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Keep Calm… by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

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I’m on a city adventure, having fun and gathering inspiration… be back soon!

Happy Reading,

Lucy

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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A Trip Down Memory Lane by Dalton Diaz

Stud and I finally did it! We planned and took a real vacation, 12 days up and down the coast of California. The original idea was to go and stay for a week where we met, where two of our kids have happened to temporarily land, San Luis Obispo. We added days into the front end and started out about as far south as we could go – unfortunately due to a family member in ill health and the death of a close family friend. Still, we managed to squeeze in a few friends along the way. Since the added visits were to my family, and I’m the one originally from Calif, it turned out to be quite the trip down memory lane.

First stop? Really, you have to ask? The second we had our rental car, we were pulling in here. Apparently, quite a few people had the same idea. This was how busy it was at 1am!

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Oh, wait. I got a 12 day vacation, Stud had to work the first 2 days. He took the car, so I couldn’t go visiting, but Dawn Daydrmz Blogg heard I was going to be around and she came all the way out for lunch and convo. We went to a really cool place that serves Shabu Shabu. It wasn’t until she left that we realized we didn’t take any pics with each other! Got one of  the food, tho. <g>

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The next day, I drove Stud to work and went off to visit some relatives, then back to pick Stud up and we were off to Escondido for a day and a half. I got to meet up with author Carlene Love for coffee. Um, again, neither of us remembered to take pics. Yeah, I have to work on that!

Then it was up the 101, playing I spy In N Out Burgers before we finally stopped for (another) one. Don’t judge.

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We did make a special stop in Pismo Beach, at the place Stud proposed. It has grown quite a bit over the years. That trail didn’t used to be there, and you used to be able to climb right out on that rock that juts out to the ocean. Still a beautiful place, tho.

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We finally made it to our VRBO house in San Luis Obispo (SLO), and met up with our older boys. They took us out to their favorite Sushi place for dinner. The week that followed was a food fest. The whole idea of getting a VRBO was so I could cook and we could maintain our Paleo diet as much as possible for that week. We’d already eaten our hearts out for four days by the time we stepped foot in SLO! Every time we turned around, our sons wanted to take us to this fave place, or that one. How could we say no? We did have one cookout at our house, and they cooked for us once at theirs, but most of the groceries went to the boys before we left.

We did try to exercise by renting bikes and riding down a trail to the beach. Found this place there and had to take a pic.

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That night, the boys took us for fish tacos in Morro Bay.

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Mid-week, Stud and I did a 200+ mile, full loop from SLO. Our first stop was in San Francisco for lunch with my cousin. It took me a sec to remember why I had snapped the pic below. No, not the one of the sex clubs – that one is self-explanatory. The pic that shows people actually waiting for the light to change to cross the street! I think I’ve been in Boston for too long. <g>

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Then on to dinner in Santa Cruz with my childhood friend who I hadn’t seen in about 12 years. Um, and ate more fish tacos on the pier. Santa Cruz is a truly beautiful place.

After dinner, we went back to SLO.

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Our last night in SLO was spent at the Farmer’s Market street fair. Had to take a pic of this place. Note the name. We didn’t eat at this booth, but I wish we had. The street food we got was truly some of the worst food I’ve ever had. There was a reason there was no line. Lesson learned.

(If it’s too hard to see, the name of the restaurant is, Mee Heng Low)

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The next day, we headed back to Los Angeles. We did stop at one more childhood memory along the way, in Buellton. It’s a Cali road trip must.

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The scenery along the coast on the way back was breathtaking.

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We made it back to the valley in time to visit with a sick friend, and then have dinner with another one of my childhood friends. See what I mean about it being a trip down memory lane?

Our last night in Calif was spent at an airport hotel. They had a full-length mirror, and I kid you not, Stud and I both stopped in our tracks when we passed it and started laughing. We’d each gained about 10 lbs in 12 days! I’ve often said I would way 300 lbs if I still lived in Calif. I now have proof.

Hope you enjoyed viewing our trip up and down the coast as much as we enjoyed eating our way through it.

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The Smutification of Disney World in Five Images…

Happy Hump Day, 69ers! Boy oh boy, it has been an insanely busy week for me. I’m on vacation at the “ aka Walt Disney World. And despite sickness, exhaustion, and crazy weather, I have had one of the best times of my life.

Since I love to share, I thought I would show off some of my snazzy pictures from the trip. Now, I must warn you these are not your typical photographs. No Castle or giant ball (oops, I mean Spaceship Earth). And definitely no Tree of Life or Mickey’s Wizard Hat. These images are, shall we say, for the adults…the ones with a sense of humor and a smutty mind.

So without further ado, here is my Smutty Disney Photo Album…

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A dog bone big enough for 101 Dalmations? Not hardly. How about 101 inches of man bone for a lucky chick?

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Dude, he could spear someone with that thing. And it wouldn’t ‘hurt so good.’

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Are you kidding me? A restaurant called the Outer Rim? I would love to see that menu. Tossed salad  (Google Chris Rock, if I lost you on this one) and BBQ Pork Butt, anyone?

