#WTF Wednesday A new, portable Cone of Silence – no really – it’s called Hushme

I loved Get Smart. I wanted to be Agent 99. When I saw the ad for Hushme, a brand new piece of technology – with its own Kickstarter campaign – it reminded me of the cone of silence. If you don’t know Get Smart, watch the quick clip below. If you want to giggle at stupid technology, watch the commercial for the Hushme. Note that they never actually let you “hear” the Hushme working, which makes me think it’s actually EXACTLY like the original cone of silence. I especially like the end, and the actor’s adorable embarrassed smile. It can be yours for just $249. Or you could text. What’s your “favorite” piece of useless technology?  

#WTFWednesday #EchoLook The #Millennials BFF

Have you seen Amazon’s Echo Look now offers the ability to take selfies, video AND give you style recommendations? WTF? Have years of participation trophies now made it impossible for millennials to operate without external validation? I can see color blind people asking, Alexa, ‘what color is this?’ but honestly, I have never heard my color blind friend asking for help AFTER purchasing an item. Even blind people have a system. Too far, Alexa… what’s next – fashion police? What do you think?

Blush for Me by Kristen Proby… Not a valid excuse to miss work. WTF? Right?

Okay, I’m a Kristen Proby junkie. Blush for Me is Kat’s story and I’ve been waiting months to read it. And I know as soon as I’m finished, I’m going to reread all of the Fusion novels. I love her characters. I love her books. And usually I’m smart enough to plan a vacation day on book release days because dammit, my book boyfriends NEED me. Alright, I need them… I’m not complaining that she released her book today. Not really. Although, I wish she’d released it like a MONTH ago. But seriously? What about a Saturday release? Preferably last Saturday;) What do you think? What’s the best strategy for book release days? Here’s an amazon link for Blush for Me.  

#AmWriting – Intriguing Writing Prompt Idea 1

I’m taking a writing class by @sgredling and I love this exercise! She’s given us writing prompts, but in a twist we have to use ONE prompt, and flesh it for different genres. So… here’s my first attempt: Prompt: After a head injury, a young man can hear the color blue speaking. Everything blue speaks to him – the sky, blue jays, gumballs. Everything blue has something to say. Romantic Comedy: Twenty-something protagonist, goes on a first date with a woman and is distracted by the heckling blue vase which insist she’s not into him and offers really bad romantic advice. This starts him on a quest to find a way to stop the voices. His family assume the head injury has made him crazy, and try to help by working to get him committed to a psychiatric hospital. He knows this because the blue things in the room have […]

Killing off the Adverbs – But, I really, really, really like them 3

Dear @StephenKing, You’re killing me.               -A Darling Killing off the Adverbs – But, I really, really, really like them. “Adverbs are not your friends,” wrote the man responsible for my wedging a chair under the door knobs of my closet keeping kid-eating clowns contained along with Hammer-pants, scrunchies, and other fashion faux pas of the nineties. Now, taking a class on revisions taught by Suzanne Purvis at Lawson Writing Academy, my love-hate relationship with all-things Stephen King is deepening. I mean this respectfully, because… duh, he’s Stephen King. He scared the bejesus out of me in high school. He made me cry, ugly, fat tears at the sacrifices people make for love. The man hits me in the feels. I haven’t read everything he’s ever written, because he’s not writing everything for me. I’m sure he’s not offended. What I do read draws […]

ManCandy Monday – Edgar Ramirez – A mi me gusta mucho. 1

Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez starred in the remake of Point Blank, Zero Dark Thirty, The Girl on the Train, and many others. He’s swoon worthy, right? Big, bold featured, and he’s got that something that inspires a gal to write. What do you think? What actor do you want to be your book boyfriend?

#WTFWednesday NYT disses Margaret Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures 1

I’ve lived in “fly-over” states for more than twenty years so it doesn’t surprise me that the NYT chooses to ignore what most Americans like, care about, or vote. WTF? They changed their best sellers lists to EXCLUDE mass market books sales from their “best sellers” list, and completely dropped comics and Manga which, by the way, is growing in popularity. What does that really mean, you ask? Well, no longer will the total number of books sold, regardless of media format be used to determine if it’s a best seller. Why? Is the math really that hard? Paperback are SEGREGATED and now on it’s own list, found here.  What’s the big deal? Well, my friends, for those of us who read for entertainment, and choose to read across media formats, your vote no longer matters. That’s right… Why? How freaking hard is it to compare the numbers of ALL fiction books […]

#TravelTuesday Menopausal in Madrid Travel Tip #2 1

Travel tip #2 for the ladies of a certain age, and apparently dudes who discover. LAYERS! I traveled in winter, January 1-15, and the weather was great. By great, I mean cold. By cold, I mean anywhere from low-forties to mid-sixties. My traveling companions and I were able to remain comfortable, stripping off coats, scarves, sweaters, and hanging out in a tank top and jeans. My friends who experience hot-flashes I strongly recommend traveling in winter – it’s so much easier to get and stay comfortable than in summer, where the locals admit, can be stifling hot. Speaking of layers, my sister-in-law found THE BEST COAT! I’m in love with this thing. It marries form and function perfectly. It looked fabulous for all two weeks, and had a ton of pockets. Check it out here: http://amzn.to/2j0pv6K  It’s the ScotteVest travel trench coat, and while it’s crazy expensive (at least I think […]

