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We Do The Drills

  Posted by Jemi , 05 March 2018 · 96 views

We do the drills
to keep kids safe
in case the unthinkable
happens

We do the drills
to give them
a tiny sense
of control

We do the drills
to combat
the helplessness

We do the drills
in hopes
the drills will save them

We do the drills
knowing they're
never going to save us all

We do the drills


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On a lighter note, I'd love it if you popped on over to C. Lee McKenzie's blog where I'm a featured author today introducing my story Until Release that will be published in the upcoming anthology Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime!





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Elizabeth Reid Boyd & Secrets of Mindful Beauty

  Posted by Jemi , 26 February 2018 · 136 views

Please welcome Elizabeth Reid Boyd to the blog today!
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How did you come up with the topic?

Mindfulness is a hugely popular concept today. You may know that mindfulness can create improvement in our minds and bodies. What you may not know is that mindfulness can also enhance our appearance as well as bringing us peace of mind. 
Mindful Beauty is an exciting method of applying the practices of mindfulness to our overall health and well-being. The unique mindfulness techniques you’ll discover in The Secrets of Mindful Beauty offer a brand new way to bring the benefits of mindfulness into beauty and self-care. Mindfulness can be used to reduce stress and enhance beauty and in our easy to follow guidebook you can find out how.


What makes you passionate about this topic?

I’m passionate about mindfulness and meditation. I’m also an academic in the field of interpersonal development and gender studies. I often share mindfulness techniques with my university students, and I realised that applying mindfulness to beauty routines was an even better way to share its benefits with women everywhere.

There are eight key benefits of Mindful Beauty. They are drawn from the philosophy and psychology of mindfulness and underpin all the practices you will find in the book:

  • Mindful Beauty is non-judgmental. By approaching our beauty rituals in a new and non-judgmental way we become less critical about ourselves and how we look.
  • Mindful Beauty engages our five senses. By increasing our appreciation of what we see, scent, touch, hear and taste, we begin to enjoy our daily self-care routines more and see the benefits.
  • Mindful Beauty is kind. Its methods are soothing and sensitive, a balm to our souls, minds and bodies. It brings compassion to self-care.
  • Mindful Beauty is simple. It won’t ask you to add more to your schedule, but make the most of routines that are already part of your life. It will give you a sense of everyday pleasure and ease.
  • Mindful Beauty is meditative. Its contemplative approach doesn’t require you to switch off for an hour, but to go deeper into your daily life, with refreshing results. 
  • Mindful Beauty is of the moment. It brings present-moment attention to simple rituals, enhancing our experience of the here and now, and the miracle of mindfulness.
  • Mindful Beauty is healing. It can heal the scars inflicted by a lack of self-care in the past, or stress about the future by bringing peace into the present.
  • Mindful Beauty is a skill. It takes practice to cultivate. Take time to enjoy the process.
Like the best cosmetics, a little mindfulness goes a long way. There are so many opportunities for mindfulness in your daily beauty routine and they’re easy to make part of your life. The more you practice the simple, everyday techniques in The Secrets of Mindful Beauty the better you will look and feel. What’s more, they’re fun!

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Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd has degrees in psychology and gender studies. She has taught interpersonal, communication, and personal development skills including meditation, self-awareness, self-care and mindfulness at the university level for almost two decades. She writes fiction as Eliza Redgold.

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The Secrets of Mindful Beauty: Revolutionary Techniques in Anti-Aging and Self-Care

If you think the answer to anti-aging and looking good comes from a jar, a salon, or a surgical
procedure: think again. The best beauty treatment is in your own mind.

Did you know

Depression can give you wrinkles
Insomnia can cause sagging skin
Anxiety can increase reddening and skin rashes
Stress can result in acne and hair loss
and much more?

Discover the secrets of mindful beauty. Lose your permanent frown. Smooth your worried brow without Botox. Turn your sag lines into smile lines. These age-defying techniques have been specially created for a happier, more beautiful you.

