Monday, April 29, 2013

Real Life & A New Novella by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday, y'all. Today is my blog day and I was going to do a little post about my upcoming novella, A Shot at Forgiveness, that'll be released on June 1st individually and as part of Dreamspinner's Make a Play Daily Dose


But then real life happened, and that takes precedence. NBA player Jason Collins came out in a heartfelt, articulate, strong way. Read his story here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/?mobile=no.

I'll tell you about my novella next week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Original Sinners and the mixing of m/m romance in mainstream fiction


I'm gonna talk briefly about something that I don't think comes up too often here on Cafe Risque: het erotica. Bear with me, I have a reason. Well, a few reasons.

While mixing male/male romance in mainstream het fiction isn't new, it's still fairly rare. And I see misinformation about this in the romance community. Some readers seem to think that the author was holding back out of personal fear or something along those lines. The thing that mass-market production has that epulishing doesn't, is a print run. And we all know building a readership can take time, unless you're one of those authors who's lucky enough to publish a fabulous lightning strike of a book that sells a bajillion copies. Readers can be put off by anything from a male character with foreskin to one who cheats or has a beard: in mass market your publisher will be loathe to let you do anything that they think may harm sales. Once you have a contract, these things can be tricky to negotiate. It's not about the author being stubborn or a pansy.

SO when I see an author who's worked male/male into mainstream romance, and who has done it well, I'm pleased and impressed. My opinion is that it helps to raise the level of awareness in our genre for more and more readers who might not have tried male/male romance before. What used to be a niche genre isn't so much any more. IMO, that's good.

The latest series I'm into for a number of reasons is The Original Sinners Series by Tiffany Riesz. And let's be clear: I don't read BDSM, I don't read erotica. I like the safety of the HEA that comes with romance, and kink is fine but it's written badly often enough that I usually prefer not to take the chance. I don't even try writing it very much because I've never lived the lifestyle and I'm afraid I might do it wrong (outside of my short story Yes, Sir which was vetted by someone did live the lifestyle for a long time).

I got into the series after the first book, The Siren, went on sale for .99 cents. Let's face it, a lot of people will try a book they wouldn't try otherwise if it goes on sale. Now, the writing was beautiful  Gorgeous. Philosophical  dark, twisted. Oh, yes, and the sex is hot. Even if there are lady parts and guy parts mixed together. ;) The first book is almost entirely het sex. There's a little bit of love triangle-ish stuff, and we do briefly meet a bisexual male character, but he doesn't have any on-page love scenes in this one. What I've learned about Harlequin (Reisz's publisher) is that they don't dig much on secondary characters OR well, gay romance--again, this is largely about sales. Lori Foster, another bestseller, has released a male/male novella with Harlequin . Harlequin is kind of the Ma Bell of romance publishing, and they kick it old school.

BUT

The Siren has since outsold 50 Shades of Grey (ka-ching). Book 2, The Angel, actually gives almost equal page time to Griffin (the bisexual Dom introduced in book 1) and The Angel, a barely legal teen named Michael. Interestingly enough? The heroine, Nora, her story is a little up in the air at the end of the book. Again, it's erotica, she doesn't have to have a happy ending. The only people who DO get their HEA in the story are... Griffin and Michael. BTW, there IS on-page sex between the two. She also puts the occasional add-on on her blog.

So. If you flip it... In essence, Tiffany Reisz got Harlequin to publish a gay romance novel with a secondary het story line. ;) Was it calculated that way? Dunno. I presume so. Certainly could have been but either way she's my new hero. God bless that woman.

The series is really fantastically written. I admire the intelligence and elegance of her writing, the authenticity of the kink--from what I can tell as a mere voyeur in the world, anyway, and the edge of your seat pacing of the books. The world-building is strong. The relationships are complicated, disturbing sometimes. She employs tension well, which keeps the pages turning and the excitement amped.

