Sunday, November 06, 2016

In honor of Veteran's Day ...

In honor of Veteran's Day, BROKEN WINGS is discounted at All Romance eBooks from now until Saturday, November 12th.


"Cry Havok and let slip the dogs of war"

While war was hell, it was the aftereffects that slowly eats away at the soul.  For Gabriel O'Roarke and other like him, truer words have never been spoken. Returning to civilian life after surviving events that should have killed him, he struggled to adjust and find himself again.  Suffering from PTSD, he is without hope, until a chance encounter with a fellow soldier changes things.

Can a broken submissive, grief stricken at the loss of his friends and teammates, damaged by months of captivity and torture, learn to fly again?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Paranormal reads discounted - until Nov 1st!

In the spirit of Halloween, and my own love of staying home with a good book to read while passing out candy to little monsters, witches, zombies and action heroes - I have discounted some of my paranormal stories at All Romance eBooks.  Discounts range from 25-50% off.  There is a little something for all tastes ...

Fangs and Fur

When an evil scientist starts experimenting on shifters and vampires, trying to uncover the secret to their kind, the races must join together to stop him. In the process, four couples find love and passion beyond any they could have imagined.

Unnatural Bonds: Kali risks everything to free Riordan from the scientist. Once she succeeds, she isn't certain what to do with him. He has a good idea though ... if she's willing.

Laws of Nature: When Shaylee escapes from a kidnapping attempt, she manages to get to safety and the shelter of her neighbor Garrett's arms. Once there, she discovers she doesn't want to leave.

Bound in Blood: Anya is a protector for the vampire race. In the process of taking care of the threat to her people, she meets Ruben, who is delighted to find that she is his mate. Can this strong woman submit to a determined shifter?

Nature of the Beast: As a councilor for the vampire race, Kathryn has had to make hard choices--including sending Anya to take care of the scientist hunting them. One of the hardest thought is accepting that she is a shifter's mate. As a future alpha, Vance isn't willing to accept no for an answer

All Romance eBooks

The Life Not Lived

We all have those moments in our lives we wish we could take back. Natasha has come to regret the choices she has made in her life, the biggest one being turning away from the one woman she had ever loved. But thanks to a late night visit from a succubus and a magical diary that found its way into her life, she can have a second chance.  

If she’s willing to take a leap of faith …

All Romance eBooks


Time After Time

Sands of Time: After being diagnosed with inoperable cancer, Nicole can feel what time she has slipping away. Like many, she has told herself she would do the things she has always dreamed of "later". Pressed for time, later has come: she's going to see the world. She planned to start with Scotland , and go on from there, but once she arrives she meets a man she can't resist. Ciaran offers her a hope for the future she had given up on having, but it comes with a price. For Ciaran is not what he appears to be, and his race can't risk anyone finding out they exist.

Turning Back Time: Devastated at the news of her friend's supposed death, Julie rushes to Scotland to find some answers. What she finds instead is Roarke. Unwilling to let go of her search, Julie winds up figuring out what happened to Nicole. Along the way, she finds her own chance at happiness, if she can accept that Roarke isn't human.

All Romance eBooks

Blood Slave

Sometime in the near future, vampires have been found to exist and have been hunted down and systematically infected with a virus that causes them to lose their sight. But they have found a way around it, through the use of blood slaves.

Where The Blind Leads: Brandon is one of those possible slaves, and if his interview goes right, he will become his master's new eyes, food supply, and lover. After his master is done whipping him and testing his sexual abilities.

Leading The Blind: Nicholas used to be one of those slaves, but through the slow infection of the virus, he has been turned. Now he is facing a future he knows nothing about--dominating another. His old master decides to step in a find a new master for Nicholas, a mortal man who is not only willing to dominate a blind vampire, but also to be his blood slave.


Maidens and Myths


Mt. Olympus will never be the same again ...

PANDORA: Created by the Gods as punishment. It took a goddess to understand that she too was being punished, and a God to unleash the woman she was truly meant to be.

