Striking Distance

Striking_DistanceStriking Distance by Pamela Clare is the 6th installment in the I-Team series. This is a romantic suspense series; this story features reporter Laura Nilsson and Navy SEAL Javier Corbray.

Blurb from Amazon:

Her past is a secret—even to her.
Discovering it will be the most
dangerous move of her life.

TV reporter Laura Nilsson, known as the
“Baghdad Babe,” spent eighteen months in an Al-Qaeda compound after being  kidnapped live on the air. Two years later, she’s still wondering why.

No mission in Javier Corbray’s fourteen years as a Navy SEAL affected him the way
Laura’s rescue did. No woman had stirred his protective instincts the way she did. And he wants her more than he’s ever wanted anyone.

As Laura and Javier’s passion ignites, so does Laura’s need to discover the mystery of her past. Especially when she learns that her abduction was not random—and that
she’s still a target for a killer with an impenetrable motive. Now Javier will  have to rely on his skills to keep the woman he loves from being struck down  before she dares uncover the truth. Continue reading “Striking Distance”

The Wrap: Vol. 4

I’m trying to get back into a routine with my wrap-up of the past week. 2 weeks in a row isn’t much of a pattern, but hopefully I’m off to a good start! It may be more challenging when the holidays get here. *grins*

Word to Describe the Past Week: Sneezy! I’ve been having sinus issues most of the week. I started taking Vitamin C and trying to drink more water. I really don’t need a cold or a sinus infection, but it seems something is making the rounds. Stay back! I don’t have time to be sickly!

Books: I just finished Striking Distance by Pamela Clare. Stay tuned – I will be posting a review of this romantic suspense novel. I will give you a clue – I really enjoyed it…thinking it will be 4 stars!

Writing: I hate to admit that I’ve been a slacker this week. I think I only managed 500 words on my NaNoWriMo story. Ugh. I am way behind my goal. However, I have another story bouncing around my head (go figure, right), and I re-read one of my M-M stories that ‘s 75% done.  I decided I’d like to have it done by the end of the year so it can be released in time for Valentine’s Day. It is a prequel to Wild Horses. I really need a snow day or two so I can stay home from work and write!

TV/ Movies: Still addicted to Arrow. Ah, Stephen Amell… Sadly I cancelled my subscription to HuluPlus. I was having too many issues with it (unreliable), and they pulled Teen Wolf Season 3 – not cool!!

I also had a chance to watch Skyfall again. While I liked it, I think my favorite Bond movie where Daniel Craig is Bond would be Casino Royale.

Anything else? I’m trying to think…there isn’t much else notable to report. I’m still spending quality time in the gym. I’ve actually been pretty sore; I started a new workout that has me lifting heavy. I also got new running shoes – they rock! They are lightweight and have lots of cushioning. Willow is doing fine. She has done nothing but sleep today so I can only imagine what trouble she will find tonight! Wish me luck!


The Wrap: Vol. 3

It has been a while since I’ve done My Week In Review. I haven’t been very good about blogging of late so I thought that this might be a good way to catch everyone up on me and my little corner of the world.

Word to Describe the Past Week: Tired!! Not sure if it is too much work and too much gym coupled with not enough sleep, but I have been a tired girl this week. Thursday night I went to bed right after dinner and was asleep by 8:30 PM. Yikes! Sadly, the trend is continuing as I wasn’t able to sleep in yesterday or today.

Books: I haven’t done much reading of late. Shocker, I know!! I did re-read Sonoran Heat (review to come), and I’m dying to get started on Pamela Clare’s latest I-Team release, Striking Distance.

Writing: I was a NaNoWriMo slacker this past week. However, I am happy to report that I wrote a whopping 4K words yesterday on my story. Big yay! It brings my total to just under 10K words. I hope that I can keep the writing roll going this week.

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TV/ Movies: Haven’t been to the movies (I do want to see Ender’s Game, though), but I am totally hooked on CW’s Arrow. Stephen Amell is ah-mazing! Ladies, have you seen the ladder stunt or those abs? Yum-my! Yes, I’m a bit addicted (in case you couldn’t tell)!

