Monday, September 21, 2015

My Journey into Advocacy - Stepping Out of Romance For a Moment

When something steps in and changes your life drastically, you find yourself surrounded with thoughts about that change.  For me, January 7, 2015 was that moment.  Being rushed to the Emergency Room unable to breathe, thinking that my life was about to end, I thought about all the life choices that led me to that point.  The one that completely altered my life course?  Smoking.  For 25 years I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day.  As someone who worked as a Respiratory Technician for seven years, I knew first hand the risks, but couldn't seem to make myself give up the habit.

Like most people I knew the risks after I became an adult, but turned a blind eye to the fact it could eventually kill me. Growing up as a teen in the 80's smoking was considered cool.  The majority of my friends who were fifteen and sixteen at the time smoked.  Ads like the ones below were common. (Obviously I don't own rights to any of these photos)

                     


My Diagnosis?  COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).  What does it feel like to have a COPD flare up?  Imagine trying to breathe through a coffee stirring straw and you get the idea.  The first time I had one of these "flare ups" I thought I was dying.  I'd exacerbated liquid into my lungs and in my mind I was drowning.  To make matters worse I was driving down a deserted road at that time and knew without doubt no one would find me and my life would end on that road with no one coming by to save me.  Obviously I survived, but that was the beginning of a violent cycle that changed my life completely.

I thought that incident was a fluke, and that I'd simple choked on my drink.  Then a month later it happened again.  That incident was the one that sent me to the Emergency Room.  My blood pressure was obviously through the roof (something about thinking you're dying does that to a person) and it took a staff of great people in the hospital to finally get my breathing regulated.  I spent that night in the hospital and the next morning underwent pulmonary function testing.  Needless to say a life time of smoking had seriously damaged my lungs.

I made the decision that day to stop smoking.  There is no cure for COPD but with life changes it can be managed.  The hospital started me on nicotine patches, and for a day or so those worked but I seriously felt like I was losing the battle.  I've never done street drugs, but I'd heard enough stories about people that had tried to fight their battle with addiction that the withdrawal from smoking seemed just as bad.  Thankfully a friend I talked to on facebook told me about vaping.

I'd seen a local vape shop in my little town, but passed it by for a  year thinking it was a fluke.  When you're about to give up a battle to save your life, even a fluke was worth a try, so I stopped in.  At first the shop reminded me of those head shops I saw in Panama City when I visited, and it was a little comical to me.  I called up my facebook friend while in my brick and mortar and she talked the clerk through a setup that she believed would work for me.




Eleaf istick 20w with an Kangerteck Aerotank V2.  I paired that up with some ejuice called Cowboy that reminded me of the tobacco flavor I was using while smoking.  It's been almost 40 days and I haven't picked up a cigarette since.  In less than two weeks I stopped coughing *there was an adjustment time while my body got rid of all the chemicals I'd put in my lungs from smoking all those years*.  After one month?  I could breathe like a normal human being again.  All of that was positive, so why wasn't my physician encouraging other patients to try vaping instead of smoking?  Education about the positives of using e-cigs as an alternative.

This is where the advocacy comes in.  First let me say that Big Tobacco doesn't want you to stop smoking.  It's not in their best interest, or your states public health interest.  Why?  Let's take California for example in this video.




Another question to ask yourself.  Why has the UK release reports that E-cigarrettes are 95% less harmful than smoking and the US hasn't stepped on board to do the same?  Read the report for yourself here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/e-cigarettes-around-95-less-harmful-than-tobacco-estimates-landmark-review

"Emerging evidence suggests some of the highest successful quit rates are now seen among smokers who use an e-cigarette and also receive additional support from their local stop smoking services.

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England said:

Smoking remains England’s number one killer and the best thing a smoker can do is to quit completely, now and forever.

E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm. The problem is people increasingly think they are at least as harmful and this may be keeping millions of smokers from quitting. Local stop smoking services should look to support e-cigarette users in their journey to quitting completely."



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Amazon Top Five Kindle Romance Books This Morning

What's topping the charts on Amazon this morning?  Glad you asked.  This is how I start my day, so I decided to share with you.


Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre 

Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there's a new bad boy in town. 

Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year. 

We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him. 

From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me. 

Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.


Alpha's Darkling Bride: A Bad Boy Alpha Romance Kindle Edition

It was supposed to be a hot one-night fling...

Jess: 
Montana rancher Cade Derringer wants me naked and vulnerable. 

Screw that. 

