Authors Dish: @MeganSlayer ’s Keeper Shelf #books #rereads #lovebooks

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Coffee Time Romance asked me: Which book is at the top of your keeper shelf, the book you like to re-read over and over? And why?

Here’s my answer:

There aren’t many books I have on my keeper shelf. I’m kind of picky, I guess. If I had to pick a particular book, though, it would be Regularly Scheduled Life by KA Mitchell. [Editor’s Note: Currently out of print title.] I’ve read this one over and over and it breaks my heart each time.

Sean and Kyle have a great relationship and things seem perfect. Then something happens to tear that happiness apart. It’s heartbreaking and tough, but the end is worth the read.

There are many things I like about this book, but one of the biggest has to be that the characters are already in a relationship. They’ve happy, but things happen that make them not so happy. I like seeing the ups and downs in relationships. It made the characters more real. People don’t always have such wonderful lives. Things happen. The garbage hits the fan.

Another thing I liked about this book was how the emotions are real. Sean and Kyle are faced with a crisis that might have ripped other couples apart. But they find a way to work it out. So many books seem to have stories where there’s something difficult, but not too difficult. Overcoming it is hard, but not that hard. This one isn’t one of those books. I like the complication in the story.

I have to admit the thing I enjoyed the most about this book has to be the love between Kyle and Sean. Okay, so they’re not perfect. Who is? But the love they have for each other is deep. It’s the kind of love most people want to have. It’s the kind of love authors want for their characters in their romance books. I know I strive to have that kind of connection for my characters.

The sex in the book is hot and the pair is hotter. I know the ending will be worth the pain in the middle. If you’re wanting a book for your keeper shelf, then this might be the one you’re looking for.

 

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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.

Authors Dish: Megan Slayer’s Favorite Hero @meganslayer #meganslayer

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QUESTION: Of your published titles to date, which hero is your favorite and why?

Megan Slayer said:
I’ve written many stories and deciding which hero is my favorite is hard. I mean, really hard. I want to say I love them all, but are there a few that stand out? Yes, there are.

One of my favorites has to be Brandon, from Seeing You AgainHis Valentine, and Sparkling New Year. He’s flawed. He’s an artist with depression issues and he’s not always understood. Another thing that’s a little different about him is initially, he doesn’t know how to deal with his depression. He mislabels it as just being moody. I like him because he’s relatable. There are a lot of people who suffer with depression and don’t always know that’s what the problem might be. There are some who think they’re just artsy and don’t understand there’s more going on. I liked that he was willing to work on himself and find answers. I also liked that he could be so bare and raw with Aydin.

Another hero I love has to be Mason, from Resisting the Rock Star. He’s a rock and roll god who happens to have a son. Now that’s not so remarkable, but I like him because he’s a parent. But in his case, he didn’t know he was a parent until his son was almost eighteen. I like how he threw himself into parenting and trying to be the father his son needed, even if he hadn’t been there for a long time. I also like Mason’s bickering with his parents. Not the ‘I don’t like you’ kind of bickering, but the ‘your girlfriend, no matter who she is, will never be good enough for you’ kind of arguments. It’s something many people go through. I know I have. I like him for his flaws—not knowing about his kid and being on the road so much—but for his good qualities—wanting the best for his son, wanting the best in his relationships and still making music.

What about you? Who do you consider my best hero? I’d love to know.

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CTR Authors Dish: September 2018: Favorite Heroine @meganslayer #meganslayer #goddessesafterdark

Coffee Time Romance asked: of my published titles to date, which heroine is my favorite AriadnesVampireand why?

My favorite heroine has to be my goddess, Ariadne. I love characters that are survivors. I don’t know what you know about Ariadne, but this poor girl has been through a lot.

First she helps a man and gets him to safety from not only her father, but a beast. In return, the man leaves her on an island. Nice, eh? Then she is spotted by another man, who saves her, but because he’s got another woman in his life…he ends up sending Ariadne to the underworld. Oh, and he’s got a drinking problem. So she’s been left twice and is in hell. But she’s not done.

