Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Flirty Tips

 Flirting is a subtle and not too serious aspect of romance. It is a basic instinct to want to charm the other sex. However, flirting isn’t only for singles; just because you are in a committed relationship doesn’t mean you need to stop flirting with your honey. Flash an unexpected smile at him and watch his eyes begin to twinkle as he smiles back. Flirting can be fun and sexy.

Here are a few tips:

Body Language

  • Throw sidelong glances frequently!
  • Prolonged eye contact -Eye contact is very essential at the time of flirting. It shows that you are confident about yourself.
  • Arched eyebrows
  • Winking
  • Touch your neck or hair after looking at him
  • Smiling - A smile not only breaks the ice and makes the atmosphere easy going, but also improves your face value.
  • Licking of lips
  • Touching the lips or teeth with tongue
  • Any form of touching


  • Laughter
  • Whispering
  • Personal questions, everyone likes to talk about themselves
  • Singling someone out in a group for conversation and questions


However if you are single and you flirt, keep in mind that flirting should indicate your interest in getting to know someone.   Flirting is designed to make the person you're flirting with feel attractive and special, not intimidated. The most important tip on flirting is BE YOURSELF.


Sunday, October 8, 2023

Fight Childhood Cancer with Cover Model John Quinlan


Our own World's Most Tattooed Cover Model has a special project this year and would like every one's help. 

For his birthday this year, John Quinlan is asking for donations to The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundations. He chose this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to him. He hopes readers and fans will consider contributing as a way to celebrate with him. Every little bit will help him reach his goal.

The Andrew McDonough Be Positive Foundation was founded in 2007 after Andrew McDonough, a 14 year old athlete and A student, passed away from complications of leukemia. His family started The Be Positive Foundation to provide financial assistance to families of children with cancer, fund critical pediatric cancer research and spread the message to be positive. Today, The Be Positive Foundation is one of the largest grantors of financial assistance to families of kids with cancer in the country.



Rusted brandy in a diamond glass
everything is made from dreams
time is made from honey slow and sweet
only the fools know what it means
temptation, temptation, temptation
oh, temptation, temptation, I can't resist
I know that she is made of smoke
but I've lost my way
she knows that I am broke
so that I must play
temptation, temptation, temptation
oh, whoa, temptation, temptation, I can't resist
Dutch pink and Italian blue
she is waiting there for you
my will has disappeared
now my confusions oh so clear
temptation, temptation, temptation
whoa, whoa, temptation, temptation
I can't resist

- Tom Waits

Take the word, "Temptation". 

Say it out loud, slowly letting it roll across your tongue. 

Sprinkle in some voodoo and candlelight. 

Add the warmth from a well aged bourbon.

Lay with black silk and soft skin.


Don't resist the temptation

but simply let yourself enjoy the moment.


However, one temptation may lead to another

and possibly forever.


Sunday, July 30, 2023

Road Trip Day #7 "Put That in Your Story"

 When surrounded by family at a reunion, one will notice the different generations. I love chatting with the elders as much as I enjoy catching up with those my own age. Funny how conversations turn when your relatives find out you are a romance author. Add a little wine and the juicy stuff comes out.

One cousin could be and should be a writer. She's incredibly creative and finds a story everywhere. Throughout the weekend, Cousin J would gasp and turn to me with wide eyes and shout, "Put that in a story!"

After asking the cousins about their "cute meets" with their husbands, I have enough fodder for several more books. Cousin J suggested I write one book based on all of them.  

Subject matter includes the heroine in a long-term relationship when Mr. Right comes along, but he certainly has to work to turn her head after fumbling numerous times for a first date. 

Put that in your story!

Let's take a look at a bedraggled heroine heading back home on a plane after everything that could go wrong goes wrong, only to have Mr. Right sit next to her. 

Put that in your story!

Oh... the list of ideas continues.

Sharing a quiet moment with the eldest generation proved to be fruitful as well. Mom was married to dad for over 60 years. Aunt Val long marriage to Uncle Rog ended with his death. Ironically, after closing her heart, she found love again in a sweet fella who has a witty sense of humor. When asked the secret of a long, healthy marriage Uncle Larry said it best.

"Marry your best friend."

Put that in your story!

Road Trip Day #6 "Family Traditions"

 Family traditions help strengthen family bonds and gives family members a sense of belonging especially when miles often separates them. Nothing brings loved ones together than celebrating traditions and often creating new ones.

The Family Reunion concluded with traditions.

