Thursday, June 6, 2019

Father's Day Gift Ideas Under $100



With Father's Day approaching, I always have a hard time picking out something for my husband. If you're like me and you get tired of boring gifts like, socks, clothes, etc., you're looking for something unique.  These are a few ideas I've found and I thought why not share them with someone who might be looking for an idea or two.

So my husband has a "football shed" and I thought this would be a neat little idea for him and his buddies to look at.
Available on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2MwcUHv  Obviously it doesn't come with liquor, but it's refillable.  It comes with the stand, gun bottle decanter, and four bullet glasses.

If Dad loves to BBQ this is a great little kit and unique at the same time!  The kit includes a premium stainless steel smoker box, specialty BBQ thermometer, three flavors of smoking wood chips, easy to follow step by step instructions, our favorite smoking recipes, and a flavorful hickory smoked sea salt.  Amazon buy it here: https://amzn.to/2MxwN0P



I know for my husband, catching his own bait is a MUST on any fishing trip, and he's gotten a lot of use out of net just like this one! Candid Throwing Cast Net: Nylon Mesh Fishing Bait Trap 3/8" Links buy it on Amazon here:  https://amzn.to/2WvfCSb

What can most men not live without?  A cooler!  This one is great without costing a fortune!  Igloo BMX 52 Quart Cooler - Carbonite Gray/Carbonite Blue.  Pick it up on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2EVA2ZZ



Around my house, my husband must have a great cutting board.  This is a unique gift for him and I think it will work great for Father's Day!  Pick it up on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2XvI3fk

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Demand a MINIMUM 15 Year Sentence for Convicted Rapists!



It is past time that we make a NEW law that demands a MINIMUM 15 year jail sentence for anyone convicted of Rape!  I'm asking each and every reader of my blog to sign this petition, so our voices can be heard: http://chng.it/4gd96J4zgf  It should make your blood boil to see convicted rapists getting off with a slap on the wrist like probation when rape victims suffer mentally and physically for YEARS after this horrible assault.  We can wipe out #MeToo and start #NoMore it's time to stand up and make mandatory sentences and take these criminals out of the public so they can no longer hurt people.  Below I'm sharing some of the sentences that made me bring forward my need for stronger laws, they should make you sick, because what these people got away with is a CRIME!






Remember this story? "A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter noted in her order that he "will not fare well" in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show."    https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/crime/2014/03/28/sunday-preview-du-pont-heir-stayed-prison/7016769/



OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma man who pleaded guilty to brutally raping a 13-year-old girl at a church camp gets PROBATION!  “Petty closed the door to his bedroom, tied [victim’s] hands behind her back, pulled down her jeans, pushed her face down on his bed, and violently raped and sodomized her,” the document states. He was later arrested and charged with forcible sodomy, first-degree rape, and rape by instrumentation.  https://kfor.com/2018/01/30/oklahoma-man-who-pleaded-guilty-to-raping-13-year-old-at-falls-creek-sentenced-to-15-years-probation/


What if this was your child, your grandchild?  Do you think probation or a slap on the wrist small jail time visit is what they deserve?  Stand with me and say #NoMore 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Congratulations to Erin Howard from Alabama for the National Spelling Bee!


I had a great time watching the National Spelling Bee, as usual.  There were eight winners for first place, but I had to give a little love to someone from my state, Erin Howard age 14!  After 20 rounds, a first in the history of the National Spelling Bee, they decided to make all eight finalists winners.  The other winners were:  Rishik Gandhasri, 13; Saketh Sundar, 13; Shruthika Padhy, 13; Sohum Sukhatankar, 13; Abhijay Kodali, 12; Christopher Serrao, 13 and Rohan Raja, 13.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Boys That Tease - Betti Rosewood

TEASER REVEAL!!! Boys That Tease by Betti Rosewood releases June 3!!!




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We’re young. Privileged. Dirty. And we ruin lives for fun.

