My Journey post 2

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Hi everyone!  Today  I am picking up my journey from  6 30 11

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Hello everybody, Todays post is a little different from the last two. I thought it had nothing to do with my journey, but as you will seeit actually ties in quite well. So you can unbuckle your seatbelts (if you don’t know what this means, check out last weeks post).

Today we are gonna walk for a little bit off the road.  During this journey, which I have been on two months or so, I have really learned a lot. Not only about writing, but about myself.

The first of these was strange, because I had decided to keep this  a secret, just in case I didn’t follow through. I tend to  start and stop a lot. Then, I decided to make small mentions on

I  have no desire to be famous, I like my privacy, I have no need to be rich, I feel I already am. I have God, a great family, plenty friends, a house, car, food,  clothes, all the riches I need. The main reason I wanted to do this was to give me something to do, to give me a reason to get up in the morning and get moving, to help me overcome my depression that had set in. The other reason was I thought it would make a great  gift for my daughter’s birthday which is in  July. I didn’t realize it was virtually impossible to write a good quality book and publish it in a month. (Note I said good quality book.)

The website said that  if  searching for to  be a writer, second  dream was designer,which is part of writing. You have to design your characters settings etc. So I’m actually  killing two birds with one stone.

So I started again. I mentioned I was writing a book on Facebook. Right away I had two responses, very unexpected ones at that. The first was my sister-in-law, who turns out to be my biggest supporter, help ,and encouragement (sand, she pulls me right out and dusts me off.) The second  was an acquaintance from church, which leads me into tomorrows path. I have rambled enough for one day, so lets head back to the road.

So as you see we are back on the journey again, seatbelts please, tomorrow gets bumpy.

As you can see I had a dream and the road wasn’t easy. I hope to see you back next week when the journey gets back on the road.

if you missed the first post last week you can  find it here

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Tall Dark and Paranormal

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CRESCENT MOON by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling AuthorLori Handeland…

A cryptozoologist travels to New Orleans to investigate whispers of a wolf in the Honey Island Swamp.

 

FOREVER FREED by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling AuthorLaura Kaye…

A reclusive, empathic vampire falls in love with a woman he planned to kill, and must fight his ancient guilt, bloodlust, and an old vampire rival who threatens everything he holds dear.

 

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Mick Carrera is a mercenary hired to eliminate problems, but the genetically engineered woman with the superhuman powers is nothing like what he expected.

 

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What is Lucinda, a tenth level wizard, to do when Destiny pairs her with a man who is utterly domineering, overwhelmingly masculine, incredibly irresistible and, according to her most trusted friend, extremely dangerous?

 

SPELL BOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling AuthorStephanie Julian…

A warrior born to defend. A young witch in need of protection. A dangerous desire neither of them expected.

 

HAUNTING A COWBOY – Brand New from USA Today Bestselling AuthorRandi Alexander…

When a ranch foreman hires a ghost whisperer to handle the spirit that’s haunting him, the attraction between them is…supernatural

 

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He’s bound to get her killed, so why does the huntress desire the vampire-turned hunter more than life itself?

 

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Can her love save him from a curse worse than death?

 

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When Kai Kelly discovers an unusual ring in the attic it leads to much more than she bargained for. She may not realize what she has in her possession, but the boys in Hell sure got the message.

 

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Reclusive artist Todd Best hasn’t produced anything since the death of his wife…until aspiring romance novelist Jolie Gardener enters his life and turns it upside down.

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I was able to wrangle and excerpt form one of the Authors. Here is a teaser from.

Haunting a Cowboy by Randi Alexander.

HAUNTING A COWBOY – A Brand New Story from USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander  When ranch foreman Thad McCade’s life is disrupted by something supernatural, he hires a ghost whisperer to clear his home. But Madam Ruby is not at all what he expected. She’s Cheyenne Redford, she wears a business suit, drives an expensive SUV, and Thad would rather have her whisper in his ear than whisper away his ghost.

 

Excerpt from Haunting a Cowboy: When Cheyenne finished her beer, she stood. “Well, since there’s no one but you and me here tonight, I’d better get going.” She looked out the window. Pitch black. “Could I borrow a flashlight? I didn’t think of grabbing one before I walked down here.

 

Thad got to his feet. “You walked?” Leaning over, he picked up his keys out of the bowl by the door. “Let me drive you back.”

 

“No, please.” She stepped to the screen door. “I don’t mind the walk. It’s so beautiful here, with the stars and…” She rolled one hand around, trying to come up with something else to add.

 

Thad grabbed a rifle from behind the door. “And night critters that are prowling, looking for their next meal.” He checked to see that it was loaded.

