Thursday, 27 April 2017

Not the "usual" MC vibe...? I write MC Romance, or do I...?


As a writer, it's very easy to let negative reviews and comments get to you. We've all experienced them, sometimes we even learn from them. But other times you read one that just makes it necessary to dust off the old blog and write a post.


Not the "usual" MC vibe...
I had one such comment the other week, in a 2 star review for 'Revolution', the first ever MC Romance I wrote back in 2014. This review was titled "Not the usual MC vibe", and that's what got me thinking. I'm not bothered that this person didn't enjoy the book, I've come to realise that my writing can be quite divisive at times, but in that lies the problem with some readers, I'm guessing.

I didn't start out writing MC Romances. In the beginning I was very much a chick-lit/run-of-the-mill romance writer, as my earlier books illustrate. But I like to challenge myself, try new genres, and when the urge to write more darker romance hit, that's when I wandered into MC Romance territory, without actually realising what a minefield it can be! But, what exactly is this MC vibe the aforementioned reviewer mentioned? Is there one? Does there have to be? I'm not sure, I mean, how many readers out there have actually spent any time within the confines of a real-life motorcycle club? Let alone one that claims to contain one percenters, as most of my fictional clubs do. I know I haven't. I'm holding my hands up here and admitting that my research involves watching 'Gangland Undercover', with the rest coming from my extremely vivid, sometimes slightly twisted imagination. I haven't got a clue what it's like inside a real MC. So how would anyone know what the "usual" MC vibe was? That's all down to the author. Every MC is different, I'm almost sure of that. So why should every MC romance book be the same? If you like a certain style of MC book then that's fine, as a reader you stick with that because it's what you enjoy, but as a writer I refuse to copy or try to emulate other books out there, no matter what genre they are, just because a majority of people seem to find them popular. I can't do that. I have my own style, and I'm comfortable with that. It's what I write, and it definitely isn't to everyone's tastes but I didn't start writing to follow the herd or sell myself out just to try and sell more books. I write because it's what I love to do, and if people love reading my stories, then that's a bonus I am more than grateful for.

So, I'm not really concerned that my MC books don't fit the "usual" MC vibe; that some people love them and others don't like them at all, I'm fine with that. I write a very different kind of MC romance; tough, dark, twisted, and not always with a happy ending, so, be warned. If you know what this "usual" MC vibe is, and those are the books you enjoy, then you may well hate mine. But, if you're willing to try a different kind of ride, you might want to take a look at these...






And on May 18th a brand new ride begins with the release of 'Protection', the first book in the Death Knights MC series. You can check out the first few pages, for free, right HERE, and see whether it's your kind of thing, or not... and if it is, then click on one of the links below to pre-order your copy... πŸ˜‰






My usual is unusual... are you ready for that kind of ride...? 


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

'Protection' (Death Knights MC Book #1) - Release date and pre-order details.

I now have a release date for Protection, the first book in a brand new MC Romance series. All books will be standalone stories, but they'll all revolve the Death Knights Motorcycle Club, its members, and the people who become involved with this outlaw MC...


Blurb

Piper 

I ran from a man who wanted me dead, and I found a man who wanted nothing more than to protect me. My soldier. He promised to keep me safe, and he did that. He kept his promise. Because the danger I find myself in now, I caused that. I put myself there, it's all my own doing. And he can't save me from that...

Vanni 

She came to me by chance, wanted my club to protect her, and I had no problem with that. As soon as I saw her I wanted her, but I knew she was damaged. She had secrets, things she didn’t want to tell me, and that was fine. ‘Cause I knew who she really was. I knew why she was running; what she was running from, I make it my job to know these things. And protecting her, that became my mission, even though it could bring all kinds of trouble to my door. I just had no idea that what I really should’ve been protecting her from; protecting US from – it was a lot closer to home… 

Logan

I have one loyalty now. The Death Knights. The club. My brothers, they saved me. I was damaged goods, I was messed-up, I still am, but that’s OK. It’s what I need. Messed-up means no-one gets too close, it’s not safe, I’m not going back there. No woman is ever gonna bring me down that low again, that’s a goddamn promise I made to myself, and I ain’t breaking it…



Protection will be released May 18th, and it's available to pre-order right now from Amazon.



