Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Journey {2}: Week Two - Bring On the Yoga

So last week I mentioned I started an overhaul of my lifestyle. Trying to be more active and eating healthier in hopes of being a better me.  Where am I now, fourteen days later?  Well, in a bit of pain.  The yoga I started last week has been kicking my butt.  For a low impact exercise, it's amazing how much the muscles get a work out.  FYI...downward dog may have felt great at the beginning of my workout, but let me tell you ten days later of doing along with the leg lift behind me should be classified as a form of torture.  And don't get me started on Warrior Two. I've fallen so many times in this last week that I'm surprised I don't have bruises on top of my bruises.


Bryce and Briohny Smyth

I will have to say, however, I love my video instructor. Briohny Smyth is a wonderful instructor and her yoga series on Daily Burn is wonderful for a beginner like me.  She actually takes the time explain step by step how to do each movement. I'm excited. I get to do my first full flow practice tonight.  While I'm sure I don't look as graceful as she does, I feel great when I'm done. (The sore muscles come in the morning when I roll out of my bed.)

So in the end what has all this healthy eating and exercise gotten me?   Well, I've cut 6.4 lbs in the last two weeks. Clothes that were tight are now looser and overall?  I have more energy, am sleeping better and feel good.  So I'll take the sore muscles.  



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: Seeing Stars

Today I have the pleasure of helping a good friend of mine and author, Ellie Potts, reveal her latest cover for her upcoming erotic romance. Check it out. It's absolutely gorgeous and to sweeten the pot?  Ms. Ellie is going to be giving away a $10 GC and two copies of the book when it comes out.  Enjoy!  And don't forget to enter!

Dakota




Blurb:



Can one secret stop two broken hearts from mending?

Alisa, bank clerk by day-self published writer by night, gets a phone call that will change her life. Hollywood wants to make one of her books into a movie. The news comes on the day she starts vacation, excited, she leaves work early to surprise her husband. To her surprise he is already home, and well even more surprising he is sexing up the neighbor in their bed.


Heartbroken and angry she makes a decision to head off to Hollywood on her own. Before the meeting she meets her TV crush Logan Rider. Logan has not only read her book Portals, but he wants to direct the movie. The offer is almost too good to be true! Alisa is thrown into a whirlwind of Hollywood as she sees stars, learns the movie business, and uncovers a few secrets. Secrets that prove actors are just as flawed as regular people. But there is one secret that can destroy Logan’s career. Will Logan be devoured by this secret, or can he find the strength to conquer it with Alisa’s help?

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Taste the Rainbow Blog Hop - July 12 - 18th

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I so love Draven St. James for putting this blog hop on. Not only have I been an avid reader of hers since the first Firehouse Six book came out, I've found that I have something in common with her.  About the same time she started writing m/m, so did I. *smiles* 

Anyhow, I'm happy to be part of this bloghop and look forward to checking out all the different stops.   As a writer, there's nothing I love more than writing a story where my characters find their own happily ever after, whether it's a m/f, m/m or even m/m/f, so personally I'm so ecstatic that my sister, Tonya and her lovely partner, Jenny are celebrating five years being married this year. In the day and age of quickie marriages and even faster divorces, it's a pleasure to see that my sister and her wife had made the five year mark. (I remember those days...Mr. Trace and I are looking at over 19 years together.) To me  that's the ultimate test of true love - (to love each other enough you stick together through thick and thin) 

Anyway, now for the fun part, what should I give away? Well, I guess that's a no brainer...right? Should be something hot and sexy, and have yummy men in it. Well, Healing Hark, which just came out yearly this year is full of yummy men. Three to be exact: Master Diachi Rai (a hot sexy American Japanese business consultant who takes control of his men), Harkahome Akula (a Lakota warrior, who's retirement from the military isn't going as well as planned) and Bryan Sterling (a hunky all american CEO who lives to take care of his men.) So if you like mm with a lot of BDSM thrown in, you should love Healing Hark. 

Want to win a copy? Just leave a comment below about who's relationships inspire you...whether they be m/m, m/f, or even f/f. I 'm a sucker for happily ever after stories. Just make sure you include your email addy, so I can email you if you win. 

Now go check out the rest of the fun. There are plenty of prizes to be had! 

