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Ducks in a Row with @MeganSlayer #timemanagement #writing #schedules

It’s funny. I like to think of myself as an organized person. That’s the plan anyway. I’m a mom, so that takes some of whole having a schedule out of the equation. But that doesn’t mean I’m not trying.

The little picture above is very much me right now. I think I’ve got things worked out and I’ve added all my tasks to Google calendar…then something goes off the rails. Yep. One of those ducks wanders right away and I have to find him.

Usually when this happens it’s because of a book/character that’s decided to talk to me. Hey, when inspiration strikes, you have to follow. But in this case, it was my own error. I thought I’d added my name to a list and had a recurring place on said list. There’s only one TEENSY problem. I didn’t check the list as thoroughly as I’d thought. Ugh. Yep. Stepped on toes. It’s a talent of mine. It wasn’t intentional. So what did I learn? Check what you’re doing. Don’t let life get out of hand all of the time. Sure, it will. That’s life, but a few checks here and there will do a body and a schedule good.

Oh and one of my characters did decide to talk. That’s how I roll.

Speaking of characters, I just had a book come out this Tuesday. In honor of baseball season starting and opening day…wherever it happens to be… I give you Great Catch. Available now wherever ebooks are sold. 🙂

Great Catch 

by Megan Slayer

Digital List Price: $0.99

ISBN: 9781370868971

Books2Read Universal Link: https://www.books2read.com/u/bzpwBz

Puppy love or a shot at forever…

Jake has loved Kyler since he realized he was gay. His best friend is the only person he wants to be with–but Kyler isn’t gay. Sure, they’ve experimented and everyone thinks they’re together, but Jake’s not sure. What’s he supposed to do? Hide his true feelings forever? Move on? Neither seems like the best plan.

Baseball brought them together, but will fear keep them from finding the love they deserve?

Search Terms: Sports Romance, Baseball Romance, Gay Romance, LGBT, Contemporary Erotic Romance, Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

HOLT Medallion Finalist – Suspended Game

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In 1936, everything is a scandal.

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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending an awards luncheon hosted by the Virginia Romance Writers. Even though SUSPENDED GAME did not win a HOLT Medallion, I was honored to have made the final round in the Extra Spicy/Erotic category.

Many, many thanks to the wonderful ladies who put so much time and effort into making the day special.

With a garden party theme, hats and gloves were the order of the day. Since I resemble Micky Mouse when I put on white gloves, I passed on that, but I did wear a hat!

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The table settings were lovely. Everyone got to take home their teacups!

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This is a very small sample of the fabulous desserts that were made and served by the chapter members!

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I didn’t score a Medallion, but I did take home a certificate.

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Here’s a little something about SUSPENDED GAME.

After five years spent proving his innocence in a gambling scheme, Jimmy Doyle Walker is back on the field for the Washington Diplomats. Given one season to demonstrate he can still contribute to the team, he guards his secrets well, knowing exposure of his unorthodox sex life would create a career-ending scandal. When he meets Evelyn Gardner, she tests his resolve, and he risks everything to show her the delights to be found in his arms.

Living day-to-day as a switchboard operator, Evelyn Gardner loathes the sexual cravings that cost her the home and family she’d always dreamed of. When she meets Jimmy Doyle Walker, the sexy first baseman for the Washington Diplomats, at a church revival meeting, he challenges her beliefs and her expectations. Determinedly, he seduces her through erotic letters, sensual gifts, and sexual play, until she dares dream she can have satisfaction and respectability.

Too bad her father, the preacher, seems set on ruining not only their reputations but also their lives.

Excerpt:

Sliding his hand beneath hers, he clasped his fingers around her wrist. Her pulse raced as fast as his, another reason he shouldn’t be doing what he was. Neither one of them was ready for what he wanted to do with her, but it was only her hand, he reasoned. Touching her this way was inappropriate as hell, but he couldn’t stop. He needed to feel her skin, and it was imperative that she get used to him touching her. It was never too soon to begin teaching her to accept him.

“Keep your eyes on mine, sugar. Don’t look away, no matter what.” He explored her fingers with his thumb, rubbing it along the length of each one before repeating the process, this time gently nudging into the soft flesh between each digit as he went from one to the next. When her eyes dilated and her breath grew shallow, he almost came in his pants. Shit, she was a natural submissive, and he couldn’t wait to have her completely under his spell. The things he’d do to her body. The pleasure he’d wring from both of them.

