New Exercise and New Book

on October 4, 2011 in Misc

First of all, I failed to show you the rest of the photos for my “When It’s Okay to Use the *F* Word” posting. One is above, and the rest are below.

Second of all, and far more important, Ciara Knight’s book Love’s Long Shadow – Battle for Souls was published yesterday!  (Pause to shout Huzzah!  Hurray!)  It’s in e-book format and available at Turquoise Morning Press, Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks/OmniLit.  For more on Ciara’s fabulousness, check out her Writing to the Edge of Darkness blog at

I hope that Ciara doesn’t mind that in the interest of promotion I lifted the cover and blurb from her website:

Sammy Lorre was cast from Heaven for conduct unbecoming an angel. Living in a demon-infested small town with no memory of her previous life, she faces never-ending purgatory until Boon saunters into her life with a promise of angelic love. But is he an angel from Heaven or a minion from the underworld preying on her human emotions? To discover his true identity, she must risk eternal damnation and her heart.

Personally, there’s no way I can resist reading this story.

Now, as for me and on a much less celestial level…

This was me late Saturday morning… OMG MY CALVES AND BUTT ARE BURNING!!!

Strictly speaking, it was the back upper top of my hips and just at the bottom of my spine that was on fire.  Right along the lowest part of my back that had been hurting me but which the sports therapist fixed last week, along with my left leg (see my last posting).  Anyway, the therapist had recommended a friend’s workout class in myopatterning because, she said, it would stretch and loosen the little obscure muscles and tendons in me that had tightened up after years of bad walking habits.  The place’s website says that myopatterning is “a Pilates-based system designed to increase strength and flexibility while reducing risk of injury.”  What I found was that it calls for working out on a flat machine and using pulleys and straps and do-dads to pull and push my muscles and limbs in directions that nature never intended.

So on Saturday morning there were about ten of us pulling and pushing away (including two women who kept yapping through class and wouldn’t SHUT UP!), and I definitely felt a few muscles I never knew I had.  I’m also happy to say that afterward the instructor told me I was very limber and strong. My Layla workouts have been paying off!

Happily too, the first class for me was free. And at $46 a month for one class a week, I should be able to keep going.  What surprised me was how the exercises not only stretched me out but really worked my different muscle groups.  Only when I was walking away did I realize that parts of me were hot and Jello-y.  I mean, I didn’t even work up a bead of sweat during class.  Then on Sunday it was my quads’ turn to ache.  And, of course, where the sports therapist rubbed me down still feels bruised, but I don’t mind because… THE BACK PAIN AND THE PAINFUL TWINGE IN MY THIGH TENDON ARE GONE AND I’M STRETCHING MORE EASILY ALREADY!

And this means I’m beginning to feel more like Layla again and less like a beat-up old lady.

6 Responses to “New Exercise and New Book”

  1. Hart says:

    Yay for exercise that solves the back pain! I wonder if that’s the kind of thing I need to try. I keep thinking if I’d just stretch better it would address a lot of it. Nice that your stuff has kept you limber, too! Those pics are definitely F moments, but i always feel so sad for those little ducks… I mean the fact that somebody is photographing surely means someone rescued them, right?

  2. Helena says:

    Hart — I worried the same way about those poor little duckies! I’ve convinced myself that yes, the photographer pulled up the grate and rescued the little guys. And you want to try stretching (like yoga?) if you’ve got regular back or other kind of pain. Shortened muscles can definitely not feel so good.

  3. Ciara Knight says:

    OMW – Thank you so much for spotlighting my book!! You are so amazing. I tried to leave a comment hte other day but I was having issues, not just here but several blogs. I think it was on my end. I wanted to come back to tell you how excited I was that you posted it. Thank you so much for your support. I hope you enjoy reading Love’s Long Shadow.

  4. Helena says:

    Ciara — Congratulations again! I know I’ll love LLS. I “have issues” with computer stuff all the time and they drive me nuts.

  5. Ciara Knight says:

    Helena – thanks again. When is your release date?

  6. Helena says:

    Ciara — I’m about to announce today!