Just In Time for the Beach

Need a beach read — or seven? Beginning July 1st, three SSI books and all four Prime Chronicles novels are being featured as Amazon Monthly Deals. And because my Distributor (IPG/INscribe) likes to see me sell lots of books, they are spreading the special deals wide on the seven books. How cool is that?

Which books are featured and how much? All books will be $1.99 for the month of July (Eye of the Storm (SSI 1) and Prime Obsession (PC 1) are normally $1.99 and will remain so after the end of the month).

So visit your favorite online retailer — my books are at all the major ones and some not so major (remember I said “wide”). Happy reading!!!

Ride Out the Storm, An In-Between Book in the SSI Series

Out now! Ride Out the Storm is Book 6.5 in the Security Specialists International series.

Question: Why write a novella and not another long book?

Answer: This book does several important things to segue from SSI in Idaho to SSI-East in Osprey’s Point in Upper Peninsula Michigan:

  1. Show what happened to Dr. Anton Vasilov and Lucia Aznar after they escaped Mexico (An Ill Wind);
  2. Show the event which Tara and DJ discussed In Chapter 17 in Firestorm;
  3. Reintroduce the main characters at SSI-East – Earl Blackhawk and his wife Tessa, Risto and Callie Smith, and the four Walsh brothers, Loren, Paul, Devin, and Andy, who are stationed there;
  4. Introduce, in general, some of the year-round Osprey’s Point residents who will make appearances in the next four novels (yes, the remaining Walsh boys are going to get their HEAs); and,
  5. Take care of one of the hanging plot threads from An Ill Wind — what happened to El Hacha (Jaime Aznar, Lucia’s uncle) and to El Halcon (Raimundo Chavez)?

For an approximately 34,000-word novella, it manages to cover a lot of territory. And most importantly, it will prepare my readers for the next four books.

So, what’s this book’s action? Here’s the blurb:

They escaped the cartel in Mexico.

Three months after a dangerous and chaotic flight to freedom, Dr. Anton Vasilov and his new wife Lucia have settled into the small-town life of Osprey’s Point. Courtesy of SSI, Anton now runs the town’s sole medical practice. Trained chef Lucia is cooking part-time at Earl’s Diner.

They believe they’ve finally found a safe haven from Lucia’s vicious uncle and his cartel henchmen.

Gaining the town’s trust might take longer.

Although the isolated lakefront community welcomes the new chef, Anton isn’t as lucky. The year-round residents, mostly hardened military vets, have a harder time accepting him. Anton is determined to gain their trust and be part of the town, because he and Lucia have a baby on the way.

However, their safe haven may not be safe, after all.

Worry creeps into their newfound happiness when a stranger comes to town. Has the cartel found them? As the SSI operatives and vets consider tactics, Anton formulates his own plan. Because the ex-Russian special forces soldier will do whatever it takes to protect his wife and unborn child.

Fighting for their lives and their home, Anton and Lucia must ride out the storm one more time.

Buy Links:

Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/mYZnQY

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ride-Storm-Security-Specialists-International-ebook/dp/B094NT7V1P/ref=sr_1_23?crid=3T2XYDWNLJIAM&dchild=1&keywords=monette+michaels&qid=1620826256&s=books&sprefix=Monette%2Caps%2C209&sr=1-23

Other Buy Links shall be added as they go live! Thanks.

It’s Been Awhile

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared what’s going on in my world — writing and otherwise.  So, since I am procrastinating (a COVID-19 pandemic side effect, I’m afraid), I decided to update the look of my blog.

What do you think?  The other theme was dark and hard to read — and I decided I needed something brighter with a flower. So this is what you get … until I change my mind. 😉 By the way, the garden and statue are located on the approach to my front door.

On the family and personal side, my hubby is fine. Some of my long-time followers might recall he had heart-bypass surgery in 2015. Thus, we are being careful and staying close to home. When we do go out, we wear our masks.

