Flirting with Fiction and Fantasy
Hello fellow vamp lovers! The idea for my novel, Flirting with Fangs, popped into my head during a hot shower. I was writing another story about a sexy vampire hero and started fantasizing that he had magically come to life in my bathroom…ready to ravish my body and worship my soul for all eternity…mmmm, yes..it was a good idea! No-a Great Idea! So I wrote a whole book about it.
I had a blast writing a book about fictional characters coming to life. Writing from their perspective was challenging. And pretty funny. If you enjoy Mary Janice Davidson or Katie MacAlister I believe you will get a kick out of Flirting with Fangs. If I had to compare it to movies I would say it’s a combo of ‘Romancing the Stone’ and Night at the Museum.’ Read More
Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal
Flirting with Fiction and Fantasy
In Highland Healer, I took advantage of the dearth of recorded history of the 16th century Scottish highlands to imagine what might happen to the clans devastated by the deaths of their lairds and King James IV at Flodden Fields in 1513. That got me to thinking about imagination in general and how we use it to create our stories - and our world.
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
― Albert Einstein
The very idea of imagination fascinates me. Why does it exist? When did it start? How did we develop the ability to extrapolate from what we observe to what might be? Do we have a cave-dwelling ancestor who imagined a better mastodon-trap so that his/her tribe survived on mastodon meat when others starved?
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
― Gloria Steinem
As authors, we rely on imagination to dream up our stories, to come up with the plot twist that no one sees coming, to envision the surroundings our characters are in, to get into their thoughts, and to share their emotions. Logic may give us our plot’s cause and effect. But imagination lets us ask “what if?” to come up with more than one answer. Read More
What does an immortal Native American shaman do when the grave he’s sworn to watch over for all eternity disappears under urban development?
Book 1 – Ashkewheteasu
The True Beginning
Ten years ago, a reporter for a small-town newspaper heard word of strange sightings of a wolf-like creature roaming the Wisconsin countryside. Authorities had determined what these eyewitnesses had actually seen was a lone wolf broken off from a pack from the north. However, the witnesses were adamant that what they’d seen had been no ordinary wolf. This wolf walked like a man. Similar sightings were mentioned in ancient Native American oral traditions. In those tales, dog men or witchy wolves looked after burial mounds in much the same way jackal-headed Anubis guarded the tombs of ancient Egypt. And early French explorers knew of them too. They’d called these wolf-men the loup-garou. Read More
Recently I heard that cultural observers and commentators are talking about how the women's liberation movement has made it so that men really don't know what women want anymore, so many have chosen to just dis-engage from real-life women and turn to on-line porn for their sexual needs. This is tragic on so many levels. Fantasies are wonderful to get you through the rough times, but just as the sorrows of reality can make you feel life is not worth living, the joys of reality can make you feel like heaven does exist, right here on earth! So men who choose to not relate to a real woman, to learn about her body and what pleases her, in order to have her do the same for him, are robbing themselves of what should be a key avenue of pleasure for them.
Then I thought about it and realized that just as men turn to on-line porn, women have been burning up the pixels with eBooks about romance...every possible genre. We women are not as sex-specific as men. Studies have shown that hetero men only react sexually to pictures of sexy women, or of a male/female(s) coupling. Gay men will only react to sexy men and male/male coupling. But we women are not fussy...even though our minds may not agree, our bodies will react with arousal to pictures of sexy humans of every sex/race, and couplings of any combination thereof. Nature has made us that way, and who are we to argue? So the romance book publishing business grows by leaps and bounds as we read about menage relationships, though many of us will never be a part of that; we also enjoy reading about male/male sex written by women, and even enjoy human/alien or human/paranormal creature couplings, just as long as the sex is hot! Read More
Welcome to Ashwood Falls
A good story almost always starts off with, “What if?” My newest series, Ashwood Falls, is no exception. The complete what if question was, “What if wolves and leopards had to live together in one den?”
See? Intriguing, isn’t it? It also sounds like there will be plenty of conflict. But just in case it’s not enough, there’s a rogue Pack name Onyx that wants to be the dominating Pack and Ashwood Falls is standing in their way. Read More
A Sneak Peek of A LOVE UNTAMED, book 7 in the Feral Warriors shape shifter series, coming Dec. 26th!
The shifters moved swiftly, but the women had no trouble keeping up even at a walk. They’d traveled more than a mile when she began to hear the shifters’ conversation in her head. They must be broadcasting it to all of them.
We’d make better time with longer legs, boyo. There’s no sign of humans. Read More
Michelle Miles on: A Discussion on
I love fantasy. I don’t think that’s any secret. One of the first books I fell in love with as a teen was Patricia McKillip’s The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. It’s an old book, now, but the story was about a girl named Sybel who lived alone on a mountain with a menagerie of fantastic beasts that could talk to her. One night, a man comes to her gates with a baby boy. She raises the boy, names him Tam, and grows to love him. But Coren returns for the boy and Sybel’s isolated world is turned upside down again. Read More
Characters To Die For
I love a good mystery. It doesn’t matter what genre, there’s just something about following the clues to solve a puzzle that excites me. The characters in mysteries are usually strong and unique. Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Miss Marple are good examples. So is another favorite of mine, Sherlock Holmes. Each one of these characters has been so well thought out that they seem as real as my own mother. Read More
Is it cheating?
I’m a romance lover. But since you’ve come to this site, I suppose you’re, too. Now tell me one thing: Did you ever fall in love with a hero from the books you read? You’re laughing now, aren’t you? Yeah, I’m sure you do, because you’re probably just like me and fall in love with the hero in every new book you read. What’s your favorite type? I love guys who’re tall, stubborn to the core, and who don’t hesitate to rip the world down to get the woman they want. And guess what! The literary world is littered with them… :-) Read More
Habits and Hobbies of the Witch folk
Parris McCall doesn’t know she’s a witch. She knows she’s different. And what’s a girl to do when she thinks she’s different? Try to fit in.
When she buys The Alibi, with the inheritance from her parents wills, she knows she’s found a place where different is normal. Her patrons don’t judge, even when strange things happen around, most of them are too caught up in their own concerns to notice that a certain song plays when Parris is happy or a glass fills up with liqueur with a wave of her hand. Read More
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