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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Heart-Shaped Paddle #NewRelease Marigold and the Manager



Hi, everyone!
I hope you had a great week

and are enjoying your weekend.
In today's snippet, Bob is finally home and is using the
leather paddle on Marigold.
I hope you like it!
By the way, don't forget to stop by and visit all the other blogs.
The list is below.
Enjoy.

I hit her again, just as hard, and there’s another welt in the shape of a heart.  I decide to tip her forward so I can get to her sit spot and leave welts there, too.  That done, I move on to her thighs and give them twin heart shapes.

“I’m going to spank you for thirty seconds more, but you have to count them off.

“Yes, Bobby.”

"Fine.  Here we go.”

“One Mississippi,” she groans, lifting her head off the pillow.  “Oh!  Two Mississippi.  Three Mississippi.”

We continue like this until she reaches thirty, but she’s very red and sore by then and having a hard time counting out loud.



Blurb:
When college student Marigold Cavendish meets Major League manager Bob Heath at her best friend Miranda’s engagement party, the two hit it off immediately. But with a twenty-five-year age difference between them, trouble brews. Between Marigold’s parents and Bob’s grown daughter, their relationship has very large hurdles to clear.
The more time the couple spends together, the more confident they are that their love is right, and they’re able to ignore the negative influences surrounding them. Things go smoothly for a while, and then Bob asks Marigold to marry him. What should be a happy and exciting time slowly turns into something far from that.
Bob and Marigold discover their relationship can survive the long distance necessary when Bob must travel with his team, but can it survive the negative influence of family or their own insecurities? Are they strong enough individually to become stronger still as a couple and ride out the storm? Or is their relationship doomed?
Find out by grabbing a copy of your own.  It's available here and here.



Friday, September 8, 2017

Bob's Reaction #NewRelease Marigold and the Manager


Hi, everyone!
I hope you had a great week
and are enjoying your weekend.
In today's snippet, Marigold has just shown her new leather paddle to Bob.
Here's his reaction. 
I hope you like it!
By the way, don't forget to stop by and visit all the other blogs.
The list is below.
Enjoy.


When I show Bob the paddle during our face-to-face session, he looks surprised.

“I thought you don’t like being punished.”

“No.  This is for play.”

“Are you sure?  That thing looks pretty wicked to me.”

“You don’t have to use it to its utmost capacity,” I tell him. 

He smiles.  “So, basically, you’re saying you like what we do together?”

“Yes.  How did I wind up here?”

“You can blame it on me.”



Blurb:
When college student Marigold Cavendish meets Major League manager Bob Heath at her best friend Miranda’s engagement party, the two hit it off immediately. But with a twenty-five-year age difference between them, trouble brews. Between Marigold’s parents and Bob’s grown daughter, their relationship has very large hurdles to clear.
The more time the couple spends together, the more confident they are that their love is right, and they’re able to ignore the negative influences surrounding them. Things go smoothly for a while, and then Bob asks Marigold to marry him. What should be a happy and exciting time slowly turns into something far from that.
Bob and Marigold discover their relationship can survive the long distance necessary when Bob must travel with his team, but can it survive the negative influence of family or their own insecurities? Are they strong enough individually to become stronger still as a couple and ride out the storm? Or is their relationship doomed?

Find out by grabbing a copy of your own.  It's available here and here.


Friday, September 1, 2017

What's in the Bag? #NewRelease Marigold and the Manager

Hi, everyone!
I hope you had a great week
and are enjoying your weekend.
In today's snippet, Marigold and her best friend have just left 
the adult toy store and have a conversation about what they bought.  Here's Marigold answer. 
I hope you like it!
By the way, don't forget to stop by and visit all the other blogs.
The list is below.
Enjoy.


“Cool.  What else is in that bag?”

“Oh, nothing.”


“What do you mean, nothing?” she asks.  “I can totally tell there’s still something in there.”

“Here,” I say, feeling embarrassed again.  “Look for yourself.”

I hand her the bag, and she takes it and pulls out the leather paddle.

“Ooh,” she says.  “This is a nice one.  He’s going to have to whack you pretty hard to make that heart shape emboss itself on your ass, though.”