PSA: Please, wear a mask — you protect those around you. COVID-19 carriers can be asymptomatic.Thus, everyone wearing a mask has proven to be the most effective way to keep the spread of this deadly virus down.Trust me on this — I’m married to a pathologist! I am well-informed. Daily!

We also wash and sanitize our hands — and anything else that is washable or can be sanitized. Our house is a safe zone. Once inside, my husband is assured of not getting infected. This is because I am obsessive about wiping down door handles and anything that comes from the outside that could carry microbes be they viral or bacterial.

Okay, I’ve always been that way — but I am really on it now.

Our son has moved back in with us after being away for four years. His employment had ended, and he was looking for a new job and then the pandemic hit. Since living in Silicon Valley is expensive while unemployed and no new job lurked on the horizon, he left California (the day Newsom shut it down!!). I sweated bullets each day he was on the road, hoping he could find places to eat and a place to sleep at night. He was fully prepared to sleep in his car and had provisions if nothing was open. Luckily, for him but not for the poor inhabitants of the states he drove through, most of the states he passed through had not shut down (this was in March) for the virus (except for Illinois and Indiana where we live). It is nice to have him home where I know he is safe. Of course, he’d rather have a job and his own place to live. And I can understand that.

~~ Note to potential employers:  I can vouch for him — because I raised him. 🙂 He is a hard worker and reliable. He adapts well and is very creative. He is willing to relocate. Big Data is his thing. He’d be considered a Senior Programmer and is willing to learn “new” things. He has three Bachelor of Science Degrees — Accounting and Finance from IU’s Kelley School of Business and Computer Information Technology (computer software engineering) from Purdue — and also has a bunch of certifications (Sales Force and Agile come to mind). See? He likes learning!! ~~

As for the writing front, which is why most of you follow me, I am currently working on my fourth What A Witch book in the Magic and Mayhem Universe. What A Witch Finds will take up where What A Witch Desires left off, with Paul, the pooka, finding his mate and carrying her to Dale and Bree’s house. This book will come out in October of 2020 along with a slew of other fun and fabulous Magic and Mayhem Universe books.

After that book is completed, I will write an SSI novella, Ride Out the Storm, # 6.5.

This book will reintroduce SSI-East in the Upper Peninsula Michigan. Risto Smith is in charge of SSI-East, located in Osprey’s Point, and his biggest concern at the moment is his wife Callie is due to have their first baby any day.The novella will also reintroduce Big Earl and his wife Tessa, the four Walsh brothers who’ve yet to find their perfect partners, and Dr. Anton Vasilov and his new wife Lucia.

The conflict in this novella arises from Anton and Lucia’s past as depicted in An Ill Wind, SSI #5. When Lucia’s cartel-connected relatives hit Osprey’s Point, Anton will have his hands full delivering Callie’s baby and protecting his own pregnant wife.

After Ride Out the Storm is finished, I will consult the four Walsh brothers to see who wants his happy-ever-after first. For Book 7, I know who the heroine will be and what chases her to Osprey’s Point to find her future, and I’m leaning toward one of the brothers over the other three. He has yet to convince me that he should get the girl. Book 7 will be titled:  Before the Storm.

You can keep up-to-date on what’s next on my web site on the Upcoming page.

 

Firestorm, Only Three More Days

Book 6 in the Security Specialists International series will go live on Monday, January 13th!!
Blurb:

She’s a survivor.Former Air Force pilot Tara Nightwalker survived wartime flying only to come home to a civilian life that was anything but safe. Two years after surviving a brutal kidnapping, it’s time to get on with her life. She finds a job in Idaho as a park ranger and wildland firefighting instructor. After what she’s been through, men aren’t appealing at all. Not until she meets SSI operative Price Teague. He’s strong. Honorable. A warrior. And she knows in her gut … he’s the one.

The only problem is—he doesn’t seem interested.

He’s a patient warrior.

