It’s July!

It’s JULY people!  Summer is here, are you ready for it?  I absolutely LOVE the hotter weather.  I freeze all the time, so hot weather does not bother me in the least!  Swimming, outdoor fun, cookouts, 4th of July, so many fun things going on this month!

I had a great June – Summit trip with my Beachbody friends, spent last week getting to see Emma and Madelyn AND my parents!  That doesn’t happen nearly enough!

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I am looking forward to this weekend when all the kids will be with us at the lake.  I’m sure we will be making good memories and having a blast!

July also means that there are new specials at Beachbody – SOME GREAT DEALS!

July 2014 challenge pack specials

Piyo Challenge Pack ( combination of pilates and yoga – low impact, no jumping, yet high intensity) is on sale for $140.

3 Day Refresh Challenge Pack  (3 day cleanse) is on sale for $140. So many people getting great results.

The Spanish version of the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack is on sale for $140.  I don’t have the link to this one just yet.  I’ll update this post as soon as I get it, but if you are interested, just let me know and I’ll get it to you!

All of the above includes a bag of shakeology along with the workouts.  This gives you superfood nutrition and a rockstar workout or cleanse.  If you have any questions, please message me.  I’m more than happy to answer your questions and of course, you can get in my challenge group for even more support and motivation!

There are so many wonderful things to look forward to in July!  What is on your agenda for this month?  Anything you are really excited about?

I’m starting my 3 Day Refresh on Saturday ( oh no she did’n, yes, she is!)  and Piyo on Monday!  I’m so excited to see what kind of results I get with these programs!

 

Ch-Ch-Ch- Chia!

Do you remember that silly song that was on the chia pet commerical? I think of it every time I hear about chia seeds. I never had one of the chia pets until a few years ago, Brian decided he needed the Obamachia.  We even grew it and everything!  It was funny!

Now, I get my chia seeds in my Shakeology!  I love that I don’t have to think about it, they are just in there and I get the nutrition I want/need in one delicious glass!

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Stay Slim With a Chia Seed Smoothie

Registered Dietitian Reveals the Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

 

Long before Chia Pets were a pop culture fad, Chia seeds were considered a staple of the Aztecs. According to Keren Gilbert MS, RD, a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist, this ancient “superfood” is an item that everyone should incorporate into their daily diet.

 “Chia seeds are rich in many nutrients including antioxidants, minerals, fiber, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids,” notes Gilbert, Founder and President of Decision Nutrition™, a nutrition consulting firm. “In addition to nutritional benefits, Chia seeds are low in calories and are a great supplement for weight loss because they are an appetite suppressant.”

 Chia seeds are considered hydrophilic or “water-loving” and can absorb nearly 12 times their weight in water. Gilbert explains that this process can prolong hydration and regulate the body’s absorption of nutrients to keep clients feeling full longer. “Many clients make the mistake of skipping meals to try and lose weight. In reality this just slows down your metabolism because your body is trying to conserve energy,” adds Gilbert. “Instead start your morning with a filling snack by simply sprinkling the seeds on oatmeal or adding to shakes and smoothies.”

Below is Nutritionist Keren Gilbert’s recipe for a Chia Seed Smoothie:

Recipe:

  • 1 large peeled orange
  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon of stevia sweetener like SweetLeaf or Nu Natural White Stevia Powder
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth, and enjoy!

 If you want a GREAT shakeology recipe – try this one!

strawberry almond shake recipe

 

You know the drill – if you have any questions, just message me!  I’m not hard to find!

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Summit Recap

I am home and so stinkin’ excited about all that I learned this weekend!  We had so much fun, I didn’t get enough sleep or food, but good grief, I’d do it all again!

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There is nothing like re-igniting your fire and passion for your business!

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We started out with an amazing morning listening to Carl Daikeler speak, learning about all the new products coming out ( Piyo, Power 90, 3 Day Refresh, a new app for challenge packs) and catching up with old and new friends!  Live workouts, walking until our feet felt like they were going to fall off and laughing my head off!

