Monday, December 26, 2011

New Year's Grand Prize

We Angels have one more BIG give away!!! All this week, you can enter to win ebooks from the five of us Angels who are published! The winner will be notified by email and will get to choose which books they want from our participating authors. All you have to do is continue this story that we've started. You can enter as many times as you want during this week and don't forget to leave your email addy so we can contact you if you win. While you're at it, if you haven't already please follow our site! A WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN JANUARY 1ST! What a fabulous way to ring in the new year!

All right - I'm going to start things off!

"Look at that Momma - a shooting star!"
She smiled at her son. "Yes, honey. How beautiful. Why don't you make a wish?"
"I wish for you not to be alone this new year."
Tears formed in her eyes. Now there was a thought she'd wished often over the last few months. Someone to come along, and share his life with her and her son. "That's nice, sweetie. But  you could have wished for something for yourself."
"I don't want you to be lonely."
"I'm not lonely. I have you."
He rolled his eyes. "Mom, you know what I mean."
She ruffled his hair. "Okay - time for bed."
"But I'm not tired." He let out a big yawn.
Famous last words for a tired child, she thought.

All right - you're up! What happens next?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

All I Want for Christmas #11 - Favorite Tradition or Memory

It's not coincidence that my favorite traditions/memories have all happened in recent years. They all have to do with grandchildren...MY grandchildren to be specific. The more I have, the better the memories. Between my hubby and I, we have ten grandchildren, with one more on the way...two more if I count my future daughter in law's son from a previous marriage...which I do, of course. The more, the merrier.

Up until three years ago, the biggest tradition we had was to watch "The Christmas Story" from start to finish at least twice between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then I had a minor brush with breast cancer that scared the bejeezus out of me. I began thinking seriously of my immortality. I wanted to start a tradition that was sure to be near the top of my children, as well as their children's, list of favorite memories.

Every year at the beginning of December, I rent a couple of cabins at a nearby state park. Both cabins are on the lake and share a wharf. It's perfect for fishing if it's not too cold outside. We've had weekends when it was warm and balmy (remember, I live in south central Louisiana) and we've had cold fronts move in, bringing icy wind and rain, in which case we light up the fireplace inside and the bonfire outside. We bring one of my artificial trees, and the kids make homemade decorations to adorn the tree. We open gifts the first night so the kids can play with their toys all weekend. The children open first then the adults play the white elephant gift game. It's turned into a real blast for everyone and a weekend that we all look forward to. I'm including a shot of one of the gorgeous views we get to take advantage of.

So what's your favorite Chritstmas tradition? Leave a comment (along with your name and email address so I can contact you if you win) and you will be eligible to win a free copy of my first book, Some Day Somebody. Either an autographed copy in paperback, or a free download...your choice. I'll also throw in a download of my new short story, Hart's Desire, as well as a little souvenir from Cajun country.Have a wonderful Christmas!Lori

Lori Leger
Author Contemporary Romance with a Cajun flair
Some Day Somebody: Book 1 of La Fleur de Love series
Last First Kiss: Book 2 of La Fleur de Love series
Hart's Desire: an ebook short

Sunday, December 18, 2011

All I Want for Christmas Giveaway #10

First off, I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! And that you are all enjoying our Christmas giveaways! I knew our Angels could come up with something spectacular and in sync with the 'spirit' of giving this year!


I have to admit that I really don't have a favorite smell for the holidays, but if any of you REALLY know me, you know that I LOVE food! So that pretty much rounds out what I love to smell at this time of year......LOL!

The scents of a roasting turkey and a honey glazed ham. The brown sugar laden smells of yams sticky sweet with their syrupy glaze, alongside the sharp tang of cranberry sauce. Don't forget the sweet misery that awaits when you hit the dessert table! Pecan, apple and pumpkin pies! Scrumptious, nose-tingling, stomach cramping, divinity, pecan pralines and fudge....

Gosh, that list could go on and on! 

There are a few smells that aren't in the food category that I also love...the fresh, woodsy scent of a fir tree. The sharp smell of that certain holiday fragrance you love lighting before your company arrives. 

