Thursday, October 15, 2009

John Wayne-- Alpha Male

Rissa and I love alpha-heroes, at least our definition of one. An alpha, no matter his past, is a hero first. His sense of honor would permit nothing less. He exudes raw masculinity. He's loyal to a fault, stubborn as hell, and often has a confidence that borders on cocky. He rises to every challenge and never fails to protect. Most importantly, his respect for the heroine - while at times grudgingly given - is steadfast. Men of few words, their strength - their attraction - lies in their actions. When their heart is won, when he finds the woman who stirs the emotions he thought he never would feel, he can't deny them. And he won't let anyone or anything destroy it. When they love they love completely. You know it's a love that will last an eternity, even death won't end it.

John Wayne, from what I know of his life and seen in his movie roles, epitomize the definition. Especially, when he was on screen with Maureen O’Hara and the chemistry they shared exploded. The feisty rebellious woman who gets under the skin of the hard headed stubborn man. With her he shows his soft compassionate side that no one else was allowed to see but knew was there.

Quotes from movies and real life. Can you hear the definition?

“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway”

“If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.”

“Talk low, talk slow and don't say too much.”

“A horse is a horse, it ain´t make a difference what color it is.”

“Healthy, lusty sex is wonderful”

“I stick to simple themes. Love. Hate. No nuances. I stay away from psychoanalyst's couch scenes. Couches are good for one thing.”

About His 3rd Wife Pilar:
I can tell you why I love her. I have a lust for her dignity. I look at her wonderfully classic face, and I see hidden in it a sense of humor that I love. I think of wonderful, exciting, decent things when I look at her . . .

His Father’s Advice:
I`ve always followed my father`s advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble.

About Faith:
I`ve always had deep faith that there is a Supreme Being, there has to be. To me that`s just a normal thing to have that kind of faith. The fact that He`s let me stick me around a little longer, or She`s let me stick around a little longer, certainly goes great with me -- and I want to hang around as long as I`m healthy and not in anybody`s way.

What He Wanted On His Tombstone
"Feo, Fuerte y Formal", a Spanish epitaph Wayne described as meaning "ugly, strong and dignified".

Quote Of His They Put On His Tombstone:
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.”

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Thursday, October 08, 2009


This weekend is Ellora's Cave RomantiCon!!! Meet your favorite authors and cover models at their first ever convention in Richfield, Ohio! The convention features a party, breakfasts, workshops, a dinner, a book fair and all sorts of other fun stuff.

Rissa will be there representing all her pseudonyms, including Marissa! I wish I could attend too. but one word...economy. not just income but time. LOL I will be in my other hat. You'll find me in the woods camping with my Brownie troop!

Hopefully there will be a 2nd and many more, so I can attend them! !!! I am in an Exclamation point frame of mind today, aren't I? lol So if you are attending look for Rissa. She'll be wearing a name tag identifing her as Melissa Lopez aka 1/2 Marissa Alwin and 1/2 Melany Logan

Hope everyone attending has a great time. I will be checking in via twitterberry *g*

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Hallowe'en Hide n Seek Contest!!

Participation is very easy! All you have to do it visit each of the authors’ website listed below. Somewhere on their website or blog, you’ll find the hidden symbol shown above (That one doesn't count! We can't make it that easy! *g*)…

Keep a list of each site and where you found it and in one (1) email send your answers to
Be certain to type: Halloween Trick or Treat in the subject box.

The contest is open NOW through 11:59pm on October 31st. Entries with all the correct answers will be entered into a drawing.
One (1) prize will be awarded per winner.

The names of the winners will be listed on the site of all participating authors. Each winner will be contacted by the individual author of the given prize.

Participating authors & prizes:

Marissa Alwin A print copy of Sapphire Sizzle
Mechele Armstrong A $10 Loose-Id Gift Certificate
Phyllis Campbell A copy of Spanish Eyes
Savannah Chase An author goodie promo bag and a bath set
Kris Cook An autographed copy of STRIP SEARCH by Shayla Black
Corinne Davies Edible Lust Caramel Massage Oil and candle
Raina James A download of Sinful and a $5 Amazon gift card
Melissa Lopez a copy of True Love
Mary Martinez An electronic version of Chick Magnet
Jane Leopold Quinn PDF download of one of her books. Winner's choice
Tonya Ramagos An ebook copy of Convince Me
Regan Taylor A personalized New Years tarot reading

Good Luck!!!