Aunt Val made Lefsa for breakfast. She has been sharing the secret recipe and cooking process with her daughter who will carry on the tradition.

Lefsa is a Norwegian flatbread cooked on a large, flat griddle. Our family eats it warm with butter and sugar. It is also good with brown sugar and cinnamon or jelly. We roll the tortilla-like bread into a roll and quickly stuff it into our mouths.

Worshiping together as a family was taken outside and the "service" prepared by the cousins. 

After reminiscing all weekend about when all the girl cousins chased a young Flyboy and tied him to a pole, the cousins turned the memory into a tradition.

It's tough being the only guy to all these dolls.

Take a moment today to think about what traditions you have in your family. 

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Roadtrip Day #5 "Take Time for a Break"

Being together is nice but sometimes stepping away from the schedule is needed.
Flyboy, I and our niece who is in the Navy slipped away from the family reunion for an hour in the morning to explore the quaint little lakeside town.

Flyboy was such a good man following us into each store while were examined every ware, smelled all the candles, tried on numerous outfits and wandered an art gallery. 

The romance of the shops became a refreshing break. A little something for the heart and soul. (A fun way to get extra steps if anyone's counting!)

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Roadtrip Days #3 and #4 "The Inlaws and the Outlaws"

When you marry into large family remembering names can often be a challenge. My mother-in-law is one of 5, born and raised on a farm in Fergus Falls, MN. As the siblings married the family grew with girls outnumbering the boys in the "cousins" generation. (Poor Flyboy was the only boy when his parents went home to MN.) Now those cousins are not only parents but also grandparents!

So here I am, trying to remember names of the cousins and their spouses whom I haven't seen in 25 years. The first day of the reunion I focused on getting to know them all over again. The second day, I began learning names of their kids.

Needless to say, the Battle Lake is beautiful. The Quast Crew is under one roof as all 14 of us share an Airbnb. 

Roadtrip Day #2 "Enjoy the Moment You're In"

When you don't give yourself a time limit you can enjoy more of the moment you are in.

After waking to "pea soup" fog, we left Michigan an entered Wisconsin via a 2-lane highway and didn't see much traffic but enjoyed wounderful morning scenery. 
Road work is a common occurrence during the summer months here in the mid-west. Jokes are made and even a couple songs have been writen. After graduation, the Menace took a summer job with the county Road Commission and has been a flag person lately. 
So of course I had to share this photo on the family group chat with the caption "Hey look, it's the Menace!"

In a blink of an eye we were in Minnesota.

 We stopped for gas and to sooth rumbling stomachs. The station bustled with travelers like ourselves exhibitinga sense of comradery as if we all belonged to a secret club of sorts. Inside the shop, the delicious smell of grilling sausages greeted our noses. Isles were lined with products often needed by cross country adventurers as well as snacks, fresh pastries and ripened fruit. Flyboy and I nibbled on all-beef hotdogs filled with Wisconsin cheese.  

About an hour from our destination, we stopped to pick up the adult beverages for the reunion.  Flyboy walked into the shop, stopped and exclaimed, "I'm in heaven!"

Oh, boy....

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Roadtrip Day #1 "No Kids!"

This is the first trip without kids. Oh sure, we've done weekend getaways but this is a bit longer.

We will be meeting up with folks for a Keller Family Reunion in Battle Lake MN. Hubby's mom is one of the Keller siblings. The Menace is taking Mom & Aunt Cheryl to meet up with Flyboy Jr in Traverse City then fly to Minneapolis. 

Flyboy & I chose to drive, taking our time and turning it into a vacation. And yes, a dash of romance! Who do you think I am?
After having lunch in Mackinaw City,  we wandered the beach, holding hands, laughing and taking selfies. The first day ended at the border of Michigan and Wisconsin for a solid dinner and comfy bed to crash land. 

Most of the trip has been spent driving,  listening to music, talking, and simply creating a little love bubble. *sigh* Sometimes it's  nice to just be together.

Quiet moments of holding hands abd sharing a smile add a splash of romance in a busy life. After 32 years, gazing into my Flyboy's baby blues and his touch still make my heart flutter.

Try to take a moment today to simply be.

Peace out.

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Back in the Saddle

As retirement from my "day job" approaches,  I began writing again and it feels so good. 

Finish Hawk's Honor for Decadent Publishing. 
Rework the Soul Series and republish.

Stay tuned! My writing partner promises to keep an eye on me.