Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dress Code for Senior Citizens

Dress Code 

Many people are 70 (or approaching it), and are quite confused about how they should present themselves. They're unsure about the kind of image they are projecting and whether or not they are correct as they try to conform to current fashions. And for those of you receiving this who are getting close to 70, (or 80) keep reading anyway . . . you'll be there.

Despite what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together and should be avoided:

1. A nose ring and bifocals
2. Spiked hair and bald spots
3. A pierced tongue and dentures
4. Miniskirts and support hose
5. Ankle bracelets and corn pads
6. Speedos and cellulite
7. A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar
8. Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor
9. Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge
10. Pierced nipples that hang below the waist
11. Bikinis and liver spots
12. Short shorts and varicose veins
13. In-line skates and a walker
And the ultimate 'Bad Taste' in fashion:
14. A thong and Depends

Please keep these basic guidelines foremost in your mind when you shop.

(Thanks, Therese!)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Both Adorable and Creepy

I don't know what I'd do if I saw this suddenly appear.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wedding Photographer Re-Imagines Disney Princesses as Stunning Indian Brides

Amrit Grewal, a Vancouver-based wedding photographer, re-imagines Disney princesses as Indian brides in this enchanting photo series. The high-budget photo shoot showcases nine iconic princesses in gorgeous portraits that draw on elements of Indian culture to re-create the looks. For example, Ariel’s outfit is fashioned from a fitted, blue-and-green sari that flares at the bottom, reminiscent of a mermaid tail. The decadent scenes were not inexpensive to produce. The price tag on Sleeping Beauty’s dress was $10,000, and Rapunzel’s long braid was adorned with thousands of dollars of diamonds and other jewelry.

An interesting element about this project is that Indian culture overlays cultural elements already present in the Disney storylines. For instance, Pocahontas’ dress displays a combination of Indian and Native American-inspired designs, and Mulan’s attire draws from Asian patterns and Indian embroidery. The photographer says that Disney princesses were a common theme among many Indian brides he worked with, and he intended for the series, originally published in South Asian Bride Magazine, to highlight “how mainstream Disney can migrate into other ethnicities.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Honor Those Who Gave Their Lives For Our Country

But most of all, don't forget those who are still serving, here and overseas. 

God Bless You All!

Shawna Reppert is my Guest Author Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio

If you love dark urban fantasies, you don't want to miss tonight's episode of "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio. Shawna Reppert is my guest author, and she'll be reading from Raven's Wing, Book 2 of her Ravensblood series.

Show time is 11 pm et/ 10 pm ct

Don't miss it!
Raven struggled to escape the world of dark magic he’d committed to as a bitter young man. Now he must come to terms with both his past and his ancestry.   What will be his place in the Three Communities? When he finds himself on the run, trying to find the stolen Ravensblood, the task grows much harder.   He must protect the people he has come to care about from the danger of this powerful artifact in the wrong hands, and at the same time prove he is not the thief!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

My Books Are Now Available on OYSTER!

I'm delighted to announce that my books are now available on OYSTER. So if you are a member of that service, please check out my titles!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Please Welcome Sarah J Pepper as She Hijacks My Blog for the Day


Sarah J Pepper is in the middle of her TWISTED FAIRY TALE CONFESSIONS tour, and you can enter here for a chance at winning a Kindle Fire HD7, plus scads of other goodies!

In the meantime, here's an excerpt to give you a taste of Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged.

Excerpt from Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged "Mr. Tall, Dark and Deadly beckoned me like he was a manifestation ripped from my fantasies. A girl in my position shouldn’t have appreciated the ripped stature of his torso, the curvatures of his arms or how his black shirt stretched over his broad chest. The way he filled out his pants surely teased everyone who had an x-chromosome. R-rated thoughts played over and over in my mind. If he hadn’t been sent to kill me, I might have made a move.

