Friday, March 24, 2017

What I'm Reading Right Now


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 NEW 

There is a battle brewing and the witches are looking for allies. Annie's father plans to force her to mate a male of his choice. She wants her fated one and casts a spell to find him. Problem solved, right?

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 NEW & in KU 

Sorcha knows every inch of the forest, but a spontaneous visit to her grandmother thrusts her into the middle of a brutal conflict between shifters and an unknown force in the woodlands. As the alpha of clan TalWolthe, Conall is obligated to protect his fellow wolves at all costs–even if it means his life. After the pack lands in the crosshairs of a huntsman with a grudge, Conall encounters a red-cloaked beauty who may hold the key to defeating an ancient evil menacing their land.


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NEW & in KU

Three unbreakable rules. Two fated lovers. And one enchanted rose. An erotic twist on the tale of Beauty and the Beast.


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NEW BOX SET

From sinfully sexy alpha werewolves to grumpy werebears who just need to be tamed through love, these shifter tales will burn up your sheets and melt your heart. Eleven bestselling authors have come together to form a collection of brand new paranormal romance featuring love, magic, and guaranteed happily ever afters. You won't find these stories anywhere else.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

What I'm Reading Right Now


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 NEW 

Siren's Promise
Jami Brumfield

Judge, jury, and now executioner. I was sacrificed to be a handmaiden to Persephone because of a birthmark that I share with my twin sister. Our psychic abilities moved us into the position of Sirens. Forced to measure the weight of a person’s soul and place them in the correct realm of the underworld. I grow tired of my duties. When a phoenix shifter washes ashore and I am asked to kill him I have a choice to make.

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 99¢ BOX SET 

Emerald Isle Enchantment Boxed Set

An Irish castle, griffin-shifters, vampires, werewolves, and ghosts that go hump in the night. Seven steamy paranormal romance stories with a magical Celtic twist.

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Banshee's Tattoo
Michelle Fox

This steamy short story is fr-ee and features a hunky Irish hero and a sassy Latina heroine for an unexpected twist on the banshee myth.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

What I'm Reading Right Now


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Bound by Water
Monica La Porta

The only merman shifter alive, Atreides is a famous painter. In his spare time, he helps the police recover stolen art. A mere human—although exceedingly strong-willed—Ariel is an accomplished art thief who has sworn never to steal again. Until she’s forced to repay her father’s substantial debts. It only takes one passionate kiss under the full moon to intertwine their fates...

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Sawtooth Shifters Vol 1 Box Set
Kristen Strassel

When rumors of dog fights swirl around town, the owner of Forever Home Animal Shelter is determined to put a stop to them and bring the dogs to safety. Even when they turn out to be werewolves...

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Sold to the Berserkers
Lee Savino

Sold by her stepfather, Brenna finds her place as a pleasures slave to two Alpha warriors. A MFM menage shifter romance.


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Reason to Love
Sedona Venez

Reason Orlov, a vampire-human, is the princess of the vampire coven.  Jack Alagona is the second-in-command in his wolf pack.  Can Reason convince Jackal to let her into his heart, or will their pasts get in the way?

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Monday, March 6, 2017

On Writing Kissed By Fire: Notes on the Creative Process

First in a new series...I'm going to start blogging about my books as I finish them, just to document my process, research and any other notes of interest. 

My latest novel, Kissed by Fire, was inspired by my never ending desire to do something different. So I delved into the sea and wrote my interpretation of mermaid mythology, mixing it with a little astrology and adding in the cursed dragon brothers I introduced in Kiss the Dragon.

Some choices I made about the sea and mermaids:

1. Ariel is real and so is the sea witch...but it all happened so very long ago. It's more myth than fact to the mermaids in Kissed by Fire. Early feedback from first readers indicated they thought I was retelling The Little Mermaid so I had to better clarify how my world worked in rewrites. (I also re-read the original fairy tale which was a mind trip as it's obvious whoever came up with that tale knew nothing about the ocean or science.)

2. I challenged myself to have Mila's thoughts and setting descriptions in the book reflect the sea. I worked hard to create new idioms, metaphors and comparisons and remove anything that was too human. I constantly considered her environment--the sights, sounds and textures that made up her world--and how that would show up in the way she spoke and thought.

3. The sea witch ties into Greek mythology and is loosely based on Oceanus, a Titan who encircled the earth. I changed Oceanus' gender to female and didn't give her a body so much as the ability to attract mass to form one. She was my favorite character to write. I loved working with all the tentacles I gave her.

4. Did you know sound travels faster underwater than it does on land? I didn't use telepathy in my mermaids because of that. They vocalize across distance a lot like whales and dolphins do. Over the years, I've done a lot of research about the ocean, and whenever possible, I design my mermaids or undersea characters based on biology vs. magic. (Obviously, the sea witch is an exception!)

5. My 'sign' for the Zodiac Shifters series was Pisces, and as I wrote, I had no idea how I would incorporate the astrology in my story. When I started Kissed by Fire, I wasn't part of Zodiac Shifters so I had to think about how to insert the ZS theme into the book. 

As I researched, I discovered that the two fish used to represent Pisces are actually Eros and Aphrodite (gods of love!) in disguise as they try to get way from one of the Titans. That was the tidbit that allowed me to integrate them into the plot line...although I didn't quite see how all the astrology and mythology would tie together until I wrote it.

