Wednesday, November 30, 2016

{Cover Reveal} Luminous Dreams by Alexa Piper










Luminous Dreams
Alexa Piper

Genre: Paranormal Erotica

Publisher: World Weaver Press

Date of Publication:  December 13, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9977888-5-3
ASIN: B01M7UBG0H

Number of pages: 140
Word Count: 40,000

Book Description:

Relax, close your eyes . . . and dream. Nine tales, nine sensual dreams of enchantment, wanderlust and lovers’ longings, of searching and finding; these dreams tell of birds of fire, curses that lie like bridges between night and day, and hunger for sweet seduction.


About the Author:

Alexa Piper enjoys writing, romance, and the paranormal. This said, becoming a paranormal romance writer seemed perfectly reasonable, but for Alexa, it is more than that; it's fun. Alexa’s work has appeared in the anthologies Demons, Imps, and Incubi and The Naughty List. Luminous Dreams is Alexa's first collection, and she hopes her readers will have as much fun reading it as she had writing it. Check out Alexa’s online home (alexapiper.com) for all things related to her writing and be sure to follow her on Twitter @prowlingpiper.



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{Cover Reveal} Where On Earth? An Alaska Adventure By David H. Minton





Where On Earth? An Alaska Adventure
By David H. Minton
Fiery Seas Publishing
May 2017   
Romantic Adventure

Dan Richards, an Iraq war vet, is a surveyor for the mining company, looking to open a new silver mine. Scrambling to establish his helicopter charter business in the wilds of Alaska, while trying to stay connected to his teenage daughter, his world soon turns upside down when he rescues a woman and her dog sledding team after an avalanche.

Samantha Bettencourt, an environmental engineer, is eager to begin her first project with the university. A spokesperson for an environmentalist group intent on preserving the wilderness, she is on the path to saving the wild, but when Dan walks into her life things start to change.

Sparks fly between Dan and Samantha as they find themselves running for their lives—from the good guys as well as the bad guys out to ruin the things they long to protect. Will they be able to escape before it’s too late? Will they get a chance at love or will they lose everything. . . including their lives?

About the Author:

After graduating college, David spent two tours in United States Military Assistance Command Republic of Viet-Nam, before beginning his career as a nuclear engineer, then electronics engineer, tele-communications engineer, and software security engineer. He has previously published three non-fiction books, several poems, and many non-fiction technical and historical articles.






Tuesday, November 29, 2016

{Book Spotlight} IN THE LINE OF DUTY by Carolyn Arnold


IN THE LINE OF DUTY 
Detective Madison Knight Series
by Carolyn Arnold

Published by: Hibbert and Stiles Publishing Inc.
Release date: September 29, 2016

ASIN: B01HZVSQPW
ISBN (e-book): 9 978-1-988353-22-7
ISBN (print): 978-1-988353-23-4
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-988353-25-8

Approximately 292 pages

About the Book:

He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?

It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him, shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.

When news of Weir’s murder reaches the department, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves just when they need one another the most.

With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with members of the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more officers pay with their lives.

Author Website  


ABOUT THE DETECTIVE MADISON KNIGHT SERIES

Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli and Isles, Women’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Life Sentence (Bonus Prequel).

Excerpt from Chapter 3

Troy gripped the sink in the men’s washroom at the Stiles police station with both hands and stared at himself in the mirror. He’d lost men close to him before. The last one was two years ago, and the officer had been killed in a car accident while off duty. He’d left behind two kids and a wife. But Barry…he was different. Life always equaled death, of course. It was a simple equation to accept until it touched close to home. And that’s what Barry’s death was for him—personal.

Losing Barry made it clear just how dangerous this job could be and how fragile life was. One minute here, the next gone. Barry had just been pumping gas, a routine thing, something people did all the time without any thought to their safety. Those on the outside would say that’s the risk he took being in law enforcement. Yes, there was the chance any one of them wouldn’t return home from a shift, but it wasn’t something Troy consciously thought about before heading to work.