 

“Oh, I didn’t think of that. In the city, night critters walk on two legs, and carry knives.”

 

“I’ll walk you.” He leaned close to her.

 

His scent filled her mind with warm, naughty ideas as she blinked up at him, parting her lips. Would he kiss her now?

 

He frowned and flipped on the porch light. “After you, ma’am.”

 

Turning her face away, she hid the warmth that flooded her cheeks. Crap, what an imagination she had. Stepping outside, the cool night chilled her romantic notions down to manageable proportions.

 

They walked along the gravel drive in silence.

 

A howl came from a distance. In the nearby woods, scurrying sounds startled her, making her lurch a bit, and stumble into him.

 

Taking her elbow in his hand, he got her straightened out, but kept his hold on her arm.

 

The heat racing through her, starting at her arm and running all the way up and into her bloodstream, gave her chills.

 

“Cold?” His voice came close to her ear.

 

Was he making his move now? She could see the lights of Sayde’s house ahead. Would he kiss her now, or wait until he dropped her off at the door? Oh lord, those two beers had really hit her hard. She was wanting things she probably shouldn’t even be thinking about.

 

But if she was reading him right, and for some reason she was able to read him a little too well, he was wanting her just as much.

 

They stepped from the gravel road onto the concrete driveway at Sayde’s house.

 

He released her. “Cheyenne.” In the low illumination from a faraway yard light, his eyes glimmered.

 

Her intuition told her he wanted her, but was too reserved to take what he desired.

 

“Thad.” She stepped close to him, ran her hands from his chest up to his neck and went up on tiptoes, pressing her lips to his.

 

For a second, he stiffened, then he opened his mouth, the hand not holding the rifle wrapped around her waist and pulled her tight against him.

 

Amazing, his lips felt so firm and hot, his breath laced with beer and sexy, pure man, mingled with his woodsy scent and forced a shiver through her.

 

Where their hips pressed together, she could feel a bulge. She touched her tongue to his lips.

 

“Goddamnit.” Thad released her, stepped back, and breathed hard.

 

The loss of his heat against her cooled her as much as the look in his eyes. Pure terror.

 

“Get inside, Cheyenne. It’s not safe out here.” He growled the words and turned, walking away.

 

 

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HandelandLori Handeland is a two time RITA Award winner and the New York Times bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, The Nightcreature Novels, as well as the urban fantasy series, The Phoenix Chronicles and the historical fantasy series, Shakespeare Undead. She also writes western historical romance under the name Lori Austin.

 

 

 

 

 

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Author PhotoLaura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series.

 

 

 

 

 

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PineiroNew York Times and USA Today bestseller Caridad Pineiro is a Jersey Girl who just wants to write, travel, and spend more time with family and friends. Caridad is the author of over 40 novels/novellas and loves romance novels, super heroes, TV and cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

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Opal CarewNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Opal Carew is the author of erotic romance stories in which she makes offerings of hope, success, and love to her readers. As Amber Carew, she writes futuristic, urban fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and contemporary romance.

 

 

 

 

 

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JulianNew York Times bestselling author Stephanie Julian writes sophisticated, sultry romance for adventurous readers. She is happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and the mother of two sons who introduced her to the joys of Slipknot, Warped Tour and never-ending headaches.

 

 

 

 

 

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Randi Alexander author picUSA Today bestselling author Randi Alexander writes smokin’ hot romance with heroes who’ll have you begging to ride off into the sunset with them. Her emotional love stories sweep you off your feet, so prepare yourself to be rode hard and put up satisfied on the sexier side of happily ever-after!

 

 

 

 

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SpearUSA Today bestselling Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal romance novels and a medieval Highland romances series. Heart of the Wolf was named a 2008 Publishers Weekly‘s Best Book of the Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TylerPaige Tyler is a USA Today Bestselling Author of more than fifty books, including the new action-packed paranormal/romantic-suspense X-OPS and SWAT (Special Wolf Alpha Team) Series, both from Sourcebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sara HumphreysSara Humphreys is an award-winning bestselling novelist of paranormal and contemporary romance. The mother of four teenage boys, Sara has been married to her college sweetie for twenty years. She believes in true love, great sex, and happily ever afters.

 

 

 

 

 

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FanellAward-winning, best-selling author Judi Fennell loves to laugh and loves love, so it’s no surprise there’s a little bit of each in every book she writes. Check out her fairy tales with a twist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The path of rejection

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Today I had planned on talking about that rejection letter I received. When I sat down here to type, I just didn’t feel it. I guess I said all there was to say Friday I my weekly wrap up for last week. It wasn’t a total surprise, it stung a little, but I am over it. It was actually a blessing in disguise.

