Monday, October 1, 2018

PARANORMAL OCTOBER SALE! ALL HIGHLAND VAMPIRE STORIES DISCOUNTED! (#99cents #FREE #vampireRomance #historicalRomance)



Alas, I'm unable to discount Highland Vampire, because it's published by Harlequin Spice Briefs, but all other HV romances are either free or 99 cents for the month of October.

HIGHLAND VAMPIRE ROMANCES NOW IN KU!

So if you're a KU subscriber, they're now FREE!

But what are they about, you ask?

Rumors have followed the chieftains of Clan Kilburn for centuries. Said to be descended from the Viking Berserkers, they were ferocious in battle, 
known for tearing off the heads of their enemies and drinking their blood.

The gossip is frightening, but the reality is even darker.

From the elegant mansions of Mayfair to the mist-shrouded Highlands, 
the Kilburn vampires hunt, swive and kill. None are immune to their dangerous allure.

And who are the women who would dare to love them?

READ THEM TO FIND OUT

Series exclusively marketed through Amazon

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Romantic Suspense Sale! (#99cents #sale #romance #romanticSuspense)



SEPTEMBER SUSPENSE SALE

Three of my best romantic suspense novels are discounted to 99 cents throughout the month of September!

THESE ARE ALL 
FULL LENGTH NOVELS!



"a fast-paced romantic romp"
--Publisher's Weekly

More from the PW review:

"Cyber geek meets seductive spy girl in this feverish Silicon Valley thriller... Half-French, half-Algerian Ani Sharif, whose parents were murdered by extremists 10 years earlier when she was at a private girls' school in Algiers, has joined the United States Security Agency. On her first undercover assignment, Ani must uncover who's selling Defense Department cyber secrets to foreign governments. 

The prime suspect is Richard "Baby Rex" Rexford of Rexford.com, where Ani lands a programming job by playing the part of an opportunistic cyber pirate. Her mission is to hack into Richard's home laptop and locate incriminating evidence. What she doesn't bargain for is falling in love with this possible traitor. 

...a fast-paced romantic romp as the spy games escalate into erotic games, testing Ani's faith in her ability to separate business from pleasure. ...brisk narrative... 

an unusual blend of romantic suspense and cyber crime."


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"delightful romantic suspense"
--Publisher's Weekly

"...sex, danger, and fashion in this fun...romantic suspense novel that will appeal to readers of traditional romance as well as 
fans of sexy mysteries like 
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum capers."
--Booklist



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 "Five Stars! Holy cow, what a great read!"
--LaGina, Amazon reader

Tough, clever and beautiful, biracial detective Liza Bowman struggles with a San Francisco kidnapping case until she finds the victim’s secret sex diary, which reveals that the young female vic went to a bar dressed in scanty, red leather and read The Story of O. She hasn’t been seen since.

Liza recklessly imitates the vic’s last known location and activities and falls into the hands of James Li, the most notorious whoremaster in the city. Wealthy and handsome, James has already crossed paths with Liza—
when she dared to arrest him.

In James’ view, reading a famous bondage novel in public is a blatant come-on, and he’s eager and ready to give his nemesis what she wants.


HAVE A SUSPENSEFUL SEPTEMBER!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Suz deMello's mega-fantastic HOT AUGUST NIGHTS SUPERSALE! Aug 19-26 only! (#ROMANCE #EBOOKS #SALE #FREE #99CENTS)




LIGHT UP YOUR HOT AUGUST NIGHTS WITH THESE FIERY BOOKS!

DISCOUNTED TO 99 CENTS
FROM $2.99 THIS WEEK ONLY


SUZ'S LATEST ANTHOLOGY

With dazzling, sexy stories...vampire, suspense, witchcraft, paranormal, BDSM, kink, futuristic and contemporary. There's something for every reader in this stunning box set.

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and at any other etailer you choose!


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"Oh, my goodness! 
I can honestly say that I will never, ever think of 
Sherlock Holmes in the same way..."

--Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio
(review of previous edition)

and at any other etailer you choose!

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AND SWEET ROMANCE READERS!