Please share with me, my fellow angels and our blog followers what you believe is YOUR favorite smell for the holiday.Don't forget to post your email address also, so that I can get in touch with you if you are the winner!

As the prize I have a trio of fabulous season scented mini candles in glass votive holders, and a book surprise!

Sending best wishes and warm thoughts for:

Trish aka Wackycajun

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Tell about your favorite ornament and win a prize.

I love holiday traditions, and one of my favorites is the Christmas tree. Some people have beautiful creations that would warm the cockles of any interior decorator’s heart. Not mine.

Mine always look lopsided, with holes and mismatched ornaments, courtesy of the multi-aged children and grandchildren who put the tree up on Thanksgiving day. The tree sports especially mismatched ornaments. That’s because our tree decorations are collections of favorites from everyone in the family. That includes designs from the sparkly but strange ones spotted at Wal-Mart to the Disney collectibles the grandchildren pick out every year.

I have a few from a friend who sends the official White House ornament yearly. And there are a few other rather fancy ones that caught my eye--hey, G/ma gets to have one now and then. :)

Consequently the tree is a mismash. But I love it that way. Yet no matter what new prize anyone contributes, there are two that hold special place in my heart. Or used to, that is.

When my sons were small, the very first ornaments they chose were wooden figures, representing things they liked. Not Disney. We couldn’t afford that. I don’t even recall where they came from.

One was a band major: a figure dressed in a bright red band uniform with his tall hat and carrying a baton. That son was later to be his high school band’s major (for a short time--guys didn’t do that, you know :>) and award-winner saxophone player.

The other was a little cowboy on a rocking horse. The son who chose that never could say why it caught his fancy, but it did. He did not become a cowboy :>.

In the good years and the bad years, those ornaments were last put away and first put on the next year.

When the boys left home for college or other life in general, I continued to lovingly place those two figures on the tree. They brought back wonderful, nostalgic memories. I wouldn’t trade them for the most expensive ornaments available.

I no longer have them.

Not many years ago, the last time we all were together on Christmas, each son asked if he could take his ornament for his own tree.

I miss them. It doesn’t seem like my tree is decorated without them. Just this year I found myself, unthinkingly, looking for them.

Those were--and will always be--my favorite ornaments. Inexpensive, slightly worn, wooden figures that represented my sons.

I just hope they pass them along to their children.

What about you? What is the story of your favorite ornament?

Comment and win a prize!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I know you all think sexy Man Candy is my favorite thing *grin* but today I'm going to talk about a few of my other favorite things - Christmas things and Winter things....Food and Drink!

Honey Baked Spiral Ham! Yum. If you've never had one, treat yourself and your family this year. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Next, something I make - Mashed sweet potatoes. My recipe is 4 or 5 large sweet potatoes, 1 can of sweetened condensed mile, 1/2 cup of sugar. Cook potatoes, drain and mash, add milk and sugar, top with marshmallows. This is sinfully good.

My sister-in-law's rolls. They are so good, people pay her to make them for their family gatherings. Total warm, yeasty goodness. Mmmm. I want one now! :)

Oh, yeah. Red Velvet Cake. Can you believe until a couple of years ago I had never tried this delicious dessert?? Criminal, I say! If you haven't given into this pleasure, RUN to the store. And I have to add, just this weekend I tried Red Velvet Cheesecake. Total decadence.

OK, Pomegranate Margarita with a sugar rim and slice of lime. I recently discovered the cooling drink this summer. IT IS DELICIOUS! 'Nuff said.

Hot Chocolate with whipped cream - or better yet and much more decadent, put a scoop of french vanilla ice cream in piping hot chocolate, then top with whipped cream!

Peanut Brittle or Pecan Brittle! Oh yeah, it's hell on your teeth - and I can't make it without a total kitchen disaster, but it is something I buy every year. Or I want for my oh-so-talented friend, Shannon, to send me some. (Hi, Shan!)

