Friday, June 30, 2017

Fitness Friday: That time I planked at the beach

Early this summer I decided that I needed more accountability. I'll explain. I started on this healthy me path about three years ago... maybe four. After I'd done so well... I stopped. I don't know why. Maybe it was the long hours in front of the computer. Maybe it was a general lack of motivation that came out of nowhere one day, and I stopped.

The result was that I ended up putting 15lbs back on. It depressed me no end. Of course instead of getting back on it, I would do some PiYo today... then wait a few days, then weeks, the I would restart. This went on for months.

Until Shaun T week.

One of my friends posted about it and I decided that since I love to hate to love Shaun T, I would take the plunge with the week. A Week of PiYo followed and then I started the 3 week Yoga Retreat, though I've been doing more PiYo than Yoga. We've been out of the house with the Frenchman and the kids visiting the nice parks around us
Anything you can do  I can do better than you :)

.With my husband as main cheerleader and wannabe PiYo pro, and the magic of the internet we managed to use my phone to do a full session of PiYo at the Park.  And then another one at Howard Park the following day.

So I'll be posting regular updates on Fridays about my progress, just to make sure I keep myself accountable. I post almost everyday a sweaty selfie to Instagram. If you want to follow me or tag me if you need accountability as well,

Disclaimer: I do Beachbody workouts but I'm not a coach. Just a mum trying to get healthier. :) I'm also not interested in coaching, but I'm always happy to lend a helping hand to whoever needs me to. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Closer to the Edge

Henry and Gracie is finally with the editor. So I've turned my attention to Closer to the Edge. :) New Adult, Thriller/Romance/Rockstar 
Here's a teaser, I'm still editing, so bear with me. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Closer to the Edge Book Cover Reveal!

I'm in a sharing/cheery mood since finishing Henry and Gracie. The book's finally with the editor. *throws confetti around* 
So here's Closer to the Edge's Cover 
Cover by Suzanna Lynn at Funky book Designs
EPD: Winter 2017 or beginning of 2018

While visiting Normandy with her brother, Wyatt Estevez’s life changes forever in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. To make matters worse, her love life is a mess. As she tries to pick up the pieces, she ends up right where she started - at the mercy of her brother’s best friend, Dakota McKenna. 

Dakota confesses he’s also being followed by mysterious SUVs and men dressed in black; insisting he and Wyatt should work together to get to the bottom of it. Wyatt is forced to make a big decision. Should she trust him in spite of all the times he broke her heart and lied? Or should she try to solve the mystery on her own and risk losing the most important relationship of her life?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Henry and Gracie Update

It's Saturday!!

I hope you're all enjoying a peaceful and awesome weekend.

On my end, I've been re-reading Henry and Gracie before it goes off to the editor. Today, I added all those little extras, you know, the copyright, the dedication, acknowledgements... All those things that make a book look like a book.

I can't believe that pretty soon, this story will cease to be fully mine, and will be shared, hopefully, with many readers. Until then... here's a sneaky peek.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Thank you, Patty Jenkins! Thank you!

I don’t think I’ve ever written a movie review for this blog.
However, there’s always a first time.

Me at 4 years old, Wonder Woman costume by my mother, that Amazon woman who did it all without a pattern. 

We just came out of the movie theater where we watched Wonder Woman. It was an intergenerational outing, meaning three generations of my family were present. My mother, that Amazon woman who taught me to be me, and remember who I am, and indulged my obsession with Wonder Woman.  My sons, a teenager ready to start college in the fall, and a six year old, who like his brother, is superhero mad.

I guess I should disclose that my one regret after watching this movie is that well I don’t have a daughter to share this movie with, but I have cousins and friends. So I’m going to compose many an ode to Patty Jenkins and make sure those girls in the family and friends' families see this movie. Patty Jenkins is an Amazon woman who had a vision and had to fight tooth and claw for it. That vision resulted in the most glorious of Super Hero movies. And for once in my life since I started following Joss Whedon's career, I'm glad he didn't get to do this project. Why? Because this project really needed an Amazon who understands women and why it's so important even in the 21st century to fight for what you believe, and help to continue to empower women.

Wonder Woman, like many of her predecessors from both Marvel and DC, had huge shoes to fill. Audiences grow more cynical with each movie; studio big wigs want more revenue, and naysayers continuously tell us that a movie without a MALE lead will never make as much money. In fact this is one of those “facts” that are constantly used to illustrate the importance of male leads, and why there’s such a disproportionate gender pay that expands well beyond Hollywood. 

And then there are entertainment projects as Big Little Lies headed by women, staring women, and books written by women which break all records. The fact that this Amazon is kicking ass and reminding us that women can do everything they set their mind to is just an added bonus.

Back to the movie... DC had a lot to prove with this movie, at least to the Marvel die hard people in my household, me included. Because even if I love Wonder Woman, Batman and Aquaman (yes, you can roll your eyes at me….) I still thought that Marvel had the ability of translating comic books to the big screen down to well an art, whereas DC is still trying to find its feet. And though Man of Steel and Suicide Squad grossed a lot of money, they weren’t really my cup of tea.

I guess this is the part where I should come clean and confess that when Gal Gadot was announced as Wonder Woman, I was one of those people shaking my head and muttering under my breath. Of course I fell pray to the same thing in the 90s when Tom Cruise was named as the actor who would portray Lestat, my favourite vampire.  Tom Cruise’s performance made me eat my words, and so did Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman.

