Saturday, April 21, 2018

Romance…Variety is the Spice of Life

The romance genre is unique in that it has a huge variety of subgenres. A romance can be contemporary, paranormal, erotic, suspense, western, fantasy, science fiction… The list is endless. Even or a police procedural. You get the drift. A paranormal romance might be a lighthearted comedy or it could be extremely dark and dangerous. Same with the science fiction and fantasy. There is no end to the variety or combinations a writer can use to tell a story.

It’s one of the reasons I love reading and writing romance. There truly are no limits but one—a happily ever after, or HEA. The HEA or HFN (happy for now) is the cornerstone of a romance. If it doesn’t have it, then it’s fiction.

The relationship is also the driving force in the novel. All the other characters, drama, and setting are there to drive the relationship forward.

I’m always amazed by the imaginations and talent of my fellow romance writers. They tackle issues huge and small within the pages of their books. You can cozy up with a western (historical or contemporary), go on an exotic journey with a billionaire to the other side of the world, learn what it’s like to be a part of a wolf pack, be drawn into the struggles of a working mom or a wounded veteran. There is something for everyone in the romance genre. All you have to do is look.

One popular contemporary trope is the second chance at love. This isn’t quite that, but Enticing Emma is getting a second chance. This book was originally published in 2005 as Heat Wave, but has been given a second chance as Enticing Emma, the second book in the Summersville Secrets trilogy.

Enticing Emma
Summersville Secrets, Book 2

Damaged by betrayal . . .

Emma Howard learned the hard way that charming, good-looking men can’t be trusted, and she’s perfected the art of keeping her distance—until Tucker Martin moves into her apartment building. Their immediate physical attraction to one another is explosive, and she welcomes the opportunity to explore her newly awakened sexuality. But after a heated night of passion, Emma pulls away, unwilling to believe that a man who has everything she wants will want to stick around.

Driven by desire . . .

Tucker has wanted Emma since the first moment he laid eyes on her, and his need only grows more intense after they spend one amazing night together—until Emma goes from insatiable to unreachable. Bewildered but not broken, he’s determined to prove to her that he’s as sincere as he is sexy. And as Tucker patiently sets out to win the woman of his dreams, he knows Emma will have to face her past before they can indulge in the pleasures of a deeply loving future.

This is a fully revised edition of a book originally published in 2005 as Heat Wave.

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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS OVER KETO?

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Here are a few fun facts about me: I hate to exercise. I have a sweet tooth. I just turned 50.

Back in my younger days (read 48 and under), if I wanted to lose a bit of weight due to over-indulging, I'd simply watch what I ate for a few weeks and my weight would go back down. But once I neared 50, that strategy no longer worked. A few weeks ago I tried on a pair of shorts that had always been big on me and they were...gasp, tight. 

Holy crap, how'd that happen?! At first I was in denial. "But I don't eat that much." And, "I limit my carbs." As well as, "I eat my vegetables." But the truth was: Not enough exercise, too much sugar and processed foods, and now I have the freaking metabolism of a 50 year old.

What to do, what to do?

Everywhere I look, the word "keto" pops out at me. Miraculous, fat-melting keto. So I went on Pinterest because that's my latest crack cocaine, and lo and behold, there are a million keto pins. I'll admit keto is funky because the recipes all have ingredients like bacon and butter and cheese. And while it takes a bit of effort to wrap my head around eating those foods way more than I'd choose, the catch of keto is NO CARBS. Like NONE. Well, a minuscule amount, something like under 20 grams. 

The problem with this strictness is I love all fruit. Especially summer fruit. And not being able to eat a juicy ripe peach or plum seems a bit tortuous. 

Anyway, it's been 2 weeks since I've modified my diet to include keto choices. The first few days were hell because all I saw on TV were commercials for gooey, chocolate-laden desserts. And my sugar craving was so intense I broke down and gorged on raisins (only one of the most concentrated sugar fruits around). But then gradually I switched to extra dark chocolate which is allowed, and the cravings subsided to the point where when I dished out ice-cream for my son I didn't lick the spoon! That's HUGE progress for me.

