Thursday, December 29, 2011

Friday Flash Fiction

Hello Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to FFF, the Friday Flash Fiction series. Where my friends and I have one photo prompt and write exactly 100 words to describe what we see.  I grew up on a farm, so, all sorts of stories came to my mind this week, but, the rule is share only one and just 100 words.  Peek inside the thought I chose for this week ;)

Should I go easy on this city boy? Ruthie debated throwing the match intentionally to save his overinflated ego.
Don’t you dare, sis. The words reverberated in her brain. Startled, she briefly looked toward her brother holding his camera, taping the match. Video proof that even this black belt visiting their ranch couldn’t bring her down.
We can read each other’s minds? She marveled telepathically toward her brother.
He smiled as he replied in kind. Yes, we can- Imagine everything we will do with these powers. Now, take this chump out, we have animals to feed and supper to cook. 
The End....or is it?

Please visit my fellow author's pages for their take on this saucy photo.  Some of the other interpretations may be much hotter, so, be ready for anything and enjoy. :)
Katie Harper: http://katieharperwrites.blogspot.com/
Yvonne Nicolas: http://yvonnenicolas.wordpress.com/
Eden Connor: http://edenconnorwrites.blogspot.com/
AuroraRose Andromeda: http://rollingmuseintheroses.blogspot.com
ER Pierce http://www.erpierce.com
Sara York: http://sarayork.blogspot.com
Sherri Hayes: http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/
Lee Brazil: http://leebrazilauthor.blogspot.com
Sharita Lira as BL: http://blrawiyaerotica.blogspot.com
Patricia Logan: http://naughtypassions.blogspot.com
Bonni Sansom: http://bonnisansom.blogspot.com/
Cassandre Dayne: http://cassandredayne.wordpress.com/
Benjamin Russell: http://www.incubuschronicles.blogspot.com/
Gemma Parkes:http://gemmaparkes.blogspot.com/
Cyril J. Michael: http://authorcyriljmichaels.blogspot.com/
Venus Cahill: http://www.venusbookluvr.blogspot.com/
Luna Ella Aldora: http://moonkissedromantica.blogspot.com/
Davee Jones: http://finless.blogspot.com/
Naomi Shaw: http://midnightfantasieswithnaomishaw.blogspot.com/
Jean Joachim: http://joachimbooks.blogspot.com
Jade Baiser: http://jadebaiser.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Friday Flash Fiction


Merry Christmas! 
Hello Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to FFF, the Friday Flash Fiction series. Where my friends and I have one photo prompt and write exactly 100 words to describe what we see.   The beauty of the couple surrounded by the snow put me in a seriously romantic mood. Enjoy my interpretation.

As she saw him coming toward the vestibule, she rushed outside without her cloak.  She did not feel the cold against her skin, only the warmth of his arms around her and his lips pressing deliciously into her own.  The snow fell magically on their sweet reunion, setting the perfect stage for their first embrace in almost two years.
As he held her closely, it reminded him how much he missed her sweet breath against his face.  He vowed never to leave her again; the riches weren’t worth the misery living without her. He only hoped she felt the same.
Please now take the opportunity to visit my friends' pages and their interpretations.  Caution--Some of the other pages are hotter and the images included definitely for adult eyes only. 

Bonni Sansom: http://bonnisansom.blogspot.com/
Lee Brazil: http://leebrazilauthor.blogspot.com/
Sherri Hayes: http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/
ER Pierce http://www.erpierce.com
Yvonne Nicolas http://yvonnenicolas.wordpress.com/
Eden Connor: http://edenconnorwrites.blogspot.com/
Benjamin Russell: http://www.incubuschronicles.blogspot.com/
AuroraRose Andromeda: http://rollingmuseintheroses.blogspot.com
Sara York: http://sarayork.blogspot.com
Cyril J. Michael: http://authorcyriljmichaels.blogspot.com/
Venus Cahill: http://www.venusbookluvr.blogspot.com/
Havan Fellows: http://havanshawthaven.blogspot.com/
Naomi Shaw: http://midnightfantasieswithnaomishaw.blogspot.com/
Gemma Parkes: http://gemmaparkes.blogspot.com/
Cassandre Dayne: http://cassandredayne.wordpress.com/
Katie Harper http://katieharperwrites.blogspot.com/
Luna Ella Aldora: http://moonkissedromantica.blogspot.com
Davee Jones: http://finless.blogspot.com/
Sancre Darling: http://sancredarling.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Does Your Opinion Matter? Why, Yes! It does.

