Pleasure Me With Michelle Beattie

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Yes, there it is and I’m saying it out loud.  This year marks my 40th birthday.  Unlike many folks, I never have nor do I plan on hiding my age.  Why?  Does denying it change it?  Does pretending I’m still 36 magically change the date on my driver’s license, magically erase some of these grey hairs? (ok, they were also there at 36!)   

I’ve known it was coming, kinda hard not to.  And I haven’t been plotting ways to hide from it.  In fact,  I’m toying with the idea of either an open house at my home or a girls weekend in Vegas, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter which, I plan on spending it with great friends and my wonderful family.  It’s worth celebrating, I say!

A Pirate’s Possession

Love and Gold have one thing in common:  they can only be buried for so long…

Abandoned by her father and married to a deceitful man, Claire Gentry fled from her life.  Disguised as a man, Claire wagers all she owns in a poker game to locate the treasure her father sought.  While her disguise holds, it doesn’t protect her when one of her opponents turns out to be the only man she ever gave her heart to.

Nate Carter is no fool.  Raised in an orphanage and sailing as the mysterious pirate Sam Steele, Nate is looking to gamble for a map that will lead him to a treasure.  But when he looks over his cards, he’s reminded of a past he’d rather forget-and the woman who could have given him everything he truly wanted.

After Nate wins the map, Claire has no choice but to accompany her old love on his quest.  But running for their lives soon replaced running from the past.  And if they survive the bloody battle for the treasure, they may just realize that what they really have been searching for isn’t riches-but each other…

I don’t look at it as my life is possibly half over.  That’s a waste of time.  Instead I’m grateful to still be here.  I’m healthy.  My stomach isn’t flat isn’t more, I have some grey hair and yes, wrinkles.  But I don’t spend a lot of time fighting those either.  I heard a saying once, and it’s on my website, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand-chocolate in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO—What a Ride!” (Unknown).

I love that saying.  I love the idea of LIVING.  Of putting skis on at 38 for the first time in 21 years and skiing down a mountain.  I love the idea of taking piano lessons at 39.  I want to learn to play the banjo, possibly the violin.  I have many more books I want to write.  I want to walk the green fields of Ireland, cuddle a koala in Australia.  I want to pan for gold in the Yukon, eat fresh lobster in Nova Scotia.  I want to golf in Hawaii and zip line again on Vancouver Island.  I want to see the Grand Canyon, the pyramids of Egypt.  There are just so many things to see, and do. 

I want to watch my daughters grow up, go to college or university, get married .  I want to be a grandma some day.  I want to one day be that cute little old lady that everyone thinks is so cute!   I want to be the like the older lady in the coffee shop who once asked me if I was going to put her in my books, could I make her loose!  Here! Here!

But I can’t do that if I don’t age, so bring on 40 I say as it means I’m still alive and I still have lots to look forward to!  So do you hide your age or wear it with pride?

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About the Author
Michelle grew up and still resides in Alberta, Canada.  She’s married with 2 daughters.  She sold her first book, What a Pirate Desires, in 2007 to the Berkley Publishing Group.  Her hobbies include reading and golfing.
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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

43 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Michelle Beattie

  1. >Your book looks very good, and I also love the cover:)

    Well, at my age now (64) I wear my gray hair with pride. I have always told people my age, if they asked. Everyone tells me, I do not show my true age like some people do.


  2. >Hi Michelle,
    Like you, I don't lie about my age or try to hide it. I'll be 42 in March. Some days it feels like 142, but I always still feel like a teenager inside.
    Nancy E
    Wisconsin USA
    everitnm at hotmail dot com

  3. >Michelle:
    Loved the "what a ride" quote.
    Too much work to try to hide my age, therefore, I admit to being the older sister.

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  4. >Hi! I don't hide my age–my students often ask me, and I don't lie! I've been teaching too long to lie, because I've had a lot of these kids's parents as students, so they know I've been around awhile. That being said, I do color my hair. I just don't want to have silver hair, and it's been that way for nearly 20 years.
    The best part of being 56? Three weeks ago, we became grandparents! What a blessing and a gift from God! So, there you have it.
    By the way, the cover? Oh my!

  5. >Carol-I never could do a cartwheel so I envy you that you could at some point even if you can't now!