In fact, when serving in a SWAT capacity, he’d say it was one of the safest positions within the Stiles PD. SWAT had the toys, and when they showed up to manage a situation, it was often brought under control rather quickly. Even the majority of criminals didn’t want to tango with an AR-15 and armored vehicles. Besides, dwelling on one’s mortality wasn’t healthy. But when something like this happened to one of their own, it spurred on such self-reflection. It could have easily been him in the morgue, or one of his team members. Or Madison…

His insides quivered with rage as his heartbeat slowed with his grief. He squeezed his eyes shut.

 “I’ve got Dad’s car tonight,” Barry says. “We’ll take it out on the back roads and see what she’s really capable of.”

“Your dad’s a cop, Barry,” Troy reminds him.

“So? What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.” Barry takes a few steps down the hall of their high school but stops and spins when Troy doesn’t follow. “Come on, man. Don’t make me take Lyman.”

Troy came back from his thoughts and opened his eyes to find himself staring at his reflection.

That night had been one of the best ever. Barry had sent the car airborne by racing over the railway tracks on the outskirts of the city. They’d even conned some seniors into getting beer for them and drank it by the tracks later that night.

Barry had made Troy feel alive…

Pain knotted in his chest, the regrets over skipping drinks with Barry last week paired with losing a part of his childhood somehow.

Troy pinched the bridge of his nose as the memories continued to rush over him.

“I just got my acceptance letter.” Barry holds the envelope in his hand. “This college has the hottest chicks… Not that it would matter to you.”

“What does that mean?”

“It’s Lauren and Troy sitting in a tree…” Barry sings.

“Seriously? You’re like a girl sometimes, you know that? A big, emotional girl.”

“Hey!” Barry punches him playfully in the arm.

Madison punched him in the arm sometimes, too…

God, what would he have done if Madison were the one who’d been killed?


About the Author:

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

{Review} Nitrosigine Bonded Arginine Silicate (Fruit Flavored)


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





I actually really like this pre-workout verses all the others I've tried. Granted it doesn't taste all that great but who cares if you chug it. It gives me lots of energy to get through my workout and actually a bit beyond, with no crash at the end. I like that it's non-stimulant based so I can still have a cup of coffee after my workout, and not worry about a caffeine overdose. I got a nice pump, and felt like I was flying through my weight-training. The label says it kicks in after about 15 mins, but I think it's closer to 10 mins at least for me. I love that there are no side effect, I didn't get any of the itchy, tingling or sick to my stomach sensation like I have with other pre-work outs.
I do wish Nitrosigine had more information on their website though. There's a lot of scientific gobbled gook, but not a lot of just basic info. I found a couple clinical studies, but it was much the same. Basically this is safe and already in many pre-workout products already. It is considered safe by the FDA. Sadly from my research you can't buy this by itself, you have to purchase the pre-workouts it's in to get it's effects. I'd really prefer to see this as a product by itself and without the added caffeine. If there was more information about this product and I could get it as I have sampled it, I would absolutely purchase this.

Sunday, November 27, 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.



We had a very nice Thanksgiving and I enjoyed having a 4 day weekend. Even though it went by way to fast. I'm going to be happy to get back on a normal schedule again, even if it's only for a few weeks. I'm trying to get into the Christmas spirit now that Thanksgiving is over. As you can see I've done up the blog's header in a Christmas theme. What do you think?
I'm working on getting ahead and filling spots for December, so I don't have to worry about it. I actually have a few posts for Jan already up. So this was also a fairly productive long weekend too. 

All links go to Goodread pages


What I'm Reading... 

Witch and Wombat

Witch and Wombat
by Carolyn Cushman

Finished:
Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports
by Kathrine Switzer
Hidden Harbor Mysteries (Podcast/ audio drama)


Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen (re-listening to)

Undisclosed (podcast)





I actually watched a lot, for me anyway, this week.
Dk forced me to watch The Boneyard a really bad horror movie from the 90's

The biggest named actor was Phyllis Diller. While the little zombie ghoul creature were terrifying I laughed my butt off when the zombie poodle showed up. You have to see this...

Even the actress starts cracking up. 

He then forced me to watch the new GhostBusters movie.
Ghostbusters Poster

It was as horrible as I expected. To be honest I'm not sure what I did to deserved this kind of torture. 
And finally 

I picked up where I left off in season 6 of The Walking Dead. I made it through 2 episodes before giving up and turning it off. I don't know what happened but the show just sucks now. 


