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Stay Sexy ~ We’re Not Making This Stuff Up!

…well, of course, in our erotic romance fiction, we make up lots of stuff. :)

But today I’m talking about those phrases you may have seen out there like sixty is the new forty, reverse the effects of aging, stay forever young, and the like. Pie in the sky? Nope, it’s true!

Of course we’re not going to actually stay young forever – but increasingly, there’s compelling evidence that certain healthy lifestyle habits do, in fact, reverse some of the effects of aging.

Earlier this week, NPR covered the most recent entry into this database. In a five year study authored by Dean Ornish, of heart-health fame, participants who engaged in a select group of healthy practices lengthened the telomeres on the ends of their chromosomes significantly, while the telomeres of the control group actually shortened.

It would take a lot of brain science to delve into a thorough understanding of telomeres and how they function, but here’s a short version: telomeres protect the dna within the chromosomes, and shorter telomeres are associated with shorter life span and an increase in many chronic diseases.

Prior to the present study, it’s not been known whether healthy living creates longer telomeres (and decreased susceptibility to disease), or whether people with longer telomeres simply have a healthier lifestyle, perhaps because they enjoy greater health. This exploratory study demonstrates in a small sample that the lifestyle differences can be causal.

So yes, sixty can be the new forty – or at least, in our sixties, we can still reverse some of the effects of aging through our habits. What habits? Ornish elaborated as follows:

A whole foods, low-fat, plant-based diet that’s also low in refined carbohydrate.

Walking for a half an hour a day.

Doing various stress management techniques, including yoga and meditation, for an hour a day.

Spending more time with their loved ones, including friends and family.

Apropos of all of the above, my husband and I went dancing last night. It’s part of what we love about being so close to Las Vegas, where great dance bands are easy to come by. We were fascinated by a highly energetic and broadly smiling elderly couple who hardly sat out a dance – fast or slow, western, rock and roll or hip-hop. I would have guessed their age to be early seventies, at most. A friend set us straight: both member of this couple are ninety years old. Not only that – where did they meet, after they’d each lost their spouse? They met at the gym, where they both still work out regularly.

That’s what I want to be when the time comes – ninety, vigorous, and happily dancing my feet off!

 

Mommy Porn? How about some Grandma Porn?

I blogged briefly about this Huff Po ARTICLE yesterday – Jaxine Bubis, a candidate for the Colorado State Senate, used to write erotic romance for Extasy Books, and now journalists are questioning whether that will affect her political future. The article features a lovely video clip of Jaxine talking about her inspiration for the plot of one of the novels, and it affirms that women over fifty – who were at the forefront of the sexual revolution – continue to be interested in sex and are a major market for erotica and erotic romance.

The article also features an excerpt of a video news report by Huff Po State Government Reporter John Celock. As he and the news anchor tossed the issue back and forth, they had a hard time keeping a straight face. They brought up the “mommy porn” label, joked about Fifty Shades of Gray, suggested the candidate might need to pledge to not bring up erotic content on the senate floor, and made a very tasteless pun on her last name.

I’m guessing both reporters are in their mid twenties, at most, so perhaps it’s a generational thing – or a combination of generation and gender. If so, they’d better get a grip. We Baby Boomers are doing this aging process differently than anyone’s grandma before us – and we don’t expect to be laughed at. Our demographic is a major market, with significant resources to purchase what we enjoy, so we’ll laugh all the way to the bank, the library, or the e-book website.

I don’t particularly call the fiction I’m writing “porn,” but I’m definitely a grandma, and I’m here to celebrate staying sexy, reading about sex, writing about sex, and having an active sex life, as long as I’m able.

 

Hump Day Hook ~ Who’s the Coach? #HDH #kinky #swingers

…so Sunday night I was chatting with a fan – a baby boomer, like us – who told me she’d just downloaded Who’s the Coach? from our Swinging Games series at Extasy Books. She’d been reading it with her husband – she said they got to the end of a paragraph, looked at each other, nodded, and headed off to the bedroom for some fun of their own!

I have no idea which paragraph did the trick, but that’s exactly what hubs and I hope happens when someone reads our fiction with a partner.

Here’s a snippet about the series and the book:

 

Swinging Games Series

What’s a girl to do? Happily married with all her children grown, Jennifer Andrews has finally figured out she’s bi-sexual – but just turning on to hot f/f fiction and videos isn’t enough. She wants the real thing, and she wants to share it with Brett. Addition sounds so much better than subtraction. Will the swing lifestyle be the answer they’re seeking? They’re determined to find out.

Swinging Games: Who's the Coach?BLURB

Who’s the Coach?

Take on a newbie couple? Intrigued by the fact that both partners are bi, Brett and Jen Andrews accept the request of the much younger inter-racial couple to mentor them into the swing lifestyle. The tables are quickly turned when the new couple pushes boundaries and fulfills fantasies Brett and Jen only dreamed of!

 

So here’s a sample for you – maybe it’s the one!

EXCERPT

“So,” Jen murmured, brushing the back of her hand against the growing bulge in Brett’s pants. “Did you get a little turned on talking about our young lovers?”

“You could say that,” he said, as she cupped his balls. “And you?”

“Oh, I started to cream as soon I saw this package had that hungry look about it. Would you like to play a little, or do you want to wait until we play with them on Saturday?”

“It’s only Wednesday night. I’ll have plenty of recovery time.” Brett cupped Jen’s chin and kissed her softly. “Besides, you’ll always be number one. No matter how good someone else is, you always provide a little extra. So do you want to go upstairs?”

“I think that’s what they call love.” She interlaced her fingers with his. “The family room will do quite nicely. Why don’t we do a pool table fuck? We haven’t done that for quite a while.” She squeezed his balls. “You bring along the cue stick and balls. I’ve got the pocket.”

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Hump Day Hook excerpts at this

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