Thursday, February 28, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Not Just the Greek's Wife

Not Just the Greek’s Wife
USA Today Best Seller!
Harlequin Presents #3089 - October 2012
© By Lucy Monroe
ISBN-10: 0373130953
ISBN-13: 978-0373130955

Ariston Spiridakou had one reason and one reason only for marrying Chloe: he needed a biddable bride to provide the requisite heir. Yet three years later Chloe’s status as good Greek wife is a distant memory—and her defiance has had her cast out of Ariston’s life....

Infuriatingly, Chloe now finds herself at Ariston’s mercy—but his help comes with a wicked price: the unyielding condition that he won’t even consider her request until she’s shared his bed...and is expecting his baby!

“Chloe and Ariston’s emotions leap from the pages in this evocative second-chance romance, 
packed with vivid scenery and love scenes that sizzle.“
 —4 Stars, RT Book Reviews

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Reader Fitness Challenge 2013 - Week #4

If you were like me when I started this journey last year, the thought of exercising was a scary thing.  Here are some great tips before you get started to stay safe.  

Excercise Safety Tips for Beginners

If this is the year you finally started that exercise program, here are a few beginner safety tips to keep in mind. 

1. Check first with your doctor - this is not just a legal disclaimer in workout videos. Check in with your healthcare provider (especially if you're overweight, a smoker, or have any chronic medical conditions), and make sure there are no medical issues affecting your exercise plans.

2. Start slowly - according to the Department of Health and Human Services, 30 minutes of daily physical activity is required to reduce the risk of chronic diseases in adults. This is a daunting goal for a beginner, but the 30 minutes can be done in 10 minutes intervals throughout the day. And start with exercising 2-3 times per week. Build intensity and duration gradually. Don't try to go from couch potato to world class athlete overnight.

3. Wear the right kind of gear - shoes should fit well and provide the proper support for your activity and body type. If you're taking up running, some athletic footwear stores will consider your body type when recommending an appropriate shoe. Don't forget a helmet, elbow and knee pads if you're doing biking, skating, or a contact sport; wear reflective clothing if you will be outdoors at night; and a good swim cap and goggles can make swimming less frustrating and more fun. Also, remember even if it's cloudy outside, wear your sunscreen.

4. Don't wear ankle and wrist weights - too much weight may put too much stress on your joints, and they can alter your normal movement raising your risk of injury. A weighted vest in which the weight is distributed evenly might be a better choice.

5. Know your limits - pain during exercise, especially chest pain, is a sign to stop, so resist any urge to power through it. Muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea, racing heart, or breaking out in a cold sweat, are all warning signs to slow down. Beginners should expect some discomfort when just starting out, and some soreness, especially the day after vigorous exercise, should also be expected.

6. Hydrate and rest - Drink plenty of water during and after your workout. Give your body the food, fluids, and rest it needs to reap all of the benefits from this new healthy regimen.

by Deanna Franklin Campbell, Mind Body Spirit columnist for Chesapeake Family magazine. Click here to link to article. 

*** articles on blog are for discussion purposes only.  Please consult your doctor when seeking medical advice.

Remember to leave a comment to be entered into the drawings.  Winners will be announced on March 16th. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

RFC 2013 - Sponsoring Authors

If you've been following the challenge since the beginning, congratulations, you've reached the half way point!  I hope you are sticking to your plan and reaching your goals.  Here are a few more authors that want to encourage you on your journey.  Thank you Jami Davenport, Savanna Fox ________

Jami Davenport Website
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Tyler Harris is going down.  

With two championships in as many years, superstar Tyler Harris is the best quarterback in the league. Gorgeous and rich, he’s at the top of his game. But everyone’s looking to take him down. There’s a building media frenzy around an unfortunate accident, and the only safe place seems a rundown mansion deep in the San Juans and owned by his late great uncle. There, Tyler gets sacked by the sassy redhead next door. It’s more alive than he’s felt in years.

