Monday, May 29, 2017
I'm sorry to announce this, but I won't be having a Meredith's Monday Musing post this week. I had a super busy week this past week and didn't have time to write one. I'm sorry! I promise I'll be back next week!
I hope everyone has a great day!
at May 29, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
Happy Monday! How's everyone day going so far? Mine is going fairly well. I'm just taking it easy after all the excitement of having a new release. I always forget how tiring it is.
Today's Meredith's Monday Musing post is something that is near and dear to my heart: Teeth!
One thing that connects every person in the world is we all have teeth. Some people have baby teeth, some have adult teeth, others have dentures, but guess what, those count as teeth too! Since we all have teeth, it's really important that we take care of them. Imagine having to walk around with a mouth that didn't have any teeth. It'd be hard to speak, eat, you'd be concerned about your appearance, etc. So teeth are good and we want to keep them for as long as possible.
I'm sure that everyone has heard this before, but everyone should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day. Why is this important? Bacteria like to sit on our teeth and eat them. So when one brushes their teeth, you displace the bacteria so they can't make any holes in your teeth, which is also known as a cavity. (Remember to also brush your gums when you brush your teeth twice a day and to spit out the foam into the sink when you're done).
Along with brushing twice a day, we should floss once a day too! Now, I'm sure that everyone has heard this before, but the majority don't do it every day. I get that. Flossing is annoying, it takes time and it's really not fun having to get between the nooks and crannies of your teeth, but it is so important. There are bacteria that can hide in between your teeth and when they aren't displaced, they can cause a cavity on the side of your tooth. When dentists have to fill that area, they end up having to remove good tooth surface to get to that decayed area.
Also, make sure to try and visit the dentist at least once a year, if not twice. I know, if you don't have insurance, going to a dentist can be expensive. However, it's important to go because the dentist will do a check of your teeth and tell you if they see any cavities or bone loss. It's a lot cheaper to pay going to that dentist and having to do a small filling then waiting and having to pay for a root canal and crown later.
Now that we've gone over the basics and why we should do them, let's talk about some dental conspiracies. Here's my favorite one: fluoride is bad for you. People are right when they say that. If a person were to eat like a huge solid chunk of fluoride they'd get seriously sick and possibly die! But guess what, the amount of fluoride that is in people's water, food, toothpaste, etc it's like 1 gram of fluoride. So you aren't going to die by eating or drinking things with fluoride in it. People get sick if they eat toothpaste because there are other things inside of it besides fluoride. My best example to make people understand this is too much potassium can kill a person, yet everyone still eats bananas. That's because bananas contain a little bit of potassium and not enough to kill you. As long as you don't OD on fluoride or potassium, they're okay for you.
Another conspiracy is oil pulling. There are individuals who believe that they can swish a form of oil in their mouth (coconut, olive, sunflower, etc) for twenty minutes twice a day and that'll take care of their teeth. Here are my two issues with it. One, there's no scientific proof to back up their claims. There is scientific proof that it doesn't work, but not any scientific proof that it does work. Secondly, if patients won't take the four minutes in a day it takes to brush their teeth, do people really think they'll take forty minutes to swish oil around in their mouth? Come on. If anyone ever comes to me and says that they believe in doing this, I say great, as long as they also make sure to brush their teeth twice a day too.
Another conspiracy is that x-rays are bad for you. X-rays are the number way that dentists use to diagnose if a patient has any cavities or bone loss. With modern technology today, most dentists are now using either digital x-rays or regular film that minimizes the amount of radiation it requires to expose the image. Here's the truth, having x-rays taken once a year, you'll get probably about the same amount of radiation with the x-rays as you'd get for laying in a tanning bed for five minutes. I'm not even joking. It's that little and x-rays are so important for the dentists to have so they can help diagnose any cavities or bone loss.
Moving past the conspiracies, here are some helpful tips:
If you throw up often, don't brush your teeth after every time. Instead, after every time, rinse with a glass of lukewarm water that has one teaspoon of baking soda mixed in it. This will just help swish some of the stomach acid away and the baking soda will neutralize any stomach acid that decides to cling to your teeth. Don't swallow the water! Make sure to brush your teeth two times a day still.
You don't have to use toothpaste to brush your teeth. OMG! The point of brushing your teeth is to displace the bacteria, so it can't cling to your teeth and eat a hole in them. So, if you want to just wet your toothbrush and gently brush your teeth, that'll work the same as brushing your teeth with toothpaste. HOWEVER, using toothpaste is awesome because one, it'll make your breath smell fresh. No one wants to kiss someone with smelly breath. Two, it gives your teeth some fluoride to help strengthen them.
If you have a little one at home and they brush their teeth with the normal amount of toothpaste and they swallow it, you don't have to freak. Just give them a cup of milk. The calcium in the milk will neutralize the fluoride that they just digested. They'll still probably have a bit of an upset stomach, but it's not anything to take them to the doctor for. However, if they eat an entire tube of toothpaste, CALL YOUR DOCTOR!
That's all I have for today. Happy Monday, everyone!
at May 22, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Today, I have a naughty snippet from my newly released book, His Little Captive! Enjoy!
“You like a bit of pain with your pleasure.” As if to prove his point, he twisted each of my nipples, causing me to buck over top of him. “Easy, girl.”
I was seconds away from my release and I didn’t think I’d be able to hold it back any longer.
As if he were a mind reader, he demanded, “Come for me. Now!”
At his command, my orgasm swept over me as it felt like every one of my muscles spasmed with an insane amount of pleasure. He kept pumping himself up inside me until he shouted his own release, which spurred me on further, and I shuddered yet again.
