Soft Alabaster by @meganslayer #gay #gayromance #erotic #pnr @evernightpub

Soft Alabaster by Megan Slayer

Celestial Mates, book 7

Contemporary Paranormal LGBTQ Romance

M/M, Anal Sex, Masturbation

From Evernight Publishing

Art by Jay Aheer

One man out of time and another desperate to share his life with that perfect someone. Can their answers come from a broken curse?

Owen Reed loves his secondhand store, but he’d rather run it with a partner. He’s tired of being lonely and having one-night stands. He wants a love to last forever. When he ends up with a statue of a man in pain, he has no idea how special this statue could be. Is love possible with the pained figure?

Sydney Keeler knows he belongs anywhere but locked in alabaster. When he’s delivered to Owen’s store, the unexpected happens—he can feel Owen’s hands on him. He wants to break free and be with the man with the sparkling blue eyes. Can Owen break the curse? If so, will Owen accept a man who’s been cursed to exist in alabaster? Can they have the love they deserve?

One kiss will determine their fate.

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Sydney hated his pose. God, he’d been in the midst of begging for his life and for Arai’s life to be spared when Zeus cursed them. He hadn’t deserved to be reduced to stone. So, he’d been a terrible lover to Zeus and horrible at his job of guarding him. When he’d signed on to be a protector, he thought it was a joke. He hadn’t realized Zeus really wanted someone to play bodyguard for him. Sydney had been in love with the idea of living on Olympus and protecting a god. He never would’ve guessed Zeus truly demanded monogamy, even when he played around with everyone on the staff.

Good Lord. Who said things like, “I want you to come to Olympus and be my warrior”? No one that Sydney knew, yet he’d followed Zeus to a place that seemed like a dream and better than any fantasy.

Zeus hadn’t been joking.

Then again, Sydney hadn’t believed the silver fox was a true god. Were other gods roaming the earth? According to Zeus, the entire clan of Olympian deity lived there. Sydney hadn’t seen anyone besides Zeus, but he hadn’t been paying attention.

The adventure of living on Olympus was more than enough for him. He loved a good quest, especially if he could be himself. Zeus hadn’t minded he was gay. In fact, Zeus encouraged him to explore his sexuality. He spent his days guarding Zeus and his nights fucking him. All had been well until Sydney met Arai.

Arai had been everything Sydney ever wanted in a man—beautiful, masculine, sexy, and interested in him. He and Sydney guarded Zeus and stole off at night to make love. None of Zeus’s warnings had been enough to prevent him and Arai from getting together.

Sydney had been in love with Arai and felt confident about being out. He could love who he wanted and not be ashamed. He even embraced the idea he’d upset Zeus, but things would work out. They always did—until Zeus didn’t cooperate. He wanted Sydney to be his plaything and belong to no one else.

He winced, although no one could see the gesture. He still remembered the panic in Arai’s eyes when he’d been found guilty of being with Sydney and the pain of losing their relationship.

Now Sydney couldn’t tell anyone about his troubles or his curse. How could he if he couldn’t talk? At least he didn’t have that awful sheet over him and he wasn’t in the musty old house.

His brother, Max, hadn’t appreciated him and his younger brother, Stan, hadn’t wanted him. They had no idea he was locked in the alabaster. All they knew was a sculpture of someone resembling their brother had shown up in the parlor of the family home.

Voices caught his attention. He hadn’t liked when the woman caressed him, but he wanted the man to return. He could gaze at the fellow who seemed to run the shop where he was now housed. He’d been locked in the family parlor, moved to a barn, left in a garage, and then shipped to a house where Max left him in the back room. Now he lived in a “junk shop”—as the younger girl called the place.

The man with the sparkling eyes stood in front of Sydney. “Well, you’re all mine.” He folded his arms. “I’m not sure you’re worth anything, but I’m stuck with you.” His blue eyes flashed and the thin outcropping of hairs on his chin caught the light.  

Heat, like the rush of excitement he felt when he’d first seen Arai, washed over him. Who was this man and why did he seem to kick the temperature up so high?

Out Now! Soft Alabaster by @meganslayer #gay #gayromance #PNR #celestialmates

Celestial Mates, 7

One man out of time and another desperate to share his life with that perfect someone. Can their answers come from a broken curse?

Owen Reed loves his secondhand store, but he’d rather run it with a partner. He’s tired of being lonely and having one-night stands. He wants a love to last forever. When he ends up with a statue of a man in pain, he has no idea how special this statue could be. Is love possible with the pained figure?

Sydney Keeler knows he belongs anywhere but locked in alabaster. When he’s delivered to Owen’s store, the unexpected happens—he can feel Owen’s hands on him. He wants to break free and be with the man with the sparkling blue eyes. Can Owen break the curse? If so, will Owen accept a man who’s been cursed to exist in alabaster? Can they have the love they deserve?

One kiss will determine their fate.

Be Warned: m/m sex

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Trip Planning with @meganslayer #evernighties

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I wish I could say I was this super awesome planner. I wish I could say I knew exactly where I’m going when I’m out on vacation. Right now, I’m not going much of anywhere. It happens when you’re on ‘stay at home’ orders.

But when I do go on vacation, I’m a fly by the seat of my pants girl. I have a general idea of what I’m doing and when, but it’s general. I like to explore the places I go and find somewhere off the beaten path. You know, like a place that makes candles or a local chocolatier or a little shop that sells records or the like. I enjoy finding the landmarks and the natural history type places around wherever I’m at, too.

I guess it makes the trip more exciting that way.

What about you? Are you a planner? Or an adventurer? Let me know!

