Thursday, December 31, 2015

#AFTH2015 w/ Shayla Black and Lexi Blake--Oh, 2015. The lessons learned...

A little bit of double trouble hitting us today. lol Shayla Black and Lexi Blake (who are a fab writing duo) are taking over. These two are so much fun! They both write individually but as a team too. Lots of delicious bdsm, alpha males and suspense that'll warm ya up in all the right ways <winks>

Give the ladies a nice welcome then hit those comments! ~anna

It’s New Years Eve. What does that really mean? For some of us it’s a time to give thanks for all the blessings 2015 brought to us. For others it’s a time to give the whole year a big old middle finger and pray that 2016 is marginally better. For me it’s a time to truly reflect on the good and bad of the year. So here we go. Things 2015 taught me.

10. If there’s an earthquake, I’m putting on my highest heels and running to the top of the tallest building and waiting for the Rock to show up in a helicopter. Seriously, this is the only way to survive.

9. If the dinosaurs go shit all crazy on me, I’m putting on a pair of heels and running as fast as I can. Hey, it worked for Bryce Dallas Howard.

8. If the whole writing thing goes to hell, I know how to work a stripper pole. Oh, no one might want to see me with my clothes off, but I survived RT Party Bus 2015 by holding on to said stripper pole while singing “Sweet Child of Mine” at the top of my lungs. And yes—I was totally wearing heels.

7. No matter how long something’s been out, if I try to discuss it on social media, I will be accused of spoiling shit. I’m not kidding. I could put something out about the freaking Wicked Witch dissolving from a bucket of water and someone’s going to come back yelling at me that they hadn’t watched that yet and how dare I. Seriously, people, if it’s been a year, it’s NOT a spoiler.

6. I learned I have a total no-fly zone when it comes to hot guys. I would have thought “no way, Lexi.” You leer at all age-appropriate men equally. That’s only fair. And then I saw this picture of a super hot bod and I was all—hey, that’s pretty nice. That’s when I realized it was the kid who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films and knew I’d hit a wall. If I watched you freaking grow up, I cannot mentally objectify you. Maybe it’s because my son is turning 21 this year, but I’m out of the 20-something game. Dudes who are 20-29 and ridiculously attractive—you do a very nice job on working out. Now let me make you a sandwich and we’ll talk about why you should stay in college.

5. The Gwen/Blake/Miranda scandal made me realize that I am a horrible human being who really loves scandals. Like terribly so. I’m that person who rubbed her hands together in glee at the thought of both Gwen and Miranda being pregnant at the same time. Wasn’t true, but damn scandal rags, you had me going for a second.

4. Don’t feed my dog a turkey leg. Oh it’s not that she eats the bones. She digs up the landscaping to hide those. It’s just that she throws it up. And then eats it again. And then…yeah, it’s a horrible cycle that we will avoid in 2016. Welcome to diet food, Bella.

3. I can get fat from watching all the food videos on Facebook. I’m sure that’s why it happened. I really am.

2. I did not watch Stephen Amell grow up on a movie series I took my children to, so my objectification of him can continue. Thank god.

1. The world is a better, happier place when Star Wars doesn’t suck. I would like to thank JJ Abrams for bringing my husband out of a sixteen-year funk. He’s like a kid again and though the BB8 my daughter got for Christmas will surely cause many a broken leg in our household, at least Bella hasn’t eaten it. Or buried it. Yet.

So Happy New Year to you all! May 2016 be the best year of all and may you all have a happy safe New Year’s Eve!

The CIA’s most predatory agent. One vegan do-gooder. A whole bunch of Russian mobsters. #oppositesattract

Recruited into the CIA at a young age, Connor Sparks knows how dirty the world can be. Only when he’s with his friends can he find some peace. So when an anonymous journalist threatens one of the Perfect Gentlemen, Connor vows to take down the person behind the computer, by whatever means necessary—even if it means posing as his target’s bodyguard.

Publishing a tabloid revealing Washington’s most subversive scandals has earned Lara Anderson the ire of the political scene—and a slew of death threats. To keep herself from ending up a headline, Lara hires a bodyguard, a man as handsome as he is lethal.

When the bullets start to fly, Lara is surprised to find herself in Connor’s arms. But as they begin to unravel a mystery that just might bring down the White House, Lara is devastated when she discovers Connor’s true identity—and finds herself at the mercy of forces who will stop at nothing to advance their deadly agenda.

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Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She's thrilled that she's been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her "free" time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.
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