Monthly Archives: November 2012

Some Like It Hotter

As I mentally reviewed my weekend, I realized I have nothing to talk about. Not really. I doubt y’all want to hear about the spectacular lasagna I made. It’s one of my “signature” dishes. As though I’m a franchised restaurant or something. I’m not. I cook a few things, but those things I do very well.

I doubt you want to hear about how my youngest nephew has learned to nod and shake his head seemingly overnight. And he also talks. It’s all babble, but he seems very confident in his vocalization skills.

So…the only thing I have to talk about is my sudden addiction to jalapenos. Or, well anything hot. I love the spicy food. Nachos you get at football games or the movies? Mine should be called jalapenos with a few nachos on the side. Ordering a sandwich at Subway? “Could you put a lot of jalapenos? A little more than that please.” I’ve gone through three jars of jalapenos in two weeks at my house.

But it doesn’t end there. If you go to a Thai restaurant (which is one of my favorite foods ever), my sister and I always stun the server because they give you that 1-5 option for heat. 1 being no heat, 5 being the hottest. We both opt for 6. Yes, we like to cry and clear our sinuses when we eat. It’s not great if it doesn’t leave you with a lasting impression. Like a numb tongue.

So while some people like it hot. I like it hotter. Go figure I write muy caliente romance.

How about y’all? Do you like your food with spice? None? Want to split a 5 gallon jug of jalapenos with me?

 

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They’re Taking It Off

Hey y’all, well it’s finally here, the interview you’ve all been waiting for. Yup, we have Taylor Cole and Justin Alan Whitfield in the house talking about their debut release, Take It Off! The Naked Truth About Male Strippers.

Now, if you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, some of these questions might sound a little coarse and way out of left field. However, if you’ve read the guys’ book, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about here. Also, feel free to leave comments or questions. The guys will hopefully have time to stop by and respond.

Justin

Danica: Who had the idea of writing Take It Off? Was it something y’all thought of together, or always wanted to do?
Justin: Both of us had been wanting to write a book for years! I moved to Houston to work at the Houston Labare and Taylor stayed in Dallas working at the Dallas Labare. Every few months, we would see each other to do roadshows that I booked and we would share stories. This made us think, “our stories are hilarious! We gotta write a book!” Not until I saw the trailer months before magic mike came out to theaters, did I know we had to act soon! I wasn’t part of Ellora’s Cave yet but Taylor was, so I got him to pitch our book to Susan Edwards and we got our first contract! Susan didn’t seem interested at first but called Taylor a few days later and had a contract for us. She thought we would need a ghost writer but was happily suprised that we could write and wanted to keep our voice in the book.
Taylor: We wrote it together. We talked about doing it for years.

Danica: What was the best part of writing this book? The fame, the fortune…the chance to revisit your favorite conquests?
Justin: The chance to mark off “write a book” on our bucket list! Also, making friends with all of the Elloras cave authors.
Taylor: Remembering all the fun times and adventures I had.

Danica: Okay, what’s the deal with tea bagging the new guy? Cause, correct me if I’m wrong, but women don’t go around vag bagging people. Unless that’s something new and the Cabal are planning to add this to the induction ceremony… 
Taylor: I would never do that to anyone. That’s a story one of the old dancers always told us about.
Justin: We wish women would! Sounds like a good ritual!!!! Btw: Taylor and I have never tea bagged anyone!
Or got tea bagged!

Taylor

Danica: How has the response been from readers so far? Reviews can be harsh and a bit of a pain in the ass. Do you even bother reading them?
Justin: Yes, so far we have gotten really good reviews and feedback. I love reading a review that shows the reader didn’t want to read or didn’t know what to expect and ended up loving the book!
Taylor: I love reading the reviews. So far they have all been positive.

Danica: The scene with the toilet paper in the dancer’s thong nearly killed me. Does that kind of thing stay with a dancer the next time they perform? How do you come back from something like that?
Taylor: That didn’t happen to me, but I’m sure if the guy laughed it off it wouldn’t be that big a deal.
Justin: It happened and the women never even  said anything to me. I still made money! I was embarrassed though!

Danica: Of the two of you, who’s the better storyteller?
Taylor: I’m better at telling it in person, but he’s better at writing it down.
Justin: Taylor has the funniest story telling ability, he just has to be in the right mood to tell them, though. I write more of the stuff but Taylor adds much of the humor. We are like yin and yang.