Watch this space for more details as release day grows closer, and also keep an eye out here on my blog for some news regarding a secret project I'm working on that's due for release later in the year, and it's one I'm quite excited about... Have a great day, whatever you're up to!

Michelle x

Monday, 3 April 2017

Willfully Hers has been nominated for Cover of the Month!

Yes, that's exactly what's happened! Willfully Hers has, indeed, been nominated in April's Cover of the Month competition over on All Author. But I desperately need your votes to help me get off the ground with this, I'm seriously lagging behind the others at the minutes. So, if anyone out there could, please, spare just a few seconds to click HERE and vote for my cover - which I think is fabulous! ;) - I'd be so, so grateful. Not seen the cover yet? Check it out below...


Think it deserves a vote? You know what to do... just click HERE. And thank you again to anyone who takes the time to pop over there and vote for me. It's really appreciated.

Michelle x

Thursday, 30 March 2017

🌟It's Publication Day for Breathe Into Me!🌟

Yes, it's yet another publication day for me as Breathe Into Me is finally released! A little bit of a departure book for me, this has actually been two years in the making, started back in 2015 it's been put to one side several times as I concentrated on the darker side of romance with my biker books, but when I felt like I needed a short rest from the bikers; felt like writing a little escapism, I pulled this book back out, rewrote quite a chunk of it, and Breathe Into Me was born. And I'm really proud of this story. It really is pure and utter escapism and I make no apologies for that. It's a beach read, a lose-yourself-in-another-world kind of book, but I just adored writing it. And I just hope some of you out there enjoy reading it...

Blurb

Quinn Baxter has it all – beautiful, talented and one of the highest paid actors in L.A. she’s living the Hollywood dream, alongside her movie star husband, Aaron Rogers; hot, handsome and as much in demand as she is. For ten years they’ve been crazy in love. For ten years their marriage has been one of the strongest in Hollywood. For ten years they’ve been happy. Ten years ago Quinn put pain and tragedy behind her to begin again, and Aaron, he saved her. He saved her, from a man who almost destroyed her. A man Quinn has never really let go of, no matter what those around her might have thought. So when he comes back into their lives in the most public way possible, it opens up a web of lies, betrayal and tragic secrets that threaten everything. Decisions made in the past come back to haunt the present, fiction starts to mirror reality, and real lives being torn apart suddenly makes great publicity in a world where box office receipts matter, and the truth rarely does.

Quinn was saved, once, from a man who almost destroyed her.
Now she just might need saving all over again… 


Breathe Into Me is available to download now, and it's FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited!


You can also check out the first chapter of Breathe Into Me right HERE.

Want to listen to the music that inspired this Hollywood love story? You can find the full Breathe Into Me Spotify playlist HERE.

And if you want to find out how Chris 'Captain America' Evans, Michael Fassbender, and Jackie Collins played a part in inspiring this book, check out this recent blog post...


Breathe Into Me... when the performance of your life isn't just for the cameras...

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Cover Reveal! 'Protection' - Death Knights MC Book #1


For the past few months I've taken a little departure from writing my usual dark romance and released three very different books, going very much down the route of conventional romance with Lawfully His, Willfully Hers - books 1 and 2 in The Dirty Business Series - and Breathe Into Me, my upcoming Hollywood romance due for release on March 30th. 

But now I've gone back to the dark side, so to speak, because May will see the release of a brand new MC romance from me - Protection... and here's the cover...




So, if you like your romance a little darker and dirtier, watch this space for pre-order details and a definite release date, both coming very soon.

