Tuesday, March 31, 2015

OLftR and other elder gods and the good old HEA

<sean> hey everyone
<BA> hey you
<julia> waves
<julia> hey there
<BA> we planted tomatoes and roses
<sean> so how is everyone today?
<sean> oh neat
<julia> dirty!
<sean> well, yes, we all know that ;)
<julia> LOL
<julia> not in the good way
<BA> I washed
<julia> but we accomplished
<BA> nods
<sean> that's cool
<BA> tomorrow, queen victoria agave and blue agave
<BA> then aloe
<BA> then I have to go buy more pots
<sean> do you harvest the agave?
<julia> yep
<julia> no on the harvesting
<BA> No
<BA> I just adore it
<BA> until it gets gigantic
<julia> they have to have way more room to grow than we have
<BA> then I give them away
<BA> and start over
<sean> heee
<julia> hee
<BA> I planted a peace rose, a yellow rose of Texas, a Mr. Lincoln and a JFK rose today
<julia> Daddy has some we gave him that he could probably make juice out of ;)
<BA> I figure, if I buy 4 rose bushes a year
<BA> I will have one amazing garden in 10 years
<BA> I ALMOST bought a barrel cactus yesterday
<BA> but my wallet opposed the idea
<sean> lol
<sean> your wallet is the logical one, is it?
<BA> nods
<BA> it is
<BA> it says, you'll need more pots and more dirt
<BA> you have 34123980319857024957230495 aloe babies
<BA> I could mail you aloe, Sean
<BA> lots
<sean> it wouldn't survive the mailing
<BA> I know
<BA> It wouldn't survive the 49 million degree temperature difference
<sean> LOL
<julia> poor baby aloe
<julia> wilting in the frozen Canaaaaadia
<sean> it's not frozen year round
<julia> no
<julia> it's hot and humid for like
<julia> a month
<julia> ;)
<sean> heee
<sean> unfortunately it's hot and humid for more than a month
<BA> it's humid all the time
<sean> nah, it's dry a lot of the winter
<julia> heee
<julia> not to us
 * BA giggles
 * sean grins
<sean> it's getting warmer
<sean> it tried to snow today but it turned into rain
<julia> it's eighty here
<BA> it was 80 today
<sean> there's a couple weeks where the snow is melting and things are gross on the ground
<sean> 80 is too warm for right now
<BA> (jesus christ, we've devolved into chatting about the fucking weather)
<sean> I LOVE the slow build up
<sean> hey, I'm Canadian, we always talk about the weather
<sean> ;)
<julia> because we're all stupidly tired
<BA> weather in New Mexico -- it's sunny
<BA> hooray
<BA> :D
<sean> I have a bit of anew obsession
<sean> Michael Stokes photography
<julia> heee
<sean> he does lots of stuff of vets with amputations (and tattoos)
<sean> nudes
<sean> they're stunning
<julia> yeah he's got some pretty stuff
<BA> horndog
<sean> blinks innocently and adjusts halo
<sean> who me?
<julia> no
<julia> you
<sean> couldn't be
<sean> *grins*
<sean> okay, maybe a liiiitle
<sean> I'm currently writing a vet with an amputation
<sean> right arm, below the shoulder
<BA> awwww
<sean> he's okay with it
<sean> and then he gets home and his lover has shacked up with someone else
<BA> ack
<sean> it's going to work out okay for him
<sean> it usually does for my boys
<BA> nods
<sean> I love my HEAs
<BA> that's sort of your job
<sean> nodnods
<sean> yep
<julia> torture, then sex
<julia> ;)
<sean> LOL
<julia> then HEA
<julia> that might be me
<BA> no no no
<BA> sex
<julia> paranormals
<BA> then sex
<sean> nods, it might be julia
<sean> nods at BA
<BA> then a little thing
<sean> then some more sex
<BA> then sex
<BA> then the torture
<sean> then climax sex
<BA> then sex
<sean> pun intended
<BA> then an erotic HEA
<julia> heee
<sean> cackles
<sean> yes
<julia> that's sean
<julia> BA
<sean> the very best kind of HEA
<julia> meet
<sean> fist fight
<julia> fight
<julia> fuck
<julia> fight
<julia> make up
<julia> HEA
<BA> nods happy
<BA> that's me
<julia> hee
<julia> biting should be in there too
<BA> fighting, fucking, a little murder sometimes, lots of biting, happily ever after
<julia> boom
<BA> oh, yes
<BA> booms
<BA> I love a good explosion
<sean> boom boom boom
<sean> which makes me think of the theme music for ncis: no
<julia> what's the best thing about explosions?
<julia> I need to write more of those
<sean> the opportunity for hurt/comfort post explosion
<julia> or, as I used to do when gaming
<julia> Great Cthulhu appears
<julia> he eats you all
<julia> you all die
<julia> game over
<BA> nodnods
<BA> that's not an explosion, though
<julia> no it's an elder god
<julia> I need to make supper I think
<BA> what's cooler? elder god? explosion?
<julia> hmmm
<BA> explosive elder gods?
<sean> is the elder god sexy?
<BA> did they make those?
<julia> ew
<julia> no
<BA> Cthulhu is whatever the polar opposite of sexy is
<sean> is he the only elder god out there?
<julia> tentacles
<sean> well, if you like tentacles....
<sean> *ducks*
<julia> no but none of them are hot
<julia> Hastur
<julia> Nyarlethotep
<sean> if I was a god, I would be hot
<BA> Hastur Hastur Hastur, see nothing hap...
<julia> heeee
<julia> yep
<julia> Deep Ones
<BA> there's Mother of Pus
<julia> Hounds of Tindalos
<BA> Ngyr-Korath
<julia> ew
<julia> yeah okay I might be a Lovecraft fan
<BA> The Blackness from the Stars
<BA> Amon-Gorloth
<julia> you just lost 10 plus sanity for saying his name
<BA> dork
<sean> heeee
<BA> I think, if I were an elder god
<BA> I would be the Dweller in the Gulf
<julia> nah
<BA> (it's turtle shaped)
<julia> you'd be the Old Lesbian from the Ranch
<BA> I love it
<sean> LOLOL
<sean> perfect
*** BA is now known as Old
<Old> hrm
*** Old is now known as OLftR
<OLftR> better
<sean> heeee
<julia> I like it
<julia> sexay
<OLftR> now I feel like a Tolkien reference...
<sean> yes
<julia> okay
<julia> on that note I need to feed the puppers
<sean> give them scritches from me
<julia> I have a new book out at Resplendence April 22
<sean> oooo
<sean> bdsm?
<julia> in case we need to promo ;)
<julia> yep
<OLftR> (pimping book woman)
<julia> Minerva Howe
<sean> fun!
<julia> the sequel to Chosen Wolf
<julia> called Found Vampire
<OLftR> ooooh
<OLftR> Vampires
<sean> nice
<OLftR> I read that one
<OLftR> *grins*
<OLftR> one of the bennies of being the wife
<julia> LOL
<julia> yep
<sean> nods
<OLftR> okay, lovelies
<OLftR> feeding dogs
<OLftR> feeding us
<OLftR> feeding all the things
<sean> just make sure you give the dog food to the dogs ;)
<julia> oh god
<julia> so nasty
<OLftR> shit, we pay more for their food
<sean> LOL
<julia> too true
<julia> hugs
<OLftR> *kisses*
<sean> hugs
<julia> night y'all
<OLftR> Love you, honey
<sean> bye!
<OLftR> *waves and poofs*

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smut fixes everything

Monday, March 30, 2015

Cold Brew Tea by Cardeno C.

