Quote I Love: Isn’t it odd?

“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?” Mo had said…”As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.” ― Cornelia Funke

Reader Prize Box Giveaway and a Special 50% Off Sale

My latest newsletter is out. If you’re not subscribed, you can check it out here. It includes a sale for HOW TO HEAL A LIFE and a look at the final French cover for BREATHE.

If you’re a newsletter subscriber you can also click the giveaway link in the newsletter that you received in your inbox and enter to win the special prize box pictured above. If you’re not a subscriber, be sure to sign up for my free newsletter so you can take part in future reader giveaways.

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Enter to Win a $15 E-Gift Card or Two Free E-books from Author Sloan Parker

For today’s giveaway, I’m offering one random winner their choice of the following prizes:

  1) $15 eGift Card to Amazon.com.

  2) $15 eGift Card to Barnes & Noble.

  3) Two e-books from my backlist.

The winner will be contacted privately to select which gift they’d like to receive.

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

RULES AND TERMS:

  • The giveaway runs until the end of the day tomorrow. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on March 28, 2018One random winner will be selected and then contacted directly about their prize. Chance of winning depends on the total number of entries. No purchase necessary. Please note: currently we are purchasing Amazon gift cards that are for use only on Amazon.com.

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Story Inspiration: Guys in Cars

You all know I love visuals when it comes to daydreaming new story ideas. I can’t pass up thinking through the backstory behind a picture, wondering what had just happened to that person, what they could be thinking about, and what will happen next for them. Here are some of my recent photo finds:

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Another Conversation with Matthew from the MORE series


The following conversation takes place early on during MORE Book 3 (More Than Ever).

Matthew opened the front door, and his face lit up with a huge smile. “Hi, Sloan.” As it always was with him, he seemed so excited to see me.

The feeling was completely mutual.

I offered him a return smile. “I’m glad you had time for a visit today.”

“Me too. Come on in. I was just starting dinner.” He motioned me inside and then led me through the house and into the kitchen.

“Can I help?”

“Sure. I’m making fajitas. With homemade tortillas. You wanna chop the vegetables?”

“You got it.” I got started on the onions and peppers while he set to mixing the ingredients for the tortillas. After a few minutes of silence, I asked, “Where are the guys?”

“Still at work.” He opened his mouth to say more, and I knew he was going to talk about Luke and Richard and how they were doing and what they were up to. I didn’t want to hear about them right then.

Before he could say anything, I asked, “How have you been doing lately?”

He lowered his head and shrugged. “I’m okay, I guess.”

“You still waiting to hear about that job?”

“Yeah.” There was a long pause. He took a deep breath. “I really want this one.”

“I know you do.”

He nodded. Keeping his gaze on the dough he was now kneading on the surface of a wood cutting board, his next words poured out in a rush. “I’m not gonna ask you how it turns out because I know I have to wait, but if there’s anything you can do…” He trailed off.

I set the knife down beside the strips of peppers and onions and gave him my full attention. “I’m going to do my best for you, Matthew. I promise you that.”

He smiled at me again, his eyes beaming with genuine affection. “I know you will.”

I probably shouldn’t have said anything more, but I couldn’t keep the words inside. “Thank you for trusting me with your life. It means a great deal to me.”

He laughed. “I should be the one thanking you. I wouldn’t be me without you. I’d be somebody else.”

I laughed too. “I guess that’s true.”

Then he studied me with an intensity that reminded me of Richard. “You’re going to make me tell them about the other stuff that’s been on my mind lately, aren’t you?”

“Don’t you think you should?”

“It’s not a big deal. None of it is.”

“That’s not true, and you know it.”

He finished with the dough and then went to the sink to wash the sticky residue from his hands. After drying his hands with a towel, he turned to face me. His voice wavered on his next words. “Yeah, I know.”

“It’s going to be okay. They love you, and they’re going to help you through this.” I took a step toward him and grasped one of his hands in mine. “But most importantly, you’re going to help yourself.”

He wiped a tear from his cheek and nodded. He met my stare and squeezed my hand. “Yeah. I am.”

Haven’t read the MORE books yet? Read the opening chapters for free here: MORE book 1 and book 2.