Treadmill Week 22 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh one for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Wake Up Call by J.L. Merrow

WakeUpCall_500x750 My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: The old git had disappeared somewhere, to change a barrel or maybe to drink one, so the bar was now staffed by a middle-aged-to-elderly barmaid who looked like she’d run out of fucks to give a week ago last Tuesday.
  • MONDAY: Kyle didn’t say anything, but his shoulders had relaxed. Dev snuck a glance at the man’s face. With the beard and all, even neatly trimmed, he had a sort of wild look. Like he belonged out here, with the cliffs and the sea and all that dodgy history of smugglers and wreckers.
  • TUESDAY: “What, particularly smelly round here, are they? Must be feeding ’em too much seafood. Mind you, my mate Baz’s farts are well rank, and he can’t stand fish. So are you doing, like, evening classes in Cornish or something?”
  • WEDNESDAY: [Much as it killed me to pass on reading today (due to mowing), between NaNoWriMo and critique/beta obligations, I didn’t have the time today.]
  • THURSDAY: Dev sat on the beach gazing out to sea until the hot sun had dried him off enough to get his kit back on. His kecks were still pretty soggy—not to mention sandy, because there was a limit to how long he was prepared to stand there in public dusting off his own arse—but that couldn’t be helped. Anyway, even if a wet patch soaked through onto his jeans, hopefully people would assume he’d been in the sea rather than that he’d peed himself.
  • FRIDAY: Dev broke into a sunny grin. “You kidding? Anything up from spaggihoops out of a can is dead posh in my book.” He stepped inside as he spoke and closed the door behind him.
  • SATURDAY: Maybe looking for someone to off-load to, if she was in the mood to listen which, yeah, knowing her, he ought to give up on that hope right now. Although if he did manage to get her to listen, she’d probably be up for calling him a stupid tosser when he’d finished. It’d be good to see her, anyhow.

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Week 22: April 16, 2017 – April 22, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  30:56 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  32:09 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:18 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  1 hour (Approx. I mowed front & back. Didn’t set stopwatch.)  Don’t know. Bonus points for the hills?
Thursday  30 min/mile  34:03 min:sec  1.1 miles
Friday  30 min/mile  30:29 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:19 min:sec  1 mile

Treadmill Week 21 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh one for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh

RentedHeart_500x750_0 My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: He tore himself away and drifted to the kitchen, despite knowing the fridge was empty. Staring at its bare shelves, he imagined what he’d eat if he didn’t need the cash he’d made over the weekend for rent.
  • MONDAY: The line went dead. Zac lowered his phone, but something about the way Liam had said his name had him staring at the blank screen for a long time.
  • TUESDAY: Zac’s bemusement was too endearing. Liam covered the fond smile threatening to break out by opening the cutlery drawer, except it wasn’t the cutlery drawer, and it took him three tries to find the right one.
  • WEDNESDAY: Zac laughed, he couldn’t help it. Jamie’s way of thinking had always been an odd, sadistic poetry, even when his fierce intelligence was dulled by the junk. “Can you chuck me off a bridge instead? I’d rather fly than swim. I don’t like the cold.”
  • THURSDAY: I mowed today instead of treadmill, but I read afterward: Zac slumped back in his seat, his irrational anger all but gone. The beer he’d drunk sloshed around in his belly and he felt a little sick, and cold too. Hettie’s heaters were whirring, but they didn’t seem to kick out much warmth. He closed his eyes, shivered, and rested his head against the window, wishing it was Liam’s shoulder.
  • FRIDAY: “I don’t believe that.” Liam held out his hand and pulled Zac back to the door. “I recon you can do amazing things. You just don’t know it yet.”
  • SATURDAY: If the question had come from anyone else, Liam would’ve dodged it—changed the subject and moved on—but somehow he knew that whatever answer he gave, Zac would understand.

