Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Being a Writer and Pet Parent...with Megan Slayer

I'm a vocal pet person. I love cats, dogs, bunnies... well, you get the idea. I need critters around my house because they keep me sane.

I've got three dogs and three cats. To say the least, it's a zoo. But I love them. I do. I've always said I have a soft spot for critters with issues. One cat thinks he's a dog. One cat hates...everyone...sometimes even me. The third cat I'm pretty sure doesn't have any bones in his body. He's liquid. One dog, the water dog, is deathly afraid of water. Another dog swears she's a person and she's the mother of my kid. Then there's my shadow dog. If I'm not there, she's not happy. She's got serious separation anxiety.

So now you might be wondering what all of this has to do with writing. Sometimes I wonder, too.

Okay, no. I know, but bear with me.

I'm sitting here trying to decide what to write about. I mean, I'm a writer. I have ideas. I have characters talking to me. Writing shouldn't be hard.

Now factor in critters. One dog wants me to pet him. Another wants to sit on the cushion RIGHT next to me. He breathes on the computer and plugs the fan. Okay... gotta move. I head to the desk. One cat wants to sit behind me on the office chair. So much for proper posture. Another cats wants to knock EVERYTHING down because he's not getting attention and/or fed on his time. The third cat shows up just to sleep on the desk beside the computer because he has to keep me company. I don't mind him being there. He sheds all over everywhere, but it's not that big of a deal.

Enter the dogs. The one who can't live without me has to stroll by and toot before she jumps onto the couch in the office. The second one wants to chase the cat sleeping by the computer. Growls, howls and hissing ensues. Third dog strolls by, leaving a stench trail, before she heads upstairs to sleep on the landing.

Now I'm supposed to write characters having sex. Hmm. I'm pretty sure I'll have to let the room air out and a few critters go to sleep before I get anything written.

Such is the glamorous life of a writer.

Want to know more about my latest release? Here you go!!

You Belong to Me 

Battle Scarred, Book 3
Megan Slayer
Contemporary, Paranormal
M/F, M/M, M/F/M, Ménage, M/M/F, Anal Sex
Available from Loose Id

The vampire and wolf shifter will protect Ava with their lives—because they belong together as deemed by the Sources. Will their blossoming love wither before they get a chance to stoke the flames, or will it be strong enough to overcome their problems?

The world can crumble around us, but we’ve always got each other. Always.

Ava Grant learned the hard way not to trust anyone. Trust equaled opening up to another person and allowing herself to be hurt. She’s done with pain—until she’s summoned by the Sources. Her world is thrown into upheaval. Two men can help her, if she’s willing to let them in. Will she able to open her heart to a vampire and a wolf shifter?

Joachim Stokes and Padraig O’Malley are the best of friends. The attraction between them is palpable, but there’s something missing. When they are tasked with protecting Ava, they realize they’d found what they’ve been missing—her. A bond forms between the three, but some bonds are meant to be broken. With the war heating up, her past won’t stay hidden forever.

Will their blossoming love wither before they get a chance to stoke the flames, or will it be strong enough to overcome their problems?

Available here:


Megan Slayer - It's Always Fun to Squirm
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Easy & Fun Book Promotion From a Self-Declared Technology-inept Author

By Maureen L. Bonatch 

On more than one occasion I've openly declared my limited ability, and desire, to learn all this new fangled technology.

 Despite my words sounding like a stubborn ancient oldster about to recollect the amount of snow traveled to school back in the days of their youth (hint: it's always uphill both ways)or an ostrich with it's head in the sand—I've come to realize I'll have to learn some of the ever changing world of technology.                    

                                      Wanna come along?

Why Learn Something New?  

Because no one is going to come looking if you don't put yourself out there. 

Believe me, I've waited and waited, but no one has come knocking on my door to ask to see the books I have published...or the four draft manuscripts on my computer. 

Why do people wait, delay, stall or ignore?

Because Change is Hard

Taking that next step, finishing that draft, or learning a new skill is imperative to growth 

I've already...

Today I want to share my latest venture and a display few ways even a technology-phobe-novice like me used PicMonkey and Canva to interact with readers, share my books, and have a little fun. (Some items are free and others have a minimal fee for use- be sure to check.)

Yes, I said fun! Who would've thought? 

I'm not going to provide step by step methods to create these because...they're that simple. Go to the site and it tells you exactly what to do. 

Instead I'll show you a few different ways you can use these great resources for marketing your book, interacting with readers, or just having fun!

1. Use a line/quote from your book 

 2.  Use a quote of yours, or one you like, to  share your thoughts 

3.  Use a tagline to tell the reader a little about your story 

4. Use comments  (Be sure to quote and/or give credit)

5.  Use one of your own photos

These are just a few examples, and I'm by no means an expert. 
I mean, none, nada, not even close, miles away from anything close to an expert! 

Now go on and have some fun making your own 

Can't get enough Paranormal and Urban Fantasy? 

 You're invited to the Bump in the Night...a Paranormal Experience Facebook Party on March 12th from 12  p.m until 6 p.m. EST! 

You’ll find me (at 12:30 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. EST- check the time zone peeps!) and 11 other paranormal/urban fantasy authors. Stop by for prizes and loads of magical fun!

About the Author:

Maureen writes stories in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania that boast laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world. She writes Paranormal Romance and Fantasy.

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