So today's post is about two things: One, sharing a series I love that I'm guessing many in the gay romance community might not have checked out yet (frankly, I almost didn't. I assumed it was another FSOG clone and almost didn't read it, even with the .99 price tag). Two: it seems like there's this weird concern about het authors writing male/male romance, and somehow not doing justice to the genre. Again--just my opinion--but I feel like this is misplaced. Reisz's  male/male love scenes were beautifully written. Some of them were also brutal, but they were between a sadist and his lover, and it was fitting for the scene.  She fades to black on occasion but I get the sense that this is done for artistic reasons rather than squeamishness over writing about the prostate. There's definitely the whole enchilada when the enchilada is called for, yanno?

Here's the thing: most writers care about authenticity. And bad writers will be bad writers in any genre, but usually you don't get published if you suck. Particularly not in mass-market. Particularly not if you've made it to the NYT and USA Today lists.  Ditto the other authors I've read who have mingled male/male in their het. Larissa Ione, Suzanne Brockmann, JR Ward, etc. So many readers say that they came to reading male/male romance after reading (for example) JR Ward, that I feel like this mix is something we want to encourage.

So... thought for the day. Check out The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz. And give m/m in het romance a chance. :)

Happy Sunday,
Love, Ellis

Thursday, April 25, 2013

T.C. Blue presents "This Week... in 'gay news' (or as I like to call it... news.)"


This won't be a lengthy post. Mostly just a bunch of links to stories I found interesting, inspiring, or that just made me smile. Sometimes all three. :)

First, Senator (D) Kelvin Atkinson of Nevada came out this week, during a debate about gay marriage and equal rights. One of the (many) stories about it can be found here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313732/Senator-Kelvin-Atkinson-comes-gay-emotional-testimony-Nevada-approves-sex-marriage.html. All I can say is good for him. Good for him, good for Nevada, and good for any African American gay people who have been afraid of expressing their own same-sex orientation. The African American community is one of the most difficult in which to be gay. Perhaps having another out, successful, gay black person in the public eye will help to ease the ties of intolerance there. (This is not to say that all African Americans are intolerant of homosexuality. My understanding, however, is that there's more stigma attached to being black and gay than there is elsewhere. I may be wrong about that and if your experience differs, I apologize for being misinformed.)

Rhode Island's state Senate has passed a gay marriage legislation. Reports are that the Governor of the state plans to sign said bill into law. One of the many stories on this can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/24/rhode-island-gay-marriage_n_3149877.html. The bill passed with 2/3 of the state Senate in favor. Good for you, Rhode Island! Congratulations on taking another step toward full equality for all people, regardless of gender-preference and attraction, under the law.

Former Middle Tennessee State kicker Alan Gendreau is hoping to have a shot at the NFL. After graduating last year, he's now trying to find a permanent position on a team. Maybe the first openly gay player on a national U.S. sports team won't be an active, already established player, but one who comes in already out (so to speak). The story (from Outsports) is here: http://www.outsports.com/2013/4/23/4253016/alan-gendreau-openly-gay-kicker-profile-middle-tennessee-state.

I'm going to stop here, but I have to say that I find it encouraging that so much is happening so quickly. I'm hopeful that the trend toward equality and inclusion will continue apace.

More news next week, I think... unless I find something to rant about, which -- haha! -- you never know!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Until Forever Comes by Cardeno C. - Now Available for Preorder


Happy Monday, y'all. My exciting news this week is that Until Forever Comes, the next book in my Mates series, is available for preorder. And there's a puppet show/video! More on that later, but first the details about the book.

Blurb: Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can’t shift. Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, he hopes to find an honorable death by joining his pack mates in a vampire attack. Instead, Ethan learns two things: draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate—a vampire named Miguel. 

Miguel Rodriguez is more than four centuries old. Strong, powerful, and vicious, he walks through life as a shadow, without happiness or affection. When a young shifter tells Miguel they’re true mates, destined to be together, Miguel sends him away. But Ethan is persistent, and Miguel can’t resist for long. Once Miguel gives in, being together comes naturally. The challenge is keeping themselves alive so they can stay by each other’s side until forever comes.

ebook linkhttp://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3815

paperback linkhttp://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3859

Wait, did someone say puppet show? Yes! Rachel Gallagher spent hours and hours making a fun and hilarious video celebrating this release. I've been watching it on a loop and laughing so hard, I almost don't have time to be nervous about this release. Check it out here and leave Rachel a comment.

