Saturday, January 30, 2016

The LGBT Pay Gap by Renae Kaye

Today I’m exercising my right to blog and making a comment on an article I stumbled across today:  here

This article has nothing to do with writing or when my next book is going to be out, so you may wish to turn off right now.  Sorry.  The brave may read on.

The article was written back in February 2015 about a paper an economist, Andrea La Nauze, from the University Melbourne wrote and published.  Now, I’m not an economist.  I went to university, but I studied Physics and Chemistry.  I have no qualifications on what I am about to say, apart from my own brain, and my own experience.

To summarise, the paper studied the gender wage gap and found the men receive 19% more average income than women.  This is terrible.  It’s wrong.  However, the author then went further and studied the average income in relation to that person’s orientation.  (Don’t ask me how the data was collected, all I did was read the article).  It found that straight men earn, between 8-18% more than gay men.  And surprisingly, gay woman earn, 0-13% more than straight women.

According to the article, La Nauze theorised that gay men are discriminated against (*gasp* big surprise), but when determining why gay women earn more than their straight counterparts, she had the conclusion that employers preferred gay women, because they thought they would be less like to have children.

A solid theory.

But a little wobbly.

Now, I’m a firm believer in gay rights, but I’m also someone who has lived in the world and experienced it.  If this is the only reason La Nauze can find, then she hasn’t met enough people.  She maybe needs to come out from behind her books and numbers and say hello.

My theory is this: personality counts for a lot.

We’re all adults, and we’re hopefully intelligent enough to know that not all gay men are femme and less-than-masculine.  We also know that not all lesbians are butch.  However there is enough of them for the stereotype to ring true, and this could be skewing the results.  Gay men are more likely to have feminine traits, and lesbians are more likely to masculine traits.

And in my experience, men are different from women when asking for what they think they deserve.  Perhaps it is male-privilege striving forward.  Perhaps it is some natural trait men are born with, but as a whole, men seem to be more forward in asking for things like payrises and promotions.  There have been studies on it, and the studies have found, that during a job interview a male is more likely to exaggerate their experience, and a woman is more likely to underestimate her experience.

I know my husband, who is the shy one in our relationship, has marched off to work and demanded a payrise during an employee review.  I was horrified.  Me, who would easily get up on stage in front of hundreds of people and talk, who isn’t shy to speak her mind, and who talks to strangers in the grocery store, was horrified my husband was demanding to be paid a fair wage.  I’ve always been more likely to accept whatever they want to pay me, then grumble and grizzle behind my employer’s back.

Recently I had to have a course of two needles every week for 23 weeks.  The nurse at the local doctor’s surgery had to give them to me.  She had some trainee nurses come in and shadow her work for two weeks each.  There were four different students who I saw – the third was male, while the other three were females.  I was astounded at the difference between the young women, and the young man.  Of course, this could purely be their personality, but I tend to think that this is where the differences between men and women show up.  The nurse, Jeanette, explained to each trainee how to draw up the needles.  She explained why I was having the needles, how to record the information, where to inject it on the body, etc.  The three girls stood back and watched, nodding as Jeanette explained.  The guy? Well, he was in the thick of it.  He fired off a couple of questions at me, and then asked Jeanette if he could have a turn in drawing up the fluid.  He was all eager to stab me as well.  (The bastard.)

This is my experience in most of my life.  The females tend to stand back, watch, allow others to go first, and accept what is given.  The men demand more.  They will speak up if the service at a restaurant isn’t good enough.  They will take the item back to the store and demand a refund.  They will tell the unwanted doorknocker to take a hike.

If you’re a female, and you’re sitting, reading this and saying, “I do those things - I stand up for myself,” then well done.  But answer this honestly: is this the norm for your friends, family and neighbours?  How many women you have worked with, gone to school with, seen in the grocery store accept what is given to them and never murmur a complaint?

So, do we think that the gay men who have the more feminine traits may also accept without complaint?  And do we think that the lesbians who are receiving higher than the norm, and are skewing the results, are they simply standing up for their rights and asking for a better wage?

And do we think perhaps gay men are attracted to occupations that straight men seldom do – the ones that are low paid, but high reward?  I know childcare assistants are some of the lowest paid in Australia, along with housekeepers, laundry workers, hairdressers, waiters, pharmacy assistants and checkout operators.  All occupations that seem to be disproportionally filled by women.

Is it perhaps the gay women who are less attracted to these jobs and pursue careers as medical professionals, mining professionals, and engineers?

So Andrea La Nauze points the finger at the employer, and shouts that they are being discriminatory.  Probably they are, because we all know there is a gender pay gap and an ethnic pay gap, so there’s a guarantee to be some discrimination out there.  But is the employer the only one at fault?

Perhaps we need to value our girls more, and tell them that they do deserve the same wage, and you have the right to say so.  Perhaps we need to tell our gay young men that they don’t need to accept less, and that being gay doesn’t mean you have to apologise.  And perhaps we need to tell our employers to listen to the little man.

For me?  Am I surprised that a gap exists?  No.  But I was surprised at by how much it existed

How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye

Friday, January 29, 2016

Saying Goodbye by Felice Stevens

No, not from the blog. You're stuck with me for as long as I'm lucky enough to stay.