Blurb:
When college student Marigold Cavendish meets Major League manager Bob Heath at her best friend Miranda’s engagement party, the two hit it off immediately. But with a twenty-five-year age difference between them, trouble brews. Between Marigold’s parents and Bob’s grown daughter, their relationship has very large hurdles to clear.
The more time the couple spends together, the more confident they are that their love is right, and they’re able to ignore the negative influences surrounding them. Things go smoothly for a while, and then Bob asks Marigold to marry him. What should be a happy and exciting time slowly turns into something far from that.
Bob and Marigold discover their relationship can survive the long distance necessary when Bob must travel with his team, but can it survive the negative influence of family or their own insecurities? Are they strong enough individually to become stronger still as a couple and ride out the storm? Or is their relationship doomed?

Find out by grabbing a copy of your own.  It's available here and here.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Marigold's Present #NewRelease

Hi, everyone!
I hope you had a great week
and are enjoying your weekend.
Today's snippet comes a little while after Bob spanks Marigold with the belt. 
He's about to go out of town, and he gets her a very personal gift
to make up for being so strict.
I hope you like it!
By the way, don't forget to stop by and visit all the other blogs.
The list is below.
Enjoy.

We all tromp up the stairs to the bird room.  I shut the door and lock it, and then I head over to the nightstand.  I pull it out of the drawer and let them read the card and admire my vibrator.  It’s about four or five inches long, not too big around, and it has a jackrabbit attached to it for stimulating the clit.
“Ooh.  This is a nice one,” Miranda tells me.  “Top of the line.  Did he give you some batteries?”
“Yes, he gave me some batteries.  Two packs.”
“He must think you’re going to have an awful lot of lonely nights, then.” 



Blurb:
When college student Marigold Cavendish meets Major League manager Bob Heath at her best friend Miranda’s engagement party, the two hit it off immediately. But with a twenty-five-year age difference between them, trouble brews. Between Marigold’s parents and Bob’s grown daughter, their relationship has very large hurdles to clear.
The more time the couple spends together, the more confident they are that their love is right, and they’re able to ignore the negative influences surrounding them. Things go smoothly for a while, and then Bob asks Marigold to marry him. What should be a happy and exciting time slowly turns into something far from that.
Bob and Marigold discover their relationship can survive the long distance necessary when Bob must travel with his team, but can it survive the negative influence of family or their own insecurities? Are they strong enough individually to become stronger still as a couple and ride out the storm? Or is their relationship doomed?

Find out by grabbing a copy of your own.  It's available here and here.



Friday, August 18, 2017

Spanked with a #Belt #NewRelease

Hi, everyone!
I hope you had a great week
and are enjoying your weekend.
Today's snippet follows on from last week's, and Marigold is about to be spanked with the belt.
I hope you like it!
By the way, don't forget to stop by and visit all the other blogs.
The list is below.
Enjoy.


“Marigold?  Have you ever been whipped with a belt before?” I ask her.
“No.”
“Then this’ll be a new experience for you.  Hopefully one you won’t want to repeat.”
She balls her fists up in the comforter and hangs on, waiting.  I unbuckle my belt, being sure to make the buckle jingle together, and then I do what every sub in the world fears but craves, and I yank my belt loose from the belt loops.  The sound must frighten her, because she looks around.
“Eyes forward,” I tell her, approaching.  When she’s back into position, I lean down and talk into her ear.
“I’m giving you five licks, one for every minute you were late.  Any questions?”

Blurb:
When college student Marigold Cavendish meets Major League manager Bob Heath at her best friend Miranda’s engagement party, the two hit it off immediately. But with a twenty-five-year age difference between them, trouble brews. Between Marigold’s parents and Bob’s grown daughter, their relationship has very large hurdles to clear.
The more time the couple spends together, the more confident they are that their love is right, and they’re able to ignore the negative influences surrounding them. Things go smoothly for a while, and then Bob asks Marigold to marry him. What should be a happy and exciting time slowly turns into something far from that.
Bob and Marigold discover their relationship can survive the long distance necessary when Bob must travel with his team, but can it survive the negative influence of family or their own insecurities? Are they strong enough individually to become stronger still as a couple and ride out the storm? Or is their relationship doomed?
Find out by grabbing a copy of your own.  It's available here and here.



Friday, August 11, 2017

Naughty Marigold #NewRelease

Hi, everyone!
I hope you had a great week
and are enjoying your weekend.
Today I have a snippet where Marigold is about to be spanked for being late for work.
I hope you like it!
By the way, don't forget to stop by and visit all the other blogs.
The list is below.
Enjoy.



When we get in the door, she turns to me.  “Oh, please don’t use the belt on me.”

“Don’t you think you deserve it?”

“Yes, but I won’t do it again.”

“I know you won’t.  Go to the bedroom and take your pants and panties off, and then I want you to bend over the bed.  Now.”