Meanwhile, don't forget, you can find my other biker romance books over on Amazon. Just click the links below to check them out.

The Lone Riders MC Series
Soldiers of Darkness MC Series

And they're all available to read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

But in May, there's a new ride about to begin...


Michelle x

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Jackie Collins, Captain America, and a bit of Michael Fassbender...


I'm a huge fan of Jackie Collins, I've never made a secret about that. I love the way her books transport me to somewhere I will never be a part of, but thanks to her writing I can feel like I'm there, immersed in that sexy, scandalous world of movie stars, rock stars, wayward politicians... 

She was a huge inspiration to me over the years, when I was deciding whether I was brave enough to write my own books and tell my own stories, so much so that the first book I ever wrote - the rather epic No Matter What - was a story set in Hollywood involving movie star scandals; lots of glamour and glitz, secrets, lies... you get the gist. I loved writing book, although, I know for a fact if I looked at it now I'd want to re-write the whole thing, but that was the first book I ever wrote. And I'm about to release my twenty-third now, so, hindsight and all that.

Hollywood - the setting for No Matter What,
Illusions of Love, and Breathe Into Me.
Anyway, over the years I've gone from writing epic Hollywood romances to romcoms, to very dark biker romances and extremely HOT erotic romance. But now I've kind of come full circle with my next upcoming release Breathe Into Me. I've gone back to Hollywood, and written a book that I hope will transport readers into a completely different world the way the late Ms. Collins transported me. A world they can lose themselves in as they follow the lives of Quinn Baxter, Aaron Rogers, and Lukas Drake - three fictional movie stars whose stories, and pasts, intertwine to unearth tragic secrets, heartbreaking betrayal, and a web of lies that threatens to tear all their worlds apart...

Chris Evans
But what's Captain America got to do with all of this? Well, we authors need our inspiration, right? When it comes to creating characters, so, when it came to creating the character of hot Hollywood actor Aaron Rogers, I looked no further than Chris 'Captain America' Evans. Because he is just perfect! On every level, but that's a whole other blog post, that is. Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah... when I was writing Aaron, Chris Evans kept popping into my head, because he was just how I imagined Aaron to be - mid-thirties, classically handsome, beautiful eyes and a kind soul. My first main male character had their muse. 
Michael Fassbender


But what about the second one? The character of British/Irish actor Lukas Drake? Who inspired him? Michael Fassbender, that's who. Lukas is a little more rough around the edges, a little less clean-cut so, in my eyes, Fassbender was the only one to inspire that character. And he's pretty easy on the eye, too, so, you know. It's all good. 

And I just adored writing this book. Sometimes I just love writing pure escapism like this, and I just hope that readers can lose themselves in this story I've created; escape from their own world into Quinn, Lukas and Aaron's. From the streets of LA, to the beaches of Malibu, to the gated homes of Beverly Hills, Breathe Into Me embarks on a journey of past mistakes, painful regret, and lost love. And what happens when fiction starts to mirror reality, and the whole world's watching...



Breathe Into Me is released March 30th, but it's available to pre-order now over on Amazon.


And you can now check out Chapter One of 'Breathe Into Me' right HERE!






Tuesday, 28 February 2017

NEW RELEASE! 'Willfully Hers' - The Dirty Business Series Book #2


Following hot on the heels of 'Lawfully His', today sees the release of the second book in the Dirty Business Series - 'Willfully Hers'. Continuing the stories of hotshot New York lawyer Evan King and legal secretary Lola Burrows, this book brings new secrets, new characters, and deep hidden truths, all of which merge together to shake both Evan and Lola's worlds to their very core. All's fair in love and business, but just who's playing dirty this time...?



Book Blurb

**Please be aware that this description contains mild spoilers for ‘Lawfully His’, the first book in the series **

Lola Burrows.
Legal secretary.
Lawyer’s wife.
It’s not easy loving a man you barely know. A man like Evan King. But Lola knows she made the right decision, to leave the familiar behind; to take that risk. To marry that man. She made the right decision...

