#evernighties 4-25-2019 @meganslayer #favoritegenre #romance #iamwriting

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This week’s prompt is kind of hard. I’m all over the place when it comes to reading and writing romance. When I started, I was told to write JUST in one genre. I thought it was too constricting, especially since the characters showed up and weren’t in one genre.  So I followed my heart and the characters and write what I want. Rather, I write what they tell me to write – they being the characters.

So which one is my favorite to write? All of them, but mostly paranormal romance and contemporary –LGBTQ, straight or menage all possibilities within those genres.

Then what’s my favorite to read? The same ones I write in. I know. I’m boring in that respect. The thing is, I like to read biographies, old Hollywood and rock-n-roll are my go-tos. I’d list my favorite authors, but the list is too long. Grin.

What about you? What are your favorite genres to read?

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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/

#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?

 

Wednesday Blogging Challenge 3/13/2019 @MeganSlayer #longandshortreviews #blogging #dayinthelife #meganslayer

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This week’s challenge topic involves a day in my life. I don’t know if it’s that exciting but I’ll give it a stab. While you’re here, check out the other posts. You can find them here: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/miscellaneous-musings/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-for-march-13-2019/

A day in my life tends to look like this:

Get up way earlier than I’d like because I’m the taxi to take the tot to school. Tot gets up on his own and takes care of himself in the morning, but since tot can’t drive…

While waiting for tot to  get ready for school, I do part of the EDJ, which isn’t as evil as it might seem. I rather like the EDJ, but I’d also rather be sleeping instead. I also try to make sure the emails have been read/addressed and I’ve done a cursory check of social media. It’s not nearly as glamorous as it looks.

Once tot has been delivered to school, the dogs get fed and usually attempt to trip me. They like to run crazy through the house. Once they’re settled, I get my 2-3 mile walk in for the day. I’ve tried to walk every day and am up to over 180 miles walked for the year (my goal is actually 1000). I’m behind on my goal, but I’ll get there.

After a shower and clothes change, I tend to try to write. But Dh is home and there are chores to do, so until lunch I’m either attending to chores or whatever DH has in mind.

After lunch is writing time. I wish I could say I get to do this every day, but I don’t. Sometimes it’s impeded by vet visits, dentist visits or time spent with the Friends of the Library. Right now I’m spending a lot of time working on our upcoming author event.

I retrieve the tot from school, then once we’re home that’s about the time DH leaves. My afternoons are there to feed the dogs, meal prep, ensuring tot gets homework done, listening to drum/guitar practice (I don’t actively listen…it’s more like it’s thundering through the ceiling, so I have no choice), feed cats or they being to conspire my downfall, laundry and once the tot settles for the night, more writing. I’m a night owl, so I like to write later. I’d also like to sleep later in the morning, but one wish at a time… I carry the dog upstairs because that’s what she thinks I should do and crash.

So that’s my day.

What about yours? I’ll bet yours is much more exciting. Grin.

Long and Short Reviews is Looking for Short Stories to PUBLISH on their site!

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Long and Short Reviews is looking for Short Stories! Look here: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/short-story-submissions/

Go to their site for more information, but here’s a snapshot of what they’re looking for:

Authors! Want a great opportunity to have your flash fiction published and get some great exposure for you and your other releases?

We are publishing short stories each Saturday on our site. They can be in any fiction genre (except erotic romance): mainstream fiction, romance, young adult or other kid lit, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller … you get the idea! They need to be a complete story told in 1000 – 1200 words.

Wednesday Blogging Challenge 2/20/2019 @MeganSlayer #longandshortreviews #blogging #romance #research

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This week, the topic involves research. I’m a naughty girl. I love my research. I do. So this week, the topic is where do I go to research….whatever.

Well, it depends on what I’m researching or learning about. If I want to learn about teachers, I was one, so that helps. But I also go to my friends who happen to still be teachers. They’re great resources.

If I want to know about hairdressers, of course I look up information online, but I also go to my hairdresser and ask questions.

I’ve never written about an astrophysicist because I don’t really know what they do, but I’d go to the library first, then try to talk to someone in that field. But since I don’t have characters that are astrophysicists…I’m good.

But I have to add, I’m a biography junkie. I am. If there’s an old Hollywood biography, I’ve either read it, or I want to read it. Same goes for rock and roll biographies. I love them. So when I’ve written about rock stars, I’ve used those biographies as resources.

Where do you go when you want to learn things? What do you want to learn about? I’d love to know. 🙂

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#evernighties Thursday Blog Challenge 2/7/19 @meganslayer #evernightpub #romance #influence #books

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This week is all about five authors I’d like to meet. Five. Just five. Boy, oh boy.

This is a tough list. Really is. Let me think. Oh, and it’s not in any particular order.

Truman Capote – The guy was weird, but fascinating. It’d be interesting to talk to him and get inside his head. I don’t know if it would be safe to crawl in and out of his mind, but might be fun for a little while.

Harper Lee – I’ve always liked the book To Kill a Mockingbird and wondered what spurred her to write it. I’m sure I could find info if I looked her up, but I’d rather have a chat with her instead. I know she was very private, so if I would’ve been able to talk to her, it would have been a treat.

KA Mitchell – I’ve loved all of her books and I’d just love to fan girl for a moment. I like the real life circumstances in her stories.

Ella Quinn  – She’s another author I’d love to talk with, but I’ve already met her. Still, I love chatting with her and would love to see her again, so she’s high on my list. She’s funny and sweet. Plus I love her books.

I’m sure a lot of authors would have Stephen King on their list. I do, too, but because I think he’s original and I’d love to know how he works out his stories. I’ve read On Writing, but I’d still love the chance to chat with him in person.

What about you? Who would you love to chat with? I’d love to know and chat with you, too.

In the meantime, here’s a little bit about my latest, award-winning, novella from Evernight Publishing, Soft Clay!

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book 4 in the Celestial Mates series

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Celestial Mates, 4

Two souls trapped—can they find freedom in each other’s arms?

Nike, the goddess of speed, can’t move. She’s the goddess of strength and she can’t shatter her curse. The goddess of victory has lost her weapons—her shield and spear. She put her faith in a human, only to be cursed. Can another human be the key to her salvation and freedom from the clay?

Charlie needs someone who can understand him. A person to cherish him. Male or female, he doesn’t care. He’s intrigued by Nike’s statue. Call him infatuated. But she’s a statue and they don’t come to life from true love’s kiss, do they?

Get your copy at any of these locations:

https://www.evernightpublishing.com/soft-clay-by-megan-slayer/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HZ4RKFC/

https://books2read.com/u/mvKVO2

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/soft-clay/id1437983747?mt=11

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/soft-clay

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/soft-clay-megan-slayer/1129679363?ean=2940155832409