So after, I believe, almost a year of being teased with snippets and images of the movie, I have to say that I can’t ever dream of someone else playing Wonder Woman. I still love Linda Carter, but I have to say that Gal Gadot’s performance is as Iconic as Linda’s.

Oh and my son just reminded me that I have to admit that ten minutes into the movie I was already in a flood of tears. Happy Tears. I’ve mentioned before that I was obsessed with Wonder Woman since I was about 3 years old… so this has been a 40 year wait for me to finally visit Themyscira.

That first glimpse of the Amazons, their training grounds, and a young Diana admiring them and wanting to be like them, reminded me of my own childhood. Whilst my family wasn’t training for battle, the women in my family were in charge of not only children rearing but also pushing each other to be the very best version of themselves. It was important that we shaped our path in fire, and ventured out of the confines of that protection our family afforded us.  I could see my grandmother, my aunts, my mother in many of the Amazons, those teachings that sometimes we shy away from, be strong, be courageous, be yourself, and well help the world are all there and hopefully we'll all embrace them once more.

Once the story progressed from Themyscira to London and to the battle grounds I couldn’t help but think about the amazing legacy Wonder Woman’s helping forge for future generations.  And I hope that this is beyond William Moulton Marstons dreams back in 1941 when he published the first Wonder Woman strip.

Wonder Woman has carved a new path out of clay and breathed a new life into it. This is not only about whether women can carry a movie or not but how we should view women in all aspects of life.

For me as a writer the movie has had an immediate effect in the things that I want to publish and the things that I want to discuss with others. How are we portraying our main characters and their love interests, their friends? Do we show equality? Do we flesh them out with the same care that we reserve for our main character? Do we send our main characters like Wonder Woman through the trenches so they can come up victorious on the other side of them or do we use other characters to protect her and rescue her?

As a woman writer am I doing enough to help the women, girls who’ll read my books to feel empower? Am I doing enough to let those female readers know that a girl is not bossy because she’s assertive? Is my message clear that a girl can lead men, fight in the middle of war, and come the other side with renewed badassery to finish the job? How do we help future generations of men and women to continue working together, equally, to help create, build and enjoy a world where things like equal rights, equal responsibility, equal pay are things of the past? How do we contribute to an equality that is one hundred percent equal where both men and women are respected for their contributing roles not only in society but families?

This movie has given me a lot to ponder about, however, for now, all I want to do is grab a sword and cut a shield out of the cardboard waiting to be recycled; and pretend that I am Diana, Princess of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta. Maybe I can get the Frenchman to dress as Steve Trevor. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cover Reveal: Pinch of Salt by Bethany Lopez

Today we are celebrating the cover reveal of PINCH OF SALT by Bethany Lopez. Pinch of Salt is the first book in an all-new contemporary romance series, Three Sister's Catering. Check out the excerpt, teasers, and giveaway below for a pair of Kate Spade earrings. Pre-order your copy now!


Pinch of Salt by Bethany Lopez

(Three Sisters Catering, #1) Contemporary Romance - Coming August 21

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For the past year, talented chef Millie has been consumed with running her new catering business with her sisters, Dru and Tasha. It isn't until Jackson walks through their door that she realizes something may be missing in the recipe of her life.

For the past year, Jackson has been dealing with the fallout of his wife's abandonment. He's had to learn how to be a single father to their eight-year-old daughter, and will do anything to fill the void her mother left. It isn't until he commissions Millie for his daughter's birthday party that he realizes he's forgotten that he's not only a father, but a man.

They both think they're content in their lives, but sometimes the right amount of spice can turn an okay dish into a magnificent one. A Pinch of Salt may be all that's needed to bring Millie and Jackson the flavor they've been missing.


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Yes, I thought, I can help you with whatever you need, just look at me like that every day for the rest of my life.

“What can I do for you?” I asked, sure my cheeks were turning red.

Then he smiled, and two dimples appeared.

Seriously? I looked around the store for hidden cameras. Were my sisters playing tricks on me? This guy could not be real. Or any more adorable.

“I know it’s last minute, but I have an emergency. I need to hire you to cater my daughter’s ninth birthday party.”

And, there it was… the punchline. Mr. Adorable Dimples was married with a family.

I looked down at his ringed finger, smothered my disappointment, and gave him an apologetic smile.

“I’m sorry, we don’t do children’s parties.”

When his face fell, I wanted to snatch the words back.

“We just don’t have those types of decorations on hand,” I added, hoping to soften the rejection. “There’s a party supply store around the block, I’m sure they’ll have what you need.”

He shook his head and I tilted my head back to get a better look at him. Damn, he was really tall.

“I wish it were that simple. Kayla’s outgrown the kind of birthday party I could give her. If we were still talking about Frozen, I could turn our living room into a winter wonderland and decorate the shit out of it,” he winced and said, “Sorry,” and I assumed he was talking about swearing. Which, jeez, could he get any cuter.

“What does she want?” I asked, even though I knew I should send him on his way and get back to work. I found I didn’t want him to leave yet.

I was such a brat.

“A tea party,” he replied, making tea party sound like a bad word. “I’ve never even had a drop of tea, let alone made an entire party out of it.”

I bit back a chuckle at his obvious distress, and asked, “Can’t your wife help?”

His face looked pained, then he let out a sigh and said, “She, uh, left us, almost a year ago. We haven’t heard from her since, so… no, I’m on my own with this one.”



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A1nt0F1SfnL._UX250_ Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. She's a lover of all things romance: books, movies, music, and life, and she incorporates that into the books she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible. Some of her favorite things are: Kristen Ashley Books, coffee in the morning, and In N Out burgers.


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