Archive | October 2014

Gratitude + Gratitude = Awesome Life Happenings

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Fall has finally arrived and I’m not the least bit sorry to see the hot days of summer fade away. Oh, I already miss having fresh tomatoes and realize I didn’t cook and freeze enough as I’m nearly out of frozen, crushed tomato sauce! But there’s next year.

Aside from the cooler weather, I love fall colors: the oranges, yellows, browns, etc. Here in California where I live, we don’t get the fall colors of the East coast but still, there is a change. I find fall colors soothing and restful.

The color changes isn’t all that I like about this time of year. This is a time I focus on gratitude and being thankful. This year is different though. In January, when I wrote out my goals (writing, personal, health, etc.) one of my personal goals was to focus on the good things in my life, to be grateful for what I have and what I am

When it came time to write this, I thought back to that goal and I have to admit, I’ve done really well with this goal. When something works out, or something good happens, or something horrid is dealt with, I take a moment to send my thanks out into the universe (good brings good, right?).

And it’s not just money related areas. I try every day to be grateful for something or someone, even my pets, like the little black kitten I just rescued. She was hanging around strip mall when I spotted her trying to get food near the garbage cans where the staff at Wingstop or customers were dumping chicken bones on the ground for her.

I decided to rescue her. Got some chicken, lured her out, and snagged her. Took her home. Found out from my hairdresser that the employees of the shops there were all feeding her but no one could catch her. From what I learned, she had to be around six weeks when she was most likely dumped and had been foraging on her own for 2 weeks.

I was afraid she might have lost some important social time and could have issues as she kept hiding in my husband’s office under the desk drawers. My friend thought I should just let her be but I knew that she could not stay afraid and in hiding for weeks as that would put her behind socially even more.  My instincts and work paid off. She’s been here a month and is well adjusted, friendly and very loving and not afraid of anything. On her behalf, I’m grateful that she probably had a good first 6 weeks and overcame her scary two weeks. Now, my other cats aren’t quite that grateful <g>.

Taking a glance back over the year, there are two major events I am grateful for. Last December I took a scary leap into the unknown when I took on a ghostwriting project from an online freelance site. I’d never written short novella length books and hadn’t written in the erotica genre, or the BDSM sub-genre. Turns out, I was good at it.

Not only did this writing gig bring in much needed income, it led me to my current career change from writing historicals to erotica. Because I changed my outlook and was looking for positive changes, I took a chance and ended up rebranding myself without setting out to do anything more than earn some writing income.

I’m very grateful to the woman who hired me because she gave me the confidence to write a story for myself to submit. So I’m very grateful to the The Wild Rose Press for taking me on as one of their authors.

So, the question is, had I not been focusing on the good, on being grateful, and being positive, would I have taken the chance on writing erotica for someone else? (It is very hard to sign away all rights to a story you write!)

I don’t think so. I had a positive mind-set, was looking for those doors or windows to crack open and then I was willing to step into the unknown.  And my goal to be positive and focus on gratitude allowed me to think outside the box.

So what I’m really grateful for is gratitude.

It’s not always easy to show gratitude in life but I firmly believe that if we concentrate on the good, be mindful of what we have, what we are, we attract the same. You know the saying: like attracts like or good brings good, negative breed negative. Focusing on gratitude brings more things into our life to be grateful for.

Here’s an exercise: write out a list of 100 things you’re grateful for. Do this often. It’s enlightening and healthy for your mind. Every day, think of one thing you are grateful for.

What are you grateful for?

How often do you just give thanks? Doesn’t have to be to a God, just stop and say thank you aloud, or I’m grateful for___.

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Red & Her Big Bad Dom — October 31, 2014

Wealthy computer genius Graham Winters is in love with a woman who won’t join him for a

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stingy cup of coffee. How can he prove he’s nothing like her jerk of an ex if she won’t give him a chance? Then he spots her at a BDSM club and devises a plan. During the day, he’s “that damn geek.” At night, he’s the masked Dom known as The Wolf.

When it comes to her love life, Lucy Sanchez has one rule—no geeks. Not even rich, good looking geeks. She’s attracted to Graham but rules are rules. Besides, she has her wolf, the mysterious Dom who makes her blood sing. Then she’s invited to a fairytale event at Pleasure Manor and this Little Red Riding Hood plans to enjoy every delicious moment with her big, bad Dom.

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Cinderella & Prince Dom — September 2014

Jaimie Newberry is jobless, her rent is due, and her cat just died. On top of that, she was accused of embezzling before she was fired. When her friend invites her for a weekend of kinky fairytale role playing, she agrees to go as Cinderella. What has she got to lose when sex with a handsome prince is involved?

CEO Bryce Langston needs to know if Jamie is innocent of embezzlement or just very clever. He arranges for her to be his weekend sub but soon realizes the pretty scullery maid is naïve to the BDSM lifestyle. As her prince and her Dom, he intends to not only learn the truth but to make sure she has a fantasy come true.

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Sneak Peek Sunday

67cf2-sneakpeeksundaybanner This weeks Sneak Peek is taken from Red & Her Big Bad Wolf

Lucy burst in to a clearing slightly larger than the one where her wolf and Glorie had taken her earlier. She shouted and screamed. The distant sound of a howl startled her. She whirled around. Damn, was that her Wolf or did Bryce have real, live wolves on his property.

