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Where in the world is Adriana Kraft? #MFRWAuthor

We took a break. From March through May, we opted out of nearly everything on social media. Lots of reasons, most of them good – travels, family events, and other priorities.

We used this time to sit back and examine what kind of social media presence makes sense for us: What feeds our soul? (Yes, if it ultimately doesn’t do that, it’s no longer on the list). What do we care about? How is our passion connected not only to our books, but to our online presence?

We’re not finished sorting all that out, but we’re ready to re-enter the arena.

We’ll activate our blog again – perhaps not daily, but frequently. We’ll post about things that interest us. We’ll feature authors whose work we admire. And yes, once in a while we’ll blog about books we’re working on and post excerpts. Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter posts will reflect those same things.

Oh, and what are those interests?

Hot sex across the entire life cycle.

Sex positivity.

Equality and respect for the LGBTQ community.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

To answer the question where in the world we are, a sample from our travels. While staying in Santa Fe, we drove out to Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted for so many years, and hiked the trail to Chimney Rock. At each turn of the trail, we were treated to the landscapes she loved so much and painted so often. Here are two of them, accompanied by photos of her paintings, from the Georgia O’Keeffe museum (Santa Fe) and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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Stay Sexy ~ The Best Little….

Lacy-lips-mediumOnce it was the best little whorehouse in Texas—but now it’s in Nye County, Nevada, where we live, and it’s called the Chicken Ranch. So when friends invited us to Octoberfest at the Chicken Ranch, we decided we shouldn’t pass it up.

Loved it! Like no party I’d ever been to. Football was the theme, and guests were encouraged to wear team jerseys, so of course I hauled out my 2010 Championship T-shirt for the Green Bay Packers. Sad to say, not one of the ladies was a Packer fan – Steelers, Cowboys, Raiders, Broncos, even Seahawks. And I’ll have to admit their jerseys looked a little different than mine…

Drinks, finger foods, like any other cocktail party, with a little something extra. There was a “football” game where one player, blindfolded, had to carry a nerf football through the opposing team and endure a variety of tackles in order to reach the goal line. I won – and so did everyone who played, and I don’t think anyone minded the up close and personal tackles.

My favorite was the musical chairs lapdance. I’ll confess a lapdance has been on my bucket list for a while, so now I can check that off, very happily. Twelve of us, all genders, sat on chairs in a circle, and the ladies danced for us, then moved on to the next guest when someone yelled “switch.” Definitely entertaining.

Both of us also enjoyed a chance to talk with some of the ladies who work there. They’re normal people, making a good living. Some are saving up for hopes and dreams such as graduate school or starting a business. All are glad to be doing work they love in an environment that’s friendly, fully legal, and above all, safe.

Dare PartyI think that’s part of what made this such a fun, special event: a chance to be engaged in risqué, sexy behaviors with a group of like-minded adults, in a safe and legal setting where consent is at the top of the list and is honored.

Just like in the Dolly Parton movie, the brothels in Pahrump pride themselves in giving back to the community. They are often major donors to local charities, and they frequently host events open to the public, like Octoberfest. Next? A Halloween party at Sherri’s Ranch. I have my costume all planned.

 

 

Remembering Hollywood Park

Remembering Hollywood Park

Historic Hollywood Park

Historic Hollywood Park

Two legs of the Triple Crown have been completed, and California Chrome is poised to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. This seems an appropriate moment to pause and remember the beautiful track where California Chrome first trained – Hollywood Park, in Inglewood, CA. The seventy-five year history of this exquisite racing venue came to a close at the end of the 2013 season, on December 21. We thought readers of our Riders Up series, set in the horse racing industry, would enjoy a photo tour of the facility.

My husband and I were fortunate to finally visit this track in person last November 15, a few weeks before its demise. Crowds were thin – part of the reason it closed is the popularity of off-track betting with those who follow the horses. But the venue still shone with its historic Hollywood glamor, at least to us. Hollywood Park PaddockIn addition to California Chrome, Hollywood Park was the training home of Seabiscuit, Citation, Swaps, Native Diver, Lava Man, Cigar, Zenyatta, and I’ll Have Another. Hallowed ground, for us. Here’s the paddock area – I’ll let you envision those famous horses saddling up as you stand at the paddock rails watching.

Several thrills for the day:

BHP TVG Hollywood ParkMeeting the TVG staff and getting my picture taken with them (Todd Schrupp, Paul Lo Duca, Simon Bray). We’ve been following the TVG network since 2000, shortly after its beginning, so we feel as though we “know” them, even though they’d never met us before. We’d be TVG network members if we could, but we live in Nevada, where it’s not permitted.

Having a chat with the Hollywood Park bugler, Jay Cohen, also the bugler for Santa Anita and Del Mar, so we learned he isn’t out of a job with Hollywood Park closing. He roams the crowds between calling horses to the post, and we enjoyed his occasional additional solos.BHP Hollywood Park Bugler Jay Cohen

BHP Call to Post

Call to Post

Seeing trainer Bob Baffert in person – totally recognizable with his shock of white hair. We watched his horse Infosec win a $30,000 claiming race and got to see him in the winner’s circle. Unbeknownst to us, Infosec was claimed in that race, and moved to Golden Gate Field under trainer Frank Lucarelli; he ran third to California Chrome’s win in the California Derby this spring

Trainer Bob Baffert and Infosec in the Winner's Circle

Trainer Bob Baffert and Infosec in the Winner’s Circle

And of course watching the races, cheering for our choices and reaping the benefits of hubby’s handicapping skills. We had a good day :).

Approaching the Finish Line

Approaching the Finish Line

Of course, you don’t have to own horses or visit a track (though we hope you do!) to experience the thrill of the race – Books One and Two in our Riders Up series are now available in Kindle format at Amazon:

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Riders Up

Book One

Cassie’s Hope

High stakes, a fiery Irish redhead, her stunning racehorse, and a fiercely loyal rancher

BUY LINK  Amazon

 

 

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Riders Up

Book Two

Heat Wave

Hang onto the land–but at what cost? Feisty widow hires ace racehorse trainer to salvage her family’s heritage. Can they survive escalating threats to life and limb?

BUY LINK  Amazon

 
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