    And yum, about the Highlanders! That and the Irish accent….sigh

  6. >I love me some Pirates, right next to my Highlanders. 🙂 I actually remember being so sad on my 21st birthday and telling my then husband I couldn't believe how old I was getting. lol But I really don't mind what the number is that I'm supposed to celebrate, I go based on how I feel inside. But I've earned those gray's at my hairline and I'm proud of it. But I too would sure love to do some cartwheels again without needing an Orthopedic surgeon standing by.I guess I can't win them all. 🙂
    Carol L

  7. >Buffie! Hello! So good to see you here! I too am friends with many people I went to school with some as far back as first grade! I think that's a gift, to have friendships that have lasted to long! I hope you do something great for your 40th and perhaps we'll see you in NY in June?

  8. >Hey Michelle!! So good to see you here at Monica's blog. I have loved your pirate stories since WHAT A PIRATE DESIRES. I'm looking forward to reading this one!!

    This year is the big 4-0 for me too. While I really don't relish the idea of moving to an age that starts with a 4, that is just life. So I say enjoy every single day. I am still close friends with three girls from school (we all met in the 8th grade) and since this is the year we are all turning that big number, we are planning a girls weekend trip. A way to ring in the 40 year together with laughter and fun.

    buffiebooks AT yahoo DOT com

  9. >Estella-what a treat that must be to get asked for ID! Good for you!

    Chris- I'm with you, the hair dye is essential. Partly to cover the grey and partly because my natural hair color is quite dark and I prefer lighter (with our long winters here it makes me look less pale!)

    I hope you enjoy the book!

  10. >I am indifferent about my age. It just is what it is. I am still a young Mom with a lot to do 🙂

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com
    MN, USA

  11. >Hi Michelle,

    I hit the big 40 two years ago and I like you wear my age with pride. I do however put hair color on my grey hairs. I'm just not quite ready to look like a Grandma!

    The cover of your book is gorgeous! I have added it to my must buy list!

    Best wishes,

    Chris Mead from Missouri
    christin.mead at att dot net

  12. >I am 68 and still have to show ID for a senior discount.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  13. >Maria – I color my hair too. It's one of the few "anti-aging" things I do, but like you I have dark hair and while I don't mind saying I'm 40, I'm not ready to walk around with a head full of grey hair yet either!

    Julie – yes, you're right. Asians you do have gorgeous skin and seem to age slower, so lucky you!

    Gamistress66 – I love that saying and yes, some days my real age is closer to how I feel, and sometimes it's further away.

    Steena – I sometimes get that jolt too, especially when I see kids I've babysat and they now have kids of thier own and I', like, "How is that possible, I'm only 22? Oh, yeah…" 😉

  14. >Monica-thanks for having me but I'm not from down under, I'm from up North! Alberta, Canada.

    Mary, Christy, Andrea, Kris, Maureen, Julie, Cindy, Tracey, Marlene,Jane and Lindseye – thanks for taking the time to visit, for your comments on my beautiful cover and for not hiding your ages. It really is just a number and considering so many die so young, it really is a blessing to wake up each day.

    Practimom-I should use creams but I'm too lazy. I also don't wear makeup, sun worship or smoke, so I don't think I look 40 either!

    Karen -I hope you'll keep in touch and let me know how you liked my pirate stories!

    Artemis – funny! and yes, those abs are hot. Berkley outdid themselves on my cover! I hope you have many more adventures in your future!

  15. >Sheree and Laura-good on you for not hiding your age! Be proud, I say!

    Barbara-my mother in law (who is 75) plans on going on a hot air balloon to mark her 80th birthday. I agree these milestones should be celebrated!

    Linda – Wow! As an Albertan I'm very familiar with our Rocky Mountains and that was an undertaking! Good for you! I've done some biking around Kananaskis, but not to the level you took on.

    Stacie – I have a large TBR pile too, but I hope you add mine to your list! 😉

    Virginia – well said! My teens were aweful. My 20's not much better. I've liked myself more and been happier with each decade that passes and I'm looking forward to what my 40s brings!

  16. >I'm having a hard time with the thought I'll be 35 this year. I'm still only 33. I have panic attacks thinking I lost 2 years. Damn it – now I need chocolate.

