Your Pace or Mine by Lisa Jackson

This book is the cause of my every ambition. What’s more important, it’s the book that made me believe I could do it. 

The book I read previously (Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Heminsley) had me teetering on the brink of where I would go next with my running, but this book actually had me signing on the dotted line to complete the Great North Run 2021, fundraising for Diabetes UK. You can follow my journey at The Mid-life Crisis of a Sugar Rush Runner (https://themidlifecrisisofasugarrushrunner.wordpress.com)

The Great North Run was the legendary and awe-inspiring Lisa Jackson’s first race, too. The way she described the atmosphere made me want to taste it for myself. Perhaps I’ll give the naked run a miss though, I don’t think my poor boobs could handle that one!

Lisa described a wonderful childhood with parents who ran. She didn’t believe she had inherited that trait until she reached her thirties, but boy was she wrong. Lisa is now in the 100 marathon club and has taken part in ultra runs, too. She has come last in a few races, mainly due to getting lost or extending her support to struggling runners rather than a lack of ability. Though she manages to play down the machine that she very clearly is throughout the entire book and doesn’t come across as gloating about her mammoth running achievements…that is a skill in itself when you realise just how inspiring a woman she really is. 

Lisa doesn’t go through the entire book talking simply about herself, though I’m certain she’d be able to fill several books about her varying experiences, but includes the many people she has met along the way and their experiences. The hurdles some of these people have overcome is enough to force you to dust off your trainers and go for a run, even if it’s a very slow run because Lisa professes to be just that….though I absolutely have my doubts on that point. The reason Lisa has managed to get to know so many people is because she embraces the social side of running. This is something which is of real interest to me, because of the time I’ve taken up running events are only just restarting and the fact I live in the arse end of nowhere and barely see a soul when I’m running outdoors!

If you are thinking about upping your game and entering events but there’s a niggling doubt lingering at the back of your mind, “I’m too slow.” “People will laugh at me.” “But, I’ll finish last…or not at all!” This book is for you. I swear by the end of it you won’t care if any of those things happen come race day because Lisa will talk you out of it!

Now, dust off your trainers and absolutely add this book to your arsenal of inspiration!

Sold by all good book retailers and also available in audiobook. I listened to the audiobook and found it engaging and superb, so much so I’m on my second listen of it!

If I was able to award this book a million stars, I absolutely would. It’s power and value should not be underestimated!

***REVIEW***Order of the Orchidarion (A Crimson Confession Book 3) by JD Lexx

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I’ll start this review with a question, a very strange question. Have you ever been turned on by a flower?

I like flowers as much of the rest of them, I trained to be a Florist but never stuck at it. It’s always handy to point out that I grew up in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city…and, well, not a lot grows there. My daughter is called Lily, and I even chucked a few seeds down this year. The flowers look lovely, though some of them have died and I haven’t been so inclined as to head over to the bed and sort them out.

So, we’ve established that I’m okay with flowers. I like them. But, bloody hell, I got turned on by a flower today.

I happened across JD Lexx on Facebook. He spoke of his writing and promised what I would call cleverly written erotica. Another author that I met, going some years back now, spoke of the same thing. If I’m entirely honest I thought it was godawful. Imagine: a porn movie where they are all speaking in Olde English. Yeah, not that easy to get off on if you have to keep pausing the movie to look up a sentence that you didn’t understand. Then you get mad and give up when you discover that the actor was merely saying, “Harder, faster. Oh, yes, baby, that hit the spot.” For gods sake why didn’t he just say that!

JD kindly offered me a book for my reading pleasure, I didn’t so much decline as not reply. Oh, no, no, no. I’ve been backed into these corners before and I hate being asked if I like something by someone I rather like, because I’m nothing if not honest.

However, curiosity led me to where I’m sitting now. I bought this book. Yes, it’s clever and intelligent erotica and the effect it’s had on me has scared me a little to say the least.

It’s a very fast read, most likely a novella? Perhaps smaller. Having said that, I don’t think I could have took the intensity for much longer. The story begins in first person from an eighteen year old, Christine’s, point of view. She is embarking on a chance of a lifetime to be trained to become an Orchidologist by the very gorgeous Dr. Richard Mitchell.

She spends three years in close proximity to this very sexy and intense man, pushing the boundaries and blurring the lines. Eventually, on her twenty-first birthday she plucks up the courage to ask him to take the test that will propel her to his level and set her apart from the rest…The Orchidarion.

What happened during that test was some of the sexiest writing, written in the cleverest of ways. Frankly, it blew my mind. It wasn’t what I assumed it would be, it wasn’t complicated, it was intricate and intimate. I loved, savored and enjoyed every last word of this book, and I’m hereby proclaiming myself to be a JD Lexx fan.

With all that said, I’m off to buy some Orchids and a riding crop. You need to get to wherever you get your books from and buy this one!

Five, erm…erotic Orchids.

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About the author

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International attorney, award-winning journalist and last of a modest raconteur bloodline, J.D. Lexx has been a storyteller for most of his life, and a student of humanity for even longer. Perhaps it’s no wonder that he takes such pleasure in the subtle tease of the written word, in kindling curiosity with every shared tale and then daring the imagination to continue on beyond “The End”.

A traveler by nature, Lexx spends most of his time between the frenzied streets of New York and the slower pace of New Orleans’ Vieux Carré. When not exploring the sensual psyche through his writing, he can usually be found honing his skills in the kitchen or working alongside charitable organizations to promote literacy and tolerance–two causes not only reflected in his work but forever dear to his heart.

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