Happy Monday. Today's post is kind of like my "I Tried it at Home" posts, except there's no video and I know it works because I've done it before. Around a year ago, I started making toddys (cold brew coffee) and loved them. I also love iced tea. One afternoon I had an epiphany (or, at a minimum, a good idea): if I can cold brew coffee, surely I can cold brew tea, right? The answer is yes and it's super easy.

A. Mandatory ingredients:

1. Water.

2. Tea (I use three packets for a bottle). 

B. Optional Ingredients:

1. Double sided tape.

 2. A hard surface you can tape to with a string that fits around the bottle neck.

3. Mint.

C. Instructions: 

1.  Put a piece of sticky tape on the hard surface, slip it into the tea label, put it over the bottle neck. (Optional)

2. Put the teabags into the water, making sure to leave some string hanging out over the top. 

3. Add a sprig of mint (optional). 

 4. Put the bottle into the refrigerator overnight.

5. Take the bottle out of the fridge and pull out the teabags. 

6. All done! Yummy tea ready to drink.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stressed to the max

Okay – I’m feeling a little more than “overwhelmed” today.  Why?  Because I’m off on vacation.  

We’re flying north to a world renowned town called Broome.  Best beaches ever.

My husband’s brother lives there, and so we try to visit every couple of years.  The last time we visited was 2012.  We had booked the holiday four months prior to that to get the cheaper flights, because we knew we needed a break.  You see, my father was dying.  He had bowel cancer and it had spread.

My father ended up dying two days after we returned.  To say that it wasn’t a relaxing holiday is an understatement.  As the time nears for us to fly out, more memories of the previous time come over me.  I’m sad.

The other reason I’m stressed is the fact that, as usual, I’m the packer in my family.  Does this happen to anyone else?  I can predict it already.  My husband will wake up on the morning we fly out, have a shower, then start throwing some things in a bag.  Then he will look at me and say, “Where are my blue shorts?”  <face palm> 

Meanwhile, I’ve packed for me, for our two children, plus all the paraphernalia that is required to go on holidays with two children.  I’ve bought, wrapped and packed Easter presents.  I’ve bought, wrapped and distributed all the Easter presents and birthday presents required for my family while we’re away.  I’ve paid the bills, cancelled the newspaper and shopping deliveries.  I’ve organised a housesitter and all the pets for while we’re away (including cleaning the house from top to bottom).  I’ve talked to the kids’ school.   I’ve packed all the toiletries and medicines our family require while we’re away.  I’ve organised snacks and activities for the kids on the flights.

Do I know where his blue shorts are???

No.  Not really.  Perhaps he should look in his drawer?

The other thing I need to do is organise my brother-in-law the other end of the journey.  I love my BIL – he’s a wonderfully caring person, with such a laid-back look on life.  If he ever has kids, I can see him strapping the baby to his back and visiting Vietnam or Japan or France or any of the other places he just takes off to.  He doesn’t worry and it’s lovely – but stressful as a mother.  It’s kind of like, “Yes, my children do require a carseat, and no you can’t just put them in the back of the car unrestrained.”  Or “This is a baby who’s just turned one year old.  I really don’t think that serving her chilli with green mango, chicken and rice is a good idea.  Do you have any Weetbix instead?”  Or “Yes, I think that having that huge fish pond there is a danger to my crawling baby.”

Luckily for me, the kids are a little older for this trip.  We don’t need to organise prams and cots like previous trips.

But yes – I will be away on holidays in the next couple of weeks.  I’ll chuck some pictures on Instagram and Facebook to make you all jealous.  I’m determined to catch a barramundi this trip.  Each time I go, I catch everything OTHER than a barra.  

So find me on Instagram.  I’m thinking that there needs to be a story come out of my trip to Broome.  So I’ll be taking plenty of notes while I’m up there.  I wonder what the gay scene is like in town with less than 15,000 people?
How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye
Instagram:  renaekayeauthor

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ask Andrew - Writing and Working

Dear Andrew

What was it like going from a working class person to actually giving up that work to do writing full time? Was it scary with out that extra cushion? I've been trying to write for awhile now and it seems like work gets in the way a lot and I just don't get much done. How did you balance it out?


Dear Tammy

It was an amazingly freeing experience when I got to write full time.  It was also incredibly terrifying.  At first I loved it and reveled in not having to get up to go to work.  I wrote a ton, but spent a lot of time worrying about what was going to happen because I didn't have a regular pay check any longer.    It was terrifying for a while.   Then I got used to it and things settled down for me.  I got into a normal writing routine that I stick with today. 

When I was working I wrote in every spare minute.  I used to say I was very dedicated, Dominic said I was obsessed.  But I got very good at picking up my story quickly and writing whenever I could.  Those times added up and I was able to get quite a bit done.  A lot of people say that they need a quiet space and time to get into their work.  They may need to read what they wrote last to get into the story.  I have the ability to remember where I was and to pick up right away, instantly getting back into the characters.  (I think its a skill I developed out of necessity)

As far as balancing out my life, that's the tough part.  Dominic was and is very supportive.  He took good care of me and took on extra tasks so I could write.  I couldn't have written and worked without his constant support.  On fact there is no way I could continue to write without it. 

Hugs and Love

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So if you have a question, please send it to andrewgreybooks@comcast.net.  This is different from my usual email so your questions don't get lost.  I will answer one question a week.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Twenty Questions, the Spring Edition