ManCandy Monday and Flash Fiction just because… “The Brooder” 1

  He was there, standing at the end of the bar, his dirty blond hair ruffled like he’d been combing his fingers through it in frustration. His gaze was dull, flicking around the busy room, looking bored and maybe tired. My neighbor, the guy who continually parked in my spot. The guy who I was pretty sure kept stealing my newspaper. The guy who never said hello, never smiled, and dammit, I still found him attractive. “Tara,” my best friend, Kat, whispered. “He’s coming over.” “You’re my neighbor.” His voice was low, but easy to hear over the din of the room. I nodded, wondering why he deigned to speak to me. And maybe I was trying to not squeak, or blush, or stutter. “Thanks for not towing my car.” “I will, if you park there again,” I said in a clear voice. It sounded normal, I thought. Serious. It was […]

#TravelTuesday – Menopausal in Madrid Travel Tips 1

I spent two amazing weeks in Europe traveling with my sisters-in-laws. It was so much fun, great scenery, and so-so wine. Sorry Spain, you’ve got nothing on Napa. The trip inspired me to write something more literary… It’s a work that’s still percolating in my mind. However, you know my snarky self, so I’ve also decided to write travel tips for those of us that are of a certain age and traveling. Check back weekly for more ideas:) TIP NUMBER ONE: DETROL Probably the most important for those of us that have given birth to children. DETROL – I’m totally serious. Screw “products” and just break down and ask your doctor for a prescription. It’s life changing. You’ll see more museums and less bathrooms. The best part, you only have to ask once for a prescription and it’s pretty much assumed you’ll get refills forever. The negatives, I have the generic, […]

Read This for Successful New Year’s Resolution’s about Dieting 1

I was just watching a commercial for new fitness equipment, and then one for a dieting program. As Americans, we spend money to eat less… It made me think, mostly because I’m overweight and find myself paying attention to the commercials, and then chiding myself that I could just eat less especially when there are starving people. So – how about this? Instead of paying for Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, etc. why not use that money and donate it to a a charity that helps your community or another part of the world. Check out Food For The Poor, or some other organization. You can check charitynavigator.org or give.org to find a reputable charity. Just a thought… Happy New Year

My New Year Resolutions! 1

I believe Meghan Trainor has said it best on James Corden’s show. Happy New Year! I hope yours is filled with wonderful family and friends, and happiness. In all honesty, 2017 is going to be the year that I go through the entire house and RID it of all those things I’ve been hanging on to for no real reason, other than I have space. This is the year I’m going to officially be an empty-nester, and I’m embracing it head on.

SkyMall mags replacement 1

I miss SkyMall magazine. It’s why I enjoyed flying. I’ve found a reasonable replacement with the Grommet. This is a great idea, but the realist in me cringes at the idea of shopping for doll clothes that fit, because while I have options, these poor dolls are living in a Barbie world. Still, such a great idea and cute dolls.  

Heavenly hotness – This ManCandy Monday brought to you by Rebels n Readers 2016 1

I had a fabulous weekend in Huntington, WV. Beautiful fall weather, and so many readers at the Rebels n Readers Event! Wow!!! Thank you so much to Amy McGlone and Tonya Nagle for organizing this. Normally, I like to squirrel away in my house writing, snuggling the hubs, basically – I’m a homebody. BUT – I convinced myself to get out there and go to the mixer on Friday. I’m SO GLAD I DID! I met Dylan Horsch – that’s me pointing to his art. I tweeted the picture to my editors at Harlequin Desire. He’d make a great Alexei. Can you picture him in a suit and holding beautiful babies? I swoon at the thought. Even better, in this world of sharing my make-believe character, Dylan was so sweet as he listened. He’s getting a second sleeve, and I’m seriously hoping it will work out! You can follow him on […]

Bunny’s in Hell, but with her PR experience, she’ll turn things around! 1

A kinder, gentler, Satan… When a dyslexic child writes his Christmas letter to Satan by accident, Bunny, Satan’s new press secretary, decides it’s time for Satan’s PR makeover. A sweet and steamy paranormal with a good-natured Satan and the woman who makes him want to be a better Devil. Bunny’s sold her soul to save her sister, and discovers that Satan’s Hell includes her – in his bed. There’s sex, silliness, some light domination and submission… because… he’s SATAN, duh! Satan’s Press Secretary, FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED, only 99 cents without.   Admittedly, I thought up this title when I wanted to write a novel about a character similar to Jay Carney, because really, that’s a hell of a job… However, my mind always turns to romance, and happy-ever-afters, so… when my son suggested a dyslexic kid writes a letter to Santa, but it goes to Satan and he still […]

Goal, the new book by Elle Kennedy is wonderful! 1

I’ve fallen in love with this series and honestly I wasn’t sure I was going to buy Tucks story because Sabrina seemed so unlikable. But she isn’t. She’s strong, bright, tough, and Tucker is patient enough to wait out her stubbornness. Great story, I’m so glad I bought it. But, um… I’d really like Fitzy and Summers story. Pretty please? You can get it on amazon here: http://amzn.to/2daSWkN

#WTF Duane Euan Henderson is probably God’s gift to women… just sayin’ 1

He’s a cutie-patootie in my book, and it’s not just the blue eyes and charming Scottish accent. He’s extremely positive, clearly loves people, and I highly recommend hanging out on his Facebook page for some hilarious videos. Click on the title to see the video, “For the Girls that are ‘Unladylike”” – one of my favorites. Although, the one on short women had me giggling and thinking about my nieces… For your viewing pleasure: Duane Euan Henderson – Click on the orange title above to see the video. For girls that are “unladylike” Check out his Facebook page, or this video on it… You’ll seriously fall in love for this sweet guy. For anyone that didn’t get this text tonight … http://buff.ly/2cq0i0K