I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again…with @MeganSlayer ~ A Journey of Writing, Rejection and Starting Over

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This post has been cross-posted at Paranormal Romantics: http://paranormalromantics.blogspot.com/2017/05/i-get-knocked-down-but-i-get-up.html

When I sit down to write, I have a general plan for the story. General. I won’t say it’s ever a very well fleshed out outline. I’m not that organized. I have the idea and I’ll start plotting, but usually the characters start talking and I end up with chunks of dialogue within the outline. Now, I know there’s not a singular way to do an outline. It’s a matter of preference. But it can be kind of confusing to anyone reading my notes. Outline, outline, outline…DIALOGUE! Heh heh.

So I was asked to take part in an anthology. Sure. I had been debating doing this sub call anyhow and now that I was encouraged to take part, I set out to do it. I had this great idea. Planned the thing out. Like the whole thing. I even had chunks of dialogue. Like big chunks. I was jazzed. So jazzed…I might have written 2/3 of the story before I knew if it would fly for the call. I was excited. The story was flowing.

Then I heard from the powers that be. They didn’t want it. What? How…

Instead of getting upset or knocked down and not getting up again, I dusted myself off. Now if you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll see this isn’t the first time recently that I’ve been knocked down so to speak. It’s been kind of a rough couple of months.

I could’ve hidden for a while and said to hell with what I was doing. I could’ve gotten angry and lashed out. But what would getting mad do? Up my blood pressure and give me a headache. Hiding isn’t a bad idea, but I’m not the type to hide. The characters are there and when I can’t write, I’m not happy. I write because the characters demand to speak.

So, I dusted myself off and dove into a new outline. I saw a photo that inspired me and the topic happened to gel with the sub call. I wrote the plot and waited. It fit the call! Needless to say, plugging along and keeping going worked for me. I started over and I’m back to my happy place.

Has this ever happened to you? A thing you thought wouldn’t knock you down did, but you kept going? I’d love to hear about it. 🙂

Chasing Sparks by Megan Slayer  MS_BS_ChasingSparks_coverin

A FREE Read Available from Loose Id

Part of the Battle Scarred Series

M/M, Paranormal, Contemporary, Vampires

Coming Soon!

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Two vampires have the chance to step into the sunshine without being charred. Most creatures of the night wouldn’t chance losing their undead life for good. But Anders and Galen have heightened abilities. They won’t char. What are they going to do? Celebrate summer, being together, and sunshine. Mix in hot sex under the veil of stars and fireworks…who wouldn’t want to take a step and chase sparks?

Smut Sunday ~ Never Give You Up by @MeganSlayer #smutsunday #mmromance #vampires

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It’s time for the Smut Sunday Post. I love these. Something hot and sweaty for the day… Here’s my contribution to the Smutty Fun!!

Battle Scarred 5: Never Give You Up by Megan Slayer 

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Contemporary, Paranormal (Vampires)

M/M, Anal Sex, Masturbation

Through time, distance and confusion, we will always find each other.

Galen Collins knows who he loves, but the vampire of his dreams, Anders Von, isn’t interested. What’s a vampire to do when he’s been rejected? Go to the clubs for sex. He’ll get Anders out of his mind one way or another. But there’s something wicked on the horizon in the form of a virus meant to wipe out supernatural beings. Forces who hardly know Galen are out to keep him and Anders apart. Will he allow the demons to win, or will he chase Anders to the ends of the earth?

Anders has always had a crush on Galen, but things never worked out right time-wise. Galen is the one vampire to make his emotional heart race. He wants to strip Galen to his core and explore every inch of him. Will Anders take the chance to be with Galen and discover how well they fit together or will the virus take Galen before Anders makes his move?

Available from Loose Id http://www.loose-id.com/battle-scarred-5-never-give-you-up.html or wherever ebooks are sold: https://books2read.com/u/mV7LKM

Now for that smut!!