<BA> booooo
<BA> :D
<sean> eeeeek!
<sean> *grins*
<julia> Hola, peppitas
 * BA leans and waves
<julia> dude, y'all
<julia> it's spring
<sean> not according to what's outside my window ;)
<sean> not that I'm complaining
<julia> the trees are budding here
<julia> the spring fleurs are blooming
<sean> cool
<BA> no, no. Spring happened...
<BA> Saturday?
<julia> we're getting April showers in March
<sean> we've got cold snap
<BA> my FAVORITE season
<BA> flowers
<sean> but it looks like we've got the warm coming
<BA> bunnies
<BA> birds
<sean> heeee
<BA> butterflies
<julia> well, the frozen north doesn't count
<julia> heee
<BA> open windows
<julia> I thought
<julia> we could do the 20 question thing, spring edition
<julia> I'll start
<sean> that would be fun
<julia> Favorite Easter candy
<sean> Laura Secord Eggs
<BA> the purple chick ones
<BA> not the bunnies
<julia> Reeses
<julia> though I can't have them as the holiday ones have wheat
<sean> are the easter ones different than the usual ones?
<julia> yes
<julia> they use wheat to keep them together
<julia> because they're bigger
<sean> ah
<BA> My turn: Favorite spring flowers?
<sean> crocuses!
<BA> bluebonnets!
<julia> ocotilla
<BA> !
<julia> What color do you dye your easter eggs?
<sean> rainbow
<julia> I like the fancy foil ones
<BA> nods -- I love glitter!
<sean> I remember always doing them with crayon and onion skins
<BA> rainbow and glitter
<sean> when I was little
<BA> yes, but you're older than Jesus
<julia> heee
<julia> Happy Birthday older than Jesus
<sean> me and Methuselah
<julia> ;)
 * BA giggles
<julia> Let's see
<julia> What do you hate spring cleaning?
<BA> windows
<sean> actually spring cleaning
<julia> Floors
<julia> I hate deep cleaning floors
<julia> oh!
<julia> and curtains
<BA> I just did curtains
<BA> we're safe for the spring
<sean> lol
<sean> favorite spring baby animal
<BA> What's cuter? Chicks or bunnies?
<julia> oh
<julia> no fair
<sean> duh bunnies
<julia> ducklings
<julia> bunnies are cuter than chicks
<BA> Favorite spring baby animal: BABY GOATS
<julia> baby alpacas?
<sean> baby bunnies
<julia> also cute as hell
<BA> chicks are pretty cute...
<julia> they are
<julia> but omg bunny ears
<BA> OMG -- did y'all see the baby alpacas? I would snuggle them so hard
<BA> bunnies bite
<julia> well, yes
<julia> and they poop on you
<BA> the bassets like bunnies
<BA> so do chicks
<BA> chickens poop EVERYWHERE
<sean> most babies do
<julia> bunnies don't accidentally expire in the oven when the incubator goes out
<BA> oh, shut up
<sean> O.o
<julia> oopsie
<BA> I was little
<julia> yep
<julia> what happens in Texas stays in Texas
<julia> if you want to know the story you have to come to RT or the Austin Author Affair
<sean> *grins*
<BA> there you go
<julia> galoshes or umbrellas?
<sean> galoshes
<sean> mud is way ickier than rain
<julia> I like galoshes to STOMP in
<BA> umbrellas -- I reject the idea of plastic boots
<julia> no Wellies for BA
<BA> *snorts*
<julia> the chicken or the egg?
<BA> velociraptor
<sean> oh that's the best answer I've heard to that question
<julia> heee
<julia> it is
<julia> we'll leave it at that
<BA> :D
<BA> Jurassic Park for the win!
<julia> spring holiday?
<sean> may day
<julia> heee
<julia> which is also Beltaine?
<julia> ish?
<BA> Easter
<BA> I like the whole Easter hat and Jesus Christ Superstar on demand thing.
<BA> Isn't Tom Cruise too old to be an action hero?
<julia> Yes
<julia> Cinco de Mayo
<julia> tacos!
<julia> what food are you happy to let go with winter
<julia> you can totally eat it again come fall
<sean> stew
<BA> hrm
<BA> potato soup
<BA> chili
<BA> pot roast
<BA> casseroles
<julia> sauce
<BA> (can you tell I'm ready for salad and veggie season?)
<sean> yep
<BA> :D
<julia> hee
<julia> and grillling!
<julia> oh
<julia> what's your favorite grilled food
<sean> steaks
<BA> barbeque chicken
<julia> hot dogs
<sean> although I do love veggies done on the grill too
<BA> we have to go buy a new grill
<sean> do you?
<BA> nods
<BA> it's time
<BA> our old one was too big and bulky
<BA> we need a sleek, sexy one
<sean> one with rock hard abs
<BA> nods
<julia> yum
<julia> oh!
<sean> pert glutes
<julia> the boys of summer are nearly here!
<julia> shirtless
<julia> low hanging shorts
<sean> oh yeah
<sean> hip cleavage....
<julia> heee
<BA> I shall name the grill, Blaze
<sean> cackles
<julia> oooh
 * BA grins
<BA> yeah, I'm clever ;-)
<sean> how much do you hate springing forward?
<julia> so much
<BA> ****this much****
<julia> it's worse than falling back
<sean> the biggest much
<sean> so worse than falling back
<BA> nods
<BA> I hear you
<julia> heee
<julia> I think we're short of twenty questions
<sean> yeah
<julia> but I'm all pooped
<BA> (story of her life)
<julia> hey!
<sean> it's  hard theme to come up with 20 questions for
<sean> LOL
<julia> I had minor surgery today
<sean> your toe?
<julia> toe callus removal
<julia> I bled a lot
<julia> blame that
<sean> :P
<julia> hugs my spring queen and my winter loving bud
<BA> *ahem*
<BA> I'm ready. Bring on the budding.
<sean> hugs Julia and BA
<sean> night
<BA> Love you, honey!
<sean> love you :)
<BA> *smooches and poofs*

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Monday, March 23, 2015

I Tried it at Home - Peeling Potatoes with Your Bare Hands

Happy Monday! Today I have another installment of I Tried it at Home. This one was suggested by Jayden Brooks and it's peeling potatoes with your bare hands. Here is the inspiration video. And now for my attempt:

1. First, I got a bag of potatoes.

2. Then I washed them and put them in my pot.

3. I decided to add in garlic because it makes everything yummier. And in case you're wondering, I used the traditional knife smash method to peel it.

4. I also added some salt.

 5. When the potatoes were done cooking, I took the strainer out and then put ice water in the same pot - yay for one pot cooking!

6. Okay, that was a lot of lead up to go time. Here is what the potato looks like before.

7. And now, here's the after - a full pot of after! (Plus butter.) Looks good, right? It really did work well!

8. Then I smashed it and made mashed potatoes. 

So finally a success story! Jayden sent me another idea - coffee ice cream. I'll be trying it (or a variety of it) soon. 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Gay imagery – stop it!

I have a confession to make.  I nearly failed English Literature in high school.  **sad face** 

I didn’t get their teachings.   I didn’t understand when they would say, “You should’ve gotten this out of the chapter.”  What I read, and what I understood, is a subjective matter.  If the author meant me to be angry at the end of the chapter, and I wasn’t – does that mean that I should get a C grade?  Or if I could explain to the teacher marking my paper why I was happy and not angry, shouldn’t that mean an A? 

I grimace as I write this, because I hate English Literature as a subject.  I’m a black and white type of girl.  I like one answer.  Maths and Science is good – it’s ONE answer.  You are either right or wrong.  End of story.

Visual imagery was one concept that I did get however, although I disagreed with a lot of what the teachers told me that the author was meaning (hence the C grades).  The concept (for those who didn’t get it either) is that an author can unconsciously influence how a reader perceives a character or situation by the use of scenic descriptions, supposedly unrelated to the story.  For example, the “good” character in a book is dressed in white while the “bad” characters are dressed in black.  Or the places where a reader is supposed to be frightened are dimly lit.  Or even that bad news only comes on days when it is raining.

I got the concept, but disagreed with a lot of it.  Sometimes a puddle is just a puddle. 

I needed 50% pass in English Lit to get into university.  I got 52%.  How close was that?

That concept of imagery is something I think about from time-to-time.  You often pick it up in movies.  Twilight and its sequels are something you may notice.  The vampires (especially in the opening scenes) are mostly dressed in white, instead of the black as you would normally see a vampire on TV.  Movie makers are well aware of colours and how it depicts someone.