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:

  Nov. 25th - Dec. 1st - Name one book that you would fight for on Black Friday! (submitted by Billy)

I really can't think of a book out now that I would fight for. Maybe the newest Molly Harper book, if it was super marked down.

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Weekly Update




I'll also be sharing on...

 Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin
and linking up with Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and Angela from Marathons & Motivation

So if you read my Runfession yesterday, you already know that I've decided to try and run a half marathon later in the coming year. As preparation for this I decide to start off slow, and enrolled in the Zombies Run 10k intermediate training plan. After this I plan on moving up to the actual Half- Marathon training plan. My plan is to start the half-marathon around the week of January the 4th. Which is when the 10k intermediate plan ends. So wish me luck!


November Goals:
Start tracking calories using LoseIt! : 7/7 I managed to log everyday this week
One day a week of dedicated strength training: 1/7 got in my weights this week. Yay!
The step goal is on hold until I get a new activity tracker
Here's what I did this week...

11/19/16:  Ran 3.34 miles in 27:58 mins
11/20/16:  Weightlifting 30 mins
ran 3.47 miles in 24:35 mins
11/21/16: ran 3.77 miles in 26.58 mins
11/22/16:  Rest
11/23/16: Rest
11/24/16:  10 mins Yoga
11/25/16:  Ran 4.42 miles in 31:36 mins


Friday, November 25, 2016

Nov Runfessions- I'm only half crazy...so far!

Holy wow, Thanksgiving was yesterday and Christmas is just around the corner. Where did the year go? I'm linking up with Marcia's A Healthy Slice, for Runfessions, because I've decided to do something a little crazy. Something I said I wasn't going to do. Something I said, why
would I ever want to do that about. I said I'm happy running 5ks, and then I'm never going to run over a 10k. I just run for my (mental) health I don't need to run more than 6 miles. I don't have anything to prove, I just like running and being healthy. But secretly I'm runvious, yup. I see all these other cool bloggers running marathons, and half marathons. So I start thinking, I can do that! I can do 3 miles in under 30 mins, I can do 6 mile in under an hour so in theory 13.1 should only take what... 2 hours.
I'm being optimistic and a bit tongue in cheek here.
I get that a half marathon is a huge decision for a runner like me. It takes a lot of training and conditioning. I've actually put a lot of thought into figuring out if I really want to challenge my body with something like this and the answer is yes. I want to see if I can do it.
Locally we have a race called the 1812 Challenge and Half Marathon, it takes place in Sept. I'm thinking about registering, but I'm not sure. It's not the run itself that puts me off to registering, I'm a solo run type of gal. Sure I like running with DK but he's the exception. Being around a lot of people makes me nervous, especially if I'm by myself. Which I would be, as there is no way DK would run that far. I'd be running on the road, granted county roads... I already know the race route. Like I said it's a local race and I've been down all the roads on the course more than once. Anyway I don't run on roads, I run trails around our house and treadmill. Although since hunting season started I haven't been on the trail, stray bullets and over zealous hunters are a real thing out here. I'm kind of afraid to run on the roads. I mean have you seen the news, and then my paranoia kicks in... All this stuff goes round and round inside my head when ever I consider a real race. Maybe I'll just stick to the virtual ones, US Road Running has half marathons and marathons.
Either way I'm going to do it. I've started planning out my training plan and doing research. My Zombie's Run app has training plans which I'm going to use. I'm easing into this right now I'm doing the 10k intermediate plan and then moving up to the Half Marathon plan.
So what do you think... am I crazy? Ok I mean for doing a half marathon, I know all the other stuff is crazy talk. Any advice for a Half Marathon Virgin?


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

{Review} BPI Best BCAA Apple Pear

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




I really liked this as it tasted really good, a bit tart but good. Packed with amino acid for workout recovery it
promotes strength and muscle repair. Having only a sample I can't attest to how well this works. It did quench my thirst and helped to hydrate me. It mixed up really well, no sediment floating around. I would absolutely purchase this.