Anders kissed him and captured Galen in an one-armed embrace. He slid his free hand over Galen’s crotch. He knew Galen wasn’t lacking but caressing his dick, even through the fabric of his boxer briefs, made Galen’s endowment more obvious. He sucked on Galen’s tongue, simulating sex. Holy shit. He wanted this man. How had he kept his distance this long? Because he’d been with others. He’d punished himself by staying away from Galen in case he’d ruin the friendship. Was this his fear of losing Galen manifesting? Or was it something deeper? Had to be. He couldn’t see the future without Galen.

Galen wound his arms around Anders’s neck and ground against him.

“Like that? The way I’m touching you?” Anders asked. He nipped Galen’s bottom lip. Now that he had Galen in his embrace, he wanted to experience everything about him.

“Uh-huh.” Galen groaned. He held Anders to his chest, then pinned him to the wall. “Fuck.”

“Me?” Anders asked, finishing Galen’s statement. Anders shoved his jeans and boxers down his thighs. The garments plopped around his ankles. He braced his shoulders on the wall. He bit back a chuckle. He and Galen were in the midst of a telepathic connection. How could there be a wall wherever they were? Better yet, what else could they conjure? He cupped Galen’s ass. Holy shit, the man had a nice butt. His desire for the others melted. His fear dissipated. If Galen and the supers were giving him the opportunity to be with Galen, he’d take it.

“Want me to…do you?” Galen’s eyes widened. He didn’t look or sound sure of himself.

“I do.” He nipped Galen’s bottom lip again, then captured his and Galen’s dick in his hand. Stroking both cocks together, sent shivers through Anders. For the first time in what seemed like forever…he felt warm. Like red hot. Like he was human again. He loved this feeling. Loved how being around Galen seemed to make him complete. Goddess, he wanted Galen to take him. To turn his ass red and break him down. To punish him for taking so long and being with others while he needed Galen, then to build him up again. He needed a man to dominate him and put him in his place. A safe spot to land, but also someone who cared—who loved him with the right amount of pleasure and pain he’d never been able to tell anyone he craved.

Blog Tour ~ Never Give You Up by @MeganSlayer

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My book, Never Give You Up, is going on tour today!! Yep! And there are prizes to be won. Like? I will be awarding a prize pack featuring a vampire/zombie charm bracelet and autographed swag to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Want more chances to win? Follow the tour! You can do that below or through this link: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2017/03/book-blast-never-give-you-up-by-megan.html

So where will I be today? These stops! Join me!

1: Long and Short Reviews
2: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
3: Lustful Literature
4: EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
5: Liz’s Reading Life
6: Readeropolis
7: T’s Stuff
8: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
9: Blog of author Jacey Holbrand
10: Dawn’s Reading Nook
11: It’s Raining Books
12: Kissing Bandits
13: Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance
14: Reviews by Crystal
15: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
16: The Avid Reader
17: Books, Dreams,Life
18: The Blackwood Blog
19: Illuminite Caliginosus
20: Christine Young
21: Liz Gavin Blog
22: Everything Marie
23: Harlie Williams, Writer
24: Welcome to My World of Dreams
25: Straight From the Library

I hope to see you there!!

When the Idea Comes Alive by @MeganSlayer #ideas #writers #PNR

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Originally posted on the Paranormal Romantics Blog: http://paranormalromantics.blogspot.com/2017/03/when-idea-comes-alive-by-meganslayer.html

Sometimes I wonder what the next story will be. I know that sounds crazy. Aren’t authors supposed to have characters talking all of the time? Usually, that’s correct. Most often, I can’t keep a notebook close enough of a pen full because I’m scrawling information down. I can see a music video or a sequence at the store and an idea shows up. It’s fun. 

But every so often, I’m in a lull. No one’s talking and nothing’s happening. I call it my time to recharge my brain. Hey, sometimes I need to. 

So while I was sitting here trying to decide what to write about and being mildly puzzled… I had an idea. Actually, I’d been thinking about my local library. I was given the opportunity to write a short piece about why I love my library. Now you’re probably wondering why I mentioned the library. Simple. The library and this post (Yep, this one) inspired me. 