Price Teague envies his fellow SSI operatives who’ve found women to love, because he sure hasn’t been as lucky. Not until the tough, beautiful firefighting instructor comes into his life. The day that some bastard in the woods shoots at them, Tara is cool, calm, and courageous in the face of danger. He recognizes instantly this is the woman he wants.

He’s usually a direct-action sort of guy, but he can see Tara is wary about men. Maybe she’s been hurt in the past. He’ll take it slow … even if it kills him. But when her kidnapper escapes prison, bent on revenge, Price throws out the slow-and-steady approach. Time is not on his side, and there’s no way he’ll let anyone hurt her.

Danger is all around. Then fire season kicks into gear.

Sneak Peek: https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/KtP1i1Tg

Universal Book Buy Link:  https://books2read.com/u/bM9jPV

 

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What A Witch Desires – Magic and Mayhem Universe Is Now Available!!

What A Witch Desires, Book 3 in the What A Witch series, set in the Magic and Mayhem Universe is OUT NOW!!

He’d killed her parents, her mentors, her friends.

Descendant of a goddess, Brigid Donaldson and her pooka companion have been fleeing for years from a ruthless Celtic god. Determined to steal Bree’s magic and have her for his own, Lorcan Black will destroy anything in his way.

On the run, all Bree longs for is a safe place to call home.

After helping Bree and the pooka escape from Black, Baba Yaga advises them to go to Assjacket, West Virginia. The powerful witch says Bree will find her heart’s desire there. Bree is sure that means she’ll find her home. What she finds is a Goddess-chosen mate.

The deer-Shifter Dale Deering had given up on finding his mate.

When Bree walks into the local diner, he instantly recognizes her as his soul’s companion. His mate. She isn’t convinced—more like terrified. That’s okay. As a former Marine and now Herne’s best hunter, Dale knows how to be patient when the prize is worth it. If his mate needs time, that’s what he’ll give her.

Time is not on their side.

Dale and the Assjacket residents prepare to fight the power-hungry god. The fate of all depends on Bree accepting the mate-bond so she can share her formidable magic with Dale in upcoming confrontation. She’s falling in love, realizing Dale is her heart’s desire.

But evil is approaching. Fast.

 

READ A SNEAK PREVIEW HERE

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LOOK AT ALL THE OTHER GREAT MAGIC AND MAYHEM NEW RELEASES AVAILABLE — WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT THEM OR BUY — GO HERE. Watch for the Magic and Mayhem Release Blast Off Party on FaceBook, October 25 and 26. Magic and Mayhem Universe on FaceBook

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM ALL OF US AT MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE

First Three Books in my SSI Series and in my Prime Chronicles Series

I recently received my rights back to the first three books in each of my two main series, The Prime Chronicles (SFR) and Security Specialists International (romantic thrillers).  This resulted in the six books being unavailable in e-format for a little over a month or so (my print books were not affected).  I am happy to announce that all six books will be once again available in wide distribution beginning October 1, 2019.  I am even happier to announce that they will also be available at new and lower prices than previously.

The first books in each series, Prime Obsession and Eye of the Storm will be $1.99.  Prime Selection (#2) and Prime Imperative (#3) will be $4.99 each, and Cold Day in Hell, SSI 2, and Weather the Storm, SSI 3, will be $4.99 each.  They will be available at all major online retailers.

 

I will add Buy Links here (iBooks is always later because of cover sizes issues) and on my web site as I get them.

