TREADMILL Week 127 & What I #AmReading – A Summer’s Day by Various Authors

Treadmill Goals/Tracking

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals (exception…at the end of the week where a book is highlighted, I will finish it off-treadmill so I can feature something new the next week)

Week 127: April 28, 2019 – May 4, 2019

Sunday 30 min/mile 30:11 min:sec 1 mile
Monday 30 min/mile 36:19 min:sec 1 mile
Tuesday 30 min/mile 31:20 min:sec 1 mile
Wednesday 30 min/mile 32:19 min:sec 1 mile
Thursday 30 min/mile 31:45 min:sec 1 mile
Friday 30 min/mile 31:01 min:sec 1 mile
Saturday 30 min/mile 32:12 min:sec 1 mile

What I’m Reading

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my weekly reading snippets may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

What I #amreading: A Summer’s Day by Various Authors

NOTE: I cheated on my usual treadmill reading rules because this is a very long anthology and I wanted to be able to feature a snippet from each story included in it.

We’re celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy with this collection of 12 stories based on his works and the way they are often woven into our lives. The twist is that all stories are MM. There are modern retellings of some plays, interpretations of others and one of the sonnets, and delightful referencing of anything Shakespeare.

There is gentle YA romance next to hot sexy stories and all kinds of relationships – first love, May/December, interracial, second chances, happy endings and even a tragic one.

We’re traveling from Ancient Rome through Renaissance England to modern day UK, Venice Beach and other places in USA, Vancouver and Havana.

There’s fun, drama, tears, angst, joy and, above all, lots of true love.

DEEPER THAN DID EVER PLUMMET SOUND – Rory Ni Coileain (“The Tempest”)
A FINE LINE BETWEEN – Louise Lyons (“Romeo and Juliet”)
THE DEVIL AND THE LION – Asta Idonea (“Coriolanus”)
KISS ME, KADE – Nephy Hart (“Taming of The Shrew”)
IF MUSIC BE… – Charlie Cochrane (“Twelfth Night”)
TWO GUYS FROM VANCOUVER – Dianne Hartsock (“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”)
WHEN I LOVE THEE NOT – Rian Durant (“Othello”)
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BEACH – Kathy Griffith (“The Merchant of Venice”)
A HERO’S LAST BATTLE – Phetra H Novak (“Much Ado About Nothing”)
NOTHING LIKE THE SUN – JL Merrow (Sonnet 130)
THE SUN OF TOMORROW – M. LeAnne Phoenix (“Macbeth”)
MUCH ADO ABOUT LADY MACBETH – Rebecca Cohen (Shakespeare’s Theatre)

And as all the world’s a stage we do hope that one day very soon all the world will be a place for everybody to love whomever they want to love and feel safe.

All proceeds of this collection go to the It Gets Better Project. By reading this book you become part of the hope for a better future of the LGBT youth.

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My favorite lines this week…

✿✿ SUNDAY ✿✿

Deeper than Did Ever Plummet Sound by Rory Ni Coileain

Things did have a way of working out. The single life suited Clarence remarkably well, as it turned out. Amazing how much longer a bottle of Pimm’s lasted when one didn’t have to share.

A Fine Line Between by Louise Lyons

“You didn’t mean it? Or you didn’t mean to say it?” My heart raced as I cupped his chin and made him meet my eyes again.

✿✿ MONDAY ✿✿

The Devil and the Lion by Asta Idonea

Martius shot awake at the caress, and within seconds he was on his feet, sword drawn and extended. When his gaze fell upon Aufidius, he stilled and the tension in his shoulders seeped away. Nonetheless, he paused awhile before lowering his blade and returning it to its scabbard.


Kiss Me Kade by Nephy Heart

“This isn’t hitting on you, baby, trust me. When I hit on you, you’ll know it.”

If Music Be… by Charlie Cochrane

“I’ll get on the case.” Jonny’s enthusiasm shone in his voice. Rick had forgotten how evangelical he could become about something he’d taken a fancy to. “You around at the weekend?”

“My diary’s as empty as a nun’s,” Rick confided. “Why?”


Two Guys from Vancouver by Dianne Hartsock

Val stared at his plate, uncomfortable. The silence stretched and he glanced up. Silver slumped in his seat, chin on hand, a lost expression on his seet face. Val had the sudden urge to wrap the slim form in his arms, keep him safe.


When I Love Thee Not by Rian Durant

“Oh, you…You planned it?”

“Am I hearing complaints?” asked the man, lifting up an eyebrow.

The Merchant of Venice Beach by Kathy Griffith

“Something make me think you’ve had more than a passing acquaintance with that butt, you dog.” I shrugged.

“Busted.” We both bowed our heads and listened as muted shouting came from the end of the corridor. I cringed, hearing enough to know Mr. Palmer wasn’t happy to have us in his bank.

“Pillow Biters?” Bartholomew snickered. “Is that what I heard?” I nodded.

✿✿ FRIDAY ✿✿

A Hero’s Last Battle by Phetra H. Novak

He was absolutely stunning, had he not already said that? Well, it was worth mentioning again. Would it be awkward if he said it out loud? He swallowed a snort by taking a sip of his coffee, finally. Probably.

Nothing Like the Sun by JL Merrow

His voice cut into the dark cloud enjulfing me. “Why are you so hard on yourself?

“I don’t see anyone else queueing up to be hard on me.”


The Sun of Tomorrow by M. LeAnne Phoenix

Marchand’s upper lip curled in disgust as he looked not only down at Winter, but down his nose at Winter as he scowled. “Don’t be an ass, Yeti. Get a move on. I don’t have all day!”

Much Ado About Lady Macbeth by Rebecca Cohen

“You are abandoning me in my hour of greatest distress?” he demanded, not expecting Gwilliam to have plans that would inconvenience him. “What could possibly be more important than my unbalanced nature?”

5 thoughts on “TREADMILL Week 127 & What I #AmReading – A Summer’s Day by Various Authors

  1. I actually won this book in Rian Durant’s author takeover! I told you I was invited to participate but declined, but I was there as a reader and chatted and commented and I won it! I also won four other books, so a total of five books, just because I commented on pretty much every Shakespeare related post and we weren’t that many people there. That was a pretty awesome day, not just for the books, but it was a fun takeover! 🙂

    It also gave me an idea of a Shakespeare retelling I’d like to write 😁

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