 

Yes, I believe in destiny, fate, Karma or whatever you want to call it. I believe we all have something inside us to achieve. Actually, I think it is many things and everything we do or happens to us has a reason and a silver lining.

First of all, I never felt really good about that submission. I don’t mean the story. I love my story. I feel good about the story. Like they said, it was wrong for them. I like books from that publisher and some authors from there, but I just didn’t feel that strong pull. I saw the call in spring and the story popped in my head. I got excited and submitted it, knowing good and well that story didn’t fit either the call or the publisher. I chose the wrong path. I did not waste my time writing the story. It will get published. The time for it just wasn’t now. I will pick another path for it soon. It was suggested to me to self-publish for October anyhow. Something inside me tells me to wait. I ignored that voice when it told me not to send it there; I won’t ignore it this time. I will wait.

 

We all face rejection. Sometimes it seems to happen quite often. When we are young, it could be by our peers. That first crush. Getting into a college. A job interview. Buying a house, car or even a new appliance. Rejection is a big part of life.  It is not a sign of failure. It is choosing the wrong path then going back and trying again.

Let’s take that first love. Have you ever looked back at that person and seen what you may have gotten your-self into? I think there is even a country song about it by Garth Brooks.

Take a minute to listen to it. .

 

Perhaps that person wasn’t bad, but…if you have your perfect someone and that first one didn’t reject you…then you wouldn’t have the one you do. It all works out in the end right?

On the house or car perhaps that just wasn’t the right one for you. What if you bought that house, then got offered the perfect job in another town? That purchase could possibly cost you from taking the job you were destined to have throwing you on a different path

There’s always a silver lining. I didn’t get that first house I wanted, that first job, that sweetheart from junior high ( thank heavens). I now  have a beautiful house. It’s unusual, comfortable and efficient like its owner LOL. I loved my job I had for 19 years in sales. It prepared me for this new endeavor since I have good marketing skills and lots of fabulous stories to tell.

Speaking of which…

I deal with rejection a lot in my writing. In my very first paranormal series, (yes it’s tabled but I will publish in the future)  time and time again; her crush causes her to reject a few other suitors too. In the end, several books later, we see why. In a big twist, this rejection was best for her and her destiny.

In the story I am working on now, Rose made a mistake in her youth. She will have to choose between her childhood sweetheart or the new guy. One will be rejected. It is a part of life. They can’t both be her lover (unless of course the book is a ménage…) No, I am kidding it is a sweet, contemporary,  romantic comedy.

 

Back to the topic.

So, if you feel rejected by something take a good long look. Is it really what you wanted? Was it really right for you? Take heart. There is something bigger and better waiting out there for you but it’s not going to just fall in your lap. You have to go down those paths and find it. Search hard. Think about it harder. Don’t grab that easiest path. It may look the prettiest, be the straightest, but it may not be the right one. If you choose the wrong one, don’t fret.  Turn around and try again. Life’s too short to sit and wallow in self-pity and  hurt.  Lick that wound and go!

I will leave you with two great quotes;

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” ― Robert Frost

 “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

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Fall Wreaths for next to nothing

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Hello, everyone. The fall season is getting in gear. That means lots of farmers markets and craft shows. I love up cycling and crafting so I decided to start sharing some cool ideas; some I have tried some I am going to.

I love fall so I decided it’s time for a new wreath for the door. Here are a few I really liked.

I found one  made from paper bags and a foam round here at Popsugar.com you can find the direction here.

I liked one that was made from burlap, but I don’t have any burlap, so in keeping with recycling and making this from stuff around the house, I am using the paper bags. It took an afternoon, and only about 4 dollars for the foam form for me since I had the rest around the house

The decorations are a bit scant for me but I have an abundance of old acorns, a cute squirrel and some fall leaves I believe I will add.  I will say it isn’t as easy as it looks, it was a bit time-consuming twisting the bags, and with  my bad hands I had to do it in spurts. I also burned the crap out of my finger. Here is mine:

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I also like owls and have an abundance of pinecones and acorns. I think I’ll make one for the other door and perhaps my laundry door with owls on a stick.

Here is what I came up with:

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All of these were made from stuff around the house or nature provided. I all ready have a  the glue gun and glue sticks, so mine cost me nothing but a fun afternoon.

Here are a few more cute ideas I found.

the directions and several more like this on here: I really wanted to do this but couldn’t find my old leaf rake top.  I did find another rake and made this nifty tool hanger for my back porch.. cost me nothing and took a few minutes to put a screw in the wall to hold lit.

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I found Lots of cute pine cone owls like this one  on this Pinterest page  These could be fun projects for the grandies or myself!

