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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

Writing Through Tough Times by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985) #writerlife

Hi folks,

Everyone has tough times – it’s an unfortunate fact of life. Another fact is that we all deal with those tough times in different ways. Some people are great at dealing with hardship – they just blast on through, coping marvellously and flicking the ‘V’ at whatever said hardship is. Others take it one step at a time, claw their way through, getting battered and bruised. And others don’t deal at all. They cry, they scream, they shout; bury their heads in the sand and crumble. None of those ways are right or wrong – like I say, everyone’s different, and we never know just what crap life is going to throw at us. We just have to get through however we can.

I’d say I’m one of those folks that falls somewhere in the middle. I get on with things, and on the surface probably seem as though I’m doing okay. I save my screaming, shouting, crying and meltdowns for behind closed doors.

It’s actually been a really tough couple of years for me, personally. I’ve suffered some major losses. And yes, I got through it, but another thing for me that suffered was my writing. As much as I wish I wasn’t, I’m an easily distracted writer. Noise, activity, annoyance, worry, grief… they can all make it nigh-on impossible for me to get any words down on the page.

I know other people actually use the aforementioned emotions and channel them into their writing. It can be cathartic for them, which is great, and likely produces some incredibly powerful writing. In the past, I have actually done that, and will likely do so in the future. But when times are incredibly tough, I’ll take whatever words my brain sees fit to provide and call them a win. And in the meantime, when things are quiet, I’ll write as much as I possibly can. I call it making hay while the sun shines.

Because, whatever happens, I try to be positive. At times, that’s pretty much impossible, but I do my best. Because that’s all we can ever do, right? Our best. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

What about you? Authors – do you find hard times stifle your writing, or do they spur it on? And non-authors – is there anything you normally do that you just can’t do when there’s something major going on in your life? Let’s talk about it – it’s important to talk about it, so we all know we’re not alone in these feelings.

Happy Reading (or writing, or whatever you’re currently working on!),

Lucy x

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller) and The Persecution of the Wolves. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 150 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

Snow Days, Reviews, and Headaches #WritersLife

I had MAJOR plans today to write the day away. Heck, I even dreamed about what snacks I would munch on while diving into my current WiP, an HEA for Reid Sullivan, Elite Escort man whore extraordinaire.

Thanks to nor’easter, Stella, I’ve got three kids at home with me rather than one.

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That means I haven’t written a single word and the day is almost half over.

I’m also neck-deep in trying to rustle up reviews for another title.  That makes me feel all…

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FRUSTRATED AS HELL.

I mean, seriously. I’ve sent out close to 25 review requests between making breakfast, wiping snotty noses, taking the toddler to pee, sipping tepid tea, making beds, laundry…and I know the chances of my gleaning a single review is close to zero.

All this to say it’s eleven in the morning, and I already have a headache. I’m ready for spring, digging in my garden, and a little peace and quiet.

That’s my bitch-o-rama for the day. How’s your day going so far?? Any tips or suggestions on how to get those coveted reviews? HOW can I keep the kids quiet for FIVE friggin’ minutes so I can write?!?

Lots of xoxo

~ Lynn Burke