So Much Going On!

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It’s #RomanceWeek15 at Goodreads! There are MANY authors over there right now waiting to answer your questions. If you have any questions for me head on over and ask!

For more information click.

To ask me a question click.

 


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The Romance Review is celebrating its 4th anniversary with a big party! Over 300 hundred authors and several major publishers are getting into the party spirit! Head on over March 1st for a month of awesome! Check it out for a chance to win a copy of GRIND! (I’ll have more info on that soon!)

Check it out here!

 


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Harper Collins had a romance festival last week. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, you can catch up at:

The Hangouts

The official blog

And the Twitter hashtag #romance15

Enjoy!

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Jason Under the Microscope

JasonToday I’ve got a Q&A with Jason, the hero in my new release GRIND. Hope you enjoy it!

1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Getting my architectural design firm off the ground with my partner Sebastian is definitely up there. Equal with that would have to be getting Cara to say yes to my marriage proposal.

2. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being with the one I love doing a job I adore almost as much as her.

3. What is your most treasured possession?

I have an old college sweatshirt that Cara loves to wear around the apartment. I’m going to miss that thing when it wears out.

4. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

You have to ask? Cara, of course.

5. What is your most marked characteristic?

I’m told I like a challenge. I like to think I don’t back down when things get tough.

6. If your house was on fire and you could only save one thing, what would it be?

My phone. Kidding! Cara, obviously.

7. What do you love most about Cara?

She’s kind, smart, creative. She knows who she is.

8. What were your first thoughts when you saw Cara?

She was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.

9. What is your greatest fear?

Losing Cara.

10. What is your greatest extravagance?

Buying the restaurant for her. The next will probably be the wedding.

11. Where would you like to live?

Anywhere as long as Cara’s there with me. Pretty gushy, huh? The apartment is good for now but once kids enter the picture I wouldn’t mind the white picket fence in the suburbs.

12. What do you most value in your friends?

Trustworthiness and loyalty.

13. What is your motto?

Grab what you want with both hands and don’t let go.

Thanks Jason!

Want to know more about Cara? Head over to Beyond Romance and read her interview there!

GRIND is available as an early download now at Totally Bound!

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Fitbit Surge Review

Fitbit SurgeI’m sure there are a lot of people like me who find that a gadget does wonders for motivation. At least for a little while. Working out has definitely been a place where I find apps and gadgets make it a bit more interesting. You can track steps, heart rate, what exercises you’ve done, make nifty little graphs with all that data… It’s all right there glaring you in the face with whatever triumph or defeat that happened that day. Or it could be just me exhibiting my weird obsession with gadgets and graphs…

Anyway.

When I received a Jawbone Up for Christmas I thought, great! A neat little tool in my mission to get back in shape! Sadly, I found it uncomfortable and tedious to use. i.e. to sync I had to plug it in, switching to sleep mode was a manual task that was easily forgotten, etc. Not a great start.

It didn’t take long for me to delve into the world of fitness trackers to find one that suited me the best. The Jawbone was quickly replaced by the Fitbit Charge and I immediately fell in love. It was comfortable; tracking was a breeze. It might not have been perfectly accurate, but it was close enough for me.

So when I heard that an upgraded version with heart rate monitor was coming out, I was excited. Then hearing that a version that tracked everything the new Charge did, including different workouts, had GPS tracking, allowed you to see text messages on screen, that looked sleek and the band locked? I got stars in my eyes.

I’ve had the Surge for three days now and I like it. I just don’t love it. Functionality wise it’s great. It does what it’s supposed to and it’s accurate enough. The screen is clear (just don’t try to read it in direct sunlight), the heart rate monitor is precise. My biggest problem with it is the size. The Charge took some getting used to, don’t get me wrong, but the Surge is massive on me.

Take a look.

Fitbit Surge or Fitbit Huge?

Fitbit Surge or Fitbit Huge?

Better than the Charge

Better than the Charge

But look how bulky :/

But look how bulky :/

 

 

 

 

 
I understand that in order to get all the new-fangled goodness a little bulk is in order but it’s big to the point of being almost unwieldy. I’m constantly banging it on things, it gets caught on clothes, it’s not exactly discreet, etc. As a sports watch, it looks great and I do wear it all the time but it’s not something I can wear on every occasion. I had the small Charge and it fit just right. But I don’t like to be confined, especially when I work out. So I opted for a large this time around. A check of the specs on the website shows that the only difference is in the length of the straps so even if I bought the small it would still be massive.

So do I like it? Yes. Does it do everything it says it will? Definitely. I just won’t be wearing it to any garden parties.

Fitbit Surge Flare Watch Face. Love that it shows your heart rate over the hour.

Fitbit Surge Flare Watch Face. Love that it shows your heart rate over the hour.

Fitbit Charge vs Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Charge vs Fitbit Surge

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Grind – Excerpt

grind_800Here’s a quick sneak peek at GRIND (Click MORE to read the full NSFW excerpt)

Pre-Order NOW! | Early Download – 6 Feb 2015 | General Release – 6 Mar 2015

Cara’s entire nervous system buzzed with anticipation. Sitting barely a breath apart, their thighs brushed whenever the car’s turns shifted them but that was enough to send shockwaves of sensation through her.

A side-glance at him gave her the impression that he was completely unfazed by the contact. That was until she reached his tense jaw and clenched hands.

The privacy partition was up between them and the driver, so there wasn’t much chance of being seen or heard.

Cara shifted closer and nipped the rough ridge of Jason’s chin on her way up to his ear. “What are you waiting for?”…more

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