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Gardner’s Syndrome — Knowledge is Power

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 20, 2011 by Michelle Polaris

I’m joining the effort to pass on information about a very scary, little known genetic and terminal disease called Gardner’s Syndrome. One very devoted and lovely Ellora’s Cave fan has been devastated by this illness, losing her husband to it and in real danger of losing her children as well. She has asked people read and forward the below information to spread knowledge about this syndrome. Knowledge means money and attention to research and boy is it needed. No matter how horrendous our lives, we as a species need hope. This fan reads erotic romance to escape her reality and remember love, excitement and romance. That in itself is one kind of hope. Let’s give her another by spreading the word. Permission to forward the below is granted.

LIGHT THE NIGHT FOR GS

Gardner’s Syndrome/familial adenomatous polyposis is a chronic, incredibly
painful and terminal disease that approximately 200,000 American men, women and
children endure without hope for a cure, and Americans are not the only ones
affected—it hits every age group, ethnicity, and country on the planet. There is
little to no research being done, little medical knowledge to help the doctors
who deal with it (I was told by a doctor that all he knew of it came from ONE
paragraph from one of his medical textbooks that he more or less memorized to
pass an exam while in med school), and often, by the time the diagnosis is made,
the damage done is far too extensive to hope for much quality of life.

Worse still, the average life span for anyone is 35-40 (meaning age at time of
death, not how long you have after diagnosis); far too frequently, however,
children and teenagers are struck down before they can ever have anything
resembling a life.

There are no celebrities to help publicize the need for help or to educate the
public, nor are there organizations offering support and help to those who
suffer it, or for their families; medical poverty is the norm, along with
guesswork from medical teams and abandonment by families, spouses, and friends.

It’s more than time for a change, it’s time for action. On August 17, 2011, we
are asking that everyone who reads these words join us in lighting the darkness
of ignorance by making luminarias and lining their driveways, walkways, porches
and/or any path that leads to their front door.

Let the world know there is a danger, a nightmare no one knows about, and share
hope with those who have little by lighting their darkness.

I’ll be lighting the first one, and on it will be written my husband’s name and
the date of his death on one side, and on the other, LIGHT THE NIGHT FOR
GARDNER’S SYNDROME.

Please email this to everyone you know; forward it, post it on a blog, print it
up and put it on bulletin boards….but share it. Don’t let one more person die
because the night stayed dark.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Light-the-Night-for-Gardners-Syndrome/125891050826322?ref=ts&sk=wall

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardner’s_syndrome 

Be at peace today everyone. Safe, sane and consensual,

Michelle

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Celebrate Desiree’s 100th Release!

Posted in 1-800-DOM-help, erotic romance novels, New Release with tags , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by Michelle Polaris

 This month Desiree Holt celebrates her 100th release with Downstroke from Ellora’s Cave. Downstroke is the story of lovers, reunited after twenty years, trying to bridge a gulf of bitterness while outwitting a killer.

It’s been twenty years since Charley Roper and Dallas Creed parted with great bitterness. In that time she’s made a career for herself with the FBI and private security and he’s been a country rock music icon…tumbled to the bottom and risen again. Now someone’s trying to kill him and Morgan Creed wants Charley to protect his brother and find out who’s after him. When they meet again after all this time it’s obvious the chemistry is still there, stronger than ever. They’re older but are they wiser? Caught up in the bitter wash of memories and the tension of a killer in stalking mode, Charley and Dallas begin a roller coaster ride that is emotional, erotic and suspenseful.  Is their love strong enough after twenty years to pull them back together? 

As part of the celebration, Desiree is giving away a prize every day of the reader’s choice from her backlist. Names will be drawn from those who post comments and a grand prize of a refurbished Netbook with digital DVD drive will be awarded to one lucky winner. After you (the reader) post, go to Desiree’s web site at www.desireeholt.com  and enter to win the grand prize.