Some of you may know I had a release yesterday. Second to None, Book 3 of The Breakfast Club series released yesterday and was to be the last book in the series. The three main men now have found their love and happiness and that should be that.


Well....maybe. You see, people have asked me about other characters (Adam, the young firefighter in Beyond the Surface, I'm looking at you), and wanted to know if I had any plans for him.  Other characters also have their fans. 

I do think there is a time when enough is enough and the time is right for the series to end. I asked this question in The M/M Daily Grind, the new group I'm part of with six other gay romance authors, (Riley Hart, Cardeno C. Ella Frank, Lane Hayne, Christina Lee and N. r. Walker) and readers had all different answers, ranging from people who like stand alones, to those who said they can read a series with 20 books. Check us out!

For Valentine's Day I do have a novella for Zach and Same called What Lies Between Us which proves that no  matter how much in love you are, the road to happiness is never smooth. It releases February 14th.

Meanwhile, I hope you all enjoy Marcus and Tyler's story. It was one of my favorite stories to write.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ask Andrew - Where to Put the Sex in Books

Hi Andrew,

I have a question about sex in books. I've noticed that right around the 50% mark is when the MCs will have sex for the first time in most of the book I read, even if it's an established couple.  There are exceptions of course, but that's usually when it happens. Why is that?


Dear Bonnie

You are very right.  Most books that I've read fall into that same category.  Romance readers by and large have an expectation regarding what they read.  At the beginning of the book the characters must meet and get to know one another.  If there's an established couple, there has to be something that is threatening their relationship or keeping them apart.  They need to get to know one another, build attraction, and share a first kiss.  From there the tension between them grows until they break down and finally give in to the attraction that's pulling at them.  Of course it can't end there and there has to be additional tension, maybe even something to pull them apart. 

Most romances are a find of fantasy and we like them to feel real to us while we're reading them.  So at the beginning of the story we're establishing the characters, introducing the conflict and setting, as well as building whatever world they live in.  All of that takes words and pages in the story that readers hopefully don't really notice within the framework of the plot and relationship.  Besides, part of what pulls the reader are the vaious buildups in the story and one of those is invariably toward sex.  Not every story falls into this pattern.  Some have sex earlier and use the ramificaitons of that as part of the tension.  Others are more erotic and sex earlier is part of that type of story.  But this is what I've found. 

I hope I helped
Hugs and Love

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Werewolf, A Dragon and a Vampire Walk Into a Bar by BA, Julia and Sean

Today is the first installment of a story we're writing together for Cafe Risque. Hopefully we'll get an installment up once a month.

A Werewolf, A Dragon and A Vampire Walk Into A Bar
A paranormal romp by BA, Julia and Sean

Copper Williams headed into the little ramshackle bar, drawn by the throbbing beat of old school soul music. It wasn’t country music, but he knew all the words and the sound promised that there wasn’t a single thing hip or modern about the joint.

He just needed a beer, maybe a little company or a little fistfight in the parking lot. However it went, what the fuck did he care? Lone wolves took what they could and that was the way of things. Pack law sucked if it worked against you. It sucked harder if your animal self had this unfortunate habit of chasing the cattle and your pack had a herd in Montana.

He pulled the brim of his hat lower on his brow and shouldered his way in.

Food, fuck, fight or any of the above.

There weren’t very many people in the place yet, but the ones who were there were all guys. Every last fucking one of them. Bingo. It was his kind of place. He went over to the bar, sitting next to a huge guy with a broad back and shaggy blond hair. The guy turned to glance at him as he sat, eyes the color of smoke.

Copper dipped his chin, then ordered a Bud from the bartender. “Y’all got food here?”

“Depends on what you’re eating, puppy.”

“I’ve got a steak appetite and a hamburger budget. What are my options?”

“Get him a steak,” the blond said, voice deep and growly. “With all the fixings.”

The growl slid down his spine and landed like a steel fishing weight in his balls. “Well, aren’t you a dear?”

That earned him a snort. “Not a deer.” He got a long, slow look, head to toe and back up again. “I eat deer for dinner.”

“Me too. Deer. Elk. Chickens. I’m pretty easy.”

“Yeah?” There was a spark of interest, deep in the smoky eyes. “How easy?”

“Easy enough to know that a steak between friends might lead to biting.”

His new friend nodded slowly. “I like biting. I like it a lot.” He was treated to a toothy grin that more than proved that this guy certainly had the teeth for biting.

He rumbled softly into the foam on his beer, telling his cock to take it easy. They had time.

“You come here often?” his new bar partner asked.

“No sir. This here’s my first time. I been traveling.” Traveling. That was a nice way to say banished, wasn’t it?

“Travelling. Huh. Have you come far?”

“Yeah. Yeah, I’ve been all over.”

“I used to travel a lot. When the world was… simpler. Quieter.”

“I’m still learning about the world. My p...I was pretty damn isolated.”

“I like isolation. But sometimes you just need to find someone and… not be alone.” The deep growly voice got deeper and growlier, the lovely eyes darker.

