Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bacon Flavored Hot Sauce review and giveaway


That's right we are changed our meal plan for three days just to do this review. Our family loves hot sauce. I'm talking we go through a bottle a week! Okay, there are nine of us, but do we have to count the baby? It'd be sort of mean to put hot sauce on his food.
We've tried a lot of hot sauce over the years. I guess you could call us connoisseurs of sorts. What follows is my families three day journey into uncharted territory....BACON FLAVORED HOT SAUCE!

                                                                    Day one
My husband was the first to see the bottle and his face was priceless. A big smile crossed his lips and he said: This is the coolest looking bottle I have ever seen. I almost don't want to open it, but put it up on the shelf. I told him we couldn't give an honest review of something without tasting it. The kids sort of turned up their noses and said: seriously bacon flavored hot sauce?
Dave has a strange taste buds. The man will eat peanut butter and Bologna sandwiches. So when he started cooking breaded shrimp I didn't blink, unaware of what he was about to do next. First he put a few drops of Bacon hot sauce on his finger and tasted it. His nodded and said: This stuff is banging (In other words very, very good). I did sort of think he was playing with fire (no pun intended) when he mixed it with cocktail sauce. I was skeptical, but it actually wasn't bad. Getting the kids to try it this was however, wasn't happening. They all said they'd try it on burgers tomorrow.

Day 2

Day 2 is actually day 3. We had a family crisis that slowed us down. We did however get pizza and Sara decided she had to try the Bacon Hot Sauce on the pizza. She sprinkled some on and bravely took a bite. A smile spread across her lips and she nodded her approval. The other kids decided they had to try it too 4 out of five loved it (hey, there's always one who won't). I have to say I also loved it on pizza. It was like taking New York pizza and making it better, which I always thought impossible.

Burgers off the grill. Dave put a little Bacon Hot sauce on his burger and called it a flamin bacon burger. He said this was probably the best thing he'd tried it on so far. I tried to get him to put some on his corn on the cob to no avail.

Day 3
Okay, this was the most obvious choice for using Bacon hot sauce...eggs! My oldest loves hot sauce on his scrambled eggs. He said by adding Bacon Hot sauce he'd created a all in one breakfast bacon, eggs, and hot sauce. I'm not sure when Hot sauce became a breakfast food, but I'm okay with it.

Left over pizza and wings. This time everyone asked for Bacon hot sauce ! When it came to our three day test all the food was improved by using Bacon hot sauce but the winner by far was on pizza and wings.

To end the review I'd like to say Bacon hot sauce is a well made, tasty product. The flavors are balanced and not too overpowering. This is a must have for any hot sauce lover. I suggest grabbing two bottles one to eat and one to display!

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Bounce it off millions Face Book contest!!!!

                 You got a question Million's have the answer!

This one is too good not to post about it! Bounce off Millions is a cool contest from Bounce fabric softner. It's quite simple, you submit a question with two possible answers. For example mine was: What would yo choose money or a large family? Then people will vote for one or the other. At the end of the contest bounce will pick a few of their favorite questions and make them happen! It's fast and easy to enter just go to Bounce off Millions Face Book and enter!
Let me know what question you asked the more interesting, creative, outlandish the better.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Robynne's family

How many children do you have?

I have 6 children. Emily (12) and Allison (9) are my 2 from my first marriage. Then we have Ryan (6), Amanda (4), Ethan (3), and Evan (12 months) with my current (and final!) husband. The older 2 girls are with us full time, minus an occasional weekend and one week in the summer with their dad and step mom.

 Are you part of the quiverfull movement, if so why? If not
what do you think of it?

 I am not Quiverfull. I don't even think I had heard of it when I was younger, but I've known since I was a teen that I wanted a large family. I will admit to not being fully versed in their beliefs other than the basics, and some I agree with and some I don't. I do share the belief that children are a blessing from God, and should be seen as a welcome gift from Him, but I do not think that birth control is necessarily incompatible with that belief. I also know that the QF movement is primarily, or perhaps exclusively?, seen in conservative, evangelical sects, and I am actually pretty far removed from that designation. I imagine that would surprise some people if they just saw a snapshot of my family.

