The Suckiness of IT Band Syndrome

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Post half marathon, aside from motivation issues due to the cold weather, I’ve been plagued with IT band issues.  For those not in the know, the iliotibial (IT) band is the ligament that runs along the outer thigh from the hip to the shin.  It’s very painful if it gets tight or inflamed, and that’s […]

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Review: Sold

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Sold by Patricia McCormick My rating: 4 of 5 stars “This affliction–hope–is so cruel and stubborn, I believe it will kill me.” -Patricia McCormick, Sold This is a book you wish was just a work of fiction, but sadly there are young girls living this horrifying reality. Sold is about Lakshmi, a thirteen year old Nepali girl […]

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Location, Location, Location

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I belong to a few different chapters of the Romance Writer’s of America.  My novel, FORBIDDEN SECRETS, is a young adult romance with a paranormal twist on Scottish history, so in addition to belonging to the Young Adult Chapter of RWA, I also belong to the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA. Today I’m guest blogging over at FF&P […]

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Sharing Some Love for “I See Fire”

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I’m a little late posting this….    But still wanted to share some new music love for one of my favorite artists Ed Sheerann.  (By the way – thanks to BBC Radio Scotland — I knew of Ed Sheeran in 2011 — waaaay before he was being played on US stations and started touring with […]

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Review: Anna and the French Kiss

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was proposed to in Paris, so Paris holds a special place in my heart and I tend to agree (yes, I’m partial) that it is one of the most romantic cities in the world. With that disclaimer out of the […]

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This thing is giving me fits

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The thing I’m referring to is my latest manuscript.  (Yes it’s a teen romance – because that’s all I write.)  I’ve been so excited about working on it, but the sizzle is staring to fizzle.  It’s like a puzzle.  I know I have all the parts, but this puzzle has more than one way to […]

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The Fergie Blitz

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Fergie (aka @FergiePaws)  is our almost two-year old Portuguese Water Dog.  She’s a bundle of energy and fun.  Yesterday morning while I was on a conference call she decided to do her morning blitz. Here’s a wonderful example of the Fergie Blitz:   So this is what she’s doing while I’m on my conference call, […]

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Review: Carter Finally Gets It

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Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford My rating: 4 of 5 stars I listened to this on audiobook and holy awesome narrator!!  (One of the best I’ve ever heard.)  He totally brought the character of Carter to life and the voices he used for the other characters were great. With that said, this story is […]

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The 1975

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Uhmmmm – I love this self titled album by the UK group The 1975!! They’ve got a fun, indie-pop sound with catchy beats you’ll want to put on shuffle and crank up the volume. There are sixteen tracks and I like just about every single one.  You can listen to most of the album on […]

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Not quite one and done

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After six weeks of mostly solid training post-strained-hamstring recovery and I successfully completed my first half marathon.  My main goal was to finish in under 2:00 and I DID IT!!!  My stretch goal was to run under 1:45.  With my training runs around 8 minute pace, it shouldn’t have been a stretch, but given my […]

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