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Day 2 was very similar to the first day, but we got to listen to Darren Hardy of Success magazine speak, got photos with a lot of the trainers, got my own copy of Piyo and the 3 Day Refresh, did a piyo workout in our room, live workouts with the trainers again, met up with my team for dinner and again, laughed our fool heads off!  I LOVE spending time with these people!  Walked all over the place, made one of the worst videos ever and laughed and laughed about it and posted it anyway!

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Day 3 was pretty special!  Listening to Diana Nyad speak was one of the highlights of the trip for me.  She is so inspiring.

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Then we had our BIG celebration.  For me, there is nothing better than seeing the finalists stories of how they overcame their health challenges.  They are from all over the country and of course, it is exciting to see someone win $100,000!  Even the runners-up win $25,000.  So cool, they get their health back and get rewarded for it!  This is truly what our job is all about!

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Then we get to party and dance!  My feet were aching ( I don’t wear heels very often, I’m a flip-flop gal!) So, I took those darned heels off and went without on the walk back to our room.  After 3 hours of sleep it was time to get up and go home!

I LOVED every minute of this trip ( well, maybe not so much the long lines) and I LOVE these people even more so!

summit group 2014

If you want to be a part of an amazing team that helps yourself AND other people get fit and healthy, please message me.  I am always looking for the right fit for our team!

Oh yeah, it’s Vegas, baby!

I’m heading out for Beachbody’s annual summit in Vegas, baby!  I’m excited to re-connect with my fit friends.

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This year I am really looking forward to Piyo!  This is Chalene Johnson’s newest workout (at home version).  I am certified to teach Piyo, so this will be great for so many people to get to try it!  Piyo is a combination of Pilates and yoga.  It is a low-impact, high intensity workout!  Ain’t no thang, just get to do it live…..

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I am not taking my computer with me on this trip, so I will have to do my post about my trip after I get back.  If you want to see what all is going on, follow me on facebook or instagram.

Lots of fun to be had and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

 

It was a Party!

Boy, do we know how to party!

Emma crown

Emma had her 1st birthday party on Saturday and we had a blast!

Emma birthday sign

emma party table

She loved her cake, was a little bored with opening presents, but luckily Madelyn and a few others were there to help her out, and she kept her crown on!  Yes, she wore a crown for most of her party and didn’t try to take it off.  She really IS a princess!

Emma eating cake

I have glitter everywhere in the house, but it was all worth it!

This might be my favorite photo of the weekend, cousin love!

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Then yesterday to celebrate Father’s Day, we went to Arkansas to see Jake and Morgan’s new apartment and to have lunch.  Nick and Lauren joined us and it was a GREAT day!

Emma was really tired after all the partying on  Saturday and loved taking a nap on her new fish pillow!

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I wish I had a big ol’ fish pillow and could take a nap!

How was your weekend?

5 Foods to Help Flatten the Tummy!

Five Foods to Flatten Your Tummy

Registered Dietitian Reveals the Best Foods to Eat This Summer

 

Forget the beach cover up, it is time to banish that belly for bikini season! Keren Gilbert MS, RD, a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist, believes that a diet rich in hydrophilic or “water-loving” foods is the key to tightening your tummy.

 Founder and President of Decision Nutrition™, a nutrition consulting firm,  “Consuming water absorbent foods helps detoxify the body’s system,” notes Gilbert, Founder and President of Decision Nutrition™, a nutrition consulting firm. “Incorporating these foods into your diet will not only keep you feeling full longer, it will also help to curb your appetite. Not to mention, they will keep you feeling slim all summer long.”