 

BUY LINKS:

Eye of the Storm:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Security-Specialists-International-Book-ebook/dp/B07Y1FV7BJ/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=monette+michaels&qid=1569095452&s=digital-text&sr=1-7

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/eye-of-the-storm/id1481138481

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1029827177?ean=9780997356557

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/eye-of-the-storm-91

Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Monette_Michaels_Eye_of_the_Storm?id=gCuwDwAAQBAJ

Cold Day in Hell:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Hell-Security-Specialists-International-ebook/dp/B07Y1JD97Z/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=monette+michaels&qid=1569095416&s=digital-text&sr=1-4

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/cold-day-in-hell/id1480888602

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1109483022?ean=9780997356564

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/cold-day-in-hell-8

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Monette_Michaels_Cold_Day_in_Hell?id=qSuwDwAAQBAJ

Weather the Storm:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Weather-Storm-Security-Specialists-International-ebook/dp/B07Y1K89VG/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=monette+michaels&qid=1569095355&s=digital-text&sr=1-4

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/weather-the-storm/id1480888363

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/weather-the-storm-john-michaels/1115971148?ean=9780997356571

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/weather-the-storm-4

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Monette_Michaels_Weather_the_Storm?id=ziuwDwAAQBAJ

Prime Obsession:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Obsession-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07Y1719ZG/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=monette+michaels&qid=1569095519&s=digital-text&sr=1-6

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/prime-obsession/id1480888639

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/prime-obsession-monette-michaels/1029826152?ean=9780997356588

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/prime-obsession-2

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Monette_Michaels_Prime_Obsession?id=PyywDwAAQBAJ

Prime Selection:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Selection-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07Y1L2KZY/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=monette+michaels&qid=1569095557&s=digital-text&sr=1-11

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/prime-selection/id1480888539

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/prime-selection-monette-michaels/1113763592?ean=9780997356595

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/prime-selection-2

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Monette_Michaels_Prime_Selection?id=8yuwDwAAQBAJ

Prime Imperative:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Imperative-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07Y193C99/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=monette+michaels&qid=1569095604&s=digital-text&sr=1-8

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/prime-imperative/id1480888397

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/prime-imperative-monette-michaels/1120437998?ean=9781733481700

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/prime-imperative-2

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Monette_Michaels_Prime_Imperative?id=aS2wDwAAQBAJ

Yes, I Am Alive and Writing

I have to confess, I am horrible at social media. I apologize for not being a regular blogger. To be quite frank, if I am going to create, I’d rather be spending that time on writing novels.

If I didn’t have my Gal Friday, the lovely Janet Snell, doing regular fun posts to my Author FaceBook page (you are following that page, right? — if not here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/authormonettemichaels), I most likely would not interact as much as I do with my fans. I do update my website when there’s something to update and that’s usually when a book is coming out. Same goes for my newsletter (you are signed up for my newsletter, right? — if not, see the link in the right-hand column). With current FaceBook changes and a concentration on Groups over Pages and Timelines, I may have to bite the bullet and create a Group to go with my Author FaceBook Page (picture me hiding in a corner, curled up in a ball; yes, I am a social media introvert).

Since I am here, I bet you’re wondering when the next SSI book, Firestorm, Book 6 in the Security Specialists International series, will be out. If you’re already a fan, you’re aware I put this book up for pre-order back when An Ill Wind came out. At that time, not one word had not been written in Firestorm, but I was advised by my distributor that pre-orders were the way to go even if the book wouldn’t be out for months and months.

Taking this advice–because what do I know about marketing? (less than nothing)–I set the release date on the pre-order as December 1, 2019.

Good news is  — I will beat that, but can’t tell you by how much.  Because—I have a drop-dead deadline to upload a novella for Robyn Peterman’s Magic and Mayhem Universe by September 30, 2019 (publication date, October 21, 2019). That puts Firestorm on the back burner for now while I write What A Witch Desires, Book 3 in the What a Witch series.

Be assured, Firestorm is done, BUT not “done” done.

You all know I tend to write long. Mostly because I write layered novels with a romance plot, a suspense plot, and an action plot. This book was supposed to be less lengthy at around 75,000 words. Ah, no. Final first draft exceeded that by about 10,000 words and once I revise (will get to that in a moment), it could be over 100,000 words. Since I am not the fastest writer (cough, life intrudes, cough), it took me awhile especially coming off a long book four in the Prime Chronicles series.  Also, switching back and forth between two series is often a culture shock and I have to get back into the series world I am currently writing (my SSI world bible is in two HUGE binders, see picture below).

