Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Free Read

My publisher, Xcite Books, is offering a free summer read.

Click HERE to download Red Hot Reads!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Good Vibrations

In 1902 Hamilton Beach made the vibrator the fifth electrical appliance to be introduced into the home, after the sewing machine and long before the electric iron.By 1917, there were more vibrators than toasters in American homes.

I stumbled across those fascinating facts while doing some research for my current work in progress. So, in answer to my question that sparked the research. Yes, there were vibrators in 1969. Mail-order catalogs featured beautiful women with long, silky hair loosening their tight shoulder muscles with banana-shaped vibrators. Also popular were vibrators that doubled as nail-buffer kits, hair brushes, backscratchers, and some that were designed as attachments for vacuum cleaners. Most of them were cheesy, battery-operated devices that came in shag-carpet hues: avocado, gold, and burnt orange.

You had better believe that impressive bit of trivia will somehow sneak its way into my manuscript.

Click HERE for a slide show about the history of artificial stimulation for women.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Writing Altar

writing altar

Along with my computer opened to Microsoft Word and my heavy duty Webster's New Dictionary and Thesaurus, the color coded not cards, and my Witch's Datebook, my desk would not be complete without my writing altar. I very seldom do any writing on my manuscripts without lighting at least one candle and a stock of incense. When I begin a new stage of a project I always redo my altar to reflect my intentions and aspirations. I'm starting the first round of rewrites of Sex & Suplexes today so I thought I'd share how I configure my altar.

My cactus plant never leaves my desk. It's a symbol of strength and perseverance. The think skin a writer must develop to deflect the many nos on the way to getting that important yes. Whenever I find spare change when I'm out walking Harry I always pocket it and place it on the plate that holds my cactus. Offerings of luck to accompany my bamboo plant which is also supposed to be a symbol of luck.

The placement and color of my candles depends entirely on my mood and intentions. It's always a good idea to light a white candle for protection and purity of intentions. I often use a Crystal Journey Reiki Energy Charged Candle. My favorite are the Motivational Candles.

For this project I am going to light three candles for a mind, body and soul connection. Purple is a healing color so I chose that for help with fine tuning my manuscript. I want to make it renewed and healthy and whole. Green is for success and money. Not a lot of explaining needed for that one. Red is for passion and motivation. I want my passion for the story to show through in my every word.

I lined the altar with aluminum foil because it's reflective. Meaning everything I put into my writing I hope to come back to me as a prosperous return. It also makes for easy clean up for the dripping wax. Yes, I do love to play with candle wax. Before lighting my candles I like to anoint them with a dab of essential oil. I usually like Dragon's Blood or something with a citrus scent. This time I am going to try some Fast Luck Oil from Music City Mojo. It has a subtle cinnamon scent that is pleasant and not overly distracting. Here is a direct link to check it out for yourself - Fast Luck Oil.

Incense is really a personal preference. You have to pick a scent that works for you. My favorite is Silver Dollar. It's a light, clean and supposedly lucky scent. I'm also going to try some Good Magick, The Goddess, incense I picked up at Goddess and The Moon last weekend.

If you're in Nashville you can go to Zyerra Myst to find all kinds of accessories for your writing altar. The shop's owner Carol will be glad to help you discover any of her store's wonderful treasures.

For more magickal information you can check out Tish Owen's fascinating book Spell It Correctly. For those that don't know she is the owner of Goddess and the Moon and always happy to sign copies of her book and chat with customers.

Well, I'm off to light my candles and get to writing...

Blessed Be!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hot For Teacher

My erotic short story Hot For Teacher is now available in an ebook anthology from Xcite Books.

Please check it out - HOT FOR TEACHER by Renee

The Bigger Picture

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” - Alexander Graham Bell

Early this morning I woke up crying over a dream I had about someone who's no longer a part of my life. A mutual friend was trying to get us to work out our differences and he was having none of it. Awake, it wasn't such a big deal but maybe my real feelings came out in my sleep.

It's no secret I've had a love / hate relationship with this person since 1987. To put it bluntly we were usually either fighting or fucking. Over the last few years there has been nothing but an icy silence.

Still thinking about him, I logged into Facebook and saw the following fitting words of wisdom - There comes a point in your life when you realize who is in your life for a reason and who always will be. Don’t worry about people from your past whose energy (and/or personality) no longer supports your best and highest good . . . perhaps, they are part of that which needs to fall away. And perhaps, they didn’t make it to your future for a reason.

I guess it is time to let it all go.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Roller Coaster

It's that time of the month when my mind is screaming for fizzy caffeine and my colon is shrieking back a resounding NO!

IBS meets PMS

And it ain't pretty.

In case you don't know the artificial sweetener aspartame is the number one enemy of your colon. This wicked sugar substitute is found in just about every diet soda out there.

It took me being hospitalized with colitis and getting an IBS diagnosis to start to kick my Diet Coke habit. I'll admit I still give into that demon but at least now I try to only indulge at least once a week. Try being the operative word.

I've never had a taste for coffee or tea so Diet Cokes were always my caffeine fix. Why do I still crave the fizzy black liquid when I know it swells up my stomach and makes my colon spaz?

One of life's little mysteries I suppose.