And to help her celebrate I’m giving you a taste of one of her other books. Below find an excerpt from one of her recent books, Delight Me, part of the 1-800-DOM-help series in which I’m also a part.

Delight Me excerpt:

The room was redolent with the scent of the cinnamon candles. Dani Maguire ducked her head, trying to find a breath of clean air. Alan loved the scent of cinnamon. Even insisted she drop cinnamon-scented crystals in the water when she bathed. But she’d reached a point where the aroma of cinnamon nearly made her gag.

Or maybe it was Alan Powell who made her gag. Two years in this relationship and try as she might, lately she couldn’t seem to find the key to make it work. He was a loving Dom, demanding but considerate, yet something deep inside her kept rebelling.

Still kneeling on the floor, hands manacled behind her, lips aching from stretching around the girth of Alan’s cock, she wondered where they could go from here. She didn’t love him. The sex was still great but she no longer found it…fulfilling. And that presented a problem.

Alan bent to unlock the handcuffs and used his hands beneath her elbows to help her rise. His tall, lean body dwarfed her small one, surrounding her with his masculinity, a sensation she usually enjoyed. But lately everything seemed to be just a little off.

“I worked you hard tonight,” he murmured, long fingers brushing her hair back from her face. “I’m going to draw a hot bath for you, with those salts that you like, and bathe you just the way you always enjoy it.”

But did she enjoy it? Did it please her? Or had it become an irritant? What she really wanted was to bathe him.

Get over it, Dani. You’re just going through a phase.

But was she?

She stayed in the same position until Alan lifted her and carried her to the bathroom, lowering her gently into the fragrant bath. The heated water stung the skin of her ass where Alan had disciplined her earlier. She’d been less than enthusiastic about using her mouth on him, and although she’d done her best to hide it, he’d been all too aware of it. Bending her over the bed, he’d used the thin quirt on her, striping her buttocks with ten well-placed strikes.

When he finished, he’d lowered her to the floor, held her mouth open with his fingers and worked his cock back and forth across her tongue. Somehow she’d dredged up a semblance of desire and given him the release he needed. She knew he wasn’t happy but when he finished he hadn’t said a word. Simply bent down to kiss her and went to draw the bath.

“Just relax,” Alan murmured, squeezing the bath sponge. “You know I’ll take care of you. Don’t I always?”

Yes, he did. But somehow over the past few months she found herself enjoying it less and less.

“Dani?” His voice sharpened. “I asked you a question.”

She blinked her eyes. “Yes, Master. You do.”

That wasn’t the question she needed to answer though. She needed to understand why that care had suddenly become so suffocating. Why she had begun to resent it in little ways.

One of his large hands cupped the back of her head, bracing her body as he skimmed the sponge over her breasts. She closed her eyes and tried to relax at the light-as-a-feather touch. A pinch on one nipple startled her and her eyes flew open. Alan’s eyes were staring directly into hers, a strange look playing over his face.

“Tell me to pinch your nipples again,” he commanded.

She swallowed. “Pinch my nipples again, Master. Please.”

He took each one in turn between thumb and forefinger and squeezed them hard enough that lust shot straight to her core, making the inner muscles of her cunt flutter.

“Well, that hasn’t changed.” His voice had an oddly hard edge to it.

Desiree is one of many talented ladies in this author collaboration including: Samantha Cayto, Christine d’Abo, Delilah Devlin, Gail DeYoung, Delpine Dryden, Francesca Hawley, Shayla Kersten, Kathy Kulig, Marianne LaCroix, Marilu Mann, Emma Petersen, Allie Standifer, and Ari Thatcher. Check out the 1-800-DOM-help blog to catch up on the latest in this series.

Post a comment here, check out the rest of Desiree’s books, numbers one through ninety-nine, at www.desireeholt.com, and enter to win her contest while visiting her website. I am so proud of Desiree for reaching 100. May I be so lucky someday.