She looks like she wants to say something else, but then she just turns toward the bedroom and goes to obey me.

When college student Marigold Cavendish meets Major League manager Bob Heath at her best friend Miranda’s engagement party, the two hit it off immediately. But with a twenty-five-year age difference between them, trouble brews. Between Marigold’s parents and Bob’s grown daughter, their relationship has very large hurdles to clear.

The more time the couple spends together, the more confident they are that their love is right, and they’re able to ignore the negative influences surrounding them. Things go smoothly for a while, and then Bob asks Marigold to marry him. What should be a happy and exciting time slowly turns into something far from that.

Bob and Marigold discover their relationship can survive the long distance necessary when Bob must travel with his team, but can it survive the negative influence of family or their own insecurities? Are they strong enough individually to become stronger still as a couple and ride out the storm? Or is their relationship doomed?
Find out by grabbing a copy of your own.  It's available here and here.



Friday, August 4, 2017

#NewRelease - Marigold and the Manager - Getting Naked

Hi, everyone!
I hope you had a great week
and are enjoying your weekend.
Today I have a snippet without any spanking in it.
It's just the prelude to a sex scene (there are several) but I hope you like it anyway.
By the way, don't forget to stop by and visit all the other blogs.
The list is below.
Enjoy!



“That’s a cute little top,” he says, popping open the first button. “It looks like the kind of thing that should be on the floor.”
It’s delicate and made of the finest cotton, so I know it will wrinkle, but I decide not to care, even if I have to sneak the iron away from Ignatius and do it myself.
“What about my bra?”
“Nice,” he says, fingering the white lace. “Very nice, but yeah. That, too,”
He reaches behind me and unhooks my bra one-handed. This he flings to the floor, too.
“Now you take something off,” I tell him.
“Okay,” he says, pushing me back enough to reach and peel off his socks.
“No, something substantial. This isn’t strip poker, you know.”


 If you liked that snippet and would like to read more,
Marigold and the Manager is available for
purchase here and here.



Friday, July 28, 2017

#NewRelease Marigold and the Manager "Two Notches."



Hi, everybody!
Another lovely Saturday,
and welcome to #SatSpanks.
Below, you'll find my teaser for the week.
If you like it, you can get your own copy
here and here.
Here's my teaser, and don't forget
to visit all the other blogs!


My heart skips a beat. “Wait. You’re not going to roast my thighs after all, are you?”
“No. Just crank up the heat a notch.”
“I don’t think Tommy likes it when Vanessa swears, either. She always looks so dismayed when she does it, and you can totally tell it’s by accident.”
“Quit stalling, or I’ll make it two notches.”
Two notches still doesn’t sound too bad, so I slide over his lap again and let him spank me some more. Maybe I’m already warmed up from earlier, because it doesn’t hurt near as much as I expect it to. When he’s done, he lets me back up, and then he guides me to come stand between his legs

Well, I hope you liked it.
Here's where you can find the other blogs:



Friday, July 21, 2017

New Release: Marigold and the Manager - Dirty Words

Hi, everyone! 
Sorry I missed you last week,
but I ran off and had fun for my anniversary.
I'm back this week, though, with another little snippet
from "Marigold and the Manager."
Enjoy,
and don't forget to visit all the other blogs.
They are listed below.
Thanks!

 "I’ve had a great day. Miranda gave me a bunch of new clothes, and every light was green coming to your place. I even got a compliment from Tommy for helping Ignatius.”
“Great,” I tell her, and then I lean forward and whisper to her, “Say something dirty.”
“No. You’ll punish me for that.”
“Come on. I won’t. Not if I tell you to.”
She shakes her head and I say, “Please? I just want to see that dirty word come out of those pretty lips of yours.”
“Oh, all right,” she says, looking around to make sure no one can hear. I watch as she forms the words with her lips.
“I want to suck your cock.”
I get an instant erection.
“One more,” I tell her.
“Then I want you to eat my pussy.”


I hope you enjoyed my snippet. 
If you'd like a copy of your own, you can get it
here and here.



Friday, July 7, 2017

New Release: Marigold and the Manager

Hi, everyone!
I hope you all had a good Fourth of July.
It was pretty fun where I live.
This week I have for you a scene where Bob's punishing Marigold
for some dangerous behavior while he was out on the road.
I hope you enjoy it!



