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**




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. 

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