Jennifer Lyon
Monday, January 2nd, 2017
Weekend Roundup

Our New Year Day Eve was fun but dinner was a disaster. Wizard and I have made steak and lobster together easily more than a dozen times. Somehow this time, we failed. The steak was supposed to be a rib eye, but it was dry shoe leather. The lobster wouldn’t cook correctly and I was afraid to eat it. I think it had been frozen too long, or at some point, frozen, defrosted and refrozen. I had no desire to test my difficult stomach with questionable seafood :-) But I’d bought some fresh French bread and that was delicious! So we ended up mostly sipping some good wine and eating excellent French bread. Then we hung out and watched movies.

I got up early New Year’s Day to work, which I did for an hour. But around 6:30 I decided to make cranberry sauce to use later for Baked Cranberry Brie Appetizer. I’d already made chocolate chip cookies because two out of three kids were supposed to stop by for a few minutes. But I had a feeling I was going to need more than cookies. Apparently, I was making enough noise to wake up Wizard–he stumbled into the kitchen but I didn’t hear him because I had my headphones on, listening to an audiobook and cooking. Finally he yells out, “What are you doing?”

I jumped, took off my headphones and answered, “Making cranberry sauce.”  I mean Duh, why else would I be grating orange zest into a pan of cranberries and sugar?

He shook his head. “Seriously? At six thirty in the morning?”

I looked at the clock. “It’s six-forty-five now.”

He shook his head and laughed. “Oh well now it makes total sense.”

I decided to ignore the obvious sarcasm and asked, “What did you think was going on?” I was curious why he got up. It’s not like he hasn’t heard me doing stuff in the morning before. I usually write but once in a while, I’ll decide to cook or prep something in kitchen.

Wizard answered, “I heard banging and thought you found ants. I came down to help.”

I forgave him for the earlier sarcasm. Guys, the mornings for Wizard are rough with his herniated disc. I mean, it’s hard to watch how much pain he’s in. It literally took him 10 to 15 minutes to work his way out of bed and down the stairs, but he did it because he thought I was battling ants and was going to help. I know it’s not technically romantic, but moments like that take my breath away. Wizard knows how much I hate ants in my kitchen. And no matter how much pain he was in, he was going to help. That kind of love is not something I’m going to take for granted even after all these years. And FYI, his surgery for the herniated disc is only weeks away now. (One of his doctors last week reinforced how much he needs this surgery too, which is good. Surgery is not something we’ve jumped into lightly, but there’s really no option at this point).

So, as it turned out, my intuition was right. Around 10am New Year’s Morning, I got a call that all six kids (my three sons and their mates) plus Baby Jett were coming over for lunch and to hang out. I had the baked brie appetizer and cookies, and one of the boys stopped and picked up pizza on his way so it worked out great (if a tad unhealthy, LOL). We had a very kick back afternoon. I think Jett can demonstrate our energy level perfectly:


It was Jett’s first time at our house. He wasn’t interested in the pool, but loved exploring the backyard and side hill. Inside the house, he refused to go up our stairs to the second floor. He goes on stairs on his walks at the beach all the time, so that was interesting. But Jett’s a six month old puppy and while he’s a pretty confident dude, he’s still learning and mastering the world. This just wasn’t his day to take on the “inside” stairs for some reason. He’s so young that I’m betting next time he comes over, he’ll race up the stairs. Otherwise, Jett had fun playing, but as you see from the picture, he’s also happy to chill out and take a nap on his travel bed.

My year is starting off well. I’m behind where I wanted to be on the book, but that’s okay, I’m working now! And this year, I’m starting off determined to believe in myself and the books. I know what I want to accomplish this year, so it’s just matter of fingers on the keyboard and trusting my story over the shrill voice of self-doubt in my head.

How was your weekend, and how’s your new year starting off?

NOTE: Next Monday I’m planning to write a post reviewing my 2016 goals and talking about 2017. And I want to talk a little bit over the next weeks about the state and business of publishing. 

Friday, December 30th, 2016
Happy New Year!

This weekend we’re taking the leap from 2016 to 2017

silhouette man jumps to make the word Happy New Year 2017 with sunrise. (New Year 2017 is coming concept.)

