Thursday, November 14, 2013

The 2013 D. D. Scott-ville Christmas Book - HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS - is Here and is Racking Up 5-Star Reviews!!!

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps and Fellow RVers too!!!

I'm sooo excited to let y'all know that this year's D. D. Scott-ville Christmas Book is available and is already racking up 5-Star Reviews!!!




On Amazon

B&N Nook

Kobo

Smashwords


***Huge shout-outs and thank you's to the a-mazing Laura Morrigan who designs and creates my covers! Is she fantastic or what, folks?!

Here's the scoop:

For the holiday season, I've gone back to my romance roots.

This time of year, it’s all about going home for the holidays. But what if you’re not sure where home is?

In this Romantic Comedy, think Preston Bailey and David Tutera meet The Grinch and his desperate housewife.


Book Description:

Socialite Harper Cantwell wants more out of life than being Briar Creek, Tennessee’s philanthropic queen. Her husband Grant is a financial stud, but he’s also an emotional dud. Tired of being nothing more than his glorified event planner, she leaves him. Hoping to find herself in the creative excitement and sizzle of the holidays in Hollywood, she meets Jake Benton. One of Tinsel Town’s ultimate players, Jake doesn’t waste any time letting her know he’s interested—very interested. In spite of Jake’s hot advances, it’s Grant she can’t forget. But sacrificing herself for any man is no longer part of her party plan.

Ultra-conservative businessman Grant Cantwell III doesn’t completely understand why Harper left. He misses her terribly but is clueless how to get her back. He gets a real wake-up call when Harper’s best, gay friends tell him he’s an idiot for losing her. Under the tutelage of their company Chick Tricks Inc., Grant is soon on their fast track program, “How to Please a Woman.” But Grant needs more than just a few tricks. He must learn to open his heart instead of his wallet, before Madison gives up on him forever and runs into the open arms of Hollywood’s premier gigolo.

HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS is an 84,500-word novel (about 400 pages) and is Book One of my new series—Home for The Holidays.


I can't wait to share Harper and Grant's holiday magic with you!!!

HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords, Sony and more!

And here's what the first few readers are saying:

5-Stars: Can't wait for the film, 10 Nov 2013
By Crooks "Dawn" (Crooks on Books)

Was given a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an un-biased honest review. Having never read anything by this author before I didn't know quite what to expect. I just love a xmasy read and having visited Hollywood thought it would hit the spot. It did with bells on!

This was a fantastic book which I highly recommend, it was lovely watching the true characters unfold - and the biggest lesson learnt was the importance of communication. Every chapter I kept saying to myself this would make a great film - I could clearly visualise watching the scenes played out on the big screen. Crossing fingers this happens.

5-Stars: It is a must read for the holidays before, during and after., November 10, 2013 By Carolyn M. Kenney
Amazon Verified Purchase

I found Hollywood Holidays hard to put down. I recommend this book to be read for the holiday to all.


5-Stars: Fabulous Holiday Read!, November 13, 2013
By Jeanne
Amazon Verified Purchase

This story was an awesome read.......GREAT storyline! I loved the main characters...Grant, Harper, & Jake, plus some "fun" secondary ones too. Personally, I think this was D.D.Scott's best work yet, & I've read everything she has written. This is a "must" for a holiday read!


So funny, 5 Nov 2013
By Angela

i enjoyed this story was so funny and romantic its what i imagine what hollywood would be like, this was the first book ive read by this author will certainly look out for more.

I received a free copy from netgallery in exchange for a honest review



The Best of Holiday Reading Wishes --- D. D. Scott


P.S. For more D. D. Scott-ville Holiday Reads, check out the following books (also available on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords, Sony and more):










Although, not a Christmas Book per se, STOMPIN' ON STETSONS also has a fabulous Christmas element!!!








Monday, October 7, 2013

Full-Time RVing is Priceless, According to The DH (Darling Husband) - Part One

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps, Fellow RVers and Magickal Folks!!!

As many of you know, I write books full of LOL humor and a bunch of heart...but, if you want LMAO humor, that's my DH (Darling Husband) department, and he's totally full of it!!!



Lately, he's been doing a series of hilarious Facebook Posts about our Full-time RVing experiences. So many people have let me know that they're getting such a kick out of them that I decided to start a monthly blog series featuring a few of his "priceless" observations.

So, here we go...

Full-time RVing is Priceless (Part One)
by D. D.'s DH



Thursday night southern food and live music: $18.00

Repairing the RV screen door: $2.79

New Wild Horse Saloon tee shirt: $27.00

Living in a 10' x 34' box with two dogs that have diarrhea: priceless

Living the RV dream!!!







Hitting the curb with your RV steps: $900.00

Filling up with gas: $185.00

Discovering the bedroom A/C is busted: Ugh!

Discovering the microwave doesn't work: Double ugh!!

Living the RV life: priceless






Having your Tow Package and Auxiliary Braking System Installed: $4,000.00

Discovering that your Toad's driver's side floor is filled with water following the last big rain: WTF?!

Discovering that's the case because the RV Shop that installed the Tow Package and Auxiliary Braking System didn't know what the hell they were doing and failed to seal the boot/grommet they ran the wiring through: Double WTF?! Priceless!!!






Living in a 10' X 34' Box with D. D.: Priceless





Is the guy LMAO funny or what, Peeps?! :-)

The Best of D. D. Scott-ville Wishes --- D. D. and The DH











Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Full-time RV-ing Tips: 5-Star RV Resort Parks (Nashville Country RV Park)

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps and Fellow RV-ers!!!

Well...we're about three weeks into our Full-time RV-ing Adventure and what an amazing journey it's been!!!

***Note: Got side-tracked a wee bit during week two as The DH (Darling Husband) ended up having emergency surgery (kidney stone extractions for two stones that were stuck - one in the kidney and one in the ureter). OUCH!!! Which reminds me, thank goodness for great health insurance when you're on the road like this!

Anyhoo...he's much better now, so I'm back to blogging about what all we've learned, the amazing and talented people we're meeting along the way and the fantabulous must-see spots we're enjoying.

Today, I'm giving a well-deserved shout-out to one heckuva fantastic, family-owned and operated RV Resort Park...in fact, it's the 2011-2012 National ARVC Small Park of the Year as well as the 2011-2012 Tennessee ARVC Campground on the Year...

Nashville Country RV Park





Not only is the Zaborowski Family a group of wonderful people, they treat their guests like family, and they treat their park with the utmost care. (***The park is also the recipient of the 2011 Tennessee Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award.)

Talk about the Kings and Queens of "Green" -

They collect rain water in barrels for all kinds of uses, they've built their swimming pool as the first infrared pool in Tennessee (meaning it relies primarily on infrared technology and requires fewer chemical additives), and they've planted 30+ species of trees on the property.

Talk about fun...they've got that too!!!

Every Thursday night is Dinner and Music.

Dinner is fixed by one of the fab local Meat N Three Diners (like Star Cafe - which has the best fried chicken in the south - or the Countryside Cafe - which has catfish and bbq pulled-pork that is beyond yummy).

Music is booked by the park and includes some of today's best up and coming singer/songwriters. (Check out Adam Pope and Paul Hill - both super-talented.)

And here's the kicker...the event (which runs from 6PM-9PM) is just $9 per person!!! :-)

Talk about clean...

Not only is the entire park beautiful and well-maintained, the bathhouses and laundry facilities are spotless!!!

Talk about a great place to hook-up with family and friends along the way...

The park has four cabins which can be rented.

Talk about pet-friendly...