Hello Fellow Fathomers

Today in The Locker I address the sometimes sensitive topic of book reviews.  One heavily heated banter exchange today on Facebook revolved around how and when someone should express their opinions about a book.  I realize as an author, if I have signed a publishing contract, I believe that book is worthwhile of anyone’s time.  However, as a logical human, I must also believe not everyone shares my tastes, visions, or opinions.  (Yes, I admitted to not always being right-and did so in writing.)

I believe a few things must be considered before you put ink or electronic signature to your voice:
·         Is this a genre you typically enjoy reading?  If you do not enjoy Steampunk, chances are you will not give the book a fair chance at entertaining you. If you decide to venture into a new genre to challenge your senses, think about your opinion before you put it out there.  Could a bad opinion be simply because you gave it a shot and truly do not enjoy the genre?  Or, on the other hand, could a glowing opinion be due to the fact you enjoy the author and would always give a positive review, no matter what?  In either instance, it is not as helpful to someone deciding to read the book or not.
·         Are you simply giving star rating without an explanation?   In a typical one to five star rating, maybe three stars is self-explanatory.  However, an explanation of any rating not middle of the road would be more helpful to a future reader.  Did you like it because the grammar and spelling errors were non-existent, or was it the reverse?  Was the story line imaginative and captivating?  Were the protagonists boring and lackluster? Inquiring minds want to know!
·         Great chances exist that any reader taking the time to peruse the reviews are really debating to take the plunge to read the book or not.  Much like, are you willing to spend your money on a movie ticket- movie trailer, reviews, friends’ opinions, etc sight unseen?  The specific opinions offered by a reviewer would be helpful for the buyer and assist to tip the scales in one direction or the other.
·         Fortunately, most of us have enthusiastic fans (mostly friends and family) willing to give us five stars all the time.  However, the opinion is biased.  Therefore, it is helpful for the reviewer to give a brief description of his or her relationship to the author, i.e. “I write this review as someone personally or not personally vested to the author.” 
·         On the flip side, unfortunately, some of us have people itching to discredit our work simply because of who we are or maybe the genre we write under.  Is that really helpful to a future reader?  No, it is not. Again, personal bias has no place in an honest review-whether positive or negative.
I recently began reading eBooks, (welcome to the 21st Century, Mrs. Davee Jones) and out of the few I have read, two had substantial grammatical and spelling errors.  Is the proofing team to blame here? One had such head and scene hopping, I had great difficulty identifying who was doing what.   I keep trying to go back and finish, but I just cannot do it yet, because the issues perpetuate throughout the book, making any understanding of the author’s story very difficult.  Is that the fault of the editor or the author, or maybe both?  In any event, we, the authors, will be held accountable for the quality or lack thereof for a book penned under our names. 
·         Are eBooks more susceptible to errors?
o   Is the massive volume of books released lending to less proofing?
o   Is the program or reader downloading the pages incorrectly?
o   Are shorter stories less satisfying to readers?
The first two issues are more with the publisher, not the author.  Therefore, it is very helpful to discern the reason for a negative review to accurately describe where the problem exists.  This could assist the publishing house in correcting errors for future publications.
Third, shorter stories are the rage these days.  In a world of time constraints, people who love to read sometimes find themselves with less time to indulge in their favorite hobby.  Flash fiction, novellas, or even blogs firmly established their value to give even the busiest person the opportunity to finish a specific reading in the limited amount of time they have to devote to it.  If you like Gone With the Wind, then, make sure to check the word count before you make the purchase.  It is not the author’s fault if you want to give a negative review simply based on length. 


I did not cover every worldly example in this simple blog.  My point is this- if you are angry at the world and someone tinkled in your post toasties, think twice before you throw an author under the bus because you are having a bad day. If you truly did not enjoy reading something, please explain why. Likewise, if my 11-year-old daughter can find glaring problems or cannot follow the storyline, please do not falsely sugarcoat a review just to be kind to someone. We, as authors, use the reviews to help us grow, improve, and create quality for our reading audience-YOU.  Please help us in our endeavor.



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

To Genre or Not to Genre...What is the Answer?

Hello Fellow Fathomers!  Today in The Locker I discuss the issue of “genre”.  Many of my new friends have specific genres they adhere to in their books.  When I began this career as author, I thought I only had one basis to draw creativity from.  I now find I have several, much like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates-I never know what I’m gonna get…from my muse that is.

