Monthly Archives: February, 2016

Birth…A Lighthearted Limerick

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If not for birth, where would we be?

Still stuck inside the mama’s tummy,

First we were sunshine in the sky,

Then a little twinkle in daddy’s eye,

Now a wondrous gift for all to see!

~ Diane D.                                                     Photo credit:  Pinterest

In response to Rashmi’s challenge at Mind and Life Matters

 

Eyes Wide Open, Part 4

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If you haven’t read them, catch up with the beginning of Eyes Wide Open, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3!

 I open first one eye then the other and peer at the clock on my nightstand.  Yuck, a Sunday morning when I could sleep in, but my mouth is so dry it feels like it’s stuffed with cotton and my head is pounding.  It’s only 8 a.m. but I know I won’t be able to fall back to sleep.  I realize I’m wearing just lace panties and an old tee shirt. There’s a bottle of water and some ibuprofen on my nightstand and I’m pretty sure I hadn’t put it there.

I was also pretty sure I hadn’t taken off my wine-stained blouse, the black pencil skirt or my hooker heels, yet there they were placed neatly on the chair in the corner.   I downed two pills with a small sip of water and it tasted so good I drank some more.  I needed to figure out what happened last night.  The whole encounter at the bar with Mr. Gorgeous was mortifyingly clear in my mind but after that things started to get a little fuzzy.

Sipping more water, I try to think.  I remember waiting for Mike to finish up so we could leave together and then getting in his car.  I must have fallen asleep cause I think I woke up when the car jerked to a stop.  Getting out of the car, the cold night air sobered me up enough to get up the stairs.  Mike said he’d carry me but I insisted I was fine as long as he held onto me.

By the time we got to my door, I was feeling better.  I know Mike followed me in and I think I asked him if he wanted a drink, but he just kind of rolled his eyes so I guessed he meant no.  I remember reaching down to slip off one of my shoes and losing my balance just a little.  It seemed so funny that I started to giggle and then I kicked off my other shoe and it felt a little like a strip tease and before I knew it, I’d stepped out of my skirt as it fell to the floor.  Mike just watched silently as I did my boozy bump and grind while trying to unbutton my blouse.  Then he stepped closer and his big hands gently brushed away my fingers and he undid the buttons himself, keeping his eyes on mine the whole time.  I fell backwards on the bed, giggling, trying to unhook my bra but I couldn’t.  Oh, gosh, I swear I will never drink again if I just didn’t flash any girly bits at Mike.  But I have my bra under the tee shirt and my panties are still on…

Walking gingerly into the kitchen in search of caffeine, I find a note propped against my Keurig.  “Finally awake, Sunshine?  Come on over and I’ll make you breakfast since you didn’t eat anything before falling into bed.  Mike”  The word falling is underlined twice.  Shit, I at least owe him an apology for last night.  So, a quick shower, hair pulled back in an elastic and dressed in jeans and a tee, I head over to Mike’s apartment.  He’s just a couple units down from mine.

I feel my face heating up as he opens the door to his place, all calm and big and comfortable looking, dark grey tee shirt pulled tight across his chest and biceps.  “Mike,” I begin, “I don’t know what to say about last night..”

“Well, how about, ‘Mikey, I just lo-o-ve you,'” he says in a silly, high-pitched voice, smiling at me just a little.  His hazel eyes are warm and teasing and he pulls me into a big hug.  I mumble something into his shoulder and he pulls away.  “I didn’t catch that,” he says, looking down at me.  “Fine.  I said I’m totally humiliated, ” I say, staring at his chin.  He squeezes me gently then takes my hand.

“Come on in,” he smiles.  “I made you some eggs and oatmeal.  Here, sit down and eat while it’s still warm.  You want juice?” he asks, gesturing to a glass of green liquid he’s drinking.  I can’t help it, I almost gag.  I shake my head.  “I don’t suppose you’d have any coffee?” I ask hopefully.

“Is this okay?”  He hands me a cup from Starbucks, looking a little anxious.  “It a no-whip mocha.  I remember you said you liked it.”  I take a sip of pure delectable heaven and eat my eggs.  “Oh, that is yummy,” I sigh.  “Can I ask you something?   Did I, uhm, flash you or anything?”

He doesn’t look up right away and I wish I knew what he was thinking.  “So, you don’t remember any of it?” he asks, looking crestfallen.  “It was that memorable, huh?”

“No, it — what?”  My mouth is open now in shock.   He’s grinning just a little.  “Seriously, you don’t remember anything about what happened?   How good we were together?” At my look of utter horror, he shakes his head.  “Jeez, Princess, sorry, I was just kidding.  I would never take advantage of a girl who’s that wasted, no matter how much she begged.”