Justin on the left, Taylor on the right

These questions come from one of your fans 😉

Danica: How much is too much to share. How much are you willing to discuss with readers who are genuinely interested? Tell all baby!
Justin: My wife had to take a deep breath on some parts of the first book but that’s why I love her! She allows me to be me!
Taylor: I’m pretty much an open book. I didn’t really hold anything back.

Danica: What type of woman is the one type you’d never go for?
Taylor: Snobby women. They seem negative to me and I like to be around positive people.
Justin: Sloppy. I love a woman who knows how to carry herself.

Danica: How did you get into the Caveman Club? (And thank God y’all did.. Her words, not mine although I agree.)
Justin: Patty came to my bar in Houston 7 years ago to audition cavemen. I was the link they needed to sign all the Labare guys. Reason why most of us come from Texas. I declined to model then due to my 80 hours a week to get my bar up and running. However, I always regretted not being a caveman! I wanted to be on a book cover badly. Another bucket list! Things workout well for me, and now I have my goal and will be a caveman until they say no more! Lol!
Taylor: One of the choreographers asked me and Angelo fi we would be interested in it and we agreed and were so glad we did.

Danica: Does it ever get old, getting ogled? How do you get over having a “meh” day and turn it on for the stage?
Taylor: It never gets old. I love the attention!
Justin: It does get old but you miss it too! That’s why I retired from Labare in ’05 but continue to this day doing roadshows at clubs and casinos. It’s fun being sexy! My normal life, I am anything but! Mean boss is what I get to be! Lol!

Now it’s your turn, my friends. These guys are amazingly blunt and ready to tell you like it is. Of course, if you haven’t picked up Take It Off! The Truth About Male Strippers, you should do that. Like now 🙂

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The Mysteries of Man

Before I dive into the rest of this post, I’d just like to remind y’all that tomorrow I’ll be having Justin Alan Whitfield back again along with his co-writer, Taylor Cole, on the blog talking about their book, Take It Off! The Naked Truth About Male Strippers. If you’ve read the book and have questions about something you stumbled across (like I did), or if you have questions you’ve been dying to ask male strippers, now is the time to work on them because they’ll be stopping in periodically to answer them.

Which is what brings me to the second part of this post. Since the dawning of time, woman has been baffled by man. Books have been written to help women understand them, entire daytime television shows have sprouted out from misunderstandings between men and women. Comedians have used this confusion to fuel their acts. And finally, someone has decided to go straight to the problem. The man.

My writing buddy and fellow Cabal member, Lea Barrymire, has decided to feature questions women have about men ranging from sex to the way men act and she’s recruited two men to help her fellow woman get answers. 

Jose from Cave Chaos Radio is an extremely funny guy. If you haven’t checked out the show, you should!

Justin, a man with many hats. Caveman, entrepreneur, dancer, writer…

These guys are more than ready to tell you anything and everything you ever thought you wanted to know about men. Having taken a peek at today’s post, I’ll just say be prepared to blush because they let it all hang out and they do it without apology. So if you’ve always wanted to ask your husband/boyfriend something but thought it was too invasive, as these guys! Stop over at Demystifying the Male every Thursday and prepare to have your beliefs about men blown right out of the water!

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Do the Regulator?

I didn’t announce it last week, but this month I’ll be posting songs that either I, or someone I know, misunderstood. Oh yes, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You love this particular song, sing it to yourself and think you know the lyrics. And then the moment you’re with a friend, they say, “That’s not what they’re saying!”

Oops!

Today’s song is one I learned about from my friend. One of his coworkers would walk around singing “Do the regulator”…when the song was Dude (Looks Like A Lady). I know, I know, how could he possibly messed this one up? Well, first off, he’s from down the bayou (down da bayou) and his accent is a little (okay, a lot) flat. I can actually understand how he might have gotten it  mixed up.

So today’s first misunderstood song is Aerosmith’s Dude (Looks Like A Lady). Are you going to sing it wrong now? It’s okay. Give it a try.
“Do da regulator!”