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Week 21: April 9, 2017 – April 15, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  31:46 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  30:35 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:29 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  30:07 min:sec  1 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:00 min:sec  (Approx. I mowed front yard only and forgot to start stopwatch feature on phone.)
Friday  30 min/mile  33:56 min:sec  1.1 miles
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:11 min:sec  1 mile

Treadmill Week 20 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh one for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Fair Chance (All’s Fair Book 3) by Josh Lanyon

5123q8jydtLMy favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: The photo had been taken a few years earlier, before Roland’s hair and beard had started to silver. The Roland in the photo peered intimidatingly over his round spectacles as though he’d been interrupted in the midst of writing some groundbreaking essay on human rights violations. In fact, he simply didn’t like having his photo taken.
  • MONDAY: Tucker shook his head. “As your father would say, you’re one uptight cat, Mills.”
  • TUESDAY: He stretched his hand across the table. Tucker’s fingers laced his, gripping him back with equal warmth and strength.
  • WEDNESDAY: Elliot grimaced, but it was kind of nice not to have to pretend he wasn’t in pain when he was. Thankfully, they had moved past the stage where he felt honor-bound to constantly prove he was every bit as tough as Tucker, bum knee or not. And a lot of that was probably due to Tucker not being the kind of asshole who believed masculinity was about sexual endurance or bench-pressing your car.
  • THURSDAY: Elliot said, “And here I thought the evening couldn’t get any weirder.
  • FRIDAY: Elliot continued to sit in the lot while cars came and went, commuters picking up and dropping off. A typical busy Monday morning and no one seemed to have noticed that over the course of the weekend the world had been knocked clean out of orbit.
  • SATURDAY: Even though I mowed, I did finish the book afterward. So I’ll go ahead and give favorite line anyway: It was the worried kindness, the sincere concern that got to him, made him feel about seven years old again, when there was pretty much nothing his father couldn’t set right for him, and for one awful moment Elliot feared he was going  to break down.

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Week 20: April 2, 2017 – April 8, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  40:43 min:sec  1.3 miles
Monday  30 min/mile  32:38 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  33:40 min:sec  1.1 miles
Wednesday  30 min/mile  37:35 min:sec  1.2 miles
Thursday  30 min/mile  36:13 min:sec  1.2 miles
Friday  30 min/mile  35:47 min:sec  1.1 miles
Saturday  Who knows?  40:29 min:sec (Front)

32:08 min:sec (Back)

Dunno, I mowed the lawn instead of treadmill. Trust me, it was a bigger workout.

Treadmill Week 19 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh one for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Unspeakable Words (2nd edition) by Sarah Madison

I loved the first edition of this book (love the whole series) and have been dying to seeing what’s been added in this new, expanded edition.

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My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: He glanced around, trying to see his rooms with a stranger’s eyes. Floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled with neat, orderly rows of books and CDs. What would stand out more? The wide-ranging collection itself or the fact it was arranged in alphabetical order?
  • MONDAY: “You’re an odd duck, Parker,” Flynn said with a smile that made the comment seem friendly, rather than an insult.
  • TUESDAY: “I am not,” Flynn said, one hand on the steering wheel as he crowded Jerry, his eyes angry and intense, “part elf.”
  • WEDNESDAY: “Stop the car! Stop the car!” Flynn pounded on the dash and unbuckled the seat belt even as Jerry screeched to a halt.
  • THURSDAY: “It’s quite possible you have a thing for Alan Rickman, you know?”
  • FRIDAY: If Flynn were a dog, his hackles would have been raised. “And yet she was obviously right to be concerned. She did indeed know a killer.”
  • SATURDAY: “It’s not cheating when it happens to be true.” Flynn captured Jerry’s hand and held it still.

