Wednesday Blogging Challenge 3/13/2019 @MeganSlayer #longandshortreviews #blogging #dayinthelife #meganslayer

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This week’s challenge topic involves a day in my life. I don’t know if it’s that exciting but I’ll give it a stab. While you’re here, check out the other posts. You can find them here: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/miscellaneous-musings/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-for-march-13-2019/

A day in my life tends to look like this:

Get up way earlier than I’d like because I’m the taxi to take the tot to school. Tot gets up on his own and takes care of himself in the morning, but since tot can’t drive…

While waiting for tot to  get ready for school, I do part of the EDJ, which isn’t as evil as it might seem. I rather like the EDJ, but I’d also rather be sleeping instead. I also try to make sure the emails have been read/addressed and I’ve done a cursory check of social media. It’s not nearly as glamorous as it looks.

Once tot has been delivered to school, the dogs get fed and usually attempt to trip me. They like to run crazy through the house. Once they’re settled, I get my 2-3 mile walk in for the day. I’ve tried to walk every day and am up to over 180 miles walked for the year (my goal is actually 1000). I’m behind on my goal, but I’ll get there.

After a shower and clothes change, I tend to try to write. But Dh is home and there are chores to do, so until lunch I’m either attending to chores or whatever DH has in mind.

After lunch is writing time. I wish I could say I get to do this every day, but I don’t. Sometimes it’s impeded by vet visits, dentist visits or time spent with the Friends of the Library. Right now I’m spending a lot of time working on our upcoming author event.

I retrieve the tot from school, then once we’re home that’s about the time DH leaves. My afternoons are there to feed the dogs, meal prep, ensuring tot gets homework done, listening to drum/guitar practice (I don’t actively listen…it’s more like it’s thundering through the ceiling, so I have no choice), feed cats or they being to conspire my downfall, laundry and once the tot settles for the night, more writing. I’m a night owl, so I like to write later. I’d also like to sleep later in the morning, but one wish at a time… I carry the dog upstairs because that’s what she thinks I should do and crash.

So that’s my day.

What about yours? I’ll bet yours is much more exciting. Grin.

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Wednesday Blogging Challenge 3/6/2019 @MeganSlayer #longandshortreviews #blogging #hobby #hobbies #art #reading

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This week is about my favorite hobby and why it’s my favorite. I have a couple of favorites. First has to be reading. I love to read. Most of the stuff I read for fun isn’t romance, either. I love to read rock biographies and old Hollywood biographies. I like to learn stuff. Right now, I’m reading Dear Martin.

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Another thing I like to do is volunteer with my Friends of the Library group. This might not seem like a hobby, but it is. We do lots of things within the group and those are hobby kind of things–like creating artwork for the group, artwork for our author events, sorting books, talking about books. I love it.

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I love to draw, too. I haven’t drawn in a while so I don’t have any artwork to show off right now, but I love it. That’s what I got my degree in–art. 

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What about you? What are your hobbies? What’s your favorite? I’d love to know. Be sure to check out the other posts while you’re at it. I know I will be.

 

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge @meganslayer #longandshortreviews 1-30-2019

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So which of my characters would I name a baby after? I have a funny story or two to go with this and none have anything to do with my tot’s name.

When I was pregnant with tot, I had a student who swore the tot would be a girl. He wasn’t. But she swore he’d be a she. So since I had a niggling thought the tot would be a boy, and the rescue pup we’d adopted was a girl, I told the student I’d name the pup after her. We did. JoJo was one of the best pups. I miss her.

Then there’s the story of Darlington. I’d written a story, Ever Fallen in Love, where the heroine had a pair of dogs, a German Shepard named Fontana and a Basset Hound named Darlington. I said if I ever got a Basset, I’d name it Darlington. Oddly enough, I was sent to the pound to find a ‘white dog’ DH had seen right after a thunderstorm. Don’t ask me for any other details about the white dog. He never gave me any. But I went to the pound and when I turned the corner, there was the Basset I wanted…Darlington. I adopted her the day she was available for adoption. She was another one of the best pups. I helped her through her gaggy period (don’t ask, it was gross), her macular degeneration (yep, dogs get it) and unfortunately when the tumor in her brain got to be too much. I loved her and she was my dog.

