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‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt — Review

I would like to express my gratitude to Ellen Hogan (for Readers Favorite) for her recent review of my book ‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ (Andy Vogt). Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule as well as for your thoughtful words! — Andy Vogt, Author

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CUTE !!  *****  (reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Readers Favorite)

Angie is a massage therapist. She is originally from Germany but now lives in the U.S.A. She has one staunch rule; she will not have a relationship with any of her clients, although many try to change her mind. Mostly she goes to clients’ homes and gives massages there, but once in a while she will help out a friend in her business. She meets Marcus at a gas station while filling up one day, and he gives her his card. It takes her quite a while before she decides to call him. They fall fast and hard for each other, but real life’s pitfalls get in the way. Marcus has an old girlfriend that will not leave him alone and goes to Angie to tell her that they are still together. Meanwhile Angie is being harassed by a former boyfriend and commiserating with other therapists about their lives.

This is quite a cute book with more of a story than I anticipated. I loved the snippets about the massages she gave and the different personalities of the clients. Angie is a good strong character, who knows who she is and what she wants out of life. Marcus is a good foil for her. They have a great chemistry throughout the book. The cover is fitting for the book as a peek into what lies ahead. I was not sure at the beginning that I would like this book but was pleasantly surprised in the end. It is an easy read for anyone looking for one.

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If you would like to read an excerpt, or to get your copy today, please visit my website:  www.andyvogtbooks.com

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Crossroads

The journey through life is made up of many different roads. Sometimes we come upon a smooth road which leads us straight to the desired destination with little or no effort at all. More often, it will be a rocky, crooked road with corners, detours, and steep uphill climbs.

And now and then we get to a crossroads, the most confusing of them all.

Most likely, we stop and look at the options, not knowing what to do. Will this road lead me to the happiness I have been longing for? What if it turns out to be the wrong decision? Only hindsight will tell. But, one thing is certain: In order to find out, you have to take the risk, and choose one path. Otherwise you will never know.

The worst outcome of all is to not make a decision, but to just stay there confused…and then thinking for the rest of your life about a risk you didn’t take.

There are no guarantees in life. There are only choices you make…  🙂


Andy Vogt is the author of
the sultry and humorous
novel ‘Secrets of a Massage
Therapist’. Visit Andy at
www.andyvogtbooks.com 
to read an excerpt.

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‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt — Reviews

I would like to express my gratitude to the following people for their recent review of my book ‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule as well as for your thoughtful words! — Andy Vogt, Author

***A Randy, Fun Love Story!*** by Author Cheri Powell

I always wondered how legitimate massage therapists handled all the come-ons they must receive in the course of their work. Especially, if they are attractive females. Now I know. Andy Vogt tells all and does it with humor. I found the book to be an enjoyable romp that should be on the reading list of every open-minded female from 21 to 100. If you are sexually prudish, this is not for you. Beneath the honest discussion of sexual drives, both male and female, is a life philosophy well suited to the modern age. Well done, Andy!

***Fun, Provocative Love Story!*** by Author Lori A. Moore

Andy has created a really fun “insider’s perspective” storyline of a professional massage therapist in a love relationship. I got a kick out of the part where the client asked the massage therapist for a “happy ending!” If you want a good, sizzling love story laced with humor, this is the book for you. I had the privilege of meeting this author in person and she inscribed a copy of her book to me as follows, “I hope this book will rub you the right way!” Isn’t that clever?

***Great Book for a Day at the Beach!*** by Erinn (Reader Review)

I think the cover design is perfect for this book because Andy gives a peek at what it is like to be a professional massage therapist and all the “interesting” things they encounter each day. There is a little mystery woven in and a nice amount of romance and a little lust, too. Overall this was an enjoyable read–perfect for an afternoon at the beach. You will laugh at the strange things people do and how classy Andy was in addressing them. And the next time you get a massage, you just might wonder what those walls would say if they could talk. (But you’ll know because Andy explains it all). Enjoyed it–smooth read!


