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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Wednesday Blogging Challenge 2/13/2019 @MeganSlayer #longandshortreviews #blogging #romance #memories

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This week’s post concerns my most romantic memory. Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, it’s only natural this would be the topic. So, here we go.

My most romantic memory has to be when I had a hysterectomy a couple years ago. Now, I know. Having such a surgery doesn’t exactly sound romantic. It’s not, but go with me. I’d had the surgery and was ready to go home. I’d spent the night before extremely sick because I’d had a terrible reaction to the anesthesia. My dear husband switched vehicles out and brought my mother-in-law’s car to pick me up. I couldn’t crawl into my Jeep Wrangler because the seat was up too high and it was hard to move–not because of the wound, but because of the air that settled in my shoulder. I know it sounds icky and might not make much sense. Like I said, keep up with me.

Dh brought a different vehicle to help me better get in said vehicle. He drove the longer way home to keep from hitting a bunch of the potholes because he knew my shoulder hurt like heck. Once we got to the house, he made sure he brought up the dog (she couldn’t climb onto the bed on her own), my favorite blanket and the entire Soap! television series on DVD.

This might not sound terribly romantic to you. It was to me. Why? I was not feeling great and he took over all my duties. He cleaned the cat litter (He detests this.), ferried the tot back and forth to school, made sure I got up and moved around, and had the house ready for me to be lazy (although after that surgery, lazy is much appreciated). That was romantic. When we had time alone, he’d watch tv with me and keep me company. It was romantic because I knew he cared. He even brought me roses two days later. Not because he’d forgotten, but because the florist wasn’t open on Mondays (when I had the surgery) and closed early on Tuesdays (When I got home), so he couldn’t get up there in time. I loved that he cared enough to try.

I know, I know. I could’ve said when he proposed or when we got married…or even the roses after the tot was born. We’re weird. What can I say?

So, it’s your turn. What’s your most romantic memory? I’d love to know! While you’re at it, check out the other blogging challenge posts!

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Wednesday Blogging Challenge @MeganSlayer #longandshortreviews #blogging #movies #writing

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This week’s challenge involves my favorite movie of all time. This one is easy. It won’t seem like it’s something I might watch, but follow me here.

My favorite movie of all time has to be Field of Dreams. I’ve never been super enamored with Kevin Costner, but I liked the dad-ness of him in this film. I liked the dichotomy of him being a dad and a kid. I’m not a super baseball fan, but I love the baseball slant. Oh and Ray Liotta back in the day was hot.

But those aren’t the biggest reasons I love this movie. When I was in junior high, I was part of a gifted program. I don’t know that I enjoyed being part of it, but I was. One of the perks, though, was having an occasional movie day. We all got to skip the studies that day and watch a flick. The one we watched was Field of Dreams. Now, there’s nothing truly subversive about the movie. Pot is mentioned and Kevin Costner swears, but it wasn’t anything I’d never heard before.

As I watched the movie, I fell in love with it. I loved the impossibility of a voice telling someone to do something, a ghost playing baseball and the chance at redemption. It was great.

This was also the last movie day we had. I don’t know if someone complained, if we were supposed to be learning and it was seen as us being bad… I’m not sure. But it marked a change in my life. We weren’t having educational time and fun time, but just educational time. The games were over and it was time to get to work.

Yet, I still love the movie. If I hear that French horn part or see the field, I have to stop and watch. It snags me every time.

What about you? What’s your favorite movie of all time?

While you’re here, how about a taste of my latest novella, Bound by Desire?

Bound by Desire by Wendi Zwaduk desire

Novella

Contemporary

BDSM, Younger Man/Older Woman, Anal Sex, Bondage, Toys, Sensory Play

From Totally Bound

 

Stella wants her groove back after her divorce, but she never figured a younger man would be the answer to her prayer. He’s determined to do more than bind her wrists. He wants her heart, too.

Stella Barnes isn’t looking for love. She’s convinced it’s not in her cards. The guys she’s met seem to want her money and greeting card business. When her sister throws a freedom party at the local dance club, Stella meets a man who makes her think twice about giving up on love. Can the young buck command her body and soul in the sensual ways she needs or will her desire to be spanked send him packing?