The last thing I need is a dirty-talking, bad boy shifter crashing into my life. 

Especially the wolf pack alpha, who never lets me forget that the first time he saw me, I was stark-freaking-bare-assed. 
Trouble is, I can't seem to stop losing my clothes around him. 
But that doesn't mean I like him. 
Nor does it mean I’ll obey his sexy, arrogant orders… 
Even if I am forced to marry the jerk. 

Cade: 
I've got no damn use for a wife. 
Especially one with dark, mysterious secrets. 
I'm a hunter. Chicks like her are my natural prey. 
But Jess lights me up with mystic fire every time I nail her. 
If she thinks that means we're fated mates, forget it. 
I take what’s mine, but I don't believe in fairy tales. 



ScalingHer Dragon: BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance by Milly Taiden
Paranormal Dating Agency Book 8 - STANDALONE

BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance

Plus-size Rebecca is on a jaunt to another world. She had hopes of finding herself a nice, sweet shifter like her sister, but somehow she ended up attracted to the big, fiery dragon. A dragon who isn’t looking for love. If only he didn’t have eyes that made her want to take her panties off and a body that sent her hormones into a frenzy, life would be a lot easier.

Vikter Dragos is dying. His dragon couldn’t find a mate and he’s at the end of his time. He’s fighting the attraction for a sassy, curvy human, but it’s near impossible to stay away from her. If only she’d been his mate, everything would be smoother. He’s losing control of his dragon and his emotions. With Becca around, he didn’t know what to expect.

Becca’s in constant confusion over Vikter’s hot and cold attitude. One moment he’s kissing her like the world’s going to end, and the next he’s warning her away from getting attached. Figuring out how to scale this dragon might take more patience than she’s got. When competition arises and Vikter sees another wants Becca, he’ll face his feelings or risk losing her forever.


  Coachby Alexa Riley

Retiring from the NFL was the right decision, and at thirty years old, I've done things most people could only dream of. After all I've accomplished, coaching high school football should be easy...but when you've got a distraction in the form of a nerdy girl with curves, things can get complicated.

She's a student, she's barely legal, and she's my best friend’s daughter.

I didn't know what desire was until Megan. I had no idea obsession could drive someone insane, until I saw her. I wasn't prepared for the fact that once I laid eyes on Megan my life would really begin.

I have to have her, no matter what the cost. I have to breed her and bind her to me so tightly she can't ever get away. She'll be mine, even if I have to take her.

Warning: this book is ridiculous, over the top, completely unbelievable, and pretty much just about breeding the heroine. If you're okay with that, welcome to my dirty, dirty book! Just remember, I warned you.


 Devotedin Death by J. D. Robb
 
Eve Dallas tracks a couple whose passion is fueled by cold brutality in the newest crime thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Obsession in Death and Festive in Death.

When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.

As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . .



That's your top five romances of the morning on Amazon, remember they can change every hour.  On that note, have you picked up the new boxed set, 6 Sexy Sins?  Maybe the next time I blog I can report it's in the top 5! (Shameless Plug to Follow)



Six sexy sins. What’s your reading pleasure? Enjoy this collection of sexy romances by bestselling author Michelle Hughes for a limited time.

Rude: Sexy twin brothers. One owns her heart, the other makes her burn. Would it be rude to keep them both?

Dane: Dane – Book 1 of HUNKS: Behind every hunk is a story. How much will you risk to go all the way?

1st: Billionaire playboy Seth Rubin always got what he wanted. It was usually handed to him on a silver platter. He wasn't expecting an innocent to fall into his lap, or her naivety to be such a turn on.

Seduced: Fantasy's Bar & Grill. What goes on behind closed doors is hotter than anything you can order off the menu!

Cherished: Kneeling at his feet, handing over control, he asked one question. How far are you willing to go to be….Cherished.

Whore: Can a virgin be a whore? That depends on your definition of the word.



Saturday, September 12, 2015

6 Sexy Sins - The Boxed Set by Michelle Hughes



Six sexy sins.  What’s your reading pleasure?  Enjoy this collection of sexy romances by bestselling author Michelle Hughes for a limited time.


Rude:  Sexy twin brothers. One owns her heart, the other makes her burn. Would it be rude to keep them both?

Dane: Dane – Book 1 of HUNKS: Behind every hunk is a story. How much will you risk to go all the way?

1st:  Billionaire playboy Seth Rubin always got what he wanted. It was usually handed to him on a silver platter. He wasn't expecting an innocent to fall into his lap, or her naivety to be such a turn on.