 Below is Gilbert’s list of the top foods to snack on this summer:

           Chia Seeds: Once a staple food of the Aztecs, these little black seeds offer a high natural source of Omega-3s, which is proven to lower fattening stress hormones like cortisol. “Chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants, minerals, fiber and protein,” adds Gilbert. “They can easily be added to any meal; whether it is sprinkling on salads or veggies, or mixing them in yogurt, oatmeal, or shakes.”

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          Apricots: Replacing refined sugars (such as those found in white pasta or white rice), with carbohydrates from fruits will reward your waistline. Not only do apricots have high levels of antioxidants like Vitamin C and beta-carotene, the water-absorbing fiber helps you stay full and fends off belly fat.

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           Oatmeal: This tried and true breakfast dish is a favorite for a reason. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which means it attracts water and stays in your stomach longer. This helps reduce blood cholesterol by flushing bad digestive acids out of your system. “It is most beneficial to eat unsweetened oatmeal because the added sugars in sweetened oatmeal cancel out the health benefits,” says Gilbert. “Adding fresh berries or a little almond milk for added flavor is the best option.”

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           Broccoli: A highly nutritious green vegetable, broccoli is packed with vitamins and minerals and is very high in fiber. The vegetable is a great choice for those looking to slim down during the summer months as broccoli has enzymes that assist in digestion and metabolism.

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           Almonds: Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats and rich in the minerals magnesium and selenium, all of which have been shown to support adrenal function and boost metabolism. In addition, they keep you satisfied and full for a long time. “Be cautious of salted or smoked nuts which contain a lot of sodium as it can cause bloating,” warns Gilbert. “A handful of raw almonds a day will keep the belly fat away!” 

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Are any of these your favorite foods?  Do you have these foods in your diet on a daily/weekly basis?  Of course, if you add in the right workout for you then you  are on the path to success in your health!

If you want to chat about what workout is right for you, message me.  I can help you get started today!

 

Emma is 1!

It is hard to believe that our dear, sweet Miss Emma, aka, Princess, is having her first birthday already!

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She is such a joy in our lives and we are so blessed to have her!

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I was supposed to keep her today ( it is Wednesday after all) but I have a cold, so all our big plans for the day will have to wait until the next time she comes to see us!

Emma car seat

They recently moved to Arkansas so my Emma Wednesdays are coming to an end, I only get to keep her for the month of June while Morgan finishes up her job.  Luckily, they are only an hour away, so it won’t be too hard to go see them!

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Happy Birthday sweet cheeks!

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Love you bunches!

Never Give up Hope, You Can Help!

My dear friend, Marsha, has been through the wringer for the last year.  Her mother has gone missing and there is no trace of her.  Nothing.  No one has come forward with any information to lead them to find Vicki.  I can’t imagine the pain this family has gone through and continues to go through every single day.  My heart hurts for them, I pray for them and I so hope that they can get some answers – SOON.  It has been long enough.

 

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The family has been raising money to establish a reward fund for information that leads them to their mother.  They know the outcome may not be favorable, but they deserve some answers.  Please check out their facebook page and see if you recognize her or have any information.  I would like to help them with this and have come up with a way that I can contribute.

Marsha and I met a LONG time ago on the Beachbody message boards.  We were both in a group of Turbo Jam challenges.  This was before Team Beachbody and coaching was even around.  We had a blast pushing each other to reach our goals and do more with our workouts.  It’s amazing how you can create strong friendships even though we have never met in person!  So it seems fitting to me that I can help out as a Beachbody Coach.

Right now, one of Beachbody’s most popular workouts is the 21 Day Fix.  It is a great program and I have completed one round and started my second round of it today.  I am offering $30 on each and every sale of the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack to the reward fund to help find Vicki.

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The 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack includes:

You save over $50 with this pack compared to buying each item separately.

