Blog-Versary Interview & Giveaway: Sloan Parker

Last year we had Sloan Parker at On Top Down Under Book Reviews for our 2 year blog anniversary. Because Sloan Parker is an author Cindi and I both enjoy reading, we felt it fitting to have her join us again for our third year. Welcome, Sloan.

Sloan: Happy 3rd anniversary! I’m so excited to be here again. This is one of my favorite events to be a part of, and I’m honored you asked me back.

Kazza:  Thank you 🙂 🙂

Kazza: Since you were last here you’ve had a book come out that I was both excited and MOREnervous about, the follow up to More, More Than Most.  More Than Most is from Richard’s POV and anyone who reads my reviews knows that I’m a total Richard Marshall fangirl. It was so satisfying for me that I loved More Than Most. More is a much loved book, was it nerve-wracking for you having the next in that series come out, and with a different character’s Perspective? I know Richard is a communicator, but how easy/hard was Richard to coax out for the book?

Sloan: I’m so glad you liked Richard’s story. I actually was a little more nervous about the release of MORE THAN MOST than I might normally be with a new book. I wasn’t sure if readers of MORE would like the new point of view or, with the break between books, if they’d still find the characters interesting and want to follow them through more of their story. One of the things I try very hard to do when I’m writing each book is to remain focused on the story I want to tell and the experiences I want More Than Mostthose specific characters to go through, and not think too hard about where the book will end up and who might read it. That’s the only way I know to write with all the passion and excitement that I can. By the time the book releases, I feel like I’ve done the best I could to write a story that excites and moves me, and I never turn it over to my editor until I’m proud of those efforts. Then when the book is out, I try to remember those feelings, remember that I did all I could to write an engaging and entertaining story for readers.

As for coaxing Richard out, once I found his voice and felt comfortable writing in his perspective, his feelings and reactions actually came much easier than those of the more sarcastic Luke. I loved looking at the threesome from Richard’s perspective, and finally being able to show his thought processes as he tried to get the other two men to communicate was such fun.

 

Kazza: The next in the More series has Matthew’s POV. Cindi is a huge Matthew lover and More Than Most Quote 5I know a lot of other readers feel the same. Any pressure writing that book? Is there a (working) title for Matthew’s POV? Anything you can share with the readers that we should know?

Sloan: Matthew’s probably the character readers tell me they love the most, so yeah, I think there’s a bit more pressure with his book. But honestly I’m trying not to think about it too much for fear I might freeze up, and I don’t want the pressure to affect the end result. The first draft went really well, although I did find it hard to take the sweet Matthew through some of the more difficult emotional experiences I wanted to explore with him. It made it easier having his two men right there with him through it all. The working title for Matthew’s story is MORE THAN EVER.

 

Kazza: Stepping away from More, although I know Walter was a part of that universe, is How to Save A LifeVargas’ book – in the Haven series – being written as I type this interview? Because, no pressure, I am eagerly awaiting that book. Once again, if there is writerly- type action on that book, does it have a title? And when can we expect a release?    

Sloan: Yes, I’m currently working on the second Haven book. It’s tentatively titled HOW TO HEAL A LIFE and focuses on Vargas and Seth, who were both secondary characters from HOW TO SAVE A LIFE. Vargas and Seth’s story is turning out to be incredibly emotional, suspenseful, and erotic, and I hope readers of the series will enjoy it as much as I’m loving writing it.

The plan is to release HOW TO HEAL A LIFE under my Sloan Parker imprint. We don’t have a release date yet, but we’ll be scheduling it as soon as the manuscript is finished and ready for editing. The best way for readers to get news about this and other books (release dates, cover reveals, exclusive excerpts) is through my newsletter.

 

Kazza: Is there anything else on the Sloan Parker writing front that readers can expect on the near horizon? If so, please share.

Sloan: I’ve also started planning a new series. Right now, the plan is for four books, each a friends-to-lovers romance set in the same town. Since my mind has been spinning with ideas for these stories, all of the books in the series have already been outlined, and I can’t wait to share this new set of characters with everyone.