So, in a nutshell, while I'm not counting ratios and grams of this and that to achieve ketosis (the fat-burning stage), I feel like I have gotten my sugar and carb cravings under control by simply eating more fat and making more conscious food choices. I'll still eat fruit, and god knows I ain't cutting out my wine, but so far I've learned to replace spaghetti with spiraled zucchini, and salty chips with baked pepperoni and not feel like I want to rage in frustration and deprivation.

We'll see how the next two weeks goes. I'll keep you all posted on my progress. Until then...



Tiffany N. York believes Heaven will be a place where no weight is ever gained, blood sugar never rises, and the clouds are all made of full-fat whipped cream. Visit her website at tiffanynyorkauthor.com



Friday, April 13, 2018

Medical Marijuana Update #2 by Jennifer Kacey

So I've learned tons more in the month since my last update! All of the info I'm going to talk about is NY since that's the only program I have experience with.

This is the Time it's supposed to take things to kick in...but I'll put in parenthesis how long it takes things to hit my system.
- Vaping - 15 min. (Some things it takes forevers or it doesn't hit at all and other kinds hit almost instantaneously - AQUA!!)
- Tinctures which I haven't tried at all - 45min to an hour
- Pills - 45min to an hour (takes almost two hours to take effect)

Dose will last...And pills take a while to kick in but they give the longest lasting relief.
- Vaping - 1-2 hours (where's off fast - believe it has something to do with a very high metabolism which we're looking into)
- Tinctures - 4-6 hours
- Pills - 6-8 hours (or if you take two one night to try to REALLY sleep for the first time in almost 2.5 years and then it lasts for like 16 hours)


At the dispensary I go to I can only pick up 3 things at a time. So that could be a pill and two vape cartridges, etc.

I learned in the highest strength vaping they have two different strains when the paperwork just showed one. So I tried Indica to start and instead of crashing me out so I could sleep it just made me giggly and I wanted to stay awake and watch YouTube videos FOR HOURS. Pretty much everything but going to sleep. So I tried the Sativa strain next and that one seems to work better for me. Still doesn't straight knock me out but makes me feel closer to sleepy. Yeah. Sleep and I are still not really on a first name basis.

Learned my middle of the road vape is a hybrid of different strains and might explain why I reacted better to it. And they have another strength in between the middle and high doses which is also a hybrid. It's Aqua. Tried that one next and really like that. It numbs my stomach almost immediately which is a welcome relief. I thought I could eat what I wanted while numb and have no after effects. I was quite wrong.
If I do all the pain dumps in my system as soon as the meds run out. Oh so not cool.

On the pills they offer a reg strength and an extra strength. I can take 1 pills or two. 1 pill at first didn't really seem to do anything, but 2 pills is CRAZINESS. See the wolverine pic above. Oh my goshness! You guys think I'm bouncy on a normal basis!!

It's taking a lot of trial and error and I'll completely admit to a very hodgy podgy process right now. I'll get more scientific about it as I move forward and I'll keep you guys posted!
Keep your heads up! We'll get there!


Decadently Yours,
Jennifer Kacey



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Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with her miniman in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Anna Alexander does the Emerald City Comic Con


Howdy gals and pals!

I missed you all last month, but I was getting my super hero on at the Emerald City Comic Con. This year was a blast! Not only did I have my booth next door to the fabulous fellas at Stranger Comics

Heather Reasby was the mastermind
behind the panel.


 but I also was on a panel discussing translating super hero stories from comics into prose.

And I did some cosplay and totally rocked Gamorra. (Captain Awesome's words)

The allure of the mystery box was strong. Captain Awesome not resist.And on top of all of that, I had a new book come out!Genesis is the first of a new super hero series that I am so excited to share with you. A little urban fantasy, a little X-men, this group of crime fighters are a start of an evolution.Genesis- Book one of the Evolutioneers
People suck, at least according to reclusive inventor Max Madden—except for his friend and mentor, Anthony. But now Anthony is dead after uncovering evidence that an avaricious financier caused the current economic crisis and is out for world domination, a man Max knows has the money, resources, and charm to succeed—his own father. Now Max is out for vengeance and he doesn’t need a distraction like Crystal Evans tagging along.The provocative psychic may have soft lips, curves like a Ferrari, and a scent like vanilla sugar, but she also has a thirst for redemption that will never be quenched. Max can’t help but admire her tenacity, and when she leads him to others who also have superhuman powers, he agrees to lead this team of crime-fighting supers if they all agree that he will be the one to take his father down.

