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?

Happy Turkey Day! Time to eat too much and time to be grateful!

Turns out Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year we should reflect and take stock of all the positive things in our lives. In fact, there is scientific proof that being grateful is just plain good for you. According to some “gratitude” researchers, here are some ways to integrate scientifically endorsed gratitude into your life.

Write Down What You’re Grateful For. 

Begin your day by listing ten things that you are grateful for. A wise friend told me that when I was facing some seemingly insurmountable problems.  At first I thought she was crazy.  The last thing I felt at the moment was gratitude.  But, I tried it.  At first I could only get to four or five things that I was grateful for but within days I was having difficulty stopping at ten.  It’s now become such an ingrained habit that I not only start the day but I also end it by silently making my “gratitude lists”.

Gratitude researchers confirm I was on track. They’ve discovered those who keep at gratitude journals exercise more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were generally more optimistic about the upcoming week—compared to their negatively focused counterparts.

Even a Single Act of Kindness Can Go a Long Way.

Every act of gratitude counts. It can be as small as saying thank you or telling someone important how much they mean to you. Scientists studying positive psychology found that a one-time act of thoughtful gratitude produced an immediate 10% increase in happiness and 35% reduction in depressive symptoms. The happy effects disappeared within three to six months which shows that gratitude is an act to be repeated again and again.

Want to improve your love life?  Tell your partner you’re grateful he/she is in your life!

While being grateful is good for you, being on the receiving end of it can do wonders for your romantic relationships! A recent study found that after receiving gratitude, participants noticed that their partner was more responsive to their needs and overall more satisfied with their relationship. Gratitude was shown to have had a long-term effect that was seen six to nine months later.

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So, yes by all means eat anything you want on Turkey Day.  Why not? But most of all, as you sit down to the fabulous feast, be grateful for all the wonderful things in your life.  And please know how grateful I am that you are in my life.  I’m grateful that my stories come alive in my imagination in mystical ways.  But the real magic happens when my readers open the books and enter the worlds I created. Talk about squaring a magical circle.  Many thanks!

A few gratitude quotes to help keep your life in perspective:

“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”  A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” 
 
Alphonse KarrA Tour Round My Garden

 “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  Melody Beattie

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”  Willie Nelson

And just in time for Thanksgiving, grab my two new books–at the special “I appreciate you! price: $0.99 each!

Against the Odds

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State of Play

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Against the Odds: Book 1; The Candidate

Desperate for campaign cash, Gia is determined to get the wealthy tech magnet to support her candidate.  She insists she doesn’t want him, she just wants his money.  That assertion lasts until she meets him.

State of Play: Book 2: The Candidate

When her pedophile candidate crashes and burns, Gia accepts that her life as a hotshot campaign manager is over.  Given the profoundly corrupt candidate who is now a shoe-in to win, Logan challenges her to run for the office–something she swore she’d never do.  When Logan refuses to take no for an answer, for better or worse, Gia concedes.

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

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Get hot under the collar today!

I am (Older) Woman. Hear me roar!

What do Nancy Pelosi, Donna Shalala and Maxine Waters have in common?  Clearly, they are all women.  If you guessed that they are older women, you’re right.  But how old?  In their fifties, sixties? Try in their 70’s and you’d be right. We all know Nancy Pelosi is 78.  Not to be outdone, Representative Donna Shalala, the former US Secretary of Health became the oldest freshman in the new House class. (She’s 79.) But Representative Maxine Waters can top that.  She became the first woman and African-American to lead the Financial Services Committee, at age 80.

According to a fascinating article by Jessica Bennett, in the Jan. 8, 2019 New York Times, older women are doing a heck of a lot more than “roaring”. They’re rewriting the roles they are playing in the US today.

Is it just political women who are rewriting the “you’re too old” rules?  Hardly!  Glen Close at age 71 broke those rules in an arena that, to say the least, does not value age in their women stars.  Close beat out four younger women to win the Golden Globe for best actress.

Let’s face it, the movie industry is not known for their deference to age.  Except when it comes to men. Female movie stars rarely crack the “age ceiling”. According to Time magazine, male actors hit their professional peak at 46, while female actors top out at 30.” Responding to that report, Helen Mirren recalled, that, at 37, Maggie Gyllenhaal had been told she was “too old” for a role opposite a 55-year-old man.  Apparently she adds “As James Bond got more and more geriatric, his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying.”