Seduced: Fantasy's Bar & Grill.  What goes on behind closed doors is hotter than anything you can order off the menu!

Cherished:  Kneeling at his feet, handing over control, he asked one question. How far are you willing to go to be….Cherished.

Whore:  Can a virgin be a whore? That depends on your definition of the word.




Monday, September 7, 2015

Inevitable Love- JC Santo


Inevitable Love 
(Navy Love, #1)
JC Santo
Coming Fall 2015!





Sometimes the things we fight hardest against are inevitable in the end.

Hunter Stevenson wasn't interested in wasting nights with bed warmers, he had a daughter to take care of and a life to build. Leaving behind the mother of his four year old child and her incessant partying, Hunter moves closer to his family to help provide Sawyer some stability.

Tessa Daniels didn’t share the ‘typical American dream’ like most girls.  A husband, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence weren’t the things she wanted for herself. She had a plan laid out, which included a career in the Navy and being surrounded by her best friends. She was perfectly content with her carefree, fun lifestyle and her casual relationships, but all of that changed when she met him.

What neither of them expected was a nosy brother and best friend with some serious matchmaking skills. The two have an instantaneous pull towards one another, they can’t fight the spark even though they both do.  Until one drunken night, Tessa throws herself at Hunter, only to face an agonizing rejection. However, Hunter’s gentlemanly facade doesn’t last with the sassy sailor girl, his alpha attitude quickly emerges in the midst of their sexual tensions.

Hunter refuses to be another one of Tessa’s casual hook-ups, and won’t allow her to run away from the idea of ‘them’. No matter how many obstacles stand in their way of a happily ever after. Now he must convince Tessa that their inevitable love is worth fighting for.

Can their newfound love survive the stress of an impending deployment and Hunter's past pushing it's way back into his life?







JC Santo a true southern girl born and raised a in Central Texas. When she met her husband who is in the U.S. Navy they had to relocate to Norfolk, Virginia. That's where she has been for the past 5 years being a wife and stay at home mom to 3 boys. In the rare occurrences she gets free time it's usually spent reading a good book. Three things she will never turn away cupcakes, tattoos and arbor mist! Lol you have to sound like Morgan Freeman!











Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sexy reading for your Saturday


Need some sexy reading for your Saturday?  Check out all these great titles waiting to seduce you!

Welcome to Serpent's Kiss (Serpent's Kiss 0.5)
 
After losing her husband unexpectedly, Katrina Mayer decided to open Serpent’s Kiss. She wanted it to be a place where she and her fellow kinksters could play and socialize.

Five years after the doors opened, the club is everything she’d hoped it would be. On Friday and Saturday nights, Serpent’s Kiss is filled with men and women who share a similar desire to explore the pleasures BDSM has to offer. The club has continued to grow, and over the years, many of its members have become friends.

The one thing Katrina didn’t expect when she’d decided to open a club was the human drama that came with it. Learning to balance her life as the club mistress has taken some getting used to, but she wouldn’t change a thing. 



Slave (Finding Anna, Book 1)
***Book 1 of a 4 book series***


Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.

As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Darren, leads him to buying a slave.

Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.

Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.

Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?



Behind Closed Doors (Daniels Brothers #1)

Elizabeth Marshall spent the last nine years doing all the things she was supposed to do. She went to a good college. Married a man with a promising future. Elizabeth even had a nice house in a respectable part of town. There was even the promise of 2.4 kids in her future. From the outside everything looked picture perfect.

Then one night, the world she lived in came crashing down. Six months later with her husband dead and her friends gone, Elizabeth moves to the small town of Springfield, Ohio to start a new life where no one knows who she is or about her past.

Christopher Daniels enjoys the simplicity of his bachelor life. After his divorce three years ago, he swore off women. He has no desire to change that philosophy.

When Elizabeth Marshall moves into the apartment below his in the small Victorian house, she makes him reconsider the motto he’s lived by for the last three years: women are trouble. She is everything his ex-wife is not, and it doesn’t help that she is his fantasy come to life.

He is determined to resist her charms; however, when someone sends threatening messages to Elizabeth, he finds himself in the role of protector. Can he protect Elizabeth and still resist the pull she has on his body and his heart?


