Thursday, December 13, 2012

December 21, 2012 Thoughts


Does anyone ever wonder if perhaps the Mayan's just got tired of doing a calender after 2012?  If not and some planet is going to collide with Earth, maybe at least the Alien's will be hot and we won't really care much anyway?  Did I mention that's my wedding anniversary?  I might be a tad upset if I don't get my gift! In all seriousness though, I believe personally this is just another Millenimum type scare and that people need to stop worrying about when we're going to die and enjoy being alive.

If by some chance I'm wrong you can say I told you so December 22, oh wait we won't be alive, scratch that.  I'm sure my family will be pretty upset that they didn't get to open their Christmas gifts.  If you're going to schedule the end of the world, couldn't you at least do it AFTER the holiday?  I mean honestly what were these Mayan people thinking?

To be honest I'm surprised kids all over the world haven't used this as an excuse to open their gifts early.  If I was a kid, you can sure bet I'd be playing this one to the hilt.  I could have definitely saved a lot of money if they'd have ended the world before Thanksgiving, so thanks for nothing Mayan Folks!

Nasa has said the world is not ending, I mean come on if the space people don't think a planet is about to bump into ours, should we really be worried?  And if you're a Christian, the bible plainly tells us that no man will know when the end is coming.  So science and religion both agree that December 21,2012 isn't the last day for Earth.  Wait, now I am a little worried!  Do science and religion ever agree on anything?

I haven't talked to friends in the Wiccan community, but I do remember that December 21st is the Winter Solstice, not sure what that has to do with anything, but thought I'd throw it out there.  We made it through the 2000 scare, and can't forget that thing back in ... was it 1996 or 1998 with the comet?  I think we'll all make it out just fine, and if we don't, well it was nice knowing you!

For those of us that plan on enjoying the Holiday Season, and not worrying about the end of the world, all my warmest wishes to you and your families!  Remember tis the season to give, so I'm asking that you guys remember Toys for Tots, a great organization that helps bring Christmas to those that have so little!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The True Gift of the Season


What one gift can you give to the person who has everything?  This holiday season why not give the one gift that matters most to that person who holds your heart?  Material things fade away, but a promise from the heart is eternal.  So if you're looking for a gift that will truly matter, then consider what your partner has longed for the most.  If you don't know his or her deepest calling of the heart, then this would be the time to discover it.  Most of us love material things, and think that we can't live without certain ones, but at the end of the day the heart and soul crave the thing money can't buy, love.  

This year, even if you can afford to give your partner all the material things their heart desires, try giving them the priceless gift of discovering their hearts desire.  If times have been hard and you don't have a lot to give monentarily, then what better gift than one that is delivered without a price tag?  We may not say that we need to feel loved more than anything else, but that is just a lie that the mind accepts to make us able to live with what we have.  If you are willing to humble yourself for your partner, then you have the basis for a great relationship.  Being selfish and only considering your own needs has never won the heart of another.  So look into yourself and decide what it is that you can offer that could change your partners life in a positive way.

For those of you that celebrate Christmas, you still have 14 days to discover what could change your partners way of thinking about you forever.  You know there is something they have longed for mentally that you've been unable to give them.  Maybe you had to much pride, or felt you would seem weak in their eyes if you admitted your feelings, or maybe you've been so wrapped up in your own needs that your partners needs were coming second.  This is a beautiful time of year to change that and make a life-long commitment to his or her happiness.

Last night I had a dream that there was one person out there that knew they needed to do the right thing, but kept putting it off.  I write this blog post today in hopes that the person reads this and decides to follow their heart. It's a season of love, hope, and dreams coming true, so take the time to share all those things with the person you love the most.  Have a very Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Out of this world passion!

Not really sure why my mind decided I needed to write a book about Alien Seduction, but I rarely get the opportunity to decide what I want to write.  This is a tentative cover of the new book in progress, I'll throw it out there for the friends of Tears of Crimson, and take any constructive criticism you'd like to offer.  