Have a wonderful week!

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Let's Get Zesty


It's been a serious week and I had a serious post planned, I swear. But I've been dealing with internet problems and I'll be lucky if posting this actually works. So I'll leave you with a couple of silly (albeit slightly sexist) items that I hope lighten the mood:

Everything is better with kittens...


Happy Sunday,
Love, Ellis

Thursday, April 18, 2013

SFGN, GLAAD & Lambikins (T.C. Blue gets rant-y... excessively, lengthily so)


Firstly, apologies for the sheer length of this post. I thought there was a way to insert cuts that would hide large blocks of text whilst allowing me to name said blocks (as in... there would be something on the page that said "All About Me" that could be clicked on to see that part of the post). If there is such a function, I really DON'T know how to accomplish it. Please feel free to skim down to the part about La Lambert, which I've designated with a series of asterisks! *grins* So... on to the post.


As some of you probably know, I've never been shy about expressing my opinions. I may, in fact, have been called a few names due to my readiness to share my Tis-spective (dorking out!). One of the most common rhymes with 'gliberal twitch' while the runner-up sounds something like 'mucking bunt.' I accept that the people who've said these things are entitled to their opinions and are in no way obligated to agree with me. That doesn't mean I won't continue sharing my point of view with even the slightest provocation.

Now, before I get to the meat of the matter, which in this case is an opinion piece written and published by one of the owners of the South Florida Gay News (aka - SFGN -- a publication of which I was only vaguely aware prior to yesterday), allow me to say this:

*DISCLAIMER: I am not now -- nor have I ever been -- gay. I sincerely doubt that I will become so in future. (Loki knows I tried in college, but it just wasn't my thing.)*

As such, some people within the gay community might think I have no business weighing in on something that doesn't affect me since I'm straight. (Yes, I've been told this before. More than once. Because apparently I'm supposed to ignore the fact that we're all human, regardless of our sexual orientations.)

In an effort to establish my 'right' to have anything to say about 'gay issues,' allow me to present my credentials, so to speak:

I was thirteen or fourteen when I met my first openly gay man. He was nineteen and worked at my local bookstore. We became friends -- largely because I was mature for my age and he was rather the opposite. Also possibly due to one of the first books I bought from him at the store being Gordon Merrick's The Lord Won't Mind. *grins* I was a bit precocious, I suppose.

In any case, we became friends. I met his boyfriend, with whom he lived, spent time with them both for years, and even watch my first gay porn at their house, though I was sixteen by then. I went to my first gay bar. A year later, when I was in college, I met my first openly gay woman. She and I were friends for a few years before drifting apart when her college experience ended. (No, she's not the one I tried to be gay with, just for the record.)

Through these friendships I met other people and became more comfortable with the gay community than I ever was with the heterosexuals I was supposed to have so much more in common with. The gay people I've known ever since meeting that first man at fourteen have always been more accepting and friendly to me than 'normal' people. In fact, my experiences with my 'gay friends' led me to accept various aspects of my own personality… aspects that had been actively discouraged by my straight family and the straight society around whose fringes I danced.

I lived through the horror (and that's not me being dramatic) of the later part of the AIDS epidemic, though it's still going on today. I was there when friends got the news that they were HIV positive. I held them while they cried. I watched far too many of them die slowly, surrounded by their own fear and that of their families while also surrounded by hatred from people who not only didn't understand how the virus was spread and really didn't want to. At the time, it was considered a Gay Disease, though it wasn't and still isn't. (I could go on about HIV and AIDS for hours, but I won't. Not today. That's not the point of this post.)

I went to more funerals and memorials in two years than many people will ever attend in their entire lifetimes.

Later, when I became a bit more interested in the politics of equal rights, I started making the occasional post on Live Journal and engaging in discussions with people (these discussions often ended in me being loudly referred to as the aforementioned gliberal twitch and mucking bunt).

