Taylor Lee

About Taylor Lee

USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance. In the five years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than forty books. Her eight, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there. Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys and gals” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out. My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?

There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. —Nelson Mandela

It must be graduation time. The airwaves and the internet are full of compelling quotes, sage advice, and smart-alecky humor all intent on celebrating, intimidating or amusing our would-be graduates. I chose the Mandela quote for my particular graduate. Not that my beloved grandson would ever play small. In the best ways possible, he is much too cocky for that.
Over the years, I’ve watched Cameron go from a darling, curly-headed kid with a smile that put sunshine to shame, to an accomplished young man closing the door on childhood as he moves confidently across the high school graduation stage.
As the youngest of three brothers, Cam didn’t have a choice to be anything but commanding. Lamenting the four sleepless years she’d spent, given the bedtime habits of the two older boys, my daughter declared that, by God, she would never go through those years again if she had to tie Cameron to his crib. It wasn’t necessary. I remember him at 14 months old climbing out of his crib, striding to the door, tossing his bottle on the floor and demanding, “More shake!” When I refilled his bottle and handed it to him, he toddled back to his crib, climbed up over the railing and went back to sleep.
As daunting as his older brothers were, Cameron always managed to hold his own, in fact was toughened by the process. Granted, he did have the advantage of a younger cousin who made it clear from day one that the sun and the moon rose and set with his ‘brossin’ Cameron. I remember driving them to a game and hearing Cameron tell his wide-eyed, cousin that as bi-racial kids, they sometimes would hear their friends say ugly things about their moms’ skin color. He advised that Xav ignore them. I almost drove off the road when seven year old Xav asked in a serious voice about my decidedly Caucasian daughter, “Is my mom white?” An exchange that made clear, at least in our multicolored family, we must have been doing something right.
As he got older, basketball claimed Cam. An extraordinary athlete whose drive was larger than his refusing-to-grow-tall body, he became a masterful point guard. In high school when he gave into a longstanding injury and declared he wouldn’t play varsity ball that year, he reassured the coach that while he wouldn’t play, he was pleased to co-coach. No doubt the coach wasn’t surprised. That confidence and, yes, cockiness, was so…Cam.
When I see him now–an out-of-nowhere six foot, two inch young man with a smile every bit as dazzling as his two year old one had been, I’m amazed and a little wistful. Is this really the boy who at five years old used to crawl into bed beside me on our cabin porch and say, “Let’s meditate, Mimi.” At which point he would pull out our MP3 player, give me one of the earbuds while he took the other and we would listen together. No more than two minutes after hearing the deep resonant guru’s voice say, “Greetings and welcome”, I’d remove the earplugs and settle into my book listening to the soft snores of my bed buddy.
Earphones continued to play a role in our time together as he hit middle school and…puberty. When I drove the thirteen, and then fourteen year old boy to school, I’d note if he was wearing his earplugs. If his plugs were in, I would greet him with a smile and put in my earplugs. We would drive to school in compatible silence never questioning what god-awful thing the other was listening to. However, on the odd days when his plugs weren’t in, I removed mine and we would share wonderful, silly and sometimes serious conversation. All of which– including the silent, plugged-in times, are dear to my heart.
I wasn’t surprised when Cam achieved the status of a student athlete due to his straight A grades. I also wasn’t surprised when he nailed a raft of scholarships and awards to ease his way into college. At the same time that he chose to work forty hours a week to ensure that he was pulling his weight.
As for girls, naturally they chased him. How could they not? He’s gorgeous. But back to that cockiness. He and his equally dazzling basketball friend chose to go to their junior and senior proms with each other, the easier to dance with as many of the adoring girls as they could fit in. Of course they would. Why ever would they limit themselves?
Cam is also a gifted writer, a talent that showed itself in 8th grade. At a family dinner, he casually mentioned that he’d been asked to write an essay on one of the people he admired most. To my amazement, he said “I wrote about you, Mimi.” I’m sure it won’t surprise you that essay is framed and sitting on my bedside stand where it has been for five years.
So Cam, turnabout is fair play. This is my ode to you, my adored grandson. Your Mimi is incredibly proud of you and I love you more than you can ever imagine.
I leave you with two quotes – from a singular person in our lifetime, Barack Obama. The first quote is one that is especially pertinent for you as you move into the bigger world.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
I know I don’t have to worry about Cam leading the change that this world desperately needs. Indeed, I’m confident that Obama would be reassured about the future if he met Cam.
But my favorite Obama quote that also describes my inimitable and “oh-so-cocky” grandson is what brought down the house at the 2008 Al Smith Dinner:
“If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness? It’s possible that I’m a little too awesome.”
Ah yes. Go for it, Cam. The world truly is your oyster. Lucky us!
Mimi

Because I’m crazy about my four grandsons, Take a peek at the four Justice Brothers. I promise you won’t stop once you get started. In Justice Brothers country, Justice, like Love isn’t always easy….