PERSEPHONE: Kidnapped by Hades, she knew that there was more to him than the Lord of the Underworld bit. Underneath his death lord exterior beat a kind and caring heart, as she knew all to well.

PSYCHE: Beloved of Cupid, she wasn't to ever know who her husband was. But she wasn't content to be kept in the dark forever.

CHARON: He had been alone for a long time; then one day a whirlwind of emotion named Ledia demanded that he take her across Styx to meet with Hades, so that she could bargain for her brother's soul. Charon never expected to fall for the demanding minx.

GALATEA. Loved by her creator, she was given life. Unfortunately, the personality had to be worked on a bit.

APHRODITE: It's quite simple exhausting to be the goddess of love. Everyone wants something from her, including the other deities. Yet Aphrodite knows that sometimes a Goddess just has to have some down

All Romance eBooks


Paranormal Delights

Paranormal Delights is a collection of nine sexy tales of mortals, vampires, shifters, ghosts and angels.

Autumn Breeze: A breeze brings back memories, and something more.

Be Careful What You Wish For: On his birthday, a man wishes to understand the female mind and wakes up a woman. 

By The Light of the Moon: A woman finds her perfect match in an unexpected place.

Going Down?: A vampire finds himself trapped in an elevator with a woman who is more than she first appears.

Howl of the Full Moon: A werewolf prefers to sample the essence of female arousal rather than howling at the moon. 

On Angel Wings: Finding out her dream lover was real changes everything for one woman.

On The Prowl: A werecat’s mate waits for the sun to set, so her lover can claim her.

Peeping Ghost: A lonely ghost finds that watching almost makes up for what she missed.

To Dance with the Night: A very sensual vampire nibbles and savors his way through life.

All Romance eBooks

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Care and Feeding of Authors ... Reviews ...

I would like to request - if you purchased a copy of Broken Wings (or any of my other stories) - please consider leaving a review.

Reviews help stimulate sales, and are part of what allows authors to write. The only review I have at AllRomanceeBooks is a 1 star and it is killing traffic to Broken Wings.




Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Today is the day! Broken Wings is now out!!!




"Cry Havok and let slip the dogs of war"

While war was hell, it was the aftereffects that slowly eats away at the soul.  For Gabriel O'Roarke and other like him, truer words have never been spoken. Returning to civilian life after surviving events that should have killed him, he struggled to adjust and find himself again.  Suffering from PTSD, he is without hope, until a chance encounter with a fellow soldier changes things.

Can a broken submissive, grief stricken at the loss of his friends and teammates, damaged by months of captivity and torture, learn to fly again?

CONTAIN BONUS STORY: Taming The Wolf (Animal Attraction book 1)


Monday, September 26, 2016

The Guys of Broken Wings

Authors are often asked who inspires the characters we write about.  I have often see lists of "who would play ______________ if I were made into a movie" posts.

While I know my stories will never make it to the big screen, and I am okay with that, I do draw inspiration from actors and actresses to lay down the basis for my characters.

Many authors who write series have what is called a Series Bible - a document of some kind they can refer back to that tells them details about characters, maybe includes images of the characters, etc.

With Broken Wings, I had to create my first series bible.  This is because while I have other series, the stories are all stand alone, and the series is based on theme, without any interaction between the characters.  For the Dogs of War books, the characters are interacting in a group therapy session, so each character set will continue to build through new stories.

Ready to meet the guys?

NAME: Gabriel O'Roarke
Nickname: Archangel or Angel
Description: black hair, blue eyes, tall, muscular, covered in scars, high forehead, strong jaw, deep set eyes,
Submissive

Gabriel was fairly easy for me to imagine, once he started talking to me.  He got his nickname in bootcamp because he resembled David Boreanaz (Buffy, Angel, Bones).  When he was made team sniper, it as solidified.  He was the Wrath of God - an Archangel.