The Zaborowski's have created a wonderful environment for dogs, and two of the granddaughters offer dog walking services as well.

And let's talk location, location, location...

Nashville Country RV Park is in Goodlettsville, which is just about 12 miles north of downtown Nashville. You're tucked into a tiny valley, surrounded by the gorgeous Tennessee Hills.


It's Your Turn, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps: Tell us about a few of your fave RV Resort Parks...

The Best of RV-ing Wishes --- D. D. Scott












Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Full-time RV-ing Tips: First Week Lessons

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!!!

The DH (Darling Husband) and I are one week into our Full-time RV-ing adventure and are we ever having a ball...plus...we've already learned a bunch too!

Here are a few of the things we've learned during our first week...



1. Plan on it taking the afternoon you pull into your resort park as well as a good portion of the following day to get set-up (especially, if you're newbies).

***And by set-up, I mean checking off the following To Do's: Hooking-up to electric, water and sewer, Leveling, Stabilizing, Getting your awning out and your patio all set-up, Getting groceries in, Setting-up your computers and satellite system, Unpacking all of your breakables, Getting out your appliances, etc.

2. Make sure you are arriving at your resort park no later than mid-afternoon.

***We've seen huge rigs pull in at night, and it's beyond tough to see well enough with just headlights and flashlights to drive into your spot and hook-up. It tends to create a ton of cussing and costly bang-ups.

3. Do NOT plug your fresh water hook-up into your black water tank.

***Our first night, the poor guy next to us did this by accident and flooded his rig not just once, but twice, because it took 'em two cycles to figure out why all the water was gushing out of their toilet and flooding their RV. They opened the door and water just poured out of their rig...OOPS!!!

4. Don't be too hard on yourself if you: (a) forget to put down your antenna, (b) forget to pull in your awning, or (c) hit something in the park with your RV and/or toad.

***It appears, most RVers will tell you...been there...done that. OOPS!!!

5. Expect that things will work one day or part of the day and all at once, they won't! And to fix them, it appears to cost in increments of $300 or $1,000.

***So far: one out of two of our air conditioners isn't working, our microwave quit working (but we adjusted the plug-in prongs and now it's fine), our Tailgater satellite system (brand new, just out of the box) was a lemon and the replacement should arrive tomorrow, some of our electric outlets need to be checked because they need to be reset a bunch (which is just weird).

6. Speaking of the Tailgater Satellite Bundle...

a. Have a couple of bottles of wine available before you begin the initial set-up.

b. If you do NOT have a DISH system at your brick-and-mortar home and can do the initial set-up there, you will have to take your brand new receiver to a local DISH dealer for programming (which is around a $100...but DISH will credit your first bill, if you get very direct with them that this is total bullshit) - the local dealers, even with a work order from DISH, will not do it at no charge to you up front because they have a hard time getting paid by DISH...nice, right?

c. Many of the Tailgater satellites themselves are defective (that's coming straight from the tech guys I spent over 8 hours with on the phone over the course of 3 days). BUT...if you got the bundle from Amazon, do NOT send the satellite back to Tailgater at your cost of $35 like the techs tell you to do...just have Amazon send you a new one, and return the lemon to them (at no cost to you). Plus, Amazon did it in two days, whereas Tailgater said to plan on 10+ days.

7. A Convection Oven is the absolute best purchase you can make!!!

***We're doing everything from toast in there to our dinners. Haven't even turned the regular oven or microwave on yet (course, the microwave wasn't working for awhile...but yeah...you get the picture...LOL!

8. The steps to get in and out of your RV operate on a magnet system and a fuse, the latter of which makes sure that when your start your engine, the steps will NOT come out while you're driving. If your magnets are not placed correctly, and your fuse is bad...your steps WILL come out while you're driving...which costs about $1,000 (to replace the steps that were just mangled by a curb)...just sayin'... :-)

9. Plan on going to the grocery about every 4 days.

***That's how much food we can fit in the frig/freezer.

10. Learn from your fellow RVers...both what to do and what not to do.

***Bonus Tip: Nothin' beats that first night when you can sit back in your new comfy patio chairs, look at the moon and stars, and listen to the night songs of all Mother Nature's creatures.





Okay, Peeps...those are the lessons we've learned during our first seven days as Full-time RVers.

What kinds of things can y'all add to our list?

The Best of RVing Wishes --- D. D. Scott





Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Full-Time RV-ing: Must-See Gem of The Week - Star Cafe in Nashville TN

Happy Tuesday from right outside Music City, Peeps!!!

We're in Goodlettsville, TN (just about 14 miles north of downtown Nashville TN), and wow have I discovered a Must-See Gem of The Week!!!

C'mon down, Y'All, and stop in the Star Cafe!!!







Rumor has it, they have the best fried chicken in the South. (Note: They do have one helluva great Meat N Three-style breakfast!!! Been there! Done that!!!) And we'll be tryin' the fried chicken later this week (probably on Friday or Saturday night during their Singer/Songwriter Nights - each Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 pm).

***Super Scoop: most restaurants and bars down here have Singer/Songwriter nights where local talent trying to make it big, line up their guitars and take turns on the stage, hoping a big-time producer or agent happens to be in the crowd that night. Sometimes, even the superstars pop-in. For example, one night The DH (Darling Husband) and I were in Stage (one of the terrific bars on Broadway in downtown Nashville) and Ronnie Dunn was standing right next to me at the bar and soon took the stage for a couple of songs!!! :-)

Here's the fab little stage at Star Cafe, where superstars like Dierks Bentley and Wynonna Judd have performed...



Nothin' at Star Cafe matches - which I adore!!! Every chair at every table is different. Each piece of silverware, each glass and plate are unique. I even had my omelet (in the middle of August) served on a snowman covered Christmas plate! How fun is that?!

Also, our waitress - Kat - was wonderful! (Wavin' atchya, Kat!!!)

And Sally Findey, the hilarious and super-talented owner and recipe maven, has the best "table legs" I've EVER seen!!! LMAO!!!



Wavin' atchya, Sally!!! We'll be back soon!!!



So yep, Star Cafe is definitely my Music City Must-See Gem of The Week!!!

Okay, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps, It's Your Turn: Tell us about your fave diners across the USA...

The Best of Full-Time RVing Wishes --- D. D. Scott

P.S. Programming Note: Each week, I'll now have a Must-See Gem of The Week as well as Full-Time RVing Tips and Tricks, plus Special Features on all of the fantabulous RV Resort Parks we're calling "home". And, of course, I'll keep y'all up to date on my new books, audio books, and more.

Speaking of which...Book Two, in my Bootscootin' Books Series (STOMPIN' ON STETSONS), features a Meat N Three Diner just like the Star Cafe. It's called Lucy's Lunchbox Cafe. Not sure what a Meat N Three Diner is? I give you all the scoop in Stompin' on Stetsons. And...my upcoming release (just in time for Halloween this year) - PRACTICAL MAYHEM (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, Book 2) - will also feature a Meat N Three Diner...and it might even be Lucy's...still figuring that out...LOL!!! :-)




Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Full-time RV-ing: What to Know Before Your Inaugural Roll-out

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!

With just two weeks to go before our Inaugural Roll-out as Full-time RV-ers, I thought I'd share a few of the HUGE things we've learned while preparing for our new lifestyle.



Here we go:

1. As a Full-time RV-er, more than likely the current "auto" type insurance you have on your RV will NOT cover you!!!

For example, we had the RV covered as a recreational vehicle with State Farm. We insisted our agent call their underwriting department because we had read on our Facebook RV-ing Groups (huge shout-outs and thank you's all-around to both Living The RV Dream and RV'er's Life for Me) that most regular insurance companies do not underwrite the Full-time RV lifestyle. Sure enough, State Farm does not, and our agent had no clue and had told us he thought we'd be fine, only to learn that would not be the case.

