TREADMILL Week 131 & What I #AmReading – Blood & Ash (Lost Realm 1) by Kate Aaron

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 131: May 26, 2019 – June 1, 2019

Sunday 30 min/mile 31:04 min:sec 1 mile
Monday 30 min/mile 30:12 min:sec 1 mile
Tuesday 30 min/mile 30:12 min:sec 1 mile
Wednesday 30 min/mile 30:19 min:sec 1 mile
Thursday Skipped (sorry) But I mowed AND did treadmill on Friday!
Friday Mowed & 30 min/mile 1-1/2 hrs & 30:20 min:sec Front & Back & 1 mile
Saturday 30 min/mile 30:04 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: Blood & Ash (Lost Realm 1) by Kate Aaron

Ash has never left the palace. For seventeen years he has been kept close by his father and brother, bound by their vow to protect him. He has grown up safe, innocent, and lonely. Now the fae Realm is under attack, and the witches have threatened Ash personally.

To protect his younger brother, Skye has done something unthinkable. He has brought a vampire into the Realm. Azrael owes Skye a great debt. He takes his position as Ash’s guardian out of loyalty to his brother, but everything changes when he finds himself falling for the young prince: the first mortal he’s loved in a thousand years.

With his enemies closing in, and the king slowly dying, can Skye trust Azrael to protect Ash while he prepares to defend the Realm? Will Azrael be able to control his feelings for Ash as he reconciles the demons from his past? And will Ash ever feel like he truly belongs anywhere?

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My favorite lines this week…

✿✿ SUNDAY ✿✿

The vampire was curled comfortably in a large armchair, his body angled towards the glass. He reminded Ash of one of the palace cats, sleek and purring in the warmest spot it could find. More dangerous than the average tabby, though, Ash acknowledged wryly to himself.

✿✿ MONDAY ✿✿

Azrael sighed, thinking how best to explain. “I am of the world,” he said. “I was born there as a man, made vampire there, and have lived there for a thousand years. But my movements there are limited, the mortals don’t know—can’t know—that I exist, or they would hunt me down and kill me. The sun itself could kill me. I don’t belong there anymore, but I don’t have anywhere else to go. Do you understand?”


He stepped through the glass, feeling a cool ripple as he passed through the barrier, landing on hard cobbles slick with rain. He turned, probing the air behind him, but there was nothing there: the portal had closed. In the palace, the mirror reflected Azrael’s room back to itself innocently.


“Is this true?” Skye held the parchment in his fist, crumpling it as his knuckles whitened. “Is this true?!” He leapt at the messenger, pulling him by his lapels, their faces inches apart as he screamed at him.

✿✿ THURSDAY ✿✿ (Didn’t read, but the story length was just right for 6 days, so that worked out perfectly.)

✿✿ FRIDAY ✿✿

“I’d be better off dead,” Ash said with vehemence. “You set me free, can’t you see that? You showed me that there was more to life than the palace, more to me.” He thumped his chest fiercely. “If I hand’t me you…I don’t know,” he sighed, lost for words. “If I hadn’t met you, I wouldn’t ever have been alive, not really.”


It was the most terribly-wonderful, monstrously-beautiful, achingly-passionate thing Ash had ever experienced, and when it was over he lay in his lover’s arms, sobbing as though his heart would break, but he couldn’t tell him why.

2 thoughts on “TREADMILL Week 131 & What I #AmReading – Blood & Ash (Lost Realm 1) by Kate Aaron

    1. Yes! It jumped right out at me. I read it, highlighted it, and knew it probably wouldn’t be beat out by another even though it was early in the day’s reading.

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