Which is why I was angry at a film I watched yesterday.  It was called Shank and it’s a 2009 British indie film.  Unfortunately I cannot recommend you watch it.  I didn’t enjoy it.  I bought it for its gay-romance theme, but I was turned off by its bad acting, trite storyline, and unnecessary violence.  And no – it wasn’t a realistic ending, and romance?  Pff.

But before I get side tracked, I want to mention the gay man imagery used in this film.  

The basic storyline of the movie is about a young, tough gang member, Cal, who is desperately hiding his homosexual encounters from the world and his mates.  Until one day Cal rescues a gay student from being bashed by the gang.  That incurs the wrath of his mates, so he hides out with his new friend and they fall in love.

Olivier, the student, is openly gay, and the first time he appears on the screen, he is wearing a pink business shirt.  I rolled my eyes at this.  Really?  There is no other way to show the audience that this man is gay apart from dress him in pink?

I persevered onward, thinking that maybe pink was just the “in” colour that year.  Maybe all men wore it. 

The second scene Olivier appeared in, he answered the door wearing bright pink shorts as a bathing suit, and another pink shirt.  And yes – it was a different pink shirt – not the one from the day before which presumably had blood all over it.

During the following scenes, Olivier wore either pink or white (or nothing at all…). Even though he was portrayed as very fashionable, frequently shopping and buying clothes, he stuck to these colours.

BUT the kicker came when we had a series of scenes showing rough Cal falling for the gay-and-proud Olivier.  Cal went from hiding his gay sex while dressed in black, to walking down the street with Olivier and shopping.  And guess what?  Cal was wearing a shirt that had pink stripes. 
So in the scenes where Cal is supposedly coming to terms with being gay, and that was okay, he suddenly wore pink?  I just wish the movie makers would stop with the gay man imagery!

It’s a fine line, I know.  What are stereotypes, and what are not? 

If I google “gay man” and ask for images, three out of the first four images that appear on my list are of a man doing something seen as feminine – makeup, a pink feather boa and a purple bikini are all featured in these pictures.  The fourth image is of two men with beards kissing.

I think this is where young people in our world often get so confused.  The beginning of this film (although with its rough acting and violence) was rather thought provoking.  I thought the film would continue down a certain theme, but it didn’t (it was all downhill from about 25 minutes into the movie).  In the opening scenes you find Cal – driven to picking up strange men on the internet, taking them to isolated areas, having to take drugs before he can go through with the sex, and then attacking the men afterward.  It was powerful.  His rage and anger was remarkable.  I could see he was compelled by his urges, but at the same time thoroughly disgusted with himself for giving in.  The only way he knew how to cope with it, was to take his rage out on the other man.  As if bashing them was a way to punish himself.

(As previously mentioned, this line of the story petered out to nothing).

But why are young men in our society like this?  Why are they disgusted with themselves?  Part of the reason (and yes, it is only a part of the reason) is that they are being shown that this is what it is to be gay.  If you’re gay, this you must wear makeup and pink.  They often don’t identify with that image, and therefore they are even more confused.

My debut character of Jay was your stereotypical gay man.  He had the bleached hair, the makeup, the clothes and the daaarling down pat.  Yes, he was gay.  But he wasn’t pandering to an image.  This is what he wanted, so this is how he was.  Conversely, my other romantic lead, Liam, was so far from the glitter and the daaarlings that he was convince that he was not gay.

I adore both of these characters, but neither is more gay than the other.  And movies and other mass produced items should stop unconsciously telling the audience that this is how gay men are. 

If the movie was real life, then perhaps it could be that pink was Olivier’s favourite colour.  (Pink is my 7yo son’s favourite colour).  Maybe Olivier enjoyed wearing it as an affirmation of himself.  I get this.  But to have Cal suddenly turn around and start wearing pink too – just because he was coming to accept his sexuality?  That’s pushing the envelope, people.

I stress that this is just my own feelings.  My review of the movie is that it was not realistic, and the characters were too one dimensional.  You had a lot of extreme stereotypes without justification.  And all paths lead back to the same place?  Hmmm.

But I often wonder, as a writer, am I pandering to the stereotypes?  I love my everyday-men characters, who are guys you could meet on the street, or in a train station.  I try hard to make them individualistic, fleshing out the character, making them realistic without the stereotype creeping in.  My problem, however, is where do you draw the line?  Is making a character the extreme opposite of the flamboyant queen pandering to stereotypes too?  Just how many fire-fighters are gay after all?  And not every twink is looking for a daddy.  And not every gay man wants to get married and have a couple of kids.

So tonight I sit here telling myself I’m a hypocrite.  No one is perfect.  If you happen to come across this movie, and you can stomach the violence, then yes, perhaps you should watch.

Just pretend that shirt is something other than pink.

How to contact Renae:

Twitter:  @renaekkaye

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ask Andrew - That Hot Guy on the Cover

Dear Andrew

Who decides what the cover picture is on your books? Do you have any input or does someone else choose? I refer to the cover throughout my reading to look at the character image. If someone else chooses the cover picture, do they read your book first? If so, how come the images don’t match?


Dear Mary

At Dreamspinner the authors work with the cover artists to develop a cover image that both fits the story and will please the author.  We as authors have a great deal of input as to how our covers will
look.  We will out a cover request form and then the cover artist does some mockups of the cover and sends them to us.  This is a starting point.  We then work with the artist to refine the cover until we reach the final one.  There are limitations because for most covers stock images are used and we are constrained by the men that are available.  We all try to do our best. 

I know that sounds easy, but it isn't necessarily.  For the cover for The Price, I worked with the artist and we had a cover we were both very happy with.  But as soon as we were done, we discovered that one of the men we wanted to use wasn't available, so we had to search to find a replacement.  That was difficult because the first guy was perfect.  Sometimes the sticking point is something small.  For the cover for Love Comes Silently, I put the artist through hell to find just the right pink hat. 

This experience does not necessarily transfer to other publishers.  Many of the large NY publishers get input form the author and then create the cover and that's it.  The author often gets little input.  It all depends on the publishers process as well as the author contract. 

Hugs and Love

Ask Andrew is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

So if you have a question, please send it to andrewgreybooks@comcast.net.  This is different from my usual email so your questions don't get lost.  I will answer one question a week.

Please remember this is meant to be all in fun.  (I was going to say good, clean fun, but who wants that.)    So send me your questions and let's see what mischief we can get into.

Visit Andrew on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks  and you can join Andrew's fan group All The Way With Andrew Grey.

Follow him on Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Visit Andrew's web site:  www,andrewgreybooks.com

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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From Sean, Julia and BA!


If you have a topic you’d like us to chat about (or any other favorite things you'd like us to share), please let us know. We’re totally up for that.
You can find us on Twitter at @seanmichael09, @juliatalbot and @batortuga.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fall in Love with Johnnie by Cardeno C.

The first full-length novel in the Siphon collection is now available!

A Premier lion shifter, Hugh Landry dedicates his life to leading the Berk pride with strength and confidence. Hundreds of people depend on Hugh for safety, success, and happiness. And at over a century old, with more power than can be contained in one body, Hugh relies on a Siphon lion shifter
to carry his excess force.

When the Siphon endangers himself and therefore the pride, Hugh must pay attention to the man who has been his silent shadow for a decade. What he learns surprises him, but what he feels astounds him even more.

