Monday, November 24, 2014

Re-Gifting


I’ve decided to use my blog not only to writing, music, and other facets of entertainment, but, also to share my journey. I’ve had significant health problems for almost three years.

Thank you for listening, periodically, I will have a new installment chronicling my journey- ***

***we will return to Just Out of My Grasp with a special guest blogger next week.


Sexy Holiday Read from Yours Truly
RE-GIFTING, REALLY?

Learn how to be thankful…

Yes, I said it right, sometimes we have to relearn how to be thankful. I’m completely spoiled, as is most people around me, yet, I still complain about money. I think it’s just selfishness. I need to learn about being truly grateful 365 24/7. Count your blessings every day.

Before I begin, happy happy 30th birthday to my baby brother, Samuel. Happy happy 26th birthday to my oldest baby, Aaron. Happy Happy 27th birthday to my bonus daughter, Ashley. Three most amazing blessings in my life.

Now, on to the fun stuff- Re-Gifting

Re-Gifting – “The act of taking a gift that has been received and giving it to somebody else, sometimes in the guise of a new gift.” Thank you Wikipedia

DISCLAIMER- the holidays are about being together, love, family, friendship, and the feeling of joy we may not always feel the other times of the year. The magic from October through January makes me smile. If your budget is stretched to capacity, please consider alternatives for those folks you absolutely must show your love and caring for. Think about offering babysitting for one date night, give them a cherished book you own, give them something homemade, that sort of thing. I guarantee you whoever receives your present will know it’s absolutely, 100% from the heart. My re-gifting blog post has nothing to do with shaming or berating anyone.

My Gma and her Dirty Santa Moose Wine Bottle Holder Gift
Most of us have had the opportunity to receive the “gift with purchase” around the holiday season. The .99 incentive that inspires us to drop one hundred times that much at the cosmetics counter. (raising my hand) We begin to tick off the names on our Christmas gift list and wonder if this free gift would take care of one less gift to purchase.

Well, as we say in Texas and Oklahoma, hold your horses!

I’m not saying it’s completely inappropriate, I’ve re-gifted.

There, I said it.

ONE- It’s no less than a fine art to master. When I buy presents for people, I know who they are, I buy with a sentimental streak, giving them something meaningful just for them. When someone receives a present from me, it’s from the heart. So, it isn’t always the free gift finds a home elsewhere. Sometimes, it ends up in my stocking, lets the husband do less work. Whatev.

Also, if you have a list including savvy shoppers such as yourself, chances are they’ve also seen the offer, shoot, they may have one contemplating giving it to you. Wouldn’t that be a hoot? Exchanging the same free gift. At least neither of you should get offended. (this totally has to go in a future book)

My advice is to make sure the person you’re giving the gift would not have seen the free ad offer/gift with purchase offer. It’s honestly offensive. I’d rather not exchange gifts with folks if that’s their idea. Shoot, bake me some dang chocolate chip cookies, I’ll love you forever. See highlight ONE

TWO- The thought is, for whatever reason, you’ve established this precedent to exchange gifts with people, if you have the $100 to plunk down on the face cream or perfume set, take a $10, go to Ross and buy your recipient something new.

IF and ONLY IF, the recipient would have NO idea this was a free gift with purchase, you’re probably in the clear. However, if you’re just being cheap for the sake of being cheap, see the above paragraph- spring for something new intended for the person. See highlight TWO

Gift cards are perfect for re-gifting. The recipient would have no idea. Unless you re-gift your stay at home mom friend who crochets a Bass Pro Gift Card, you’d blow your cover. The jig would be up. Instead, go TO Bass Pro and pick up a nice blanket, candy, blah blah blah, there’s more to Bass Pro than fishing. Trust me.

Popping some tags at the thrift shop. This is tricky territory. Again, if you’re really on a budget, and I say this with 100% sincerity because I’ve been there. Please don’t buy me, or your friends, anything. Save your money for you. Not being snarky this time, I’m saying if you’re on a very tight budget, give something homemade or offer babysitting for free for date night, something you can do without spending money. These holidays are about giving from the heart.

