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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I Heart Yoga

Last Thursday I attended my second-ever yoga class. My first class was over two years ago and it was at the YMCA with a friend so it's been awhile. I've done yoga since then but only in my living room. In addition to last Thursday's class I also went to class yesterday and today. For my first two classes I went to a Restore class which is the easiest of the three types they teach. I found it to be very relaxing and not too difficult. I only had to modify one pose thankfully. Today I went to a Flow class which is a little more difficult and I had a different instructor than the first two classes. We did more core work and several poses that required balancing on one leg or one arm and a leg.


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Off I go to yoga class!

I'm planning to try the Ignite class either tomorrow or Friday. This is their hot yoga class and they refer to it as power yoga so we shall see how I fare. I only had to modify two poses today in the Flow class which I think surprised the instructor since she knew I had limited experience. The only down side is that I only have one month of classes at this studio and at $100 a month for classes I won't be sticking around once the month is up. I can only hope that after a month of taking classes at the studio it will be much easier for me to use the yoga DVD's that I have (and love) to practice at home.

Do you take yoga classes at a studio or do you practice yoga at home?
Is yoga not your thing?

Loyalty, Lies, and Love-The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson

The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson is absolutely riveting and I read it from cover to cover completely lost in the story of Lydia and Sarah and their families. The novel is set during the American Revolution and we are introduced to two lifelong friends, Lydia and Sarah.  These two women struggle to remain loyal to country, family, and friends with each one finding she must follow her own heart in making the decision about where her loyalties lie. Both Lydia and Sarah have a brother and both brothers are gone. Lydia's brother, Grayson, disappeared four years ago after their grandfather was tarred and feathered and passed away. Sarah's brother, Seth, joined forces with other Patriots fighting for freedom and has been away for two years.

As Lydia and Sarah find their place during this time Sarah must run her family's plantation with only the overseer, servants, and slaves to help her. Meanwhile Lydia's father only grows more fierce in his devotion to the king but Lydia finds she desires peace. On an evening like any other Lydia spots the British ships on the river and trudges through the snow for a closer look. Moments later she discovers a man who will surely perish in the cold if she doesn't save him. With the help of two servants the man is saved. In the following days Nathan recovers enough to leave when the situation warrants his escape but that will not be the last time Lydia sees Nathan...

Book Info

About the book: An unlikely spy discovers freedom and love in the midst of the American Revolution.

As the British and Continental armies wage war in 1781, the daughter of a wealthy Virginia plantation owner feels conflict raging in her own heart. Lydia Caswell comes from a family of staunch Loyalists, but she cares only about peace. Her friend Sarah Hammond, however, longs to join the fight. Both women's families have already been divided by a costly war that sets father against son and neighbor against neighbor; a war that makes it impossible to guess who can be trusted.

One snowy night Lydia discovers a wounded man on the riverbank near Caswell Hall, and her decision to save him will change her life. Nathan introduces her to a secret network of spies, couriers, disguises, and coded messages---a network that may be the Patriots' only hope for winning the war. When British officers take over Caswell Hall and wreak havoc on neighboring plantations, Lydia will have to choose between loyalty and freedom; between her family's protection and her own heart's desires.

As both armies gather near Williamsburg for a pivotal battle, both Lydia and Sarah must decide how high a price they are willing to pay to help the men they love.

Part of the American Tapestries™ series: Each standalone novel in this line sets a heart-stirring love story against the backdrop of an epic moment in American history. This is the fifth book in the series.

Purchase a copy: http://amzn.to/1aLxC9s

About the author: Melanie Dobson is the author of twelve novels; her writing has received numerous accolades including two Carol Awards. Melanie worked in public relations for fifteen years before she began writing fiction full-time. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides with her husband and two daughters in Oregon.

Connect with Melanie at: http://melaniedobson.com

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Melanie Dobson's latest release, The Courier of Caswell Hall, is a riveting story you won't want to miss. The newest offering in the American Tapestries™ series, it follows an unlikely spy who discovers freedom and love in the midst of the American Revolution.

Enter to win 1 of 5 copies of the book!

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  Five winners will receive:
  • The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 5th. All winners will be announced October 7th at the Litfuse blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit the Litfuse blog on the 7th to see if you won one of the books!


I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What's Been Going On

A lot seems to have been happening around here and yet again blogging has fallen to the wayside to make room for everything else. I know people make a big deal about not apologizing for being behind on blog reading or posting but in real life I would apologize for not calling someone back or not returning a text or email as quickly as I should have. I feel the same about blogging. I genuinely feel bad for being behind because I really enjoy catching up with all of you. Anyway, enough about that.

I'll get into it more later but the gym is working out great. We've been really consistent and I already feel like I'm getting stronger. Each workout I try to challenge myself to lift more than I did last time and it's a wonderful feeling to look back through my workout notebook and see the progress I've made in just two short weeks.

I don't know about you guys but the weather here has been yukky. The heat and humidity finally decided to show up and I skipped a race this past weekend because of it. Anytime you can walk outside at 6 AM and the air is so thick you can hardly breathe it's time to scratch your run for the day if you're planning on being outside. It just hasn't been hot and humid this summer so I didn't feel prepared to run a 10K and 5K back to back in that weather. Call me a wuss but that's a recipe for me to get a migraine and feel like crap the rest of the weekend.

We are going down to Auburn this weekend!!!! I am so excited that I can barely contain it. We leave on Thursday to spend a long weekend with our closest friends from college. Football, a house at the lake, and great friends will make for a fun weekend.

Sorry for no pictures but I'm heading out the door in 5 minutes so this is as good as it gets today. Sending lots of virtual hugs and high fives to all of my blogger friends today. You guys really don't know how much you mean to me!

From Planes to Prescriptions (On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin)

Sarah Sundin has written another wonderful World War II novel with On Distant Shores. It is the second in the Wings of the Nightingale series. The story is centered around Georgie and Hutch and almost immediately you can tell that there is going to be tension between the two of them as they challenge each other. Georgie challenges Hutch to be more content and he challenges her to make her own decisions. While Georgie has Ward at home waiting for her and Hutch has Phyllis waiting for him you get the feeling that both Georgie and Hutch aren't meant to be with either Ward or Phyllis. Neither of their significant others seem to comprehend their dedication to the war and the jobs they have. Georgie serves as a flight nurse and Hutch serves as a pharmacist throughout the war. I hesitate to say more for fear that I'll give something away but I can assure you that if you enjoy historical fiction and especially novels set during World War II this is one you need to pick up immediately. I can't wait to see what Sarah has in store for us with the third novel in the series!

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About On Distant Shores: Caught between the war raging around them and the battles within, two souls long for peace---and a love that remains true.

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie's cozy life gets more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.

Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made?

With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.

Purchase a Copy: http://ow.ly/nIVWC

Meet Sarah: Sarah Sundin is the author of "With Every Letter" and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A "Memory Between Us" was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

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Sarah Sundin is celebrating the release of her latest novel, On Distant Shores, with a Romantic Weekend Getaway giveaway!

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  One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (good for a perfect couple's getaway)
  • With Every Letter and On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 2nd. Winner will be announced September 3rd at the "On Distant Shores" Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Weekend Getaway, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at the next book in the Wings of the Nightingale series.

So grab your copy of On Distant Shores and join Sarah on the evening of September 3rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; RSVP TODAY. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 3rd!

I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.