Weekly Game Chat: 7/23/21

So this one won’t be a very big update. I have really only just played Yahtzee this week. I’ve been really busy with getting things prepared for the event I’m going to in less than two weeks. I have started to log the games I play now. I’m also going to start taking screenshots over the week with the games I play when I’m able to as well. So this blog will have a bit more substance from now on rather than just my rambling. I hope everybody enjoys! And please feel free to comment on what you’ve been playing lately!

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Fish Heads and Duck Skin Blog Tour

Fish Heads and Duck Skin: A Novel

By Lindsey Salatka



“This novel takes you on a journey and an adventure through the eyes of a female protagonist who will resonate with many. It is unique and humorously heartfelt, with vivid imagery of a family finding itself amidst the unexpected … it is a darkly funny diatribe and celebration of self-discovery in a foreign land.” – Reedsy

            High achieving and short-fused, Tina Martin is burnt out. Burnt out at work, burnt out at home, burnt out in her marriage. Faced with this, some might cancel a few obligations, book a spa weekend, or at worst, consider a job change. But in a move that most would only fantasize about, Tina packs up her family, abandons her career, and books one-way tickets to Shanghai-to live. In Fish Heads and Duck Skin by Lindsey Salatka [She Writes Press, July 2021], we experience the travel and cross-cultural experience of pre-pandemic times and a level of inspiring reinvention typically reserved for the young, single and childless.

            Tina moves her husband and two daughters to Shanghai, hoping the new surroundings will bring her the zen-like inner peace she’s always heard about on infomercials. Instead, she becomes a totally exasperated fish out of water, doing wacky things like holding a shifty delivery man’s shoes hostage, turning a bidet hose on a group of local women, and contemplating the murder of her daughter’s new pet cricket.

            It takes the friendship of an elderly tai chi instructor, a hot Mandarin tutor, and several mahjong-tile-slinging expats to bring Tina closer to a culture she doesn’t initially appreciate, the dream job she never knew existed, and the self she has always sought.            

“The themes in the book are universal, everyone wants to belong and feel like they’re part of something larger than themselves,” Salatka says. “Tina captures the struggle many of us feel and then moves across the globe to find herself, only to realize the person she wants to be was inside her all along.”


Lindsey Salatka studied creative writing at the University of Arizona and has written for Shanghai Family Magazine, Urbanatomy: Shanghai, Shanghai, Shaking the Tree: Brazen. Short. Memoir., and more. Her upcoming book, Fish Heads and Duck Skin: A Novel, is inspired by her own time living in Shanghai. She is now active in the San Diego writers community, volunteering on the board of the San Diego Writers Festival and judging the KidsWrite writing contest. She is also an editor, ghost-writer, and the mother of three daughters.

Connect with Lindsey Salatka at LindseySalatka.com, at @mywhatlovelygillsyouhave on Instagram, @lindseysalatka on Twitter, and FishHeadsandDuckSkin on Facebook.

Fish Heads and Duck Skin is available for pre-order at Amazon, Bookshop.org, and wherever books are sold.


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Thankful Thursdays: 7/22/21

I don’t know if anybody else has made this a thing. I also don’t know if anybody else will do this with me. If not, it’s completely fine. It’s something I want to do every week. I’m going to think of at least one thing I’m thankful for for the week. I’ll try to do up to four a week, but at least one. I think this will be very therapeutic. We shall see in time.

Note: There may be some things that get repeated now and then. My intention is to talk about things I’m thankful for that week. So some things may pop up a few times. I’m not attempting to be redundant or repetitive. Just trying to be genuine.

  1. Project Goals. I had several projects to do in preparation for an upcoming conventions. I thought the tasks I had were going to take all week. I got them done by yesterday. I still have a lot to do, but it’s still an amazing feeling to get things done on time.
  2. Reading. I’ve gotten a lot of reading done lately. I even hit my hundred book mark for the year! I know it sounds crazy that I was able to read so much and get everything I got done done. That’s the beauty of audiobooks! I’ve listened to some pretty amazing audiobooks lately!
  3. Planning. This is the first time in a long time that my plans are actually coming to fruition. Usually my my plans always go sideways. So when things finally go the way I plan for them to, I’m thankful.
  4. Cooking. I’ve cooked breakfast for myself two mornings in a row. I miss cooking. I love to cook. I just get very picky about booking. I like to have everything planned out in my head before I cook. I can’t just cook on a whim unless it’s easy to put together foods.