I’ve popped some tags at the thrift shop and gifted them. Heck ya. As long as the item looked new, no big deal, especially if it “fit” the person.

From my perspective, we put way too much emphasis on the commercialism of any big yearly event. Since when the hell did a sale on washing machines actually celebrate Veteran’s Day or Columbus Day? What is that day REALLY about?

i.e. BLACK FRIDAY – UGH, been there done that. But, I absolutely will NOT shop on Thanksgiving. No, hubby, you’ll have to go alone. J

In my house we celebrate Christmas. I spend way more on the kids than I should. I love giving presents. I love to see the joy on their faces, but, I’m just as guilty as the next one that I should stop worrying about the dollar figure and more about tugging the right heart strings.

Happy Thanksgiving! and happy SAFE shopping! (you might need to get a safe word...)

 
my son and his redman body suit for Christmas


 

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday Tales are Stark Today....guess who's talking

Happy Fall Tuesday Tales... Today, I return to my current WIP, a Game of Inches, for my Fantasy Leagues series. This week we write to the word prompt stark. I just can't tell you who's talking! It gives too much away. Book One of the Fantasy Leagues is now available. You can get a hint from there. First 25% free for download!



 
 


"She is a stark reminder of what my life could have been. Sharlyn can't die, she's barely had a chance to live.” She paused, her body stiffened and she looked down. "Maybe she might even want a chance to get to know me."

"I'm sorry Sharlyn is going through this. I never thought about wanting children. I've always been too busy. Sometimes I think an extension of me would be more of a curse than a blessing I'd put on a child."

"You'd be a wonderful mother, with your gifts, adventurous nature, and huge heart. I've witnessed it. Your dogged determination to make life better for the people around you. More kids need that from a parent."

"You know, you could have kids of your own. Sharlyn isn't the only one."

"I've got so many flaws and wrinkles in my life, I"m not sure I can ever iron them out to be suitable for raising a family. But, don't think the daydream doesn't visit me from time to time."


 


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

My First Ever Self-Published Book! SPLIT THE UPRIGHTS!

new release day for me!!
http://www.amazon.com/Split-Uprights-Fantasy-Leagues-Book-ebook/dp/B00PO958T0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416102584&sr=8-1&keywords=Split+the+Uprights&pebp=1416102584785


Okay, I self-published my first book this weekend. The first book in my Fantasy League series entitled, Split the Uprights.

What happens when you mix men and women in a fantasy football league? Lots of sexy competition and instant rivalries. Owner of Fantasy Leagues, Lola Fontaine, maintains two identities, one as loving matchmaker and the other as ball busting Dominatrix. In the LockHim Room, her muscle toned guys never know what to expect. 
With reclusive statistician, Eugene Carlton, they believe they have the perfect formula for romance. All their success takes a place on the Wall of Flame. But, do they really know anything about true love connections? 
She takes awkward Danika Parker under her wing and teaches her everything she doesn't know about love. However, in the process, they establish risky boundaries, pushing the envelope normally established for just friends. Danika takes an interest in fellow participant, Finn Maxwell, the man still searching for a plan. 
Unfortunately for Lola, time is running out on secrets from her past. Living on borrowed time will catch up with her in a way she least expected. She will hurt the ones she loves, no matter how she tries. But, will they ever forgive? Will Lola get more than she counted on? 
Learn about grilled lemonade, love jam, fantasy football, and safe words all wrapped into the fun of Split the Uprights.

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I'm working on book 2, A Game of Inches for NaNoWriMo...already 30K words in!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday Tales Will Telling the Truth Doom Love?

Happy Fall Tuesday Tales... Today, I return to my current WIP, a Game of Inches, for my Fantasy Leagues series. This week we write to the beautiful picture prompt below. Three hundred words...what can I set up for you? Will Lola tell Marty the truth?




