Friday, December 27, 2013

Flasher Fiction Friday Delicious Welcome to 2014

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers, this Friday I return to my first recurring blog contribution, the Friday Flash Fiction. A group of writers will write exactly 100 words, no more no less, to a picture prompt. After you read my contribution, please read what the other writers have to say, the links follow. Happy Friday!

The leather is supple against my skin and I’m not sure what’s happening next, but, it doesn’t matter. My mind is whirling with a thousand naughty images, each one just as delicious as the other.

I’m waiting impatiently for her to remove the gloves and rake her sharpened nails against my tingling skin, hoping desperately her tongue follows. My erect nipples, hard as pegs, will be knobs in her warm mouth. 

Yet it’s still just a fantasy in my excited mind.

Thankfully now, as I wait for her to rise, her tongue is sliding across my slickened femininity.

Welcome 2014.



Please visit our main blog for more takes on this intriguing photo - Flash Fiction Friday


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Blog Hop Win After Christmas! Books for the New Year

Already opened your gifts? Read all your new books? Here is a chance to win new for 2014. It's our Tuesday Tales Main Page December blog hop. Comment here with your email address for a chance to win your choice of my books-
You can choose from erotic romance,sweet romance, or a thriller. Make a comment and let me know what your favorite thing is about the holidays and if you have a wish for 2014. Make sure to leave your email address. and, visit our main page for more chances to win - Tuesday Tales Blog Hop

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday Sippers - Wow, it's almost 2014

Saturday Sippers in The Locker
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to the feature here in The Locker called Saturday Sippers. Each week I’ll post a new cocktail recipe for you to try. Many thinks to my Cali Bestie, Rhonda, for providing me with the deck of cards recipe book. J
This is the last weekend before Christmas. This year went entirely too quickly, and I always get a little sentimental. I hope you and yours have a beautiful and safe holiday.   
SUPREME EGG NOG!
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce pomegranate grenadine
  • 4 blackberries
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce gin
  • Club soda
  • Strawberry for garnish
Muddle blackberries, cinnamon stick, and grenadine. Add lemon juice and gin. Shake with two ice cubes and strain into glass filled with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with strawberry.




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fibromyalgia is Very Real and I’m Living Proof

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers, I’ve decided to use my blog not only to writing, music, and other facets of entertainment, but, also to share my journey. My rheumatologist intially diagnosed me with SLE in June 2013, however, this may have been a misdiagnosis. So, the search for the truth continues, but, I may be close now. :) 
Thank you for listening, each week I will have a new installment chronicling my journey. Please, please feel free to comment, write, share. I hope to use this forum as a help to all of us, no matter what pain you are experiencing. You may also send stories to me via finlessbook at gmail dot com. I will respect your privacy and maintain your anonymity, if you so desire.
Hugs for today …
Day Seven of Lyrica
So, my neurologist considered the notion that my auto-immune reactions could be fibromyalgia. I can deal with that, but, first I need to admit a shameful notion: I used to believe fibromyalgia was a made-up disease. For that, I apologize for everyone who suffers with this disease. It attacked my muscles head to toe and my Central Nervous System. The neuropathy is the worst and the brain fog and the muscle swelling, the mind bending headaches and the fatigue…I could go on and on. Yes, fibromyalgia is very real and I’m living proof.
So, let’s stop the Gabapentin (Neurontin), I already stopped the Plaquenil (more on that later), and now added Lyrica. A mysterious medication that could cost a fortune and carries a laundry list of possible side effects. Such as a feeling of euphoria or being “high”.
High?

Lyrica by Pfizer

Did someone say euphoric? I am NOT euphoric, I’m the predictable skeptical sourpuss of the bunch. Come to me when you want brutal truth. The only thing that makes me cry are singing the national anthem at sporting events, the movies A League of Their Own, Radio, and The Blind Side- (notice the sports theme), and seeing my children in the spotlight.
But, daily living, nah, I stay away from warm fuzzies. BUT **
Wow, I started Lyrica and immediately felt this high sensation, but, it morphed into a gentle happiness. Yes, a gentle happiness…a satisfaction, while not euphoric, mentally better than I’ve felt in months- possibly years. And, the physical pain? Dissipated.
I’ve read the side effects, but, it was worth the risk. I’ve not experienced the weight gain or swelling- my body already did those things. Now, I feel less swollen, when before it felt like my muscles were in a big wad. Now, I feel more flexible, less pain, and more energy. I did two miles on the treadmill yesterday in a brisk walk and even jogged at the end! YAY ME!
I will honestly say it’s a relief my neurologist is considering fibromyalgia instead of lupus. Yes, I will always have an auto-immune disorder, my Sjogrens markers prove all the dryness is not my imagination. But, it’s not fatal, as lupus can be. And for that I’m truly blessed and thankful.
Let’s hope this diagnosis is correct and I’m truly on the road to better health and managing these CNS and muscle pain. So, officially making the change on my blog from SLE to fibromyalgia. But, still hope to provide information helpful to anyone fighting an auto-immune or other chronic illness.
Hugs for today!

put some spark in your holiday with the novella to melt the snow
a little naughty goes a long way...


