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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last Weekly Update of 2016




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

Holy wow, 2016 is basically over and tomorrow starts 2017. A whole new year! New goals to accomplish or bomb at, hey I'm honest. I decided to start my half- marathon training today instead of the first. What can I say I don't like waiting. I was getting antsy and wanted to get started.


December Goals:
One day a week of dedicated strength training: 1/7 - Did a Tricep Toning video and oh my have my arms been hurting ever since. 

Here's what I did this week...
12/24/16: Slacked
12/25/16: Ran 4.07 miles in 30:11 mins
12/26/16: Upper Body workout : Tricep Toning video 
12/27/16: Ran 4.08 miles in 29:31 mins
12/28/16: Rest
12/29/16: Rest
12/30/16: Got groceries and slacked


Thursday, December 29, 2016

{Cover Reveal} Melancholy Ghost (Spirit Chasers #2) By Kat Mayor

Today is the cover reveal for Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Melancholy Ghost
Melancholy Ghost (Spirit Chasers #2)

By Kat Mayor

Genre: Paranormal

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 14 February, 2017



Blurb:

From ghost hunter to ghost, haunted.



Barrett has a plan—help Austin regain his memory, surround him with his friends and loved ones, and lead him into the light. Unfortunately, the tragic investigation of a melancholy ghost derails everything.



As new lead investigator, Thai struggles to maintain the high ratings SCI has always enjoyed. After a few subpar investigations, the network execs demand results, even if it means the team must put their lives on the line for a house more deadly than its dead occupants.



There are worse things than being dead.



Austin knows something is wrong. Most people ignore him, time eludes him, and his hands are basically worthless. If only he could remember what happened, he would have the answers he so desperately seeks. He’s sick of Barrett’s lies and Casey’s deflections. Austin will have to figure this one out on his own. Will the truth set him free, or destroy his soul?




You can find Melancholy Ghost on Goodreads



Melancholy Ghost Teaser




Excerpt:

While the others were in the back storeroom, Bob and Luis investigated the front of the store. Bob’s spirit guides led them over to an old Victrola. An apparition in a three-piece suit materialized in front of them. Bob couldn’t see the solid forms of ghosts the way Casey and Barrett did. He saw them as clear beings with bright edges. But if a spirit was strong and determined, it could convey its thoughts and words to Bob. You, sir. Might I have a word?

“Certainly.”

Professor Charles Bowen. The translucent apparition held out his hand in introduction.

Bob made the motion of shaking his hand. “Pleased to meet you, Professor. How can I be of assistance?”

The professor pointed with his translucent pipe. On the floor were shards of broken teacups and saucers. That was Lady Jane Carraway’s collection of fine, English bone china. It was then that Bob noticed the silhouette of a feminine spirit. Her clear being was outlined in a Victorian era tie-back blouse and skirt. She stood behind and to the side of the professor, clutching a lace handkerchief and weeping soundlessly. A mute spirit, Bob realized. Somehow her silent sobs were more sorrowful than if she had been wailing loudly. The professor pushed his wire-rimmed glasses up higher on his nose. Now what is to be done about them?

“Them?”

Those hoodlums. It’s one thing to endure their practical jokes. But Lady Jane is a kind soul. She didn’t deserve this.

He’s sweet on her, a young male spirit taunted. Then he made smooching noises. A couple of other spirits with him began to laugh. They blurred into one as they floated off down another aisle.

Alas, I did not know Lady Jane when we were alive. He patted her arm. I wish I had. His eyes narrowed at Bob and Luis. You must make them leave. They are turning this fine establishment into a rowdy, ill-managed ale house.

“We’ll do our best, Professor.”

One more thing.

Bob turned to face him. The ginger boy is the ring leader. If you cross him over, they’ll all follow.




Kat MayorAbout the Author:

I am a native Texan, wife, and mom. In addition to The Spirit Chaser, I have written a young adult series, The Circle. I’m a full-time reader, part-time writer, and when I’m not kicking a story around in my head, I love to read and review books on Goodreads.



You can find and contact Kat Mayor here:

- Website

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

{Book Review} Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports by Kathrine Switzer

Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports
by Kathrine Switzer
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
Release: March 9th 2007
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Running, memiors
How I got it: Bought it

Katherine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon in 1967 where she was attacked by one of the event's directors who wanted to eject her from the all-male race. She fought off the director and finished the race. From the childhood events that inspired her to winning the New York City Marathon in 1974, this liberally illustrated book details the struggles and achievements of a pioneering women in sports.


