Sunday, October 30, 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.




by ArtistAbe on DeviantArt

I hope everyone is going to have a safe and happy Halloween tomorrow!!!



Yes sadly it's true, I've been procrastinating a lot lately. I've got reviews to do, posts I want to write, and other stuff, but I haven't really got them. I've been far to busy downloading freebies, playing MineCraft or Pikmin with the kids, and lots of other (non)important stuff. I've also been finding and buying Christmas Presents for DK in hopes that everything will get here before the X-mas rush. 

Although I really feel like this...

But I do want to share the freebies with you so check this out 
available for FREE from Amazon on 29 - 31 October 2016.

All links go to Goodreads pages


What I'm Reading... 
Ten Years Later
Ten Years Later
by Lisa Marie Latino

Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports
Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports
by Kathrine Switzer


Finished:
Persuasion
by Jane Austen



Death by Roses
by Vivian R. Probst

War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy




Natsume's Book of Friends, this is an anime DK got me hooked on about yokai or spirits.

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:


  You've been invited to a costume party and the theme is classic literature characters. Who would you go as?

Since Billy stole my answer. I would go as Joseph Rouletabille, he's like France's Sherlock Holmes only much more laid back and entertaining. His series was also written by Gaston Leroux.

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

Saturday, October 29, 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

Ok nothing special about this week, but since November is right around the corner I think I'm going to jot down some goals for next month.

Start tracking calories using LoseIt! I'm not trying to lose weight, but I need to increase my calorie intake as I've been really tired lately. I think the added activity of working on my feet, actually moving, for 10 hours is catching up to me. I also need to get a better grasp on what I'm eating, to cut out a lot of the junk. I chose LoseIt! because it's a calorie tracker I haven't tried, Jen over at That's What I'm Talking About uses it and it's compatible with my UP Move.
One day a week of dedicated strength training. I want to do (at least) one day of (at least) 30 mins of dedicated strength training, either body weight or with weights. I might combine this with running or not.


Ok that's it for now, maybe I'll add to this more as I go. Here's what I did this week...

10/22/16: ran 3.73 miles in 24:13 mins (4095 steps)
10/23/16: ran 2.40 miles in 15:14 mins (3072 steps)
Yoga for strength 36 mins
10/24/16: Rest (2388 steps)
10/25/16:  ran 2.56 miles in 17:17 (4981 steps)
Goodbye stress yoga for 15 mins
10/26/16: Rest (2851 steps)
10/27/16: Lazy (2947 steps)
10/28/16: Got Groceries (3665 steps)

Psst... before you go make sure you've entered my Spooktacular Giveaway there are two awesome prize packs up for grabs. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

{Spotlight} Falcon: Resistance KBS Next Generation: Book One by Victoria Danann


Falcon: Resistance
KBS Next Generation: Book One
Victoria Danann
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction Fantasy
Publisher: 7th House, Imprint of Andromeda LLC
Date of Publication: October 28, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-933320-60-1  
ASIN:  B01JXYGY4O
Number of pages: 304
Cover Artist: Victoria Danann

Book Description:

IT'S THEIR TURN!

The next generation of the Knights of Black Swan have been inducted and vested with all the privileges and responsibilities of the legends in whose shadows they took their training. They are coming into their prime as servants of The Order, but still have most of their lives ahead. Or so each one hopes.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Victoria Danann, brings us a sizzling new take on the Knights of Black Swan. The boys are all grown up and bursting at the seams looking for action.

The new Director of Operations is cute, curvilicious and has Falcon reeling. And he doesn't need distractions when he's busy saving the world.

The epic saga that has won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES the past three years in a row (Reviewers Choice Awards, the Paranormal Romance Guild) continues with a new crop of vampire hunters that we already know and love. Preorder TODAY and be one of the first to find out why KBS is called astonishing, breathtaking, nail biting, spectacular, unique, and a wild and sexy ride.


