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Saturday, September 2, 2017

This is an Author on Yoga

I know this is a blog intended to promote books, mine and other authors, but it is my blog, for my musings *giggles* (you are all scared now, right), and I have been working just as hard on training and teaching yoga as I have been writing and promoting my books these days. While there may have been some confusion with names lately, my given name is Kirstein, and my family nickname given to me by my grandfather that I use as a pen name is Kiki - I answer to either, or sometimes anything that starts with a k sound. Anyway, sitting behind a computer all day can take a toll on the body, and the yoga practice I have cultivated these past few years has helped me so much in caring for myself, mind, body, and spirit, as well as helping me find ways to cope with all my daily stresses including many aspects of being an author.

I'm really excited to be now teaching four classes a week along with some private classes, so for those local to me, I wanted to not only announce my schedule, but also let people who may be interested know what each class means to me, what they might experience if they attended.


Restorative Aerial Yoga, Sundays 6:00 - 7:00 PM at Centerpeace Yoga and Wellness Studio, 1951 State Route 59, Suite D, Kent, OH 44240

From the Centerpeace Website: "Restorative yoga uses props (blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps) and poses held for longer periods of time in order to create a practice that cultivates stillness, relaxation and a calmer state of being. Using the aerial silks adds another dimension to this already amazing practice."

So let me add that this is a Pamper-Yourself-Because-You-Deserve-It class! Students will let gravity do most of the work as they stretch and relax into poses propped with blankets and bolsters along with the silks hung close to the floor. Sometimes the bolsters and blankets are even inside the silks, and sometimes light swinging is involved!!! There will be guided meditation and more! This class is a dream to teach.

To read about the many benefits of restorative yoga, read my description of my Wednesday Restorative Yoga class below.

Class size is limited so pre-registration is highly recommended http://centerpeacekent.com/

Gentle Yoga, Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 AM at Centerpeace Yoga and Wellness Studio, 1951 State Route 59, Suite D, Kent, OH 44240

In this class, we work to stretch and strengthen, but in a more gentle fashion. More poses are done supine or sitting, with limited standing poses in the middle of class. Gentle yoga is a great way to move the body, release tension, and achieve a better state of mind among other things. We do utilize the bolsters for a few poses in the beginning and end of classes along with breathing techniques and guided progressive relaxation.

Restorative Yoga, Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:30 at Kent State University Student Recreation and Wellness Center, 1550 Ted Boyd Dr, Kent, OH 44242

In this class I lead students through poses where their bodies are propped with bolsters, blankets, and blocks. The poses are held for several minutes, letting gravity do the majority of the work. What benefit can you get from holding poses for 2-5 mins? In a fast-paced world, restorative yoga helps to balance the body. With no muscular contractions involved, we "work" to increase flexibility and release tension from our lives, helping to still the mind, enhance mood, restore and boost the immune system, all while helping us to develop compassion toward ourselves.  

Yoga Basics, Fridays 7:00 - 8:00 AM  at Kent State University Student Recreation and Wellness Center, 1550 Ted Boyd Dr, Kent, OH 44242

From the KSU Rec Ctr Website: " For beginners or continuing students, this class will help you learn yogic fundamentals and develop a solid yoga foundation."

In this class, each semester, I spend several weeks exploring all levels of basic yoga poses as an introduction. Following that, I spend several weeks going beyond the poses to play with many variations and combinations of them, letting the students explore what their bodies can do and what is best for them with each pose. I also teach a few classes that brings poses together to work certain parts of the body from stretching the shoulders to strengthening the abs. Finally, we take all of this knowledge and work through some slow and gentle salutations, focusing on further pairing breath and movement. We really do it all at the level each student needs. A great introduction to yoga.