More recently, I've volunteered with marriage equality organizations here in Maryland, leading up to the 2012 Presidential election. I canvassed, provided transportation services, and offered financial support as well. Not because I'm gay and want the right to marry a same sex partner, but because it was the right thing to do. Because I firmly believe that those citizens born or naturalized in this country (in all countries, but again, that's a topic for another time) should have the same rights under the law. Because there is no document set forth by our government that assigns different degrees of citizenship to people based upon race, creed, color or sexuality.

Every U.S. citizen has the same responsibility under the law. Every U.S. citizen should have the same rights and receive the same exact benefits of citizenship. This is something I believe so strongly that I will not ever feel easy in my own skin until it is made so.

So, no. I'm not gay, but I think I'm aware enough of the 'gay community' and the 'gay experience' (though I really think it's the 'human community' and 'human experience,' but that's just me) that I'm allowed to have opinions regarding things that happen in the 'gay community.'

If you disagree, you are of course welcome to do so. It won't change whether I choose to express myself or not. And frankly, I think I have enough 'gay street cred' to speak on. So.

* * * * * * * * * 

The point of this long-ass, rambling path through Tis-tory (yes, I really am this much of a dork), is the opinion piece that appeared in the SFGN. It seems the owner and his partner disapprove of GLAAD's decision to honor Adam Lambert with the Davidson/Valentini Award at their 2013 Gala.

From GLAAD's website (written by Ricky Carter, Media Awards Associate at GLAAD): "The Davidson/Valentini Award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD's first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini. The award is presented to an out LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.  Previous Davidson/Valentini honorees include Lee Daniels, Chad Allen, Ilene Chaiken, Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, Alec Mapa, B.D. Wong, and Sandra Bernhard."

So the owner of the SFGN disagrees with GLAAD's decision and chose to announce it in rather strong terms. He states that he and his partner were on holiday when the issue of the paper (or magazine; I'm not really sure which it is but will refer to it as a paper from here on) came out and that they'd both "wanted to puke" at seeing Lambert on the cover. He then proceeded to "thank" Adam Lambert -- along with one of the paper's reporters who'd broken the news of Lambert's two year relationship breaking up -- for crashing their website because so many people, including other press outlets, were linking to them and trying to read the story, as it was an exclusive. The break-up, I mean.

I'm not going to go further into what this man said. If you're interested, you can read it for yourself here: http://southfloridagaynews.com/articles/adam-lamberts-glaad-award-a-joke/112235. You can also read what the other reporter -- the one who broke the break-up story -- had to say in response to his boss' opinion piece here: http://southfloridagaynews.com/articles/in-defense-of-adam-lambert/112304. (The comments on both these items are numerous and express some thoughts far better than I ever could. Feel free to slog through them. *grins*)

Please understand that I am in no way saying this paper owner doesn't have a right to his opinion. He absolutely does. However, having read his article, I feel that his opinion is based on assumptions and a lack of actual information.

He seems to believe that Lambert is the next thing to a half-closeted, self-hating gay who has done absolutely nothing in support of the 'gay community' aside from doing a benefit for marriage equality in Maryland (which I attended, by the way, because it was for the organization I was volunteering with at the time, and who am I to turn down a good show, especially when it's for charity? The tickets were not cheap and even though the show was thrown together literally four or five days before the date itself, turnout was very good and a lot of money was raised for the cause)… and wearing a purple shirt for Spirit Day.

I will agree that from what I've seen, Lambert came to his own particular type of activism late. By which I mean he didn't come out of American Idol waving a rainbow flag and vowing to rid the world of all wrongs perpetrated upon his GLBT peeps. He said more than once that he wanted to be seen as a singer and entertainer who happened to be gay; not as a gay performer. Honestly, I can understand that stance, though I have to admit to finding it a bit naïve. (I'm fairly sure the first black athlete on a pro team didn't much want to be known as 'that black ball player,' just as the first woman astrophysicist didn't care for being called 'that woman rocket scientist,' you know? But that's how humans are. When something's different from what we're used to, in whatever way, we notice. And if someone's the sort to enjoy using that difference to mock or denigrate a person's accomplishments, they will.)

