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?
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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 .