Solution: We're now insured through Good Sam who specializes in Full-time RV coverage. (***Note: Both our RV and toad are covered under this new policy.)


2. It appears that South Dakota is the most RV-friendly state to make your home base and legal residence.

They have no state income tax. In addition, they're one of the cheapest states in which to register and plate your RV. They will renew your plates by mail, and you qualify to do all of this with just one night's stay in their state (receipt required). You can also get your driver's license there, again with a one-night-stay receipt (***Note: Make sure both your name and your spouse's too - if applicable - are on the receipt.)

We're using a company called Americas Mailbox to facilitate this process as well as handle our mail.


3. As for satellite systems, if you're only going to have one TV, you're fine going with something as simple as Dish's Tailgate Bundle ($449.00 on Amazon with free-shipping for Prime Members)



No need to go for the more expensive $800+ system (that Camping World pushes) unless you're going to be using multiple TVs.

Also, Dish allows you to pay-as-you-go for their service. So, say you're going off the road for a month or two, you can stop your service then restart it once you're back traveling again. Cool, right?


4. Camping World is fantastic, and there are fabulous lifestyle gadgets you can only get there - like these really cool extension bars you put in your frig so the items don't shift to the front and fall out when you open the door. But...that said...most of the time, Amazon has the same items and they're a bunch cheaper along with free-shipping for Prime Members.




5. If you're going to be staying in RV Resort Parks with full hook-ups, more than likely you will not need a Blue Boy (which is between $200 and $300) for your black and gray tanks' wastes. You'll have a sewer hook-up at your site. :-) ***Note: You would need them for stays at national and state parks that don't have full hook-ups.





Okay...those are a few of the major things we learned while preparing to hit the road. Hope these tips help you in your journey!!! :-)

How 'bout all of you fellow Full-time RV-ers...what else should peeps know before their Inaugural Roll-out?


Happy Motoring!!! --- D. D. Scott





Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Full-time RV-ing: What NOT To Do...According to YouTube

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!

With less than three weeks to go before we hit the road as Full-time RV-ers, I thought I'd take a look at YouTube to see if there were any videos on "What NOT To Do" while RV-ing.

Oh Boy! Found a few things...














Happy Motoring!!! --- D. D.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Full-time RV-ing Tricks and Tips: Full-time RV-ing Resources

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!

Many of you emailed or messaged me - after I announced that The DH (Darling Husband) and I are about to become Full-time RV-ers - and asked how you can learn about the Full-time RV-ing Lifestyle.



Thanks so much for your interest, and here are some fabulous places to begin:

1. I read a terrific ebook by a Full-time RV-ing couple that I'm thrilled to now be getting to know.

John and Kathy Huggins of Living the RV Dream wrote:



On Amazon

They also have a terrific podcast series on absolutely everything you'll want and need to know.

Cheers to you, John and Kathy, and thanks bunches! We're looking forward to meeting up with you this Winter in Florida! :-)

2. We've also joined a ton of fabulous Facebook Groups on all-things Full-time RV-ing.

A few of my personal faves are:

a. Living the RV Dream

b. RV'er's Life for Me

c. Full time RVers

d. NuRVers

e. Women Who RV


3. I've found wonderful blogs written by Full-time RV-ers.

***Note: Even if you're not planning to live this lifestyle, if you love traveling and love learning about fantastic must-see places in the USA as well as around the world, you'll want to check-out these blogs.

Also...I'll be doing blog posts through-out our journey so you can get fantabulous scoop right here in D. D. Scott-ville, beginning in late August.

Here are the blogs I'm enjoying:

1. Gypsy Journal RV (by the amazing Nick Russell, who's also a bestselling author)

2. Roads Less Traveled (by the really cool Mark and Emily Fagan)

3. Cole's Cruising (by the lovely Kimberly Cole)

Okay...this should get y'all started living and/or dreaming about the Full-time RV Lifestyle.

We're beginning to do our Maiden Voyage load-in and will hit the road in just a couple of weeks! WooHooo!!! (So hoping to meet many of you along the way! I'm keeping a list of each of u who've asked for us to make a stop in your area...and I'll have special D. D. Scott "Quack Packs" for you --- more on that soon. :-) )



Starting to figure out where all the kitchen items will fit...



Buckley and Siggy are finding their fave places to hang in The Muse (that's what we named our Winnebago).

Please let me know - in the comments below - if you have any favorite RV-ing websites, blogs and/or online groups. We can all learn from each other on this grand adventure!!!

Hugs & Luv and Happy Motoring!!! --- D. D.



Saturday, July 27, 2013

THUG GUARD - Cozy Cash Mystery Book #1 - is Now Available as an Audio Book...Think Old-style Radio Plays!

For all of you superfab Audio Book Fans, I've got a new one for you...



THUG GUARD on Audible , Amazon

And wow is it a very special treat!

I've had the narrators (the amazing actors and actresses of Davis Sound LLC) read it as if it were an old-style radio play. It's as if you're listening to a Broadway theater version of the book, and it's over the moon fantabulous!!!

For all of you waaay amazing D. D.'s Duckies, I'm treating y'all to a shot at one of ten free copies!!! So head on over to Ducky Central for the scoop!!!

And if you're not a D. D.'s Ducky yet, join today for your chance to win!!!


Happy Listening!!! --- D. D.

P.S. Also recently released is my Audio Book Boxed Set of The Stuck with a Series - one of the first ever Audio Book Boxed Sets in the entire industry!!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

D. D. Scott-ville Cover Reveal, Chapter One Sneak Peek and Revenge

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!

Hope y'all are havin' a great day so far!!!

I'm hard at work on my next book - PRACTICAL MAYHEM (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, Book 2) - and thought I'd treat you to the Cover Reveal.

I've gotta say, this one might be my new all-time fave...




PRACTICAL MAYHEM is based on the following question:

What if you were one magic wand away from getting even with everyone who's made your life hell?

The book will release around Halloween.

Today though, I'll also treat you to a Sneak Peek at Chapter One.

So grab a glass of wine, put up your feet and enjoy...


PRACTICAL MAYHEM (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, Book 2)

CHAPTER ONE




In their retirement years, some people play canasta. Others...cast spells.

Thankfully for Angelica Bishop, casting spells is turning out to be much more popular than the rummy-family card game.

“No-No, Louise. Never point your wand at someone. Well...unless you’re going to do something fabulous like this,” Angelica said, aiming her favorite magickal butternut stick at Randy, the spoiled rotten son of the resort’s owners, Glenda and Bob Hiatt.

Randy was pretending to clean the pool. But when you’re busy looking over the rim of your high-dollar sunglasses, ogling all of her students’ bikini-clad granddaughters, it’s tough to clean the pool.

With three quick swooshes of her wand, and a sassy magickal mantra — said under her breath so her students couldn’t hear it and repeat it on their own without her guidance — the hose from the pool’s vacuum suddenly got a mind of its own. With one mighty powerful bit of sucking action, Randy was yanked into the deep end.

“Splendid, Angelica! Simply splendid!” Dorothy squealed. “I can’t stand that little weasel dick.”

And when Dorothy Parker, age eighty-three-and-three-quarters, the leader of the resort’s womens’ league, offered her squeal of approval, her fellow league members also hooted and hollered.

“How did you do that?” Marie asked, taking aim at Randy with her brand new wand.

