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5 Things I Can’t Live Without – Romance Writers Weekly

On this week’s Romance Writers Weekly blog hop, A.S. Fenichel wants to know… What can’t you live without? Tell us five things you can’t do without. It can be coffee from your favorite shop or a pink tee-shirt. Whatever it is, tell us about it and why you can’t go on without it. Hope you’ve stopped by Carrie Elks before visiting me.

Aside from the basic necessities, like food, water, shelter and the convenience of modern medicine and transportation, here’s my top five comforts of life in no particular order:

Pets – Our dog is a member of the family and the baby. Over the years kitties and doggies have come and gone but are never forgotten. I kiss our beautiful, rescue, Leo, when I leave for work and hug him when I get home.

Music – Soothes my internal savage beast and awakens my muse. Such a wondrous thing. Here lately, I’ve been listening to binaural beats which are supposed to help sync your brain and help with memory, healing, etc. We’ll see about the one for weight loss…

Electronics – I am a techie chick courtesy of my geeky older brother. I’m not sure which I could do without, TV, computer or internet.  All are windows to other worlds and I’m addicted to all of them.

Hot Shower – Therapeutic and meditative, I look forward to stepping under the hot mist to wash away the day’s wear and tear and ready me for the land of nod.

Coffee –  The aroma. The warmth.  It’s the liquid that drives me to my feet to leave my comfy bed.

On that note, lets see S.C. Mitchell’s gotta have list.  Please visit all the wonderful authors on this week’s hop.

Oddest Google Search – Romance Weekly

RWW bannerThis week on Romance Weekly, Carrie Elks wants to know as an author what are my oddest Google searches.  Hope you’ve already visited Victoria Barbour on the blog hop.

Compared to a mystery writer, my search history is pretty tame. I haven’t researched how to emulsify dead bodies, but I can tell you the various evolutions of the local fire department’s certified abilities test and that you must complete the test within ten minutes or fail.

Researching my first manuscript,  I culled extensively through the Roman culture. And while the Romans bathed regularly, interestingly enough, they the didn’t use soap. They used oil and a tool called a strigil to scrap dirt from their skin.  Further investigation revealed that  soap is more complicated to make than I’d imagined. Be glad you can just buy some from the store.

For another manuscript, I researched the earliest cervical cap and other means of ancient contraception. The Egyptians  used barrier methods.  One was a mix of acacia and ground dates with with honey.  Lint was moistened with the mixture and placed at the opening of the cervix. The lint acted as a barrier against the passage of sperm and honey was used to maintain the lint’s position. Acacia is a tree sap found to have spermicidal properties. Ancients were pretty smart for the time.

My most recent odd Goggle search was on how the male orgasm feels. I found an answer on a reputable site that included comments from men which were straightforward and realistic. I’d list the link but don’t want to get spammed.

Oddly, my most bizarre internet searches were done right after 9/11 when I was concerned about dirty bombs and a small pox outbreak.  I decided I better quit scaring myself  and before the FBI showed up at my doorstep. 😉

Let’s see what Jeanne McDonald says about her darkest Google searches.

JaceDani_HotAsBlazesBTW my newest release, Hot as Blazes is on sale for $.99 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble,  and Kobo.