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?

Me, a Health Nut? Guilty as Charged! by @TaylorLeeWrites

I 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.’

Health Nut

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.  Even I know that the benefits of daily exercise are more than looking good or even feeling good. Which brings me to this terrific article in the New York Times that was catnip to this addicted exerciser:

Regular Exercise May Keep Your Body 30 Years ‘Younger”

The muscles of older men and women who have exercised for decades are indistinguishable in many ways from those of healthy 25-year-olds, according to an uplifting new study of a group of active septuagenarians.

The authors of the study confirm that “worryingly, statistics and simple observation suggest that many elderly people experience frailty, illness and dependence.” They add, “But science has not established whether and to what extent such physical decline is inevitable with age or if it is at least partially a byproduct of our modern lifestyles and perhaps amenable to change.”

“While there have been hints, that physical activity might alter how we age. Recent studies have found that older athletes have healthier muscles, brains, immune systems and hearts than people of the same age who are sedentary. But many of these studies have concentrated on competitive masters athletes, not people who exercise recreationally, and few have included many women.”

So for the new study, which was published in August in the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., decided to look at a distinctive set of older men and women.

Exercise as a Hobby

“We were very interested in people who had started exercising during the running and exercise booms of the 1970s,” says Scott Trappe, the director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State and the new study’s senior author. They took up exercise as a hobby.”

The fact that this is precisely when I began my focus on regular sustained exercise encouraged me to read further. Indeed like me, the participants in the study maintained that exercise regimen throughout the next 50 or so years, running, cycling, swimming or otherwise working out often, even if they rarely or never competed. And like me the men and the women are well into their 70’s (Ditto.  Seventy-seven for me)

Using local advertisements and other recruitment methods, they found 28 of them, including seven women, each of whom had been physically active for the past five decades. They also recruited a second group of age-matched older people who had not exercised during adulthood and a third group of active young people in their 20s.

To test their premise the authors also recruited a second group of age-matched older people who had not exercised during adulthood and a third group of active young people in their 20s.

A Hierarchical Pattern

The researchers focused on the cardiovascular system and muscles because they are believed inevitably to decline with age and the scientists had expected they would see what Dr. Trappe describes as a “hierarchical pattern” in differences between the groups.

The young people, they thought, would possess the most robust muscles and aerobic capacities, with the lifelong exercisers being slightly weaker on both counts and the older non-exercisers punier still.

But that outcome is not precisely what they found. Instead, the muscles of the older exercisers resembled those of the young people, with as many capillaries and enzymes as theirs, and far more than in the muscles of the sedentary elderly.

“Together, these findings about muscular and cardiovascular health in active older people suggest that what we now consider to be normal physical deterioration with aging “may not be normal or inevitable,” Dr. Trappe added,  “These people were so vigorous, I’m in my 50s and they certainly inspire me to stay active.”

WOW!

P.S. If you found this article intimidating or downright annoying, take heart. There is always the inimitable Joan Rivers, who lived to be 81 years old and said: “I don’t exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.” 

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P.S. AFTER you’ve done your promised workout, reward yourself and curl up with a hot book.  If you want a book sure to raise your heart rate, I recommend:

JARED: Book 1; The Justice Brothers Series.

 

It’s FREE September 25-29

Jared

  • 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
Sweet and Sassy Falling In LoveAnd check out our Author’s Billboard terrific new box set:

SWEET AND SASSY: Falling in Love

 My book in the box set is—“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

Challenging Year

About the book:

He’s a hard as nails police chief. She’s a feisty ADA. The one thing they have in common is arrogance. Sparks flare when the challenging duo face off.

Police Chief Garrett Drake rules his dominion with an iron hand. Short tempered, irascible, and a fierce taskmaster, the chief doesn’t suffer fools gladly. He barely tolerates the cowering ADAs the DA sends him.

Zoe Tanaka is legal royalty. The talented Japanese-American ADA, happens to be the daughter of a former associate justice of the California Supreme Court. Outspoken, confident and beautiful, the diminutive force-field isn’t easily intimidated.

