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Play On!

Sometimes you just have to play. It’s been a very long winter and I keep thinking any day now it will feel like spring. A couple mornings ago we had another four inches of new snow. I shoveled the porches off before heading out to work – for the first time all winter, it was a wet heavy snow. The next thought that crossed my mind? Perfect snow for rolling a snowman. We’ve had snow on the ground for more than three months but never a snowman snow – temps have ranged from twenty above to twenty below. You can’t roll fluff!

If I’d left myself any time before work that morning, I would have made myself one, right then and there, silly or not. No time yesterday either – it’s my late night at work. But today? I work half a day on Friday, and today the sun is shining, the air temp is forty degrees, and the newest four inches is again perfect for rolling – at least, down as far as the ice crust it rests on.

So I couldn’t resist, and here’s proof. They say Baby Boomers are proving sixty is the new fifty – how about the new five, or seven? BTW the eyes and ragged smile are made out of remnants of last fall’s oak leaves, stuck on with small patches of wet snow.

Here’s hoping he doesn’t last long!

 

Do You Kinect?

Do You Kinect? We do! XBox 360 Kinect is changing our lives!

 

Confession time – we’re baby boomers, so we didn’t grow up on Nintendo/ Playstation/ XBox – more like PacMan! Our kids did, and now their kids (yup, somehow we’ve become grandparents).

 

Another confession: at our house, our health is our most important priority. If we’re not healthy, we can’t keep writing our steamy stories, or traveling, or working for the causes we support , or anything else. We work out religiously. We have a NordicTrack, a stationary bike and a weight bench in our basement. In good weather we take long walks several days a week in our neighborhood. In bad weather (which means November through April, pretty much) we drive 20 minutes to the nearest mall and walk the circuit there. Religiously, and BORING, too much of the time.

 

So we went looking for something to spice up our routines. We also wanted something we could take on the road with us in our RV. We did our research early in the fall and made our purchase just before Christmas. We had fun at the GameStop store where we bought it – another customer listened in on some of our conversation with the sales clerk. As we finished up our transaction she said, “Boy, those kids are going to be happy Christmas morning!” We smiled (probably more like gloated) and told her it was for us!

 

Enter Xbox Kinect. Wow. We’ve started with Dance Central – I’m sure someday we’ll open up the Your Shape workout game we also bought, but it’s hard to imagine a better, more engaging and upbeat workout than the dance moves. I find the songs playing themselves in my head during the day at work and I can hardly wait to get home and start dancing.

 

And the technology? Exquisite! No need to hold a controller, keep track of it or dance on a sensor pad – the Kinect sensor nods at us when we move into the dance space, scans us, automatically signs us in, and reads our every move. If my torso or part of a limb is the slightest bit out of line when I’m executing a move, that part of the dancer on the screen is outlined in red so I know exactly where I’m falling short.

 

Turns out one of our kids gave us some behind the scenes info on how they do that. He’s a dancer, based in New York, and he was recruited with some other professional dancers to learn some Xbox dances so they could calibrate how much variation in individual moves to allow before the player is out of compliance.  Pretty high tech!

 

So, we’re hooked. Lady GaGa’s Poker Face, the old classic Funky Town, Down, Pon de Replay – the list goes on, 32 in all, and access to more on line. Next in our sites: we’re about to download the Black Eyed Peas’ I gotta Feeling. Watch for us on the dance floor – we’ll keep you posted!!

 

Have you kissed a Boomer lately?

Have you kissed a Boomer lately?

 

I have – under the mistletoe on Christmas Eve. Not gonna say what happened after that…But I promise you the generation that ushered in the sexual revolution hasn’t stopped having a good time under the covers – or anywhere else we can think of, for that matter.

 

Did you know there are 78 million Baby Boomers in the U.S.? Boomer media expert Nancy Padberg shared some facts about Boomers in a recent interview. According to her, we are “the healthiest, wealthiest, most educated, and prosperous generation thus far.” Her interview goes on to say Boomers “control 70 percent of the total net worth in the U.S. They spend an average of $3 trillion dollars per year and an additional $7 billion online. They purchase 41 percent of new cars and shell out for 80 percent of luxury travel…and spend an average of 15 hours per week online.”

 

She makes us sound like a pretty hot catch!

 

So the two halves of Adriana thought we’d share some of our Boomer erotic romance heroines with you to start off the New Year right. One thing about Boomers – researchers have noted that as we age, we tend to become more “sexually fluid.” Our heroines range from Straight to Bi to Lesbian. We’ll let you sort it out, below:

 

In Jolie Du Pre’s Epic Award Nominated anthology The Cougar Book, our short story “A Taste of Ginger” offers an incredible night of decadence and sensuality for our newly divorced mid-life heroine, Ginger. Against her better judgment she’s let a co-worker talk her into an evening at a swing club. When Annette tells her a handsome young man at the bar is checking her out she wants to run the other way—but Annette abandons her to pursue her own interests, and Ginger must make her choice for the night of a lifetime!

 

Martha Richards in Mistress of Purgatory Point has just turned fifty. A tender ghost story and a sizzling erotic romance with a splash of BDSM, this book is also the deeply moving chronicle of the mid-life sexual awakening of a stoic widow who thought she’d already experienced her one allotted love. One man, two women and two ghosts keep love’s fires burning through the deep chill of a North Woods winter—but which love will hold the key?

 

Probably our Boomer couple Jen and Brett Andrews are the most adventurous. Empty nesters in their mid fifties, they decided to explore the swing lifestyle together as Jen began to discover she had bisexual leanings. Our novella series Swinging Games chronicles their capers – six books and counting!

 

In A Woman for Zachary, Zach Cullen and Josie Patrice are seasoned New Yorkers who’ve been friends in the theater world for years. Budding young actress Meghan Keenan hooks up with each of them, then fans the sparks between them and exits stage left once the heat rises.

 

In our short story for Torquere’s Tattooed Ladies Lesbian Anthology, Natalie Gardner can’t believe she’s letting herself lust after her young massage therapist Cindy McGraw. An invitation to try out tattoo designs through body painting proves irresistible!

 

And finally, a late fifties pair of secondary characters we introduced in Smoldering Passion are cooking up schemes of their own in our W.I.P. Ripening Passion, undergoing final revisions as we speak. Watch our blog for announcements about Max Wilson and Claire Johnson as they lead the way into their sixties with grace and humor (and lots of steamy sex).

 

Oh, and one final note – it’s well documented that having lots of sex keeps a person looking and feeling younger. Perhaps that’s the secret behind Matt Thornhill’s recently reported news that on average, Baby Boomers feel nine years younger than their chronological age. We’ll keep working at it, hope you do, too – with an erotic romance to spice up foreplay!

 
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