Friday, March 27, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Well, nevermind . . . the linky is closed :-(



A to Z
Blogging Challenge

hosted at its own blog, here

Sign ups are here and links to all the bloggers

Starting on April 1, blog about a different letter of the alphabet each day. Yes, we go in order ;-) and we get Sunday's off for good behavior.

This year will be especially hard for me as I hope to review a book for each letter and didn't think of it early enough to have some of them done beforehand.  If it isn't a full review it will be an in progress review.

S should be for stress :-D

Added to this, you'll need to comment on others doing the challenge. I think it is five a day.

Wish me luck!

Possible titles
(signing up then going thru my books)
A is for . . .
B is for . . .
C is for . . .
D is for . . .
E is for . . .
F is for . . .
G is for . . .
H is for . . .
I is for . . .
J is for . . .
K is for . . .
L is for . . .
M is for . . .
N is for . . .
O is for . . .
P is for . . .
Q is for . . .
R is for . . .
S is for . . .
T is for . . .
U is for . . .
V is for . . .
W is for . . .
X is for . . .
Y is for . . .
Z is for . . .

Whew, I'm already tired!


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Thoughts on . . . Captured Innocence by Kennedy Layne

Hey family? This book is sexier than I usually tell you about so could you please skip this post? ;-)

Captured Innocence
by Kennedy Layne


series: CSA Case Files
publisher: Kennedy Layne Publishing
release date: Sep 2013
ISBN: 978-0989973908

formats available: print, ebook

author's website

from the author:
When former Marine, Connor Ortega, was ordered into the offices of Crest Security Agency on a Saturday morning, he didn't expect the latest case to hit so close to home. A submissive has been murdered in a particularly vicious manner and to bring her killer to justice, he must go undercover. Not hard to do considering he's already part of the BDSM lifestyle.

Lauren Bailey, a local vendor of bejeweled erotic implements, lives vicariously through her clients due to her fear of bondage. When Connor's dominant side can't resist trying to ease her anxieties, she accepts his proposal and agrees to his one stipulation...keep things casual.

When the killer sets his sights on Lauren, Connor is forced to rethink their relationship. He has the training it takes to catch a murderer, but does he have the courage to escape his inner demons and capture Lauren's heart?

my thoughts:
I've been avoiding a favorite genre ever since 50 Shades came out. I read too many reviews to be happy buying it then someone asked, "Don't you think you should read it before you explain why it's a bad book?" Fine. Wow, couldn't finish it. Not like the usual BDSM books I buy at all. I thought he was a stalker and never even got to the sex.

So this book comes up and I'm wondering if it will follow the same way.

Nope. First, the review I read was from Anna (here) and I trust her. Started the book early Friday morning and read until I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. Friday night I'm reading through dinner.

Now that you know where I'm coming from . . .

Lauren is no shrinking violet, or a virgin, and has some knowledge of the lifestyle. Conner surprises us both with his willingness to "go vanilla" for the most part. It eases Lauren's mind but I'm sure Conner is also thinking "hey, sex".

The nice thing about the story is that it isn't a sex story with a plot. It is true that a submissive is killed while in what looks to be a scene. Also true, the main male lead is a Dom and the lead female works with sex toys but I feel the who-done-it part would be just as strong with sexual tension instead of sex. That being said . . . I liked the sex. A lot.  ;-)  At one point they're snowed in and they're playful in their interactions. I didn't say the sex wasn't hot, just that they felt real to me.
She stared at his lips a little too long, but found that her body was ready for another tumble in the sheets… even though she couldn’t remember what round of sex they were on. She was coming to really appreciate this snowstorm.

back to reading . . .

Things weren’t going as planned. . . . It was time to clean up his mess. Loose ends had to be clipped and he knew just who to start with.
See? Not only great sex but a great story. Can't wait to find out how this ends!

back to reading . . .

Wow. I did not see that coming! My copy has a sneak peek of book 2 which I'll read later. Time for dinner, finally.

Don't be scared of the BDSM aspect, it isn't that heavy, and while the sex is there and you shouldn't skip it, it really isn't a sex book. Think jalapeno when mainstream books are chili pepper.




Disclaimer: This is one of my own purchases but was reviewed no differently that if it had been a book I was asked to review. Book information courtesy of amazon and the author.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Purrsday












just a place to share the cute/funny/weird pictures I find while surfing....when I should be doing a whole range of things ;) Don't forget to head over to The True Book Addict because Michele has a meme going. With links and everything!

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can I can the rest of the week?

See the cat? At least he isn't in a pile of dark laundry. Oh, wait. He's done that too!

I may not be hanging from the barre but I'm at least the one who is twisted around

Did I share already? I have a new car! I got it in September and of course, there is a story . . .




















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Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Monday




Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.  ;-)

Don't forget to link up your list




~ here are the newest review books in my house ~

Home Front by Jessica Scott
Homefront, 2015, ebook

He's always loved her...

First Sergeant Gale Sorren waited a war and half a lifetime for a chance to get stationed near the ex-wife who left him years ago. When he finally musters the courage to see her, the life he imagined she was living was nothing close to the reality.

She's never stopped loving him...

Melanie never stopped worrying about Gale each time he headed off to war. But he's never been there when she needed him and she's had fifteen years to steel her heart against him.

But when Gale moves to Fort Hood, he finally has a chance to make things right with Melanie and the daughter she raised without him.