Although for purposes of marketing and sales, it may be best for me to trend down one realm, I just have too many thoughts going on in my mind to stay on one path.  Like the classic indigo child, AKA-A.D.D. for any clinicians out there, I stroll along my beautiful garden path, watching the butterflies, writing a grocery list, stringing fishing line, while riding rollercoasters.  My mind is a beautiful, eccentric place; you join me on occasion when you stumble into The Locker.   Each book I create comes from the recesses in my mind clamoring more loudly than the others at that particular moment.  




People, I’m a hippie, for goodness sake, it’s free love in my world and all ideas have equal merit.



I realize I stick to a few general areas: romance, suspense, drama, and YA.  The intensity of the book depends on the experiences of my characters and many times I won’t know that until I am smack in the middle of telling “their” story.  However, my editor will make sure the heat level describes prominently the content so as not to offend a reader expecting a sweet, cupcake romance, not a bruise inflicting sexual romp described in painstaking detail. 
The YA influences in some of my stories because, frankly, I want to share part of my writing life with my kids.  I have all these wonderful opportunities occurring in my corner and they are a very important part of my world, sometimes inspiring a new creative idea.  I want to have something they can read as well, not just the disclaimer, “You gotta be 18 for this dear daughter”. 



(See, she is just as crazy as I profess to be...Hippie in training...I gotta show her the way somehow and if she couldn't read anything I write, it would hurt.  Really.)
Just like the weather, I sometimes change from book to book.  So, if you aren’t enjoying what’s published first, just wait a few months, the next creative product might be right up your alley.  Rest assured, I’ll be shouting from the rooftops with each publication, so, you will always know what to expect.
Until next time…get a book and keep reading!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

FFF--This Corset is Cutting Me in Half!

Hello Fellow Fathomers!  Welcome to FFF, the Flash Fiction Friday series.  Where my friends and I have one photo prompt and write exactly 100 words to describe what we see.  Please settle back, enjoy the lovely woman in this photo and soak in my interpretation.  This picture was a bit more difficult for me this week.  She looks aloof, bored, self-centered, pensive, stiff, wow, so many things.  But, I finally came up with something. If you are feeling saucy, write you own interpretation in comments, I would LOVE to read your take on this one! 



Is it really worth the money? As I sit here under the photographer’s careful lighting, I consider my growling stomach and daydream about pizza.  The corset cutting into my waist and abdomen reminds me there is not enough room in my life for food and money. I made that choice a long time ago. I almost hated it now. How long had it been since I held piping-hot, gooey slices of Heaven in my hands?  Tonight I will do just that--after I purchase the syrup of ipecac I will drink as soon as I finish my sinful, forbidden supper. 



Now that you have my take of this ethereal, clinically ill woman, please take a moment to visit my friends for their interpretations as well!  Maybe it won't be as morbid????? 

Lisa Worrall: http://lworrall.blogspot.com
Bonni Sansom http://bonnisansom.blogspot.com/
Benjamin Russell http://www.incubuschronicles.blogspot.com/
Lee Brazil http://leebrazilauthor.blogspot.com/
Erika Pierce http://www.erpierce.com
Yvonne Nicolas http://yvonnenicolas.wordpress.com/
Gemma Parkes: http://gemmaparkes.blogspot.com/
Sara York: http://sarayork.blogspot.com
Cyril J. Michael: http://authorcyriljmichaels.blogspot.com/
Venus Cahill: http://www.venusbookluvr.blogspot.com/
Muffalicious: http://MuffyWilson.blogspot.com
Lani Rhea: http://lanirhea.blogspot.com
Lindsey Gray: http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com
Cassandre Dayne http://cassandredayne.wordpress.com/
Sherri Hayes: http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/
Katie Harper: http://katieharperwrites.blogspot.com/
Havan Fellows: http://havanshawthaven.blogspot.com
Davee Jones: http://finless.blogspot.com/





Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Don't Call Me a Cougar!