She knew being the new girl at Wildwood would never be easy, considering who she is. But nobody warned Tinsley Sullivan we'd be doing everything in our power to make her high school experience one of the most horrible times of her life.

They say my name like I'm their king. Crispin Dalton. Teachers and students worship the ground I walk on. They all follow my lead... Except for her.

I didn't think she'd have it in her to fight back. It's kind of adorable that she won't budge, refusing to break for me, to submit to my cruel desires. Except I'll never stop pushing for more. I'm ready to make her life so miserable, she'll be begging me to stop hurting her.

There's just one thing that's messing it all up.

Tinsley is off-f*cking-limits.

And I need to keep that in mind when I kiss my girlfriend... her best friend.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Hot Diggity Daffodil! Cowboy Renegade is LIVE early!



Sometimes jumping the gun can be a great thing!  I'm excited to announce that Cowboy Renegade is Live on Kindle, right now!  That's right.  Originally this was scheduled to release June 1st, but I couldn't wait to share the second book in the Dixon Ranch series with you, so there ya go!  Cowboy Renegade is exclusive to Amazon, therefore it's free with #KindleUnlimited  the paperback will not release until June 1st.  So put on your boots, head on over to Amazon and snag your copy, for a great ride!

Katy Beaumont came back home to Bandera, Texas with a purpose. To prove she had what it takes to be a deputy sheriff in the male dominated field. Travis Dixon had broken her heart as a young girl of sixteen, but his love of law enforcement guided her hand in choosing his field. No longer that little girl, she's gotten over her crush and is ready to bring Bandera into the twenty-first century! 

Little did she know that the Dixon's were plagued with a mad man, determined to destroy the family she grew up around. Sheriff Travis Dixon doesn’t think she’s ready to be in the field, but he has no idea how determined she is to prove her worth and save the Dixon Ranch.With a murderer on the loose, Katy vows to put him behind bars before the Dixon’s go renegade and stick him in the ground. There might be no safer place than in the arms of a cowboy, unless it’s behind the badge of female deputy hell-bent on proving she’s got what it takes to protect them all.

This is the second book in the series of The Dixon Ranch. The first was a Kindle Scout Winning book, Cowboy Sanctuary.


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Monday, May 13, 2019

Cowboy Renegade Pre-Order Now Available!




The official release date for Cowboy Renegade is June 1, 2019 but you can pre-order today exclusively on Amazon:  https://amzn.to/2vWRg44  This is the second book in The Dixon Ranch series.  Cowboy Sanctuary was the first, and it was a Kindle Scout winning title.   If you're not caught up, I've listed the first book below. 



Book bloggers can contact me at michellehughes@tearsofcrimson.com for review requests.  

Friday, May 3, 2019

Higgy Bean Fresh Roasted Artisan Coffee



When your day starts before the sun comes up, you need a piping hot cup of delicious coffee.  At the Dixon Ranch, we start off every day with Higgy Bean Fresh Roasted Artisan Coffee!  At Higgy Bean, their growing collection of flavor-infused artisan coffees are sure to please. Fresh-Roasted Single Origin Brazilian beans are flavor-infused while they are still hot! No special flavored creamers required, though some may enhance the flavor! Roasted-to-order for you!  Now you can enjoy the incredible flavors for yourself, and all the ranch hands here suggest you do.  To show you just how much you're going to love Higgy Coffee, the great folks over there are giving you 25% off.  Head on over to www.HiggyBean.com and use the code HIGGYBEAN.  Make sure to tell them the Dixon's sent you!


Don't forget to mark your calendar for June 1st, when the Dixon's return with Cowboy Renegade.  Will see you at the roundup!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Surrendering to her Mate - Erzabet Bishop







A new beginning…
Fleeing from a relationship gone horribly wrong, bunny shifter Clover Frazier makes the choice to start a new life. If only her car had gotten the memo. Stranded in the parking lot of what seemed to be a nightclub, she walks into a world she never knew existed. A new job with room and board are the answer to her prayers, but can she really outrun the ghosts of her past or will they come back to claim her?

