Writing Life: The Rewards of Patience

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“That’s the magic of revisions – every cut is necessary, and every cut hurts, but something new always grows.”  ― Kelly Barnhill

“The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.” ― Stephen King

“The best advice I can give on this is, once it’s done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes. When you’re ready, pick it up and read it, as if you’ve never read it before. If there are things you aren’t satisfied with as a reader, go in and fix them as a writer: that’s revision.” ― Neil Gaiman

I recently hit the point in revising HOW TO HEAL A LIFE where I’m even more connected to the story and the characters. I’m adding those extra little touches that allow for deeper meaning and emotional impact. I’m learning far more than I knew I was missing about who these characters are. At the same time, I’ve been strengthening their interactions, tweaking the overall story arc, and filling in any plot holes.

It feels really good to be at this point. I wanted to wrap this book up MONTHS ago, but I’m so very glad I stuck it out and kept on plugging away at the revision phase instead of calling it “quits” too early. I would’ve been seriously disappointed in myself. Especially when it came to this book. Seth’s journey is a difficult one, but I always hoped that would make the book all the more emotional and powerful for the reader. I wanted to give his story the attention it deserved. 

Now it’s coming together to be what I’d always envisioned for his story, and I couldn’t be happier.

I have a bit more to go with the revisions, but for me, this is one of the most rewarding parts of the writing process. I can’t wait to do my next read-through and see the full effect.

A Comforting Touch (Preview Snippet from How to Heal a Life)

From the unedited WIP of The Haven 2, HOW TO HEAL A LIFE…

With that simple touch, Seth awoke. He rolled his head to the side and just lay there, breathing heavily, staring at Vargas for several achingly long breaths, his eyes harboring a haunted expression Vargas almost couldn’t bear. But no way was he going to look away. Instead he ran the pad of his thumb over Seth’s skin in a comforting stroke.

 

Love this phase of writing!

The Haven Book 2 Manuscript

Pictured above is the binder containing the rough draft of Seth and Vargas’s story, HOW TO HEAL A LIFE (The Haven Book 2). I’m currently reading through it, revising, and adding more emotional depth and substance to the manuscript, and it’s going really well. I’m surprisingly pleased with the opening of the story, and that’s usually where I do most of my reworking. Knowing I’ve got a good handle on the beginning has me even more excited about this one.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress! Watch my newsletter and works-in-progress page on my website for more updates on this and my other projects.

 

Release Party: Story in Pictures for MORE THAN MOST

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Click here to enter the giveaway. One entry per person per day during the release party.

I’ve become quite addicted to Pinterest. I love having one place to save pictures that inspire story ideas or ones that remind me of a particular story. Below are some of the pictures from my pinterest board for MORE THAN MOST. You can view the full board here.

Follow Sloan’s board Preview in Pictures: MORE THAN MOST (More #2) on Pinterest.

Enter the Release Party Giveaway for a chance at a $25 e-gift card to All Romance eBooks and a bundle of Sloan Parker’s novels in print. You can enter the giveaway once per day for a total of seven entries per person. The giveaway ends 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

MORE THAN MOST: Release Date, Blurb & Cover Reveal

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RELEASE DATES

MORE is re-releasing around February 10th. This is a re-issue of the previously published e-book. There were some corrections made to the text, but the story is the same. Since this is a re-release, we have to wait until the original version is removed and then upload the new file, but this is our best estimate on when we’ll start having it available. It could take a few days, or even a couple of weeks, before it starts showing up at all the retailers.

MORE THAN MOST (MORE BOOK 2) will be out April 28th. The plan is to have the e-book up for pre-order a couple of weeks before that, which helps it show up quicker at e-bookstores on the actual release date. To give my regular readers a special deal, we’ll be offering MORE THAN MOST at a special introductory price during the pre-order period and for 1 or 2 weeks after release day. After that, it will return to its regular price in May, so be sure to look for the book early. The trade paperback will be out shortly after the e-book is released.

MORE THAN EVER (MORE BOOK 3) is the title for Matthew’s book. This one’s still in the works, so we don’t have an estimate on the release date yet.

COVER ART

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*There was a coloring issue with the original cover for the re-issue of MORE that I shared a few weeks ago, so we redid the covers for this series.

STORY DESCRIPTION: MORE THAN MOST (MORE BOOK 2)

Richard, Luke, and Matthew return in this sequel to MORE, a Rainbow Award winner for Best Gay Contemporary Romance. Investment manager and always-in-control Richard Marshall has just landed a historic estate he’s waited years to acquire. Gone a lot for his work, he’s seriously craving his men. Yet it’s more than just the sex he’s missing. Emotionally-traumatized Luke is still dealing with the aftereffects of his father’s attempt to kill him, and Matthew’s trying to find his way as part of a ménage
relationship.

When Luke and Matthew come clean with Richard about what they’ve been feeling, he knows there’s only one way to solve all his problems: keep them close by accepting their help to investigate why someone wants to destroy the mansion he’s trying to save. When it becomes clear he’s put his family in danger, Richard has to
choose between giving up control and pushing away the men he loves right when they’ve started to heal and have rekindled the explosive chemistry that brought them all together.

A ménage relationship is hard enough. Add in danger, intrigue, a haunted mansion, and three sexually frustrated men, and it’s not a typical love story. It’s much more.

Coming April 28, 2015