I was in the early revision process for Firestorm when I realized I needed to write What A Witch Desires. Like now! Sigh.

Happily, the novella is coming swiftly (13,000 words in less than a week and about to the half way point, so yay!), and I hope to soon be back to whipping my SSI novel into shape.

And, yes, it needed a good spanking. The story is there (my crit buddy and two beta-readers have said so); it just needs a tweak here, a total rethinking on an aspect of a character there, maybe some more nuances here and there, layering in of more scene setting, cutting repetition, etc. — what can I say? It’s a process. Almost as hard and involved as writing the book in the first place. Good news is, I am much faster at editing and revising than I am at writing a full first draft.

The take-away from today’s blog is the following:  (a) Moni is a slow writer , but a fast reviser/editor; (b) she needs to get her life more organized (and since she is A-type, that’s saying a lot); (c) she sucks at social media; and (d) she will have two books out in the latter part of 2019 (yay!). If you need more updates, follow me on FaceBook. If you want a sneak preview of Firestorm later this summer, sign up for my newsletter. Thanks for reading and being a fan.

SSI Bible (two binders) and the Firestorm Binder

 

 

What A Witch Needs

Pre-Order Now!!

Yes, it is time for another novella from the Magic and Mayhem Universe.  What A Witch Needs is book two in the What A Witch series and once again a witch finds her Shifter soul mate an ocean away from home in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia.

Blurb:

A witch on the run…

All Gloriana Anora St.John wants is to serve the annulment decree on her never-really-a-husband. She didn’t expect to barge in on a blood sacrifice. After rescuing a young girl, Gloriana and her familiar are cornered by the coven of dark warlocks. It’s no wonder her hasty transport spell—and why hadn’t she practiced the damn spells when she was supposed to?—lands her in the middle of nowhere West Virginia.

A lonely bear Shifter with issues…

Former Marine and bear Shifter Liam Hardisty is minding his own business, popping a thieving honey badger and fishing for his breakfast. Before he can even snag a fish, a turquoise-colored transport cloud dumps a witch and her familiar practically at his paws. One sniff and Liam knows he’s found his mate. Her name is Glory.

Gloriana just rid herself of one male. Plus, she has a dark warlock in hot pursuit. She has more than enough man trouble—she doesn’t need a mate, even one a delicious-smelling hunk like Liam.

Liam knows he’s working on a short clock and has a lot to do before he can give Glory his mating bite—he needs to gain Glory’s trust, prove he’s what she needs in her life, and then protect her from the evil asshat warlock.

What a witch needs isn’t always what she thinks she needs—sometimes, it’s better.

Check out that cover!!  My fabulous cover artist, April Martinez of Graphicfantastic, took my vision and made it real.  How did she do it?  Well, here is a short video showing the cover process from concept to finished product. 

Magic and Mayhem Blast-Off

WE’RE BA-A-A-C-K — AND BETTER THAN EVER!

 

Did you miss us?

When Kindle World shut down, it left a lot of homeless worlds containing a lot of very talented authors with fabulous books.  Robyn Peterman, whom I’m lucky to call a friend, made the decision she wasn’t going to let all her hard work and that of the many authors who wrote in her Magic and Mayhem Universe (formerly World) be put out on the streets.  Thus, she set her prodigious energy and mind on the path to finding us all a new place to cyber-shelve our books.  Thanks to the wonderful folks at Draft2Digital, fans of Magic and Mayhem will now be able to buy the books in all formats, across many retailers, and with world-wide distribution.

Okay, you didn’t miss us, because you have no clue what the Magic and Mayhem Universe is.

I’ll let Robyn Peterman tell you, in her words, what this gig is all about:

What is the Magic and Mayhem Universe, you may ask?

Well, let me explain…

It’s basically authorized fan fiction written by some amazing authors that I stalked and blackmailed! KIDDING! I was lucky and blessed to have some brilliant authors say yes! They have written brand new stories using my world and some of my characters. And let me tell you…the results are hilarious!