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The Weekend Wrapup

So did everyone have fun learning more about the sharp-tongued Justin Alan Whitfield on Friday? I know I had a blast reading his responses to y’all questions. I hope you’re gearing up for this week because he’s stopping by again, this time to talk about his and Taylor Cole’s book, Take It Off! The Naked Truth About Male Strippers. I asked them some questions I’m sure would leave me blushing if inquiring minds really didn’t want to know. Be sure to stop by to learn more about the book and the naked truth about male strippers.

Other than Justin’s very funny visit on Friday, the weekend was kind of tame. I got my hair did, went shopping with my sister and I swear, I only ever spend money when I’m with her. It’s as though her very presence encourages me to open my wallet. I ended up buying a blender (which I did need, by the way), makeup (OMG, Urban Decay. Yay!) and a wicked cool, blue fingernail polish…and other stuff.

These are not my fingers. I have a crooked middle finger from having it broken years ago. Just thought I’d mention that. But this is the color I have.

I also had a hell of a time chatting with the Cabal of Hotness. Have I mentioned them? They’re a group of writers I met at RomantiCon, or afterwards, who somehow became like sisters from many other misters to me. We’re A.M. Griffin, Anya Richards, Amy Ruttan, Cristal Ryder, Cassandra Carr, Cara Carnes, Lea Barrymire, Piper Trace, Sasha Devlin, and Sky Robinson. They’re hysterical and they leave me in hysterics. I’ve tried to share some of their witty conversations with others and get a puzzled, slightly pitying expression in return. *mutters* Meh.

And then there was the time change. Did anyone else feel as though they were running late for work today because the sun was shining? I did. I drove faster because I kept thinking I’d miss the whistle and arrived ten minute early. Oops. It’ll take some time to get used to the change and by the time I’m settled in a routine, they’ll go and screw it up again. Mais!

So…was that everything this weekend? I think so. Watched Sergeant York, probably my absolute favorite war movie behind Kelly’s Heroes, watched a little football, brainstormed book three of the Cajun Heat series and slept. Oh, wonderous naps, how I love thee!

What did you do this weekend? I have no doubt it was more exciting than what I did.

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Caveman Justin

You’ve been waiting for it and here it is. Today we have the sexy and talented Caveman Justin in the house. Woot-woot! I had the very awesome chance to chitchat with Justin at RomantiCon and found him to be a riot, as well as smart as hell.

You’re totally not here to listen to me, so I’ll let him take it away. Remember, if you have a question to ask this savvy Caveman, leave it in the comments and he’ll pop by later to answer!

Danica: Do you have a favorite book or author? Other than myself, that is. Yes, ladies, I am buffing my fingernails because I’m that made of awesome.
Justin: The secret: I am a self-help book type of guy. I will be reading my first erotica soon, tho!

Danica: Have you ever read one of the books you’ve been a cover model for?
Justin: Not yet

Danica: What’s your favorite part about being a cover model/dancer?
Justin: I feel like it is way more prestigious than saying I am a male stripper.
Danica: Your least favorite?
Justin: Nothing, I love everything about it
Danica: Why can’t we all say that about our jobs? I feel cheated!

Danica: What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen in your line of work?
Justin: So many things I could say right now…Watching a stage dance for a tranny. Everyone knew but the dancer!
Danica: Weirdest?
Justin: a girl was shaking so badly when I got close to her! It was like one of those kids crying when they saw Michael Jackson! Made me feel special! Lol!
Danica: Okay, I confess, for my “fantasy” picture shoot, my face was trembling…or it might have been my whole body. Wouldn’t you have been the same with three buff, half-naked men swarming around you? *fans herself* Ahem, back to the discussion at hand.
Danica: What was the scariest thing you ever saw?
Justin: watching a dancer pass out from too much alcohol and hit his head on the concrete in the dressing room!

Danica: What were you like in high school? Nerd? Jock? Skater? Band nerd? Cheerleader? Teacher’s pet?
Justin: Part nerd/jock ( I received the award for male athlete with the highest GPA in my class). Was big into theater and did 6-10 plays my last 2 years of high school. Basically, I had friends from nerds to jocks, from skaters to preps. I couldn’t be classified in one category.

Danica: What’s the ring tone you use for family members of the female persuasion? I use Riding Dirty for my aunt. Trust me, it suits her.
Justin: I had a funny Asian ringtone due to the fact I’m half Asian. It got old fast so I just use the normal ring now.