“I love living here. I had to move far enough away the memories of you couldn’t haunt me.”
“A breathtaking view.”
I imagined his place in the summertime, when the waxy leaves shone a bright green, glistening from the reflections off the water. I imagined what it would look like covered in snow, quietly falling with a fire roaring in the living room. I imagined pulling a sheet of freshly baked cookies out of the oven, setting them on the counter to cool. I imagined everything in sixty long seconds I was doomed to never have.
Marty moved cautiously, remaining behind the sofa. Apparently, an unnecessarily heavy sleigh sofa would keep me away. He completely underestimated my ninja skills. “Lola, I’m shocked you visited me. Can you please just get it out of the way? You said you need my help.”
My brain reminded my libido we had a serious discussion to undertake. Suddenly, I was glad the couch was between us. He might slap me if I stood too close. “It’s difficult to explain. It’s me that needs help, but, I’m asking as more of a favor for someone else.”
“Shit, Lola, do you have a friend who wants to meet me and you are the go between? This has a sweaty gym socks and chalkboard smell to it.”
“I know I sound like some high school drama queen.”
“If you know it isn’t appealing, why do you do it? We aren’t in high school. You and I have done things I hope high school girls don’t do.”

Dear Lord, please be with me. This will be tougher than I imagined. He has no clue I learned some of my best moves while still in high school. “I’m going to tell you some things about me you won’t like.”


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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Today Beautiful Special Guest Author Flossie Benton Rogers!! and giveaway!


Today in The Locker I have the amazing, kind, and talented Flossie Benton Rogers.
She stopped by with a little snippet about her new release. Please check her out and have a chance to win her latest book!

Thank you for featuring Lord of Fire today, Davee! I’m thrilled to be here and to offer an exciting GIVEAWAY. Since this is the 5th Wytchfae book, I thought we’d start by asking the hero to share five of his favorite things.

Gabriel Hawk:
Favorite Drink – “Strong coffee with a dram of fine Irish whiskey tossed in. It goes down even smoother when my delectable Wytchfae is sitting across the kitchen table from me, tantalizing me with those sleepy golden eyes of hers.”

Favorite Pastime – “You’re kidding, right? What do you think I like to do with a woman like Garnet McAnna in my arms?”

Favorite Color – “Red, as in blood red. Demons, by the way, do not bleed red.”

Favorite Place – “Not the Underworld, and damn sure not that hell hole of a club called Slice. I like the privacy of my cabin in the woods with no one around but my Wytchfae.”

Favorite Dessert – *wicked leer* “Cheesecake, followed by Garnet, Garnet, and more Garnet.”

Lord of Fire – Wytchfae 5

Blurb: When The Hawk meets his Wytchfae, the result is spontaneous combustion.

Garnet McAnna chases the demon responsible for attacking and enslaving innocent fae familiars. She never expected to run headlong into a mesmerizing stranger known as The Hawk. Nor did she anticipate the way his masculine power kindles a womanly flame within her.

Exiled from an elite warrior's brigade, Lord of Fire Gabriel Hawk guards his heart and his solitude. He wants nothing to do with the world of men or the realm of fae. Then a beautiful Wytchfae bursts into his life, stirring desire and sparking need. Garnet is on a dangerous mission, and he can't let her face the evil alone. What else can he do but fight beside her? When she disappears, he raises hell to find her. Will he be too late? Will darkness conquer this couple or will love burn their souls into one?

First Line Teaser: She’d catch the demon tonight if it killed her.

Memorable Quote: “Garnet McAnna, you’re the hottest woman in thirteen worlds.”

Excerpt:
Garnet dimpled as morning’s first whispered glow cast an incandescent gleam on their half-naked flesh. Lying on their sides, bodies touching, an electrical current seemed to bolt back and forth between them. Reaching out, she raked a hand through The Hawk’s blue-black hair. She loved the sight of it spread out on the pillow and its silken texture in her fingers. The hard planes of his chest enticed her to seek him there as well.

One corner of his mouth tilted into a smile. “Brazen woman.”

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Author Bio:
Flossie Benton Rogers is the author of the Wytchfae paranormal romance series. She is Sagittarius with a Libra ascendant and Taurus moon, or a 5th generation Floridian and freedom loving mystic. She pursues her passion for mythology by writing romances with fairies, goddesses, ghosts, angels, demons, and other magical beings. The Wytchfae world brims with dimensions parallel to our own. Some are welcoming, others dangerous and forbidding. Through the darkest night and the fright of unchained chaos, love will always shine.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

No Way November....Tuesday Tales

Happy Tuesday and welcome to The Locker. 