And last but not least, Turtle Pretzels. My mother-in-law makes these and I quickly became addicted. You simply take a square pretzel, place a Rollo Candy on it, top with a pecan and bake just until the Rollo gets gooey - not too gooey. Oh, they are so, so, so good.

So tell me a few of your favorite foods for this time of year! One lucky commentator will win a $5 Wild Rose Press gift card and a PDF of my latest release, TWICE IN A LIFETIME!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011


Christmas would be nothing without gifts, right?  So, why would I have a difficult time writing about the best Christmas gift I ever received?  Probably because I'm the worst person to buy for.  My husband has said it, my mother has said it, even my children have said it.

The problem is not that I'm picky, quite the contrary, I'm not choosy enough.  I'm so excited that anyone thought enough to get me a gift, I can't say I've ever gotten anything I wasn't grateful to receive.  Maybe that's what it boils down to.  I'm one blessed person, and I know it.  I may not drive the fanciest car or live in a castle of a home, but I have everything I could ever need, so when people ask what I want, I honestly struggle to think of anything.

That's why four years ago, I was actually surprised that my husband got it right without my even telling anyone the one thing I wanted but thought was too expensive to ask for.  Not jewelry, not fur, not even spa treatments (although I wouldn't say no to the last one).  No, after eleven years of marriage, he knew me well enough to know what I go crazy for and sprung for an e-reader.

I realize this is a fairly common gift now, and even at the time, e-readers were already growing in popularity, but the prices were still very high, and I was amazed he'd sprung for such an expensive gift.  I finally understood how other women felt when they opened a little black box and saw the sparkle winking back at them, except my ultimate sparkly wasn't a diamond--it was a way to get instant reading gratification, anonymity, and portability.  I was beyond happy and gushed about it to anyone who would listen.

Sometimes they get it right, and I have to thank my husband for my best Christmas gift ever.

How about you?  What's the best gift you ever received?  Are you easy or difficult to gift?  Leave a comment and your e-mail addy for a chance to win a $10 gift card to the online bookseller of your choice.

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Friday, December 9, 2011


When it comes to the holidays, I love all the sparkling lights, rich food, Christmas carols, and of course the Christmas movies.  I am probably one of the 'worst' Hallmark, Lifetime, and Classic movie lovers when it comes to this time of the year.  There is something nostalgic for me about settling in for the night and enjoying the mayhems, laughter, tears, and oh the dysfunctional family dynamics while viewing a movie about St. Nick, baby Jesus, or family traditions.

Some of my favorite Christmas movies include "Home Alone".  I'm talking about the original one here.  Although the others are fine, the first one leaves me in stitches every time.  I die with hysterics while watching little Kevin and all his mishaps. 

Christmas for me can not be complete without watching 'White Christmas' with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.  I absolutely love this movie.  I always find myself crying every time when all the military men salute their retired General.  The music and dance puts me in the perfect frame of mind of wanting to waltz with my very special someone as well.

Two other ones that pop into my mind are 'Miracle on 34th Street' and 'A Christmas Story'.  Again, I love the original black and white with 'Miracle on 34th Street'.  There's something about a good black and white movie that sets the right mood of days gone by.  'A Christmas Story' brings out the little girl in me.  I know it sounds wrong but a part of me loves the fact that little Ralphie gets the worst gifts from his aunt.  That bit of information seems to bring a smile to my face because I realize that I'm not the only one whose gotten a crappy gift from a certain 'special' relative. 

Well, those are just a few of my favorite Christmas movies.  Which ones are your favorites and why?  Does it bring back special memories or is there one that has become a Christmas tradition every year with your family?  Please leave a comment regarding your favorite Christmas movie and get an opportunity to win my giveaway of a Christmas DVD movie pack and $10 gift card. 

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I am one of those people who gets totally jazzed about Christmas. The season starts for me the day after Thanksgiving when my sisters and I conquer Black Friday shopping with smiles and good humor. It ends when I sprinkle Christmas magic around the presents Santa leaves on Christmas Eve. And then there is Christmas Day .... A season all of its own.