“Whoa there. Hold up, Marie,” Angelica said, her ornery cackle filling the room with a burst of magickal and mischievous energy. “First, we’ll let Randy dry off and then I’ll show you.”

Stepping behind the podium at the front of her new classroom, she tapped her wand against the royal-purple silk draping the table next to her. Since she was in her teens, she’d used this same scrap of fabric to cover all of her magickal work stations. So if she did the math, which really wasn’t her forte, that meant this particular witchery tool had been in her service for going on twenty-five years. One of the few things that had been in her life for that long and was still in good standing.

“Take your seats, and we’ll get started momentarily.”

As her students chose their chairs, she counted heads, making eye contact with each of her twenty witchy wanna-be’s, sharing her most wicked grin.

Excellent. All eyes in the room were on her. As they should be.

A warm buzz whipped through her body, sending fantastically energized tingles into her fingertips and toes. Nothing beats being respected for your power.

Day One of her Academy of Mischief was turning out to be more fun than she’d ever dreamed of.

So this is how Belle must feel! No wonder she’d decided not to abdicate her throne, Angelica thought, totally getting, for the first time, what it was like to be the awe-inspiring leader of the pack.

She may be “just the sister” of the beyond bewitching Queen of Witches—Belle Bishop, but Angelica had proven many times that she was her own force to be reckoned with. And she was about to prove it again.

So much for the magickally pure, prim and proper spell-casting sovereign her sister had become. Talk about boring. Thanks be to the universe, Angelica offered a fabulously fun alternative to the witchery realm over which her sister presided.

Every bit of the Queen of Witches’ sparkling goodness comes from the same gene pool as Angelica. Or at least so says her birth certificate. In the Bishop family tree, however, there was also a recessive gene for mischief, and every bit of that magickal, mayhem-inducing genius constituted Angelica’s DNA.

“Now then, my witchlings, take out your Shit Lists and let’s get started,” Angelica said, watching with delight as the men and women reached for the assignment she’d given them on Registration Day.

A palpable buzz surged through the room.

“I must say it was damn fun doing this kind of homework,” Pearl spoke up.
Pearl Howard was the wife of a retired sheriff, so Angelica figured that her Shit List was probably several pages long.

During her tarot reading days, politicians had proven to be fantastic customers. So, Angelica expected no less in her academy. They always seemed to have someone they were at odds with and needed her expertise in handling. Oh the games that politicians play.

“You think it’s fun making your Shit Lists, my darlings, just wait till you act on ′em,” Angelica said to a room full of nervous giggles. “That’s when the real fun and therapy begins.

“I founded The Academy of Mischief based on one principle:
What if you were one magic wand away from getting even with everyone who’s made your life hell?”

Oohs and aahs filled the resort’s community room.

It really was a brilliant concept, she thought, once more giving herself an atta girl for developing it. I mean c’mon, who couldn’t come up with or wouldn’t want to come up with his or her own personal Shit List, filled with the names of people who’d royally pissed them off? And then take those lists and learn how to master the powers of the universe to do get even?

No wonder her enrollment had been so successful. Her first class was completely full with a waiting list. A waiting list. Hmph. As if anyone would bow out of his or her chance to give karma a boost.

“So, who wants to go first? Who’s brave enough to take the first step to settle a score they’ve long hoped to avenge?” She asked, knowing firsthand it was one thing to want to get even but another thing entirely to have the balls to do it.

Dorothy’s hand shot up well ahead of any others.

“Okay, Dorothy. Is this something you’d like to share with the group or will it require a private consultation?” Angelica asked, mindful that she’d need to work individually with some of her petitioners—for an added fee of course—who may have grievances against their fellow classmates.

“Oh, I’ll share. I have nooo problems with that at all,” Dorothy said, standing up, holding her list out in front of her while looking over the rim of her bejeweled designer bifocals. She paused till she had everyone’s attention.

The sassy Southern tart definitely added drama to a room. And for once, Angelica thought, it was nice that someone else seemed to make people as uncomfortable as she usually did.

Dorothy may be the leader of the park’s esteemed ladies’ league, but it didn’t appear it was because she was popular and loved. It was because the other women were simply too afraid to cross her.

Angelica laughed all to herself. She’d bet all the money she’d already taken in from her students, and it was a bunch at five hundred dollars a head, that Dorothy herself had made several of the Shit Lists and would thus be the target of more than one private consultation. Because of this sassafras, Angelica was going to make a fortune.

“I need to do something about Betty Sue, who most certainly does not bake the items she brings to our fundraisers. She buys them and puts them on a plate,” Dorothy said, huffing and puffing as if this truly was the ultimate karmic imbalance.

Oh yeah. Angelica had absolutely no doubts now. Dorothy Parker would also end up a victim of the pool’s magickally-manipulated vacuum system.

“All right. We can take care of that,” Angelica said, hoping for something with a little more substance in order to begin to showcase her powers for her students. “Who else would like to share from their Shit List?”

The students looked at each other, and then at Angelica.

She knew that look. It was fear. None of these silly wimps had the guts for magickal mischief and mayhem, except Dorothy, who really did seem to be best described by a word that rhymes with witch and that starts with the letter...anyhoo...

“No worries, darlings. Maybe I need to break the ice a bit,” Angelica said, reaching underneath the lectern in the center of her altar set-up and taking out her large, frosted lilac crystal ball and its fancy-schmancy gold-filigreed stand.

“Fairest ball of ‘em all, show my witchlings dear, what kinds of things they no longer need to fear,” she chanted the command three times while gently moving her hands around the circumference of the ball.

The energy zapping between her palms and fingertips and the hefty crystal ball sizzled and swirled into the depths of her soul.

She visualized the magkickal waves filling the gap between her hands and her favorite scrying tool as purple streaks of lightning crackled to life. The memories she drew upon became perfect images inside the ball’s crystal prisms.

The room, once radiating with the enthusiastic curiosity of her students, was now the still of a summer storm waiting to strike.

In the middle of the ball, the misty lilac haze cleared and in its place, a tall bushy tree appeared, loaded with ruby red apples...and Angelica.

Angelica inhaled deeply, synergizing all of the zen-cool calmness she could muster. Perhaps if her students got a glimpse of her own Shit List, they’d understand just how far they could go when it came to planning and enacting revenge. They’d be able to see that anyone could rise above their past. With her help, of course.

“Is that you, Angelica? Hanging upside down from that apple tree?” Pearl asked, standing up in her seat and adjusting her readers for a better view.

“Sure is,” Angelica said, watching with her students as everything she recalled about that awful time in her life transferred from her mind into the image forming inside the crystal ball. “Why don’t you all gather round so you don’t miss anything?”

Her students didn’t waste any time joining her as the story she was conjuring up in the foggy swirls added layer upon layer of detail in the center of her scrying ball.

“But why? Why are you just hanging there like that?” Louise asked.

“Damn. Talk about a headache. Must have been quite a rush,” Melvin said, one of three men who’d enrolled in the Academy of Mischief.

“That’s an understatement,” Angelica said, feeling the familiar pressure filling her forehead and then zinging and pinging against her temples.

With the magnitude of mind witch skills Angelica possessed, simply remembering an occasion felt as if she were still living it. For all intents and purposes, she was once more hanging upside down in that awful apple tree.

“To answer your question, Louise, I’m hanging there like that thanks to my sister, Belle Bishop.”

“Your sister? The Queen of Witches? But I thought, according to your bio, that she’s the good witch and you’re the naughty one?” Dorothy asked, the incredulousness in her voice speaking for the surprised looks mirrored on all the other students’ faces.