Review: This was an amazing book. I loved Ms Switzer story of how she began running and kept running all her life. She is an inspiration. Her dedication and devotion to getting women recognized not just in running but other sports is mind boggling. I found her time in Syracuse fascinating, living an hour north of the city. I was super impressed by her running those long distances in the dead of winter. Sorry you would never catch me out there.
Detailing the trials that she encountered during her running career, this book tells the untold story of the second woman to run the Boston Marathon. I found it interesting the myths surrounding women running when Ms Switzer started running. I couldn't wrap my mind around that people still believed things like a woman's ovaries would fall out if they ran farther than a few miles.
Ms Switzer's writing style was good, like talking with a friend. She shared her highs and lows, the pictures made the book offering a real feel to all the tales. I really enjoyed this book and found it inspiring.








Monday, December 26, 2016

{Spotlight} Lucy Trilogy by L.M. Pruitt



Burden
Lucy Trilogy Book 1
Winged Series Book 11
L.M. Pruitt
Genre: Urban fantasy/paranormal romance
Publisher: SP Press
Date of Publication: July 26

Book Description:


All my life, I've had plans.
Dying the day before beginning the final year of my surgical residency wasn't one of them.
Finding myself drafted in the eternal war between good and evil wasn't one of them, either.
And dealing with friends, enemies, and lovers I don't remember?
Definitely not in my plans.



Curse
Lucy Trilogy 2
Winged Series Book 12
L.M. Pruitt
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: SP Press
Date of Publication: August 27


Book Description:


The problem with plans?
Even the best ones can go awry. And when they do... all hell breaks loose.
If I've learned only one thing in the last few months, it's the past never dies.
Four plagues down. Six more to come.
We need more than a plan.
We need a miracle.




Redemption
Lucy Trilogy Book 3
Winged Series Book 13
L.M. Pruitt
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: SP Press
Date of Publication: September 29

Book Description:


The problem with miracles?
They require a deity who cares.
And if you don't have one of those... you need a sacrifice.
Or the world ends


About the Author:
L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice.  She is the author of the Winged series, the Plaisir Coupable series, Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel.



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sunday Cup of...Merry Christmas!



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

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas or whatever Holiday you celebrate. I got some wonderful present from DK and the kids. They seem to be enjoying their gifts too. I've got wrapping paper from one end of the house to the other and a turkey in oven. It's nice to have some down time to spend with my family. I'm going to enjoy my long weekend, hope you do too. 

All links go to Goodread pages


What I'm Reading... 

Not sure yet, DK got me some books for Christmas but I have reviews to do so... sigh #bookishgirlproblems.

Finished:

Sadie Walker is Stranded (Zombie #2)

Sadie Walker is Stranded (Zombie #2)
by Madeleine Roux (DNFY - Did not finish yet. This means I plan on finishing it just not any time soon. I'm just not in the mood for zombies right now and I don't like forcing myself to read.)


Restless Spirits

Restless Spirits
by Jean Marie Bauhau



Emma

by Jane Austen, Elizabeth Klett (Narrator)

Undisclosed (podcast)







Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead almost done with it. 

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


This weeks question:

 Do you participate in reading challenges that have you reading for 24 hours, challenges that have a yearly goal, challenges that have you reading certain genres, or do you not participate in challenges? (submitted by Elizabeth)

Ok lets break this down, first part - I have 2 kids and a husband reading for 24 hours is out of the question.
Second part - Only the Goodreads challenge.
Third part - nope
Fourth part see second part

I tried doing challenges but always seemed to fail. After awhile it stopped being fun, so I stopped doing it.


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


Friday, December 23, 2016

{Book Spotlight} Nuttycracker Sweet by Megan O’Russell






Nuttycracker Sweet
Megan O’Russell

Genre: Sweet Romance

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Date of Publication: 12/08/2015

ISBN: 978-0-9904757-8-1
ASIN: B018DDKLR2

Number of pages: 64
Word Count: 17,000

Cover Artist: Jess Small

Book Description: 

Pointe shoes, tutus, and a snowy road trip with the man she hates. What could possibly go wrong?

The plan was simple. Get to Portland, dance The Nutcracker, and don’t murder your dance partner. And most definitely, do not, under any circumstances, fall in love with him.