NAME: Nickolas Tanner
Nickname: Tesla
Description: black (pepper) hair, piercing green eyes, shorter than Gabriel, muscular but athletic, deep raspy voice
Dominant

Nickolas was a very tricky character.  I knew about his nickname, but he wasn't really willing to step out of the shadows and let me see him.  He was more focused on Gabriel - and what he needed.  So visualizing him was frustrating, but I did get to hear a lot of his voice.  And oh boy - what a voice it is.  That deep seductive rasp that teases of nights of sin and decadence was modeled after actor Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest).  To some degree he resembles him as well, but it is Nick's voice that is distinct.  Oh - and the eyes!  Love them!

 

Tomorrow is the day ... have you pre-ordered your copy of Broken Wings yet?

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Less than 36 hours to go ...

Broken Wings will be out in less than 36 hours.  To say I am nervous about how this story will be received, is an understatement.  I feel in love with Nickolas the moment I met him.  He is so confident and loving and exactly what Gabriel needs.

Here's a brief taste for Broken Wings while we wait for the release on Tuesday.

As he surrendered to Nick’s kiss, his eyes started to drift closed and as darkness enveloped him, he jerked. Cold chills broke out over his skin and he drifted for a moment, lost between what was happening and what had come before. Gabriel went to pull back, but Nick kept his hand clasped around the nape of his neck, holding him still. Shifting his face, Nick pressed his lips against Gabriel’s ear. “Open your eyes. You’re safe here. Just open your eyes.”

Gabriel’s lids lifted, and he stared into the calm green of Nick’s eyes. 

“Keep your eyes focused on me.”

Gabriel nodded, and blue gaze locked on green as Nick pressed soft kisses against his cheek, slowly moving back to his lips. At the firm touch of lips against his, Gabriel opened his mouth, accepting the raspy wetness of a masculine tongue sliding into his mouth again. It felt odd to be staring into someone’s eyes while kissing, but at the same time, it grounded him in the moment. Except for brief flashes of darkness as he blinked, he remained focused on Nick – his gaze, his firm touch against the back of his neck, his kiss, the feel of being surrounded in masculine heat.

The very scent of Nick’s cologne seeped into his pores, until all that mattered was the man who was holding him so gently, with such strong confidence. At any moment he could break away; Nick wasn’t forcing him to stay. Instead, his embrace said he was confident that given the choice, Gabriel would chose to stay in his arms. And he was right.

The depth of the kiss changed slowly, until it was impossible for Gabriel to tell where Nick left off and he began. Their tongues were dueling, not for dominance of the kiss, but for sheer pleasure of contact.
As Nick pulled away, Gabriel found himself panting softly, trying to regain his emotional footing. For a brief moment in time, the past had ceased to exist. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My Personality Profile

I've taken a few personality quizzes over the course of my life, and I have to say the Myers-Biggs model pegs me perfectly.


Wondering which of the 16 personality types you are?  You can take the same quick quiz here.


 


Teaser for Desire's Sting

When I was writing Butterfly's Effect, Elaine had a meeting with a man who she really didn't get along with - Richard Mills.  When I was getting the re-release of Butterfly's Effect ready, a young woman named Lisa started talking to me.  



She was adamant that Richard was only an ass to those who didn't really know him.  To those who worked for him, he was everything they could want in a boss.  She demanded that I give her a chance to tell everyone about him - which was all well and good, except that when I actually sat down to start writing the story - she promptly told me nevermind, I could forget it.  She was mad at him and he could go play in traffic.  This intrigued me ... I had to know more.

And so Desire's String was born ...


BUTTERFLY'S EFFECT: Elaine’s relationship with her office assistant went from a normal friendship to lovers, and they are both struggling to find the balance between their professional and personal lives together.  Steve wants to take things public, but Elaine is worried about possible complications.  So he decides to show her who's boss, with a little help from her submissive nature and a sexy new toy in Michelle Houston’s Butterfly’s Effect.