Two lions, each born to serve, rely on one another to survive. After years by each other’s side, they’ll finally realize the depth of their potential, the joy in their passion, and a connection their kind has never known.

56,000 words, $4.99

All Romance

Over a decade had passed since he’d last experienced the overly-full feeling, so Hugh Langley didn’t immediately identify the cause. He continued thrusting, enjoying the warm bodies, hungry grunts, and musky scents of the lion shifters around him, when suddenly, the pressure in his head and chest swelled and nearly knocked him unconscious. That was when he realized what was happening.
Read this excerpt of Johnnie here.

Have a great week.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Shawn’s Law – thank YOU for reading

So my latest book is a romantic comedy called Shawn’s Law.  It was released last Friday (6th of March) and I was nervous, but satisfied in the way the book turned out.  You see, this book is not the same as my other books.

If someone was to ask me about my style of writing, I would look at them as if they asked me to say the Greek Alphabet backwards.  Sure, I know some of the letters of the Greek Alphabet, but learning them all and being able to recite them in reverse order has never been important to me.  As to my style of writing?  Umm – romantic?  Sweet but hot?  Humorous?  I can see that all these words fit, but it’s not exactly a style.  I just write.  I open a Word document on my laptop, open my mind and… voila!

But Shawn’s Law was to be a comedy from the first sentence.  I never pretended to be anything else.  As with all the books I’ve written, the number one reason for writing the book was my selfish self.  Sometimes I write to get the damn story out of my head, and sometimes I write because I want to cheer myself up.  If readers get to enjoy, laugh, chortle, chuckle and all the other things along the way, then bonus.

On releasing this book, I knew that some people would hate it.  I knew some people would be disappointed that it wasn’t the same style as **insert their favourite Renae Kaye novel here**.  But I think that’s the same with every author. 

So it was wonderful when people adored my book, just the same as I did:

“Ever had a book that made you laugh out loud?  Not just a few giggles (although that happened), or episodes of gentle laughter (ditto).   No, I’m talking about out and out guffaws, side stitching no holds barred cackles!  For me, that is Shawn’s Law by Renae Kaye in a nutshell.  Even now, just thinking about certain scenes and dialog  makes me stop and laugh until I cry.5 stars, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

“Every time “Shawn’s Law” happens, you can’t help but laugh, giggle and feel just a little ashamed of yourself for laughing at someone’s misfortune. But it’s so funny!” 5 stars, The Novel Approach.

“So yep, another hit for me from Renae Kaye. There are lots of great moments of humor and fun here, and the story is incredibly entertaining.”  4.75 stars, Joyfully Jay Reviews

“I’ve loved all of her previous books but what if I read this one only to discover that Renae Kaye only thinks she’s funny? So with some trepidation I started reading…and started grinning like an absolute nutter.”  5 stars, Love Bytes Reviews

“This book will keep a smile on your lips and a warmth in your heart.  Though there is a lightness to this book, there is an important message to take away in the midst of the laughs.  This is one not to miss!  Definitely recommended!” 4.5 stars, Watch and Word Society.

“I laughed more than once as, in just 200 pages.”  5 stars, Love Bytes Reviews

“Full of humor and heart, the story is entertaining, amusing, sweet, and super sexy.” 4.75 stars, Joyfully Jay Reviews.

“This story is definitely a bit different from her others in that it relies far more heavily on humor than her other books, but it still provides us with the tenderness and a loving relationship that we have come to expect.”  5 stars, Kimi-chan Experience.

“Gawwww…I really adore Renae Kaye’s books. There’s sweetness and quirkiness and sometimes a tad bit of emotion. And Shawn’s Law fits the bill.”  3.5 stars, Boys in Our Books.

“Shawn could easily have been a character who was bitter, angry, or even stupid, but Kaye is a much more effective writer and she doesn't let Shawn be reduced to that.” 4.5 stars, Watch and Word Society.

Humour is subjective.  What I think is funny, others don’t.  I get that and agree wholeheartedly with it.  So when I say that Shawn’s Law has received a mixed bag of reviews, don’t think that I’m complaining.  Of course I would love it if every single person in the world adored my book, but realistically it’s not going to happen.

But what has happened that I feel humbled about, is the people who took time out of their busy lives to send me an email or Facebook message that said, “Thank you for writing this book.”

No.  Thank YOU for writing to me and telling me how much you enjoyed it.

Their reasons for enjoying it have been varied.  Some simply loved the laughs, others told me they were reminded of the good times they had with their dementia-stricken parent.  Some identified with Shawn during the story, others with secondary characters.  With every single word I receive, I am touched.  It is one thing to write a story, but it is another to offer your words out there (technically for sale) for people to read and sit in the knowledge that they actually do.  But when the reader makes an effort to contact the author…  Wow.  Goosebumps.  Thank you.

Shawn's Law is available at the following sites:

How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sucking on Condoms

Dear Andrew

First I want to say I love it when authors answers the readers question and you do a marvelous job at it. My question is in all the books I have read the men always use condoms for protection but isn't that irrelevant when they give bj's and swallow?

Thanks again for doing this and I love your books.

Dear Theresa

Thank you so much for sending a question and I'm glad you like the column.  I love answering questions and talking in general, so this falls to one of my strengths.  :)  Just ask anyone who knows me, I tend to run on at the mouth, and sometimes the fingers when typing...   Anyway to get to your question, the simplest answer is that oral sex is considered much less risky because of all the digestive juices and saliva in the mouth and stomach.  However there are exceptions, if there are open sores or you are particularly prone to cold sores and that sort of thing.  Other types of sexual intercourse are considered much more prone to disease transmission, specifically HIV. 

I do want to caution at this point that I am not a scientist or a doctor, just an author.  And I also want to say that as authors we can sometimes take some liberties.  Please remember that we are writing romance novels and that while protection is often mentioned, we are not, by any means, writing safe sex manuals.   Safe sex practices are important and each person needs to make the decision regarding the use of protection with their partner very carefully. 

There is also one other thing to consider.  Romance stories are often about the emotion and feeling involved during sex as well as the act itself.  I can tell you from experience that there are few things yuckier, that's my opinion anyway, than sucking on latex.  (I will say that if you feel that its important for you to use condoms during oral sex, get the flavored kind.  It helps.)   When Dominic and I first started going out.  God he's going to hate me for this, we used condoms for everything.  Needless to say, while I hate needles, we got tested as soon as we agreed to be exclusive.  (He held my hand while they drew the blood because he's that sweet.)  I think I did a happy dance when condoms were no longer necessary. 

Hugs and Love

Ask Andrew is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

So if you have a question, please send it to andrewgreybooks@comcast.net.  This is different from my usual email so your questions don't get lost.  I will answer one question a week.

Please remember this is meant to be all in fun.  (I was going to say good, clean fun, but who wants that.)    So send me your questions and let's see what mischief we can get into.

Visit Andrew on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks  and you can join Andrew's fan group All The Way With Andrew Grey.