So here it is! Blast off with us into the hilarious Magic and Mayhem Universe. Side splitting books by fantabulous authors! Check out each and every one. You will laugh your way to a magical HEA!

For all the stories, go to https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/. Grab your copy today!

The series that started it all by Robyn Peterman:

My re-release Blast-Off Book:

 

Blurb:

Magical artifacts can be deadly…or seductive, and Amethyst St. John delights in them all. She’s curator for the U.K. Covens’ Magical Artifacts Library, and her magic isn’t the usual run-of-the-mill hocus-pocus. Oh no. With her powers, she can turn the nastiest artifact harmless.

Unfortunately, her magic is useless when her egotistical mother pressures her to marry a depraved aristocrat.  So, when the most powerful witch in the world asks her to present an artifact—a very intimate piece of the infamous wizard Merlin—to their sister city Assjacket, West Virginia, Amethyst jumps at the chance.

Bobcat Shifter Kerr Montgomery, chief detective for Assjacket, has better things to do than meet some British ambassador witch … until he catches Amethyst’s scent. She’s his mate—the one woman who can complete his soul. But his Ammy doesn’t understand mating. And she distrusts men. Even worse, she won’t be in Assjacket long enough to change her mind.

And then someone steals Merlin’s intimate body part. Ammy, aided by Kerr, sets out on a quest to find the artifact. In the process, she discovers what she really wants.

 

Buy Links for What A Witch Wants

Free Sneak Peek at What A Witch Wants

 

 

The Authors of the Magic and Mayhem Universe and the links to their Magic and Mayhem page:

Barbra Annino
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/barbra-annino/

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Boone Brux
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/boone-brux/

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Deanna Chase
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/deanna-chase/

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Claudy Conn
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/claudy-conn/

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Teresa Gabelman
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/teresa-gabelman/

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Eliza Gayle
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/eliza-gayle/

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Renee George
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/renee-george/

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Mindy Klasky
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/mindy-klasky/

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Cate Lawley
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/cate-lawley/

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Heather Long
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/heather-long/

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Cherie Marks
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/cherie-marks/

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Lissa Matthews
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/lissa-matthews/

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Donna McDonald
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/donna-mcdonald/

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H. M. McQueen
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/h-m-mcqueen/

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Monette Michaels
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/monette-michaels/

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Isabel Micheals
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/isabel-micheals/

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Julia Mills
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/julia-mills/

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Virginia Nelson
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/virgina-nelson/

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Rose Pressey
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/rose-pressey/

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Kate Richards
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/kate-richards/

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Jordan K. Rose
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/jordan-k-rose/

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Lori Ryan
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/lori-ryan/

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Sharon Saracino
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/sharon-saracino/

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Jodi Vaughn
https://magicandmayhemuniverse.com/jodi-vaughn/

Revisiting the Past: Revising My Novel Green Fire

Some background:

I’ve been writing since 1995 and been published in e-books/indie press since 1998.  In that time period, I’ve done a lot of  writing and have published every book I have completed. We won’t discuss the ones that are still notes or half-finished because another plot bunny came along and distracted me—Bunny!!—or because my Muse left the building. 🙂

In all I have written 20 novels,  6 novellas, and 3 short stories — and all are in print BUT FOR ONE — and that one is Green Fire, my 2003 paranormal romantic suspense release from the former indie press, LTDBooks (Canada).

[Left: New cover for Green Fire, designed by April Martinez, Copyright, 2011.]

When LTDBooks closed its  doors at the end of 2005, it was a sad day — I adored the owner (love you, Laura!) and had great experiences at LTD. My rights to all my books published at LTD were immediately given back. My Gooden & Knight books went to Liquid Silver Publishing without any changes. Then I fairly quickly revised and self-published Fatal Vision and Death Benefits.

But not Green Fire. 

