A couple of times this year I have tried to start a consistent exercise program, only to be derailed by health and life. And that is how I find myself starting over once again. Sometimes falling off the exercise wagon makes me feel like a loser, but I always manage to pick myself back up and again and start over. As long as I keep trying I am making forward progress.
Now I am still suffering from some long term health issues, so this time I am starting off smaller and building as my body will let me. That means I'm mainly focusing on walking and getting my steps back up and doing yoga on a daily basis again. I think that I what I am going to focus on until the end of the year. Maybe if I ease my body into exercise, I can start to add more after the new year.
While I do hope to lose some weight from this exercise program, what is more important to me is feeling better and helping my health. I'm hoping this time I don't push myself too far and overdo it, that way hopefully I can stick to it this time. If not, well I will just start over one more time.
As many of you that follow this blog may know, I am a huge movie fan and like to post reviews pretty often. I have had a bit of a lull in the movie department of late, but this past weekend I managed to finally go see Thor: Ragnarok. Now I am a huge comic fan and love the Marvel Universe. This is the type of movie that I have come to expect from Marvel, but a little different from the Thor that we have come to know in his previous solo movies. This take on Thor is a bit more lighthearted and action packed. It looks like the writer and director might have taken a more Guardians of the Galaxy approach, which did work well though I personally thought some of the jokes were forced. The only other issue I had with the movie was how they treated the character of Bruce Banner, come on the man is a genius and I don't think he would have been as lost as some scenes showed him no matter what the circumstances. Other than that this is a fun movie to watch, full of laughs and action. Thor is still Thor, Loki is there being Loki and I hope that the ending means that we will be seeing more of one of my favorite villains, Hulk is there and smashing things. The addition of Cate Blanchett as the evil Hela was the best part of the movie for me, she gave an awesome performance and is my favorite villain to date! I also loved a little cameo that takes place early on, I would love to see Loki interact with that character a lot more. If you like MArvel movies or just fun blockbusters then this is a must see for you! I give it a B+.
This month is National Write a Novel Month, which means authors all across the globe are feverishly writing away, getting as many words in as they can. I fully intended to be one of those authors, but health and life seem to be getting in the way. I am so far behind in my writing that its not even funny. I am working on finishing a current work in progress and am still only in the note taking stage for the main novel I wanted to work on this month. Unless my wordage really picks up, well then it looks like I may not be getting my novel done this month.
Struggling with my writing just at the time that other authors are hitting some high points makes me a little depressed sometimes. Then I remember that I am only in competition with myself and even a few words a day are a win sometimes. I am still making some progress and that is better than nothing. Do I wish that I were writing more right now? Of course. Does it make me a loser if I can't keep up with others? No, it just means that I am going through a slow time right now. I am still writing and still moving towards more releases and to my dreams. I need to just keep that in mind on my bad days.
How is it November already? A new month means its time for me to send out a new author newsletter. Have you signed up for it yet? Each month not only do I let you know what I am up to, but I also announce a monthly free book that is only available for a few days to correspond with the release of my newsletter. Sign up now because I will be sending something out this Friday!
Time for another Bob's Burgers Cookbook burger review! This past weekend we made the Hummus a Tune Burger, made with you guessed it, hummus! And some pureed red peppers. I must say that I love hummus and a burger with hummus? Yum! Two thumbs up for this burger, I will probably be making it again.
I'm back to trying to get more book reviews up on this blog and I am getting started with a great book!
Demons and Wraiths is a fun, fast paced paranormal mystery. This story is short but full of action. I could not stop turning the pages and finished this book in record time. I love the authenticity that the author brought to the characters and to the Celtic mythology that is the basis for much of the story. I felt invested in the characters and really can't wait to get to know them better. I am really hoping that the author creates an entire series based on these characters and this mythos. I highly recommend this book if you are a mythology buff (like myself), lover of paranormal books, or just like a good mystery. I give this 5/5 stars and eagerly await the next book!
Title: Spirited Away
A Resort Romances Novel
Author: Mary Billiter
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Release Date: October 31, 2017
What happens when the legend of the old west becomes the new reality? In Mary Billiterâs fun novel of investigating the unknown and navigating love, a drop-dead sexy cop and a fiery redhead are linked by a mysterious haunting and the unsolved crime of passion behind it all.
When Reese Pemberton relocates from the Golden State to the Cowboy State for a corporate promotion, she discovers a different state of mind. From the hustle and bustle mayhem of the Bay Area to the slow and easy meanderings of Wyoming, Reese welcomes the change in pace as the hotelâs new general manager. However, she shuts the door on the notion that her hotel is haunted.
But when a series of mishaps introduces the fiery redhead to the hotelâs legendary cowboy ghost, she begins to question the events surrounding his demise.
Reese and Cheyenne police detective Cody Pring join forces to put to rest the spirit that haunts the hotel. In the process, they discover long-buried secrets. Can the two solve a decades-old mystery or are some things better left with the dead?
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Mary Billiter is a weekly newspaper columnist and fiction author. She also has novels published under the pen name, âPumpkin Spice.â
Mary resides in the Cowboy State with her unabashedly bald husband, her four amazing children, two fantastic step-kids, and their runaway dog. She does her best writing (in her head) on her daily runs in wild, romantic, beautiful Wyoming.
It's Halloween! (Well almost!) My favorite holiday and my wedding anniversary all in one! As I celebrate this joyous day for me, I thought that I would give all of my lovely blog readers a little present! Here is a little Halloween word search for your enjoyment! Have a Happy Halloween!
I am so excited that today is the release day for my short but super hot story Mikhail's American Adventure. If you want something sexy and fun to read this weekend, well it is only .99 cents!
Want a little taste? Here you go!
Kevin entered the room with a hesitant smile. “Didn’t mean to eavesdrop, mates, but I was just walking by. I don’t mean to be presumptuous, either, but if you want, Mikhail, Rachel and I can take you to a club we like to go to. I have a feeling it might be right up your alley. It's members only and a bit kinky. What do you say? It could be a lot of fun.”
“Are you kidding me? Kink is my middle name. When do we go?” Mikhail smiled.
“As soon as we change. Put on something nice and sexy.” Kevin winked at him before turning to leave. Mikhail wondered if the man was flirting with him.
As he stared at the spot where Kevin had just disappeared, Anna came back into the room. “What is Kev smiling about? And why do you have a matching smirk, Mikhail? Are you two up to something?”
“He and Rachel just invited Mikhail out to go with them to their private club,” Alexander answered with a knowing stare.
A look of understanding dawned in her eyes. “Ah. So you are just as wild as my friends? Well, try to not get in too much trouble. Lord knows that Kevin and Rachel are going to do their best to lure you into some.” She winked at him, then turned to Alexander. “I guess us boring people should go to bed. No one else in this house will be getting up to help with the baby tomorrow morning.”
“Too right.” Alexander laughed.
“Just what kind of club is this?” Mikhail said to himself as he went to change, anticipation running through his veins.
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