The following e-book title from my backlist is on sale now until the end of the day tomorrow for $3.99 at All Romance eBooks: HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
I’m currently revising the second book in this series, and yesterday one of the scenes I read through was the first kiss scene between Vargas and Seth. I love the way it turned out. Both of these men deserve so much happiness, and I can’t wait to share their story with you.
A serious ex-cop and a klutzy younger reporter–who’s just accepting that he might be gay–form an unlikely alliance in HOW TO SAVE A LIFE (THE HAVEN BOOK 1)
THE HAVEN BOOK 1
I’m pleased to share that the e-book re-release of HOW TO SAVE A LIFE is now available at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and Smashwords. It’ll be coming to B&N, iTunes, and more stores soon. (It can take a couple of days to several weeks for the book to get approved at my distributor and listed at the various sites.)
This edition is the same as the original e-book version, with only a couple of minor corrections made to the text. It also has a different cover that matches the trade paperback edition.
THE HAVEN BOOK 2
I’m tentatively calling this one: HOW TO HEAL A LIFE. I have a high-level outline done for this story, and I’ve been adding notes to it as ideas come to me. Over the past couple of days I’ve added dialogue from several conversations between Seth and Vargas that I just love. I can’t wait to dig in and write this one. Right now I’m finishing up the rough draft of Matthew’s book (MORE Book 3, which also has a title: MORE THAN EVER). You can read more about my plans on my updated Works in Progress page.
I’m excited to share that I will be re-releasing a couple of my novels, MORE (More Book #1) and HOW TO SAVE A LIFE (The Haven Book #1), under my own self-publishing imprint Sloan Parker Press. The upcoming books in each series will also be published by Sloan Parker Press.
I have a fabulous team in place (beta readers, editors, designers, and more) to help bring you these books throughout 2015 and 2016. The publishing world has been changing rapidly for the past few years, and there are more opportunities for authors to have a say in the process than ever before. I’m thrilled to be able to do more self-publishing of my work.
Both MORE and HOW TO SAVE A LIFE will have new e-book covers, and minor corrections will be made to the text of each book.
HOW TO SAVE A LIFE will be re-released in January, and then MORE should be out not too long after that (the release dates for these and the sequel for MORE are based on when the rights revert back to me). There may be a few days where the e-book formats for these novels are not available for purchase at the various bookstores due to the transition of the books to my self-publishing imprint.
In any case, we’ll be getting all Sloan Parker books back up for sale as soon as possible. I’ll share a release date for the sequel to MORE (titled MORE THAN MOST) as soon as the details are worked out. But once MORE is re-released, the sequel should follow 2 months later. I can’t wait to share more of Luke, Richard, and Matthew with everyone!
Right now I’m putting the final polish on MORE THAN MOST. (I’m so thrilled with how it’s turned out and I can’t wait to share it!) At this point in the process, I usually spend my days walking around the house reading the manuscript aloud. I look for anything that stands out: repetitive or missing words, odd phrasing in dialogue, continuity issues, moments when an emotional reaction would up the intensity of the scene, that kind of thing.
I’m also at the point where I know the story so well that I sometimes start “acting out” certain parts. Every time I read the same scene over and over, I make hand gestures and facial expressions when the characters do. I lick my lips when they do. I move when and how they do. (And let me just say, I’m so glad no one has a camera anywhere near me during this phase of the writing process.)
So I thought it might be fun to share some of the specific moments from my books where I caught myself really stepping into the role of the characters.
So in no particular order, here are my more embarrassing moments as a writer:
I squeezed my eye shut imitating Walter when Kevin punched him, and then dabbed at the “tender” skin below my eye. (HOW TO SAVE A LIFE)
I banged my fist on my desk when Luke did the same on a diner table after talking with his father. (MORE)
I limped around the house like Richard after he’d twisted his ankle. (MORE THAN MOST)
I went to scoop up little Jessica and carry her through the house like Lincoln did when Nancy’s place was on fire. (BREATHE)
I shoved open the (non-existent) bathroom stall door and stormed across the room when Lincoln found out who the man was that he’d kissed. (BREATHE)
I squinted as the wind whipped around Evan when he was trapped in the blizzard, even though I was writing that book in the middle of summer. (TAKE ME HOME)
I raised my arm to shuffle Mateo into his apartment just as Grady did when he finally located him. (I SWEAR TO YOU)
I picked up the pace when Mark raced after Scott when Scott freaked out and ran out of Mark’s apartment after they’d tried to spend their first night together. (MORE THAN JUST A GOOD BOOK)
I puffed out my cheeks when Sean stuffed his mouth with two dinner rolls when he’d first met Gavin. (SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN)
And perhaps the MOST embarrassing:
I reached for my dick (of which I do not have) when Walter told Kevin to touch himself. And I did it again every single time I read that scene. (HOW TO SAVE A LIFE)
Now that’s dedication, right? Or a really, REALLY nutty writer, I’m not sure which.
I’ll just say I’m very passionate about my work and leave it at that.
I was thrilled and touched to see that four of my books have been nominated at Goodreads in the M/M Romance Group’s 2013 Member Choice Awards. I also received a nomination for Favorite All Time Author! THANK YOU to those who threw my name and books into the hat. And to the contest coordinators for putting everything together and offering to send badges to the nominees.
Here’s the full list of nominations for me and my books: