Friendly Friday ~ other recommendations

We’ve come to the end of Rio Week in Las Vegas. Boy, does time fly!
So to wrap up the week, here are a few more recommendations I can make…
The Carnival World Buffet ~ go hungry and plan to stay awhile! Oh, and expect to wait in line to get in if you go at common eating times. I think there was one time we waited a good hour and a half to get to the register, pay and go in. But the wait is worth it. Check out this link for more information on this wonderful buffet:
All American Bar and Grille ~ The website states that the restaurant has burgers but I don’t remember seeing them on the menu—lots of seafood and steaks, and other high priced food, but no burgers and fries. They do have a potato soup there that is awesome in my opinion.
The Village Seafood Buffet ~ I went there the night I first moved into town which was 6.5 years ago & I thought it was fantastic. Don’t know what it’s like now, but if you like/love seafood, then this is a place to try out.
Penn & Teller ~ looking for comedy and magic? Then this is the show to see & you can meet them in the lobby afterwards!

Friendly Friday

I know I’ve been MIA the past few weeks. Like I mentioned in another post, I was dealing with behind the scene duties for a competition and now it’s catch up time with my neglected promo and writing.
For now though, check out my recent interview:
And in the coming days, check out Rio Week here on the blog where I’ll talk about a place in Las Vegas right off the strip.
Have a great weekend!

Friendly Friday

Helpful reminders about the sun and summer ~
It’s that time of year ~ summer time!  The following is an article I found in some items from my other line of work. Like I tell my clients in regard to any new supplements/treatments/lifestyle changes, please check with your physician to make sure it’s all right to use them.
~ Here Comes the Sun ~ Updated UV Index Shines Light on Rays
A crucial warning system has been recently updated for your skin’s protection. In compliance with the World Health Organization, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Weather Service revamped the UV Index, a system created to alert people about the level of harmful ultraviolet (UV) light rays from the sun. Overexposure to UV rays can cause wrinkles and premature aging, skin cancer, cataracts, and immune system suppression.
Many factors influence the strength of UV rays: UV light is stronger in the summer, at higher altitudes, and in areas closer to the equator. It’s also stronger at midday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun is directly overhead.
The new UV index ranges from 0-11 with guidelines as follows:
0-2: low. Minimal exposure for the average person, but watch for reflected UV from snow and water.
3-5: moderate. Stay in the shade during midday. Cover-up outside.
6-7: high. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and a sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. Avoid midday sun.
8-10: very high. Take extra precautions, and avoid midday sun. Wear protective clothing.
11: extreme. Take all precautions, seek shade, and avoid midday sun. If possible, stay indoors.
As part of its daily forecast, the National Weather Service publishes the UV index for each area of the country. Go to and enter your zip code to find your UV index for the day. The Weather Channel, as well as most local TV stations, include the UV index in their weather forecast. It can also be found at  For a detailed description of the UV index, or for more information on sun protection, visit
This article is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to diagnose and/or treat any conditions. Please check with your physician to make sure it’s all right to use new products and/or change your regimen. Newsletter article courtesy of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
& if you’re out in the sun and heat, make sure to drink plenty of water.
Water: Did you know that if a person is feeling thirsty, fatigued, headachy, hungry, or is cramping, they are most likely dehydrated?  Did you know that your body produces about one cup of water a day in the process of converting food to energy but loses about ten cups through respiration, excretion, and sweating and combined with drinking sugary and/or caffeinated beverages and not enough plain water most people are dehydrated and don’t even know it?  Did you know that athletes, physically active people and those living in hot, dry climates are even more susceptible to dehydration?  A good rule of thumb when it comes to drinking water: drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day.  So if you’re 150 lbs then you should be drinking at least 75 oz of water a day.