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--Kimmie Sue's Book Reviews

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Shelbie Nathanson resents Rick Saldano's ascension to C.O.O. of her family's shoe company, a job she's wanted all her life. 
But she can't resist his red-hot, sexy style of lovemaking... 
one that focuses on her passion: shoes.

“Deliciously hot!”
--Author Justine Elyot

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ENJOY THE EXTRA HEAT THIS AUGUST!






Sunday, July 15, 2018

I've been busy! Two more reissues are now available! (#shortstory #romance #fanfic #sherlock #Shoefetish #office romance)

One of the ways in which publishing has changed since the advent of digital are rights, licensing, and reissues.  Time was that a publisher bought a license to publish an author's book almost indefinitely. With epublishing, that changed. Most of us recognize that the vast majority of sales take place within a couple of weeks of initial publication. Little if any promo would happen after those two weeks--it wasn't cost-effective for publishers to do anything more.

It was not a great business model for writers to allow books to languish in that manner. Most epublishing contracts provide for a much more limited licensing term, that is, the length of time a publisher has the right to put out an author's work. These days, a term of more than two years is very unusual, and often viewed as unfair to the writer

The vast majority of my books and stories have returned to me, and I'm busy reediting, re-covering them and putting them out in new editions for your reading pleasure. And here they are!


Sherlock's Scandal

(historical fan fiction; short story)




A bored Sherlock is a dangerous Sherlock. His twin vices of cocaine and sex could prove his undoing, until he meets his match in elusive, enigmatic Irene Adler. Hiding her heart, Irene deserts Sherlock in the midst of their affair. He schemes to win her back, but the lady won’t come easily to hand. Instead, she forces him to compete for honor, glory and love.

What others have thought about this story:

Five Stars! A heady and enjoyable romp
--JMyersBook, Amazon reader

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More than spicy!
--Tammie, Night Owl Reviews

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Captivating!
--Brenda Talley, Romance Studio

Find it here:

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Toe Cleavage


(short story)






Genre: contemporary erotic romance

Shelbie Nathanson resents Rick Saldano's ascension to C.O.O. of her family's shoe company, a job she's wanted all her life. But she can't resist his red-hot, sexy style of lovemaking--one that focuses on her passion: shoes.

What others have thought of this story:
“Deliciously hot!”
--Author Justine Elyot

“This book was great…very believable fun story…Thanks for the quick romp.”
--Black Disaster Fairy

“Five stars…brought me into a world I don’t have a clue about. Very well-written short story.”
--Kurt Wannanut (The Erotic Critic)

Find it here:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004MDLQ0O

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Hope you love reading them as much as I loved writing them! 

I'm especially proud of the Sherlock cover--I just created that one, and it was my first foray into using MSPaint3D. Let me know what you think!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Being Bourdain (#AnthonyBourdain #travel #food)

The apparent suicide of Anthony Bourdain brought mixed emotions from me. On the one hand, I deny the existence of death. I believe in modern quantum physics, which teaches us that everything us energy, including ourselves. Energy is neither created nor is it destroyed--energy is eternal. Thus we are eternal. Therefore: no death. There is transformation, and Bourdain chose to undergo that transformation earlier rather than later. While I honor his choice, I don't understand it, but it's not given to me to understand someone I never met. Despite his fame, Bourdain's persona is what we know, not the real man. 

On the other hand, we'll miss this funny, clever, seemingly fearless man who lived a life most of us can only dream of: visiting faraway place and exploring their cultures, especially their food cultures.

I've been lucky enough to emulate Bourdain in some respects. I've visited over a dozen countries and eaten in all of them. I've eaten Indian food in Rome (very good); Chinese in Venice (also excellent). The main international airport in Bangkok has really good spag bol--whodda thunk it?

 Here are a few pix of memorable foods from overseas:

A typical Cuban meal--beans and rice, plus a protein. Here, it's a fried egg. 



Surprisingly, Cuban food is quite bland. One thinks of the spiciness of Jamaican and Mexican food, and figure that due to proximity, Cuban food must also be spicy. Not. I had to use a lot of salt to make this interesting.


Eaten more than once in the Angkor complex, Cambodia. 
Chicken curry served in a coconut. SUBLIME.



This place serves the best fish and chips in Oxford.




