It’s Friday! Woo hoo! Bring on the weekend.

And because it is Friday I can say it is a bittersweet Friday. Why? Because it is my last one off this summer. I am off on Monday of next week and then work four ten hour shifts before we go back to regular hours at work. The second week of August always means we are one week closer to fall semester beginning.

But that doesn’t take away from today. It is Friday and I have enjoyed it. Took my son to an appointment then met up with my friend and writing pal Juli Alexander for lunch. We talked marketing and promotions for her upcoming box set and I thought about how to get the word out about my next release. Then I came home and worked on edits. Still working on them, and will go back to them as soon as I write this post.

I hope you are enjoying your last Friday in July.


What are you Reading Thursday

My day job has kept me busy the last week or so. I have been trying to get over here to blog but too much is going on. I haven’t been reading lately either, but I have been writing. Finished a manuscript last Saturday night and now I’m working on edits.

What have you been reading?


Rumor Has It Wednesday

It’s been a week or more since I blogged. Juli Alexander took over my space and then I was sick for the next week. So I am finally peppy again, head almost clear enough to have coherent thoughts for a full day. And we know as we get older that in itself can be a big undertaking. I kinda lost it last night between 8 and 10, I was so ready for sleep and then this morning I woke with a headache. The sky looked a little reddish as the sun came up so I’m wondering if we might have storms later today?  I haven’t heard the weather forecast yet.

So last week I had a follow up doctors appointment to check my thyroid level and to make sure my potassium level and iron level were good. Since I started seeing this doctor in March he’d been encouraging me to make healthier eating choices and I really thought I had been doing good. He said cut out pasta, rice, starchy foods and so I was doing that. I have been steadily losing weight and inches (you know you do inches sometimes more than actual pounds). But apparently that wasn’t fast enough for him. So this time he said he wanted me to cut my carbs down to 50 a day. I thought, okay. That’s a doable number. Boy was I wrong. You can’t eat hardly anything without using up those carbs. So trying to plan meals (that my growing teen will eat), figure out what I can eat and what I can’t have been a big time consumer for me. I don’t like having to think about food all the time. I don’t like feeling hungry or having to snack in between meals. I’m not a snacker, but I guess I may have to become one until I adjust. I also know eating six small meals a  day is better than three to help speed up your metabolism.

This new plan of 50 carbs a day is a radical move from what I had been doing. It is forcing me to make even better choices than I was which is going to be far better for me all around. For the last year or so I have been trying to modify the way I eat, but I guess  I wasn’t doing to best job at it. I have until November to give this a go to see if it works. I’m hoping it will. I’d really like to see a change on the scales and not just in the way my clothes fit. I’ve also got a new exercise bike coming so that will help with toning and building muscle mass. Because I know I can do this!

Rumor Has It Wednesday

Hi. I’m Juli Alexander, YA Author and I’m taking over Leanne Tyler’s blog today. Sh-h-h…So don’t tell her!


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Welcome to my stop on the Daring Hearts Blog Hop. I‘m Juli Alexander, author of the Investigating the Hottie series and Stirring Up Trouble series. In the box set, I’m including the first book in my newest series, entitled Paxton Private Investigations. In one line: Townsey Paxton loves to solve mysteries. It’s in her blood. 

After the box set releases, the price of my single book will jump up to 2.99, so why not snag 8 brand new books by 8 bestselling authors for 99C? 

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Together with RaShelle Workman, Christine Kersey, Lila Felix, Elle Strauss, Cindy Hogan, Amber Argyle, and Rebecca Ethington, we are offering two grand prizes: a Kindle White and a Kindle Fire, plus 20 other great prizes. Simply fill out this rafflecopter giveaway. The more times you enter, the more chances you have to win.

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Open internationally 
• If you win, you must claim your prize within 48 hours or the prize will be re-drawn
• You must be 16 years or older, or have the permission of a guardian to enter
• Only entries submitted through the rafllecopter will qualify as an entry.
• No purchase necessary. Bloggers, please feel free to copy and paste this post for your own blog! 
In addition to the great prizes above, each blog is offering an individual prize of your choice. You can win a signed paperback of any of my books or an ebook copy of any of my books. You choose! Comment below to enter. Leanne Tyler will choose two winners at random.
And don’t forget to head to the next stop in the blog tour, Rebecca Ethington