Safe, sane and consensual,

Michelle

Erotic Romance and Babies

Posted in 1-800-DOM-help, kink with tags , , on March 2, 2011 by Michelle Polaris

I’m at Delilah Devlin’s today talking about why I included the topic of babies and fertility in my latest release, Fettered Love. Check it out!

Safe, sane and consensual,

Michelle

Delight Me!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Michelle Polaris

Release day for my friend Desiree Holt! And one of my favorites, a Domme story. Desiree says writing this book helped her find her inner Domme (LOL). I only hope so. Every woman should do this. Please check out Delight Me, a story from the 1-800-DOM-help series by a fabulous group of Ellora’s Cave authors. You can read an excerpt here.

Blurb:

Dani suspects her growing dissatisfaction with the lifestyle suggests she might be in need of a role reversal. When she finds a mysterious business card, she calls the number, 1-800-DOM-help, and is paired with Ethan, a sexy-as-sin sub. Dani learns the erotic effects of wielding the whip and the intense arousal that stimulating her sub with toys can bring.

 As their sessions progress, Dani and Ethan explore every aspect of D/s play—from restraints to punishment to exercising control to achieve mind-blowing orgasms—and Dani comes to understand the value of receiving trust, as well as giving it. But her newfound, strong emotional feelings for Ethan scare her to death. Their current course could change her life forever—if she’s brave enough to accept what’s being offered.

Enjoy reading. Desiree’s stories are always a treat.

Safe, sane and consensual,

Michelle

Commanding Acquisitions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 16, 2010 by Michelle Polaris

Read this book! No kidding, if you like male/male BDSM romance then you will definitely enjoy Commanding Acquistions by Christine d’Abo. And I’m not just saying this because she is a part of the Ellora’s Cave 1-800-DOM-help series along with me. My novella for this series is done, by the way, and is due to be sent to my editor once I integrate some of the feedback of my lovely critique partners.

But, back to the point. I’ve included the blurb below, but this novella does its job perfectly. It gives us two characters, intelligent, intriguing, sexy and enjoyable, places them at an important pivot point of their lives, drives the sexual heat high between them, and makes them face important decisions about taking the risk of relationship and coping with the fears that get in their way. Plus, the BDSM action is hot. I know I’ve enjoyed a story when I want to know more about the characters and wish they could come over for a dinner party. I felt this way about Simon and Gavin. So head on over to Ellora’s Cave and purchase yourself a copy. Definitely a two thumbs up.

Book blurb:

Simon is a Dom who has become jaded, tired of the local scene. With his bookstore failing and personal life nonexistent, he’s looking for something different. The arrival of the mysterious 1-800-DOM-help business card gives Simon a chance for a change. The Operator directs him to Unfettered, a hot new BDSM club where Simon hopes to find a distraction for the evening. What he gets is a sexy sub offering himself up for a night of no-holds-barred sex, who then disappears with the dawn.

When the business consultant Simon hires turns out to be his mysterious sub, he knows he’s found a chance at happiness. But happiness comes at a price.

 

Safe, sane and consensual.

Michelle

With Grace!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2010 by Michelle Polaris

It’s here! Samantha Wayland, with whom I have the honor of being a critique partner, has released her first story with Ellora’s Cave today — With Grace. This story is a delicious treat. Samantha is a genius at drawing believable and caring characters whose deep friendships develop into passionate love affairs and lifelong commitments. Below is the blurb and buy link. I highly suggest you hop on over to Ellora’s Cave and pick this one up. It’s a yummy journey.

Blurb:

A man yearning to explore his sexual tastes but afraid to turn up the heat, the woman who loves him but is hungry for more spice… and the chef who craves them both.

When Grace, Philip and Mark find a mobster’s flash drive full of incriminating information, they are quickly embroiled in a dangerous situation. They stay together for safety, but proximity ignites the sparks they’ve long been fighting to ignore.

When three friends dare to succumb to their appetites, they find the perfect recipe for love.