Some places were not so welcoming... 

I spent a miserable year in  Luoyang, China.


I  plan not to mourn Anthony Bourdain's life not by weeping, but to do what I love best: traveling someplace new and eating the tastiest food I can find.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hey, Cube Dwellers! Want to be more creative, more aware, happier and more sane? Say "hello" to the practice of yoga. (#yoga)

Last month, I blogged in general about yoga, a five thousand year old approach to life that originated in India and has steadily gained adherents since. The broader view now narrows to yoga practices specifically targeted to office workers as well as those who simply spend a lot of time in front of a computer, including my fellow writers.

First word of advice: get up once in a while, preferably at least hourly. Bust out a few poses to heighten your physical and mental health. 

Inversions will push more blood to the brain and improve its functioning. Of course you could do a headstand or a shoulder stand, but that might draw unwanted attention to your corner of CubicleVille. So I suggest you try a simple wide-legged straddle stretch, known in YogaLand as Prasarita Padottanasana (we yogis love to bring out the Sanskrit--makes us feel as though we're in possession of some arcane knowledge).

Here's what it looks like:



A side view: 


This pic is okay, but don't put your hands on your knees!
Floor, shins or thighs for support.


If you need a little more support, try this with a chair or desk:



The point is: get your head below the level of your heart, which promotes blood flow to the brain.

To perform the posture, always remember that every yoga pose is built from the ground up. Make sure that your shoes will keep you steady--don't wear high heels or slippery-soled shoes. Take them off if you are, and make sure that your stockings or socks or whatever won't slip. Ideally, you're barefooted.

Feet should be planted firmly on the ground about three feet apart, or more. Whatever is comfortable for your body that day.

Breathe deeply and evenly. First spread your arms out into a T, then, on an exhale, bend from the hips, not the waist, keeping your spine straight. If you need support, you can place your hands on the floor, on your thighs or shins. Not the knee--joints are sensitive.

Keep breathing long, deep, complete breaths. Take at least ten full, complete breath cycles.

If you want to twist (highly recommended!) place one hand on the floor in front of your face, then, on an exhale, raise the other into the air. Twist in its direction for five complete breath cycles. Focus on how these breaths feel compared to the untwisted variation. Then do the other side.


To come out of the posture, untwist, put your hands on your hips, bend your knees slightly, tighten your core...inhale, and pull your torso upright.

Broaden the chest, open the heart, free the breath.

I probably say this at least ten times in every class I teach. The breath is so, so important! Not just in yoga, but in life. We can survive a week or two without food. A few days at least without water. But without breath? Not very long at all.

Breathing deeply will help you in every area of your life. Take a deep, slow breath with a slow release before and after any task. Shove oxygenated blood though your body and feel the energy, the prana, flow and strengthen you.

We spend so much time hunched over at our desks, curving our chests, constricting the breath and squeezing our hearts, when we are so much happier with our hearts open--literally as well as figuratively.

So, employing the same posture, try clasping your hands behind your low back and lifting them, which will open your chest. Breathe deeply--again, at least five to ten complete breath cycles.



Chair exercises

If you are so unfortunate as to have such a small cube that you can't even do prasarita, much of the above can be done in a chair.





Dharana: Mental focus

Dharana is one of the eight petals, or limbs of yoga. (As I discussed in the previous blog, these are techniques which we employ on our yoga journey--that's the path we tread to attain integration and happiness). Certainly mental focus will help us on our journey, as well as in our everyday lives.

So how can we easily practice dharana? The inversion and its variations will help sharpen the mind, but there are other techniques, including something so simple that few think of it.

Try something new.

Research has shown many times that learning a new language improves mental functioning, but that's not because there's any intrinsic virtue in learning Mandarin, Swahili, or French. Any new undertaking grows our neural net, creating new nerve paths and synapses in our brains.

There are hundreds of yoga poses, and a smart yogi will vary her practice, learning new asanas (postures) and breathing exercises (pranayama).

However, many other options exist. Something as simple as skipping instead of walking, taking a different route to work, traveling to another country, or learning a new computer game will increase your brain power.

Quit multitasking. Instead focus on one thing--the moment.