“I…” Copper blinked, watching the reflection of himself, his need, deep inside those eyes. Oh, man. Let this one be into fucking, not fighting. He could totally roll over and show his belly.

Tune in next month for the next installment!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Twitter Recap (01.25.16) by Cardeno C.

Happy Monday. Today I have an overdue Twitter recap.
  • I'm very proud of this book, but I might be more proud of
    making this teaser myself. (Graphics folks, mock at will!) Jan 21, 2016
  • Red River is live! Too tired to be nervous but tomorrow I'll be energized enough to freak. Jan 19, 2016
  • Hmm. Not sure this apron fits my friend. Also not sure who it could fit. #sizematters Jan 18, 2016
  • Also video clips. #truth Jan 18, 2016
  • Lovely Red River teaser from @EranODonnal Jan 17, 2016
  • This is fun! Jan 17, 2016
  • At friend's house for #NFLPlayoffs. Brought laptop because it's boring. What's my score on a 1 to 5 rudeness scale? Jan 17, 2016
  • Very NSFW sample of my new audio release Something In The Way He Needs #audiobook #romance Jan 15, 2016
  • This week has been so long that I'm pretending it's Friday & revealing the Red River cover at @lovebytesreview now! Jan 14, 2016
  • I didn't win anything in the lotto. Any winners? Jan 14, 2016
  • Red River releases in a wk so giveaways! Advance copy to reader from FB group ( & Twitter ( Jan 12, 2016
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is an Ask CC where I answer reader questions. Jan 11, 2016
  • "Yup" versus "Yep" in a text/chat/email - is there a difference and if so, what is it? (Saw a Kimmel clip and now I'm worried.) Jan 11, 2016
  • Rescued stray dog from freeway. Took her home to wait for her person. My puppy saw us through window. Her expression = caught me cheating. Jan 09, 2016
  • My friend was at Target when I called. 2 seconds of chit chat then friend mutters: "Where's my phone? I need my shopping list." Me: "Um..." Jan 08, 2016
  • A good friend: sent dinner reminder text knowing I'd forget & doesn't judge when I admit I forgot. Laughs but doesn't judge. Jan 07, 2016
  • Dying. Do I need to start watching late night talk shows? Jan 06, 2016
  • Spilled coffee on my sweater, was too lazy to get up to wipe it off, so I scrunched down & sucked it up. Jan 06, 2016
  • Everything is right in my world. #huevosrancheros Jan 06, 2016
  • If Shazam isn't sure about what song is playing, it should err on the side of Adele, right? Jan 06, 2016
  • Here's a little #nsfw audio tease from my late-February audiobook release, More Than Everything #audiobook Jan 06, 2016
  • Not true. I totes want to hear about it. Preferably over dinner. Something slathered in cheese maybe. Jan 05, 2016
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is a blurb for my upcoming release as well as info about the cover reveal. Jan 04, 2016
  • This is so awesome. (Also, I've never heard of this host. Who is he?) Jan 04, 2016
  • So many reasons to love the #beastieboys. Jan 02, 2016
  • This is a lot of pressure! Do I go with comfort or style for eternity? What's your opinion? Jan 02, 2016
  • Good night. Jan 02, 2016
  • Putting the final touches on my next book - Red River in the Pack collection -so I thought I'd share a snippet. Jan 02, 2016
  • I'm eating last night's leftover hummus with a spoon. I say it's healthy because I'm skipping the pita chips. Jan 01, 2016
  • Happy new year! Jan 01, 2016
  • Cool drink for a chilly night. Dec 31, 2015
  • I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how this would end & I need a sequel! Someone call Chris for an update. Dec 31, 2015
  • Who you gonna call? #ghostbusters Dec 30, 2015
  • Related to my last post: Late night calorie run. Dec 28, 2015
  • In the midst of a civilized poker game, we started talking about death row meals. Ex: McDonald's filet of fish. What's your death row meal? Dec 28, 2015
  • Laughed so hard when friend showed me this. Dec 27, 2015
  • Chinese food. Now this is Christmas. #Tradition Dec 26, 2015
  • Christmas kugel. #foodporn Dec 25, 2015
  • I've been watching some food shows lately (bk research) & I like this guy. Now I like him even more. Dec 24, 2015
  • Love this song. Dec 24, 2015
  • Ho ho ho. #santababy #bikersanta Dec 23, 2015
  • Great book recommendations from many authors, including yours truly #amreading Dec 23, 2015
  • Playing the "what's in this chocolate" game. So fun. Dec 23, 2015
  • Have a listen to Jesse's Diner audiobook. #audiobook #mmromance Dec 22, 2015
  • Apparently the new way to announce a divorce is to send out a holiday card w/out the spouse's name. Two announcements in one. #efficiency Dec 22, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day & today I share an idea of how to make your house smell yummy & festive: stove top potpourri. Dec 21, 2015
