Wednesdays with the Arts: The Interview

I sat for an interview for The Swirl World Podcast yesterday evening. It will be a while before it is posted, but I will let you all know once it is. I had fun, but I found myself wondering if I said too much, laughed too much…you know, that kind of stuff. Then, as my mother so realistically said, “what’s done is done.” She’s right. It is what it is. I always talk fast, so I tried to remind myself to slow down, but I doubt that I did :).

Anyway…if you want to check out their site and listen to some of their other shows you might find something of interest to you. Also, they are looking for guests for the show, but you really will need to read about their site and what they are looking for if you are interested. They talk a lot about black women in IR dating and marriage relationships and other things too. They don’t do politics, drama, negativity, or anything like that. If you’re fit for their topics of discussion and decide to use the contact form to get in touch with them be sure to let them know that I told you about the show. I think she said they are booking for the January 2015 shows now.

Okay, Wednesdays with the Arts means I also need to go do some real world music arts and language study arts, and writing world arts…so much to do, so little time ;). Have a wonderful day you all.

Monday Musings: Musical Mornings

Whitney Houston’s Run to You greeted me this morning in the comment section on a post elsewhere. I think it’s the first time this song has actually brought tears to my eyes. As I listened to it I thought about my leading lady in Kill List—the last book in progress for the Witness Protection segment of the Special Ops series. I think about her life, losing her parents, having her sister vanish, having to leave behind the path of life she had been working on, and then ending up watching her best friend get murdered, and how it’s almost as if she has to fight this alone. But the one man she runs to, the one man she know will be back to the States soon, is the only man who can keep her safe.

All of this kind of brings me back to how some women get upset that not every character in one of my books is like Valencia from Seducing the Bodyguard. Valencia is total kick butt mafia, assassin, and now bodyguard who is on the way to becoming the head of her mafia family. I like her strength and that she is perfectly capable of doing it all. But I also like the women like Thena from Secrets and Lies, those who are able to take care of themselves and shoulder responsibility, but can also ask for help when they need it. Of course with Thena she has a bit of “you handle finding out who killed my mother and I’ll find out who is trying to kill me,” type thinking which of course doesn’t fly with Thomas on any plane.

I like a realistic mix because no matter how strong a person is, sometimes it’s nice not to have to slay the dragon alone.

 

Fly on the Wall Sunday: Pegasus ~ Passion or Duty

I know I have been kind of MIA from the blog, but between studies, trying to do edits, and running my mom on her errands life has been crazy busy. I’m back today and I’ll try to stay as active as possible.

So on to the Fly on the Wall Sunday post.

Aleksei has definitely fallen hard for this spicy woman, but with the past that haunts her he will need to put his desire for her as much on simmer as he can while he focuses on finding out who is stalking her in time to save her life.

Pegasus is up for pre-order on Amazon now.

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 Excerpt:

“A cop friend of mine,” he used the word friend with emphasis that there was something more behind it, like this cop was owing to him for something he had helped him out of once upon a time. “He told me this Roberto Torres guy, well he wasn’t so easy on women. He took a call out to Roberto’s home because neighbors were concerned with the yelling. When he got there the woman had a split lip. That woman was Tabitha James.”

Aleksei’s fingers curled inward into a ball ready to pound the man who dared lift a hand to harm her.

“She didn’t press charges. He told her she should, but she said no. She grabbed her stuff told the man they were over and she left. The cop gave her a ride home since Roberto had actually driven her around to where he wanted to go that day she didn’t have a way home.”

A raw curse tore from his throat. He didn’t stick around for more. He was so angry that he wasn’t thinking Fydor might have more to say; he was just thinking of the things Tabby hadn’t said.

He stormed into his office, slamming the door so hard behind him that she jumped with a startled yelp. He stalked toward her. She got out of the chair and eased back away from him. She wasn’t paying attention to where she was going or she would have realized she was backing into a corner.

He reached her, but he didn’t close the gap. Even in his anger he didn’t want to make her afraid of him and he already had.

“You lied to me.”

“No, I didn’t.”

“He hit you.”

Her eyes widened in an “oh,” kind of look. “I never said he didn’t.”

Pre-order Pegasus on Amazon now and get it upon release November 11, 2014

Monday Musings: On Track Fitness

IMG_0288Finally, my Nutrition class has gotten to something I’m extremely interested in—fitness. Anybody who truly knows me already knows I love fitness and working out. I love healthy eating too so this class is interesting for me, but the fitness part is what I was very much waiting on to start. In week six, they finally got to it.