A cat with a broken heart might just learn to love again.
Master Richard has just come out of a five-year Master/sub arrangement after a bitter breakup. He spies the new barmaid instantly, dismissing her as just another pretty face. When circumstances put them in close proximity, his resolve to stay at a distance is put to the test when his prickly panther responds to the luscious bunny shifter. Finding himself enamored by the curvaceous blonde, the teacher becomes the student and this alpha male learns that the gift of trust might just be the greatest surrender of all.

**All books in the My Wicked Mates series can be read standalone**




Amazon:  https://amzn.to/2GiVUhu

Universal: https://books2read.com/MWM2






ERZABET BISHOP

Bookstore Manager and Author in Houston, TX

Erzabet Bishop is an award-winning and bestselling author who loves to write naughty stories. She is the author of Lipstick, Crave, Snow (Three Times More Lucky Box Set), Malediction (A Wicked Halloween Box Set), Map of Bones (A Wicked Affair Box Set), Sanguine Shadows (Vampire Bites Box Set), The Science of Lust, Wicked for You, Heart’s Protector, Burning for You, Taming the Beast, Mistletoe Kisses, Surrender, Under Cover of Darkness (2017), Three for Two (2017), Hedging Her Bets, Cat’s Got Her Tongue (Alpha Heat Box Set), Kitten Around (upcoming), Torment (Feb 2017), Arcane Imaginarium: Spirit Board, Holidays in Hell, Mallory’s Mark (upcoming),The Devil’s Due (upcoming), Charity Benshaw’s Enchanted Paddle Emporium (upcoming), Club Beam, Pomegranate, A Red Dress for Christmas, The Black Magic CafĂ©, Sweet Seductions, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires, Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation along with being a contributor to many anthologies. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects and watch monster movies.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Vaping Saves Lives But Our Government Wants You To Die From Smoking Instead


As an author, I decided to start this entry with a story.  My own.  In August of 2015 I shared my story on being diagnosed with COPD and using vaping as a smoking cessation tool.  It worked.  I was able to put down a 2 pack a day habit by using vaping as my nicotine replacement therapy.  The changes in my body have been unbelievable!

After six months of vaping, I was able to sing again, sleep at night without coughing my lungs out, waking up a hundred times, and since 2015, I haven’t gotten bronchitis or pneumonia once.  Prior to vaping every other month I was diagnosed with bronchitis.  Vaping was the last thing I tried after failed attempts with  nicotine patches, hypnosis, prescription medication, and cold turkey.  None of those things helped me quit smoking.  When I went to the emergency room it was a huge wake up call. Getting hospitalized was proof that if I didn’t give up that horrible habit I wouldn’t be around to try another method.

I became an advocate for vaping after it saved my life, and make no mistake about it, it was a life saver.  All the negative things I was bombarded with from people saying vaping was just as bad as smoking, or that they hadn't researched it enough to prove it safe, was like a slap in the face when I knew it was the only thing that helped me.  The only thing that has changed since then is that the people that are supposed to protect our health have become more outspoken (with no proof) that vaping isn't safe and should be banished.  While combustible cigarettes are still sitting on a shelf, encouraging youth and adults to damage their lungs beyond repair, they focus on vaping. 

I could give you dozens of conspiracy theories on why they are fighting so hard against vaping, but instead I'll just stick with the facts.  Vaping helped me stop smoking and has turned my health around for the better.  While my lungs will always pay for the fact that I chose to destroy them for 30+  years,  I can breathe so much easier than I could in 2015, and the chronic bronchitis that tagged me with the COPD diagnosis has not happened since I started vaping.  That is all the research I need.  My physician, who I'll admit I never told I started vaping only that I stopped smoking, has remarked on how much better my health is since giving up smoking.  It's sad that the stigma of vaping is so bad that I didn't feel I could tell him that was how I quit.  So yes, I admit to omitting that fact from him.