At the moment I'm working on the Crimson Farewell, the last book in the Tears of Crimson series (yes it's breaking my heart) and this new book Allure of a Dream Warrior, and bouncing back and forth as the ideas find me.  With everything that has happened this month in my personal life, I feel almost obsessed with getting new works out.  We are also working really hard to get the editing completed on the second 10 Nights Book, Beyond 10 Nights, since we had to push back the release date to January 1st.  

I know the blog has gotten a lot more personal this month, and that's because all my creative efforts are being spent on the books.  December is a very tough time for me during a normal year with children being home full-time, with the addition of my little's mans surgery and my daughters illness, it has been even more chaotic.  After the new year I will try my best to get back to the entertaining posts from guest authors, and bring back in the leading men and ladies of Tears of Crimson.  

I really don't like not posting every week, because this is how I keep in touch with all my incredible friends, so know that I'm not avoiding any of you, just trying to keep what little sanity I have left!  I'm sure you've noticed I've had to almost stop posting on Twitter and Facebook as well.  Unfortunately until things calm down in my personal life I don't see that changing.  I've marked down the first 10 Nights book to 99 cents on Amazon for anyone that hasn't had a chance to read it yet.  I've been really happy with how well it was recieved and would like to thank all of you for helping to spread the word.  

So on Allure of a Dream Warrior:  The idea hit me last week and I've written 20,000 words already because it just decided to take over my mind.  The premise of the story is about a college student who is haunted by dreams after she suffers a heartbreak that threatens to drown her in a deep depression.  Anyone that knows my writing, already gets that my females are always innocent (sorry but I like them that way LOL) and my males are normally dominate alpha males.  She discovers that the man haunting her dreams is actually real when he abducts her from her bedroom and the story takes her from Earth to a new world and explores their relationship.  That's about all I can reveal right now, but I hope my readers will be willing to take a chance on a new idea of writing since Sci-Fi has never really been my thing!  I promise there will be no tentacles hahahah, maybe some unusal appendages, but something about tentacles just turns me off! 

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas if we don't get the chance to talk before then!  I'm looking forward to gaining ten pounds that will force me to work my butt off in January to take off LOL!  In case you don't know my mom is one of the best cooks in the world, and when she does Christmas Dinner, it's like walking in paradise!  Take care of yourself and share the love during this wonderful holiday season.  

Much Love,
Michelle 




Wednesday, November 21, 2012

20 Books for 20 Bucks Thanksgiving Promo


Turkeys everywhere are asking for you to read instead of eat them this Thanksgiving!  Okay we made that up but you can still get 20 Books for 20 Bucks from incredible authors November 21-25th!  That's $0.99 cents a book for those who don't feel like doing the math and would rather just enjoy some great reading!



Monday, November 19, 2012

A New Day... A New Daydream



Harnessing the Power of a Positive Attitude
By:  Tammie Clarke Gibbs


I’ve been told I should have been a motivational speaker.  I reply by saying, “I am” because I try to motivate every time I open my mouth or touch the keyboard with my fingertips.  I’ve been blessed, I guess with a gift that allows me to look past the shallow and sometimes demanding nature of others and see through to the positive and gifted person within.  I know. We are surrounded by negativity. Open any newspaper, magazine or online venue and you are bombarded by negative expressions.  It can be very depressing, and it can be very difficult to rise above the attitude of others.  It’s necessary.

Today is a new day. This hour is a new hour. This minute is a new minute. We are surrounded by newness that we overlook with frequency.  When we wake up in the morning, we should value the sunrise for what it is “an amazing new opportunity for change.” 

The only way that we can achieve anything is to resolve that we want to. Goal setting is important because it gives us a framework to hang all our hopes and dreams and a way to measure our progress. Whether you’re a reader or an author, it doesn’t matter we all have a basic need for accomplishment, whether it’s a business or personal goal.