Can Mel trust her heart to a man who has always let her down?


~ here are the newest books in my house ~
40 Days to Personal Revolution by Baron Baptiste
non-fiction, 2004, paperback

A hands-on, step-by-step guide to adapt to your needs and lifestyle to make your body sleek, your mind clear, and your spirit light.

Baron Baptiste—one of the world’s most beloved master yoga teachers—inspires us to transform more than body and mind: He gives us the tools we need to set ourselves free to live the healthful life we’ve always imagined. In the next 40 days you will create a whole new way of being and living. Tapping ancient wisdom and his own personal experience, Baron has created a relevant and completely practical program that will lead you to the clarity of mind, body, and spirit that awaits on the other side of your revolution.


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I haven't received any review books, won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added several free ones that don't make this list, I've pinned them here.







What are you Reading?

A weekly Monday meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Post what you read last week and what you're planning to read this week then link to Shelia's post. Then visit others and be prepared to add to your TBR pile!




Finished:





Happy Reading!


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

DeClutter Challenge Week 3


The 3rd Annual 
91 Day DeClutter Challenge

Hosted at Mary Organizes
details here

Third Week: Bathrooms

We have two and a half bathrooms, one of which is the master. The half bath has recently been remodeled as much as we had money for. The last bath is the hall bath upstairs. It is used by the other three bedrooms upstairs. There was a plumbing leak and the pressure to this shower is horrible so the shower/tub is mostly unused. We'll be remodeling it soon ~throws confetti~.

dang it, now I have to sweep/vacuum again!

Before Pictures
I'm standing just outside the door, looking at the cabinet and flooring
Counter top. Why yes, that is a tree behind the toilet

Yes, that's supposed to be a rainbow. The paint colors I wanted were TOO expensive

There has been carpet in this bath for as long as we've owned the house (our bath too) so the flooring is extra yucky/dirty. We'll be talking to a designer about what we can do with the money we have. So far, I know two things. We'll be getting a white tub, not a beige one, and the toilet stays (for now).




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Breaking it Down - and Reporting In

Reporting in on last week . . . .
Sleep -1:30 still isn't working, I think I need to do an up ALL night again to get back on track.

DeClutter - The hall bath needs to be remodeled. We did go look at Lowe's and made the decision that we need help and will talk to a designer. I worked in my closet some. Ten more shirts gone.

Weight - I've got to pick a new "official" day to weight in. Husband went out of town on business and while I didn't get cookies like I normally would, I could have made better choices. Down .8

ARCs - Not only did I not review a book this week, I've received one and two more are on their way.

Reading Challenges - I returned a (late!) library book. Does that count? I started a non-fiction.

Blogging Challenges - My three a week is going but that's all I can say about my blogging.

Exercise - March's 5k was actually 3.1415 on the 14th. I did 3.15 on the treadmill. By Friday? Everything about going to the gym was irritating so Bethany told me to take Thursday off this week. I'm assuming I need to workout Saturday instead. I'm exercising too far above my "fat burning" zone and she doesn't want me to over train. It was way too weird taking Thursday off.



Sleep - goal for this week is 1:30 p.m., again. 

DeClutter - Let us not discuss the kitchen. The dining room and pantry are worse.

Weight - Need to pick a new weigh in day, I don't know how much it has changed since I started. Still working on fewer "cheat" food choices, and more water.

ARCs - Dang it! Read one of these and get a review up! . . . (yes, this is the same list)

Reading Challenges - let's narrow this down also, pick one . . .
  1. one non-fiction (started one, finish it)
  2. one library book
  3. finish one book this week

Blogging Challenges - April is coming and there is an A-Z blogging challenge coming up that I'd like to do again this year. April also has Day of Silence to plan around. For March, I'd like to post Purrsday every week (doing good!) and add Sunday
  • Sunday - Goals wrap up and plans for the week
  • Monday - Where are your reading? and Reading Monday
  • Thursday - Cat Thursday and Purrsday

Exercise - One day with the trainer and four days on my own. If I'm going to meet my weight deadline without moving it back (again!), I need to follow her plans for me. This week it is 40 minutes of cardio on my own, 4 days a week. If I'm short total minutes for the week, I can make them up on a rest day or have an extra long day.

Mon/Tue - 40 min with a target heart range (104-120)
Wed - meet with Bethany, she'll put me through the ringer
Thu/Fri - 40 min with a target heart range (104-120)
I'd like to keep the streak going by getting 10 minutes on Saturday and start the week with yoga on Sunday


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2015 Edition


The 2013/15 challenge was completed just in the nick of time. Now I need to do it again!  The goal for this challenge is to read a book for each letter in the year. That's right, a title for the J in January and the A in January, etc.... 74 books total, YIKES! This is a two-year challenge: April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2017.

I am hosting but the challenge has it's own blog so posts don't get lost. Why don't you check out the rules and join me?


book possibilities: Zamora's Ultimate Challenge (box 62), The World Without Us (box 47), Your Planet or Mine (box 31), You Can't Hide (box 27), Just Like Heaven (box 62), Uncle Tom's Cabin (box 52), The U.P Trail, (box 52)   

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C - Cheek to Cheek by Chris Owen (3-25-15)
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T - Turn the Other Cheek by Chris Owen (3-26-15)

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C - Captured Innocence by Kennedy Layne (3-27-15)
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Disclaimer

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