March Highlights

March

Working Out:

My goal last month was to run 13.1 miles. This month I actually ran 24 miles!! Yes, 24! That is almost double my goal. But looking back, my weeks are all over the place. One week I only ran once and another I ran four times. So for the month of April, my goal is to run/workout at least three times a week. I am adding working out because of my knees. Some days, they need a break and I might have to do some other type of machine.

Books I’ve Read:

Feb reading

Wow, did I read a lot of books this month. I don’t know why it always surprises me that I read so much, but wow..

Hands down, my favorite book to read this month was Midnight Marked. But I don’t think this is fair because I absolutely love this series. So my top suggestion if you are looking for a book is Good Girl. Check out my review, I promise you will love it!!

As far as a book I really did not enjoy reading- I would have to say it is close but Phantasma would be it. The lead character was just too annoying for me to stomach.

If you missed any of my reviews, below are the links to check them out 🙂

Dangerous to Know (Unbroken Heroes #1)
To Katie with Love 
Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires, #12)
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)
The Undoing (Call of Crows, #2)
I wish you were mine (Oxford, #2)
Omega (Omega #1)
The Trial
Phantasma 
Good Girl

Writing:

Feb words

My writing was not as productive as I would have liked. I made it to chapter six, but I did far too many revisions and I still don’t have a title. Last months goals was to write for 10 minutes every day and work for 30 minutes each day on writing/editing/working on my book. Yeah, that just didn’t happen. Why? Because life happened and sometimes things just don’t work out. Although I think this is still a good goal, I am going to to change it so something a bit more flexible:

My goal for next month is to write chapter 7&8 and get to section D in my outline. Should be simple, but I already know this will be difficult to accomplish.

Fun and Interesting Post to look back on:

Writing, Erasing, Rewriting…Does it ever stop?
Did I ever tell you…
Help buying a running watch!!

Upcoming Releases April 2016

Again, there are so many books being released this month. How can you ever get bored with reading when there is so much out there? Let me know if you are looking forward to any of the same ones I am or what books you are looking forward to!!!

From something a little naughty to YA, here is my list of fun books I am looking forward to reading in the month of April 🙂

One with You
Published: April 5, 2016
Pages: 480
Goodreads

Synopsis: Gideon Cross Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.
Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us. But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.
Dirty
Published: April 19, 2016
Pages: 288
Goodreads

Synopsis: The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

My Perfect Mistake
Published: April 5, 2016
Pages: 340
Goodreads

Synopsis: A girls’ trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She’s got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.

Kolton doesn’t know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool—although she does have an unholy gift for that—but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they’re both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don’t kill each other first.

Magnetic Shift
Published: April 12, 2016
Pages: 260
Goodreads

Synopsis: The ability to magnetize and manipulate metal with the flick of her wrist makes seventeen-year-old Lexi Adams a crack mechanic, but it’s a disaster in the making when her stepdad trades her skills to NASCAR team owner Dean Grant for an entire season’s worth of sponsorship ads.

Now Lexi has no other choice but to suck it up and hope she can keep her magnetic impulses under control—that is, until she runs into NASCAR’s hot new rookie, Colton Tayler.

When Carl Stacy, the ruthless team owner of the defending Cup Champion, discovers Lexi’s secret and plots to use it to ruin Dean’s race team for good, Lexi must either expose her ability to save Colton, risking Dean’s career and her own freedom in the process, or watch the only guy she’s ever fallen for race to his death.

Bright Blaze of Magic
Published: April 26, 2016
Pages: 368
Goodreads

Synopsis: As a thief, I’m good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls.

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families–and kill every last Sinclair. What they don’t know is that I’m on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I’ve got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…

Glittering Court
Published: April 5, 2016
Pages: 416
Goodreads

Synopsis: For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

Motivational Wednesday.. or something like that

Well, according to the weather it is going to rain all day… So cloudy gloomy days call for something extra, right? I don’t know about you but when I write, I depend on a little caffein (preferably coffee) and chocolate. No wonder my pants are getting a little snug.. Oh and the newest member of our family- Pepper.

pepper

Lets see if this is motivation enough to get my creative juices flowing
Starting: 21,198

Update 🙂
Ending: 23236

Not bad. I should still have an hour left to write but my youngest is not having it.. Oh the life of a mom.

Good Girl

Good Girl

Author: Lauren Layne
Published: May 17, 2016
Pages: 220

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:
Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.

Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

Review:

Jenny is the girl next door who struck it rich but is trying not to let it change who she is. She is funny and her character is easily relatable. She’s the kind of character you wish you could call up on the phone and have as a friend. She is competitive and daring and hilarious. When it comes to Strong Heroine characters, Jenny is a different kind of strong but nonetheless her character fits under that category. She pushes through when things get hard, she has enough respect for herself to walk away from the man she loves, and she keeps her head high when it would be easier to let it fall. If that isn’t strong, what is?