A snowy road trip strands Elle Grant in a tiny cabin better suited for serial killings than rehearsals for two professional ballet dancers. With no one but the incredibly talented, excruciatingly handsome, and notoriously terrible Zachary Benson and a few taxidermy woodland creatures for company, Elle’s Christmas plans are officially ruined. Can she and Zach learn to like each other enough to dance together? And can Elle get home without losing her heart to the Christmas Cavalier?


Amazon    BN    Kobo    iTunes





I’ve been an elf, a tap dancing
reindeer, a teddy bear, a showgirl, the Virgin Mary, and Mrs. Cratchit. All for
the joy of Christmas onstage.

I’ve spent my entire life
onstage. Not like every moment of every day, but it’s how I spent all my free
time as a child and how I’ve made my living as an adult. The stage is my home,
the lights are my sunshine, and the cast is my family, even if only for the run
of the show.

Life under the stage lights is
glamorous but hard. And it gets hardest around the holidays.

Just like retail workers and
plenty of other professions, the holiday season is crunch time for performers.
I’ve performed on Thanksgiving for I don’t remember how many years, and on
Christmas Day for five out of the past nine years, and always far away from
home. Don’t get me wrong. I love it. I spend my Christmas Day performing for
either people who have nowhere else to go or who have theatre for Christmas
ingrained in their holiday traditions. (Thanks for keeping me employed,
theatregoers!)

But when you go to the Nutcracker
and see a performer from New York City that is there to lead the local ballet
company, that means that performer packed up her life, braved the elements, and
is trusting in the world that the show will turn out well. That her dance
partner won’t be a terrible human, and that when it’s all over the paycheck
will clear. It’s a life of tiny Christmas trees in hotel rooms, hoping you get
to see your family before New Year’s, and finding someone nearby to make your
Christmas merry and bright. No one wants to be alone for the holidays, even
those of us who live our lives with dance shoes and glitter.

And that is where the holiday
showmance comes into the picture.

In case you’ve never heard the
term “showmance,” it’s a romance that happens during the run of a show. You’re
away from home, living and working with the same people, in a profession where
you are meant to touch your co-workers, and emotions are bared under the
spotlights. It happens all the time. Two people come into a show, play love
interests, get close in cast housing, and fall madly in love.
Sometimes they end up married.
Sometime there’s drinking and sobbing when they break up on closing night.
Sometimes the rest of the cast takes bets to see which way a showmance will go.

But add in the romance of the
holidays—fireplaces, snow, and warm fuzzy feelings—toss in a dash of the normal
human desire to be with those you care for the most for Christmas, and you just
might have the makings of a Christmas romance. Or devastating heartbreak.



From tap dancing soldiers to
beautiful Christmas ballerinas, whomever you watch on stage this Christmas just
remember they are far from home for the holidays so they can bring joy to their
audiences. But don’t worry. It is, in fact, a glamourous life, and while the
stage lights bring warmth and beauty to the show, they can also bring a little
holiday romance along with them.


About the Author:

Megan O’Russell is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Tethering, and Nuttycracker Sweet, a Christmas novella. Megan’s short stories can also be found in several anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters 2, featuring women in speculative fiction. Megan is a professional performer who has spent time on stages across the country and is the lyrist for Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, which received it’s world premier in 2015. When not on stage or behind a computer, Megan can usually be found playing her ukulele or climbing a mountain with her fantastic husband.




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{Spotlight} Enlightenment (The Driel Trilogy) by Liz Keel


Enlightenment
The Driel Trilogy
Liz Keel
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: 21st April 2016
ISBN:  9780996974875 
ISBN:  9780994664198 


Book Description:


After losing everything, all seventeen-year-old Thea wanted was to be a normal teenager. Instead, she was attacked by a mysterious creature she thought only existed in fairy tales. 


Now thrown into the unknown realm of Faey, Thea is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice. With the support of her new friends and a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian watching her every move, Thea will discover that when it comes to Faey, nothing is what it seems. 


Will her courage and desire to save this new world from darkness be enough? Or will Thea be the next victim to fall to the dark whispers of fate...




About the Author:
I live in Surrey, England, a short walk from the beautiful Windsor Park, with my husband Richard and our two gorgeous children Noah and Olivia. For me, writing is nothing short of an addiction and I often find myself sneaking out to my writing shed for just a few minutes, which can often turn into hours of pure, unadulterated bliss catching up with my characters and continuing their story. 