Happy Tuesday Depth Explorers!  Today we have the special privilege of talking with Cassie Stewart, the female protagonist in my upcoming book.  Cassie Stewart’s story will be revealed in the upcoming release, “On Ellicott Street”.  Cassie lived her life blandly until she met Eli.
 What she wants you to know about dating a younger man and why she refuses to be stereotyped. 
Hi Cassie, your story is about to hit the world in February 2012, are you nervous?
  • Yes, a bit nervous, not every girl wants their love story told for the world to critique.  However, I wanted my fellow women to know that living life to the fullest is about taking risks.  I know I’m certainly not the first person to say that. 
What kind of risks do you mean?
  • I re-invented my life script at almost fifty years of age. 
That is daunting, congratulations!  How did you find the strength to be successful?
  • Although I love Eli deeply, I must admit he was not the strength, he was only the catalyst.  I had to reach deep inside and pull my innermost dreams to the surface.  I refused to accept a mundane life and took a chance I could experience something more.  I mean, I got so tired of living in black and white- I needed vibrant colors to fully live. 
What kinds of changes did you make?
  • I researched continuing education and found inexpensive courses in writing, cooking, current events, etc.  You name it, you can find something to spark your brain cells.  I contacted my public library for free seminars ranging from crafts to local volunteer opportunities.  I even stepped way outside my comfort zone and attended a free rock-climbing workshop at a local outdoor sports and adventure store.  I even took those silly online personality surveys and started playing more board games with my son, Joshua.  It's all about embracing ourselves and having fun, you know? Stagnancy leads to depression and I was knee deep in a sad mire before I chose to make changes.
Is it ever enough?  I mean, the older we get, the harder it is.
  • What do you mean? 
Well, for example, let’s face it, women have insecurities that men refuse to consider.
  • I see what you mean, my graying hair, wrinkles, and have I yet contacted a plastic surgeon?
Yes, that is exactly what I mean, sorry if it’s a bold question.
  • Hey, I’m here to help, so, bring on the nitty gritty.  Yes, there are many times I look in the mirror and criticize every line, crevice, cellulite patch, gray hair, and wonder, how can anyone find me attractive.  Then, I look at my watch and realize I have somewhere to go and stop wasting time berating myself for the natural process of life.  I will never be as perky as I was in my twenties and yes, I should have cared for myself a bit more.  But, I could waste my days longing for something I’ll never be, or I can take everything I have to offer and embrace my existence.  People who love me surround me every day.  And, even if Eli was not in my life, my children make the world not only bearable, but, the most important reason for living life out loud.  What example would I be setting for my children if I felt sorry for myself all day?  Not a good one, I’ll promise you.  Anytime the pity party seems to take over, I imagine my own children picking themselves apart and it breaks my heart to think they would ever believe they were not good enough because of their physical gifts, or what they feel is a lack thereof. 
You seem to focus on your children?
  • You bet I do!  My children are the root of my happiness.  I saw those kiddos from helpless infants to independent young folks and every day they continue to amaze me.  Pride is an understatement of how I feel about them.  So, again, when I settle in life and choose to be lazy, how am I showing them how to live?  I can either be the woman who changes my own tire and gets back on the road of life or sits and waits hours on roadside assistance.  I do not sit very well.  I always want my children to strive and move toward the best, if I show them otherwise, I’ve failed them miserably.
Okay, I have to ask, are you secure in your relationship with Eli?
  • I’m as secure as a human ever is when they give their heart away.  Eli shows me daily how he cherishes me, and I choose to believe he is sincere.  We communicate daily and our relationship is the best romantic experience I’ve ever had because Eli made me a priority.  When I was single, one of my favorite quotes became, “you will never become a priority if you remain an option”.  If you think about it, that quote encompasses every aspect of our life, not just love. 
Thank you very much for speaking with me so candidly in our interview today.  I know you are a busy woman, so, I’ll leave you alone for now.  However, would you mind visiting with us again? 
  • Certainly!  This girl likes to share her pearls of wisdom with the world.  Just make sure to contact me ahead of time, my calendar for living remains full, or else I would have very few pearls to share. ;) 
Yes, I know Cassie is a fictional character.  But, she very much lives in my mind, as well as the minds of many of my best girlfriends.  I hope you reach inside and find your inner Cassie, you will be forever changed in positive ways that will always make you smile.  Guys, simply tweak the pronouns and Cassie becomes an "Eli" and you can also make this useful for you as well.  ;)  However, never fear, Eli will be joining us soon in The Locker for the male perspective.
Thank you for joining me today in The Locker.  Please look forward to the release of "On Ellicott Street" in February. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

FFF--December 2, 2011

Hello Explorers, Today is the happiest day of the week for me- Friday!  To add to the excitement, my friends and I present to you, the Friday Flash Fiction.  100 words based on the intriguing photo below:

My interpretation of this saucy picture is as follows:
Her sweaty palms indicate nervous anticipation as she plays the role of voyeur from just outside the door.  She has never seen a sexier scene and still wonders if they will welcome her unashamedly to their intimate domain, or will their movements stiffen in trepidation?   She holds her camera tightly to her chest and inhales deeply the scent of lavender wafting through the small openings of the door.   
She knocks softly before quietly entering the boudoir.  They only briefly acknowledge her presence before he returns to stroking his lover’s hair again.  “Just pretend I am not even here.” She whispers.

