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Seductive Temptation is a limited edition collection of new, sexy BWWM romances, that will ignite your senses, and stimulate your deepest desires. Be prepared to be enamored with romantic tales that will leave you craving for more. This compilation is filled with alpha males and the bronze beauties they love.

Be warned, each story is a must-read tale that will tempt you to read long past your bedtime.

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Note: This collection contains content that is not appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Retain Me by Peyton Bank. “Attorney-client privileges has a whole new meaning…”

A Hero’s Love by Posey Parks. “Occasional hook-ups are what she proposed but I need more.”

Forever Harley’s by Elisabeth. “I want everyone to see how beautiful my girl is and for them to know they could never have her because she belongs to me.”

Pose For The Camera by Kiarra M. Taylor. “Two cover models, a series of sexy shoots, hands (and tongues) are bound to get…misplaced. Pose for the camera!”

Love Me Endlessly by Theresa Hodge. “He doesn’t share and neither does she.”

The Designer by ML Preston. “Measure twice, cut once is the saying. Where’d falling in love come from?”

Take Me Slow by Shani Greene-Dowdell. “If tonight is all we have, please take it slow.”

Karma by Donna R. Mercer. “He was a playboy used to getting any and every woman that he wanted until his date with…”

Dark Angel by Reana Malori. “Her beauty is the reason he wants her, but his darkness is what makes her stay.”

Summertime Sadness by L.B. Keen. “A memory of a kiss brings about a passion that she never expected.”

Roll the Dice by Janae Keyes. “One weekend to escape, and with the roll of the dice, I’m his to gamble.”

BX: The Boyfriend Experience by Sade Rena. “An experience that leaves her wishing he was her boyfriend.”

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Fall TV

Fall is here. Most of the fall TV shows have already premiered. There are some that premiere late. Today I’ll share with you which shows I’m watching and which ones I’ve dropped. I’ll also share the ones I’ve tried.

WATCHING:

  • Criminal Minds – They are doing a good job even without some of the main characters we grew to love. I’m loving the newer cast too.
  • NCIS – I’m missing Abby and Reeves, but it’s still a good show.
  • NCIS LA – Still loving this show as well.
  • Football – what is there to say.
  • New Amsterdam – I’m loving this new show. I’m sure they’ll bring some romance in it, hopefully it won’t have all sex and drama.

SOON TO START:

  • Flash – I enjoyed the premiere I just watched. However, I hope Flash doesn’t become so needy. We will see.
  • Supergirl – I’m on the fence about this season. I don’t care her, I just like the rest of the cast.
  • Legends of Tomorrow – I like the cast connections and their disorganization at times.
  • Arrow – I prob will only watch it because of the crossovers.

DROPPED:

  • NCIS New Orleans – Just no. I barely finished the season last year. Just not working for me.
  • MacGyver – I don’t really know why, but I was just bored trying to watch it this season.

TRIED:

  • 911 – While this was good, it’s way too emotional. These 911 situations bring tears to my eyes. I just can’t.
  • FBI – I couldn’t event get past the premiere.
  • Hawaii Five-O – I’m actually playing catchup and it’s kind of annoying. I get that McGarrett is the main character, but why does he have to be so selfish???

Before the Internet

Once upon a time there was life before the internet. Yes I know, ya’ll millennial children don’t really know any thing about that. Those GenX and Baby Boomers and beyond know what I’m talking about. Don’t get me wrong, even for us, sometimes we sit and say “How did we ever survive before the internet?” You know what? We did! We still had fun. Today I want to talk about some of the things we did before the internet. Are you with me? Great. Let’s get this party started!