One of my favorite things to do during the season is read Christmas themed books and sip on wine or hot chocolate. Two of my favorites books are: Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Christmas Story.

In my family, we gather around and read the Christmas Story on Christmas Eve after our Christmas Eve service at church. It is a magical time. Then as the children, ages 15 and 17, prepare for bed, we'll read Twas the Night Before Christmas.

At the moment I have several Harlequin Blazes down loaded on my Nook to read that are Christmas Themed.

So what is your favorite Christmas book? If you post your favorite, your name will be in a drawing for a $10 gift card from Barnes and Noble.

Merry Christmas

Lisa Wells

Monday, December 5, 2011

All I want for Christmas Giveaway # 3

Welcome to day three of our Christmas Giveaway. Today I'll be talking about Christmas Holidays. Those two words can strike fear into people's heart or warm them to their toes. They bring about memories of spending time with family sharing stories or trudging through airports trying to catch a plane ride home or to visit family, giving us Thanksgiving flashbacks.

Because I live in the Cayman Islands our holidays are always filled with sunshine and our "Christmas weather" is the temperature dropping to the 70's with wonderful cool breezes.

Until last year neither my son nor I had seen snow, so we were excited to visit family in North Carolina. It was in the 50's when we got there which for us was cold, but lovely. On Christmas day we woke up early (my son is seven), and opened presents. Shortly after, it started snowing. We couldn't have planned it more perfectly.

(Had to include this picture of my cutie)

My son rushed outside in a hoody and shorts before I could convince him he needed more clothing. Thankfully five minutes later he ran back inside to put on pants, thicker socks, gloves and a proper jacket. We stayed outside eating the snow that had fallen on the front step staircase and sliding down the driveway in a makeshift sled. By ten o'clock there was eighteen inches of snow and when we drove to town later there were snowmen by every house. It snowed the whole time we were there and my son, husband and I were outside everyday having snowball fights and sledding down the driveway. It was to date the best Christmas vacation we've ever had.

My giveaway today is the famous Cayman Islands Tortuga Rum Cake. For a chance to win this tasty treat tell us about your favorite Christmas vacation and don't forget to leave your email information.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

All I Want for Christmas Giveaway #2

Hello everyone and welcome to the next two days of giveaways! Here's what I want to know: What is the worst Christmas gift you've ever received?

As a kid, I remember receiving a brown sweater. What's wrong with that you ask? Well, I didn't want to wear it because it was the color of poo and I was afraid of being teased by the kids at school. As an adult, I think the worst gift I ever received was...SOAP! (I apologize to all those little gymnasts and their parents who thought it was a good gift.) To me, soap is kind of personal, like underwear. You see, I'd never go to Victoria's Secret and purchase undies for a friend because of a thing called PERSONAL PREFERENCE! In my mind, different people like different scents so purchasing soap is kind of a crap shoot. Perhaps to the purchaser of said gift, it doesn't really matter because soap can be relatively inexpensive. But people have different skin sensitivities and some soaps can leave your skin dry and flaky if it's not the right kind for you.

Plus, if you're not purchasing those little $5 gift baskets from your local Wal-mart and going to places like The Body Shop, Lush or Bath and Body Works then you're shelling out big bucks on the hopes they'll like what you pick. I'm guilty of giving soap as a gift too (hangs head), and hoping that the smile the receiver pastes on their face is because they like it and not because it stinks! Because not all citrus scents are zestfully refreshing, some flowers should've stayed in the field, and - WHAT THE HECK IS THAT SMELL?

I really don't mean to complain. A lot of soap is packaged ever so pretty. Some of them are such vibrant colors and interesting shapes. When someone takes the time to at least remember you in a small way, it's a wonderful thing. And I have received some soap I absolutely loved. Any  I didn't like, I let my kids use, or I use it to keep my dresser drawers fresh. (Don't look at me weird - my grandma did that all the time!)

