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Book of the Month
Unfinished Business

She ran away from the town that wouldn’t forget, to a city that doesn’t forgive, right into the arms of the guy who insists she set things right.

Less than a year ago, Hayley Jones made a scandalous decision that sent her packing. She left her country hometown, moved to the city and made a new life for herself. But it’s hard being someone else when the real you has some unfinished business.

Hayley knows taking care of the unresolved piece of her past could stir up more trouble and humiliation, so she dodges the truth and puts her energy into her new friends and job. That strategy works for a short while but people from her past start showing up in her present.

Life gets even more complicated when she realizes she’s falling for Nick Noel, a guy who knows she’s running from something, and continually challenges her to be herself. But Hayley is afraid of what will happen if Nick finds out who she really is and what she did back home.

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Book Lovers Con here I come!

The swag is ready!

March 18 I'm headed to Nashville for the annual Book Lovers Con event. If you remember the Romantics Times conference, then RT Booklovers conference, Book Lovers Con is the new event that has replaced those. I loved attending both of those events, and went multiple times. This is the first time I'll be attending this one I'm excited to see everyone and find out what's new and what's the same.

I'll be joining a group of friends a circus theme party, doing a game with phones, and playing a round of Cards Against Contemporary (romance). And--I'll be at the big, and open to the public, signing on Saturday. If you're going to be there, here's where you can find me. If you 'd like to watch from the comfort of your home, I'll be posting on my socials throughout March 18-22, so come find me there.

This month, when I'm not packing and planning, I'm working on The Bingewatchers Guide to Riverdale forthcoming from Riverdale Ave Books. I'm super excited about this project because I'm a long time fan of Archie comics and have been doing some scholarly work on the characterizations of Betty & Veronica. I'm getting to combine my favorite aspects of everything while writing the guide. That's pretty swell.

Green cheers all around for a festive, and spring-y month.

Kitten Play 101: Pet Me, Love Me-I'm Your Kitten

Cute furry ears, long beautiful tail, licking from bowls of milk, scratching, biting and being naughty–no, I’m not talking about the little creature you just adopted from the animal shelter. I’m talking about BDSM kitten play.The kitten is the sub, the master or owner the Dom. The kitten acts as you’d imagine: biting, crawling, meowing. The owner cares for the little one by petting and caressing, but also by punishing for misbehavior. What’s the special draw?
Kittens thrive on being cared for, rewarded and punished, but they also thrive on belonging and commitment. The pet and owner participate in a collaring ceremony that binds the two together as well as establishes the boundaries, privileges and responsibilities of the relationship. As with any good relationship, the two care for each other physically as well as emotionally.

As for the boundaries, those are similar to ones outlined in many BDSM relationships, with the addition of elements regarding the pet aspects. How will the kitten be punished for misbehavior? Rewarded for loyalty and affection? What will the owner do to care for it? How obedient and loyal will it be?

Like other BDSM relationships, kitten play is based on trust, attention and equal dependence. Why this particular fantasy? Kittens thrive on being taken care of, nurtured and cherished, while also getting to put themselves in “kitten headspace” and behaving like the pets they are. The lounge, seek affection and get feisty when the mood strikes. Like with pony play and other types of animal play, many says it relieves stress, generates creativity, and gives them a chance to break from their human self and the complications of their daily life.

A while back, I did a post on pony play. Among other things, I offered some reasons why someone would incorporate animal play into their life. The reasons are both sexual and non-sexual, the same applies to kitten play.

Maybe you’re thinking its obvious why a woman who want to be a kitten. Who doesn’t love being taken care of while also getting to lounge around, sleeping and being enigmatic? But what’s the draw for man? Why would he want to be the master of a kitten? I have three words: Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman. 

You’re intrigued. 

You need an idea of where to start. Want to know what type of kitten you are? Try this quiz. Alas, it won’t tell you what sort of submissive kitten play personality you may have, but taking the quiz will give you a break from that pile of work on your desk.

Cocktail of the Month
The Lucky Irish Girl Cocktail


  • -1 oz Baileys
  • -1/2 oz Kahlua
  • -1/2 oz Frangelico
  • -2 oz milk of choice (heavy cream, coconut or almond milk)
  • -Spinach or green food coloring (optional)
  • Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a little ice.
  • Shake it up!
  • Strain, pour, and bottoms up.
  • If you’re using spinach to color your drink, blend it with the drink.



This month's cocktail from The Finessista.

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