But fate and circumstance has a way of bitch-slapping a man to awareness, and emotional hungers Max once detested have become what he now craves. When Crystal becomes the key to Madden Sr.’s downfall, Max must choose: Can he send the woman he’s come to love on the mission, a mission during which she has seen her death in a vision, or have his revenge?


Happy Spring Everyone!

Until next time!

Anna- The Super Diva



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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

When Your Muse Is On Vacation

I had big plans for my trip to Mexico - beyond the usual beach-chair lounging and tequila sampling. I was supposed to come up with a new idea for my Resort Romance series.

That didn't happen.

I know the title. The set-up. The location. I knew what hijinks my hero and heroine were going to get up to while they fell in love. I just needed the final piece to make the story fit together.

Sadly, I did not find it at the bottom of my margarita glass. And I checked repeatedly! (Because I'm no quitter.)

So, now I have a ton of pictures and research and no grand romance to tie them all together.

Maybe you all could suggest something.  What do these pictures inspire in you? How would your ideal couple fall in love in this setting?








Monday, April 2, 2018

Rank and File by Ripley Proserpina


How is it that a bill that is supposed to stop sex trafficking has ended up yanking romance titles from Amazon’s search engine? Romance authors from self-published writers to EL James have lost their rankings and disappeared into Amazon’s erotica dungeon. 

Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) “makes it illegal to knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking," and amended the idea of “safe harbors.” This means online services are no longer immune from civil liability for the actions of their users. Because of this change, platforms like Amazon, Microsoft, and Craig’s List have been removing anything which could make them liable for not “moderating content.” 

What does this mean for romance writers? 

Well, romance books have a spectrum of love scenes. There those which fade to black, there are sweet scenes, and there are more explicit scenes. “My book isn’t erotica,” is the refrain this week of authors who have to deal with losing their ranks and visibility. 

So I went to find a definition. Wikipedia defines erotic romance and erotica (including erotic literature) as two different things, but Amazon and other online services are lumping them into one group as they attempt to comply with the SESTA. 

I’m hoping that SESTA is enforced in the vein in which it was intended, and not as a censorship of literature. I think this week we’ve seen that even the best intentions can be misinterpreted. 

Interested in reading more about this? Here are some links… 

How a New Senate Bill Will Screw Over Sex Workers

Romance Writers of America: Amazon Ranking/Classification Issues

Amazon Is Burying Sexy Books, Sending Erotic Novel Authors to the 'No-Rank Dungeon'

Microsoft to ban 'offensive language' from Skype, Xbox, Office and other services

Major tech-industry group drops opposition to sex trafficking bill

Sunday, April 1, 2018

House Update by Jennifer Kacey

We've started tearing stuff down!

So between the kitchen and dining room there are these half walls with spindles. Rather dated and cuts sight lines between rooms. No bueno for me!

So we ripped out the top spindles and wood top and bottom! (And by we I mean the amazing boyfriend!)

Isn't it awesome!?!?!?!?
I know it's a tiny change but it delighted me so much I had to share with you guys!
Ooooo! And you can see the cute little table and chairs we got and put together the last time I was there AND our "free with the house ugliest couch you've ever seen but makes into a bed" couch too!

So love sharing the process. :)
I've made my list of everything I want to change and I've bought a couple books on "how to renovate a house" so we're off and running!!

Send me good joojoo you guys! I've been feeling like ass lately and everything has been a struggle. But I'm gonna get there. Baby steps are still steps in the right direction so keep pushing you guys. We'll get through!! MWAH!

Decadently Yours,
Jennifer Kacey



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Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with her miniman in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

BIA is out now! Here's an update on what's coming soon!





Good morning everyone!

Before I get started, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter or Passover, or Ostara. 

Michele and I have have been working hard to bring you Caden, Kalkin's twin and idiot brother. I worried while we were finishing up Kalkin, working on edits and such, we wouldn't be able to properly fix them.

Caden has issues. Danielle has issues. How do we deal with both of their brokeness individually and together. Somehow, in Seventy thousand words we have, and we're heading into the home stretch. We've added a couple of new characters to the series which will definitely bring some new elements to the series and we're slowly meshing the Rafertys and the Dryers.