That’s what I love about her. She doesn’t give up. She’s scared, but she’s not going down without a fight. She gets out of hell, but she has to run. Her ex isn’t done with her. I mean, how do you move forward from that? I don’t know how, but she does. I love that she’s fearful—like many people would be—but she doesn’t quit. She runs to find freedom. She can hold her own and won’t back down from a fight. She’s got a sharp tongue and when faced with the man who could be her future…she’s not ready to jump right into bed with him. So this woman who has run away from a man with a drinking problem who cast her to hell, who would she possibly run to?

A creature of the night. A creature from hell. A vampire.

Does this stop her? I said, she’s tough and headstrong. She keeps going. She doesn’t let him direct her, but she also is savvy enough to know when she wants him. How cool is that? That’s why I love her. She’s a hurricane in a dress and can’t be stopped.

#AuthorDish ~ September 2018: Favorite Heroine ~ @MeganSlayer #vampires #goddess #romance #heroine #authorlife

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CTR asked:
QUESTION: Of your published titles to date, which heroine is your favorite and why?

Megan Slayer said:
My favorite heroine has to be my goddess, Ariadne. I love characters that are survivors. I don’t know what you know about Ariadne, but this poor girl has been through a lot. First she helps a man and gets him to safety from not only her father, but a beast. In return, the man leaves her on an island. Nice, eh? Then she is spotted by another man, who saves her, but because he’s got another woman in his life…he ends up sending Ariadne to the underworld. Oh, and he’s got a drinking problem. So she’s been left twice and is in hell. But she’s not done.

That’s what I love about her. She doesn’t give up. She’s scared, but she’s not going down without a fight. She gets out of hell, but she has to run. Her ex isn’t done with her. I mean, how do you move forward from that? I don’t know how, but she does.

I love that she’s fearful—like many people would be—but she doesn’t quit. She runs to find freedom. She can hold her own and won’t back down from a fight. She’s got a sharp tongue and when faced with the man who could be her future…she’s not ready to jump right into bed with him.

So this woman who has run away from a man with a drinking problem who cast her to hell, who would she possibly run to? A creature of the night. A creature from hell. A vampire.

Does this stop her? I said, she’s tough and headstrong. She keeps going. She doesn’t let him direct her, but she also is savvy enough to know when she wants him. How cool is that? That’s why I love her. She’s a hurricane in a dress and can’t be stopped.

– Website – http://www.wendizwaduk.com/indexMegan.htm
– Twitter – @meganslayer

Ariadne’s Vampire (A Goddess After Dark novella)

[Paranormal Erotic Romance]AriadnesVampire

Ariadne defied her father for love, only to be abandoned. She married for what she thought was love, only to have Dionysus leave her for another woman. Even Aphrodite won’t smile on her because Aphrodite wants Dionysus. Ari can’t seem to win. What’s a goddess to do if she wants love?

Find a vampire.

Caden, a vampire and creature of the night, gave up on love long ago. Draining victims, sex and sleep are his orders for each evening…until he’s tasked with tracking Ariadne. He doesn’t expect the goddess to call to his wounded soul in ways he thought long since dead.

Can a vampire and goddess go the distance or will their happy ending die with the dawn?

Available in Ebook:

– Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DQBDMLT
– Nook – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ariadnes-vampire-megan-slayer/1128920618?ean=2940155634591
– Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/ebook/ariadne-s-vampire
– Apple Books – https://geo.itunes.apple.com/book/ariadnes-vampire/id1398629094

 

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CTR Authors Dish: August 2018: Writing Advice @MeganSlayer #meganslayer #writing

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QUESTION: What is the one piece of writing advice that has stuck with you and why?

Answer?