I incorporate a lot of things I do in my stories.  In my current story, my maincCharacter, we will call her Rose for now, makes a living  by selling things she makes from up cycling or her garden. She also creates great recipes and does a lot of canning. If you missed it yesterday I shared her tips for a fresh fall dinner ( she will be making this for  Frank).  you can find it here.

Do you put up new wreaths for fall? I would love to see your pictures. Feel free to drop them in comments if you’d like and if you have a cool fall craft  share that too!  Happy  free or almost free crafting!

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In the Garden~~and kitchen

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Hello everyone. Fall is almost here. That means if you garden you have a lot of produce to deal with.  My garden was quite small this year but done quite well. I have had lots of tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers , figs, apples and peaches.  This week I made some homemade tomato sauce that will be good both on pasta or pizza.

As I was canning some apple pie filling yesterday inspiration struck. The new story I am working on, the main Character we will call her Rose for now, also is very frugal and nature conscientious. I got the idea for a great  first meal she will make for her love interest Frank. She will make him a homemade pizza and a fresh apple pie.  Here are the recipes I made with my simple canning instructions.

Pizza crust: I love this recipe It is a very basic one I have used for a long time I make a double batch for company. each batch makes two crusts.   My Husband and I like different toppings so I make ours individual artisan type crusts as does Rose in the story. This works too if you have picky eaters in the family and everyone likes something different its super easy and looks good on a buffet also. each pizza could be cut in half. Here is the recipe I use. ( I freeze the extra dough. It holds up welIngredients list now reflects the new serving size.

Makes 2 crusts or 4 individual (depending on thickness) I divide dough in half and freeze one for  another day wrap tightly in saran wrap  then place in a freezer bag

  • 2 cups warm water

  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons olive oil

  •  2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

  • 4 cups bread flour plus two wheat flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • (the herbs and pepper can be left out  I like to add them for flavor I have fresh and use that instead of dry)
  • 2 tablespoon  active dry yeast

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    1. Put the wet ingredients first be sure the water is warm not too hot. Add the flour, sugar, sea salt, and herbs if you are add them.  Make a well then add yeast. Select Dough cycle; press Start. Let dough rest 5 to 30 minutes before using; the longer it rests, the thicker the crust.   roll the dough as desired  on a lightly floured surface. I like mine thicker hubby likes his thin.  I do the free hand artisan crust, but you can roll them to the thickness nad size you like  to fit your pans.  I use a stone so preheat that. If using regular pans I recommend spraying with cooking spray. I like to let my crust set at least 30 minutes after I form it. Add your favorite toppings and sauces  lots of mozzarella cheese and bake 10 to 15 minutes at 400 depending on thickness of pizzas. cool a few minutes before cutting.  Rose is using here is my recipe.2014-09-09 10.51.18
  • Homemade Italian Tomato Sauce
  • I don’t have exact measurements, I am just telling you how I done this.  I had  a lot of tomatoes I would guess about 10 cups peeled, cored and chopped. I put them into the crockpot with a handful of fresh basil  a couple spoons of garlic, some fresh thyme, oregano and sage and a big drizzle of olive oil. I cooked it about 4 hours on high it was a bit thin so I added a can of tomato paste. I let cook on low about  more hours ( i put it on early in the morning) until nice and thick. I spooned into jars and processed in a boiling water bath for about 30 minutes. This made 4 pints and two quarts and a little leftover i used that night for spaghetti.

Rose also had fresh peppers and herbs from the garden and makes goat cheese so  her pizzas were peppers, tomatoes, her sauce  basil mushroom and fresh made mozzarella. I do  buy my cheese!

Since this post is getting long I won’t go into homemade pie crust, though Rose would make her own, I am using  a store bought today. Her is the recipe for the pie filling I got from the internet:   It was quite easy and tasty I got 7 quarts of filling.

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Do you can or preserve? What do you put away?  Feel free to share recipes!

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In the Lair with TM Smith

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Today in the Lair we have the lovely TM Smith talking about her Dystopian series Opposites.

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Sex and Food when writing.

So, the question was presented to me recently about foods and sex when writing. This is an easy question for me as I’ve already written a very steamy chapter in my book The Library that took eating and feeding your partner ice cream to a whole new level!

There was definitely some inspiration behind the scenes of this scene. I’m a huge fan of Queer as Folk the TV show, and there was a brief scene between Brian and Justin where Justin was feeding Brian ice cream and it turned really sexy really quick. So I took that and toyed with a way to write something similar for my characters Aiyan and Kaden. Of course then there is the song, ‘Ice Cream’ by Sarah McLachlan that immediately came to mind. It’s just a sexy little jazzy number where she sings about ‘Your Love is better than ice cream, better than anything else I could try’ so I would listen to that song on repeat while getting into the mindset of this chapter.

