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?

The Case For BODICE RIPPER Sex Ed — Taylor Lee

NEWS FLASH! We romance writers have been vindicated. According to none other than the Gray Lady herself, the New York Times: “Romance Novels Are The Best Sex-Ed”

Seriously, this is news. The January 21, Sunday New York Times featured a sensational article by contributing opinion writer Jennifer Weiner titled: “We Need Bodice-Ripping Sex Ed.” In a clever, insightful article Weiner claims that she got a smidgen of information about sex from her well-meaning parents. Another sliver came from junior high sex ed classes that named body parts and detailed all the bad things that can happen to you if you have sex. (Think hideous diseases and of course, the ultimate curse, pregnancy.) Fortunately for Weiner, like a lot of us, she was a reader. And what did she read? Yep, you guessed it: Romance novels.

Weiner throws a bone to the likely readers of the NYT when she concedes: “The literary establishment doesn’t have much love for women’s fiction, whether it’s romance, erotica or popular novels about love and marriage.” She adds, “Romance novels come in for an extra helping of scorn. Critics sneer that they’re all heaving bosoms and throbbing manhoods, unrealistic, poorly written and politically incorrect.”

Not so, says Weiner. In the central theme of the article, she insists as an information-hungry teenager the romance novels she read, “for all their soft core covers and happily-ever-afters, were quietly and not so quietly subversive. They taught readers that sexual pleasure was something women could not just hope for but insist upon. They shaped my interactions with boys and men. They helped make me a feminist.”

WOW! True vindication for those of us as teenagers hid in the closet gobbling up everything from Gone With the Wind (You know the scene on the stairs when Rhett apparently has his way with a blushing Scarlet…) to Judith Krantz, to Erica Jong etc., etc. Without understanding that we were being “brainwashed”, we romance readers came to believe that female pleasure was a must, something that we should insist upon.

Weiner explains, “Because these books were written for and consumed by women, female pleasure was an essential part of every story. Villains were easy to spot: they were the ones who left a woman “burning and unsatisfied.” She cites “Shirley Conran’s “LACE” that features a heroine telling her feckless husband that she used an egg-timer to determine how long it took her to achieve orgasm on her own and that she’d be happy to teach him what to do.” Weiner adds with what I’m sure was a grin, ”At 14, I never looked at hard- boiled eggs the same way again.”

Weiner takes her argument in favor of romance novels into the political issue of the day, the #Me Too Movement. She quotes Bea Koch, the co-owner of the Ripped Bodice bookstore who says, “Romance novels teach readers that all partners are equal participants in a sexual relationship….In some instances it can be a literal roadmap for how to bring up difficult topics with a partner. They give a roadmap to people wanting to experiment with their sexuality, or even get on touch with what they want and need in a sexual relationship.”

Are romance novels “just porn” as so many reviewers sniff? Given the rampant availability of porn, that is a worthwhile question to ask. One recent study found that “79 percent of men and 76 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 30 look at a pornographic website at least every month, another study says that three out of 10 men in that age group were daily viewers.” In contrast, those of us who read and write about a range of intimacy know that while “sex might be easy, relationships are hard.” Comparing romance novels to porn, Weiner says, “The book has the ability to paint a deeper picture. A 400 page novel can teach you more about relationships that any X-rated clip.”

In the current climate where so many people, men and women, are wrestling with crossed wires and mixed signals, Weiner concludes, “If we want men and women equally empowered to form real connection, to talk honestly and openly about who they are and what they want, there are worse places to start than curling up with a good book.”

Amen.

P.S. If you like your Bodice Ripper books with no holds barred, check out: JUDE: The Justice Brothers Series. Trust me.These guys and gals don’t need egg-timers.

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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?

Sexiest Ever Holiday Brunch Menu by Taylor Lee

I can’t let this wonderful time of the year go by without wishing you a glorious Holiday season and the Happiest of New Years. My gift to you: Wow your family with the sweetest, spiciest and sexiest Holiday brunch ever. Sinfully addictive and guaranteed to send the pheromones flying!

    Holiday Morning Brunch Menu

French Toast Baked in Honey-Pecan Sauce
(Puffed Clouds of Ecstasy)*

Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon
Millionaire’s Bacon

Sparkling Mimosas

Fresh Fruit Tray

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French Toast Baked in Honey-Pecan Sauce
(Puffed Clouds of Ecstasy)

4 Eggs Beaten
¾ C half and Half
½ T Brown Sugar
1t Vanilla Extract
4 Thick Slices French Bread
½ Stick Butter (1/4 C)
¼ C Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Honey
¼ Cup Maple Syrup
¼ Cup Chopped Pecans

Combine the eggs, half and half, brown sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl. Pour half the mixture into a baking dish. Place the bread in the pan and cover with the rest of the egg mixture. Refrigerate covered overnight. Next morning, melt butter in a 9 by 13 baking and stir in the brown sugar, honey, maple syrup and pecans. Add the soaked bread slice. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until puffed and brown.
Serve immediately and prepare to swoon!

