindsay Cimina

Book Description:

Thanks to the deities in her family tree, Romi has been enslaved to a life of larceny since birth. Well, except for that one night, four years ago, when the goddess of love and debauchery sprang her from her prison, slipped her some sort of magical roofie, and introduced her to an irresistible blacksmith for a little tryst resulting in a child. So when two powerful gods show up and offer her a way out of her thieving lifestyle for good, she jumps at the opportunity. All she has to do is blow on a magical sword and imbue it with luck.

Then she can finally find that guy she’s been dreaming about and introduce him to their son. If only she knew the blacksmith’s name…

But when the same gods use the sword to rip Zeus’s essence from his body, Romi’s son is kidnapped and held for ransom. Now Romi, her mysterious fling, and her teenage griffin babysitter have to steal back Zeus’s essence from a cast of powerful gods, or they’ll lose the child forever.

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Excerpt:

MY DAY STARTED upside down. No joke, I was harnessed, suspended midair, with my feet up and head down, looking over a room full of priceless artifacts when the antique grandfather clock beside the door struck midnight. Dings and dongs thundered, reminding me I was running out of time. As much as I’d like to pretend my days didn’t normally begin in an upside-down race against the clock, I’m not a liar, just a thief. But hey, a girl’s gotta make a living somehow, and this was what I was created to do—there’s a contract and everything—but that’s a story for a time when my life isn’t literally hanging from the ceiling.
As I released another inch of rope and lowered myself further, the black cocktail dress I’d hastily tucked into the knife sheaths around my thighs tumbled free, covering my upper body in chiffon and revealing my panties to the vacant room. I sighed. This was exactly why I hated dresses. But since I couldn’t magically make my normal work pants and T-shirt appear, I ignored my wardrobe malfunction and focused on my objective.
My target rested two feet, five inches below my head, locked away in an engraved metal display box chained to a pedestal, which was bolted to the wooden floor and surrounded by trip wires. Red lasers sliced the air between me and the box, rotating randomly. Randomly…that’s what the alarm company’s brochure says.
I smirked. Human security…so quaint.
Everything has a pattern if you’re patient enough to find it, and I was so patient, my new harness dug craters into my shoulders while I memorized the cycle. Random, my ass. As my opening approached, I bent at the waist and let out a foot more rope. The lasers shifted. I spit a small key out of my mouth and sprang back down, sliding it into the lock. I technically didn’t need the key, but picking the lock could potentially take longer than I had between laser cycles.
Besides, the owner of this building was a sleazeball who’d been too busy “accidentally” bumping into his party guests to notice my hand sliding into his pocket. A little piece of me felt like I was doing a solid for women everywhere by ripping the jerk off.
Getting back to the task at hand, I turned the key and popped open the box. Magic flooded the room like a pulsating glow of sunlight and power. Music sprang forth—some sort of ancient battle song—forcing a vision into my mind. I suddenly found myself in a bed chamber, watching an enormous brute swing a singing sword back and forth as he advanced on the figure asleep in the bed. Shaking myself free of the vision, I ignored the deafening tune and fought to stay focused on my orders. Get in, get the weapon, get out.
The bedchamber dissipated and I was once again in some rich guy’s trophy room, hanging upside down and staring at a metal box. Within the box, a magical sword almost as long as my legs and hooked at the end like a sickle, kept right on singing, declaring its greatness to the world.
The lasers were coming back around. I should have grabbed the sword, but the familiarity of it gave me pause. I pulled back from the lasers and struggled to process what I was seeing. I’d stolen some pretty high-value goods before, but this sword…I knew this sword. I’d seen pictures of it in books and read the lore about it. I was almost certain I knew what I was looking at, but I couldn’t accept it.
The Harpē?
It seemed to glow brighter in response.
It can’t be.
Nobody seems to know where the Harpē came from, but its lore began when Gaia, the goddess of earth, and Uranus, god of the sky, birthed a handful of hideous children, known as the cyclops and giants. Uranus sent the uglies to live in a hell-like prison for deities, pissing off Momma Gaia so much she gave the weapon to their son, Cronus, and asked him to whack off his father’s junk.
And I couldn’t think of a single reason why a weapon powerful enough to take down the god of the sky would be locked away in the trophy room of a human.
Was he human?
I’d done my homework. Public records had the owner of this place listed as Aaron Blake, some corporate CEO spawned from old money and raised to power on the backs of blue-collar workers. The guy was textbook for a hit. I had no reason to believe he was anything more than some greedy player.
Stupid, Romi.
If Aaron Blake wasn’t human, what was he? A god or a demigod in disguise? Everyone called the disguises glamours. They were more like a trick of the eye…easy to create. I’d used the same type of magic to disguise the daggers strapped to my thighs, assuring nobody would see so much as the outline of them through my dress. Yet I hadn’t even looked for a glamour surrounding Mr. Blake.
I wasn’t prepared to go up against a god, but the more I stared at the sword, the more certain I was of its identity, which meant touching it would bring someone’s ire down upon me.
Damn. What does Shade want with the Harpē?
Shade was terrifying enough without a magical sword at his beck and call. He already wielded me like a weapon, and the idea of arming him with the Harpē made my stomach churn.
No. I won’t take it! I won’t give him this.
Determined to follow through with my decision, I pressed the button on my harness and let the rope retract. Pain blossomed inside my chest, and the further I got from the sword—and the task Shade had ordered me to complete—the more I hurt. My insides seemed to fold inward, squeezing the air from my lungs. I knew from experience it wouldn’t let up. The pain would drive me crazy until I gave in and did my sire’s bidding.
Stars danced before my eyes, I smelled copper, and felt blood welling up in my nasal cavity, especially unpleasant due to my upside-down position. Swearing, I pressed the button again, halting my retreat. I’d only managed to get about five feet away. I dangled midair, cursing both my sire and the mother who’d abandoned me with him. Once again accepting the fact I had no choice, I lowered myself back down to hover above the sword and wait out the next cycle of lasers.
Giving in to Shade’s commands despite my personal convictions always left a sour taste in my mouth, but I couldn’t disobey. Not with my kid counting on me to make it home.