Evan King.
Kick-ass lawyer.
Married man. Yeah. He never thought that would happen, either; that one woman would manage to hold him down, but Lola was different. He had to fight for her, she didn’t make it easy, to love her.
But he won, in the end.
He got his girl.

But when secrets they’ve both been keeping threaten to blow Evan and Lola’s seemingly perfect life apart, is he going to be able to keep her? Does he want to? And how far is he willing to go this time to win…?


*** ‘Willfully Hers’ contains some strong language and sex scenes, and is therefore suitable only for readers 18+ ***

This book ties up both Evan and Lola's stories, and does have a HEA.



You can check also 
out chapter one HERE, and try before you buy...



'Willfully Hers' is available to download now from Amazon. Read for *FREE* with Kindle Unlimited! Paperback coming soon.




Book #1 in The Dirty Business Series - 'Lawfully His' - is also available to download or own in paperback. Also *FREE* to read with Kindle Unlimited!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

⭐SALE⭐ 'Lawfully His' - now only 99p/$1.23 until February 27th!




To celebrate the upcoming release of 'Willfully Hers' - the second book in the Dirty Business Series - Book #1, 'Lawfully His', is currently just 99p/$1.23 for the NEXT FEW DAYS ONLY! It's on a Kindle Countdown Deal until February 27th, so, if you're looking for a HOT new read, get ready to meet your new boss...



'Lawfully His' is also available to read for *FREE* with Kindle Unlimited.





'Willfully Hers' is out February 28th, and is available to pre-order now.








Tuesday, 7 February 2017

'Breathe Into Me' Release Date and Pre-Order details!


'Breathe Into Me' - A brand new, emotional, sexy read. Coming March 30th... 


Quinn Baxter has it all – beautiful, talented and one of the highest paid actors in L.A. she’s living the Hollywood dream, alongside her movie star husband, Aaron Rogers; hot, handsome and as much in demand as she is. For ten years they’ve been crazy in love. For ten years their marriage has been one of the strongest in Hollywood. For ten years they’ve been happy. Ten years ago Quinn put pain and tragedy behind her to begin again, and Aaron, he saved her. He saved her, from a man who almost destroyed her. A man Quinn has never really let go of, no matter what those around her might have thought. So when he comes back into their lives in the most public way possible, it opens up a web of lies, betrayal and tragic secrets that threaten everything. Decisions made in the past come back to haunt the present, fiction starts to mirror reality, and real lives being torn apart suddenly makes great publicity in a world where box office receipts matter, and the truth rarely does.

Quinn was saved, once, from a man who almost destroyed her.
Now she just might need saving all over again… 



'Breathe Into Me' is available to pre-order now from Amazon.

AmazonUK / AmazonUS / AmazonCA / AmazonAU

And you can now check out Chapter One of 'Breathe Into Me' right HERE!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

⭐COVER REVEAL!⭐ 'Breathe Into Me' - a standalone Hollywood romance, coming soon!


I know I seem to be throwing books out left, right and centre lately, and with 'Willfully Hers' still not out until February 28th I've got another one on the way in late March/early April. But this one is a book I actually started writing two years ago, but, for one reason or another, I kept putting it to one side. However, it's also a book I always wanted to finish, and I don't know why, exactly, but it just felt like the right time to dig it back out and finish it. And that's what I've done. And I just fell in love with this book. I hope a few of you will, too...

'Breathe Into Me' is a standalone romance set against the backdrop of Hollywood, a world that isn't always as glamorous as it may, at first, seem. It's a story of hidden secrets; lies and betrayal. A story of what happens when fiction starts to mirror reality, when real lives being torn apart make great publicity. A story of regret, of dealing with the past, and its consequences. But ultimately, it's a story of love...