Wes Chase has known he wanted Stella since the moment he saw her–at the club and two years before when she was still with her husband. Her plan to use him for her date to attend her ex-husband’s second wedding makes him cringe. He’d rather be with her out of love and kinky devotion, not as a dodge. Will he convince her they belong together and he can set her spirt free or will her fear keep them apart?

 

Available from:

Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/book/bound-by-desire

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/mBPaLZ

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Amazon FR: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bound-by-desire-wendi-zwaduk/1130025290?ean=9781786864185

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bound-by-desire-8

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bound-by-desire/id1447267498?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=mn-ADwAAQBAJ

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge @meganslayer #longandshortreviews 1-30-2019

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So which of my characters would I name a baby after? I have a funny story or two to go with this and none have anything to do with my tot’s name.

When I was pregnant with tot, I had a student who swore the tot would be a girl. He wasn’t. But she swore he’d be a she. So since I had a niggling thought the tot would be a boy, and the rescue pup we’d adopted was a girl, I told the student I’d name the pup after her. We did. JoJo was one of the best pups. I miss her.

Then there’s the story of Darlington. I’d written a story, Ever Fallen in Love, where the heroine had a pair of dogs, a German Shepard named Fontana and a Basset Hound named Darlington. I said if I ever got a Basset, I’d name it Darlington. Oddly enough, I was sent to the pound to find a ‘white dog’ DH had seen right after a thunderstorm. Don’t ask me for any other details about the white dog. He never gave me any. But I went to the pound and when I turned the corner, there was the Basset I wanted…Darlington. I adopted her the day she was available for adoption. She was another one of the best pups. I helped her through her gaggy period (don’t ask, it was gross), her macular degeneration (yep, dogs get it) and unfortunately when the tumor in her brain got to be too much. I loved her and she was my dog.

So maybe I didn’t name a baby after a book character, but I did name a pup after one. What about you? Is there a character you’d name a baby after?

While you’re here, my latest release Bound By Desire, released yesterday! Check it out!

Bound by Desire by Wendi Zwaduk desire

Novella

Contemporary

BDSM, Younger Man/Older Woman, Anal Sex, Bondage, Toys, Sensory Play

From Totally Bound

 

Stella wants her groove back after her divorce, but she never figured a younger man would be the answer to her prayer. He’s determined to do more than bind her wrists. He wants her heart, too.

Stella Barnes isn’t looking for love. She’s convinced it’s not in her cards. The guys she’s met seem to want her money and greeting card business. When her sister throws a freedom party at the local dance club, Stella meets a man who makes her think twice about giving up on love. Can the young buck command her body and soul in the sensual ways she needs or will her desire to be spanked send him packing?

Wes Chase has known he wanted Stella since the moment he saw her–at the club and two years before when she was still with her husband. Her plan to use him for her date to attend her ex-husband’s second wedding makes him cringe. He’d rather be with her out of love and kinky devotion, not as a dodge. Will he convince her they belong together and he can set her spirt free or will her fear keep them apart?

 

Available from:

Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/book/bound-by-desire

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/mBPaLZ

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

Amazon FR: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B07LFGB4QJ/

BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bound-by-desire-wendi-zwaduk/1130025290?ean=9781786864185

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bound-by-desire-8

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bound-by-desire/id1447267498?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=mn-ADwAAQBAJ

EXCERPT:

“Oh shit. I’m late.”

She opened her eyes and a tall man with dirty-blond hair ran up to her. He gripped a binder and his brown eyes blazed.

“Hi, I’m supposed to meet a guy,” he said. He puffed and doubled over for a second. “Sorry. I ran down the block.”

“I can see that. You’re a mess.” She drew her legs up and folded them beneath her. He’d piqued her interest. She guessed he was there to meet with James. The poor guy. So young and handsome…he’d get shot down by James, no doubt. Still, she wanted to keep speaking with him. “What, again, are you here for?”

“I want to open a business.” He offered his hand. “I’m Wes Chase.”

“Stella.” She shook hands with him. The moment she touched his skin, hers tingled. She fought the urge to pull away from him. She hadn’t felt such a reaction in a long time—probably not since she’d met James back in college.