Now, that you have indulged your senses with my rendition, please take a moment to comment your thoughts, or even share you own version.  Please then visit my friends for their interpretations as well!  Happy Weekend!
Lisa Worrall: http://lworrall.blogspot.com
Bonni Sansom: http://bonnisansom.blogspot.com/
Yvonne Nicolas: http://yvonnenicolas.wordpress.com/
Sara York : http://sarayork.blogspot.com
Cyril J. Michael: http://authorcyriljmichaels.blogspot.com/
Venus Cahill: http://www.venusbookluvr.blogspot.com/
Erika Pierce http://www.erpierce.com
Luna Ella Aldora http://lunaellaldora.blogspot.com
Patricia Logan http://naughtypassions.blogspot.com
Lee Brazil http://leebrazilauthor.blogspot.com/
Sherri Hayes: http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/
Davee Jones: http://finless.blogspot.com/
Benjamin Russell http://www.incubuschronicles.blogspot.com/
Lindsey Gray: http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com
The Muffster: http://muffywilson.blogspot.com
Havan Fellows: http://havanshawthaven.blogspot.com

Monday, November 28, 2011

Santa in an Outhouse?????

Hello Depth Explorers....

I've been MIA from the blog for time to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with my beautiful family.  I hope you all had an amazing weekend, and for my friends abroad and beyond the contiguous US who do not celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope the upcoming holiday season fills you with warmth however you celebrate.

Each year The Husband dwells on how to up the stakes for the outdoor spectacle otherwise known as the Christmas lights display. I think he purposefully waits for well after Thanksgiving weekend to size up the competition and see who on the block he will out-shine.
Yes, I add the stereotypical Clark Griswold image into the post at this time.  IMHO, it isn't the lighter side of Christmas without this classic. 
However, we also decided to represent the REAL reason for Christmas, by constructing a Nativity scene. The Great White Hunter--AKA, my son, Aaron, brought down some old wood and tin from an "antique" shed from the Ranch in Oklahoma to build the manger/stable scene, as well as hay to complete the set.  He fits the part of rugged GWH, don't you agree?  Oh, Happy Birthday, son, you are 23 today!  Let's all show some love here....
Back to topic....We believed we were on a roll with our Nativity scene...
Time to find our "participants".  My brother, Sam, was baby Jesus at a Christmas play back in 1984, so, when he volunteered again, although we appreciated the offer, a 6' tall baby Jesus might not fit in our cradle.
And, I'm not sure I could separate him from his new "girlfriend" to dedicate his time to the project. (You're welcome brother, for the most awesome of birthday gifts....a woman who won't speak her mind. bahahaha)
He has to get back to Stillwater anyway, where he is a Senior in college.  (shameless plug here for OSU, GO POKES!)
Our own kids are really too ADD to sit still each evening for a live Nativity, so, we opted for "artificial" actors. 
The Husband perused online and before he found anything viable, he found the ridiculous.

And, he found the "I guess if we absolutely HAD to...."



Because I live in the now, not the Amazon--we ship anything future-- I suggested we visit the store and buy something to bring home that day. 
Let the disappointment begin. 
We visited not one, not two, not three, but, five HUGE stores, that carry everything from condoms to celery to concrete and beyond. 
NOT ONE NATIVITY SET TO BE FOUND....oh wait, I digress, I found a few miniscule sets suitable for the desk, mantle, or coffee table.  Kroger came the closest with a fully lit Nativity, constructed of strictly lights and that "chenelle stuff", one dimensional-one piece construction.  Not really our vision.
SERIOUSLY FOLKS?????  If you want Santa on a surfboard, a proud peacock, Santa playing Texas Hold 'Em with his Reindeer, an oversized cowboy boot, penguins in an igloo, and yes, the classic--Santa coming out of an inflatable outhouse....