The upshot of this is that Lambert competed on American Idol, not American GLBT Activist. A singing competition, not a political strategizing contest. There was and is nothing about his success that obligated him to take up the mantle of 'his people' and become a voice for equal rights. And yet… he did.

Maybe not right away, and clearly not quickly or vociferously enough for some (like the man who wrote the first opinion piece linked above), but he did take that step. I honestly can't think of any other out performer of his generation who's made such a point of being open about how he feels with regards to equal rights and marriage equality. And he has no obligation to do so.

That's the important part, here. The only responsibility Lambert has with regards to GLBT activism is the responsibility he lays upon himself, and that's as it should be. Nobody should feel as though they are required to use their popularity or influence according to someone else's timeline. Nobody should feel they have the right to dictate someone else's actions purely by dint of sharing the same sexuality.

Adam Lambert seems to have taken on a more passive sort of activism that some parts of the 'gay community' like, but in the end it seems to me to be a good thing.

He's openly gay, yes, but he's also much more than that.

He's a world-class singer with near-endless potential, in my opinion. (Even if you don't like his music, there's no denying that the man can sing like nobody's business.) He's exceptionally well-spoken, and not solely due to growing up in what I've been told is an upper-middle class area (I grew up in a similar type of neighborhood and you wouldn't believe how many of the people I went to school with are barely able to string together an understandable sentence using words of more than two syllables. This is not a joke!). He has a completely dorky sense of humor (from what I've read) and seems to enjoy a good single entendre (personal experience, here, from that benefit at the 9:30 Club for Marylanders for Marriage Equality). He knows who he is and isn't ashamed of it. Oh, and he's pretty. Very, very pretty. (I've listed this last as it is the least important of the attributes I've mentioned. Not that it doesn't matter. If Lambert looked like Quasimodo, would any of us even be here right now? So it matters, but not as much as it would if he didn't have all the rest in his favor.)

Lambert has played shows all over the world to sold out crowds. Performed before hundreds of millions on Chinese television. He's fronted for Queen, done his thing in Russia, Amsterdam, and who knows how many other places (I'm sure the Glamberts out there could give an exact accounting, but I can't). And all while being openly gay and up-front about his love life in a way that's not threatening. He talks about dating in the same way a heterosexual musician would (actually, he's less graphic than many straight male musicians -- and even some female musicians -- are). He consistently seems to be exactly who he lets us see, by which I mean he's…

A singer. A performer who puts on a hell of a good show. A man with ideas and ideals and a musically experimental nature that he obviously enjoys exploring. Someone who is becoming an icon in a way rarely seen these days.

Notice I didn't say a 'gay icon.'

Why? Because it's not necessary. Everyone knows he's gay. Most of us, thank deity of choice, also know that's not all he is.

If I know that much without being gay myself and with applying only the most superficial Google-fu… (full disclosure, I'm not actually a Glambert. I just don't like seeing anyone unfairly maligned, and while I do like some of Lambert's music, I'm not what I'd call a Glambert. Maybe Glambert-lite. Like coffee that's three-quarters cream… or half. No, three-quarters sounds about right. *wry grin*)

The point is, if even I know Lambert is much more than just gay, how the hell can someone who ostensibly owns a gay paper not know it, too? How can this person not understand that Lambert is a singer, a performer and an entertainer, just as much as (if not more than) a gay man?

Lack of interest? Relying on hearsay? Luddite-istic dislike of Google with a side of Bing-phobia? The world may never know.

What I know right now, in this moment, is that in my opinion, the people within the 'gay community' who want to lambast Lambert for not being gay 'enough' or not supporting gay causes 'enough' are either unaware of just how much he does to advance equal rights just by living his life… or they don't care. The former can at least be remedied by five minutes on the internet. The latter… that's just a shame.

~Tis out.