Mindful beauty is a way of applying the practices of mindfulness to our physical health and well-being. Many of our routines around beauty lend themselves to mindfulness, and this will not only enhance the experience, but also have ongoing positive beautifying effects by reducing the stress and anxiety that can affect how we look and feel.

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Thanks Elizabeth!
Mindfulness is indeed powerful! We talk about it a lot at our school along with growth mindset. The two compliment each other quite well. Being truly present in the moment isn't something that comes easily to many.

How about you? Are you aware of mindfulness? Do you take care to be mindful in your daily life?



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Mollie Blake & Feeling The Love

  Posted by Jemi , 12 February 2018 · 182 views

Please welcome back Mollie Blake to the blog!
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Once upon a time I was a finance director. Then I woke up one morning and discovered I was an author of sexy romance filled with danger—“happy ever afters” are never easy to reach for my heroes and heroines.

Although Keeping You was the third of my books to be published by my American publisher, Black Opal Books, it was the first book I ever wrote. And probably the one I had the most fun writing.

Having been an avid reader in my youth, then struggling to find time to read anything other than accountancy journals or board reports, I was finally able to return to my love of fiction when I became a “nearly full-time” mum. Books like Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series left me wanting to write a sexy love story with a good plot.

It was the latter point that I was determined to focus on, and still am. I want to leave the reader desperate to know what happens next, whilst at the same time feeling the love.

With the basic story line in my head and an outline impression of the characters involved, I set about bringing them to life. Remember, Keeping You was my first effort at writing a story and I had no idea how it would progress. What pleased me the most was the way the protagonists came to life in my head and on the screen of my Mac. The more I wrote the more I got to know them, even the minor characters. And the more I loved them.

But my greatest pleasure came from writing the scenes filled with romance and sex. I love that tingling feeling from reading a well-written sex scene and I hope to share that with readers. My storylines are filled with suspense, danger and even abuse, but they are peppered with erotic scenes of exciting sex and passionate romance. This is how I try to keep the reader hooked.

For me there are three variances on a sex scene. One is tender, and a second is exciting. Love can be present, develop, or sometimes not quite there. The third is brutal. Of course the lines between them are not always definitive. For example sex can be both exciting and romantic. In certain cases, where there is total consent, it can be exciting and brutal.

In Keeping You there are elements of BDSM. It is the hero who likes to be hurt. So I get to write sex scenes filled with erotic pleasure. For the innocent heroine, part of her journey in their relationship is the discovery that she can give her man what he needs. It lends itself to a great angle to show her development into womanhood. Then there are a couple of scenes when things go too far for the hero. The plot requires submission and masochism that turns very brutal. I make every effort to ensure the reader feels the difference between what Lawrence likes and what he doesn’t. And I feel this makes him a more credible figure.

Depending on the nature of the sex scene, I will use a different writing style. For example, in a sex scene where there is no passion, I will use coarse nouns, even vulgar ones if I feel necessary, and distinguish with different adjectives and the occasional adverb. Often I will change the pace with shorter sentences. My aim is to convey the emotion experienced by the players in the scene, depending on whose head I’m in. This is most prevalent in the second half of Keeping You when Lawrence is dragged back to London and must confront his demons.

However my romantic sex scenes may not always be very long, but the pace will be slow, and the language seductive and sensual. I take loving care over my choice of words to describe the setting, emotions, pleasures.  Hopefully the reader is left feeling the love.

Thanks for reading and I want to end with many thanks to Jemi for inviting me to post here. In the 
interests of propriety, and not wanting to shock anyone, I won’t quote any of my sex scenes—if this has peaked any interest, you’ll have to read my book. Or contact me directly with a comment and request, and I’ll send you an extract. Let me know if and how you write your scenes of sex and/or passion. 

Mollie x
Editorial Review of Keeping You.
“Blake’s character development is superb, and she handles a difficult subject with both sensitivity and compassion. While Keeping You is not for the faint of heart, if you want an erotic romance with a little meat in it, you really can’t go wrong with this one.”
Regan Murphy
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Mollie Blake is a published author of contemporary romance. A lover of reading sexy stories, Mollie decided to go one step further and write her own. Her romances are filled with danger and peppered with hot sexy scenes. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and UK Romantic Novelists Association.
Connect with her on the web:
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Keeping You: A Cheshire Love Story (Cheshire Love Stories Book 3)
His past haunts him. Revenge drives him. Can her love save him?