Then, you would be in luck.  We found more renditions of secular outdoor displays than we could shake a stick at.  But, NO Nativity.
Not even the cheesy plastic bubble-looking Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus. 



Nothing, Zilch, Nada
I realize there will be a mass of folks out here that shrug and say, "What's the big deal?"  Well, to us, the big deal is, without Jesus, there is no Christmas and the fact commercialism took over and took out the basic spirit of Christmas is more than appalling, it is very very sad. 
I'm no Bible thumper, but, have a faith more expansive than my current home state and hope that even in my raciest of books, posts, blogs, etc, you see my message coming through that Jesus is more than the reason for the season, He is the reason for MY life. 
I'm putting Christ back in Christmas at least in The Locker.  I hope He is present in your heart as well. 
Merry Christmas my friends!  And to all, a good night, I mean day!  And, wish us luck that we finally find an acceptable Nativity, even if it is for next year....sigh....
Peace

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's Only 600 Words and I Need Your Help! :)

Hello Everyone!

Today in The Locker, I promote my 600 word short, Barren Lands. Yes, just 600 words.  It's a flash fiction inspired by my courageous son. 



This truly is NOT a tale about infertile women

but, a serious look at how a young man deals with loss.


Right now, I have it published on Lulu and it is downloadable for FREE, yep, FREE. 

I really need reviews and candid critique.  I know you, all my friends, will be happy to oblige.  So, please take just a few minutes to check it out.  The piece is G rated, and suitable for just about anyone.  Especially anyone who has experienced loss, and not sure how to move forward from it.  Thank you everyone! 

http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/barren-lands/18636656

Monday, November 14, 2011

Author Sara York Writes-How I Lick My Balls - A Story of Schweddy Balls and One Million Angry Moms

Ok, today, I had to pimp my friend, Sara, on my blog.  She writes an excellent post about ice cream, overreacting, opening the doors of communication about sex, and why we should all take ourselves a little less seriously sometimes and just have FUN with life....take a look

http://sarayork.blogspot.com/

How I Lick My Balls - A Story of Schweddy Balls and One Million Angry Moms


Have you heard? Schweddy Balls is out in...Well some stores are carrying the delightful treat, Schweddy Balls, but because One Million Moms got all pissy about the name of the ice cream most stores aren't. I went to the Angry Moms site and read their claim about why they didn't want Schweddy Balls in the stores and their answer was -
The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive. Not exactly what you want a child asking for at the supermarket." - One Million Moms.com 
Have to say that the flavor is not vulgar, rather good if you like rum.


Seriously, there are magazines with mostly naked women on the cover at eye level to your tyke when you check out of the store and you're complaining about a super small pint of ice cream that your child is probably not going to notice.

First let's address the issue of why the hell are you buying the expensive stuff for your toddlers? They don't need ice cream in the first place and unless your child is the next Einstein then they can't even read the label and if they can read the label then you already need to be talking to them about sex because if you don't someone else will. And you probably don't want the first conversation you have on the subject to be "Oh my, you're pregnant" or "Oh my, you have what sexually transmitted disease?"

In cartoons, Disney shows, and most definitely on Cartoon Network, sexual innuendo runs rampant. In the school yard and on the streets your kids are already talking about sex if they can read. If you're not talking to your kids about things like Schweddy Balls then someone else is and that other someone else isn't going to instill your values into the conversation.

I'm not just talking about lecturing kids. I'm talking about laughing with them over sexual jokes. *Gasp* Yes, I went there. Your kids are already making sexual jokes. They may not understand it but away from you, your little fourth grader is standing on the basketball court making a basket and yelling out "Wow, that was orgasmic." WTF - The kid doesn't even know what orgasmic really feels like or what to do with an orgasm and here they are talking sex. If you can't be silly and have fun about sexual topics with your kids then once your child has questions about sex where are they going to turn? To the person who makes them severely uncomfortable about sex or the kid down the street they've been laughing about sex with for the last ten years.

If you don't make sex a comfortable subject in your family then your child will talk sex with a person outside of your family who makes sex a comfortable subject.

Now the next issue. The Schweddy Balls skit from Saturday Night Live is funny, not disgusting. I can see why a lesbian might find Schweddy Balls disgusting, they just don't go there. But if you are a heterosexual female and you're a mom you've had your hand on some schweddy balls and if you haven't then why not? You should have explored your husband so throughly that you know how many hairs he has coming out of his butt crack. Sex is fun and exciting and should be enjoyed. And if you're a man, well you've had schweddy balls before so you're used to them.