Best discipline advice?

 Best discipline advice - Be consistent! (something I am actually not very good at, but when we are consistent, discipline is easier)

How fast can you change a diaper?

 How fast can I change a diaper? Cloth, or disposable?  Actually, I think I'm pretty fast with both, especially considering that I have not only diapered my own 6 children, but also 3 nephews that I have babysat regularly from infancy, and I was an infant/toddler daycare teacher for several years. I have a lot of diapering experience. 

What was the scariest moment with your children?

 The scariest moment ever with any of my children happened about a year ago actually. The baby, Evan, was just a couple weeks old, and was sleeping in the bassinet in our room. I was cooking in the kitchen, and went down the hallway to check on him, and found that someone, probably one of the younger kids, had for some reason draped a towel over the edge of the bassinet and it was over the baby's face. I grabbed it off of him, and found him to be struggling for breath and making shallow gasps and his lips were slightly blue. That was honestly the most horrible moment of my life, ever, hands down, and I hope to never feel the feeling that I felt that day again as long as I live. I panicked, screamed for Ward, thankfully he works from home and was right downstairs, he ran up, I patted and *gently* shook Evan, and he started breathing normally again within a minute or two, but it seemed like an absolute eternity! I don't even want to think about what would have happened if I hadn't walked down the hall at that very moment and found him like that when I did. I thank God frequently that something just made me feel like I had to go check on the baby exactly when I did. I'm actually shaking just a little right now thinking about it again. 

How late are you usually to appointments and functions?

 Ah...late. Well, the running joke, or rule, is that I run about 20 minutes late to everything. But, I can honestly say that has been the norm for me since before I ever had children! I'm actually better now at getting places on time than I was a few years ago, partly by necessity. I still run late to some things, but others there isn't really an option, I have to be on time. And I will keep telling myself that until it works. 

What is the best thing about your family?

 The best thing about my family is the hustle and bustle and craziness! I think it's wonderful! I love that the kids always have someone to play with, there's always someone to help a sibling, or to share the work with, or to snuggle with. And one of my favorite things to do these days, is sit at dinner and look down our long table, with 3 kids on each side, just like I imagined it before I had children. :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

3 things you wish you didn't learn at a funeral

3. That your niece can expel gas as good as any man and clear the room. For those that braved the smell and pretended the room did not smell like a garbage truck, way to go you are stronger than most.

2. That when a pastor comes in plain clothes people will say some things they never would say in front of a pastor and when you tell them he's a pastor they blush and don't know whether to apologize or say Hail Mary's.

1. Oh, the best thing ever, finding out your mother and step father are 5th cousins!!! This is information that can be used for years of teasing and puts them at the center of inbreeding jokes for years to come!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Eco Lips review and giveaway

                                              Eco Lips Review and Giveaway

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Eco Lips is a family friendly company. I love the story of how Eco Lips came to be. Nothing is better than a product born from love as Eco Lips was. They have a great slogan too "Don't panic it's organic"
This review involved a few members of the household so you're technically getting three opinions. As any good parent would I let Sara try the lip balm first, you know in case it was gross. I was standing a foot away from her when she opened the Honest Kids Tropical Tango Punch it smelled wonderful. I almost wanted to knock her down and take it from her, but instead I just asked her if I could use it too. She said something about germs and shook her head no (Ugh pre-teens). This is Sara's opinion of Eco Lips:

Sara's review
I tried the Honest Kids Tropical Tango Punch  It smells awesome! It didn't really feel like I had anything on my lips. The lip balm my mom always buys feels like I have grease on my lips and leaves a coating on straws and cups. I really like this and it tastes great. Oh and the Eco clip rocks. I put in my lip balm and hooked it to my jeans loop so I wouldn't lose it and the little kids can't steal it!