I think that food play in a story can be so much fun, sensual and appealing to a readers mind if it’s done right. I think I nailed it with this chapter, I’ll share a little excerpt here for you, but to see it all you’ll have to grab a copy of The Library.

 

Excerpt from The Library, copyright @2013 TTC Publishing

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He cut off Aiyan’s protest, placing a finger on his lips. Kaden shook his head, “Shhhhh.” He held up the bowl of ice cream and smiled. “You’re not going anywhere, the ice cream will melt.” Before his husband could protest further, Kaden dipped his finger into the ice cream, then ran it across Aiyan’s bottom lip. He leaned in and licked the ice cream off with a quick sweep of his tongue, pulling back with a mischievous grin. One corner of Aiyan’s mouth tilted upward then he reached up and grabbed Kaden by the back of his neck, pulling his mouth back to him, kissing him properly.

They settled on the floor and Kaden began feeding himself and his husband, deliberately missing Aiyan’s mouth then licking it off his face.

 “Ahhh, that’s cold!” he exclaimed when Kaden actually did accidentally drop a spoonful on his bicep. He placed the bowl on the ground as he pushed Aiyan to lean back against the bed and began lapping up the sweet treat. Aiyan lay his head back and closed his eyes. “Don’t start something unless you intend to finish it.”  He placed Kaden’s hand over the bulge in his pants that was growing harder, and thicker with every kiss.

Kaden grinned wickedly, “Oh, I will.” He purred.

 “Oh, my… Kaden.” Aiyan groaned as Kaden ran the palm of his hand over his cock, the friction from the pants under Kaden’s grasp causing Aiyan to grow even harder. Aiyan opened his eyes when he felt the cold steel at his bottom lip, opening wide so Kaden could feed him a spoonful of ice cream. He dropped the spoon back in the bowl as he dove in for another kiss, the ice cream melting from the heat of their sweeping tongues.

He followed the trail of liquid that was trickling out of the corner of Aiyan’s mouth and caught it with the tip of his tongue, before diving right back into the warmth of Aiyan’s mouth again. He pulled back with a sigh staring into Aiyan’s eyes and placing a few more chaste kisses on his lips.

Kaden sat the bowl of ice cream on the floor beside them and then, with his palms on the floor to brace himself, leaned into Aiyan. Their lips brushed briefly and right as Aiyan leaned forward, Kaden pulled back. He shook his head, “Don’t move and don’t close your eyes.” He saw the muscles in Aiyan’s upper arms twitch, and he thought Aiyan might ignore him. Then one corner of Aiyan’s mouth slid upward and he gave Kaden that lopsided grin with a nod of his head.

Eyes wide open so no emotion could be hidden, Kaden leaned in and traced Aiyan’s lips with the tip of his tongue. He did this several times before flat out licking Aiyan’s lips from the bottom to the top, just where his nose started. He then traced Aiyan’s lips again, but this time with his entire tongue instead of just the tip. Aiyan’s chest began to rise and fall quicker than before, but he stayed still as Kaden had requested.

CAT: This is one of my favorite scenes and i‘ll never think of icecream the same.

 

Brian and Justin video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6I–0dEdok

Sarah McLachlan video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAhv0XGv8Pc

This is the video that inspires the kiss that Kaden requested Aiyan be still for

Demon video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luQAeyJ71qs

Now about the series

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Title: Opposites

Series: Opposites

Release Date: June 1st 2013 (re-released Nov 23 2013)

Author:  T.M. Smith

Genre: New Adult Dystopian (M/M F/F M/F)

Length: 199 pages

Publisher: TTC Publishing

 

 

Blurb: In the year 2081 our planet survived global warming of an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians. A new society is born.

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty fourth century having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.

Love is Love.. it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.

*WARNING* Opposites is an Adult Dystopian majorly M/M series that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples.*

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D54PF6M

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Title: The Library

Series: Opposites

Release Date: Nov 30th 2013

Author:  T.M. Smith

Genre: New Adult Dystopian M/M

Length: 45 pages

Publisher: TTC Publishing

 

Blurb:

Three gay couples run amuck in this short story where clothing, beds, even four walls are all optional!

Want to know what happened that night in the library?
Cirian and Rian had a fight in the library and Rian ends up naked on the desk, on his back, at Cirian’s mercy.

Want to know how far things went with ice cream?
A romantic evening by the fire feeding his husband ice cream leads to a lot more than heavy petting for Aiyan and Kaden.