Monday, December 16, 2013

Tuesday Tales with Bells On!!

Finding Love and Bigfoot Book 2 of the Critter Getters
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers and welcome to Tuesday Tales. This week our talented group of writers has the word prompt "bells", apropos for the Christmas season, wouldn't you say? I take you now to the 3rd book in writing progress from Allee Mae's new series, The Critter Getters. The title of this one is, Finding Love in a Black Lagoon.

Let's peek in on Owen and Pearls' private conversation...

“So, what were Christmases like at your house?” Pearl kept her gaze locked on the twinkling stars above.

Owen shifted, stretched, and in one motion was lying close enough to graze her arm with his. Neither moved from their place on the blanket, but instead kept their focus on the velvety nighttime sky. “Some years good, some bad, I s’pose like anyone else.”

“Do you really believe everyone has an occasional bad holiday? You gotta be joking.”

“Things happen in life, Pearl. What if someone in the family dies, the first Christmas without them is tough, I can vouch for that. Maybe someone gets very sick, or someone loses their job. There are plenty of reasons a holiday isn’t always a good time for folks.”

“Well, I never had a decent Christmas, ever, even before my mother flaked out and died.”

Owen reached over and tentatively took Pearl’s hand in his own. He rubbed her smooth skin with his thumb. “Most of the time people don’t choose when they die, Pearl.”

“Yea, well, she could have prevented it. But, you know what? She didn’t. She went in guns blazing.”
“Guns blazing? I hope you don’t mean literally.” He squeezed her hand tightly.

“That’s exactly what I meant.” Pearl choked the last word out. “I’m sorry. It’s springtime,  I don’t know why the heck I brought up Christmas.”

“Maybe because we’ve talked about almost everything else under the sun, Pearl.  I don’t think we’ve been tongue tied since that first day we really spent time together. It’s been real nice talking with you.” Owen turned and faced Pearl, yet, she still stared straight up. Owen gently turned her face to his. “You can talk to me about anything, Pearl. I mean anything. Together, we will open boxes we duct taped shut a long time ago. But, sometimes, the only way to get past something is to cut the tape.”


I hope Owen breaks through whatever is holding Pearl back. But now, please visit our main site for other fantastic takes on the word prompt, "bells",  Tuesday Tales Blog . Happy Tuesday!  I hope you have your shopping done. If not, maybe you want to give a spicy holiday read? Or, use it to relieve that heavy holiday stress?
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saturday Sippers in The Locker - Week 2 of December!

Saturday Sippers in The Locker
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to the feature here in The Locker called Saturday Sippers. Each week I’ll post a new cocktail recipe for you to try. Many thinks to my Cali Bestie, Rhonda, for providing me with the deck of cards recipe book. J
This is the weekend we put up our live Christmas tree. The kids add the decorations, we sing songs, and generally share much laughter. Hopefully, we will make it to Six Flags over Texas for Holiday in the Park- nothing like roller coasters to add zing to the holidays.  
SUPREME EGG NOG!
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce vanilla chai tea
  • ¼ ounce honey water (equal parts honey and water)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 ½ ounces spiced rum
  • Dark chocolate shavings for garnish
Combine egg and all liquid ingredients. Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with dark chocolate shavings.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Just Out of My Grasp - How Much is Too Much?