About the Author:

Amanda Washington is a lover of wacky animals, enthralling books, dark chocolate, and red wine. She's always up for a good adventure (real or fictional), and when she's not building imaginary worlds, she's dipping her toes into reality in southwest Washington with her husband and their boys.







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{Book Review} Boston Bound: A 7-Year Journey to Overcome Mental Barriers and Qualify for the Boston Marathon by Elizabeth Clor


Boston Bound: A 7-Year Journey to Overcome Mental Barriers and Qualify for the Boston Marathon
by Elizabeth Clor
Publisher: ?
Released: May 12th 2016
Genre: Adult/ Non-Fiction- Memoir, Running
How I got it: Bought it

Have you ever wanted something so badly that your own mind became your biggest obstacle?

Elizabeth Clor wanted nothing more than to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon. Dead set on achieving this goal, she found herself bound up in a vicious cycle of perfectionism and anxiety that thwarted her at every turn, despite making significant gains in her physical abilities over seven years. Boston Bound is the story of how Elizabeth discovered that her own brain was the culprit, and explains the steps she took to completely overhaul her mindset about her running and her life.

For anyone seeking to realize their full potential, physically or otherwise, this story provides specific tools and a useful framework to identify and remove mental roadblocks.

Review:
I was disappointed by this book. I wanted to like it and be inspired by Ms Clor's trials, but it was hard to do so. I found the book to be a lot of poor me, and the same thing happening over and over. I wanted to yell deal with it already, stop dragging us along on this endless loop of defeat. A good portion of this book is reprints from Ms Clor's blog, which like most of us is a place where she pours out her heart and vent. We get a good look inside Ms Clor's head and what she has to do to overcome her own mental obstacles. And yes this is encouraging, in a way. I think for me it's not so much Ms Clor's story but the way the book is written, with the repetitiveness of her downfalls that makes this book so hard to swallow.



Monday, September 26, 2016

{Unboxing} Sept JackedPack

Disclaimer: I received a JackedPack to review for free.  As always, all opinions are my own.




