Top 5 Exercises My Heroine Uses to Chase Eagles

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My heroine in Drawn to the Wolves, Kate Ballard, chases after an eagle in the opening chapter. She wants to get a better view of it once it lands in order to sketch it. She runs through the woods to keep up with it, and the hero later wonders just how a human can do that.

These are the exercises Kate used while living in Atlanta that prepared her for her fateful run that day. She loves efficient exercises that work multiple muscle groups at once.

1. Kate’s favorite cardio activity is running, of course! It allows her to clear her mind each day.

Personally, I’d rather hop on the elliptical.

2. Squats. They keep her legs strong.




I keep much better form doing box step-ups, instead.


3. Pull-ups. They strengthen her arms and back so that her upper body helps propel her forward during a hard run.

I only wish I could do those. I use a punching bag for my arm and back strength.

4. Push-ups. An excellent upper body exercise that I love to do, too.

5. And last, but not least, ab work. Kate loves using the ab roller because it not only works all her core muscles with one move, it’s another exercise she uses to strengthen her arms.

Give me crunches any day. That move is hard!

What exercises do you use to keep in shape? What’s your favorite cardio activity? And what are your favorite strength moves?

Shari Mikels earned a degree in Computer Science, and after a decade in that field, decided she needed a change. After the birth of her son, she found the romance genre and has never looked back. Shari is a paranormal and contemporary romance author, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America. No matter what romance sub-genre she reads or writes in, she always wants a happy ending. Shari lives in North Carolina with her husband and their son.

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Five Real Places to Visit in the White Mountains

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In Wolf Summer, when Callie says “Day hikes followed by drinking beers around Sam’s fire pit were more her speed,” well, let’s just say she and I have that in common. I leave the real outdoorsy stuff to my mother-in-law, who is a mountain-climbing badass. I am…not. So what does my version of a perfect day in the White Mountain look like? Follow me (and spot the real places that made it into Sam and Callie’s world).

Let’s be real, most of these are places to eat. Will hike for food.

  1. Flapjack’s Pancake House, Lincoln NH

You can’t take me anywhere without feeding me first. Get here early, the line starts creeping out the door and around the corner by eight on the weekends.


  1. Franconia Falls, Lincoln NH

Franconia Falls is accessible from a rail trail (read: super flat and basically a walk in the woods, not a hike) off the Kancamagus Highway (“The Kanc,” if you want to sound local-ish). Three miles in, you’ll find a set of inter-connected falls with pools of varying sizes and plenty of wide, flat rocks to set up a picnic.


  1. Lady’s Bathtub, Lincoln NH

Even easier to reach is the Lady’s Bathtub, a wide, flat section of the Pemigewasset River that forms a pool deep enough for a proper swim. Or if you have a dog like mine, you can pick your way along the rocky banks for a while because he’s too scared to actually wade in past his ankles.


  1. The Maia Papaya, Bethlehem NH

Check off “visit quaint New England village” from your bucket list and grab a snack and a smoothie while you’re at it.

After refueling, maybe head up to Littleton for discount sporting goods and mid-century modern antiques. You’re hungry after that, right? Head back to Lincoln and go to…


  1. The Common Man, Lincoln NH

This photo of Common Man is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Try to resist the amount of food they will put in front of you if you want. Or don’t. You can walk off the cheese and crackers, bread, appetizer, entrée and dessert under the stars. There are lots of them up here.

Sionna Fox wrote her first book as soon as she could hold a pen. It was about dinosaurs, and according to her mother, it was adorable. She was late to the romance game, but hasn’t looked back since picking up the habit and believes romance novels can save your life. She lives in New England with her very patient husband and very put-upon dog. She can be found online at and on Facebook and Twitter

Five Fun Facts about the North American Gray Wolf

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Wolves used to roam the entire United States. With their gray and brown fur and bushy tails, they hunted in small packs of six to eight wolves and co-existed with the Native Americans. There were a million wolves roaming the US, from Florida to Washington to Texas. Teddy Roosevelt pushed for the eradication of wolves and by 1960, there were only an estimated 300 wolves in the lower US. Thankfully, with conservation efforts and repopulation, wolves are once again howling in the woods of America—though there’s a long way to go before the population is stable.

In New York state, where the Shifter Wars takes place, wolves are in the national forest. In reality, there is a debate to whether there are wolves roaming the woods of the Adirondacks. I’d like to think there are at least a few making their home there.