                                                                      Dave's review
I tried the Eco Lips Energy. It was like a burst of mint without being overpowering. It made my lips actually feel as if they came alive. You can feel the energy immediately. I work in a harsh environment and often use lip balms. I have to say Eco Lips is steps ahead of most brand name lip balms. I also tried Eco Lips Gold. What's nice about this is it's flavorless. So I don't have to taste the lip balm every time I eat or drink. This is a great product.

                                                                     My Review      
My first impressions of Eco Lips were the same as Sara's they smelled so good. It was like opening a bag of fruit fresh from the farmers market. They taste great without being overpowering. I have been having a stressful few days which makes me bite my lips. When I applied the Kiwi Strawberry lip balm my lips instantly felt better. Eco lips leaves a clean coating that doesn't feel heavy or waxy. I also feel really good about Eco Lips being organic. I don't have to worry about what's going on my children's lips. They are also very affordable. It's a product we use a lot so price is very important to my family as it is to most large families.
I would recommend this product for children as stated before it's organic and taste great. My daughter is in love with the Honest Kids line and can't wait to try more flavors. This product is great for anyone really. If you're looking for an organic lip balm, great flavors, wonderful scents, and weightless, non waxy lip balms you have to try Eco Lips!!!!

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Large family emergancy checklist

1. Count kids prior to blackout and once all in same room, to figure out which one ran off to check out the cool storm from the porch.

2. Watch the barometric pressure if you're pregnant and make sure if you're nearing due date hubby has a catchers mitt

3. take the list FEMA has a get 4 times what they recommend!

4. Lots of batteries since you know playing with flashlights is fun

5. be ready to grow the ten arms you'll need when all the kids pile on you in fear. Only a large family mom can comfort that many people at once!

6. Make sure baby wipes are readily available in case you run out of TP (now you know you have a lot of baby wipes!)

7. In case of flooding start your bucket brigade

8. Remember with all those extra hands any damage will be fixed well before the neighbors

SUPRISE! Instant large family

Janelle's interview

1. Was it a shock to find out you were having triplets?

Yes! It was a complete shock! My husband and I knew that there was a possibility of twins since my initial Hcg came back high but we never expected Triplets! At our ultrasound at 6.5 wks, we were happy to see 2 sacs. However, after some more looking, the ultrasound tech found another baby hiding & sharing a sac with it's sibling. Although it was a shock to me, my husband just about passed out when he first heard & saw the ultrasound.

2. What do you think will be the hardest thing going from

small to large family all at once?

The hardest thing from going to small 3 person family to a 6 person family is budget
 space issues and most importantly providing enough attention to all the kids. I'm worried about our 23 month old son and how he will react when he doesn't get all of Mommy & Daddy's attention anymore. He has been my world!

3. Are you going to have help for all the kids?

No Help. Unfortunately, my family all live 2000+ miles away from me so I might get a visit from my parents but it will only be for a couple weeks at the longest. My In-Laws live a mile away, but they aren't comfortable with babies plus there is a language barrier which makes it difficult for communicating instructions. I have received one offer from a wonderful lady who offered 4 hrs of her time a week. I know it will be difficult but I'm hoping to find my groove and get into a schedule as soon as I can.

4. Do you think you'll get the comments other large families


Yes. I'm a member of a Triplet Message Board and some of the ladies hae the most terrifiying stories of how strangers feel it's ok to touch your babies and make comments. One mom actually posted a video of her at the zoo with her kids and it worries me about what I might here when I go out in public. 

I'm very happy to be a part of a big family. I always wanted a big family of my own. Struggling with infertility I thought I may never have kids and definitely not a big familiy like I always dreamed of but I am grateful for the blessings I've been given.

5. How many times have you been asked already if you're

done now?

Acutally, I haven't been asked this yet. I'm sure once people actually see how many babies we're having, then I'll get the question. I already have my response for when someone does ask me .... I hope not!

6. Are you scared?

I wouldn't say that I'm scared. I'm so excited. I'm expecting these girls to arrive any day now and I think that the adrenaline is stronger than any fears I have. The only thing I'm scared about is the babies health! Once the adrenaline wears off, fear might set in but I know God doesn't give you more than you can handle. So I must believe this statement and love all my kids with all of my heart!

