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Apr 08

Love In Bloom – Paige Cuccaro

The Love In Bloom Extravaganza will feature an author a day from 3/30 – 5/16/12. Daily book give aways and a GRAND PRIZE of a Nook Touch or Kindle Touch ($99 gift cert for INT) See form at end of post for details.

Spring into Summer

Happy New Year!

No. I know it’s not January (thank goodness.) But spring is like my New Year, a time to start fresh with the awakening world and really commit to my resolutions. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. But in the middle of winter it’s also one of the hardest to stick to. That’s not difficult to understand when you consider that to lose weight in the winter means dieting (yuck), but it also means driving through the snow and ice (well not so much this past January) to work out in a cold, gym lit by huge florescent lamps. That just too depressing for me. Not that I don’t give it a whirl every year. Never works though. To work out, I need sunshine and fresh air.

My favorite Springtime exercise is walking. Not only do I get out into the fresh air and sunshine, but I can also whittle away at my to-be-read pile by listening to audio books. I am not the most coordinated person. Walking and chewing gum was a learned task for me. So there’s not a lot I can do while listening to a book. Driving, cleaning, pretty much everything that takes the smallest amount of thought will distract me enough that I realize five or ten minutes later, I have no idea what’s happening in the book.

BUT…walking and listening I can do! Not only can I give almost my full attention to the audio book while I walk, but listening distracts me enough from walking (exercising) that the time flies by without me even realizing it. Sometimes if the romance is REALLY good I’ll actually want to CONTINUE walking just to get to the end of a great scene.

I use my ipod nano to listen to the books. It’s a little over an inch square and has a clip on the back so I can clip it to my shirt and be hands free. Itunes, which associates with ipod stuff has its own folder for audio books, but those are for books you download from the online stores. Now, I’m enough of a book freak that I buy hardback or paperback of my favorite authors whether I plan on listening to the audio book or not. I just HAVE to own the real book! But since I DIDN’T hit the 500 million plus lottery, I can’t really afford to buy the audio book too. So I’ve become an avid library user again.

More and more libraries are linking up to expand their selections and one of the best side effects is a huge selection of audio books. Some libraries actually have an electronic borrowing section that allows you to download a book from your home computer through the internet straight to your ipod or mp3 player. After a predetermined amount of time the file stops working, and if you haven’t finished you have to re-borrow it. Just like any book.

Unfortunately, not all books are downloadable from libraries this way. Most, however, are offered either loaded onto their own player—which is nice in that you just have to provide the double AA battery and a set of headphones. No fussing with downloads or conversions—or on CD.

With itunes you can pop the CD into your computer’s player, load it onto itunes and itunes will convert the CD into audio files you can then load onto your player. This system comes in handy too when buying older audio books from Half Price Books. I even took the extra step of buying a cassette player that hooks up to my USB so that I can convert books from cassette to audio files for my ipod. 2& 3 dollar audio books. It’s AWESOME!

For me, springtime means flowers blooming, sunshine, fresh cut grass, feeling healthy and loosing myself in the sweet sounds of hot romance.

Okay, so it’s your turn. What does spring time signal to you? Have you started working toward getting your body ready for shorts and swimsuits? Ever try working out to a great book?

Two lucky commenters will win a copy of HELLSBANE.  Winner will be selected using random.org on 4/10.

Blurb:
Emma Jane Hellsbane just found out she’s not human—or, at least, not only human. She’s half angel, too, and now Heaven’s got a job for her: round up all the Fallen angels and their red-skinned, horned devil-demon minions and boot their butts back into the abyss. Only problem? The demons and their Fallen masters fight back…and they don’t fight fair.

Luckily for Emma, she can put a stop to the constant threat of having her head hacked off if she figures out which Fallen angel is her father—and then kill him before he kills her. Of course, in the meantime, she’ll have to avoid accidentally seducing her angelic mentor, help an old friend conquer his own Fallen sperm donor, and basically save the world from a cataclysmic divine smack down.

No one said being Heaven’s bounty hunter would be easy. But with a name like Hellsbane, Emma Jane was born for the job.

About the Author:

Paige Cuccaro lives in Ohio where she spends her days as a wife, mother, avid reader and obsessed writer. She loves writing everything from laugh-out-loud young adult stories to steamy hot romances with a twist of paranormal. Witches, demons, vampires, werewolves and angels, if they can fall in love, Paige will tell you their story.

Find a few of Paige’s published works at Samhain Publishing and Berkley Books. You can also find novels from Paige’s risqué side under her pen name, Alison Paige where she’s published several erotic romances at Harlequin Spice, Samhain Publishing, and Ellora’s Cave Publishing .
http://facebook.com/PaigeCuccaro
http://www.paigecuccaro.com/

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  1. Sharon Bridwell

    Great post Paige! I know it’s getting close to Spring when the ducks start hanging out in my pool. We’ve been adopted by a family of ducks who build their nests in my flower beds and have their babies here every year. Once they hatch, they spend a couple of days and then they waddle on down the street to the park. I do yoga year round to try and stay in shape and despite it being Easter, there’s not a piece of chocolate to be found in my house. I have never listened to a book, I never really thought about it but after reading your post, I might have to. Have a wonderful day!

