Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Hand Turkey Day!

Bizarre Thanksgiving Postcard courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
Happy Thanksgiving! 

It's been a busy holiday week for me. Aside from family festivities, this is study week leading up to finals. I've taken my History 201 final already, so that's one thing off my list; however, I still have several classes left to deal with. Starting on Monday, Dec. 1st and running through Dec. 9th, I will be testing for my remaining classes. I'm so ready to get it over with, but even after finals are done, I won't be getting a break. I'll be right back in class on Dec. 10th, since that's when the winter term begins. It's a very short term, but it's going to be intense. Each class lasts about three hours a day. The upside is that it only lasts for fifteen days, and with a big break for Christmas and New Year smack in the middle of it. I'm crossing my fingers I can keep up!

Tomorrow we're going to my mom and dad's for Thanksgiving dinner. Like I said on Facebook, I'll probably eat too much then crawl onto one of mom's couches and fall asleep watching TV. I don't plan to do any Black Friday shopping, so I'll probably spend the late afternoon moving back and forth between studying and editing. In the midst of all this schoolwork, I'm trying to write a novella. Easier said that done. But that's a story for another day. 

Again, I hope you have a lovely Hand Turkey Day. It's shortly after one in the morning - I probably should get to bed. Until next time, happy wishes!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In Love With Nine-to-Five Fantasies



I received my contributor copies for Nine-to-Five Fantasies on Monday afternoon. They're gorgeous! Lately, I haven't had a lot of time to read and write (aside from academic papers), so it was a refreshing change to read through some of the sexy stories from the anthology. 

Some of my favorites include:
Grimy, by Sommer Marsden
O For Effort, by Delilah Night
Kneading Lessons, by Tilly Hunter
and Close Shave, by Alison Tyler




My contribution is a hot mechanic story called Body Work. It features a buff, tattooed mechanic with nipple rings, a hot car, and a strap on. Library Journal called my story "surprisingly kinky".  *eyebrow wiggle* I hope you'll check it out.

Nine-to-Five Fantasies is available in both ebook and print formats. Readers can pick up a copy through most bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books a Million. ♥♥♥

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

New Release: Nine-to-Five Fantasies

Yay! It's new release day! 

Nine-to-Five Fantasies (edited by Alison Tyler) is available at Amazon and  Barnes and Noble in both ebook and print formats.

This anthology contains 18 incredibly hot short stories, including my naughty mechanic story called, Body Work. I hope you'll check it out!

For more about the awesomely talented Alison Tyler, her blog is here: http://alisontyler.blogspot.com   (NSFW)



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two Dogs, One Dog Bed

Sassie and Jake wallowed their enormous pillow-style dog bed flat as a pancake. How did they accomplish this?

They would both try to take up as much space as possible on the pillow bed. Doing so keeps the other dog from having more room on the pillow, you see? To acquire more room than the other dog, they each wallow on it like pigs in mud. Whoever can stretch out the furthest wins more space.

Apparently this process is so much fun, CharlieCat decided to start participating in the wallowing contest as well. Three wallowing animals led to the inevitable collapse of the bed fibers. When I picked the bed up to move it, it had the density of a deflated balloon.

I haven't had a chance to pick up new Polyfill for the bed, which has a zippered inner and outer case so you can restuff it periodically. I'm estimating it will take roughly four bags just to get the bed to a decent "fluff" volume.

Now that the pillow bed is put away (until I can restuff it), Jake has begun sleeping in Mini's bean bag chair. Sassie whines about him stealing the chair, mostly because she has nowhere comfy to go. Yesterday, I decided to make a box bed for Sass to help her out. That way, Jake could have the chair, and Sass would have a comfy box to stretch out in while I'm doing my homework.

Behold, the results....

Jake - Box Bed
Sassie - Beanbag Chair


I do not understand dog logic.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Remember me?

Remember me?  I've been so focused on studying lately I haven't had time for much else. I wish that was an exaggeration. The house has stayed a mess since the first week of school, I can barely keep up with the laundry (I've stopped trying with the dishes), and I'm doing good to get four hours of sleep a night. I've even had several dreams where I'm looking down at my notebooks, and they're filled with Algebra problems. I'm ready for the end of the semester. My brain needs a rest.

Next semester, I'm going to cut down on the classes. Four is really too many at one time. I have two professors who like to substitute actual instruction with heaping on of homework. That doesn't teach anyone anything. You're so busy trying to rush through it, you don't absorb anything. With my other two classes, I'm not receiving any instruction at all. I'm basically paying the cost per credit hour to read a textbook. No more, no less. I hope studying closely will be enough to pass the finals, because I really don't want to have to retake any classes.

I wish I had something more exciting to say, but the reality is that these past six weeks have been a complete blur.  Oh! I guess there is one exciting thing I can talk about. Last week marked the first leg of the writing workshop I've been giving on critical reading skills for writers. We have one more week to go. Everyone has been so pleasant and patient with me, especially when I was having tech issues. I'm eternally grateful for that. (And I'm hopeful these tech issues aren't a sign on what's to come for next month's Mercury retrograde!)