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‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt Book Trailer

Check out the book trailer for my new book… :-).
Lean back, relax…and enjoy!!

‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt is
available in paperback on Amazon.com and
anywhere books are sold, and in e-book format
on Amazon Kindle and Barnes&Noble Nook.
Also visit my website:  www.andyvogtbooks.com 

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‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt


The mysterious and often unorthodox world of a professional massage therapist is the backdrop for this sultry, humorous, and sizzling story of new love. The sexy, funny, and sometimes plain awkward encounters of professional massage therapist and German import Angie parallel her romance with Marcus, a writer of mystery novels. While working through the twists and turns of this new passion, the pair is tested by dark characters in both of their lives.

Secrets of a Massage Therapist is an intriguing story by debut novelist Andy Vogt. It will hook you, make you laugh and smile. Most of all, it will keep you entertained to the very last page.

Meet the author…

Andy has worked as a professional massage therapist for many years, and as such she promotes personal transformation and a healthy lifestyle in her private life as well as in public appearances. Originally from Germany, this free and independent spirit has a passion for writing and a deliciously wild and crazy imagination. One day her warped sense of humor met a keyboard. The rest is history. She is now a published author, freelance writer, and public speaker.

When asked if the novel is based on true events and a reflection of her life, the slightest hint of a coy smile appears on Andy’s face. “It is fiction and a child of my imagination. But naturally, as with a lot of good novels, the book is based on my personal experiences. And–I’m sure, if those stories didn’t happen to me, they happened to somebody somewhere…” And what about those steamy love scenes between Angie and Marcus? Andy smiles, leans back, and winks coquettishly. “As I said, I have a wild and crazy imagination…”

Visit Andy at  www.andyvogtbooks.com

Secrets of a Massage Therapist by Andy Vogt is now available in paperback on Amazon.com and anywhere books are sold, and in e-book format on Amazon Kindle and Barnes&Noble Nook.

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Andy  Vogt,  Author

Life Is Too Short–So Kiss Slowly,
Laugh Insanely, Love Truly,
And Live With Passion.


The following is a little excerpt from ‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’. Lean back, relax…and enjoy!

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My next client, Tom, was a fairly new addition. One of my regulars had referred him to me, and when I first saw him I was afraid my table wouldn’t hold him. I had estimated him to be about 6’5″ with a very muscular physique, kind of like a professional wrestler.

The table held up, but that first massage was quite a workout for me, and I was completely covered in sweat afterwards. Based on that experience I now asked him to turn up the A/C a little. He eased onto the table and I prepared myself for a workout.

He had earlier told me that he was a bookkeeper for a small automotive company, and as I beheld his nearly 300-pound frame, I smiled at the thought of him being a paper pusher.

I went to work, and he almost immediately dozed off, and just a few minutes later I heard him snoring. Several minutes passed as I worked my magic, the only sound that of pounding skin and air flow. Suddenly I heard a noise at the door, and I looked over. It was Tom’s wife, but not like I had ever seen her before.

She wore the determined look of an Amazon going into battle, and she just silently stood there–her strong and muscular legs slightly spread.

She said nothing, but her outfit spoke volumes.

She was dressed as a dominatrix, with knee-high boots with high heels, fishnet stockings, and a black leather body garment sporting two holes–one for each of her dark red, almost purple nipples.

She seemed strangely enchanted by my deer-in-the-headlights look. I stopped the massage and watched her slowly walk over to her still snoring husband. The whip she had hidden behind her back now appeared, and she used it to slap him on his back. I stepped back further.

“How many times have I told you not to get a massage without my permission?”

Startled, Tom jumped, and tried to turn over.

“Don’t you move! Not ’til I tell you.” She slapped him again and he stopped fidgeting. As for me, I just stared in disbelief.

“So you want to test me? You asked for it, you got it. Punishment will be swift!” With one quick move she pulled the sheet off him. “Get down, on your hands and knees, and crawl.”