“Stella.” He smiled. “That’s a pretty name.” He tucked the binder under his arm. “So, see, I’m envisioning a record store. Think lots of neon—besides what’s already here—lots of couches, turntables, vintage…listening areas and lots of vinyl.”

“Sounds interesting.” She tucked her hands under her butt to keep from touching him again. “What’s your plan?”

“Oh!” He tugged the binder free and opened it, then placed it on the counter beside her. “I’ve got half of the capital and connections secured. I’ve met with people in the record sales and trade business. This area doesn’t have any specialty shops and needs one. I believe once there’s one started, then others will follow. You’ve got a thriving downtown scene and it should be utilized.”

She laughed. He knew how to say the right words anyway. She glanced down at his charts. He had the correct information, too. “I agree. I miss the unique shops we used to have.”

“With the right marketing—which I’ve laid out here—this can be a reality. I’m hoping Mr. Barnes will allow me to rent the building.” Wes nodded. “Are you looking into renting this place?”

“Oh no.” She shook her head. “I’m not in any position to rent anything.” Truth be told, she wasn’t financially independent of James at the moment. But until now she hadn’t needed to be. Looking at her situation, she realized she needed to have a plan for herself.

“Good. I don’t want competition.” He paused and his eyes widened. “I mean…sorry.” He frowned, then bowed his head. “I know his penchant for pretty girls.”

She suppressed a snort. Pretty girl? She had to be at least ten years older than him, but she’d accept the compliment. Besides, she wasn’t on James’ radar. She was his friend and the person who lived at the house with him.

“Do you know him? You’re his girlfriend, right?” Wes leaned in close. “Wait…I know you. Have we met before? Maybe another professional setting? You look familiar but I swear I can’t place you.”

“I know him.” She nodded to hide her disgust—not with Wes, although his pushy nature grated a bit on her nerves—but at James for cutting her out…already. “Well, why don’t we ask him? If your plan is up to snuff, then I don’t see why he’d turn you down.” Except that he’d already decided to demolish the building. If nothing else, Wes would get a great lesson in not getting his hopes up.

“I’m afraid to ask him because he’s notoriously tough to work with and cranky. He kills deals because he doesn’t like a person’s tie or whatever.” Wes adjusted his crooked necktie. His collar was askew.

She waggled her fingers. “Come here.” She fixed his collar and smoothed out his tie. Then she swept his hair off his forehead. “Better. Less messy.” She sat back and looked him over. “If you’ve done your homework, then you’ve done your part and you won’t know what he’ll say until you ask.” She turned her attention to her husband, who’d just returned to the room. “James? This gentleman wants to rent the building.”

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This week’s topic is favorite things I like to do in the winter.

Beings that we were just slammed with almost ten inches of snow over the weekend, I have a few thoughts on this topic. Haha. I love to sled. I haven’t been sledding in years, but its one of my favorite winter activities. Drinking hot cocoa is, too. With whipped cream. Maybe go sledding, then once we’re all tired, come home for hot cocoa.

One thing that’s not on my winter activities fun list is pulling the truck out of the ditch or driving in snow when there’s no path plowed. I got to help with both. The truck got stuck in the ditch (not by me, thankfully) and I had to go to where the driver was to help out. To do that, I had to drive on unplowed, unmarked road. I’m not great in snow (I wasn’t taught to drive on snow), so it was scary. Then the truck was buried pretty deep. Oy.

But once it was all done, we snuggled up in front of the TV (no fireplace), with lots of blankets, shivering and hot cocoa. I can’t say it was my favorite night, but at least the ending was fun. What about you? What’s one of your favorite winter activities?

Speaking of winter fun, here’s one of my winter stories, Believe.

Believe believe

A Trust novella

Megan Slayer

Liquid Silver Books

Novella

M/M, Anal Sex, BDSM, Shibari, Bondage, Spanking, Toys

 

Long distance relationships are never easy, especially at Christmas time. But if Raylan and Chase can learn to trust each other and believe in the power of love, they’ll not only get their Christmas wish this year, but for all the Christmases to come!

Raylan believed himself unworthy of love until he met Chase. Chase brought out Raylan’s natural need to control and the power to force submission. But time and distance make having a relationship hard. Can Raylan prove to Chase they have what it takes for love to last through this Christmas and every other Christmas for the rest of their lives?