September JackedPack includes:
Maxler 100% Golden Whey
Performix SST 
Performix ION 
MuscleTech Mission1 
BPI Best Protein Bar 
NoGii Super Protein Bar 
True Grit Test Booster

Plus a bonus sample
1 in 10 packs got
Labrada Lean Body (17oz protein shake)
+ True Grit Protein (trial size) 

I received the September JackedPack in the mail this week, I'm extremely happy with this box. It contains a lot of protein, a sample of Maxler 100% Golden Whey in Chocolate, Labrada Lean Body in salted caramel, True Grit Protein, and three protein bars- BPI Best Protein Bar in White Chocolate Pretzel, NoGii Super Protein Bar Peanut Butter Caramel Crisp, MuscleTech Protein Bar.  It also contained the Performix SST, Performix, ION (both pre workouts), and the True Grit Test a testosterone booster.
I'm actually excited to try the different types of protein that are in this box. It's definitely a lot of samples this month and they all look really good. I like that this has different flavors than just the standard vanilla and chocolate. I'm looking forward to trying the different proteins and seeing how they taste.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

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.



So this week was much better than last week. Everyone is over the stomach virus, yay, and back to work and school. Which means everything is back to normal for us at least. :)

All links go to Goodreads pages


What I'm Reading... 
Actually I haven't really done any reading this week, other than finishing the Harley comic.


Girl Number One
Girl Number One
by Jane Holland


Finished:



Currently I'm listening to season 6 of The Nosleep Podcast
Started listening to The Black Tapes podcast.

But really didn't get a lot of listening done this week either. 



 Still catching up on Red vs Blue on YouTube with DK.

 Now and again watching Deadly Women, also on YouTube, but tend to end up listening as I do other stuff.

Book Blogger Hop
I will also be 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:


 How many years have you been blogging? Anything special you want to tell everyone about your experiences? (submitted by Elizabeth)

This blog has been active since 2009, but I have been blogging since around 2006. You'd think I'd have lots of advice and experience to share but I really don't. Sorry!

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

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekly Update





I'll also be sharing on...

 Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin
and trying out a new link up a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and Angela from Marathons & Motivation

This was a much better week, everybody is over the yucky stomach bug and feeling good. Weds was my birthday and I ate way too much junk, but I did get a bunch of cool stuff. I geeked out multiple times, thanks to DK. I've posted a few of my gifts to instagram, but still have three gifts left to run. Two don't take place until next month anyway. I'm hoping to run the 3rd 10k in the Phoenix Challenge today or at least get a run in. 

9/17/16:  ran 4.20 mi in 45m:24s, 2nd half of #2 run in the Phoenix 10k Challenge
9/18/16:  did yoga for 10m:48s.
9/19/16: Didn't workout
9/20/16:  did yoga for 19m:39s.
9/21/16: Didn't workout
9/22/16: Didn't Workout
9/23/16: Grocery Shopping

Thursday, September 22, 2016

{Book Review} Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh (Harley Quinn Vol. II #5) by Amanda Conner

Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh (Harley Quinn Vol. II #5)
by Amanda Conner
Publisher:  DC Comics
Release: September 20th 2016
Genre: Fiction- Graphic Novel
How I got it: Received a copy from the publishers via NetGalley

MAD LOVE!
Mason Macabre is more than just Harley Quinn s neighbor in her new Coney Island digs he just might be the man of her dreams. But to save his life, she'll have to face the clown of her nightmares!
With Harley and her gang of merry maidens battling to keep innocents out of the crossfire of her enemies latest vendetta, Mason s been whisked away to the one place our hellacious heroine never wanted to set foot in again: Arkham Asylum. Inside its horrific halls, Mason is at the tender mercy of none other than the Joker and Harley and the Clown Prince of Crime have had the mother of all bad break-ups.
Will she and the madman who helped make her what she is kiss and make up long enough for her new beau to escape with his life? Or this time will the joke be on Harley Quinn for good?
It's the reunion you've been waiting for! Courtesy of acclaimed creative team Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, HARLEY QUINN VOL. 5: THE JOKER'S LAST LAUGH proves that when it comes to true love, Harley s not joking around! Collects issues #22-25 of the ongoing series and the special issue HARLEY QUINN: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR."