Danica: Do you have a favorite band? Is there a band you’ve always wanted to see live but haven’t?
Justin: The Cure! Their gloomy music made many of my darker days seems much brighter! I’ve seen them 3 times!

Danica: What’s the one place in the world you’d love to visit and why?
Justin: I can’t narrow it down to one! I wanna travel as much as I can and see everything!

Danica: What’s your cologne of choice? (Because everyone commented on how great y’all smelled.)
Justin: I have about 10 bottles and rotate them. Unfortunately , they are bottles I saved during my career as a dancer and just recently realized that they are all out of style! Curve, lucky you, cool water, Hugo boss, etc…
Danica: *blink* Did any of you ladies at RomantiCon even notice some of the cavemen smelling out of style? All I smelled was “mm, mm goodness”.

Danica: What do you plan to do after dancing?
Justin: I own my own business The End Zone Sports Bar and Grill in Houston. Also, I am a landlord to my two rental houses. I have two more contracts for books and still have a touring group that performs at many casinos and clubs throughout the USA.
The End Zone Sports Bar and Grill. This sounds like the kind of spot the Cabal of Hotness should meet. Ladies? Research/writing road trip to Houston!

Danica: Do you have kids? (Daughters in particular) Are you protective of them?
Justin: Two little princesses! 2-4 years of age! I plan on making it very hard for them to bring boys home when they get older. This will be done by embarrassment and uncle Taylor and I  plan on scaring a few as well!

Danica: What do you have going on right now? Do you have any upcoming appearances? If so, when, where and will there be video? Just joking about that last one. Sort of. Ahem.
Justin: First finalized date so far is Davenport, Iowa on Feb 8th and 9th at Rhythm City Casino.
Danica: Can you feel me turning green with envy? Whoever goes to this show had better share pictures!

Danica: Do you have a nickname you’d like to share with us? And explain how you got it?
Justin: Boss man, I have over 20 employees at my bar.
Danica: *Sigh* I’d call you boss man 😉

Danica: At the Meet & Greet on Thursday night at RomantiCon, did you feel like you were in a zoo exhibit? (With everyone standing around taking pictures of you.)
Justin: Not at all! I truly loved that everyone was so damn nice! I wish everyday life I could be around such creative, positive and dirty minds! Lol! But seriously, I can’t wait until next year’s RomantiCon! I hope to be part of the awards ceremony!

Danica: If you were in a zoo, what animal would you be?
Justin: I would be whatever animal had the most space to freely roam. Or wait…probably, a lion. They have sex all day everyday! Lol!
Danica: OMG, I’m blushing! Quick, next question!

Danica: How many hours do you spend in the gym? Because ay chihuahua!
Justin: I spend 45 min. X 4-5 days per week. Roughly 3 – 3 1/2 hours a week. It’s consistency that matters. Last chapter in the book is dedicated to fitness and our short cuts.
Danica: For those of you not in the know, Justin and Taylor wrote a book called Take It Off which is a very fun read 😉 I highly recommend you read it this week because Justin will be back next week with Taylor Cole to answer questions about their book. Just sayin’

Danica: What do you think is your best attribute?
Justin: My best attribute is my mind. I always think outside the box and a strong mind can carry you farther in this business than any other one single attribute.

Quick response:
Favorite food? Vietnamese
Do you prefer summer or winter? Summer
What’s one movie you can watch over and over? Grease
Do you prefer mountains or beaches? Beaches
Pets? What kind? Two dogs, small
What attracts you to a woman:? Her positive aura.

And is there anything about yourself you feel enough people don’t know?
Justin: I live my life trying to be upbeat and honest. I cannot tell a lie and I cannot stand it when I’m lied to.
Well, there you have it. Justin was a great sport when I stalked uh, contacted him about the blog. Do you have any questions for him? Leave them in the comments. I hope y’all have had as much fun reading this interview as I had getting it. OMG, I did not mean it that way. I’m shutting up now.

You can friend Justin and “like” his sports bar. Find him on Facebook at the following places!
Justin: http://www.facebook.com/justin.a.whitfield?ref=ts&fref=ts
End Zone Sports Bar & Grill (Houston, TX): http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-End-Zone-Sports-Bar-and-Grill/151833938160534?fref=ts

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