What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Mrs. America #feminism #tv

I’d seen this series advertised, but initially, I wasn’t sure what it was about. So I passed on it a bit. I wish I hadn’t. This was extremely enlightening and a little scary. Now, I’ve always lived in the time of women having rights. I had no idea how much these women fought to get the ERA passed. I’d heard about Phyllis Schlafly, but I had no clue how….nasty she could be. Man. This isn’t a show you want to watch if you’re in the mood for lighthearted. It’s not. But if you’re looking to learn something, to pique your interest or just to be entertained while learning, then this is a show to watch. Not to be missed.

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly leads an unexpected fight against the Equal Rights Amendment movement during the 1970s.

What I’m Reading Fridays with @MeganSlayer ~ The Whistler by John Grisham #read #books #review

I love John Grisham’s books. I know when I pick one up, I’m in for a treat. I really do. I got this one as a birthday present with the caveat I was supposed to give it to the giver when I finished it so the giver could read it. Odd way to give a gift, isn’t it? Anyway, it’s taken me a while to get to the book, but it’s quarantine time, so I’m reading a lot of things I’d otherwise put aside. Part of me wished I’d read it when I got it, but the rest of me is glad I waited. The thing is, this book is a tad uneven. It is. It’s almost like it was written in fits and starts. Not what I’ve come to expect from the author, but I was still entertained. It’s not one I’d recommend if you’re looking to try Grisham, but the story was interesting enough and kept me reading.

We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity is the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the flow of justice. But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe?

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. It is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.

But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout United States history. And now he wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. When the case is assigned to Lacy, she immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous. Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.

Coming July 21st — An Anthology Benefiting the Navaho Nation COVID-19 Fund — Romantic Imperative

Release Date: July 21, 2020 Ten, never-before-released short stories fill The Glittering World Charity Anthology with tales that will take you away. Created with love, authors S.E. Smith, Elle Boon, Trinity Blacio, Jamie K. Schmidt, Stephanie Burke, Wendi Zwaduk, Lia Violet, Kate Richards, L. Loren, and Barb Shuler have teamed up to support The Navajo […]

Coming July 21st — An Anthology Benefiting the Navaho Nation COVID-19 Fund — Romantic Imperative

My life in GIFs #blogchallenge #life #gifs @meganslayer #cats

This week is all about my life in photos or gifs. Oh man… I can go a lot of ways with this. So… I’ll just throw some out there and let you figure it out 🙂

Okay, I’ll explain. Stuff’s been going on that makes me want to hide my face.
I tend to get that pat on the head and told to be quiet or fall in line.
That’s me trying and not quite hitting the mark.
And then there’s the ‘I’ll just sit back and watch this mess happen’ face.
Because I need more Cap in my life.
I mean… you know. It’s America’s buns.

So what about you? How would you describe your life in Gifs? Let me know.

While you’re here, my book, Rocking Cedarwood, has been nominated for a LRCafe Award in the Best Contemporary Category. Check it out!

Can the geeky teacher moonlighting as a rock-and-roll metal god find the one man to see both sides and want it all with him?

Ever since Michael Jepsen walked into Cedarwood Elementary and spotted Niall Grayson, he’s been hooked. He wants to explore every inch of the sexy third-grade teacher in all sorts of hot ways. But Michael has a secret—during the summer months, he morphs into his alter ego, Bandit, and rocks stages all across the country. Can he keep his job at the school while living the rock-and-roll lifestyle and snag the man of his dreams?

Niall Grayson never thought he’d catch Michael’s eye. Becoming more than good friends never crossed his mind. He’s not good at letting people into his private life and he prefers to keep his heart guarded, but something about Michael makes him want to open up. Will he be able to accept the different facets of Michael or will the relationship fail before it gets started?

These two are determined to rock Cedarwood to its core.

https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/rocking-cedarwood

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer #DCLegends #television

I started watching this series when it first hit the CW. I liked Leonard Snart (AKA Wentworth Miller) and his smart mouth. He made me laugh. Matching him up with Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) was the best. Their personalities meshed well. Then things happened to Snart and Rory… ugh. I didn’t like some of the twists, so I veered away from it. Then I saw Constantine had arrived (Again and again). I can’t lie. He’s the reason I got back to the season. I like the moody, cranky Constantine. I like him in a snit. I’m not fond of the happy-in-a-relationship Constantine. He needs to be cranky. Not wild about how this season ended, but whatever. I’ll probably give the first episode of next season a try, but my hopes aren’t all that high.