DESIRE'S STING:  As a boss, Richard Mills was everything Lisa could ask for - he stood up for his team, he had their backs, gave them all of the credit and took all of the blame.  But as a man - he was a dick!  As his office assistance, Lisa was familiar with the love 'em and let 'em go attitude Richard had for women.  Too familiar.  It was slowly tearing her up to see other women get the chance with him that she craved.  Something had to change, and if it took her resigning and finding another job to break the hold he had on her heart, she was ready to do it.  It was the perfect solution to a no-win situation - except Richard was hiding a secret from her.  He wanted to do all kinds of dirty, kinky things to her, but worried she was too vanilla to handle the sting of his desire.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pre-Order is Now Live!!!

The pre-order links for Broken Wings are now live at All Romance and Smashwords and Amazon.

September 27th Gabriel and Nick's story will go live!


Excerpt:

As he surrendered to Nick’s kiss, his eyes started to drift closed and as darkness enveloped him, he jerked. Cold chills broke out over his skin and he drifted for a moment, lost between what was happening and what had come before. Gabriel went to pull back, but Nick kept his hand clasped around the nape of his neck, holding him still. Shifting his face, Nick pressed his lips against Gabriel’s ear.
“Open your eyes. You’re safe here. Just open your eyes.”

Gabriel’s lids lifted, and he stared into the calm green of Nick’s eyes.

“Keep your eyes focused on me.”

Gabriel nodded, and blue gaze locked on green as Nick pressed soft kisses against his cheek, slowly moving back to his lips. At the firm touch of lips against his, Gabriel opened his mouth, accepting the raspy wetness of a masculine tongue sliding into his mouth again. It felt odd to be staring into someone’s eyes while kissing, but at the same time, it grounded him in the moment. Except for brief flashes of darkness as he blinked, he remained focused on Nick – his gaze, his firm touch against the back of his neck, his kiss, the feel of being surrounded in masculine heat.

The very scent of Nick’s cologne seeped into his pores, until all that mattered was the man who was holding him so gently, with such strong confidence. At any moment he could break away; Nick wasn’t forcing him to stay. Instead, his embrace said he was confident that given the choice, Gabriel would chose to stay in his arms. And he was right.

The depth of the kiss changed slowly, until it was impossible for Gabriel to tell where Nick left off and he began. Their tongues were dueling, not for dominance of the kiss, but for sheer pleasure of contact.
As Nick pulled away, Gabriel found himself panting softly, trying to regain his emotional footing. For a brief moment in time, the past had ceased to exist.

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Saturday, July 09, 2016

Book Hangover


This can also occur when you are writing. 

I often get a story hangover, where when I finish one piece I can't work on anything new for a couple days.  

Overcoming Obstacles

I have posted about Overcoming Obstacles (specifically dyslexia and aphantasia for me) over at the Inside BWL Blog.  Check it out!

http://bwlauthors.blogspot.com/2016/07/overcoming-obstacles-by-michelle-lee.html

The Neurobiology of Writing


Friday, July 08, 2016

Belle's Love Triangle

If you think that Belle's love triangle = Belle, Gaston, and the Beast
you would be wrong! :)

Let's be serious - Gaston and the Beast were subplots.
The real love affair was with the library!






After all ...


Thursday, July 07, 2016

Broken Wings Teaser 1

BROKEN WINGS, the first in my The Dogs of War series, is finished.

Now I am working on the editing stage. :) I am hoping to have the editing done, and rewrites finished up, and the story to you by end of August.

"Cry Havok and let slip the dogs of war" 

While war was hell, it was the aftereffects that slowly eats away at the soul. For Gabriel O'Roarke and other like him, truer words have never been spoken. Returning to civilian life after surviving events that should have killed him, he struggled to adjust and find himself again. Suffering from PTSD, he is without hope, until a chance encounter with a fellow soldier changes things.

 Can a broken submissive, grief stricken at the loss of his friends and teammates, damaged by months of captivity and torture, learn to fly again?

In the mean time, how about a teaser?


Tuesday, July 05, 2016

All Things T-Shirts

I have amassed a collection of "I want" T-shirt images.