Today, I move to book two of my current WIP, A Game of Inches, for my Fantasy Leagues series. This week we write, to the word prompt "flower". 


“Irony huh? I also went to see my mom. She is now hoarding jigsaw puzzles. However, we came to a mutual understanding, so, I’m looking past all the pieces scattered around in her house. They give her a feeling of completion not normally occurring in her reality. I get it.”
“Only with you could I be so dumbfounded.”
“You could never be dumb, Eugene, it’s why I hired you.”
“A figure of speech, I intended dumbfounded as a figure of speech.”
“So, here’s the deal. I will be really out of commission for a few weeks. I have a legit reason. I don’t trust anyone else to run Fantasy Leagues. Will you please stay with me to see this through and start basketball?”
Silence.
“Please?”
“Lola, just when I think I can walk away from you, both middle fingers standing proudly, you throw in a curve ball.”
“You’re helping me become a better person. I don’t know what I’d do without you. You’re my rock.” I heaped on the praise, attempting to bring humor to an otherwise uncomfortable conversation.
“Callipygian.”
“You’re using your safe word again.”
“Stop with the bullshit.”
“Does that mean you’ll consider helping me?”
“Let me know what the tests reveal. I already told you I’d finish football. I’ll make a decision about basketball after I know what you’re plans are for medical leave.”
“I appreciate you so much…”
“Callipygian. Stop with the gushing. I hate it.”
“Fine, so, guess this conversation is over?”
“One thing. What happens if you aren’t a match? What about her biological father?”
“Cali-pie-gee-ann…I’m throwing your safe word back at you.”
****
Maybe I’m a horrible friend for hanging up on Lola, I chose to call it tough love. What did she expect, I’d give her a flower? She had no right to worry all of us the way she did then bounce back expecting everything to be all normal. I wasn’t jealous, I was concerned. Huge difference.
The feeling of dread lifted immediately when I heard her voice. Anger followed suit when I found out she hadn’t been abducted. Knowing she had access to contact me pissed me off, she also hurt my heart. Did she not care enough to check in with me? I suppose I lost rank in the realm of importance. She told me in the beginning not to expect much, I assumed we got past her hesitations.
I paced the floor determined not to call her back. I hung up for a reason. I stared at my phone, willing her to reach out…apologize. Maybe she would show up at my door, draw me in close, whisper amends into my ear. Her soft silky hair would brush my face, comforting me. I couldn’t deny how much I wanted to kiss her again. Her soft lips and silken tongue with the tentative probing. Not stiff and prodding like some awkward man kiss.
I was in lust with Lola, she mesmerized me.
She also deserted me.
Finn ran away from me.
My phone rang, and my heart skipped two beats. I would take either one of them right now. My fragile confidence tank needed a refill. Afraid to look, I cautiously turned my phone over. Great.
“Hi mom, what’s up?”
“Dr. Parker, I wonder if you are free for a wild evening of moonlighting work?”
“I guess so.”
“Why do you sound so down? Are you sick, tired, overworked?”
“I’m good, just moody I suppose. Late blooming PMS is a bitch.”
“Dust yourself off, nothing like bloodstains to take your mind off PMS. If anything always remember, you are better off than the person we clean up after.”
“Mom, you have such a twisted way of looking at humanity.”
“My twisted view pays the bills. The inevitable keeps me in business. Can you be ready to go in twenty minutes?”
“Sure, come get me.”










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"Finding Love and Bigfoot" is a fun, sweet romance. There's a lovely level of humour, which had me giggling and thoroughly enjoying the read. Following the characters whom we were introduced to in book one, "Finding Love under a Rock", it was enjoyable journeying with them once again." review by Bex N' Books
How about a sweet, slightly creepy read? Finding Love and Bigfoot
Book 3 is also available!  Finding Love in a Black Lagoon