Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Little Trick With Your Treats

Halloween is my favorite holiday.  This is no surprise to the other Playfriends who are forced to participate in costume theme parties occasionally. If I had the time, I would go all out. Host a costume party with fun themed treats like mummy dogs and caramel apples. Intricately carved pumpkins lining the walk up to the house with orange and purple twinkle lights... I prefer the fun part of Halloween over the gory part, so no haunted houses or scary masks for me.

Reality is that it's become a last minute rush. No parties. Very few decorations. I don't have children to take around. If I didn't have foam pumpkins carved in the closet that I could haul out last minute, I wouldn't even have that. DB and I like to hand out candy and see the little kids' costumes. That's about it. It's sad, but time is at a premium these days while I work full time and write nearly full time to keep up with deadlines.

What have I been working on to keep me so busy, you ask? Well, I just so happen to have a paranormal novella out now, just in time for Halloween. Here's the blurb:

SEXY AS HELL: A More Than Men Novella
Strong, sexy and powerful...the kind of man every woman wants in her life and in her bed. But these men are more.  Oh, so much more.

Seth gave up everything to circumvent death, including his freedom. Now he's an immortal warrior serving the Archangel Michael. But Seth has been compromised and he may finally earn his life back. He's just got to send one sexy, stubborn succubus back to hell.

Camille always thought her neighbor was mysterious and handsome, but she never imagined what kind of work really kept him up so late. The succubus Isra has targeted Seth and she has taken Camille as her host as a surefire way to get to him. Isra has twenty-four hours to seduce Seth and steal his immortal life-force by the most pleasurable means possible. The clock is ticking...
I'm really excited about this novella. It's the first in a series that will be coming out over the next year or so with myself and a couple other authors. Each man will be of the sexy and supernatural variety. I'm currently working on the follow up featuring some creepy zombie fun. Nothing like a man with an assault rifle. Here's a super secret sneak peek of the cover that you'll only see here until it debuts online!

If you're looking for some sexy Halloween tricks with your treats, you can download the Sexy as Hell from Amazon.com. If you have Amazon Prime, you can even borrow it for free! It will be available from other online retailers in early 2013. Check it out, and if you feel inclined, help me out by clicking the 'like' button. It helps Amazon decide what books to recommend to readers. Also, if you do buy it, please review it. I'd love to hear what people think of it.

So, I've got no candy to offer you this ear, but who needs it when there are some super sexy abs up for grabs? Hmm... that rhymed awkwardly. Oh well. Tell me about your favorite Halloween treats? I'm a big fan of candy corn and those mini Almond Joy bars. Yum.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pink, pink, pink

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and every where I turn, I see pink, pink and more pink

I see pink ribbons.

The Space and Rocket Center lit the Saturn V rocket bright pink.

We're even being encouraged to light our porches with pink light bulbs.

You can get a ride in a pink taxi and they'll donate $1 from each fare to the hospital foundation.

I saw a pink trash bin on the way to work.  I actually did a double-take, but yep, it's pink.

Every year for the past couple of years I've had someone do a guest blog about their experience with breast cancer as a way to get out the word that (1) it's important to be aware about breast cancer, (2) it can strike anyone and (3) it's survivable.  In 2009, it was my former neighbor Kelley.  In 2008, Problem Child's critique partner, Pam, blogged about her experience.  2010's guest blogger was a high school friend, Deborah,  I'd reconnected with on Facebook.  Last year it was the sister of a friend from church.

I was trying to come up with a guest blogger and then breast cancer struck close to home.  No, I don't have it, though I did have a suspicious mammogram back in June.  A closer look with ultrasound revealed small, fluid-filled cysts that need no further attention.  I actually blogged about an earlier experience like this.

However, last week my mother called with the news my aunt has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will have surgery October 16.  I have a relatively small family -- one parent and one sibling (she has a husband and grown son), two sons with one daughter-in-law and a granddaughter plus one on the way, one uncle (my mother's brother) and aunt (the one with breast cancer) and their children and grandchildren, and various and assorted cousins that I see when I'm able to make the annual family reunion in North Carolina.

I don't want that family to get any smaller.  My aunt's cancer was caught early, and she and her doctors feel very good about her prognosis.  So buy a pink light bulb, donate to cancer research in some way and be sure to do breast self examination each month.  You can even sign up for email reminders here.  Have your mammograms.  Yeah, it's uncomfortable but I imagine surgery, chemo and radiation are a lot worse.  There's no excuse not to do this, ladies.  And gents too!  Men can get breast cancer too.

Let's fight like girls, get our pink on, light the town pink, save the ta-tas and not let cancer steal second base!