Today’s Free Books for 4/29/2017 #amreading

Saturday, April 29th, 2017


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When teenage sisters go missing in the mysterious “Bennington Triangle” of Vermont, an area renowned for its disappearances and strange occurrences over the past hundred years, FBI agent Jack Juarez brings K-9 handler Jamie Flint and her dog Phantom in to assist with the search. When Jack realizes the case shares haunting similarities with the murders of the missing girls’ aunts ten years before, it becomes clear that he and Jamie are dealing with much more than two girls who simply wandered off the beaten path.


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Given the trainwreck my life has become, I’ve earned my cynical attitude. I’m trapped in a dead-end job at the Bear Butte County Sheriff’s Office—a position I took out of desperation after the brutal murder of my Lakota half-brother. Three years have passed, his case is cold, and my coping mechanisms—tequila, cigarettes and dubious men—no longer serve as excuses for my grief; they define who I am. Welcome to my world—Julie Collins, harbinger of doom and a sucker for lost causes.


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“It all started with a favor . . .” When private investigator Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. The deeper she delves into this unusual assignment, the more shocking, and the more dangerous, it becomes. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore . . .

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Sunday, April 23rd, 2017


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Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancé dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play. Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects, Brooke transfers to the Salem PD, hoping her talent will help her get to the bottom of things. Between dodging assassination attempts and being stonewalled at every turn, the going is tough. Add in a mysterious fae club owner with secrets of his own and a personal grudge against her, and it becomes nearly impossible. If Brooke wants to play in the supernatural sandbox, she’s going to have to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. But how many people will have to die for Brooke to discover the truth about her fiance? And is she even ready to know?


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By-the-book Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse is assigned to work with rebel Agent Luke Ludzecky on a task force to combat school violence. When they go undercover in Fairholm, NY, to a school flagged for an outbreak, they find that the institution is indeed in danger. But when Joe butts heads with principal Suzanna Quinn, and teacher Kelsey Cunningham gets close to her new student Luke, all their personal lives are turned upside down. In Book 1, PROMISES TO KEEP, follow the fast-paced plot ripped straight from the headlines and bask in the love stories that will make you believe in romance.


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Meet Detective Harvey Sam, a small town cop who wants two impossible things—a happy family and a perfect solve rate. Harvey’s training at The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children prepared him for the most important case of his career to date, the abduction of eight-year-old Gabriel Wheeler. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the boy’s blame-shifting mother from hell who shoots up instead of alerting police when the boy goes missing. Nor is Harvey equipped to deal with the heartbreak when his girlfriend leaves him on the same night, taking Effie, the non-biological young daughter Harvey adores. The case goes cold when Harvey fails to interview Effie’s best friend, the only witness able to identify the perpetrator’s car. As police resources are wasted on dead ends and wrong suspects, Gabriel receives unlikely help to escape from Willard Crawley, a simple-minded abductor seeking a replacement for the infant brother he accidentally suffocated years before.

Book Spotlight: Of Oceans and Ash ~ Only 99¢ Today!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

 

Of Ocean and Ash
by A.R. Draeger
Series: Falling In Deep, #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Cover DesignerQuirky-Bird

Release Date: June 9, 2015

 

 

Of Ocean…

Cast into the sea at birth, human-born Ia found her adoptive family among the merfolk. While her underwater upbringing was peaceful, Ia’s blood-heritage and the strict societal rules of the merpeople lead her to wonder of the world above the waves.

And Ash…

When a storm lands Ia ashore, she discovers her body has transformed into the human she would have been. Taken in as property by a callous plantation owner, Ia works alongside the slaves until she can make her way back to the water. There is nothing Ia wants more than to go home, that is, until she meets a handsome, troubled man named Matthias, who has a touch that can be as kind as his tongue is harsh.

Torn between two very different lives, Ia must choose – stay in his world and risk her life for a love untested, or return to the familiar arms of the underwater world that raised her and risk losing what may be the greatest love she will ever know.

Will Ia’s choice lead to happiness or her destruction?

 

Summer was waning when I was born, marked by the heat leaving the waters and the nights growing longer. My family wanted to migrate with the rest of their people, but they waited for me in the stillness of the waves, keeping an ever-watchful eye.

Mother heard the wails of the fisherman’s wife the night the woman discovered she carried me in her womb. The fisherman and his wife lived next to the water in a small, dilapidated shack made of rotten wood and leaky thatch. They had six children before me, although Mother knew not in what mixture their genders numbered. All but two were taken away at birth. The couple had too many as it were for a meager fisherman and his wife, and I was yet another mouth to feed.

The fisherman’s cries of mercy woke my family the night I was born. My arrival was sooner than expected, his wife not having carried me nine months in her womb. I was tiny, frail. My left leg was misshapen, my head oblong.

