Join us for THE Romance Event of the Holidays.
Join us for THE Romance Event of the Holidays.
I first started blogging back in 2007, before I got published, and I used talk about my life. My family. Trying to fit writing into all my obligations. And then I got published, and the blogging slowed, and when I did, it was all writing related. But I was watching an old episode of Grey’s Anatomy the other night (re-watching it actually), and learned something from it that I wanted to share.
It was a scene where Amelia Shepherd who is a neurologist is about to do brain surgery to remove a huge tumor. Just before she enters the surgical theatre, she stands in what she refers to as a superhero pose — back straight, hands in fists on her hips, shoulders square, head up. And she says that there was a scientific study showing that if you held the pose for two minutes, you’d do significantly better in job interviews or stressful situations.
(The video is dark, but it gives you the idea.)
As a writer, and as a former nursing student way back in the 70s, I call foul on some situations that are shown on television, but I wondered if there was something to this particular pose. So I googled it, and found that a nurse had wondered the same thing, and he found it was based on an actual study by social psychologist Amy Cuddy.
But yes, the superhero pose was tested (although Amy called it the Wonder Woman pose). They brought test subjects and had them hold high and low power poses for two minutes, testing their saliva both before and after they held the pose. They learned that when you’ve held the “superhero” pose or one of the other high power poses, your levels of testosterone go up, (the dominance hormone), and your cortisol (the stress hormone) goes down. If you fold into yourself, the opposite is true.
It’s a fascinating talk — the whole thing is 20 minutes long, but it’s worth the time, and it may get you looking at what message you’re giving to people around you. And how you react to their body language. (And if you’re a writer, you can transfer that into your characters’ body language too.)
So next time you’re facing a stressful situation, hold the superhero pose. Be a superhero.
The Hunks, Hammers and Happily Ever Afters bundle is currently on sale for 99 cents. But it’s going to be going up to $2.99 in just a few days. So if you haven’t already purchased your copy, get it now for the sale price while you can. Remember, it is 7 stories — almost 200,000 words, or the equivalent to two full novels. Cari Quinn’s Knockout is almost 50,000 words, basically the length of a Harlequin category romance, and the same length as my Tangled Past, and my Unashamed is almost 40,000 words. So you’re getting some meaty stories that are longer than novellas.
There’s something for everyone — Jodi Redford’s story has some paranormal elements, Cari Quinn’s and my stories are both m/m/f for those readers who love steamy man lovin’, but best of all, the hunks in these stories know how to use their hands as well as their hearts. 😀
An anthology of novellas about hunky blue collar, hammer wielding heroes and the women who tame them. Stories are by USA Today Bestselling Authors Cari Quinn, Cathy Clamp, Anna J. Stewart, and featuring authors Jodi Redford, Amie Stuart, Leah Braemel, and Chudney Thomas.
“Absolutely awesome anthology….a definite must read for any romance lover….I just couldn’t put this book down.” ~ Terri, Night Owl Reviews
Get down and dirty with this sexy blue collar bundle featuring seven original contemporary romance novellas that range from sweet to sizzling.
KNOCKOUT – by USA TODAY Bestseller Cari Quinn
All Emerson Knapp wants…is everything he shouldn’t have. When all his secrets come to a head, the only question left is how much he’s willing to lose.
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS – by USA TODAY Bestseller Cathy Clamp
Sophie Greene is smart, gorgeous, and good with her hands. Can Gabe convince her to make her stay at the Starlight Motel a permanent one?
MARKED FOR LOVE – by USA TODAY Bestseller Anna J. Stewart
Overworked pub manager Regan Murphy is about to have her hands full with Lantano Valley newcomer and tattoo artist Brodie Crawford: a sexy single father who is far too distracting.
*this version of MARKED FOR LOVE is a spiced-up version of the original sweet novella of the same title. Includes a never before published epilogue, available ONLY in this boxed set.
KNOTTY MAGIC – Jodi Redford
Hormones be damned, Tully Eastwood won’t succumb to her attraction for a sexy lumberjack—until she finds herself trapped overnight with him in the woods.
SHADY LADY – Amie Stuart
Construction Supervisor Lexi Kimball is the one person everyone loves to hate. Everyone except a sexy foreman with an adventurous streak, that is.
UNASHAMED — Leah Braemel
Two sexy contractors double house flipper Hayley O’Connell’s fun. But can they convince her the fun should last forever?
LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR – Chudney Thomas
Mica Lawson is a failure and a flake; at least according to her family. Then one stalled elevator, and a sexy repairman, change her life.