MBB_RedAndHerBigBadDom_CoverBanner Small twinkling lights, thousands of them flashed on and lit up the treetops. They winked down at her like stars. High above in one tree, a large yellowish-white globe hung suspended, as though the moon had fallen from the sky. Bushes and trees surrounded the entire area.

Where was her audience? She ran around the clearing, pretending to be seeking a way out and noticed that the bushes didn’t look wild and overgrown but planted and shaped and placed at precise intervals. She peered into one and grinned when she caught the wink of metal. They were tunnels. Her audience was well hidden, and the grassy area her stage.

Her body hummed with anticipation. She was the star of this show, and knowing that her wolf would burst into the clearing and have his way with her made her pussy contract. Moisture coated her inner thighs. Another howl sent her heart into her throat. “Help! The wolf is after me! Help me! Someone help me!”

The sound of a whip cracked the air. She whirled around, and there he was, her wolf, his steps measured as he stalked her. With a tree at her back, she had no place to go. He growled, pointed to the ground. Head bent, eyes down, she knelt.
“Tell me you are mine to do whatever I wish.” His voice, deep and as menacing as a wolf’s, boomed out so all could hear.

Keeping her shoulders rounded, she answered, “I’m yours, Mr. Wolf.” And god, he could do whatever he wished. Her nipples tightened as she thought about him fucking her out here with people watching.

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Why Are We Drawn To Fairytales?

Why Are We Drawn To Fairytales?


canstockphoto17614356 Admit it, you’ve got at least one, if not a dozen favorite fairytales. Everyone knows Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, Peter Pan, etc. to just name a few. Then there’s all the new ones which come out to become favorites of children today like The Little Mermaid and Frozen just to name a couple. I’ll admit, I’m not up on the new ones because my kids are grown but with a grandchild on the way, I have no doubt I’ll learn all about Ariel and whatever happens in Frozen!

And if you think fairytales are just for kids, think again. Look at ABC’s “Once Upon a Time. I was completely hooked on season one. I admit, life got crazy and I haven’t seen all of season two. Or maybe I just didn’t like the appearance of Regina’s evil mother…  And then there’s the movie “Maleficent that recently came out. It tells the Sleeping Beauty tale from the darker villain view point.

And of course, there’s taking the theme of favorite fairytales and giving them a fresh look. For instance, Pretty Woman is a Cinderella story and so is the The Princess Diaries. All these redo’s of fairytales are for us adults and we loved them.

So what is the appeal?

canstockphoto19825411 Fairytales are based on archtypes—recognizable character traits. We all know someone who is a Peacemaker, Caregiver, Warrior, even a Trickster personality (there are more archtypes). And the situations those ficticious characters  find themselves in also relate to our modern lives. Okay, not all of us are waiting for Prince Charming to ride up on his magnificent white horse and take us away to a castle, but we are dealing with life issues.

How do we handle “life”? Do we sing and dance like Cinderella, bury our nose in a book like Belle or become bitter like Maleficent. Those fairytales are about people working out values and their views on their world.  They are survivors because they are strong, and have fighting spirits, even upon their darkest moments.

canstockphoto14505177 We all know that Cinderella could have become a very depressed young woman and even
bitter. Today, maybe she’d be a child bullied? But she choose to see the good in her life, draw joy from where she could—animals, her world around her and maybe even an acceptance that she had a very sucky life. Yet it didn’t destroy in innate goodness or spirit. Her kindness and her dreams got her out of her awful family situation. Well, okay, she had a fairy godmother to spur things along but can’t we use our dreams or desires for change as goals to achieve that change? It was our lovely character’s inner strength that saved her and in the end, rewarded her.

Same with Snow White. Acceptance and a cheerful dispostion and a strong desire to survive and make a better life. If we study fairytales, we’ll see that they are about people, life, relationships and overcoming the odds.

Now all that is easier said than done but I believe that if we avoid adopting the “poor me” attitude, and look for opportunities (dream, plan, set goals), then we can overcome our life situations and challenges.

canstockphoto17502019 All this boils down to the fact that I think subconsciously, we turn to fairytales for hope and a way to escape, a way to learn how to cope and overcome adversity and deal with our demons and just renew our faith in ourselves and the people in our world. Maybe even in the world itself.

And of course, that Happily-Ever-After and the Dreams Do Come True that gives us hope for our own lives. Do I sound like Pollyanna? Yeah, I do have an optimistic outlook on life.

I was writing erotica with BDSM elements and the words, Once Upon a Time came to me. I wrote it down and then changed one word and had my new series: Once Upon A Dom. From there I had the idea of creating a setting, a castle of sorts using a mansion with turrets which became Pleasure Manor. Then it was a simple matter of filling it with my favorite fairytale characters and creating my Fairytale Event.

I’m having a blast with revisiting the fairytales of my childhood and spicing them up, giving my characters each their own happy endings.

So what is your favorite fairytale and why? What theme or lesson draws you to that story?


Here are some great quotes on Fairytales.

“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual.”
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“Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” English writer G.K. Chesterton

“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children?  Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf.” Alfred Hitchcock

“There is the great lesson of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”
― G.K. Chesterton

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
― G.K. Chesterton

Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.”
― Alice HoffmanThe Ice Queen

Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.”
― Alice HoffmanThe Ice Queen

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.”
― Audrey Hepburn

Here is a link to find more quotes https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/fairy-tales

Here are a couple of good blog posts on the subject

http://www.cabinetdesfees.com/2012/why-we-need-fairy-tales/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2013/06/25/why-havent-we-outgrown-fairy-tales/

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