There has been a lot of writing advice that’s flown around. I’m sure most of it’s been heard before. Almost all of it’s good advice. It is. One thing that’s stayed with me all this time doesn’t have much to do with actual writing, but more about promoting your writing. The thing I’ve kept very much in the front of my mind is this: think about what you’re posting online and keep it positive. Sounds like something that should be well known, right? Think before you hit post and keep it upbeat. It’s one of my rules of thumb. There are days, for sure, that are down ones. There are things I’ve done that I thought, how can I make this a positive experience? How can I make this something online that will be positive? That’s important for me. I hear you thinking, not every experience is positive. I mean, gee whiz, we go through things that aren’t always rosy. You’ll want to talk about it. By all means. Talk. But when you’re getting a negative review or the editor has been super hard on you or when you’ve had a fight with someone…maybe you’ve gotten cover art that’s not your favorite. My advice is this: don’t air that dirty laundry on social media. Not only does it make you look petty, but your group of friends might be cool with what you’ve said, but others will take it wrong. Yep. Or it will be interpreted wrong. But being happy or putting a positive spin on the situation…my editor made me cry, but it’s making me stronger OR not my favorite review, but it happens and I’m learning…something like that. It’s the best advice I can think of. Write that new book, keep going, and keep it positive. That’s what you need to do. That’s the best advice I’ve ever been given and now it’s in your hands, too.

July 2018: Favorite Convention(s) ~ @MeganSlayer ~ #RAGT18 #coffeetimeromance

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CTR asked:
QUESTION: Besides RT and RWA, what’s your favorite book convention to attend and why?

Megan Slayer said:

I have two different conventions I like to attend. I’m sort of an oddball, though.

The first big convention I love to attend would be the Lori Foster Reader and Author Get Together (#RAGT18) down in Cincinnati, Ohio. This convention always sells out and almost always in a matter of minutes. The thing about this con is that it’s smallish. There are only 500 attendees, including the authors and it’s mostly readers. It’s all in one hotel and the hotel is small so there’s little worry of getting lost. One hallway and two turns…and you’ve seen it all. But it’s like being with family. Many of the same people attend and it’s fun. It’s not stuffy. You’re hanging out with your friends. Really. There are raffles, lots of little things where you can hang with authors and the money for the raffles go to the animal shelter. You’re helping critters and could win a basket. I love it. Want to know more? http://readerauthorgettogether.com/

The other convention I like to attend that’s really not a convention, but rather a tiny event, is the Books and Brunch event put on by the Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Public Library. Now, I see you’re thinking…a friends of the library event? Must be small. It is. There are only four featured authors. It’s only a couple hour event. But being smallish helps. You get to talk to the authors and you’re served a wonderful brunch for only $12 a ticket. How can you beat that? I love being able to talk to the authors, to have great food and mostly help the library. That’s the big thing for me. For this event, all the money goes to the library for the renovations to the existing building. How cool is that? Find out more right here: http://www.elyrialibrary.org/KLCLFriends_Home.html

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– Twitter – @meganslayer

Her Sir by Megan Slayer cover

Her Sir (the Underground, Book 1)

[Contemporary BDSM Romance ]

There’s only one man for Andi—her Sir.

Andi McCarron knew the moment she met Sir’s gaze, he’d change her life forever. Despite other Doms wanting her as their sub, she only submits to him because he knows how to make her skin tingle. The pain delivered from his crop makes her spirit sing. She needs Sir but she wants more—except he’s not interested in taking the relationship outside of the club. What’s a girl to do when the man of her dreams, the one wielding the crop, won’t leave the club?

Dean Meyer craves his sweet sub, Andi. She fills his dreams and fantasies, but she wants a relationship. He’s not sure she can handle both his demons and secrets. Still, he can’t deny the attraction to her. When fate throws them together, he has to make a choice—give his sub what she needs or let her go for good.

Available in Ebook:

– Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BY57KMD/ 
– Nook – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/her-sir-megan-slayer/1128433779?ean=2940155200383
– Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/ebook/her-sir
– iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/book/her-sir/id1369303069

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Authors Dish on Runaway Characters ~ @meganslayer From the Coffee Time Romance Blog!

March 2018: Runaway Characters ~ Megan Slayer ~ CTR asked: How do you handle characters who change personality without your say so? Or, how do you handle characters whose spontaneous actions change the plot or course of the story? 623 more words

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