Review:
I enjoyed this volume much more than the earlier ones. Harley is my favorite Gotham gal, although in this story line she lives on Coney Island. She is sweet, crazy and loyal, as long as you don't cross her. In this volume Harley goes after her new man Mason who has been locked up for accidently killing the Mayor of New York City's son. After a plan doesn't go quite the way Harley expected, Mason is sent to Arkham Asylum. This leads to an unexpected run in with Harley's ex... The Joker. I absolutely loved the run in between Harley and The Joker. It was the highlight of the book for me. But I wasn't crazy about how The Joke was drawn. Which is saying something because I really like the way the book is over all illustrated.
All in all a fun read for Harley Quinn fans.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

{Spotlight} Wicked Folk (Witchy World Book Two) by Jamie McFarlane

Wicked Folk
Witchy World Book Two
Jamie McFarlane
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Fickle Dragon Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-943792-12-2
Number of pages: 266
Cover Artist: Silviya Yordanova

Book Description:

Late one night, a teenaged witch witnesses her uncle perform the forbidden ritual to summon a demon. His carelessness results in the demon breaking free and being released into the world. Drawn to the young witch's powers like a shark, the demon is only temporarily thwarted when she manages to escape.

Felix Slade is a wizard living far from the family he grew up with. Recently he's been unable to sleep as night after night a beautiful young witch is stalked by a demon in his dreams. Each night, new details are exposed and Felix is soon convinced that it’s up to him to prevent the woman’s demise. The dreams reach a critical point when Felix’s own family is threatened by the violence he’s sure is yet to come.

With his sister and the woman he loves by his side, Felix rushes to face the greatest challenge he’s encountered yet. There is great darkness inside him and he must choose to embrace or reject it in order to face the demon’s evil.




Excerpt:

Summoned
Faa Farmstead, just outside Eppy Faire, five years ago
Lace Faa stared out at the waning crescent moon through the wavy glass of the old farmhouse window, wishing for even the slightest breeze. The day's heat refused to dissipate from the humid, summer air which clung to her as she tried unsuccessfully to fall asleep. As if on command, a slight puff of wind rustled the sheer curtains of her second floor window, carrying with it the faint sound of chanting. She strained her ears, curiosity piqued, wondering who might be working her family's hidden craft so late at night. Her gaze shifted to the barn across the gravel driveway. A flickering glow between weathered siding exposed the presence of lit candles and a ritual in progress.
She dropped her legs over the side of the bed and placed her feet in just the right spot to keep the weathered floor from creaking. At the age of sixteen, Lace wasn't fully initiated in the subtle magics of her kin, but moving silently had been drilled into her from an early age. She walked carefully, rolling from heel to toe along the unseen joists that supported the floor, avoiding loose boards as she slipped from bedroom to hallway. The hem of her white cotton nightgown thumped quietly, caressing the wooden stair treads as she descended to the kitchen.
For a moment, she paused at the screen door and considered its habit of screeching when opened. Wetting forefinger and thumb in her mouth, she rubbed them on the old, rusted top hinge. Tall and slender, Lace slipped through the door, opening it only a crack. Relief from the heat held in the old house was welcome as she picked her way gingerly across the gravel. Her eyes focused on the flickering light leaking from the ancient barn.
Lace negotiated the piles of junk that had found their final resting place next to the building and carefully placed both hands on the rough siding, leaning forward to look through one of the many cracks in its façade. Her eye came to rest on the edge of a white circle, drawn on the dirt floor only feet from her position. With her limited view, she glimpsed two black candles burning brightly at the tips of what she suspected was a pentagram, although without full view of the circle, she couldn't know for certain.
"Phezore Gesteriph Feoro, I summon you." The bold voice, her uncle Willum Gordon's, resumed chanting in the ancient language Lace believed was only known by her extended family. Her heart thudded in her chest, recognizing the simple ritual - if only from her reading.
"Oh, Willum," she whispered involuntarily before bringing her hand to her mouth.
"Who's there?" Willum asked loudly from within the barn.
Lace stepped back, startled, catching her heel on a piece of long forgotten machinery. She spun, trying to save herself, but in the poor light her knee came in contact with a stack of precariously balanced wooden crates. She lunged from her position, diving away from the collapsing junk, all pretense of stealth abandoned.  The tall door of the barn slid open as she twisted, trying to free her legs.
"Madge?" Willum asked, the low angle of wavering candles illuminating him eerily from behind.
Lace hastily scrawled a rune in the air with her finger, turning away from Willum's position so he wouldn't see the faint sparkling trail as she did. As an initiate of her clan's magic, she'd mastered the one spell that had come easily to her – shadow walk.
Willum stepped from the barn, closing the door behind him. Lace used the noise to her advantage and gained her feet, moving slowly from her original position. Willum turned and stared directly at her, standing stock still – a hunter trying to locate its quarry. Lace froze. She knew him to be cruel when cornered and he would not take kindly to her spying on his ritual. A weak practitioner by family standards, he'd often taken out his frustrations on her. With the provocation of an interrupted ritual, Lace well understood the danger she'd placed herself in.
Willum took a few steps forward, cutting the distance between them in half. Lace breathed slowly, trying to calm her heart, the lack of oxygen demanding deeper breaths. Swiping the air between them, Willum moved toward her. Slowly, she stepped aside, anticipating his movements. Sweat beaded on her forehead as his fingers came within inches of her face.