Monday, November 21, 2016

{Spotlight} Boy Meets Witch (The White Cat Chronicles Book 1) by G.A. Rael






Boy Meets Witch 
The White Cat Chronicles 
Book 1
G.A. Rael
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Date of Publication: 11/17/16
ASIN: B01M2URFOK 
Number of pages: 186
Word Count: 70,000


Book Description:

“Are you an angel?" Harper asked, pleading internally for the answer to be no.

The tall, white-haired man gave a low chuckle. "Not quite. What I am isn't nearly as important as who you are--and what I can do for you."

Harper Adams is a witch on the run--from her past as a faith healer turned accidental arsonist, and from the power she's kept locked away her whole life. She thinks she's finally found a place she can settle down and call home in the picturesque town of Cold Creek, Vermont, but a mysterious white cat who may or may not be bent on taking the curvaceous witch's soul has other plans.

Harper's compassion soon gets the best of her and earns her an unwanted reputation as the town miracle worker as well as the ire of sexy veterinarian and militant atheist, Darren St. Clair. Cold Creek's residents have a few supernatural secrets of their own, and Harper will have to face the destiny that led her to the last place a witch in hiding needs to be--that is, if Darren doesn't have her chased out of town with a pitchfork-wielding mob before she gets the chance.



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Excerpt:


Without a word, the strange man stepped closer. His silken hair was too perfectly white to be a natural color, yet there wasn't a trace of darkness at his roots. On closer inspection, Harper was horrified to realize that his eyes weren't just the color of a cat's but the shape, too. She tried to tell herself they were just theatrical contacts, but they shrunk so realistically as he stepped underneath the light that she began to doubt the only reasonable explanation.
"S-stay back," she stammered, finding her voice once he was too close to dismiss as an illusion.
To her amazement, he halted in his steady approach.
"I'm not going to hurt you," he said in a surprisingly gentle voice for someone so imposing. The contrast was so unsettling it made her shiver. His statuesque body and almost feminine facial features reminded her too much of the awful weeping angel statues in her church's graveyard. Harper had always feared them as a child and now it seemed that one had come to life. The intruder was even beautiful in the same ethereal, almost grotesque way the statues were. "After all," he continued in that melodic voice, "you did save my life."
Harper stared at him in bewilderment. The words of a madman rarely made sense, she supposed. "I don't even know you."
"Maybe not, but I know you, Harper--or should I say, Alyssa? I've been watching over you for some time."
She tried to swallow but the coffee had left her mouth dry. "How do you know that name?"
His stone lips curved into a slight smile. "I know everything about you. For instance, I know your father's name is Byron Hurlow and he's the preacher at the Rockport Trinity Tabernacle in Little Rock, Arkansas. I know you've been running for a little over two years now, and I know that you fear angels more than anything except maybe hurting the ones you love." His cat eyes narrowed and his voice lowered to a knowing tone as he said, "I also know about the fire."
Harper took a step back only to trip into a stack of boxes behind her. Before she could save herself, the man caught her and rested his hands on her shoulders, keeping a slight distance between them. She marveled at the bizarre display of propriety in the midst of such threatening behavior, but she didn't complain. His skin was surprisingly warm.
"Be careful," he murmured. "You always were a klutz."
He said it so casually, as if they were old friends. "Who are you?" she asked shakily. "How could you possibly know about the --"
"The fire?" he offered. "Like I said, I've been watching you for a very long time."
"Are you an angel?" Harper asked, pleading internally for the answer to be no.
The tall, white-haired man gave a low chuckle. "Not quite. What I am isn't nearly as important as who you are--and what I can do for you."
"You could start by putting on some clothes."

About the Author:
G.A. Rael is a practicing witch and author of paranormal romance and mysteries. She's had a lifelong love affair with all things that go bump in the night, and it's her firm belief that monsters deserve their happily-ever-afters, too. When she isn't writing, you can find G.A. watching campy horror films with her husband and two cats in beautiful seaside New England.










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{Spotlight} Malaise Falchion by Paul Barrett




Malaise Falchion
Paul Barrett
Science Fiction
November 15, 2016


Disgraced during the Demon War, Dwarf investigator Snazdaggin Kundarik (Spade to his friends) wants nothing more than a desk to sleep on, a bottle of grog to drink, and the occasional easy case for quick pay.