Here’s the link: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-8403-with-grace.aspx

Safe, sane and consensual,

Michelle

THE JEWELS OF EROTIC ROMANCE

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2010 by Michelle Polaris

Welcome lovelies to my Valentine’s Day promo. I’m in the mood for romance. Wicked romance in particular. So I thought I’d drag out the virtual jewelry box of erotic romance. Below I’ve featured pictures of jewelry sent to me by wonderful authors in this genre. Some images are pieces from the authors’ personal favorites. Others are photos of the jewelry featured in their books and worn by their wonderful characters. Take a moment to read what they have to say about their pictures and stories. Follow the links and find out more about the erotic possibilities in their books. Read through to the end of the blog for contest details and the opportunity to win a gift card from Good Vibrations. That way you can do a little shopping to make every day a sexy celebration.

From erotic romance author Cris Anson:

This exquisite cameo was given to me by my husband at a time when he was working long hours (in other words, having little time for me) trying to get his business established. Thus I was floored that he’d been able, not only to buy me something personal, but to find a piece that made me feel he’d chosen it because it was the way he envisioned me.

Likewise, I feel that Rolf Thorvald, the hero of DANCE OF THE ROGUE, had a similar notion. Even though he’s been tagged a “bad boy”, he’s really a romantic at heart. So when he sees this cameo profile of a beautiful woman with long, flowing hair, so unlike the usual Grecian or Victorian carvings with prim upswept hairdo, he knows it’s just right for Fantine. Valentine’s Day is coming, and he’d love to see her wearing it on a black velvet ribbon around her throat…and nothing else.

See all Cris Anson’s books at the Ellora’s Cave Web site:   http://www.jasminejade.com/m-14-cris-anson.aspx or her own site, www.crisanson.com and www.Myspace.com/crisanson

From erotic romance author Jina Bacarr

Lady Carlton nee Katie O’Roarke, the heroine of my new Spice novel, The BLONDE SAMURAI, receives jewelry from her rather abusive husband on her wedding day (“Family heirlooms including a garnet necklace surrounded by stars, a diamond brooch with a large ruby in the center and a turquoise bracelet set off with diamonds. Cold stones given with a cold heart).

However, being an Irish-American lass from a working class family before her father made his fortune in railroads, she treasures her first set of pearls, jewelry that she purchases with royalties from writing her memoir.

Included in the photo above is her favorite black lace corset and her string of pink pearls.

My website: www.JinaBacarr.com

A Naughty Victorian Lady tells all Blog: http://community.eharlequin.com/content/naughty-victorian-lady-tells-all/

From erotic romance author Cerise DeLand

In LAID HOT, my soon-to-be-released sequel to LAID BARE at Ellora’s Cave, I gave Grant Warwick the opportunity to show how he cares for Coco Dalton with a solid gold belly ring with 5 tiny diamonds. He also has another idea in mind for that ring, so you must read it to learn, eh, bella? (LAID BARE www.jasminejade.com/ps-8088-50-laid-bare.aspx)

But pearls and emeralds work for me, too! In my medieval romantica, AT HER SERVICE (at www.Total-e-bound.com), Lord Sebastian de la Poer offers a long strand of pearls to his lady-love. Do read to see how he uses the emeralds, too! 

Bite into all my cherries at:  http://cerisedeland.blogspot.com   LAID BARE at Ellora’s Cave at  www.jasminejade.com/ps-8088-50-laid-bare.aspx

HER THREE-WAY MERGER ménage at Ellora’s Cave at www.jasminejade.com/ps-7578-50-her-three-way-merger.aspx and AT HER SERVICE at www.Total-e-bound.com

From erotic romance author Adele Dubois:

For Valentine’s Day sexy REV ME UP hero Antonio buys Lisa a crystal-studded bellybutton ring, and a bottle of Dom Perignon to share, after he sips from her lovely navel.

