honorsknight1. Honor’s Knight. Still reading this, only because I’m a slow reader and my kids exhaust me in the afternoons so much that I tend to collapse into bed after they go to sleep. The book is just so, so good, though. It’s one of those books that makes me ask myself, “What the hell do I even try to write?” The characters are so distinct and well developed, I love the action, the mystery, the tension. And Devi is still fantastic. She might be my favorite heroine ever.

And I have a winner for this week’s giveaway!

J. Leigh!

Send an email to sandy AT sandy DASH williams DOT com with your address and your choice of Fortune’s Pawn or Honor’s Knight, and I’ll get the book to you next week. Hope you love it!

2. My Keurig. It’s actually my husband’s Keurig since he got it for Christmas, but I use it every morning. It’s how I’ve broken my terrible Diet Coke habit. I used to drink Diet Coke for my morning caffeine, but after having one, I’d have another. And sometimes another. Every day of the week. Even though I know how terrible it is for you. I just couldn’t drink water in the morning, and I’ve always hated coffee. But apparently, I just didn’t know how to drink it. With a bit of milk, truvia, and a tablespoon of Belgium Cookie syrup, it’s awesome. And I swear it’s saving me a fortune on Diet Coke and Starbucks’ Frappucinos.

les mills combat3. Les Mills Combat. I’ve been exercising 5 days a week for the last three weeks. Before that, I did Jullian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. Only the first level, because the second kicked my butt. Never attempted level 3. But my husband bought Combat a while back, so I decided to give it a try. It’s fun! It makes me feel tough, and I’ll admit it. Sometimes I channel Ramie Ashdyn – the kickass heroine from my current book – when I’m kicking and punching. It’s definitely not an easy program, though. My form pretty much sucks, I have to modify everything, and my back and shoulders have been perpetually sore since I first started it. But it doesn’t annoy me at all and I feel stronger, so WIN.

4. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Discoverability Series. Kris Rusch is an author who writes about publishing every Thursday. For the past couple of months, she’s been talking about Discoverability – how authors get readers to discover their books. What she writes is really smart, based on her experience and interviews with others, and it resonates with me on an intellectual level. I might not agree 100% with everything she says, and everything she says might not work for every author, but I love the perspective on the business of being an author. If you are a writer or aspiring author, her Thursday posts are a must-read.

5. Rykus, the hero from my work-in-progress. He’s such a hard, emotionless man most of the time, but Ash has clawed her way under his skin, and he’s such a softy on the inside. It’s coming out more in his thoughts. I particularly liked this little snippet I wrote this week.

Goddamn it, he wanted her. He couldn’t stop his thumb from sliding across her skin. Her arm looked small in his hand, undeniably soft and feminine. How was it possible for someone to be so fragile and yet, so strong?

Her hands shook again. He wrapped his around them.

She tilted her head up to meet his eyes. A hot wind blew strands of hair into her face. He resisted the urge to tuck them behind her ear. It would only have been an excuse to touch her cheek, an excuse to slide his fingers down that half-hidden lock of braided hair. He wanted to say so many things. He wanted to apologize for the bastard he’d been – the bastard he’s always been – and for not believing in her. He wanted to tell her she was safe now, she no longer had to fight, he’d take care of everything. Instead, he said the thing he knew she needed to hear the most.

“You’re absolved.”

What are you loving lately?