Unforeseen Obsessions is Back! Pre-Order is up! Re-release date is 9/1/16!

Unforeseen Obsessions - Val Book Tour 2

After months of waiting impatiently, Unforeseen Obsessions is back on the market.  It is currently up for pre-order at all major outlets and scheduled for re-release on September 1st.

To celebrate the re-release, I am participating in a blog hop which includes a GIVEAWAY!  Please visit the blogs below where you’ll find character interviews, excerpts, and of course the RAFFLECOPTER!

8/22 – Sensuous Promos
 
8/23 – Nicki Day
 
8/24 – Nicole Morgan
 
8/25 – Darkest Cravings
 
8/26 – Get Cozy
 
8/27 – The Book Pub
 
8/28 – All my Book Finds
 
8/29 – Nikki Noffsinger
 
8/30 – Bound by Passion
 
8/31 – Michelle Roth
 
9/1 – Andrew Jericho
 
9/2 – Alison Mello

Blurb:

After Alex Polecheck’s police officer husband, Sam, is stabbed in cold blood, she vows to see the murderer brought to justice.  Peter, Sam’s best friend, and fellow police officer, seems to be the only member of the Police Department interested in catching the killer.

Peter sets out on a perilous hunt for the killer, while trying to protect Alex, who appears to be next on the murderer’s list.

The mystery begins to unravel when Peter finds a connection between the murder of Sam and two other law enforcement officers, who were all part of an internet crime taskforce. Peter and Alex find themselves alone in the battle for justice and truth when they discover members of the local police department cannot be trusted.  Will Peter piece together the puzzle before Alex is silenced?  While battling to protect Alex, will he be able to continue to conceal his love for her?

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Unforeseen-Obsessions-Valerie-J-Clarizio-ebook/dp/B01JERSCOU/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8#navbar

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unforeseen-obsessions-valerie-j-clarizio/1124233452;jsessionid=D88F2868D4395083CE3665B0E57B214F.prodny_store02-atgap05?ean=2940153412115

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/unforeseen-obsessions

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1139610450

24Symbols: https://www.24symbols.com/book/x/x/x?id=1582875

 RAFFLECOPTER: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4a6d45a611/

 

Couch to 5K – Week 6

Couch to 5K week 6 is complete.  Yep, I’m a little ahead of schedule on this one but I’m away at a conference and wasn’t sure that I could get day three done tomorrow so I did it today. So yes, I worked out two days in a row.  It will be interesting to see how my weary old legs feel later today. Plus, though I’m completing the required running minutes of these longer runs, I’m not completing them as fast the C25K App is telling me I’m supposed to.  That said, I figured I better accelerate the program days so that I can get more practice runs in before the ‘big event’-the 5K run I’m technically training for which is to be held on 9/11/16.  At this point, I’m still unsure that I’ll be able to run over 3 miles without stopping, or within a decent time frame, so even with all this training, I may just sign up for the walk.  I’ll play it by ear for now.

Anyhow, this week’s regiment had me rotating five and eight minute runs, with short walks between, on day one, two 10 minute runs on day two with a short walk between them, and a 22 minute run on day three. Yes, 22 minutes in a row.  According to the C25K App I should have run 2.25 miles in that time but I only got about 2 miles in.

During my cool down walk I snapped these photos.  It was a pretty run this morning on the river walk by my conference hotel.

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Couch to 5K – Week 5

Couch to 5K Week 5 is history!  I’m over half way through the 9 week program.  I found this week’s regiment interesting.  It wasn’t like the other weeks where I repeated the workouts each day.  During week five, day one rotated five and three minute runs and walks, day two jumped up to eight minute runs and five minute walks, and here’s the kicker, day three had me running 20 minutes – in one shot.  How does it make sense to go from eight minutes to twenty?  Though it didn’t make sense to me, I did it.  Likely, a bit slower than I should have but I jogged all twenty of those long minutes:)  Who would have thought? Certainly not me.

Here’s a picture from a hike we took in 2009.

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Juneau, AK

 

Couch to 5K – Week 4

Week 4 of couch to 5K is now in the books!

Week 4 had me start with a five minute brisk walk, then jog for three minutes, walk for 90 seconds, jog for five minutes, walk for 2.5 minutes, jog for three minutes, walk for 90 seconds, then jog another five minutes, and then walk to cool down.  Oddly, the last two days, jogging the last five minute sections, seemed to be easier than jogging the first five minute section.  Not sure why.  It seems to me it should be the other way around.

This week I added listening to music while working out.  It seemed to help pass the time.  Tom Petty’s Runnin’ Down a Dream couldn’t have come at a better time during the playlist.

Also, when I mentioned in my last post that I couldn’t seem to control my breathing, someone mentioned that I might want to make the effort to slow down for the time being.  I wasn’t sure I could run any slower but I took her advice and it seemed to help.

I guess I’ll start gearing up for week 5!

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This view is from a hike we took on Kodiak Island

 

Couch to 5K – Week 3

I can put a big old check mark in front of Couch to 5K – Week 3 on my to do list, because as of tonight it is done!

Each of the three workout days in week three entailed a brisk five minute warm up walk, then two repetitions of the following:  Jog for 90 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, jog for three minutes, and then walk for three minutes.  Then to finish up, the program required a five minute cool-down walk.  It wasn’t the worst, but three minutes is definitely a step up from 90 seconds.