She moved away from the table and stood waiting for him to follow her orders. He slowly lifted his head and glanced over at me in a silent cry for help. Then, this huge, lumbering man carefully got down on his hands and knees–his head hanging down like a dog who knows he has done something wrong–and slowly crawled towards his wife. I sat on a nearby armchair, unable to look away. Soon he had made it over to his wife. She slapped him again, this time on his buttocks.

“I have a very special punishment for you today, just to make sure this won’t happen again.” She pointed to her feet with the whip. “Here–lick my shoes, and then my feet. But do it right. Don’t make me tell you again.”

He did. He first licked her left shoe, and then the right one, before slipping the shoes off and licking both of her feet.

“You missed a spot.” She pointed to the top of her right foot. He followed her demand. This spectacle took several minutes.

“Good boy, good boy!” Tom lifted his head with a little smile on his face at his wife’s approval. He had not said a single word during all of this.

“Okay, you can follow me now.” She motioned for him to get up. I wondered, follow her where?

The basement…?

She held out her hand to me. “Here’s your check. You don’t mind letting yourself out, do you?” I took the check, and she opened the door and stepped out into the hallway. Tom followed her like a dog on a leash.

It only took me a minute to pack my stuff. I backed out of the driveway and took one last look at the neat house with a fenced-in back yard, rose bushes and trees, a mailbox painted with colorful flowers, a minivan in the driveway, and a family dog.

Just a typical all-American family…

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Rand Paul: Bad For Kentucky, Bad For America …..


And we wonder why people look down on Kentucky from time to time (The ‘Deliverance’ Factor)…

Well, right now is such a time.  Kentucky is making news again.  And it’s not news of the good kind.  If you haven’t heard the name ‘Rand Paul’, yet, make a mental note, because I have a feeling you will hear a lot from him…and of him.

We just had primary elections in Kentucky and the two people vying for the US Senate seat being vacated by Republican Senator Jim Bunning are Democrat Jack Conway (and I am so very happy about that), and Republican Rand Paul.

Rand Paul is a self-proclaimed Libertarian who wants to keep the Federal Government pretty much out of everything.  That’s all well and good, except in those little instances, for example when it comes to regulating companies how much poison they can put in our food or air, or destroy our environment; or how about setting federal standards for the minimum wage and overtime pay…and on and on and on…

Then there’s of course the ‘Civil Rights Act’ of 1964, when the Federal Government stepped in to, among other things, prohibit establishments like restaurants, to discriminate against people based on the color of their skin.  This paved the way for de-segregation all over the US.  And you ought to think, that in the year 2010, it is common belief that that was a good thing.

Well…

On several occasions, one in an interview with the major newspaper in Kentucky, ‘The Courier-Journal’, he opined that, even though he himself does not like the practice of discrimination and would not associate with people who do, he does believe that businesses have a right to do so without government interference.  To top it, when pressured, he said that he would have worked to change that specific provision of the ‘Civil Rights Act’.  What that means in a nutshell, is that in his world view it would be absolutely okay if restaurant owners refused to serve black people; if black kids would be ordered out of pools; if a private university banned interracial dating (which we actually sadly enough had an instance of until just recently), etc… Turns out, Rand Paul also seems to have problems with ‘The Fair Housing Act’ and ‘The People with Disabilities Act’ which prohibits discrimination in those instances.  What a surprise…

Huh???

Is that really what you are advocating here, Rand Paul?

Of course, one can only hope that those opinions are held by very few people.  Hmmm…I don’t know.  Rand Paul was elected by an overwhelming margin in the Republican primary against his opponent Trey Grayson who was handpicked by Senator Mitch McConnell, the senior senator from Kentucky and the Senate Minority Leader.  So, I have to assume that all the good people who voted for Rand Paul either didn’t know about his opinions…or didn’t care…or agree with him…  I don’t know which scenario is scarier.

