That’s How the Cookie…er…Game Crumbles…

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Apparently the Broncos are who are going to beat those Bengals…

**This post is also up at Paranormal Romantics.**

Odd title for a post, I know. Right? It is. I’ve just finished watching my favorite sport–football. I’m a die hard, dyed in the wool Bengals fan. You’re not? That’s okay. Not even a fan of football? That’s fine, too. Different strokes for different folks.

So why post about football on a paranormal romance blog? The answer is simple–well, it is for me. I use my football games as therapy and a reason to write. I get a few hours (hopefully) to sit and write. I’m a late night writer. Once everyone is in bed and the house is quiet, that’s when I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. But on Sunday, I give myself the luxury of writing. The family leaves me alone and allows me to be creative.

Now I bet you’re wondering. How does this apply to cookies and crumbling…and writing? As I said, I just finished watching my beloved Bengals play. It’s Monday night and I have to admit, the Bengals do NOT deal well with prime time play. They don’t handle that kind of stress well. The first half started off fine, but I had this feeling and I was right. The curse of prime time came back to haunt us.

What does this have to do with me? I’m not on the team. I’m a fan. I’m pretty sure I bleed black and orange. What this has to do with writing is that it’s really hard to write romance and hard to write happy thoughts when the team you love… isn’t performing.

I’m trying to finish my latest Sanctuary story and it’s hard as heck to focus when I’m spending more time hollering at the television–hey, I get into my games–than I am at putting those fingers to the keyboard. I know where the story has to go. That’s the beauty of the notes I took the night before. I’m prepared, but I can’t get my head into the story.

There are a few pluses to all of this. Yes, my team lost. Yes, I would’ve liked a better ending than the quarterback DROPPING the football. But…there is a silver lining. We made it to the playoffs. We’re in. We didn’t get a bye week, but then again, we didn’t exactly earn it. Have I given up on my team? Nope. There’s always next week–well, there is until the season is over and then there’s always next season.

I have to add in here that the Bengals have an interesting history. For the lion’s share of my fandom, they haven’t been the best team. That’s taught me something very important and I apply it to my writing–the game, team, story might not be working out right now, but that’s no reason to give up.

The same applies to tonight. I wanted to scream at the players and I admit, I turned the channel as soon as the game ended. But I’m not giving up on my team and I didn’t give up on my story. Sanctuary, Book 5 has been written. Shortly, it’ll be turned in.

So that’s how the cookie crumbles. You win some and you lose some, but never give up. I’m not. I’m still a card carrying member of Who Dey nation and I love my Bengals. I love my lion shifters, too. Thank goodness I can have a rest until next week–at least with football. I’m going to need it. As for writing? I’ve got another work in progress calling my name. I’ll get up in the morning and start on that story. Never surrender.

🙂

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Bonding with Ben  Bonding With Ben

Sanctuary Book 4

Resplendence Publishing

M/M, Anal Sex, Masturbation

Novella

Sometimes the biggest hurdle in life is accepting who you are and what you want.

Joe Dallas thought he’d escaped the draw of the shifters at the Sanctuary. He doesn’t mind. With his tendency to keep relationships simple, he doesn’t want to get involved with a lion shifter. Then there’s Ben. The quiet shifter piques Joe’s attention. When Joe accompanies Ben on a rescue mission, he realizes the attraction isn’t one-sided. But can a shifter and a human really make a relationship work? Joe isn’t sure.

Ben knows who he wants in his life and bed—Joe. The lion wants to bond with the human he desires. The difference in their species doesn’t bother him a bit. Will the shifter be able to convince Joe they have a future or will fear dominate and destroy the love before it can blossom?

Warning: Once you’re in the sight of this shifter, you may be the “mane” attraction. This lion doesn’t give up until he has his prey.

Available at:

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-bondingwithbensanctuarybookfour-1937295-340.html

http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/m8/793-978-1-60735-921-0–bonding-with-ben-sanctuary-book-four-by-megan-slayer.html

​EXCERPT:

Copyright 2015, Megan Slayer, All Rights Reserved

What was it about Ben that kept Joe thinking about him? He closed his eyes and stood under the searing-hot spray. With other guys, Joe did the casual thing. Have a good time but no strings, so no one got hurt. Until now, that plan had worked. Right?
Kind of. Sure, he had nothing holding him down, but when he looked at John and Markas together, jealousy hit. He wanted that kind of devotion. Would he get it with Ben?

Ben was certainly different. He was innocent and deserved someone worthy of him. Joe wasn’t worthy of too much of anything. He’d had a little too much fun and broken a few too many hearts along the way. Ben needed true devotion and a good match.

Joe snorted. He was great as a reporter and nosy as hell, but he sucked at relationships. Ben deserved a partner, not a player.

Still, he liked Ben. He worried about the shifter and wanted him to be happy. Could Joe make Ben happy? Doubtful.

Joe opened his eyes and washed the cum from his body. He’d be a friend and help Ben find a suitable partner. No romantic entanglements—just friendship—even if it damn near killed him not to be the man in Ben’s arms and bed.

This was one situation he couldn’t screw up.​

Monday Morning Armchair Quarterback ~ Week 16

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The Bengals don’t play until tonight, but I wanted to make sure I was on time, so I’m posting these now. I’m excited because we’ve made it to the playoffs. Now if we could just WIN in said playoffs…then I’d be happy. But we’ll worry about that later. Right now is for having fun!

Now for those Honorable Mentions:

“Split the two tight ends.”

With what?

“One of my favorite guys to watch.”

Mine, too.

“He is their leader in the back end.”

We love our leader, oh yes we do.

“The ball is out.”

He’s ready to play, today!