12/05/2013
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers, I’ve decided to use my blog not only to writing, music, and other facets of entertainment, but, also to share my journey. I found out on June 19, 2013 the reason for many of my ongoing health problems is because I have systemic lupus, also known as SLE.
BRAKE HERE- I visited the University of Colorado, Denver November 13, 2013 for a second opinion. The incredible Dr. Susan Boackle University of Colorado Rheumatology agreed to see me as a new patient. She evaluated all my medical records to date and worked me into her schedule. She took a 2 hour comprehensive history with me, ordered urine tests, x-rays, and also blood tests. The phlebotomist drew 19 vials of blood for all the tests. I had juice and cookies before they let me stand up, they took almost as much blood as a donation for blood drive.
I waited almost impatiently for the week to be up and my results. I wanted to know if the medication I was taking was appropriate for what was going on with me- I mean, surely someone can find something better for me and help me feel more like my “old” self.
Dr. Boackle called me on a Wednesday night, just as I was checking out at Toys R Us. I remember because the call was just that important. She greeted me and jumped right in, “I have good news and bad news…”
Gulp
“All your tests are in, including the labs and your blood work is pristine.”
Did she really say pristine? As in, no lupus?
She pulled a telepathy jedi mind trick. “I really don’t think you have lupus.”
WTF?
“I believe something is going on with you, but, I really don’t believe it’s lupus. I just don’t know what it is.”
My mind keeps racing - But, wait, my ANA tests were elevated, what about all my symptoms, what is wrong with me?
She finished the conversation very politely and said she would report her findings to my doctor. She did suggest I stop taking the Plaquenil right away. I had been on double the amount needed for my body weight anyway, so, she suspected medication toxicity could be occurring.
So, now, I’m back to square one, feeling not any better than I have in two years and apparently, no closer to an answer. I will follow up with my neurologist and rheumatologist for rounds three and four. HOWEVER, thankfully, my organ systems are working well and it is a huge sigh of relief that it may not be lupus causing my problems. But, something is attacking my immune system, central nervous system, and creating fatigue, muscle aches/pains, headache, stiffness, sores on my scalp, peripheral neuropathy, and an unreasonable morphine itch when I come in contact with water.
Give me strength.
Thank you for listening, each week I will have a new installment chronicling my journey. Please, please feel free to comment, write, share. I hope to use this forum as a help to all of us, no matter what pain you are experiencing. You may also send stories to me via finlessbook at gmail dot com. I will respect your privacy and maintain your anonymity, if you so desire.
Hugs for today …

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday Sippers December Begins!

Saturday Sippers in The Locker
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to the feature here in The Locker called Saturday Sippers. Each week I’ll post a new cocktail recipe for you to try. Many thinks to my Cali Bestie, Rhonda, for providing me with the deck of cards recipe book. J
It’s now December, in the middle of my favorite time of the year. It reminds me of old school Coca-Cola Commercials…”I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony…”, circling our Christmas wish list in the J.C. Penney catalog, and fires in the fireplace. Now, that’s the holidays I hold onto.
WINTER SNAP!
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce ginger syrup
  • 1 ounce Curacao
  • 1 ounce spiced syrup
  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • Grated nutmeg or cinnamon for garnish
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.
*ginger syrup – mix equal parts pureed ginger juice and sugar
**spiced syrup – mix equal parts water and sugar. Add clove and cinnamon

Friday, December 6, 2013

Flasher Fiction Friday

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers, this Friday I return to my first recurring blog contribution, the Friday Flash Fiction. A group of writers will write exactly 100 words, no more no less, to a picture prompt. After you read my contribution, please read what the other writers have to say, the links follow. Happy Friday!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Tuesday Tales, It's Getting Crazy Wavy Up In Here

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! This week's Tuesday Tales prompt is the word "wavy". Please see how I use "wavy" in my new WIP YA paranormal romance, Finding Love in a Black Lagoon- Book 3 in the Critter Getter series


Me and Sasquatch! From Central City, Colorado


A violent shudder rustled the water and the weeds, splashing up from the surface. Fat droplets sprayed outward, hitting Caleb in the face. More determined than ever, Caleb plunged the stick further into the center. “Get out of there and show yourself!” He gritted his teeth and stood his ground.

Suddenly, the water reeds parted and another heron flew out from the center, its wings flapped and it swished the tall, wavy weeds around. Caleb reflexively jumped and dropped the stick. Owen remained still, but, his head jerked slightly backward and cocked to one side. The girls shrieked almost in unison. 

“It was a dang bird nest in there!” Kalista breathed a sigh of relief, and almost collapsed into laughter.

Caleb dropped his head backward. “I can’t stinking believe it, a darn bird.”

“I didn’t think we’d have it that easy, that some water creature would show up and crawl to us in surrender.” Owen looked across the lake and watched the angry bird fly away. “I say we hike around and see what else we can find. This mud might be a good clue, especially if we don’t see it anywhere else.”

They walked for a few hours, investigating the many inlets, twists, and turns of the lake shore. They saw wood ducks, frogs, and turtles. However, the heavily treed, mossy surroundings made it difficult to really get a good view of the lake itself. “That’s why it’s called the invisible lake,” Caleb offered during one short rest break. “From the research I’ve done, we really need to get in a boat out there for a proper view.”


“Yea, but, these bald cypress trees are something else.” Owen admired a tall tree draped with hit and miss mantles of Spanish moss. “Really adds the Scooby Doo to this whole investigation.”

"Now that you've read my contribution to TT, please visit my creative friends over at our main blog, Tuesday Tales for their take on our word prompt "wavy". 



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