We are also working on foreign translations for some of my titles. It’s still early in the process, so nothing definite to share on that yet.

Kazza:  Which all sounds very exciting.

 

Kazza: One more thing. Living in a country that, sadly and frustratingly, still does not haveLove knows no gender race etc marriage equality, and it’s a hot topic here, I was wondering, how has the marriage equality rulings in America affected you and your long-term partner? How much happiness has that brought the two of you?  

Sloan: I’m so sorry that Australia still does not have marriage equality. My heart goes out to all gay and lesbian couples waiting for those rights, and I hope that injustice is rectified soon.

My partner and I were married this past summer, and it meant a great deal to us to finally have that moment to share and celebrate with each other. After many years together, it was also reassuring and freeing to know we now have the same rights that all married couples are afforded in the US.

Kazza: Thanks, Sloan. Congratulations from Cindi and I. That’s wonderful news. 

Kazza: Thank you to Sloan Parker for joining us today.

Sloan: You’re very welcome. Thank you for having me on the blog and for the thoughtful questions. And thank you so much for all you do for the world of M/M romances. I hope On Top Down Under has another successful and fun-filled year.

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**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. CONGRATULATIONS TO FLUTTERFLI, RICK AND CAROLYN** 

**Giveaway**

There will be 3 winners of this giveaway.  Each winner will receive a $15 All Romance eBooks gift card and their choice of a book from Sloan Parker’s backlist in either e-book or print format. (Print book can be shipped internationally.) Simply enter a comment below before midnight US EST Oct 31st for a chance to win. (If you receive a spam message, don’t worry, we will see it and add it.)

 

Sloan Parker Bio Contact & Social Media Links

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Sloan Parker writes passionate, dramatic stories about two men (or more) falling in love. She enjoys writing in the fictional world because in fiction you can be anything, do anything—even fall in love for the first time over and over again. Sloan lives in Ohio with her partner and their neurotic cats. Her greatest moments in life are spent with her family, her friends, and her characters.

To contact Sloan, find out about her other books that are available for purchase, and read free stories, visit: www.sloanparker.com. If you’d like to be notified of new releases and get exclusive sneak peeks, be sure to sign up to receive Sloan Parker’s newsletter via her website.

 

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Angela
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First of all Congratulations to Sloan on her Marriage 🙂

I really like her writing. One of the best books i’ve read by her is Breathe i just loved that one, it was such an heartbreaking and emotional read. I Loved both Lincoln and Jay, and i couldn’t help but wondering what my reation would be if i was in that situation.

Thanks for this post and the giveaway chance.

Sloan Parker
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Thanks so much, Angela. I’m thrilled to hear you liked Breathe so much. It seems like such a hard book for some readers to pick up so I always love hearing when it’s special for people.

Cindi
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I’ve been a huge fan since I discovered More (my first full-length MM book) way back when. I’m one of those big Matthew fans. 🙂 I can’t wait to read his story.

Thank you to Sloan Parker for being part of our 3rd blog-versary celebration and for the fantastic interview and giveaway! Congrats on your marriage!

Sloan Parker
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You’re very welcome, Cindi. Thanks again for having me and for the congrats on my marriage. I love hearing that you’re looking forward to Matthew’s story. His book is drafted and I can’t wait to get back to it and finish it up.

Roger
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thank for your writing and for the giveaway. Congrats on your marriage.

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, Roger. Very kind of you.

DebraG
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Thanks for the great post. I enjoy reading your books. A Lot

Sloan Parker
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Thank you, DebraG. That gave me a big smile.

Barbra
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I love Sloane’s books! It’s good to hear there is a new series in the works & I know I’ll love Matthew’s book. 🙂

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, Barbra. I can’t wait to share Matthew’s story.

Tj
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I have loved Sloane’s books. Congrats Sloane and all of those who have found their happiness.

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, TJ. It was so nice to finally have that recognition and the special moment together. I feel for those in countries where they are still waiting.