“You know what I’m going to do?”
“Spank me, I guess.”
I swat her butt, hard. She gasps, but she doesn’t cry out.
“I have a special way of spanking naughty girls.”
“Yeah? What’s that?”
“I’m going to roast those thighs.”
She doesn’t say anything, but she droops a little over my lap. I figure that’s as good a signal as any and I start in, spanking her naughty thighs until she’s begging me to stop. 
“I’ll stop spanking your thighs, but that just means it’s time to spank your butt.”
“Whatever. Just don’t spank my thighs anymore.”

Blurb:

When college student Marigold Cavendish meets Major League manager Bob Heath at her best friend Miranda’s engagement party, the two hit it off immediately. But with a twenty-five-year age difference between them, trouble brews. Between Marigold’s parents and Bob’s grown daughter, their relationship has very large hurdles to clear.

The more time the couple spends together, the more confident they are that their love is right, and they’re able to ignore the negative influences surrounding them. Things go smoothly for a while, and then Bob asks Marigold to marry him. What should be a happy and exciting time slowly turns into something far from that.

Bob and Marigold discover their relationship can survive the long distance necessary when Bob must travel with his team, but can it survive the negative influence of family or their own insecurities? Are they strong enough individually to become stronger still as a couple and ride out the storm? Or is their relationship doomed?



Want more? 
Pick up a copy today at Amazon and Blushing Books.
And don't forget to visit the blogs of all out other fine authors.
You can find them on the list below.


Friday, June 30, 2017

A Treat for Bob

Hey, everyone!
Has it been a week already?
It's time to relax now,
and read some snippets
from me and my friends.
You'll find the list below.

She wraps her hand around my cock and bends her head to gently kiss it. No one’s ever done that for me before, and I reach out and lift her chin. We smile at each other, and then she goes back to it, using her tongue to draw circles around my cock. I lay my head back and enjoy it, and she starts sucking me off proper. Her mouth feels good, warm and moist. I try to think about baseball to prolong things, but I find it impossible to ignore what’s happening. Pretty soon I feel myself coming so hard it makes me shudder, and I call out to her. She waits until I’m finished and then she smiles up at me and kisses my flaccid cock again.
Well, I hope you enjoyed it.
If so, why not grab yourself
a copy?
It's available here and here.







Friday, June 23, 2017

New Release: Marigold and the Manager

Hi, everyone!
Welcome to Saturday Spankings.
This week I have a snippet from my new book,
MARIGOLD AND THE MANAGER.
It's a May/December romance, the third book in the series,
Baseball Brides.
In this scene, Bob is spanking Marigold
for some naughty language during their pillow talk.
Please enjoy, and don't forget to visit the other blogs!


“Of course, I’m going to have to spank you for swearing,” he tells me.
“You never said not to swear.”
“That’s why I’m not going to spank you very hard.”
All this spanking talk turns me on, and I drape my arm over his chest and rest my head on his shoulder. He goes along with this for a couple of minutes, and then he sits up and pats the bed beside him. I crawl over to his side of the bed and sit down next to him.
“You’re a very naughty girl, Marigold, using such language.”

Blurb:

When college student Marigold Cavendish meets Major League manager Bob Heath at her best friend Miranda’s engagement party, the two hit it off immediately. But with a twenty-five-year age difference between them, trouble brews. Between Marigold’s parents and Bob’s grown daughter, their relationship has very large hurdles to clear.
The more time the couple spends together, the more confident they are that their love is right, and they’re able to ignore the negative influences surrounding them. Things go smoothly for a while, and then Bob asks Marigold to marry him. What should be a happy and exciting time slowly turns into something far from that.
Bob and Marigold discover their relationship can survive the long distance necessary when Bob must travel with his team, but can it survive the negative influence of family or their own insecurities? Are they strong enough individually to become stronger still as a couple and ride out the storm? Or is their relationship doomed?


Available at Blushing Books and Amazon.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Marigold and the Manager has been released!

Hi, everyone!
Just a quick note to let you all know
that MARIGOLD AND THE MANAGER
has been released.  It is available at Amazon and Blushing Books.
Grab yourself a copy and enjoy!
XOXO,
Angie


Friday, May 26, 2017

Vanessa's Spanking


Hi, everyone!
Welcome to Saturday Spankings.
Today we have another excerpt from my
#NewRelease,
The Blonde and the Ballplayer.
Today we have the very beginning of
Vanessa's spanking.
I hope you all enjoy it!

“I’m tired of your sass,” I say, making up something to spank her for, since it seems to turn her on for me to talk about it.  “You’d better learn to control that saucy little mouth of yours.”