About the Author:

Jamie McFarlane is a graduate of Colorado School of Mines with a Master of Science in Mathematics. An avid reader, tinkerer, woodworker and metal sculptor, Jamie is just as likely to be seen smelting aluminum cans in his garage as he is tacking random, discarded iron objects into a small army of beasties that adorn his home’s landscaping.

Jamie’s writing career began as something of a dare which later turned into a tribute. In his late teens, Jamie was well known as the family story-teller, spinning fanciful yarns about ordinary events, usually with the objective of escaping well-deserved trouble.

One day, his mother, often the target of his mischievous tales, challenged him to commit his words to writing. Jamie promised he would but time passed, as did his beloved mother. In 2014, Jamie made good on his promise and published his first book.

Jamie is the author of a growing library of novels and novellas including the space opera series - Privateer Tales, and the urban fantasy series - Witchy World. Jamie lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife and enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Twitter: www.twitter.com/mcfarlaneauthor



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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

{Book Review} Onyx Webb: Book One (Onyx Webb #1) by Richard Fenton, Andrea Waltz

Onyx Webb: Book One (Onyx Webb #1)
by Richard Fenton, Andrea Waltz
Publisher: Self
Released: March 17th 2015
Genre: Fiction- Paranormal Thriller
How I got it: Received a copy from the authors

Delectably Creepy. Gripping. Fascinating.
Onyx Webb is a multi-genre mash-up that combines supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. So the story... Onyx Webb is a ghost. Billionaire playboy Koda Mulvaney becomes obsessed with a girl he sees inside a mirror. Juniper Cole is on her way to the prom and... well, we don't want to spoil anything - we've probably told you too much already. How all these events are related is part of the mystery that is, Onyx Webb.

The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera (think: American Horror Story) each character’s story moves forward with most every episode.

It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.

Review:
I found this extremely interesting! I really enjoyed how there were multiple storylines, yet they all worked together. Even though the different line had different characters and took place in different time they all meshed. The writers did an amazing job working everything together.
I found myself reading in order to figure out what was going to happen. I was pulled into the stories wanting to know what next, and how it all went together. This is book 1 in the series it does end with a cliffhanger, good news the books up to 6 are already on Amazon. All in all a unique way of presenting a series.



