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Musical Mondays- My Funny Valentine

Fall in love with one of my favorite male musicians – Miles Davis.

Foreplay never sounded so good.

Stay sexy and

Happy Valentine’s Day,





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Spreading the Love – Blog Hop

What better way to spread the love on Valentine’s Day than by indulging your senses with: reading; listening; tasting; and feeling it?


Reading – There are some wonderful authors who are part of this blog hop, so browse their sites and sample their writing. You can also win some great prizes while you’re at it.

Listening – I’m a huge fan of music, and sexy songs are great for this time of year. Below is a sample of my all-time favorites:

1. Cream / Prince & The New Power Generation

2. Sex Bomb / Tom Jones

3. Let’s Get It On / Marvin Gaye

4. Slave To Love / Bryan Ferry

5. Ain’t Got No/I Got Life / Nina Simone

6. Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes / Taj Mahal

7. A Girl Like You / Edwyn Collins

8. For Our Elegant Caste / Of Montreal

9. I’m A Man / Black Strobe

10. I’m on Fire / Bruce Springsteen

11. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe / Barry White

12. Start Me Up / The Rolling Stones

13. The Jean Genie / David Bowie

14. Brown Eyed Girl / Van Morrison

15. Love to Love You Baby / Donna Summer

16. SuperFreak / Rick James

Tasting – I’m not a sweets-type person, but I do indulge in dark chocolate this time of year. It’s great for the libido: Champagne Truffles – Teuscher of Switzerland is my favorite.

Finally … feeling – Feel the love. I don’t mean the saccharine Hallmark card sentiments, but love the one you’re with. If not with anyone, no worries, remember to love yourself—you deserve it.

To get to the next stop on the blog hop, just go here . I’m giving away a hard copy of my book, Fall into Winter as part of this blog hop.  To be eligible to win, leave a comment here on this post.

Stay sexy,



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Inside the Author’s Mind – Robert James Russell

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Writer’s Block or Writer’s Withdrawal?

I started writing Fall into Winter, my book of erotic novellas, February 2010. I had been writing non-stop for a few months and then suddenly hit a wall. This wall manifested itself as two weeks of staring at my laptop—typing, deleting, retyping, and walking away at the end of each day no further ahead in my manuscript.  I had been going at a manic pace up until that point—1500 words per day at six, sometimes seven days a week for close to three months.  I was addicted to writing, and the words had spilled out of me with little effort, so much so that when the wellspring of ideas suddenly dried up, I became a nervous wreck.

If it sounds like I’m comparing the inability to write with the feeling of withdrawing from drug use—I am. Sure, I’m using a sledgehammer to illustrate a point, but that’s how I felt about it at the time.

Writing was my cocaine—I craved it, was obsessed by it. The rest of my life had fallen by the wayside, replaced by the high of snorting lines of text from a page, knowing that each day brought me closer and closer to my goal of writer’s nirvana—a finished product in the form of a book.

I recalled mumbling incoherently to myself those first days when I couldn’t meet my word count (yes, I’m one of those writers who thinks word count is important, at least for now), trying to calm down, trying not to panic. I reassured myself that every writer must go through a dry spell. I was certain I would get my mojo back, but when? During that period of unproductiveness, I developed a nervous twitch. As I positioned my hands over the keyboard, willing my fingers to type words I’d be happy with, I’d make a peculiar shaking motion with my head, resembling one of  those bobblehead dolls. I reasoned I needed some sort of  physical movement to loosen the words stuck against the walls of my brain. What I probably needed was a shrink, but I digress.

Call it writer’s block or whatever you like, but I knew I was suffering from withdrawal—writer’s withdrawal. Without my fix of it, I was showing symptoms of:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Social isolation

My writing crashed with my story “The Norwegian.” The male lead was a hot, sexy Norwegian biathlete. I could see him, hear his voice, and even smell his scent. That’s how real he was to me. What I struggled with was the female lead. Who was she? What was her conflict?  How did she meet the male lead? Because I loved the male character so much, how could I write a female that was a match for him and real at the same time?

You know the old saying that writers should write about what they know? Well, that tidbit of information got me over the shakes. I channeled my angst into the story by answering the questions I had been struggling with:

  • Who was she? A writer
  • What was her conflict? She had writer’s block
  • How did she meet the male lead? She holed herself up in a winter cabin to complete her latest book when he showed up.

I got over the hump of my writer’s withdrawal after that, and you know what the great thing about it was? Catharsis. I felt so much stronger after breaking down that wall.

Stay sexy,


Writing Challenge:  WRITER’S BLOCK
  1. Second Tuesday 2: Words Shy of Daylight – Alberta Ross
  2. 12 & a 1/2 Ways to Deal with Writer’s Block – Ruchira Mandal
  3. Second Tuesday – Writer’s Block – Patti Larsen
  4. Iain the Cat opines on Writer’s Block – Jeannie
  5. Using Writer’s Block as an Excuse to not Write – Rebeca Schilller
  6. Writer’s Block – Gary Varner
  7. Second Tuesday – Writer’s Block and the Tooth Fairy – Annetta Ribken
  8. Writer’s Block or Writer’s Withdrawal? – Eden Baylee
  9. Breaking Past Writer’s Block – Elise VanCise
This post is part of a monthly writing challenge known as “Second Tuesday,” written by members of the Fellow Writers’ Facebook group. Click on any link above to read another “Second Tuesday” post. Enjoy!


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Musical Mondays – “I’m a Man”

I thought it fitting to start off the first Musical Mondays’ post in February with a song about being a man. It is, after all, Marvelous Male Month, and I love heavy testosterone-driven songs.

I’m also a fan of raw lyrics, and this song certainly has that. Backing up the legendary Muddy Waters are the Rolling Stones.

Enjoy and stay sexy,



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