Music: My current workout playlist is a combo of songs from Teen Wolf. The techno/ dance music is great for getting me going during cardio and pushing me through lifting weights.

Surprise of the Week: I had a gentleman buy me a Starbucks coffee (without asking, he just did it) and wish me an early happy holidays. Have no idea who he was, but I really appreciated the gesture!

This week should hopefully not be as busy – fingers are crossed!! I’m excited to hit the gym on Monday. I’ve designed my own workout (actually combined pieces of other workouts along with advice of guys at the gym) so I’m anxious to see how it goes. Do you realize it has been 16 weeks that I’ve been seriously spending quality time in the gym? I’m happy with the results and want to keep pushing myself to carve more muscle.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Skin Deep

I just finished reading Skin Deep by Pamela Clare. It is the first in the I-Team After Hours series. I hope it is the first of many!

This is the story of Marc Hunter’s sister, Megan, her daughter Emily, and wounded Marine, Nate West. The action starts right from the beginning – Megan is leaving the soup kitchen in Denver after volunteering. She needs to go pick-up Emily at daycare. Before she is out of the parking lot, she is accosted by Emily’s father – a meth head – Donny. Enter Nate. He saves the day (the first of several times).

Both Nate and Megan have all kinds of baggage and issues to overcome, but it is heart-warming how they see each other for whom they are. They don’t hold onto the past; they are both willing to help each other in moving past their obstacles.

This novella is filled with loveable characters. Nate’s father Jack gets wrapped around Emily’s little finger in no time. Buckwheat, a Palomino horse, helps both mother and daughter heal and learn to trust. And, best of all, there are lots of Julian and Marc. The men are still protective of their women; in time they accept Nate with open arms. Well, they compare gun notes, etc!

This was such a sweet story. I had tears in my eyes for the last quarter of the book. I don’t want to spoil how it ends, but needless to say the ending is wonderful.

As a bonus, a short story is included at the end – Marc & Julian Make a Beer Run. I laughed and chuckled and managed to shake my head when the guys stumbled into trouble. I think the funniest part was the discussion about Alpha and Beta teams and which teams were picking up what.

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A must read! 5 out of 5 stars!

Rest of the Best of 2011

Ok, here goes. I’m sorry I can’t give these books the attention they deserve, but at least my picks will be posted!

In the category of Romance/ Romantic Suspense:

  1. Breaking Point (book 5 in the I-Team series) by Pamela Clare
  2. Hidden Away (book 3 in the KGI series) by Maya Banks

In the Young Adult (Fiction/ Fantasy) category:

  1. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  2. Awakened (book 8 in the House of Night series) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

In the category of Male-Male Romance (and this was a close one – really, could have gone either way):

  1. Dance with Me by Heidi Cullinan (ladies, check out this cover!)
  2. Come Unto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon

I will digress. I can’t say enough good things about Josh Lanyon. He is one of my favorite authors. He can craft a story that grabs the reader right from the start and keeps going and going and going – constantly engaging. He is also the master of mysteries. I highly recommend the Adrien English mystery series.


A Relaxing Sunday Evening

Well, it is mostly relaxing. I’m a bit sad that I had to close my patio door. My neighbor is smoking, and it is nicely wafting into my home. NOT GOOD! Especially not with it being a bad allergy day. I should amend that and say a bad allergy weekend. It is the time of year, though…

I spent a large portion of the weekend reading. I finished Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Born of Shadows, Charlaine Harris’s Dead Reckoning, and Pamela Clare’s Breaking Point. Of the three, Breaking Point received my highest rating.

Not much else new to report. Willow is growing into her new haircut. She doesn’t seem to be as upset as she was. Thank goodness! Who would have thought a cat could be such a drama queen! The knee is still there. Round two of physical therapy has started. Still no running – very sad about that. Ballroom dancing has been interrupted due to the knee. UGH! But, on a good note, I made a yummy batch of homemade mac and cheese for dinner.

Tonight I am going to work on some short story revisions. I’ve completely neglected my own writing this weekend – not a good thing. I need the practice, and a couple of my stories have some things that need fixing (and obstacles that need to be overcome)!