  • A good friend is someone who makes a detour to a mall parking on the last weekend before Christmas to tell you if it's too crowded to go. Dec 20, 2015
  • The view behind my computer - tip of her nose and lips. Dec 20, 2015
  • This is where she hangs out when I'm in the kitchen. Dec 19, 2015
  • Cozy evening. Dec 18, 2015
  • Puppy in a blanket. Only the top of her head and her ears show. Dec 16, 2015
  • Why don't the birds notice the patio they fly under before hitting my window and dying? :( Dec 16, 2015
  • I had to leave the house and interact with humans all day. I'm exhausted. Dec 15, 2015
  • I love this so much. Dec 15, 2015
  • My puppy needs this outfit. Dec 14, 2015
  • I'll smell like oil forever but hopefully it'll be worth it. This is how fried not baked latkes look. #hanukkah Dec 13, 2015
  • Who can guess the inspiration for the present I got tonight? Cracking up. #movietrivia Dec 12, 2015
  • Smiling huge. I love these so much. Dec 12, 2015
  • The Jesse's Diner audio bk is 1 step closer to reality! Paul Morey is done & @jaymitchell1972's eagle ear is next. Dec 11, 2015
  • The Benny Hill soundtrack is a nice touch. Go, doggy, go! Dec 11, 2015
  • Wake Me Up Inside is only $2.49 today (another 50 minutes) at @allromance. Shifters, alphas, & even a frat boy! Dec 11, 2015
  • Trying to convince friend it's time for a new pair of pants. Dec 11, 2015
  • My face feels like I was out in the sun w/ no sunscreen on a summer day, but I wan't. I was frying donuts. I have donut burn on my face. Dec 10, 2015
  • Baked latkes are ready. #foodporn #Hanukkah Dec 10, 2015
  • Power boost. Latkes, get ready to be made! #Hanukkah #beveragetime Dec 09, 2015
  • Not halfway yet and have already been driven to drink. #Hanukkah #DietCoke Dec 09, 2015
  • My red bell pepper has a green bell pepper inside. #veggies #producesurprise Dec 09, 2015
  • Second night pretties. #Hanukkah Dec 08, 2015
  • Upside down dreidel. #Hanukkah Dec 08, 2015
  • Dreidel bandana. #Hanukkah Dec 08, 2015
  • My super healthy lunch (two sufganiyot ). I hope my heart survives this holiday. #Hanukkah Dec 07, 2015
  • After a late night hanukkah-ing, somebody isn't ready to get up. #puppylove #Hanukkah Dec 07, 2015
  • Since we're talking Hanukkah & oil-rich sufganiyot, I'll confess I found a baked latke recipe w/ almost no oil. I'm going to try it. *Gasp!* Dec 07, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is mostly pictures of deep fried Hanukkah yumminess. Dec 07, 2015
  • One night in & I'm already beat. Must get up, shower, & write before kugel time. More pics tonight. #7MoreNights #hanukkah Dec 07, 2015
  • First night of #hanukkah. Dec 07, 2015
  • Hanukkah gifts ready! Homemade lemonade. #hanukkah Dec 06, 2015
  • Bwahahaha! #YouCanSeeThemBoth Dec 05, 2015
  • Thanks, @belen_BWT! Finding Ezekiel was like winning the lotto. I'm head over heels for his voices. Dec 05, 2015
  • So far my dinner has consisted of cold pizza. I'm considering spooning peanut butter straight from the jar for my next course. Dec 05, 2015
  • Happy Friday surprise. The Half of Us audio is live! Dec 04, 2015
  • Heart melting. Dec 04, 2015
  • The only way I'm getting more peanut butter out of this jar is if I grow a giraffe tongue. Dec 02, 2015
  • Holiday gift cards in hand on sale plus a yummy drink. #newfavecoffeeplace Dec 02, 2015
  • Friend wants to send holiday gift to a company he works w/ in New Jersey. Something the staff of 20 can eat or drink at the office. Ideas? Dec 02, 2015
  • Earl gray latte. #beveragetime #amcaffeinating Dec 01, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is an I Tried it at Home - fast pasta cooking. Nov 30, 2015
  • How is it that nobody has made a long mash up of Lionel Richie's and Adele's Hellos? You're falling down on the job, internet. Nov 30, 2015
  • I need coffee, you guys. Need. #Tday2015trip Nov 29, 2015
  • Me planning a trip: What's the longest time I can go? It'll be so much fun! Me at trip end: I need to be home. This was way too long. Nov 29, 2015
  • Peach bread pudding. #Tday2015Trip Nov 29, 2015
  • Sustenance. #Tday2015Trip #amcaffeinating Nov 28, 2015
  • Gorgeous handmade perpetual calendar. If only I had an extra $3k sitting around to buy it. ;) #Tday2015Trip Nov 28, 2015
  • Walking around art galleries. #Tday2015Trip Nov 28, 2015
  • Have I mentioned that Perfect Imperfections is available in paperback? Nov 28, 2015
  • #BlackFriday isn't over yet! @allromance is having a 25% off sale and my books are included--starting at $2.24 Nov 28, 2015
  • Street art. #Tday2015Trip Nov 27, 2015
  • Huevos rancheros. #Tday2015Trip Nov 27, 2015
  • Ready for more food. #Tday2015Trip Nov 27, 2015
  • I've already had leftovers. Is that too soon? #Tday2015trip Nov 27, 2015
  • My hiding isn't as stealth as I thought. I left my quiet spot to make a lap around the house & people asked if I feel better. #Tday2015trip Nov 27, 2015