7. What's the best thing about knowing you are about to

have triplets and your family?

Best thing is knowing that in just a couple days or weeks, we're adding three little blessings to our home. Three little blessing that will fill our home with smiles, giggles, snuggles and love. Our son is so excited about the arrival of the babies and my husband and I couldn't be happier with all the joy and blessings we've been given. We are truly grateful!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Interview with Stephanie mom to 9 for now

Tell us a little about you and your family.

I'm steph and I met Steve in high-school. We have been together since I was 14 and he was 18.We still live in our home town in Seattle where we started our family growing adventure in 1994.Steve was 24 and I was 20 when we had our first child,Taylor,a little girl.Next came another girl,Madison in 96,then our daughter Maleah in 2000,another daughter, peyton in 02,our first son,Cole in 04,another boy Logan in 06,another daughter, Ava in 08,another son,tor in 2010 and our newest baby,hadliy just born July 10,2011!
I'm a stay at home mom and my husband is a hard working supervisor at a demolition company.
We are just a fun group of people that were destined to be a large family together!♥

How many children do you have right now?

I have 9 the moment!;


What is the one chore that seems never ending?

The chore is hard to figure out what's most never ending.I'd like to say dishes or vacuuming but laundry just seems SO MUCH more consuming because it takes time to WASH AND DRY and its IN THE BASEMENT (the washer and dryer)and you always get the unexpected spills or pukey blankets on top of the laundry we already have so...yep,that's the one NEVER ENDING chore!

Why did you choose a large family? 

I don't feel like I chose a large family,IT chose me!:)
I was planning about 3-4 kids and really didn't consider that large but after having 4 kids(all girls,no boy)and realizing how amazing that kind of chaotic life was I decided I wasn't ready to stop,besides I was way too young!

It wasn't until I met my TOK (tons of kids) sisters that I felt like I had a place in life where I was normal and it was perfectly fine for me to continue having more as long as I could convince my husband lol! Ill always have them to vent to and normalize my thoughts.

Do you feel that each child gets enough attention?

I do feel like each kid gets plenty of attention!Each child is uniquely different and as they grow their needs of attention change but I know they all get it!They may not be smothered in it one on one but that's (one on one)not always quality anyways.They get one on one at times,family time quality or individual time with different siblings that truly is where wonderful amazing memories are made!

Best large family recipe?

I'm not a "natural" when it comes to cooking but something easy and cheap is to make a roast,pork or beef in the crock pot and just throw in carrots and potatoes with an onion soup mix packet and it comes out delicious! !

Best cutting cost idea?

Cutting cost...hmmmmm!I'm still trying to learn!:))I buy in bulk at Costco AND use their coupons.I make q stock pile of a bunch of things to last me till the next time those same item coupons come out.
I'm planning to make my own laundry detergent one of these days,it sounds very easy and super cheap!

What is the best thing about your family?

The best thing about my family is how very close we all are!We're all loud and crazy but have a lot of fun doing everything together!We are very goofy and fun people!!

I wasn't ready--she's gone

Please ignore any mistakes I may make as I am writing this through the tears streaming down my face. My body is numb and my heart literally hurts. I wasn't ready for this, I lost my gram, who was my mother, my protector, my guardian, my heart. The woman who took me when no one else wanted me. The woman who stood by me through all of life's trials.
I have a huge respect for the grandparents raising their grandchildren because of her. She was 39 years old when I was born. So young, so beautiful. The years stripped away that  vibrancy though and recently she was just a shadow of the woman she once was, but she still laughed and made me laugh.
I was lucky the past few weeks to help take care of her, to repay some of the caring she did for me. I guess in the end I could never repay all she'd done. I am so much like her. She taught me strong morals I hold onto to this day. We were only different in that she never hesitated to tell people what she thought.
The past few weeks when I had the baby with me she'd tell me I was such a good baby like him. She told me when I would say the crazy things Devony did, you never acted like that Stephy. I know shes lying though cause I was the one who drank Liquid Gold and ate poison berries, lights off Christmas trees etc etc. I was a handful, but she kept me. If it hadn't been for her God knows where I'd be right now.
I can't write too much right now as my heart is breaking. I'll close this with the world lost a strong woman today, a brave woman, a smart woman, and above all a loving woman. The world lost a woman who raised her children, her grandchild, and eventually she raised a great grandchild. Nothing will ever fill the void when I have something I need to talk about, something exciting and I can't call her. Nothing will ever be able to stitch together that tear in my heart, or the memories that are now bitter sweet.
Good-bye Grandma. Thank you for making me who I am, for standing up and clinging to me when everyone else let go and said they didn't care. Thank you for always believing me, and hoping for me, praying for me, and most of all Gram, thank you for loving.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The things they say and do while I am on the phone (insert head shake here)

