Afton Locke Asks: Is Time Running Out?
Afton Locke Asks: Is Time Running Out?
According to the Mayans, the world will end on 12/21/12, which means we might have less than 3 weeks left. It also means whatever we planned for the holidays won’t happen.
At the RomantiCon reader/author convention this year in Ohio, the theme was party like it’s the last night of your life. The ballroom was decked out with doomsday décor, and each table had handy apocalypse kits containing such helpful goodies as hairnets to protect your hair from shrapnel. The apocalypse was also the theme of the male dances with one group in fatigues and the other in zombie attire. Guests dressed the part with one in a bloody wedding gown and another carrying an evil baby with a spinning head.
Everyone I know is laughing off the prophecy, but it made me think. How would you live if you knew what the limit was? I was shopping for a chair for holiday guests to sit on and stressed over deciding the color. Then once I decided, I stressed because the store was out of it. Then I caught myself. Why am I stressing over such little stuff? What’s most important to me? Family, of course, and doing what I enjoy. Packing as much joy into every moment as possible.
Then I wondered, what if modern civilization ends but we don’t? My heart goes out to the victims of Hurricane Sandy who got a big taste of this. No gas, no phone, no electricity. I decided the one thing I couldn’t live without is reading material. (Sure, a hot man would be fun too, but even that would get old after a while.) I have a huge shelf full of books I’ve already read and could read them again, but I like to read new stuff.
The reading pile got low so I ordered a couple of books I’ve been wanting to read for a while but couldn’t find in the local Barnes and Noble — Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Bocaccio’s Decameron. When they arrived, the irony hit me. These were written when people were dealing with plagues, which temporarily altered civilization and reality.
I recalled a movie that reenacted one of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories. It too was about surviving a plague. When the protagonist finally emerged from the castle, he was surprised to find a beautiful countryside. He asked a healthy looking humanoid what had happened to the plague, and he or she replied that it was gone — for now. The moral is bad times come and bad times go. Life is a cycle. No matter what we face this month, we’ll survive!
So I ask you. If civilization disappeared or went on pause, what’s the one thing you couldn’t live without? Chocolate? An erotic toy? Books? Leave your answer in a comment and one lucky winner will get an electronic copy of my Quickie Candelabra, which is about a fire elemental fairy.
Tandy travels to Scotland’s Loch Enya castle to attend a BDSM convention she hopes will overcome her control-freak tendencies. When Bryne pulls her into his room of fire, she fears she’s stepped into the lair of a crazy man. But as he mesmerizes her and sears her with his hot passions, she consents to a BDSM session of hot wax play that turns out to be the most intense journey of her life. Entrusting her body and mind to him might heal her, but the elemental fire fairy has an agenda of his own that threatens to consume them both in flames.
video trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF1Jmpx38sM
Also, I’m happy to announce Plucking the Pearl, my historical interracial erotic romance, just came out in print!
When Pearl’s sheltered life shatters in the 1930s when her mother dies, her only option is to move in with poor family relations and shuck oysters in the local plant on Oyster Island, Maryland.
Determined to live a morally proper life, the last thing she wants is an affair with a white man, but Caleb, the plant owner, knows a pearl when he sees one. The successful widower is the “oyster king” of the island, but his intense desire for his forbidden new employee, a woman of color, threatens everything he’s built.
What begins as a private sexual liaison flowers into strong feelings that don’t fit the social mores of the island. When their secret is discovered, they risk losing everything. They dared to pluck the pearl, but will their love be strong enough to keep it forever?
Print ISBN #: 978-14199-67504
video trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmGSL3p22p8
“This was a wonderful story of forbidden love.”
Fallen Angel Reviews – 5 angels Recommended Read!
“All and all, a hot and enjoyable historical that I highly recommend. This is definitely a re-read for me.”
Long and Short Reviews – 4.5 stars
Thanks for having me on your blog today, Lisa!
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