Even in the business world, it was breaking news when it was announced that Susan Zirinsky will take over CBS News in March.  Ms. Zirinsky will be the first woman to hold the job. She will also be the oldest person to assume the role, at 66. Amazing! Bennet quotes Ms. Zirinsky when asked about the effect of age on her new job, “Age — don’t worry about it. It’s a state of mind. I have so much energy that my staff did an intervention when I tried a Red Bull.”

Representative Donna Shalala agrees. “Age is just a number. What the women’s movement did was develop generations of strong women. We had professional careers, we were achievers in our fields, and you’re seeing the result of that now. And we’re comfortable in our own skin, and we don’t put up with nonsense, and we have a sisterhood.”

Gayle King, 64, a co-anchor of “CBS This Morning, said in an email. “I’ve embraced every birthday … what’s the alternative, bitch and moan. I believe if your body and brain are healthy and you love what you do and the people in your life, what’s the downside of THAT?! So I’ll say it loud, I’m 64 and (oh so) proud.

Personally, I couldn’t agree more.  Point of information. Today is my birthday and I am 75 years old today!  Who ee. I have three extraordinary daughters, four gorgeous grandsons and an 80 year old best friend/lover who’s added even more sparkle to my life these last five years.  I work out seven days a week. (10 miles a day on the elliptical). I do pull-ups on the chin-up bar with my 14 year old grandson.  I can now hold my weight for ten seconds with my legs extended at a ninety degree angle.  My goal is 30 seconds…

Was my life always this great?  Heck no.  In fact in the not too distant past, in my late 60’s, it was downright crummy. I needed to do something different. I decided it was time to turn my strategic consulting firm over to my daughter.  I also left a marriage that was making both my then husband and I most unhappy.

Then something miraculous happened. On one of my multi-mile runs, I started hearing voices and envisioning almost movie-like scenes. Rather than checking myself into the loony bin, with the encouragement of my daughters, I did something I had never considered. At the ripe old age of 68, I began writing romance novels. Make that steamy romance novels and sexy mystery thrillers. It wasn’t as if I had a choice. My characters insisted that they come alive on the page. Seven years later I’m writing my 50th novel.  Frankly I’m amazed and a little more than awed at my gift of creativity.  It’s magic!

 So happy birthday to me and all of us older women who are not only “surviving” our age, but “thriving in it”.  As we should.  We are older women. Hear us roar!


Check out my NEW RELEASE: The Trouble Sisters Saga Box Set; Trouble With a Capital T.

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The Trouble Sisters Saga raises the bar for sizzling romantic suspense and mystery thrillers. Three gorgeous sisters and their inimitable sheriff father stir up the passion in the dusty border town that is anything but boring. If you like smart characters, tough-talking, arrogant men and women and scorching passion, then you’ll love Taylor Lee’s sizzling thrill ride. Buckle up and prepare to be wowed!

Whats Better? Kissing or Chocolate?

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

Charles M. Schulz


Valentine’s Day has come and gone but if you’re a Romantic Suspense writer like I am, love and romance is a 365 day a year adventure. While science and romance may seem to be at odds I love it when science studies issues critical to those of us who write (and love) Romantic Suspense. The scientific study below (reported by Diana Herrington@DancinginLife) asks:

Which is a more powerful sexual turn on – a piece of chocolate or a kiss from the person you love most? Think you know the answer? Read on.

“According to a study at Mind Lab, chocolate stimulated the brain more intensely than a kiss with a partner. They had 6 couples in their 20s wear heart and brain monitors. Each person in the study placed a piece of dark chocolate on their tongue and let it melt without chewing. Later, the couples kissed in the way they normally would. What the study found was that when the chocolate melted in the mouth, all areas of the brain were stimulated far more intensely. Their hearts even beat faster for longer after the chocolate than the intimate embrace.


Chocolate is famous for containing a ‘Love Drug’ because it triggers feelings of attraction, euphoria and excitement, mimicking the brain chemistry of a person in love. Dr. David Lewis, one of the researchers at MindLab, said: “There is no doubt that chocolate beats kissing hands down when it comes to providing a long-lasting body and brain buzz. A buzz that, in many cases, lasted four times as long as the most passionate kiss.”


Chocolate contains approximately 380 known chemicals, some of which promote serotonin production which boosts our mood and eases depression. They give a hormone rush that is similar to the rush of love-making as the pleasure center of the brain is triggered somewhat similarly to the peaks during an orgasm.