Want to know what was going on when those birds fled?
Travelling hundreds of miles, battling the rebels and then travelling back to House Gaeland will take it out of you. But when Tanis wants something, he takes it. Raven is about to be bent over a tree!

A Note from the Author: I’ve taken three scenes from Opposites that were cut short and elaborated on the shenanigans that ensued. I also focused more in the beginning on the relationship between Cirian and Rian, to give readers a chance to know them and their inner workings better. I hope you enjoy this free read set in my world of Opposites!

**Warning, The Library is a novella set in the same world as Opposites. It’s an adult dystopian majorly M/M novel that includes consenting and explicit sexual relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples**

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Title: Appearances

Series: Opposites

Release Date: August 31st 2014

Author:  T.M. Smith

Genre: New Adult Dystopian (M/M F/F M/F)

Length: 188 pages

Publisher: TTC Publishing

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21952171-appearances

Appearances, can be deceiving.

Raven and Tanis are trying very hard to merge their vastly different lifestyles, but Tanis issues with his own past could prove to be more than their fragile relationship can handle. Is their love for each other strong enough to weather the oncoming storm?

Aiya and Sawyer have fought hard to be together in a world where Opposite relationships are generally forbidden. Yet, they are still forced to keep their relationship a secret while they are outside the walls of House Gaeland.

Everyone assumes that the only threat lies outside their walls, the group of rebels led by Cillian. But something is happening within House Gaeland, something that hasn’t happened since GWI. And with all the attention focused on that, their guard is down. An evil that was under their nose all along strikes, and someone will make the ultimate sacrifice to save another.

Appearances is the second book in the Opposites series, the series should be read in order.

** Warning, Opposites is an Adult Dystopian majorly M/M series that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, straight and lesbian couples. **

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** Warning form the Author:, Opposites is an Adult Dystopian majorly M/M series that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, straight and lesbian couples. **

Appearances is book two of the Opposites Series and should be read in order. One thing I truly loved about this book was the dictionary in the front with the explanations of the houses, some of the words and in the back there was more explanations. It made the reading so much easier to follow knowing exactly where things were taking place.

The story starts out with some rally hot sex between Kaden and Aiyan. These two men can really set a page on fire. They are preparing to go to each other’s spouses’ homeland to celebrate the pairings and weddings. Aiya, Maive, Sawyer along with some of the parents, and Raven and Tanis will go to Greece.
Aiyan and Kaden will go to Kaden’s home. Aiya finds out she is pregnant and this will cause her secret to come out.
In Greece Raven finds out that the rumours about Tanis’ playboy past is true and he feels he isn’t good enough for Tanis.

As you can see there is a lot going on in this book. As well as all this, Cillian is still out to get his revenge. There is major hot sex with some of the dads. There is lots of action, suspense as well as all the hot man-sex.

I love Tanis and Raven. There is some sex with these guys that you need a fire hydrant to put out the smouldering flames. I thought the makeup sex was the best ever.

The only problem I had with the book is there was a little too much going on and it got overwhelming.

If you like dystopian settings, lots of drama and suspense and some smoking man-sex with one heck of a surprise ending this is for you!

I will leave you with a pretty little teaser:Appearances Teaser 2

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TGIF—-Sorry but your out.

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This has been a tough week. I got a rejection letter on Saturday that really bummed me. It wasn’t really a big surprise. I expected as much. When I submitted, I didn’t read the call close enough and after re checking it I realized the call was for more Halloween related stories and haunted house type plus a hotter sexier story. My story is a sweeter, lighthearted romance, though the main character is a ghost. I wasn’t prepared for what the letter said. They mentioned none of the above. They said my style (first person) wasn’t for them and my characters were hard to empathize with. I had four readers that all loved my characters. Oh well. That door was slammed in my face.

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I will take the advice and move on.

I am still waiting to hear from the other publisher about my MM cowboy short. This publisher I really want to get in with so I really hope this isn’t another door slamming. It’s only been a week on this one so I still have a while to wait.

 

fingers crossed

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And to move on to edits. I still am at a standstill on Love bites. I sent it to 2 readers a month ago. Still waiting. I sent the editor and email to meet via phone, waiting still for that call…

My beta readers of the ghost story urged me to self-publish it for October, but I decided in keeping with Halloween a paranormal story would go over better so I dusted of Dark Magick and sent to an editor…One that actually likes paranormal stuff this time. Therefore, I wait for edits back.

I have ever said how much I hate waiting?