REV ME UP summary:  Lisa has always been a Good Girl. When she flashes her breasts at the hunk riding by on his Harley, her wild impulse seems like harmless fun. How could she know he’d hit the curb and land at her feet? To make amends with the cop from Santa Fe, Lisa agrees to have a cocktail with him. When she slides on the bike’s rear leather seat and wraps her arms around Antonio’s buff body, they take off on the ultimate ride.

Antonio’s in town for his brother’s graduation before heading to FBI training. Lisa is there to break up with her cheating midshipman boyfriend. Revenge sex with a hot cop may be the perfect way to unleash her inner Bad Girl. But can she keep her feelings casual?

With sexy Antonio by her side and the lust blazing between them, this Bad Girl may have a chance to have it all. As long as an ex-boyfriend out for revenge doesn’t destroy her new happiness.

Visit me at: www.adeledubois.com and www.adeledubois.com/blog

REV ME UP is a Reviewer TOP PICK! Five Hearts! http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-7639-50-rev-me-up.aspx,  DESERT FEVER, EPIC Award Finalist!

From erotic romance author Cara McKenna:

The so-called heroine Caroline from my upcoming novella, BRAZEN, doesn’t wear any jewelry of note in the story, but I got to thinking what sort of pieces she’d favor if asked. She’s nearing forty and a self-proclaimed conservative, or as conservative as you can get while maintaining a secret stable of eager young men in your tasteful Boston brownstone. On the outside she’s a cultured divorcee, a lover of old movies and good wine and rainy evenings spent by the fireplace. Behind closed doors her tastes run a bit darker, to the tune of a half-dozen good-looking, obedient young men. And so the perfect type of jewelry came to me: black pearls. Sophisticated, but ever-so-slightly sinister. Caroline to a tee.

Visit me at http://caramckenna.com and preview BRAZEN at http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8118-50-brazen.aspx and my upcoming SHIVAREE at http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8200-50-shivaree.aspx

From erotic romance author Shelley Munro:

My favorite piece of jewelry is a Pandora bracelet that my  husband purchased for me. He arrived home from work early last year and presented it to me – a total surprise out of the blue. I really like it because each charm on the bracelet has personal meaning and brings back good memories. Plus I like the jingling sound it makes, but it’s difficult to sneak anywhere!

In HOUSE OF THE CAT the hero Ry Coppersmith gives Camryn and the other two female crew members a ball dress each so they can attend a dance. They’re Regency style dresses and require a base garment beneath to yank in their waists and force their breasts upward. Not one of the women appreciates this kind gift. This short excerpt explains their reasons:

“What was Ry thinking?” Jannike wheezed. “I can barely breathe. How the devil do I fight in this?”

“I don’t believe you’re meant to fight,” Mogens said in his dry way. “It’s a ball. You’re meant to dance.”

“We can always poke out eyes with our fingernails,” Kaya said cheerfully.

“Or stomp on people’s feet,” Camryn added. “Although maybe one look at our hands will do the trick.” She held them up for inspection. “I scrubbed for half an hour and couldn’t remove the dirt.”

“True. My fingernails might work.” Jannike lifted the skirts of her long hunter green gown to inspect one shoe. “The shoes don’t look robust enough for kicking. I’ll need to stick to stomping.” She scratched irritably at the back of her neck, unused to the ornate hairstyle as much as the unaccustomed finery.

“This is a dance,” Ry said sternly from the doorway of the hotel room they’d rented. “There won’t be any need to fight.”

Here’s a few of my links: HOUSE OF THE CAT  http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-7585-127-house-of-the-cat.aspx  

Shelley Munro Website http://www.shelleymunro.com  

Shelley Munro Blog http://www.shelleymunro.com/blog  Twitter  http://www.twitter.com/ShelleyMunro

From erotic romance author Dalton Diaz:

One piece of jewelry does stand out above all others in my stories. It is owned by Caroline Ellis, the heroine of ILLEGAL MOVES. She and her hero, Jordan Fox, find some interesting uses for a pearl necklace just like the one pictured here. Do I own one of these? Sorry, not telling!