“Oh, she’s good...very, very good. But even good witches make bad decisions that will eventually catch up with them,” Angelica said, meaning every word she’d spoken.

And her sister Belle was a good witch. But that said, she’d made a very bad decision. And that decision was about to exact a price.

“Let me tell you a story,” Angelica said, moving the image of her hanging upside down from the apple tree to the right side of the crystal ball, just like you would move images on a touch screen computer or tablet, a new spell she’d perfected just this week and one she was having a helluva great time applying.

Conjuring up a roaring bonfire to fill the left side of the now glowing orb, she basked in the awestruck expressions gracing each of her students’ faces at the same time she shuddered knowing she was about to relive her worst night ever.

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Hope Y'All Enjoyed the Sneak Peek at PRACTICAL MAYHEM --- D. D.


P.S. Would you get even, if you could (without breaking the law or doing anything that would seriously harm someone)? We're talking just some superfab fun mischief and mayhem. And if so, what kinds of things would you like to avenge?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

D. D. Scott-ville is Hitting The Road Soon...Think "Witch on Wheels"

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!!!

I'm over the magickal moon to announce some superfab fun stuff coming to D.D. Scott-ville !!!

We're hittin' the road...

Think "Witch on Wheels"!!!



What does that mean?

I'll soon be a Full-time RV-er, taking my wonderfully magickal world of all-things witchy and laugh out loud quirky-crazy fun across the USA!!!

Yep...I'll be both living and writing and publishing all of my novels from my home and office "on wheels" - our Winnebago Adventurer!!! :-)

My DH (Darling Husband) just retired after 30 years as a Sheriff's Department Captain - so very proud of him, btw - so we're in the process of selling everything, except what will fit in the Winnebago, and hitting the road.

We can't wait to share the journey with all of you right here in D. D. Scott-ville!!!

I'll be blogging about our adventures and all of the magickal places we visit as well as posting tons of fabulous pictures. ***Note: Hopefully some of you will be in those pictures as our paths just might cross. :-)

In addition, we'll have special edition gift packages for any of you we meet up with - I'm calling 'em "Quack Packs" in honor of my fantastic new D. D. Scott-ville Readers' Community - D. D.'s Duckies.

***Be sure to join Ducky Central so you'll be in-the-know about my Meet-and-Greets and latest news. We're gonna have a ton of fun sharing all-things Full-time RV-ing, Magickal Witchy Lifestyles, Coffee, Wine and Bitchy Signs.



So what do you think, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps...where all should we go? We'd love to meet as many of you as we can...so just give us a shout-out as to where you are, and we'll add you to our list of Meet-and-Greet possibilities...

The Best of Witch on Wheels Wishes --- D. D. Scott

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Just in Time for The 4th of July...40+ Free Ebooks From My Fellow WG2E Authors!!!

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!!!

As y'all are getting' ready for your 4th of July fun and fireworks, here are 40+ Free Ebooks to fill-up your ereaders:


http://bit.ly/1cv3Gx7

Thanks Bunches to all of the fabulous authors from my site - The WG2E (The Writer's Guide to Epublishing) - for their Free Ebook treats!!!

Happy Reading, Y'all, and Have a Fabulous 4th of July!!!




The Best of Ereading Wishes --- D. D. Scott

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Join My Core Review Club and Get Each New Release FREE!!!

Wavin’ atchya, D. D. Scott-ville!

I’ve got a wonderful opportunity for all of you superfab D. D. Scott-ville Readers…

As part of my brand new D. D. Scott Readers’ Community – D. D.’s Duckies – which y’all can find out about and join right here in D. D. Scott-ville...


I’ve launched a Core Review Club!!!

What does that mean?

If you sign-up in Ducky Central (our Yahoo Group) and agree to review each of my new releases on Amazon, I’ll treat the first 30 of you who ask for each new release to a Kindle Gift Copy!!!

That’s all you gotta do – Sign Up, Read and Review!!!

And here’s the first book up for grabs...


STUCK WITH A SLUT (The Stuck with a Series, Book 4)

Think Castle and Beckett, gone-country, meet The Chicago Madam and The Alchemyst

It’s a Paranormal Police Procedural

***Note: If you’re new to The Stuck with a Series…to celebrate the release of Book 4, The Stuck with a Series Boxed Set #1 (which includes Books 1-3 and the prequel too) is now available – for a limited time only – on Amazon for just 99 Cents!!!


On Amazon (for just 99 Cents)

So download your copy of the Boxed Set for just 99 Cents and then sign-up for my Core Review Club and let me know you’d like a Kindle Gift Copy of STUCK WITH A SLUT for a “read and review,” and if you’re one of the first 30 peeps, it’s yours!!!

Oh, and wow are we gonna have some big-time fun in my D. D.’s Duckies Readers’ Community!!! Please let me know where you’re from too so that I can fill in your spot on our interactive maps!!!

The Best of Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

STUCK WITH A SLUT (The Stuck with a Series Book 4) is Here!!!

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!!!

STUCK WITH A SLUT (The Stuck with a Series Book 4) is Here!!!

For STUCK WITH A SLUT - think Castle and Beckett, gone-country, meet The Chicago Madam and The Alchemyst

It's a Paranormal Police Procedural




On Amazon

(***Note: You can also Borrow the book for Free, if you're an Amazon Prime Member, using the Kindle Owners' Lending Library! :-) )


In this Police Procedural, there’s a murder to solve. But the “detectives” are packin’ a load of laughs and a paranormal twist along with their duty weapons.

And WooHooos all-around and huge thank you's to D. D. Scott Reader Charlene Mclucas for already reading it and giving it a 5-Star Amazon Review! U rock, Charlene!!!

5-Stars WONDERFULLY ENTERTAINING jUNE 9, 2013
By charlene mclucas - See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: Stuck with a Slut (The Stuck with a Series Book 4) (Kindle Edition)

A delightful combination of characters woven into a mysterious murder of a female high dollar escort.

The involvement of Nick Blane, successful well known author, with Sophia a criminology graduate student, roommate of the murder victim and also an escort, is intriguing. The entire cast of different characters develop into an amazing array of personalities that mesh together perfectly to deliver entertaining reading experience.

I would recommend this reading experience to those that read to be transported into a book for the shear fun of it.



Book Description:

New York Times Bestselling Author Nicky Blane doesn’t pay for sex—that’s prostitution. But Kristeena Itzler, the Chicago Madam, gives him the best “girlfriend experience” money can buy. And he’s a client who wants and pays top dollar for the GFE—Girlfriend Experience.

Well...until the escort he’s booked to hook up with is murdered, and her roommate, another beautiful Brazilian escort—Sophia Fernandes—is the next target.

Samantha Aldredge may be Nicky Blane’s editor, but she has a past steeped in the Secret Science of Alchemy, which could be connected to Nicky’s dead date.

Can Sam, with the help of her magickal gecko—Phil—find and then use the powers of an ancient alchemical book before it’s too late to save Nicky and Sophia from The Council of Darkness who’s hell-bent on obtaining the book’s secrets, no matter the costs?

STUCK WITH A SLUT is a 32,500-word short novel (roughly 165 pages) and is part of The Stuck with a Series. The order is as follows:

Stuck with a Stiff (includes the prequel, Stuck with a Schmuck)
Stuck with a Spell
Stuck with Sleigh Bells
Stuck with a Slut


Bonus Content Included:

I'm also treating you to a Sneak Peek at the first book in my latest bestselling series—PRACTICAL MISCHIEF (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, Book 1).