Mother watched him from beneath the surface, saw his tanned sailor’s skin, ebony and white streaked hair, and grey-whiskered face. He looked down at me, the fragile bundle cradled in his arms, and cried out through parched lips and crooked, black teeth:

“Forgive me, O God! Have mercy on her. I leave her to your care.”

He dropped me in the water with a small plop.

My sister, Liliana, caught me before I plunged too far into the depths. My family crowded around me, anxious and excited. My uncles debated eating me, seeing my size and stature, convinced I would not survive. Mother waved them off and took me from my sister’s arms, cradling me as my still-human lips turned blue.

It was an enormous challenge for a human to come into the fold. Not many of us were capable of such a change, but Mother knew my lineage had been on and in the water. She had watched my father and his father before him.

She lowered her lips to my nose and mouth, and she breathed into me the life of the sea dwellers, the merfolk. I sputtered a bit, and my body shivered, unsure of the transformation. Mother held me tight, sang me lullabies of the whales, and when all my family had lost hope that I’d survive, I woke.

My scream was shrill, she said. Loud, piercing. She was proud, surprised at the pushing force of the water I had generated. She knew I would be a good Caller.

With that, they gathered to me – my mother, sister, uncles, aunts, and cousins – and in a ritual almost lost in the passage of time, sang as my mother fed me two drops of her blood.

My legs lengthened and molded together, as her nourishment pulsed through my body, changing me inch by inch. Where my feet had once been, two fins took shape, overlaid with iridescent blue scales.

The process was beautiful, my family told me, rare, and yet there I was, the adopted, healthy and changing. Born human, and through the grace and love of the one I would know as Mother, turned into a creature of the deep, a daughter of the ocean, a mermaid.

 

 

 

A.R. (Amber) Draeger resides in rural Texas with her husband, Josh, and son, Logan. When not writing or reading, she is watching reality TV shows or tromping through the nearby woods.

 

 

 

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Blog Tour Book Review: Bronze Fox by

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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Synopsis

Tobias is a fox-shifter, stolen in childhood from his home-world. Now he works as an agent for the secretive and powerful sentinels, trying to bring an end to the interworld slave trade.

Etty is a street-smart spitfire from the wrong side of the tracks. She harbors untrained magical abilities and a deep longing for a better life. Can she channel these into working as Tobias’ assistant?

Will they survive a life-changing mission where love and danger are only a heartbeat away, and the fate of rift worlds hangs in the balance?

Review

Steampunk is a little known genre that is gaining notoriety. But it’s still hit or miss. Often you end up with one of two kinds of novels within the genre. Faux steampunk which is more fluff – romance or action with very little automation and Victorian ways, or you have Boring steampunk which is so heavy on the automation and mores of Victorian life, that you fall asleep while reading a chapter. Bronze Fox, however is one of the rare reads that keeps you on your seat, develops the characters, and gives you a peek into the retrofuturistic Victorian society as a steampunk world is supposed to be. And it has the romance and action to keep any YA reader happy. Highly Recommended.

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About the author:

Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed an auto-immune disorder, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become a professional author.

Diana’s books are mostly romance, in the fantasy and science fiction sub-genres. She has been a finalist for the CRW Award of Excellence and the Aspen Gold Published Novel Contest.

At present, she self-publishes and writes for the Wild Rose Press.
For more information, excerpts, trailers, and reviews visit

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Book Spotlight: The Collar and the Cavvarach

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


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Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?


What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?


The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).  


Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), an unsharpened weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.


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Click here to read a description of the setting and what life is like for slaves and others in that world.

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About the Author:


Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four fantasies, a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.


Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon

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Book Spotlight: Best Friends…Forever?

Friday, May 15th, 2015

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Synopsis:

Good friends have your back, but some go behind it.

Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.

Landry gets her first boyfriend (her crush, Vladi), but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry faces having to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American Ingénue modeling competition. Will she get a second chance with her friends, fame, and Vladi?

About the Author

Krysten Lindsay Hager is a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Website: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

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Book Spotlight: Worth Of Souls Giveaway!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

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We are so excited to share the covers for this amazing series – Worth of Souls. The first book will be released July 6, book 2 July 8, and book 3 July 10 but you can pre-order NOW so they come to your eReader the day of release!

Cost of Survival, Book #1

COSfrontAnger isn’t an emotion anymore, it’s more of a survival mode I can’t afford to let go.
My dad predicted World War III would happen in his life, but he died two years before… with my brother…
…before Mom and I walked in search of refuge from the bombing.
Strengthened by her faith, Mom never feels alone. But me? I don’t know what to believe or where to turn. Someone once said keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but I disagree. Friends scare me the most. They know me and my mom. Nothing about them is safe.
The ones in charge… Control everything…
Crud, I’ve started crying because I’m scared I won’t survive World War III. But a bigger part of me is scared I will.
My mom is bleeding in my arms and she’s making me promise to follow her three rules.
Pray.
Don’t trust anyone.
Stay alive.
How long do I need to break all three?

