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We’re nearing the end of the 12 Days of Giveaways, but they aren’t over yet and today I have a guest…
Please welcome Michelle Lauren!
Michelle is a finalist in the Romantic Times American Title V contest and recently sold a novella to Liquid Silver Books!
Here’s my interview with Michelle…
Welcome to the blog Michelle, and congratulations on being a finalist in the American Title V contest. Can you tell us more about the contest?
Thanks so much for having me Jennifer. American Title V is a contest for unpublished novel-length manuscripts. It is sponsored by Romantic Times magazine and Dorchester Publishing. The grand prize is a contract with Dorchester.
Most people have seen the television show American Idol. Well, this contest follows that format in that it allows readers to vote on their favorite manuscripts in rounds like Best First Line, Best Hero and Heroine, Best Dialogue and Best Romantic Scene. Voting for Best Hero & Heroine is going on now!
The rules: Only one email vote per person. Voting for this round ends December 28th.
Where can readers find more information about the contest?
I got to do a lot of fun promotional stuff for this book. The first link goes to my author interview at Sylvia Day’s site. The second link lets you listen in as I “interview” my heroine Siren.
What about your entry? Can you tell us a little about How to Tame a Harpy? (I love that title by the way)
Sure! How to Tame a Harpy is a multicultural urban fantasy. It is a fast-paced, darkly humorous read with action, mystery, romance and a happy ending.
Here is a short blurb for the book:
Welcome to Poseidon, Virginia, a place where the things that go bump in the night come to play and where passion and danger go hand in hand.
Tall, dark and lethal, genetically-enhanced human DANIEL SMITH lives in the shadows. Nicknamed “gargoyle” for his ability to shift into stone form in direct sunlight, he is considered an outsider even among other creatures of the night. Jaded by past betrayals, Daniel swore off love. But when fate—and a series of murders—tosses SIREN JONES (a street smart harpy with a temper that has a mind of its own) into his lap, he finds both his heart and his life in danger.
Passion and danger collide as Daniel struggles to protect Siren from a killer determined to destroy them both. As time runs out, his only hope lies in learning HOW TO TAME A HARPY.
Where did the idea for the story come from?
I’ve always been a fan of comic books and fairy tales. This story combines the best of both worlds –fantastical elements mixed with themes of true love conquering all. Although the plot involves a murder mystery, at its core, How to Tame a Harpy is very much a love story.
Daniel is the kind of guy I would fall for. He has a definite bad boy vibe but at his heart, he is a good man: loyal and fiercely protective of the woman he claims as his. Siren is independent, bold and street smart, a strong woman who needs an equally strong man. Both are emotionally scarred and don’t initially realize how much they need each other. I really enjoyed showing how their relationship developed.
You also recently sold a book to Liquid Silver Books. Can you tell us a little about that book?
Thanks for asking about this! I was over the moon when Liquid Silver Books offered a contract for one of my novellas, Starstruck. Starstruck is an urban fantasy about a fallen star on the run from ruthless hunters after her life-prolonging energy. She finds protection – and passion—in the arms of an unlikely ally, an ex-star hunter seeking redemption for past wrongs. Here is a blurb:
A woman on the run…
When twenty-four year old star Miranda Snow crash lands on Earth, a place where humans hunt and kill her kind for their life-prolonging energy, she doesn’t know who to trust. Danger is everywhere. Her only hope for survival lies in the unlikely arms of ex-star hunter Noah Benson. Tall, dark and jaded, Noah’s touch sparks her passion and melts her defenses.
A man with a dark secret…
Nine years ago, Noah lost everything in one night: his freedom, his friends and all hopes of a future in astronomy. Years later he is driven by revenge against the man responsible, a ruthless killer determined to claim Miranda – something Noah refuses to let happen. But when faced with an impossible choice, will he protect Miranda or betray her?
You’ve mentioned that your books are Urban Fantasy. Is there a reason why you chose to write that particular genre?
I think it’s natural to write about things that interest us most. As a fan of comics and fairy tales, when I started pursuing writing as a full-time career, I decided to start writing in this genre. It has been a blast.
Are you interested in writing other genres?
Of course! I am very interested in branching out into different genres. I have plans to write contemporary romance and branch into other genres.
What do you like to read?
I’m an avid and eclectic reader. I recently finished reading Sabriel by Garth Nix (juvenile fantasy), and I’m re-reading Deerskin by Robin McKinley. My bookshelf holds a little of everything: Science fiction (Tolkien); Gothic Romance; Historical; Western; and Urban Fantasy.
Complete the following:
I am: afraid of garden gnomes and life-like stone statues
I like: daydreaming
I wish I had thought of: Post-It notes. I’d be rich.
I can: type more than 100 words per minute
I wish: I could jump rope double dutch
I have never: smoked
I would love to know what readers think of: my heroes
Thanks Michelle for that great interview!
Readers, you can learn more about Michelle at her website: www.michellelaurenbooks.com
Now for the giveaway…
Today’s prize is:
– a copy of December’s Romantic Times magazine
– a calendar notepad
– a journal with an ink pen
Today I want to know…
What are your favorite types of heroes in books?
Leave your answer below and I’ll announce the winner on Dec. 27.
Be sure to return to see if you won and to come back this week for more giveaways as the 12 Days of Giveaways continue.