Finally, the spasms ceased and I collapsed onto his chest, sweat-covered and barely able to catch my breath. When I chanced a glance up at my handsome captor—me having long since become his willing, enthralled captive—he seemed to be in about the same shape I was.
“What’s on your mind, Lilly?” His question was a low, husky rumble as he glanced down at me.
“Best… orgasm… ever.”
Have a great day!
Have a great day!
at May 20, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
"Little girls shouldn't be cutting up their own food; their daddies should do it for them." #HisLittleCaptive #WipItUpWednesday
Today, I have another snippet from my newly released book, His Little Captive! Enjoy!
At the smell of pancakes, I toddled out of bed and into the kitchen.
“Good morning, sweetheart. You’re just in time for breakfast,” Charles said, placing a plate stacked with flapjacks in front of me.
“Mmm, these look delicious.”
Picking up my knife and fork, I was ready to cut into them, when I paused. Little girls shouldn’t be cutting up their own food; their daddies should do it for them. I glanced up at Charles who was back at the stove. I knew he was allowing me the cutlery because he was trying to ease me into my headspace, but I never was going to go into it if I kept doing adult things.
Something in my voice must have alerted him to a problem, because he spun to face me. “Yes, sweetie? Is there something wrong with your food?” he asked, coming to my side.
“No. I just… Can you please cut this for me? I don’t want to poke myself on accident.”
His face beamed with pride at my question. “Of course, baby girl. I’ll always help you out.”
I handed him the knife and fork and he got to work turning my huge pancakes into bite-sized pieces.
“Would you like some syrup on them?”
I nodded and he poured a dollop over the fluffy cakes.
“Thank you,” I said, as he handed me back my fork. It didn’t go unnoticed that he kept the knife.
“You’re welcome.” He went back to the stove and a minute later sat across from me with his own steaming plate of hotcakes.
He turned out to be a pretty good cook. Everything was wonderful, except for the outer edges of one of his pancakes was burnt, and there was a strong smell of smoke in the air. I’m surprised the smoke alarms hadn’t gone off.
“So what would you like to do today, sweetheart?”
Placing my utensil on my now empty plate, I dabbed my lips with my napkin. I hated having anything sticky on my face. “We can stay here again today.”
The light from his milk chocolate eyes faded and my earlier thoughts about how bored he must be came back to me.
“Or, we could maybe… go to the beach?” I hesitantly suggested. He had been giving me so much space to choose what I wanted, I thought it was time to return the favor.
“The beach would be awesome,” he exclaimed, his eyes lighting up at the idea. “Maybe I can pack a lunch and we can have a picnic there. Would you like that?”
“Sure.” As long as other people didn’t disturb us, I could spend the entire day on the sand, while listening to the soothing crash of the waves.
“We’re going to have so much fun today. Why don’t you go get dressed, while I clean up these dishes? I can pack a few things after that and we’ll be on our way.” He turned, taking both our plates, but paused. “Unless… Are you okay getting ready by yourself?”
“Yes,” I answered, smiling. I could give up control and let him cut my pancakes, but I wasn’t ready to let him pick out my outfits.
He sent me a wink, which had me giggling for no reason as I skipped down the hall and into my bedroom. He was right, today was going to be fun.
Have a great day!
Have a great day!
at May 17, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
Happy Monday! How's everyone day going so far? Mine is going pretty well. I'm getting excited that summer is going to be here soon. I can't wait to lay out on a beach somewhere and soak up the sun! I'll have to make sure to remember to apply plenty of sun screen though. I burn really fast, if I don't! Do any of you have your summer plans yet?
Today's topic for Meredith's Monday Musing is: Supporting one another!
There have been several times since I've become an author that other authors have complimented me about how much I share and support my fellow authors. When I get told this, I obviously say thank you, but it also confuses me. Why are people saying thank you all because I shared posts about their and other authors books?
I am a firm believer that everyone should help everyone else out. As authors, we can take that to mean so many different things. For some, helping out a fellow author is as simple as tweeting about that person's new release, for others, it can mean helping an author develop their plot. Those are just two examples, there are SOOO many ways that authors can help each other out. I think that every author should take the chance to help out another author because they never know when they themselves might need help. Also, you helping and supporting a fellow author might be what keeps them writing. You never know, so I'd just go ahead and do it.
I'm very grateful that I am a part of a community that for the most part, we all support one another. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to my online friends and asked for them to help me out with a part of my plot that I just couldn't figure out or having another author cheer me on when I get a bad review. It really makes my heart happy to see and receive the help from this amazing community. I think it's a safe bet to say that we all feel this way when our online friends cheer us on or provide a piece of advice on how to better our stories.
So, when I get complimented on how much I support others, it makes me confused. For one, I see about 95% of my fellow authors supporting other authors, which is awesome! So, it's not like I'm the only one doing this here. Two, it doesn't take anything away from my stories to help out another author. As I always joke, there are enough readers in the Amazon sea to buy each of our books.
Unfortunately, there are a few authors that don't believe in supporting other authors. This breaks my heart. Like I wrote in the last paragraph, there really are enough readers in the Amazon sea to buy each of our books. So, it isn't like if a fellow author supports me when I have a new release that they'd be losing anything with their current release. I've come to the conclusion that with these individuals, it's best to just continue to share their stories and hope that they will one day return the kindness.
I hope that the authors who do read this post, smile and nod their head. They know how awesome of a community we're apart of and it's all thanks to them and our readers (can't forget them) for continuing to share and encourage authors to continue writing. I do hope that everyone continues to support each other. Being an author is hard and when we stick together and help each other out, that's what makes the community we're in, such a positive one!
That's all I have for now. I hope that everyone has an awesome Monday!
at May 15, 2017