  • Before there were Kindles and other reading devices and phones to read on, we read books. Yes physical books were in our hands. We turned real pages instead of digital ones. Yes, it was heavier to travel with, but we did.
  • Before texting we were calling our friends on the phone, going to their house or playing outside. Even the first cell phones didn’t have texting. Yes it’s true. If our friends were not local and long distance, we wrote letters not emails. Took longer to receive, but the joy was so much worth it.
  • Before Google, Siri and Alexa there was the Library. When we did reports or needed information we went to the library. Even when you went to the library you had to know how to find the book you needed, not just type it in a search box. In some cases we may have had your own encyclopedias at home which helped out a great deal, at least for me it did. When I got tired of going to the stuffy library I went to a book store. We couldn’t look information up online like we do now.
  • Before Google search to find phone numbers you had to pull out the big yellow phone book and go through the yellow pages. You made sure you had one or two in the house at all times. When the new one came you knew the schools will be asking for donations next to recycle. See how long it takes to find business information! Fun times!
  • Before Google search, yes again, there was the 411 information line. You dial 411 to get a business phone number. Better write it down because they charge for direct connection.
  • Before the fancy phones that allows you to save phone numbers online you had to keep a phone book or memorize the numbers. If we were arrested today most of us maybe in trouble because we may only know one number. Don’t forget the little black book the players use to have!
  • Before there was Napster and the current downloading engines on our phones, to get new music you had to buy the tape, record, or whatever was in at the time and listen to the whole thing. With the invention of cassette tapes you can record from the radio (if you caught it in time) or from another tape.
  • Before notifications and breaking news alerts you got your news from TV on the news or through daily news papers.
  • Before Netflix, VUDU, and fire sticks there was video stores. You either bought the VHS from a store or rented one from the video store. It was like the library, you had a card to rent movies for a specific period of time. Who remembers Blockbuster, Video Warehouse and Movie Gallery???
  • Before DVR, Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services there was no watching your show later. You watched it when it aired, or when VHS began recording you could record it in hopes that the person you asked liked you enough to remember to do it on time.
  • Before Verizon Maps, Google Maps or map quest, there were actual paper/plastic maps and you could buy them in books too. Who remembers highlighting your route?? Thank you GPS!
  • Before direct deposits there were paper checks. You either went to get your payroll check from your job or it was mailed to you, then you had to physically go to the bank to cash it or deposit it. There was no scanning the check on your phone app either.
  • Before cell phones there were pay phones. Yes you had to put change in the phone to make a call. That forced you to keep change on you just in case. Hope you had that phone book we talked about or memorized the number or you’ll be flipping through the white pages of the phone book in the booth.

Did you enjoy that list? What did you do before the internet?

Waiting To Exhale

I’ve been wanting, or rather waiting to exhale for a minute.  I didn’t know the best way to do it.  Don’t worry, I don’t plan to be vicious.  I also won’t be calling out names, that’s never nice.  If you feel guilty, that’s probably means you are guilty.  I’m just saying.

So, some of you know I had total knee replacement surgery on September 4th.  Most of the people around me knew about that about a month before.  Trust me, I was counting down the days.  I was in so much pain, I was so ready for it.  So, what I don’t understand is people who act all surprised.  I don’t want a pity party, you don’t have to call, text or visit.  All that don’t bother me, it just shows me who’s real in my friends are and who’s not.

If you don’t text, call or visit, don’t act all concerned when you see me or see something I post because all of sudden you realize you haven’t seen me in a while. One thing I can’t stand is fake concern or caring.  No, I don’t expect or need my phone blowing up as I’m recovering (even tho it already is), however if you truly cared, I would have heard from you at some point.  I don’t need nor want fake friends or acquaintances in my circle.  I need true friends and business networking partners.  Even though I’m recovering I’m still reaching to those that are shut in.  Maybe I can’t drive just yet, but they know I care because I reach out to them, I ask questions to find out how they really are doing, because I really do.

My advice to everyone, if you have a friend, co-worker, or team member that will be down for a bit, don’t wait for them to contact you.  Show some genuine care and concern.  Reach out to them. Some of them may not have the care I have.  They  may actually need something or some help.   I know we all lead busy lives, but taking a few minutes so show you care (and not hindsight caring either).

