Monthly Archives: May 2015

Let’s talk Bad Boys

I was told recently that the novel coming out from Ardent Books has a bad boy in it.  I didn’t think this was the case at first, but a second glance with some important questions made me rethink my stance.

Capt MalDerrick, from Slow Burn, coming soon from Ardent Books, is a bad boy, though not entirely in the traditional sense of the word.  He’s not really a rebel without a cause, he knows his purpose.  Espionage was not the way he’d get his point across to do his part for shape shifters and humankind.  In fact, that caused nightmares when he closed his eyes.

Nor was he the type of person to be prince charming.  True, he lives by his own rules, but those rules mimic human society close, until the animal part of him kicks in.  The puma, a mountain lion, has his own set of guidelines that are simple, animalistic and break down to only three simple rules:

Kill, repeat

wine and a cigarThat’s it.  Between the man and the beast, Derrick doesn’t take any shit.  While indulging in human activities like sex, booze and smoking the finest cigars, he also goes against the grain in those worlds, being a death metal fan. In short, he’s a man who charts his own path.

That’s exactly what attracted Sonja to him when she saw him at one of her shows.  The devil may care attitude didn’t come across callously like some males show, but his extreme self confidence, which was as far from ego as could be, was something that aroused her.

When she finally meets him in person, she’s relieved to find him ever the gentleman, even as he hints at perversion they’d both like to explore.  In the end, what type of bad boy will he be?

What do you like about the bad boy image, past or present?

Slow Burn coming soon from Ardent Books:  Former spy Derrick falls for the magical woman he was hired to protect from terrorists who want her gifts to destroy his paranormal community.


Smooth Cigars for Beginners

I’d recently been invited to give lessons on cigar smoking and talk about the basics, including taste, construction, care for and ultimately, enjoyment of, cigars.  We’re talking mostly to new smokers and the question usually comes up about the harshness of Cuban cigars.

I usually explain the flaws with Cubans, starting off with improper fermentation, lack of care for the soil, and too rapid production, and finish with how other countries produce cigars of similar or better quality than Cuba lately.

A favorite of mine back in the day was the Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 arturo-fuente-858-maduro-corona-gordaMaduro.  This 6X47 cigar delivers a smooth taste with light notes of cocoa and tobacco throughout the entire cigar.   Famous-smoke delivers A. Fuente Smokes Online

One of the staples in many cigar smokers opinions of quality, smoothness, and taste is the Oliva Cigar Company.  Yeah, they’ve had a huge hit lately with the Melanio and Melanio Maduro but for folks unfamiliar with Oliva, the standard is the Oliva Serie V.  A little more robust than OlivaGthe cigar I’m about to suggest, a good standby in any humidor.  The Serie G however features an Afraican Cameroon wrapper to add not only notes of cedar but a little kick in the flavor profile.   Pick this up in the robusto size for a short, flavorful smoke.  Also, the box press allows for more tobacco to be packed in for an even bigger flavor kick.  Get your hands on Oliva Cigars among other Premium Stogies Online

A newcomer to my rotation early on was something that required a few more dollars but was justified by intense flavors o f dry cocoa Patel90powder and a hint of spice as the cigar finishes.  The Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, particularly in the robusto size is a solid addition to the Patel line.  Definitely a favorite among those loyal to Patel.  Looking for Rocky Patel, Check out Famous Online

We’d covered these three cigars with the additional discussion of some of the larger boutique brands and while I’ve hyped some of my favorite here, there are plenty of other cigars the new cigar smoker could get into.  What are some of your favorites?

Former spy Derrick falls for the magical woman he’s hired to protect; terrorists want her gifts to destroy his own paranormal community; he’s not about to let that happen.  Slow Burn, coming soon from Ardent Books