So maybe I didn’t name a baby after a book character, but I did name a pup after one. What about you? Is there a character you’d name a baby after?

While you’re here, my latest release Bound By Desire, released yesterday! Check it out!

Bound by Desire by Wendi Zwaduk desire

Novella

Contemporary

BDSM, Younger Man/Older Woman, Anal Sex, Bondage, Toys, Sensory Play

From Totally Bound

 

Stella wants her groove back after her divorce, but she never figured a younger man would be the answer to her prayer. He’s determined to do more than bind her wrists. He wants her heart, too.

Stella Barnes isn’t looking for love. She’s convinced it’s not in her cards. The guys she’s met seem to want her money and greeting card business. When her sister throws a freedom party at the local dance club, Stella meets a man who makes her think twice about giving up on love. Can the young buck command her body and soul in the sensual ways she needs or will her desire to be spanked send him packing?

Wes Chase has known he wanted Stella since the moment he saw her–at the club and two years before when she was still with her husband. Her plan to use him for her date to attend her ex-husband’s second wedding makes him cringe. He’d rather be with her out of love and kinky devotion, not as a dodge. Will he convince her they belong together and he can set her spirt free or will her fear keep them apart?

 

Available from:

Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/book/bound-by-desire

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/mBPaLZ

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Amazon FR: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bound-by-desire-wendi-zwaduk/1130025290?ean=9781786864185

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bound-by-desire-8

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bound-by-desire/id1447267498?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=mn-ADwAAQBAJ

EXCERPT:

“Oh shit. I’m late.”

She opened her eyes and a tall man with dirty-blond hair ran up to her. He gripped a binder and his brown eyes blazed.

“Hi, I’m supposed to meet a guy,” he said. He puffed and doubled over for a second. “Sorry. I ran down the block.”

“I can see that. You’re a mess.” She drew her legs up and folded them beneath her. He’d piqued her interest. She guessed he was there to meet with James. The poor guy. So young and handsome…he’d get shot down by James, no doubt. Still, she wanted to keep speaking with him. “What, again, are you here for?”

“I want to open a business.” He offered his hand. “I’m Wes Chase.”

“Stella.” She shook hands with him. The moment she touched his skin, hers tingled. She fought the urge to pull away from him. She hadn’t felt such a reaction in a long time—probably not since she’d met James back in college.

“Stella.” He smiled. “That’s a pretty name.” He tucked the binder under his arm. “So, see, I’m envisioning a record store. Think lots of neon—besides what’s already here—lots of couches, turntables, vintage…listening areas and lots of vinyl.”

“Sounds interesting.” She tucked her hands under her butt to keep from touching him again. “What’s your plan?”

“Oh!” He tugged the binder free and opened it, then placed it on the counter beside her. “I’ve got half of the capital and connections secured. I’ve met with people in the record sales and trade business. This area doesn’t have any specialty shops and needs one. I believe once there’s one started, then others will follow. You’ve got a thriving downtown scene and it should be utilized.”

She laughed. He knew how to say the right words anyway. She glanced down at his charts. He had the correct information, too. “I agree. I miss the unique shops we used to have.”

“With the right marketing—which I’ve laid out here—this can be a reality. I’m hoping Mr. Barnes will allow me to rent the building.” Wes nodded. “Are you looking into renting this place?”

“Oh no.” She shook her head. “I’m not in any position to rent anything.” Truth be told, she wasn’t financially independent of James at the moment. But until now she hadn’t needed to be. Looking at her situation, she realized she needed to have a plan for herself.

“Good. I don’t want competition.” He paused and his eyes widened. “I mean…sorry.” He frowned, then bowed his head. “I know his penchant for pretty girls.”

She suppressed a snort. Pretty girl? She had to be at least ten years older than him, but she’d accept the compliment. Besides, she wasn’t on James’ radar. She was his friend and the person who lived at the house with him.

“Do you know him? You’re his girlfriend, right?” Wes leaned in close. “Wait…I know you. Have we met before? Maybe another professional setting? You look familiar but I swear I can’t place you.”