Oh, I forgot to mention…  Rand Paul is one of the ‘darlings’ of the ‘Tea Party Movement’…and he mentioned that group nine times in his acceptance speech while mentioning ‘Kentucky’, the state he wants to represent in the Senate…once.

I have written about the ‘diversity’ of the ‘Tea Party Movement’ on other occasions (pretty much… ‘Whites Only’).  I wonder why…

As I said, you will hear the name ‘Rand Paul’ a lot…

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The Beauty Of A Woman

The beauty of a woman
Isn’t in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries,
Or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman
Must be seen from in her eyes;
Because that’s the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman
Isn’t in a facial mole;
But true beauty in a woman,
Is reflected by her soul.

It’s the caring that she cares to give,
The passion that she shows;
And the beauty of a woman
With passing years only grows.

Author Unknown

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Reflecting…..And Looking Forward…..

New Year 2010 - in Jewels Royalty Free Stock Photo

Okay, the year–make that the decade–is over, and a new one has started.

2009 was a remarkable year, indeed…

We witnessed the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, and we are hopeful that 2010 will show him to be just a bit more assertive in pursuing his and our goals…

We barely avoided a global economic collapse, by bailing out banks, Wall Street, the auto industry–but people are still suffering…

Another year went by, yet again, largely ignoring the human suffering of an entire continent—Africa…

We saw two parties in Washington…  One without a purpose—Republicans; one without a spine—Democrats… Doing what?  Nobody knows…

We witnessed a drawn out fight over health care reform legislation.  While not perfect, it is a great and historic achievement, nevertheless…and a basis to hopefully build and improve on in the future…

We saw ignorance on public display:  People disrupting health care town halls in August, others questioning President Obama’s birth certificate to this day…and most of all the instigators at  FOX  “NEWS”…a sad sight indeed.

We saw hate mongers like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh…whose sole purpose seems to be to make tons of money by spewing hatred…

…and  DICK Cheney…well, his first name says it all…

We saw a pilot landing a plane on the Hudson River, saving all passengers’ lives… and the balloon boy family keeping law enforcement and cable TV stations breathless for a day–in order to get a reality show…

We saw people too numerous to mention, trying to cash in on their three minutes of infamy, yet again…

We saw icons of their respective fields passing…Walter Cronkite, Ted Kennedy, Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcett…and many others whose names we may or may not know, but whose lives were just as important…

So, as this new decade begins, I am thinking about this little Christmas story…

One of my massage clients has made it a tradition to give back to charities during the Christmas Season.  So, among others, he made out one of the checks to a national charity which had helped his family on occasion, when he was growing up.  On Christmas Eve, he took it to the local office, but it was closed.  As he walked back to his car, wondering what to do, he passed by a local homeless shelter.  He walked in and ended up endorsing the check to the very happy staff there.  As he walked back out, he saw a group of homeless people gathered in front of the building.  Without thinking twice, he took the $600 (all in $20 bills) he had previously gotten—as emergency money over the holidays—and handed it out to the people.  He ended up with $20 left in his pocket.  It was a very happy Christmas for him, indeed…

Now, not everybody is in the fortunate situation my client is in, but what I am trying to say is, if we would do whatever little things we can, to make somebody else’s life better, for a moment, a day, or a lifetime…this coming decade could be the best one, yet…for everybody…  🙂

Wishing You Happiness And Good Health
And A New Year Of Dreams Come True…

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An Act Of Kindness




by Lee Ryan Miller

He was driving home one evening, on a two-lane country road.  Work, in this small mid-western community, was almost as slow as his beat-up Pontiac.  But he never quit looking.  Ever since the Levis Factory closed, he’d been unemployed, and with winter raging on, the chill had finally hit home.  It was a lonely road.  Not very many people had a reason to be on it, unless they were leaving.  Most of his friends had already left.  They had families to feed and dreams to fulfill.  But he stayed on.  After all, this was where he buried his mother and father.  He was born here and knew the country.

