Sunday, September 26, 2010

jenna bayley burke

Compromising PositionsCompromising Positions


“With sensual love scenes, flirty repartee, and a man and woman clearly meant to be together, you get everything you could ever want in a romance novel. Overall, I have to say that Compromising Positions is a must read!”
~ Long and Short Reviews
"Compromising Positions would have to be one of the best contemporary romance novels I have read in a long time. Jenna Bayley-Burke delivers it all, romance, humor, and great chemistry between her hero and heroine. It is so well written. The pace is great, and the story line fantastic."
~ Fallen Angel Reviews

Product Description

Falling in love is the last thing on his busy agenda-but compromising positions can lead just about anywhere.
David Strong knows how to do a lot of things-run an international fitness company, finesse stock portfolios and stay out of emotional entanglements. That is, until he gets tangled up with Sophie Delfino and her Sensational Sex workout. He-s supposed to help her demonstrate Kama Sutra positions for her couples- yoga class. The rigorous postures require more than just physical control. And his co-instructor unexpectedly tests his control to the limit.
Sophie-s been fantasizing about David since her teens, but she never dreamed she-d actually be expected to run through her intimate desires-with an audience! The class is very professional, tame even-or it would be, if she-d been in any of the positions before. But she hasn-t-except in her wildest fantasies about David. Sophie knows she wants David in every way, and she-s flexible enough to use whatever she has to get him.
David can-t afford any unexpected distractions. Besides the sensual positions he has to endure without embarrassing himself in public, there-s an embezzler stealing from his company. And then there-s Sophie-who is well on her way to stealing his well-guarded heart.
Warning: This is one exercise program you won-t need to consult your doctor before beginning-unless he-s hot and available for house calls. The Kama Sutra isn-t for the prudish or faint of heart, and neither is this story.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

4 Steps to Lose the Buddha (Belly)

  1. No more sit-ups! I've tried many ab gadgets and committed to several determined bouts of daily crunch torture on my road to fitness – and I never got anywhere. Sound familiar? Forget the isolated exercises. Many of the fittest people on earth – from Navy SEALs to professional athletes – never do a single sit-up and shun crunches. In fact, some military training guides actually discourage isolated abdominal exercises. There are many paths to sleek abs, so if crunches happen to work for you, please skip this post. I personally recommend following a fitness regimen that is comprehensive in nature. While isolated movements can tone individual muscle groups, for true core fitness, it's better to do integrated exercises that strengthen your entire body – with defined abs being the happy side effect. Point 5 will explain this further, but two simple, highly-effective integrative exercises you can try are the standing weighted arm lift and the hot potato .
  2. Lose weight. (I know, I know!) Many fitness guides will instruct you in all manner of stomach exercises, and we've all seen those “sexy abs in just three minutes” infomercials!Save your money. Until you drop excess pounds, you simply won't see your abs, whatever their state of fitness. (Yes, your abs – everyone has a natural six-pack under there somewhere!) Lose weight and your abs will show up quite nicely, even if you never do a single sit-up. Men generally need to maintain about 8-14% body fat; women should add 10 to that.
  3. Reduce empty calories drastically . Lose the belly roll by eliminating as many sources of empty calories from your diet as possible. Yes, this means carbs! Not only do empty calories prompt bouts of irritability, headaches, cravings, mood swings, and possible nutritional deficiencies, empty calories readily convert to fat in the midsection. If you've read Tim Ferris's success story with the “slow carb” diet or heard of Atkins (and I know you have!), you already know where I'm going with this. Cutting empty carbohydrates and sugars out of your life will not only trim your middle; you'll reduce your risk of diabetes, too. That said, I don't think you have to become a bloodthirsty carnivore or suffer on low-carb beer for the rest of your life. That's an approach that is certainly immoderate and definitely not healthy. But do cut back on refined, worthless calories from cakes, cookies, pastries, crackers, chips, big bowls of pasta, and white bread.
  4. Going a step further, eliminate all liquid calories . Most of us are aware that soda is full of nothing but sugar (or unhealthy sugar substitutes like corn syrup). But be mindful of drinking any calories. Many coffee drinks are essentially glorified milkshakes, and smoothies that contain ice cream and juice instead of real fruit and protein powder are no better. And while it's commonly accepted that juice is healthy, I suggest cutting back. Even 100% juice is still going to spike your blood sugar. A real piece of fruit provides fiber and fills you up; juice just gives you extra calories you don't need.  4 life lessons learned from lose weight

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Decade in Review: 10Best of the Aughties

Nineteen eighty-three was the first year of our annual 10Best competition, in which we test the coming year’s newest metal to find the top 10 cars in the U.S. Every year, we drive thousands of miles, slurp gallons of coffee, munch hundreds of doughnuts, and get tangled in some raging arguments, all in the name of crafting another 10Best list.