Taylor Lee

USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance.

In the five years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than forty books. Her eight, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.

Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys and gals” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out.

My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?

7 Mindblowing Reasons to Exercise

“IF I’D KNOWN I WAS GOING TO LIVE THIS LONG, I’D HAVE TAKEN BETTER CARE OF MYSELF.” EUBIE BLAKE

7 Mind Blowing Reasons to Exercise

I’ll admit it. I’m a health nut. I don’t know how anyone could sit on their butt all day the way we writers do and not be concerned about their health much less the size of their ‘butt.’
I’m a seven day a week exerciser and am seriously out of sorts if I miss a day at the gym where I do a minimum of seven miles on the elliptical and fifteen minutes on the rowing machine.
I’ll admit, vanity is probably a bigger impetus for me than paying attention to my health but both spur me on. I like my toned abs, my buff arms and keeping my weight well under control. BUT even I know that the benefits of daily exercise are more than looking good or even feeling good.
I like the fact that I’m warding off the big killers like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. I also like the fact that I’m improving my mind—and my spirit! And I hope, my ability to do what I love to do—write books!
“Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning,” says Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey, author of the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. “Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.”
Here’s a list of 7 Mind Blowing benefits of exercise I found in an article in US News &World Report.
1. Reverses Detrimental Effects of Stress
2. Lifts Depression
3. Improves learning
4. Enhances Self Esteem/ Improves Body Image
5. Leaves you Feeling Euphoric
6. Keeps the Brain Fit
7. May Keep Alzheimer’s at bay
If these 7 Reasons don’t get you up and moving then maybe you’re of the Joan Rivers school of physical fitness.

“I don’t exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.” Joan Rivers

I have to believe that Luke Lang, the challenged war-hero of the Man in the Arena Series is a hard core exerciser! Enjoy this touching novel for a one-week sale price of $0.99. It’s a steal!

Taylor Lee

USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance.

In the five years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than forty books. Her eight, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.

Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys and gals” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out.

My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?

9 Powerful Aphrodisiacs

Do aphrodisiacs really work? Can you change your mood with food chemistry? According to Diana Harrington,Head Chef at Real Food for Life, they sure can!

Here are famous foods and activities known for love, the science behind them, and tasty recipes to share with your sweetie.

1. Honey
• Honey is a great source of boron, the mineral that helps the body metabolize estrogen, the female sex hormone.
• Studies show that boron may also increase testosterone, the hormone responsible for promoting sex drive in both men and women.
• Medieval hopefuls drank mead, a fermented honey drink, to promote sexual desire.
• Ancient Persian couples drank mead every day for a month (known as the “honey month”–a.k.a. “honeymoon”) after they married to prepare for a successful family life.
Tip: Start the morning with Honey Syrup on pancakes or waffles.

2. Chocolate
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
Charles M. Schulz
• Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which mimics the brain chemistry of a person in love. It also promotes serotonin production. Together they give you a hormone rush that feels like the rush of love or love making.
• There are other foods that may contain more of these ingredients (like cheese) but who cares? Chocolate tastes so good!
• The problem with chocolate is that you risk a sugar crash, putting a damper on your “happily ever after.”
Tip: Create Homemade Walnut Dark Chocolate, a healthy choice since it has no refined sugar unhealthy oils, or preservatives!

3. Almonds
• Through history, almonds were regarded as fertility symbols.
• The aroma of almond supposedly arouses passion in females–or so thought the poets and scribes.
• Almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and even fiber.
Tip: Share some Almond Milk that you made yourself with love.

4. Beets
• One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac.
• Beets contain high levels of nitrates which increase blood flow by expanding blood vessels walls. Increased blood flow to the genital areas is one of the mechanisms Viagra and other pharmaceuticals create their effects.
• Beets also contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.
• Beets have a host of other health benefits.