Chocolate has had a reputation as being an aphrodisiac throughout history. This dates back to the Mayan period from about 250 AD to 900 AD. The Mayans were chocoholics and highly valued the cacao bean. A man could hire a prostitute for eight to ten cacao beans. Rumor has it that the Aztec emperor Montezuma, known for being a hot lover, drank 50 cups of cacao a day before heading off to his harem.


Nonetheless, the actual truth is cacao has never been fully proven to be an aphrodisiac. It does have the chemical composition, but in quantities so small you would need to consume as much as the emperor Montezuma did (which is not recommended).


Without question, chocolate has been proven to be a “Feel good food.” Research proves that its ingredients help relax us mentally and physically and brings a sense of wellbeing which can promote sexual interest. Since chocolate improves mood, it can improve sex; but it does not need to strictly be an aphrodisiac.”


Back to the question: “Which is more powerful —a yummy piece of chocolate or a kiss from the person you love the most?” My answer: Why choose? Double your odds. Have them both!


Here is a tasty decadent chocolate recipe full of healthy ingredients using dark chocolate:


Cherry Pecan Dark Chocolate Bar
Ingredients:

4 squares (approx. 112 gm) unsweetened chocolate
3 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
2 Tbsp raw honey
1/4 teaspoon liquid light stevia
1/4 cup pecans, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup dried unsweetened cherries, chopped in half
Directions:
1. Dry roast pecans in a toaster oven or in frying pan (stir frequently so they do not burn).
2. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or very carefully in a saucepan.
3. Use coconut oil to oil a small pan of approximately 8 inches square.
4. Evenly sprinkle the cherries and pecans in the pan.
5. When the chocolate is melted; remove from heat.
6. Mix in the coconut oil and stevia.
7. Then mix in honey.
8. Pour melted chocolate mixture over the cherries and pecans.
9. Let cool in refrigerator or freezer.
10. Once set, cut into squares.
11. Store in covered container in refrigerator or freezer, if desired.
ENJOY!!


I don’t know about you, but kissing and chocolate take a back seat for me when it comes “Too Hot to Handle” guys like Jude.  Check him out–

Jude: Book 2 The Justice Brothers Series  “Justice– like– Love isn’t always easy of fair.


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Eleven Short Stories

If you’re like me you have oodles of friends who constantly send you lists of jokes (at least ones they think are funny), pictures of unusual “combinations” for example the offspring of a Pekinese puppy who mated with a Siamese mother cat.( and yes, the dog/cat was adorable.) I rarely pass them on. But the eleven “short stories” below hit me in a special place.  The place that make us think twice about the daily happenings in our lives as we deal with others! They also made me think you might enjoy them too. Besides, as an author, I couldn’t help but think that a number of the “short stories” could be a heck of a beginning or the end of a powerful full-length story.

 1.  Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said;

“Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”

2.  Today, after my 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug.  When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her.  She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most  sincere smile and said;

“On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade  Center .”

3.  Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying.  And just before he died;  

he licked the tears off my face.

4.  Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work.  At 3PM I got laid off.  On my drive home I got a flat tire.  When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.

A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job.  I start tomorrow.

5.  Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died.

She simply said, “I feel so loved right now.  We should have gotten together like this more often.”

6.  Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed.  About 5 seconds after he passed,I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

7.  Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.  I chuckled and asked, “Why?”  She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.”  I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?”

Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.

8.  Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that, I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

9.  Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me.  He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said,

“I hope you feel better soon..”

10.  Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back  malignant.  When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, “Thinking of you  today.  If you need me, I’m a phone call away.”

It was from a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.

11.  Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe.  He  said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.  Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. 

“The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”

I am glad I have ‘you’ to send these to.

These are worth passing on…hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

If you are interested in a book that you will definitely want to pass on to fellow readers who love books that keep you reading into the night, determined to read every last word, may I recommend:

Aces Wild: Sizzling Historical Romantic Suspense

 Praise For ACES WILD:

“They call him Angel, but every woman he meets sees the devil in his eyes.” J. John

“If they needed men smarter than hell and as violent as their adversaries, even the mob turned to Angel’s Avengers” Action Junkie

“She’s temptingly innocent; he is savagely sexy. Neither one plans on falling in love.” Lisa Takamiya

“When the infamous Tong leader’s family is threatened by a vicious killer, he turns to Angel’s Avengers. As the danger escalates so does the attraction between the would-be savior and the young woman he’s hired to protect.” David Adams