{Book Blitz} The Raveners (Book 1) by LD Towers





The Raveners
Book 1
LD Towers
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: BadBird Publications
Date of Publication: September 20, 2016
Word Count: 100k
Cover Artist:  Pranav Lohani
Photo by Blackbird Photography

Book Description:

On 26 May 1897, Bram Stoker brought us the story of Dracula; an undead creature who terrorised the living by drinking their blood. He based his creature on the legends of Ireland and Eastern Europe, bringing it to life with all the pomp of Victorian literature. What if his concept was correct, but the execution was not? What if there was not one creature, but a band of twenty-four? Crusader knights who committed such a terrible act that the Pope of Rome and the Rabbis of Jerusalem joined together in petitioning God to bring a terrible curse upon them.Sentenced to eternal life as punishment for their crimes, yet hounded by both the clerical and the secular as they struggle to live them. The Jews called them Ga’ashekelah: the Raveners. To the Catholic Church, they are the Accursed Ones. Feasting on the bodies of the living to maintain their power.

What starts as a simple trip on the Eurostar to the buried trenches of World War One in Northern France is going to take Imperial War Museum expert Dr. Alexandra Horne on a journey she could never have conceived. From the bustling streets of Paris to the azure waters of Collioure and the very Vatican itself, Lexa will discover the Raveners and those who have sworn to hunt them down.



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Excerpt:
She found herself going from map to map. This was sometime around the second phase of the battle, before Beaumont-Hamel was finally taken. Thiepval as well. “This must be from the middle of September 1916. Maybe October. It’s obvious from this that he was trying to bring men around to penetrate the Allied lines from the areas they couldn’t budge.” She found herself gnawing on a thumbnail. “Dear God! With a counteroffensive like this, he might have shifted them. It’s a bold plan. Whether or not he could have managed it, with the Germans bleeding to death at Verdun, would have been the question. But damn! This might have changed the battle. Maybe even the war.”
“I wondered about that.” Another voice behind her.
Lexa turned and coloured, realising that in her wonder she had completely ignored the stranger in the room. “Oh! I am Sorry! Dr. Lexa Horne of the Imperial War Museum.” She held her hand out.
“Dr. Jack Bennett. Pleased to meet you.” Bennett was a large, fit man in his mid fifties with close-cropped, iron grey hair and a face lined from years digging in the sun. He had a bit of the George Clooney about him and Lexa was sure that all the archeology undergrads wanted him as a prof. He was a trifle swoon worthy. “Call me Jack. It was great that you could come out here at such short notice. We will be wrapping all this up in the next week or two.”
“The pleasure is entirely all mine,” Lexa told him in all earnestness. “This is simply unbelievable. This is like walking into heaven for me.” Ok. A small lie. Dead men and unexploded ordinance aside, it was heaven.
Bennett gestured back with his head and stepped aside. “I doubt the major there would agree.”
Lexa gasped as she saw the body at the desk. He was perfectly mummified, just as Darby had told her. He was hunched over, as if sleeping, and his golden hair gleamed in the light. His skin was the colour and texture of tanned leather, and his lips under a large moustache had pulled back to show his teeth. His head lay on on crossed arms, sunken eyes closed in eternal repose. The fingers were slightly curled; a large ring on one hand and a wedding ring on another. His light blue uniform hung on what was left of his frame, but was in decent condition through the shoulders. In fact, there were no real decomposition of the fabric. His side arm rested on the chair, the belt having slid down with time. The silver bullion on his uniform had a dull tarnish and the aiguillettes on his shoulder seemed suspended as if by magic. Beside him, his uniform cap was on the desk.
“Oh dear God!” Lexa exclaimed. “You’ve just left him there? How could you do that?”
“The question is how to get him out of the trapdoor without disturbing him. We have another specialist coming in from Germany. He is one of theirs, after all,” Bennett shrugged. “And you know the Germans. They are trying to find the right person. I would move him, but he is perfectly preserved. Outside of this environment, I expect he would not last long. It seems a shame to compromise his remains unnecessarily.”
The body rooted Lexa to the spot. She felt a terrible weight on her chest. “I’ve never seen a dead body before.”
Darby walked over and put a hand on her shoulder. “It’s ok. He can’t hurt you.”
“It also feels a bit indecent to be looking at him.” But she found she couldn’t tear her eyes away.
“We treat all remains with the greatest respect,” Bennett said quietly. “As you know, there is a lot we can learn from him. He is so perfectly preserved. When we have learned from him, we can return him to his family, if they still exist. He can be reburied with honour. He was lost and we found him. There is nothing indecent about that.”
“I just feel so strange with him there. I feel like a thief in his home.”
“The first time you see remains is always the hardest,” Darby told her. “Just remember that he is gone. What made him a person is gone. He is in a better place.”
Lexa nodded and walked closer to the desk. Her mouth was rather dry but now curiosity was getting the better of her. They were right. She was just being a ninny. Yes. This man was dead and he couldn’t hurt her. “Yes. I suppose you are right.”
Bennett quirked up a little smile. “Just don’t touch him.”
It was the moustache. The moustache was so familiar. Even in death, it had that upwards curl which was so familiar. A vain bushiness. When she had seen it in pictures, it always made her smile. “I think I know who this is!” Lexa exclaimed and reached into her bag for her iPad.