Exchange Rate, Book #2

exchangerateI’m pregnant and I couldn’t be more excited. But the community Bodey, his dad, and I live in has rules. Rules that make Mom’s rules seem like safety nets.
Only 200 people are allowed at a time. My baby will make it 201.
The leader is making me choose someone from our house to die so there will be room for my child. Either I make the decision or they take… my…
Even in the craziness that the world has become, I refuse to believe only 200 can live in it at once.
The “community” is safe-ish, comfortable. We have food, warmth, and there isn’t immediate danger of being robbed while we sleep.
Doesn’t it make sense we’d have to exchange something for all that?
I’ve survived this long. Maybe that’s enough. Maybe I should die so my family can live.
Or maybe I can get through the lines and find a people worth sacrificing for.

Worth of Souls, Book #3

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Running for my life and six months pregnant, I’m terrified but confident in my decisions.With my love and family behind me, captured by the same man who chases me, I have only a small window to find help. The baby needs to come out eventually.Nobody said the end of the world would define people so much. Everywhere I turn I have to prove my worth.Mom was gone before I learned my value lay in my eyes. Not others.
But how would that save Bodey? How could my worth change how the world me spins?If I can’t figure it out, everyone I love will die, trapped in a place where even following the rules won’t protect us.
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Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every Bonnieromance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.

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New Release: The Beast of Ravenston ~ Only $2.99!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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Elizabeth Adams, a former maid of the evil sin collector, Frederick Dodsworth, is sent to the isolated town of Ravenston to be the servant of notorious duke Nicholas Wellington — nicknamed “The Beast” because of his bad temper and scars that have disfigured him from a fire. Nicholas makes a deal with Mr. Dodsworth: the name of the person who set the fire in exchange for making Elizabeth’s week at Ravenston a living hell.

After seeing what he’s capable of, Nicholas fears he has truly become the beast he is rumored to be and tries to make the consequences of his horrible actions up to Eliza-beth somehow. Spending time with her causes feelings he’d long forgotten, and he finds himself falling for the gently beauty. He can’t let that happen, however, because he has to know who set the fire. He has to know who to punish. And he has to atone for his part in his wife’s death.

Years old lies are revealed.
Secrets are uncovered.
And one man has to choose between the family he desires and the revenge he’s waited so long for.

After all, a beast is always a beast.

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Book Spotlight: Out of the Storm ~ Only $3.99 Today!

Monday, February 16th, 2015


Out of the Storm
An anthology featuring the winners of the 2014 “Storming the Short Story” contest, which was hosted by The Woodlands (Texas) chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

Contemporary category:
1st place: “Squall Line” by Jim Hamlett (Contemporary)
2nd place: “Dorothy’s Carol” by Terrie Todd (Women’s Fiction)
3rd place: “A Rumspringa Storm” by Steve Hooley (Amish)
4th place: “Tempest Tossed” by Annette O’Hare (Women’s Fiction)

Speculative category (Fantasy / SciFi):
1st place: “The Grumpy Chronicles” by Susan Lyttek (Fantasy)
2nd place: “The Great Storm” by Karla Rose (SciFi)
3rd place: “Oddman” by Carla Hoch (SciFi)
4th place: “Aperture” by Linda Kozar (SciFi)

Other Genres category:
1st place: “Just West of Clovis” by Ralph D. James (Western)
2nd place: “Husband Hunting” by Crystal L. Barnes (Western)
3rd place: “Detention” by Gretchen Engel (YA / Fantasy)
4th place: “Fire in a Storm” by Angela K. Couch (Historical)

Proceeds from the sale of the anthology will be donated to the Scholarship Fund of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

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Interview with Julie Pollitt ~ Author of Finding Kate

Sunday, February 15th, 2015


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A Sweet Christian Romance
Kate Polson loves fashion, Chicago city life and her ex-boyfriend, Trevor—so she thinks. Since Trevor left the big city and returned to his hometown of Wintervale, Colorado, Kate can’t get him out of her mind. So when he asked her to come to Wintervale and help revive an old newspaper, she couldn’t refuse. It would give her a chance to win him over and convince him to return to Chicago with her.

The mountainous dry wilderness surrounding small-town Wintervale boasts the opposite of everything Kate loves. If her plan succeeds, Trevor will be on the plane to Chicago with Kate in the fall. When she arrives in Wintervale and meets another man, her world is turned upside down.

Will Stonen loves his serene life as a park ranger at Mesa Verde National Park, until feisty Kate rumbles into town and rattles his quiet existence. But as Will watches his dearest friend die of cancer, he struggles to find God’s peace in the midst of his tumultuous life.