After a chance meeting in a bookshop, young Suzy Harper is engaged by multi-multimillionaire, Lawrence Bane, to work on translating a French document. They embark on an intense relationship, but he is surrounded by mystery and shame as demons from his past threaten to destroy everything he has worked for, including her love for him.

This exciting erotic romantic thriller traces the increasingly intense and tender relationship between the inexperienced Suzy and her wealthy, troubled lover, Lawrence. There are two obsessions in Lawrence’s life—his passion for Suzy and his drive for revenge against the gangland boss who murdered his best friend.

Will Suzy be strong enough to accept Lawrence for the man he is? Will Lawrence trust the woman he loves enough to reveal his darkest secrets to her? Will their love survive the challenges that lie ahead?

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Thanks Mollie!
My romance stories aren't as erotic as this, I definitely write on the tamer side of things :)
It's interesting to see how you put it all together - I love finding out about the processes of other authors!

How about you - is your first novel worth putting out in the world? 
Mine most definitely is NOT!!



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IWSG & Favourite Genres

  Posted by Jemi , 07 February 2018 · 100 views

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

February 7 question - What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

Great question!

I mostly write contemporary romance (although I think I'll always dabble in quite a few genres & categories!).

Some people have a tendency to look down upon the romance genre, but I'd guess many of those people haven't read many current romances!

For me, romance tends to be about hope.

The characters need to overcome an internal obstacle along with an external obstacle as they figure out how to trust both themselves and someone else. The story lines are complex and I enjoy building in suspense and humour. I also love knowing that there will be a happy ending with my story. The world has enough sad, I need my fiction to be about the happy!

How about you? What's your favourite genre to write in? What's the best part of that genre for you?

(As some of you might know, my MacBook appears to have died, my phone refuses to reply to emails, and basically technology hates me. While I am in technological limbo it may take me a while to return your comments. I will do my best to get back to you soon!  In the meantime, I hope your technology is good to you!)

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Don't Listen

  Posted by Jemi , 29 January 2018 · 156 views

Don't listen with your ears
     for your ears
          will only hear the words

Don't listen with your ears
     those words
          could be filled with lies

     with hurt
          with anger
               with pain

Don't listen with your ears
     those words alone
          cannot convey the truth

Listen with your heart

Listen to the heartache
     the regrets
          the hopes

Listen to the cries
     for help
          and understanding

Listen to the scared
     the lonely
          and the lost

Don't listen with your ears
They'll only tell you words

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The Fire that Inspired Flaming Crimes by Chrys Fey (Part 7)

  Posted by Jemi , 16 January 2018 · 198 views

Please welcome the lovely Chrys Fey to the blog today!!!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Many scenes in Flaming Crimes (Disaster Crimes #4) came from real life. For this short blog tour, I am sharing my memories as a ten-part continuous story, so hop along for the entire experience.


Series: Disaster Crimes #4
Page Count: 304
Digital Price: 4.99
Print Price: 16.99
Rating: Spicy (PG13) 

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FLAMING GUEST POST PART SEVEN:
I returned home at dusk. When I walked in the house with my family, the first thing we saw was one of our cats lying right there in the walkway, as if nothing had happened. I remember thinking that if the house would have burned down, this cat would’ve died.

Before we went to bed, Monkey, the pregnant cat who had run out of my sister’s arms came back home. She was okay. But…another one of our cats had run out the door in the chaos and was still out there, somewhere.

When I went to bed, I had been afraid. The house stank like burned wood. A brush truck purred loudly in the woods next to my bedroom, making sure the fire was out and no hotspots would flare up. I woke up several times in the middle of the night, thinking the house was on fire, because smoke was imprinted on my sight. I could see it in the darkness, filling my bedroom. It wasn’t real, but it was to me. 