Amazon      iTunes     BN     Kobo

Excerpt:

Storm wanted to appear nonchalant, but couldn’t help sneaking a glance at Ram when he said, “I’ll bet Elora would like to sashay by there tonight. We know she has a thing for talking vampire.”
Ram caught the mischievous gleam in Storm’s eye and knew Storm was teasing, but it was also a dig that didn’t go down easy. After three children and years of married life, the way Baka and Elora had interacted, back in the day, still bothered Ram. And Storm knew it.
Rammel carefully set his whiskey tumbler down on the table beside him before launching himself out of his chair so fast it looked like he’d been sitting on an eject mechanism. He flew across the space that separated them and attempted to get Storm in a headlock.
“What are you doing?!?” Storm wheezed, turning red and trying to get his breath while Ram’s forearm cut off his windpipe. “It was a joke!”
Ram didn’t respond to that protest because he didn’t care if it was a joke. He jerked Storm out of the chair by his neck, which was a testament to Ram’s strength because Storm was still a big well-muscled guy. As soon as they fell to the floor together, Ram hauled back and launched a fist that caught Storm in the side. Storm reacted by rolling over so that he could get enough room to clip Ram on the side of the face. Kay, of course, was yelling and doing his best to break it up, but in the process took punishing hits from both of them.
Several of the other knights came to assist Kay and fifteen minutes later, the three veteran members of B Team were standing in the Sovereign’s office, being called on the carpet like they were kids.
“The. Hel.” said Glen, clearly furious. “Every trainee in Jefferson Unit has already heard that B Team were brawling in our own club lounge, rolling around on the floor like… like…”
“Brawlers?” Kay suggested.
“Famous legendary elite vampire hunters indeed.” The sarcasm was dripping from every word Glen uttered. “A fine example you set for the next generation tonight.”
“He started it,” Storm mumbled.
“You did not say what I think you just said,” Glen looked incredulous. “Is this some kind of midlife crisis?”
That hit a mark. All three men looked horrified. “We’re no’ yet even thirty five,” Ram protested.
“You’re acting like you’re not yet five.”
Ram glared at Storm. “There are just some things you do no’ say about an elf’s mate.”
Glen pulled back and studied Ram for a minute. “I don’t believe there is any power in heaven or hel that could make me believe Engel Storm insulted Elora Laiken.”
“Well,” Ram hedged, “he did no’ insult her per se.”
“Per se,” Glen repeated.
“Aye. Per se.”
Glen threw up his hands. “You know, I don’t really care what happened. If you were Z Team, I’d just roll my eyes and say, ‘What else is new?’ The three of you are going to be guest speakers at one ethics and decorum class per grade during this term.”
“Oh, for…” Kay started.
“Not. Another. Word.” Glen walked over and opened the door to his office. “Get out. And shame on you.”
Standing in the outer offices, Kay looked at the door that had been shut in his face and said, “I didn’t do anything! In fact I tried to stop it.”
Ram and Storm started walking down the hall toward the elevator. Storm turned to Ram and said, “Look what you did now.”
“You want me to? Pull your shirt up so I can see.”
“There’s nothing to see. You on the other hand are going to need some ice soon if you don’t want that eye to swell shut.”
Ram reached up and touched it. “You got me good,” he smiled.
Storm’s face split into a proud smile. “You’re gonna be wearing my mark for a while. Elora’s gonna chew your royal rear end when she hears about this.”
By that time Kay had caught up. From behind them he said, “Maybe you two are having a midlife crisis.”


About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author of thirteen romances. Victoria's Knights of Black Swan series won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES THREE YEARS IN A ROW. Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.

Co-host of the ROMANCE BETWEEN THE PAGES podcast.

Her paranormal romances come with uniquely fresh perspectives on "imaginary" creatures, characters, and themes. She adds a dash of scifi, a flourish of fantasy, enough humor to make you laugh out loud, and, occasionally, enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. Her heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, werewolves, hybrids, psychics, or past life therapists. Her heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners... usually.

The rich characterizations come from being a lifelong student of behavior, casually, and a serious student of behavior academically. She also studied comparative religion, myths, and Dark Ages history.

Victoria lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband and a very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.