I like this image as it’s not about the new year happening to us, but us taking the leap into the new year, ready to live and experience each new day, week and month with renewed vigor and joy! Let’s not be bogged down by the disappointments and heartbreaks of the past, but seek out fresh reasons to smile and laugh, go after our goals with fearlessness, discover new magic in the world around us and most importantly remember to cherish all those that we love!

This is my wish for each of you as we let go of one year to take the leap into the next together.

Happy New Year My Friends!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
Best of Wednesday Worthy

If you are interested in a sexy fun novella, Good, Bad & Sexy is up for preorder on iTunes for 99¢ Click here to link to it.

For Wednesday Worthy, I’ve selected a few of my favorite hunks from my files for your enjoyment!

This one always reminds me of Sloane :-)

Muscled Boxer Wearing Red Strap On Wrist


A little sweat and a happy trail :-)

Muscled male torso with strong abs

I like the candid feel to this shot. And he’s not bad to look at :-)


Okay I’m stopping now, LOL! What do you think–are any of my favorites worthy?

Monday, December 26th, 2016
Holiday Roundup

And…we’re back! Christmas was a wild ride of joyous, exhausting chaos with the people I love most in the world. Today I feel a little like I got run over by a reindeer, LOL! I doubt I’ll get to the gym as I originally planned.

Can I just say that I did NOT ask Santa for these extra pounds? I never gain weight during the holidays, but this year, I’m sure I did. Time to get a little more health conscious :-) But in my defense…look at this beautiful cake that was a gift from my daughter-in-law’s sister:



Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s a rolled cake, and I really wish I’d I remembered to take a picture of the inside but trust me it was a work of art. Everyone loved it. So see? How can I be blamed for gaining a little weight?

I had so many wonderful moments over the holiday weekend–we had Biker Witch (my sister) and her Biker Hubby over for Christmas Eve and we made a turkey dinner with a side of wine :-) It was a blast. We had a fun Christmas morning breakfast with two of our sons, Special K and her nieces. And in the afternoon we had a tamale dinner with Wizard’s family.

Today I’m back to work!  After all the socializing, my introvert side is longing for quiet writing time. Plus deadlines are looming and kind of (totally!) terrifying me.

One last thing, one of the gifts from CPA Boy and Speical K was the Amazon Echo named Alexa. Wizard now spends his days asking Alexa a million questions. It’s cute…until I’m trying to concentrate and I hear:

“Alexa, who is the greatest fighter of all time?”

“Alexa, how many calories in a slice of pizza?”

“Alexa, what is the temperature in Big Bear California?”

“Alexa, who won the NASCAR championship?”

And on it goes…LOLOL!! I may have to put a lock on Alexa to get a little peace to work :-)

How was your holiday weekend?


Friday, December 23rd, 2016
Happy Holidays!

To all my Blog Friends and Fans:

Holidays and celebrations New year Christmas sports bodybuilding healthy lifestyle - Muscular handsome sexy Santa Claus

I hope to be back on Monday December 26th to find out how everyone’s holiday went :-) Please stay safe!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
Wednesday Worthy


Another Pick Your Santa Wednesday Worthy!

Santa #1

Happy and handsome santa claus

Santa #2

Sexy man in santa cap relaxing in bed with fantastical winter background and red wrapped gifts in foreground

Witch Santa would you choose?

Monday, December 19th, 2016
Weekend Roundup

It was another busy weekend. Saturday I baked and wrapped and I’m nearly finished. I just have one  more gift to pick up, but man I was tired! Last night, we had a small family party and didn’t get home until really late for us–I’m writing this post just before midnight so it’s a pretty quick post. But it was fun and worth missing a little sleep.


Chocolate Mocha Cookies

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Sugar Cookie Lemon Tarts


And just a heads up, tomorrow, December 20th the 1,001 Dark Nights Bundle Eight is released, and I’m thrilled that my novella, SAVAGED SURRENDER is in there too! The lineup of authors are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Christopher Rice, Melissa Foster, Rebecca Zanetti, Liliana Hart, and two “Discovery” authors of myself (Jennifer Lyon) and Riley Hart.


Amazon Kindle 

How was your weekend?