I’d appreciate any tips on breathing from you runners out there because apparently I get winded pretty easily.  Seriously, I can’t seem to control my ragged, hard breathing and it’s only a couple of three minute runs at this point.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, here’s a view from one of the hikes the hubby and I took in Newport State Park, WI.

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Couch to 5K – Week 2

About 45 minutes ago I completed week two of the Couch to 5K program.  This week involved adding 30 seconds to each run, over those in week one, but I only had to run six times rather than eight.  Overall, it seemed like a fair trade-off. Due to the heat this week, I chose to complete the program in the morning rather than after work in the evening.  It was probably a good choice but now my typical morning work isn’t getting done…

Anyhow, the important part is I completed the program for week two and didn’t die, and I’m gearing up for week three.

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This is a view from a little hike the hubby and I took in Yosemite.

A Face in the Crowd – New Release by Christina Kirby

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Blurb

Alexis Hightower considers trust a four letter word, and she has no intention of getting serious with anyone. After all, her day job as a nurse is plenty serious enough. On one of her nights off, she attends a concert for her favorite band and ends up on stage. She never expected to meet the legendary singer in person or that he would be the one to make her question her way of life. But how do you learn to trust again when the one you want is desired by thousands?

Oliver Honeycutt has it all, success, fame, admirers, but when his family is faced with the unthinkable, none of it matters. Stranded in Atlanta, he meets Alexis who’s unlike any woman he’s known before. As his attraction grows, plans for the future change which leaves someone desperate to keep them apart. But Oliver won’t be easily discouraged. To have a future with Alexis he’ll do whatever it takes to make her see the man behind the image.

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Face-Crowd-Christina-Kirby-ebook/dp/B01G7FENTA?ie=UTF8&keywords=christina%20kirby&qid=1464717359&ref_=sr_1_4&sr=8-4

Excerpt:

Oliver made his way back to the mike and shouted, “Do you want some more, Atlanta?”

Lexie’s scream mixed with the other fan’s and echoed throughout the room as Oliver sang the band’s first number one. As he moved from one side of the stage to the other, Lexie danced, arms over her head, as she let go. In the chaos of the noise, the heat of the bodies moving as one, and the music, she didn’t have to think or feel. She could just be.

A hand reached out for her and Simone hit her arm, mouth open in shock. Lexie blinked once and raised her eyes to meet those of Oliver. Up close, he was even better looking than in the magazines. Her heart stopped or maybe it leaped from her chest. She wasn’t sure. As if controlled by a stranger she reached for his hand and allowed him, with the help of two security guards, to pull her up onto the stage.

With her stomach in her throat, she stood awkwardly while Oliver sang to her. This wasn’t happening. It couldn’t be. Survival never pulled people up onto the stage. At least, they never had. But, there he was, positioned behind her, with his stomach pressed to her back. The heat of his skin and hers, melded together, so hot she feared their clothes would ignite.

Her eyes found Simone’s, who peeked out from behind her cell phone where she was recording what promised to be the best moment of Lexie’s life.

She dared a glance over her shoulder and feared she would faint when Oliver offered her a grin from behind the mike. Dear God he was hot. He pressed into her closer and placed a hand on her hip. Red, hot heat surged into her face. The move was definitely one she wouldn’t want her dad to see, but she was glad it was happening. As the song wound down, Oliver moved to stand beside her. Over his shoulder she saw his brother, Bailey, wailing on his blue Fender. The entire experience was surreal. His brother looked up and smiled, but something was wrong with his face.

She narrowed her eyes to get a better look, sure the lights were playing tricks on her. At the same time, he swiped a hand over his face and when he pulled it away, blood was smeared across his upper lip. He went back to playing, but his nose continued to bleed.

Her gaze refocused on Oliver. “Your brother,” she tried to explain over the music.

When he didn’t register what she was trying to say, she pointed.

Oliver’s head whipped around. For a brief moment, his eyes widened and then, as quickly as she’d seen it, the look was gone. Oliver finished the song and led her back to the edge of the stage where she was lowered back into the crowd. When she looked up, he met her gaze. The moment was brief, but she felt it. A moment of recognition between them. One that said he was sad it had to end. She wanted to reach for him, but she couldn’t. Instead, she stood frozen as fans around her pushed in and slapped her on the back. Oliver waved to his admirers and rushed off toward his brother.

Bio –

Christina Kirby holds a degree in Public Relations from Auburn University. She worked in banking for four and a half years before deciding to become a stay at home mom to her two sons. Moving every couple of years because of her husband’s job, Christina has had the opportunity to meet all kinds of people and live in many different states, and fortunately writing is something she can take with her no matter where she lives. Christina is an avid reader of romance, young adult and anything having to do with pop culture. She also knows a copy of Entertainment Weekly and a chocolate chip cookie can cure anything.

Connect with Christina:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CKirbyWriter Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/christina.kirby.395?fref=ts Website – http://christinakirbybooks.com/ Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/authorchris0192/ Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9791223.Christina_Kirby Amazon Author Central Page – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00OYJ337U

Other Books by Christina:

The Warm Springs Trilogy: Safe at Home, Running Home, and Protecting Home Novella – Frozen in Time – part of A Winter Romance Anthology A Face in the Crowd