Monday, April 02, 2007

April Issue - Torrid Tidbits Newsletter

Adrianna Dane's Torrid Tidbits

The Exile: A Seductive Tale

No. 7 Bestseller

For March at Amber Quill

Amber Heat

No Choice

No. 10 Bestseller!

For March at Amber Quill

Amber Heat

New Reviews

For Kierra's Thread... 5 Hearts! ...Adrianna Dane has a special gift with science fiction and renders the worlds she creates as totally believable. ... The plot is also fast-paced, and maintains the suspense throughout. Kierra's Thread is worth reading, both by fans of futuristic and scifi genres, but also for readers who just love intriguing stories with excellent characters to captivate our imagination... --Annie, The Romance Studio

For Therapy... 4 Angels!! Therapy is a delightful short story centered around the love of hockey and a hockey player. ... Chris is a passionate character that readers will be cheering for, hoping she takes a chance on love. Rick is a man any woman would love to have. ... Adrianna Dane has done a good job at creating two characters readers will instantly like in a short nomber of pages... --Shayley, Fallen Angel Reviews

For Immortal Treasure... ...4 Angels! This short story is a very intriguing combination of time travel and historical romance. ... The plot is quite straightforward, and the writing conveys the deep emotion felt by the hero and heroine. The reader will find the main characters, Khafeel and Cassandra, very sympathetic. The sex scenes between this loving couple are very romantic and quite explicit... --Janean, Fallen Angel Reviews

For Pleasure... 5 Roses for the At Your Service AmberPax! ...This story was much different from the others in the set but no less pleasurable to read. Helen is a wonderful character with a lot of personality and a good head on her shoulders. ... The ending was heartwarming and pulled the story together for me. I will definitely look for more of Ms. Dane's books to read... --Robin,

If anyone has a question about my stories, writing, or life in general, feel free to email me, and I'll answer them in my next newsletter.

Links for reviews can be found at my website

If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, there's an ebook video teaser for my February release , Train Me. You can find it at Youtube. You can also find it at my website or at myspace.

Decadent Definitions

April's Torrid Term

Excerpted from Slang and Euphemism, Third Revised Edition, by Richard A. Spears

tump: to push. To copulate. Similar to tamp. [British slang 1800s. Farmer & Henley]

Romantic Reminder #333

All You Need Is Love...

* Once a week for a year: Jot down two reasons why you love him/her.

* Once a week for a year: Jot down one great thing he/she did.

* Once a week for a year: Jot down one inspirational thought.

At the end of the year: Print all this out on a big scroll and present it to your lover.

Excerpted from "1001 Ways to be Romantic" by Gregory Godek.

A Slice from Adrianna's Daily Life

Spring is just around the corner. I can feel it in the air, and my sinuses can feel it in my head. That's okay, it means warm weather is just around the corner. I'm ready.

My granddaughter had an ice skating competition and I attended that a couple of weeks ago. She was so cute. Her grandmother in Montana made her costumes and she did an absolutely super job of it. I sew, but I'd know what I came up with would probably never fit right. I have all I can do is create a costume or two for the RT Convention for myself. I did remember to bring the camera. The drive down to Vancouver was through lots of wonderful rain. I ended up going by myself because hubby had a nasty case of the flu and he didn't need to be in a nice, cold rink. He's better now, has a bit of a cough, but I think some warm weather will help that.

I'm busily preparing for the RT Convention at the end of April. Hope to see some of you there. I've been trying to meet some writing deadlines. I have a new "Esmerelda" story that I just signed a contract for. If you've read Esmerelda's Secret, then you might remember Elizabeth, J.W. wife. "Ruthless Acts" is her story and is scheduled for release later this year.

I also recently submitted a story for my shapeshifting, immortal queen, Sahra. So look for "Jewel of Niveka" as well.

I guess that's it for now.


Here's another reprint of an article you might enjoy. Others are, I am sure, much more knowledgeable than I in many areas, so rather than trying to re-invent the wheel, I've found some sites that will allow me to share their words with you. I'd rather stick to the fiction. And we all may learn something fun. I do love research.

I watched the movie "The Secret" for the first time last week and found it rather interesting, sort of bringing into focus what I think we often learn as we go through life. Here's an article related to that theme that I thought you might enjoy.

Aromatherapy Bathing: What Essential Oils Can Be Used

by: Kerris Samson

Long before the term alternative medicine was being used, aromatherapy was being practiced by the Egyptians for over 5,000 years. When being used by the Egyptians oil was being extracted from the many aromatic plants around them through infusion and then used for their not only cosmetic and medicinal purposes but also for embalming as well. They then passed the knowledge they had gained on to the Greeks and it served as the beginning of their research into how to use the oils and fragrance of some flowers for their relaxing and stimulating effects. In fact when looking back further in history we find that ancient man depended very much on his environment for their basic needs and to survive which led them to discover the more natural ways of preserving food and how certain conditions could be treated using herbs and aromatics.

First of all we will look at Eastern Roots. The use of aromatics are shown in a Chinese Herbal Book by Shen Nung dated 2,700 BC and which provides specific details on over 300 plants and how they can be used. Also the ancient Chinese would burn incense and wood as part of their religious beliefs and practices and even in today's modern society many Chinese still observe these practices today. You will also discover that the Chinese used aromatics in relation to the acupressure, massage and other therapies that they used.

Whilst now in modern society many people place a very high premium on their health and well being but due to the high cost of traditional and conventional medicines available (surgery and Medicare) more and more people are turning to aromatherapy and essential oil therapy as well as other forms of alternative medicine.