“I did not beg you for anything,” I said, my face redder than ever. “Well, just not to leave you alone in your big bed,” he says.  Oh, God, it’s worse than I thought.  No drinking on an empty stomach ever again!

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~ Diane D

Wanting you…

Take my hand and let me lead you

back to what we had before…

I miss you curved around me, our bodies entwined,

warm breath and kisses against my neck,

hands gliding over skin, first slowly, then faster…

Life is too quick, too full, overflowing with musts when I need it to be filled with wants…

And what I want now is you…

Yay, Yay, it’s Saturday…

Let’s dance…

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New Release Blast and Giveaway for a Great Cause…

I  don’t have a review yet to share because I just bought my copy. However, ALL PROCEEDS from the sale of this book will go to America’s VetDog’s.  That’s only $.99,  people, to help such a wonderful organization.  I hope you will check it out and then purchase a copy and/or make a donation!  And many thanks to Tasty Tours and these three authors, Lindsay McKenna, Chris Keniston and Susan Stoker for getting behind a great cause!!
America’s VetDog’s Mission: To help those who have served our country honorably live with dignity and independence.
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SAVED BY A SEAL
3 First-In-Series Novels
NOWHERE TO HIDE by Lindsay McKenna
ALOHA TEXAS by Chris Keniston
PROTECTING CAROLINE by Susan Stoker
Released February 6th, 2016

 

Three New York Times / USA TODAY Bestselling authors have joined forces to give back to the military veterans who have given so much to their country. Lindsay McKenna, Chris Keniston and Susan Stoker bring you SAVED BY A SEAL, a first in series box set.  Join these authors and their SEAL heroes from the very beginning of their bestselling romance series.
NOWHERE TO HIDE 
by Lindsay McKenna 
Book 1, Delos Series
Lia Cassidy left the Army scarredphysically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers. She turns to helping others, working at a Delos Home School Charity in Costa Rica
that aids abused women and children. But when the deadly drug lord, La Arana, attacks the school, Lia finds herself on the run for her life. The only person she can trust is the ex-SEAL sent to protect her.
Cav Jordan is strong, honorable and gorgeous…and intrigued by Lia. He knows she has suffered pain in her past, and he is determined to break through her barriers and earn her trust. But as Cav
slowly chips away at the walls Lia has built, ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their fragile relationship.
ALOHA TEXAS 
by Chris Keniston 
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1, Aloha Series
Former navy diver Nicholas Harper
likes his new world as captain of a dive boat in Hawaii.
Powerhouse attorney Kara Lynn O’Conner’s world revolves around her small Texas town where life is easy and safe.
Six year old Bradley Cooper is about to change everything.
PROTECTING CAROLINE 
by Susan Stoker 
Book 1, SEAL of Protection Series
Matthew “Wolf” Steel hated flying commercial. Luckily his job as a Navy SEAL meant he didn’t have to do it very often. He’d been unlucky enough to be assigned a middle seat on the cramped jet, but fortunately for him, the woman next to him was willing to switch seats with him. Hoping for a relaxing flight, Wolf was pleasantly surprised at the good conversation and sense of humor the woman had as they flew 36,000 feet over the countryside.
When Caroline boarded the plane to Virginia to move across the country for her new job she never expected to be seated next to the hottest guy she’d ever seen. She also never expected he’d be so easy to talk to. She knew he’d never be interested in talking to her if he hadn’t been trapped in the seat next to her, but it was a nice way to spend a long plane ride.
Neither Wolf nor Caroline were prepared for a terrorist hijacking of their plane, but if Caroline thought that would be the last time she’d see, or need, Wolf, she’d be sorely mistaken.
 
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Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines
through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special
Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As  New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.
Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site at www.lindsaymckenna.com. And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!
 
A native New Yorker, Chris Keniston was on her way to Australia when she fell in love with North Texas. Little did she know the balmy seventy-degree October days would turn into fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk heat in August!
Twenty years later, she started scribbling short stories about her favorite TV shows, giving them lives more to her liking – and the elusive happy ending. Not long after, a dear friend dragged her to a local writers’ meeting. After winning multiple writing contests and making the finals in the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious
Golden Heart contest, she now spends her days, and nights, writing contemporary romantic fiction with lots of emotion, plenty of surprises, and, of course, the happily ever after.
Chris lives in suburban Dallas with her husband, two human children, and two canine children. Though she loves her puppies equally, she admits being especially attached to her German
Shepherd rescue named Gunny. After all, even dogs deserve a happily ever after.
 
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling
Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas
where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up
with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.