I just recently read More and thoroughly enjoyed both the hot menage romance and the suspense. Now this fun read is available in both e-book and print formats.
Sloan's giving away a print copy to one lucky commenter. Read on for the details!
Reading is My Escape by Sloan Parker
Thanks so much for having me on the blog today, Jessica!
I’m sure many of you saw that Nora Ephron recently passed away. She was one of my partner’s favorite writers and directors, probably best known for her work on When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Silkwood. As with the passing of any well-known person, there were many mentions of her work and her words on Facebook, Twitter, and the blogosphere.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes that made the rounds...
“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”
-- Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
I could really relate to her words.
Reading does several things for me as an author:
- 1) It helps me connect with language in a way that working on my own stories doesn’t. Reading other people’s words (even stories in another genre and in a very different voice), somehow helps my own words flow more easily.
- 2) Reading gives my creative side a break. I can sit back and fall into a story and the characters’ lives. I don’t have to worry about whether I’m using vague pronouns or if the character’s motivations are strong enough or if the descriptions are vivid enough. I don’t have to evaluate every sentence, every word to make sure the meaning is clear and the emotions are compelling.
- 3) Reading grounds me. I’m free to enter another world unlike any I would create, and this helps me get out of my own imagination, out of my own head in a way no other entertainment does. Perhaps that’s because reading is more mentally active than something like TV. It requires focus to keep me engaged, but not as much focus as my own work.
Recently, I was pleasantly surprised when I re-read my first book MORE in order to proof the paperback edition, and found I loved reading about those men and their story in a very different way than when I was in the midst of editing it. It was almost like I could step back and really enjoy it as a reader, something that is hard to do for most authors when you’re in the middle of the creation process.
In celebration of MORE’s first time in print, I’m giving away a copy of the paperback edition to one random person who leaves a comment on this post. The winner will be drawn on Monday, July 9th at 11:59 pm EST and will be contacted via email.
Blurb for MORE:
For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father's radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men whom he can’t get out of his head have Luke breaking them all. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries—both sexually and personally—and now he’s no longer hiding from his senator father; he’s taking him on. And he isn’t just falling for one man; he’s falling for two. If you're going to break the rules, might as well break them big.
But Luke’s father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he’ll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew.
Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his familiar way of life just when his new lovers want to pull him closer?
Excerpt from MORE:
I arrived at the Haven a few hours later--the earliest ever--dressed in leather pants, a burgundy dress shirt, and a cocky smirk on my face, determined to put all thoughts of my father, my past, and any other emotional crap behind me.
The Haven was my place to play. My place to feel better about my life and how I lived it.
I wanted to fuck the shit out of someone. I wanted to dominate, to take charge and possess someone, deny him an orgasm until I wanted him to come.
My expectations of what the night would entail affected my demeanor, and I stood taller. I eyed the room for a candidate before taking a seat. The hurried manner in which I went about the task would have bothered me on any other night. Not now. I had something to prove--to myself and to the voice of my father.
Yet, as I surveyed the room and sat on a bar stool, the image of one man assailed my thoughts--a grinning, licking, groaning Matthew.
Shit. I slammed a clenched fist on the bar.
“Something wrong, Luke?” the bartender asked.
“Uh, no. Nothing. Glass of water, please.”
I raised the water to my lips and kept swallowing until I sucked in air instead of the cool liquid. I shoved the glass aside with the back of my hand. The scratching in my throat continued with each gulp of air.
I closed my eyes, and the daydream of Matthew and me slid into view. Richard soon arrived. He pushed into me with abandon while I continued to fuck Matthew.
I rubbed the back of my neck with an open hand. The gesture created more tension instead of easing it. Sex with the same men more than once wasn't the experience I wanted. Not that night. Not any night. It was too expected, redundant, reliable, and complicated. I wanted none of it.
Except I did want them. I couldn't deny how much I wanted to feel them in my arms, to touch them, to kiss them again.
Jessica, thanks again for the opportunity to share with your readers! I hope everyone finds a good book to escape with today.
Sloan Parker has been writing for years, but she finally found her true passion telling stories about two men (or more) falling in love. Now she creates m/m erotic romances and romantic suspense. She loves to explore the lives of people who are growing as individuals while falling in love.
You can find out more about her work at www.sloanparker.com.