Dakota


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

I've Begun a Journey

Last week a couple of things happened and is the way of life, one was really good, but the other not so good.  The first being that I stepped on the scales for the first time in over two years.  Combined with my higher than normal blood pressure, something had to be done about the excess weight I'm carrying around. 

When I left my job as a fork lift driver nearly five years ago, I was at 170 pounds, and just a little over weight for my 5 '1 frame. Due o the structure of my frame, my doctor at the time wanted me to lose about 30 pounds. I tried, then life got the better of me. I had my dream job of writing full time and being home but I was LAZY. I sat in front of my computer and snacked all day.  


Well, I'm sure you can figure out what happened. I gained some weight...a lot of it. My blood pressure went up and I'm now a candidate for Type II diabetes. (Something that runs heavily in my family.)  So I decided that I HAD to make some drastic lifestyle changes. No more 2 liters of Pepsi a day, and most of all, get off my LAZY ASS and exercise!  

I'll be forty next April and while I'd love to be at the same weight as I was in high school, I know that's probably never gonna happen. So instead I set some more manageable goals.   

Exercise Goals

To do 1200 minutes of Yoga in the next 30 days. Which works out to be about 40 minutes each day, and my yoga class is nearly an hour long.  I'll reevaluate in 30 days and see how I feel.

Weight Goals
Goal One - to be 190 pounds by the time I take my annual trip to Tennessee in October.  (Hey, that's only 13 weeks away...averages out to about 2 pounds a week)

Goal Two - to be 160 pounds by my birthday.  Why?  

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Well, that has to do with my good news. I signed up last Monday for my first ever writer's conference. The Midwest Writer's Conference 2015. It's being held in Indianapolis, IN during the weekend of April 17th thru the 19th. (and about two weeks after my bday)   It's hard to believe I've been writing professionally since 2008 and haven't been to one.  

This one is actually being held close enough to my home in Iowa, that I can drive there in less than eight hours. *smiles*  So I'll be meeting up with one of my besties, Evelise Archer and a ton of other wonderful authors.  And heaven help me...I'll be all decked out in 70s garb for their theme party on Saturday night.  (Another reason to lose some weight.  Bell-bottom pants would not do me any favors at the moment.)  

Anyway, if you noticed, at the bottom of my blogger there are some new trackers that pertain to my health goals. They will be updated weekly as I continue to watch what I eat (via Weight Watchers) and exercise (via DailyBurn.com - the site I take my yoga classes on.)  

Perhaps when I'm brave enough (round the end of my thirty days), I'll post some before and after pictures. (I'm hoping some will be able to tell the weight difference.)  However in the end, whether it's because of the conference or health concerns, my goal is to be a better me. 

Wish me luck...my journey has just begun. 


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Seductive Studs and Sirens {23}: A power struggle


So for this week's snippet, I'm taking it from my newest bundle - the second box set of my Doms of Chicago Series. (Healing Hark, more specifically.)  This is during the scene where Hark has just caught Bryan taking pictures of his WIP, a beautiful Italian seascape mural he's been painting. Bryan threatens to send them to Diachi unless Hark spills the beans about the tension between Hark and Diachi.  Enjoy! 





SNIPPET: 

Bryan bared his teeth. “I'll do more than that if you don't start being honest with me. Master was tense this morning and you've been a dick. If you had a fight, fine. But you're not going to hide it from me. I'm not fucking made out of glass.” 

Hark clenched his jaw. He could see the man's point – secrets always came back to bite you in the ass, but to be called on it irked. “Look, it had nothing to do with you directly.”

Bryan jerked hard on Hark's braid. “Fine. Then it must've been indirectly. Spill it, or I'm sending these pictures to Diachi right now.” 

A smirk crossed his face. “To do that you're going to have to let me go, and I guarantee you the moment you do, you're going to end up over my knee, little one.” 


Bryan actually shivered at Hark’s threat. “Try again, Sir. You keep forgetting I enjoy a good spanking.” Bryan leaned closer until his mouth was mere inches from Hark's ear. “There's just something erotic about being at a man's mercy and knowing he can do whatever he wants with me. Reddening my ass or fucking me until all I can do is moan.”
  
Now that I've teased you a bit, here's the special deal...for this weekend only, Excessica is offering my second Doms of Chicago boxed set (which includes Healing Hark) for the cheap price of $2.99  (that's less than a buck for each full length novel.)   Click here to find the links for this great deal...

And last but not least...check out the rest of the wonderful peeps. 

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