  2. redjuliet

    Spring for me means it’s time to start working on my tan so that I can be ready for pool season. It also means I start eating better because of all the fresh fruits and veggies to tempt me! Walking is one of my favorite things to do as well. I will have to try audiobooks.

  3. ezootter

    Spring means to me, longer days to go shopping!

  4. Bonnie

    Spring means to me no more snow. I love to feel the sun and soak up the vitamin D it provides. It also means endless hours in my gardens weeding and planting. My favorite part of spring is knowing summer is just around the corner. I’m going to try the audio books and exercising. That would be a great distraction from the torture.
    I enjoyed the post. I just joined the blog.
    Thanks
    Bonnie

  5. Lauren Mackesy

    What a great subject! Spring to me means rebirth, starting over. I get to open my windows and smell the fresh air. I’m disabled so I cannot walk far but just to be out in the sunshine and fresh air makes me feel vibrant and alive.
    Lauren

  6. Leni

    Spring for me is about working in the yard, changing up my workout, and getting use to having warm weather again. I love audiobooks, but don’t work out while listening to them. I’d get to involved in the story and not focus on the workout :)

    lenikaye@yahoo.com

  7. Joanne

    I love Spring. It’s my favorite time of year. When Spring starts, I also start to walk to try to get healthier. After being cooped up in the house all winter, it’s wonderful to get out and see the trees and flowers budding.

    Joanne B
    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  8. bn100

    Spring represents flowers and cleaning the whole house.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. AprilAlvey

    Spring Its The Time Of Year Where Every Thing Is Reborn I Always Say. New Flowers Blooming In My Yard Their Sweet Smelling Perfume Coming In My Window With The Winds Gentle Breeze. The Sweet Smell Of Freshly Mowed Grass As Yards Are Being Tended To And Cleaned. My House Being Scrubbed From One End To The Other With Mr Clean With The Windows Open Awaking The House From Its Long Winters Nap. Ahhhhhh Spring.

    April Alvey
    butterfli262002@yahoo.com

  10. erin

    Thanks for an “inspring” post!

    Me and my dogs love spring b/c it means we are back to regular walks. We are all too weeny to walk when it’s really cold and snowy, so spring means back to daily. Umm… I’ve never listened to any audio book. I love reading, and I have an attention span like a rock, so I can’t multitask. So, if I’m going to sit down and “listen”, I’d rather just read it for myself :)

  11. Barbara E.

    Spring time means being able to swim in the pool and having more time in the evening to go for a walk without it being dark. I love the blooming flowers as well.

  12. Stella (Ex Libris)

    Thank you for the great post Paige! Yes, when days are growing longer, when the weather gets warmer, when trees start to bloom besides enjoying the sun and the warmth it reminds me that now that the cold is (hopefully) over I should get to exercise. :-/

    Besides that springs to me means that

    1) it’s still daylight when I leave work
    2) I can eat lunch in the park or outside on the terrace
    3) I can finally wear my trench coats, yay! :-D
    4) all the fresh fruit, yummy!
    5) weekends spent out in the garden :-D

    Thank you for the great giveaway and happy Easter!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. MaryC

    Spring means restarting my daily walks that generally invovle a stop at Starbucks for a cup of tea.

  14. Jen B.

    Spring means more sunshine and my kids will be out of school soon. Oh no!!! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  15. Timitra

    Where I’m from we don’t have spring, we only have two seasons, rainy season and dry season.

  16. Anonymous

    Spring is usually the best time of year in Texas! It’s after the cold is gone and usually before it gets really hot. I hope this year spring lasts a little longer than it did last year and it doesn’t get hot so fast! Thanks for the contest.

    E. Thompson
    thompsonem3(at)aol(dot)com

  17. AD Midd

    I totally agree. Walking is also a favorite way to get up and move.

  18. Hilary W.

    Spring means the busy season for my job into summer. But it also means playing/cooking outside with family and friends. We love to party outside all days of the week!

  19. Nina Croft

    When the birds arrive. The swallows and the bee-eaters, and we have this really noisy cuckoo that has taken up residence nearby!

  20. Amy2read

    I think spring means time to get started on spending alot of time outdoors and that summer is drawing nearer and i love summer :)

    amy2read89@gmail.com

  21. Shelly

    Spring is one of my favorite seasons. Everything seems possible. Will have to start listening to audio books while exercising. Great idea.

  22. Mel B

    I love spring!! I love the flowers, the dirt in my fingers and toes, the bike rides, the sunshine, and the ice cream man driving by the house.

    I love it!!
    Mel

  23. Froggy

    all the fresh fruit and veggies!!

    froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

  24. Proserpine

    Hi! Thanks for this chance!
    I love spring because I don’t have to see/feel snow and cold wind anymore! I love the sun!!! Always great book release too! And most of all, spring mean summer and summer mean more sun and doing my garden!

    Proserpine
    proserpinecravedfor(at)hotmail(dot)com

  25. DiDi

    Thank you all for stopping by! Thank you Paige for a great post!

    Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner, I was at my first RT and it was a bit overwhelming, fun, but overwhelming.

    Congratulations to froggarita you are the winner of Paige’s post.

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