Garrett concedes he’s never run up against a woman like Zoe Tanaka. Hell, she was almost as arrogant as he was. She’d clearly been bred to think that she can rise to meet whatever challenges she faces. As she no doubt had—in the past.

Amped by the adrenaline of the near-death attack, Garrett surprises himself when he invites the sassy woman to his pad for a nightcap. The only person more surprised is Zoe who accepts his daring invitation.

If you like smart characters, cops, courts, and scorching passion, you’ll love Taylor Lee’s sizzling thrill-ride.

The Case for BODICE RIPPER SEX ED by @TaylorLeeWrites

Bodice RipperWhen CNN featured the life of Jackie Collins whose books sold over 500 million copies worldwide and were translated into 40 different languages (and who some call the birthmother of the bodice ripper), I grinned at a quote from Collins’s fellow romantic writer Barbara Cartland. Calling Collin’s first book “nasty, filthy and disgusting,” Cartland added that Collins “was responsible for creating every pervert in Britain.” BTW, Collins’s novel The World Is Full of Married Men was banned in Australia and South Africa, but proved a hit with her British and US audiences.

The exchange reminded me of a great article in none other than the Gray Lady herself, the New York Times, titled: “Romance Novels Are The Best Sex-Ed.”

Seriously, this is news

The New York Times’ article, “We Need Bodice-Ripping Sex Ed” was written by contributing opinion writer Jennifer Weiner. In her 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. These books taught readers that sexual pleasure was something women could not just hope for but insist upon. They shaped my interactions with boys and men. And they helped make me a feminist.”

True Vindication for the Bodice Ripper

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.”

Bring in the #MeToo Movement

Weiner takes her argument in favor of romance novels into the political issue of the day, the #MeToo 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 in 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 look at a pornographic website at least every month, another 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.”

Equal Empowerment

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.

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

Jake Taylor Lee

It’s FREE August 27- 31!!!

  • The new Tribal Police Chief, determined to go-it-alone, is as brazen as she is beautiful
  • The sophisticated Commander of the DPD, is the acknowledged law enforcement leader in the state–and the one Justice Brother no woman has been able to snare
  • The murder of a young Native girl threatens their professional relationship and puts their passionate love affair in the crosshairs
  • Together they discover that Justice—like Love– isn’t always fair or

WARNING: Romance so HOT it singes the pages.  HOT, tough, explicit. Not for the faint at heart.  Definitely bring a fan!

And if you can’t get enough of sexy heroes and heroines grab a terrific collection by my author friends.:

Unforgettable Deceptions: Heartbreak and Revenge

Unforgettable Deceptions H and R

My book in the Box Set is: 

Betrayed Taylor Lee

BETRAYED 

A rising-star political hotshot wants Viviana’s expertise and to bask in her media aura. And not incidentally, he wants her. 

Viviana is hard enough to control. Now Jax has to fend off an interloper who is almost as sexy and arrogant as he is. And that’s saying something.

In the ultimate betrayal, Viviana is forced to acknowledge that her infamous go-it-alone MO has not served her well. In fact, she almost loses everything important to her, including the man she loves above all else.

 

Help! I’m Moving House! @TaylorLeeWrites

Moving HouseOccasionally 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, for two weeks I have been in what can only be described as a ‘living hell’. I’ve been moving house!

Out of nowhere…

…in this crazy housing market with home prices going through the roof our landlord came to my daughter and me begging us to break our lease so he could sell the gorgeous house. At first, we refused but the more goodies our landlord offered in a market where renting was getting as out of whack as buying/selling, a house appeared on the market that had everything we could have been looking for. Armed with our landlord’s incentives, we fought 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 to move. Oh, and BTW, we were in the middle of a heat wave.  Try temperatures in the 110° to 115° range. In truth, it was a deadline I could accept in that my great guy and I were planning to go to Taos, New Mexico for a glorious vacation we’d confirmed months ago. 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 about ending the housing uncertainty we’d been facing.