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Week 19: March 26, 2017 – April 1, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  31:07 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  36:05 min:sec  1.2 miles
Tuesday  30 min/mile  39:54 min:sec  1.3 miles
Wednesday  30 min/mile  38:46 min:sec  1.2 miles
Thursday  30 min/mile  61:00 min:sec  2 miles
Friday  30 min/mile  39:09 min:sec  1.3 miles
Saturday  30 min/mile  34:14 min:sec  1.1 miles

 

Treadmill Week 18 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh one for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Abomination by Jaye Valentine

51WJ6Aq2vvL My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: Sighing, Scott closed the door and turned around to face his surprise visitor. “Which part of one-night-stand did you not get?”
  • MONDAY: “Your grasp of the obvious is mind-boggling,” Jesse said, following Scott into the living room. “Is that how you made detective?”
  • TUESDAY: Scott raised his arms in the air, closed his eyes and started swaying, but he didn’t picture Jesus in his head. A mental image of Jesse in a compromising position put a rapturous smile on Scott’s face with little effort, helping him to blend in.
  • WEDNESDAY: “That’s totally normal behavior,” Officer Nolan said to Scott. “If poor people are crazy and rich people are eccentric, there’s a whole mess of eccentric in that family.”
  • THURSDAY: Ivan mimicked the gesture. “You’re awfully smart for such a pretty boy.”
  • FRIDAY: “I have a bad feeling about his.” Kevin yanked off the covers. “I hope this plan was worth the cost.”
  • SATURDAY: Jesse held his tongue and turned his head in the opposite direction, not surprised at how little he cared about his father’s opinion.

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Week 18: March 19, 2017 – March 25, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  31:32 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  31:58 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  31:09 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  34:13 min:sec  1.1 miles
Thursday  30 min/mile  33:53 min:sec  1.1 miles
Friday  30 min/mile  31:28 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  33:47 min:sec  1.1 miles

Treadmill Week 17 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh one for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Eyes Only for Me by Andrew Grey

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My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: He squeezed my face between his hands. “I’ll tell you what you always tell me: ‘Let it go.'”
  • MONDAY: I rolled my eyes as he threw my own words back at me. “Fuck you.”
  • TUESDAY: “You know…,” he started suggestively, and I had a very strong suspicion where this was going.
  • WEDNESDAY: “You know I can obsess over shit better than anyone—it’s one of my gifts.” He smiled and then glanced down at his lap. “That’s another of my gifts, if you know what I mean.”
  • THURSDAY: “…I’ve always known you were a strong personality, but to know that under the bravado, vulgarity, and quick wit is someone with more courage than I’ve ever known makes me proud to be your friend.” I closed my eyes and tried to stop the damn tears from welling.
  • FRIDAY: “It doesn’t make you any less of a man or a person to be honest with yourself and ask for what you think you need.” I stroked his cheek. “It takes strength to be different, the same courage it takes to ask for what’s in your heart.”
  • SATURDAY: “Then you need to talk about it. You can’t forget something that’s bothering you. All you can do is let it go.”

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Week 17: March 12, 2017 – March 18, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  30:36 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  30:10 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:12 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  30:20 min:sec  1 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  31:17 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  30:10 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:23 min:sec  1 mile

Treadmill Week 16 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh one for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Necropolis by Jordan L. Hawk

51pnd0ksf3l-_sl_300_ My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: He hid a smile—unsuccessfully—behind his cup. “I’m sorry. I thought you wished my honesty.”
  • MONDAY: “I doubt the inhabitants of Widdershins will run out of reasons to hire a discreet private detective any time soon,” he said dryly. “It will be here when I return. Did you honestly think I’d let you travel all the way to Egypt, to confront something Christine can’t handle, and not come with you?”
  • TUESDAY: “Oh, do come out and say what you mean, Griffin,” Christine exclaimed, “I have opinions and temper, neither of which I’m supposed to possess due to my sex.”
  • WEDNESDAY: But he thought otherwise, mad as it sounded, and his belief made me want to be that man, the one he could admire. So I only gave his hand an encouraging squeeze.
  • THURSDAY: “What the devil are you doing here?” Christine asked with her typical lack of anything resembling tact.
  • FRIDAY: “Not at all. Your passion is something to behold, my dear. No matter what outlet it is directed into.” His smile turned sly. “I find myself longing for nightfall.”
  • SATURDAY: “You’re welcome. It’s what best friends are for.”

