Archive for September, 2013

Charmain Z. Brackett interviewed me on her blog. She’s the author of several books, including The Key of Elyon, and writes for the Augusta Chronicle. Check it out by clicking on the photo below:

 

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Today is day 14 of my Insanity workout (rest day), and I feel amazing. All of the soreness from the intense workouts went away after the first week, and it’s gotten easier to stick to my diet. Just to give you a little background info, I’ve put on close to 30 pounds in the past 14 months. I had lost 40 pounds until I tore my ACL playing ultimate frisbee, July, 2012. Then, I re-popped it in February of this year, playing basketball.

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So, I went from running 5-10 miles, 3-5 times a week, to struggling just to keep up with my push ups and sit ups. But the time has come for me to get back in shape, and Insanity was exactly what I needed to do so. I log everything I eat, and all of my fitness, at http://www.livestrong.com/myplate/

I’ve stayed between 1,500-2,200 calories each day, with my average being 1,952 in week 1, and 2,048 in week 2. My workouts have burned between 400-700 calories each time. What I’m really encouraged by is how much I’ve been able to cut my fat intake. In the two weeks since I started, I was allowed to eat 938 grams of fat, while still losing weight. Instead, I only consumed 544 grams.

I’m down 6 pounds, and feel much better. I feel more positive about myself, and am adding muscle in parts of my body that I’ve never had before. I took before pictures, and will share them after 30 days, and then again after 60 days to show you how the program has worked for me. I’ve also lost an inch on my waist, and can fit in a size smaller (pants) already.

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The workouts are hard… really hard. I ran a half marathon in April, 2012, and these workouts push me as hard or harder than running 13.1 miles. Be encouraged that it’s never too late to get in shape, and we all have to start somewhere. I gain weight easily, but I also lose it easily… if by easily you mean working incredibly hard.

We had a great party last weekend getting to know the 13 Pandamoon authors. Rebecca posted a great blog with info on all the authors, and a way to view the party, in case you missed it! Just click on the photo below:

 

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Author, William O’Brien interviewed me on his blog. Check it out by clicking on the picture below:

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Earth Bleeds Red by Jackson Paul Baer

The Earth Bleeds Red

by Jackson Paul Baer

Giveaway ends November 15, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

 

Enter to win

 

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Enjoy getting to know, Tina Blenke.

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You’re a paranormal romance author. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing. 

Nerdy, thrilling, sexy

Share your favorite passage from your book in one paragraph or less.

There are great scenes where my two main characters are teasing each other and flirting but my favorite scene is where Athan looks at Evander and he really sees him for the first time. It’s as if he’d known him this entire time but never really saw him until that moment. His world view changes and he awakens on a different level.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

I would most definitely choose writing without ever having a best seller. No question.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town and traveling! That’s pretty much what I do now.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or an airport?

Now, that’s a tougher question. I’ve undoubtedly spent more time in airports than I have in amusement parks, but since I love to travel, I’ll have to choose the airports. There’s so much more opportunity in an airport. So many stories walking by.

And how about England or Ireland?

Ooh, another tough one. I think I’ll have to choose Ireland first. Sorry England.

My wife and I went to Ireland last year for our 10-year anniversary. It was beautiful 🙂

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

One of my favorite bands from the 90s would have to be Bush. I’m a music fiend so I’ll just have to stop myself there or we’ll end up on a tangent.

Is there any good band out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

Absolutely! I could talk about music forever, but I’m wondering if the Rolling Stones will still be alive…it’s quite possible.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is The Office)?

My current favorite comedy is the Big Bang Theory. I’m an uber nerd and that show tickles me.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I’m finishing up a M/F contemporary short story and another M/M novel length story. I’m also working on the outline for a potential sequel to Athan’s Kiss. I’m always working on something. I probably keep one chapter for every five that I write.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

It’s funny that with today’s social media it’s easy to keep in touch with favorite authors and ask them anything. So, I’ll make this tougher than that. I think I’d like to talk with Shakespeare and ask him all about the young man that he wrote so many sonnets about. That would be a wonderful conversation.

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream? Yogurt

Chocolate or sweet candy? Chocolate

The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? The Daily Show

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy ending

Beer or wine? Neither for me thanks!

Flying or driving? Flying

Whitman or Poe? Poe

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

If you mean an uninhabited island, I would take my Shakespeare anthology, and I would hope to have my dad since he is all about survival and my sister for endless entertainment.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

I’d like to sit down with Lucy Stone. Though she wasn’t a leader of a country, she was the leader of women’s rights in the US. By women leading a new revolution for equal rights, this opened the door for others seeking equality, too. I’d like to talk to her about her motivations, greatest fears, today’s accomplishments, and those still left without a voice.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be? 🙂

Education. Free education with access, transportation, accommodations, and provided meals during their schooling to everyone all over the world who wants it and as long as they want it.

 

Some would say that I’ve lived an interesting life thus far. I’ve lived all over the world and most of the country. I love to read and I love to write. I want a happy ending for everything but I’m also obsessed with the paranormal. I love vampires, werewolves, ghosts, goblins, and zombies. Yeah, I have a complicated relationship with zombies. I’m the first to hide under the covers when watching a scary movie and yet I still watch them.

 

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