Preston… Noah… Whatever you want to call him is a top grade asshole! He is condescending, judgmental,and just plain mean. But he is also sexy as hell with a dominating personality. I have never met a character that I am both rooting for and planning his demise. I do feel like Jenny let him off the hook a little easy but he more than make up for it.

To put it mildly, this book is explosive with the sexual attraction between Jenny and Noah! I absolutely loved the playful banter and watching the sexual tension grow. When part of it came to crest, my mouth was hanging open and I couldn’t read the story fast enough. I couldn’t read this book fast enough! This book is a roller coaster. You go from laughing, to having your mouth drop open with some of the sexual scenes (particularly when Noah goes to Jenny’s bedroom for the first time), to feeling sadness, and happiness, and really everything in between.

This is a fun easy read. If you are looking for a romantic book to curl up with on a rainy day, this is it! I really can’t say enough about this book. This book hit me at the perfect time. This book has romance, humor, sexy alpha males, strong heroines, great dialogue banter, an enemy to lover aspect, and a fun and hot romance.

Taking that first step

Writing is

Today I took a first step and emailed a friend the first three chapters of my book… I am both excited and scared on what he will think. What if he hates it or what if he loves it and the rest of the chapters don’t live up to this one.

With all the worry swimming around in my head, I’ve decided to try not to think about it. I’ve done it, it’s done. There is nothing else for me to dwell on. It is what it is. But at least I did it. Now if only I can get past chapter six…

Phantasma

Phantasma

Author: Efthalia
Published: April 12, 2016
Pages: 396

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:
Carissa Alkippes is the daughter of a god but she doesn’t know it. As a cop she’s seen her fair share of bad but nothing prepared her for the horror of the world she has been plunged into.

Xen Lyson is the head of the Phi Athanatoi, a group of immortals who have been protecting man for over 2,000 years from the Kakodiamones–demons who want nothing more than to feast on humanity.

Thrown face to face with Xen during a skirmish with the demons, Carissa becomes a pawn in the deadly game of a demi-god who seeks godly powers.

Review:

The book starts off with a good amount of action. But I couldn’t help but feel the over abundance of Greek profanity used by Charissa, not only took away from the plot but also prevented the reader from fully submerging within the story. As I’m reading the first chapter, I felt like I was constantly stopping and wondering what a word meant. The authors word choice in general is at times interesting but mostly I found it odd, if not sometimes awkward. The way things were described was unique but I couldn’t help but feel like the flow was somewhat hindered. As though the author was trying to make things too complex or something.

Charissa is a cop and a virgin. She is always hungry and her stomach makes loud growling sounds at inappropriate times. She is a bit awkward and comes to terms with the new situation really fast. I wouldn’t characterize her as a strong character or say she has the best judgment. For example, within minutes after showing up at her Aunts fundraising party, she goes to the bar area to gets drunk and picks on the bartender. When he tries cutting her off, she threatens him with the fact that ‘her badge and gun say otherwise’.

Zen is a vampire and at first sight, or was it smell, he was enthralled with Charissa. He is extremely powerful and has the ability to read minds. Most everyone is afraid of him because of his tempter and how strong/dangerous he is.

This is one of those love at first sight books, where the characters have a preordained mate. Had I known this book was like this, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up because I really don’t like book like these. I find them unrealistic and even in my fantasy books, I need some element of reality mixed in.

The story picks up some and the complexity is entertaining. But for some reason I just couldn’t fall in love or get completely lost within the plot. Again, I think this has a lot to do with the instant attraction and dependence between the characters. If you are into these kinds of books, give this one a shot. But I don’t like I am a good judge for this book because this book wasn’t for me.

Running Week 8

Monday– Hour Fitness class that focuses on strengthening my knees and core.. fun times 🙂 I also decided I needed to do something about my knees. You can see my post about this struggle: Enough is Enough.


Tuesday– I took this day off because my knees were killing me!!


 

Wednesday– Ran 2 miles
For the first time in while, I woke up and my knees didn’t hurt. I love, love this feeling!! Sorry, I don’t have a picture, my phone crashed on me Again. To say I was a little frustrated is an understatement.


 

ZR8

Thursday– 3 miles running
Well, I woke up this morning and my knees did not feel great. But I did come across a new machine at my gym. It’s the ZR8 Octane zero impact running machine. I thought I would give it a shot and was surprised with how everything felt while running. I learned quickly posture is very important when using this machine and if you don’t have good posture, you will end up hurting your knees. I also didn’t feel like I was using my ab muscles as much either. Overall, I would say this machine is nice when your knees hurt and I am going to count the mile as running miles. But I wouldn’t say this machine is exactly like running.


 

run

 

Friday– 3.5 miles running on zero impact machine.
My knees hurt after my chiropractic appointment on Thursday. But I needed to add milage so here I am using this machine again.


Saturday/Sunday– rest days. We had family in town for Easter

 

Overall– This week was one of my better weeks but still not great. I got on the scale and I am not happy with what I saw. To be honest, maybe I’ll never be happy with what I see.. But I’m taking this week as a success. I hope everyone else had a good week!!