Throw a little sexual foreplay into your dining routine and actually have fun. There's too much seriousness in life already. Get rid of your stuck up prudish ways and learn to laugh. Marriages don't end because the wife wasn't prudish enough, they end because too many women think sex is gross. Sex is beautiful. Sure, you may get a little sweaty and you might have some Schweddy Balls to deal with, but having sex brings you closer to your spouse. Learning to laugh about silly jokes like Schweddy Balls lightens your marriage so you can get through the tough stuff.

And the third thing I wanted to talk about is that the world doesn't exist so your child can have a Pollyannaish existence. If you don't want your child to see something or do something then don't bring it into your house. You don't like a certain TV network, then get rid of cable. If you just whined about *but then I can't watch The Real House Wives of Blah Town* then you need a reality check. It's not up to the world to grant your wishes about how you think everything should be run. If you don't want it in your house then you, yes you, should keep it out of your house. Don't make the rest of us suffer without Schweddy Balls because you've got a bee in your bonnet and you can't stand the fact that someone else is having fun and you're not.

After going to four grocery stores in our city I finally drove twenty miles to the Ben and Jerry's store to get Schweddy Balls. Then we as a family watched the Schweddy Balls skit and laughed so hard we cried. Why, because I want my teens to be comfortable talking about sex to me and because it was all day foreplay with my husband, texting him about my quest for Schweddy Balls and then before bed we had awesome sex that we'll be talking about for years.

I wish instead of the prudish one million moms trying to ruin the fun for everyone we could get one million moms who want to show their kids a balanced approach to life. One million moms who know that having fun isn't a detriment to their family but a fulfilling way to live. Stand up for fun, sex and Schweddy Balls.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Author Bonni Sansom is Here for a Visit!

Today in The Locker, we have author Bonni Sansom.  Her recent release, Jack's Christmas Wish, is now out for purchase.  It's a sweet tale with enough heat to turn this sizzler from heart-warming to heart-throbbing.  Bonni obliged me and stopped by to share a few words with me.  Thank you Bonni for visiting me.  Now, let's settle in with peppermint mocha coffee and get down to talking!

Hi Davee thanks for having me. First, I would like to start by introducing myself to everyone. I’m Bonni Sansom a full time mom, author and domestic goddess. I love to write hot steamy romance novels and my first release was on 11/11/11.

 Jack’s Christmas Wish was originally a short story that ran amok. The characters took me on a journey (Yes, they talk to me) that led me from a short sweet love story to a BD/SM steamy romance. They were quite adamant about their desires. But the gist of the story is Lissa is a woman that’s hit hard times and takes a job as Santa’s sexy helper in a department store. Derek the hero is a Dom and the widowed father of little Jack and Jack asks Santa for a new mom for Christmas. Through Jack, Lissa and Derek meet with an instant attraction that spins into a whirlwind romance.

I really enjoyed these characters. They were easy to work with and Lissa never ceased to make me laugh with her humor. Little Jack was such a joy to write, reminding me of my daughter.

One question that always comes up is “when did I know I wanted to be a writer”? I never knew I just wrote. It was just a natural thing for me. I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil and don’t plan to stop. The first book I wrote took me about a year to complete, but I’ve gotten much quicker since then. On average I can crank out a book in about a month now. Since I’ve been writing professionally, it took me about three years to get published and I thank Sizzler Editions for that.

Again, ,it was a pleasure sitting with you and sharing my story with you. Thanks for having me.

I appreciate Bonni taking the time to stop by and give me the opportunity to share her story with you.  Thank you Bonni!!!!  We women enjoy having an escape from reality with a sizzling romance to take us away from the everyday, and Bonni's book is a perfect escape. 
So, My Locker Fans, Here is a surpise treat for you, Bonni is giving away a copy of her new hot release.  Comment below for your chance to win!   If you just can't wait to win it, the link below will lead you to Amazon for your opportunity to buy it!