            “I’m trying,” she says, playing along.

            “Well, try harder.”

            She doesn’t say anything.  She hasn’t told me how far she wants me to go, but she hasn’t tried to stop me, either, so I continue.

            “I’m going to spank you to tears,” I tell her.  She stomps her feet like a brat and whines, so I smack her butt hard.

            “Knock off that fit-throwing,” I tell her.  She settles down, so I begin.


Hope you enjoyed today's snippet.
If so, and you'd like to purchase your own copy,
It's available here.
And here's the blurb:


When sports reporter Vanessa Roberson interviews baseball phenom Tommy Wright, she’s thrilled that he sticks around afterwards to ask her out. On their first date, she teases him with rumors that he’s a womanizer. To prove her wrong, Tommy invites her home to meet his family. They all take to Vanessa right away, and Vanessa’s charmed by them as well. The only problem is, she’s afraid to have a real relationship, due to a past experience with an abusive ex-boyfriend.
When she confesses to Tommy that she enjoys being taken over a knee and even likes a bit of bondage, he tells her he likes topping naughty girls, and they fall into a domestic discipline-type of relationship that suits them both.
As time goes on, Vanessa finds herself becoming more and more entwined with Tommy’s family, and she realizes she’s already fallen hard for him. She tries to break out of the stranglehold her past relationship has over her, but when Tommy shows his jealous side, she decides it’s time to end the relationship for good.
Unfortunately, living apart proves to be a lot more difficult than either of them could have imagined.
Is Tommy strong enough to make Vanessa feel safe? Is Vanessa brave enough to give Tommy a chance? Will true love win out, or will Vanessa’s stubbornness destroy their special bond forever?

Publisher’s Note: This book contains elements of BDSM, domestic discipline and sexual scenes. If any of these themes offend you, please do not purchase.



Friday, May 19, 2017

#NewRelease The Blonde and the Ballplayer Excerpt

Hi, everyone.
This is my first Saturday Spankings
post in a really long time.
I hope you like it.
It's a excerpt from my #NewRelease,
The Blonde and the Ballplayer.



“Oh, God.”  She stops for a minute and sort of sizes me up, and then she says, “I want you to do something for me, but I don’t know how to ask.”

            “Just ask.”

            “You’re going to think I’m a weirdo.”

            I tense up.  My Spidey senses are telling me she’s about to spring something awful on me.  My heart’s pounding in my throat, but I reassure her all the same.

            “No, I won’t.  I promise I won’t.”

            She clamps a hand over her mouth.  “Oh, God.”

            “Vanessa, please.  I swear I won’t think you’re weird.  Now tell me.”

            “I like to be spanked.”

            I give a sigh of relief and laugh.  “Oh, my God, is that all?”

            Her face relaxes and she says, “Yes.”
            “Jesus,” I say.  “I thought you were going to tell me you used to be a dude or something."

If you'd like to read more, pick up a copy here.
And don't forget to stop by
and visit the other participants' blogs. 
Here is a link to the list of participants.


 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Marigold and the Manager News

Hi, everyone!
I just got the release date for
MARIGOLD AND THE MANAGER.
It's set to come out on June 20th.
Besides that, I'm a quarter of the way through.
ALLISON AND THE OUTFIELDER.
I don't have the cover art for either one yet, but I'll
keep you posted.
Meanwhile, there's always
THE BLONDE AND THE BALLPLAYER
to keep you busy.  You can pick up your copy

Until next time,
XOXO,
Angie


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hi, everyone!
Just a quick check-in to see how you're all doing.
As for me, I'm over 5,000 words into my next novel, \
entitled, "Allison and the Outfielder." 
"Marigold and the Manager"
is in editing, and
"The Blonde and the Ballplayer"
is for sale at Amazon.
It's getting great reviews so far,
so grab yourself a copy
and check it out for yourselves.
Until next time,
XOXO.
Angie



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Blonde and the Ballplayer has been released!

Hey, everyone!
Great news.
The Blonde and the Ballplayer
has been released and is now
available for sale. 
You can get it at Blushing Books
or
If you really want to
show some love,
don't forget to write a short review
when you're finished
reading it.
XOXO,
Angie





Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Blonde and the Ballplayer Cover Art

Hi, everyone.
It's finally here!
This is most likely the
cover for
THE BLONDE AND THE BALLPLAYER.
I hope you like it as much as I do.
And don't forget,
the release date is March 14th,
unless it changes.
I'll keep you up to date
if there are any delays.
XOXO,
Angie

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hello, everyone!
Angie here. 
I just want to wish you all a
Happy Valentines Day.