So there you have it. Some of the behind-the-scenes that went into Kissed by Fire. As far as the actual writing...it went a little like this...

It took two years and weeks of 16 hour days to finish this book. The characters were difficult from the beginning and they totally went off the reservation at one point...doing things I hadn't planned and refusing to cooperate with the plot I had laid out. It was one of those books where I had to follow the characters and trust I could fix any problems in edits. (Every book is different. Some come easy, some come hard. Kissed by Fire was a complete and utter a**hole!) 

I thought battling with this book was difficult, but the universe saw fit to give me a lesson in what hard really looks like. In the middle of my last round of edits, my father almost died from surgical complications. I lost several weeks of working time just when I needed them the most. 

My job as a writer is fairly flexible...except when I have a deadline and am pushing to get a book done and published. I somehow juggled days in the ICU with the last of my edits and got something out to Beta and ARC readers by the skin of my teeth. Somehow I made it. I'm still not quite sure how.

My dad made it, too! He's slowly recovering at home now and I'm very thankful for that!

In addition, I also workshopped parts of the story in my Odyssey winter workshop. This helped me tighten my writing and bring clarity to my world building. Kissed by Fire is the first book I've written that's been part of a professional level workshop.

Kissed by Fire was supposed to be a novella, short and sweet, but it stubbornly stretched and stretched until it turned into a full blown novel. I'm so glad it's finally DONE! Woo hoo!

As always, it's a fast-paced story with several surprises. You may think you know what's going to happen, but you don't. At one point, I wasn't even sure who was actually still alive!

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy Kissed by Fire! If you want to learn more about the story, you can find the blurb etc... over here.

Michelle

Note:Typos happen. Professional editors do not review my blog posts.You might spot an error because I am human*. You're welcome to point it out, but abusive language or tone (and that has happened, sadly) will not be tolerated.

*with aging eyes and dyslexia to boot!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What I'm Reading Right Now


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Outcast
Jennifer Reynolds

When Leigh’s younger sister asks her to come home for her wedding, Leigh’s torn between wanting to be there for her sister and saving herself from people who’ve despised her all of her life. Leigh was prepared for people to ignore her, for them to shun her, for them to point out all the ways she didn’t belong. What she hadn’t been prepared for was falling for Ryan Hart, a man who she will soon learn knows all of the secrets that her family and the town of Pine Hollow refused to tell her.

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Negative Zero
Ireland Gill

Upon awakening from her First Death, Evika Stormer is presented with her "purpose" when meeting Hayden, her handsome and audacious guardian angel who's watched over her since the day she was born. Hayden advises Evika that her new role is to "save the dead." But not just any dead...they are the souls held in the Dark Realm with Alysto, the devil himself. The afterlife is one of death's best kept secrets, and Evika is living proof of it.


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Winning Glory
Ann Gimpel

After years as a black ops CIA agent, nothing surprises Roy Kincaid, yet his current assignment is close to a bust. How could his target—renegade genetic freaks—drop off the radar as if they never existed? Burnt out and discouraged, he hunches over a meal in a backwater diner when a half-frozen woman with the look of an abused runaway staggers through the door...

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Tempted by the Gargoyle
Lisa Carlisle

Meet your perfect match this Saturday night –- or your perfect match for the night. Roman, a gargoyle shifter and commander of the Stone Sentries, patrols from the rooftop of a club on the night of the eclipse. This Super-moon spells danger... A Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK!

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 Brand *NEW*! 

The mission is simple – get into the enemy camp, free the humans, and return the demons to Hell. For Poseidon's daughter Una and her water dragon Drákon, it's all in a day's work.

Everything is going swimmingly until Brody Mason bows at her feet, pledging his allegiance to her. He promises to take her to the portal from Hell and use his own blood to close it. This one act will rid the world of evil forever. There’s only one problem…he’s a Hellhound.



 Excerpt (Adult Content): 

Meet the Guardian of the Zodiac and introducing the Dragon Guard of the Sea!
Lost and thought dead, these mighty dragons arise from the depths to not only help to save all mankind but reunite with others of their kind.
The mission is simple – get into the enemy camp, free the humans, return the demons to Hell and return home the victor. For a Daughter of Poseidon and her constant companion, Drákon – a centuries old water dragon, that’s called a good day at work.
Everything is going as planned. Una, eldest daughter and Guardian of Pisces, has checked one and two off her list, and is headed to three when things get complicated. Brody Mason bows at her feet, pledging his allegiance to not only her but also, the gods and the Light. As a show of loyalty, he promises to take her to the portal from Hell and with his own blood help her close the door on the Underworld. This one act will rid the world of evil forever. There’s only one problem…he’s a Hellhound.
It doesn’t matter that Drákon doesn’t believe him, fearing it yet another trick of Hades to deter them from their mission or that there’s fire in his eyes and the smell of brimstone on his olive skin, she can feel the truth in his words. It also doesn’t hurt that with just one glance he sets her heart ablaze and her pulse racing. Not that this is about love or lust, it is all about saving the Earth, protecting the humans, defeating her uncle’s evil…or is it?
One leap of faith leads Una and Brody on a race against time and facing the fight of their lives. Hiding from Poseidon, Hades and an army of Guardians led by her sister, Zoe, this couple may have the best intentions but in the end, isn’t that what paves the road to Hell?