Wednesday, July 10, 2024

#SummerRead - Sci Fi Romance

Looking for something different to read?
How about:
- A post apocalyptic romance.
- A hero who has special prosthetic, armed with a deadly blade. The guy is is direct, down and dirty.
- The heroine Lidia is a doctor
- Desert sailing ships and adventure.
- Gritty sex.

"If you're looking for a fast entertaining read that takes you out of the everyday and into the future, Desert Blade is it. I LOVED the hero Derek - a strong, protective warrior who never loses his compassion despite the insanity of the world around him. The heroine Lidia is a doctor who adapts herself well to an uncertain future, but never gives up her values or vow to help those in need." - Julie Rowe

Near-Future, Science Fiction Romance, Post-Apocalyptic 

In the post-apocalyptic Midwest, now a ravaged dust bowl, former
guardsman Derek Covington must find help for a sick boy. With nothing
but memories of all he lost, Derek crosses the desert alone in search
of the doctor who saved his own life ten years ago. Drifter gangs who
loot and pillage don't dare come near, for Derek has a formidable
weapon: a prosthetic arm with a deadly blade.

For a decade, Dr. Lidia Sullivan has fantasized about the handsome
guardsman who'd been in her care. And now she can't deny his dangerous
request. But as they make the treacherous journey back to Old St.
Louis, they must contend with much more than fierce desert winds and
their unthinkable attraction. A fearless gang has spotted Lidia—a
rare woman—and will fight Derek to the death to get her. And though
he risks his life to save her for the sake of the child who needs her,
she fears there's one thing Derek will never risk: his heart.

Available from 
Carina Press

Publisher's Weekly calls Desert Blade "a sweet romance in the burning
wreck of a postapocalyptic United States"

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

#TastyTuesday - Cran Razzy!

Today's Tasty Tuesday is another sexy summer drink. This one is only 163 calories and packed wih Vitamin C.

Cran Razzy!

1/2 cup frozen raspberries
2 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
2 cups seltzer
2 tbs lime juice plus, 4 lime slices
6oz (3/4 cups) vodka

Fresh raspberries should be frozen in a single layer. Combine cranberry-raspberry juice, seltzer, lime juice and vodka in a pitcher. Pour the mixture in a glass and add the lime slice and frozen raspberries for garnish.

Monday, July 1, 2024

Tea Time - Memories

Todays tea is one of my moms favorites.
She loved the warm spices and delicate orange nuances of Constant Comment.

She would make a cup then settle into her favorite chair with one of her many Harlequin romances.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Peaceful Porch

I found an old photo of the porch. I designed the size of the porch to become another room in the warmer months. Over the years, we've definitely used it as such. We've had meals, put together puzzles, done craft projects and games, quietly read and entertained guests over the years. It was a favorite place for teens to hang out.
Ten years ago.

Before my mom passed, she enjoyed spending the entire day rocking, reading and watching birds from her favorite spot on the porch.

As time has slipped away, we built the back deck and the boys have left the nest. The porch doesn't get  used as often. However, it is still a peaceful place to relax. On rainy mornings, I enjoy doing yoga and meditation while breathing in fresh air. To avoid sun and heat, I enjoy the quiet to write and Reyka lounges nearby.

It's funny how places evolve and change.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

#SummerReadRecomendation - Cherry Tree Harbor series

Summer reading is always my happy place.

 I love everything my writer pal, Melanie Harlow Author creates. Melanie is a Michigan author, like myself, and her settings are in my favorite areas of the state. Small towns and hot heroes are my weakness. Add in wineries and I'm there! Her descriptions of both locations and characters are superb, making the reader feel like they are standing in the scene.

I began reading the Cloverleigh Farm Series, then ate up the Bellamy Creek Series. LOVE!

Those of you who know I am a Book Dragon, can expect to see plenty of her books in my hoard. The Cherry Tree Harbor books are delicious. Pick up your copies and meet those hotties.