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Week 16: March 5, 2017 – March 11, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  30:37 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  30:15 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:50 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  30:30 min:sec  1 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:36 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  33:33 min:sec  1.1 miles
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:15 min:sec  1 mile

Treadmill Week 15 and What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh one for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Slam! by J.L. Merrow — (This is a reread…I enjoyed the humor in last week’s book, and I was still in the mood for something comedic. I knew for a fact this one would fit the bill. It is, in fact, one of the few M/M books I have in paperback as well as in ebook format, because it’s such a favorite.)

17221425 My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: “It’s fine,” I said, trying not to let my feelings show as I stared at the shriveled remains of what had probably once been meat. “Just needs a bit of…” Ketchup alone wasn’t going to cut it, I decided. “I’ll get the Worcestershire sauce. And the mustard.”
  • MONDAY: “Looks like Mum’s home after all,” I said, unbuckling my seat belt and turning in an Oscar-winning portrayal of someone who hadn’t just had all his hopes dashed. “Want to come in for a coffee? She’ll probably want to thank you for saving her only son from a fate worse than conformity.
  • TUESDAY: “No, that’s just Saturdays.” the whisper came from an orange-belted ninja. Did that make him a ginja? I tried not to snigger at the thought. “You’re the one who got mugged, aren’t you?” he carried on. “I was gutted I missed that.”
  • WEDNESDAY: Keisha frowned. “Maybe he’s hoping for hidden depths?”

“I haven’t even got hidden shallows!”

  • THURSDAY: I scooted downstairs to open the front door. And beamed. My inner Sally Field was bouncing up and down like Bubbles and gushing you like me, you really like me! because David was there, looking edible in jeans, a Timberland shirt and a smile, casually accessorized with a Tesco carrier bag.
  • FRIDAY: All the cars had gone from the playground except Mum’s Ka (red, with an honest layer of grime) and David’s Nissan (all silver and shiny, like it was made out of moonbeams).
  • SATURDAY: “Well, all right, but I’m not promising I’m going to eat the food. If it’s got tentacles, I’m out of here. That sort of stuff should stay in animé porn where it belongs.”

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Week 15: February 26, 2017 – March 4, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  33:19 min:sec 1.1 miles
Monday  30 min/mile  38:20 min:sec  1.2 miles
Tuesday  30 min/mile  36:04 min:sec  1.2 miles
Wednesday  30 min/mile  31:10 min:sec  1 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:15 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  30:09 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:29 min:sec  1 mile

Treadmill Week 14 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh on for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Starting with the Unexpected by Andi Van

starting-with-the-unexpected My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: “I just got dumped,” I told him. “By a girl. Apparently I cheated on her with her sister.”
  • MONDAY: “I’m not pacing,” I said, pacing the length of the living room toward the kitchen. “I’m just making sure you haven’t left any of your nasty hetero porn out. Wouldn’t want to traumatize him.”
  • TUESDAY: “Stay still,” he told me. He had that look on his face that I recognized as trying to look calm while panicking inside. My mom had that look on her face a lot while I was in high school.
  • WEDNESDAY: “Did you warn Marcus that your mom will love him and hug him and feed him and call him George?”
  • THURSDAY: The sigh of relief I let out was probably over-the-top, considering it made Marcus laugh, but I just let us lean against each other as I wrapped my arms around his waist. “Thank you.”
  • FRIDAY: “I’ll go with you,” I said. I got up from the floor and offered him a hand up. “Dad’s built like a brick wall, but I promise he won’t eat you. His doctor made him lay off of devouring the innocent because they’re full of cholesterol.”
  • SATURDAY: He stood up and sauntered across the space, the cotton candy in his hand. When he got up next to me, he held it up, and eyed it and then my hair. “Yeah. It matches.”

