Orderly and predictable describes Eva Marie’s life, until she accepts the dare of a Brazilian soccer player with wicked moves and a notorious reputation.
The last thing Eva Marie needs right now, just as her event planning business is getting off the ground, is a man. Especially a sought after bachelor with a reputation for no-strings-attached, serial dating.
Famous Brazilian soccer player Davi Ferreira likes his games and women fast and flashy. Handsome and fit, he’s never met a woman he couldn’t quickly and easily charm into his bed. Until Eva Marie. When the opportunity to participate in her event, ‘The Ultimate Bachelor’ promises to give him one final chance to escape the friend zone, he eagerly accepts.
Thanks to a popular DC blog, people in Washington are watching the live stream featuring Eva Marie’s event. Cameras cover everything, including Eva and Davi’s ultra-sexy kiss. The steamy exchange sparks a firestorm of tweets that force Eva and Davi to settle a question posed by web viewers—was the sizzling kiss a promotional stunt or the real thing?
About the Invitations series
In Washington, D.C. USA, a city of glittering lights and all-night parties filled with beautiful socialites and powerful politicians, women can to go after what—and who—they want.
Waiting for invitations can get in the way, but smart, savvy women create their own opportunities for hot times and hook-ups.
Sometimes a woman who breaks the rules to go after what she wants can get in over her head, but if she's with the right man, the more rules broken, the better it gets.
If you've been around the Isadrakeverse for a while, you've seen a selfie or two. Or three. I've taken selfies alone, with friends, and a few strangers. I've shared my skills and selfie happiness with others.
I like selfies and I'm not embarrassed to say it. Selfies give us a way to document our own life. We selfie enthusiasts decide what matters most. We decide on the angle, the background, and the facial expression. There's no pressure to follow the instructions of others or make the facial expression they want. We get to own our own face and experience.
Isn't the selfie just another version of the artist's self-portrait?
Wikipedia, the source for all things states, "The genre is venerable, but not until the Renaissance, with increased wealth and interest in the individual as a subject, did it become truly popular." Well, that makes sense. I'm interested in people and individuals as subjects. I'm also interested in self-expression and a person's right to own their face and choose how their face is captured.
The selfie is not a gesture of self-obsession or arrogance. It's artistic expression. Grab your phone and snap away.
Science of the Selfie
(Yes, lighting matters)
From the scholarship side of the house
...or an interview...
I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Romance Daily News. How fun is that? Here are two of my favorite questions:
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Two things: telling stories and growing as a writer. Each story is unique because of the characters. So telling stories is a way of giving someone a voice. I know, the characters aren’t real people, but they represent real struggles, difficulties and motivations.
Growing as a writer matters to me; I constantly test boundaries and give myself opportunities for growth. Expanding into non-fiction, after years of writing fiction, gave me a new challenge.
Describe your desk
My desk is a beautiful antique, a gift from my mom. She used it for many years in her law office, then retired and passed it on to me. It’s a dark walnut stain, handmade in the mid-1800’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has super deep drawers, so I have plenty of room for my postcards, extra pens, post-it notes…
A small handful of freshly picked and rinsed lavender flowers or a tablespoon of dried lavender flowers
1 cup white, granulated sugar
2 cups of boiling water for the infusion
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups or more of cold water
Cut the lavender flowers from the stems (no need to strip) and place in a medium bowl (a large pyrex measuring bowl works great because you can pour easily from it). Pour the sugar over the flowers and use your (clean) fingers to gently rub the flowers into the sugar.
Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the lavender sugar and stir with a spoon until the sugar has melted. Cover and let infuse for 30 minutes (or up to several hours).
Strain the lavender-infused simple syrup and pour into a serving carafe or pitcher.
Stir in the lemon juice. Add another two cups of water. Taste and adjust for tartness. Add more lemon juice if too sweet. Add more sugar if too tart. Add ice and more water to desired level of concentration. Note that the ice will melt eventually, further diluting the drink.
Add a splash of vodka -- or not.
Add some thinly sliced lemons and a few lavender sprigs to the serving pitcher for presentation.