I was reminded yet again today why I luuurrrrve Roget's and it's my preferred thesaurus. I have the fourth edition that I always go to, revised by Robert L. Chapman. The one I have has served me since high school. Once you learn how to navigate it, you'll likely treasure it the way I do.
And this mini-rant is inspired by yet another asshat who sent me a friends request on Facebook, and then proceeded to post a link to THEIR site on MY wall, and having the balls to also ask me to tell "all my friends" about it.
ONE MORE TIME...
IT IS NOT OKAY FOR YOU TO POST LINKS TO YOUR SITES ON SOMEONE ELSE'S WALL WITHOUT ASKING THEM FIRST! It makes you a spammer and an asshat.
Are you one of the lucky ones who got your very first e-book reader or tablet (where you can install e-reader apps) under the tree? Regardless of the brand, there are many similarities and you should know a few basic facts.
1. You are NOT locked into only buying e-books from the reader's manufacturer. You only need e-books formatted to work on your particular reader. For example, .prc works on Kindle, .epub works on nook and Kobo, etc. You can buy books from many legitimate sources, such as directly from independent publishers and authorized third-party outlets (like BookStrand.com, AllRomanceEbooks.com, Smashwords.com or CoffeeTimeRomance.com). Some third-party retailers even offer a service to email files directly to your device. (But make sure your account is set up to accept those emails or they won't reach your device!)
2. If your reader comes with a USB cable, you can drag and drop files easily from your computer to your reader. Some readers come with Wi-Fi and not a cable. In that case, refer to your reader's instructions on how to transfer files.
3. If you find an e-book you really want, but can only get it in say .pdf format, you can use the Calibre conversion software (free) at http://calibre-ebook.com/ and convert it to your reader's format.
4. There are tons of LEGALLY available, free e-books at: http://www.gutenberg.org/ And careful searches of bestseller lists on Amazon, nook, and other authorized resellers will reveal free e-books there, too.
[Ménage Amour: Erotic Ménage a Trois Romance, M/M/F, with M/M, light BDSM, spanking, sex toys]
Harper’s father has issued her an ultimatum—quit working herself to death and have fun, or he’ll oust her as CEO of their company. She thinks hiring Doug to be her assistant and play her boyfriend is the answer to all her problems, until she finds out about his secret.
Deep in debt from medical bills, Doug’s parents are losing their home. Going to work for Harper is the answer to Doug’s prayers. Yes, it means pretending to be Harper’s boyfriend. That’s a small price to pay. Unfortunately, it also means he has to say good-bye to Tate, his boyfriend and the man he loves.
Tate doesn’t hate Harper when he finds out why Doug went to work for her—and broke up with him. Can he gain Harper’s trust and convince her Doug had good intentions…and that Doug’s contractual obligation can easily become a two-hunk deal?
Harper's father has issued her an ultimatum: quit working herself to death and
have fun, or he'll oust her as CEO of their company. She thinks hiring Doug to
be her assistant and play her boyfriend is the answer to all her problems, until
she finds out about his secret.
Deep in debt from medical bills, Doug's parents are losing their home. Going to
work for Harper is the answer to Doug's prayers. Yes, it means pretending to be
Harper's boyfriend. That's a small price to pay. Unfortunately, it also means he
has to say goodbye to Tate, his boyfriend, and the man he loves.
Tate doesn't hate Harper when he finds out why Doug went to work for her—and
broke up with him. Can he gain Harper's trust and convince her Doug had good
intentions…and that Doug's contractual obligation can easily become a two-hunk
It's difficult coming to terms with the death of a loved one. Especially when the loved one is dying before you, you can reach out to touch them, but you aren't sure of if they can even hear you.
A very dear friend of ours has terminal cancer. Hubby and I actually met and became friends with Sir as a result of meeting our friend and her husband. They are very dear, sweet people. Not just friends, but mentors, and it's not an exaggeration to say they are the glue that holds our social group together.
I take the morning shifts during the week. (They got her moved to a cancer center closer to where I live, and it's difficult for her family to get there first thing in the morning.) She can eat (we have to feed her) and is in no pain, but she is not verbal and barely responsive at all.
She is a tiny woman who normally fills up a room with her beautiful personality. I can hear her laugh and voice in my head, in my memories, and I hold back my tears and grief as best I can around her family and other friends. Certainly there are people who know her much better than I did, who spent far more time with her than I ever did, but she left an indelible mark on everyone she touched. I know there are just as many others like me, who even though we didn't spend lots of time with her, felt like she was a huge part of our lives. She is just like that. Never met anyone who had a bad or unkind word to say about her. Sir is very close to her as well and took this weekend's morning shifts so He could spend some time with her.
There is no "if." There is only "when." In some ways, that's a blessing. People have time to come say goodbye to her, even if she doesn't say it back. We all assume she can hear and understand every word we say. There are things I wish I'd said to her "before," when I knew with all certainty she could reply and we could discuss.
In some ways, her husband seems to be handling this better than any of us. He told me, "We always said, 'I love you.' I don't feel like I left anything unsaid to her."
It's a good lesson.
I wish I could do more. I hate feeling helpless. We are all rallying around her and her family as best we can. I know that this, too, shall pass, I just wish it didn't have to hurt so much. Especially since I know the size of the hole her loss will leave in all of our hearts, in proportion to the joy memories of her will give us.
My novel "Stoneface" received a great review from The Romance Reviews site!
Betrayal, infidelity, jealousy, hot ménage, sanctimonious parents, steadfast best friends, what isn't in this book? Oh right, my favourite erotic genre, BDSM. I can forgive Ms. Dalton leaving out the BDSM because this book drew out various emotions from me – anger, frustration, sorrow, pain, pleasure – the list goes on. Ms. Dalton is an auto-buy.
If you absolutely cannot wait, I just posted a sneak peek excerpt to the Triple Trouble series bridge book (and it's HOT HOT HOT!) on my newsletter group. (It's easy to join, and it's announcement only, so you won't get a lot of email from the group.)
(Text message exchange that just happened between me and Sir...)
Sir: I'm up at Porter paint picking up a gallon for the workout room.
me: have fun
me: i just killed off a family in a bloody ritualistic murder
Sir: Oooooo, kinky :)
me: don't You love having a writer for a pet? :P
Yes, we writers are an odd bunch. I don't know who's more odd, though. The writers, or the people who love and tolerate them. I tell Hubby I just murdered a family, and he nods and says, "That's nice." LOL!
And yes, it was a FICTIONAL killing I wrote in one of my WIPs. LOL
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