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One Million Steps In One Month

Last month my boss and I were talking about my Fitbit and how I like it and doing weekly challenges and that sort of thing and he told me about a friend of his who is a very busy guy and completed a million steps in a month challenge.

I thought that was a fantastic idea and of course immediately wanted to try it.  My boss suggested that I do it in a month with 31 days so that I have a little extra time to break it down over so I decided to give it a go for July.

A million steps in 31 days works out to around 32,259 steps a day well over double what I average on most days now but about what I hit on a really good day.

I had a problem with my Fitbit battery earlier this week so I am just hoping that it keeps up through this challenge.

I will try to post my daily totals here on the blog to keep track and keep accountable.

Wish me luck.

Currently: June 29, 2016

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Currently....
{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}
Loving...
That Canada Day is this weekend and I will have a peaceful day off of work.
Reading...
I won a Immortal Flame by Jillian David from a Goodreads contest and I just started it last night.



Watching...
Rewatching Gilmore Girls reveing up for the new episodes coming up.
Listening To...
All of the Audible all of the time.
Thinking About...
Switching schools for my kids, they have both had a rough year and I am just done with the school that they are at.
Anticipating...
Going to see the Tall Ships with the kids this weekend.
Wishing...
That I let go of my insecurities more often and just had fun, life is short.
Making Me Happy...
That my kids can socialize well with others.


Cover Reveal: 100 Hours

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I am so excited to share the awesome cover for 100 HOURS, the first book in a new trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Rachel Vincent, which
releases on March 28, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books, along with a note from the author about her upcoming novel and an amazing giveaway.




Scroll down to take check out the gorgeous cover, read what Rachel Vincent has to say about 100 HOURS, and enter for a chance to win. And be sure to share your thoughts about the cover in the comments!




The Cover Revealed

Title: 100 HOURS

Author: Rachel Vincent

Release date: March 28, 2017

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 368

Formats available to pre-order: Hardcover



Find it:

AMAZON
| GOODREADS




Description:



Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.



While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute…

Teaser Tuesday : The Burning City

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Urban Fantasy Date Published: July 5, 2016

Book #3 of the Siren Song series:
When the smoke clears, who will be left standing?
Tattoo artist June Coffin has another, more hidden talent: she’s a Siren who can influence people with the sound of her voice. But in the wake of a murder and shake-up at the Institute of Supernatural Research, her own powers are starting to kill her. The only chance she has of saving herself—as well as her kidnapped brother and best friend—is to become a vampire. But joining the ranks of the vengeful vamp, Occam Reed, is the last thing June wants to do.
Occam isn’t the only danger June needs to worry about. Power hungry telepath Robbie Beecher will stop at nothing to gain control over Chicago. He’ll destroy anyone who gets in his way—and June’s lover, Sam, is high on the hit list since his bid for Mayor. With the city and June’s heart being pulled in different directions, it’s only a matter of time before the powder keg explodes…and time isn’t something June ha…

The Big Read - 200 of the most popular books

This morning I was going through the blogs I read as usual and I found this over at Reading Life and was instantly intrigued and wanted to know how many of these books I had read.  And possibly add the rest to my TBR list (not like it's not long enough).

The Big Read is a survey on books carried out by the BBC in the United Kingdom in 2003.  Over three-quarters of a million votes were received.  This list of the 200 most popular books from the survey comes from Wikipedia.

47/200 not that great, I feel like there is a few more that I think I have read but I don't quite remember so I did not cross them off.  I wish I had Goodreads long ago.  Time to start reading I guess.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien 
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Nineteen Eighty-Four …

Celebrate The Small Things: June 24 2016

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Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

This week I am celebrating two of my close friends getting married on Sunday.  Yay!

Also celebrating the school year coming to a close.

What are you celebrating this week?




Throwback Thursday: June 23, 2016

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This Sunday, June 26 two of my close friends will tie the knot and I inadvertently introduced them by convincing them both to come out with me one Halloween.  Anyway, I will be maid of honor in this wedding so today in honor of throwback Thursday I thought I would look back over my friendship with the bride.






I have many more pictures of us but some of them are truly not flattering. :)  Congratulations Jackie and Jason on your upcoming wedding, I wish you all of the best.

A Witch's #JourneyTour

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Synopsis:
Pepper McKay comes from a long line of powerful witches. Unfortunately, magic brings her nothing but trouble. She learned the love of wildlife rescue and rehab from her Aunt Ashling. After graduating from college, Pepper works for Salem Wildlife Sanctuary and lives from paycheck to paycheck until she inherits the McKay property in Lobster Cove. With the family land and resources, she dares to dream of starting her own wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

Lathen Quartz, a former Navy SEAL turned handyman maintains the enchanted McKay property for the McKay estate. But someone is trying to steal the McKay magic. Lathen offers to help Pepper achieve her life-long dream of building a wildlife center. During the long hours spent together on the project, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. But each harbors a deep, dark secret. Will they overcome their demons and give love a chance?
Review:
I really enjoyed this book, Pepper is a very interesting character and I enjoyed w…

When Lucifer Met Calamity Review

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Take a chance on Love, Laughter…and Lucifer.