Lavender Mead has a good reason to dislike jocks, namely an absentee father who deserted the family to coach college football. Maybe that explains her penchant for bad boys who play ball for a living and break hearts for a hobby. Her new neighbor seems just the type. Yet, something is different about Tyler, and sometimes love requires a Hail Mary. You draw back your arm, pray…and give it all up to fate. And sometimes you win your ring.

Jami Davenport will be giving away a copy of Forward Passes. 

Savanna Fox Website
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Don't you wish your book club read sexy books?

When Georgia Malone's book club makes their first erotic selection, The Sexual Education of Lady Emma Whitehead, the marketing executive is surprised to find herself identifying with the main character. Like Emma, Georgia is a widow who has never truly experienced the joys of sex.

When she meets the spokesman for her newest campaign, Georgia's long-buried libido is awakened. Hockey star Woody Hanrahan is supremely masculine, with rough edges and cocky charm—exactly the sort of man she usually avoids. But while her mind says stay away, Georgia's body tells her to give in.

As the book club explores the tantalizing extremes of fiction, Georgia experiences first hand, and for the first time, the real pleasures of the flesh, and fulfills the desires that—chapter by chapter—are getting delightfully dirty. Woody is hers to command in a hundred deliciously wicked ways, but when it comes to writing her own happy ending, this dirty girl doesn't just need his body—she wants his heart.

This is the first book in a series, and the first book written by Savanna Fox, the new pen name for the award-winning author Susan Lyons/Susan Fox.

Savanna Fox will be giving away a copy of The Dirty Girls Book Club. 

I also have a $25.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble that was donated as  prize. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Hired: The Sheikh's Secretary Mistress

