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Friday, February 28, 2014

Who doesn't love duck porn?!

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about our ducks, so I thought it might be time for an update.  For those of you who haven’t been following the story, we rescued a duck named Scooter, felt sorry for her being alone and adopted two more ducks—Tubby and Sunny—then Scooter got injured and we lost her, leaving us with Tubby (the duck commander) and Sunny (the faithful sidekick).  I think that pretty much brings you current.  Yeah, it’s the 20,000 foot view.  What’s your point?  Keep up, here, will ya?  LOL

Anyway, like I said, we have Sunny and Tubby, who seem to be happy as can be.  Sunny started out yellow and is now a very light brown…sort of a buff color.  He’s cute and completely devoid of any personality at all…but he’s faithful.  To whom?  Why, to Tubby, of course…he does whatever Tubby tells him to do and as I’ve told you before, Tubby has plenty to say.  In fact, she’s NEVER at a loss for words.

What?  How do I know Sunny is a “he” and Tubby is a “she”…well, that’s the easy part…I’m a romance writer.  What kind of romance writer would I be if I couldn’t tell the girl from the boy?  Honestly, keep up, people!  LOL  The truth is, Sunny and Tubby have become very good friends…and I mean very good.  In fact, it’s not an unusual occurrence in my neighborhood for me to walk out the back door and find my neighbor parked in a lawn chair in front of the duck pen.  The first time I found her there, it surprised me.

“What cha doin’?”  I asked her. 

Her reply?  Classic!  She grinned and pointed at the ducks and replied, “Watching duck porn.” 


When she saw the confusion written all over my face, she grinned and asked, “Did you know Tubby is a girl duck?” 


“Yep, she’s a girl…and Sunny is a boy and he really likes her.”

Well, who the hell knew?  Sunny may not have personality, but he’s got game!  And apparently he’s got Tubby…and the neighborhood now has entertainment.  It can get pretty crazy out there…the duck porn going on, the dog barking at the ducks, and the neighbor laughing and pointing.  All I need now is the cops coming around to ticket me for indecent duck exposure!

Then there’s the eggs.  Yep, for those of you who don’t know it, ducks lay eggs just like chickens.  My grandsons were totally surprised to find out ducks laid eggs and that you could eat them just like chicken eggs, so maybe you are too.  What we have learned is that the eggs are almost the same as chicken eggs, but not exactly the same…the shells are thicker and harder to crack and there is a membrane on the inside of the shell that you almost have to rip to get the egg to come out.  My son cooked duck eggs for the first time tonight and I caught him just as he threw the first two in the trash.  He thought the thicker shell and membrane and thicker texture of the egg itself was an indication the egg was old.  Nope…collected within the last 2-3 days, so it’s fresher than what you’d find in the stores.  Proves you’re never too old to learn something new.

No one will ever accuse Tubby of being overly maternal.  She lays her eggs everywhere in the pen and just leaves them lay right where they popped out.  She might pick the same spot 2 or 3 nights in a row and then you’ll find them somewhere new the next day.  She is now consistently laying 2 eggs a night.  Sometimes the eggs are together, sometimes one is in the same spot as the night before and the other is in a hole on the other side of the pen.  Sometimes it looks like she’s been digging a hole, trying to bury them, sometimes the eggs are just sitting out in the open on the ground like a rock, and sometimes the eggs are at the bottom of their wading pool.  Yep, you read that right…Tubby apparently is skilled enough at the egg laying thing now to pop those puppies out while she’s swimming.  I’m not sure if that’s a skill or a handicap but it’s intriguing as hell.  LOL

Well, that’s the update on the ducks.  They’re doing well…fat, sassy, happy, satisfied, and keeping my family in eggs...not to mention providing some life education for my grandsons.  LOL

That’s my story, ducky and daffy, and I’m stickin’ to it.  Hang on tight now ‘cuz we’re gonna go real, real fast!

Love ya,


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown


When an eighteen-year-old messed-up murder case is depicted as a fiction novel, of course the nerves of those involved are rattled.  The family, the police and the investigators, and the suspects all have a bone to pick with Bellamy Lyston, the little rich-bitch author and sister of the dead.

Bellamy uses a pen name, but is soon uncovered.  She leaves New York and returns to her hometown, Austin, mainly to make amends with Dent Carter, a former suspect.

He’s not happy to see her, even if his Levi’s rise when she wants him to help her find out who really killed her sister, Susan.  

The mysterious element common in Brown’s novels is that the criminal is hard to find among all the players.  Low Pressure | [Sandra Brown]

With only circumstantial evidence, the paperwork neatly disposed of, the family, the attorney, the detectives, and the local low-life all had a chance, motive, and desire to put Susan underground.  Anyone who might be able to ferret out the real murderer will be on the criminal’s hit list.

In other words, Bellamy, Dent, and anyone else in the way have a dagger pointed at their vitals. 

Constant tension will leave you shocked at the outcome of the investigation and whether Bellamy and Dent can secure a future together.  It makes me tingle at how it’s all wrapped up.