  • Remind me, what's the minimum small talk time I have to clock before I can find a hiding place? I always forget. #Tday2015trip #Thanksgiving Nov 27, 2015
  • Traditional Thanksgiving day garb should be sweats or PJs. Let's make this a thing. Who's with me? Nov 26, 2015
  • Dinner. #Tday2015Trip Nov 26, 2015
  • Magical view. #Tday2015trip Nov 26, 2015
  • Good morning. #caffeine #amcaffeinating #Tday2015Trip Nov 26, 2015
  • UPDATE: Diet Coke at restaurant was meh. Gave up after one sip and had a coffee instead. #Tday2015Trip Nov 26, 2015
  • Attention Star Wars fans: Type “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” into a Google search bar. So fun! Nov 26, 2015
  • I'm getting a Diet Coke w/ dinner. I'm confessing in advance. Family Thanksgiving means health risks are allowed right? Right. #Tday2015Trip Nov 26, 2015
  • Gorgeous sky. #Tday2015Trip Nov 25, 2015
  • The original Google. #Tday2015Trip #AmDecorating Nov 25, 2015
  • Poking around the pantry. #WhytheKitchenNottheBedroom #Tday2015Trip Nov 25, 2015
  • Flowers are fresh and pretty. I, however, am not. #latenight #Tday2015trip Nov 25, 2015
  • An hour on the ground & I've already had the uncomfortable "no dogs allowed in a restaurant" scolding. Takeout it is. #Tday2015trip Nov 25, 2015
  • Sunset in the air. #Tday2015Trip Nov 25, 2015
  • Ready for my trip! Nov 24, 2015
  • Warning(ish): I'm going on a trip & that usually means over-posting pictures. This one has family involvement, so you might be safe. Maybe. Nov 24, 2015
  • A feature of my website I love is sharing books. Look on the right to see my latest read (love Carol Lynne!) Nov 24, 2015
  • My windows are magical so if I'm naked, people walking by outside can't see me even though I see them. Don't tell me it's not true. Don't. Nov 24, 2015
  • My festive eggnog latte cup is as close as I'm getting to snow today. #amcaffeinating Nov 23, 2015
  • I'm going to Starbucks this afternoon for something decadent. Calories be damned! What should I get? Nov 23, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post has SALES and Paperbacks. Nov 23, 2015
  • Thanks so much for the great review! Glad you enjoyed Nov 22, 2015
  • Coffee cake is done! Nov 21, 2015
  • I splurged and got myself a standing mixer and I'm loving it! Coffee cake is in the oven! Nov 21, 2015
  • This song reminds me of my book More Than Everything. Also, I love Adele. Nov 21, 2015
  • Saturdays mean sleeping in, right? Nov 21, 2015
  • Things said after eating this chile pepper: My mouth is bleeding. Someone is stabbing my mouth. I'm eating another. Nov 21, 2015
  • What I've got on replay lately. (Sidenote: I'd prefer cake mountainside to oceanside.) Nov 21, 2015
  • This delivery is stellar. Nov 20, 2015
  • Cuteness alert. #puppypics Nov 20, 2015
  • Must stop looking at cake recipes late at night. Must stop. *whimper* Nov 20, 2015
  • A week into my Instagram journey, I'm mostly posting food pics + some decor pics & puppy pics. It's surprisingly fun Nov 20, 2015
  • Can we treat our SM community as we'd hope to be treated during our greatest achievements AND our biggest missteps? Nov 18, 2015
  • This day is going to sparkle. #puppypics #puppylove Nov 17, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day and today's post is an Ask CC, where I answer reader questions. Nov 16, 2015
  • Challa. #after Nov 16, 2015
  • Challa. #before Nov 16, 2015
  • PLOT TWIST: Coffee shop guy saw these tweets, turned to me, & said .... Kidding. Totally made that twist up. Nov 12, 2015
  • Update: Dad called & I spoke in Hebrew. Israel coffee shop guy looked at me from corner of his eye, opened mouth, said nothing, closed mouth Nov 12, 2015
  • Guy sitting near me in coffee shop said he's Israeli on phone. I want to say something but don't have words. I WRITE DIALOGUE FOR A LIVING. Nov 12, 2015
  • Coffee shop writing struggle: Needing to go to the bathroom but not wanting to leave laptop unattended. Nov 12, 2015
  • John Cusack with the beatbox. What could be a bigger honor? Thanks, @Belen_BWT! Nov 12, 2015
  • Coffee bar writing today. #amwriting Nov 12, 2015
  • Advice needed. Do they make car restraint devices for 8lb dogs? I can't find anything & I get nervous with my puppy in the car. Nov 11, 2015
  • So excited that my paperback for Strange Bedfellows is finally available! Nov 11, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day & today I'm sharing a decadent brownie recipe & a story. Nov 09, 2015
  • Beautiful and sad and wonderful. Nov 09, 2015
  • I joined Instagram. Any advice? Nov 09, 2015
  • My friend is at a party & someone brought foster puppies. Chi mixes. SOMEONE STOP ME. Nov 09, 2015
  • I need this waitress to order for me forever! Nov 07, 2015
  • Trying new Indian food restaurant & the waitress revised my entire order to what she's sure I'll like better. So excited! Nov 07, 2015