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#evernighties ~ #Hobbies outside of #Reading during #quarantine with @MeganSlayer

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I’ve been thinking about what I like to do outside of reading. I’ll be honest. This quarantine time makes you do a lot of thinking. What do I like to do to keep myself occupied when I’m not reading…

Well… I do like art. I like to draw and create artworks. I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on chalks, but I’m itching to. I like to create art on the computer, too, so I’ve been working on cover art of late. I rather enjoy it.

But what else? Normally, I’d say I like to watch football. I like to watch some racing (Indy cars…le sigh). I missed the 24 Hrs of Daytona… Drat.

And I like to talk to my friends on social media. We have to stick together, right? Have to keep each other’s spirits up, right?

What about you? What do you like to do outside of reading? Or is that your hobby…reading?

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If I won the Billion Dollar Lottery… with @meganslayer #evernighties

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In current times, thinking about this prompt elicits a certain response. It does. If I were to be selfish, there are ways I could answer. If I were to be more humble, there’s another answer. So here’s what I’m going to do. Humble and not so much.

Humble: I’d pump the money into paying my bills, then giving some to the animal shelters and a few rescues. I’d use a lot of it to help get food to the kids, poor, elderly around my area that aren’t getting food. I’d dump a bunch of cash into the meals on wheels situation, too. People need to eat. I’d help with medical supplies, giving stuff to those who need it in this climate of insecurity. I’d also make sure people who needed a helping hand for rent and such, got some. That’s a lot of money.

Not so humble answer: Paying off our bills, making sure my tot can go to college debt-free and adopt a few more pups and kitties. I’d probably give a bunch to my local library, too. Why not?

What about you? What would you spend your cash on?

#evernighties ~ Editing? Love or Hate? with @meganslayer

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This week’s post topic is a favorite of mine. Love or hate the edits?

Me? I love the edits. Why? Because I know my work can use some polish. I’ve always been a believer in edits making the work better. I’ve had some terrible experiences with edits and some fantastic ones. But I’ve always tried to maintain the mentality that the edits, no matter how hard, will make the work better.

But I could be in the minority. I’ve had writer friends tell me the editor ruins the author’s voice. I disagree. I’ve had others tell me the story should go out the way the writer wrote it. In my case, that would involve commas sprinkled around like salt. Just sayin’.

What do you think? Edits? Love ’em or hate ’em?

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#evernighties ~ #diet before #summer ? Or No? with @Meganslayer

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This week’s prompt involves dieting. I’m not a fan of dieting, per se. I’m a fan of moderation. I’m a fan of portion control, too.

But this post is supposed to be about dieting before summer. Again, that’s not my forte. I do 5k races and it’s easier to do them if I retool my eating habits before the race. That doesn’t mean a week before or the day before. It’s a couple months before. You can’t do a race if you’ve been eating junk. Just saying.

What about you? What’s your thought on this topic? Do you diet? Do you diet for summer? No? Let me know.

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#reading outside the #comfortzone with @meganslayer #evernighties

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This is an amusing topic for this week’s challenge. Seems odd I should say that, right? I’ll tell you why.

I joined a book club… 5 years ago? Maybe 6? because my friend, the head librarian, started up the club at the library. The idea was that we all read the same book and discussed it. Fine. Easy. Except almost all of the books we’ve read are ones I wouldn’t have chosen and most I wouldn’t have read otherwise. We each toss in ideas for what to read each month and a few are ones I’ve picked, but I can say at least one of my choices was one I wouldn’t have read otherwise.

I also belonged, for a couple years, to a book club that involved reading whatever you read and bringing it to the group to discuss it. I wasn’t forced to read something I didn’t like or wouldn’t have chosen otherwise, so I wasn’t pushed as much as I could’ve been.

So why read books I wouldn’t otherwise and force myself to read out of my comfort zone? Because that way I can find books/authors I might not have without the push. Or I can say I’ve read that classic book that otherwise I wouldn’t have picked up. Or I can try that author everyone is raving about to see if the hype is worthy. I’ve found some good reads this way and some that I’ll never read again. I’ve found some I thought were interesting and others awful. But that’s me. What I tend to like is what the group dislikes and what they love tends to be the books I’m not wild about at all.

But that’s life. What about you? How do you feel about reading outside of your comfort zone?

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#evernighties #memories with @Meganslayer

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Initially, my answer to this prompt was that I didn’t want to write about anyone else’s memories because they’re their memories, not mine. It’s not my place to write them.

But the more I thought about this prompt the more I realized there are a few people in my family whose memories I’d love to record. Some are still possible, but many aren’t.

I’d love to have recorded my great grandparents’ memories. Why? They lived through The Great Depression and I used to have a cassette recording of their memories of that time. It’d be interesting to revisit that time with them. They’re gone now, so it makes talking to them now a bit harder.

Another would be my great grandmother (other side of the family). She always wanted to write and used to start stories, including her autobiography. She always had great stories to tell in general and she lived a remarkable life. She’s passed away, too, so I can’t ask her about these things, but I wish I would’ve before she died.

The next would would’ve been my grandfather who passed away a few months ago. He served in World War II and never talked about it. Like not ever. I had no idea he knew how to ski, had been to Italy, ended the war in the same place as the 1936 winter Olympics… He had an interesting life. I know he saw things he never wanted to remember, so I understand that, but I get the feeling there was always more to my grandfather than met the eye

What about you? Whose memories would you love to write about? I’d love to know. Since you’re here, check out Billion Dollar Love: Manlove Edition. It’s dropping Feb 21st, but you can preorder it now. You’ll want to. This anthology looks hot!

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