Welcome to the first Monday of April and once again I’m on a plane headed out for the week for work. Why is it when I know I’ll have to be up extra early I’m unable to get to sleep early? Why is it when I do get to sleep, I wake up more frequently through the night? I think maybe I can’t fall asleep because my brain working overtime going over everything to ensure I don’t forget anything. In addition, I think my subconscious is worried I’ll over sleep even though I check that my alarm is set for the correct time two or three times before heading to sleep.
Whatever the reason here I am sleepy and daydreaming of my bed. Usually I stay away from caffeine but once again I succumb to the need to have a little jolt of something to help me make it through this morning. Today’s coffee is courtesy of United Airlines, the cup states:
“At illy, we believe that better coffee can create a better world. That’s why we pioneered the direct trade model to ensure healthy profits for farmers and their families. Sip. Savor. Be inspired. Live happ’illy. Illy.com”
The coffee has a bold, bright flavor and is surprisingly good. With two sugar substitutes and two creamers I find I could drink several cups if given the time and inclination. Unfortunately, as a result of being off caffeine for the last seven months I don’t think my body could handle too much.
Years ago, I had to drink decaf / half-caf or I exhibited behaviors like that of a nervous chihuahua. My kids found it humorous to see me bouncing around and talking at super-speeds. Raising four kids with a husband on the road as a full-time nursing student I slowly added more and more caffeine until at graduation my go to drink at Starbuck’s was an iced venti, quad-shot, non-fat, extra-caramel, caramel macchiato. The need for caffeine was a real part of my life until four years ago when I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and was given a CPAP machine. After six weeks or so of use I began to realize I didn’t need as much caffeine to function.
A year after using my CPAP I noticed when my alarm went off in the morning I seemed to bounce up and was ready for the day. I slowly decreased my caffeine while not decreasing my coffee intake. The fact is I love coffee obviously as you can tell by this website’s title. Then last year I was going through the process to have weight loss surgery. By the time I had surgery I had weaned off all caffeine, even chocolate intake, gasp! Now I’m careful to get decaf so that I don’t drop my blood pressure as getting in enough water is a daily chore. I’m supposed to get in 64 ounces which doesn’t sound impossible but when you can only take sips of water it is difficult. Now that I finished my deliciously caffeinated beverage, I will need to make sure to get in some extra water, ugh.
Sorry I have an issue with rambling and getting off topic. As today is #MobileMonday I am posting a review of an audiobook. This week’s feature author is New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Nalini Singh. Enjoy the review and stay tuned for tomorrow for another Nalini Singh review.
Slave to Sensation Audiobook
Written by: Nalini Singh
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
9 Hours and 36 minutes
1969 the Psy race initiated Silence. They purposely shut away feelings to ensure their race could thrive without madness and psychotic behavior. Now in the year 2079 the Psy are a cold unfeeling race.
As the daughter of a Psy Council Member, Sasha Duncan is expected to be the perfect Psy. Sasha has known since she was little that she wasn’t normal. Over the years Sasha has become quite efficient at hiding her so called deficiencies but lately she fears her ability to blend in is nearing an end. Sasha feels things and feels them deeply and if her mother or another Psy discovers her secret she will face rehabilitation. Rehabilitation will wipe away all that makes her Sasha and leave her a walking vegetable.
In walks Lucas Hunter. As the Alpha of Dark River Leopards, Lucas is a lethal combination of human and animal. Lucas has initiated a business arrangement with The Duncan’s in hope of finding a Psy Serial Killer before he takes another changeling woman. Lucas had prepared himself to meet with Nikita, but nothing could have prepared him for his meeting with her daughter, Sasha. Just one encounter with Sasha has Lucas’ leopard itching to pet her. Which doesn’t make sense, Sasha is an unfeeling Psy right?
After meeting Lucas, Sasha’s shields seem to be crumbling even faster and she is sure it’s a matter of days until her life is over. Sasha begins to dream of Lucas, and she wishes me to just once there was enough time for her to experience what it would be like to be with Lucas.
Meanwhile Lucas begins to believe there is more to Sasha than the Psy she pretends to be. Both parts of Lucas crave to take the chance to make Sasha his but what about his loyalty to pack? Lucas wants to find and stop this serial killer for his pack, but Lucas needs to make Sasha his for his sanity.
Slave to Sensation is book one in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling Series. After reading the entire series I purchased this audiobook and I’m thankful that I did. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sasha and Lucas’ story, but it was an even better delight to listen to the story during my morning commutes. The playfulness between Sasha and her leopard is endearing and you can’t help but find yourself rooting for them to find a way to be together. The narrator’s tone and inflection capture these character’s personality and bring them to life.
I strongly recommend listening to this audiobook during your commute or even during your evenings relaxing. I’m sure you will have a difficult time turning it off when you arrive at your destination or when its time for bed. Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling world is unique, playful and thrilling. The series has fourteen full-length stories, there are novellas, deleted scenes can be found on Nalini’s website and if you sign up for her newsletter you can read exclusive materials that were never published in what she calls “slice of life”.