These are just a few ...

  



 






Labyrinth:

 Stargate:


 Teaching:



Sci-Fi:


Birds: 



Monday, July 04, 2016

The Chemistry of Fireworks (redux)

Three years ago (wow how time flies!) I posted about the Chemistry of Fireworks.  At that time, the post was just a quick note about how different elements produce different colored lights in the night sky.

I always wanted to expand upon that post ... and this year's 4th of July seemed like the perfect opportunity.  I found quite a few good infographics and some wonderful websites to help me along the way.  My sources are cited at the end.



"Fireworks generate three very noticeable forms of energy: a tremendous release of sound, bright light, and heat. The tremendous booms heard at ground level are the result of the rapid release of energy into the air, causing the air to expand faster than the speed of sound. This produces a shock wave, a sonic boom." 1


"Excluding propellants or special effects, the points of light ejected from fireworks, termed 'stars', generally require an oxygen-producer, fuel, binder (to keep everything where it needs to be), and color producer." 2 

The color of a firework is determined by the elements used in its "stars".  What happens is, when these elements lose energy during the explosion of the fuel, that energy is emitted as light.  Each element emits a slightly different wavelength of energy, and therefore a slightly different color of light results.

Taking you all the way back to high school chemistry, this is the Periodic Table of Elements and the aqua colored boxes are those elements that produce the spectacular colored firework we enjoy during celebrations.



"There are two main mechanisms of color production in fireworks, incandescence and luminescence.

Incandescence: 
Incandescence is light produced from heat. Heat causes a substance to become hot and glow, initially emitting infrared, then red, orange, yellow, and white light as it becomes increasingly hotter. When the temperature of a firework is controlled, the glow of components, such as charcoal, can be manipulated to be the desired color (temperature) at the proper time. Metals, such as aluminum, magnesium, and titanium, burn very brightly and are useful for increasing the temperature of the firework.

Luminescence: 

Luminescence is light produced using energy sources other than heat. Sometimes luminescence is called 'cold light', because it can occur at room temperature and cooler temperatures. To produce luminescence, energy is absorbed by an electron of an atom or molecule, causing it to become excited, but unstable. When the electron returns to a lower energy state the energy is released in the form of a photon (light). The energy of the photon determines its wavelength or color." 2


"The [incandescent] colors are produced by heating metal salts, such as calcium chloride or sodium nitrate, that emit characteristic colors. The atoms of each element absorb energy and release it as light of specific colors. The energy absorbed by an atom rearranges its electrons from their lowest-energy state, called the ground state, up to a higher-energy state, called an excited state. The excess energy of the excited state is emitted as light, as the electrons descend to lower-energy states, and ultimately, the ground state. The amount of energy emitted is characteristic of the element, and the amount of energy determines the color of the light emitted. For example, when sodium nitrate is heated, the electrons of the sodium atoms absorb heat energy and become excited. This high-energy excited state does not last for long, and the excited electrons of the sodium atom quickly release their energy, about 200 kJ/mol, which is the energy of yellow light.

"The amount of energy released, which varies from element to element, is characterized by a particular wavelength of light. Higher energies correspond to shorter wavelength light, whose characteristic colors are located in the violet/blue region of the visible spectrum. Lower energies correspond to longer wavelength light, at the orange/red end of the spectrum." 1




The Technical Details:

Click on the image to follow a link to the NOVA
 website for a break down of each part and how it
works.
"In making fireworks, the metal salts are put into stars, small clay or dough-like lumps or cubes 3 to 4 cm in diameter. Stars consist of a blend of oxidizing agent, reducing agent, coloring agent (metal salt), and binders. When ignited, the stars produce both sound and light effects. The appearance of a firework is determined by its stars, which are made by hand and carefully packed into cardboard compartments within the firework shell, where they await ignition by a time-delay fuse. 