Follow him on Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Visit Andrew's web site:  www,andrewgreybooks.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

home again, home again and wererats

<BA> *leans*
<sean> hiya
 <julia> waves
 <sean> are we all awake?
 <julia> okay, so who's pooped?
 <BA> LOL!
 <BA> I'm just wore to a frazzle
 <BA> and waiting to hear about Daddy
 <julia> hugs BA
<sean> how is he doing, BA
 <BA> He was doing super super good
 <BA> enough that they were going to send him home tomorrow
 <BA> and then his blood pressure sky rocketed
 <BA> and his neck started to swell
 <BA> he sounds awful
 <sean> oh no
 <sean> is this a known side effect?
 <BA> I'm waiting to hear if he has to have blood clots removed
 <BA> nope
 <julia> he just needs to stop being a drama llama ;)
 <sean> lol
 <sean> and nods
 <BA> yeah
 <BA> my Aunt D and I will probably go out next week
 <BA> we'll just have to see how it goes
 <sean> nods
 <sean> well, I have all my best wishes for him
 <BA> so, did you enjoy your first con?
 <sean> I did
 <sean> everyone was so nice
 <BA> nods
 <BA> they're good people
 <BA> what was your favorite part?
 <sean> the circus!
 <julia> hmmm
 <julia> I loved the silly rides at Disney
 <sean> but of the con it was meeting everyone
 <sean> especially KC Wells
 <sean> and Kiernan
 <sean> and
 <sean> and
 <sean> and
 <BA> heeeeee
 <sean> lol
 <BA> :D
 <sean> I wish I had seen that commercial
 <sean> of course I bet you and TC doing it is better than the ad
 <BA> nods
 <julia> it is!
 <BA> Tis and I are *stunning*
 <julia> there's a video BA linked to on Facebook that is not the commercial
 <julia> but it's a hoot
 <BA> I got *so* many nice comments on Ever the Same. I was a bit bouncy.
 <sean> it's a fantastic book!
 <julia> it so is
 <julia> cackles madly
 <julia> not one of our fellow authors had read Drive Your Truck
 <BA> I read it!
 <sean> I have to confess that I haven't yet
 <julia> grins
 <sean> I plan too, though, 'cause I love me a Julia
 <julia> I had some very nice comments from management
 <julia> lalala
 <julia> but!
 <BA> dorkfish
 <julia> I did get two books subbed out before we left
 <BA> I did an edit
 <sean> go you
 <julia> go everyone
 <julia> it's hard to think of work at Disney
 <sean> yeah
 <sean> it's a small world after all
 <sean> it's a small world after all
 <sean> it's a small world after all
 <sean> it's a small small world
 <BA> I did ask a Disney employee if they shot them in the face if they didn't know the answer to the questions...
 <sean> cackles
 <julia> LOL
 <julia> and she went "HAH"
 <BA> nods
 <BA> indeed
 <BA> I did not get gluten free shwarma
 <sean> but you did get gluten free fish and chips
 <BA> indeed
 <julia> and it was good
 <BA> if I lived in Florida I would be at Downtown Disney A LOT
 <julia> though we won't tell the Irish pub story
 <BA> "Do you want to get on stage with the River Dance boobie girls?"
 <BA> "NO!"
 <sean> we were pretty sure about that
 <julia> definitely
 <BA> they have a wererat movie coming on Chiller
 <BA> were
 <julia> I bet that place is fun at Halloween
 <BA> rat
 <julia> I have a cold
 <BA> you have the concrud
 <julia> I do
 <sean> wererat?
 * sean ponders
 <julia> though I think it's the Disney plague
 <sean> so who'd make a good mate for a wererat?
 <julia> no one
 <julia> noNOno
 <sean> cackles
 <sean> there's always another wererat
 <sean> or a wereCAT
 <julia> I'm sure there is
 <julia> but not sexy
 <sean> it could be a romeo and juliet type thing
 <julia> not if you've ever had a rat infestation
 <sean> *grins*
 <sean> what's with this pesky reality thing?
 <BA> no rats
 <julia> rats
 <BA> none
 <julia> ick
 <BA> zero
 <BA> zip
 <BA> no rodents
 <sean> spoilposrts
 <sean> ;)
 <BA> god yes
 <BA> so
 <BA> friggin
 <BA> tired
 <sean> oh yeah
 <sean> oh
 <sean> yeah
 <sean> like a zombie
 <BA> nods
 <BA> zzzzzzzzzz
 <sean> ZZZZZZZombie
 <sean> like
 <sean> Braaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnsssssss
 <BA> vegetarian zombies
 <BA> graaaaaaiiiiiiinnnsss
 <sean> ceeeeelllllleeeeeerrrryyyyyy
 <sean> nope, not as good ;)
 <julia> lord y'all
 <julia> this is my BOOMSTICK
 <BA> I want a poptart
 <sean> do they make those gluten free?
 <julia> no
 <julia> I mean, Glutino makes a version
 <julia> but they're not yummy
 <BA> not really, no. I only like brown sugar cinnamon
 <sean> you guys should experiment
 <BA> that requires energy
 <BA> I am totally made of goo
 <julia> slorp
 <BA> not even sparkly goo
 <BA> but tired goo
 <sean> later, when there is less zombie and more mad scientist
 <julia> mad scientist?
 <sean> experimenting with gluten free poptarts?
 <BA> *giggles madly*
 <BA> *whispers* Julia's fallen asleep on the sofa
 <sean> heeee
 <BA> zzzZZZZzzzZZZZzzz
 <BA> okay, let's leave her sleeping, huh? I'll be better in the morning. I promise
 <sean> nods
 <sean> I'm having covetous thoughts about my bed
 <BA> love you and miss you already
 <sean> yeah
 <sean> you're tooo farrr
 <BA> heeee
 <sean> *hugs*
 <sean> night!
 <BA> night lovely
 <BA> *smooches*

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smut fixes everything

Monday, March 9, 2015

Twitter Recap by Cardeno C.

Happy Monday! It's been a few months since my last Twitter recap so I think we're due. Plus, it's late in the day and I haven't blogged yet, so ... yup. Twitter recap it is. (I'm leaving out my NYC #tourist posts to do later.)