A friendly tip for Friday~ 07/02

Taking a Breather
The Scoop on Meditation ~ A Simple Practice with Profound Benefits
People who meditate regularly appear internally and externally five to 10 years younger than their non-meditating peers, according to author Deepak Chopra. That’s good news for the estimated 10 million people who practice meditation on an ongoing basis and experience the resulting calm it cultivates.
The rich benefits come from doing something that looks like nothing: Sitting still, being quiet, and breathing deeply. Meditation works simply but profoundly by defusing the onslaughts of life — a racing mind, busyness, deadlines, commutes, all of which have physiological effects on well-being.
Meditation calms the nervous system, decreases metabolic rate, heart rate, and blood pressure, and lowers levels of cholesterol, stress hormones, and free radicals. It also has a direct effect on breathing, slowing and deepening respiration so more oxygen circulates throughout the body. Not only that, meditation is said to lessen feelings of anxiety and depression and improve memory and concentration. And all of this culminates in slowing the aging process, as Chopra notes.
There are many meditation techniques, including focusing on a mantra, a sacred word or phrase, or your breath. But the basic intent of all meditation is focus and attention. And it doesn’t take hours a day in an ashram to meditate effectively. Benefits kick in with even a short period of devoted time.
How to begin? Wear comfortable, unrestrictive clothes, sit on a cushion or chair with your back straight (think once again, comfort), rest your hands on your legs, let your eyes go soft and out of focus or close them, breathe slowly and deeply, and — the hardest part — attempt to empty your mind of thoughts and quiet the internal dialogue.
When thoughts flit through your mind, let them pass without judging them and come back to your focus (your mantra, counting, etc.) and breathing. Start with this sitting meditation technique for five minutes a day, and add on time as you get more at ease with the process. For more information on techniques and benefits, check out

This article is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to diagnose and/or treat any conditions. Please check with your physician to make sure it’s all right to use new products and/or change your regimen.
Newsletter article courtesy of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

Friendly Friday ~ 06/25/10

Recently I had a review come in for my story Beautiful People. It’s one of the lowest scores I’ve ever received on a story, but I understand where the reviewer was coming from. Thing is, though, if the material/subject matter of the story was going to be a problem, why did she review it? I’m thinking that maybe there was an assumption that the story was romantic in nature and that’s the mindset the reviewer went in with. I don’t know. Beautiful People was a slide back to my horror roots. It was a walk on the dark side of life.  I have other books that are feel good, HFN/HEA stories, but Beautiful People is not one of them.
This review is a good thing, though, and contemplation of the matter prompted me to put this friendly message out there reminding the public/reviewers/readers to:
1. Read the information about the book & make sure it fits the genre(s) you like to read.
2. Read up on the author to make sure they write what you like to read. I’m an eclectic writer so I’ll have a mix from no-sex/romance books to gory/erotica/horror books.

3. If you like HFN’s/HEA’s/Feel Good books try to find out if the book has one/fits the FG parameter so you’re not disappointed. Usually if a book is listed as a Romance, then you can expect a HFN/HEA. If it’s not listed as a Romance, don’t expect it to have a lovey dovey couple and a gushy ending. [Case in point, no where did it say that Beautiful People is a romance or has romantic elements. It’s a Contemporary Horror Mystery, Erotic and Beyond, Menage (m/f/m).  Not erotic romance nor a happy-happy-joy-joy story. It’s a cautionary tale about how people treat one another and a dark look at what can happen.]
4. If the publisher has ratings on their site, they are there for a reason! It’s to let the buyer/reader know of the kind of material in the book. & If the rating doesn’t suit one’s personality then it’d be best if the book is passed on. [Beautiful People is rated 5 Flames. As per the flame ratings on the eXtasy books site, “5 flames = Devil’s Breath: Caveat Emptor. May include graphic violence, offensive language, and/or exotic sexual practices.”]
5. Lastly, if you are going to read the story and put out information about it in a review or comments or the like, please make sure what you say matches the story. [All characters in the story Beautiful People are out of high school, having graduated, and are of legal age. Yes, teens do have sex. Shocker, I know. If you like movies such as Friday the 13th, Halloween, Scream, etc. then you’ll probably like this story.]
That said, if you’re interested in checking out the review, visit: review was removed due to incorrect listing of genre. it had been listed as a romantic suspense which was why it had been reviewed as a romance when it’s contemporary horror and has no romantic elements whatsoever.
If you’re interested in the book, visit:
I will say that the one nice thing in the review was that the reviewer did state reviews are subjective and what one may hate another may love. Kudos for that.