Then a mysterious female Elf from the posh side of town shows up and offers him exoneration for his past sins and lots of gold. All he has to do is follow her brother and report his activities. Simple, right?


He should have known better. The simple job soon spirals out of control. Spade finds himself sucked into intrigue, powerful magic, and the hunt for a weapon powerful enough to end the world. Ill-prepared, Spade forges on with the aid of his hapless sidekick and a reluctant female warrior.


Will he survive long enough to save the world and get his grog?





About the Author:

Paul has lived a varied life full of excitement and adventure. Not really, but it sounds good as an opening line.

Paul’s multiple careers have included: rock and roll roadie, children’s theater stage manager, television camera operator, mortgage banker, and support specialist for Microsoft Excel.


This eclectic mix prepared him to go into his true love: motion picture production. He has produced two motion pictures and two documentaries: His film Night Feeders released on DVD in 2007, and Cold Storage was released by Lionsgate in 2010

Amidst all this, Paul has worked on his writing, starting with his first short story, about Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, at age 8. Paul has written and produced numerous commercial and industrial video scripts in his tenure with his forcreative agency, Indievision. He has two published short stories (As You Sow and Double Cross) and one self-published novel (Godchild). He lives with his filmmaker/graphic artist partner and their three cats.







{Spotlight} Impulse by C.J. Lake


Impulse
C.J. Lake
Genre: New Adult Romance
Date of Publication: 10/5/16
Number of pages: 360
Word Count: 86K

Book Description:

**Standalone novel, NO cliffhanger. Contains explicit/steamy content intended for mature readers.**

I couldn't believe my luck, seeing Cady Killoren at the bar and finding out she no longer had a boyfriend. Then ending up at her place later that night... She had her guard up, but there was no denying what was happening between us. I wasn't sure how to play this, I hadn't exactly been honest with her. I only knew I wanted more of her...and then things got complicated.

It was one impulsive night--totally unlike me! I can't even blame it on the drinks. That night with Mick was pure chemistry. I never would've guessed that the next time we met it would be in a crowded restaurant, being introduced by my dad! And I would find out that everything I thought I knew about Mick was a lie. There are a lot of reasons why I need to resist Mick Croft... Easier said than done.


Excerpt:


“So where does that leave us?”
“Wh—us?” she repeated stupidly.
“You and me,” he said softly and inched even closer—which only reminded her how good he smelled.
“N-nowhere,” she managed to eke out. Remember your resolve, she told herself. Distance, not flirtation.
“C'mon, Cady,” Mick murmured, “that's it?” For a moment, she just looked up at him. “Don’t we deserve another night?” The husky strum of Mick’s voice nearly sent shivers through her. “We could even make it ‘no strings’ since that’s what you’re into?” he suggested playfully.
Please, that was so not what she was into; in fact, she’d tried it just once—with Mick—and look at her.  Still wanting him, still thinking about him.
“No,” she said finally.
“No to no strings?” he questioned.
Inhaling sharply, Cady replied, “No to all of it.” Though his face was inscrutable, she sensed that Mick was as unconvinced as she felt, so she doubled-down. “We can't hook up again.”
“Why not?” he asked simply, still not moving away. “We barely got started the first time.” Her eyes widened for a second. Barely got started? God...
She fought a sudden carnal reaction that sent her pulse leaping and made her cheeks flush. For an insane, overheated second, she imagined what else they could have done that night—
Abruptly, she caught herself. What am I doing??
Was she that weak? That hot for this guy? Where was her resolve?
To regain a sense of control, Cady straightened her posture (always a pretty good precursor to prissiness).  “Mick, we’re forgetting that night, remember?”
He slanted her a look. “We are?  When did I agree to that?”
“You have no choice,” Cady replied crisply. “I’m still annoyed with you.”
With a roll of his eyes at that, Mick said, “Jesus, how long are you going to be mad about a couple of white lies?”
Obviously he was determined to brush off his insincerity at Donovan Shay's. Their very first meeting had started with a pointless lie and apparently Mick didn't see a problem with that. “A lie is a lie—no matter how you color-code it.” Before he could say or do something to change her mind, Cady pressed on, “Besides, can you really blame me for being turned off? Considering that you...”
“What?”
“...got me into bed under false pretenses,” she managed.
Then Mick had the nerve to laugh. “Got you into bed?  C'mon, you must be kidding.  Cady—we barely did anything!” His voice was gruff as he leaned his face a fraction closer to hers, adding, “And if you want to be accurate here, it was more like you got me into bed.”  When she didn't immediately protest, Mick continued, almost glibly, “What could I do?  You were pressing up close to me with those big blue eyes…that mouth…waiting for me to kiss you, practically challenging me to kiss you…”
“I was not,” Cady protested weakly, her voice soft and almost cracking.
Somehow their faces had drawn closer, and Mick's mouth was only a few inches from hers. She could almost feel his breath on her lips. “You were,” he murmured thickly, his deep voice making her burn.  She felt heat spreading through her body, as perspiration broke on the back of her neck. It suddenly felt like it was 110 degrees in that kitchen.  She was way too close to kissing him all over again.
And she panicked. “Oh, my God, you're doing it again right now!” Cady whispered, hoping no onlookers had noticed how much Mick was affecting her.  A little flustered, she took an abrupt step back--then one more, just to break the spell.
Straightening up, Mick sighed. “All right, forget it. Like I said earlier: let's not argue. Obviously you just want to stay mad at me.”
“And obviously you're impossible to reason with.”
“And you're frustrating as hell.”
“I’ll come back.”
They both looked and saw Torie. “No, stay,” Cady insisted, feeling like she needed her friend there before she made an even bigger fool of herself. Obviously Cady didn't have to be a Psych major to realize that most of her fury with Mick at the moment was driven by suppressed desire. Sure, if life were simple, things might be different and Cady could do what she truly wanted—which was basically a repeat of everything they'd done last weekend, and then a bunch of other stuff that, according to Mick, they'd left out.
“Yeah, stay,” Mick agreed. “I was just going.”
Torie acknowledged Mick with a quick, friendly smile. “Hey—I remember you.”
Mick nodded. “Donovan Shay's, right?”
“Yep. So, how's the private security business?” she asked sarcastically.
At least Mick had the good shame to cast his eyes downward for a moment, as if to say he had no defense. Finally, a shred of humility!
Smiling sweetly, Torie added, “By the way, tell your friend, Quinn, that he's full of shit.”
With an effacing half-grin, Mick replied, “Believe me, he knows that.”
Turning her attention back to Cady, Torie said, “Well, I didn't mean to interrupt, but I was only coming over to warn you.”
Reflexively, Cady's forehead pinched with concern. “Warn me about what?”
“About the freakishly small world we live in,” Torie said, forcing a smile—which only worried Cady more. “Um, okay...Wes is here.”
~

About the Author:

C.J. Lake is a storyteller who is passionate about art, surfing, and skiing/snowboarding. She is the author of Constructing Us, A Hot Winter, Sky High, and Impulse.  Residing near the coast of Massachusetts, C.J. is currently working on a new book.

Readers can get in touch via email writercjlake@gmail.com






Sunday, November 20, 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.



Other than dreading a possible snow storm this weekend, we really have nothing going on. Although I have to say that the weather has been really weird this year. We were in the 70's Saturday and now we're waiting to see if it snows. Hopefully it won't be as bad as they're predicting. I'd be very happy with a green Christmas.

All links go to Goodread pages


What I'm Reading... 

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


Finished:
by Jane Austen (re-listened to)


Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen (re-listening to)

Hidden Harbor Mysteries (Podcast/ audio drama)





Dk and I watched Batman: The Killing Joke Friday night. It was actually really dark, although what do you expect from Alan Moore‎. I have to say I wasn't all that impressed with it. The Joker backstory was kind of interesting but there was a lot of build up and little pay out. Yet I do love Mark Hamil as the voice of The Joker, so it was nice that they got him to do this. 


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:


  Would you take a book with you when you go to your family's Thanksgiving gathering/dinner? (submitted by Billy)

As a teen I would usually take a book with me to read for family functions. I think everyone kind of expected it. As an adult no, I don't usually have time to read. I'm to busy chasing children (mine and other peoples), helping with dinner or being sociable.

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