Children

Thus far I have learned that children and adolescents should do 60 minutes a day of either moderate-intensity aerobic activity or vigorous-intensity activity. It is also recommended that children do at least 3 days a week of muscle and bone strengthening activity. (http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/children.html)

Adults

2.5 hours of moderate activity a week is the minimum recommendation. Basically 2.5 hours is averaging out to about 30 minutes five days a week for those with limited time. Also recommended 2-3 times of training muscles (each muscle group) with weights or with strength building activities.

Since I don’t have kids, don’t work with kids, and am not in charge of helping kids get fit and in shape I focus on me because I’m an adult. My mother had asked me for my help, but as I tell her, you have to want it to make it happen. I can drag her out the house, I can do the research for her, but if she doesn’t put in the work it’s not going to happen. I can’t keep in her shape for her.

What I like about this week’s video lessons for class is the focus on how physical activity helps improve the overall body function and health.

I did a shorter workout this morning with cardio plus minor ab toning exercises, but the great thing about life is that we all have 24-hours in any given day, so what I make of those 24-hours is up to me. While I love to kick the morning off with a workout, I can also take a lunch break to get in extra physical activity. Even when I had a day job away from home I still took my lunch break to eat and then go walking. Now, working from home I might not have the mid-day longer break but I still, at the end of the day, when the computer goes off and my work is done for the day, I can still do yoga before bed.

After watching the videos this morning I’m thinking when I get my mother back home from her appointment I should pull out the sports bra and workout again. More cardio and flexibility focused yoga moves are definitely on my mind right now. There are 24-Hours in a day and it’s not going to hurt me to take one more of those 24-hours to get the kind of workout I typically like to kick the week off with.

Fly on the Wall Sunday: Tá sé orm

orm. = He is on me.

Um…I think it’s because I’m a writer within the romance genre but my first words were “um…oookayyy.?” And that was in one of those OMG, seriously kind of tones. Really, “He is on me” just kind of brought up a completely different image in my head. I’m still not sure where I would use this sentence in my usual conversation but I could probably figure it out if I get my mind out the romance writing gutter long enough to do it ;).

So what else is going on inside this writer’s Fly on the Wall look? Other than language studies, I’m still knitting…slowly but surely I will finish this project—with hopes by my deadline. Edits for Code of Honor are ongoing still, and I have another sewing project to finish but I am not planning to get on it until later this week. There are errands to be run and business to be taken care of so it’s going to be another busy week.

If you’ve read Pattern for Murder then you know the next guy in the three men Russian Connection group is up for his story in Pegasus. Tabby is my ultra artsy makeup extraordinaire with curves that make Aleksei take notice at first sight—plus she’s pretty and really a hard catch for the man who has never had trouble getting a woman to say yes to his pursuit. Could Tabby be the woman to bring him to his knees? Can he keep her alive long enough to find out?

Pegasus is up for pre-order on Amazon. It will be available next month so pre-order now and get it on release day delivered to your Kindle device.

Friday Dish: On My Way

I know it’s not the same time, but it is the same place. I have been busy learning, planning, plotting, but not editing. No…this week has been crazy busy and while I have done some editing I didn’t do nearly as much as I planned to do.

All of that being said, I so love learning what I’m learning. Of course thus far I really only recognize my learning status when I’m working on a lesson because I can interpret and translate just fine…well, mostly. If that pesky English language would stop mucking it up I could stop forgetting that the word means something completely different in the language I’m studying ;). But I do have to say that morning workouts are fun when I just start speaking the words I know. Somehow I always end up asking for the menu and water; of course that is so much better than remembering how to say I’m a boy while helping my mother with her French studies.

I’m being interviewed in a couple weeks, less than a couple weeks actually—week after next. I’m slated to be anyway so it’s just a matter of organizing and getting ready for it. I had to sign up for Google+. I really don’t know how to use it, but I’ll hang out for a little while since I have this and I found something on there that I decided to follow when I actually have time to follow it.

Other than learning and trying to edit Code of Honor, I received good news this afternoon about the music school. They still don’t have a cello teacher but they say they will have one by December so I should be good to go. I’ll have to talk to whatever teacher they hire beforehand, but I’m excited. I think it can really happen this time and who knows what other good things might happen soon. Oh, and I have officially found a hotel room for the IRR Expo I will attend next year. Now, I am just on the task of getting everything else in order for the event. It is not a small challenge, but I’m working on it.

That’s all for this time. More Dish next week, same time ;), same place.