Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holly Days :: Holidays :: Holly Daze

It's the holly-days!  I'm very glad of that because I've been needing a break. Desperately. There has been so much stressful stuff going on lately that there are days I just want to resign myself to never leaving the house again. Seriously, with each new stressful thing that crops up and lands on my shoulders, becoming a shut-in begins to sound better and better. Peaceful, most importantly. Maybe once 2014 is over things will iron themselves out. If not, maybe I should start shopping around for wilderness real estate. You know, so I have a place to run screaming.  

The fall semester ended on December 9th, and presently I have a 4.0 gpa. Just think, I need only 48 more credit hours to graduate. (crazed laughter) I planned to attend the spring semester, but I'm presently out of financial aid. It's all good though because I really need to take care of a few things before I dive back into the academic fray. It will likely be summer before I can afford another class, but I'm not too worried about it. In the meantime I've picked up my writing again.

That's it for now. Merry Christmas and Happy Yule. Ooh, now that I think about it, I have a lot of holiday prep to get to - baking, shopping, wrapping. I still haven't bought any presents for hubby. He wants a Keurig, and all the trappings that go with it. Anyway, I digress. Wherever you are, and however you celebrate - I wish you a lovely holiday.  

Before I go, today's pic is my Christmas gift from Oldest, who is still stationed in Bahrain. He sent me the kitty cat mug with matching spoon. Sniff, sniff. He knows me so well. I miss the big guy bunches.

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:   (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

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 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