I got not one, but two heart-shaped
boxes of chocolates.
I hope you guys do, too.
It's almost time for
The Blonde and the Ballplayer
to come out,
and for those romantics
among us
(including me)
it has a very happy ending.
I remind you guys when it
comes out, so you can get your
own copy
and
see what I mean.
That's all for now.
Talk to you soon.
XOXO,
Angie

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Prison Compendium

Hi, everyone!
I hope everything's going well.
I just wanted to tell you there's a
new anthology out, called,
"The Prison Compendium."
One of my stories, which I wrote under my
pen name, AR Shannon is in it.
The story's entitled,
Responsibility.
It's about a lady executioner who likes to get
kinky in her spare time.
If you'd like to check it out,
you can buy the book here or here.
Well, that's all I have for today.
Hope you're all coping with winter.
XOXO
Angie


Monday, January 23, 2017

Release Date for The Blonde and the Brainiac

Hi, everyone!
I've got some great news for you!
The Blonde and the Ballplayer
is scheduled to come out on March 14th.
Just like its predecessor,
The Brat and the Brainiac,
it's a lot of fun.
If you haven't read
The Brat and the Brainiac yet,
you can grab a copy of your own at
here or here.
The books are a series,
but they are also stand-alone,
meaning you can read them out
of order and still make sense
of what's happening.
I have no cover art for
The Blonde and the Brainiac,
but I'll post it as soon as I get it.
Hope you're all having a wonderful
January!
XOXO,
Angie

Monday, January 16, 2017

Excerpt of The Blonde and the Ballplayer

Hi, everyone!
Hope everything's well with you.
As you've probably figured out,
The Blonde and the Ballplayer has not come out yet.
Therefore, here is an excerpt
to tide you over.
Of course, I'll let you know
when the book comes out.
XOXO,
Angie


The Blonde and the Ballplayer



For our date, Tommy takes me out to a cozy little place near his house.  He opens the door for me and guides me over to the bar with a hand in the small of my back.  The light pressure sends a chill down my spine, but I suppress it, because a couple of guys from the organization are here.  Everyone notices when we come in, of course, but to my surprise, no one comes to bother us. 
            Tommy looks good.  He’s wearing a grey sports jacket and a pink shirt, and I like the way those colors work to bring out the sky-blue of his eyes.  I’m wearing a black knit dress with a deep V in the back.  I know if he says something perverted, like I have it on backwards, that I’ll cringe and find some way to cut the date short, but he does nothing of the kind.  He’s sweet and gentlemanly throughout the date, and if he asks me out again, I’m definitely going.  He orders me a drink and I tease him a little.
            “I hear you’re a heartless womanizer,” I tell him.
            “Who’s telling you such lies?  I haven’t been on a date in weeks.”
            “They say you’re self-absorbed and unromantic is why, and all you care about is your niece and baseball.”
            “They’re right about that part.  Baseball and Miranda are everything to me.  They’re my whole world.”
            “So there’s no room left for dating a girl?”
            “I didn’t say that.  That’s just what they say, because a lot of them are jealous of the time I spend with her.  But hell, what do they want?  She’s my kid.”  
            “They say she’s an adult now.”
            “She is, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t need me.  Besides, it’s hard to get romantic when you work all the time.”
            And I know what he means, because I work a lot, too, so I just take a sip of my drink and smile.  The drink’s a little too strong, but it still tastes all right, so I drink up.  Better than coming across as one of those bitchy girls who sends everything back.  Tommy keeps an eye on me to see if I’m going to bust his chops some more or not, so I set my drink back down on the bar and smile.
            “I need your advice, Tommy.”
            “Sure.  About what?”
            “How does a girl worm her way into your heart?”
            He eyes me for a moment with a slow smile, and then he leans over and favors me with a short but somehow very erotic kiss.  When he’s done, he straightens up and says, “Keep being a good kisser, for one.”
            “No.  For real.”
            “That is for real.”
            “Then what do I do after that?”
            “You come home with me and meet my family.”
             “Isn’t it a little early to meet your family?”
            “It’s not that kind of family.  It’s just Miranda and her fiancĂ©, my housekeeper and his boyfriend.”
            “They all live with you?” I ask.
            “Yep.”
            “You’re got a strange family, Tommy Wright.”
            “Yep.  A regular Addams Family.  If you come home with me and you’re real nice, I’ll even show you my mad dope robot skills.”