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.

 

NOTE: You can also find this post on the Coffee Time Romance site: https://coffeetimeromance.com/CoffeeThoughts/admar2019-megan-slayer/

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.

Trad, Indie, Hybrid…Which Should I Be? with @Meganslayer #authors #hybrid #indie #traditional #authortalk

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So what am I?

Hybrid.

I never thought I’d be a hybrid author. I was determined to go Traditional or nothing, but then a couple of my pubs closed and it was crushing. I thought these were my places to be…and they’re gone. So some of my work I opted to self-publish.

It’s been nice to have publishers still, but also nice to have print copies I’ve got control over in my hands. There’s nothing like holding your own book in your hands that you helped create. So, I’m still with publishers because I like the safety of being there, but I like having some control over my work, too.

One of the bad things about being a hybrid published author is the cost. When you’re with a publisher, they handle the costs. You write, do the edits and get the art, but they pay for it. With self-publishing, you have to foot the bill for that all. It’s a push to promote more to recoup what you put into the cost, but it’s not easy if you don’t have a lot of startup cash.

Still, I like being a little of both. Kind of reminds me of that old Osmonds song…

You can also find this post over at the CTR Author Dish Blog: http://coffeetimeromance.com/CoffeeThoughts/adjun2018-megan-slayer/