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€!
They have a little bit of something for everyone…๐‘Ž โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘‘, ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘ฆ ๐‘†๐ธ๐ด๐ฟ, ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘’๐‘  ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ, ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘’๐‘š๐‘–๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ , ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘‘๐‘ฆ๐‘”๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘/๐‘๐‘’๐‘™๐‘’๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ฆ, ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘–๐‘’๐‘›๐‘๐‘’, ๐‘”๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘š๐‘๐‘ฆ/๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’, ๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘, “๐‘€๐‘ฆ ๐‘Š๐‘–๐‘“๐‘’”, ๐‘๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘’๐‘  ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ, ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ, ๐ป๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘™๐‘ฆ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘/๐‘ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘› ๐‘”๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘™, ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘–๐‘™๐‘  โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ.
๐Œ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž…
๐Ÿ’ ๐ด๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘› →
๐Ÿ’ ๐‘‹๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ →
๐Ÿ’ ๐ท๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘› →
๐Ÿ’ ๐ท๐‘Ž๐‘ โ„Ž →

Be sure to check out Melanie's Author Page on Amazon.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

#TastyTuesday - Strawberry Fun

I stopped at the local farmers' market and found some large strawberries. 
Hmm... strawberries!
Dip them in chocolate!

I managed to get the berries home and cleaned before the boys noticed. I dipped some in chocolate to take for a picnic. Some went into the freezer to use later. 

When the boys sixth sense kicked in and they began to forage in the fridge, I popped some into the blender with a scoop of ice cream and a cup of milk to make smoothies.

Today's romance tip:
On hot days, keep large strawberries in the freezer. Tease your honey when he gets home from a hot day at work. Keep some for later at night too! The coolness of the berry against hot skin... the sweet smell tickling the senses... the caress of a tongue that laps up the juice left behind.

Sunday, June 23, 2024

a Superior Reunion

Nothing is better than old friends who haven't been together in years have a reunion and time feels as if it never passed. 

A sign of true friendship is how it endures through time.

Lucky for us, Trish organized such a reunion on the beautiful shore of Lake Superior. 

With such an incredible view yoga outside was spiritual and the walk was refreshing.

Friday, June 21, 2024

#FirstPageFriday: Eagle Dance

Featuring the first page of a book on Friday is a great way to kickstart a weekend.

Dyami Schafer, a Native American from the Chippewa tribe in Michigan leads a lonely life due to his large size and unusual appearance. When his nesting instinct sets in, he turns to Madame Eve and 1 Night Stand to help him find his spirit mate or at least a woman who enjoys dancing and accepts him as an eagle shifter.

Amanda Collins never recovered from unrequited love and memories of a Chippewa boy. She believes a simple night with a Native American man will make her forget the past so she can move on with her life.

Madame Eve partners them for a 1 Night Stand in the magical Rose Cabin at the Poconos Mountain Resort. During a blizzard they learn one must step into the past before dancing into the future. Will the Spirit of the Eagle carry them?

Here is the first page:
Chapter One

Frilly snowflakes fell, decorating the sleeve of his Carhartt jacket. A pair of the crystals landed on the hard material, molded together to form a larger, even more beautiful design.
No two flakes are the same, yet they manage to find a mate. Is my design too different, that I’ll never find my match? Dyami sighed, his breath releasing in a puff of white and releasing the negative vibes teasing the edge of his mind. He straightened and stretched stiff back muscles. Everything in nature happens for a reason.
Over a few beers several months earlier, he’d celebrated his own pity party with a friend. He’d vented his frustration of women staring at him with fear or disgust and had reached his limit of tolerating loneliness. His large size and dark, Native American features often intimidated strangers. Women of his tribe whispered of his peculiar eyes and often walked away, repulsed.
Unfortunately, his nesting instinct had also recently kicked in. He wanted a good woman who would accept and love him for the rest of his life. His drinking buddy had mentioned an elite dating service, 1Night Stand, that set up blind dates that often led to a love match. Dyami’s spirit nurtured the seed of hope at the recommendation and persuaded him to fill out the paperwork for a date.
Then, a week earlier, he’d stood on his porch, drinking his morning coffee, when a hawk flew overhead. His people considered hawks to be messengers, and he’d wondered about the significance of the creature’s visit. With an impatient heart, he went inside, checked his email, and discovered a message from Madame Evangeline, the owner of 1Night Stand.
Following a day of work, he’d driven almost seven hundred miles in poor weather to meet his date. He’d planned to arrive at his destination with vim and vigor, not exhausted. Eventually, he’d given in to his fatigue and spent the night in a cheap hotel along Interstate 80.
Now, standing and waiting for his date, he watched a plow rumble on the road and the world grow white and admired the serene landscape. Giant evergreen boughs were laden with heavy snow, much like the mental weight he carried. The trunks stood strong, bearing the spirits of the earth. Crisp air filled his lungs. Around his neck hung a pendant with a small eagle mounted on an arrowhead representing his lineage. Clasping it, he closed his eyes. The rough edges dug into his palm, yet gave him comfort. Some of the legends of his culture were true; such as those telling of people born with a totem animal or a spirit guide. His ancestors had been blessed by the Great Spirit. In every generation, one man be born not only with a spirit animal residing within his soul, but also the gift of shifting from man to that of his spirit animal.

Buy now on Amazon.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

#Thursday13 - Relax & Reduce Stress

1. Stretch like a cat. Have you even noticed a cat curled up in a ball and then how she wakes with a yawn and a wonderful yoga stretch? Try it! 

2. Take a walk… with your honey if possible so you can steal a few kisses too. Otherwise enjoy a few moments of peace and quiet to let your mind rejuvenate. 

3. Soak in the tub. Place a few lavender candles around and grab a glass of wine. Don’t forget to lock the door. 

4. Chocolate! That is my cure-all! Works for everything. 

5. Bask in the sun. Take a few moments or a half hour if you can to let the sun caress your face. Take a few deep breaths, relax, and just enjoy being. 

6. Grab your comfort food… chocolate, ice cream, cheesecake… and then invite me over. 

7. Get a massage. Whether you go to a local spa or pay your child $5 to rub your feet. But if you ask your honey while holding some whipping cream… 

 8. Candles and incense work for me and I find them to be inspiring at the same time. Carefully select your scents tho. Lavender is known for its relaxing properties as well as rosemary and mint aid with stress. 

9. Music! Turn up your tunes. Pop in something you listened to as a teen or at college that brings back fond memories. Dance & sing! Put on those white socks and slide across the floor. My kids die of embarrassment when I dance & sing while cleaning the house. But hubby likes it when I grab him for a spin. 

10. Get a dose of cuddles and snuggles. If your honey isn’t around, grab one of the kids or pets or even a best pal for a little snuggle time. 

 11. Walk in the rain and jump in the puddles. Take some time to find your inner child. 

12. A good stiff drink. Maybe even try Sex on the Beach or a Screaming Orgasm. 

13. Laugh! Laughter is the best medicine. Laughter combined with some good luvin’ is nice too. Try this: take some whipping cream and your neckid body… cover your body in the important parts and walk into a room your honey is in. Just make sure the kids aren’t home when you do this. 

 Hmmm…. I think I need to make a list of 13 things to do with whipping cream.

For more fun Thursday 13 lists, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Adult Fairy Tales - Hansel & Gretel Retold by Erica Lynn

Need a quick little tale to help you escape the middle of the week blues?
 How about a twist on an old childhood fairy tale?

This is the true account of Hansel and Gretel. Forget your silly, misguided tales of two siblings and a house of gingerbread and cakes. This is the story of what happens when love battles against lust. When the yearnings of the heart are forced to wage war against the base needs and desires we all possess. When the time comes to face who we really are. What we truly want. What we need. 

A Warning: Their story should not be taken lightly, for we all toe the line between human and savage animal. We walk around in the light, hoping others don’t see the depravity lurking within, begging to be let free. So take a deep breath, set up your defenses, and slowly turn the page. I dare you. 

**This is a dark and extremely explicit retelling of the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. In this novelette, Hansel and Gretel are NOT brother and sister.**