Monday, February 20, 2012

I'm Ready For My Seduction Now

On Criminal Minds this week, we've been asked to share what words seduce us. But being the fickle woman I am, it's not so much the who or what, as much as the when that gets my motor running. And I plan on running my motor on March 1st!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

My Lucky Valentines!

There were so many entries in the Valentine Give-A-Way contest I decided to choose four winners instead of two. Winners were chosen randomly from qualifying entries.

Congratuations:

Brenda Norris and Nancy Bradford - their names will appear in the 4th Ghost of Granny Apples book; and

Ina Bruce and Linda McIntyre - their names will appear in the 8th Odelia Grey book.

At this time, both books are scheduled for release in fall of 2013.

Thank you, everyone, for entering. It was our most successful contest yet!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Shiatsu - Gesundheit!

I got nekkid again today, meaning I made my second trip to the Olympic Spa in Korea Town. My friend Stacia had given me a gift certificate and I decided today, halfway through my time off from the office and my crazed race towards a writing deadline, would be the perfect time to use it.

I did the same ritual as last time: dunk in hot tub, cool, steam/sauna, cool, rest, repeat. Except this time, instead of one of their incredible scrubs, I opted for a shiatsu massage. I'd never had one before, being a Swedish massage kind of gal, but shiatsu is supposed to be excellent for unblocking energy and improving the immune system. In shiatsu, the masseuse works the meridians in the body with pressure. It's like acupuncture, but without the needles.

OUCH! OMG! OUCH! OUCH! OMG!

When Lisa first started on me, there was a lot of pain and I wondered how in the world I was going to get through 50 minutes of this torture. There didn't seem to be a spot that didn't ache to her touch. She apologized, saying I was very tight. It's true. Other masseuses have also commented on how tight my neck, shoulders and back are. That's where I carry my stress and my hours at the computer.

But I didn't give up and neither did Lisa. That tiny woman elbowed, squeezed, kneed and kneaded her way over every part of my body. There were numerous cracks and pops as tight muscles gave way and things fell into place. Although, I was a bit taken back when she got up on the table and straddled me to give my back a good work out. But even more surprised when, after giving my legs and feet a thorough beating, she climbed up on the table again. This time she kneeled on the back of my thighs and worked them with her knees while her strong hands attacked my back yet again.

The last time someone was on top of me like that, it was a guy and he'd bought me a few dinners.

She also pulled my arms over my head and yanked. She yanked my legs, too. Kneaded my scalp like a lump of dough and rotated my feet and hands, fingers and toes. She was the master and I was at her mercy.

But as time went on the aches and pains diminished and when Lisa revisited areas that were painful before, they were no longer.

After the massage, I dunked again in the hot tubs, showered and headed home.

But here's the thing... on the way home I stopped at the grocery store. Usually, after I spend more than a few minutes driving, my legs ache and are stiff when I get out of the car. Halfway across the parking lot from the car to the store, it hit me that neither of my legs were stiff and achy. In fact, they both felt as if they'd lost 50 lbs. I was almost bouncing as I walked. My neck, shoulders and back were also loose and comfy.

I definitely think there's another shiatsu beating in my future because, frankly, it hurt so good!

Friday, February 10, 2012

SAJ Fan Club - Be Mine!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and this year I want to show my love and gratitude for all the wonderful members of the Sue Ann Jaffarian Fan Club on Facebook by having a contest just for them.

There will be 2 prizes: One will will have his/her name as a character in the 8th Odelia Grey novel, the other will have his/her name as a character in the 4th Ghost of Granny Apples novel.  Winners will also receive a signed copy of the book in which their name appears. Full details of the contest are on my website. 

But there's a catch! Only members of the Sue Ann Jaffarian Fan Club on Facebook are eligible, so if you want a crack at getting your name in one of my books, join the club today and enter.

Perks of being a club member include lively discussions of books in general, asking me questions and receiving quick answers, special contests just for members, and early notice of what's happening with Odelia, Granny and Madison. Club members are fun and friendly.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Soft Kitty, Sick Kitty

Since all this week the authors at Criminal Minds are discussing the soundtracks of their life, it seemed fitting to talk about the song that's haunting me this morning.


As usual, I woke up today around 5 am. Depending on the call of nature, it normally takes me about 10-20 minutes after waking up to pull my butt out of bed and start my morning chores: clean the cat box, feed the cats, give the cats fresh water, make the bed, catch up on my Words With Friends moves, read e-mail and send greetings to my Facebook friends who have birthdays. It's a simple daily routine that doesn't change no matter what day it is. By 6 am I am putting words to paper on my current WIP - work-in-progress - and work until 8:30 when I must stop and get ready to go to the day job. On weekends, I push everything back by an hour or so and nix the day job.

During this routine my thoughts run to what's next in my WIP, what's on my calendar for the day, what do I want for lunch (buy or pack). Again, simple and routine.

This morning I woke up with a song in my head. And not just any song, but Soft Kitty from The Big Bang Theory, one of my favorite shows.  I'm not sure why this silly song invaded my head. It's never done that before. But there it was at 5 am, circling like a plane caught in a landing pattern over O'Hare.  Over and over and over and over.

This morning, in addition to my usual chores, about 7:30 am I had to clean up cat yak. Seems B had some tummy trouble and parted ways with her breakfast and a hair ball - twice. She's fine now and so is my carpet after a little work with a sponge and Lysol.

Do you think waking up to Soft Kitty was a premotion of the vomiting to come? Or just a coinky-dink?

Soft kitty, sick kitty,
Little ball of fur.
Retching kitty, scared kitty,
Hurl, hurl, hurl

Monday, February 06, 2012

My Life In Music

On Criminal Minds this week we've been tasked with making a soundtrack of our lives.  I'm up today and have entitled mine The Rainbow Rag.  Trust me, John Williams, the master of soundtracks, has nothing to worry about.

Come listen.