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Week 14: February 19, 2017 – February 25, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  30:15 min:sec 1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  33:33 min:sec  1.1 miles
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:08 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  33:13 min:sec  1.1 miles
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:19 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  30:23 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  33:30 min:sec  1.1 miles

Treadmill Week 13 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh on for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: The Binding Light by Renae Kaye

imagesMy favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: Well, fuck me. Obviously Mrs. Martha West wasn’t as snooty as I first thought. No problems, though. Me and my brass balls were pretty inseparable.
  • MONDAY: “Who the fuck are you?”

I licked my lips and tried not to stare at his chest. “The fucking housekeeper. Who the fuck are you?”

  • TUESDAY: Entering Patrick’s home made me feel better because the house was a reflection of Patrick himself. It smelled like him. Or I guess more accurately, his sheets smelled like him. I found myself burying my face in his pillow to get his scent.
  • WEDNESDAY: “Relax,” I murmured into his ear. “Just break loose and move. I’ve got you.”
  • THURSDAY: My heart rate had dropped, no longer racing in arousal or fear. I would need to work on my breathing a bit and kicking Patrick out of the kitchen would be a good start.
  • FRIDAY: “Shh,” he hushed me as I tried to move. “You stay there, just like that, and I’ll take care of the rest.”
  • SATURDAY: “How am I going to survive it?”

He hugged me close again and whispered in my ear. “With love. That’s all we need.”

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Week 13: February 12, 2017 – February 18, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  31:06 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  30:38 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  38:46 min:sec  1.2 miles
Wednesday  30 min/mile  31:04 min:sec  1 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  32:35 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  36:30 min:sec  1.2 miles
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:11 min:sec  1 mile

Treadmill Week 12 and What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh on for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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I amended the 5th rule, above so that I can finish books on Saturday nights if I want. Which is what I did once again with the book from last week. I figured I should change the rule since I’d broken it two weeks in a row. 😊

What I #amreading: Blowing It by Kate Aaron

25002265My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: “You could look good in a bin bag,” he said, taking my jacket off the hook and holding it out for me.
  • MONDAY: I looked mournfully at my penis. “I look like a banana.”
  • TUESDAY: I still waged war on the occasional grey strand I found on my head, cursing every time I pulled one out and half a dozen friends came to the funeral.
  • WEDNESDAY: “You know I don’t care about any of that?” he asked, his brow furrowing with a small frown. “You don’t need to dress up to impress me.”
  • THURSDAY: “What the actual fuck?” I threw the covers aside, immediately causing my skin to pebble. It might be early June, but my bedroom was still cool in the mornings. Stretching my legs to unstick my balls from my thigh, I walked to the bathroom.
  • FRIDAY: I eyed her warily. “I was kidding about copping a feel.”
  • SATURDAY: He lost the battle of wills, caving and closing his eyes with a soft grunt. “You play dirty,” he growled.

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Week 12: February 5, 2017 – February 11, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  33.49 min:sec  1.1 miles
Monday  30 min/mile  33:39 min:sec  1.1 miles
Tuesday  30 min/mile  38:52 min:sec  1.2 miles
Wednesday  30 min/mile  31:00 min:sec  1 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:15 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  30:20 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:30 min:sec  1 mile

Treadmill Week 11 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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 (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh on for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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I amended the 5th rule, above so that I can finish books on Saturday nights if I want. Which is what I did once again with the book from last week. I figured I should change the rule since I’d broken it two weeks in a row. 😊

What I #amreading: Places in Time by Cardeno C.

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My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: “Yeah? Well, I figure if I’m going to have a break with reality, I may as well go with it.” I came up next to her and looked around. “So, you wanna tell me what we’re doing here?” – I like Ethan’s attitude!
  • MONDAY: “I think Jude maybe likes me a little. You know, in that way.”

Ginger sighed dramatically and straightened up in her seat. “I think you may have the emotional maturity of a twelve year old. You know, in every way.