This afternoon, after I cleared out all my maths for the week, I planned to relax and lounge on the couch, but I ended up putting together a new storage shelf instead. It's the type that fits six bins. With the new shelf I'm able to get all my books up off the floor. I had them sitting in a basket across the room. So that's one thing I can scratch off my to-do list. Now if only I could have hubby build a linen closet, we'd be set.

That's all for now. I'm going to take a hot bubble bath and settle in to do some reading. American History. I have a quiz coming up. C'est la vie. Until next time, happy wishes! ♥♥♥

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pucker Up! : A Snog For Sommer

http://smutforgood.co.uk/a-snog-for-sommer/

I'm late to the party! I just learned about the A Snog for Sommer tour. Authors are posting kissing scenes and excerpts, as well as giving away goodies in an effort to help support our writerly friend, Sommer Marsden. If you can spare a few dollars for the cause, please visit the SmutForGood.com.uk website. Every donation is appreciated!

Since I jumped in unprepared, I thought I'd take a different approach. Instead of excerpts, how about some facts about snogging...aka, kissing? Interested? Sure you are! ;o)

Here we go!


  • Kissing relieves stress. 
  • The world's longest kiss lasted over two days! 
  • Most people tilt their head to the right when the kiss. 
  • A person who studies kissing is called an osculologist. 
  • Philematology is the study of kissing. 
  • Kissing for 60 seconds burns approximately two calories.
  • A law in Indiana and Iowa prohibits men with mustaches from kissing women in public. Sorry, Burt Reynolds! 
  • According to Psychology Today, the average person spends about 20 thousand minutes of their life kissing
  • 68% of people close their eyes while kissing.


Instead of drawing for a single prize for only one winner, I'm doing something a little different. From now until September 20th, I'm offering What She Doesn't Know for FREE at Smashwords. When you go to the page, it will show the regular price. Simply use the code PL65E  (be sure to apply it!) at checkout for a 100% discount. What She Doesn't Know is a collection of short erotic stories, so please - readers 18 and older only.

Once more, in the spirit of the tour, please consider making a donation to help Sommer's family. You can find out all the details at SmutForGood.com.uk.

Monday, September 01, 2014

September? September!

In the hall, writing, snapping pics, waiting
for class to start. 
No. Tell me it is not September 1st. I can't believe it. Where has the year gone? It doesn't feel like there's been a summer break at all. It's like I blinked and the year jumped from February to the end of August, and now here we are, September 1st. Surprise! 

Unbelievable. Just unbelievable.

I have so much to do this month, it's kind of scary. I have a workshop coming up on September 22nd at Savvy Authors. That same day I have a court date and a paper due. No pressure, right? At this point, if I'm going to have a complete mental breakdown, I'm going to have to schedule it first, because I just don't have time for it otherwise.

My birthday was on the 28th (August). I was so busy with classes, I kind of forgot about it until Mom called me to find out what day I wanted to get together with the family, and what I wanted to do about a cake. We settled on getting pizza, and hubby bought a strawberry ice cream cake, which was ridiculously yummy. I didn't want any kind of fuss, so we settled for a simple Saturday get together at my parents house. It went smooth as silk. I ate too much pizza and too much cake, and I had a great time doing it. Also, Dad wanted to read my English essay, which I told him was about him. It's true; it was. Our first essay assignment was about our musical influences, so I had to write about Dad and The Beach Boys. The essay took top marks in class, but what's better is that Dad liked it. He took it outside to read it, because he didn't want to cry in front of everyone. Bless him. He's so tenderhearted.

Speaking of school and essays and such, I'm doing okay in all my classes, although I think if I'd taken even one more course it would've been too much. The first two weeks were enough to make me regret ever thinking about going back to school. Two of my professors decided we needed to immediately write two papers each. So, four essays within the first two weeks of college. If I wasn't into that whole writing thing, that might've been the end of me right there. Instead, I soldiered through it. I made a to-do list and scratched off assignments as I completed them. It was hell for that full first week, but I've managed to get the time frame for each class under control. Juggling classes is a little easier to deal with now. Whew!

I've been writing in the mornings before class. I take pre-req math on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and because I have a one hour and ten minute commute, I have to leave home early to beat the traffic. That puts me on campus about thirty minutes before class starts, so I've been sitting in the little lounge under the entry stairs to write in the mornings. It's peaceful over there. Not a lot of talking. So far I've been able to knock out two chapters of VN. Not too shabby.

I haven't delved too much into college clubs and such, but since its so close to November, I'm wondering if anyone at Delta will be doing NaNo? Maybe a couple of students would want to gather at the on campus Subway or the common room across from admissions to do write-ins. Hmm. I might have to ask around about that.