Lenni Reviews: “Mieruko-chan” Vol. 4, by Tomoki Izumi

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

An older practitioner, Mitsune, feels her powers are fading with age and retired from her business as a seer but when she sees how powerful Mieruko is, she cannot sit idly by and returns to help the young girl out.

In addition to seeing Mieruko FINALLY get some assistance (geez, this poor kid…) we have what appears to be a complete charlatan, Shindou, peddling charms  and tricks but he’s actually legit. What the plot will do with him we’ll have to see. So far, we don’t have what could be considered a villain outside of the entities themselves. And the art does not fail in making them creepy as hell.

The side story with the cats is thankfully continued and it just warms your heart. I hope it stays through the entire series.

I am both frustrated by and entertained by the slow unfolding of this story. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Fine Print” Vol. 1, by Stjepan Šejić

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

After a run of bad romantic decisions, Lauren Thomas seeks help from the most unlikely of sources; a real incubus. Unbeknownst to her, she falls into a competition among the incubi and the succubi to ascend to the rank of High Caller.

The art for this is beautiful; lushly painted and very expressive. However, there isn’t much body size representation. Not a huge drawback, just something I noticed. Aside for that, this is a fun premise that takes it’s time to build a believable world and get all the characters into place. For all the smutty elements, there’s a great story here that unfortunately ends on a cliffhanger. This stands as a strong 3.7 for me because of that, but this is worthwhile for the fantasy elements alone.

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Lenni Reviews: “Levius/est” Vol. 9, by Haruhisa Nakata

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

This summary is a spoiler.

Levius has defeated Oliver and is now Champion, with all the complications and dangers that comes with it. New foes and obstacles come to light making Levius’ life more perilous than before.

This took a strange turn but I find it interesting. If this story was going to continue, it had to be about more than just this tournament and Levius is more of a brawler. His character has space to grow with the narrative that’s unfolding. 3.6 out of 5.

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Today’s Workout: Time among the bones…

Week 3 day 2 and of course I pick more paranormal stories to run with.

Today, I played around with the timing of my run. With the Saxenda, it takes me longer to be hungry so making and eating dinner right when I get off work isn’t as convenient. I’m just not as hungry. This time, I changed right into my workout gear, did my 28 minute run, THEN made dinner after I cleaned up. I have to say, I do feel better. I have a limited amount of time between getting home from work and sleep and running with a full stomach doesn’t always feel the best (depending on what I eat). I’ve read conflicting articles about if it’s better to eat before a run or after and I’ve just decided to do whatever feels best to me. It’ll take more than one day of this but on days I’m off or work late; I run early in the morning before I eat breakfast and I like it. Mostly because it’s the ‘hardest’ part of the day done and the rest of the day seems easier.

But I’m also not the ‘get up at 5am’ type. I like my sleep and write in the evenings sometimes until 11pm. I’m too old to get only 4-5 hours of sleep and function properly the next day. 

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Today’s Workout: Week 3 Day 1

I’m sad this story is over. After this run, I was futzing around with the app to see what missions I could do next and I guess I figure it out on the spot. There’s SO much I can do while I wait for the next season to drop.

As for the run itself, this week is when the workouts are shorter but the intervals are longer. The minimum number of miuntes for this episode was 31 minutes and the run for c25k was 28 minutes. I just walked the extra time instead of ending early. I didn’t see the point in wasting such a small amount of time. 

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Writing Update: Current Project and What’s Next

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Right after my newest release, I started work on the third and final part of my Dahlia series. Even with an outline, I floundered a bit with the introduction but things are moving along. I can’t give an estimated release date yet but I am having fun working on this series.

What I really want to do next is another installment of Go Away Girls. I already have an idea for it, I just need to outline it before I start it.

Right now, my sales are not in a place where I can take time to work on really long projects; like the next installment of my vampire series. I’m getting there VERY slowly but I’m keeping my projects short so I can publish more books more often. I have 18 total titles under my belt and I’m pushing for 30 or more before the end of the year. I am looking into bundling these shorter works together. I just need to figure out how I want the covers to look.

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Winter Dinner.

No, I’m not turning this blog into a food blog but I’m proud of this so there.

             

I pulled a classic “I only came to the store for a few things” and ended up catching sight of the same type of garlic bread Ma used to buy. I figured it would pair nicely with the rib roast and baked veggies. There’s come tomatillo ‘salsa’ on top because I was cleaning out the fridge and found them. I totally forgot I bought them.

I put salsa in quotes because I just kinda chopped them up, threw them in some lime juice, and mixed in some of the garlic cloves I’d shoved under the roast. As you can see, I have a very detailed method of “put stuff on the thing till it tastes good.”

I don’t have a recipe. I put the herbs on the meat, then the meat in the oven for a few hours on low heat. I like to slow cook things in the oven during the winter. It just makes me feel all cozy and comfortable, and I have meals for days. I like to have the leftovers so I spend less time cooking, jump right into my workouts, and have more time to write. 

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Lenni Reviews: “Therapy Game Restart” Vol. 1, by Meguru Hinohara

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

Shizuma’s job as a veterinarian is keeping him to busy to spend as much time with his boyfriend, Hinato; who has some insecurities about their relationship because Shizuma used to date women.

For clarity, I have not read the original series. So, any backstory beyond this volume is a mystery to me. That being said, this is a cute, smutty story that reads fast and has a nice pair of characters. They contrast well, Shizuma’s nice guy attitude with Hinato’s more standoffish ways but it was a fun read. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Home” Vol 1, by Julio Anta & Anna Wieszczyk 

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

Seeking a better life for her unique son, Juan, Mercedes crosses the border illegally. When the zero tolerance policy separates her and Juan, she is determined to be reuinted with him.

Afer the disgusting events at the border, I was waiting for the stories that would come of it; both fictionalized and true. This book is timely, but there are some on the nose references (remember BBQ Karen? Yeah, she’s here). This is like “Black” but I fell this one has a better flow. I like where this is going even if the bad guy characters are overtly drawn as bad guys. The art could have been more subtle here to show that people don’t have to look “bad” to be bad. 4 out of 5.

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