Happy reading,


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Interview with Tina Donahue and a Giveaway

Alexis: Today we have Erotic Romance author Tina Donahue  who is giving away a choice of one of thirteen books to a lucky commenter! Whoohoo!

So Tina, when did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Tina: Forever? LOL. I started writing when I was a kid. At eight or nine, can’t recall which, I wrote my first book and illustrated it (I’m an artist too). After making numerous copies by hand  (we didn’t have a copier, but that didn’t daunt me), I went around the neighborhood and sold my books to my friends’ parents. I consider that my first book tour. J I barely got through high school and college because I was always writing poetry and stories during the boring lectures.

Alexis: Wow, you did start young! What made you choose this title for this release?

Tina: SevenSensuous Days is the amount of time that Tessa, an escort, is supposed to be with Logan, a billionaire client of the agency. He wins her at an erotic auction and the rest is, well, history.

Alexis: I love the concept. Which authors inspire(d) you?

Tina: There are too many to count. I was reading Dickens in the fourth grade. I loved his work. The summer before my freshman year in high school, I got a reading list from the school (all girls – ugh). I learned later that I was the only one in the entire class who’d read everything on the list. Mostly classics. I didn’t mind. I loved the Bronte sisters.

Contemporarily, I’d have to say that the authors who inspired me the most were Stephen King (earlier works), Dean Koontz, Margaret Atwood, Hilma Wolitzer (you have to read Hearts, simply exceptional), Lawrence Sanders, Daphne du Maurier, Patricia Grasso (adored Seducing the Prince), and a whole host of others. As you can see, my tastes are all over the place.

Alexis: Everyone has their own writing process…how they come up with ideas, how they name their characters, how they choose the setting. Can you describe your writing process?

Tina: It begins with me seeing scenes in my mind, sort of like a film. As I watch the characters interacting, I start to think of occupations for them, which then leads me to the setting. I use a Name the Baby book to find appropriate names to match their personalities. One thing builds on the other until I have a fleshed out story.

Alexis: So what are you working on now?

Tina: A new series. Erotic romance, of course. That’s all I’m giving away for now :-)

Alexis: Aw, what a tease :-) Why did you choose this sub-genre of romance?

Tina: I actually began with romantic comedy. Comedy comes easily to me. I’m very irreverent. My editor, at the time, suggested I write erotic as it was selling very well. I did. Liked it and am continuing with it.

Alexis: Thank you, Tina, for visiting us here on Happily Ever After Thoughts. I am so buying this book!

Check out this blurb. Doesn’t it sound great?

Seven Sensuous Days blurb:

At an erotic auction, she’s his to bid on…to take…to command.

The night’s sultry, filled with carnal promise as Tessa participates in an agency event to raise money for charity. She’s chained and bared—as women were once displayed for a sultan’s harem—her sweet looks and full figure offered to the wealthy and powerful men.
Among them is Logan. To him, Tessa is so different from his late wife, the seemingly perfect female who cruelly stole his hope and future. Wanting only to forget and have a good time, he wins Tessa, demanding she be his in every way possible, engaging in all wanton acts, though not only for an evening…for seven sensuous days at his secluded Virginia estate.
A provocative proposal with such a dangerously virile man.
A week that changes everything, with Tessa’s exquisite vulnerability and Logan’s suddenly unquenchable desire more than either bargained for.

About Tina

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

For more about Tina:

Alexis: Tina will choose one commenter at this site as her winner. Winner gets her choice of one of Tina’s award-winning, bestselling ebooks from this list:

1. Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT
2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit
3. Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award
4. In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
5. Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT
6. The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
7. Take Me Away – #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books
8. Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR
9. SiNN – Nominated for Book of the Week LASR
10. Sinfully Wicked – Magnificent – Romancing the Book
11.  Claiming Magique – Top Pick – NOR
12. Illicit Desire – Four Stars Romantic Times
13. Come Fill Me – Five Stars – Guilty Pleasures

Leave a comment for a chance to win!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tagline Help and Giveaway

I need help (no kidding). But as opposed to the psychological kind that may have jumped to mind, I want a different kind of help. After all, they say two heads are better than one, so I’m thinking about twenty should do it for this project ;-)

I’m working on a tagline for my erotic romances that are inspired by classic literature. Some readers see the word “classic” and run the other way, (seriously they do, I have witnessed it), so I’m thinking I need something different. 

In the past year I’ve heard two other phrases to describe my books that caught my attention, so I was hoping you could tell me if you like one of these or if you have a better idea. I’m am completely open to suggestions. I want something that will attract readers, not make them run away :-)

Here are three phrases that have been used regarding my writing:
1) Erotic Romance Inspired by the Classics   (From me originally)
2) Erotic Romance with a Whole Lotta Story  (From an industry professional)
3) Erotic Romance for the Intelligent Reader  (From a fan)

So what do you think? Do you like one of these?  Do you have another idea? Come on, this could be fun :-)

Everyone who gives me feedback will be entered for a chance to win an Ellora’s Caveman Calendar.  Why not? There are still over 10 months left in 2014 :-}