Please let me know what you think about Bonni's inaugural book! 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Charlie Sheen Got Nothin on Us

Wow, what a day.  We celebrated Veteran's Day one more day by running a 5k race this morning.  I very much enjoy the competition.  The Husband and I both received 3rd place medals for our age divisons.  I admit, running, cycling, and triathlons tend to be more competitive the further up in age I get.  But, the recovery period also becomes vital the older I become.  LOL
What a day, I don't even have the energy to write a decent blog today.  But, I'll make up for it later.  Take care everyone and I hope this weekend holds a nice surprise somewhere for everyone. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Honoring Veteran's and Something Else To Check Out

Good morning, What a beautiful Thursday, even better because it's my Friday.  BIG however at this junction though because, it would not be my Friday without Veteran's of the United States of America, so, big Thank You right now to everyone who defends our nation.  (and not thanking because i get the day off, either)

My grandfather was a Korean Conflict veteran, and the physical scars had nothing on the mental ones.  Sometimes, I wonder how men and women serve and retain their sanity.  It's a huge undertaking that not everyone can accomplish successfully, so again, my sincere thanks.

For my fellow writers out there, as a member of the Secret Cravings Publishing Yahoo Group, I became familiar with the site entitled ManicReaders.  I joined, however, have very little experience yet with this group.  Has anyone else joined this group?  If not, maybe you would like to check it out:

http://www.manicreaders.com/

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Just Sharing the Love

Good morning, today in The Locker I once again share the wonderful work of Heaven Liegh.  The reviews are coming in for her first book, The Demon Side, and from all the scuttle I see, it's certainly worth the time. 


I, too, have a first to report.  I finally downloaded the Kindle app to my phone and my very first purchase is, yep, you guessed it, this book right here.  I can't wait to get started reading so I can add my review to this growing list of stars and lulus and all other kinds of kudos. 
Our friend, Lisa, had beautiful words to share for Heaven, and please click the link below to read them too. 
It's the Christmas season, you know, time to share the love.  So, GET BUSY~  :) 

Lisa's Ramblings-She Says it Beautifully

Monday, November 7, 2011

Short Story Contest Link

Hello fellow bloggers!
Coming off a very busy weekend, but, only opened my computer once.  Sometimes life beckons, you know?
I like to use my blog to pass along opportunities to you whenever I can and today is no exception. 
Many of us enjoy the flash fiction genre, it's a mind bending quick roller coaster ride of a story, and a challenge to say so much with so little.  To that end, I invite you to check out this contest sponsored by Lulu. 
http://www.lulu.com/blog/2011/11/01/lulu-short-story-contest/?cid=110211_en_email_SHORTSTORY
If you have experience with Lulu, I'd love to hear about it.  Good, bad, or indifferent. 
Have a beautiful Monday and happy writing!
Typing like a true secretary....

Thursday, November 3, 2011

So, my friends and I are together once again for the Friday Flash Fiction. We use this picture and give our exact 100 word interpretation of what this says to us. What does this picture say to YOU?


Today, This Is What I See:

The overcast sky blanketed the sun’s rays from highlighting her physical flaws.  The low luminosity of the day was perfect for a nude photo shoot outdoors.  The glass of syrah did little to calm her nerves as she hoped he would appreciate her efforts as much as she deserved.  As her breasts scraped against the rough bark of the bur oak tree, she allowed her mind to melt into the feeling of the rope against her wrists, keeping her captive there.  The high of rope bondage always engaged her senses gloriously.
He would reap all benefits of her afterglow.

Please visit my friends with their sizzling interpretations as well. I promise you will not be disappointed. We also have a compiliation of these posts on our blog http://flasherfridayfiction.blogspot.com/.


Lisa Worrall: http://lworrall.blogspot.com
Patricia Logan: http://naughtypassions.blogspot.com
Lee Brazil : http://leebrazilauthor.blogspot.com/
Erika Pierce http://www.badassbookreviews.com
Lindsey Gray http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com/
Heaven Liegh Eldeen: http://heavenliegheldeen.blogspot.com
Gemma Parkes: http://gemmaparkes.blogspot.com/
Bonni Sansom: http://bonnisansom.blogspot.com/
Sara York : http://sarayork.blogspot.com
Cyril j. Michael: http://authorcyriljmichaels.blogspot.com/
davee jones : http://finless.blogspot.com/
Venus Cahill : http://venusbookluvr.blogspot.com/
Muffy Wilson http://MuffyWilson.blogspot.com
Sherri Hayes http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/
Benjamin Russell: http://incubuschronicles.blogspot.com
Luna Ella Aldora: http://ellaquinnspirit.blogspot.com/
Havan Fellows: http://havanshawthaven.blogspot.com

Finish Today's Prompt....

"His better judgment took a back seat for once as he succumbed to the pleasures of self stimulation..."

So, what can you guys do with THAT??