4 of My Books Named in M/M Romance Group’s 2013 Member Choice Awards

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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:

If you’re interested in selecting your own favorites from 2013, voting is going on via this poll. You can see a full list of categories and nominations at Goodreads if you’re a member of the M/M Romance group.

You might even find a few new books to try.

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HOW TO SAVE A LIFE now available in trade paperback

SP_HowToSaveALifePrint_tradecover_MdI’m pleased to share that you can now pick up a print copy of HOW TO SAVE A LIFE at AmazonCreateSpace, and Barnes & Noble.

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
ISBN-13: 978-1492268963
ISBN-10: 1492268968

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Reporter Kevin Price has a knack for tripping over his own feet. And everyone else’s. He’s in over his head undercover at the Haven, a swanky gay sex club, determined to find out why members of the club keep vanishing. Five minutes inside and he can no longer deny the truth about his sexuality. He turns to the one man he can’t get out of his head, the sexy ex-cop handling security. Too bad Kevin doesn’t trust cops. Not since the only night he let himself be with another man.

Walter Simon doesn’t do the club scene anymore. Not since he found love and lost it. That doesn’t mean he’ll let anyone hurt more innocent gay men. Even if that means going head-to-head with the klutzy, closeted, much-younger reporter. Kevin has information about the disappearances. Better to keep him close. And safe.

Neither is at the club to hook up or fall in love. Now they must work together amid their growing passion in order to uncover the truth before more men disappear.

Note: How to Save a Life features Walter Simon, a secondary character from MORE, but can be read as a stand-alone story.

 

EXCERPT

Kevin did not want to talk about this. Yet a part of him longed to do just that.

Here, in this room, with a gay man listening to him, he couldn’t pretend any longer. He wanted to kiss Walter again, let his tongue wander over those lips, down along the skin of his neck to the warm flesh under his clothes, his chest, and lower to his abs, and even lower. He wanted to taste it all. He couldn’t hide from that fact. Not any longer.

He’d known for months now that he’d been heading to this moment. Whether he’d wanted to admit it or not.

It had been easy to keep the promise he’d made in his youth. At least while he’d been with Sondra. He wasn’t a cheater. Now that she was gone, now that he was here, now that he’d felt this man’s touch…he was done holding back.

Walter cupped his chin and forced him to look up.

“I guess I can’t hide from it forever.”

“That’s good. You don’t have to hide. Not here. Not in this room. Not with me.”

 

New Cover for Trade Paperback Release of How to Save a Life

Here’s a mock-up preview for the upcoming trade paperback version of HOW TO SAVE A LIFE.

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I’ve got the proof copy in hand and will be going through it shortly to do a final check. It’ll be available for order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, CreateSpace, and others starting in October. Sometimes it can take a few weeks for the various retailers to get it added to their catalogs.

 

Proof Copy

And just for fun, here’s a snippet from one of my favorite moments in the book…

Walter sucked in a deep breath, and the embrace turned fierce, like he wasn’t sure he could ever let go. He whispered, “I never thought I’d be here.”

“Where?”

Walter threaded a hand through the wet strands at the back of Kevin’s hair. “More afraid of losing someone than I’ve ever been. Wanting and needing someone more than…anyone.”

Kevin kept his arms wrapped around Walter, sweeping his palms over the damp skin of his back and broad shoulders, desperately needing to comfort and not wanting to face why. Or maybe he did. Maybe he’d been waiting for this moment all his life.

 

Looking for Reader Questions for my Characters

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I’m currently gathering questions to include in a new Q&A section of my newsletter. If there’s anything you’d like to ask one of my characters, I’d love to hear about it. Specifically I’m interested in questions for any of the characters in MORE and HOW TO SAVE A LIFE (my two series books), but I’d love to hear your questions for any of my books.

If you have something you’d like to ask, post your questions in the comments section here on the blog or send me an email to sloanparker.author@gmail.com (please put “Questions for your characters” in the subject line). I may not use all the questions I receive right away, but I’ll be sharing as many as I can in the next several editions of my newsletter.

Thanks so much. I can’t wait to see what you guys want to know about.

 

Behind the Stories: Research and Field Testing Story Details

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The “Behind the Stories” pages on my website have been updated for several of my books with a sample of research links for each story, new related blog posts, a short playlist for SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN, pictures of my organization-crazy scene board for HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, and a few tidbits about the writing of BREATHE, including why I smashed the toy car pictured above. You can check out all the new info at the links below:

BREATHE
Breathe

TAKE ME HOME
Take Me Home

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
How to Save a Life

SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN
Something to Believe In