Hired: The Sheikh's Secretary Mistress
by Lucy Monroe
Royal Brides mini-series
Harlequin Presents #2747
US ISBN-10: 0-373-12747-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-12747-4
August 2008 both UK & North America
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Amir brought the gumia down in a sweeping arc, part of a thousand year old pattern the men in his family had learned generation after generation. The perfectly balanced, curved sword fit his hand as if it had been made for it. Which in fact, it had.
However, as satisfying as the sword practice was in a general sense, it was not doing what he most needed at the moment. Helping him to forget his reaction to Grace's naked body. It made no sense. He could accept that he was attracted to his assistant, after all sexual desire did not follow rhyme or reason. But he found it intolerable that he had been so paralyzed by the sight of her lying in the bath that he had been unable to leave the room immediately.
He had made a complete pratt of himself and she had asked him if he'd gotten too much sun. He almost missed a step as he shook his head in amazement. Absolutely clueless to her own appeal.
"Would you like a practice partner?" Zahir's voice interrupted Amir's troubled musings.
He turned to face his brother, who like him was dressed in a pair of loose fitting pants and nothing else. Obviously, he wanted to work out as well.
Without any further discussion, Zahir brought his own sword up into the beginning stance. They sparred for thirty minutes, both of them working up a sweat as they fought for dominance. But though his brother topped him by an inch and seven years of life, Amir refused to yield the field. With silent understanding, they both dropped their gubias at the same time and bowed their heads to one another in acknowledgement of the other's prowess.
"Did you work out your demons?" Zahir asked.
"Why do you think I was doing that?"
"I recognize the expression in your eyes because I've seen it in my own."
Amir's own worries went to the back of his mind immediately. "Anything you wish to talk about?"
Zahir shook his head, but because Amir was looking he saw the flicker of unhappiness quickly hidden.
"Is everything all right between you and our father?" Amir probed.
His brother shrugged. "As all right as it can be between two headstrong men bent on getting their own way."
"Does he pull the sovereign card on you often?"
"No, he respects me too much for that, but..." Zahir let his words trail off with another shrug.
"I do not envy you."
Zahir dried his face, chest and arms with a small towel. "I know. You and Khalil are too smart for that kind of stuff."
"We love you," Amir said wiping away his own sweat.
Zahir almost smiled. "I love you both as well."
"Even when you have to travel half a world away to give a message of disappointment from our father?"
A look of understanding flashed across Zahir's features. "Maybe especially then. I felt badly for you and I cannot say I regret that Princess Lina refusesd to submit to the contract between our fathers."
"Thank you." Maybe Grace had been right. Given the correct set of circumstances, his brothers might actually support him if he chose a path divergent from their father's wishes. Then again relief was not the same thing as righteous indignation on his behalf. "A man wants to choose his own wife."
"What about you? Any plans to set up a royal nursery?"
"I would need a wife first."
"There is no one." But something about how he said it made Amir know there was a story here even if his brother was clearly not ready to share it.
"I want Grace." He could not believe he had said the words aloud.
But his brother did not look shocked. "Naturally, you have done nothing about it."
"She is in my employ."
"Under your protection." Grace might not understand that concept but his brother did.
"Not marriage material?"
The question shocked Amir into stillness. "She is hardly a princess."
"And you are not heir to the throne – that does come with some benefits. The expectations concerning your spouse are one of them."
"I don't think our father has made it that far into the twenty-first century."
"Before Khalil married Jade, I would have said the same."
"Khalil loves Jade. He would have married her with or without our father's approval."
"And yet he humbled himself to get it."
"Love." Amir was fully aware he made the single word sound like a curse – because to him, it was.
As God wills it. "I suppose, but I do not want a wife that makes me that vulnerable."
"That is understandable." More than anyone, Zahir had seen what losing Yasmine had done to his youngest brother. "But it does not answer the question of Grace."
"I want her. I cannot have her. Something must be done."
"Not marriage?"
"Absolutely not."
"So, what will you do?"
"I have a plan."
"I hope it is a good one." This time the smile was complete. "You have not given me such a good workout in memory."
He hoped so too. Because his over the top reaction to the relatively tame circumstance of seeing Grace naked was not acceptable. He could not make love to her. Even if he didn't feel what she called his "ancestor instincts" to protect one of his own, there was the certainty that an affair between them would result in the loss of his perfect PA.
But there was another reason, one he was only now coming to admit to himself. It was the reason marriage to Grace was not an option. He already...cared for her. Even in his own thoughts, he was reluctant to admit that. If he married her, the friendship and lust he felt toward her might become something more. It might well become the one thing he did not want.
Of all the women in the world, Grace was the one who could never be his convenient wife.
Despite having no more concrete answers to his Grace problem, Amir felt better returning to his room ten minutes later. Whoever said it was lonely at the top, knew what he was talking about.
Look at Zahir. Clearly something was bothering the heir to the throne of Zorha, but who did he have to discuss it with? Amir would have to look for an opportunity to talk with his brother again, to see if there was anything he could do for him.
Amir was glad he had his brothers and part of him wished he could see them more frequently. Another, more logical part, recognized that to do so would test the boundaries of all their patience and perhaps even their love. They were too alike.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Reader Fitness Challenge 2013 - Week #3

Exercise is something that is necessary in healthy weight loss, but honestly not something I enjoy doing.  Here is an article I found about getting a workout done in 30 minutes. 

How many calories can you burn in 30 minutes?

Have you ever wondered how many calories can you burn in 30 minutes? You have read many times that you should exercise for at least 30 minutes per day but which is the most efficient exercise to burn more calories during your 30 minute session? Not all exercises are equal when it comes to weight loss. There are exercises and activities that burn more calories than others but they are more difficult to perform and require a lot of effort. The reason as to why they burn more calories is simple: they are more intense and this accelerates your heart beat rate and in turn the calorie burning process. So, if you want to exercise less but lose more have a look at the top burning exercises below. Have in mind that the figures are based on 30 minutes sessions for persons weighting about 155 lbs (or 70 kg).