Here are five fun facts about the North American Gray Wolf:

• Wolves have 42 teeth. I wouldn’t want to run into that bite!
• A wolf’s sense of smell is 100 times greater than a human’s. Yeah, he can smell you from a long way off!
• Wolves can run up to 40mph. That’s…fast. Never try to outrun a wolf!
• Wolves bark, whine, howl and growl. They don’t howl at the moon but they do tend to howl when the night is lighter, for example, if the moon is bright.
• Wolves mate for life! I love this fact about them and love using “fated mates” as a trope in stories. It’s so romantic.

With the reintroduction of wolves into the wild and more being captive bred, we might one day see many more wolves out in our forests. I think that’s pretty cool. My college mascot was a wolf, so I’ve always been interested in them and though wolves don’t play football or basketball, I think they are really interesting animals.

Whether a shifter is wolf, bear, lion, bird, or other animal, I enjoy taking characteristics of the species and trying to translate them into the characters’ actions and reactions. Wolves are fun to work with.


USA Today bestselling author Kerry Adrienne loves history, science, music and art. She’s a mom to three daughters, many cats, and various other small animals. She loves live music and traveling most anywhere. She can also be found online on Facebook and Twitter

In addition to being an author, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, editor, and bad guitar player.

10 Easy Steps to Help You Identify Your Equine Discovery

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Have You Found a Horse or a Kelpie?


  1. Are you near water? (An ocean, river, lake, fjord, or loch?)
    • Continue to Question 2.
    • Chances are you’re looking at a horse, but to be sure, continue to Q2.
    • It’s very dark and I’m not sure. Continue to Q2.


  1. Is the horse by itself, or with a herd?
    • Solitary horse. Continue to Q3.
    • Cluster of ponies. Probably safe unless you’re holding a bucket of apples, but check Q3.
    • It’s very dark and I’m not sure. Continue to Q3.


  1. Is the equine gorgeous and proud, fit to be ridden by a king or knight? The kind of horse that could elevate a family’s fortunes if you captured it and brought it home?
    • Best be cautious. In this case DON’T ride it like you stole it. Proceed to Q4 instead.
    • Likely a wild pony or escaped domestic horse. See Q4.



  1. Is the creature wearing a bridle?
    • Proceed to Q5.
    • Proceed to Q6.


  1. Can you place an enchanted bridle upon it?
    • It would not be wise to try that. Proceed to Q6.
    • Where do you even get an enchanted bridle? Wal-Mart? Amazon? Tractor Supply? Q6!


  1. Is the horse being ridden, or accompanied by a person?
    • If the person isn’t screaming, it’s probably just a horse. Proceed to Q7.
    • No – proceed to Q9.
    • Dear God, what is that thing? Next question, already!


  1. Are they filming an aftershave or beer commercial in the vicinity?
    • You’re probably safe, but check Q8, just for giggles.
    • Check Q8, quickly.
    • WTF? – We’re being thorough, here. Check Q8.



  1. Is the rider screaming while being dragged into the water?
    • Oh crap. It’s either a Kelpie or the aftershave commercial has gone horribly awry.
    • Feel free to hang out and drool over the horse and/or rider.

  1. Does the creature seem to be urging you onto its back?
    • Maybe, but I like to ride horses. #YOLO.
    • Run. Run for your life.
    • This is a horse.



  1. Is the creature attracted to the scent of cloves? Or fear? Or blood?
    • Hello? Are you still there?



K.L. White writes. If not paranormal stories, then computer code or technical documentation.  When she’s not writing, she’s reading. Often in the form of audiobooks playing in the cab of her big ol’ pickup truck. She lives on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country and breeds Norwegian Fjord horses. You can find her online at  or on either Facebook and Twitter

#CarinaPitch is back June 7, 2017! Get Personalized Feedback & Expedited Response Time!

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#CarinaPitch is the one time of year we offer an opportunity for authors to submit their work and get both an expedited response and feedback. We’ve had tremendous response to this, have acquired authors thanks to their pitches and, we hope, have aided a few authors along the way with some of the feedback we’ve offered.

Not only is #carinapitch popular with authors and those following along just for fun, it has been successful for us as well. Since the first #carinapitch four years ago, we’ve found nearly forty manuscripts that we’ve either requested revisions on or signed for publication—an amazing result! Our ultimate goal is always to find new authors to acquire, not new authors to reject. We’re thrilled to be jumping back in for 2017.



On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Carina Press editors will be monitoring the #carinapitch hashtag for book pitches from authors.