'Breathe Into Me' is due for release sometime around late March/early April, but watch this space for pre-order and exact release date details, coming soon. And get ready to live Lukas, Quinn and Aaron's Hollywood love story...

Friday, 20 January 2017

🌟 'Willfully Hers' - A Dirty Business Novel #2. Release date and Pre-Order news! 🌟


I told you it wouldn't be too long before the second of the Dirty Business Novels was out. πŸ˜‰
And 'Willfully Hers' will indeed be hitting those virtual bookshelves (and real ones, too, as it will also be available in paperback) in just a few weeks' time on February 28th! 



Blurb

 Please be aware that this description contains mild spoilers for ‘Lawfully His’, the first book in the series 

Lola Burrows.
Legal secretary.
Lawyer’s wife.
It’s not easy loving a man you barely know. A man like Evan King. But she’s sure she made the right decision, to leave the familiar behind to take that risk. She’s sure… 

Evan King.
Kick-ass lawyer.
Married man. Yeah. He never thought that would happen, either. That one woman would manage to hold him down, but Lola was different. He had to fight for her, she didn’t make it easy, to love her. 
But he won.
He got his girl.

But when secrets they’ve both been keeping threaten to blow Evan and Lola’s seemingly perfect life apart, can he keep her? Does he want to? And how far is he willing to go this time to win…?



'WIllfully Hers' is availble to pre-order right now over on Amazon!


Are you ready for more Evan King...?


Friday, 6 January 2017

My very own Harvey Specter...?


'Lawfully His' has now been released, and hot-shot New York lawyer Evan King is out there now. One of my favourite characters, I've made no secret of the fact that he was inspired by my obsession with love of another fictional hot-shot New York lawyer - Harvey Specter from 'Suits', played by the suitably (see what I did there?) gorgeous Gabriel Macht


Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter

Evan King - my very own Harvey Specter - is hot, handsome, a little bit arrogant, all the things that Harvey Specter has been during the five and a half seasons of 'Suits', but I took that inspiration, and I created Evan King. I made him a little more lost, at times. A touch more vulnerable. Possibly even a little more arrogant. 

But, as with the character of Harvey Specter, there's a lot more to Evan King than is first teased. Yes, he's a cocky son-of-a-bitch. He's had it easy. Anything he wants  - especially women - fall at his feet, he has money, and plenty of it, he runs his own law firm, and he's good at what he does, he's great, at what he does. But Evan King has secrets. Demons. A past not many people know about. And for years he's hidden behind that arrogance and that cocky facade in order to block out things he doesn't want to face up to. So when Lola Burrows walks into his world, from the get-go she's a challenge. She's different. She's not like the others, and she doesn't make his life easy. And when he slowly realises that what she's really doing is making him face up to everything he's tried to forget doesn't exist for way too long, does he take that step forward and finally face those things head on? Or does he continue to bury his head in the sand? Because he likes his life just the way it is, doesn't he...?























'Lawfully His' is available to download now for Kindle. Read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!



It's also available in paperback from Amazon UK and Amazon US

And if you want to try before you buy you can check out Chapter One right HERE.

Want to listen to the music that inspired the Dirty Business Novels? Check out (and follow, if you feel like it) the Dirty Business Playlist HERE on Spotify.


The second of the Dirty Business Novels - 'Willfully Hers' - will be released late February/early March.

There's a new boss in town. Are you ready to meet him...?





Thursday, 5 January 2017

NEW RELEASE! 'Lawfully His' - A Dirty Business Novel Book #1 is out now!


Release Day is finally here for 'Lawfully His', the first of the Dirty Business novels. 




Available to download now for Kindle! Or read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!


It's also available in paperback.



And if you want to try before you buy, you can check out Chapter One of 'Lawfully His'  right HERE!


The second of the Dirty Business Novels - 'Willfully Hers' - will be out late February/ early March 2017.

Are you ready to meet your new boss...?