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submissive: “But Master, I didn’t touch any of the other plastic toys! I-I-I swear it.”

Master Lego Man: (Wha-cha)

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The Great Soap Debate: Gnome or Butt Plug? Butt Plug or Gnome? I’ll have to go with…butt plug.

Well, there you have it. I smuttified Walt Disney World in only five images. Just think of the damage I could do with just a few more days…and a couple more images. Mwahaha!

XOXOXO,

-Mia

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Turning Fantasy into Fiction with Krystal Brookes

I am a real geek. I thought I should get that out of the the way first. I love going to conventions and meting the actors from Star Trek, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica etc. I help out at the conventions doing all sorts of jobs including keeping queues at photoshoots moving, sitting beside guests and assisting them as they sign autographs, general dogsbody, and helping out with the catering for guests and crew. They are always very busy but ultimately fun weekends.

Through the conventions circuit I have witnessed a number of reactions to meeting an idol.
1. Catatonia – these people just stare at their idol adoringly and are unable to form a coherent sentence or sometimes even meet the celebrity’s eye. I always wonder how much they kick themselves afterwards or if they remember it as a blissful moment.
2. Effusiveness – “I love your work,” “I’m your biggest fan,” “you’re my favourite Star Trek Captain.” the last one was exactly what I said to Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway in Star Trek Voyager) the first time I met her. I still cringe at that. Usually these people end up in tears either in front of the guest or just after they leave their presence.
3. The clever questioner – The person who thinks they are asking a really novel question – “How long did it take to put on all the make up?” “Do you not think your character and Chakotay should have got together?” “Will the show ever get a movie made for it?” When you sit with a guest you hear the same questions asked all day. The mark of a good actor is that they don’t look as if it’s the hundredth time that day they’ve been asked that.
4. The person who really spends too much time thinking about these things. “In episode 21 of season three, when you beamed down onto that alien planet and lost your communicator badge, why did the crew not search for you using biometric technology?” Gah! Cos it’s a TV show?

There are of course a number of other rewactions but these are my favourite. But these reactions are caused by fantasies, whether they be fantasies of what you will say when you eventually meet your idol, or fantasies about what will happen in the aftermath. As someone with an over-active imagination, I usually get as far as driving them back to my place and stripping their clothes off half-way up the stairs.

It was these fantasies which fuelled the writing of Fan Girl and the Geek. I like to call it my fantasy autobiography. What if I did meet my idol, or even someone from a show I love and we got on really well? Would I go for it, seduce them, play hard to get? What would you do? Photobucket

Sadly, I suspect I will never know. But at least I got to live out my fantasies through the eyes of my heroine Shona Ross.

Fan Girl and the Geek will be available from http://pinkpetalbooks.com from 27th September 2012.

Blurb
Rhett Williams, the hunky captain on the TV show Starship Einstein, is coming to a convention in the UK, and Shona Ross is determined to meet him. Having spent years dreaming about the handsome actor, she nurtures dreams of becoming more than just a fan.

When Rhett does not live up to expectations and leaves Shona despondent, Daniel Adams, the geeky kid from the show, befriends her. Only he’s no longer a geeky kid. In fact, her attraction to him is almost interplanetary. Can Shona get over her infatuation, forget about Daniel’s weak role, and see the man for what he is now?

Excerpt

“This is the life.” Shona held onto the rail at the deep end of the pool, and kicked her legs leisurely. They had the pool to themselves, and the night air was warm. The stars shone clearly in the black sky above the rural resort.
There was a splash at her side as Kirsten took off for another couple of lengths of the pool. Honestly, the girl was incapable of just relaxing and enjoying the water. If Shona had been willing, they would now be engaged in a long race to see who could swim fifty lengths the fastest.

She didn’t bother to look when there was another splash at her side. She assumed Kirsten had come back to tell her something. “What time is the opening party, anyway?”

“Nine o’clock.” The deep American voice startled her and caused her to let go of the railing. Luckily she was still kicking her legs and was able to adjust herself to tread water.

“I’m sorry,” he said taking her hand and guiding it back to the railing. “I didn’t mean to startle you.” She looked up into a pair of dark, velvety brown eyes, which looked concerned but had a glimpse of mischief in them.

“It’s OK. Thanks.”

“I’m Daniel.”

“I know. Umm, I mean, nice to meet you. I’m Shona.”

“You’re Scottish.”

“Yes.”

“Nice.”

“Not always. Scotland can be pretty wet and cold most of the year.”

“So I’ve heard, though I’ve never been. Are you an attendee at the convention?”

“No, I’m crewing.”

His gaze flicked down towards her breasts and back up to her face. Her cleavage was very obvious in her swimming costume, and she grimaced internally. He was used to Hollywood women who were flawless and all a size zero. She had an ample butt and a couple of love handles.

She noticed Kirsten slipping out of the pool and giving her a little wave as she disappeared into the hotel, wrapped in a towel.

“I hope we get the chance to talk at some point over the weekend.”

“That would be nice. Anyway, I’d best go and get ready for the party. It takes ages to dry my hair.”