(Follow the recipe exactly. Prepare the day ahead so that the bread can soak up all the sweet and sexy goodness then puff up to golden, sticky ecstasy in the morning oven.)

* Recipe and the aphrodisiac powers of honey described below are from INTERCOURSES: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook

Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon
(Millionaire’s Bacon)
Preparation 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes

Serves 8-10 servings
Ingredients
• 1 pound thick cut bacon (Maple flavored if you can find it)
• 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
• 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
• 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
• 1 cup packed light brown sugar
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place a wire rack on a foil lined baking sheet. Arrange the bacon on the wire rack and sprinkle with the cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper and black pepper. Lightly pat the brown sugar on top of the bacon to create a thin layer.
3. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the brown sugar has melted and the bacon is crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the bacon to a parchment lined baking sheet and allow to cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.

* Recipe for the sinfully sexy French toast and the aphrodisiac powers of honey described below are from INTERCOURSES: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook

HONEY:From the Kama Sutra to the Perfumed Garden to the Bible, honey has been connected with love, sex, and sensuality. Physiologically, honey provides the body with a useable form of sugar that converts to energy. Psychologically, honey encompasses sensuality. The very word honey conjures up images of the dripping, sticky viscous substance of honeybees, of honeysuckle, of all things sweet. And, why shouldn’t it? It comes from the nectar of flowers, orange blossoms and dandelions, from raspberries and clover, from springtime and buzzing bees. Taste and enjoy!

P.S.Like sexy menus? How about sexy books? Check out my Grandmaster’s Legacy Series and see how they upped the ante in the 1890’s. Trust me these guys and gals put Shades of Gray to shame!

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?

You May Be Just Two Words Away From a Happier, Stronger Relationship

I’m personally and professionally a relationship freak. Personally, I’m lucky to have many important relationships, most of which are incredibly satisfying and bring me joy. Professionally, I’m a romance writer which means that my “work life” revolves around writing about relationships. In all my books, the relationship challenges between my heroine and hero are an important part of the story. In some books the guy is the troublemaker and the woman tends to be the problem solver. In other series, the woman comes close to being a pain in the ass, while the guy is the peacemaker. Or, more often, they mix it up. Given that I’m a stickler for Happily Ever After endings, my books always end with peace, at least for the moment, between my main characters.

In addition to analyzing and creating fictional relationships, I also like to study them. I came across some interesting research that identified the factors that mark a successful relationship. The most intriguing element of the research, which was done at the University of Georgia and published in the journal Personal Relationships, concluded that two words were the determinants of happy, successful relationships.

What are the two magic words that make couples happy with their relationships?

Drum roll, please. They are: Thank You.

The University of Georgia research confirms that individuals who take the time to say thank you to their partners, their lovers, their family members, and friends tend to have the happiest, most fulfilling relationships.

Given that, I want to say thank you to all of you–my readers, my newsletter followers, my treasured team, and my fellow Author’s Billboard authors, who make my life so fulfilling.

Thank you, guys. I appreciate the heck out of you!

Taylor

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On her first mission, Officer Hailey Michels confronts the leader of a dangerous Cartel. Her chance to become a hero evaporates when the powerful Cartel member turns out to an undercover agent. It was bad enough to blow his cover but when she discovers who he really is, Hailey’s budding career, along with her heart, takes a decided nose dive.

The rookie cop learns the hard way that when tangling with the Justice Brothers, Justice—like Love– isn’t always fair or easy.

Jared is available from:

AmazonUS | AmazonCA | AmazonUK | AmazonAU

 

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?

What’s Almost Better Than Sex?