  • My support of (marriage) equality isn't extreme & it doesn't make my social media polarizing. (RWA article pic) http://t.co/UVxH0EddAc Mar 08, 2015 
  • Making Arnold Palmers with honey. http://t.co/Dw1FCwrchl Mar 08, 2015 
  • RT @SweptAwayBlog: He Completes Me by @CardenoC 5 Stars! "The joy of finding your true love when you never expected to have one" http://t.c… Mar 07, 2015 
  • Thank you! RT @SexySirenReads: 💗4 Star Review: Jumping in by @CardenoC ❤️💞 http://t.co/OOvTg8A5Ri Mar 06, 2015 
  • RT @ChristyLvs2Read: #bookreview: Walk With Me (Home #7) by @CardenoC at The Romance Authors http://t.co/StpJJvx6VI "heartwarming & beautif… Mar 05, 2015 
  • RT @RainbowReviews: #bookreview: Walk with Me (Home 7) by @CardenoC at The Romance Authors, rev'd by @ChristyDuke1 - http://t.co/8OWdudyXzj… Mar 05, 2015 
  • If you need me, I'll be over here dying of cute. And if you've seen anything cuter than this, please share. http://t.co/XMCOhbjkpv Mar 04, 2015 
  • RT @SinfullySexyB: ☆ OUT NOW ☆ #NewReleases ☆ Jumping In (Alphas Book 6) by @CardenoC Amazon –> http://t.co/42xy1fuSh4 http://t.co/8MInYzwH… Mar 03, 2015 
  • RT @RainbowReviews: #bookreview: The One Who Saves Me (Home 6) by @CardenoC, reviewed by @ChristyDuke1 - http://t.co/sgq9INBT9K "sweet & lo… Mar 02, 2015 
  • For the readers waiting for my new novella, Jumping In, to be available on Amazon--now it is! http://t.co/2jbfjQlMLO #erotic Mar 02, 2015 
  • It's Monday blog day. This week's post is my January & February writing recap. http://t.co/VDaEyMXiia Mar 02, 2015 
  • Thank you for reviewing! @ontopdownunder1: @JdrRichmond Judy Reviews The One Who Saved Me by @CardenoC : http://t.co/unSa0XzMZd Mar 02, 2015 
  • RT @ChristyLvs2Read: #bookreview: Just What the Truth Is (Home #5) by @CardenoC at The Romance Authors http://t.co/X6N2dlcCs1 "best coming … Mar 01, 2015 
  • Cover reveal w/blurb for my mid-March release: Johnnie (paranormal), via @jayhjay432 blog http://t.co/huKLX4KkOb #bookcover #ebook Mar 01, 2015 
  • Thank you! RT @LGBT_Reviews: ‘Walk With Me’ by @CardenoC #LGBT #Review http://t.co/9R1Xnuwuu6 Feb 28, 2015 
  • I win the internet for this, right? http://t.co/NSxLmScr5d Feb 28, 2015 
  • Love erotic gay romance? Get my Home boxed set of over 500,000 words in 7 novels for $24.95! http://t.co/uSwDZZg4Sf #romance Feb 27, 2015 
  • The center of tonight's great debate. What do you think? White and gold or blue and black?http://t.co/Doj2ZArzhd Feb 27, 2015 
  • RT @trs_studio: Farmer Jared and city-loving Lucas are opposites who attract in the erotic gay romance McFarland's Farm by @CardenoC, http:… Feb 27, 2015 
  • I have an electric toothbrush so I don't use this pretty toothbrush holder. Ideas for an alternative use for it? http://t.co/bBLAM3a4Um Feb 26, 2015 
  • RT @ontopdownunder1: Cindi reviewed Where He Ends and I Begin by @CardenoC. http://t.co/Pv7uaB0Gev #gayromance http://t.co/ZrXjoLibSB Feb 25, 2015 
  • Thank you! RT @hankstoni: Fangirl Moments And My Two Cents: Home Collection by Cardeno C. Promo http://t.co/SOytnEtooP @CardenoC Feb 25, 2015 
  • The amazing @bookidentity has a website to connect book pub folks. I'm excited about it so I have to share: https://t.co/4lXfsXSfqo Feb 25, 2015 
  • Thnx so much! "@RainbowReviews Where He Ends and I Begin rev'd by @ChristyDuke1 - http://t.co/gFuOFHcS6e "another incredible addition"' Feb 24, 2015 
  • RT @LGBT_Reviews: ‘Where He Ends and I Begin’ by @CardenoC #LGBT #Review http://t.co/1o6TV3JsMh Feb 24, 2015 
  • I should've been more specific in my post about winning the lotto. $7 isn't what I had in mind, but I suppose it is technically a win. Feb 24, 2015 
  • It's Monday blog day. See my latest "I Tried It at Home" attempt at a kitchen "hack": http://t.co/GS1p9PF1Oa. Spoiler: It wasn't super. Feb 23, 2015 
  • Thanks! RT @ontopdownunder1: Cindi reviewed He Completes Me (2nd edition) by @CardenoC. http://t.co/XHfD2wA5pN http://t.co/TKwJOxEAJD Feb 23, 2015 
  • RT @ChristyLvs2Read: #bookreview: He Completes Me (Home #2) by @CardenoC at The Romance Authors http://t.co/BN6DBjJcdD "wonderful" Feb 23, 2015 
  • RT @ontopdownunder1: Judy reviews Love At First Sight (2nd Edition) by @CardenoC @JdrRichmond : http://t.co/Z9193Roznt Feb 22, 2015 
  • RT @SweptAwayBlog: Jumping In by @CardenoC 5 Stars! "A steamy story of love and possession" http://t.co/e2UM0HAnNP Feb 22, 2015 
  • RT @RainbowReviews: #bookreview: Home Again (Home 1) by @CardenoC at The Romance Authors, reviewed by @ChristyDuke1 - http://t.co/pmy6Q8zUn… Feb 19, 2015 
  • Under the premise that putting something on the internet makes it true, I would like to announce that I am winning the lotto on Saturday. Feb 19, 2015 
  • RT @BookwormBetties: Bookworm Bettie's: Re-Release Blast & Giveaway ~ The Home Series by @CardenoC http://t.co/JKBCbIi0uO Feb 19, 2015 
  • Had fun being interviewed by Renae. Thanks, friend! RT @renaekkaye: Did you know @CardenoC has a new book out?? http://t.co/PBHoWyC2jp Feb 19, 2015 
  • Yes, those are testicles hanging from the back of this truck. No, I don't know why. http://t.co/6JENPC3hCv Feb 19, 2015 
  • RT @rach_writes: Hello people did we see this? @renaekkaye interviews @CardenoC http://t.co/gGJXdyCM3H It's like oreos and coffee! All thin… Feb 18, 2015 
  • RT @LisaT131: PopQuiz #GiveAway of @CardenoC 's Home Collection ebook boxset. Do you know the answer? http://t.co/pxNOZGkLhI http://t.co/Kc… Feb 18, 2015 
  • Wouldn't put anything she gave me in my mouth or go anywhere not-public w/ her, but love her. http://t.co/7nT8gD9YKcFeb 15, 2015 
  • Cute Google doodles for Valentine's Day. http://t.co/9QXu0PcgUw Feb 14, 2015 
  • Who decided "airplane bathroom air freshener" was a good scent for perfume? Feb 14, 2015 
  • I want an update on this poor guy & the 6 kids & the friend going through a divorce & Alvin, may he rest in peace. http://t.co/OMExCM2OU1 Feb 13, 2015 
  • Thanks! RT @ontopdownunder1: Kazza reviews sexy novella Jumping in by Cardeno C @CardenoC #NSFW : http://t.co/rndG3Sclkg Feb 13, 2015 
  • TY! RT @LoveBitesSilk: "Loved this" 2-in-1 #BookReview In Another Life and Eight Days by @CardenoC... http://t.co/DN7eJo7yDl on @bloglovin Feb 12, 2015 
  • RT @trs_studio: Clint’s having a bad day but Hawk’s going to make sure it ends with a bang--and in bed: Jumping In by @CardenoC http://t.co… Feb 11, 2015 