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Thursday Quoteables: Confessor

Thank you Lisa for hosting this great meme!

Welcome to Thursday Quotable! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotable is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

Nicci looked up at Kahlan. “Knives are not my talent.” “It’s not hard,” Kahlan said as she pressed the handle into Nicci’s hand. “When the time is right, just stick the pointed end somewhere important in someone you really don’t like.”

Never thought of it quite like that. But it’s true.

Wizard’s Eleventh and Final Rule

The “Rule Unspoken”, the “Rule Unwritten”, “The rule from the beginning of time.”

I love that there are rules in every single book. It’s amazing.

To love someone means that you sometimes are fulfilled the most by putting their deepest desires above your own.

I’m a little teary eyed with this one.

I’m afraid that we all make mistakes. One of the things that defines our character is how we handle mistakes. If we lie about having made a mistake, then it can’t be corrected and it festers. On the other hand, if we give up just because we made a mistake, even a big mistake, none of us would get far in life.

So true.

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All About Audiobook: Confessor

This looks to be the final part of the series that includes the Imperial Order. If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, you will when you read the series. It’s not a spoiler though. it doesn’t make sense until it makes sense. I’ve been really disappointed with the series with the past two books, but I think things are how they go. I don’t hate the series. It’s not dwindling down and becoming flat. I was very wrong about that. I’m glad I was. This narrator kind of sounds like the person on Unsolved Mysteries. It’s soothing yet creepy.

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WWW Wednesday: 7/21/21

My favorite time of the week is here! WWW Wednesdays. This meme was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm but was revived by Sam from Taking on a World of WordsIt’s a place to talk about the books you’ve been reading, plan to read and have read.

To take part all you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What have you recently finished reading?
What are you going to read next?

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Weekly Colorist Project: 7/21/21

While I love reading, it is not my only hobby. I realize that sometimes my love for reading outshines the rest of the hobbies I’m interested in. So, I’d like to start sharing some of my coloring projects every week. I’ll share my favorite four of the week. Typically, I’ll try to do two digital and two physical. However, I will go by the projects I’ve done for the week. If I did all digital, then all four will be digital and likewise for physical. Hope you enjoy! If you’re into coloring too, I’d love to see your projects!

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A Mercenary To Love Release Blitz

A Mercenary To Love


There’s only one thing she wants to steal—his heart.
When computer genius Sampson Morales’ latest security measures fail to prevent the kidnapping of an Allied Planetary Union Ambassador’s child, he has no choice but to track and save the kid himself…especially if he wants to be paid.
Zasha Gustaf believed fighting with the Humans First movement could redeem her mercenary past, but when they use her intel to kidnap an innocent, she starts to have her doubts. Running into the only man she’s ever loved and who’s on the same trail is a sign. She commits to helping Sampson stop this group from sacrificing another blameless person, but she has another motive.
Sampson and Zasha have been down this road before, except last time it led to betrayal and heartache. He can’t trust her, and her attempts at redemption are met with constant rebuke, but when everyone, even the universe, is in danger, relying on each other is the only way forward.
Is a second chance possible for either of them…or will the past repeat itself?

Book Link: https://books2read.com/u/31lL7l


“It’s not about wanting to break the crew up. I’m looking for a chance to break out on my own. To make decisions for me, like a grown-up.”

Lee lifted one eyebrow and pulled one of her knives out from her vest. “Grown-up? Seems to me taking a job while Toni and Emilio are finishing up a separate one is pretty grown-up. Besides, you don’t need Gina to act on your own.”

Yes, I do.

Gina might have been a ship, but the AI within had evolved beyond a simple computer processor in space. She’d become his best friend. He told her everything and vice versa. They’d spent the last eight years together. During those endless hours spent in space, he’d become closer to her than almost anyone else. Besides, who would help her grow if he left? She had feelings too and she needed him.

“Lee, we’re a pair. We go together.”

“Pfft. Yeah,” Lee’s drink showed up, and the lady who dropped it off winked at her. The simple flirtation was enough to get Lee’s attention. “You say that because you don’t bother to get close to anyone flesh and blood. You can’t let—”

“Don’t say her name, please.” Sampson downed the imitation vodka with the poor weak burn, which only made him crave the real stuff.

