Today’s Workout: Week 2, Day 1

With my knee back to normal, I’m back to running! It felt great and in fact, 30 minutes felt too short. I’m glad, it would be so demoralizing to feel overwhelmed after running for so long. I did take breaks but I still should retain some of my endurance.

And you know I’m diggin’ the werewolf angle of this story. One of my most loved characters in my books is a werewolf so, I have a soft spot.

I’m hoping to get in all three runs this week and so some weights but with the round robin of random body aches, I slept on my arm wrong and it hurts. Seriously, this is stupid. I want a refund on my adulthood, please. I am severely dissatisfied with my experience.

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New Release! “Sanctuary”

This is the story I was working on for NaNoWriMo! It will be released on January 20th but if you want a preview, the first chapter (as well as an early cover reveal) is available to my patrons over on Patreon. This story is a clean lesbian romance where the focus is on Makayla and her desire to help younger witches in trouble. I had a lot of fun writing this one and I hope you will have fun reading it!

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Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 16, by Tomohito Oda

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

In this volume, there is the Sports Festival and Cultural Festival. We also have some side stories with the parents but the main conflict here is Manbagi’s crush on Tadano and her realization Shoko has feelings for him, too.

I like that we have Shoko talking more. She’s still quiet but her progress is showing. This volume could have benefitted from putting the side stories either at the very end or the beginning. I found them to be an interruption from the main story instead of being a cute break and it messed with the flow. I still enjoyed it because this series is fantastic but this was something I noticed. 4.5 out of 5.

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Today’s Workout: Feeling Better

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I had to moderate the meditation over Zoom at work today and the way I clear my head is to workout. Since my knee was all messed up earlier this week, I figured the under desk peddler that I keep at work would be a nice, low stress, low impact way to see how my knee is fairing. I am happy to report that I got through the 30 minutes without so much as an ache! I’m going to wait till Monday to make sure I’m ready for the treadmill but I wanted some easy calories burned.

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Lenni Reviews: “Mao” Vol. 2, by Rumiko Takahashi

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

After the story of Priestess Shoko and her prediction of the end of the world, Nanoka is doing research on the accident that killed her parents and how it connects to the portal she is using to travel through space and time. She knows something isn’t quite right at home.

I can tell this is starting to get dark and I’m here for it. I know something up with those shakes she’s forced to drink and those powers she has. And not to be forgotten, Mao is dealing with not being able to heal as well but still has to fight some creepy blood drinking nun demon things so, I can’t wait to see how this affects his mission to defeat the demon that cursed him. I do wonder if this is going to get as dark as the Mermaid Saga or try to retain some lightheartedness as the series progresses. 4.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Beastars” Vol. 15, by Paru Itagaki

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

In this volume, while we do get some wholesome moments where Legoshi meets Haru’s parents, we also get to know Melon; a gazelle/leopard hybrid who is a gleeful poacher. Yaha wants Legoshi to help hunt Melon down.

We also meet Utsugi, a jackal who refuses to eat meat and uses alcholo (and Eyes Wide Shut type parties) to supress her desires for meat.

If you’re underage, don’t watch that movie…

It’s cute to see how Legoshi is still so innocent that the mask sex drug parties embarrass him. I adore how this series keeps enough of this innocence without him being overly naive. He’s aware how serious things are around him and is trying to still be himself; not walking around with blinders on thinking everything is sunshine and roses.

Oh, and spoiler alert… Spoiler…

Still a spoiler…

We get to meet Legoshi’s mom.

4.9 out of 5. Almost perfect but I wanted more of Melon and the threat he poses.

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Today’s Workout: Derailed Again.

I was so ready to continue with c25k today but I did something to my knee yesterday. I woke up in the middle of the night in agony and couldn’t get in any sort of comfortable position to get back to sleep. I was hobbling around all day really annoyed with myself but I was able to do a kettlebell workout of mostly my arms and leaving my knees completely out of it.

I hope my knee heals soon. I was looking forward to running again. I mean, I needed to get more strength training in anyway but this isn’t how I wanted to go about it.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 4, by Kotoyama

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

While Nazuna and Midori have some maid café shenanigans, there is also the looming threat of a vampire killer using their pasts to kill them. Ko is determined to save Nazuna so she can eventually turn him as he’s been hoping for since the beginning.

There’s a big theme of putting on a face to the public to appear normal and what it means to lose your humanity in this volume but it seems the focus should have been more on the vampire hunter after the more lighthearted story with the maid café. But hey, it makes me wanna grab the next one so, it did it’s job! 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Birds of Shangri-La” Vol. 2, by Ranmaru Zaria

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Apollo is still trying to resist Phi’s charms to break the rules of his job as a teaser. As the attraction between them boils, demons from Phi’s dark past come stalking him.

It’s interesting that the teasers also function as a type of bodyguard when the ‘birds’ are allowed to leave the brothel. I’m not sure if they’re qualified to deal with whoever is stalking Phi; as it’s clear that stalker is going to do something dangerous that will affect everyone at Shangri-La. I do like how the story treats the chemistry between Phi and Apollo even without the naughty scenes. 3.8 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Yakuza Lover” Vol. 3, by Nozomi Mino

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

After recent events, Yuri is anxious about Oya leaving to keep her from danger and decides to get a job to be more independent. But to keep her close, Oya whisks her off to a private villa but there are secrets he’s been keeping from Yuri.

I’m not sure if I’ll be continuing this series. In terms of plot, there isn’t much for me to latch on to. They’re passionately in love with each other, we see them express that on ‘screen’ often, and Yuri wondering what will keep her busy while Oya is doing yakuza stuff. I guess if you like something really, REALLY light on an overall plot and just wanna watch them fawn over one another and bone, this is fine. But to be honest, I was bored. 2.9 outta 5.

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