Like any competition, there are rules. A changing price cap based on vehicle transaction price is the only variation each year. If a car wins the previous year, it is invited back, but all other competitors must be new or significantly altered for the coming model year. Our three main questions are: How well does a car perform its intended purpose? Is it a highly engaging, fun-to-drive vehicle within its category? And what kind of value does it represent?

We’ve compiled another 10Best list to mark the end of the decade, this time running down the cars that dominated our competition over the past 10 years. For all you Car and Driver historians out there, note that we had a five-way tie for the ninth and tenth spots, and a recount—hanging chads were detected—determined what made the cut and what didn’t among our 10Best Cars of the Decade.

BMW 3-series: 10 10Best Appearances

Ten, count ’em, ten consecutive titles from 2000 through 2009 (with another nine in a row before that). Simply slide behind the wheel of one, and you’ll understand why the 3-series is considered the benchmark entry-luxury sports coupe, sedan, wagon, and convertible.
What We Said:

“The 3-series' effortless competence also manifests itself in responsive handling, consistent and powerful brakes, and notably linear and progressive controls.” —January 2000

“For a car enthusiast, everyday drivers don’t come any better.” —January 2007

Honda Accord: 10 10Best Appearances

Also winning 10 trophies over the past decade—among a noteworthy 24 total honors—the Honda Accord continues its reign over the family-sedan class, offering the best complete package and fun-to-drive zeal.

What We Said:

“By delivering so much more than anyone expects, the Accord has become a perennial bestseller, as well as a 10Best fixture.” —January 2001

“It’s equally clear that the Accord has evolved steadily to maintain its position as a mainstream pacesetter.” —January 2009


Chevrolet Corvette: 8 10Best Appearances

America’s sports car made lengthy strides this past decade, improving build quality and shaming the world’s supercars in sheer competence. Offering a highly proficient chassis and high horsepower at an affordable price, the Vette earned itself eight 10Best crowns.

What We Said:

“But if you want comfort, convenience, and uncanny competence in one handsome package, the Vette is in a class by itself.” —January 2003

“This combination of heritage and sophistication gives the Corvette a uniquely American blend of performance, swagger, and everyday livability—characteristics that are all amplified in the 505-hp Z06 version.” —January 2007

Porsche Boxster and Cayman: 8 10Best Appearances

When yet another “entry level” Porsche arrived in the late ’90s, many expected it to fail like the earlier 914 and 924. As it turns out, the brilliance of the mid-engined Boxster—and, later, the fixed-roof Cayman—would bring the existence of the mighty 911 into question. Eight 10Best appearances (the past three shared with the Cayman) in the past 10 years have sent the naysayers packing.

What We Said:

“That appeal begins with its chassis, which delivers an intoxicating blend of agility and stability.” —January 2002

“This is the essence of the car-and-driver connection, and few sports cars do it better.” —January 2009

Ford Focus: 5 10Best Appearances


You’re probably as surprised as we are to find the Focus on this list, with five titles. But remember that, when the car debuted a decade ago, it was a fresh global product with class-leading styling and a frisky chassis. The Focus was one of the first small cars to show that economy didn’t have to mean sacrifice. Sadly, the Focus went 11 years without a thorough mechanical overhaul, allowing it to slide to the bottom of the class by the end of the decade. The all-new 2011 model can't come soon enough.

What We Said:

“As a result, the Focus proves that a limited budget need not preclude driving quality and enjoyment.” —January 2000

“Unlike most other compacts, however, the Focus also delivers a generous measure of driving fun, thanks to an exceptionally sturdy chassis.” —January 2003

Mazda MX-5 Miata: 5 10Best Appearances

Prizing simplicity and lightness above all else, Mazda drew on the principles of old British sports cars to reinvent the affordable (and reliable) roadster. The result: a cult following all over the world and five 10Best wins during the 2000s. Unchallenged until the Pontiac Solstice came along in the middle of the decade, the Miata still came out aces.

What We Said:

“For those who find rapture in the act of driving, nothing satisfies like a small, light car with instantaneous reflexes, and the fun is multiplied in a roadster.” —January 2001

“It all makes for an immensely satisfying drive and proves that a car doesn’t need pavement-wrinkling horsepower to deliver driving enjoyment.” —January 2008

Honda S2000: 4 10Best Appearances


Honda’s sports car is now just a memory, but the joy and capability baked into this high-revving roadster keep the S2000 among our all-time favorites. Four 10Best titles say that Honda definitely got it right, but we have to wonder: Was this Big H’s last hard-core car?

What We Said:

“Turn the car loose on a racetrack, and you quickly find an outstanding chassis with tremendous grip, excellent balance, and racy-quick steering.” —January 2000

“This is a pure sports car — extra virgin, first pressing.” —January 2002

Infiniti G: 4 10Best Appearances


Infiniti has long been chasing the BMW 3-series with its line of G coupes and sedans. Despite never quite hitting the target, the G makes up for what little ground it gives in value. With an extremely sporty demeanor, an athletic chassis, and competitive powertrains, all at a price thousands less than an equivalent Bimmer, the G has earned recognition four times.