Caden will be released on July 10, 2018. Stay tuned for details as his release gets closer. :)

But, that's not all I am here to talk about...

Michele and I have expanded our shifter world. As you know, we did things backwards. When we first started with Kalkin, we jumped to the kids who in my mind were easier to write about. They were, and they also gave us the encouragement we needed to finish Kalkin. They also helped spin off some awesome new books mini-series within our shifter world. Here is a sneak peek at some new covers and a few have some clickable link. Just hover over the caption and it will send you to where you can pre-order or buy the book!

Until next month, happy reading!

TL



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Friday, March 30, 2018

SPRING TREATS & STEAMY READS


Hello Dear Readers,

Happy Spring! My last post here was in December, so I hope this March post finds you having a happy and healthy new year. As part of my New Year's resolutions, I embarked on a new workout program called #80DayObsession. I've always been a bit of a fitness enthusiast, and this new workout by Autumn Calabrese does not disappoint. It's a hardcore, total-body plan filled with fun cardio and core and strength-training. If you're looking for a challenge, check it out.

In addition to workout programs, Autumn also does a cooking show with her chef brother called #Fixate. Lots of healthy, fun recipes in there. I'm totally addicted to the Banana Apple muffins. Gluten-free, dairy-free and delicious!

Tasty Treat: Autumn Calabrese's Fixate Banana Apple Muffins

picture of celia's batch of muffins
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed (approx 1 cup)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • Dash of Himalayan salt
  • 3/4 medium apple chopped (approx. 1/2 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp organic grass fed butter, melted
- Preheat oven 350 degrees.
- Line pan with muffin papers, or spray muffin with oil.
- Combine eggs, banana, butter in a bowl and mix well.
- Combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, mix well.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients together and mix until blended.
- Add chopped apple and mix.
- Divide batter evenly in muffin cups (makes nine (9) muffins).
- Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown (and toothpick test comes out clean).

Recipe source: - Autumn Calabrese's Fixate Cookbook & Cooking Show

Celia's Tips:
- Try adding a little cinnamon.
- Top your treat with 1 tsp of a nut butter as "icing" (peanut butter = yummy).

Steamy Reads

While you're enjoying your delicious homemade muffin (goes great with coffee!), dive into a steamy read. Here are my recs from my recent reads.
  • Azagoth, Reaver, and Revenant (3 books in the Demonica Series), by Larissa Ione
  • Shadow's Claim and Shadows Seduction (2 books in Immortals After Dark Series) by Kresley Cole
  • Mischief and the Masters (Masters of the Shadowlands Series) by Cherise Sinclair
  • The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire Series) by Jennifer Probst

Have a great Spring Break and holiday season, Dear Readers, and see you back here on April 30th!

xo,
Celia


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Decade of Decadence ... The Roaring Twenties

'To feed and dance, always to be moving, that is the thing. We daren’t risk more than an hour or two in sleep, in case something happens while we aren’t there.’ ~ Author Unknown

The Twenties were considered the decade of social discovery, a time when women fought for and won their independence and their right to do and say far more than any previous time in history.

Hemlines rose and, even more of a shock, dresses became backless, blatantly risqué. The standard long, coiffed hair of the Victorian era gave way to short bob haircuts. Women who previously touted their voluptuousness now bound their breasts for a waifish look.

We were like nuns who had never seen over the convent wall until now. Everything was unexpected, fascinating, thrilling, unusual.’ ~ Romance novelist Barbara Cartland

Women found a new freedom of sexual expression. Young girls no longer felt the constraints of a chaperone; married women freely took part in extra-marital affairs. As the decade progressed, so did the outlandish behavior. Even the somberness of the 1st World War couldn’t dampen the effects of too much, too quickly.

In my award-winning novella, The Mysterious Mrs. Pennybaker, I wrote an extremely independent heroine, a composite of all that was happening during the Roaring Twenties.


About the Book

In the Roaring Twenties

A former Hello Girl during WWI, widowed Ariel Pennybaker served her country proudly. She now carries on her late husband’s legacy…a home for the many returning, injured soldiers.

With her year of mourning nearly at an end, she’s had enough of her self-imposed celibacy. It’s time to get back in the game.