Think The Good Witch meets The Three Stooges and Tinker Hell


PRAISE FOR D. D. SCOTT:

"...one of the top Romantic Comedy/Humorous Mystery writers out right now." ---ENT (Ereader News Today)


Praise for The Stuck with a Series:

“This was a cute, and quick read, that highlights the intricacies and downsides of living in a small town where just having an argument can make you a suspect in murder. Murder, romance, and humor. Enjoyable read.” --- clu

“Hilarious and insightful...This book is an absolute hoot. Wonderful reading for those dreary afternoons when nothing seems to go right. Kick off your shoes, lean back with a cup of something warm and laugh yourself better.” --- Larry J. Crocker

“Crazy fun...Loved every minute of this book. The crazy characters are a laugh a minute. Will buy more in this series.” --- Crazynana.

“Superfab! WTG, DD & Dave...” --- Ruth Harris, NYTimes Bestselling Author


Happy Reading, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps, and Welcome Back to my Stuck with a Series World!!! --- D. D.

P.S. If you'd be interested in reading the book and agree to give it an Amazon review and star-rating, sign-up in my new D. D. Scott Readers' Community - D. D.'s Duckies - and I'll treat the first 30 peeps who ask to a Kindle Gift Copy!!! Nothin' Beats Treatin' My Readers!!! :-)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

PRACTICAL MISCHIEF (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, Book 1) is FREE through June 5th!!!

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!!!

I've got an early Summer treat for ya...

PRACTICAL MISCHIEF (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, Book 1) is FREE through June 5th!!!




On Amazon


For Practical Mischief...

Think The Good Witch meets The Three Stooges and Tinker Hell.



Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, is a good witch.

Her sister Angelica? Not so much.

Belle rules her witchery kingdom using the ancient Wiccan Rede – ‘An’ it harm none, do what thy will,’ while Angelica runs amuck, casting one mischievous spell after another.

But this time, Angelica has gone too far.

It’s up to Belle and her former best friend, Atlas, the greatest wizard the earth has ever known, to save Belle’s niece, Gia, from Angelica’s magical mischief. If they don’t, Gia will end up in The Summerland just like her mother did the last time one of Angelica’s spells went awry.

Luckily, or unluckily, depending on how you look at it, Belle and Atlas have a little help from Atlas’s sons, who are every bit The Three Stooges, as well as an ornery faery named Tinker Hell and a deck of Tarot Cards waiting for someone to deal their destiny.


Bonus Content Included:

You also get a Sneak Peek at my latest Christmas book – THE BILLIONAIRES’ CHRISTMAS CLUB (co-authored with Bestselling Amazon Author Theresa Ragan) – where you’ll first meet Belle’s niece Gia and her prince of a fiancĂ©.

Here's what readers are saying about PRACTICAL MISCHIEF:


5.0 out of 5 stars Purely magical., March 31, 2013
By charlene mclucas - See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Practical Mischief (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches) (Kindle Edition)
Delightfully whimsical and enchanting the reader with a story, minus the magic, that could be any family's dynamic. We can relate to the good/bad behaviors of family members in occurrences of disruption of harmony in the family. What great fun we might have had with some magical powers! Belle is an inspiration to embrace your own strengths and use them. This magical book keeps the reader entranced to the end wanting to read more. This reader wants to know more of what is in-store for Belle, Gia, and Angelica.


5.0 out of 5 stars Magickal and bewitching!, April 1, 2013
By ruth harris - See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Practical Mischief (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches) (Kindle Edition)
Two witchy sisters, Beautiful Belle and Angelica who might not be such an angel, cast their spells. Owls and tarots, crystals and wands--5 stars are not enough. DD Scott's light touch is D-lightful!



4.0 out of 5 stars What a enjoyable story, April 28, 2013
By Joann M. Clifton (Everett, WA USA) - See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Practical Mischief (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches) (Kindle Edition)
I really enjoyed this book but I love all things with a magical twist. I rated this book 4 stars only because I think the next one in the series is going to be even better. Also, I wish there had been more background info so u could have a better understanding of what was going on, I kinda felt like I'd missed the 1st book because there was so much that had happened previously that was never fully explained. I hope D.D. will write a prequel and fill in some of the gaps as to how the Bishop sisters had ended up in the situation they now found themselves in now.


Praise for D. D. Scott:

“...one of the top Romantic Comedy/Humorous Mystery writers out right now.” – ENT (Ereader News Today)


“...who doesn’t need a laugh? Laugh ‘til you (you fill it in) with D. D. Scott’s BOOTSCOOTIN’ BLAHNIKS, and more...” --- Steve Windwalker, Kindle Nation Daily

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So, get out your Kindles and enjoy this first book in my new series - on me!!! No worries if you don't have a Kindle either...just download the FREE Kindle Apps and then you can also get the FREE Kindle Copy!!!

Happy Reading and Cheers to Your Very Own Magickal Journey!!! --- D. D. Scott

Monday, May 27, 2013

My WG2E Street Team Partners with Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes: Bid on a Kindle Paperwhite Pre-Loaded with Over 40 Books and Much More!!!

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!

Here's an event coming up tomorrow (May 28th) that I'm over the moon thrilled to be part of...(thanks to my Street Team Partner - Rhonda Hopkins - for putting together our announcement):

My WG2E Street Team Authors have joined together to participate in Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research. We’re offering a Kindle Paperwhite ($119 value), pre-loaded with more than 40 ebooks – romance, suspense, young adult, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and horror – there’s something here for everyone! There’s also a wall charger included for faster charging of your ereader. The total retail value is $259.

If you haven’t yet heard about Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research, it’s a wonderful event in my opinion and for such a great cause. I myself have diabetes, so finding a cure would be a dream come true. Every year for the past few years, Brenda and her staff have put together a huge auction from May 1st through May 31st. Each year, there are more items to bid on. And each year, the items just get more awesome! They have raised an amazing cumulative total of $1.6 million. This year they’re hoping to surpass the $2 million mark.

There are items for writers such as website design, promo opportunities, agent and editor queries or critiques, author critiques, and conferences, etc. You can bid on sports memorabilia, handmade crafts, jewelry, spa items, vacation/getaway listings and more! You can check out what’s available here. Just click on the “browse” button and find some really cool stuff to bid on. You can also follow along on twitter and facebook to learn about the latest items up for bid.

Even though I’m a writer, I am a reader – first and always. So, I particularly enjoy the “For Readers” section. This year, I’m very proud to be part of a donated item in that section. Our WG2E Street Team donation of a Kindle Paperwhite preloaded with more than forty of our books and a wall charger will be available to bid on MAY 28TH ONLY. Click on that link and you can see all the authors who are participating and all the great ebooks that will come with the Kindle Paperwhite.



In addition, some of the WG2E Street Team members are hosting a blog hop as well and giving away a $50 Amazon gift card as well as at least another $20 in gift cards. You can enter via the rafflecopter below.

And don’t forget to check out the individual posts. Some of our authors are giving away additional items only through their blog. Here are the links:


http://www.thevampirecode.com

http://meredithbond.com/blog/posts/ Giving away an ecopy of STORM ON THE HORIZON

http://fabiobueno.com/2013/05/28/authors-give-back

http://www.gramico.com/blog/

http://rhondahopkins.com/2013/05/28/authors-give-back-blog-hop/ Giving away an ecopy of PREDATOR, A COURTING JUSTICE NOVELLA

http://www.faithmortimerauthor.com/

http://staceyjoynetzel.blogspot.com/2013/05/authors-give-back-blog-hop.html Win a chance to name a secondary character in her next Romancing Wisconsin book, to be published by December 2013

http://www.nataliegowens.com/2013/05/brenda-novaks-annual-online-auction-for.html

http://sheilaseabrook.com/2013/05/28/authors-give-back-blog-hop/

http://romancinghistorylove.blogspot.com

http://aliciastreet-roystreet.com

http://happilyeverafter-cgtetreault.blogspot.com/ Giving away an ecopy of THE BILLIONAIRE PLAYBOY

http://www.authortamaraward.blogspot.com/

You can keep up to date with the WG2E Street Team via our website and on facebook. We love to hear from our readers!