  • I like the whole industrial, rustic, eclectic decor thing but I draw the line at crayon on the doors. Nov 06, 2015
  • Pro tip: If you're going to call someone an ass, don't include them on the group text. Nov 06, 2015 
  • These are so yummy. Must stop eating them. Nov 06, 2015
  • Thank you!💖 RT @KrisTBethke: Sometimes I just have to read @CardenoC bc real MCs with depth falling in love = awesome. It makes me happy. Nov 05, 2015
  • Thanks to Dorothea for reviewing my latest release and calling it a "perfect read" Nov 04, 2015
  • This will erase any doubt as to my nerdyness, but y'all had no doubt left. I'm gushing over my new signature line! Nov 03, 2015
  • Twitter peeps, what's up with the stars-to-hearts switch? Nov 03, 2015
  • Leftover from the witch's brew this weekend. Nov 03, 2015
  • Very interesting graphic. Is Deathwish Coffee a real thing? Is it like the new Jolt Soda? Nov 02, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day and today I wrote about the depth and meaning in happy romance books. Nov 02, 2015
  • My puppy's friend fits in the costume! #success Nov 01, 2015
  • "You woke me up for this?" Oct 31, 2015
  • "This photo shoot is boring. I'll take a nap. Wake me when it's time to bark at strangers coming to the dooor." Oct 31, 2015
  • Yoda costume failure. #Disappointed Oct 31, 2015
  • Guacamole, salsa, and Agua de chilacayota. Full and happy. Oct 31, 2015
  • "Let's add lettuce to this latke. That'll make it healthy." Oct 28, 2015
  • Bopping along, getting stuff done w/ a smile, thinking, wow I'm feeling good today for no reason. *sip 44 oz Thai tea oozing caffeine* Oct 27, 2015
  • Glad you liked it! @GTremblayVoice is wonderful. Oct 26, 2015
  • Thanks so much, @SweptAwayBlog. Working with @CharlieDavid is always a sure win. Oct 26, 2015
  • I love Micah too. Thanks, @Belen_BWT. <3 Oct 26, 2015
  • My friend brought over sourdough bread fresh from the oven. So yummy! Oct 26, 2015
  • In Your Eyes audio narrated by @CharlieDavid is live! (And I win this one too @Belen_BWT!) Oct 26, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day and today's post is a writing recap w/ a couple of bonus Ask CC questions/answers thrown in. Oct 26, 2015
  • You. Guys. Friend just sent this pic of allegedly real spider the size of a hand. I can't process. Help. Oct 25, 2015
  • And the night gets even better... Oct 25, 2015
  • A good start to my evening. Oct 25, 2015
  • And with this teary moment, I'm signing of social media for the day and going out into the wonderful world. Oct 23, 2015
  • Just What the Truth Is is finally live on audio and I saw it before @Belen_BWT! Oct 23, 2015
  • Recommendations please: What is the best place to visit in December? (Feel free to share this post. The more suggestions the bettter.) Oct 23, 2015
  • Totally caught but so cute about it they must have been forgiven. Oct 23, 2015
  • In honor of #BackToFutureDay. Oct 21, 2015
  • Breakfast and writing. Oct 21, 2015
  • At least I hope this is true. Oct 21, 2015
  • Thank you so much! Oct 20, 2015
  • What could possibly go wrong? Oct 20, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is all about my Family books. Oct 19, 2015
  • My night: cold pizza, donuts, and writing. :) Oct 18, 2015
  • Leftover pizza: cold or hot? Oct 18, 2015
  • Thrilled you like them. Thanks so much! Oct 17, 2015
  • Saw this & flashed back to my teen yrs & a reminder that people are much more complex & interesting than our labels. Oct 17, 2015
  • This almost never happens when I'm grocery shopping, y'all. Oct 16, 2015 
  • Long story short, I had extra black beans so I gave them to my puppy. Will I regret this decision? Place your vote. Oct 16, 2015
  • Gave my mom muffins w/ notice that they're not vegan. She said they were the best muffins ever & she should make them with fake eggs. *sigh* Oct 15, 2015
  • Walking puppy & my mom turns down my street, Hebrew music blaring, open container of vegan chocolate chip cookies in her lap. #classic Oct 15, 2015
  • You know when you're barefoot and your pinky toe somehow gets snagged on a wall edge while the rest of your foot keeps going? Owwww!!!! Oct 13, 2015
  • Just cleaned out & reorganized my pantry. I feel so refreshed! #OrganizationNerd Oct 12, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is an I Tried it at Home - peeling hard boiled eggs & it worked(ish)! Oct 12, 2015
  • If I weren't already a vegetarian, watching this person eat BBQ wings would have turned me into one. Oct 10, 2015
  • I want french fries and an ice cream smoothie for dinner. Oct 10, 2015
  • Google drive is down. I freaked out. Thanks, Obama. Oct 09, 2015
  • Friend: I found the [thing we were looking for yesterday] Me: Where F: Bought new M: Bought new isn't so much found F: Found at the store Oct 07, 2015
  • Pretty coffee. #amwritingromance Oct 06, 2015