Always, Lexi

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cruzan Rum

     From sugar cane to molasses to rum, St. Croix is steeped in the history (which we know fascinates me….actually, anything historical fascinates me, but you know that) of the rum trade and this island is dotted with remnants of that bygone era. Everywhere one looks, the reminders are there. Peeking from behind the lush greenery which pervades this island, one can see smoke stacks and sugar mills from the plantations of yesteryear. For me (or any writer of historical romance), it’s enough to get the creative juices flowing.
     I had the pleasure of touring the Cruzan Rum factory while visiting St. Croix. It’s the oldest on the island and my brain went into overdrive (as we knew it would). I loved it. Our guide was knowledgeable, imparting interesting facts and answers to my many questions, which was wonderful because all I kept seeing in my head were story ideas and characters (I know, my brain is a funny, scary place).  This is a picture of a sugar mill (but not at Cruzan Rum because...well, I was so enthralled, I forgot to take pictures!)
      Oh, I tried a new drink and why wouldn’t I? We were at a rum factory. It’s called Velvet Cinn and I highly recommend it.

          That’s all for me….I have work to do now (so many ideas, so little time!).
          As always, happy reading!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Interview with Tina Christopher and a Giveaway

Alexis: Today we have Sexy Steampunk and Sensuous Sci-Fi author, Tina Christopher who is giving away a copy of Rescue by Ruin to one lucky commenter.

What are you working on now?

Tina: I have just finished the sequel to Rescue by Ruin, my sexy steampunk novel, and hope to share that with my readers soon.

My next project is Tangled Redemption, the fourth and final book in the Celestial Surrender series that began with Tangled Shadows. Throughout the first three books a certain Vampire, and his affiliations, has worried my heroes. Is Miguel Calatrave, the Spaniard, still on their side or has he started to work with the bloodthirsty Feral Vampires, who are now trafficking humans as blood slaves? This is a question Miguel himself is unsure of the answer. It will take one very unusual Naema and another Vampire for him to discover if he is really beyond all redemption.

Alexis: Why did you choose this sub-genre of romance?

Tina: Lol, because I like to make s*** up! I love steampunk because it gives me the option of taking history and mixing in modern technology, of taking certain values and morals and turning them on their head. I love sci-fi because it gives me the opportunity to travel to distant planets and imagine whole worlds and their inhabitants.

Alexis: Where did you get the idea for this story?

Tina: Originally Miguel was planned as the villain, as the one behind the evil plans of smuggling humans as blood slaves. Then he walked onto the page and complained bitterly. The more time he spent with me, the more I understood I had it all wrong. Everything Miguel has done, he has done to save his species and the galaxy. Now it is my turn to tell his story and share it with the world.

Alexis: I love that twist! What was the first romance you ever read?

Tina: Secret Fire by Johanna Lindsey
It opened up a whole new world for me. I was hooked on romance;).

Alexis: I loved Johanna Lindsey as well, especially her Malory series. What has been the best piece of advice you ever received for your writing career?

Tina:  When I was introduced to GMC-Goal,Motivation, Conflict by Debra Dixon. It is an amazing book and as a concept has been with me for every single story I have written. I will come up with a concept, a character, a situation and the first thing I do is outline the internal and external goal, motivation and conflict for heroine, hero and villain. Everything else comes from that.

Alexis: Thank you, Tina, for being with us on Happily Ever After Thoughts.

Check out this blurb from Rescue by Ruin!

Blurb for Rescue by Ruin
Forced to marry a violent man, Beatrice knows only one way out—ruin her reputation. She climbs aboard the Venia, a dirigible of ill repute, for a masquerade. Bea does not expect to run into Vaughn Kemple, the third Duke of Missenden, who eight months ago left her without an explanation. Feeling secure behind her mask, she decides Vaughn will be the one to ruin her. She may not get to spend forever with this man she still loves, but at least she can have one night of pleasure.

But a mask is not enough to hide her identity. Vaughn recognizes Bea, shocked to find her aboard an airship where sexual freedom isn’t just a thought, it’s celebrated. But her actions are far from innocent. Captivated, he’s determined to make her his.

The heat between them flares, but Vaughn is torn between desire and honor. Bea is afraid to risk her heart on a man she can’t trust. And when her future husband arrives on the scene, it’s more than their hearts in danger.

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About Tina
Tina Christopher spent her early years flitting across the Channel between Germany and England. After touring the world extensively, she finally laid down roots in Toronto. And while Canada’s winters may be frigid, Tina’s characters are anything but!

Like most writers, Tina often hears voices in her head, but it took the encouragement of an editor friend before she actually put fingers to keyboard. While those first stories will never see the light of day, she’s subsequently honed her craft and learned to build not just worlds, but entire galaxies. Her first book from Ellora’s Cave features a galaxy filled with Vampires, Humans and angel-like aliens called Naema.

When not imagining far away worlds and scorching hot encounters, Tina can be found on her sofa working through her never-ending TBR pile or venturing into the real world—whether to a nearby cafĂ© or a passport-required destination. She’s a member of the RWA’s Toronto chapter. Her two degrees in environmental conservation, majoring in large animal studies, come in handy when wrestling with supernatural beasties.

Alexis: Don’t forget, for a chance to win Rescue by Ruin, be sure to leave a comment :-)