Thursday, March 30, 2017

{Review} Zombies, Run! (Free) App

For those who don't know I'm a bit of a zombie nerd, so when I saw Zombies, Run! I wanted it but at the time it was the Zombies, Run! 5k app and costs money granted it was only $1.99 but that required me to put my credit card in and I'm not comfortable with that. So I waited hoping I could get a Google Play gift card from someone for my b-day or X-mas. Then I was on GP looking at apps and this popped up Zombies, Run! (free). I was like oh yeah I have to have that! What sort of zombie/ fitness nut would I be if I didn't get it. I mean come on.
Ok backing up what is Zombies, Run!? It's an app that you can get on your phone or whatever that turning running into a zombie survival game. It's broken up into segments where a radio guy talks to you, in-between you listen to your own music playlist and every now and again pick up supplies. The game also has an online sync with Zombielink so you can check out your progress in the game and see what supplies you have. Only thing is this is still in development, so some functions aren't working right now.
Anyhoo, sadly after downloading the app I had to wait several weeks to actually use it. Running has not been in the cards lately. So last night I decided I would jump on the exercise bike and for shits an' giggles I pulled up the app. I found it had a constant speed mode, while you can't use the chase function in this mode you can still listen to the story. I was a little thrown by the fact that some of it was in mono, which meant I only heard it in one speaker. At first I thought something had happened to my headphones, but when the music came on it was in both. I guess this is to simulate having a headset radio in your ear. 
It's a fun way to keep yourself motivated when running or even cycling. I doubled my usual time on the bike, going 40 minutes to listen to the whole mission. 
I've upgrade to pro which is either $2.99 a month or $19.99 for a year all in all not a bad price. I've been using Zombies, Run for 2 years now. It keeps me motivated to run. I can use it outside with gps or inside on the treadmill and like I said earlier I can even use it on my bike.
The stories are inventive and interesting. I've found myself more than once putting on an extra burst of speed or running through a leg cramp just because I wanted to hear the next segment or just didn't want the zombies to get me. Seriously there is something disconcerting about hearing zombie groans when your
running through the woods early by yourself in the morning. Hands down this is my absolute favorite app, and I don't want to run without it. Oh I almost forgot every run you pick up supplies which you can use to "build" you own version of Abel Township. It's a fun way to pass the time when your in the waiting room or somewhere boring.
This is the app for those of us who need a little extra motivation to get our butts in gear. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

{Recipe} Mounds Protein Bites

I've wanted to make these for awhile, but every recipe I found had dates in it and I hate dates. Sorry folks but I can't stand them. So I found this post How to make healthy no-bake energy bites, it gives a breakdown of what an energy bite needs. I took the basics and made my own.

1/2 banana
2 tbsp nut butter
1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 serving of vanilla (it's what I had on hand but chocolate would be better) protein powder

Mash banana and mix with nut butter, combine cocoa powder and protein powder, now add coconut. Mix well, then make into balls. Store in refrigerator.

Make around 10 balls @ 81 calories a ball. Depending on size of bite.
Note if you like things sweeter add a tablespoon of honey, you could also save a small amount of coconut to roll the bites in.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

{Book Review} Harley Quinn (2016-) Vol. 1: Die Laughing (Harley Quinn: Rebirth #1) by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin (Illustrator)

Harley Quinn (2016-) Vol. 1: Die Laughing (Harley Quinn: Rebirth #1)
by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin (Illustrator)
Publisher: DC
Release: March 21st 2017
Genre: Fiction- Teen: Graphic Novel
How I got it: NetGalley

Harley Quinn's crazy world on has gotten even more crazier when an unexpected, contagious enemy comes to town! Protecting her neighborhood just got a little harder, good thing they have chainsaws!

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti continue their mammoth run on this New York Times best-selling title in HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1! Collects issues #1-6.

Rebirth honors the richest history in comics, while continuing to look towards the future. These are the most innovative and modern stories featuring the world's greatest superheroes, told by some of the finest storytellers in the business.

Honoring the past, protecting our present, and looking towards the future. This is the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the DC Universe.  The legacy continues.

