Saturday, March 29, 2014

My Hips Don't Lie

“Lose weight, feel great!” … Lose weight, feel great?  Yeah right.  I feel okay but I am also frustrated.  A weak, pouty moment in the journey of my life; but hey, we are all entitled to a few.  Right?
I have been on the no carb journey since January 1st and have had some success in weight loss, but it is slow going.  I’ve lost a total of 16 pounds, which is fantastic, yet I haven’t lost a single pound this month.  This month I lost a meager 3”.  THREE INCHES!  That doesn’t seem worth the effort, (although I am now accustomed to eating this way, so it isn’t really much of a sacrifice). 

I did a little research and stumbled onto this article by Kris Gunnars, titled “15 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight on a Low-Carb Diet”.  It was really eye opening, as well as encouraging.  The first point is “You are losing fat, you just don’t realize it”.  It points out to pay attention to other clues besides the scale, such as how your clothes fit.  Are you close baggier?  Do you look slimmer? Yes and yes.  Then you are losing fat.  YAY!

It also pointed out a few of my boo-boos.  Bye-bye Atkins Bars.  Mornings are usually hurried so I am quick to grab a bar for breakfast, but now I may have to boil some eggs and keep them in the fridge for something quick to grab. 

Another biggie is almost unconscious but I have to say sayonara to stress.  My life has been a whirl wind of scattered activity lately and it is starting to take a toll on my sanity.  This moody, horrible lady has taken over my body.  I am crabby, exhausted and frustrated to the max.  Every little thing sets me off into a frenzy of tears or defensiveness.  I am beginning to wonder if my thyroid has gone on hiatus.  (Taking a trip to the doctor next week just to be sure).  I am lucky to have a patient husband and a sweet mom I can confide in, but I am anxious to get back to my old self…hopefully soon!

All I can do is take it one day at a time, keep putting in the work and continue to hope for the best.  I know eventually I will come out the other side happier and healthier.  My body is already giving me clues and guilty pleasure in random songs that get stuck in my head, as if subconsciously my brain is cheering me on.  Today it was “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira, which ironically is where those 3” came from. 

Hopefully, my next report will have more positive news, as well as some exciting book updates.  I am waiting for the release date on Swim and just found out that Parallel will be going to AUDIO!!!  All of these tidbits and more, coming to you soon!  Until then, thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Review of Pure by Julianna Baggott

I just finished a book, I didn’t want to put down, thank goodness it’s part of a trilogy, so I can read more.  I’ve read books in which I thought, man this would make an alright movie, but through this entire book I continued to wonder, Why has someone not made this into a movie?

I stumbled onto Pure by Julianna Baggott  by an accidental conversation.  I was waiting to pick up my child from school and was asked about a book I’d written titled Unchanged.  I, like a lot of author’s am not comfortable describing or talking about my work, but I did the best I could.  The parent I was talking with said, “Oh it sounds like Pure.”  Little did I know at the time, that was a tremendous compliment, (though the stories are nothing alike).    

Pure by Julianna Baggott is brilliant.  It is full of beauty, intrigue and upheaval.  There were definite moments when I was in tears, nervous, and sometimes a giggle or two escaped me.  Every disturbing detail presented by Baggott literally became a fascinating vision. 

Her writing style is certainly unique, one I’ve seldom come across, but it was also inspiring.  How wonderful to find an author with a true voice of their own.  The pure (no pun intended) honesty and emotion which flowed from the pages of this book absolutely stirred a hunger within me to dig deeper in my own writing.

This story is touching, curious and exciting.  It is certainly a book I recommend to anyone who enjoys, action, mystery, sci-fi, YA, romance or just plain reading.  I honestly can’t find enough positive words to express how much I enjoyed this read, except that I am ready to read the second in the series Fuse. 

Synopsis for Pure via Amazon:

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Cover Reveal

Just wanted to share my latest release with you. I am super excited and it looks like a release date is just around the corner.  I will certainly keep you posted.  Happy Monday!
Coming Soon from Silver Knight Publishing!

Julie is like any mother, eager to be an example of strength for her children, but first she must escape the bounds of her tumultuous marriage.  A pending divorce has her teenage daughter rebelling against her, her young son frightened, and Julie unsure.  Her unstable circumstances quickly lead to troubling nightmares and an emotionally distraught Julie is devastated to find a year of her life wasted in an institution. 

Once she is released she is eager to put things right again with her children, but is soon haunted by visions of a drowning woman.  As Julie struggles to keep perspective bits of her life begin to unravel and she soon realizes the gaps in her memory are bitter truths to her life.

A mother’s love is undying but is it enough? 

Thank you so much to the ever talented artist Reymond (Rey),
at Silver Knight Publishing!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pig Skins, Writing & Music...Oh My!

After only two months the no carbs experience has truly become second nature.  I rarely crave anything in the way of bread or potatoes.  Well, I did crave chips a couple of times with my lettuce wrap, but thanks to my wonderful mother, who reminded me of pork skins, that craving was curbed.

My success is slow but continued and that is all I can hope for.  So far I have shed sixteen pounds and twenty inches.  I still have a long way to go but it does feel good to need a belt to keep my pants up because they are too big, rather than my belly weighing them down. 

Exercise has still been an elusive creature, I have yet to tackle.  I got a couple of days in and then events, circumstances, or whatever life hands as an excuse stood in my way.  I will manage to begin again one of these days.  In the meantime, I have been able to exercise the old brain once or twice on a writing project which has been in the make for over two years.  I am over joyed to get back to it and all it took was getting some new tunes.  Bundle of Tantrums by Jasmine Thompson has proved great mood inspiring music.  Gaining momentum and rhythm is not always easy and it was a great relief to find it again.  Perhaps you can suggest some workout tunes to give me some drive and passion in that arena as well?
Bundle of Tantrums by Jasmine Thompson

Well, hopefully March will settle down soon; she came in like a lion for sure.  Hopefully, the sun will shine and flowers will perk up into a beautiful spring for us all.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend.

Happy reading and good health to you all!