Top 5 fat burning exercises for 30 minute sessions
1. Running (5.5 min per mile) - 633.5
2. Cross country skiing – 580.5
3. Cycling (at speed greater than 20 mph - 563
4. Running up the stairs – 528
5. Speed skating on ice – 528

Running, the simplest form of exercise is the top fat burning exercise. When running for about 5.5 minutes / mile you can burn upto 633 calories in just 30 minutes. Cross country skiing, cycling, running up the stairs and ice skating follow with 500+ calories every 30 minutes. Do not forget that you need to burn 3500 calories to lose one pound so by performing any of the above exercises for 4 times per week (30 minute sessions) you can burn upto 2000 calories. Doing this consistently for a month (4 weeks) and help you lose 2 pounds!

Top 5 exercises to burn more than 400 calories in 30 minutes
1. Stationary cycling, very vigorous – 440
2. Rowing machine – 422
3. Boxing - 422
4. Handball - 422
5. Jumping rope -422

Exercises usually performed in a gym are also among the most effective exercises for losing weight. Cycling, jumping rope and rowing machine can generate the best results and if you want to go outside the gym then a boxing match, a game of handball can do the trick. All of these activities will release from your body more than 400 calories in 30 minute sessions.

Top 10 Sports that burn the most calories
1. Handball – 422
2. Squash – 422
3. Running (on a track) – 353
4. Paddleball- 352
5. Racquetball – 352
6. Rugby – 352
7. Soccer – competitive 352
8. Water polo – 352
9. Kick Boxing, karate -352
10.Football – 316

If you do not want to exercise alone but you are in the mood of doing multiplayer sports then squash, racquetball, soccer, water polo and football are among the best choices. These sports can help you get rid between 300 – 420 calories for just 30 minutes. They are very intensive sports and one has to be in good condition before attempting to practice them. Always you need to consult your doctor before engaging into intense activities especially if you haven’t exercise for a long time.

Other activities that can help you burn more than 300 calories in 30 minutes
1. Roller blading, in-line skating 422
2. Canoeing – 422
3. Rowing – 422
4. Rock climbing ascending rock – 387
5. Swimming (butterfly) – 387
6. Swimming laps (freestyle) – 352
7. Stair machine - 316
8. Climbing hills – 316
9. Ice skating – 316
10. Cross country skiing – 316

View full full article click here. 

**articles on this blog are for discussion purposes only.  Please consult your doctor when seeking medical advice. 

Remember to leave a comment about the article or an encouraging message for others on their weight loss journey.  What is our best tip on getting at least 30 minutes of exercise into your day?

Friday, February 15, 2013

RFC 2013 - Sponsoring Authors

I  hope you are all doing well on your weight loss and fitness goals!  I'm loving all the comments and encouragement I see on the blog, Facebook and Twitter.  This is one of the hardest goals I've set for myself, but I'm determined to be successful.  

Thank you Cynthia Eden and Allie K. Adams for sponsoring prizes for the challenge!

Cynthia's Website
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She thought her fiancĂ© was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer…

Katherine Cole is running for her life, desperate to escape the Valentine Killer—so-called because he stabs his victims through the heart and leaves them holding a telltale single red rose. Still he tracks her to New Orleans and begins carving a bloody path to her door. But this time, Katherine refuses to run any farther. This time, she’ll do anything to stop the madman she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…

Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with his job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancĂ©e, Katherine Cole, he can’t ignore the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane knows he won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms—and the Valentine Killer is dead. Dark and intensely sexy, this romantic suspense novel from USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Eden is sure to leave readers breathless.

Cynthia Eden will be giving away 2 copies of Die for Me

Allie K. Adams website

When a NASSD double agent steals the technology for a deadly virus, counter-terrorist agent Dan Weber is more than ready to take on the complex and potentially deadly mission to hunt down the technology he once protected with his life, even if it means babysitting a gorgeous, yet reckless tomboy agent.

Rookie JT Turner is hungry to prove her worth in a profession dominated by men.  Even though she can hold her own against a dozen trained agents, she's been labeled a screw up after too many mishaps.  JT would do anything to redeem herself, even accept a shady mission to track down a phantom disc NASSD denies ever existed.

Undermanned and unarmed, can they unravel a madman's plot and remove the threat before it is unleashed?  In a race against time, the line between desire and destiny will blur, and their true desires will finally be met.