This starts off with a recap of Harley's adventures up to this point. Then spirals into an alien induced zombie apocalypse. Which wasn't to bad, but I became frustrated. I don't like the fact that the authors are playing up the Harley and Ivy love affair. They work great together as friends, but lovers. I can't buy it. It just irritates me that suddenly Harley's gay, Ivy fine I can actually buy her as being a lesbian. There's nothing wrong with it I just don't get that feeling from Harley's character.  I also wasn't crazy about the Deadpool wannabe they brought in seriously Red Tool. I'm assuming it was a spoof, but it made me want to tear my hair out. Just because you read some fan suggested hook ups doesn't mean you need to try and make it happen.
I love the artwork and found one of the stories ok. I did like that they wrote the Penguin into one, but still the writing needs works. The plots were contrite and the stories just campy. Awesome art doesn't make up for lazy writing. Harley is this great character that is not living up to her potential. From what I can tell these are just a bunch of sex jokes, and innuendos mixed with some action. Harley Quinn is more than a walking pair of tits that can kick ass. She's a doctor, is super smart and it's never utilized. Harley acted like a dumb blond but she wasn't, sure dealing with the Joker made her bat shit crazy but she was always still Harley. These comics don't portray that, they play up to the crazy, sexualized, crap. Even the story lines play up this crap and it's getting old.

Monday, March 27, 2017

{Spotlight} Runes Runes Series Book 1 by Ednah Walters

Series Book 1
Ednah Walters
YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s
disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of
her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St.
James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way
of reading her.
is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment,
until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is
different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine.
Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not
sure whether to fall into his arms or run.
she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to
the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What
Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part
of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a
side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

(book 2)

(book 3)

(book 4)
Goodreads * Amazon

(book 5)

(book 6)

(book 7)

Today Bestselling Author Ednah Walters is a multi-published author of
four different series--her Norse-mythology-based bestselling YA
Paranormal romance series, RUNES(YA-Paranormal Romance) and Nephilim
THE GUARDIAN LEGACY-(YA fantasy romance).
also writes contemporary romance under E. B. Walters. The Fitzgerald
Family series started with SLOW BURN. There are six books in this
series. Her new USA Today bestselling series, INFINITUS BILLIONAIRES.
Impulse (book 1) was published in January 2015. Indulge (Aug 4th). 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

#FitReader Weekly Update

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

I'm in a funk, and I can't seem to shake it. It's not just working out it every thing, I don't even want to read or (gasp) play video games.  I managed to get up early 3 days this week to workout doing the Free 30 Day Workout for Moms Challenge. I got in 3 of the 4 workouts and hope to get the last in either today or tomorrow. I'm not proud of Thursday I woke up and was just exhausted, Friday I was too and my body hurt. I think it might have something to do with not only working out everyday, but I've been bouncing from the sewing floor to the cutting floor. My first day sitting for 9 hours was torture, my back was killing me.  Thankfully the next couple days I spend half the time sitting and half standing, which was much more tolerable.

I only managed to eat 2000 calories once this week, but I have been eating healthier. 

In other news 
March Goals:
Strength training once a week: 3/7 this week. 
Eat healthier: 6/7 
Hit at least 2000 calories everyday: 1/7
Walking to Mordor: 89.16 /1779 miles

Here's what I did this week... 

3/18/17: Ran 4.07 mi in 42:29 mins
3/19/17: Slacked
3/20/17: Lower body workout 15 mins
3/21/17: Upper body workout 15 mins
3/22/17: Core workout 15 mins
1 hour grocery shopping
3/23/17: Tired
3/24/17: Exhausted 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