The basics of using essential oils in an aromatherapy bath are as follows:-

1. It facilitates equilibrium of both the physical, mental and spiritual health of a person through natural means.

2. In some cases it has been found that alternative treatments are considered as strong and effective as complementary treatments to regular medical practices.

3. The main component of aromatherapy is the essential oils and are highly concentrated essences which are known for their healing effects.

Essentials oils are aroma producing oils which come from flowers such as the rose, from leaves such as basil, twig, bark, fruit rind and many other parts of plants. Although experts say that extracting the oils can be quite time consuming and complex and requires a large amount of patience on behalf of the person carrying out the work the benefits at the end are great. Certainly you need to recognize and accept that if you want to get about 5 tsp of oil from rose petals it will take about 220lbs of petals to do it and this is why pure essential oils are so expensive. Although the effectiveness of the oils is not comprised as it only takes a few drops to generate the effect required. However there is a cheaper alternative namely synthetic oil, however they do not offer the person the same healing properties as their natural counterparts.

Essential oils work by stimulating a person's olfactory system and later on the brain or limbic system. The fragrance along with other properties and effects relating to the oils will determine how a person's body system and its parts are stimulated. Whilst having a massage using these oils they are not only absorbed by the body but are inhaled at the same time and eventually when being absorbed through the skin they will reach the organs and body system of the person being treated. The time it takes for the oils to absorb through the skin can be from as little as 20 minutes and take as long as 2 hours or more and there it is wise to avoid taking a shower or bath straight after any massage so that the maximum effect is received from the massage therapy.

The time that the effect lasts on a person can vary from 3-24 hours to 2-3 days or even as long as week. Oils that have a short live time span in regard to their scent are Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Thyme and Bergamot whilst Hyssop, Lavender, Balm and various other oils can last between 2 to 3 days. The oils that take as long as a week to completely evaporate are Jasmine, Sandalwood, Ginger and Cedar Wood.

Many people when using aromatherapy are looking to achieve a sense of calm in their lives and these people will look to using a combination of three types of oils to help with this and they will base them on how long they last. They can be used by mixing them into a warm bath and will help the person to become relaxed and calm, they will help to eliminate the stress and depression that they are feeling as well as both energizing and soothing the body of any aches that they are feeling. Certainly by using essential oils during a massage will help increase the healing and calming effect that the person is feeling. However any massage carried out using essential oils must also include a carrier oil to help prevent irritation and skin reactions on the person being treated. Such carrier oils that are used to help dilute the essential oils are avocado oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, wheat germ oil, almond oil, soya oil and hazelnut oil.

About The Author

Kerris Samson a work from home mum who has carried out extensive research in all forms of alternative medicines, treatments and therapies over the last year. She has now set up a site dealing with all aspects of baths and if you would like to learn more please visit

MY CAVEAT ON REPRINTED ARTICLES: The articles are reprinted for your reading pleasure and provided for your entertainment and enjoyment. I do not have personal knowledge of the author sources, business, or website, nor have I personally researched the subject of these articles; I have not proofed or edited the content, and they are reprinted verbatim from the sources noted. I check to make sure the link is still functional, but it is up to you if you wish to visit the website links or utilize any of the information contained therein. These articles are reprinted for fun and pleasure only. So enjoy!

The Latest News from Adrianna's Contests, Chats and Blogging

Book-A-Day Giveaway at The Romance Stud io. On April 12th , by popular demand, TRS will be giving away an autographed, paperback copy of Legend of the Beesinger, so be sure to stop by to enter . Give me a hint--what title would you like to see me give away in the TRS giveaway. Email me at and I'll add that title to the offerings for my TRS monthly giveaway. Put in the subject line"TRS-Book-a-Day Suggestion."

NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Winner of my Superhero Surrender drawing was birdygirl47. Congratulations!

A new contest in now running in celebration of the arrival of spring and my upcoming story, Ruthless Acts. Included in this package will be a Mt. St. Helen's magnetic bookmark, Van Dyn chocolate, Southern Comfort gourmet coffee, a compact booklight, a bar of Pike Place Espresso Seattle Chocolate, and a Secrets Volume paperback . Deadline to join my newsletter to be eligible for the Sensual Spring contest is May 31st.

When subscribers reach 650, I'll be giving away another ebook. We're very close.
Be sure to pass on the word to anyone who is not a subscriber. Deadline for people to subscribe to be entered in my spring contest is May 31st. I'm planning more contests with some nice goodies so do keep watch for details. I'll be attending the RT Convention in Houston in April, so the next contest should be chock full of goodies.

Servants of the Muse--take a moment to visit our website at and find out what our latest contest is all about.

If you've visited my website, you may have encountered the land of Phyktazia from whence my very own muse, Rexie, hails. Rexie thinks the name is very appropriate., although she would have preferred having it called Servants of Rexie, but I told her to behave herself. She is such a little minx. Lately, she's really been cracking that whip. Apparently, I like it, because I'm writing, wrting, writing...

Upcoming April Appearances:

RT Booklovers Convention, Houston, Texas. April 25th through the 29th. Book signing on April 28th.

Come chat with me at my publishers' lists:

Amber Heat. Join the list at

Lady Aibell Press . Join the new list at

Phaze. Join the list at

Loose-Id. Join the list at

Have a great and romantic month everyone! Enjoy the start of spring!

Watch for these upcoming stories:

Ruthless Acts
Primal Magic: Swan's Lake

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