So why am I bringing this up today?  Well, our brilliant government (said with all sarcasm at the moment) believes that adult lives don't matter and we must ban flavors from vaping and I happen to only vape bakery flavors.  When I stopped smoking the last thing I wanted was a tobacco flavor since it reminded me of what made my lungs get in this horrible shape to begin with.  Obviously, this matters to my health, and millions of other ADULT vapers that use flavors to keep them away from cigarettes.  I am a strong believer in adolescents not smoking or vaping, and we have laws in place that already make that illegal.  Common sense states that we enforce those laws and not punish adults who use this as an alternative to regular cigarettes. 

I'm encouraging you to think for yourself, and to listen to other sides of the equation that they aren't giving you, millions of people just like me who are living a better life because they discovered vaping and are able to breathe now and tell you about it.  Ones like my 65 year old mother, who was also able to quit smoking via vaping.  We are the people vaping was created for, not matter how much they try to make you believe the industry is targeting youth.  Vaping was created by smokers who wanted an alternative that government, quite frankly, wasn't smart enough to come up with on their own. 


Thursday, March 7, 2019

All She Ever Needed - Lora Logan






Becca thought she had it all figured out; accepted into one of the country’s most prestigious cooking schools, she was ready to leave home and begin the life she always imagined for herself. What she didn’t expect was meeting the one man who she could see herself giving it all up for. Jameson was much more than a musician with a tough, tattooed exterior, he was the one person who wanted Becca to have all the things she wanted for herself. But once she leaves for school the distance between them becomes too great, and Becca decides that in order to create the life she really wants for herself, she has to leave him behind. Following her vision, Becca finds herself in a whole new world and on course to becoming a professional chef. When she meets wealthy, Ivy League grad student, Maddox Spencer, he fits perfectly into the life she has imagined for herself. But when the death of a close family member brings her back home, her worlds collide and she must choose between the life she’s always desired and the one man she could never live without.








Lora Logan Not unlike many of her characters, Lora Logan is attracted to tough, tattooed men, and is lucky enough to be married to one! The mama of three Maltese puppies, she is an animal lover and can be found most days snuggling with them while reading or writing.
While Lora begins every story with an outline, her favorite part of writing is the fact that her characters usually steal the show. She happily follows behind with a pen in her hand as they choose their own trajectory.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sharing My New Military Tee Shop



My beautiful Kayla joined the USAF Sept 19, 2019 and I was going absolutely nuts sitting around thinking about her while she was in Basic Training.  I decided to put that energy into creating shirts for mom, dads, sisters, brothers, family and friends for people in the Air Force.  I thought I'd share those ideas with you today.  Every penny I make from sales is going toward our trip to my daughter's graduation in April, and after that I'm going to find a way to donate to other parent's to help them afford the trip.  It's such an important time in our young Airman's lives.. graduation!

These shirts and many others are available at https://airforceparents.sellmytees.com/  If you don't see something for your airman, let me know and I'll try my best to design it!










Thursday, February 14, 2019

Supporting Our Military

My beautiful daughter, Kayla, leaves for basic training Tuesday for the United States Air Force.  Obviously, I'm extremely proud of her dedication to serving this country, and my heart is full of sadness at letting her go at the same time.  She decided a few years ago that nursing wasn't the line of work she wanted to go into, and began working as a Pharmacy Technician.  I wasn't shocked at her decision to join the military as my baby sister is an Army Veteran.  To me serving in the military is the most selfless thing a person can do, and that fits right in with the beautiful young woman I was privileged to raise.