Excerpt from Illegal Moves (http://www.jasminejade.com/p-7301-illegal-moves.aspx) by Dalton Diaz and Samantha Cayto:

Aarrgh! How many obnoxiously beeping feet did the damn trash truck need to back up?

And when had it run her over?

Caroline opened her eyes to the sight of her own bedroom ceiling. There was no trash truck, just the irritating sound of her alarm clock set to beep instead of the usual screaming rock station. Her muscles hurt because long dormant ones had been brought to life last night. Repeatedly.

Groaning, she rolled over and shut off the offending noise, only to sit up in confusion when her hand hit more than the smooth button.

There, lying across the top off her alarm clock, was her pearl necklace. Caroline wanted to be annoyed but she had to give the man credit. Like Pavlov’s dog, Jordan had found the perfect way to make her wet and craving him in an instant.

Yet she was alone in the bed and, judging by the stillness and blessed lack of sound, alone in her apartment.

  Please also visit me at my website: http://daltondiaz.com

From erotic romance author Marilu Mann:

A man’s braided silver chain bracelet…an innocent gift one might give to a lover, right? Well, in SEX AND TROUBLE, Marilu Mann’s next release, a silver chain bracelet means much more than just a nice piece of jewelry. It’s actually a symbol of captivity, and we’re not talking a D/s relationship here, people, we’re talking binding a demon!

Rosier is a Hedonae, a sex demon. He’s been bound to a house and to the earthly plane by a powerful witch, and only another powerful witch can release him. Marielle Greenlea learns, to her dismay, that she’s that witch! Why is she unhappy with having a sex demon at her beck and call? Well, wouldn’t you be if your last lover said having sex with you was like having sex with a Popsicle?

Mari must come into her power, accept who she is, and fight to give Ros what he seeks…release- sexual release – and his freedom. Her fight is on more than one level because she has to fight her attraction to Ros and deal with her father’s former student-turned-enemy.

Visit my blog to see the fabulous cover – designed by Syneca – and stay tuned for the release date!

http://marilumann.blogspot.com or visit my website at: http://www.greatmta.com/

And finally, from erotic romance author Michelle Polaris (that’s me!):

Although Mira Duncan turns out to be the Mistress of both Roman Nash and Jace Argo, my alpha heroes in BOUND ODYSSEY, the action in the story is too fast paced for either man to get a chance to buy her any lovely jewelry.  They’re too busy running for their lives together in their brutal post-apocalyptic world. But what’s the perfect piece for a Mistress to receive from her submissives? Certainly not any collared choker implying their ownership of her. But I spied this lovely silver whip pendant and chain over at Northbound Leather the other day. And if the boys don’t buy it for Mira, I’m placing it on my own wish list.

You can visit me at www.michellepolaris.com or learn more about BOUND ODYSSEY at http://www.jasminejade.com/p-7702-bound-odyssey.aspx

BOUND ODYSSEY is a reviewer TOP PICK at Night Owl Romance! It received 5 STARS at Just Erotic Romance Reviews!

Okay lovelies, I want to thank you for visiting here today. Here’s how you play for my contest. Visit the website of each of the authors listed above and tell me the name of the first book cover that appears on the top (or first in the top left corner) of the authors’ BOOKS or TITLES pages. In the case of Cerise DeLand, please visit her blog site instead and list the title of the first cover at the top of her right sidebar column. Send me an email at mapolaris@gmail.com with your answers and the best email addy to reach you if you win. You have until the end of Valentine’s Day to send me your answers. I’ll choose a winner randomly from all correct answers on February 15th. I’ll be too busy on the 14th celebrating with my husband to spare a moment to think of you all. Lucky me! The winner receives a $25.00 gift certificate to Good Vibrations. And the crowds cheer on!

Remember, safe, sane and consensual.

Michelle