 "From lift-off to color release, a carefully choreographed sequence of events takes place, producing the desired effect. The power needed to lift each firework into the air is provided by the highly exothermic combustion of black powder, a slow-burning combination of 75% potassium nitrate, 15% charcoal, and 10% sulfur. Said to have first been used in China about 1000 years ago, the recipe for black (or coal) powder has undergone little change since then. This formulation explodes at a rate of about 3 meters per second, classifying it as a low explosive. In fact, when it burns in the open air, black powder’s heat and gas dissipate quickly. The key to fireworks’ success is to trap the heat and gas in the bottom of the shell, which is positioned in a launch tube or mortar, until the trapped gas pressure builds to such a force that, when it escapes, it hurls the firework high into the air.

 "A firework is ignited by lighting the main fuse. That simultaneously starts both the fast action fuse, which quickly carries the flame down to the lift charge, and the time delay fuse, which continues to burn upward toward the cardboard compartments containing the stars, even as the firework is hurtling skyward.

 "Fireworks are classified as both a low and a high explosive. The initial lift charge that sends the firework into the sky is a low explosive. The burning charge undergoes rapid decomposition, but not detonation. The firework can be thought of as flying through the air powered by a fast burning wick. Where the wick ends, it meets the high explosive components of the firework. In this second stage there is an instantaneous detonation producing both a loud explosion and a bright flash of color.

 "The black powder lift-charge is calculated to exhaust itself precisely when the slow-burning, time-delay fuse reaches the first compartment packed with light-producing stars and black powder. This happens when the firework is at the very apex of its upward flight. Simultaneously the fuse sets off sound-producing explosives and detonates the stars, initiating color emission. If the timing of the fuses is off, however, the firework may detonate early, too close to the ground, or late, when the firework is falling back to earth.

 "When an aerial firework explodes, its component stars fly off in all directions. However, when viewed from a distance, these aerial fireworks seem flat, as though they were displayed on a screen. We do not easily perceive that some parts are coming toward us, while others are moving away. We have a hard time seeing this, because we don't perceive the normal clues that tell us the direction in which something is moving. Normally, when an object moves toward us, it appears to grow larger, and when it moves away, it appears to grow smaller. However, the stars in fireworks are so bright against a dark background, that we can't get an accurate impression of what size they are; their intensity saturates our retinas. We can't tell if they are getting larger or smaller, so we judge them not to be moving either away from us or toward us. Therefore, they look flat. If, however, we could see them from directly below, we would observe that the stars move in all directions away from the central explosion.

"When watching fireworks, we see them much sooner than we hear them. That happens because light travels about a million times as fast as sound. The speed of light is 300,000,000 meters per second, but the speed of sound is only about 340 meters per second. If you are watching fireworks that are about a kilometer (1000 meters) away, the light takes only 3 millionths of a second to reach you. The sound takes about 3 seconds. You can tell how many kilometers away fireworks are exploding by starting to count seconds as soon as you see an explosion. Stop counting when you hear the explosion and divide the count by 3. This gives the distance away in kilometers." 1


1  http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/chemweek/fireworks/fireworks.htm

2 http://chemistry.about.com/od/fireworkspyrotechnics/a/fireworkcolors.htm

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Forget the drinks ... I'll take a book

Saw a cute image the other day with this text on it.

You know how people buy drinks for girls in bars?  

Why can't people do that in book stores?  

Like ... if I'm looking for a novel in Barnes and Noble, and some person walks up to me and strikes up a conversation and offers to buy the book for me, there is a lot better chance of that working out in their favor.


I have to say, I agree. :)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Classic Video Games Reimagined as Romance Novels

As I have mentioned in the past, in addition to writing I also create cover art.  As such, I sometimes look for tutorials for techniques I want to learn, new places to find images, etc ... occasionally I come across some real gems.  One of those was five classic video games reimagined as romance novel covers.

These two are my favorites - but you can check out the others, as well as the whole article about them, here.



Collector of Hearts, starring Link and Zelda


Fierce Moves, starring Ken and Ryu from Street Fighter