Allie K. Adams will be giving away her NASSD series - first book featured above. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Forbidden: The Billionaire's Virgin Princess

Forbidden: The Billionaire's Virgin Princess
By Lucy Monroe
Royal Brides mini-series
Harlequin Presents #2739
US ISBN ISBN-10: 0-373-12739-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-12739-9
July 2008 both UK & North America

It certainly wasn't her heart. That particular organ was off limits to him. Forever.
So, what did all this mean for her status as a virgin? Did she have no hope of ever having a normal physical relationship with a man?
Prior to Sebastian's re-entry into her life, she'd convinced herself she was fine with being alone...with being sexually innocent. That was before he reawakened her sensual self. She still wasn't entirely sure she could trust that aspect of her nature, but she recognized it was one she missed. No matter what her mother's opinion would be on the subject.
The prospect that a man who had betrayed her held some irrevocable sway over her libido was completely unacceptable.
A man who had the audacity to believe she belonged to the man her parents had chosen for her without her input.
The sound of a growl surprised her and she realized it had come from her. He made her so angry.
No way was she going to let him hold her sexuality hostage.
So, how did she fix it? She already knew that trying to do something with another man wasn't going to work. At least not while her body was still tuned to respond to Sebastian.
She'd always kind of thought that if she ever fell in love again, not that she really wanted to – the whole pain and betrayal thing had really soured her on the concept – but that she would be as turned on by whoever she loved as she was by Sebastian.
Now, she wondered if her unresolved attraction to Sebastian was actually blocking her from feeling anything physical or emotional for another man. Her memories of the pleasure she'd experienced with him were all wrapped up in an uncomfortable shame she'd stuffed deep inside rather than deal with. The first time at the lake, she'd been so wanton in her response that she had not even realized that Bob had come up on them. Even her doctor hadn't seen her completely naked since she was a very tiny child. The thought that Bob had almost seen her breasts exposed had been extremely disconcerting.
In fact, it still was.
Then the night she learned of Sebastian's betrayal forever linked sensual pleasure with emotional pain and why hadn't she seen that before?
Because she hadn't cared enough to analyze; because she'd been safer avoiding any sort of intimacy in her life. Her parents' rejection had hurt her more deeply than they could possibly understand. Sebastian's had simply confirmed to her battered heart that it was better off lonely than taking a risk on allowing someone else to hurt her the same way.
How ridiculous that she had allowed the very people she did not want influencing her having more sway over her actions and feelings than anyone else.
This had to be changed.
Again, she wondered how to do that. She couldn't do much about the love thing right now since there was no one in her life she was even close to having that kind of attachment to. But her ability to embrace her physical nature was something else.
If she had sex with Sebastian, losing the last vestiges of her innocence and virginity, wouldn't that break through whatever mental barrier had been holding her back since she was nineteen? It had to.
The only question was: how did she get Sebastian to have conjugal relations with her when they were at odds more than anything else?
She could try seducing him, but that hadn't worked the first time around. It had only taken a single phone call to derail her plans as well as what she'd thought was their relationship. Besides, she wasn't super fond of subtle manipulations. She'd much rather be up front about what she wanted. She refused to play the games of deception that Sebastian now said he was sorry for.
She turned the problem over in her mind until a decent plan began to form.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Humpday Hottie

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Reader Fitness Challenge 2013 - Week #2

10 Delicious Treats for Under 50 Calories
We all need a little treat in our lives now and again.  Sometimes when we are stressed or emotional, or perhaps going through a difficult time, a moment taken to enjoy a food that gives us pleasure can be a breath of fresh air.  It must be stressed that using foods for rewards in difficult situations should not become a habit, but the occasional indulgence, especially when you choose wisely can make all the difference to an otherwise monotonous diet.  We all know sticking to a diet can be tough, and at times demoralising, however, watching your weight does not mean you can’t enjoy your food and still satisfy your need for something sweet, or perhaps curb your salty cravings.