Wrenched: Istvan's Story (Truth & Lies Book 1)
EROTIC NOVELLA, MATURE TOPICS, GRAPHIC RAW SEX, Older Woman Younger Man OWYM. 18+ 

Istvan Marinko's personal relationship theory of "Women choose, Men get Chosen" is put to the test when he encounters Celeste, a sexy older woman who's starting anew. Istvan's never found his groove in the realm of women and social situations and now he's been chosen and pulled into the unsuspecting surge and sensuality of Celeste. Everything he believed is shattered. Now he has to chose when Celeste's past come crashing down on them. 

"Why was it so bad to want to taste, touch and explore the female flesh without having to commit to a relationship? It was too much for me, trying to guess how this movie called Celeste was going to play out. What I needed to know, was my ultimate out come. Stating up front sex is off the table, I deal. Anticipation is what kills me when I get green lights, then everything slams red. The film was almost over and I gently squeezed her thigh and whispered in her ear, “What are you doing here...with me?” I needed a hint, a clue, something from her, or I was going to put on my gentleman hat, wish her well and walk. She didn't change her expression or look away from the screen and I only heard her breathe one word softly which vanquished my internal frustrations and kept me in my seat. “Choosing.”


Found (Assassin's Revenge Book 1)

I have a mission. Kill the man who kidnapped me. Kill the guards who raped me. I have guns and knives and I’m not afraid to use them. Nothing will stop me.


Then I walk into a bar and I notice him. He is gorgeous. 

For four long years, my only response to anything sexual has been revulsion and fear. This time, it feels different.


I could use him. I want to use him. I could sleep with him and make a pleasurable memory as a counterpoint to the painful ones. I’m not a frightened young girl anymore. I’m a trained assassin, capable of killing him with my bare hands. 

This time, I’ll be in control.


He’s just supposed to be a distraction, this mysterious man in the bar that I have a one-night stand with. But I can't predict the secrets he is hiding... secrets that are about to intersect my world in painful, unanticipated, and dangerous ways.


Master for Tonight 
***This book is intended for an audience 18 years or older*** 

While feeding in the slums of the city, he is interrupted by a woman. Mesmerized, he extracts his fangs from his meal and follows her home. Instantly obsessed, he watches her nightly. Nights turn to months. His desire for her becomes overwhelming. Though fearing the wrath of a vicious Maker who turned him against his will, Julian decides to give Kate the most sensual night of her life, and then walk away. 

Kate Collins is an average woman in her late-30’s, plagued by panic attacks. Sent home by her boss at the shelter, she prepares to have a night of relaxation…until her doorbell rings. 

Julian Montfort is the most beautiful and masculine man she has ever seen. He exudes ‘maleness’ from his entire body—that certain quality some men have in their DNA that makes a woman recognize her femininity…her ‘womanness.’ That part of her that is soft, malleable, and made to accept him. Drawn to him despite his unconventional arrival, Kate must answer his question: “Can you allow yourself this indulgence? It’s just one night.” 

Deeply sensual, Master for Tonight is a contemporary vampire romance which goes beyond the burning physical attraction between Julian and Kate, telling a tale of two people drawn together under incomprehensible circumstances, and their fight to be together against all odds.


The Alpha's Punishment 

It started with a small deception... Now, five long months later, Ashley's alpha shifter fiancé still thinks they've been trying to conceive a baby when she's secretly been taking the pill the whole time. When he finds out, there's going to be hell to pay, and that means a thorough, humiliating punishment and a bottom which will soon be sore both inside and out.

The characters from Renee Rose's hot new erotic romance The Alpha's Hunger return in a short story full of sex, spankings, and hard, dominant lovemaking.

Publisher's Note: The Alpha's Punishment contains spankings, figging, sexual scenes, anal play and punishment, and more. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.


Primani: The Lost Soul Trilogy

The Lost Soul Trilogy is a sexy roller coaster urban fantasy romance that follows an untrained psychic and the tight group of powerful warriors charged with her journey to immortality. Dark, funny, full of twists, and steamy passion, The Lost Soul Trilogy proves no one is truly lost.
Budding psychic Mica is a walking miracle. After surviving a brutal attack, she vows to live each day to the fullest. Little does she know her life is no longer hers to control. When Tall, Dark, and Annoying shows up to shadow her, she’s intrigued.

Powerful and ruthless, Sean’s assigned to guard more than Mica’s body. Humanity’s future is at stake, and it’s his job to keep her on the right path. There are plans for her. Plans that’ll change everything she believes if she lives long enough to learn the truth. Guarding one human shouldn’t be this complicated, but Mica makes it anything but easy.

As the clock ticks, Sean pulls Mica deeper into the Primani world until there’s no way out, and she doesn’t want to leave.