Your Challenge Pack also includes:

  • Your first 30-day supply of Shakeology®—the superfood shake that helps give you energy, reduce cravings, and accelerate your fitness results—delivered on Home Direct, our monthly autoship program.  You can cancel at any time.
  • A FREE 30-day trial membership in the Team Beachbody® Club, where you’ll find all the support you’ll need to complete your Challenge.  You can cancel at any time.
  • Plus Super Discount shipping (and SAVE OVER $12) every month

Simple Fitness. Simple Eating. Fast Results.
Now there’s an easy-to-follow nutrition and fitness program that makes losing weight so simple, you can see results fast—up to 15 pounds in just 21 days!

21 Day Fix takes all the guesswork out of weight loss. There’s no counting, no guessing, and no wondering. Just easy-to-follow portion control and one 30-minute workout per day. That’s all.

In 21 days, you could get beach-ready for a vacation. Look drop-dead great at your upcoming reunion. Or jump-start a major weight-loss goal. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it works. So stop wasting time on diets that don’t get results. If you’re ready to get serious, 21 Day Fix can help you lose the weight.

Here’s what your Challenge Pack includes:

  • SIMPLE FITNESS: 6 easy-to-follow workouts on 2 DVDs
    Ready for a major calorie burn in only 30 minutes? We made these workouts short so you can get in, get out, and get on with your day. But that’s no excuse for taking it easy. The workouts will challenge you at every level to help maximize fat loss. And there’s always a modifier on screen to show you how to dial down the intensity without losing the benefits.

    1. Upper Fix. Targeted resistance training helps shape your chest, back, shoulders, arms, and abs.
    2. Lower Fix. Firm and tone your entire lower body while you blast fat and burn calories.
    3. Total Body Cardio Fix. Keep your heart rate up and your metabolism revved high long after the workout is over.
    4. Cardio Fix. Get your heart pumping and your body moving as you melt away the pounds.
    5. Pilates Fix. Strengthen your core, elongate your muscles, and firm your hips and thighs.
    6. Yoga Fix. Improve your balance, flexibility, and strength as you help relax your muscles.
  • SIMPLE EATING: Your 21-day portion-control system
    Forget about ounces, cups, and calories. These seven color-coded containers and Shakeology shaker cup deliver exactly the right portions every time, so you never eat too much or too little. Fill them up with as much food as you want—if it fits, you can eat it!

    • Green Container—Vegetables
    • Purple Container—Fruit
    • Red Container—Protein
    • Yellow Container—Carbohydrates
    • Blue Container—Healthy Fats and Cheese
    • 2 Orange Containers—Nuts and Oils
    • Shakeology Shaker Cup—Drinks

Plus an easy plan to help you succeed:

  • 21 Day Fix Start Here
    Start seeing results immediately! This quick start guide and workout calendar shows you just how simple it is to achieve your weight-loss goals.

And 4 FREE BONUS gifts:

  • 21 Day Fix Eating Plan
    This simple Eating Plan takes you step-by-step through the process and makes portion control so easy, you won’t even have to think about it. Enjoy delicious, healthy food without counting calories, and watch the pounds fall off.
  • 3 Day Quick Fix
    Get beach-ready in 72 hours! This is Autumn’s secret weapon for losing weight fast before a competition or photo shoot. Do it during the last 3 days of 21 Day Fix for mind-blowing “after” pictures.
  • Dirty 30 workout
    4 rounds of fat-burning exercises help carve out a leaner, stronger physique.
  • 24/7 online support
    Get extra support and motivation from weight-loss experts and other 21 Day Fix customers.

PLUS:

  • A 30-Day Supply of Shakeology—The Healthiest Meal of the Day®.*
    Simplify your nutrition with the convenient and delicious daily superfood protein shake that helps give you energy for your workouts, reduces junk food cravings, and may help you reach your fitness goals faster. A nutrient-dense combination of antioxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogens, and many other rare ingredients gives your body superfoods you can’t get from a normal diet. 100% vegan option now available.

