Saturday, April 29, 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 doing really good on the challenges so far, and I've been able to get up early to get these workouts done. I'm pretty proud of myself for that.


 Goals:
Challenge: FMSM 30 Day Challenge (completed)

Blogilates: 
30 Days Sleek Arms (Day 12/30)
30 Days Flat Abs (Day 12/30)
30 Day Butt Lift (Day 12/ 30)

Walking to Mordor: 96.32 /1779 miles

Here's what I did this week... 
4/22/17: Day 6 Blogilates Challenges
4/23/17: Day 7 Blogilates Challenges
4/24/17: Day 8 Blogilates Challenges
4/25/17: Day 9 Blogilates Challenges
4/26/17: Day 10 Blogilates Challenges
4/27/17: Day 11 Blogilates Challenges
4/28/17: Day 12 Blogilates Challenges






Friday, April 28, 2017

{Book Tour} Quest Chasers: The Deadly Cavern by Grace and Thomas Lockhaven


Quest
Chasers: The Deadly Cavern
by
Grace and Thomas Lockhaven
Genre:
YA, Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure

If
you knew that your curiosity may take you to a place from which you
may never return, would you go?
Tommy
and Eevie are trapped in an underground labyrinth filled with deadly
traps and puzzles. They must solve each riddle to survive, but every
solution leads them closer to what is certain to be their demise.



The
Deadly Cavern is the first book of Quest Chasers, a fiction-fantasy
series, where characters Tommy and Eevie are taken to a magical
adventure you won't soon forget.
If
you like fantasy, magical lands and puzzles, then you'll love Grace
and Thomas Lockhaven's Quest Chasers!
It’s
a fantasy book for teens but young adults have been enjoying it as
well.




We're
Grace and Thomas Lockhaven. We pretty much met the same way ALL
writers meet each other, we met at the gym. While other people
discussed their workouts we discussed things like, how to reverse a
"creeping death" spell cast by an evil wizard. We could
have filled a book with pictures of people's faces that overheard our
conversations. Quest Chasers grew from these conversations and now we
hope to pass on to you the thrilling adventures of Eevie and Tommy as
we bring them to life.

Pick
your favorite cover and title for the upcoming 2nd book in
the series and enter to win one of 5 $10 Amazon gift cards!

 






Thursday, April 27, 2017

{Book Tour} Along Came a Wolf The Yellow Hoods #1 by Adam Dreece



Along
Came a Wolf
The
Yellow Hoods #1
by
Adam Dreece
Genre:
YA, Steampunk, Fantasy

Gripping
adventure, brilliant inventions, and splash of humor.
Steampunk
meets Fairy tale.



"...intriguing
contraptions, appealing characters, snide villains, humor, and an
exciting story." — Kirkus Reviews
"Dreece
has crafted a tale with elements to delight the child in all of us,
and intrigue the most creative adult mind." — Author J.K.Norry


Tee,
Elly, and Richy peaceful little world is shattered when they become
entangled in a plot to steal the world's first steam engine plans
from master inventor, Nikolas Klaus. Will Klaus' ties to the secret
society known as the Tub (lead by a butcher, baker, and candlestick
maker) be their undoing? Or will they live on to become legends?
The
series grows in intensity as it goes and uses humor along the way. It
has strong female characters, no graphic violence, no sexual content,
and is loved by kids aged 9-15 and adults (written for both
audiences). Loved by fans of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and
Ranger's Apprentice.



Awards
and Accolades:
-
Book 1 - Finalist for IAN's Book of the Year 2015 in Young Adult


-
Book 1 - Honorable Mention by Reader's Favorite for their 2016 award
for grades 4-6


 Book 1 - Calgary Herald best-sellers '14, '15

Amazon
#1 Best Seller in Steampunk, Fairy Tale


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BreadCrumb
Trail


The
Yellow Hoods #2

"A
powerhouse of young adult fiction" - IndieImprint.com
In
an act of desperation, Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to smuggle the
completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another
kingdom. When the nefarious secret society, the Fare, learns the
game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their
own scheme to neutralize to reclaim control over the kingdoms.
Meanwhile,
after a decade of relative tranquility in Mineau, local children have
started to go missing—again. Captain Archambault suspects the
return of the disturbing and depraved Ginger Lady. With the help of
Tee, Elly, and Richy—the Yellow Hoods—the search is on to find
the missing children before it is too late.
What
is the secret that ties one of the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady?
Who
are the Red Hoods?











All
the King's Men


The
Yellow Hoods #3

"Truly
masterful storytelling" - Goodreads.com
More
than a hundred years ago, a king declared that all geniuses,
scientists and inventors were abominations, save for those willing to
become his Conventioneers. His edict spread like wildfire through the
kingdoms, and drove the hunted into the arms of the secret societies,
the Tub and the Fare.
Decades
later, having taken control of the remains of the crushed Fare, a
young Marcus Pieman follows up on rumors of a homeless, teenage
Abominator in his city. When the scared Nikolas Klaus looked up at
Marcus for the first time, a tremendous bond was forged.
A
betrayal leads Tee to a showdown with her greatest foe. Who breaks
and who lays bleeding in the middle of nowhere?
And
Mounira learns the truth about the once great inventor, Christophe
Creangle.