About the Author:
LD Towers travels the world like a rootless vagabond! A military historian, she searches out places of conflict to find a deeper insight to the things she writes about. Presently enjoying the warm weather and azure seas of Central America, she has lived all over Western Europe, including 5.5 years in the incomparable Berlin.
Primarily working in Historical and Military Fiction, LD sometimes sneaks in the odd Dystopian or Modern Thriller piece. In fact, her new book is a complete redo on the vampire concept. Look for The Raveners; coming September 20, 2016.








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Monday, September 19, 2016

{Review} EVL Nutrition ENGN Blue Raz

Disclaimer: I received a sample as part of my JackedPack to review for free.  As always, all opinions are my own.


I'm usually hesitant to try out pre workouts, and this wasn't an exception yet I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I received a sample of EVL Nutrition ENGN in blue razz flavor as part of my August JackedPack and really liked it. The flavor was good, kind of like blue raspberry lik-a-stick powder. It mixed well, no sediment on the bottom of the glass. As for side effects, I only got a slight itch in my hands and face. I received a nice burst of energy which got me through a 4 mile run no problem.
Overall I would buy this as it didn't have the adverse side effects that others had and tasted good.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

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.



This was a not great week, I missed two days of work due to a stomach virus and the kids missed school due to the same thing. Ironically C was feeling much better by the time his yearly physical rolled around on Friday, then yesterday he was crying his head hurt and threw up. A relapse, I guess. Go figure. Anyway we all seem to be doing better today and fingers crossed he'll be fine to go to school tomorrow and everything will be back to normal. 


I've added a couple more slots to the Sunday Cup of... let me know what you think.
Just a quick note I realize that half the graphics are not showing up I have no idea why I'm trying to figure it out.

Recap of what was on the blog this week.

Monday, September 12, 2016
{Book Review} Running Man by Charlie Engle

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
{Book Review} Here Comes The Witch (Main Street Witches #1) by Ani Gonzalez

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
{Spotlight} Saying Goodbye Part One and Two by Abigail Drake
{Spotlight} Fish Wielder by J.R.R.R (Jim) Hardison

Thursday, September 15, 2016
{Cover Reveal} Noon Onyx Series by Jill Archer

Friday, September 16, 2016
Recap Viking Virtual 5K

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Weekly Update!




All links go to Goodreads pages

What I'm Reading... 

Girl Number One
Girl Number One
by Jane Holland


Finished:
Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh (Harley Quinn Vol. II #5) by Amanda Conner


Currently I'm listening to season 6 of The Nosleep Podcast. DK got me hooked on this podcast, it's a bunch of scary horror type stories. Sometimes we listen to it together while playing Minecraft. 


I've been watching Red vs Blue on YouTube with DK mostly.
 Usually I'll try to watch some episodes of Deadly Women, also on YouTube, but tend to end up listening as I do other stuff.

Book Blogger Hop
I will also be 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:

Have you ever wanted to write a book? If so, what genre would you choose? And...have you been successful in writing a book?

Yes! I was actually a writer before I was a book blogger. I had several books published with e-pubs, but when my contracts expired I decided to self-publish instead of resigning. I wrote erotic short stories, romance, and some young adult verging on new adult. If you look under the tab that says my writing you'll find all my works and links to them for free on Smashwords. I'm currently working on a young adult series called The Survivalistas and a paranormal series called P.I.N.N.Y, but have had a massive case of writer's block since about April.


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