I love to take pictures, can you tell? This post was going to be something different, but the Memorial Day holiday got me all out of whack and the intended treat did not get written. With a little bit of extra time I found, I got in the mood to take pictures of my beautiful cat, so that is our Tuesday Treat for today. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you take a few minutes to do something that brings you pleasure this week, whatever it might be.
I recently saw a post from Kristen Peters, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Aromatherapist, mentioning aromatherapy, something I believe in wholeheartedly and absolutely love. I wish I could tell you where I saw the mention, but I can't remember. *sigh* So sad when the memory goes. Anyway, to get back on track, I asked her to come up with a romantic and sensual aromatherapy blend for me. When I'm writing a lusty scene, I need to get in the mood and the sense of smell is one of my favorites to stimulate.
Kristen stepped up to the challenged and designed a scent for me that contains a blend of rose, vanilla, lavender and ylang-ylang. According to Kristen, "these essential oils are known for their aphrodisiac as well as sedative and anti-depressive properties. They also help alleviate stress and anxiety. They directly affect the nervous system and help to boost serotonin levels." Sounds like just the thing to get me in the mood for love. I sat down to write and spritzed the spray into the air. It smelled absolutely delightful and I could swear my synopsis started to sizzle. The love scene I wrote is excellent, if I do say so myself.
Kristen custom blends her products, everything is made to order fresh. She specializes in "an array of common ailments from anxiety to tendonitis." Visit her website to read more. Thank you, Kristen, for helping to put a zing into my writing.
My winner, picked by Random.org is Juli. Congrats Juli and thanks so much to everyone for leaving a comment. Seems like we all want a little time away with our special guys. Here's hoping we find that time and enjoy our summer!
Summertime always makes me think of romance. Didn't we have the best relationships, starting in the heat of the summer, back when we were young? I remember those days and try to capture them not only in my writing but in my personal life as well. A slinky nightgown replaces the flannel of winter, cute shorts and scoop-neck tank tops come out of storage and my legs get shaved more often. Yep, I'm ready for romance!
Here's the scoop on this hop and prize information:
The grand prize is a $100 gift card to Victoria's Secret. That will buy some lovely, sexy garments for you to enjoy this summer! There is also a secondary prize of a digital gift basket from the fabulous Skye Warren, our hostess with the mostess. Please make sure to include your email address in the comments. That's how the grand prize winners will be notified.
For my contest, just tell me something fun and/or romantic you would like to do this summer. I'll choose a random name at the end of the hop and the winner will receive your choice of one of my back list Ebooks, that's anything except Into the Magic, or a bookmark goodie pack, filled with delightful handmade items, if you're in the US.
After leaving a comment, hop on to the next name. Good luck, win much! Enjoy this little excerpt, which takes place in the shower. How wetly appropriate!
The shower was heavenly, and, after a few moments, the warm water loosened tight muscles in her shoulders and neck. She heard the bathroom door open, then Adam’s voice.
“Mind if I join you?”
The shower curtain parted and he stepped in. As with every time she’d seen him naked in the past, her breath caught in her throat. Though the lighting was dim in the bathroom, she could see enough of his delectable body to make her heart pound. His chest was covered with dark, curly hair. His belly was tight and flat. He either worked out or was blessed with a perfect butt. She longed to examine his body in detail for hours, to leisurely run her hands over every inch, finding his special places.
“Have I mentioned how delicious you look?” he said, stroking her arms.
“You may have, but feel free to tell me again, as many times as you like.”
“Good enough to eat, in fact.” He knelt on the shower floor and parted her thighs, moving his fingers between her legs.
Star leaned against the wall, her knees suddenly weak, as Adam ran his tongue between her tender folds, stopping at the top to pull her clit into his mouth. A quiet moan escaped and her nipples hardened. His mouth continued to explore, tongue licking gently, thrusting, his lips pulling her bud till she thought she would go mad with desire.
He finally stood, took the bar of soap from her hands and began to wash her.
“I see you found my special brand.”
“Yes, I tracked it down. I got hooked on the scent when we were on Porrima.”
“Or maybe you just got hooked on me.”
“Maybe.” Star took his face in her hands and kissed him, deep and hard. Damn, he made her feel good. The longing she had for him intensified when she was with him, and, despite the danger they were in, his very presence gave her peace. She felt protected and secure.
Pulling away, Adam tenderly brushed a few strands of wet hair from her face and looked into her eyes. Star gazed back at him, and a rush of emotion ran through her. Try as she might to shield her heart, her soul craved this feeling of joy. It was time to let go, to take a chance.
“I’m going to do my best to keep you safe, you know that, right?”
“No matter what happens tonight, remember, if you want to stop at any time, say the word. Tristan can get a bit deviant, from what I’ve heard. I don’t want you to get hurt or to feel uncomfortable.”
“Once we start, we can’t stop, you said so yourself. I’ll do whatever it takes to raise as much power as possible.”
Taking the soap from Adam, she ran it over his body, starting with his arms, then his chest and back, kneeling to soap up his legs, slowly making her way to his cock. She wrapped her slippery fingers around the hard shaft, pulling it slowly. He groaned and braced his hands on the wall. Taking him into her mouth, she slid the full length, back, back, down her throat, then out, teasing the head with her tongue. She loved his cock. It was perfect—just the right size to fill her. Raw desire flared within her, and she ached to have him deep inside.
Wanting to go further, to explore every inch of him, she massaged his ass, squeezing the tight cheeks, then slid a slick finger into his anus. His cock twitched in her mouth, growing even harder. He moaned and gently pushed her away.
“Damn, you get me hot. We have to wait. I’m on the edge right now, and we can’t come until the end of our ritual,” Adam said, his voice thick with arousal.
Star reluctantly rose to her feet, legs shaking. Her pussy throbbed with need, and part of her didn’t want to wait, couldn’t wait. She wanted Adam right now.
“How long are we going to do the ritual part? And what exactly will it involve?”
“Let’s see what Tristan has in mind.”
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It's that time of year again in Florida; lovebug season. You can read all about these pesky critters here at Wikipedia. What they basically do is, mate. While flying. All the time. According to Wikipedia, "During and after mating, adult pairs remain coupled, even in flight, for up to several days." Wow, you have to admire that kind of dedication.
So, we have a bunch of horny insects milling around, dirtying up our cars. Here are some pictures of my vehicle after a ride down the highway. Car wash businesses are delighted, because we have to visit them frequently. If we don't wash the bugs off right away they can corrode the paint. One of the many oddities about living in the sub-tropics.
Oh yes, that last picture is what I see out my window on the ride to work every day. I guess that's why I stay here and put up with the weird wildlife!
I'm over at The Romance Studio for a release party. Even though my latest book, Into the Magic, came out for general release April 1st, I was so busy last month it did not get the proper pimping it deserves. I'm showing it extra love this month, so mosey over to The Romance Studio to read an excerpt from me and other fabulous authors. Yes, there are prizes to be had also! http://trsparties.com/
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I recently attended a Boz Scaggs concert and was treated to an hour and a half of excellent music. Something about those blues stirs my heart, as well as other parts lower in my body. Mr. Scaggs is not the sexiest man I've ever seen, but I swear, even though I'm a happily engaged woman, if I'd been invited onto the stage I'd have ripped my clothes off and let him have his way with me right there. Just watching those talented fingers slide up and down the neck of his guitar, hearing the way he coaxed each note from the instrument and observing the passion he obviously felt for his music...*fans self* It was a deliciously sensual experience. I was fortunate enough to take it to the next level later that night with my honey though I have to admit, fantasies of a magical musician snuck into my head during our encounter.
Thank you, Boz Scaggs!
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