“I know him.” She nodded to hide her disgust—not with Wes, although his pushy nature grated a bit on her nerves—but at James for cutting her out…already. “Well, why don’t we ask him? If your plan is up to snuff, then I don’t see why he’d turn you down.” Except that he’d already decided to demolish the building. If nothing else, Wes would get a great lesson in not getting his hopes up.

“I’m afraid to ask him because he’s notoriously tough to work with and cranky. He kills deals because he doesn’t like a person’s tie or whatever.” Wes adjusted his crooked necktie. His collar was askew.

She waggled her fingers. “Come here.” She fixed his collar and smoothed out his tie. Then she swept his hair off his forehead. “Better. Less messy.” She sat back and looked him over. “If you’ve done your homework, then you’ve done your part and you won’t know what he’ll say until you ask.” She turned her attention to her husband, who’d just returned to the room. “James? This gentleman wants to rent the building.”

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for January 15, 2019 @meganslayer #longandshortreviews #meganslayer

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This week’s challenge is what would I do with a million dollars…

This particular challenge hits quite close to home. If I had a million dollars, I’d love to say I’d do something really heroic. Rescue dogs and cats. Give cash to the local shelter. Something like that. Actually, that’s probably where a lot of it would go.

But I’d have to be a bit selfish, too. Yes. You see, my family has been affected by the government shutdown. It has. We’re okay for now, but things are going to get very tight if this goes on much longer. The savings only lasts for so long. So I’d use that million dollars to make sure we’re on level ground right now. I’d make sure the house payment was made, the tot had a college fund again and we had food on the table. I’d give a generous portion to the local animal shelter and a decent chunk to the Friends of the Library. But mostly, I’d make sure there was a decent amount just sitting so I know when the next big bump happens, we’re not in a bad way…again.

But that’s just me.

What would you do?

Make sure you check out the other blogs in the challenge. 🙂

Dancing Together by Wendi Zwaduk  dancingtogether_9781786864109_amzn-180x288

Book 4 in the Love Lessons series from Totally Bound

Contemporary Erotic Holiday Romance

Features a MF pairing and involves BDSM, Spanking, Toys, and Bondage

Can friends with benefits become a lasting love?

Allyson Benson has been in love with Jordy Murphy since she started teaching at the same elementary building. She wants the tall, blond gym teacher to notice her and, when he runs into her at a party, she summons her courage to ask him to be friends with benefits. Shouldn’t be difficult—lots of sex, but no entanglements and certainly not love…until love enters the equation.

Jordy Murphy doesn’t do relationships. He’s happy being free, but there’s one woman who has been on his radar—Ally. He wants to get her out of her boring clothes and kindergarten classroom for some serious one-on-one time. He’s all for the sex-only situation she proposes until he’s struck with a realization—what if this perpetual free spirit has met his match? Allyson could be the one. Can the commitment-phobe really accept the love he’s wanted all along?

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released elsewhere. It has been revised, expanded and reedited for rerelease with Totally Bound Publishing.

Available today:

From Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/book/dancing-together

From Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J5VY71N/

Universal Link:
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Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dancing-together-1

 

Coffee Time Author Dish – Writing and Real Live wiht @MeganSlayer #iamwriting #meganslayer

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I was asked by the Coffee Time Authors Dish, how much of your real life bleeds over into your books? And do you worry that someone will be able to tell the fact from the fiction?

Does my real life bleed over into my books and my writing?

Yes. Unequivocally.

I tend to write a lot of what I know into my stories. When I’m going through something, it tends to pop up in my books. When we did some renovations, I wrote a story involving a home remodeler. Mowing the lawn, one of my techniques for working through plot points without staring at the computer, has factored into a book. My animals have made cameos in my books and I wrote the Stray Cats books about black cats, because I had a black cat – which we own and love – wander in right before Halloween. I’ve had characters with blue hair featured in my books and many runners. I don’t personally run, but I’ve been at enough cross country events and know how it feels to be a parent in those situations that running and training has bled into my books. I don’t mind that piece of my personal life are there. It makes the stories more relatable.

I don’t know that I worry about my readers being able to tell fact from fiction. I’m in a business where fiction is our lifeblood. We’re expected to have some craziness that goes into our stories and some that’s not so crazy. I’ve learned the craziest things that you’d think aren’t true, tend to be so.