This is a tough one. Our modern, complex society demands much of us, and those demands create what many of us all the "monkey mind," the headspace that is scattered, unfocused, and constantly shifting instead of concentrating.

Be in the moment, focusing on what's happening instead of what could be happening. If you're working, focus on work, not on where you're going to eat lunch or any task that might be facing you. When you're with a friend, a family member or anyone else, be fully present for that person. Don't check your phone... Whatever else night be going, in most instances, it will keep. (Besides, checking your phone when you're with someone is really rude).

Be present and focused on the moment. As the old Latin proverb says: Age Quod Agis--do what you're doing.

Good luck! 

As always: ask your doctor if it's okay for you to perform easy exercises.

And remember to breathe!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A little about my passion: yoga (#yoga)

A five-thousand year-old practice, yoga has steadily been gaining practitioners in the West since the Beatles made a now-forgotten but then much-publicized trip to India in 1968. That visit, which was to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, kindled interest in transcendental meditation as well as all things Eastern, including yoga.


But what is yoga? Most people think that body-bending postures, called asana, are the be-all and end-all of yoga. They look at pics of people standing on their heads in the lotus position, and figure, I'll never be able to do that, and why would I want to? and don't look further into the practice. 


But as stated, yoga has been around for five thousand years, and anything that's been around so long probably has value. So why has yoga lingered? Simple answer: yoga works.

That begs the question: works at what? Why do people do yoga? What do they get out of it? What is the purpose of yoga?

Quite simply: People do yoga because it makes them happy. The result of the practice is a calm mind integrated with a healthy body...a great prescription for happiness. The word yoga means union, which refers to union of the disparate parts of ourselves--mind, body and spirit. It also refers to union with the universal all.

Yoga sees each of us as an energetic being in a universe likewise composed of energy. This view is in keeping with modern physics, which posits that everything is energy, but that which we perceive as solid and liquid isn't moving fast enough to appear as energy. Einstein told us in E=mc(squared) that anything with mass becomes energy when accelerated to the speed of light.

Thus, everything is energy. The only difference is due to a temporary condition, i.e., speed.

The sage Patanjali, who wrote the yoga sutras two thousand or so years ago, stated in the first sutra: "The purpose of yoga is to calm the disturbances of the mind."

We calm ourselves and integrate the disparate parts of ourselves--mind, body and spirit--by utilizing techniques embodied in the Eight Limbs, or Petals, of Yoga. These are not to be confused with the Eight-fold Path of Buddhism, which is also useful; these two great streams of thought complement each other and are not in conflict.

Asana, the postures, are one of the Eight Limbs. The others can be seen in the
drawing to the right, which I created for a workshop I recently gave to a writer's group on using yoga to improve creativity.

Two of the petals are prescriptions for living: the yamas and the niyamas. These embody the usual ethical precepts that most of the world's great religions and plilosophies espouse. If a person lives ethically, s/he lacks disturbances of the mind. Our consciences don't bother us if we live rightly.

Asana and pranayama embody the physical practice. Asana are the postures, and pranayama refers to breathing to push energy through our bodies.

The four petals high on the flower are the more difficult and subtle parts of yoga. Pratyahara--going inward, which enables dharana, mental focus, and diyana, meditation.  

And all of the above lead us to samadhi, oneness, a state of OM which unites us with ourselves and all else.

Remember: yoga sees everything as energy. Samadhi refers to that oneness with all.

Practicing all eight limbs of yoga with consistency, focus and determination will engender samadhi. 

I am a believer in the lifelong practice of yoga, so much so that I have spent thousands of dollars and a considerable amount of time not only to practice consistently, but to complete yoga teacher training. I look forward to spreading the word about this wonderful practice in any way I can.  Others I know who are more casual practitioners report weight loss and a generalized feeling of serenity and happiness. Many report that stretching has resulted in another inch of two of height. One man I know swears that his improvement in vision is due to yoga.

Please contact me if you want to know more. Can't hurt to try, right? 

And by the way--you don't need to stand on your head in the lotus or any other position. We do plenty of sitting and lying around, just...being.

Next month I'll blog about yoga to enhance creativity and mental function,
So stay tuned!