Antonia
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Thanks for the great interview and congratulations on your marriage!

Sloan Parker
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You’re welcome, Antonia. Thanks for checking out the interview and for the congrats.

Rick
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Sloan – really enjoyed reading the interview and your comments regarding the character motivation used to write your stories. Makes them seem less like fiction when you know a little about the author. Conrats on your marriage – much happiness to you both!!

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, Rick. So glad you found the interview interesting. I could go on and on about the process of writing. It’s one of my favorite things to talk about. Thanks for the lovely congrats as well.

flutterfli
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Hi, Sloan. Congrats on your recent marriage! It’s great that marriage equality passed in America and hope that soon all countries will recognize it. I’m currently listening to the Audible version of Teach Me and really enjoying it. I’m looking forward to reading this, it’s on my TBR list. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

Sloan Parker
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Thanks so much, flutterfli. Appreciate you stopping by and checking out the interview and for the kind words.

Shirley Ann Speakman
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Hi Sloan, It’s so wonderful to hear you have married congratulations!! I’m so please for you both. I’m looking forward to your new book and thank you for the great giveaway.

ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

Sloan Parker
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You’re very welcome, Shirley Ann. Thank you for the kind words and for checking out the interview.

Jen
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I love Sloane’s books and stories! Very much looking forward to reading “How to Heal a Life” when it comes out, as well as “More Than Ever”! And a new series – woohoo!!

Congrats to Sloane on getting married! Now to update the author bio:

“Sloan lives in Ohio with her partner and their neurotic cats.” – Now can read “Sloan lives in Ohio with her *wife* and their neurotic cats.” : ) : ) : )

Love that we live in a time/place where that can be written!

Sloan Parker
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Love that, Jen! I will definitely need to add that to my website. Thanks for the congrats and kind words about my upcoming books.

Christie Curtis
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Congratulations on your marriage Sloan!
Your books are the reason I started reading m/m romances and I am now certifiably obsessed:)
I recently read how to save a life and although Seth was an arguably minor part I feel so invested in his character especially his recovery after everything he went through so am particularly looking forward to the second book in that series.

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, Christie. I’m so honored that my books are the reason you started reading M/M. I’m working on Seth’s story right now and I’m loving the intensity of it and the chemistry between him and Vargas. Can’t wait to share it with everyone.

Julie Small
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Great post! Congratulations on your marriage! So excited to see that you are planning a new series!

juliesmall2016(at)gmail(dot)com

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, Julie! Appreciate you checking out the post and the congrats. We were so thrilled to finally say “I do.”

Elizabeth Marshall
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Congratulations on your marriage, Sloan! 😀
Fantastic interview! I can’t wait to read your future releases!
Thank you for the giveaway! 😀

Sloan Parker
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Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for stopping by and for your excitement about my upcoming releases.

Serena S.
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Congratulations, Sloan! Best wishes! i love your books and I can’t wait for the Haven #2. Thanks for the chance. 🙂

Sloan Parker
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Thank you, Serena. Very kind of you to say. As long as everything goes as planned, The Haven #2 should be my next release.

Sandra
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I can not wait for Matthew’s book!

Sloan Parker
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Love hearing that, Sandra! Thanks for checking out the interview.

Carla
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Happy 3rd annuversary and Congratulations Sloan!! Loved the interview!

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, Carla! Appreciate you stopping by and checking out the interview. I always love Kazza’s questions.

Andrea M
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I am so looking forward to How to Heal a Life! Happy blogaversary!

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, Andrea. It means a lot to hear that people are looking forward to this book. Especially now that I’m in the middle of working on it.

Juliana
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I love Sloan’s books! Thanks for the interview and congrats on the blog anniversary!

Sloan Parker
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Thank you so much, Juliana. I love hearing from readers who are enjoying my stories. Always makes my day.

jo
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Just hafta say congratulations to Sloan on the marriage. So happy that you and your partner finally have the right to marry and that things are improving.