(As always, any opinions presented within this post are solely my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of any of my co-blog-authors. I claim no authority or godhood in stating my opinions and expect nobody to swear allegiance to me. Though I do think everyone should, just on general principle, because I'm pretty fecking awesome, even if I do say so myself. :P)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston


The events of yesterday at the Boston Marathon have brought a flood of difficult emotions. I catch shadows of 9/11 looming out of the corner of my eye. Bombs. Terrorists. Death. Pain. Fear.

There's not much I can say to those poor people whose lives were ripped apart by the explosions at the finish line, no words of comfort I can give to the families who lost loved ones, or the people who were injured. There are no magic spells to soothe the dreams of those who must live with the memory of the attack. No words to dry the tears of children, or ease the heartache of parents affected by the tragedy.

We have only our voices to add to theirs. Find who did this.  Make sure they can't do it again elsewhere.   Make them pay for what they've stolen  - the lives and health of so many runners and bystanders at the Marathon, and from us as a nation, our peace of mind.




Monday, April 15, 2013

Rachel's Berry Crisp by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday, y'all. So it's blog day and in a shocking twist ... nope. Sorry. No twist. But how do you feel about pies? 'Cause Rachel gave me a great recipe so I thought I'd share it with you. Enjoy. 


Rachel's Berry Crisp (in her own words)

It isn't precise because cooking is an art so wing it as you go. 

Any baking dish you like, I smear butter all over it to keep it from sticking. And because I like butter. 

Lots of berries. I pair sweet with tart. Strawberry with raspberry or marrionberry with blueberry, or gooseberry with peaches (I know peaches aren't a berry but it's still good). I add a couple of tablespoons of sugar, some lemon juice, and if you like/have 2-3 tablespoons berry liquor, a couple tbls of flour. 

Topping: One stick of butter melted. A cup to cup and a half of oats, 3-4 tablespoons of flour, half cup-3/4 cup of brown sugar, pinch of cinnamon. Varies on the size of your baking dish. 

Pour berries into baking dish, pour crisp mix on top, flatten down covering it. Bake in 375 oven for an hour. It's done when bubbly and brown, let set for at least 30 minutes. Rock it with ice cream.


Hope you have a terrific week.

CC

www.cardenoc.com

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Life imitates fiction. I look for distraction. (aka ~ pouty T.C. Blue whines)



It's no secret that the world can be a crazy place, right? I mean, the weather alone is enough to drive a girl to drink (if a girl required an excuse, of course).

I don't know where you guys live, but here by D.C. it's been one sort of wacky after another. Let's start with the fact that this time last week it was close to 40 degrees colder. (Mother Nature is apparently bi-polar at best and possibly schizophrenic.)

In the midst of all this, I've found it easier to simply stay inside as much as possible, and while that usually involves a large amount of writing, one can only do that so much. Sometimes a break is needed… especially when the book one has been working on, which is very loosely based upon a celebrity-type, ends up needing to be scrapped because one of the main plot points in the story goes and happens in real life to the person one's character is based on. (Seriously. This just happened. *groans*)

So in the midst of my preparations for seppuku, I stumbled about on Netflix, just to see what I might find as a distraction from my current woes.

I found a lot of things I'd never heard of before, including one show that I quite like. Keep in mind that I haven't had T.V. at home for seven years or so, so there are a lot of shows I've never heard of that may be very familiar to the rest of the world. Yes, I live in a bubble. Heh-heh.

So in addition to several "Oh, awesome! I so want to watch that again" series shows I do know quite well (Sherlock, Supernatural, Warehouse 13, Fringe, Psych, Firefly & Dollhouse, to name a few), I also came across something called "Breakout Kings" which originally aired on A&E. It only lasted 2 seasons, but it's worth watching.

It's not the first show to have convicts helping out law enforcement. I'm sure it won't be the last, either. There's definitely something addicting about it, though.

A gang-banger, a former bounty hunter and a defrocked doctor walk into a bar… Okay, not really. They walk into the U.S. Marshall service and help take down other criminals in exchange for time removed from their sentences. They live at a federal minimum security facility between jobs. Their bosses aren't fluffy, huggy, touchy-feely types.