A chance meeting with a handsome WWI aviator has her imagining thoroughly naughty thoughts. When a second man walks into her life, her naughty thoughts turn downright decadent. What better way to fulfil her fantasies than by sharing both men’s beds.

As tempting as the idea is, Ariel has a huge secret, one she must protect at all costs. And, it’s possible one or both of her lovers is not what he seems.



A Sneak Peek

“Retired or not, I see you still possess that infamous flyboy charm.”

He shrugged, the lift of his shoulders drawing her attention to their width and the way he held himself.
“Charming beautiful women was part of basic training,” he quipped. “Right up there with learning how to fly an airplane.”

His cheeky answer set her senses on alert. “I would think the flight instruction to be far more important than lessons on charm and seduction.”

“When you get right down to it, they’re very similar. It takes finesse to handle the throttle of a plane. You have to know exactly how much pressure to put on the stick, how to maneuver the knobs, and when to let the plane go on its own.”

The smooth tenor of his voice ratcheted her heart rate up yet another notch. “Really?” she said, her breath catching in her throat.

“There’s that one moment…when the plane is hanging there in the sky. You’ve given her all the encouragement she can take, urged her as far as she can go without breaking. Then, at just the right moment, she bursts forth with a second wind, lurches forward, and bounds unfettered across the bright blue sky.”

The sudden urge to fan herself had her clenching her hands into fists and pressing them to her sides. “It must be exciting…the flying, I mean.”

“As I said, not that different from seducing a woman. Both take a light touch at first—a gentle stroke until they’re primed. Followed by a more commanding hold, just before they reach the pinnacle of their endurance.”

A low groan escaped her throat, drawing his outright laugh.

“You make flying sound a lot like copulation, Major. Surely, when you were up in the air defeating our enemies, your attention was on something other than carnal activities.”

He leaned forward until his mouth hovered scant millimeters from her ear. His warm breath fanned over her cheek. “It’s all about a successful ending, Mrs. Pennybaker. Nothing prepares you for the climax of a good dogfight or the climax of a purely sexual encounter. They should both take your breath away.”
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Until next month, stay healthy, happy, and well read!
Nancy

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Surrender Series by Jennifer Kacey

He can't love his best friend's younger sister. Can she love him enough to save them both?

After just one night, the only man she’s ever loved pushes her away…

Painful secrets have kept Angela Meyers running for more than a decade.  She’s fought her way to the top of the fashion world but hidden scars run soul deep.  Now a stalker has resurfaced, threatening to destroy everything she’s sacrificed for, and the only person able to protect her is the one man she vowed would never get close enough to crush her heart again. The same man she still loves and hates and needs with every breath she takes.  Can she allow him close enough to keep her safe while protecting the secrets destined to rip them apart again?

Now to save her, he must convince her, their love is worth a second chance...

Clay Waters must break down the barriers surrounding Angela’s heart while discovering who the voice in the shadows belongs to. Convincing her to trust him and surrendering his heart to a love he never believed in will be the only way to save the lives hanging in the balance.  He couldn’t allow himself to love her then, but now he must help her accept their past and fight for a future she thought lost forever…




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Love. Nothing but a four-letter word. Until he has to protect the woman able to bring him to his knees.
Campbell Newbury couldn’t believe who his new client was: Natalie Grant, do-gooder and pain-in-the-ass extraordinaire. Of all the security firms in New York, she had to pick his to protect her. But her flaming red hair and curves turn him on. Blond and toned, Campbell is a sex-only kind of guy and has bedded his fair share of women. Love? Not an option. Forever? Not in the cards for him. But a bet with his best friend may change everything.

On their first official meeting, Natalie knew all the rumors about Campbell were true. If he weren’t the best security money could buy, she’d want no part of the cocky womanizer. But she needs him. The sudden rush of near hit and runs is proof of that. As the threats escalate, she sees a side of the bad boy he’s tried to hide—and his strong arms provide comfort and something more she didn’t know she needed. She’s careful not to let her heart overrule her head. They keep their relationship strictly business by day—and lustfully kinky by night.

Will this unlikely couple find their way to forever or will their needs disappear once the dust settles?



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Decadently Yours,
Jennifer Kacey



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Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with her miniman in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.