She needed to get away from his intense gaze. It was making her heart flip in a way that it hadn’t for a long time.

“I’d better do a few laps. I’ve been eating rubbish for two days. I’ll be like Man Mountain if I’m not careful.”

This time she allowed her own gaze to flick over his perfectly formed pecs and the flat, ripped stomach that he was patting.

“Is that a lame attempt to get me to tell you that you’re not fat?” she teased. “I thought it was only women who fished for compliments.”

Daniel threw his head back and laughed. “Am I so transparent?” he asked, the gleam back in his eye.

“I’m afraid so.”

“It’s nice to meet someone at one of these conventions who doesn’t want to just flatter my ego.”

“Sorry, the Scots just don’t do flattery and ego massage.”

“In that case, I look forward to visiting.”

“You can always stay on my couch.” What was she saying? She’d just invited this actor to come and stay with her. Even though he’d never take her up on the offer in a million years, it was still a bit forward. “I’m sorry,” she spluttered. “I meant…”

“I’m sure your couch would be much preferable to a bed in a faceless hotel chain,” he grinned.

“Well it’s an open invitation to anyone who was in the cast of Starship Einstein.”

“I’ll be sure to spread the word,” he grinned.

“Hotel Ross is now open.”

He laughed again.

“It was lovely meeting you, Shona.”

“It was nice to meet you too, Daniel. I hope you enjoy the convention.”

“This one certainly has its appeals.” His gaze held hers, and she was unable to tear her gaze away from him. “Well,” he said, clearly feeling a little uncomfortable, “I’d best…” He pointed at the pool, and she smiled and nodded, then watched as he swam away.

Surely he wasn’t interested in her. But he’d made all the right overtures. Anyway, he lived in Los Angeles. It was silly even to think about such things.

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The Vacation of My Dreams

I haven’t had a ‘real’ vacation this summer. We’ve driven to a few local places for a night or two away, but to me, a vacation is a week away at an exotic location.

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We’ve done Disney World in Orlando a few times when the little ones were smaller and still entranced by princesses and pirates. We’ve rented cottages on lakes and learned to pontoon, fish, and swim without touching the weedy bottom. (Yes, I’m a weed-o-phobe!) We’ve visited relatives, spent time on the family farm, and ridden our bikes on state trails.

I need more! I need a dream vacation. What would that be, though? The thought of hauling the family to Europe just doesn’t seem appealing. That’ll be something Kick and I will do one day, just the two of us, when we’re feeling especially romantic. France, Ireland, Italy. I could spend a month touring those fascinating countries.

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I think the perfect family vacation would have a beach, lots of swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. It would have lots of interesting places to hike and explore. It would have long, shady stretches of bike paths for us to get our 20 miles in each day. Horseback rides across a lovely green landscape is a necessity. And interesting food, an exotic atmosphere, as well as fascinating people.

It sounds like…Hawaii. Kick and I watch Hawaii 5-0 whenever we get the chance because of the beautiful scenery. (Okay, for me, Alex O’Loughlin is a big draw, too.) I can imagine us renting a little shack on a secluded beach for a month and just soaking in everything the island offers. Some day, it’ll happen!

That’s my dream. I’d love to hear yours. What’s your idea of the perfect vacation?

Happy Monday!
Randi “Rode Hard and Put Up Satisfied”
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Vacation pics from Sky

I love to travel, but at this point in life, with two little boys, traveling is a lot more work than staying home. But does that slow me down? Not even a little bit. This summer I’ve spent more time on the road than at home. It’s not over yet with trips planned to Seattle, the Black Hills, and a weeklong fishing trip in Canada the next three weeks are going to be crazy busy and my head is already spinning.

I prefer adventure travel, not that I would turn down five star hotels and gourmet meals, but cooking over an open fire, sleeping under the stars and being far away from any city or other people is where I really want to be. Climbing a mountain or snowmobiling, or scuba diving, now that’s my kind of vacation.

My favorite trips involve mountains or beaches. There’s  just something amazing about sitting under the majesty of a mountain or at the edge of the vastness of an ocean that can’t be described. They have a power, an awe factor that I can’t get enough of.

Most of my books are based in one of those locations. Double Dare is set in the mountains, in the Black Hills and one of my favorite places to visit. In fact a very smexy scene takes place on this exact spot. 🙂

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I also started a series set in the Caribbean, on a fictional island called Sol Cay, the perfect paradise and a place I would love to vacation if it really existed. Bermuda Triangle was the first book in the series, and Caribbean Heat will be coming soon from Ellora’s Cave. I have a third book almost completed, but I’ve stopped working on it this summer. The Caribbean is not a place I look forward to right now. It’s damn hot at my house, and I sure don’t dream of warmer places right now. In December, January and February you know I’ll be back to writing on that series, hoping for warmer weather and happy to be writing about it again.

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This picture is actually from a recent trip to Mexico, but you get the idea.
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The winter is what I’m dreaming about now.  Ready to be done with the heat and take on some cold and snow.

I’m working on a futuristic book, set in the cold darkness of outer space. Enjoying the cool temperatures…at least in my mind.

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