5. Garlic
• Garlic is full of allicin, another ingredient that will also increase blood flow.
• In eastern traditions monks and priests are not allowed to eat garlic (or onions) because they are particularly stimulating.
• Garlic has a host of other health benefits, many of which boost your immune system.
• The obvious trouble with this food is that unless your partner is also a garlic eater, they might not like your smell!

6. Exercise
• Exercise doesn’t sound romantic unless it’s a “moonlit walk on the beach.” But it turns out, exercise is so good for the body, that it triggers romantic moods, as well.
• During vigorous activity, endorphins–the ”feel good” chemicals–are released. They can feel like a rush of love.
• Exercise increases blood flow to the whole body and thus like beets and garlic, can increase moods and desire.
• Exercise and building muscle mass also usually increases testosterone levels.
Tip: Go for a walk together. What better way to deepen your love then while connecting with nature.
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7. Licorice
• In ancient China, people used licorice to enhance love and lust.
• The smell appears to be particularly stimulating.
• Alan R. Hirsch, MD, neurological director of the Tip: Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, conducted a study that looked at how different smells stimulated sexual arousal. He found that the smell of black licorice increased the blood flow to the genital area by 13 percent.

8. Ginseng
• Asian ginseng is an adaptogen, or a substance that helps keep proper hormone balance in your body.
• Ginseng, helps moderate the harmful effects of stress, enhances your energy and stamina and may improve your sexual function.
• Caution: Because ginseng has an estrogen-like effect, pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take it. Although ginseng is not a kitchen food in the west, it is so well known and universally used that I have included it.

9. Sweet Basil
• Sweet basil herb is known across cultures to naturally increase sex drive and fertility by fostering a feeling of total relaxation in the body and muscles while increasing circulation.
• In Italy, it is a symbol of love.
• The scent of basil was said to drive men wild–so much so that women would dust their breasts with dried and powdered basil.
Is it all in your head?
Well…yes.
Each of these foods and activities can affect your chemistry but the effects are often subtle.
If we are cued for love though, even a boost of energy from carbs could be perceived as an emotion or an attractive force. The body then enhances that effect since it can manufacture any number of its own mood enhancing brain and body hormones.
“Money is a powerful aphrodisiac. But flowers work almost as well.” Lazarus Long
This is why western science officially states that there are no effective aphrodisiacs. Scientists are looking for something as powerful and immediate as steroids or Viagra.
But why would we want to use those strong drugs when we could simply have fun eating real food that will enhance our health? An attractive happy body and mind comes from a healthy body and mind.
I say let’s eat real food for love of our self and our loved one.

Amen!

For more great ideas on food, life and love, check out, Diana J Herrington @DancinginLife

And if you want some ideas on how to drive your sexy lover crazy, you can’t go wrong with RUBY, a woman who really knows her stuff!

Taylor Lee

USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance.

In the five years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than forty books. Her eight, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.

Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys and gals” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out.

My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?

Want to be more creative, more confident, increase your brain power, make better decisions and feel good?

What is the ONE thing you can do that is guaranteed to make you more creative, more confident, increase your brain power, make better decisions and feel good?

No, the answer isn’t ‘have more sex’. Although that helps too. NO, the answer is to get more sleep. Sleep deprivation affects our mood, our ability to focus, our very well-being. Researchers agree that only 30 % of people get enough sleep. A study in Science magazine said that for the sleep deprived, an extra hour or two of sleep each night can do more for feeling happy than a $60,000 raise. Professional athletes, scientists, writers, creative people of all types, are finding that an extra hour– or better yet, two, can have a profound difference on their quality of life. One researcher insists that cheating your body out of the R& R it needs can make you more prone to illness, stress, traffic accidents, and weight gain. He asserts that sleeping will actually do more to take off weight than exercise!” So resolve to purge yourself of your “sleep macho” habits and give your body the care and attention it deserves. Start with more sleep. Experts are proving that getting enough sleep is the single best way to improve your life. Go for it!!

P.S, I am/was a committed sleep macho. I’m slowly but surely increasing the amount of sleep I get and yes, it is making a difference. How about you? Do you get all the sleep you need? If not, why not? Let me know! Maybe together we can help each other.

P.P.S. Arianna Huffington’s new book Thrive has tons of excellent advice. I’m hooked on it and highly recommend it!

Taylor Lee

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Taylor Lee

USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance.

In the five years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than forty books. Her eight, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.

Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys and gals” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out.

My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?