Okay - now it's your turn! What is the worst gift you've ever received? Tell us in a comment below, leave your email addy and you'll win.........not soap. LOL I've got a copy of Bridget Jones' Diary to give away and if you have that, I've got loads of other stuff you can choose from! And while you're here, please follow our blog and you can find us on twitter @AssCheekAngels  :)

Beach Love was our winner from the 1st days of giveaways! Congrats :)

Happy Holidays! Kellie Kamryn

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Carols

Today kicks of the Ass Cheek Angel's All I Want for Christmas Giveaways extravaganza. Every two days will be giving away a small gift and the last few weeks we will have a post for a grand prize. How do you win? It's easy as Christmas pudding. All you have to do is respond to that day's post (along with your e-mail address) to be entered in the drawing. If we randomly select your name as the winner, we will e-mail you get your address so that we can send the prize. So, be sure to check back often throughout the month of December because we have some awesome Angel giveaways headed your way!

Today's topic is Christmas music and the winner will win a Christmas CD, Have Yourself a Merry Little Country Christmas. It has a wide variety of holiday favorites from country singers like Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney and more.

I love Christmas music. Which is a good thing this time of year because it is everywhere. In the grocery stores, malls, restaurants and all over the radio. It's to get everyone in the spirit of Christmas. So, today I am going to list ten of my favorite Christmas songs, both old and new that always get me into the Christmas Spirit.

10. "Christmas is All Around" - Billy Mack (Played by Bill Nighy), I love this song from Love Actually. I get it stuck in my head for days after watching the movie and it is really catchy.

9. "White Christmas" - Bing Crosby. Need I say more. :)

8. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - Frank Sinatra or Judy Garland. I love both versions and it is such a great song.

7. "My Only Wish" - Britney Spears - It is just one of those fun songs that I remember from high school and it is so fun and upbeat.

6. "Belleau Wood" - Garth Brooks. This song was not released, but it was on one of his CD Sevens. It is the beautiful story of the Christmas truce during World War I in which both sides sang Silent Night in their own languages together.

5. "Last Christmas" - Taylor Swift. I like the original version too, but I am a Taylor Swift fan so it is a guilty pleasure.

4. "All I Want for Christmas is You" - Mariah Carey, although the little girl in Love Actually rocked it too.

3. "Silver Bells" - Rosemary Clooney & Bing Crosby - it is just such a cute song and always has been one of my favorite Christmas duets.

2. "Silent Night" or "Stille Nacht" - I have no particular version of this song that I like best, but it is one of my favorite hymns. It is beautiful both in its original German and in English.

1. "O Holy Night" - There are also many beautiful versions in of this song and it is definitely my favorite one during the holidays.

Honorable Mention Holiday Song - "The Chanukah Song" Adam Sandler. It is just so funny, I had to put it out there.

It is hard to narrow down the list to 10, but I think I got most of my favorites on there!

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs? Don't forget to include your e-mail address to be eligible for the Christmas CD.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ass Cheek Angels All I Want for Christmas Giveaway

Beginning December 1st, we lovely Ass Cheek Angels are holding contests all December long with some fabulous give away prizes! Every couple of days one of the Angels will post about their favorite or worst Christmas something or other. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email addy to be entered to win!

The week between Christmas and New Years we are holding a bigger contest! We'll start off writing a Christmas story. To be entered, continue with a bit of the story and leave your email address. The more you comment, the more times you can be entered to win. The Grand Prize is an ebook from at least 4 of the Angels who are currently published! Four books!!  What a way to start the New Year!

We hope you'll join us this holiday season as we spread around the holiday cheer! Hope to see you on the blog :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tis The Season For Traditions

Happy Thanskgiving.

This year on Thanksgiving, I'll have 23 family members at my house for a traditional feast. For this I am extremely grateful. My husband's smoking the turkey, I'll do the mashpotatoes and everyone else brings the goodies that will make it a complete meal. I'm looking forward to my sister-in-law's cream-cheese corn and my mother-in-law's sweet potatoe casserole. My mom's pumpkin pies, made from scratch, are the stuff legends are made of. This year I won't worry quite so much about overeating, because the following week I'll be running a marathon in Dallas.