  17. >I don't hide my age. I am what I am and if that's a problem for you, well that's your problem 😉 Of course, I think of myself as a few years younger than I am — that's the age I feel but I don't "try" to be it. A few months back I turned 44 and when asked how it felt I said "another year farther from the age I feel, and another closer to the age my body sometimes feels" 😉 Just a warning from what some family & friends & I have come to the conclusion on — at 30 the memory starts to go, at 40 the aches & pains start. But when it all comes down to it, age is just a number, you get to decide what that number means to you. For me, 44 means around 38 🙂

    gamistress66 (at)
    aol ( dot) com

  18. >Congrats on your upcoming 40th birthday. I don't hide my age. I do look somewhat younger than my age, but I never lie about it.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  19. >Congrats on turning 40!
    I'm 45 and don't care who knows it. However, I do try and take care of my skin, so the wrinkles aren't so bad.
    Marlene in MS USA

  20. >Oooh, I haven't read a pirate romance in a while. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

    I don't really try to hide my age, but I'm in my mid-twenties and Asian, so I get mistaken for a teenage more than I'd like. I'm in no hurry to grow up, though, so I guess it's okay.

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  21. >Congratulations on the upcoming birthday! Love the cover to your pirate book!

    As for hiding my age…I look younger than I am but I do try to take care of my skin and will admit that I color my hair because I have dark hair and I really hate the grey/white hair that I get. I don't plan on having any plastic surgery or anything like that though. It's strange because I look in the mirror and wonder who the person staring back at me is because mentally I still feel like I'm in my twenties…lol'

    Follower by GFC
    US Resident

  22. >I am so ready to read a rolicking Pirate tale. And those abs are a siren song…RAWR!!

    May I borrow your saying? I will add it to my favorite. I once had someone ask me how old I was because of something I had done. This question wasn't asked nicely, BTW. And she was being very haughty. I told her, "Old enough to know better, young enough not to care." I'll turn 54 this year, but don't wear my age due to good genetics. I have two daughters and they have been asked, seriously, if I was their older sister.

    I'm always looking for another adventure. To me, an adventure is something I've never experienced before. It doesn't have to be anything grandious. Just a thing I have never experienced before.

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  23. >I definitely don't hide my age! I'm proud of all the experiences that I have had so far and look forward to many more. You're only as old as you feel and I feel like I'm still in my 20's.


  24. >Mmmmm, pirates. Dang, another book to add to my TBR pile. It grows higher each day! Thanks to Monica for making me aware of all these great authors!

    I'm turning 40 this year as well. I can't say it bothers me. If people ask, I will tell, although I'm not running around flashing ID like I did at 21. 🙂 Besides, I've had too much fun to fit into anything less than 40 years. 🙂

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  25. >Happy 40th birthday! I don't worry about my age too much. My youngest just turned 20 so with two adult children it seems silly to pretend to be younger than I am.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  26. >I wear my age with pride (oh, but don't expect me to tell you here! [insert cheesy grin])

    Longevity runs in the family and all members brag about how old they are! Some coworkers are quite surprised that I'm 47…it's because I act like I'm 12!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  27. >Hi Michelle,

    You are a new-to-me author too. It's been ages since I've read a good pirate story…I've been missing something! Gotta fix that…your books are going on my to-buy list! Outstanding covers too BTW!

    I wear my age with pride…I've worked hard for every grey hair, every wrinkle and every year! I'm 67. But it is only a number. I don't feel 67…I've got many, many good years left in in me. And I've been told I don't look it…so it's all good! LOL

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  28. >That is an awesome cover! I love a good pirate story as well.

    I think i will probably were my age and be proud when i am a grandmother, but with my kids bing only 7 and 4, i have a long way to go. but i am sure it will come fast. now i am at the stage were i try not to look older than i am and use all sorts of creams to help me along the way!!

  29. >good morning ladies! I do love a good pirate! I havent read one in a very long time tho and am thinking this will be fabulous!
    I do not mind my age! though I loook muuuuch older than I am so I tell everyone I am way older than I am they beleive me so it works out ok! LOL I am 45 tell everyone I am 58 🙂 but I am a gma and my grandson just got here so gotta cut it short! have a great day today!
    Kris b indiana

    krysti33 @

  30. >Good morning, Michelle!

    Who doesn't love a hot pirate story?! *g*

    Wow, I know so many people turning 40 this year, including my husband. I won't be there for a few more years, but I've never been one to hide my age. I've always looked younger and I used to love fooling those people who guess your age at fairs and carnivals! 😉

    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org

  31. >I love me some pirates !! I have no problem admitting I will be 40 in August, the past few years may not have been easy but faith, family and friends make it some better.

    bkwrm26 at yahoo dot com

  32. >Good Morning Michelle and Monica,
    I love that cover! Gotta love the pirate stories.

    I'm turning 41 next month and have never tried to hide my age. I don't see the need to. I started getting gray hairs a few years ago and that's fine, I earned them. lol
    Nevada, USA

  33. >Hi everyone, I've notified Michelle that her post is life but given she lives down under, I'm not sure what time she'll get here.