Thursday, October 27, 2016

{Book Review} Olympic Collision: The Story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd by Kyle Keiderling

Olympic Collision: The Story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd
by Kyle Keiderling
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Release:  November 1st 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Running, Sports History
How I got it: Received a free copy from NetGalley

It remains one of the most memorable moments in modern Olympic history. At the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles, a raucous crowd of ninety thousand saw their favorite in the women’s 3,000-meter race, Mary Decker, go down. An audience of two billion around the world witnessed the mishap and listened to the instantaneous accusations against the suspected culprit, Zola Budd.

Just seventeen, the South African Budd had already been the target of a vicious and vocal campaign by the anti-apartheid lobby after she transferred to the British team in order to compete at the games. Decker, at twenty-six, was America’s golden girl, ready to overcome years of bad luck and injuries to rightfully take the Olympic gold for which she had waited so long. With three laps to go, Decker and Budd’s feet became tangled. Decker went down and didn’t get up, wailing in primal agony as her gold medal hopes vanished. Decker’s stumbles continued in the race’s aftermath when she refused Budd’s apology and race officials found her, not Budd, at fault for the collision. Although both women found success after the Olympics, neither could escape the long shadow of the infamous event that forever changed both of their lives and defines them in popular culture to this day.

Olympic Collision follows Decker and Budd through their lives and careers, telling the story behind the controversy; the account that emerges is certain to revise the view Americans, in particular, have held since that fateful day in Los Angeles more than thirty years ago. Olympic Collision relives one of the most famous incidents in Olympic history, its legacy, and what has happened to both athletes since.

Review: I found this to be an interesting read. The stories behind these two great women were inspiring and tear jerking.
While Decker's struggles were rough and took much diligence to overcome, Budd's challenges in my opinion were much worst and compounded by her age. This book circles around the event at the 1984 Olympic Games where Mary Decker and Zola Budd become entangled, fall and Decker limps off the course. For anyone who has trained for any event only to not finish due to an injury, this would be unpleasant to have this happen at the Olympics must have been down right devastating.
Yet this is not where the book starts and stops, it follows both Decker and Budd as they trained to get to the Olympics and what happened to them after. While Decker's course is filled with disappointing injuries and bad luck, something some might call Karma for her attitude, Zola's is much more rocky. I felt for Zola as I read her story, a young woman in her teens yanked from her home, all her friends and transplanted in a place she didn't want to be, surrounded by people who were just using her. To have it all end with her hero being a witch (replace w with b) and I wouldn't have been surprised if she had never run again after 1984. Ms Budd's strength and willpower is amazing. The fact she didn't crack under all the pressure placed on her at such a young age is inspiring.
Mr Keiderling gives us an indepth look into the lives of these wonder athletes and inspiring women. We get to see their trials, tribulations, and joys. The research is very well done, as is the writing. I was pulled into and fascinated by the lives of these women.



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

{Cover Reveal} Steele City Blues Hell’s Belle Series Book 3 by Karen Greco







Steele City Blues
Hell’s Belle Series
Book 3
Karen Greco

Genre: urban fantasy/paranormal romance

Date of Publication: January 3, 2017

Word Count: 98,000

Formats available: epub, mobi, pdf

Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig

Book Description:

Blood Ops leader Dr. O is chained in the bowels of Steele City, the state’s maximum security prison, and the clock is ticking for Nina and Frankie to bust him out.

Now that supernatural creatures are out of the closet, Providence is descending into an Apocalyptic wasteland. With the abrupt shut down Blood Ops, Nina and Frankie are on their own to save Dr. O and the other supernatural prisoners from certain death. Not knowing where Demon Mayor Bertrand’s loyalties lie, they are forced to rely on some questionable allies to battle Leila, a powerful vampire/witch hybrid hell bent on creating a indestructible supernatural army. She also happens to be Nina’s mom.

Alliances are tested and relationships fractured as Nina and her band of supernatural crime fighting misfits are pushed to the breaking point.