  • So glad you enjoyed! RT @NdulgentBloggrs: Jumping In by @CardenoC #REVIEW #ULTIMATEINDULGENCE http://t.co/E0q4TUDNtT Feb 11, 2015 
  • It's Monday blog day! Today's post is a cover and release bonanza. ;) http://t.co/n8tSUaA5B0 Feb 09, 2015 
  • While chatting at this thing, I noticed my shirt is on backward & there's a hole in the underarm. I. Shouldn't. Leave. The. House. Feb 09, 2015 
  • All day: I need to shower before that thing tonight. One more email. Now: Maybe if I don't stand too close to anyone, they won't notice. Feb 09, 2015 
  • Advice from me to you: make sure your LinkedIn profile doesn't have a toilet in the background. You're welcome. Feb 08, 2015 
  • Is my mom genuinely confused by my being able to access her gmail & attached docs on my computer or is she messing w me? I'm 50/50 on this. Feb 08, 2015 
  • I'm just going to leave this right here. http://t.co/e5Org7gKgi Feb 07, 2015 
  • RT @3ChicksAftrDark: The perfect mix of comedy and romance! Jumping In (ARe Alphas) by @CardenoC #alphas #mmromance #novella http://t.co/sO… Feb 07, 2015 
  • Dead internet + No fix until tomorrow + Book release today + 7 books releasing this weekend = 1 million calorie iced coffee & whimpers. Feb 07, 2015 
  • RT @trs_studio: A baseball player and his best friend learn to embrace their love: Eight Days by @CardenoC http://t.co/owxE6mr9R7 #mm Feb 04, 2015 
  • Who's your secret BFF? By secret I mean s/he doesn't know you exist. Mine is Michelle Obama. We'd be like peas & carrots if we met! Feb 03, 2015 
  • It's Monday blog. Today I share the new covers for my Home books & preorder info for Jumping In. http://t.co/ZmzwuXQBaM Feb 02, 2015 
  • Brilliant! "@JulesLovesBooks: @CardenoC For you: http://t.co/XXzbu92sTo…" Feb 02, 2015 
  • Y'all let me know when we're done discussing stats & plays & can focus on how hot all those butts looked in football pants. #Superbowl Feb 02, 2015 
  • I have the sudden urge to glue something and dance. #Loctiteglue #superbowl Feb 02, 2015 
  • Favorite part of half-time show = Lenny Kravitz. #Superbowl Feb 02, 2015 
  • "We approved this pie." - The Sweatpants Society http://t.co/E0aY1iCqND Jan 31, 2015 
  • Carbs: They make a rough day better. *Message brought to you by the sweatpants society.* http://t.co/LcgFKAlBg1 Jan 31, 2015 
  • I feel like this day was a week long. Anyone else with me on that? Jan 30, 2015 
  • Wishful thinking: thought drive through menu said "peanut butter coffee" instead of "premium roast coffee". Jan 30, 2015 
  • This is not a giant puppy puddle. Looks like I have a date with a roofer tomorrow. http://t.co/WAX2pnO6x1 Jan 30, 2015 
  • For my friends in snowy weather: http://t.co/7lJzirM2nbJan 30, 2015 
  • RT @waxapplelover: Blue Mountain by @CardenoC is out in Audio! Enter to win a free copy via @WLKPromo #MMRomance @WeLoveKink http://t.co/sa… Jan 25, 2015 
  • Puppy wasn't ready to get up so I made the bed around her. http://t.co/sPl1Z1k79h Jan 22, 2015 
  • Lunch at my favorite veggie restaurant. http://t.co/UdjRzNLwMS Jan 21, 2015 
  • Just discovered that my mother's cookies & macaroni and cheese were vegan - no dairy, no eggs. This explains so much. Jan 21, 2015 
  • My friend made me a cake of my puppy! Cake below and inspiration pic above. Isn't this awesome? http://t.co/qry5dTQwVd Jan 20, 2015 
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is my 1st "I Tried It At Home". This one is peeling garlic (unsuccessfuly). http://t.co/X1FOeZc1l3 Jan 19, 2015 
  • My mother's persistent but tragically unsuccessful attempts at macaroni and cheese & chocolate chip cookies are going into a book. Jan 18, 2015 
  • Puppy ran on wet concrete. http://t.co/ds07fvFHPM Jan 17, 2015 
  • YES!!! RT "@PD_Singer: .@CardenoC Fish heads, fish heads.... classic." Jan 17, 2015 
  • Did you listen to Dr. Demento as a kid? Tonight, reminisced w/ friends about how much we loved songs like http://t.co/bqYGuKmnJEJan 17, 2015 
  • Exciting news! http://t.co/uLSP7Oxtlv Jan 16, 2015 
  • For my knitting friends, a knitting project I can get behind. And underneath. And on top of. And sideways? http://t.co/Qpw3jlpDHk Jan 16, 2015 
  • RT @trs_studio: 2 HEA gay romance novellas for the price of 1 $3.99: Eight Days and In Another Life by @CardenoC http://t.co/HZZ5mao30O #mm Jan 15, 2015 
  • Pro tip: Windows become reflective surfaces in the dark. http://t.co/gGqivmVvYI Jan 14, 2015 
  • Puppy is taking a nap, wearing her orange owl sweater. How cute is this? http://t.co/8XYJonVxqH Jan 14, 2015 
  • Has anyone tried this? I'd love to know if it works. http://t.co/5FNP3DfEP9 Jan 13, 2015 
  • Today's Monday blog day post: a thank you to readers - you make my dream possible & encourage me in endless ways. http://t.co/wFSckcxoJq Jan 12, 2015 
  • RT @ScottBFLL: A New Book Review Vicki reviewed a 2 book collection; IN ANOTHER LIFE & EIGHT DAYS by Cardeno C. http://t.co/eI8fVujNX0 @Car… Jan 09, 2015 
  • He's either feeling super lucky or super bummed. I'm laughing either way. http://t.co/HJHulB0bdh Jan 08, 2015 
  • When I was in NYC weather wasn't bad - jeans sweater & a jacket. This a.m. was -6 windchill & friend is wearing long underwear in office. Jan 08, 2015 
  • I ... I don't ... *sigh*. http://t.co/QxluZitmCC Jan 07, 2015 
  • Gracias! Readers are awesome! RT @Sue_Bcn: @CardenoC your books are awesome! Love them. Thanks for writing them! A big hug from Spain ;) Jan 06, 2015 
  • New Year Goal: Keep up my Diet Coke abstinence & my new post-trip caffeine reduction. Jan 05, 2015 
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is my December writing recap. http://t.co/yJod8DKdtd Jan 05, 2015 
  • Rob Yearling a side character in Something in the Way He Needs w/ the famous BWI band sounds like this in my head. http://t.co/280jPvOxCD Dec 27, 2014 
  • This is my new favorite bit of happy joy love. http://t.co/8iiPHnHROJ Dec 25, 2014 
  • Sink or urinal? Place your vote. http://t.co/aBUhiHwXjQ Dec 21, 2014 
  • How good does this sound? http://t.co/IVkGm35qWG Dec 20, 2014 
  • Snuggly puppy. http://t.co/fBiTV7hjcM Dec 19, 2014 
  • "I needed to add a blow job scene" ~My interview with @BrandilynRC http://t.co/rG6XqkWjoT #tease Dec 18, 2014 
  • Sofganiyot for Hanukkah. http://t.co/5JyClFECde Dec 17, 2014 
Have a terrific week.