Walking: Mon., 30-Jan. > Sat., 25-Feb.
Here’s a screen shot of my Apple watch workouts that were recorded while walking. My goal is to walk for at least one solid 30-minute stretch per day. I’ve started turning on a “workout” for additional walks instead of just doing them, so there might be more than one per day.
Reading and walking are no longer tied together. It did not take me this long to read this fabulous book. I did read a number of non-M/M rereads during this stretch that won’t be featured in my #AmReading posts.
The cat in this picture is Chili, the feral cat I’ve been feeding and providing shelter for outdoors for a few years. She’s never let me touch/pet her and I’ve never been able to even trap her to get her spayed. But, she decided all on her own to sneak in through the garage when I either went out or returned from somewhere a couple weeks ago.
She still hasn’t let me touch her. Sheesh! Her comfort level has gone through a number of phases, and currently she’s hunkering down in the garage, having decided she’s still a bit too skittish around humans in the house. I’ve got food/water in there for her and that’s where the litter boxes are, so no worries. I think she comes upstairs to hang when I go to bed at night. She hasn’t tried to dash for it during subsequent garage door openings, so she apparently wants to stay. Basically, she’s one confused kitty at the mo’, wanting the cushier setup and treats the house kitties get, but not wanting to be around humans. At all.
What I #AmReading…
Brute by Kim Fielding
I tracked down this book after reading one of Holly Day’s (aka Ofelia Gränd) blog lists. Her lists are often damaging to my book budget, but I have no regrets!
This book grabbed me right from the beginning and never let go. Top notch writing and a gripping storyline…always a fabulous combination. And all managed without either character ever having to be a jerk to the other. The MCs (and even the kinda-but-not-truly villain) are likable and we can understand (though not necessarily like) the choices they made/make.
The second speaker is Prince Aldfrid, an important side character:
Scene introducing Warin, a young boy, and important side character. It’s interesting to see how various people react to Brute when they first meet him:
“She” is Alys, Warin’s older sister and another fairly important side character:
“Aric” is Brute, but Gray (the prisoner) is the only one who calls him that:
Brute/Aric is the “giant”:
Brute by Kim Fielding
GENRE: M/M Fantasy Romance
LENGTH: Novel / 266 Pages
Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.
Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. And he dreams of people’s deaths—dreams that come true.
As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own.