What We Said:

“Infiniti trumps BMW in the sedan's interior and trunk space, and both G35s undercut their similarly performing BMW 330 competitors by $4000 to $5000—call that the prestige discount.” —January 2004

“The chassis engineers have maintained the G’s agile handling while simultaneously taking the hard edge off the ride quality, a particularly welcome improvement in the firmer Sport edition.” —January 2009

BMW 5-series: 3 10Best Appearances

Although the most recent E60 5-series failed to win us over with its overwrought exterior styling and cold interior design, its E39 predecessor remains ensconced among our favorite cars, racking up three 10Best awards at the beginning of the decade. Here’s hoping the all-new 2011 5-series can rekindle the love inspired by that nearly perfect sedan.

What We Said:

“Most important is the superb chassis that not only delivers what many of us regard as the world's finest ride but also provides grip and precision that even sports-car aficionados find satisfying.” —January 2000

“That's why it's always such a pleasant surprise when we strap into a BMW 5-series sedan and reacquaint ourselves with its uncanny ability to transform our wishes into fluid motion.” –—January 2001

Honda Fit: 3 10Best Appearances


The Fit’s entry into the U.S. was brilliantly timed by Honda, as the little runabout appeared just as rising fuel prices had us questioning our gas-guzzling way of life. The fun-to-drive spirit, versatility, and extreme value of the Fit have earned it a place in our hearts and three elections to the 10Best pantheon.

What We Said:
“Not only is it endowed with an impressive array of standard features and an upscale interior, but its dynamics rival the responses of cars with much fancier pedigrees and price tags.” —January 2007

“If there’s a better combination of thrift, practicality, and fun-to-drive, we haven’t seen it yet.” —January 2009

Photography by Brian Blades, David Dewhurst, Patrick M. Hoey, Aaron Kiley, and the manufacturers.

Friday, August 27, 2010

45 Photoshop Actions To Enhance Your Photos And Stand Out

Preview-actions-to-enhance-your-photosActions come really handy when you have a need to enhance your photos, but you just don’t have a time for it or necessary skills. Photoshop actions contain various adjustment layers, filters, effects, who are originally recorded by author and you can play them back again. You can create actions yourself or you can just download professional ones here and get amazing results with just once click!
Explore how the action is built, choose which adjustments you want to apply and finally just enjoy great results. In this article you’re going to find 45 sets of actions that help you enhance the colors and change the main look of Your photo.
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1. Powerful Colors 3.1 by Othman Fahd


2. i-Dark 3.03 by Othman Fahd


3. Exclusive Summer Heat Action by Danielle Gillain Svedin


4. Classic People Action by apartyintheUSA


5. Photoshop Action ver.3 by Gökhan Bartu Yüksel


6. StarDeviant action 1.06 by Stardeviant


7. StarDeviant action 1.08 by Stardeviant


8. Photoshop Actions – 78 by Julia Starr


9. Photoshop Actions – 75 by Julia Starr


10. Lomo Action Set by WingsOfAHero


11. Action set 03 by KissOfDeathXxX


12. Photoshop Actions – 32 by Julia Starr


13. Action Collection 1.0 by Philipp Soul


14. Photoshop Action by kahwe


15. rEDacrion by getinline


16. The Day Is Passing By by ArinThoughts


17. Actions 1 by allthebesthere


18. Photoshop Action 2 by saturn-rings


19. Red Action by sd-stock


20. Photoshop Dream Blur Action by Josh Janusch


21. Oscar Pilch Photoshop Action by Oscar Pilch


22. Black white sepia PS action by rosalindharrison


23. Retro by ShadowsInMyEyes


24. Photoshop Actions by wolf-minori


25. Retro Love by Patricia Nabong


26. Action Set 1 by ImaginaryRosse


27. One Less Lonely Girl Action by Nick Jonas


28. Photoshop Action 31 by miss-etikate


29. Landscape and Sky Action by fcpr


30. Sarah1 Action by supersarah089


31. sa-cool actions 1.05 by Othman Fahd


32. Nature Actions 2.09 by Othman Fahd


33. Action 2 by lolipopek


34. Vintage Dream PS Actions by Chitulescu Iuliana Amalia


35. Pure Luv by GSInteractive


36. Pack Actions 01 by Patricia Torres


37. Selective Sepia by Aditya Rao


38. Horizon Actions by LonelyDiary


39. Powerful Colors 3.2 by Othman Fahd


40. sa-cool actions 2.06 by Othman Fahd


41. Photoshop Action 22 by Oscar Pilch


42. Lomo-Cross Processing Action by efete-stock


43. A-Actions by LonelyDiary


44. Go Green Actions Set by LonelyDiary


45. Action 6 by Flurish