Nevertheless, after a solid minute of not blinking, our provocative staring contest started to freak me out. His gaze was hypnotic yet startling. His intelligence was glaringly obvious, but so was his noxious disposition. It was damn unsettling and the standoff had to end sometime. Therefore, I faced my impending doom by walking into the glow of the street light. As soon as the light hit my face, the wind picked up. I shivered. Taryn’s presence swirled around me like she was an element of the sky instead of a sorceress who could control it. Taking a deep breath, I reminded myself she was miles away.

I cleared my throat so that my voice wouldn’t crack. “I’d rather die than be her prisoner.” 

He smirked. The smile almost reached his eyes. “That’s your choice, Rapunzel,” he said, just before he pulled the trigger."

Friday, May 22, 2015

I'm at the Austin Author Affair This Weekend!

This is a FREE event!
If you live in the area, come by and meet some great authors!
I'll be there with PRINT copies of my books!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sarah J Pepper is My Guest Author Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio

These are fairy tales like you've never seen before! Come listen tonight to Sarah J Pepper on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio as she reads excerpts from her twisted, funny, and sexy romanceSnow White Lies and Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged, two of her Twisted Fairy Tale Confessions.

Show time is 11 pm et/10 pm ct

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“Evil poisons everyone. Period. Our mouths water when we sink our teeth into what we have always craved. Surrendering to our desires by biting off a delectable piece of the forbidden fruit is nothing more than a meager confession: Poison tastes sinfully sweet. "SnowWhiteLies”—Confessions of the Big Apple Debutante, by blogger Miss Snow White.

Rapunzel isn’t the stereotypical Damsel in Distress. Her Bad-Boy Prince Charming is a renowned mercenary, and their Happy Ending plays out like a bad movie. However, she is determined to breakout from her tower prison—love be damned—and do it in a fabulous pair of heels. *** Gunned down by the Mercenary, the deadliest assassin in The Badass Archives, isn’t exactly Rapunzel’s end-game. Falling for him isn’t either, but his Rated-R demeanor is strangely charming. Even though most girls wouldn’t fall for their captors, Rapunzel isn’t like most dames. Her major girl-boner for the Mercenary is so pathetic it verges on cliché. Yet, in spite of his appeal, Rapunzel must escape before she’s locked away in the Château de Immortelle’s highest tower—forever.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Six on Sunday - NEVERWYLDE

Six paragraphs from my brand new series, NEVERWYLDE, The Rim of the World, Book 1

1.     In answer, another huge sheet of metal fell away, landing with a loud thud and a cloud of dust. Coughing, Kyber tried lifting his legs, when pain jabbed him in the hip. Reaching down, he discovered he’d been pierced with a piece of the metal. From the pattern on it, it appeared to be from the life pod. Jiggling it slightly, he hoped it hadn’t penetrated too far. He took the chance and slowly pulled it out. Four inches. It had gone in four inches. And now it’s bleeding like a gakking rammit. Worse, because of the wound’s location, he couldn’t tie anything around it to stop the slow but steady stream of blood streaking down his leg. Kyber peered closer at the slit, pressing one talon against the cut. The pain wasn’t intense, which was good. It meant the damage was minimal. And because it was running down his leg instead of spurting proved he didn’t have a ruptured blood vessel.

2.      There was a sudden jerk on her head. Blue-black ichor sprayed across her face, and she gasped. Another jerk, and she could feel the thing’s pincers being drawn out of her skin. Kelen rolled her eyes upward, to find the big Seneecian standing less than a meter away from her. He tossed away the piece of the creature he’d dragged off her face as his arms and talons dripped dark colored gore.

3.      The planet ended at the temple. Literally. As if some cosmic knife had sliced the world in two, right where the building was located. Except, in this case, she wondered what came first—the building, or the catastrophe which carved open this world. To the right and left, the world disappeared. A ragged edge of land stretched as far as she could see on both sides, leading away from the structure. Space lay beneath their feet, with only the thin haze of an atmosphere separating them.