He could go down this road blind, and tell you what was on either side, and with his headlights not working, that came in handy.  It was starting to get dark and light snow flurries were coming down.  He’d better get a move on.  You know, he almost didn’t see the old lady, stranded on the side of the road.  But even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help.  So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out.  His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried.  No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so.  Was he going to hurt her?  He didn’t look safe, he looked poor and hungry.  He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt.  It was that chill that only fear can put in you.  He said,  “I’m here to help you, Ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm.  By the way, my name is Joe.”

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough.  Joe crawled under the car, looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two.  Soon he was able to change the tire.  But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.  As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down her window and began to talk to him.  She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through.  She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid. Joe just smiled as he closed her trunk.

She asked him how much she owed him.  Any amount would have been alright with her.  She had already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped.  Joe never thought twice about the money.  This was not a job to him.  This was helping someone in need, and God knows, there were plenty who had given him a hand in the past.  He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.  He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance that they needed, and Joe added,  “…and think of me.”

He waited until she started her car and drove off.  It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.  A few miles down the road, the lady saw a small cafe.  She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home.  It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps.  The whole scene was unfamiliar to her.  The cash register was like the telephone of an out-of-work actor–it didn’t ring much.

Her waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair.  She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase.  The lady noticed that the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude.  The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger.  Then she remembered Joe.

After the lady finished her meal, and the waitress went to get her change from a hundred-dollar-bill, the lady slipped right out the door.  She was gone by the time the waitress came back.  She wondered where the lady could be.  Then she noticed something written on a napkin.  There were tears in her eyes, when she read what the lady had written.  It said, “You don’t owe me a thing, I’ve been there, too.  Someone once helped me out, the way I’m helping you.  If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do.  Don’t let the chain of love end with you.”

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day.  That night, when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written.  How could she have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard.  She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low,  “Everything’s gonna be alright.  I love you, Joe.”

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Fighting DICK Cheney’s War…..

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.  The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.’  —  President Dwight D. Eisenhower,  January 17, 1961

So, we’re sending another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan…

After much agonizing, President Obama picked what he perceives as the best of several bad options dealing with Afghanistan–one of many botched endeavors left for him to clean up–courtesy of the previous administration.

Is it the right decision to add more troops now, so we can pull out sooner?  We will find out in the next two years…  As the war in Afghanistan–in its eighth year–has shifted more and more to the border region between that country and Pakistan, and inside Pakistan itself, this troop increase sends a clear message to Pakistan, to crack down more seriously on the extremists who have found a new home there.

Unfortunately, poll after poll shows, that the Afghan people view us as occupiers, fighting against them.  Therefore, it is imperative, that with this troop increase, other measures are employed to change hearts and minds.  Something, the Obama administration is committed to do.

As for DICK Cheney…  He came out of his bunker on the eve of President Obama’s speech to attack him–in his very special way–basically accusing him, among other things, of treason…

Maybe it’s necessary to revisit recent history–about twenty years of it…

After supporting and supplying the Taliban and foreign fighters (Al-Qaeda), including Osama Bin Laden, with weapons in their decade-long fight against the Soviets, we made the decision to leave them to flourish in Afghanistan in 1991, under then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.  During the nineties, those same fighters turned their energy against the very people who supported them–us–leading to various attacks, culminating of course in 9/11.

After that attack, it was the right thing to do to go into Afghanistan, fighting the people who planned and executed it, and the people harboring them.  It was the wrong thing to do, to let Bin Laden escape when he was cornered in Tora Bora–intentionally–as a recently released report shows, in order to help justify the Iraq War.  It was also wrong to attack Iraq, a country that was not involved in 9/11.  So, we’re talking about three major decisions that were made for other than publicly stated reasons… and were fundamentally  WRONG.

The common denominator in all those decisions…  DICK Cheney

My suggestion is this…  Before opening your mouth again, and accusing a president, who is left with the daunting task of cleaning up your mess, with treason–why not revisiting the last twenty years that have led to this point?

You don’t have to look far… it’s right there… at your doorstep!!

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