Why food, of course! Remember, I did say “almost”. Next to writing sexy romantic thrillers, along with my very special guy, I enjoy, make that–lust after food. I love to cook it, eat it, discuss it, and frankly, play with it. Which for sensualists is totally understandable given that food in all its glorious iterations is sensuality personified. As Robin Leach says in his intro to Amy Reiley’ terrific sensual cook book Fork Me, Spoon Me “Forget the bedroom. The new sensual spot is in the kitchen—the perfect foreplay to getting hot and steamy, at—or on—the counter.”
Face it. What can be more erotic than paging through glorious recipes featuring lusciously beautiful, tasty food in preparation for a special night—or morning or mid-afternoon with your special guy? To me, one of the best indicators of a man’s sensual “acumen” is how he relates to food. Does he eat for the pleasure of it as well to satisfy his hunger? Does he choose food based on color, taste, texture and aroma? And the real test, does he like to play with his food, eat with his fingers and of course to feed succulent pieces to you?
Two of my favorite cookbooks are InterCOURSES; An Aphrodisiac Cookbook by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge and Reiley’s Fork Me Spoon Me. Both books feature tantalizing recipes guaranteed to liven your tastes buds and stoke your hormones. They are encyclopedias to the time-honored aphrodisiac powers of various foods. The pictures alone are sensual visual treats. So grab your favorite guy/gal and head to the kitchen—the new sensual hot spot!
Check out our sexy: Cooking with the Authors of Summer Heat edited by Rebecca York. Each tempting recipe is linked to a novella in the sexy new Box Set: Summer Heat, Love on Fire– a collection of sixteen sexy romances by New York Times, USA Today and other Bestselling Authors. Available on Amazon. http://amzn.to/2yKWeBr

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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?

Remembering a Feminist Pioneer by @taylorleewrites

Kate Millett’s best-selling book “Sexual Politics” published in 1970, was a landmark of cultural criticism and a manifesto for the modern feminist movement. Millett died early this month. She was 82.

If your introduction to the second wave of feminism was in the ‘70’s, as mine was, “Sexual Politics” changed your life. I can still remember my fevered excitement reading Millett’s indictment of the paternalistic society that relegated women to second class citizenship, particularly in the realm of sexuality.

Those were heady days for those of us who were teenagers in the fifties and early sixties and had been taught to view our sexuality through a distinctly male prism. Instead all the old shibboleths about women’s sexuality were smashed to smithereens by feminist pioneers like Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer and of course, Kate Millett.

We newly-minted feminist women got to see ourselves, particularly our bodies, in entirely new ways. And we got to think about sex in ways that we never had. Not only did we get to decide whether or not we would get pregnant—thank you, birth control—but that we could and should take control of our sexuality. And we got to decide how and what sexual practices would bring us pleasure as women and as lovers
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For me, as the mother of three daughters, books like Sexual Politics were life-changing. My great hope, that has been realized, was that my daughters would grow up believing in their right—frankly their obligation—to claim the kind of sexuality that honors them as women and pioneers.

Today I would challenge Millett’s most sweeping theories. I’m not as consumed by ideology as I was in my radical 20’s. On the other hand, I’m confident that I wouldn’t write the kind of books that I write, HOT Romantic Suspense, if I had not come through the crucible of the 70’s.
So thank you, Kate Millett, for waking up a generation of women to their rights as women in a central aspect of their lives—their sexuality.

One quote that for many years was on my wall speaks to Millett’s passion and hope for the future. A future that unfortunately has not been realized.

“It may be that a second wave of the sexual revolution might at last accomplish its aim of freeing half the race from its immemorial subordination — and in the process bring us all a great deal closer to humanity,”

Well said, Kate.

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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?

Three Weeks of Heaven

Oh how quickly our lives can change. My last bog post bemoaned my two plus weeks of hell—otherwise known as MOVING to a new house. Having escaped from hell, my angels apparently decided that they owed me three weeks of heaven and sent me to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Neither my hot guy nor I had been to the colonial hotbed of San Miguel. In former lives we both had sampled the usual vacation hotspots in Mexico—you know the ones that government warnings are cautioning us to avoid. No such warnings should or could be issued for San Miguel. It was an astonishingly welcoming and safe city. This is above all a walking city. Narrow cobblestone streets have nary a stop sign or traffic light. Instead, the traffic, both pedestrian and motorized, obeys an unwritten code. Motorized traffic abides by the “one by one” rule. Even taxis take turns with each other no matter how busy they are. And pedestrians rule. Walkers, like me, absolutely have the right of way. It took me a couple of days to believe that I could stop four- way traffic simply by stepping off the curb.
More than 2000 colonial homes fronted by a rainbow of multicolored doors populate the historic center city. I never ceased to be amazed to discover that behind those narrow doors were extraordinary patios, flourishing gardens and two hundred year old colonial homes. The city is a hotbed for artists, musicians, writers and history buffs. And given that my guy and I are devout foodies, fabulous restaurants. Everything was fresh with a huge emphasis on organic products. Our days began with calorie-laden breakfasts which I would never eat at home, followed by three to four hours exploring. In that I’m addicted, I headed for the gym while my more reasonable man went back to our rented colonial home to read on one of the three patios. He liked the roof top one best. Our evenings included a happy hour, great food and some kind of music or dramatic presentation.
Perhaps the highlight of our visit was the beautiful two hundred year old house we were lucky to rent. It was truly wonderful. It was filled with beautiful, lush gardens, and three separate patios. Best of all, like everything else in San Miguel, it was surprisingly affordable. Seriously, we had six course tasting menus accompanied with a bottle of wine for less than $50 for the two of us. Easily would have cost $100++ in the states. If you ever have the chance to go to San Miguel, take it! Perhaps the fact that we rented the same house for the full month of August 2018 says it all. We can hardly wait! P.S. Plan on me publishing a Mexico influenced romantic suspense series next year!