In-between writing, I teach in a primary school where there’s never a dull moment! I will also often be found Kindle in hand, reading a wide variety of genres but with YA fantasy and paranormal romance at the forefront of my reading list. Although I’m currently writing the second book in the Driel trilogy, other characters involving all things fantasy, paranormal and YA romance are jockeying for position, wanting me to write their story next, so watch this space! It is such a privilege to share my stories with you the reader. Thank you enough for taking the time to find out more about me. 

To find out more about Liz, visit her website: www.lizkeelauthor.com






{Spotlight} Feast of Chaos Four Feasts till Darkness (Book Three) by Christian A. Brown







Feast of Chaos
Four Feasts till Darkness
Book Three
Christian A. Brown

Genre: Dark Fantasy/ Literary/ Romance
Publisher: Forsythia Press
Date of Publication: September 23rd, 2016
ISBN: 978-0994014429
ASIN: B01M1ESQ3Y
Number of pages: 698
Word Count: 250K
Cover Artist: Dane at Ebookcoverlaunch

Book Description:

Menos has been destroyed. No corner of the realm of Geadhain is safe from the Black Queen’s hunger. Zionae—or the Great Dreamer, as she has been called in ancient tongues—has a thirst that cannot be quenched until all of Geadhain burns and bleeds. She preys on the minds of weak men and exploits human folly for an unhuman end. She cannot be defeated in her current state, but the answer to her downfall may lie in the land of her past.

It is with this aim that a Daughter of Fate, Morigan, and her brave and true companions venture to the mysterious Pandemonia, the land of chaos itself. Ancient secrets and even older power lurk in its swamps and deserts. Life itself becomes uncertain, but the Hunters of Fate have no choice: Pandemonia must give up its secrets if they want to find the Black Queen’s weakness.

Elsewhere in the realm, alliances form and break. Dead men rise and heroes fall. Eod prepares for war. In hiding, Lila, the bearer of its destruction, will be given a chance to atone and answer for her sins. Will her actions save Eod, or has she damned it with her crimes?






Excerpt:
Heathsholme was quaint—Central Geadhain’s darling, as the locals proclaimed. Looking down upon it, passengers on skycarriages were often struck by the fact that the realm possessed the look of a joyfully made quilt. Red-leafed orchards, yellow fields of flax and corn, patches of blue brocade that were swimming pools and watering holes…all threaded with brown branching roads. Sweet winds blew down from the North year-round, bearing only cool and refreshing properties until winter rose to claim the throne of seasons. When the North wind came, it froze Heathsholme’s pools into skating circles and decorated the large trees with grand chandeliers of ice. In the depths of that season, the staunch apple trees finally died. Their fruits fell to the ground and were collected. Their blossoms broke from their branches and filled the air like flocks of migrating winter birds. During this season, families came from the West, South, and East to visit Heathsholme and enjoy great outdoor festivals of food, music, mulled cider, and wine—for which the region was also famed.
Partly on account of the season’s coolness, these celebrations happened around great bonfires. At night, when the happily drunk howled at the moon, a primal spirit took hold, and effigies of nameless spirits were burned in the pyres. No one could remember why or how the Vallistheim tradition had been born, only that it was a remnant of the customs once imposed by Taroch. The ancient warlord had been fascinated by the Northmen’s rites, and had introduced many of them to Central Geadhain. Vallistheim—the winter festival—was believed to bring bounty and luck in the New Year. Over time, polite society had done away with many of the less pleasant sacrificial details to make the ritual friendlier to outsiders. Now only one cow from each of the barns and byres that rose on rings in the hilled highlands around the heart of the township was cooked in a great feast, without having been ritually slaughtered first.
In the uncultivated grasses past the city proper and its farmlands, a dedicated explorer could find the remains of crumbled churches that had been built to honor the now vanished religion of Taroch’s fancies. Runes that the sages had translated into such names as Freyallah, Odric, and Helhayr were found chiseled in the mossy arches of these grounds. These sites of an ancient religion were thought by modern minds to be haunted or perhaps protected by the ancient spirits or warriors mentioned in the stones. It was the sort of refuge where a monster, fearful of being seen, could find sanctuary.



About the Author:
Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Feast of Fates, Christian A. Brown received a Kirkus star in 2014 for the first novel in his genre-changing Four Feasts Till Darkness series. He has appeared on Newstalk 1010, AM640, Daytime Rogers, and Get Bold Today with LeGrande Green. He actively writes a blog about his mother’s journey with cancer and on gender issues in the media. A lover of the weird and wonderful, Brown considers himself an eccentric with a talent for cat-whispering.