Chase found the muse for his songs in Raylan. Each time they touch, kiss, make love, music fills his soul. But working odd gigs to make ends meet while Raylan photographs rock and roll royalty isn’t beneficial to Chase’s creativity. Can he convince Raylan they’re better off together than apart?

 

Available at:

Liquid Silver Books: http://www.lsbooks.com/believe-p93.php

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/m0ze6M

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CT5RCVO?keywords=megan%20slayer%20believe&qid=1445899066&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/believe-megan-slayer/1108818138?ean=9781595789112&itm=5&usri=megan+slayer

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/believe/id500528025?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/believe-72

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=Fzs3AwAAQBAJ

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for January 15, 2019 @meganslayer #longandshortreviews #meganslayer

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This week’s challenge is what would I do with a million dollars…

This particular challenge hits quite close to home. If I had a million dollars, I’d love to say I’d do something really heroic. Rescue dogs and cats. Give cash to the local shelter. Something like that. Actually, that’s probably where a lot of it would go.

But I’d have to be a bit selfish, too. Yes. You see, my family has been affected by the government shutdown. It has. We’re okay for now, but things are going to get very tight if this goes on much longer. The savings only lasts for so long. So I’d use that million dollars to make sure we’re on level ground right now. I’d make sure the house payment was made, the tot had a college fund again and we had food on the table. I’d give a generous portion to the local animal shelter and a decent chunk to the Friends of the Library. But mostly, I’d make sure there was a decent amount just sitting so I know when the next big bump happens, we’re not in a bad way…again.

But that’s just me.

What would you do?

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Dancing Together by Wendi Zwaduk  dancingtogether_9781786864109_amzn-180x288

Book 4 in the Love Lessons series from Totally Bound

Contemporary Erotic Holiday Romance

Features a MF pairing and involves BDSM, Spanking, Toys, and Bondage

Can friends with benefits become a lasting love?

Allyson Benson has been in love with Jordy Murphy since she started teaching at the same elementary building. She wants the tall, blond gym teacher to notice her and, when he runs into her at a party, she summons her courage to ask him to be friends with benefits. Shouldn’t be difficult—lots of sex, but no entanglements and certainly not love…until love enters the equation.

Jordy Murphy doesn’t do relationships. He’s happy being free, but there’s one woman who has been on his radar—Ally. He wants to get her out of her boring clothes and kindergarten classroom for some serious one-on-one time. He’s all for the sex-only situation she proposes until he’s struck with a realization—what if this perpetual free spirit has met his match? Allyson could be the one. Can the commitment-phobe really accept the love he’s wanted all along?

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released elsewhere. It has been revised, expanded and reedited for rerelease with Totally Bound Publishing.

Available today:

From Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/book/dancing-together

From Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J5VY71N/

Universal Link:
https://books2read.com/u/mqZ6Re

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dancing-together-1

 

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge @Meganslayer #longandshortreviews #meganslayer #books

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I’ve opted to start taking part in the Wednesday Blogging Challenge with Long and Short Reviews. Want to join in? You know you do. Here’s the link so you can join in: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/category/miscellaneous-musings/

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This week’s topic is books that need a prequel.

Huh…I have to say, I can’t think of any book that needs a prequel. Not at first.

At second consideration, there is one. You might not agree with me. That’s okay.  I grew up in a time when it seemed like a lot of kids were being abducted. It wasn’t even high profile kids like celebrity kids, but regular ones. Ones like me. It was scary.

So if I were going to request a prequel for a book, it’d be for the book, Amy: My Search for Her Killer: Secrets and Suspects in the Unsolved Murder of Amy Mihaljevic by James Renner 

I want to know what this girl, one a lot like me, was like before the bad stuff. What did she want to do with her life? I’d love a picture of this young lady before…you know. Just to get to know her. I grew up with the picture on the news, but I didn’t really know much about her.

That’s what I’d like a prequel for. But then again, I’d love a better ending, too. The author mentions when we were kids, we watched movies where the bad guy is caught and even though bad stuff happens, the good guys win out. This wasn’t one of those stories. I’d rather have the good ending. The satisfying one. Unfortunately, I can’t.

What about you? What book would you like a prequel for? Which one of mine would you want one for? Let me know.

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