When the meal is over, some of the family will leave to meet up with their spouse's family members. My sisters, sister-in-law and I, will gather around the Black Friday ads and start planning our shopping attack on Friday.

I hate that the stores are opening at midnight etc. these days. It takes some of the fun out of the Black Friday experience. The earliest I've been in line for a sale was 4:00 a.m. NORMALLY, we meet at Michaels at 6:00 a.m. and spend the entire day together shopping. We do 90% of our shopping on that day. When we were younger, we'd gather at my brother's house afterwards and wrap the gifts. Now days, we finish up around 8:00 p.m. and call it a day.

Our Thanksgiving planning of our Black Friday shopping is a holiday tradition I cherish. What are some of your favorite family traditions?

Lisa Wells

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Musical Inspirations - Lori's Blog

‎I know we've discussed music on this blogsite before, but I'm putting a new spin on it. You all know by now that my first book is called Some Day Somebody. Maybe you don't all realize that those are words from the old song by Wilson Phillips called "Hold On", "Some day, somebody's gonna make you wanta turn around and say goodbye...until then, baby, don't you let 'em hold you down and make you cry." Those words got me through some mighty tough times in a really crappy marriage to a man who'd been sleeping around on me since year one of the 17 years I stayed with him. I felt like they wrote that song about me...FOR me. One day I did meet the right man and I was able to walk into a brand new life. When I wrote Sam and Carrie's story, I knew I had to use that phrase for the title. I flip flopped back and forth a few times, but always came back to it and I'm satisfied with the results.

It inspired me to use song titles or phrases for the rest of my series as well. "Last First Kiss" is a song from James Otto that didn't get radio play, but if any of you want to hear a good belly rubber, look it won't be sorry. Book 3 is "Brown Eyed Girl" and who doesn't know that oldie but goody from Van Morrison. It was the perfect song for Tiffany and Red's book. Book 4's "Heaven In Your Eyes" is a line from a song I wrote for the of two songs. Book 5 is "Green Eyed Lady" an old seventies song from a band called Sugar Loaf, I believe. It's about a green eyed, Creole, beauty named Angelique and her love triangle. Book 6 is "Sarah Smile" (Hall and Oates or that cutie patootie Jimmy Wayne) about an abused lady with twin babies, struggling to find happiness and self worth. I'm always listening and searching for titles for future books in this series.

So, I got to thinking...what would be the theme song to my life that I'm happily married, and have been for almost 17 years to a man who is as faithful as the day is long...or short, depending on the season, now that our children have blessed us with ten grandchildren and another on the way, now that I'm seeing my struggles as a writer just begin to pay off. I've got a few in mind..."God Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts, "The Dance" by Garth Brooks, or me and Mike's wedding song, "Soul Provider" by Michael Bolton. But I've opted for a decidedly more 'upbeat' tempo from one of my favorite country singers, John Michael Montgomery. "Life's a Dance" is perfect for my current frame of mind in my life. Here are a few lines for those of you who may not be familiar with it. "Life's a dance you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead, and sometimes you follow. Don't worry about what you don't know, because life's a dance you learn as you go." Perfect for a 53 year old, writing by the seat of her pants, Ass Cheek Angel...don't you think?

So here's the question fellow cherubs...what's YOUR song for this time in your life?

Love you all bunches and bunches!

P.S. I'm having injections in my lower back tomorrow around 11:00. Been experiencing major problems with pinched nerves so I'm hoping this helps me to feel better for the holidays. Say some prayers that it works, ladies!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Miss Kitty Lied. . .

Oh, Miss Kitty, how you deceived us all. Remember Gunsmoke and Sheriff Matt Dillon’s main squeeze? Perfect silk dress, perfectly styled red curls – perfect beauty mark. How clean and wonderful the life of a Wild West saloon girl must have been. . . 