Nice.

~

Now onto those Quotes of the Week. I love finding these and am still shocked the commentators actually say this stuff. 

“Bangs that through.”

Through what? I thought the idea was just to bang…Hmm…

“Complete confusion on the back end.”

Now I don’t believe that. They know exactly what they are doing in the back end.

“Gonna sneak it in.”

That sounds terrible–unless that’s what they want.

“One hand under and sorta pancake it.”

What exactly are we pancaking? Sounds painful.

~

Now for the Doozy of the Week. Woooweee….

“Runs to the edge, but sometimes you’ve gotta just smack it up in there.”

I’d say easing it in there would be more fun, but sometimes smacking works, too. Smack it up in there… Oy… 

Thanks for reading and checking out my thoughts on the games. I’ve got release news and cover art to post this week, so stay tuned!!

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Andy Dalton, #14, Quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals
By Melissa Batson (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0

Sexy Snippet Saturday ~ Learning How to Bend

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Today’s Sexy Snippet Saturday is an oldie, but a goodie. I love this story and hope you do, too.

Learning How to Bend by Wendi Zwaduk

Contemporary, Erotic Romance

Menage, M/F, M/F/M, Voyeurism, Anal Sex

Short Story

Totally Bound

Their marriage is about to fall apart, but not if she can help it and hes LearningHowToBendwilling to bend.

Abby Donovan imagined nothing could change her simple life as a librarian. Her loving husband Seth, a mechanic in the Air National Guard, is scheduled to return from a short deployment in Iraq. Before he gets home, a letter arrives. It seems Seth is asking for a divorce. She must decide whether to walk away without a fight or to wait and confront him with the thing he’s always dreamed of – a ménage a trois. But all is not as it seems.

Seth Donovan wanted an idyllic life to go along with his career in the military. Then he sees the atrocities of war firsthand. A conversation with a colleague ends up as fodder for the rumour mill and so much more. Seth never wanted a divorce. He wants his wife. Will she accept him despite the rumours and advances from another man? Or can their relationship withstand the turmoil of war?

Contains Light Bondage and a Smoking Hot Ménage a Trois!

Available here:

https://www.totallybound.com/learning-how-to-bend?author_id=125

http://www.amazon.com/Learning-How-to-Bend-ebook/dp/B0042FZY6Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1317909685&sr=8-2

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-learninghowtobend-452973-147.html

Now for those Seven Sexy lines: 

Abby hooked her fingers into the waistband of Nate’s jeans, pulling his shirt free so she could explore his rock-hard stomach with her hands and lips. I’m so far out of my comfort zone… but I like it.

“Honey, Seth’s sportin’ a tent.”

She opened her eyes to take in the look of pleasure on Nate’s face. “So let’s give him a show. I want him so hot he can’t keep away.”

“Yeah.” Nate panted. “I forgot he likes to watch.”

“He does, and I want to titillate him.”

Monday Morning Armchair Quarterback ~ Week 15

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My Bengals managed to pull one out there in San Fran. Dalton’s out, but McCarron did something that hasn’t been done in a while…he managed to win one. Great for a Bama boy. We made it to the playoffs, so that’s a plus. A win against the Broncos would help and so would a win in the playoffs. 

Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is a playoff win.

Sincerely, Wendi/Megan

Now for those Honorable Mentions:

“Split the two tight ends.”

With what?

“One of my favorite guys to watch.”

Mine, too.

“He is their leader in the back end.”

We love our leader, oh yes we do.

“The ball is out.”

He’s ready to play, today!

Nice.

~

Now onto those Quotes of the Week. Grin. These are a giggle.

“Do something to earn the hot hand.”

As opposed to a cold one. That would stink and be chilly.

“They just don’t have enough healthy bodies inside.”

They’ve overworked their line.

“big tight ends.”

And they’ve been working out, too.

“definitely has some spring in those legs.”

He’s got to tote around that big tight end on something.

~

Now for the Doozy of the Week.

“Rides him down.”

Better than riding him up, I suppose. But he likes being ridden, so it’s all good. 

Thanks for reading and checking out my thoughts on the games. I’ve got release news and cover art to post this week, so stay tuned!!

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Andy Dalton, #14, Quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals
By Melissa Batson (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0

Monday Morning Armchair Quarterback ~ Week 14

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It’s time for the funnies. I’m not thrilled, though. My Bengals suffered a heck of loss with Dalton being out, but maybe McCarron can pull through for them. The loss to the Steelers sucked, but there’s always next week. Here’s hoping this coming week is much better.

Now for those Honorable Mentions:

“They’ve got two big ones.”

And what are they going to do with them?

“Pile drove him to the ground.”

Is he one of the big ones?

“Flawless arm.”

He makes the big ones very happy with that arm.

“Limited touches.”

Wonder why? Is he dangerous with that flawless arm?

You never know.

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Now onto those Quotes of the Week. Grin. These are a giggle.

“He’s hit six different targets.”

Because he’s just that good.

“Excellent movement in the pocket.”

After hitting six targets, he should be excellent. Just sayin’.

“Gets it out so fast, so good, it’s seamless.”

He’s had lots of practice.

“Went sideways with the body and through that tiny crease.”

Goodness. Just…goodness.

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Now for the Doozy of the Week. Chuckle. It’s kind of dangerous to let me watch football. Not with stuff like this being said.

“Trying to get a double-team going on.”

Seriously.

I want to watch. I do. And maybe record it. But everyone has to want it.

Thanks for reading and checking out my thoughts on the games. I’ve got release news and cover art to post this week, so stay tuned!!

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Andy Dalton, #14, Quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals
By Melissa Batson (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0