Story Inspiration: Friends on the Beach

I’m thinking they’re old friends who haven’t seen each other in a number of years. After a day spent at the beach, catching up, things are about to get far more personal.

Some of My Favorite Childhood Books

Over the last year or so, my hon and I have been doing a lot of downsizing, getting rid of maybe 50% of our stuff. Which means I’ve been sorting through everything and taking a lot of trips down memory lane. I found this gem the other day. Based on my favorite miniseries when I was a kid. And apparently one of my favorite books. By the look of it, I may have read this book a few times during my youth. Check out the fine duct tape work on the spine.

I also found these. Such an odd collection.

What books do you still have from your childhood?

Quote I Love: Once the Storm is Over

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”  ― Haruki Murakami

2018 M/M Romance Summer Reading Challenge

We are getting ready to head into summer here in the northern hemisphere, and I thought it might be fun to create a summer reading challenge for readers of M/M Romances. The image below includes 20 book categories to spark ideas for your summer reading list.

If you give the challenge a try, I’d love to hear how it goes. Share your progress on social media and tag me in the post, comment below, or just shoot me an email.

Good luck to anyone who decides to give this fun summer reading challenge a try!

ETA: Start any time. Ends September 21st.

M/M Romance Summer Reading Challenge from Author Sloan Parker

 

Romance Writer’s Toolkit Update: New Character Sketch Sheet, Character Name List, and more

I’m in the process of revamping and adding new materials to the Romance Writer’s Toolkit section of my website.

The following worksheets were recently added:

  • Scene List – Keep track of your novel’s scenes, including each scene’s POV, purpose, setting, and more in this downloadable worksheet.
  • Character Sketch Sheet – Includes loads of questions to create a customizable character sketch.
  • Character Name List – Featuring 900 ideas for character first names. Also track which names you’ve already used in this handy spreadsheet.

I hope many of you fellow writers out there find these tools helpful. I’ll be adding more names to the character name list and adding additional worksheets to the site soon, so be sure to check back.