I adore you and all your books!

hugs,
jo
…..miss chatting with you on groups….at least chatting more frequently. 🙂

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, Jo. That means a lot. Miss chatting with you too!

kek219
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Great interview. Sloan is one of my favorite authors. I’m looking forward to all the books mentioned. Thanks so much for hours of enjoyment. And, Sloan, so happy for you and your partner on your marriage!

Sloan Parker
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You’re very welcome, kek219. It means a great deal to me to hear that my stories have been enjoyed. Thank you for the congrats and kind words.

Lisa H
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Congrats to Sloan on getting married. 🙂 I’m very excited about the future releases and the new series. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

Sloan Parker
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Thank you, Lisa. So thrilling for me to hear all the excitement about the upcoming books. Thanks!

BobJ
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Happy 3rd Anniversary to Top Down Under. May there be many more. And thanks to Sloan Parker for such excellent reads!

Sloan Parker
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You’re welcome, BobJ. So glad you’ve enjoyed them. That’s wonderful to hear.

Lisa
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Congrats on the 3rd Anniversary to the Blog owners and Congrats to Sloan and her wife on their wedding. How exciting to be able to share that! My hope is eventually marriage equality will be worldwide (pipe dream, I’m sure). Thank you soo much for such a great blog post & giveaway.

Sloan Parker
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Thank you, Lisa. Worldwide marriage equality—and equality for all people—is my dream as well.

Jennifer
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Congrats! Thanks for the chance!

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, Jennifer. Appreciate you taking the time to check out the post.

Sloan Parker
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Thanks again, Kazza and Cindi, for having me on the blog. I love being a part of this event. Congratulations on your third blog-versary, and thanks so much for all the hard work you put into the site and your continual support of the genre. I know both authors and readers appreciate your fabulous efforts.

Pat mackley
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Loved the More series…. great interview. Looking forward to Mathews book.

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, Pat! I’m loving all the excitement for Matthew’s story. Can’t wait to share it with everyone.

DS
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I’ve read More and Breathe and their faves of mine so I’d love to be in the giveaway. I hope more people can get married and it’s so hard to know that Australia doesn’t have marriage equality. Congrats on your marriage and thanks for the interview and giveaway. 🙂

Sloan Parker
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So thrilled to hear More and Breathe are faves of yours. Thanks so much for sharing, DS. And thanks for the congrats.

Neene
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Congrats on your marriage, Sloan – and happy anniversary to the bloggees 😀 Many happy returns!

I’m really looking forward to your next book – I hope you’re doing good with the writing 🙂

Sloan Parker
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Thanks so much, Neene. The writing is going really well. The past few months have probably been my most productive yet. Really happy to hear you’re looking forward to the next book. Thanks for sharing!

Jen CW
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Congratulations on your marriage Sloan! I wish you many years of happiness together! Thank you also for the great interview and giveaway chance!

Sloan Parker
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Thank you, Jen. That’s very sweet of you.

Sula
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Thank you for another wonderful giveaway and author post. I love Sloan’s books and I am very happy to read the More series from the perspective of each of the MC’s. One of my favourite books is The Break In, which is quite strange for me as I am normally a lover of novel length stories and this is just a short story. Although I would love to read more about their story, perhaps one day….?

Sloan Parker
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Thanks for stopping by and checking out the interview, Sula. Love that The Break-In is one of your favorites. I’m definitely not ruling out the idea of going back and telling the story of how those three got together. Or maybe something in the future. I’d love to share more with them in any case.

Carolyn
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I haven’t read any of the More books, and I know I’ve heard great things, but you know how it goes, so many books, so little time. I love hearing that these have the different POVs in each of the books, as that’s honestly, something I LOVE when done well. So, I need to get to putting these on my list! Thank you for being part of the blog-versary again, and congratulations on your marriage. May you have all the joy you can handle!

Sloan Parker
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Thanks, Carolyn. Appreciate you checking out the post and the lovely congrats. If you get a chance to check out the MORE books, I hope you enjoy them.

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