About the Author:

Karen Greco is originally from Rhode Island and loves hot wieners from New York System, but can't stand coffee milk. She studied playwriting in college (and won an award or two). After not writing plays for a long time, a life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew her to urban fantasy, where she decapitates characters with impunity. Steele City Blues is the third book in the Hell’s Belle series, after Hell’s Belle (the first) and Tainted Blood (number two). She writes contemporary romance for a small press under the pen-name Jillian Sterling, and has a day job in entertainment publicity. She does not speak in the third person all that often.

Really.







{Spotlight} The Shepherd’s Daughter by Lynn Winchester





The Shepherd’s Daughter
Dry Bayou Brides
Book One
Lynn Winchester
Genre: Sweet Western Romance
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing
Date of Publication: September 27th, 2016
ASIN: B01LVYT90X
Number of pages: 97
Cover Artist: Dar Albert

Book Description:

"Welcome to Dry Bayou, Texas, where Southern Charm meets the Wild West..."

From author Jackson d'Lynne writing as Lynn Winchester, a sweet and romantic western sure to warm your heart!

Ray MacAdams and Billy Ducharme have been best friends since her family moved to his ranch fourteen years ago to start a new sheep ranching operation.

Through thick and thin, good and bad, fire and rain, their friendship has only gotten stronger—so strong that nothing could possibly break their bond, a bond that for Ray has suddenly changed from simply friends to something deeper… Something that makes her dream of days and nights beside the man she loves, something that makes her wish she were more than just the shepherd’s daughter.

Then Billy’s mail order bride arrives.

Rebecca DuCastille is everything Ray is not: refined, well-mannered, and pretty as a porcelain tea cup. How can Ray possibly compete for Billy’s heart when his new bride is everything he could want in a proper wife?

Can the shepherd’s daughter convince her childhood friend that their love for one another goes beyond friendship, or will Billy marry the pretty interloper and leave Ray out to pasture?

Publisher Note: This is a 'sweet'/'clean' romance.




Excerpt #1

So this was the new head shepherd his pa had hired? Billy didn’t know much about it other than what he’d overheard between his parents at night while he was supposed to be reading The Word before bed. He couldn’t help it. He liked sneaking down the stairs to listen to his parents talk when they thought no one was listening. Something about the love between them made Billy want to stick close.
From what he’d heard and could understand of their conversations, his pa wanted to expand the ranch into sheep and wool but didn’t know how to do it. He’d sent advertisements back east to the big cities, looking for a man who knew the industry and could come live on their ranch to manage the lambing and shearing and rotating—moving the herd from one parcel of land to another without losing a single one.
Apparently, these newcomers were the ones his pa had picked for the job. Billy didn’t know, quite yet, what he thought of the whole thing.
Not that it really mattered. Billy was set on growing up to be the best horse breeder in the state. He didn’t care much for smelly old sheep. He’d stick to the stable and barn, and leave Mr. MacAdams and Mr. Pallo to their sheep.
Billy’s pa turned to him and motioned for him to come forward. Billy complied with only a little warmth rising in his cheeks.
“Mr. MacAdams, this is my son, Willem.”
Pa patted Billy on his shoulders and squeezed one just enough to make him clear his throat and say, “Good afternoon, sir. Nice to meet you.” Just as his mother had taught him.
Mr. MacAdams grinned down at him. “What a polite young man ye are. Nice to me ye.”
Billy’s mother stepped forward. “Good afternoon. Welcome to Dry Bayou Ranch. I’m Linda Ducharme and we’re very pleased to have you here.”
His mother’s voice was soft, friendly, and cultured. She was a fine lady, much too fine for all the dust now coating her skirts. Pa said he’d found her in a catalog and she’d moved west to marry him. He said he was a lucky man, especially since she hadn’t turned tail and run at the first sight of the shack he’d lived in back then.
Mr. MacAdams turned around and helped the woman from the wagon. She strutted toward the porch, put out her hand, and smiled. Pa took it and shook it, a little less vigorously than he did the man’s.
“I’m Moira MacAdams—,” she called into the back of the wagon. “Get down here, bairn, and say hello.”
Billy didn’t know what to make of the bundle of rags and wild, frizzy, red hair that appeared. He stood, staring at the little girl who seemed more hair than girl. She looked a few years younger than his seven years, but he thought maybe her size threw him off. Her small face was covered with freckles, her brown eyes were filled with curiosity and something else he couldn’t name.
She bounced from foot-to-foot, then stuck out her hand. He blinked down at it, surprised and a little uncertain what to do.
“Go ‘head, take it, it won’t bite,” she chirped. Her voice was like sugar on syrup and he found he didn’t know what to say back. So, he stepped forward and gripped her hand without saying a word.
“Name’s Raychelle, but you can call me Ray, account of the fact that I don’t like Raychelle ‘cause it sounds too uppity.”
Billy couldn’t help the smile that spread across his face.
He liked her.
He tightened his grip on her hand. “He-hello, Ray, I’m Billy.”
Her smile brightened and he felt the light of it right down into his boots. In that moment, he wondered if smelly old sheep weren’t all that bad.
She must’ve read his thoughts because a glint of excitement filled her eyes and Billy could only blink in awe.
“Billy, do you know how to catch a frog?”