I had to put Green Fire on the back-burner, because I’d found great success with my Security Specialist International and Prime Chronicles series. The fan demand and that of my publisher was such that I devoted all my time to putting out books in those two series. Revised versions of previously published books were not a high priority.

In 2011, I finally had reached a point where I had a large enough gap between series books — or so I thought– to devote a few weeks to do a clean edit and then get Green Fire back out there. Um, no.

I began a Green Fire revision and found it taking a lot of time. I had pressure to get to work on Prime Selection (#2 in that series) since my Prime fans had been so patient while I whipped out Eye of the Storm (#1) and Stormy Weather Baby (#1.5) in my SSI series. Since that time — between parent deaths, son moving clear across the country, husband’s major surgery, a bunch more SSI books and another couple of Prime books — and a Kindle World book for Robyn Peterman’s Magic & Mayhem World — I just shelved Green Fire as a To-Do project.

So here I am in 2017 working on it again.  You’d think it shouldn’t take much, right?  After all, this is a book that was accepted and edited by LTDBooks, published to decent reviews back in 2003, and was a finalist in the Dream Realm Contest, paranormal division in 2003. I even went to ArmadilloCon for the awards ceremony (lost, but, hey … finalled!). Plus, I had gotten a bit of a start on the revision back in 2011. I wasn’t working with a blank slate here.

Short answer:  It’s not an easy revision. To use one of my favorite phrases, “I’ve slept since then,” — then being when I first wrote the book in 2002-2003.

I’ve been an Acquisitions and a Copy Editor, read/studied writing techniques, taught writing, critiqued a lot of other authors’ books, and written a shit ton of books since 2003.  I know I am a better, cleaner, tighter writer than I was way back in the beginning. Plus, romance readers’ tastes have changed.

This is an issue for any author who republishes long out-of-print books — do I leave it as originally written?– OR — do I clean house and bring it up to date for the current romance reading population?

So, what’s the problem with this specific book?

Long answer:   Green Fire was the fourth book I had written.  At that point in time, I was still doing the Nora Roberts’ head-hopping thing (BTW, Nora can get away with it; most other authors … not). Multiple points of view even when not head-hopping. Overuse of adverbs. Redundancy. Repetitiveness. Passive voice. And the odd wandering body part. Plus, nit-picky things most readers wouldn’t notice,  but I do. Yes, I am anal.

My decision: This book needed a complete overhaul so I could claim it anew with some semblance of pride.  I had started on some of the POV issues back in 2011.  Figured out early on that the way I wrote the book, I couldn’t really get rid of all the POV characters, but, at least, I wouldn’t head hop with them.

I even had my fave final line editor (love you, Ezra!) take a whack at a semi-revised revision. Bless him, he made judicious edits, but was concerned about changing my story, my voice — and that was the correct thing for him to do.

After fixing what he found and re-reading it, I decided it needed a more extensive revision. Enough more that when I republish it will need a new copyright since there will be enough textual changes such as deletions, new material, and extensive rewriting to demand such (you can edit a book and keep the same copyright number if the changes are technical such as typos and the like).

This is where I am now:  I am touching every page and revising/editing/rewriting.

To keep this revision on track, I am doing a chapter a day. On the days I can’t do a chapter, I make it up the next time I hit the computer. At this rate, I should have a final revised copy to send to my crit buddy (love you, Cheri!), who will then eviscerate it, and I then will accept or reject her evisceration and prepare a final version for publication.

Bottom line, I still like the book’s basic concept and plot. A lithomancer heroine, i.e., she controls stone energy or magic. Lots of action and suspense with the heroine inheriting the family land and becoming the person in her family who protects the family’s legacy and is destined to produce the next generation. The hero is a DEA agent who has magic of his own and his magic complements the heroine’s — together they are stronger than alone. Bad guys abound: evil boss from heroine’s past, drug cartel leader who’s discovered the secret on the land the heroine inherits and wants it, and the cartel minions who try to obtain the land and one of which has his own agenda. Oh and an honorable good guy law officer (yes, he needs his own book — not sure it’ll ever happen) who falls for the heroine and loses out. Basically, your typical Monette Michaels’ book.