4.      The female was beginning to bother him in ways that were pleasant, yet uncomfortably not. While her intelligence and bravery spoke to his military soul, her beauty and compassion whispered to his heart. He knew he shouldn’t feel this way about her but he no longer had any control over his emotions at this point. Too much had happened. Their uncertain future promised more uncertainty to come—most of which wouldn’t be good.

5.      Kelen remained sitting there, watching him. Observing him. Taking advantage of this rare moment to study him. If not for the fine covering of short fur enveloping his body, he appeared human. Give or take the claws on his hands and feet. She’d seen his sharp, pointed teeth. She’d witnessed first-hand his strength and bravery. And, without question, his endurance was beyond what any human man could withstand.

6.      “Do you honestly believe that’s what it was? A moment of weakness?” She frowned. “Kyber, in the short time I’ve come to know you, I’ve never met anyone with your strength of character, Terran or otherwise. You’ve never hesitated to do what you feel you must do, even if it goes against your training. I’ll even wager when you protected me against those eye worms, you broke a few of your own laws. Trust me, I know what weakness is. I’ve had to deal too many times with crew members who refused to break rank to do the right thing. But you, what you did to me, what we shared, that was not weakness. It was compassion. It was caring in its purest form. Regardless of the fact that we’re two different species, deep inside we’re still two people who’ve been through hell, and we’re still caught in the middle of it. You offered solace, and I accepted it. Plain and simple. And, Kyber? I would accept it again. This shit isn’t over. There’s no telling what all we’ll encounter. We could die today for all we know.”

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Beautiful and Mesmerizing

I don't know what this is, or where it is, but it's too beautiful and mesmerizing not to share.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Helen Henderson Returns as My Guest Author Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio!

I'm thrilled to announce that Helen Henderson returns tonight as my guest author on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio. She'll be reading from her fantasy romance, Hatchlings Curse, Book Two of The Dragshi Chronicles.

Show time is 11 pm et/ 10 pm ct

You don't want to miss it!

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Lord Branin Llewlyn is a dragshi, a human who can exchange bodies with a dragon. After millennia of waiting...and searching, Branin and his dragon counterpart, Llewlyn, have found their intended mates.

For the dragshi, the freedom of flight comes with a price. Now Branin has to find a cure for the childlessness of his kind. Cryptic references to mating flights add hope, but dark references about the deaths of suitors threatens not only his life, but the dreams of all dragon shifters.

To save his kind he has to win the mating flight. And the cost? 
All he treasures. Throwing the competition is not an option.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New! NEVERWYLDE, The Rim of the World, Book 1, a Sensuous Sci-Fi Romance


The Rim of the World, Book 1
A Sensuous Sci-Fi Romance
Word Count: 45.6K

Two species, bitter enemies, are determined to destroy each other, until they realize they need one another to survive a major catastrophe.

As they race through a nebulous anomaly in the midst of a major battle, the Terrans and Seneecians are blown through a wormhole to crash land on an uncharted world. A half world. A world containing the remains of a long-dead civilization.

Lt. Kelen Chambliss knows she has no reason to trust the furred, humanoid creatures, but she and her crew members cannot survive without their help, and the Seneecians cannot survive without theirs. Neither can she ignore the fearsome-looking one called Kyber, with his wicked talons and piercing green eyes.

As they slowly come to realize there is no escape or forthcoming rescue from the barren planet, Kelen learns there is much about the enemy she never knew. Including the fact that Kyber's formidable appearance hides a strong, brave, and caring heart.

Warning! Contains glowing glyphs, blue pancakes, eye worms, endless tunnels, and two people of different species daring to take their last and only chance at love.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

5 Things Your Family May Not Realize About You as a Writer

Come check out my blog post today over at the Here Be Magic blog. Even if you're not a writer, you might find yourself understanding the dilemmas authors face on a daily basis!