Dear fireplace, is lying on the skin of a dead bear carcass really considered “sexy”?

No matter what you decide to lay on, it’s getting closer and closer to that time of year where it’s time to stoke the fireplace. What a great way to warm up with a loved one while the flames liberate its radiant heat. Don’t have someone to lie with at the moment? Try curling up with a good book—especially one that grabs more than just your attention.

Choosing your wood. I’m still talking fireplaces—just in case I lost you. To make those piping hot embers last, choose a hard wood. The best choices—if you live in an area where they are indigenous, are ironwood, hickory, beech, oak, sugar maple, and rock elm. For best results, avoid wood that’s been newly chopped or sopping wet. The wood I will be burning this winter was chopped, stacked, and tucked in beneath a large tarp last year by yours truly. I used leftover brick to pile it on so it would be up and off the ground. It’s had plenty of time for the Texas sun to dry it out to perfection. Oh yeah!

Back to that titillating book you’re reading by the fireplace… please, oh please, dear reader, don’t forget to follow-up online with a rave review of the book that helped get you all hot and bothered in the first place. It not only helps the authors, but gives them more of an incentive to want to continue to please you!


Tainted Elite – Synopsis

Tainted Elite Cover

Years after the Parthenogenesis Revolution of 2069 and its breakthrough where women can impregnate one another, a young Cassaundra (seven years of age) watches as her moms are assassinated during a family vacation to Niagara Falls. After leaping into the falls to save herself from the Kretchtin snipers, she awakens within the walls of the ELITE Corporation, run by a powerful and callous CEO, Dr. Alexis Wu.

Along with other orphaned girls, she is raised at the ELITE Corporation under the watchful eye of Dr. Malek, a scientist who appears to care more about a secretive company project than the girls in his care.

At the age of thirteen, Cassaundra’s life takes another drastic turn when Dr. Malek forces her to undergo a DNA cleansing that turns her into an Enhanced-She-Human (ESH), giving her superior abilities. Her life now solely belongs to the ELITE Corporation and its Executives, whom she must protect and serve at all costs.

Despising the ELITE Corporation and everything it stands for, Cassaundra yearns to escape its control and when she befriends another ESH, a Gemini by the name of Tamar, both girls find it hard to obey the corporation’s imposed rules—and find it even harder to suppress their growing feelings for one another.
On the night of her eighteenth birthday, Cassaundra sneaks from her room to meet Tamar, who has offered her artistic talents to tattoo Cassaundra with a special rendering of her world-weary sign—the Pisces. When an enraged Dr. Malek finds out, he uses the corporation’s Omni-Force warriors to separate the two girls indefinitely.

Convinced that battling the ELITE Corporation would be futile, Cassaundra succumbs to their rules, allowing her short moments of independence from the corporation and people she detests so much. This helps spice up her life—especially her insatiable sex drive.

Now twenty-seven, Cassaundra is still a pawn for the ELITE Corporation and its Executives. Dr. Alexis Wu calls upon her favorite ESH to rescue her Scorpio daughter Abby from the Kretchtins—a group of men who want to forcibly relieve Dr. Wu from her power. Cassaundra is sent to Mount Fuji to rescue Abby from a hidden facility within the volcano. The heat rises beyond the temperature of molten lava when Cassaundra realizes that there is something about the ELITE Corporation that she does strongly desire…Abby.

Realizing her feelings and what they mean, Cassaundra must now choose between following her heart or dying, which is the consequence of any ESH caught having a relationship with any other member of the corporation.
This selfless act finally gives her the freedom she has always desired. Her life is no longer ruled by being Tainted Elite, but ruled by her heart.

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