Cross your fingers and wish me luck. I hope to have the improved Green Fire out before the end of the summer. Well, let’s put it this way, I have to get this done and soon, since  I have a Prime book (Damon and Susa’s story) to write by the end of the year. There’s always another book waiting to be written.

Original Green Fire Blurb (yes, this needs to be revised, too!) :

Lisa MacDougall is not your normal jewelry designer. Her genetic ability to sense which gemstones complement her clients’ chakras has made her designs famous. Increasingly, her job at Romanoff’s Jewelry Store in New York City has become uncomfortable with Andrei Romanoff’s aggressive sexual overtures. Her inheritance from a previously unknown relative in North Carolina couldn’t have come at a better time.

Lisa picks up stakes and moves to the Blue Ridge tourist town. Here she discovers her ability to read crystal energy is just the tip of the iceberg and that her Uncle Lon has left her more than just a quaint mountain property.

DEA Agent Marco Santiago is on the trail of the Verde Fogate drug cartel. A raid on a Miami warehouse goes bad, and all the DEA finds after months of planning is a lead to a lawyer in Ben Lomond, North Carolina and the words “green fire.” Marco and his partner head for the Blue Ridge Mountains to get to the bottom of what the cartel finds so interesting in Ben Lomond.

Marco finds that the woman who possesses the “green fire” is his complement in magic. But before Lisa and he can look toward a future together, they both must deal with evil from their past.

 

[Right:  Original Green Fire cover, Ariana Overton, Copyright, 2003]

Excerpt (unedited from the current revision):

“Do not go gentle into that good night.”
Lon MacDougall halted his nocturnal patrol. Standing under the denuded branches of an oak, he knew he was a sitting duck for the men who stalked him, but he’d had enough of their games. His affairs were in order. They wouldn’t get the land and the treasure it sheltered, the treasure he’d protected since the day his older brother Rob had left North Carolina, turning his back on his birthright.

Wheezing heavily then wincing at the sharp pain caused by the cancer eating away at his insides, Lon moved from his quasi-shelter and headed back toward his cabin. He silently chuckled as his shadowers followed. Stumbling silently over a small rise in the land, Lon swore. In younger, healthier days, he’d have moved through the night like a bobcat, silent and lethal. No way would some damn foreigners have been able to stalk him on his own land. But the cancer had ended all that.

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Tonight, he’d die. He’d chosen his manner of death—the quick death of a defender rather than the inevitable slow torture of the disease. The bastards didn’t know it, but they were doing him a favor.

Reaching the porch of his ancestral home, Lon stopped, then smiled. Yes, the land would be safe now. With Rob long since dead, he’d finally tracked Rob’s child to New York City. It had taken him almost a year to find the last surviving MacDougall. His brother had done what he’d sworn he would never do—produced an heir.

And the heir had the power.

The poor fools trying to get the land and the treasure it sheltered would never know what hit them. Lon frowned, wishing he could push fate off a little bit longer, wishing he could be around to help Rob’s child acclimate. Well, he’d done the best he could. The land was in the heir’s name. The tools the heir would need to learn to harness the power were safely away from North Carolina, awaiting the word of his death. He’d done all he could.

The rest would be up to her—Rob’s daughter.

Lon’s still keen eyesight pierced the dark shadows within the forest, zeroing in on movement where there should be none. The night air resonated with the sound of stealthy footsteps. Lon shook his head and sighed. Yep, too bad he wouldn’t be around to help her. He turned to meet death head on. A sound like a hornet. The prick of a dart. It was over that quickly.

As Lon fell off the porch onto the pine-needle-covered ground, he smiled. He’d won; they’d lost—and they didn’t even know it.

“Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight…”

Monette Michaels, Copyright, 2017.