“Your hand is incredible, sugar. I can imagine these fingers shoving in, pulling out. All. Day. Long.” He turned her hand over and began massaging her palm with his thumb. “Does your hand cramp at the end of the day?”

“Sometimes.” Her lips barely moved as she formed the word.

He pressed his thumb hard into the center of her hand. Her fingers instinctively curled inward, encasing his thumb in the sweetness of her embrace. He returned to stroking her skin. “And do you massage the ache away? Alone? In your bed?”

Heat crept from the prim lace collar of her dress to her neckline, yet she held tight to his thumb. God, he could do this all night, tease her, stoke her need. One day soon he’d take care of her himself, but tonight, it would be enough to know that the hand he held in his now would be between her legs tonight, massaging away the ache he’d put there.

The clatter of plates and squeak of rubber soles on linoleum alerted him that they were soon to be interrupted. He glanced up and noted the waitress headed their way. With a gentle smile, he tugged his thumb from her grasp and pulled his hand to his side of the table. Turning her face to the wall, Evelyn tucked her hands into her lap.

Once the waitress left, he reached for her again. “Give me your other hand.” She hesitated for only a second before presenting her gloved hand to him. He stripped the garment from her fingers, set it atop the other one. “Eat.”

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New Release – Suspended Game by Roz Lee

A new, 20th Century historical BDSM sports romance from USA Today bestselling author, Roz Lee.

The Natural meets 50 Shades

The Natural meets 50 Shades

Blurb:

After five years spent proving his innocence in a gambling scheme, Jimmy Doyle Walker is back on the field for the Washington Diplomats. Given one season to demonstrate he can still contribute to the team, he guards his secrets well, knowing exposure of his unorthodox sex life would create a career-ending scandal. When he meets Evelyn Gardner, she tests his resolve, and he risks everything to show her the delights to be found in his arms.

Living day-to-day as a switchboard operator, Evelyn Gardner loathes the sexual cravings that cost her the home and family she’d always dreamed of. When she meets Jimmy Doyle Walker, the sexy first baseman for the Washington Diplomats, at a church revival meeting, he challenges her beliefs and her expectations. Determinedly, he seduces her through erotic letters, sensual gifts, and sexual play, until she dares dream she can have satisfaction and respectability.

Too bad her father, the preacher, seems set on ruining not only their reputations but also their lives.

Author’s Note:

I hope fans of the Mustangs Baseball series will enjoy this step back in time to 1936 when baseball truly was America’s pastime. America was still reeling from the great stock market crash and dealing with a heat wave that destroyed lives and livelihoods (the dust bowl). Amid the turmoil and heartache, baseball provided a much-needed distraction for people of all ages.

Baseball is a simple game in terms of equipment and space needed to play. Any empty lot, yard, street or field will do. Anything from a cardboard box to a trash can lid can serve as a base. One ball. One bat, and some gloves, though those can be optional or shared between teams. Anyone can play with little risk of injury, making it the perfect game for picnics and schoolyards.

In 1936, ballparks didn’t have lights. All games were played during the day so attending a game was a special treat for hardworking fans. Most listened to the play-by-play via radio (no television yet!), read about their favorite team in the newspaper or stood on the sidewalk where innovative news outlets posted play-by-play information as it came through via telegraph from the ballparks.

The hero of Suspended Game, Jimmy Doyle Walker, is the grandfather of Doyle Walker, the manager of the Mustangs in my present-day series. Readers might recall (Strike Out, Mustangs Baseball #6) that Doyle has a bat in his office that his grandfather used during the 1936 season. Jimmy Doyle walks a fine moral line. An upstanding guy, he’s struggling to revive his career after being falsely accused in a gambling scandal while protecting his personal life from those who would condemn him. The BDSM lifestyle is not a 21st century invention. People have been practicing kink since the beginning of time, albeit, behind closed doors. In 1936, small, secret communities of like-minded people existed all across the country. The group of which Jimmy Doyle is a member is a figment of my imagination, but is nonetheless accurate in its depiction of the secretive nature of the members.

The heroine of the story, Evelyn Gardner, reflects the reality of women during that time. The roaring twenties brought a degree of liberation for women, but for the most part, they were subject to the whims of the men in their life and society’s moral strictures. A woman’s value remained tied to her virtue, and that was subject to her marital status. Divorce wasn’t unheard of, but it was a stain on a woman’s character, as was any expression of sexual desire. Women had earned the right to vote, but sexual fulfillment was still a man’s right.

Finding the romance of this era was a challenge, but one I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you do too.

Suspended Game is available from these retailers:

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