What is a ‘treat food’ for you?
‘Treat’ foods are different for everybody.  Think about what you consider to be a treat, is it a bowl (or tub) of your favourite ice cream?  Or maybe you are more into savoury treats like chips or popcorn?  Some may see a treat as a meal from their favourite take-out or a glass of wine after a busy day at work.  In general, people see treats as foods that are eaten on occasion and not part of their every day diet.  This is fine as long as you can really keep them as occasional foods.  The danger for some is that indulging occasionally makes it harder to avoid the foods at other times.  If you have a bowl of ice cream for dessert once a week, do you then find it harder to resist on other nights?
If you find it easier to eliminate typical treats from your diet completely when trying to lose weight you may need to redefine what constitutes a ‘treat’ food,  to fit into your new healthy eating plan.   Instead of seeing treats as high calorie, high fat, generally unhealthy foods (admittedly that taste good), try to think of foods that are a luxury but aren’t going to destroy all your hard work if they find their way into your daily food intake from time to time.  These foods can be indulged in and enjoyed without guilt.  Think seasonal fresh fruits, exotic spices and low fat yet creamy dairy products, all of which may in fact benefit your health.  (See also: 100 calorie snacks)
We are fortunate to have an ever increasing range of unusual and delicious food products in our supermarkets, so make the most of this and buy good quality, fresh ingredients and discover new flavours and food experiences.  It is also important to take time to enjoy your treats, low fat, low calorie treats are generally not going to be large, so eat slowly and enjoy every mouthful.

10 Tasty Treats Under 50 Calories
1.  ½  cup  of strawberries with 2 ½  Tbsp non-fat yogurt -47 calories 
Berries are the best friend of the calorie conscience eater.  They contain the least calories of all fruits, with the additional benefit of being packed full of vitamins.  Not only are they incredibly healthy, but what could be more indulgent, romantic and delicious than a bowl of fresh strawberries.  Add yogurt to cut through the sharpness of the fruit and add a hit of calcium, essential for strong bones.

2.  Apple with yogurt and cinnamon – 45 calories
By cooking the apple, the sugars in the fruit caramelize and intensify the flavour of the fruit.  A perfect winter dessert, serve warm with cool yogurt to contrast and a dash of cinnamon to add flavour.  A study done by the US Department of Agriculture found that cinnamon may have beneficial effects on blood sugar levels and lower unhealthy triglycerides (fats) in the blood. Try baking half an appe and add low fat yogurt and cinnamon for taste.

3. Raisins – 45 calories 
The perfect alternative to candy or chocolate, and an excellent treat to keep on hand at any time as they are easily slipped into a pocket or purse.  Raisins are high in antioxidants, which can protect against cancers and heart disease as well as full of fibre, aiding digestion.  Make sure you stick to a small box though, as dried fruit can provide a large amount of calories when eaten in big quantities.

4. Low fat-free Greek yogurt with jam -43 calories
Greek Yogurt is thicker, and creamier than other yogurts, so despite choosing a fat free version this is a luxurious treat, high in calcium and protein.  Sugar free jam cuts through the sharpness of the yogurt and provides a little added sweetness without the calories.

5. 1/3 cup blueberries with 1 Tbsp light sour cream – 47 calories    
Blueberries are thought to be amongst the highest sources of antioxidants in the food world.  Not only this, but they are high in vitamin C, fibre, and manganese (important for converting food into energy).  When in season, they are also incredibly sweet and tasty, while light sour cream makes a creamier, tangier alternative to yogurt.

6. 3⁄4 cup almond milk -45 calories
Almond milk is lower in calories than regular milk, but still packed full of nutrients.  The creamy texture and taste make it feel indulgent.  High in calcium and vitamin D, this treat is good for strong bones, whilst vitamins A and E act as antioxidants, protecting the cells of the body from damage.  Unlike regular milk, almond milk contains no saturated fats and high fibre levels, meaning it is heart healthy and good for digestion.  It is also low GI therefore keeping blood sugar levels at a stable level.