PLUS:

  • FREE 30-Day Trial Membership in the Team Beachbody Club.**
    When you’re part of the Team Beachbody community, you have all the tools, support, and accountability you need to commit to a healthy lifestyle, including:

    • 10% discount on all purchases
    • Meal plans personalized for your goals
    • VIP access to your favorite trainers and Beachbody® experts, including live chats, exclusive videos, nutrition tips, and delicious recipes
    • Your own personal Coach for guidance and support
    • Access to SuperGym®, where you can track your progress, work out with your buddies, and meet new friends who share your weight-loss goals
    • Message Boards and chat rooms to help you find new friends and workout partners, and get advice and support from the entire community

Results guaranteed. Or your money back!
We’re going to let you try the entire program—the full 21 days—and if you don’t get the results you want, simply send it back within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price (less s&h). Think about that. You don’t have to wonder if 21 Day Fix is going to work. You get to finish the program and then decide if you want to keep it. That’s how convinced we are that you’re going to love your results.

The Challenge Pack is $160.  You get the workout, the containers, the meal plan and a 30 day supply of the Shakeology flavor of your choice ( I like Vegan Chocolate BEST!)

You will be able to join the challenge group (on facebook) and we will all do the workout program together and I will have fun prizes and giveaways during the 21 days.  You can choose to continue the workout beyond the 21 days and I will be there to help you get the most out of your program and you will get the results you are looking for as well as help Marsha and her family!  It’s a win-win situation!

This is how it will work:

Place your order for the challenge pack by clicking on this link.  Email me at dana@missourifitclub.com and let me know you ordered and want the commission to go to the Vicki fund.  I will add you to the facebook challenge group and we will get started together after everyone has received their program!

If you want to get in shape, lose some weight, tone up, or just get healthy, let’s do this together and help Vicki in the process!

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How do I Afford Shakeology as a Single Mom?

 How do I afford Shakeology as a single mom? I didn’t always love Shakeology. It was not love at first sight. I thought I could not afford it, even though I had looked into it and thought  the ingredients were amazing. I was making my own superfood smoothies and thought that was the best I could do, and the best I could afford.

I wanted to enter the Beachbody Challenge, so I ordered a Les Mills Pump Challenge pack, and signed up as a coach at the same time in order to get the biggest discount. The Challenge Pack comes with a 30 days supply of shakeology.

When my Challenge Pack came, I had been sick for about 6 weeks straight with some respiratory thing. I just couldn’t shake it. I would think I was starting to get better and it would turn right around and I would be worse again. I started on Shakeology, and don’t remember thinking much about it one way or another. By the third day, though, I was drinking this stuff, and realized that I felt dramatically better. And, I kept getting better, and I have not had a cold or the flu since then.

I not only kept getting a new bag of Shakeology each month, I ordered a second to be delivered each month so I wouldn’t run out and so I could share with my kids.

How do I afford not just one, but TWO bags of Shakeology each month?

Things I DON’T buy:

*I do not buy bottled water. The price of water in a bottle is ridiculous! I have a filter and make my own bottled water.

*I do not buy fancy coffees, and Starbucks even admits they have an 80% mark-up.

*I do not buy gum, candy, cookies, any snackie things or desserts. It wouldn’t make any sense to care enough about my health that I buy the best shake on the planet with 70 superfoods to nourish myself with and then turn around and tear down my health by filling my body with junk food.

*I do not eat out very often. Sometimes twice a month, sometimes zero times a month. We just get our good food from the store and make good meals at home.

*I do not buy TV channels. We can watch so many things online.

*I workout at home with some of the best world class trainers on the planet right in my living room at the touch of the remote. Zero gallons of gas spent getting to my workout. Why I think Shakeology is a great deal:

*I do not buy vitamins and minerals, because I get 70 ingredients of dense, superfood nutrition from Shakeology. Food in its synergistic form works together to keep my body well, feed my cells, and give me energy.

*I used to buy separate superfoods to add to my smoothies. When I thought about it, I realized that I was spending way more on my separate superfoods per month, even from discount sources, than I would spend on Shakeology. Compared to what I used to spend, I am saving money by purchasing shakeology, by far!

