#Evernighties Post 4-11-2019 @meganslayer #blogchallenge #addingyoutoabook #meganslayer #evernightpub #iamwriting

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This week’s challenge is rather funny. I’m notorious for putting my friends and relatives and pets (oh my!) in my books. I do. I’m not the be careful or you’ll die in my book kind of author. I’m the you’re my friend and I like your name so I’ll put you in a book type.

So I have three stories about putting my circle into my books.

The first one involves putting my pets in books. My series Must Love Dogs features dogs (I know, duh, huh?) and the first book, The One I Want has a black lab. Why? Because I have one, but he’s the size of a small pony. The book Ever Fallen in Love features a woman who owns a German shepherd and a basset. The basset was named after my dog (a basset-beagle), but I didn’t have her yet. I wrote the story and said if I got a basset, I’d name her after that character. I did and I did.

I named the character Jacen in Blurred Reality after one of my favorite editors. 🙂 Beautiful Music Together has the name Benny in it because I love Benny Goodman.

As for family, I don’t name characters after my immediate family. I just don’t. I’ve named baddies after certain folks I wasn’t fond of at the time, but I never make it super obvious.

I did have a story told to me today (I know, today!) that will go into a book and Mary will definitely be the character that’s named in the situation. Lol!

Would you ever put your family, friends or pets in a book? Which one? Why? Let me know. I’d love to know.

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#Evernighties Post 4-11-2019 @meganslayer #blogchallenge #reviews #meganslayer #evernightpub #learning

week 15

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This week’s topic involves celebration. Namely, how I celebrate the completion of a manuscript. This is a little odd for me. I don’t celebrate, per se. I don’t. I guess I’m strange.

I would like to think I celebrate, but the truth is, I don’t. I just finish and plow onto the next one. I do have one quirk at the end of each manuscript. I don’t know if it’s a celebration or a way to mark that it’s the end.

I like to write in my notebooks. I write most every story out in first draft form in long hand. Yep. I do. I’ve got  boxes and boxes of notebooks. I can’t just start at the computer and the story comes. I also can’t plot a story via outlines. I’ve tried. It doesn’t work. I have to write the whole thing down, no matter how clunky or messy, then add it to the computer to smooth it out.

So that quirk… at the end of each story, but only in my notebooks, I have to write this:

~ FIN ~

I don’t really know why. It’s just a quirk and it’s mine.

What about you? How do you celebrate? 🙂

#Evernighties Post 4-3-2019 @meganslayer #blogchallenge #reviews #meganslayer #evernightpub #learning

week 14

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This week’s topic is about learning from reviews. In particular, learning from the worst reviews.

I won’t quote them verbatim, but I’ve had a couple of reviews that stung. I mean…STUNG.

One review mentioned my writing was sh*+ and I should stop. That stung because I was a new writer and was still learning. What I took from that was I needed to up my learning game and thicken my skin. Just because that person didn’t like the book didn’t mean everyone didn’t like it.

Another review mentioned the plot was impossible. No one does that.  That’s not possible. Fantasy is silly.  This taught me that just because the story might be one person’s cuppa, doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. That and sometimes books need to be clearly labeled as fantasy, if they are fantasy.

I’ve been at this writing gig for ten years. I’ll celebrate the official anniversary in May, so I’ve seen lots of cruddy reviews. I’ve seen lots of glowing ones. One big thing I’ve learned, and it’s not about one particular review, is not to visit Goodreads. I know that sounds stupid. It’s for readers. I’m a reader. But I don’t go there. I’ve been doxxed there, I’ve been insulted and I’ve had personal things shared because someone wasn’t happy with me. The reviews aren’t always glowing and can be downright mean. So instead of punishing myself, I just don’t visit.

Sorry, not sorry.

What about you? What do you do when you get a bad review? How do you handle it? If you’ve read a book that wasn’t your cuppa, how do you handle it? I’d love to know. 🙂

LRC Honorable Mention for Best BDSM Romance ~ Her Sir by @MeganSlayer

Thank you to my readers, the Love Romances Cafe and Evernight Publishing for believing in me. Thank you! I’m honored to be an Honorable Mention in the BDSM Category at LRC. Thank you all!

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Her Sir by Megan Slayer SIR

Evernight Publishing

Contemporary Erotic Romance

M/F, BDSM, Exhibitionism, Anal Sex, Toys, Spanking

 

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 from these fine retailers:

Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/her-sir-by-megan-slayer/

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BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/her-sir-megan-slayer/1128433779?ean=2940155200383

Excerpt:

©2018 Megan Slayer, All Rights Reserved

“You control everything,” she blurted. Her cheeks reddened, and she bowed her head. “Sorry. But you do.”

“Actually, you do. When we play, you’re the one in control. You say stop or slow, and I follow. I push you, but you tell me when you’re done. I’ll encourage you to stretch your boundaries, but only because I want to make you fly.” He pushed the cooling coffee to the side. “If you say no, then I respect your decision.”

“You expect me to kneel.” She flattened her palms on the table. “Like that last time.”

“I wanted to show off my beautiful woman. If you’d have said no before we left the private area, I would’ve stayed out of the main room.” He leveled his gaze at her. “I expect a partner. You were my best partner.” He hadn’t taught her very well if she thought she was second rate. When they played again—and they would be—he’d show her what he meant.