 7. 1 cup Air popped pop corn – 31 calories
For those who prefer a savoury treat, pop corn is an excellent alternative to chips or fried snacks.  Buy plain corn kernels, rather than buttered or flavoured varieties, and pop in the microwave or in a pan without added fats.  Add spices such as black or cayenne pepper for flavour, the result is surprisingly good and with none of the salt, fat and flavours found in many savoury snack foods.

 8. 6  Maraschino  cherries – 50 calories
This is a simple, quick treat for the sweet tooth.  Often featuring in high fat foods such as sundaes or cakes, the cherries alone make for an indulgent snack without guilt.  While they don’t provide any real nutritional benefits, at 50 calories for six, they don’t do too much damage either.

 9. 2 Small squares of dark chocolate – 50 calories
Chocolate is the ultimate of sweet treats and the good news is in very small servings it can also fit into a healthy diet.  The darker the chocolate, the higher the antioxidant content, so try to go as dark as possible for optimum health benefits.  Two small squares will give you 50 calories, so buy a good quality chocolate, relax and savour the flavour.

10. One container of sugar free gelatine -10 calories
Whilst this is not going to contribute much nutrition to your diet, at 10 calories, it doesn’t really matter.  Serve with a couple of tablespoons of low fat yogurt to add calcium and variety.  Alternatively, make the gelatine from scratch and add chopped up berries and fruit to the unset mix for a few more vitamins.

**articles on this blog are for discussion purposes only.  Please consult your doctor when seeking medical advice. 

Remember to leave a comment about the article or an encouraging message for others on their weight loss journey.  What food you reach for as a healthy snack? 

Friday, February 08, 2013

RFC 2013 - Sponsoring Authors

Susan's Website
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He’s the last man on earth she should want…

For a guy she’s fantasized about throttling, Jake Bradshaw sure is easy on the eyes. In fact, he seriously tempts inn manager Jenny Salazar to put her hands to better use. Except this is the guy who left Razor Bay—and his young son, Austin, who Jenny adores like her own—to become a globetrotting photojournalist. He can’t just waltz back and claim Austin now.

Jake was little more than a kid himself when he became a dad. Sure, he'd dreamed of escaping the resort town, but he’d also truly believed that Austin was better off with his grandparents. Now he wants—no, needs—to make up for his mistake. He intends to stay in Razor Bay only until he can convince Austin to return with him to New York. Trouble is,  with sexy, protective, utterly irresistible Jenny in his life, and his bed, he may never want to leave…

Susan Andersen is giving away a print copy of That Thing Called Love

Ashlynn's Website
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In a world without choices, one woman will find herself caught in the middle of six men and the emotions they develop for her.

Krista Damiani is one of the last women on Earth, and her patriotic duty is to make babies. On her twenty-first birthday, the government holds a lottery drawing to determine the men who will control her destiny. Her "six", the men who win the right to call her their own, know they have to impregnate her quickly or risk losing her to a new "six".

As society fills with additional violence and unrest, her men keep her sheltered in a fortress of maximum security. When a mysterious man arrives and offers her the chance for freedom, will she be willing to leave the life she knows behind or will she remain "given"?

Content Warning: contains voyeurism, multiple partners, and anal sex

Ashlynn Monroe is giving away an ebook copy of Given. 

THANK YOU Susan and Ashlynn for donating prizes to this year's Reader Fitness Challenge. Remember that all prizes will be announced Saturday March 16th on the blog!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Close Quarters

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Close Quarters
Book 5 in The Goddard Project series
Mass Market Paperback
Kensington Brava - July 2012
ISBN-10: 0758242026
ISBN-13: 978-0758242020



To some, he is an assassin. To others, he’s merely the man who gets the job done when no one else can. Now politico-military black-ops leader Roman Chernichenko has to take out the leak in an espionage plot that could destabilize all of Africa. Nothing will distract him from his mission. Not even the deliciously appealing blonde who’s awoken his deepest desires—and just happens to be his target...