*It is a meal REPLACEMENT shake. I do not drink Shakeology and then turn around and eat a meal at the same time. My Shakeology is replacing a meal. I spend the same $4 on a serving of Shakeology as I would a regular meal.

*When I looked into other shakes there was always something in there that made it a compromise for health and my immune system. I have an immune system disorder, among other things, and there are just so many ingredients I have to watch out for. Shakeology is the first shake that is filled with ingredients that are ALL ones that I can have. I use the vegan flavors and I have been thriving on them.

*Shakeology kills my cravings, because it is so nutritionally dense that it gives my body what it needs in a form that it can absorb easily, while it feels like I am having a treat. It is the best of both worlds. *It is sooo convenient. I can just add it to water and it mixes easily.

*I do not have a fancy phone. I have unlimited texting and internet with a limited amount of talk time for $35 a month.

When I look back on the time that I thought I could not afford Shakeology, I was very impressed with it, but still thought I didn’t need it. It wasn’t till I began drinking it that I realized what a treasure it is. And, I have never wavered in my conviction that I will always drink it. And, yes, I drink it every single day.

I believe that it is able to affect my body in the best possible way: when I drink it every day. If I were to drink it every other day, my results would not be as great. If I were to only drink it a couple times a week, my results would be even less. I get great results, and have kept from getting sick since December of 2012 because I drink it every single day. It’s my secret weapon. It’s my immune system in a bag. It wasn’t till I had it in my hands and had been using it every day for a few days that I realized what a difference it could make in my life, and I have not been wrong about that.

It is powerful simply because it is a blend of 70 of the most densely nutritious plants that money can buy, and to me, it’s worth it. I am worth it. My health is worth it.  I’m going to go make a Tropical Strawberry smoothie now. I’ll be sipping on it with a straw while you read this. And, if you have some Shakeology and it has been sitting on a shelf, you should go make some, too, and get that yummy stuff into your belly.

Wrecked

It’s been a while since I have posted a review on a book!  I’ve been reading, but not as much as usual.  Just not as much time to read and that makes me sad, so I’m trying to fix that!

I recently read Wrecked by Priscilla West.

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I liked the book and I also hated that it was a cliffhanger at the end!  Why oh why do we have to have a cliffhanger in every type of book anymore????

This book is the New Adult genre and is the typical damaged girl meets damaged boy storyline.  However, I found myself caring about the characters and I will definitely read the next book in the series.  Lorrie and Hunter both made me wonder what in the world they were thinking.  They needed to communicate with each other, they needed honesty in their relationship and yet they still managed to fall in love with each other.

“There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken.”

Two years ago, Lorrie’s mother was murdered. But that wasn’t the end of it. Reeling from the tragedy, Lorrie’s father spiraled into alcohol, depression, and finally suicide.

The two most important people in Lorrie’s life are both gone but she’s still alive.

Trying to recover from the tragedy, Lorrie returns to campus, ready to pick up the pieces of her life. All Lorrie wants is to get back to “normal.”

Then she meets Hunter. The man, the legend, “The Hammer.”

Hunter is a cage fighter who takes on every fight like he’s got nothing to lose. His life is a tangled mess of girls, booze, and fist fights. And while it may seem like he’s got a devil-may-care attitude, he’s fighting a private cage-match with a monster he can’t defeat.

Lorrie knows that Hunter is exactly the type of guy she should stay away from, especially in her fragile state, but Hunter has other ideas.

As Hunter and Lorrie grow closer together, will they be able to overcome their pain and heal each other? Or will they both end up wrecked?

Continue reading Lorrie and Hunter’s story in Rescued by Priscilla West.  I know I’ll be reading it soon!

The book contains some steamy scenes and is not intended for readers under age 18.

Are you reading anything good?  Let me know, I want to hear about it!