I’ve just felt the need to share that. The need to exhale has been sitting with me for a few days.  Needed to have that exhale.

Knee Replacement Journey Part 2

Here I am again. I’m now three weeks post surgery. To me, I’m surprised at the progress I’ve made. However, my doctors and therapist are pleased but not surprised.

I’m now able to get in my bed and the car without assistance. That’s in and out. I can also lift my leg while standing, sitting, and laying. My knee is bending at 106° angle! My doctor wants it 120°.  So I guess I’m getting there.  I always says small progress is still progress.  I’m still doing my physical therapy twice a week and doing my home exercises.

Now about some other things.  I don’t know if any of this is related to the surgery and the anesthetics, but I can feel my body going through some changes.  What kind of changes?  My sleeping is way off course.  Most nights I’m getting 2 hours at a time.  You talking about someone being way off balance.  I also can’t focus for long periods of time.  Normally my thoughts are going fifty miles per hour.  Now, not so much.  I’m told it will get better.  I hope so because I have things to do.  So, for now, I’m doing a lot of resting and doing some binge watching.  I do small projects here and there.  Doing some training and meditation to keep me going.

I’m so thankful for my mom.  She is giving so much of herself right now to help me get well.  For that, no amount of thankfulness will ever show how much I appreciate her and what she does.

People seem to always be amazed when they see me and my progress.  I’m sitting here like what?  I know everyone heals differently. I just be thinking my progress is so slow.  Then I hear stories of people that are at their 12 weeks and no where near where I am now and I’m surprised!  Before I had the surgery, I did so much research to ensure I was ready and prepared to do the work.  I know the pain would be there, especially that first week or so.  I also knew that it was going to take some serious drive to push through the pain.  I knew I’d be walking the day of surgery, knew I’d have to go to therapy the day after I got out the hospital.  I knew all this, was ready for it.  Maybe I’m progressing because I want it and I already knew what to expect, or maybe because I have a great doctor that explained everything in great detail.  When I look at things, it doesn’t matter how big or small the surgery I’m about to undergo, I take the time to research.  I may not know EVERYTHING the doctor knows but, I feel pretty good about what is about to happen.

So this is where I am right now.  I’m three weeks and one day post surgery.  The one thing that tickles me is how people want to see my scar.  They want to compare to theirs or a close family member.  I don’t have a problem showing them.  I know at first I was just scared to look at my own scar, but now, I’m good with looking at it.  It’s healing pretty well.

Have you or someone you know had a total knee replacement surgery?  If so, can you share how you were at three weeks?

Total Knee Replacement Journey

What is a total knee replacement: Total knee replacement, or total knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which parts of the knee joint are replaced with artificial parts (prostheses). A normal knee functions as a hinge joint between the upper leg bone (femur) and the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula).

Total knee replacement is a common procedure. Most people hear good and bad things about it. I know I did. As a matter of fact I still am. Over the next few months I’m going to take you on this journey with me.

My why:

Last year I had a knee scope where they repaired a torn ligament. At that time they saw the arthritis, but it wasn’t as bad. Cleaning the torn ligament was great, kept my knee from buckling. He told me that EVENTUALLY I’d need the total knee replacement. He didn’t expect me back a year and some change later. I was at the point that if I worked all day I could barely make it to my car before my knee gave out.

So I started with prayer and a discussion with my family and doctor. My doctor laid out all my options, the good and bad. Some options may work temporarily, others didn’t have enough research to give a good enough percentage. So after all that I decided to go with the total knee replacement.

I worked a month up until my surgery to help my team out. That was the longest month of pain. A week before your surgery you have to stop taking anything that works like a blood thinner like pain pills. The only thing I was pretty much able to take was tlynol. That does nothing. However, I made it.

The morning of surgery was farley pleasant. I already knew I’d stay at least one night. Some have to stay longer, do not be surprised. I did a lot of research leading to this day. I was nervous, but ready. I was really glad I was the first surgery if the day.