Yeah, it sounds like a cliché. It kind of is. But it's a fun cliché.

It hasn't fixed my problem with life imitating fiction, of course, but it's for damned sure taken my mind off it. It's entertaining (to me). Maybe it will be for you, too. *grins*

Monday, April 8, 2013

Twitter Recap by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday, y'all. Blogging desperation strikes again so today I bring to you, another twitter recap. Hopefully I remembered where the last one ended and this doesn't include repeats. 

  • Went out to lunch today & kept looking for the candid camera when the waitress spoke. Example: "Aren't you gonna have a shot of tequila?" Apr 05, 2013 
  • Thank you internet: http://t.co/tBkkWjYE3P. #13 still makes me laugh, then immediately feel guilty about it. Apr 05, 2013 
  • How to know it's a good day: being able to tie a Breakfast Club line into a work group email. Apr 04, 2013 
  • In today's episode of Gym Adventures: dangly earings. Seems like asking for pain IMO. Apr 04, 2013 
  • Yummy new drink: Last night's leftover banana peanut butter froyo + ground up chocolate covered espresso beans + Diet Coke. Apr 03, 2013 
  • Why is the gym SO much harder on Mondays? Apr 01, 2013 
  • Ulcer, too much caffeine, or overkill on the stomach crunches? The symptoms are too similar too know. Mar 28, 2013 
  • I have a blurb for Until Forever Comes, the 2nd book in the Mates series: http://t.co/ozjb826Von. :) Mar 27, 2013 
  • To celebrate Passover, a friend's post: Has anyone tried to make bacon-wrapped matzoh balls and if so, any advice other than don't? Mar 26, 2013 
  • In case you need a blessing here's the number. http://t.co/PT0LVxFVQ4 Mar 23, 2013 
  • Is the $11 charge to make Mike hard or to get a nonflacid Mike? I'm confused. http://t.co/nJND9pn4ms Mar 23, 2013 
  • I haven't cried this hard in a long time. https://t.co/XGV1ZUzKxI. Let's never forget that something small can make a big difference. Mar 22, 2013 
  • I have a perfect new cover for Until Forever Comes, the next Mates book. @ReeseDante has truly outdone herself. http://t.co/lTGQbUqo5P Mar 20, 2013 
  • To my fellow Mary Calmes fans, she has a new book out with @PoppyDennison: http://t.co/MsJbwsex8IMar 20, 2013 
  • Please vote for my dear friend and writing partner, Mary Calmes, GLBT - Contemporary Romance: http://t.co/rZapqiOwUP. You can login w/ FB. Mar 18, 2013 
  • Tonight I got my first look at the cover to my upcoming book & I'm on cloud nine. @ReeseDante is an absolute genius. I'll share soon. Mar 16, 2013 
  • Pft! http://t.co/vtAzs2ZPiN Mar 14, 2013 
  • After a day of back pain and doctors and blah blah blah, my Diet Coke tastes SO good. Seriously, SO good. Mar 12, 2013 
  • I was interviewed at Top2Bottom! Interview here: http://t.co/cGLxXej9MA. And book review here: http://t.co/SmmwWQtfB4. :) Mar 11, 2013 
  • Happy Monday! Today on the blog, links to the fan page and group @selina_mcg & @rachMgalla started. http://t.co/zmKbpMdGeX Mar 11, 2013 
  • Texts at the end of the weekend always replenish my story ideas list. Mar 10, 2013 
  • Long weekend = barely conscious this a.m. Playing Britney *loud* to wake up. There might be goofy dancing. Go ahead & laugh. I deserve it. Mar 10, 2013 
  • How much do I love her and what she is saying? http://t.co/bO9sFsF91E. SO much. Mar 07, 2013 
  • Have you ever caught yourself watching cat videos and laughing? Mar 05, 2013 
  • Joyfully Jay interviewed me today. Check it out here: http://t.co/oEsCXzHFYw. There's also a giveaway of Something in the Way He Needs. Mar 04, 2013 