There are a few things that no one controls but us.  The major one is attitude. Our attitude is an extremely personal thing yet it has the power to influence others and essentially cause a domino effect.  How is your attitude affecting your ability to reach your goals?  If a negative attitude could help you achieve even one of your goals I’d say go on be negative, but it won’t it will only have the opposite effect.  A positive attitude alone may not. 

How do you change an attitude and regain that optimism you once had? Well, take a lesson from childhood and rediscover the art of DAYDREAMING.  Find a quiet place for some alone time.  It could be in your room on your bed, beside a pool or on a pallet in the woods. Close your eyes and let your mind wander to places that only it can. Allow the real world to melt away and call upon your inner child because the child within was never afraid to dream and began life full of optimism.  If you find it difficult the first time, don’t give up because it’s taken years to develop the attitude you’re wearing. If you’re willing to change, to recapture the part of you that feeds your self-confidence you can.  

DAYDREAM and learn to use your imagination again because all the biggest contributions to mankind were first an idea as small as a grain of sand in someone’s imagination.
If you’re not achieving what you want to, and you’re not happy with your life the way it is, you owe it to yourself to try anything that will spark that renewed energy to face the world again with fresh eyes, a new attitude and effect it in a positive way.

The world around us cannot change until we change. We can only change the world as one-person  changes and then another and then another.

Without a dream, nothing is accomplished, but without some work dreams cannot be accomplished.  So, how does one tackle the obstacles between their real-life situation and the goals their imagination has set for them? By treating them as if they are something we can achieve. 

Here are a few tips:
1. Write your goals down.
2. Research what you will have to do in order to reach your goals.
3. Then, divide those tasks up and determine the path to take to achieve each of the minor objectives.
4. Start at the beginning.  Many goals are not reached because of poor planning and a lack of focus.  

We all love a short cut but in most cases taking a short cut may prevent you from reaching an otherwise obtainable goal.

The most important suggestion I can make to you whatever your goals may be is to “do something.”  Don’t just allow your dreams to fade away.  Today is the day to reach for the stars.

Tammie Clarke Gibbs has over twenty years in marketing and graphic arts. She has two novels and several non-fiction titles that are published and was a nominee for the 2001 Georgia Author of the Year Awards.  In addition, she spends time helping her fellow authors to achieve their goals through assistance with everything from marketing plans to cover art.  The first book in her new 8-Hours Series for authors hit three Amazon Bestseller’s lists on the first day of publication and is receiving rave reviews for it’s easy to follow, step-by-step advice. 


Forget about spending 8 Hours a day on promoting your book. For less than a value meal you’ll learn how to take just 8 hours and invest them in actionable tasks that will pay dividends into the future. Don’t you owe it to yourself to reclaim your life?

Authors are sick and tired of spending every minute of the day promoting themselves and their books. It doesn’t have to be that way. 8 Hours to Jump Start Your Career: A Step-by-Step Guide for Self-Published Authors shows you how to invest just 8 hours into actionable tasks that will pay dividends into the future freeing you up to do other things. These are not tasks thought up overnight they are the results of over 2 years of research and personal experimentation. I cannot guarantee that it will make you a Bestseller, but many who’ve followed the tasks outlined in the book can now boast that Bestseller status. Spend it with family, go on vacation, or write your next book it’s all up to you. What will you do with all that time you’re going to have?


Other books by Tammie Clarke Gibbs

Contact Tammie via:
@tammiegibbs
http://www.tammieclarkegibbs.com (links to blogs, Facebook etc. can be found via the website)
To View the Cover Art she’s done for fellow authors visit her Facebook Gallery

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Tears of Crimson Review



This review is not for the haters of Twilight who will not understand how the song above left this writer in tears as she watched the end of an era.    It's doubtful that anyone but a true Twilight lover could understand how hard it was to leave the seats even as the world went dark and there was nothing left to do but say goodbye to characters that became as much a part of our world as those who truly lived in it.