Now here’s where it gets interesting to me. Now they did say I would have the spinal anaesthesia and something “where I wouldn’t remember what’s going on.” I was out like a light until the last few minutes. Yes y’all, I woke up!!! I couldn’t feel anything below my waist, couldn’t see anything beyond the sheet hanging up separating me, BUT I knee they were there. The anesthesiologist asked if I wanted to go back to sleep. I nodded my head yes but wanted to scream “duh of course”. Next thing I know I was in recovery room, then I as being wheeled to my room. Yes, my own private room.

As they got me situated I tried to regain clarity. For just having surgery I was very awake. I understood everything the nurses and Dr’s said. I was feed a liquid diet, then they served real food for lunch and dinner. Surprisingly they were farley decent.

Just had surgery right? In my room by lunch time, right? I was up walking before dinner!!!!!! Yes, physical therapy started the same day. Oh it hurt to get up, but once I was up I was good. Needless to say I limited my restroom breaks as much as possible.

Day after my surgery:

The day after consisted of me working hard so I can go home. Certain progress has to be made before your Dr allows you to go home. No problems on my end that I saw. The hardest part of the transition was getting in and out of the car. That ment bending my knee! My mom may have something else to say. The hardest part at home was getting out of my bed. That took anywhere from ten to fifteen minutes.

Almost 2 weeks later:

Now, I’m at the stage where I’m getting around better. Not great, but better. Not really taking any pain pills. While I can’t lift that leg just yet, the leg is getting stronger. I’m doing things I couldn’t do on day one. So I’m making progress. My therapists say I’m improving. Just have to make sure I continue doing my home exercises.

That’s where I am right now. I’m taking it one day at a time. I’ll be back shortly with more progress.

Things To Let Go Of Right Now

In life we tend to hold on to things that we need to let go of. Why do we do that? Sometimes it brings us comfort, or gives us strength or even hope. Did you know that some of those things are what hinders us from progressing to the level we need to. I know with me I’m consistently working on letting things go. Here are a few things we need to let go of in order to move forward:

  • Worrying about what has happened in the past – The past is just that, the past. The good and bad. We can’t change it, but can learn from it as long as we don’t allow it to swallow us up.
  • The need to be in control of everything – We like things to go a certain way, but many things are out of our control. Once we realize those things we can’t control, things get better.
  • The idea of a perfect life – Everyone is imperfect, therefore a perfect life will be non existent.
  • Fear of the unknown -This is easier said than done. Still, it does bring the stress level down.
  • Unhealthy relationships – This stress is just not worth it at all. If it is not bringing positivity into your line, let it go.
  • Worrying about things you can’t change – There are so many things we can’t change. We must focus on what we can change.
  • Clothing you haven’t worn in over a year – There are many reasons people keep clothes they haven’t worn. If you haven’t worn out in a year, what truly are the chances you’ll wear it? Let it go.
  • Comparing yourself to other people – On some level I understand doing this. Maybe you’re working with a mentor or trainer and there is SOME comparison. However, we don’t want to get in the mindset of “being like the Jones'”.
  • Your inscecurities -We all have some sort of insecurity. How we push past that defines who we are. Don’t allow that insecurity to determine your future.
  • Fear of failure – This one is huge for me personally. I know I’m not perfect and will not be perfect in everything I do. Therefore failure will sometimes happen. Understanding that has helped me not to fall in a funk.
  • Procrastining on important things – The first step is finding out why you procrastinate. Once you know why, you can begin to let it go. For example, I typically procrastinate when I feel overwhelmed. Solution? Planning and scheduling keeps me from being overwhelmed, thus I don’t procrastinate as much.
  • Overspending – Budgeting and planning will typically take care of this.
  • Worrying what others think of you – Why hold on to that stress? Yes we care about our brands and products. Those random thoughts of pettiness, let it go.
  • Excuses – Excuses can be a handicap. If you missed up, or forgot something, admit it, apologize and move on.
  • Your comfort zone – This can be hard, but once you do, you’ll olive yourself more for it. Step outside the box.
  • Grudges – Keeping grudges can affect your health. Most of the time the person we have grudge against isn’t even worth it.
  • Lazy habits that are holding you back -Nothing else needs to be said.
  • Gossip – Is it worth it? What could you be doing instead?
  • Any possessions that don’t bring you joy – Let it go!
  • Unrealistic expectations – Things applies to people and your goals!
  • Trying to make everyone happy – One word…IMPOSSIBLE
  • Jealousy – The energy you use on jealously and be used for something more productive.
  • Anyone or anything that doesn’t make you happy –