Think Moving House is Easy? Think Again!

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, but I treated that as a holiday refusing to admit it shortened my moving house preparations by two 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 the 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. I thank the angels for spacious storage lockers. Two weeks to the day later, bidding our movers good-bye, I closed the door on my fortnight of hell, I headed over to meet my guy for our fabulous two weeks in Taos. As we drove through extraordinary mountain vistas and outside temperatures were dropping by ten degrees every hundred miles, I promised myself that when we got back I would be able to enjoy our beautiful new house. Heck, I might even begin to sort and organize those twenty-two boxes of old photos—maybe one box or so a week.  Or…maybe not!

Don’t Forget to Take a Break

While you’re avoiding those annoying organizing tasks, treat yourself and grab You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Book 3; The Olive or Twist Saga

Challenging Year

He’s a hard as nails police chief.  She’s a feisty ADA. The one thing they have in common is arrogance. The challenging duo face off and sparks flare.

Police Chief Garrett Drake rules his dominion with an iron hand. Short-tempered and a fierce taskmaster, the chief doesn’t suffer fools gladly. He tolerates the ADA’s and delights in sending them to their corners in tears.

Zoe Tanaka is legal royalty.  The lovely Japanese American ADA, happens to be the daughter of a former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. She is outspoken, confident, beautiful, and not easily intimidated. Although she concedes the stern, much too good-looking chief unnerves her.

Garrett admitted he’d never run up against a woman like Zoe Tanaka. Hell, she was almost as arrogant as he was. Zoe’s feistiness surprised and amused him. But it also raised the interesting possibility of what it would be like to tame her. He quickly dismisses the untoward thought. She is as far from his type as a gazelle was from an elephant.

Zoe takes charge of the trial of a despicable drug kingpin and vicious murderer. A gifted ADA, she electrifies the courtroom eliciting a key piece of evidence. When the enraged defendant physically attacks her, Garrett’s fierce leap takes down the would-be murderer and saves Zoe life.

Amped by the adrenalin of the near-death attack, Garrett invites the sassy woman to “his pad” for a nightcap. The only person more surprised is Zoe who accepts his daring invitation.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want is the third standalone book in The Olive or Twist Saga steamy romantic suspense series. If you like smart characters, tough-talking cops, and scorching passion, then you’ll love this sizzling thrill-ride. Grab You Can’t Always Get What You Want to get hot under the collar today!

Brazen Protectors

AND while you are continuing to avoid organizing, check out: BRAZEN PROTECTORS: PROTECT AND DESIRE, Volume 4

Engaging tales of heroes and heroines taking command in unlikely situations. These champions are as provocative as they are brave.

My book in the compelling collection is: Line of Fire: Passion Meets Politics
Discover how challenging elections can be when sex and violence are in the mix.

Food – Almost Better Than Sex by @TaylorLeeWrites #Giveaway

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’s terrific sensual cookbook 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.”

Fork Me, Spoon Me

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!

InterCourses Cookbook

Enter the Giveaway!

Contact me on Facebook and I will draw two winners. One will receive InterCourses: An aphrodisiac Cookbook, the other will receive Fork Me Spoon Me.

And while you’re grabbing that breath, grab my New Release: Don’t Stop Believin’, Book 4 of The Olive or Twist Saga.

Don't Stop Believin

As Cole began to uncover the signs of the hideous crime perpetrated on the lovely woman, he vows to bring the perpetrators to justice. The question is whether even the powerful district attorney can convince the challenged woman that she is worthy of his love.

Grab Don’t Stop Believin’ and restore your belief in the power of love to heal the most devastating wounds.

If you like smart characters, formidable issues and scorching passion, you’ll love Taylor Lee’s sizzling thrill-ride.

WARNING: Romance so HOT it singes the pages. HOT, tough, explicit. Not for the faint at heart. Definitely bring a fan!