Enter here for your chance at one of the Amazon Gift Cards!

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Happy Reading and Good luck!

Rhonda Hopkins
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***Thanks sooo much, Rhonda and our fellow WG2E Street Team Authors, for putting this auction item together! My dad is an insulin-dependent diabetic, so I see every day how important this fight for a cure is! And thanks to all of you wonderful D. D. Scott-ville Peeps for bidding!!! U rock! —

D. D. Scott

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Next Stuck with a Series Book (#4) - Stuck with a Slut - is Coming in June!!!

Happy Tuesday, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!

Many of you have been asking how much longer you have to wait till my next release. And the answer is...not long at all!!!

The next Stuck with a Series Book (#4) - Stuck with a Slut - is coming in June!!!

For Stuck with a Slut...

Think Castle and Beckett, gone-country meet The Chicago Madam and The Alchemyst




In Stuck with a Slut, I'm also introducing our newest D. D. Scott-ville Peep - Phil, the magickal leopard-gecko. Phil is short for "The Philosopher," and he's making his debut in this book.



I have no idea why Phil...but he had a chat with my muses and has a bunch to say and do!!! LOL!!! He's really quite charming...and very powerful!!!

How 'bout I treat ya to a Sneak Peek at Chapter One?


CHAPTER ONE


Kristeena Itzler, The Chicago Madam, gives me the best “girlfriend experience” money can buy. And I’m a client who wants and pays top dollar for the GFE—Girlfriend Experience.

I don’t pay for sex, which is prostitution. In the legal world, running an escort service like Kristeena’s DDI (Dream Dates International) versus pimping is a gray area for sure, and a ton of gray at that. But since I write New York Times bestselling police procedurals and legal thrillers, and know my subject matter well, I’m confident that the way I use the service will not land me behind bars.

I grabbed my iPhone and called Kristeena.

“Nicky Blane. How are you, my friend?” Her 900-number-velvety-rich voice oozed from my speaker phone. “It’s been so long. I was beginning to worry about you, especially after hearing about that awful murder on your farm. You doing alright?”

“I appreciate your concern, but I’m doing well. We were pretty shaken up, but I think things are back to normal. I’ve just been a little busy,“ I said, laughing to myself at the absurdity of the understatement.

“You’re always busy, Nicky. That’s the reason you call me in the first place. I take care of you, Darling. Speaking of which, did you receive my latest text blast about my two new girls from Brazil? They’re beautiful and sharp, Nicky. Really smart. Gorgeous and right up your alley.”

“I saw the text, but I haven’t had time to check them out yet. Tell me a little about them.”

“Sophia is a graduate student in criminology at U of I Chicago and Angelina is a PhD candidate in evolutionary biology at Northwestern.”

“Great. Thanks, K. They both sound interesting. There’s nothing I love more than hearing about new research, especially when the conversation just so happens to be with beautiful women.”

“I hear you, Nicky. And I’ll be glad to set you up. But you really should consider finding someone that you can have a much longer conversation with. As in...for a lifetime. And I say that knowing full well that if you ever come to your senses, I’ll lose one of my best customers. Not that I have any reason to worry that will happen.”

“I know. I know, K. You’re right, but I’m just not ready to throw my hat back into the ring. The last time I went all in, things didn’t turn out so well.”

Kristeena didn’t respond, meaning she probably didn’t agree with me. Funny how I always had this conversation with her (my madam) and not any of my family. But that was just how it rolled between K and I. She was a smart, tough woman, but also had a good heart and was a great friend.

“Don’t worry,” I said wanting to break the awkward silence. “I’m not giving up on the whole long-term relationship ideal. In the meantime, you’ll just have to continue to suffer through the agony of making money off of another rich man who should know better.”

“Sure, Nicky. I’ll keep crying...all the way to the bank.”

“Ever the bleeding heart, K. Very comforting.”

“That’s why you pay me the big bucks. So, Mr. Bigshot Writer, who will it be this time? Ms. Criminology or Ms. Biology?”

“I’ll take Angelina, the biologist, for $2,000, Alex,” I said, laughing at my own joke, knowing that, more than likely, I’d be the only one laughing. “She sounds perfect.”

The process of choosing an escort wasn’t too far away from Trebek’s Jeopardy. Whatever category of woman I wanted, K had an answer on one of her booking cards.

“A biology lesson is exactly what I need. Besides, all I do is think about crime at my day job. That’s the last thing I want to be talking about after I close my laptop. Is Angelina available tonight? I’ve got tickets to the CSO.”

“Excellent choice, Nicky. Angelina is also an orchestra fan. And yes, she’s available tonight.”

“Thanks, K. If you could have her at my penthouse by 5:30, that would be great.”

“No problem. Anytime, Nicky. I’ll book her then. Now, do you think that you’ll be extending her time this evening?”

Ah, the all-important “extension.” For an escort and her madam, that’s when the money really starts adding up. And, it’s a great deal for me, the client, too. Basically, I could extend my time with my date at a discounted rate.

“Nicky? An extension then?”

“Sure thing. Go ahead and mark her out for the evening,” I said, effectively making sure Angelina would be all mine till sunrise.

“Wonderful.”

I never did like the idea of my date hustling off to be with someone else. I wanted quality time. And I sure paid well for it. Both in fees and tips.

“Ciao, darling.”

Kristeena hung up before I could give my return Ciao. No doubt already on the line with the next lonely multi-millionaire.

All right. My night was all set up. Dinner, stimulating conversation, a Brazilian beauty and Bach to boot.

Things were looking up.

I’ve used Kristeena’s escort service for several years. Don’t judge me. The life of a bestselling author doesn’t leave a lot of time for meeting and socializing with members of the opposite sex. Ever since my divorce, I haven’t had the desire to jump back into a serious relationship. I’m sure that will eventually change. Actually, I hope it does. But, that said, I’m not ready to take that leap anytime soon. The pain is still too raw.

Till then, escorts work out quite nicely.

And just to set the record straight, escorts are not high-priced hookers. At least not when it comes to the high-end companions Kristeena provides. Booking one of DDI’s girls doesn’t have to have anything to do with sex. Companionship doesn’t always lead to the bedroom. Not to mine, at least. Sometimes, a guy just wants a night or two out on the town with a beautiful woman.

For the sake of accuracy, my DDI dates might be for an entire weekend or a week at-a-time. When the occasion demands, I’ve hired one of Kristeena’s escorts for several days. Take the Cannes Film Festival or Sundance, for example. For those affairs, I need a companion for a week.

A DDI date is a business relationship. And when you’re paying the kind of prices I do, either $2,000 per hour for a single evening or at a discounted rate of $6,000 per day, it’s one heck of a profitable business for the escort I choose.

So that’s that. I finished off my Waterford crystal tumbler of Templeton Rye, confirmed the time for the concert then checked Kristeena’s website so I could get the scoop on my date.

In my case, checking the website is optional. As a VIP client, I don’t have to bother with going through DDI’s online booking agents or the chatty agents at Kristeena’s call center. She personally sees to it that I meet up with the very best girls her company employs.

And just in case you’re thinking that I determine what constitutes ‘the best’ simply on the basis of a woman’s looks, I’ll dispel that notion now.