Until you've had a family member serve, I don't think you fully understand the sacrifice of watching your child, husband, or relative leave everything they know behind to serve a greater purpose.  To me, respecting our flag and National Anthem have always been important.  Now?  That respect has grown tenfold and I'm not sure I can hold my tongue toward anyone that doesn't respect the sacrifice these wonderful people make so we can have all these freedoms.

I grew up as a military brat myself, and spent years overseas, and at other bases so I know what it means to be away from family too.  When you look at our flag, or hear the National Anthem, I hope you'll remember not only my daughter's face, but every single Veteran that has fought to give you those rights we sometimes take for granted.  Everything you do in this life is because someone in the military has fought to make sure you had that ability.

My baby sister just started receiving her VA benefits, after fifteen years of separation after a medical discharge.  There are many other's who've given their lives in service to you and it's a complete disrespect of those lost lives when you don't honor the flag and this beautiful country we are fortunate enough to live in.  There are mother's, father's, wives, sister's, brother's, and other loved ones that will never get the opportunity to watch their solider stand for that flag again or sing the National Anthem with pride.  It's our job as an American to do that for them. 

Above everything else we should be American's.  So the next time you see someone taking a knee, burning a flag, or making jokes about the military, kindly remind them that some people died for that freedom, while other's are out there, sometimes thousands of miles away from family to give them that luxury.  Freedom is never free, even if you feel that it is for you.  God Bless, from a mother in Alabama watching her daughter prepare to go fight for those freedoms!


Michelle Hughes


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Infanticide - When Does A Mother's Right End?





Should Abortion After 2nd Trimester Be Legal?

No. There is no reason to abort in the 3rd trimester.
Yes. There should be no time limit on the availability of abortion.
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Yesterday I talked about how America was changing, and not for the better, and this was one of those reasons I gave.  When women can abort a child in the last trimester of pregnancy, or even not save that baby when it comes out alive, we've got a huge problem in this country.  I don't care which side of the abortion issue you stand on, murdering a baby that can live outside the womb is infanticide.  

We are travelling down a very dark road in our history when we find it acceptable to murder a baby that can live outside the womb.  What's next?  Killing the elderly or those with mental handicaps.  I refuse to believe that a person of sound mind can look at this and not see something is very wrong with this path we're walking down.  Today I'm going to discuss my opinions, and encourage you to research for the truth.  As always, I have my comments open, so please feel free to share even if it's against what I believe.  Freedom of speech, always!



Before we get into my opinions, I want to state some facts.  The University of Vermont has stated there are two ways to perform a last trimester abortion.   "Intact Dilation and Extraction (partial birth) removes the fetus from the uterus through the vaginal canal and creates a suction to remove the brain and spinal fluid from the skull.  Dilation and Extraction (D&X) is another late-term method. The Doctor dismembers the fetal part that has been brought out of the vagina and removes it. The rest of the fetus remains in the uterus while dismemberment occurs."

We learn from the Charlotte Lozier Institute that "unborn babies can experience pain at 20 weeks gestational age (20 weeks LMP, since Last Menstrual Period, the fetal age estimate used by most obstetricians) or earlier."  Aside from any moral issue you might have on this subject, the knowledge that this baby can feel pain, should automatically tell you that late term abortion is not ethical.  We put down our animals without pain, but these unborn babies must suffer?

On the moral issue, a baby that can live outside the womb should no longer be considered a "fetus" because it doesn't need the mother to survive.  The rights of the mother end once the baby can survive without her.  I'm not going to debate the moral issue of whether abortion is right or wrong at any time, because that debate has been going on for years without any consequence.  I will however argue all day (and night) about the rights of a baby that can live outside the womb and how wrong it is to butcher them like unwanted trash.  

There is right and there is wrong, and to me the only right way to go is demand that late term abortion is not only illegal but criminal.  Someone has to fight for those that can't fight for themselves, so I hope you join in and champion these innocent babies ending up on the chopping block because a woman has decided she has more rights than an innocent child who can't beg for their life.


Michelle Hughes
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