“You have one. A partner. I saw the demonstration,” she said. “You replaced me.”

“Slow down.” He hadn’t known she was at the club when he’d done the demonstration or he would’ve plucked her from the audience. “Which demo?”

“There’s more than one?”

“I don’t have a permanent sub, so I’m expected to do demonstrations for visitors, for the videos … for people who want to play the voyeur. That’s part of my job at the club.” Not his favorite part and he couldn’t wait to pass the torch to someone else, but he’d tell her that later. She managed to aggravate him like no other. He wanted to stretch her ass across his lap and spank the sass out of her. Then he wanted to kiss her until she collapsed. He wasn’t one to settle down, but she made him think twice. In her own way, she’d broken him.

“I thought we had something.” She turned her cup around. “Now I understand I was just another client.”

“I never said that. Never thought it,” he said. She’d been special from the start. He loved the way she felt in his arms, the way she moaned during a scene, the flicker in her eyes just before she came…

“Then why replace me? Why not tell me how you felt?” she asked. “Or have you come to this realization now that we’re not at the club?”

“First, I didn’t replace you. I don’t have any one sub I play with. The girls in the video are one and done. No sex, just demonstration and go. I haven’t found anyone who can fill your place. I’ve had a couple offers, but they aren’t you.” They shouldn’t be having this conversation in public, but she needed reassurance. “Would you like to have dinner with me tonight?”

 

 

 

 

#Evernighties Post 3-28-2019 @meganslayer #blogchallenge #research #meganslayer #evernightpub #learning

Week 13

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So what have I learned while researching my books? I have a bit of a bullet list. I do.

  • Dildos can be as big as  my arm, if not bigger.
  • If there’s a way to perv something, it has been done.
  • I have an unhealthy obsession with Captain America, Chris Evans, Matt Ryan, Constantine, Bucky, The Winter Soldier and Matt Bomer. David Tennant is moving right up there.
  • I might be a tad obsessed with orange cats.
  • Will write for chocolate.
  • Visiting the dog park is research.
  • People watching is absolutely research.
  • Looking for cover art counts as research.
  • If you think a toy isn’t possible, then it is and it’s been perved.
  • Oh and if you think it’s not possible to insert, it can be.
  • Felching is a thing. So is docking. So is  sounding.

Those are some of the things I’ve learned. What about you? What have you learned along the way? I’m game.

Oh and while you’re here… my Evernight book, Her Sir, was the Honorable Mention in the Best BDSM category at the Love Romances Cafe Awards. Cool, eh?

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#Evernighties Post 3-14-2019 @meganslayer #blogchallenge #thingsIneverwanttodoagain #meganslayer #evernightpub

week 12

This week’s #evernighties post concerns contests. Want to find the other #evernighties posts? Check them out by looking for the #evernighties hashtag on twitter!

So my contest experiences… I’ve got a mixed bag. I tend not to enter contests concerning authors and books because other authors tend to see I’m an author, so I don’t win. I don’t mind. I don’t tend to visit the page to enter the contests.

I did do a blog hop once and to help bolster numbers, I visited the sites. I’m a reader, too, right? I wanted to visit the sites of the authors I liked and discover ones I didn’t know yet. I don’t know if the hits were small or if I just happened to be lucky, but I did win a couple of the contests. That was fun.

I did do a contest once that wasn’t a good experience at all. Looking back, I should’ve seen it was a catfish situation. I should’ve known it wouldn’t end well. I saw a short story contest and a friend was involved with it, so I thought, oh what the hell. I’ll try it. Turns out it was a popularity contest but I managed to win–I think. They told me I won. Said I’d get the prize, which was publication and a small cash prize. Needless to say, I never got the cash and the publication came when I waited three years and put the book out on my own. I have no idea whatever happened with the contest, but I do know the website shut down shortly thereafter and I never heard from the organizers. It wasn’t good.

What about you? I’m terrible at raffles. I might as well just give the money to the raffle and forget the tickets.

What about you? How are you with contests, raffles and the like? I’d love to know!

#Evernighties Post 3-14-2019 @meganslayer #blogchallenge #thingsIneverwanttodoagain #meganslayer #evernightpub

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This post is both easy and hard to write. I know it sounds odd. First, for the easy. The one thing I never want to do again is laundry. I really dislike laundry. Why? I hate having to break up what I’m doing to switch, fold and put it all away. I know, first world problems. Still doesn’t mean I like laundry.

The hard answer would be letting go of loved ones or getting closure. What do I mean? I don’t like having to bury my loved ones. My beloved dog passed back in October and I’m still hurting over it. I have a wonderful pup now and she’s helped heal my heart, but I think they’d have been pals had they been able to meet. I miss my dog. I do. I miss my grandfather, too. I don’t think we had enough time with him. He’d finally started coming around and being a grandfather. We didn’t have enough time.

The other thing I’d like to never have to do again would have to be letting go. By that I mean letting go of the people I love, but also the friends, too. I’ve had friends who due to whatever reason, have moved out of my life. It makes me sad because I’ve since found out some had cancer, some passed away and others…I don’t know why we drifted. I’d love closure to know what happened, but also to say goodbye and tell them I love them before it’s too late.

Maybe that makes me too sentimental and too steeped in my darn first world problems. What about you? What do you want to never have to do again?