{Spotlight} The Woodman Series By G.H. Bright

Roads of Hell
Woodman, Book 1
G.H. Bright
Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, SciFi
APOCALYPTIC, yet so much more!
Ebola has decimated the globe, handfuls of survivors eke out an
existence whilst others are intent on building from the ashes a world
of unimaginable pain and horror. The Woodman fights to keep the world
from tipping completely over the edge whilst battling his own demons.
a world where nothing is easy. No electricity, electronic
communications fuel or running water. Imagine that world came so fast
there was nothing you could do about it. No preparation, no
stockpiling of goods. One day you flick a switch and a fire comes on,
the next day you need to learn to make fire to get warm and keep
animals away.
law, no order, survival of the fittest is the name of the game. From
seven billion human beings to a few million spread out across the
globe almost overnight.
has attacked the human race, virtually wiping it from the face of the
planet. For those who survived, the struggle is just beginning and
for some the nightmare is just starting.
madman, now free of prison hospital builds an army and marches on
Coast Town with the intent of taking for his own ends. Coast Town is
a haven on the south coast of England, a refuse for the few survivors
to gather and start again. Three years on from the dark day when
Ebola first struck, the people face another challenge, this one
perhaps all the more frightening because it might not kill you, just
Woods, The Woodman, stands in the way of the madman. Duke has the
power to stop him and a score to settle, too. With the help of
another man, a new friend, they take the battle to the madman known
as The Black Pope.
Duke survive?
The Black Pope be beaten?
the Ebola virus, known to all as The Death, return?
Duke's past comes back to haunt him so the battle for life takes off,
with not only his life in the balance but that of Coast Town,too.

Fires of Hell
Woodman Book 2
second instalment starts six weeks after Book one, the Roads of Hell,
reluctant hero in the making, Duke Woods, The Woodman, has contracted
Ebola, otherwise known simply as “The Death”.
Black Pope is still alive and kicking, unknown to most, and The
Woodman has a new friend.
a six-year-old girl remains at his side watching and waiting whilst
The Death ravages his body. Hannah, the love of his life is not
allowed near them in case she and the child she carries become
infected and the communities, at the news of his contagion, go into
is nearly six months pregnant, Sue is seven months into her
pregnancy, and several other women are carrying babies too.
Duke recovers, he finds the Army is still in place and helping
everyone it can, and the Elders are still unable to achieve even the
simplest of things. Coast Town looks to be thriving again with the
new influx of people but as always, trouble is just around the corner
and new horror surfaces.
when things looks good for the survivor’s, just as they begin to
grasp skills forgotten, new evils and hard times rush to compound
issues and make life a far greater struggle than it already was. The
Death wiped out 90% of Mankind; illness and disease took even more.

that lived through it, instead of banding together, seem unable to
change their ways and people find they still have to fight Mankind’s
greatest enemy, Mankind itself. 

Gates of Hell
Woodman Book 3
instalment begins six hours after Duke Woods, AKA The Woodman, has
decided he must leave Coast Town.
he leaves, they stand a chance of negotiation with the small army
coming their way and he gets to go home to his family. If he stays,
the army will want his head. He has to try and flee, regardless of
how it looks to others.
'reluctant hero in the making', fights his way out with bow and
arrow, and arrives home only to find his family in mortal danger.
Then, in a twist of fate; Duke is taken prisoner and escorted to
Dover Castle. There he has, under threat of death, to fight for his
freedom and his sanity as the true horrors of a madman come to light.
Seth Windsor is insane and out for blood, a truly bad concoction, and
he will only be happy when Duke is forced to fight for his life.
goes to other lands to start a new and joyful life whilst Coast Town
burns; only to find the sweet talking man was really a serpent in
fights evil time and again, fashioning himself unwittingly into a
hero regardless of his wish to not be.

of peace follow, communities come together, trade together and grow,
and a network of towns and villages live in harmony with the people
of the woods. Harmony that is, until evil rears its ugly head once
more in the form of feral kids linked to Seth Windsor. The Death is
still out there, perhaps it always will be, and evil men still
rampage across the lands too. The peace is shattered by these feral
kids and a new terror from the north. Will peace ever really come to
The Woodman?

on Earth
Woodman Book 4
and Coast Town face a new challenge as the horror from the north,
having taken the Oxford Crew, move southward looking for The Woodman.
Duke attempts to build an army and defend. Kufuo is still missing, on
an adventure of his own trying to trace his roots and all the time
ships from the new world head toward them for confrontation. Senator
Horst is not all he seems to be and speaks with a serpents tongue.
Marine Cobb goes AWOL and tells Duke what he already suspected, that
Horst let the Ebola virus loose in the first place. Fighting for his
life and the lives of those he loves, Duke must defeat the terror
from the north and deal with Senator Horst whilst keeping his people
fourth and final instalment gives the answers to who the people were
that died at the start of book one, explains who unleashed the virus,
modified it and why. Duke comes close to death, Sue at last finds
happiness and Duke, Gould and Troy find out who lives on the
forbidden isle.

is the last in the on-going series, however, the saga continues with
books 5 and six. 