I used to love going to my local library (a bigger one than the one where I live now) and wondered what would happen if the furniture came to life. What if the paintings could talk or the books could, too? What would it be like to be in that world. Kind of a cross between Beauty and the Beast and Alice in Wonderland. When you walk in, you don’t know who the librarians will be that day or what the books will tell you. It’s a mystery! Could be Alexander the Great talking about his conquests while the statue of birds flies around the rafters.  I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly putting this idea on the back burner and letting it simmer a while. 

What about you? Have you ever had a whiz-banger of an idea? Or one that won’t leave you alone? I’d love to know. You don’t have to disclose the idea, but maybe the how and why. 🙂

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life… with @MeganSlayer #mmromance #vampires #zombies

I like to try to look at the bright side of things. I prefer to be a positive person in general. Trust me, I’m not perfect. I’m a worrier. Did I lock the house, shut the garage door, remember the detergent when I went to the store…that kind of thing.

Fifteen minutes into a six hour drive, I’m panicking trying to remember if I did whatever it was I could swear I forgot to do. Yep, that’s me. I’m human.

But there’s something about looking at the bright side. In some situations, there aren’t many bright sides. I get it and it sucks. But I’m trying to be positive. We’re here to talk about books and fun. We’re talking about ideas and originality.

Sometimes when I’m writing, an idea that’s so far out there comes to me and I wonder if the idea is worth chasing. That happened with my newest MM book, Never Give You Up. I already had a world where vampires, shifters and every other supernatural creature is being hunted. The forces who don’t understand them want them gone. If you’ve read the other Battle Scarred books, then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, then what are you waiting for? *g*

In Never Give You Up, the supernatural creatures are turning on each other. Some have united, but there are a few who are out for blood, so to speak. What’s a vampire or any other supernatural creature to do?

Never give up.

Okay, that sounds a tad simplistic, but it’s true. They can’t give up. If they do, then they’re dead…like fully, really dead. Anders can’t give up on Galen, despite Galen taking a risky move. How these two vampires deal with the ramifications of Galen’s choices will shape their friendship and could destroy it.

So the bright side…like mentioned? The bright side here is to cling to your friends and the people you know you can count on. They might be the only ones you’ve got. Never give up and keep fighting. The more you fight and stick up for yourself, the more you find out what you’re made of. Never surrender.

Want to know more about Never Give You Up or the other Battle Scarred books? Here you go!

Never Give You Up by Megan Slayer  Battle Scarred, Book 5ms_bs5_nevergiveyouup_coverin
Loose Id
Contemporary, Paranormal
Novella
M/M, Anal Sex, Masturbation
Cover art by Mina Carter

Through time, distance and confusion, we will always find each other.

Galen Collins knows who he loves, but the vampire of his dreams, Anders Von, isn’t interested. What’s a vampire to do when he’s been rejected? Go to the clubs for sex. He’ll get Anders out of his mind one way or another. But there’s something wicked on the horizon in the form of a virus meant to wipe out supernatural beings. Forces who hardly know Galen are out to keep him and Anders apart. Will he allow the demons to win, or will he chase Anders to the ends of the earth?

Anders has always had a crush on Galen, but things never worked out right time-wise. Galen is the one vampire to make his emotional heart race. He wants to strip Galen to his core and explore every inch of him. Will Anders take the chance to be with Galen and discover how well they fit together or will the virus take Galen before Anders makes his move?

Available from Loose Id: http://www.loose-id.com/battle-scarred-5-never-give-you-up.html

****Note: This post originally showed up on Paranormal Romantics blog.****

Wrapping Up and Moving On with @MeganSlayer #writing #thinking #debating ~ cross-posted

I’ve been thinking long and hard about what I wanted to write for this post. An end of the year wrap-up? Maybe a memorial for things lost this year? A plan for 2017? Lots comes to mind. 

In the last few days, a lot has happened. Christmas! Hanukkah! Let’s not forget those. The time of joy and giving. Watching the wonder on the faces of those who received a gift–be it an actual item or an act of generosity. I’ll cherish that. 