Private Aerial Classes can be scheduled at Centerpeace Yoga and Wellness Studio, 1951 State Route 59, Suite D, Kent, OH 44240 by calling (330) 346-0393

Regular or Restorative!
There are so many different reasons and occasions to book for: Birthday Parties, Girl's Night Out, Try It Out (especially if you are hesitant in a group setting), Work Out, Stress Relief, Just to Pamper Yourself, to name a few...
Call Centerpeace Yoga & Wellness at (330) 346-0393 to book!!!
Pricing for One Hour Class:
Private Aerial - $65
Semi - Private Aerial - $80 (add $15 per person up to 6 people)
Private Aerial Group (up to 12 individuals) - $185

Both places have so many great class offerings. I like to attend as much as I do teaching. You can check them out at http://centerpeacekent.com/schedule/ and http://www.kent.edu/recservices/group-x-descriptions

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Coming Soon from Laken Cane!

RELEASE DATE: Monday, June 26, 2017
Title: Chasing Darkness
Series: Rune Alexander, book 10
Author: Laken Cane
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror


Rune Alexander captured a dangerous prisoner and turned her over to the Annex, unaware of the trouble that act would unleash on her Crew...

A small, dangerous group has slipped into River County, determined to retrieve Lee Crane from the Annex.

But Eugene has no intention of handing over his prisoner.

Then the group takes something that's precious to Rune.
Something that breathes, and cries, and bleeds.

She pressures Eugene to make a trade--and prepares to take the decision out of his hands if he refuses.

But when he unintentionally loses their leverage, Rune and her crew must race against time to break down a wall of magic and save the battered life behind it.

And that may not be possible.

Not even for Shiv Crew.


Book 1: Shiv Crew
Book 5: New Regime
Book 5.5 Shadows Past (Rune Alexander short)
Book 8: Killing Land
Book 9: Kill Switch
Book 10: Chasing Darkness-coming 06/26/2017

"OMG, this one pulled at the heart strings.  I was so happy she stood up for the Assassin, made my heart happy!!!!" 

"Lots of mystery with Reign...but love how Jack is so attached!!  LOOOOOVVVEEE Jack!!!"


"Oh my gosh, I cried!!!!  I knew it....Z was perfect" ~ZGirl SupsClub

"This book has been far and away my favorite so far!" ~Sara McKelvey Brown

"You did it again. Killer book. Loved it!" ~Heidi Ryan

 "...full of unexpected twists and suspense, and badassery!"~Alicia Dickey

"Ohhhhh so many WTF moments!!"
"The whole last 1/3 of the book was a mile a minute crazy with one jaw dropper after another!"~Jo Dawson

"Things are changing. I loved it. What a great addition!" Idelisses M. Torres


The coffee addicted urban fantasy/paranormal and horror writer Laken Cane lives in Southern Ohio with her genius son, two Yorkies named Daphnis and Lexi, and one Golden named Chloe who rules them all. 



Friday, June 9, 2017

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Feline shifter, Aleah Macleod, is excited to start work as a member of a supernatural research team—until she meets William Wolfe. The alpha shifter makes life on the team miserable for her, and she’s not sure why. As the pressure intensifies and the stakes increase, the only person she can turn to is Wyatt Masterson, a shifter she finds she has more in common with than she thought.

In addition to being a highly sought-after researcher, Wyatt Masterson has the ability to shift into the rare crocodile alpha. He tries to focus on the research, but finds himself distracted by Aleah Macleod. Not only does his respect grow for the sexy shifter, but so does his attraction. When she asks for help against William Wolfe, he readily agrees, but he doesn’t realize it will have devastating consequences.

About the Author

Like most authors, Elvira Bathory has always loved to read. When she was younger she had always been creative and dreamed of being the next big thing in music but found she didn’t make the cut for that creative outlet so she turned to other means of creativity. 

She started spinning worlds and fell in love with the idea of being a writer. When she turned 28 years old she decided it was time for her to settle down and married the man who had been pursuing her for years. Shortly after the two got married they started a family and Elvira decided it was time to dust off those old notebooks that contained her creative words so she would be able to stay home with her children. Five children later and Elvira took a chance, submitting some of her worlds wherever she could. Despite the fact that she hasn’t been published for very long she hasn’t slowed down in creating her worlds. 