Hell Broke Loose
Woodman Book 5
Ebola was created to wipe out the masses and cut down the numbers of
humans on planet Earth. Three differing strains - due to natural
mutation and the meddling of the mega-rich - has created a bleak
world for those lucky enough to survive. This is book five in the
saga and, whereas you might not have read books one - four, you can
pick it up by jumping right in here. Life is peaceful once more, the
newcomers are getting used to this way of life in southern England
and Duke Woods is a dad again. Evil, however comes from across the
Channel and threatens the very existence he has fought so hard to
build. If the virus wasn't bad enough this new terror rips the heart
out of not just Coast Town but The Woodman too as this battle becomes
personal and painful.

Hell Hath No
The Woodman Book
differing factions head for Duke’s Lands. All have different
agendas, one wants to live in peace and be friends whilst another is
happy to die for the cause just so long as The Woodman dies too, and
the third faction – an eight hundred strong army – wishes for
nothing more than total domination. Attacked on different fronts,
abandoned by The West and with his lands diminishing rapidly, Duke
Woods has the fight of his life on his hands. It is a fight that will
cost dearly, many people will die in battle and the return of The
Death will take its share too. Stretched to the limits of manpower
and with the weather against them, the Marines and Fighting Men stand
side by side with The Woodman and family in a fight to the death to
save Coast Town. This is a win or lose-it- all battle to the death.
Contains graphic violence and sexual content, not for the squeamish.

live on the South coast of England, Sussex to be exact, but I was
born in Hampshire.
not writing I Instruct motor vehicle studies, including computer
diagnosis & diagnostics on modern systems. I love the beach,
being social, walking the beach/woods and family life (not in that
order) and real ale.
Woodman saga - book one written in 2000 - is set in a world where
modified Ebola has decimated human life as we know it. Duke Woods
fights to bring peace and stability to life again but also has to
fight his demons to do so.
cross between Mad Max meets Game of Thrones, meets Contagion meets
Robin Hood, this is the story of a modern day hero trying to do the
best for everyone and putting himself in the line of fire to do it.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

{Spotlight) The Eyewitness By Nancy Weeks

Nancy Weeks
Mystery, Crime Thriller, Romance

Fans of TV’s Blue
Bloods will love this dynamic new suspense series.
PD forensic scientist Emersyn D’Azzo has an explosive past with her
father’s younger, sexy partner, Detective Alec Pearce. Then an
ill-timed kiss destroys the thin line of trust between her and her
dad, just before tragedy strikes and someone guns down her father.
fatal bullet turns out to be tied to the ongoing spree of random
sniper kills across the state, but Emersyn knows this wasn’t a
random act of violence and is determined to find the killer.
do so, she’ll need to rely on help from Alec, whom she doesn’t
quite trust but just can’t resist. When they discover a connection
to a decades-old disappearance of a college student, their
investigation takes a deadly twist. Can they learn to trust each
other with their hearts to save their lives?  