Certainly, that is one of the primary elements in the selection equation for much of Kristeena’s clientele. Well, that factor as well as what services the woman offers for the money and how well she’s been ranked and reviewed for said services. But none of those are very high on my client preferences profile.

If you’re going to be spending any amount of time with another human being, beautiful or not, you’re eventually going to have to speak to one another.

Even the most gorgeous face cannot make up for the mindless drivel that some people think passes for conversation. Kristeena knows how I feel about this and sets me up with escorts who meet my expectations.

Confession though, I do browse the DDI site because it’s interesting to read the girls’ reviews from their clients. I can’t believe what guys write in a public forum regarding what happens in their bedrooms. And let’s be real, a bunch of the action they reveal happens everywhere but the bedroom. Damn, there are a lot of twisted men out there.

Even more of a reason to treat these gals like princesses. After the freaky frogs they put up with, they deserve it.

A wonderful woman on my arm is exactly what I need tonight. A simple evening, uncomplicated by emotional hang-ups, with beautiful music and the company of a woman as intelligent as she is stunning.


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What do you think, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps? Are you ready for this one?

Hugs & Luv & Happy Reading --- D. D. Scott



Wednesday, May 1, 2013

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantra #8: Show Your Love for Mother Nature and Father Nature Too (especially at Beltane)

Today, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps, it's all about celebrating The Green Man - aka Father Nature. Yep, there's a Mother Nature (Gaia) and Father Nature too!



It's all part of celebrating the return of the sun and nature's growing season on this Beltane holiday!

What's Beltane?

This magickal, bewitching holiday is all about celebrating the sun and all of nature's gifts and wonders. From sundown last night till sundown tonight, celebrate the warmth and light of the sun and the fire of your spirit.



One of the ways the DH (Darling Husband) and I like to honor this glorious time along the Wheel of The Year is to sit around our fire pit. What a perfect place to contemplate all of the ways your spirit and life will grow the rest of the year.




So, let's give a big ol' D. D. Scott-ville java love toast to The Green Man with my Magickal Mantra #8 - Show Your Love for Mother Nature and Father Nature Too!

Cheers, Y'all!!!

Wishing each of you the Blessings of Beltane --- D. D. Scott

P.S. What is your favorite part of late Spring/early Summer?

Monday, April 22, 2013

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantra #7: Every Day is Earth Day!!!

Happy Monday, D. D. Scott-ville, and Happy Earth Day too!!!

Here in D. D. Scottville, however...

EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY!

In fact, that's my Magickal Mantra #7.

How 'bout a fab fun, but very poignant, Bitchy Sign to kick-off the scoop?




It's a LOL funny image, but unfortunately, it's true.

As human beings we're not very good at being kind to the earth or to each other.

What we need to do to make our world a much better place, is to practice the Earth Day concepts of conserving, recycling, re-planting, respecting and loving the earth EVERY DAY, not just one day each year.



It takes each of us, lending our hands, and hearts, to these organic and human-kind efforts to protect and nurture Mother Nature's gifts.



We're all connected by the strings of life you see in the image above. We're all responsible to make sure our earth is healthier and happier in our care.

Just as we snuggle and love on each other...which we could all use more of...



We've got to show our love for the earth each and every day.

Happy Earth Day Every Day, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps! And Hugs & Luv to each of u!!!

~~~ D. D.

P.S. Please share the ways you show love for the earth and for your fellow inhabitants (human or otherwise). For example, The DH (Darling Husband) and I recycle everything we possibly can. We eat organic, adopt shelter dogs (and feed them organic food too), garden without using harmful chemicals and return everything we can to the earth so it can grow again. I also try to keep y'all LOL with all of my Bitchy and Witchy Bitchy Signs. Nothin' heals the world like laughter, hugs and luv.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantra #6: Live Like a Bunny (and no...not a Playboy Bunny...)...an Ostara Bunny

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville!

Happy Ostara (which is also known as Eastre)!

And yep, that looks and sounds a lot like Easter, right?!

That's because long before Easter, in The Old World, the wise men and women of witchcraft celebrated Ostara/Eastre.

Ostara is the Spring Equinox, meaning that Spring has officially arrived on the Wheel of The Year!

***Note: The official date was last Wednesday, March 20th.

And guess what?

The Old World Peeps celebrated this holiday with colored eggs, bunnies, Spring flowers like tulips, crocus, daffodils, hyacinths and more as well as grand feasts.

Sound familiar? :-)

As we all get ready to usher in Spring, here's a fabulous Magickal Mantra you can use:

Live Like a Bunny (and no...not a Playboy Bunny)...an Ostara Bunny




Happy Ostara, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!

I've got my all-things-green smoothie lifted high in the air to ya!!!

And here's the recipe if you'd like to make one:

Green Mango Smoothie

1 1/2 cups of Spinach

1 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup ice chips

1/2 cup almond milk (or more, depending on how thick or thin you like your smoothies)

(From Harley Pasternak's Body Reset Plan...Luuuvvv Harley!!!)

The Best of Living Like a Bunny Wishes --- D. D. Scott



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantras #5: Celebrate The Moon

Happy Hump Day, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps, and welcome back to my Magickal Mantras!!!

Today, we're ready for #5...

Celebrate The Moon




Just like my new character Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, who debuts in just a few days in her new series, beginning with Book One - PRACTICAL MISCHIEF -




I "celebrate the moon" and actually build my witchery around that incredibly powerful source.

And not just at each month's Full Moon. The Moon is magickal in all of its quarters. In fact, here's the scoop:

If you want to increase and/or improve certain things in your life - for example, health and prosperity, practice moon magick during Quarters 1 and 2 (so, from each New Moon until the Full Moon). If you want to decrease or banish certain aspects of your life and the negative effects they have on you, work your magick during Quarters 3 and 4 (from the Full Moon back to the New Moon).

To help you track the moon's quarters and phases, check out this fabulous site (I've used their moon phase module on the bottom left sidebar in D. D. Scott-ville):

http://www.calculatorcat.com/moon_phases/moon_phases.phtml

What I love to do is to head on outside each and every night (I take out my dogs one last time before bed so that's when I do this type of witchery) and celebrate all the gorgeous phases of the moon. I often lift-up my arms to the moon, close my eyes, and feel the light and warmth of its power flow into my heart, mind and soul.

And yep, sometimes I dance a little bit just like these fabulous faeries. The energy pull is so strong it just makes you want to do a little Victor Cruz Salsa or some bootscootin' down the sidewalk.



Depending on which phase we're in, I silently, or sometimes out loud too, whisper to the moon whatever it is that I'm working on. Lately, for example, during Quarters 1 and 2 (known as The Waxing Moon - when the moon gets bigger and brighter toward a Full Moon), I've asked for guidance in how to help my DH (Darling Husband) to continue to improve and recover well from his double knee replacement. During Quarters 3 and 4 (The Waning Moon - the time the moon gets smaller and eventually goes into its dark, New Moon phase), I've been working on finding magickal ways to banish his pain.

***Note: See how you can kinda ask for the same thing, but with a different focus? In one case, I'm asking for positive energy to come to us (better health), and then later, asking for the negative energy to be banished (pain free).

Now then...I also toss in a few wonderful magickal correspondences, such as my Moonstones and white and silver candles to give the magick a bigger boost yet!




That's one way I Celebrate The Moon in my wonderful witchery-filled home.

What do you think, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps...How do you Celebrate The Moon?

The Best of D. D. Scott-ville Magickal Wishes --- D. D. Scott, Witch-in-Training