Meet the Blood Vine cast
My debut novel Blood Vine is a huge story with lots of characters. When I first began writing, I often heard the advice that new romance authors should keep their books simple and only include a hero and heroine. I tried to follow these words of wisdom, but all the members of the Maras vampire household refused to let me ignore them. Each one stomped their feet or pouted, demanding airtime in the novel. So I gave in to them and I’m glad I did, because wrote their true story, with its intricacies and layers. Now its members are much nicer to me, and rarely pout. Let me introduce you to them:
Andre Maras is an ancient vampire from the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. He has been making wine since the glory days of the Roman Empire, and he is hopelessly old-fashioned about it. Like all vampires in exile, he is slowly wasting away. And when he finds a cure for the disease, he must rescue all the other refugees. When a beautiful public relations executive shows up at his estate, she is a frustrating distraction from his honorable goal. Read More
Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal
Meet the Blood Vine cast
Someone once asked me why I looked so young for my age. (And no, I’m not revealing it!) I laughingly replied it’s all genetic, so I couldn’t take the credit for it. But, it started me wondering, what if… a young woman, named Laura Dantonville, had actually stopped ageing in her mid twenties as a result of her family’s strange DNA? And it wasn’t until she came of a certain age, the frightening truth was revealed to her?
That’s how, Bloodgifted was born.
I always loved stories of the paranormal. As a teen I used to sneak into the living room late at night and switch on the TV to watch programs like, Night Stalker, Dark Shadows (the original series) and Thriller. When I was seventeen I read Bram Stoker’s, Dracula, and that cemented my relationship with the paranormal.
Ever since then, vampires have been my dark heroes. So, it was inevitable, one day I’d write my own.
Here’s a sneak peak - Read More
Falling in Love with Wolves
I’ve been fascinated by folklore, superstition and tales of supernatural creatures since childhood. Do thoughts of ghosts, ghouls and predatory beasts frighten me? They terrify me.
So why turn a werewolf into a romantic hero in my paranormal/time travel, WEATHERING ROCK? Because there’s something compelling about a tortured soul chained to darkness and moonlight, especially when the character is noble at heart.
The werewolf myth is ancient. The first ‘recorded’ sighting dates back to 1591 Germany, when a man named Peter Stubbe made a pact with the Devil that allowed him to shift into a wolf. Norsemen had fierce berserkers who adorned themselves with wolf or bear skins. Native Americans spoke of skinwalkers who had the ability to transform into animals at will. In Greek mythology, the Arcadian King, Lycaon, made the fatal mistake of trying to kill Zeus by feeding him human flesh. Zeus cursed him to spend the rest of his life as a wolf. Read More
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
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
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