The things they say and do while I am on the phone (insert head shake here)

 by theremustbmore
I swear sometimes my children’s goal in life is to embarrass me beyond belief. If I’m on the phone with someone with church they are sure to be rolling around in some sort of dog like fight on the floor calling each other names. This is while I am pointing my finger silently begging them to stop while mouthing it’s someone from church and please can they act like civilized humans for ten minutes (ten minutes is my allotted amount of time on phone before for lack of a better term the crap hits the fan).
I wish I could say that was the worst thing they do while I’m on the phone far from it. Seriously, sometimes I wonder if my out of state friends think we have three hound dogs, cars up on blocks, sitting in the back yard in our underware drinking a beer. Let me fill everyone in on a few examples of the things that would leave people under this impression:
On the phone with my friend Emma walks in and says:

Emma: I just told David to never stick his finger in his ear and then put it in his mouth.

Me: Emma how do you know that? (I knew better than to ask, I really did)

Emma: Cause I just tried it and it tastes gross

Example two this time with Leanna and again I was on phone with friend:

Leanna: Mom did you know if you bite your toenails you can choke on them

Me: (I didn’t even want to ask) Yes Leanna, I knew that.

These are the type of conversations that go on in my house day to day. I probably shouldn’t put it out there for the world to view, but in all reality knowing you can choke on toenails may save someones life one day.

These type of things don’t only happen when I’m on the phone either. I was outside just the other day chatting with my neighbor. I was talking about the day I went somewhere for a little while and left David in charge and what does Janelle say? She looks at my neighbor and says yeah, mommy was gone for days and days. This is her answer for any amount of time and thankfully my neighbor knew I wouldn’t leave David in charge that long (I’m scared to leave him babysit for more than a few minutes for fear I may come back and find everyone covered in paint and my house destroyed while he’s consumed by video games). Janelle however has no concept of time and a few minutes is always days and days.
If I ever try to tell a white lie to even a telemarketer by saying I’m busy there is sure to be a child there to say no your not, your just watching TV (why did I teach them not to lie. Yet they do lie but only when it’s to save their own butts). Worse is when the door to door salesman came selling kids books and there they all were screaming I want books I want book, while I was trying to get rid of him. $500 for books my butt!
In the moment when they say these things I don’t know what to say or how to react, but I admit most times I think back and laugh so hard. Seriously, who can think of a seven year old tasting ear wax and not giggle? I kind of wish I’d seen her face when she did it.
So I guess the point of todays blog is to teach yet another of Newton’s laws. Your children will say things when you least expect it to embarrass you, but in twenty years you’ll long to catch one more glimpse of that childlike innocence when it’s still okay to bite your toenails.

Book review: "All Six Senses"

Book Title: All Six Senses
Author: Gary Batson
Reviewer: Stephanie Barmann
Release: End of November 2011

Over the years I have read a lot of books that deal with racism and a lot about love. Mr. Batson takes two contrasting subjects and brings them together into one great story. In his book "All Six Senses" he takes us through the lives and loves of couples struggling to find and keep love. The characters come alive and you feel their pain and triumphs. You want to hug them when their hearts are breaking and jump for joy with them when things work out! I laughed and I cried many times while reading this wonderfully written book.

