TREADMILL Week 159 & What I #AmReading – Just the Facts Volume 1 – A Trio of Mysteries by Edward Kendrick, Thomas Grant Bruso, and W.S. Long

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. I’m officially modifying my original rule of not reading the book-of-the-week off-treadmill. I’m usually going to look at length and try to divide it up somewhat evenly per day, even if that means either closing that book early (if it’s short) or continuing after (if it’s long).

Week 157: December 8, 2019 – December 14, 2019

Sunday Mow/Blow/Mulch 2 hours Lots
Monday 30 min/mile 30:38 min:sec 1 mile
Tuesday 30 min/mile 30:11 min:sec 1 mile
Wednesday 30 min/mile 30:47 min:sec 1 mile
Thursday 30 min/mile 30:17 min:sec 1 mile
Friday 30 min/mile 30:48 min:sec 1 mile
Saturday 30 min/mile 30:38 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: Just the Facts Volume 1 – a trio of mysteries from Edward Kendrick, Thomas Grant Bruso, and W.S. Long

JMS Books’ Trios are themed collections of three gay romance stories by a trio of authors. Each story is available separately, but readers can get all three for a discounted bundle price.

Just the Facts Volume 1 contains three thrilling mysteries sure to keep you up late turning the pages to see what happens next! Contains the stories:

Murder in the Condo Next Door by Edward Kendrick: When a crazy woman moves in next door to Michael he isn’t happy. Then she’s murdered and he has to deal with a detective’s suspicions and nosy reporter Reid, who tries to interview Michael and fails. Then Michael finally opens up about the murder … and his past. Attraction blossoms as they try to find the killer, but will Michael die, too, before they can act on their feelings?

Past Sins by Thomas Grant Bruso: Officer Jack Ballinger receives a phone call in the early morning hours regarding a dead body in a quiet neighborhood in the small upstate New York town of Black Falls. The revelation is shocking, and with his future as a police officer in question, how will Officer Ballinger deal with the truth of these crimes once he learns that everything he thought he knew was a lie?

Sudden Death by W.S. Long: Peruvian-Japanese pro golfer Dimas Kanashiro should have been celebrating his first major golf tournament win. Instead, the suspicious death of his boyfriend’s stepfather places Dimas’ boyfriend, Hunter Mullins, under suspicion. It’s now up to Dimas to help Hunter find out how his stepfather died and, if he was murdered, who killed him in order to clear Hunter’s name.

My favorite lines this week…

✿✿ SUNDAY ✿✿ (Did all the yard work & didn’t even have my book of the week picked out yet)

✿✿ MONDAY ✿✿ Murder in the Condo Next Door by Edward Kendrick

“You did come,” Reid said when Michael joined him outside the restaurant early Sunday evening. “I figured it was fifty-fifty that you would.”

Michael smiled. “Seventy-thirty on my part that I wouldn’t But then I decided what the hell. It’s a free meal.”

✿✿ TUESDAY ✿✿ Murder in the Condo Next Door by Edward Kendrick

Michael pulled away and Reid was certain he’d blown it. Then, smiling, Michael leaned in to kiss him back. “I guess this proves one thing,” he said a moment later. “We are moving toward being more than friends.”

“You had any doubts about that?”

“Not really, but it’s nice to know you agree.” Michael kissed him again…

✿✿ WEDNESDAY ✿✿ Past Sins by Thomas Grant Bruso

I smile in the dark, holding the paper up to the light and staring at the words he wrote, over and over. A niggling voice in my head urges me to call him.

Do it, you idiot. Talk to him, Tell him how you feel.

Then I hear another voice, not Steve’s, not mine, blurring betwen this world and the other. it is drowning out my thoughts, and the image of Steve vaporizes in the air.

My father is talking to me: Be a man. Show me how tough you are. Real men don’t show their feelings.

✿✿ THURSDAY ✿✿ Past Sins by Thomas Grant Bruso

I stare at the blonde highlights in his braided hair and the way he wears his pink bangs, cut in jagged, zigzag lines as if it was styled by Edward Scissorhands. I smile at the chameleon colors of his constantly changing eyes. “Your eyes are beautiful,” I say, rambling, and sounding stupid.

✿✿ FRIDAY ✿✿ Sudden Death by W.S. Long

“That’s good then. Since you’re not in possession of the golf clubs, you won’t mind if we test each club for any forensic evidence.”

“I have nothing to hide, so test away.”

“Except the identity of who you were with last night,” the deputy mumbled.

✿✿ SATURDAY ✿✿ Sudden Death by W.S. Long

Dimas laughed. “When we get there, I want to read you some of the most romantic poems in the world written by Peru’s own, Pablo Neruda, and I want to read to you on the steps of his house, facing the Pacific.”

Hunter smiled. “You can read me anything. You can read me the menu from a diner and I’d never stop you.”

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