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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Side-lined by Spring and other things

Spring has been anxiously anticipated in my part of the country. This was the hardest winter I can remember in years. (Everyone says that, right?)

When it landed, all my good intentions for running went straight out the window. It turns out that my virus-induced asthma–mild as it is–doesn’t like extreme season changes, either. Now that I can somewhat breathe again, as far as exercise, I’m back to square one. I kept up with the yoga. (And yes, I still hate it. I have no idea why.)

So. Starting over, and taking things slow… I’m planning to get out for 6k of running/walking today, weather permitting. First I have some writing related things to take care of. I have a few deadlines looming, meaning work takes precedence.

We’ll see how things go.

I also have news to share on the writing front. My first self-published release, I’ll Love You Forever (Book 1 in the Broken Hearts series) is coming soon!

Isn’t the cover pretty?

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Lovers reunited. Nobody promised love would be easy.

Singer/songwriter Danielle Jackson, a bright star in the Canadian music industry, appears to have it all—until a tragic accident takes it away. With contract obligations to fulfill and deadlines looming, she really needs the friendship and support of the one person she could always rely on.

Unfortunately, he’s also the person who’s hurt her the most.

Single dad and small town farmer Christian Hunter used to believe if you love someone you should let them go and trust they’ll return, but ten years is a long time. When Danni comes home to recover from the car crash in which her fiancé and fellow band mate was killed, he knows he should leave well enough alone. He’s done with comforting broken-hearted women. These days, he’s saving his love for his young son.

Sometimes love, however, deserves a second chance.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat level: Sensual

Pages: 216 (50,000 words)

Back in the Running

We’ve had a long winter here in Nova Scotia. Really long.

I’ve been running for close to fifteen years and this is the first winter I haven’t been able to run on our road because of the ice and snow. That means I’ve packed on *ahem* a few pounds. Writing is a sedentary occupation.

Today, however, for the first time in weeks, I managed an outdoor run. It was far from pretty. There might have been flailing involved.

I set my distance at 6 k. I walked a fair bit of it, but I plan to increase my distance before increasing speed. I’d rather not pull muscles or do any of the damage that can happen by trying to do too much too fast. This coming week I’ll be sticking to a 6 k distance with a combination of running/walking at a ratio of 2:1. I’m also careful to keep my elbows up and my heels down. That protects my neck and lower back. I stretch when I finish, mostly the backs of my thighs and my shoulder muscles. Those seem to get stiff. I’ve learned the hard way over the years that drinking enough water is important, too. Leg and foot cramps at 2:00 am aren’t fun.

Yoga is my cross-training activity. I hate yoga.

My goal is to be running 10 k by June 1st. With a little luck I’ll lose 15 lbs while I’m at it. I’m not worrying about the weight loss, however. Fat and muscle don’t take up quite the same land mass.

By this time next week, I should have logged 24 k.

Stay tuned!