I’ve never written about myself in a book, but I have to admit writing about Wendy in my Peter Pan story was a little odd.

I’ve had people who have met me ask if I know vampires or if I’m trying to push personal beliefs in my work. I’ve had to tell them no on both accounts. I’ve had some strange looks and odd questions, like the vampire one or if I’m actively engaged in BDSM, but I take it with a grain of salt. People will form their own opinions on things. I’m a public figure and my actions and writing is under examination. Having a bit of my personal life isn’t bad, but I don’t get super personal either. There have to be some secrets. Grin.

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge @Meganslayer #longandshortreviews #meganslayer #books

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I’ve opted to start taking part in the Wednesday Blogging Challenge with Long and Short Reviews. Want to join in? You know you do. Here’s the link so you can join in: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/category/miscellaneous-musings/

And the topics:

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This week’s topic is books that need a prequel.

Huh…I have to say, I can’t think of any book that needs a prequel. Not at first.

At second consideration, there is one. You might not agree with me. That’s okay.  I grew up in a time when it seemed like a lot of kids were being abducted. It wasn’t even high profile kids like celebrity kids, but regular ones. Ones like me. It was scary.

So if I were going to request a prequel for a book, it’d be for the book, Amy: My Search for Her Killer: Secrets and Suspects in the Unsolved Murder of Amy Mihaljevic by James Renner 

I want to know what this girl, one a lot like me, was like before the bad stuff. What did she want to do with her life? I’d love a picture of this young lady before…you know. Just to get to know her. I grew up with the picture on the news, but I didn’t really know much about her.

That’s what I’d like a prequel for. But then again, I’d love a better ending, too. The author mentions when we were kids, we watched movies where the bad guy is caught and even though bad stuff happens, the good guys win out. This wasn’t one of those stories. I’d rather have the good ending. The satisfying one. Unfortunately, I can’t.

What about you? What book would you like a prequel for? Which one of mine would you want one for? Let me know.

Be sure to check out the other posts for the blog hop. You’ll be glad you did.

Writing Christmas… Channeling The Nightmare Before Christmas while Writing with @MeganSlayer #iamwriting #christmas #inspiration #gayromance

As I write this post, I’ve got the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, playing in the background. I’m an odd duck. I like to listen to movies and television programs, in addition to music, while writing. It’s Christmas and Nightmare is one of my favorite cross-holiday movies. Hey, I like it during Halloween straight through to Christmas.

I like to have noise on while I write, as I said. I can honestly say the stuff I’m watching doesn’t show up in my work, necesarily, but what happens is I get an earworm instead. So I’m typing and all I can hear is the song, Making Christmas. It’s not even playing in the movie. But I was working on a Christmas story for next year, so I guess I’m making Christmas. I’m writing it, anyway.

Do you ever get earworms? What? Maybe we can commiserate.

In the meantime, here’s a little bit about my Christmas story for this year, Pick Me Up!

Pick-Me-Up (Christmas Spirits 1) by Megan Slayer

Cover Art: Bryan Keller2798

BIN: 008659-02798

Genres: New ReleasesParanormalRomance

Themes: ChristmasGay

Series: Christmas Spirits (#1)

Book Length: Novella

Page Count: 55

Price: $3.99   $3.39

 

Nic Kristol wants one thing for Christmas — a second chance. Being dead makes second chances hard, but the moment he sees Jon, he’s determined to meet the handsome man.

Jon Ruhle thought he’d given up on romance, but along came Nic. He’s drawn to the mysterious man and would love to spend the holidays together. There’s just one problem — Nic’s a spirit. Will he and Nic find their forever together or apart?

Changeling Press: https://bit.ly/2zNhLeI

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2QFTpNE

BN: https://bit.ly/2zo795S

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2rs6f3M

iBooks: https://apple.co/2L8E9n2

Universal Link: https://bit.ly/2G9dyYf

This post is also up at the Sweet and Sexy Divas and Dudes blog: https://sweetnsexydivas.blogspot.com/2018/12/writing-christmas-channeling-nightmare.html