 

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LET’S MOVE ON

 

On the personal front, I got some canning done over the weekend. I put up 7 quarts of apple pie filling. Several jars of homemade salsa, a dozen jars of pepper jelly and some Pasta/ Pizza sauce. I will tell you more about these Sunday. I also picked some figs and will try my hand this weekend at homemade fig bars. I will let you know how that turns out.

We are in the middle of having new stairs built so the house is a mess. The silver lining is I get out of housecleaning during construction and more time to read!

Fall is coming soon and I love it so I am getting ready to pull out my fall dishes, and put up my fall decorations. A new wreath is in order. Check out tomorrow’s post to see what I have come up with!

So for this week… That’s a wrap!

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On the Tour Bus~~Dakota Skies by Taylin Clavelli

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Title: Dakota Skies

Author: Taylin Clavelli

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

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Born in the wrong time…

In 1875 Dakota, Sheriff Jamie Carter has to hide his interest in men, even from his gutsy twin sister, Anna. On a good day, the truth can mean a bullet between the eyes, and on a bad, one in the back.

A man on a mission…

Jamie leaves Anna in charge of Blackrock and he hits the bounty hunting trail, along with his faithful equine companion, Houston. Five territories, scores of ‘Wanted’ posters, and many bullets later, his path unexpectedly converges with that of enigmatic loner, Kit Brooks.

Two men with one soul…

Will the smoldering fire between them rage into an inferno and break down protective barriers, allowing them to find love? Or will it separate and kill them?

Beneath Dakota skies…

Jamie and Kit’s story is a sweeping saga of cowboys, Indians, persistent broads, and vengeful villains, where the cowboys aren’t always the good guys, and love can’t be taken for granted.

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About the author:

Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.

Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.

Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.

Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.

Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.

Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:

Laughter – especially that of her children.

The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.

The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.

Social links:

Website: http://www.taylinclavelli.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/taylinclavelli

 

Cat’s Meow~~ Final Exam-Learning to love- KC Wells

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Book Name: Learning to Love: Final Exam

Series: Learning to Love Book 4

Length 224 pages

Author Name: K.C. Wells

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

 

 

One house, three couples, and one year left until their final exams….

One house, three couples, and one year left until their final exams….

Evan and Daniel want to take their D/s relationship to the next level. When Daniel suggests conducting a little research at a BDSM club, Evan is more than up for it. Trouble is, one of their housemates isn’t happy about this.

Finances tighten for new couple Josh and Chris. Wanting to ease some of the pressure on Chris, Josh starts as an agency nurse. But tackling a heavy workload at medical school and working late-shifts leaves little time for the couple. Something’s gotta give.

In Spain, Sean was diagnosed as suffering from migraines. But after the medications have no effect and he starts suffering from other complaints, he decides to get a second opinion without telling Michael. When Michael finds out, Sean’s usually laid-back husband’s reaction shocks everyone. But Michael needs to get his head sorted fast, because Sean needs his strength.

As their school career comes to a close and the one person who holds them all together starts to fall apart, the final exam is a true test of friendship.

A little more about the book

SEAN WAS getting really fed up with his housemates.
Ever since he and Michael had got back from Spain, the four men had turned into mother hens. Sean was constantly aware of them watching him. At least, it felt like they were. When he’d brought it up, Michael had said he was imagining things, but then again, Michael was guilty of the same thing in Sean’s book. He knew Michael was keeping a close eye on him. Sean hadn’t said a word. These days, he didn’t trust himself to do so without biting Michael’s head off, and that was the last thing he wanted to do.
Okay, so I’ve had a few migraines. Why the scrutiny all the time?
He loved his housemates to bits, but recently he’d found himself snapping at them on occasion, and that just wasn’t like him. He could see the same thought in Michael’s eyes and that hurt. He hated it when Michael worried, especially if he was the cause.
He wanted to scream at them all.
Look, I’m fine! It’s just a few fucking HEADACHES, that’s all!
He wouldn’t, of course, tempting though the idea was. And besides, there was that tiny voice in his head that wouldn’t go away.
What if it’s more than just headaches? What if there’s something else wrong?
At first he’d pushed the thought aside. He’d been to the doctors in Spain, hadn’t he? The doc had been perfectly happy with his diagnosis of migraines
Only now the headaches were occurring more regularly, which was worrisome. The fact that his bloody pills were useless wasn’t helping either.
Then DO something. Get another opinion.
Now that made sense.
Sean picked up his phone and scrolled through his contacts to the clinic where he and Michael got tested every few months.
The sooner he got this sorted, the happier he’d be. And maybe then his housemates would stop mothering him.
He listened for a moment. Michael was downstairs in the kitchen with Chris, Evan, and Daniel. Josh was at the hospital. If Michael knew he was making an appointment, he’d only worry even more.
So that meant only one course of action—Sean wasn’t going to tell him. He’d go see another doctor, see if there were any tests they could run, and maybe get some medication that actually worked. He glanced at the notice board where his and Michael’s timetables were pinned. Being on the same course had its drawbacks, especially if he wanted to book an appointment when Michael wouldn’t be around. The only time available was when Michael saw his personal tutor. At least the clinic was on campus, but he might have to book it a week or two in advance to be sure of getting the slot he wanted.
And if he were completely honest, Sean was starting to get concerned. He rarely got sick, he ate healthily—Michael made sure of that—he didn’t smoke, and his alcohol intake amounted to a couple of glasses of wine per week. So putting up with headaches was pissing him off.
Make the call, Sean. While Michael’s not in earshot.
Sighing, he pressed Connect.