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?

Two Weeks In Hell

Occasionally to challenge my usual sense of well-being I wonder what it would be like to be in hell. Would it be a fiery dungeon filled with gargoyles and wanna be devils armed with sharp pikes and no water? Or would it be a surprisingly freezing tomb, like being packed naked in dry ice unable to stop my body-quaking tremors for eternity? Well, for better or worse, these last two weeks I have been in what can only be described as a ‘living hell’. I’ve been moving. In Arizona in July, no less!

Out of nowhere, a house appeared on the market that was everything we’ve been looking for. Fighting to be first in the flurry of offers the owners were considering, we weren’t deterred when they added a high bar—one we were foolish enough to believe we could clear. They gave us two weeks max to move. Never looking back, we gave our current landlord notice and began the process of turning our lives upside down. It’s hard to believe that when we made the decision, my daughter and I actually thought we could pull it off. Heck, with our usual aplomb, our confidence was high. We were that excited.

Being as organized and disciplined as I am, I even assumed I could manage my usual writing schedule and not miss a single one of my daily two-hour workouts. Granted, I did have to take a weekend off to run a long-scheduled trail run in Flagstaff, but I treated that as a holiday refusing to admit it shortened my moving preparations by three full days. I even promised myself that unlike previous moves, this time I would be totally organized. I would sort through all of our things and take to the new house only the things we really need and use. Knowing that you all have moved at one time or another and certain that some of you may even have as much “stuff” as we do–you can imagine how quickly our foolish optimism turned to mush.

My final cave-in was acknowledging that I would not be able to sort through the stunning collection of old photos that I have accumulated over the years. As a mother of three and grandmother of four, I conceded that organizing and eliminating excess isn’t in my DNA, at least when it comes to pictures of my glorious offspring. Thanking my angels for the wonderfully spacious storage bins in our new garage, I made the solemn promise that should I ever be foolish enough to move again, I truly will sort through the twenty-two boxes of old photos and organize them into carefully dated albums. Meantime, I will close the door to our over-filled garage and begin to enjoy our beautiful new house. Heck, I might even write today and go for my daily seven mile run. Or…maybe not:)!

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?

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me! Yes today is my birthday and I am excited to celebrate year number 73! I am a freak about birthdays. I love them and I make a point of celebrating them. They are important landmarks. I have to tell you, I have a terrific life. I have three beautiful daughters who have been enriching my life since they were born. I’m also blessed with four not-to-believed grandsons who make me an extremely proud Mimi. Nearly three years ago I met my best friend and lover, who happens to be 78 years old. To give you an idea of how sensational he is, he treated me to a long birthday weekend in Sedona, AZ, the mystical land of red rocks and breathtaking vistas. We hiked in extraordinary canyons, went on a wine tour, and ate in amazing restaurants.

Day to day, I am an exercise addict and run six miles a day. I write a minimum of 2500 words a day and have a wonderful group of author friends who inspire me to do what I love to do in an industry that is ever changing and not always to our benefit. I write sexy books that my Treasured Team of readers tell me that they love and can’t wait for me to publish my next book. All in all I have a great life.

Which doesn’t mean that I haven’t dealt with challenging issues, some small and some pretty darn big. That’s another important reason to celebrate birthdays. We get to look back at a year that, in my case, is filled with joy, but also with challenges. My youngest daughter who was an “old soul” the day she was born has a wonderful way of looking at the past. Rather than trying to pretend that the hard stuff didn’t happen, she works on clearing past regrets and energy with a wise mantra which I say repeatedly when thinking about a tough issue. She says, “Because things are always working out for me, I know that good came from that experience to lead me to where I am today.” Wise words, wise woman.

In addition, when looking at the past, I like to turn to one of my favorite philosophers, Bob Dylan. The master sums up his view of his past in one of my favorite songs. He excuses and puts the past in perspective when he chides himself…. “Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” More wise words. I cherish them. I wish you a gloriously Happy Birthday when your special day arrives.

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?