Breaking Dawn II was a very emotional experience that left me forgoing the popcorn and soda to watch enraptured as the ending played out every detail in stunning artistic mastery.  There was not a dull moment from start to finish in this masterpiece.  The beauty of Bella's transformation into vampire, incredibly well produced.  Her strength, and how she masterfually fit into the creature it was apparent she was always meant to be, flawless.  It recalled memories from the awkward teenager that she began as into the powerful woman and mother she became.

Finally we see a glimpse of happiness for Jacob with his bond to Reneseme, and it filled this writer's heart with joy.  A small glimpse into how their future would unfold was given through a vision with Alice, which mends the heartbreak of the relationship between himself and Bella.  All the ends were tied up perfectly and it was the one thing that made watching this come to an end bareable.

The Amazons, 'Dracula one and Two', and Benjamin's powers, when they joined the Cullen family to prepare to 'witness', were just as dymanic as the book and it was portrayed incredibly.  Bella's ability to shield was shown in just the right way.  All in all the group of Vampires were everything and more than in the books.

There was a trickery scene that had all the watchers cringing, and I won't spoil except to say that sighs were heard all over the theater when it was found to be a vision.  The best movie of the year in this writer's opinion.  Funny, emotional, exciting, everything that you could ever want in a movie.  The crowd erupted in cheers as the credits began to play, and there were also tears shared from fans that will never forget the Twilight experience!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Dracula ReKindled - Xander Buchan Compels Tears of Crimson



“Good Evening,

Michelle had very kindly asked Xander Buchan to write this guest post here at Tears of Crimson but he has had a very busy week with his book launch and has been left quite…drained.

Therefore permit me to introduce myself; I am your guest Blogger for today. Perhaps there is a slight chance that you have heard my name before. But I fear it is more than likely drowned out by the names of a thousand others who stand between me and… you. Who are these others you ask? They have many names from the mundane to the extravagant: Lestat de Lioncourt; Blade, Barnabas Collins; Michael; Elizabeth Báthory; Nosferatu; Spike; Kraven; Edward Cullen *retches* and George Bush.

Sweet children, focus your ears. Amongst the mob can you hear it? The lone name whispering to you – you alone!? Whilst the vampire mob clamour for your attention can you hear the sound that acts as the foundation, the sound of a name that began it all? A name that gives birth to those that come after, a name that instils terror among each of them and would see them tear at themselves for fear of meeting me. I am… Dracula.

In 1897, Irish novelist Bram Stoker documented my unsuccessful attempt to... acquire properties and lands outside my beloved Transylvania. Stoker’s manuscript was largely forgotten as, one by one, mankind made up its own vampire stories. Now I’m back, badder than ever… and somewhat bemused to see what the Vampire has become. I shall come to you, and we shall embrace. The obstinate sunlight will cast its rays upon my pallid face and you shall look closely to be sure! You shall see that I do NOT sparkle. The only glimmer you shall find upon me will be your blood as it spills out from my thirsty, wet lips.

My new castle is restored to its former glory and I must have you round as my guest for dinner and drinks. I trust we shall meet soon; your company will be most precious to me.

Michelle, see that your readers are provided with directions to my estate. I answer your zeal with my fortune. D”

Amidst the current popularity for pretty vegetarian vampires, a need has arisen to go back to the basics of horror; Dracula Rekindled does exactly that.  Debut author Xander Buchan has written in a refreshing and contemporary style that pays homage to Stoker’s original. This suspenseful follow-up sees the Original Vampire return to unleash his malevolence upon a fresh population. He’s back and badder than ever!

Synopsis:

Engaged couple John and Lucy find their plans delayed by unforeseen events. A Goth student’s PhD research digs up more than she bargained for, and a renowned Haematologist discovers his ancestor, Van Helsing, was master of more than just medicine.