Just when Kate believes she is getting through to Will and a spark of love ignites, she realizes Will can’t offer the love she so desperately wants.

Will Kate learn to trust God’s timing? Can Will learn the power of trust before it’s too late for Kate’s love?

About the Author

Author Julie Pollitt grew up in Denver, Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains. She quickly fell in love with the history of Denver and the frontier. Throughout her life she traveled all over the country and the world, but always loved coming back to Colorado.

For many years Julie worked for a pipeline construction company handling payroll in the field. She loved her coworkers and had the opportunity to work in many different states. It was on one of the jobs where she met her husband, John.

Julie now lives in Southwestern Florida with her husband and two boys. She spends a great deal of time volunteering at her church and the school her boys attend. Julie is most content when she is hanging out with her family, writing, or drinking a Starbucks. Although she does miss the snow and loves breaking out a sweater when the weather turns cold.

Julie worked as an editor at a small town newspaper in Southwest Colorado, in the Four Corners region. She has seen her work published in the Cortez Newspapers, USA Today, and eHow. She has also published several devotions.

Find out more at http://juliepollitt.com.

Interview with the Author

  • How do you approach tough or touchy subjects in your books?

I tend to be a little more on the conservative side. I like books that are lighthearted and fun, so I try to stick to those subjects. In Finding Kate I have a character that is terminally ill and it’s a tough subject to write about. It’s heartbreaking to watch someone go through an illness, but it’s a part of each of our lives. I hope that the reader will feel that even in the midst of these circumstances there is hope and we can find comfort in God.

  • Who is your favorite character from your book? Why?

It has to be Kate. She is a fish-out-of-water and tends to mess things up as she goes along. She starts out with an idea of how life should be, but ends up going in a completely different direction. Throughout the book, she learned so much about herself and how she needed to change. It’s important for us all to learn to change with grace. I don’t like change, so I don’t have a lot of room to talk, but I think I learned a few things from Kate.

  • Who is your least favorite character? Why?

I can’t say that I have a least favorite character. I liked them all, but sometimes those pesky characters try to go in their own direction. As the writer, you’d think we would have control of our characters, but they can get a little hardheaded and go their own direction.

  • What are some facts about your book that readers may not know?

Finding Kate takes place in the Four Corners area. It’s a beautiful area that is home to the Navajo people and to Mesa Verde National Park. The area gets visitors from all over the world checking out the ancient ruins and the Navajo reservation just down the road. The Navajo are an amazing tribe. When I lived in the area I would go to the grocery store or to a local restaurant and get to hear them speak their language, I even learned a couple words! I loved living among them and learning about their culture.

  • What was your biggest challenge while writing “Finding Kate”?

Finding time to write! It have two young boys and we stay pretty busy. I have to learn to make myself sit down and write. It’s not always easy to find time or be inspired.

  • Was writing “Finding Kate” easier or harder than you thought it would be?

It was harder than I thought it would be. I set it aside for a while and went back to it. I had to make a lot of changes and it was tough.

  • Any new projects?

I have a new novel coming out in the next couple weeks, A Land to Call Her Own. It’s an historical that takes place in Denver City, Colorado in 1865. It’s about a young woman that travels to Denver City, at the base of the Rocky Mountains, to live with her estranged father in hopes that they will renew their relationship. She finds herself up against the odds and a cattle baron that wants their land and their lives.

  • Are you a procrastinator? If yes, list top 3 things you do when you are procrastinating. If no, what top 3 things do you do to avoid it?

I am the worst procrastinator. I can find plenty of things to do instead of writing.

  1. Cleaning house, which is funny because I don’t like to clean.
  2. Surfing the Internet looking at other books. Seriously, I could spend all day doing this.
  3.  Combing the house for chocolate. If I can’t find it, I am forced to go to the grocery store. Aren’t we all?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

I spend a lot of time at my kids’ school. I love to volunteer in the front office or in the classroom. It’s fun to be a part of their elementary school lives. I’m on the PTA and try to do as much as I can for them and for the school.

  • What are you reading now?

I am reading One Foot Out the Door by Debby Mayne. She is one of my favorite authors! I love her books!

What is next on your TBR list? Cowboys Don’t Cry by Debra Lynn Collins. Anything with a cowboy gets my attention!

  • Top 3 things readers can do to support their favorite authors?

Authors love to hear from their readers, so email us anytime! If readers love the books they can share it on their Facebook page, leave a review on Amazon, and tell their friends about the book! We sure appreciate it.

  • Top 3 goals for the rest of 2015
  1. I need to spend more time writing! It’s not always easy to find the time to write, but it’s something I love to do.
  2. Clean the house more – oh wait, I need to spend more time writing. So…
  3. Eat better. I think that’s everyone’s goal. I do not seem to have an ounce of will power, so this is a tough one for me. As long as I can keep coffee in my life, I can probably make it happen.