    As for the age question. I don't lie about it openly, as in saying I'm XXX when I'm really XXX, but I don't post it and I don't celebrate it. I think some of that is trying to start a new career later in life. I had to work through a lot of crap when I was younger.

    Thirty was a terrible year. I didn't want to be 30, but 40 was okay. I don't know why. I seem to start things late in life age wise, but then I'm still a teenager inside.

    And as Betty White said on Hot In Cleveland. There's a secret they don't tell you. "Your body gets old, but you don't get old inside." That was a really powerful statement to me.

    But I rage against the physical part because I WANT to be able to do a cartwheel again WITHOUT breaking every bone in my body. LOL

  34. >Hello, Michelle! Lovin' those passionate pirates will keep you forever young ; ) I have always heard that it's not the years in your life that matter, but it's the life in your years that really counts! The thing is, you have to have reached a certain level of maturity to fully appreciate that advice! I think that 40 is a very liberating age for a woman. In your thirties, I think there is still a tendency to hold on to being "twenty-something". With 40, and beyond, you can let that go and be yourself, a beautiful, alive, aware woman. Awesome! I am still young at heart, and I never try to hide my age. I am 52 : ) I am just as enthralled with romance reads now as I was almost 40 years ago when I started reading Georgette Heyer, Barbara Cartland and Jane Aiken Hodge. I still believe in true love and second chances. I pray that I never lose my youthful spirit and hopeful heart–two things that make me a devoted romantic fiction reader.

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  35. >I love pirate stories! I also enjoy stories where the heroine disguises herself as a man. So it sounds like this is a winner!

    No, I don't hide my age because I don't look it. Yes, I have a few gray hairs but so far the wrinkles have stayed away. Mentally I'm still in my 30s and so far that's the driving force. Okay, maybe my body isn't 30 but just so long as my mind keeps telling it otherwise I'm happy!


  36. >I've never lied about my age (I'm 37) and I hope I never feel the need to.

    I haven't read a pirate story yet. My TBR pile is huge & I haven't had the luxury of trying a new genre. I think I would really like a pirate story!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  37. >I have no problem with my age. I just turned 58 and I'm glad I'm here! When I was in my 40s, I got depressed and even though I told my self that it was only a number and that the alternative of not getting older (dying) wasn't good either…I just couldn't get out of a slump. One day when I wasn't in my right mind, I signed up for a 7-day bike trip in the Canadian Rockies. As I left for the trip, I cried… didn't want to go… but I told myself that the arrangements were made, I had someone to take care of my Mom, my son and my dogs while I was gone, I'd taken a vacation from work… so I went. When I met up with the rest of the group (I didn't know anyone), I heard our tour group leader state that no one from Florida had ever completed the trip. I wasn't an avid bike rider and wasn't in great physical shape either. I was overweight. We were at a high elevation and it was very mountainous. That made me determined to ride every mile… which I did! I lost loads of cellulite along the way and looked different when I returned to Florida just 7 days later. It was the best vacation I ever had… REALLY HARD work… but it re-set my life. I rode over 700 miles in the mountains. It was beautiful. When we got back to "civilization", I took a picture of the toilet and the tub, I was so happy to see them. Sorry this is so long but I would encourage everyone to somehow do something BIG when age seems to be getting you down.
    I'm excited about your book. It sounds great! Please enter me in your contest. I'd love to win it… but if I don't, I'll p/u a copy. Thanks!
    Linda T.
    Florida, USA

  38. >Now that is an impressive cover…yum!

    My grandmother always lived her life full tilt — I think if she'd wanted to jump out of a plane at 70 she would have done so (but she wasn't big on flying.) I do remember that she used to wear us out when we were in high school and she was in her 60s! She was always up for new things, new places and new people…she was an awesome role model.

    I'd like to think I'm following in her footsteps (next up, meditation which I've always wanted to try but never gotten around to until now at almost 42!)

    I don't worry about the number on the paper and am free about stating how old I am. It does help that I've avoided the sun, don't smoke and have been blessed with genetics that mean I'm slow to wrinkle and go grey so I look younger than I am. I fully admit to that…!

  39. >Wow, what abs on the cover!

    Congrats on the big 4-0!

    I don't have a problem telling people my age in person. Most of the time they don't believe me anyway. My sister's in-laws thought I was the younger sister which cracked me up. I guess all those vitamins I take really do something.