Amidst a series of strange events and horrific discoveries, lands are being bought up in Scotland; renovation work begins in a quaint coastal village to restore a medieval castle ruin. Does the prestigious restoration, and its new owner, hold any connection to the dark events unfolding?

As a dark force rises, a secret history is uncovered – but could it even be believed? A desperate hunt for answers leads to the farthest reaches of darkest Europe; has an ancient foe returned to threaten mankind once more?

Dracula Rekindled is available worldwide as both Kindle eBook and traditional 6”x 9” Paperback, exclusively from Amazon. 

Full details, and author blog, can be found at www.dracularekindled.com

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Author Isabella Sinclair shares Spicy Nights Turkey Enchiladas



Erotic Romance Author Isabella Sinclair shares her favorite dish Spicy Nights Turkey Enchiladas – Servings 6 (Two shells)
As an author of erotica I LOVE all things spicy! With the Thanksgiving holiday almost upon us, now is the time to start devising ways to use up all that yummy leftover turkey! Sandwiches are great – for the first day or so. If you like to enjoy a good enchilada you will devour this recipe!
You will need…
Turkey
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
Corn Tortillas
8 oz Mozzarella Cheese (grated)
8 oz Colby Jack (grated)
Reg size container Ricotta Cheese
Coconut Oil (cause I like the exotic flavoring over Olive oil)
First you want to soften your corn shells by heating them in a skillet over med heat using the Coconut Oil. Put a TSP or so of oil in the pan and lay the shell in it. As it heats up it will start change color slightly and/or bubble. Flip the shell over and heat the other side. This will make the stiff shells pliable for filling and wrapping.
After you have your shells all soft and workable you want to grease your casserole dish with a smidge of oil.
In a mixing bowl combine the Turkey, Cream of Mushroom soup, Ricotta cheese, and 2/3 of the grated cheese. Use a small amount of this filling to line your baking dish to keep the shells from sticking and to add flavor all the way around.
Holding the shell in the cup of your palm, scoop approximately two tblsp of filling into the center. Wrap the side together and place in the dish. Using your finger smear a bit of the filling across one edge and overlap the other on top of it. The bit of filling will help keep them sealed together.
All 12 shells may or may not fit into one dish. Just get a smaller one and use it for the leftovers. After you have stuffed your shells you want to take the remaining filling (if there is any!) and spread it over the enchiladas then top with the remaining shredded cheese.
You can cover with aluminum foil – or not. I don’t like to so I leave it topless   Bake on 350 degrees for mmmm approximately 30 mins. I cook by smell. If I can smell it – it’s time to take it out! lol You want the top cheese melted and the shells to have a cooked look to them. (edges might be brown and crunchy looking but not overly so)
If you like them HOT add some Chile sauce to your mixture.
Pull them out of the oven and let stand only a few minutes. Top with your favorite Salsa and Sour Cream!
Of course, I can’t eat Spicy Nights Turkey Enchiladas without my fave Mexican beer Dos Equis…because I AM the most interesting woman in the world!  
Enjoy!
Visit with Isabella Sinclair on her facebook page
What better way to spend an evening than curling up with Isabella’s Enchiladas and her book OLLY! (don’t forget the Dos Equis!)

Enjoy this exert from OLLY...

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
In secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
~ Pablo Neruda

With my hand resting at the top of my breastbone, I took a deep breath to calm my nerves, preparing to exhume several ghosts from a past I had suppressed long ago. I began, “The problem with love is that people often mistake it with several of its closely related cousins.” I paused to gather my scattered thoughts and could see she already had questions, but I held up my hand to keep her from breaking our agreement. “So many people-myself included-mistake lust and obsession for love. While still embodying them, true love is neither of those things, if that makes sense.”

Devin nodded, keeping silent while feverishly jotting down notes.