Mr. Batson takes us through the lives of numerous characters and families. The stories of each flow together making these unrelated characters all part of each other. Mr. Batson wrote his woman characters well and the male characters were spectacular. His descriptions were flawless, making me hear the music, see the people living in the projects, and feel the snow on my skin.

I fell deeply in love with Eleanor, a strong woman who has been through a lot. She is probably one of the most memorable characters I have ever read in a book and she will forever be a friend in my mind. So many times I wanted to wipe away her tears and tell her everything would be alright.

Gary is another character who stands out in my mind. His struggles are real and his pain strong. My heart broke for him, but he overcame and in the end that's all that really matters in life.

Fata Mogana, I didn't understand this when I first read it in the opening. After finishing the book I do and want to get it tattooed on me! Way to go Mr. Batson. I hope to read a lot more by you in the future!

The product for each review was provided at no cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for product review and testing.  I do not accept monetary compensation for reviewing or writing about products. I only review products that I have personally tested and used in my home, and all opinions expressed are my own.

Interview with Janelle mama of 9

Tell us a little about you and your family

I am a 33 yr old SAHM who homeschools, my husband is 35 and works in construction.We are not rich,like many people seem to think..cause how else can we afford all these kids,right? lol We love our kids and do our hardest to make sure they know that they are special every day! We are a Christian family who is striving to bring glory to the Lord through our lives,and show others that big families are a blessing!

How many children do you have?

8 expecting #9

 How many bedrooms and bathrooms?

 5 bedrooms(one is used as a school room) 3 bathrooms.

Why did you choose to have a large family?

 It wasn't a decision we actually made until we had #6! Then we decided against birth control/permanent sterility and chose to let God be in control of our family size.

What is your parenting style?

 I tend to be strict and expect my kids to be respectful,yet I am always goofing around with them and we love to have fun together!

Do you feel in general that large families are eco-friendly?

Yes I do! We re-use clothes/toys more often then others.Shop the garage sales/thrift stores.Often make things and grow our own food to cut down on expenses,etc...

What is the rudest comment you ever got
 you respond?

 Wow,there have been so many! lol I think one of them would have to be a guy friend of my husbands asking me "didn't your mother ever teach you to say NO?" Me: " uummm I don't think I should have to say no,it's my husband!" 

The best thing about your family?

 We are all best friends and love each other so much,and genuinly enjoy spending time together! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gary Batson Interview

Todays interview is with Gary Batson author of the book "All Six Senses" and also the editor. I had the ditinct pleasure of reviewing this book and also interviewing Mr. Batson. Please enjoy getting to know him a bit better.

Tell us all a bit about Gary Batson.
Gary Batson was born in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York in the late 50s, at the height of the civil rights movement and when heroin was king. These were turbulent times.  I was able to do a balancing act of the street and school and school finally won out as I saw many of my friend fall to the ills of the street. I believe writing was my savior. I could always count on it when all else failed. I wanted to be a novelist but stumbled into a playwrighting workshop after college and been writing in the medium for a while.

How much of your story is somewhat based on reality?
Most of my stories are based on reality, but a Bedford Stuyvesant Sunrise is semi autobiographical.

Is there a message in your story that you want readers to grasp?
The common theme in my stories is that love will save us all.

It was very difficult to edit stories and I probably wouldnt take on an editing  project again. If there are any mistakes left over you are the one everyone comes to, which is understandable.

Any current projects?
I am presently working on two plays, one called ILL Winds, about a boxer who has a disabled child and his fight for their survival. It actually began as a short story which is part of All Six Senses. CODES is the story of a short out where one of the stray bullets killed an innocent child and the politics surrounding this incident. I’m also hoping to either team up with a screenwriter or take a screenwriting course. If you know of someone please let me know.

Besides your own story, which one was your favorite in the book?
I believe you’re talking about the book I edited, my favorite was by a former student called Veronica Andrews. My favorite story in All Six Senses is a toss up between Ill Winds and An Imperfect Love.

What do you hope your readers will walk away with?
I hope the readers will agree that I am a decent writer who understand the human emotion.