Touch of the Irish: Touch of the Irish: Part 1 - The Dragon's Lair

Eros has done it now. After a fight with Psyche, Eros went on a drunken rampage shooting his leaden arrows at perspective lovers. On Valentine's Day, no less! Now that he and Psyche have made up, Eros is scrambling to find some way to save his victims. Where does cupid turn for help? To none other than his ex-flame Aine, Goddess of the Faeries. Aine has things well under control until she realizes three names were left off her list of victims. 

Now Candice Lipton, Samantha Porter, and Marissa Garcia are in need of a little majickal help from Aine, Queen of the Faeries, and her fey trainees. 

In this first installment, we meet Candice Lipton, a woman having one helluva time, both professionally and personally. Alone in the city, she lost her job a few days before Valentine's Day. If that wasn't bad enough, on the most romantic day of the year. she walked in on her boyfriend, Ethan, in bed with his best friend, David. Oh the heart ache. Now Candice is trying to get her life back on track. Is it possible all she needs is a little help from Sheridan, a Pixie Faerie in training, and Drake Fallen, a smokin' hot Dragon with a few problems of his own?


Through His Eyes (Fantasy's Bar & Grill Book 4)

Imagine an island of fantasies only for adults. A place where every desire you had was brought to life at the hands of people who knew exactly what fulfilled your needs. Now stop imagining and step onto the private oasis of pleasure named Fantasy Isle. What happened when Fantasy's Bar & Grill went native? A stimulating world of desire was born and you're personally invited to wet your feet in the first full-length adventure that started it all. 

What's your price? If someone offered you an opportunity to never worry about finances, and have everything in this life that had been denied before, would you still hold on to your morals and refuse? I always thought I would. But two million dollars is a hell of a big incentive! I considered myself a strong, independent woman, until the recession slammed me down face first. Had my situation been different I never would have considered taking his offer! 

Cade Stellan. Billionaire, and closet pervert. He liked to watch. And I'm not referring to sporting events! He wanted a woman that he could control and unfortunately, I'd caught his attention. I say unfortunately because as much as I wanted to deny him, the price he offered proved that I could be bought. Why a man like him had to pay for anything would never make sense, nor would why he had chosen a person like me to fulfill those needs. As much as I wanted to turn him down, and prove to myself that my standards were higher, I knew I wouldn't. 

A world of passion awaits you on Fantasy Isle, the pleasure resort for adults. The Fantasy Isle book series, offer readers a stand-alone novel for each fantasy revealed. Playing off the Fantasy Bar & Grill Trilogy, Michelle Hughes welcomes you to a world of sensual temptations. Through His Eyes, is the debut book for Fantasy Isle and introduces readers into a voyeuristic mind set, with menage undertones.


Cherished

Luca Phillips dropped me to my knees with a promise … 

He was sexy and confident, absolutely brilliant and Luca wanted me. I was infatuated from the first conversation, wanting to be what he needed. For the first time in my life I understood what it meant to desire. All he demanded was my trust. I’d been broken by my past and doubted I could give that gift, no matter how badly I craved him. 

Luca’s world was dark when looking in from the outside, but the light in his eyes promised something more. Hope. Together we could change the downward spiral my life was taking. His words. 

Kneeling at his feet, handing over control, he asked one question. How far are you willing to go to be…. Cherished 



Tears of Crimson (Tears of Crimson New Orleans Vampire Bar Book 1)

Tears of Crimson, the New Orleans Vampire Bar contains adult situations, sexual content, and is not appropriate for minors. 

I was only fifteen the first time he found me. I say he found me because I hadn't been looking for him... yet there he was when I closed my eyes. When my mother was declared insane, the only person I had left in the world was Granny Louise. Even though she was good to me, I was a target for bullies, ones that were convinced that the apple never fell far from the tree. I was tired of my life, tired of a world that fostered such heartache and pain. 

Rafe changed things. 


He salvaged what was left of my will to live. Those six years became my lifeline. He opened my eyes to passion, shared a world with me that was so vivid that I could still hear his words in my ears, and the ghost of his touch on my skin when I woke up. 

Now that my world has seemingly fallen apart, the only place I can think of going is where my dreams took place- New Orleans. Rafe and I have walked those streets in my fantasies. Somehow, I feel like that's where I can find my salvation, my purpose. 


What frightens me is, now that I've stepped in Tears of Crimson, a part of me is starting to believe that some dreams are meant to be lived. 

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