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?

Are you fit for your age? by Taylor Lee

Okay.  I admit I’m a fitness freak. So, it’s a given that I get hooked on all the health articles bombarding us on how to know if we are fit (whatever that means….) or if we’re hopelessly out of shape. This year, everywhere I looked were articles upon articles encouraging us to focus on fitness. Or maybe just to make us feel inferior.

As I previously noted, I’m a fitness aficionado. So, of course, I was intrigued by this article in the Washington Post. Rather than just telling us what we need to do to get fit it actually tested us. And best of all it made clear that the definition of “fitness” changes as we age. (Phew!)

Here’s a link to the full article and I encourage you to read it. Because I go to the gym every day and do a minimum of 8-10 miles a day on the recumbent bike, I knew I could ace the endurance tests. But, dear God, I discovered I could not stand on one leg and balance for thirty seconds. Humbling….and I quickly learned that my grip strength is woefully inadequate.

I encourage you to take this test. It is beautifully organized.  It tests where you are and then shows you how to improve. And everything is judged according to your age.  Go for it!  I wish you well. Onward and upward!

And then if you want to check out some snazzy women and equally snazzy guys, have a look at one of my favorite series. In addition to taking on the on the baddest of the bad, these women (…and men) are hard core😊

Ladies of the Night OMNIBUS Collection: Sizzling Romantic Suspense Kindle Edition

Fitness

 

Test Your Fitness by Taylor Lee

Are you curious to know if you are as fit as others your age?

Take this interactive fitness test posted over on the Washington Post’s website.

Washington Post Fitness Test.

 

 

 

DAMN! It’s Resolution Time Again

Heck, I’m still working my way through the rest of the Holiday goodies and now I’m supposed to step back and focus on all the amazing ways I’m going to change my life in 2024?  Okay, here goes. Being an optimistic person and because I’m a mother and grandmother, I know how important it is to celebrate yourself and those you care about.

Resolutions

 

First, I’m going to congratulate myself because I do have some deeply engrained habits that many people struggle to emulate.

Second, I also am woefully inadequate in changing my behavior in areas that I really need to improve.

First for my good behavior:
  1. How many of you weigh exactly what you want to weigh and regularly exercise to stay healthy and fit? I’ve got that one nailed. I do a minimum of 5-10 miles a day at the gym. I love that I can in my skinny clothes and am downright healthy. Plus, I play 18 holes of golf every week.
  2. I’m an author and I love to write. My characters are my best friends. I write every day and never have to harangue myself to write. I love sinking into my stories. That’s pretty much where I live.

Now for my “bad” behavior. What don’t I do, that I need to do? Make my marketing worthy of my books. That’s simple to say and challenging for me. I know, I know…Being an author is more than writing books. I need to make my marketing worthy of the great books that I’m writing.

On the social front, I spend so much time living in my imagination, that I am woefully bad about keeping up with real people…particularly extended family.

Don’t misunderstand. I have three glorious daughters that I’m extremely close to. And I have four amazing grandsons that not only are gorgeous but fill my life with joy.

And after being married and divorced twice (I decided that twenty years per person was my limit), I now have a wonderful guy. We’ve been together for ten years after making the extremely wise decision not to live together. Instead, we are what my daughter says is a popular relationship trend: We are LAT’s – Living Apart Together….

Back to my resolution goals.

What do I do that I’m proud of? I work out every day. I write every day. I am a loving mother and grandmother.

What don’t I do?  Work on my marketing. Stay connected to my extended family.

According to the various “goals” coaches I’ve read there are three golden rules that can help you achieve your goals.

  • Rule 1: The goal needs to be measurable and have an end date.
  • Rule 2: The goal must be reasonable and sustainable.
  • Rule 3: Keep your eye on the prize, and take a step back to remember why you made this goal.

I decided to use my exercise routine as a guide for dealing with my not so good habits. I keep track of my workouts. I turn to coaches when I have an injury or feel the need to do something different. There is no reason I can’t do the same thing with my marketing.

Ditto for keeping up with my extended family. My goal is to connect twice a month with one of my extended family. Given my huge family by the end of the year I will have connected with each of them at least once and several of them two or three times. Seems doable.

And to up the ante, I’m on record…with you. Next year at this time I will let you know how I did. How’s that for accountability?

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Have a great New Year filled with joy and love… And check out my New Year’s book: Judge – Book Five in the Justice Brother’s Series. It’s free Dec. 29 – Jan. 2.

Judge – Book Five Finale: Only the indomitable Judge would propose that his four grandsons and their women participate in an outrageous adventure – a four-couple New Year’s Eve wedding. Unfortunately determined to punish the Judge for long ago actions, vicious men kidnap the eighty-five-year-old man and threaten to kill him. In a race against time to free their beloved grandfather, the Justice brothers discover that Justice -like Love – isn’t always fair or easy.

Waldorf Salad with Persimmon and Pear by Taylor Lee

I hope you had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as I did. All four of my grandsons, my middle glorious daughter and my Special Guy were there! The food was fabulous. And a lot of it. Calories in the thousands. But my salad brought a glorious splash of color. One of the boys asked, “What are those orange things?” They were persimmons! Enjoy this fabulous salad. P.S Rather than the dressing they suggested, I drizzled a splash of Balsamic Glaze. Perfect! Recipe courtesy of The Washington Post.

Waldorf Salad

Modern Waldorf Salad with Persimmon and Asian Pear

Bright, textural, satisfying and beautiful, here’s a colorful, composed salad for your next cold-weather gathering. Let the persimmons ripen until soft but not squishy. Use crisp apples with a bright red peel. If Asian pears are unavailable, substitute a ripe but still firm Bosc pear. Mache, also known as “lamb’s lettuce,” is a winter salad green, vegetal and tender. If you can’t find it, use tender young spinach leaves instead. Compose this salad on a pretty platter or toss with dressing and serve in a wide bowl. If mayonnaise is a no-go in your household, swap in full-fat yogurt for a similar dressing.

The dressing can be shaken together 1 day ahead. The nuts can be toasted up to 2 days ahead. Otherwise, the ingredients should be cut up and served within a couple of hours, or the fruit will brown.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or full-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups (2 ounces) mache or torn baby spinach leaves
  • 2 Pink Lady or Fuji apples, cored, halved and sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 2 Asian pears, cored, halved and sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 4 Fuyu persimmons, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 ruby red grapefruit, peeled, seeded and sectioned
  • 6 red radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup (1 1/2 ounces) pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) toasted walnuts, roughly chopped (Instead I used Pistachios and Sweet and Spicey Pecans)
Directions:
  1. In a small jar with a lid, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice and black pepper. Cover and shake until combined.
  2. Place the mache or spinach on a large, wide platter. Arrange the apple, pear, persimmon, grapefruit, radishes and celery on top of the mache. Crumble the feta over the salad and scatter with the pomegranate arils.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad (or serve it on the side) and top with the toasted walnuts. Serve right away.

Now that Thanksgiving is a done deal, it’s time to turn our attention to Christmas! And what better way to dive into the Christmas season than to grab the collection my ABB friends and I wrote to bring in the season. Irresistible Scrooges acknowledges what a challenge Christmas can be–until it isn’t!

Irresistible Scrooges

 

Irresistible Scrooges

My book in the collection is:

Nothing Good Happens After Midnight

Nothing  Good Happens After Midnight 

Prequel: Bah Humbug 

By Taylor Lee

  • The brazen detective crashes the emergency room determined to her question her dying agent.
  • The new head of the ER stops her at the door.
  • Their antagonism aside, the arrogant physician and the brash detective agree.
  • Christmas is the worst holiday of the year.