She writes in the erotic genre, with a paranormal flair. She prefers to write about shifters, using animals that have never been used before or haven’t been used that often and she loves delving into the research to make her characters come to life. She’s been known to write a contemporary romance or two but just has more fun adding the paranormal aspect to all of her work.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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A few more deep breaths later, she shivered violently, but began her trek around the labyrinth. She stumbled over the stones that edged the pathway a few times when patches of clouds blocked out the moon’s light. Looking up, she expected to just see a glimmer of white brilliance fighting to shine through the delicate filaments that had become infused with dark grey matter. Instead, a shadow flew over her. One too large to be anything her mind could figure out.
She hadn’t realized that she’d fallen to a crouch until her body swayed as she looked up, trying to get a better impression of what had to be a plane or something descending to the earth. Strangely, she hadn’t heard a sound. In fact, the eerie silence unnerved her further. Her trembling fingers pressed against the frigid dirt as her only source of support. Falling to her butt as her gaze followed the tremendous mass, she made out a body too rounded for a plane, with wings too animal-like to be inanimate. In a split second, a scream lodged in her throat as the wing things flapped, rustling the tree branches with sudden gusts of air. A long tail seemed to follow behind, swinging to one side as it glided effortlessly around to come back her way, losing altitude as the thing moved.
She stayed in that odd position, seated on the ground, body curled up, with one arm back behind her holding her up as she used the other one to cover her face while the ground shook beneath her when the beast landed maybe ten feet away. With her heart pounding so hard she could hear the erratic beat of the damned thing in her head, she blinked several times as the image before her registered to fantastical proportions. The fact that Anna saw something out of a storybook or a fairy tale made the only sense her perceptions could come up with, and that unnerved her. So much so, she was wound up like a clock about to explode, spewing gears and gadgets all over the place. The analogy for her head being about to explode based on an image from an old cartoon she’d watched as a child gave her pause. A moment of lunacy that served as a much needed reprieve, since reality didn’t make any sense at all.
Coping mechanisms. She’d heard a lot about them in therapy. In fact, she’d basically left the practice since she hadn’t been ready to give them up. Snippets of songs would come into her head now, memories from childhood of dancing like a loon in the kitchen with her mother when holidays provided long days of baking. These created a preoccupation with remembering every word of the tune, looking up the video, studying the career of the singer, all in an attempt to calm the sudden onslaught of tears. To numb the painful ache in her chest.
At times, she raged at her body. Her heart had the audacity to feel like it had stopped beating, if even for a second. Her lungs deflated, ceased to do their job. All of these sensations served as a tease when she had to remain in this life, too squeamish, too much a coward, to end her own existence though she’d failed their suicide test more than a few times. The desire to find peace in the afterlife with her lost family got trampled by a lesson on suicide and sin her mother had once taught her. Though, she didn’t even know what or if she believed anymore as far as beliefs went, anything to do with faith and religion.. The closest thing she’d come to prayer was the screaming in her head. The raging at some invisible entity around her so-called life.
This confusion continued, rattling her to her core, as this thing, whatever the hell it was—and hell born it could be, given its monstrous size and shape—stared at her. Metal-colored eyes glistened in the faint, cloud-infused moonlight. The size of footballs, they blinked in a never-ending gaze that mesmerized her. The world seemed to spin as millions of overacting nerve cells tensed her muscles to run. Yet, she didn’t move for some strange fear of being swallowed up whole or burnt to a crisp like in those stories of dragons. Sadly, as her eyes focused, the more this thing as tall as a house resembled just such a mythic creature. It seemed the fundamental law guiding her decision to remain a statue was the thought that if prey moved, it got eaten.

Friday, April 21, 2017

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