TO BE CONTINUED…

FLAMING CRIMES EXCERPT:
Trying to walk quickly, but not too fast to frighten the cat, was tricky. Beth made shooshing noises, as if she were comforting a baby, and fluffed the fur on Misty’s chest with her fingers, hoping the contact would soothe her. At Mrs. Caraway’s car, she slowly lowered her right hand to open the back door. Her plan was to gently toss the cat inside and shut the door before she could escape. She pulled on the door handle and had the door cracked open when Misty panicked. The cat fought her. Claws pierced through her T-shirt and sliced the skin on her stomach. Beth attempted to keep her hold on the lashing cat, but Misty let out a yowl and ran her nails up Beth’s arm. She let out a startled cry and instinctively released Misty, who darted across the lawn and into the woods. In her fear, Misty ran right to the thing she should’ve been running from—the fire.


The story will continue on these blogs:

1/8Circle of Friends Books - Part 1
1/9Sandra CoxPart 2
1/10Elements of EmaginettePart 3
1/11Julie FlandersPart 4
1/12I Think; Therefore, I YamPart 5
1/15Alex J. CavanaughPart 6
1/16Just JemiPart 7
1/17Sandra DaileyPart 8
1/18FundinmentalPart 9
1/19Elizabeth SeckmanPart 10


About the Author: Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.

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Thank you for reading this post! Don’t forget to hop along to the other posts on their designated days for the full fiery story.


SHARE: Your fire story with me.


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Thanks Chrys! What a fascinating story. Looking forward to the next few posts to see the whole story!

We've luckily been untouched by fire (with one close call). How about you? Any fire stories to share?

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Cover Reveal for Tick Tock!

  Posted by Jemi , 15 January 2018 · 194 views

I am thrilled to be able to share the cover of Tick Tock, the upcoming IWSG anthology. Release date is scheduled for May 1, 2018 and I can't wait for this to be out and about in the world!




The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

Release date - May 1, 2018
Mystery & Detective/Crime/Thrillers
Print ISBN 9781939844545 eBook ISBN 9781939844552

Isn't it great? I love it!!

(And apparently I didn't press Publish for this to go live this morning... #sigh #oops)

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IWSG & Schedules

  Posted by Jemi , 03 January 2018 · 128 views

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.


January 3rd QuestionWhat steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

Am I allowed to cry here? Or laugh ... hysterically?

Yeah, my life is more than a little wacky at the moment and things like schedules for anything other than the day job are more than a little loosey-goosey.

That said, I do tend to write during the weeknights - after the rest of my Real Life has been dealt with. I can usually get in thirty minutes to an hour a night, which isn't bad. Because of family commitments, the weekends tend to be a write-off (yep, pun intended). The whole attempt-at-publishing thing has been put on hold for the past 6 years due to Real Life and its many demands. Instead, I've been working on improving my craft and learning (there's always SO MUCH to learn!).

I'm hoping to one day have an actual schedule and be able to push my way into that publishing world!

How about you? Do you thrive on schedules or do they make your soul quiver?





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I Wish You

  Posted by Jemi , 31 December 2017 · 143 views

For 2018, I wish you...

Less hurry
More slow

Less take
More give

Less worry
More peace

Less rush
More time

Less hurt
More heart

Less struggle
More success

Less sad
More joy

Less lonely
More love

Sending hugs and hopes to all of my friends in the bloggyverse. 
May 2018 be kind to you and yours.


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IWSG & BackTracking

  Posted by Jemi , 06 December 2017 · 146 views

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.




Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

December 6 question - As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

Tough one. I'm one who prefers to look forward rather than backward. It was a very difficult year with several medical issues & dementia taking up huge amounts of our time and energy.

Writing-wise, I would wish that I'd been able to squeeze out more time for a rewrite that I put on hold at the end of the summer. My heart was full and I wasn't able to dig in with the energy & joy required. I haven't given up on the story, and with the input of an amazing crit buddy, I'm looking forward to that rewrite in the new year (after I finish up my NaNo project).

How about you? What writing projects are you looking forward to in the new year? Any rewind wishes? 


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