Finished the book. It was quite sweet. 💕

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What I #amreading: Blowing It by Kate Aaron

25002265My favorite lines this week:

  • TUESDAY: Saying I got bored of living off baked beans and freeze-dried noodles and sold out shatters the illusion, but that’s what I did.
  • WEDNESDAY: “So where are you taking me? he asked, loping along with boyish strides.
  • THURSDAY: I slid my palms down his flanks and tickled his waist to see it convulse as he laughed, confirming my suspicions he’d been sucking his stomach in. I liked the little sign of insecurity, the way he tried to make himself seem more attractive for me. It wasn’t necessary, but it was sweet nonetheless.
  • FRIDAY: “You filthy whore. Details, now! Was he hung? He looks hung.”
  • SATURDAY: I sipped my drink, watching him over the rim of my glass. “Smart, handsome, and you can cook as well? My mother might kill me if I fuck this one up.”

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Week 11: January 29, 2017 – February 4, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  32:21 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  30:52 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  33:34 min:sec  1.1 miles
Wednesday  30 min/mile  33:05 min:sec  1.1 miles
Thursday  30 min/mile  32:48 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  30:40 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:59 min:sec  1 mile

Treadmill Week 10 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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I’m starting a new book this week. This time it’s another re-read to refresh my mind on the details of the series in preparation for the release of book 3 in March. I will admit that I  broke the 5th rule, above, and finished book 1 Sunday morning before starting book 2 for use on the treadmill this week (sorry).

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 What I #amreading: All’s Fair Book 2: Fair Play by Josh Lanyon

My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: Tucker spoke away from the phone. His voice returned. “Okay. Gotta go. I’ll talk to you tonight. Take care.” Take care was Tucker’s on-the-job code for I love you. – Aww❣️
  • MONDAY: At two o’clock in the morning the raccoons launched a full-on assault of the trash bins behind the cabin. They were mostly thwarted by Elliot’s unexpected appearance. He restrained himself from shooting them in retaliation for scaring the hell out of him.
  • TUESDAY: That was Tucker’s code for sex. “You want to go upstairs and talk?” he’d say with perfect seriousness.
  • WEDNESDAY: Elliot leaned forward, knuckles pressing hard into the desk blotter. he felt weak with relief and embarrassed that he hadn’t been able to hide his fear. “Okay. Well. I don’t think I need any more caffeine today.”
  • THURSDAY: He leaned his forehead against Elliot’s. Elliot stroked his back, listening. Listening for what Tucker wasn’t saying as well as what he was. 💕
  • FRIDAY: Tucker squared his shoulders, as though readying for battle. “I didn’t lie. I won’t ever lie to you.” Even to make it easier on himself. Elliot acknowledged that truth wryly.
  • SATURDAY: For the second time that night, Tucker’s honesty startled him. Disarmed him.

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Week 10: January 22, 2017 – January 28, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  30:09 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  30:08 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:30 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  31:06 min:sec  1 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:11 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  32:10 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  31:09 min:sec  1 mile

Treadmill Week 9 and What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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I’m starting a new book this week. This time it’s a re-read to refresh my mind on the details of the series in preparation for the release of book 3 in March.

File Jan 15, 7 20 25 PM.png What I #amreading: All’s Fair Book 1: Fair Game by Josh Lanyon