  • If a book pitch is favorited/liked by an editor, that editor will review the full manuscript.
  • Editors will respond with personalized feedback to all #carinapitch manuscripts they request.
  • Expedited response time! All authors who receive a #carinapitch request will receive a response by the week of August 21, 2017.

**Please note that we ask authors not to expect paragraphs of critique, but specific feedback will be offered, noting what the editor sees as not working or needing attention.

**We also would like to emphasize that the nature of this business is subjective, so the editor may provide feedback the author may not agree with. We’re offering insight into why the book doesn’t work for us (should we choose to pass on it, rather than acquiring, which is certainly a possibility!), not providing detailed instructions on how to “fix” any issues we see.



1) You must have a complete, ready-to-send manuscript that falls within the commercial fiction genres that we publish. (Please view our submissions guidelines here.)

2) You must be prepared to send your manuscript within 4 days of the #carinapitch session. Any manuscripts sent after midnight on Sunday, June 11th will still be fairly reviewed by editorial staff but won’t be eligible for the feedback/accelerated response time.

3) The manuscript you’re pitching must be new material, not previously published material, whether self-published or released via a publisher. Only new material will be considered during this event.

4) The manuscript cannot be one that has previously received a pass letter from Carina Press.

5) You may pitch more than one project.



1) Wait until June 7th from 9am Eastern to 9pm Eastern, which is when the editors will be monitoring the hashtag.

2) Craft your compelling book pitch into one (no more than two) tweets. Indicate if it’s more than one tweet by using 1/2 and 2/2 so we can piece them together.

3) Post them to Twitter from your public account using the #carinapitch hashtag (the only way we’ll know they’re for us!)

*If your Twitter account is locked/private, we will be unable to see your posts on the hashtag or any @ replies you direct to us. Tweets from private accounts are ONLY viewable to those friends with the account. Your account must be public to participate.

4) Please do not post pitches for one book more than twice during the #carinapitch event. Even if you’re changing your pitch, please pitch the same book no more than twice during the day. Don’t worry, we’re reading every single pitch, so as long as you post it once, we’ll see it! Twice gives you the opportunity to change things up.

5) Watch for a reply/like/favorite from a Carina Press editor.

6) If an editor lets you know that they’d like to see your submission and your manuscript is NOT currently on submission with us:

  • You will need to follow that editor on Twitter so they can DM you their private link for submission. Only those whose pitches are chosen will receive this link.
  • Please follow the submission guidelines here and include all required information via the received Submittable link.
  •  If more than one editor asks for your submission, you may choose which editor to send to, though you may also wish to indicate the second editor who had interest, in case the first editor decides another editor would be better suited for your particular manuscript.
  • Send your submission no later than midnight Eastern time, Sunday, June 11th, 2017. The link you receive will expire after that, and you will be unable to submit via this route.


If an editor lets you know they’d like to see your submission and your manuscript is already in our queue:

  • Update your submission via Submittable, using a note.
  • In the note, please include the Twitter pitch you used and your Twitter name (to help the editor recognize your request & verify that they asked for it) as well as the name of the editor who requested the manuscript via #carinapitch.
  • Update your submission no later than Sunday, June 11th at midnight Eastern.



  • You don’t need to direct your tweet to a specific editor. We’ll all be monitoring the hashtag throughout the day. However, if you want to bring it to the attention of an editor you think it’s particularly suited for, you are welcome to do so. At the bottom of this post is a list of participating Carina Press editors and their Twitter IDs.
  • Please don’t post your pitch more than twice during the day. We know you want to make sure we see it, so we don’t mind if you post it at two different times, but please don’t post one manuscript more than twice. Though you are welcome to craft each pitch differently, please don’t post any 1 manuscript more than twice, regardless of wording. Two pitches per manuscript, so the hashtag doesn’t become cluttered, and so that all authors have equal opportunity to be seen. Don’t worry, we will see your pitch and consider it, even if you only post it once. Thank you!
  • You can find out what our editors are looking for by clicking here. You can see editor bios here.
  • Information about what we publish, our submissions guidelines and specific FAQs can be found here.
  • Feedback is welcome! Please email us at if ever you have specific, constructive feedback you’d like to share.



If your pitch isn’t selected by an editor, that doesn’t mean your project isn’t right for us. In the end, it’s the story that will get us to acquire the book, not the pitch, so if you’ve written something we publish, please still submit it to us. We’re always open to submissions, from agented or unagented authors.

*Permission to forward this post, use it on blogs and author forums is granted.*



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