It doesn’t have to be strenuous to be good. It doesn’t have to be hard to be good. In fact if it’s easy, then it’s even better! I’m taking about working out – in the bedroom. Great sex shouldn’t break the bank or the back. I just read a great article in the January 18th issue of Maclean’s Magazine that supports my theory based on good research. The article discusses the research of a professor at the University of Waterloo (Canada) named Stuart McHill. He studies spine biomechanics and says that exercises and activities, such as sit-ups or golf, are horrible for the back because they flex the spine which will damage it sooner. I suspect that some of the historical and exotic Kama Sutra sex positions would also fall under that category though I don’t think he’s included those in his research. Engaging in fantastical sex positions can not only make you feel inadequate or inept, but research supports that it can be harmful to your spine! If you are already a yoga master and can twist and bend with great delight, then by all means, go for it. For the rest of us however, it makes good sense to keep the sex positions simple. So how do we keep them sexy and fun?

In my book, Great Sex for Hard Times, there is an entire chapter devoted to sex positions. Now these aren’t just any positions, of course. They are fun, simple and offer you many ways to add spice back into the bedroom. They’re all ‘coded’ with letters so you know which ones will be best for you and your situation. For example, you may be with a man who is very well endowed. If so, you’ll likely want to try the Huddled Rear Entry, the Shower Steam or the Backstroke position. If he has a little less than usual go for the positions that allow deeper penetration such as Modified Missionary, Furniture Lover or Lovers wrap. Perhaps you want an angle that promises extra intimacy so you can look into each others’ eyes. Spooning, Mutual Masturbation or the Split are perfect for this. The wonderful thing about these positions, and in fact for everything in the entire book, is that they are easy to do. A few of them may be a bit more challenging for your partner, but I promise they are well worth it for him, if only to see the ecstasy on your face as you ride the waves of, um, pleasure. I even offer grades for the fun factor (from fun to super-fantastic).

Plus there are seven bonus positions for aiming directly at the ever-so-popular G-Spot in the G-Spot chapter. If you’ve been watching the news lately you may have heard of the controversial new study by British scientists claiming the G-Spot does not exist. I challenge you to try a few of the positions and let me know if they don’t do something new and astonishing for you!

So easy does it in the bedroom. Take care of your body and it will reward you with many, many years of exquisite pleasure. Let the sweating you do during lovemaking (which will clean out your pores and leave your skin glowing!) be from heavy breathing, multiple orgasms, and an elevated inner core temperature due to lustful feelings and not exertion from awkward sex positions. Enjoy Great Sex for Hard Times and engage in simple, sexy and sassy sex positions and not only will your back thank you, your partner will too!


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Because I said so…Lucy Monroe

Because I Said So
That’s why.  Nope, I’m not replying to one of my children who wants to try bungee jumping off the Golden Gate bridge.  I’m talking to my anti-muse, the one who thinks werewolves wearing kilts is too out there.  It’s that same doubt voice that wants to know how I managed to appropriate the Picts history and make it into shapechangers blending in to the clans around them to save their lives.
This anti-muse drives me nuttier than a two-year-old on lollipop overdose.  I’m the writer.  I can make any world I want as long as I can get my readers to believe in it along with me.  Why doesn’t she understand that?  Maybe because she’s that part of myself that wonders if I’ve got what it takes to create the world I envision in such startling, clear and colorful detail in my head.
I remember reading an interview of Nora Roberts once where she said that the book never turned out as good on paper as it looked in her head.  I imagine there are millions of readers who would disagree with her, but I think as writers, many of us share that same certainty.  That golden story in our head could always be tweaked on paper.
But if we kept tweaking, readers would never get new books…so at some point, we have to let it go and hope for the best.
It’s an interesting process I think psychologist would get a field day with, but I don’t mind.  Because in the end, there’s a book and after the book, there are reader letters letting me know that on some level I managed to connect with somebody’s heart.  And that’s why I write in the first place, so it’s all good.  Annoying anti-muse, or not.
Moon Craving
Feb 2010 – Berkley Sensation
ISBN-13: 978-0425233047
Children of the Moon Book 2
If it were up to him, Talorc—laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack— would never marry. But when the king orders that Talorc wed an Englishwoman, the lone wolf is shocked to find his mate in the strong-willed Abigail. And after an intensely climactic wedding night, the two fiercely independent souls sense an unbreakable bond…
Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible. And for his part, he has no intention of telling her about being a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she’s begun to love has deceived her, it will take all of his warrior’s strength—and his wolf’s cunning—to win his wife back. And Talorc will have to face his biggest challenge yet: the vulnerability of a man in love…
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As a special thank you to readers, Lucy is giving away a prize pack of pamper yourself products and paranormal romance.  All you have to do to enter is send an email with Moon Craving Contest in the subject line to moon_craving at yahoo dot com before February 28th, 2010.  The drawing will be held March 1st and the winner will be announced on her blog at

Isn’t it Romantic with Ryshia

Isn’t it Romantic?

February is the month of hearts and flowers.  The month where Valentine’s Day falls and the month when I got married, February 13 to be exact but that’s another story.

So chocolate, flowers, wine and roses are all part of the romance picture but what really is romance?  Hallmark I’m sure would insist it’s the cards on that special day.  I’m not sure if it’s either the cards or the day.  Not that I don’t love to be remembered on Valentine’s Day but to me it’s not the most romantic day of the year.  I couldn’t tell you what day that is for every year it changes.

And while I ponder what romantic really means, here’s what I know for sure.  The definition of romantic according to Merriam-Webster is having an emotional or imaginary appeal.

So as a romantic I’m going with the emotional appeal.  And it’s not the flowers and chocolate that get me – at least not every time.  I must admit the flowers get me when they are unexpected.  Maybe that’s the secret, gestures that are just because and not because you asked.  I know that’s the key for me – romance is when you least expect it or in a way you never, to quote Merriam-Webster, imagined.

That unexpected supper out just because you’ve had a bad week.  Your favorite author’s latest tucked under your pillow.  I don’t know about you but those are the things that are truly romantic to me.

On the book front all things are romantic and, of course, imaginative!  My new book was just released in November.  Ring of Desire is a paranormal romance set in medieval England.

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Whispers of an ancient magic
drew them together …

In the medieval land of Hafne, a curse has swept through the land leaving it barren and without hope. As one of the chosen, Vala watches for signs of the prophecy and with it, the owner of a ring who is destined to fight by her side and drive away the darkness. The newly arrived Norman enemy is an unnecessary complication in Hafne—and in beautiful Vala’s heart.

… An unspeakable evil fights
to keep them apart.

Giles arrives with his Norman men in time to rescue a mysterious woman from a watery death. Holding Vala in his arms, the stirrings of destiny and desire begin, binding him to a prophecy of which he surely wants no part—binding him to a search for his true origins and a fight to save his soul and hers.

And to spice up the romance in everyone’s life I’m running a contest through February 14, 2010 which includes among other things, the chance to win a copy of the movie “Gone with the Wind” and a couple of books I consider keepers. Check it out at my website:

What makes you sigh, “Isn’t it romantic?”


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Ring of Desire, 2009

From the Dust, 2007

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