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A little about the Author: Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.
K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.
The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

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My journey chapter 1

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Hello everyone. This past month I had been doing a lot of thinking and soul-searching about my career.  Over the past few years, I have learned a lot.  This is how my journey began. These are posts from my old blog on my writing journey.I have edited them ( heaven knows they  needed it) I will be doing these on Wednesday for the next couple months.

My Journey- Chapter One

published 6-28 2011 on  blogger

Recently I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, having retired from my job of 19 years because of  a disability. I was doing a lot of reading of romantic fantasies and fiction by authors such as Laurell K  Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Patricia Biggs just to name a few. I became so engrossed with their characters that  I just couldn’t get them out of my head. One day while I was sweeping,  I thought  how cool it would be to come up with my own characters. In my mind I made up my own on their own quests.

I was on a weight loss site one morning, logging my  meals and a

Day 2 6-29-2011

The first couple of weeks I spent writing down my ideas, mostly just my characters. I also spent some time on the Write and publish fiction website. It has so many great  tips. I had no idea where to start, since I have never written a book, but I knew there was a lot more to it than just writing the book, so I begin studying. So far, still pretty fun. I also went to the library and checked out lol. I definitely have to brush up on my grammar and sentence structure but so far found story-wise, I am doing ok.  Then I decided to start telling people I was doing this so I wouldn’t quit, or just give up when the going got hard, which I found out was sooner than I had expected. Both the book and website pretty much agreed that the purpose for your writing was

Both the book, and website pretty much agreed that the purpose for your writing was important, that you had to have a goal. My goal is to write this book (which in a few days turned into two, then multiplied like a bunny into four(at this time is the conclusion but in this fantasy world things can change and quite rapidly) haha, for my daughter Margaret’s birthday. I thought  what a cool gift a book by mom. Well, actually the first manuscript will be her birthday gift. Hopefully, the book will be  ready by Christmas. I have decided to go with self-publishing at this point. It seems to be the trend, basically cut a lot of cost and getting publishers, editors, etc, but I chose it because I don’t do well with deadlines and pressure. I just freeze up and run and bury my head in the sand like an ostrich. Which I have already done at least thirty times in the past  few months since I have started. The first of these times was when I started writing  the story for my characters.The opening line just never seemed to do it for me. So I went to the  website and found this was quite normal, So I just started again writing down ideas as they came to me, which turned out to be quite random. Back to the

The  first of these times was when I started writing  the story for my characters. The opening line just never seemed to do it for me. So I went to the  website and found this was quite normal, so I just started again writing down ideas as they came to me, which turned out to be quite random. Back to the website, ok normal again,  just write  and organize thoughts so I  got some post-its and wrote on top of pages about where to put what. Not too bad I thought, Then  that’s when  the book multiplied the first time. I decided I would like to know more of  the character (her name was Blaze Velamore. Now spelled Blaise) so book one became book two, now back to the drawing board.

I had great characters, no plot, but the new book one was necessary to introduce book two. I had a great ending for book one to go with my characters, but had to have a reason to bring  it to the conclusion. I was frustrated and confused and that got worse as I read the library book  talking about  what to do and not to do on plots. I decided to just give up. A couple  of days  later  I was sweeping  and  ideas started pouring again. Low and behold it hit like a brick. I finally knew what my story was about besides a half-breed witch vampire. It’s   actually a girl who becomes a woman,  with so many choices to make, what paths to choose ,and suffering the consequences of those choices, as she embarks on her journey to find out who and in her case, what she is. Easy to relate to?  Except in her case, there are lots of twists and turns. The journey continues.

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This book mentioned whole other story to tell, but I am glad it was tabled since I have learned so much over the years I know it will be so much better. I also have learned to use Grammarly for  writing help and Scrivener to help organize those random thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed my Journey and will come back next week for the next episodes! See ya soon!!

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