Daily Deals: At Last and Daily Ab Workout

At Last

Today Amazon makes us glad by At Last by Julie Ortolon just for $0.99

Eleven years ago, Riley Stone left Hope, Texas with a head full of dreams about taking the music world by storm, and a heart shattered by unrequited love. Since then, she’s developed some common sense about those dreams and a sense of humor about her long-ago infatuation with Jackson Hope, the scion of the town’s namesake family. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be so happy to return to the tiny tourist town to sing blues in a nostalgia bar – that is, until she runs into Jackson and realizes that not so much has changed between them after all.With Jackson’s father wanting to tear down the town’s beloved dance hall to build a SaversMart, Riley unites the local artists and shop owners to save the historic landmark. Soon, Jackson finds himself caught between his desire to do the financially responsible thing for the town and his unwelcome desire for the bane of his existence – Riley Stone. Can they overcome all the old hurt, shocking scandals, and family secrets standing in the way to declare their love for each other, at last? Originally published in print as Unforgettable by Signet Eclipse.

Some words about the Author

Most authors say they grew up reading. Not Julie Ortolon. Born with dyslexia, she didn’t even learn how to read until her early twenties. It was only with the additional discovery of computers with spell-check that she was able to turn her favorite hobby -daydreaming romantic stories – into a career. Having her first novel hit the USA Today bestseller list was a dream come true. Julie lives on the shores of Lake Travis near Austin, Texas where she is working on her next romance.



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Three Challenging Routines

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Each workout will make your belly earn its paycheck. For example, the first workout includes a Basic Crunch, Right and Left Oblique Crunch, Bicycle Crunch, Reverse Crunch, Long Arm Cruch, Crossover Crunch, Half Curl, Vertical Leg Crunch, and the infamous Plank. The other two workouts are just as tough and comprehensive.

Easy Interface

The simple interface of the app, complete with animations and a timer, allows you to easily follow along and understand each exercise. Let Daily Ab Workout be your personal trainer, and your stomach muscles will thank you.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett was a little “out there” for me, but I’ve heard good things about it from other readers.  I like to try to shake things up by reviewing different the genres to provide a something for everyone.  The Kindle edition is the best option price wise.  I also prefer it because the hardcover has such small print.

State of Wonder is for the most part set in the Amazon.  Patchett does an excellent job of capturing the sinister nature of the inhabitants of the jungle, both animal and human.  Marina Singh, a doctor turned pharmacologist, goes down to Brazil to find out what happened to her late colleague.  She also has a past that continues to haunt her, and it was the main reason for the change in career direction.

The interesting part of the story is the development of a fertility drug that could enable women of advanced ages to have children.  The big question is, should older women bear children?  You will find that question raised by Marina’s former professor and colleague, Dr. Swenson.  Dr. Swenson is a major player in the research process surrounding this new drug.

As you will see with the mixed reviews of the book, it is really an individual preference.  I thought it was good, but it didn’t draw me in like some other books that I’ve read have.  State of Wonder was the Amazon Best Book of the Month last June, so it is definitely worth reading.


“t raises issues such as “how do you separate the art from the artist?” Picasso DID put out cigarettes on the arms of his girlfriends, yet we revere him. Also, “how do you handle your heroes?” As an adult, when do you stop idolizing your mentors, and accepting yourself as their equal? Also, “am I my brother’s keeper?” And, when push comes to shove, how much do we really and truly accept “foreigners” as our “brothers?” But still, Ann Patchett knows when to linger on description, and when to roll the plot along full speed ahead… “