Lucifer: “Tell me, how does such a little woman manage to keep up so much trouble in such a short space of time?”

All Hell Breaks ‘Luce’ – When fate brings them together in a joint take-down of a common enemy, they get a chance at romance. But oh what a tangled tale that is conceived, when the lady plots to mislead. Calamity’s got her own set of rules…and while she’s willing to give the sexy lawyer a shot, a girl’s got to have a back-up plan in case things go sideways. Right?


This book dealt with the very serious issue of sexual harassment at work in a very fun and light hearted way. Why take a chance with karma? Why not get even with your boss right?  I found it to be a n interesting read.  Lots of action and great characters.

Forbidden Things Book Tour

Celebrate The Small Things: June 17, 2016

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Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

I have been MIA for a while, since before the A to Z Challenge, I have not been feeling the blogging bug so I have just been doing my book posts and ignoring the blog.  We spent the weekend away and after the short R & R I have gotten my grove back so to speak.  Yay!

Also on my list of celebrations this week is Cat's performance in the choir for Blanche Niege at school yesterday.  She has been practicing for months and it really paid off.

What are you celebrating this week?


Fresh Starts Book Blast

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Fresh Starts by Kimberly Krey

Bree has had her fair share of difficulties. The loss of her parents, a not-so-recent divorce, and the disruption of her life caused by a stalker now who’s serving jail time. When the determined criminal finishes his sentence, Bree is sent into hiding. And while she’s doing all she can to steer clear of this frightening piece of her past, an old acquaintance enters the scene, determined to be part of her future.



Praise for Fresh Starts:
"Fascinating characters, heartwarming and steamy romance, and chilling suspense make for one incredible read!” Reviewer, Ruth Josse

“…all that you hope for in a gentle tug and pull of fearing the past and daring to hope for a better future. Kimberly Krey is masterful at helping us feel Bree's experience... Fresh Starts will keep you reading page after page until the heart stopping culmination.” Author Christene Houston

“...believable and intriguing. And as always...steamy and clean!” Jamie Lynn



EXCERPT:

Her brother’…

Currently: June 15, 2016

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Currently....
{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}
Loving...
The warm summerish weather and getting to be out walking everyday.  It makes for children who are less bored.



Reading...
Too many things, I keep volunteering to review stuff for people like I have all this time on my hands when I don't and then I am up all night reading. Plus I joined an online book cub because books. We are reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik this month, I really enjoyed it.


Watching...
I just started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix last week, a little late to the party but now I am super addicted.  I am already on season two which is crazy considering how little time I have for tv watching and that the kids cannot watch it.
Listening To...
A Game of Thrones on Audible, even though I have read it half a dozen times. I just like the thrill of listening to boo…

Bess's Magical Garden Promo Blitz

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Middle Grade Mystery Date Published: October 2015







Bess's mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her. Six months earlier, Bess’s father died in a car crash, and she’s also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio. She's in a sad and lonely place.
From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostly figure in the well-kept garden and in her dreams. She can’t make sense of everything and so shares her observations with Megan by writing her regular letters.
During the summer, she makes new friends, including an orange and white tomcat that she names Pumpkin, and her new neighbour Josie. With the help of Mrs. O’Toole, the woman who watches her, Bess continues to recover, both physically and emotionally. She becomes more and more curious about the garden and the unexplained clues that she finds there.

EXCERPT

Excerpt from Chapter 3 where Bess meets her neigh…

The Cathedral of Cliffdale Review

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Beyond the limits of mankind’s understanding there exists a City, created as a sanctuary for the survivors of a brutal and bloody war. 

Within the city of Summerfeld the last mythical creatures live out their days in peace, fiercely protected by twelve immortals: brave defenders known as the Guardians.

A Guardian is dead. For the first time in one thousand years, no replacement has come forward. Following the murder of her twin sister, Quinn Harden abandons the Guardianship in order to take care of her sister’s children in the modern realm of man. Shortly after their second birthday, the children are taken, against her will, in an attempt by the Guardians to bring her back into the fold. 

Quinn will stop at nothing to find her niece and nephew, but as she is drawn deeper into the world of Summerfeld, she finds herself torn between her loyalty to her family and the wards she has sworn to protect. 

As their enemies close in the Guardians must unite or Summerfeld will fall.


What a fantastic …

Proposals and Poison Review

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Love can be a very dangerous thing. 

At least it seems that way to Adri Pyper, the premier wedding planner in Sun Valley, Idaho. When one of her clients dies mysteriously, Adri takes the advice of the local detective and swears she will stay out of the investigation . . . this time. Luke Stetson's involvement in the case, along with the possibility of a kiss between the two, should be enough incentive to keep Adri out of trouble. But when a dog-themed wedding is almost ruined by a suspect, Adri and her assistant, Lorea, are thrust into private eye mode. When poison enters the picture, even a reluctant sleuth can’t steer clear of danger.


I love Adri, she is one of my favourite characters that I have read in a series that is not fantasy. I also love Luke and I was happy to see that he and Adri made such progress here. And once again lots of great craft and recipe ideas. I also really love the book club questions at the end of the story. Great for us blogger types to get us thinking ab…