edged in closer. “You can take a few moments for one dance.” He
eyed Tessa. “You don’t mind if I borrow your sister, do you?”
I do.”
deep, masculine voice sent an arousing jolt right into Emersyn’s
core. And damn it to hell, her mouth went dry, making it impossible
to swallow. She fingered her straw then took a deep drink. This time
she welcomed the burning chill against her lungs. Detective Alec
Pearce had a knack for showing up at her worst moments. Why the hell
was he here?
moved away from her as if he’d been burned. “Alec, good to see
do know you’re hitting on my partner’s daughter, right, Ted?”
asking her for a dance.”
glanced between the two; she actually preferred Ted’s company to
the man who seemed to go out of his way to make her crazy.
reached for her hand and set it in his palm. “Actually, she
promised this dance to me. They’re playing our song.”
muscles in her body tensed as her fingernails dug into his skin. “I
is on, Em. Shall we?” His other hand went around her waist, and he
gave her a swift yank.
let go,” she hissed in his ear.
grip tightened. “It’s just one dance. Play nice.”
escorted Emersyn to the small dance floor near the bandstand. Every
instinct in her wanted to slap his arrogant expression right into
next week, but that would make a scene. It was what half the bar
expected the instant he got within striking distance. They were all
waiting for her to let loose. But this was a new day, a new diploma,
new job, new Emersyn. Emotions in check.
name is Emersyn. I would think you would remember something so
face lit with a grin as his arms brought her close and their bodies
began to move to the music. She shot a glare at Tessa, pleading for
her to do something. Instead, her sister, the traitor, took another
sip of Emersyn’s drink, lifted it in a toast, and rotated in her
chuckle came from deep in Alec’s throat. “Tessa likes me. You can
thank me now.”
can also knee you where the sun doesn’t shine.”
lifted her chin with his thumb. “Now that wasn’t nice. I
sacrificed a night with that blonde”—he nodded to a beautiful
woman sitting at the end of the bar—“just to keep Lecher Ted from
hitting on you … again.”
makes you think I needed rescuing?”
please, Tessa, make the creep go away. I’m ever so sweet and don’t
want to hurt the poor jerk’s feelings.”
yanked out of Alec’s hold, but he was ready and moved her back into
his arms without missing a beat.
I’m teasing.”
are such an ass.”
lips brushed over her ear. “Enjoy our moment, Em.”
They had more layers of misunderstanding between them than her
mother’s chocolate cake, heated words that couldn’t be unheard
and arguments with no closure.
her father had mentioned at dinner that Alec was joining them for
dessert, she’d jumped at Tessa’s offer to buy her a drink at the
tavern. It was the perfect place to hide out. A lone wolf like Alec
wouldn’t be caught dead in the crowded, noisy bar. But here he was.
She’d run but not far enough.
sorry I missed your graduation ceremony, but I have a little
something for you,” he whispered.
didn’t need to do that.”
proud of you.”
words sounded so genuine. “Dad seems resigned to the idea of me at
least working alongside cops, if not as a cop.”
doesn’t want you anywhere near the job. But you found a way around
that. Instead of crawling in the gutter looking for the worst mankind
has to offer, you’re picking through what they left behind.”
halted in the middle of the dance floor. “You think that’s why I
became a forensic scientist?”
didn’t mean it like that.”
what did you mean?”
music stopped, and they stood still, glaring at each other. Our
thing. “I can’t do this tonight,” she said, dropping her hand
to her sides. “Thanks.”
me from another go-around with Ted.”
you want me to talk to him?”
can take care of myself.”
once, there was no comeback. Instead, he eased her against him and
tucked her hand over his heart. “Dance with me, Emersyn.”
sexy, got-to-have-you-now voice was back, and her other four senses
came out to play. Being close to Alec Pearce, taking in his spicy,
clean soap scent, feeling the strength of his arms around her wasn’t
an awful feeling. Confusing? Hell yes, but her body sure enjoyed it.
It’s just a dance, right?
lowered one hand to his hip and brought the other around his neck,
her cheek resting against his. Alec tightened his grip around her
waist as he spun them around the dance floor. The move put their
bodies in sync, and there was no mistaking the effect she had on him.
Her lips brushed against his skin, sending shock waves through her.
sucked in a breath and tilted his head. Their gazes held for what
seemed like an eternity. He was so damn gorgeous, his deep brown eyes
with a hint of gold, lush lashes, and a dusting of five-o’clock
shadow on his square jaw that she ached to feel rubbed against all
her soft places. As if he read her mind, his mouth caressed her
bottom lip. He waited, expecting her to pull back. Need took over,
and she lost her mind.

C. Weeks has loved happy-ever-after romances since her early teens.
While still in college, she met and married her hero. She spent the
next several years honeymooning and working overseas. Today, she
lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty
years. With her two grown children out of the nest, she enjoys
spending her days writing suspenseful happily-ever-after adventures
outside on the deck as the local bird population keeps her company.
When she is not writing, Nancy loves to blog about fascinating
people, both real and fictional. The one quote that kept her dream

of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were
to success when they gave up. ~Thomas Edison~