She was there today.

“You can’t run from the past.” Lee’s words were half-hearted, her focus drawn to the roaming waitress.

“Says the woman who never talks about hers.” His accusation got the assassin’s gaze on him.

“There’s a difference between running and talking. I’ve faced all my demons and won. I don’t need to re-hash something with no hold or sway over me. You, on the other hand, get all clammed up at the mere mention of someone who hurt you. You confront those things, or they eat you up inside. This I can speak of with authority.”

Lee pushed her seat back and stood. Sampson sat in awe of this woman’s confident nature, in full possession of every part of herself. He wanted to be the same. To know himself as well as Lee did. To be settled in his skin.

“Now, if you’ll excuse me. The woman who brought our drinks is fatching me with her eyes, and I intend to do something about it. Don’t wait around for me. Head back to Al’s whenever.”

Every port we stop in. Sampson grinned. “Have a good time.”

“Oh, I will.”

Lee winked. With her half-empty vest of knives and swaying ponytail, she moved away without a sound.

Sampson glanced at his glass. It sat empty, like the deepest parts of him. Not an unfamiliar experience as Sampson found himself included by the other members of the crew, but still treated as a kid. Sure, they cared about him, but eager for him to tag along or spend time outside of missions with him not so much. He found himself lonely more often than not, and wishing he had a closer friend, someone more his age.

“Hello, Sampson. Long time.”

His gaze traveled from his glass to the woman who’d propped one knee on the chair Lee had abandoned. Red-brown-blonde hair was down and flowing freely instead of wrapped up in the woman’s usual twin buns, and an odd-colored tunic of the Saturn style hung past her waist but accented her creamy tan skin and gold eyes. This new look, paired with her stance, made her seem more innocent.

But I know better.

Between his blood pounding, the remembrance of her cries of pleasure and the explosive concussion and her betrayal, sounds flooded his ears. She’d stolen from him, his crew. He’d fallen so hard, young, dumb…thinking with his swinging pipe.

Zasha. She was there today.

She’d betrayed them when they’d helped her. Lied to him, his family…for flash.

Sampson fisted the empty glass so tightly it cracked. “Not long enough.”

Giveaway Link: https://upvir.al/117074/lp117074

Author Bio:

Landra Graf consumes at least one book a day and has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the power of the written word, and the joy such words can bring. In between spending time with her family and having book adventures, she writes romance with the goal of giving everyone, fictional or not, their own happily ever after.

Author Links:

Website: https://landragraf.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LandraGrafAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LandraGraf

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#FitReaders: July 20th

Welcome to #FitReaders2021!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com.

Most of our support is done via our Facebook Group. I will post my weekly check-in posts on Fridays, as it helps me be accountable. You are welcome to do your own check-in posts, check in below, in the comments, or check in with the Facebook group – whatever works for you!

#FitReaders information page
#FitReaders 101
Facebook Group

My Weekly Goals:

  1. Start getting active goals achieved.
  2. Start exercising at least 30 minutes a day
  3. Remember to keep logging everything.

Overall Goals:

  1. Burn 500 calories a day
  2. 15 active minutes a day
  3. Walk a mile a day or half an hour exercise a day.

Current Weight: 233.6

I have nothing to report. I haven’t really exercised lately and I haven’t kept a log of what I’ve been eating. I’ll try to get better!

Goal: Burn 500 Calories A Day

July 12th: 362
July 13th: 354
July 14th: 648
July 15th: 357
July 16th: 744
July 17th: 381
July 18th: 557
July 19th: 414

I’m in the middle of preparing for the convention that takes place in Savannah at the beginning of August. Once that’s behind me, I’ll get better at exercising. Hopefully I’ll get better at eating better too. We shall see!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In One Sitting

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! Thanks Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl for creating this meme.

This Week’s Topic: Books I Read In One Sitting (Or would have if I had the time)

  1. Wynter by Mia Harlan
  2. Paranormals of Avynwood by Michelle Dare (The Entire Series)
  3. Locke & Key series by Joe Hill
  4. The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. Ash and Stone by Rose Alexander
  6. Shadows Ascending Trilogy by Jenn D. Young
  7. Daughter of Winter series by Skye MacKinnon
  8. Little Shop of Spells by Janni Nell
  9. The Complications of Pi by RK Phillips
  10. Of Stranger Prides by Amy Cecil

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