  • I'm drinking coke mixed w/ espresso. No joke. From a flavor perspective, I can't recommend this. I'll get back to you later about efficacy. Mar 04, 2013 
  • Wonderful review of one of my very favorite books, Frog by Mary Calmes: http://t.co/tOZCg741MR. You're welcome, @sfrancespr! Mar 02, 2013 
  • Did you know there's a Grindr for Girl Scout cookies? No, really. Look: https://t.co/26j7H8XlOz. Mar 01, 2013 
  • Working from home today: sweats, couch, laptop, loud music, ridiculous dancing. Feb 28, 2013 
  • How to know you really need caffeine: you pull up to the drive thru, pay for your drinks, and then drive off before receiving the drinks. Feb 28, 2013 
  • I got a little nauseous looking at this. I tried to write the components of this "food" but ran out of characters! http://t.co/Jh6AeAAo1t Feb 27, 2013 
  • y'all, my check engine light is back on. Repeat: check engine light is back on. Feb 26, 2013 
  • Today's discoveries: buffalo Tabasco sauce = good. My new phone's talk to text changes my cusswords into **** = fucking shitty. ;) Feb 23, 2013 
  • At grocery store. Just realized my shirt is inside out. Lovely. Oh well, they have hazelnut lattes. Feb 22, 2013 
  • It's Friday! I'm loving my new phone. My car will be fixed soon. I have a cold Diet Coke. & did I mention that it's Friday? Whoot! Feb 22, 2013 
  • Home waiting for repair person. Talking on the phone & saw him pull up. Said, "Gotta go put on pants." Hung up to sound of laughter. Feb 21, 2013 
  • It's a cold, rainy, overcast day. Puts me in the mood for a hot cup of coffee. Feb 21, 2013 
  • 11 minute call w/ the mechanic. Blah blah blah - leak in the gas tank; blah blah blah - this is definitely the issue; blah blah blah - $$. Feb 20, 2013 
  • The mechanic has been talking for a full 6:31 min (based on phone timer). I still don't know what's wrong or how much it'll cost. Feb 20, 2013 
  • I just finished writing a scene and had to wipe away tears. I think I need more caffeine or something. Feb 20, 2013 
  • Anytime I can work Cher into a book, I feel like I've succeeded in life. Feb 20, 2013 
  • Cell phone decision made: Verizon & a Motorola Droid Razr HD based on connectivity & battery life. Anyone have issues w/ that phone? Feb 19, 2013 
  • I came upon a giant excavating machine taking down a house and I've spent the past 30 minutes watching it like a little kid. So cool. Feb 19, 2013 
  • Gross post alert: I have a hangnail. It hurts like hell. When we dug, there was puss. Puss. Now my finger hurts & I'm nauseous. Feb 19, 2013 
  • Do you think the designer was laughing his ass off when someone signed off on this? http://t.co/ef4fSTxe Feb 18, 2013 
  • I'm going to switch cell providers & get a new phone (long grumbling story). Anyone love their phone? I need recs. Feb 17, 2013 
  • I just made today's to-do list. It started with "(1) shower". Can you tell it's a a writing weekend? Feb 16, 2013 
  • We're up to three. Okay, I'll just add these up for a bit so I don't overpost. Feb 16, 2013 
  • 2 birds ran into my window in the last 5 min. I'm going to start a daily tally. Feb 16, 2013 
  • Don't they make a lovely couple? http://t.co/ulU4TEJ2 Feb 14, 2013 
  • Way to go Lego! https://t.co/0cdIYqUh Feb 14, 2013 
  • Y'all, the check engine light is on. Repeat the check engine light is back on. Feb 14, 2013 
  • My friend is a teacher. This is a pic from a schoolbook about prairie dogs. Who are into menage. http://t.co/KzU5R0B5 Feb 14, 2013 
  • I slathered my fake chic'n & rice w/ wing sauce. My mouth hurts but I can't stop eating it. Feb 13, 2013 
I hope your week is much more exciting than my blog post. ;)

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