*insert sound of screeching brakes here*

Um, no. Let’s look at some facts. In descending order there were: Parlor Houses, Brothels, Cribs. Even in a Parlor House *think 5 star hotel* where a night of food, fun and the other “F” word might cost a man $200+, the girl only averaged $10 per week because of the cut the Madam (or the house) took the rest to cover the costs of food, wine and the girl’s room and board.

 Brothel girls could make $2.50 - $7.00 per customer, but she had to pay room and board out of this plus any other expenses she had. Oh, and Brothels were significantly less grand than a Parlor House. Parlor houses the girl probably spent the entire night with one man and her sheets were changed afterward. Brothel girls saw more “traffic” and her sheets might be changed once per week.

 Cribs were a closet-like space where the girls lived and worked. She would rent this room for $10-$20 per week. She charged a man as little as 25 cents depending on how dirty or run-down she and/or her crib was. Her profit was in volume. In a cattle or mining town, she would little more than stay in bed as the men lined up outside her door. Normally, a crib nymph would see 20 to 30 men per night. During a cattle drive, she could see as many as 75 to 100 men per night. And no clean sheets here. She put a rain slicker over the bottom of her bed to protect the sheets from mud and cow manure since the cowboy might take off his hat, but not his boots or pants. Volume, remember?  

Yes, there were Saloon Girls who could just serve drinks, but they could also “go upstairs” for extra money. And Dance Hall Girls, yes, they were there, earning 12 ½ cents per dance. But all in all after researching this topic, I have to say, Miss Kitty lied to us.
What do you think?
*All statistics were found in UPSTAIRS GIRLS: Prostitution in the American West by Michael Rutter

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Mind Games

Being scared or wanting the fright is typical for the average Halloween celebrations participant.  The rush of knowing that something monstrous and evil lurks in the darkness sends a rush of adrenaline through the body.  Call it crazy but it's amazing how people seek out the unknown thrill within the haunted house, corn maze or horror flick.  Sure, we all know there's going to be a ski mask wearing psycho slinging around a machete and hacking up young teenage lovers; yet, what we may not realize are the sick twisted nut jobs who play the mind fucks with us. Yeah, those are the doozy ones. 

I love a good scare but the ones that really freak me out are the ones which mess with my head.  Sure Michael and Jason can send me running but after a while I'm like seriously?  That's all you got? Ooh, a beat up hockey and ski mask....and let's not forget the chain saw.  I mean what's a 'hack 'em up horror' without a chainsaw scene?  Exactly. 

Yet, the ones that leave me awake at night and begging for my momma. Well, not really, but more like a 9 MM Glock, are movies that leave me thinking...WTF?  Yeah, you know the ones. 

Some of my favorite screw with the mind movies include 'Nightmare on Elm Street'.  Let's face it, one never really knew when Freddy would show up with his mangled burned body and knife cutting gloves.  It didn't help matters that I found his humor quite intoxicating.  Yeah, just what I need to laugh hysterically while a freak cuts me up. Good going there, Kel.

Then there are 'The Exorcist' and 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'.  When a storyline deals with the ultimate evil and faith, then the goosebumps are more than standing at attention on the back of your neck; they're battling each other to get off your body. 

Oh, I can't forget the 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Hannibal' either.  When I think of someone wanting to eat me and not in a good way, it does mess with my thoughts.  After watching a psychological thriller like that, I tend to view people differently.  I think, 'hmmmm...I hope they ate recently and so hope that I'm not their type'.   

So, those are just a few that really fuck with my head.  Which movies give you the ultimate mind screw? 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Hottie Winners

Ahem, drum roll please. And the winners of the first annual Halloween Hotties contest are:

Favorite Villain: Alan Rickman

Favorite Vampire: Alex O'Loughlin

Favorite Werewolf: Joe Manganiello

Favorite Pirates: Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom (yes, we have a tie)

Favorite Zombie Slayer: Simon Pegg

Favorite Scary Film Franchise: Nightmare on Elm Street

Favorite Fantasy Film Franchise: A three-way tie between Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars!

Thank you to all those who voted! I hope you all have a very fun and scary Halloween!