Peeps, today we have Jess Michaels on the blog, chatting about her brand new release!
Have a Piece of Me
Hi everyone and a big thanks to Cassandra Dean for having me here today. If you don’t know me, I’m Jess Michaels and I write erotic historical romance set in the Regency period. It’s actually a big day for me because today is the release of my most recent book, A MOMENT OF PASSION, the second book in my Ladies Book of Pleasures series (A MATTER OF SIN was first if you are interested).
A release day is always a nervous day. I do my best to keep it together, but I admit I spend a lot of time rushing around, trying to spread the word, checking rankings obsessively and freaking out. I guess it’s because with every book I give away a little piece of myself.
First, I pour a lot of emotion onto the page. When I’m angry or sad or frustrated, writing can be a great outlet for me to release those feelings, but sometimes when I read back over a book when I’m done and editing, I can see little hints of themes in my own life in the themes of my books. I won’t say which ones, but now you can assume everything that happens to my characters happens to me, including the super sexy sex and the happily ever afters. It won’t all be true, but I like to leave you guys guessing.
Secondly, I think it’s impossible not to leave a little sprinkle of yourself in your characters. I tend to write female characters I’d like to be friends with and men who have a sense of humor, as well as dark sensuality. I don’t know what that says about me, but it says something.
Finally, when you are interacting with me or seeing me on a blog like this or my Facebook or Twitter on a release day, you are seeing me at the height of my hopefulness, my anxiety, my worry and my joy. Writing is my full-time job, how I support my family, so every release means everything to me. How the books do means everything to me. And I celebrate and cry and sweat it all out.
When Lady Jacinda unwraps a scandalous birthday gift, she’s sure the anonymous giver is playing a cruel joke. The Ladies Book of Pleasures may be responsible for one gossiped-about marriage, but for a lady ruined by a rogue and shunned by society, Jacinda is doomed to a lonely, loveless future.
Worse, as she pages through the volume of passionate promises, she is observed by the wicked and dangerous Duke of Carnthorn—and now he is stalking her as a possible willing victim to his shocking preferences.
Jason, Earl of Northfield, is having none of it. Jacinda, keeper of his most painful secret, is a friend he will not abandon to a wolf like Carnthorn. As they embark on a pretend courtship—for her own protection, of course—their proper decorum in public melts into wicked passion in the bedroom.
But even as real feelings begin to develop between them, Carnthorn is watching. He is not convinced. And he is determined to possess Jacinda, no matter whom he has to destroy…
Jess Michaels lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and two old lady cats. They all work for the “family business” (though the cats are more decorative rather than helpful). You can find her at www.authorjessmichaels.com