You also edited this collection of stories, was it harder to edit your
own story or that of the other authors?

It was very difficult to edit stories and I probably wouldnt take on an editing  project again. If there are any mistakes left over you are the one everyone comes to, which is understandable.

Thank you so much Mr. Baston, for taking the time to do this interview and allowing me to read your wonderful story! Please see book reviews for what I thought of Mr. Baston's book.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Interview with D. X. Luc

Down the Yellow Brick Road: Finding Home

Coming This October: Dorothy Gale found herself turning into an old maid, when all she wanted was adventure, love, and hot sex that ended up with her possibly bound and gagged. Alone, the only one in her life was her devoted and loyal dog, Toto. In her world, she held the leash.

Toto craved her every waking and sleeping moment, however a freak accident left him helping her find home from an alien world, under the pretense of a local by the name, T. Holding the secret of his true self, he protects the woman he loves and eventually has her bound and at his will. She was his and in his world, she wore the collar.

RATING: Erotica. Light BDSM, brief f/f scene, and forced submission.
GENRE: Fantasy Erotic Romance

ME: Tell the readers a little about yourself

D.X luc:  D. X. Luc here, mother to three beautiful children and four crazy pets. I have my degree in Psychology with a concentration in human sexuality. I've always enjoyed reading and I can't remember a time when I didn't have a book in my hand or on my computer. Romance, fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy were topics that caught my attention the most and when I started writing, they were what I stuck with. As a constant story teller, I remember telling my mother that when I grew up, I would be a writer. I never forgot this dream and it's great to see it coming true.

ME:  Do you have any other books planned?

D.X Luc: Yes! There's always a story poking at my brain and characters nagging for their turn lol. I am working on the next installment of the Down the Yellow Brick Road saga, as well as, a new series called The Dating Game.

ME: What was the biggest moment for you during the process of your book. Was it writing it, finding out it was accepted, getting your cover etc

D.X LUC:  Wow, the biggest moment. There were two really. Getting accepted was amazing, mainly because I had sent my story to twenty other places and was feeling discouraged. Of course it only takes one yes to send you on cloud nine! My cover was also pretty amazing. I had been waiting to hear back on the progress on it, then I just decided to check my book link and there it was! It was like seeing my written work come alive in a picture. I still stare at it to this day lol.

ME: I do the same thing with my books D.X

ME: Who's your favorite author.

D.X. LUC:  I have so many, I just love reading so much. But If I am given any chance to read one author, it would still be Ernest Hemingway. I'm a sucker for his writing and have been since I was a small child. 

ME: I'm a sucker for the classics too ;)

Me: . Being an author myself I know how hard it can be going through the editing process. What did you hate most about it, what did you love.

D.X. LUC:  I hated the tediousness of it. I mean, I was glad I had a friend read and find the problems for me to fix, but going through all those pages, fixing, adding, and reducing made me crazy. Of course, I loved finally being done. 

ME: How do you balance motherhood and writing?

D.X. LUC:  When I have that answer, I'll get back with you! Really though, it's tough sometimes. My youngest is eight months old and he needs me a lot. I also home school my six and seven year old children. Finding the time can be a bit tough and I usually end up not falling asleep until late. But I don't mind. Everyone knows sleep is overrated. 

ME: It really is overrated

ME: Tell me the best part about your book. (a character you loved, a special scene etc)

D.X. LUC:  I would have to say the chemistry between Toto and Dorothy are really great. I have one scene where I pay homage to the yellow brick road. For fans of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy and company find the brick road, they skip happily down it on their way to the Emerald City. I have my characters do the same, only they stop realizing just how silly it seems to be and instead just walks the way down. It was my humorous take on a classic moment. 

ME: Any advice for new authors trying to break into the market?

D.X. LUC: Don't give up. I was so tired of the declines that I almost didn't send my book into this publisher. It took my friends to give me to the courage to go one more time. And now my dream is coming true. It can happen, just know your options, know your genre and keep going no matter what!

Thank you so much for your time today, DX. I know I can't wait until October to read "Down the Yellow Brick Road: Finding Home"!