What are some things you are working on letting go of?

4th Quarter Goals

4th quarter is just about upon us. Let’s wrap it up the year with a bang so we can move into 2019 with an even bigger bang. One way to do this is by planning now for the next and final quarter of the year.

We want to ensure what your goals for this last quarter will benefit you in the best way so you can become better than yesterday. After all, if we are not better than we were the day before, what’s the point?

There are a few things you must remember when planning your goals. You want to make SMART goals! How many have you make SMART goals? Or do you just make random goals? Here is how you make SMART goals:

  • S – Specific (or Significant)
  • M – Measurable (or Meaningful)
  • A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented)
  • R – Relevant (or Rewarding)
  • T – Time bound (or Trackable)

Additional Tips:

  • Be precise
  • Set priorities
  • Write goals down

Here are some of my 4th quarter goals (pending the healing from my knee surgery):

  • Get back out in the community
  • Publish a poetry book
  • Plan my vision for 2019
  • Host a vision board party
  • Find an accountability partner or two
  • Partner up with other entrepuners
  • Complete a few projects that are already in the works
  • Hard push for my reading goal (especially while I’m recovering)
  • Increase my social media presence and engagement
  • Add some much needed ‘me time’ (need it during the holiday season)
  • Start on my personal goals early
  • Focus Focus Focus Focus

What are some of the fourth quarter goals? What can I do to help? Can we collaborate on any of those?

Better Version Of Yourself

We all like to be the better version of ourselves. Or at least most of us do, I hope. Everyday should be an improvement over the day before. Each day we should be getting better and always improving on the better version of ourselves. Self-improvement is always the the key. Here are a few ways I use to continue to improve myself. Some ways are easier than others, but I try to work on something daily.

Tips:

  • Honest self-reflection – It’s important to be honest with yourself about who you are, where you are right now and where you want to go. Anything less, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
  • Maximize your strength – Those strengths that you have should be utilized to help create the better version of yourself.
  • Work through your weaknesses – We all have weaknesses. Identify them and begin working on them. No, don’t tackle them all at once.
  • Commit to long term therapy – Commit to taking the time you need to improve.
  • Practice mediation – Remember the simple and most important things.
  • Give back to others – Be kind and generous. Giving back to others don’t have to be huge and/or publicized.
  • Get out of your comfort zone – One small step out of your comfort zone will help you step further out. You never know what you’ll like until you do it.
  • Imagine who you want to be. What does that look like? – You should be able to visualize the best version of yourself.
  • Develop a thick skin – This takes work, but will benefit you as you continue grow.
  • Figure out what you need to change to get there – Don’t wait, start making those changes today.
  • Adopt good habits – Once you start getting rid of bad habits you need to fill that space with good habits.
  • Break down the ideal you into small managable steps
  • Create a plan and list of goals – 1/2/3/5/8/10 years – Look at it regularly to keep you focused
  • Do the small steps everyday – Yes everyday
  • Learn new skills – This always helps you grow and get better.
  • Create bigger steps – As you start completing the small steps, move on to the bigger steps.
  • Be happy
  • Praise yourself – You may not be where you want to be, but progress is progress, celebrate it.

What have you done to create the better version of yourself?