About the Author:

Lynn Winchester is one of the pseudonyms of a hardworking California-born caffeine addict, now living in the wilds of Northeast Pennsylvania. Lynn has been writing fiction since the 5th grade, and enjoys creating worlds, characters, and stories for her readers.

When Lynn isn't writing sweet historical romances, she is writing spicy paranormal romance as Jackson D’Lynne, and YA Sci-Fi/Thrillers as DJ Sorber. When is isn’t writing at all, she is running a successful editing business, reading whatever she can get her hands on, raising her four children, making sure her husband is happy, and binge watching shows on Netflix.





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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

{Recipe} Basic Zucchini Muffins

It's usually around this time of year that the baking bug bites me. I picked up some zucchini at the grocery store the other day and decided to make zucchini muffins. Since I haven't posted a recipe in a awhile I thought I'd share this one with ya'll. 




Basic Zucchini Muffins
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 large egg beaten
1 cup grated zucchini
1/4 cup oil

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and all spice in a medium bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, beaten egg and oil. Stir in grated zucchini. Slowly add dry ingredients and stir until moistened. The batter should be slightly lumpy.
3. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full and bake for about 20 minutes. They are done when a toothpick or fork inserted comes out clean.

Makes about 17 muffins.


Monday, October 24, 2016

{Unboxing} October JackedPack

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



October JackedPack includes:
Nitrosigine
Maxler NRM Max
Performix ION 
Rivalus Rival Whey 
Rivalus Promasil
Rivalus Clean Gainer
BPI Best BCAA
MuscleTech Nitro Crunch Bar
MuscleMeds Carnivor Bar
1 in 10 packs get A FitJoy Bar + True Grit Protein (trial size) 



I received my October JackedPack this week and it had a lot of samples this month. It was more balanced than previous months, having several pre-workouts, BCAA, and protein. For pre-workouts we have Nitrosigine, Maxler NRM Max, and Performix ION.  BCAA, BPI Best BCAA. Protein MuscleTech Nitro, Crunch Bar, MuscleMeds Carnivor Bar, A FitJoy Bar and True Grit Protein. I also received a True Grit Test Booster. 
Now a few of these are repeats from last month, but hey that's ok with me. I like the variation of samples and trying the different types of stuff.

Sunday, October 23, 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.



Nothing to report this week. I had some things planned but they all got rained out. 

All links go to Goodreads pages


What I'm Reading... 
Ten Years Later

Ten Years Later
by Lisa Marie Latino


Finished:
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2)
by Jim Butcher

The Grey Woman
by Elizabeth Gaskell



Death by Roses
by Vivian R. Probst



I watched My Haunted House, I gave up on the Exorcist just couldn't get into it. 

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:


 Instead of giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, you're going to give out homemade bookmarks. What would the bookmarks look like? (submitted by Billy)

Well since I sometimes make bookmarks to go with my giveaways, I probably would just make those. They look like this...

This is the bookmark bracelet that is part of the Spooktacular giveaway I have going on right now.

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