Time-travelling rogue Rip Hunter has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time.

What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer

I’d never read anything by Fern Michaels and heard great things about the author’s work, so I decided to try this one. I have to admit, this is a tad dated. It shows it’s over 40 years old. The hero is a bit heavy handed in some of his actions and the heroine is…she’s headstrong, but naive. I’m sure that was the author’s point, but there were times when I wondered how the heroine could be that…dim. It’s not a horrible book, but it does lack something. I’m not sure what it’s lacking, but it is. If you want a bodice ripper, then give this one a chance, but if you pass it up… you’re not missing much.

She embarked on a life of deception and unexpected passion …

Aristocratic breeding and virtue could not save beautiful and adventurous Tori Rawlings from a repugnant marriage. To escape her betrothed, she exchanged identities with a tavern wench… and found herself in league with a band of brigands and at the mercy of Scarblade, the most notorious highwayman in England….

Vixen In Velvet is vintage Fern Michaels — an unforgettable novel of a young woman’s surrender to excitement darker than she’d ever imagined … and a love more passionate than she’d ever known.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ The Great #movies

I started watching this show on recommendation. I’ll admit, I thought it would be one thing and turned out to be another. That’s not bad, but I anticipated more humor, not quite such dark humor. A lighter tone, I suppose. But that’s not this show. That’s not a bad thing. I liked Elle Fanning’s character. She shows a woman can be strong, forthright, make mistakes and still stand tall. I couldn’t stand the Emperor, so kudos to Nicholas Hoult and his acting ability. I would’ve rather they hadn’t killed the dog, the bear and tossed the dog off the roof, but whatever. It didn’t quite end the way I wanted, but it’s a satisfying ending, so it was worth it. Check it out.

A royal woman living in rural Prussia during the 18th century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.

What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer

I’m a sucker for anything written by Sabrina Jeffries. She’s one of my autobuy authors. I see her books and make sure I don’t have them already, before nabbing a copy. I got this one because I rather liked the idea of Lady Gwyn being so forthright. The writing flows well and I’m drawn in, but I’m not wild about her lying to him. But that’s okay. I’m only halfway through the book at the moment and I have high hopes for it.

Lady Gwyn Drake has long protected her family’s reputation by hiding an imprudent affair from her youth. But when her former suitor appears at Armitage Hall, manhandling the heiress and threatening to go public with her secrets, it’s Gwyn who needs protecting. Her twin brother, Thorn, hires Joshua Wolfe, the estate’s gamekeeper, to keep her safe in London during her debut. As a war hero, Joshua feels obligated to fulfill the assignment he has accepted. But as a man, it’s torment to be so very close to the beauty he’s fought to ignore . . .
 
With handsome Joshua monitoring her every move, Gwyn would prefer to forget both the past and the parade of money-seeking bachelors at her coming out. But Joshua is unmoved by her attempts at flirtation, and the threat of blackmail still hangs over her. With danger closing in, Gwyn must decide which is the greater risk: deflecting a scoundrel’s attempts to sabotage her—or revealing her whole heart to the rugged bodyguard she can’t resist . . . 

Scoring in Cedarwood by @meganslayer #gay #gayromance #romance #cedarwoodpride #LBGTQ

Scoring in Cedarwood by Megan Slayer

Cedarwood Pride, book 3

Contemporary LGBTQ Romance

M/M, Anal Sex, Masturbation

From Pride Publishing

Book three in the Cedarwood Pride series

Tanner Fox wasn’t sure being traded to the Cedarwood Wildcats was the right path for his life, but if Dr. Dane Bloom is part of the package, then he’ll play for keeps.

Tanner “Foxy” Fox knows he can do one thing—play baseball. His days in the outfield are numbered, but he’s a fan favorite. Everyone wants a piece of Foxy—almost everyone. The Anti-Gay Coalition wants nothing of a gay player on the town baseball team, but Tanner isn’t about to back down, especially when he lands sponsorship from the silver-fox doctor in town.