“In order to appreciate why I fell in love with the man I did, you have to understand how I came to accept the fact that love doesn’t always show up in the most convenient package. Sometimes it pushes all your buttons, makes you doubt yourself and question the core of your beliefs. At a time in my life when love didn’t seem possible, I went hunting for the next best thing...sex.”





Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Perfect Casting for “Marked for Vengeance"



It’s funny that the initial idea of selecting a “perfect cast” for my guest post today appealed to me so much, only because when I write, I don’t think of one certain person -- famous or not -- that I’ve seen or known. My characters’ physical attributes are something that’s conjured completely in the deepest corners of my mind. But perhaps I ultimately decided upon this topic because I’m also a huge movie buff. What writer WOULDN’T want their book to play out on the big screen? And so, without further ado… meet my dream cast below.

Alyx:
When searching for each “cast member”, I looked for actors who embodied the descriptives that I used for each character throughout the book. For Alyx, she has porcelain skin, raven hair, and round lips. So when I came across a photo of Julia Voth, I thought, “Wow… now SHE would be a spectacular Alyx!” Except, she would need to wear brown contacts, but that’s easily fixable.
I also like how she emits a sense of purity, but you also feel that something else might lurk inside, something that tells you there is more to this girl that what you see. She’s mysterious. Enigmatic. That’s the essence of Alyx.






Isaac:
What can I say? Tom Welling has been a not-so-secret crush of mine for years. As soon as he came onto the scene with “Smallville”, he captivated me. And while I didn’t picture him when writing Isaac, it seems plausible that my imagination conjured a similar forbidden-love interest for Alyx. His hair in this picture fits Issac’s to the “T”, he’s in his thirties but looks to be in his twenties, he has light eyes and soft facial features. He embodies everything Isaac. Just slap an Irish accent on him and cover his right arm in tattoos, and he’d be perfect for the role!






Micah:
Isaac’s thirteen-year-old son. I describe him in the book as a shorter clone of Isaac, so you could just refer to the picture above and shave off about twenty years physically and mentally. Or maybe this photo of Chandler Riggs from “The Walking Dead” will do.





Cindra:
Cindra, oh, Cindra… how much fun you were to write! We’ve all had that quirky friend that you wouldn’t trade for the world, and I wouldn’t trade this character for a million others. She’s clumsy, funny, and a little naïve, but always means well and is perfect as Alyx’s BFF.
The actress I chose to play her is Aly Michalka. Yes, her hair is similar in color and texture, but the real reason I selected her was because I saw her in the movie “Easy A” with Emma Stone, and I fell in love with her saucy personality. In my opinion, she could be the only one to play Cindra.








Benjamin:
Dr. Benjamin Forbes. He’s Alyx’s boyfriend of a year and adores her probably more than she deserves. He’s every girl’s dream guy… successful, handsome, and doting. I saw an episode the other day of “The Mentalist” and just knew that Simon Baker would be fantastic for this hypothetical role with his blonde, side swept hair and meticulously groomed eyebrows. Oh yeah, and that smile








BOOK SUMMARY:
Isaac was more than just precious to her, he was precious in ways the world could only fathom. If she failed, she failed everyone.” –Marked for Vengeance

Alyx Rayer’s existence in Atlanta, the eternally bustling capital of Georgia, is one of routine and blending in among the worker bees. But her ‘normal’ life is actually a façade for a higher calling; she's a three hundred year old soul, encased in a human vessel and sent from the darkness between heaven and Earth to capture her Marked when summoned by her superiors.

During the initial, routine stake-out of her Marked, a dream prophet named Isaac Walsh, Alyx is thrown for an emotional loop when his allure captivates her heart from two rooftops away. The event marks the very instance when her sense of what’s right and what’s wrong is brutally challenged as her contact with him is strictly forbidden.

While already trapped between honor and desire, her emotional struggles are further challenged by a man in a black suit who continually pops up when she least expects it, his presence evoking a strange response from the scar she was branded with at birth. The scar tingles like a warning beacon, alerting her that something is amiss. Because her superiors never told her what this would mean, or much of anything except what to do when they summon, she can only conclude to try and keep her sanity, and her life, from completely shattering to pieces.