Tanya Ruston is a beautiful and brainy do-gooder—and now Roman is supposed to dispose of her when all he really wants to do is seduce her. Soon it’s clear Tanya’s no information agent—and now that his conscience has gotten the better of him, he and Tanya are on the run from the good guys and bad. If they’re going to make it out alive, Roman will have to act fast—and stop thinking about how he’s going to get his feisty new charge down the aisle...

Heat Seeker (final book in series) was released January 29th. 

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Humpday Hottie

Do you Pinterest?  I love to organize things so Pinterest is perfect for me!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Reader Fitness Challenge 2013 - Week 1

Here's an article about weight loss myths.  There is so much information out there, how do you now what's true.  This weight loss article will help you sort out 5 common myths. 

5 Common Weight Loss Myths

  • You can just exercise it off. While it’s possible for some of us with a fast enough metabolism or the right workout routine to burn more calories than we eat, it’s often not sustainable. Nor is exercise-only weight loss a good indicator you’re getting the nutrition you need long term to sustain and maintain a healthy life. Sure, you might be able to work off a diet of burgers, fries and shakes, but you might still die of a heart attack.
  • Skipping meals is a great way to lose weight. Skipping meals not only nutritionally starves your body and brain; it slows your metabolism down, which actually makes it harder to lose weight.
  • The scale and BMI (body mass index) are accurate ways to monitor if you are at a healthy weight. Neither the scale nor BMI take into account some pretty important characteristics unique to you, such as your gender or your body frame (ex. do you have a small, medium or large frame for your height) or how much of your weight is fat versus muscle.
  • A pill, lotion or drink will take the weight off permanently. The weight didn’t magically come on; taking it off permanently and safely takes lifestyle education and change. It doesn’t have to be hard or expensive, but it does take change.
  • Losing more than about ½ pound a week is about all that’s healthy and sustainable for weight loss over time. While Vitela whole-heartedly supports anything that is working for you, we support a doctor-recommended clinical food program where clients lose an average of 8-22 pounds monthly. Especially for those folks who have a lot of weight to lose, staying on track at only ½ pound loss per week is challenging for most of us.
**articles on this blog are for discussion purposes only.  Please consult your doctor when seeking medical advice. 

Remember to leave a comment about the article or an encouraging message for others on their weight loss journey. 

Friday, February 01, 2013

2nd Annual Reader Fitness Challenge

Welcome to the Second Annual Reader Fitness Challenge!  As many of you know, I started my weight loss journey in January of 2012.  I have definitely had my challenges, but I'm excited about the successes as well.  What I love about this challenge is that it is all about supporting one another.  I look forward to hearing your stories and supporting each other into a healthy 2013.

Here's the challenge:
For the next 6 weeks, my family and I are challenging each of you take steps to become healthier.  Whether that is changing your eating habits or starting an exercise program, we are challenging to take action. 

There is NO REGISTRATION needed - all are welcome to participate!

Just by participating, you can win prizes from some of my favorite authors, as well as, myself.  There will also be a grand prize winner based on participation. You can participate through Facebook, Twitter or my blog. Here's how:

Facebook - every day of the challenge I will post a Daily Fitness Tip. Simply comment about the tip or leave an encouraging, supportive statement for other's and you'll be entered in the drawings for prizes.

Twitter - Tweet your own fitness tip or an encouraging, supportive statement. Be sure to use #RFC2013 if you want to be entered into the drawings.

Blog - Each Tuesday of the challenge, I will post a question or common issue when it comes to weight loss or making healthy choices.  Simply join the conversation by leaving a related message in the comment section.

Prizes!!! Who doesn't love prizes?
Many authors have agreed to give away books throughout the challenge.  I will be highlighting them each Friday on the blog. Be sure to stop by catch up on their current work and join the conversation.

Additionally, I will be giving away ONE ereader as the Grand Prize at the end of the challenge.

Everyone that participates through Facebook, Twitter and/or blog will be entered to win all the prizes.  All prizes will be announced on my blog Saturday March 16th!