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Beauties
of the Beast


The
Yellow Hoods #4

The
Lady in Red’s revenge against the Piemans is nearly complete, and
soon there will be no one to stop her. She’s ready for anything,
except for the return of her long dead son. But is it really him?
Tee
watches as the airships rain down fiery destruction. She adjusts the
rocket-pack’s leather straps and glances over her shoulder. Her
friends might never forgive her, but she can’t stand idly by any
longer. In a blink, she’s thrown into the air. Then, the
unthinkable happens—the rocket-pack comes off.
Who’s
the new Yellow Hood? Who dies? And are the Piemans really down for
the count?
Beauties
of the Beast continues the thrilling ride from All the King’s-Men
and will have you punching the air with joy and biting your nails in
angst.





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The
Day the Sky Fell
Yellow
Hoods #5

The
gripping adventure continues in this international best-selling
Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!
As
the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no
idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus
Pieman and the Lady in Red.
Meanwhile,
the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to
rescue Nikolas Klaus before it's too late. Who will betray them, and
who will be murdered?
The
Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and
brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the
Yellow Hoods? Find out!





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Adam
Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling
steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a
chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the
former software architect put out two more young adult books, the
post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and
then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two
novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have
been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent
Author’s Network.
When
he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks
at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events
like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s
ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to
give a successful book signing.
Along
the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his
Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless
with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic
abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a
symbol of tenacious hard work to others.
He
lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is
an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public
speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.












Wednesday, April 26, 2017

{Book Tour} The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief by Diane Moat


The
Supernatural Pet Sitter:
The
Magic Thief
by
Diane Moat
Genre:
YA, Middle Grade Paranormal Mystery

Every
animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.
Pepper
Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in
charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A
familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome,
Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that,
despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different
from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their
people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down.
She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back
parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.
Then,
something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is
stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating
with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When
King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working
too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.
In
order to protect the animal's magic, Pepper decides to track down the
culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother,
Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.




Diane
is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. The
Supernatural Pet Sitter is her debut children's novel. Diane is
assisted by her many rescue dogs.







Tuesday, April 25, 2017

{Book Tour} Dead Lawyers Don't Lie (Jake Wolfe Book 1) by Mark Nolan



Dead
Lawyers Don't Lie
Jake
Wolfe Book 1
by
Mark Nolan
Genre:
Thriller, Crime Mystery

A
mysterious killer who calls himself The Artist is assassinating
wealthy lawyers in San Francisco. When war veteran Jake Wolfe
accidentally takes his picture during a murder, The Artist adds Jake
to his kill list and he becomes a target in a deadly game of cat and
mouse that only one of them can survive. How far would you go to
protect your loved ones from a killer? Jake wants to leave his top
secret, violent past life behind him. But the reluctant, flawed hero
can't ignore his duty and his personal moral compass.
This
gripping thriller is full of suspense, plot twists and surprises. It
features a cast of interesting characters, including several
strong-willed women, two wise-cracking San Francisco Police Homicide
Inspectors, one highly intelligent dog, and a philosophical killer
who shares Jake's admiration for Van Gogh paintings but still plans
to kill him anyway. As Jake gets closer to unraveling a merciless
conspiracy, his life gets turned upside down and the danger level
increases, adding to the growing suspense. This entertaining
page-turner starts out as a murder mystery and then shifts gears into
a high-speed action thriller that takes you on a roller-coaster ride
to the riveting ending. A good read for those who enjoy mysteries,
suspense, action and adventure, vigilante justice, unique characters,
witty dialogue and a little romance too. Now on sale in over a dozen
countries around the world. Be the first among your friends to read
it.





Mark
Nolan began his writing career as a successful entrepreneur who
created news stories for businesses that were featured in The Wall
Street Journal, National Geographic, Parade, Reader's Digest and The
Associated Press. Nolan was born in San Francisco, grew up in the Bay
Area of California, and has also lived in the Pacific Northwest and
Hawaii. He has raised two great kids and one very smart retriever
dog. Right now he's busy writing the next book about Jake and Cody
(Book 2), but he also tries to make time every day to answer emails
from readers. You can reach him at marknolan.com/contact




















Monday, April 24, 2017

{Book Tour} Within a Captain's Power by Lisa Olech



WITHIN A CAPTAIN'S POWER 
by Lisa Olech
PUB DATE: 4/4/2017
Genre: Historical Romance

Never underestimate the power of a pirate . . .

Captain James Steele is duty bound to capture the privateer Scarlet Night and bring her rebellious crew to England to hang. Then he will leave his majesty’s service, make an upstanding marriage, and join the landed gentry. But the winds of fate are blowing the straitlaced commander utterly off course.

Once aboard, James comes face to face with a pirate boy who is in reality fierce, desperate—and gorgeous—Samantha Christian, on the run from a sadistic Virginia plantation owner. With her identity unbound, the good captain dutifully takes her under his personal command, whereupon decorum goes out the porthole. But while his heart is lost to Samantha by the time they reach England, her noose still awaits. Now James’s sense of duty will be severely tested. As for Samantha, she has a plan, and a duty, of her own . . .





Lisa A. Olech is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.