Now, I know. There has been some sadness. The passing of legends, almost legends and those we just plain love. Trust me. My heart breaks for them. I’ve loved Gene Wilder since the movie Willie Wonka scared the crap out of (I was convinced if I ate the chocolate, I’d end up in the TV, too…and yet I still ate the chocolate.) So many people. So many creative fires dying out. 

But there are always going to be new ones. New fires we don’t even realize are there. Maybe you and I are the fires of tomorrow. Who knows.

I’m sad about the closing of a few of my publishers, too. I don’t like to speak ill of the closed, but I can honestly say, I didn’t have bad feelings towards those who closed or even bad experiences. Would I like to have the endings gone differently? Sure. Who wouldn’t? But I can’t say the experiences weren’t without merit. Maybe that was me still eating that chocolate.

I saw the shuttering of a few businesses I never thought would (Borders, Fictionwise, ARe) and are now gone. Poof! Okay, so not all were lost in 2016, but you get the idea. This biz is nutsy. 

Back to the chocolate, but I’m not giving up on my love of writing. I don’t know if I’ll ever become that author who hits all of the lists and my book title is on the lips of every reader in the world. That doesn’t mean I won’t try. It doesn’t mean I won’t keep telling the stories I’ve been doing so for the last… golly, I’ve been writing since 2007 and published since 2009. I’m not one of the longer running authors in the biz, but that chocolate still sure tastes good. 

So what is my plan for the next year? To keep writing. I’ve got books in the pipeline with multiple houses and fun things planned for the year. I’m not quitting. Not by a long shot and not when I still love the chocolate. Maybe one day I will be shrunken and land on the TV. Maybe not. Either way, I’m still going to keep slogging it out with the boys from Cedarwood, the shifters in the Sanctuary, the Battle Scarred paranormals and my Seeing Me male models. Why not? I get to play with male models in the morning, argue with everyday guys in Cedarwood in the afternoon, then wrestle with lion shifters at night. Sounds like a good gig to me.

What about you? What are your plans for 2017? Anything special? You know where I’ll be. Writing, reading and enjoying the ride.

Want something to warm up your winter? Try Reconnecting Christmas! Male models, a little angst and a happy ending (you didn’t think I’d keep the happy ending to myself, did you? *G*)

Reconnecting Christmas 

By Megan Slayer
M/M, Contemporary, Holiday, Romance
Short Story
From MLR Press

Art by Winterheart Designs

Oliver McNamara knows exactly what he wants for the holidays–his boyfriend to come home. He wants a nice, romantic Christmas with the man he loves. Will he get his perfect present or a lump of coal on the big day?

If Bert gets his way, this will be a holiday Oliver never forgets. But…being a world famous model means Bert doesn’t always set his working hours and giving Oliver what he deserves could be impossible. Can he reconnect with the man he loves over the holidays?

Two hearts will always find a way to become one especially with a little Christmas cheer involved.

Available from MLR Press: http://www.mlrbooks.com/Bookstore.php?bookid=MSRECCHR
Available now from Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Reconnecting-Christmas-Seeing-Me-Book-ebook/dp/B01N1ST25O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483020198&sr=8-1&keywords=Reconnecting+Christmas+Megan+Slayer
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reconnecting-christmas-megan-slayer/1125312220?ean=2940157606893
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/reconnecting-christmas

Cross Posted from the Paranormal Romantics Blog: http://paranormalromantics.blogspot.com/2016/12/wrapping-up-and-moving-on-with.html

Have You Grabbed Your Copy of Paid in Full by @MeganSlayer #mmromance #mm #PNR #gay

The second edition of Paid in Full is out now. Have you grabbed your copy yet?

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You know how people make deals with God? I made one with the Devil. For what you ask? A boyfriend. Little did I know, the Devil would not only take me up on the deal, but make it worth both our whiles — just not in the way I’d imagined. Turns out, nothing in my world is what it seemed.

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