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Guest Blogger: Miranda Baker (Contest)
Friday, February 24th, 2012

Forget Love…Go For Lust

When I was a teenager, I had a bumper sticker that said, “Forget Love…Go For Lust.” I never put it on the car, of course. My mother would have had a cow…and she might have started paying attention to my love life. But that bumper sticker adorned my locker, my college dorm room and it’s still sticking in my head.

Although I learned from a Judith Krantz in “I’ll Take Manhattan,” that T-shirts are “pure aggression,” I have one that says “Plays well with others.” I also bought the “Runs with scissors,” and gave it to a friend. I wear my “What I really need are minions,” shirt when I’m trying to meet a deadline. And that “Be careful or you’ll end up in my novel,” T-shirt always makes me smile, but I don’t own it. Why warn them, lol?!

Words stick with me. I love Nike ads, the J. Peterman catalog, the Zingerman’s catalog and Anne Taintor, Flavia and S.A.R.K. I joy in a greeting card so chock full of meaning, I actually spend $4.99 on it. I love it when someone paints a vivid picture in my head and I’m transported somewhere wild and new. I’m a sucker for provocative irony, too. When I was in high school, this manifested as a thing for buttons. All that angst, all that lust and clueless passion combined with egocentrism, inspired more than one flirty button purchase. I actually wore that “Come near me and I’ll kill you” button out on a date with a guy I knew was going to dump me…any…minute. *Sigh* He just wasn’t that into me, but I’m ever so grateful for our eye-opening interlude. He was wild and weird and a crazy-good kisser. I love that button because it reminds me of me, fifteen, dangerous and full of passion.

Do you have an inspiring phrase? Some compelling collection of words that reminds you of someone…or someone you used to be? Please share them in the comments. One lucky commenter will win a bar of Lush brand Lust soap and Romance Trading Cards for my erotic romance novellas SoloPlay and Bottoms Up. The Lust soap smells like jasmine, long believed to be an aromatic aphrodisiac. Unlike my teenage self, I don’t think you should forget love…but lust never goes out of style! Thanks for having me, Delilah!

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About Miranda Baker

It makes me chuckle to think about all the romantic short stories I wrote in my rather too literary creative writing classes in college. If only one of my professors had steered me toward popular fiction! On the other hand, if I had discovered my calling back then, I wouldn’t have gone to culinary school, I wouldn’t have met my husband, we wouldn’t have had three children and I wouldn’t have turned to erotic romance to get my mojo back during all this hair-raising kid raising.

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11 comments to “Guest Blogger: Miranda Baker (Contest)”

  1. Virginia E
    · February 24th, 2012 at 4:24 pm · Link

    I still have a promotional button from mystery author Sharyn McCrumb: “If I’d killed him when I met him, I’d be out of jail by now.”

  2. Miranda Baker
    · February 24th, 2012 at 7:25 pm · Link

    Virginia, I love that!

  3. Marika Weber
    · February 24th, 2012 at 10:16 pm · Link

    For me, its a line from a movie and its the reason I married late in life (37 and I’m 45 now) and would never settle for just anyone. 😉

    “I’d rather be alone for all the right reasons then to be with someone for all the wrong reasons.”

    Amanda (Lea Thompson) to Keith (Eric Stoltz)
    Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

    Marika Weber

  4. Fedora
    · February 24th, 2012 at 10:21 pm · Link

    LOL, Virginia!! Love it 😉 Hi, Miranda!! Inspiring phrases? Too many books; too little time? Nah, that’s more simply the truth 🙂

    Here’s one that’s apt: Years teach us more than books.
    Berthold Auerbach Alas, very true 😉 But it also reminds me to appreciate my years, even if I don’t necessarily appreciate the wrinkles ;p

  5. June M.
    · February 24th, 2012 at 10:24 pm · Link

    Any time I see any “Kiss Me I’m Irish” thing, it reminds me of my grandfather. He loved those, had hats, shirts, beer steins, etc. We have some Irish, I am just not sure how much.
    BTW, I love the Come Again series and can’t wait for more!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  6. Betty Hamilton
    · February 25th, 2012 at 12:18 am · Link

    This isn’t exactly what you asked for, but it’ll give you a smile! My MOTHER’S favorite inspiring phrase for my father was…. “I should have danced all night”. It always brought a smile to his face…. and the faces of the rest of the family. You see, my mother gave birth to their 9th child after the OBGYN assurred my mother that there was no way she could get pregnant. She was 48 years old and supposedly through “the change”. They were a VERY loving (lusty) couple.

  7. Shadow
    · February 25th, 2012 at 3:05 am · Link

    Those little buttons and shirts are so much fun! I love some of the sayings. Two of my favorites: “Once over the hill, you pick up speed.” and “Love doesn’t make the world go ’round, it just makes the trip worth while.” Your book sounds great! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Mary Preston
    · February 25th, 2012 at 3:55 am · Link

    My Mother will tell you I was horrible to live with as a teen. I had two T-Shirts I practically lived in.

    I hate everybody…and you’re next.

    Do NOT start with me. You will NOT win.

    I grew out of it & the T-Shirts.

  9. Miranda Baker
    · February 25th, 2012 at 9:17 am · Link

    Marika, I loved Some Kind of Wonderful when I was a teen! Mary Stuart Masterson was the coolest.

    Fedora, the years do teach us. FOR SURE. 🙂

    June, thanks! Hook Up is on the way in the fall!

    bn100, I love that. Makes me want to take a shot right now. I’m going to remember that one.

    Betty, MY OBGYN told me I didn’t ovulate. I have three children now! Go, Mom!

    Shadow, romance writers definitely believe that second one. We make the trip over and over again. You have a great weekend too!

    Mary, you and I could have been friends as teenagers. I began apologizing to my mom at thirty for my behavior as a teenager! My oldest girl is ten. I’m getting ready…

    Thanks for chiming in everybody. I’m off to to pick a winner!

  10. Miranda Baker
    · February 25th, 2012 at 9:20 am · Link said Fedora! Congratulations! I’m on my way to find you.

  11. Cheyenne Blue
    · February 25th, 2012 at 5:15 pm · Link

    I have two phrases right now that are running through my head a lot. The first is “Prepare to Mutiny” and that is fueled by a wonderful necklace I bought on Etsy with those words on the beads. I wear it with my business suit. 😉

    The second is paraphrased from the Great God Leonard Cohen:

    “I try to be serious about life but cheerfulness keeps breaking through”.

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