When Dr. Dane Bloom opts to sponsor the baseball team, he knows he’s going to be asked to sponsor a player. Having a younger man living in his home and invading his trust? Why not? Dane’s not wild about opening up, but when he sees Tanner, something in him shatters. He wants to get to know Tanner, beyond the Foxy façade to the man inside. Can he and the player find a way to score in Cedarwood, or will the coalition and self-doubts keep them apart?

Available from these fine etailers:

Pride Publishing: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/scoring-in-cedarwood

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/4AxY2N

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TW9P5WQ/

iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/scoring-in-cedarwood/id1471687528?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/scoring-in-cedarwood

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

EXCERPT:

©Megan Slayer, 2019, All Rights Reserved

“Are you trying to fix me up? Or get me to sponsor him?” Dane narrowed his eyes. “You’re being rather persuasive.”

“You can’t date him.”

“Ah.” Good to know. He wasn’t looking for a boyfriend and preferred knowing Devlin wasn’t trying to hook him up. Still, he couldn’t shake his irritation with Devlin. Why hadn’t his friend told him about butting into the relationship with Phillip? Why keep his intrusion quiet for so long? He appreciated Devlin caring enough to get him out of a bad situation, but he could’ve said something.

“Well?” Devlin pointed to the tablet screen. “Tanner?”

“What do I have to do?” He couldn’t believe he’d capitulated. Then again, he hadn’t seen much of a reason to say no.

“Feed him, give him a place to stay and be supportive. That’s it. If you want, we have an app that shows you how he’s playing and when he’s in a game.” Devlin grinned. “He’s got his own transportation, so you don’t have to drive him anywhere.”

He should consider this decision longer with careful, thoughtful musing. He wasn’t one for snap decisions. “Sure.” Had he just agreed? So much for considering his options and thinking this through. According to Devlin’s widening grin, he’d not only agreed but must’ve looked pleased, too. Well, shit.

“I’ll give him your address and he’ll report to you tonight.” Devlin shook Dane’s hand. “You won’t regret it.”

“How can I? If this is as painless as you claim, I should be fine.” He stifled a groan. He’d just optioned to have a minor league baseball player live with him. He liked the sport and always wanted to play, but never thought he’d sponsor a member of the team. His fellow doctor at the medical group, McCormack Stevens, loved baseball. He should be the one sponsoring a player. He’d been the one to suggest the practice put their money and name into the team. He probably already had a player living with him, but still.

He shook hands with Devlin. “He’ll be at my house tonight?”

“Yes. I’ll send the information to you both. He’ll learn about you and you’ll know everything about him. Deal?” Devlin asked. “It’s a good pairing. You’ll temper him and he’ll bring you out of yourself.”

“Yeah.” Hadn’t Devlin said something about them not dating? If he was going to be good for Tanner and vice versa, there had to be more than just living together involved and that was off limits. Still, he couldn’t tamp down his giddiness. “I’ll look for the email.” He’d just opted to take in a baseball player. Swell.

What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer ~ Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

I picked this book up because I love the work of Kresley Cole. I do. The Immortals After Dark are some of my favorites. So when I saw she’d written YA and a hunger games slash vampire diaries sort of series, I thought I’d try it.

I admit I picked up book 3 and this series is probably best enjoyed in order. I started with little idea who the characters were and took half the book to get up to speed. The mind conversations in italics are a bit cumbersome because there are a lot. Then there’s the absolute childishness of Evie. I get she’s seventeen and seventeen year olds make rash decisions, but there were times when she got downright whiny. There were times when I didn’t root for her at all. I put the book down often and have had a hard time getting back to it. I just didn’t want to hear about how she loved Jack, but sort of love Death (a character) and couldn’t decide, but she’d decided… it made my head hurt. It’s told in first person, so the narrator, Evie, tells a lot. There were times I didn’t feel like I was in the story. Just watching from outside.

Still, there are strong characters, Selena being one, and the plot is definitely full of action. If you’re looking for something different, then this might be the book for you.

Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her–until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts . . . and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on The Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana–or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first . . .?