This engaging first book of the series is a Paranormal Romance novel interlaced with twists, turns, and thrilling suspense that is sure to satisfy readers of any genre.


About the Author SJ Pierce



S.J. Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy novels as an indie author. 

Even though her full-time career has nothing to do with books at all, she has always enjoyed complex story telling with fascinating characters, and has had a penchant for the written word since grade school. As a matter of fact, her only publishing credit to date was a poem she wrote at the age of twelve. Why her love for writing never translated into a career, she can only attribute to 'life happens', but her wish is that she can redirect her career path into something that satisfies her creative inner-self. 

To quote a line from her debut novel, Marked for Vengeance; "If he merely lived to work and die, his soul would always thirst for something more. His paintings were an escape into the surreal, a way to cope with the humdrum of everyday life. With every well-placed stroke, he would escape further into whatever world he envisioned, its atmosphere a temporary break from reality." This captures her love for writing flawlessly.

(With every book purchased from the Alyx Rayer series, S.J. donates a percentage of her profit to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.)

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman

If you wish to contact SJ, email her here: sjpierce82@yahoo.com



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Twilight Breaking Dawn - Coming to an end


On November 16th,  the end of the Twilight Saga hits the big screen, and brings closure to one of the most talked about Vampire books and shows of our lifetime.  Regardless of liking or hating this phenomenon, Meyers changed the world with her view of vampires.  We will be doing our review of the final movie Saturday on Tears of Crimson.  We decided to prolong our review to not give spoilers away before our readers had the opportunity to watch for themselves.

Meyers released her book series for a young adult audience, but it quickly became a favorite of many adults as well, even sparking off the hit book of 2012, Fifty Shades of Grey.  We at Tears of Crimson are anxiously awaiting news from Stephanie Meyers on her thoughts about Breaking Dawn, and will be keeping our eyes on her website for that information.   For those of you who don't know, Meyers wrote Twilight from a dream, sound familiar?  Those vampires love making their way into dreams obviously since that's also how the Tears of Crimson Vampire Series started!

At Tears of Crimson we are split between team Jacob and team Edward,  so we are looking forward to seeing Jacob finally find happiness too.  The Volturi fight scene is one we are anticipating greatly, and we can't wait to see how they pull this one off!  Twilight will long live on in our minds after the final show.  It's been an incredible adventure and from all of us at Tears of Crimson, thank you Mrs. Meyers, for giving us a glimpse into your vampire world.

Final Thoughts From the Cast




Sunday, November 11, 2012

Spicing Up Your Sexual Relationship


Being in a relationship for a long period of time, there's normally a point when things seem to get a little dull in the bedroom.  Now we're not saying you need to get as creative as we did in 10 Nights, of course if you and your partner feel compelled, by all means don't let us stop you, but a little creativeness might be just the thing to heat up your nights!

You know your partner better than anyone, at least if you're sharing a bed we're going to hope you do!  That being said, always take into account his or her comfortability in sexual relations before embarking on any new type of sexual play.  The ideas we're going to share with you are a watered down version of the sex scenes in 10 Nights, but like we said earlier if you want to go for the gusto, have at it.

During Leah's first night of intiation, Rhett asked her to dance for him.  Now this can be done for either a male or a female, and just think of how erotic your partner will find it to have a private dance!  Obviously you want a little privacy for this one, unless you're a voyeur which is fine with us, but if you're a little more shy get your lover somewhere alone and turn on some sexy music and rock his or her world.  The first time you try to do a sensual dance for your partner can be a little intimidating, but remember he or she wouldn't be with you if they didn't enjoy you sexually (at least we hope not).  Dancing for your partner can be a great way to overcome your inhibitions as well,  if you have them and if you don't well kudos to you!