  • One young life taken, another ruined. When will enough be enough? Heartbreaking. Oct 05, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is an Ask CC where I answer reader questions. Oct 05, 2015
  • I need to refill my drink but my puppy is sleeping on my belly. What to do, what to do ... Oct 03, 2015
  • Audio makes my characters more real so I get emotional listening to scenes. Like Micah proposing to Ben in Just What the Truth Is. *sniffle* Oct 02, 2015
  • How can this much cuteness fit in eight pounds? Oct 01, 2015
  • After confirming w/ waiter that beans, rice, tortillas, & sauce are vegetarian, I ordered the enchiladas. Him: Beef, chicken, or cheese? Oct 01, 2015
  • How do I remove "ducking" from my phone's dictionary? Also, why is a non-word in my phone's dictionary replacing a real word? Oct 01, 2015
  • Thank you! Oct 01, 2015
  • He had me at @fart but the rest helped too. Oct 01, 2015
  • Thank you! MT @LFritzinger: The Most Valuable Part of Me...great blog post everyone should read. #history #author Sep 30, 2015
  • Working in my favorite coffee bar today. #HappyWriting Sep 30, 2015
  • Is it possible to listen to Lambert's Ghost Town without doing the head & shoulder shake thing? I say no. "Ooh, my heart is a ghost town..." Sep 30, 2015
  • Turned the ice cream dream into a taste test reality. In case you're wondering, Haagen Dazs won. Sep 30, 2015
  • I'm having thoughts of ice cream with bananas and whipped cream and vanilla syrup. Naughty thoughts. Sep 30, 2015
  • Today's humanity happy. What a wonderful family. Sep 29, 2015
  • "This book...made the fluff lover in me soooo happy!" Thanks so much for the review! Sep 29, 2015
  • Neat phone feature: being able to click on "today's photos" to send all of them. Not neat: unintentionally including an unrelated picture. Sep 28, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post has info about my newest novella Jesse's Diner & new audio books. Sep 28, 2015
  • It's such a warm feeling when a reader sees my characters as I do. Thank you, Kazza! @ontopdownunder1 Sep 26, 2015
  • W/out sounding nuts, how do you tell friends you forgot a bag of dog poop by their door & accidentally took a cloth napkin #AskingForAFriend Sep 26, 2015
  • Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it. Sep 25, 2015
  • I find myself in ceiling-challenged places more often than I would expect. Sep 24, 2015
  • Thank you! So glad you enjoyed! RT @JakeInATL: @CardenoC read He Completes Me in a day. Beautiful, relaxing read. Thank you!! Sep 23, 2015
  • Do you respond to "guess" texts or do you stay silent & make them finish their thought? Like: "You'll never guess what I'm doing tomorrow.." Sep 23, 2015
  • LOL! Readers are the best! Sep 22, 2015
  • Jesse's Diner pre-order for a Sept 29 release is now available on @amazon @allromance @Smashwords #romance #books Sep 22, 2015
  • Do you play the bathroom game? The one where you need to pee but you're in the middle of something so you wait & fidget but still don't go? Sep 22, 2015
  • I am impressed/terrified by this rat. Sep 22, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day and today's post is a peek into the cover I'm revealing at @novel_approach. Sep 21, 2015
  • Life is too short to disrespect the classics. What other songs do y'all think meet this requirement? Sep 20, 2015
  • Also, I'll confess to the evil part of me suddenly wanting to text him wildly inappropriate things. Like maybe screen shots of my books. Sep 18, 2015
  • Texted friend & got response from his assistant, which means his assistant has his phone. Work person w/ access to info on phone = HORROR. Sep 18, 2015
  • Perfect for a Friday - something great to read from the always wonderful Mary Calmes​. Sep 18, 2015
  • Fun for a Friday! Sing it, dude! @roomieofficial Sep 18, 2015
  • Cuteness rating 15/10. Do you know how cute something has to be for me to ignore math this way? It's that cute! Sep 17, 2015
  • I'm craving a Diet Coke, y'all. Restraint is hard! Sep 16, 2015
  • #Truth Sep 15, 2015
  • Like a bad STD, the Windows 10 update left problems behind even after I dumped it, but I think I finally got rid of all traces. #Hopefully Sep 15, 2015
  • I feel the same way about football, dude with the sign. The same way .... Sep 15, 2015
  • This is a cruel punishment! I uninstalled the 10 nightmare within minutes but my computer still has issues from it. Sep 14, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day and today's post is about my next new release. Sep 14, 2015
  • Celebrating Rosh Hashanah w/ old friends, reminiscing about cherished memories while making new ones. Truly a sweet new year. L'Shana Tova. Sep 14, 2015
  • In honor of NFL opening weekend. Sep 13, 2015
  • *taking a bow* Sep 12, 2015
  • 1, 2, 16, 20, 33. Also, I'm suddenly in the mood for pizza. Sep 11, 2015
