Books to Movies Giveaway Hop

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books to movies hop 2014

Who doesn’t love a good movie- sitting in the darkened theater, watching the big screen, eating popcorn? But I do love a good book more. Today, happily, I’m participating in the Books to Movies Giveaway Hop – a perfect hop for those of us who enjoy both.

Earlier this year I watched The Monuments Men and really enjoyed it, perhaps a bit more than most people, at least based on some of the reviews I saw at the time. I do think that the book is probably even better; they usually are. So, I’m giving away a copy of The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edseil with Bret Witter.

Monuments men

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: “degenerate” works he despised.

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis.

Book Blitz: Married One Night by Amber Leigh Williams

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Book Blitz: Married One Night by Amber Leigh WilliamsMarried One Night by Amber Leigh Williams
Published by Harlequin Superromance on October 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Add: Goodreads
Purchase: AmazonBook Depository
What happened in Vegas…followed her home!

Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she's happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans.

Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!

Book Excerpt:

Before Olivia could shoulder her way through the door, it opened quickly. She felt herself pitch over, tripping over the edge of the bedsheet. Cursing, she fell against the lean, chiseled chest of the man on the other side of the bathroom doorjamb.

She heard his surprised whoosh just before his arms snagged her under the shoulders and curled around her to keep her from falling at his feet. Her cheek pressed tight against his sternum. He was so warm. The deep timbre of a chuckle trebled beneath the ear pressed to his chest and words, rough around the edges, came floating from his mouth. “Ah, she wakes.”

When she tried to pull herself back, he held her fast to him for a moment longer to make sure she had her footing. With a murmured, “Easy there, love,” he released her and she stepped away, seeking his face.

He was smiling. The soft expression was tense around the edges, probably from what she could guess was a good deal of pounding happening on the inside of his head, too. She drew in a breath. His eyes were a brilliant shade of green. Dimples, or laugh lines, dug in around his mouth and the corners of his eyes. A man who smiled often and laughed well, Olivia surmised. His hair was blond and wet from a shower she assumed, judging by the steam behind him. He’d combed the hair back from his forehead, leaving his high brow bare.

A towel hung loosely around his waist. She blinked. She was staring. But the longer she stared, the more she could remember from last night, and the giddy spontaneity and blistering heat of all that had transpired made her forget for a moment how miserable she felt.

And, bless him, he didn’t seem to mind the staring. He was doing a good bit of his own. The smile on his lips deepened into a full-fledged grin, eyes softening further as he took her in. “Well. Aren’t you a sight for sore eyes.”

She found a smile curving at the corner of her mouth. He was British. His words were enunciated with the high-class sounds of English breeding and good humor. His voice was like fine-aged wine. Or whiskey.

Whiskey, she decided. It had a good, old-fashioned burn to it.

Lifting her hands to the sheet knotted just under her collarbone, she made sure it was in place before dragging a hand back through her long, curly, bedraggled tresses. “Erm…good morning?” Olivia said, unsure of herself. Usually, she knew how to navigate the awkward, morning-after interlude. But this stranger’s clean-cut, unexpected appeal threw her for a loop.

He beamed and held out a hand, skimming far and above the awkwardness of the situation with good-natured ease. “Gerald Leighton. It’s lovely to meet you…again.”

 

Giveaway!

Amber is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Terms & Conditions: By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old. One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter. This giveaway begins 12 a.m. October 1 and ends 12 a.m. October 2. Winner will be contacted via email on Friday, October 3. Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!

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About Amber Leigh Williams

Amber Leigh Williams

Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency.

Fitness Tuesday #11

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Here’s my plan, more or less. (SS stands for strength training/stretching; CT stands for cross-training)

training schedule 2

Since last check-in, I finished Week 9.

Tuesday I ran four miles at a pace of 11:18 min/mile. Then, I did the workout from Self that uses a 10-lb weight plate. I also took the dog for about a ½mile walk. He’s likes this cooler weather much better than the hot summer temps.

Wednesday I skipped, but made up for it Thursday. I went out to the gym. First I did 30 mins of the weight machines, mostly arms, then I did 50 minutes on the elliptical. I know, it was supposed to be 60 minutes, but I was feeling close on time.

I ran out of time Friday, and Sunday we went fishing, but I did my six mile run on Monday. My pace was 11:28 min/mile.

6 miles

I’m a bit sad. I went to finally register for the race I want to run in November and it’s sold out. :( I didn’t think about that possibility. I had put off registering until I knew for sure I’d be able to do it – 10 miles still seems like a far way. I put my name on the waiting list, so cross your fingers for me.

Readers’ Workouts is hosted by Joy’s Book Blog. Thanks, Joy, for keeping me accountable.

133.5 – Aug 12, 132.5 – Aug 19, 134 – Aug 26, 132.5 – Sept 9

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