Roleplay anyone?  During one of Leah's nights, Rhett dresses up as a vampire hell bent on seducing his innocent victim.  We think this was one of the hottest scenes in the book, and it's something that with a little creativity any person should be able to pull off in the bedroom.   Most people have some fantasy that you can play out, and you know what shows or books your partner loves best.  Take a scene from one of his or her favorites and bring it to life in the bedroom.  If you really don't know what they like, drop subtle questions the week before you decide to venutre into your sexual roleplay night to discover what would really rock their world.  This idea could turn into some really adventuresome nights together and might even become one of the favorite ideas.

So what about a little voyeurism?  We're not suggesting you attempt the dress shop scene from 10 Nights, again unless you just really want to go that far.  But having a night out where you take her shopping (sorry guys this one works better for the ladies we think) and encourage her to model your favorite outfits can be a really steamy idea.  Ladies this also helps you discover what your partner enjoys seeing you wear!

To make this a sensual experience, men you need to stand outside the dressing room and get your lady to come out and model each of the outfits for you that you've chosen.  Remember gentleman, you know your partner well, so if she's not comfortable in a bathing suit at the beach, she's probably not going to be really into modeling lingerie in public, so consider that before you decide on clothing choices.

While Leah and Rhett had a little sexy in the dressing room after they both got turned on from the experiences, there are laws against that so we recommend taking it home or to a hotel after your little fun with shopping.  Dressing your lady and remembering to tell her how sexy she looks wearing your choices, can be a hot experience!


A little playful bondage doesn't mean you have to show up at the next BDSM conference and can be a sensual experience if you take time to research and know your partners limitations.  For some women and men having their hands bound and/or their vision impaired gives them a sense of being able to enjoy things that they might feel uncomfortable with if they had to actually say it out loud.  Let us make a huge statement here before you try this, if your partner says no and really means it, be understanding and don't push the issue!  Some people don't enjoy having their movements restricted and the last thing you want is a partner who's ready to kick you to the curb because you didn't respect their boundaries.

That being said, talk to your partner and calmly suggest that you'd like to enjoy a sensual night and bind their wrists or blindfold them.  Explain to them that if at any time they feel uncomfortable they can tell you to stop and you will.  The biggest thing about this sexual fantasy is knowing that you can trust the person who is in control.  Being tied down or blindfolded for the first time can be an exciting yet overwhelming feeling for some people, so give reassurance the entire time.  Making love this way is a huge turn on for some people and if you find you both enjoy it, then by all means experiment more!

These are just a few ideas to spice up your sexual relationship, and we hope you've enjoyed reading about them.  Whether you're married or in a long term relationship, enjoying the beauty of sexuality can be something that brings both you and your partner closer together.  Being able to talk with your partner about your fantasies without judgement is an extremely freeing aspect, and we believe it's something that all couples should strive for.  We all have desires, and when couples are able to break down the barriers of communication it opens a whole new world of understanding.

A healthy relationship is always about being able to talk to your partner honestly without fear of being judged.  Even in the vanilla world (a relationship without BDSM), safe, sane, and consensual should be three words that are involved in your sex life.  Respect each other and explore the beauty of your passion.


10 Nights was written as a hard-core version of the BDSM lifestyle and is not something we recommend for beginners.  In reality taking a virgin into scenes that intense would be unheard of, hence the category of fiction for the book.  Some of the scenes in 10 Nights are advanced for even moderate players in the community.  While they make great fiction, we don't encourage novices or anyone without a long term understanding of BDSM to even attempt some of the scenes involved.

We wanted to shock readers with a glance into the world of BDSM with 10 Nights.  It was written for mature readers and shouldn't be read by any one under 18 or whatever age is legal in the country where you live.  Rhett is what we would lable as an extreme Alpha Male Dominant, and while there are certainly those types of Dominants out there, they are not the norm.  Purchase 10 Nights from the following booksellers:






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