My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY:  Dinner at Dad’s was currently the high point of Elliot’s social calendar. – LOL. Even if I didn’t already know better, I’d feel like we could safely reassure poor Elliot that his life is about to get more exciting.
  • MONDAY: There might have been a faint tinge of red in Tucker’s face, though it was hard to tell beneath the freckles. – LOL 🤣
  • TUESDAY:  It was a race to see who could disconnect faster. – Boys, boys, boys… *sighs and shakes head at Elliot and Tucker*
  • WEDNESDAY: Elliot had expected the call to go to message, so he was disconcerted to find intelligent conversation required. That was what was making his heart pound, right? – You tell yourself that, Elliot. 😊
  • THURSDAY:  That was pretty much guaranteed to piss anyone off, and watching Tucker’s pale eyes narrow and his face turn the color of his freckles, Elliot knew he’d scored.
  • FRIDAY:  Tucker was doing his full on FBI agent impersonation. Not a twitch of emotion on his impassive face. He wasn’t wearing his Oakleys, but the impression was the same.
  • SATURDAY: “Lance.” Laconic. That was Tucker. From noon till night, he always answered the phone the same way: ready for trouble and not worried at the idea of it.

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Week 09: January 15, 2017 – January 21, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  30:14 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  30:09 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:59 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  39:41 min:sec  1.3 miles
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:03 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  30:07 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  33:50 min:sec  1.1 miles

Treadmill Week 7 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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29248968What I #amreading: The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk

My favorite lines from this week’s reading:

  • SUNDAY: Gabriel’s eyes are still glued to me. “Tate?” His voice is strangled and lower than I’ve ever heard it. Like he’s begging for something. – Out of context this reads like a smexin’ scene, but it’s a sad scene—got me tearing up a bit.
  • MONDAY:I’ve heard people say that the world looks different when you’re about to die. I don’t think that’s true. It looks the same. It’s the way you look at the world—that’s what’s different.

I won’t share the last line of the book, but I will say that it was perfect!

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For my new book, it’s time to get back to the series I started only recently, way behind (apparently) the bulk of MM readers.

What I #amreading: Whyborne and Grifscreen-shot-2017-01-07-at-7-59-21-pmfin Book 3: Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

  • TUESDAY: Newly installed electric lights blazed from atop the department store, theater, and even the street corners where ordinary gas lamps had burned just a month ago. An ugly tangle of wires cut across the night sky like the weaving of some huge, and quite demented, spider. The harsh light revealed the cracks in the sidewalk and threw sharp-edged shadows, far less kind than the radiance of either sun or moon. – I loved this opening segment so much I’m using it for today’s featured line(s) even though there were some rather amusing ones I could have gone with.
  • WEDNESDAY: Christine drew in a deep breath, her eyes widening and her shoulders squaring. Knowing the signs well, I slipped around my desk and out of the office. As I left to get a towel from the washroom, I heard her shouts echoing down the hallway. Bradley responded in kind, yelling something about hysteria. The man had no sense of self-preservation whatsoever. – LOL, Christine is still the most awesome side character ever written. 💕
  • THURSDAY: “I, er…” What on earth was the proper etiquette when a madwoman offered one a flower? I began to think my upbringing had been sorely lacking in a number of necessary points. “Thank you,” I said finally, and took the somewhat bedraggled flower.
  • FRIDAY: “It isn’t your embarrassment I’m concerned for.” – Whyborne talking to Christine. 😏
  • SATURDAY: For the first time since I’d met her, Christine looked as if she wished to flee screaming. Given she’d faced down charging hippos, undead Guardians, and monstrous creatures from outer  space, I didn’t know if I should be amused or alarmed. – Whyborne’s observation upon Christine meeting Griffin’s parents.

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Week 07

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 43
Sunday, 01-Jan.
 30 min/mile  31:19 min:sec  1 mile
Day 44
Monday, 02-Jan.
 30 min/mile  34:43 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 45
Tuesday, 03-Jan.
 30 min/mile  30:06 min:sec  1 mile
Day 46
Wednesday, 04-Jan.
 30 min/mile  30:22 min:sec  1 mile
Day 47
Thursday, 05-Jan.
 30 min/mile  31:29 min:sec *  1 mile
Day 48
Friday, 06-Jan.
 30 min/mile  30:07 min:sec  1 mile
Day 49
Saturday, 07-Jan.
 30 min/mile  30:09 min:sec  1 mile

* Thursday was supplemented by approx. 1 hour of shoveling snow from my walk and driveway.