  • Thank you! 2nd editions out in abt 6 weeks. RT @Jobooky: @CardenoC really loving the Family series. Sep 11, 2015
  • Readers are the best :) Sep 11, 2015
  • Puppy's favorite thing is sitting high. Here she is on a blanket-blanket-bed-throw-ottoman. Sep 11, 2015
  • Every day I check Audible to see if Until Forever Comes or He Completes Me are out & every day I wonder if @Belen_BWT will still know 1st. Sep 11, 2015
  • Dilemma: I want the fries from one place & the veggie burger from another. Neither survives takeout well. What to do... Sep 10, 2015
  • And another History of Rap! I LOVE these. Sep 10, 2015
  • SO many good things here! (1) @TheEllenShow, (2) @jimmyfallon lipsync battle, (3) Nae Nae, & (4) a Rihanna song. Sep 10, 2015
  • My eyes are bloodshot from the constant coughing but I'm having fun editing Jesse's Diner so I'm sharing a scene. Sep 09, 2015
  • Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it. RT @PoemsAreMe80: 5 to 5 stars to Until Forever Comes by @CardenoC Sep 09, 2015
  • Bad day made better by this text exchange. Also, I agree w/ the advice - dark blue as accent wall only, others light Sep 09, 2015
  • The cold that won't quit has hit a new low (or is it high?). My eyes are TOTALLY red. I burst every blood vessel coughing. #EarlyHalloween Sep 09, 2015
  • Have any of you tried this? I'm thinking this may need to be my next "I Tried it at Home" blog post. Sep 08, 2015
  • This was so beautiful, made me misty eyed. Father and sons singing. via @youtube Sep 08, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is for coffee and coconut lovers! Sep 07, 2015
  • How I feel when a great book ends (especially if my Kindle showed lots more left & it's ads instead of book): Sep 07, 2015
  • I'm not sure blurbing while sick is a great idea. #writerproblems Sep 07, 2015
  • Remember what I said the other day about little dogs? Wait for it, the 31 second mark is when it gets funny. Sep 05, 2015
  • Who put a video camera in my car? Sep 03, 2015
  • Little dogs protect you w/ their loud barks & fierce looks but if the "threat" gets too close to them they jump into your arms for help. Sep 03, 2015
  • Go away sore throat! I don't have time for you. I'm finishing my bk. Pretty please w/ honey on top. No? Fine, then my throat gets the honey. Sep 03, 2015
  • To my dog loving friends: Let's say it together. Ready? "Awwww!" Sep 02, 2015
  • Fun idea but I can't think of this many alt happy endings. Unless we mean "happy endings" in which case I totes can. Sep 02, 2015
  • I NEED a @JackBox iced coffee and my local one is closed. #CoffeeCrisis # must Drive Sep 01, 2015
  • My favorite email advancement is the thing where it warns you that you have no attachment when you used the word "attached". #LifeSaver Sep 01, 2015
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is audiobooks and a 50% coupon at Kobo. Aug 31, 2015
  • :) MT @sheereader: Really enjoying @CardenoC's new audio Walk With Me. It's hilarious, w/some of the funniest weddings ever #poop #squirrels Aug 31, 2015
  • Thnx! RT @ChristyLvs2Read: #bookreview: Jumping In (ALPHAS 6) by @CardenoC at @OmniLit / @allromance "loved it" Aug 31, 2015
  • I maybe laughed too hard at this. Aug 31, 2015
  • On my way to a murder mystery dinner. Seems fitting with Walk With Me audio being released. Hopefully no fires here. Aug 31, 2015
  • Thnx RT @Belen_BWT: 5 Stars for Walk with Me @CardenoC The story and narration is perfect! via @reviewsbyjessewave Aug 30, 2015
  • Stunning 2nd ed covers in the works of my Family books (Oct releases) by @Jayscoverdesign - raw sexuality/sensuality, passion, comfort. Aug 30, 2015
  • Stunning rendition of one of my favorite songs. Hard to believe there are no instruments here - only voices! Aug 30, 2015
  • Baristas accidentally made duplicates of my drink so I got a twofer! The caffeine gods are on my side. Such a good night. #AmWriting Aug 30, 2015
  • Writing sustenance. Aug 30, 2015
  • Saturday night in a crowded coffee shop. Have my latte, date/oat bar, & laptop. #AmWriting Aug 30, 2015
  • One of my favorite features on my new website is the page where I can list all live giveaways. I just updated it: Aug 29, 2015
  • This has been my day. Aug 29, 2015
  • So glad you enjoyed reading it! I love to be able to offer it on KU so members read free. Aug 28, 2015
  • Awww...thnx MT @Belen_BWT: Perfect Imperfections: The sign of a steller story & performance? I'm immediately listening to it again! ⭐🎧😍 Aug 28, 2015
  • You can't see much of my pup here, but the thing I love is she's eating green beans. #VegPuppy #NationalDogDay Aug 27, 2015
  • My mom got a laptop. I'm trying to explain that she doesn't need to physically attach it to her desktop to get "the gmail" & "the Netflix". Aug 26, 2015
  • Song I'm LOVING: Adam Lambert's Ghost Town. Singing along and my voice sounds awesome (when I'm alone in my car). Aug 25, 2015
Have a great week.