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Choosing Project Order

Recently I was asked how I choose project order. How do I pick which characters within a series to write first versus last. And also how do I choose when to write one series over another. So here is my answer:

It really depends on the series. For example, in the Seasons series, I knew Gray and Rosalinde would be first, as this is how the families involved in that series are introduced to each other, at the failed wedding of Rosalinde’s sister Celia to Gray’s brother, the Earl of Stenfax.… [Read more...]

100 Questions No One Asks, Part 3

This is my continuation of the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from Four Hats and a Frugal. Here is the third set of questions:

  1. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE MOVIE?

    One of my least favorite movies I ever suffered through was Tears of the Sun with Bruce Willis. He’s trying to help this lady and I think some orphans or something out of a war torn…jungle maybe? Anyway, it’s awful and the lady who plays the heroine is running through the jungle for three days and her make up was still perfect.
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All These Upcoming Projects! :)

A couple of weeks ago, as I was putting things away in my office, I printed out my release schedule and tacked it up on my wall. I like being able to look over and see both my writing schedule and my release schedule. All these upcoming projects are so fun to think about (and I’m thinking about them all right now) but with a very few exceptions, I haven’t shared much about them with all of you.… [Read more...]

100 Questions No One Asks, Part 2

This is my continuation of the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from Four Hats and a Frugal. Here is the second set of questions:

  1. DO YOU EVER COUNT YOUR STEPS WHEN YOU WALK?
    Not usually. Unless I’m trying to measure something while I’m walking for some reason.
  2. HAVE YOU PEED IN THE WOODS?
    Yes. In fact, I peed in the woods a couple of weeks ago during a hike in the mountains. #confessions
  3. HAVE YOU EVER POOPED IN THE WOODS?
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The Ritual of Writing

Recently someone on Facebook asked me about the rituals I participate in as I prepare to write a book. Now if you know me, you know I don’t really believe in “muse”, I don’t listen to music when I write (though I’ve certainly been inspired by music in coming up with ideas for a story), etc. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have rituals that have to do with my writing and my books.

First off, I have a pretty specific order of how I get ready for a new book.… [Read more...]

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! It’s been a crazy year, so I’m afraid we didn’t decorate this year. I also have no idea how many kids to expect at our door, though I’ve been told it’s not many so I’m buying one bag of candy and hoping for the best.

I know Halloween is a favorite holiday amongst many. I’ve always liked it but never loved it. Of course it’s fun to dress up, but I’m not very good at applying makeup or doing fun things with my hair, so I always feel a little lost.… [Read more...]

100 Questions No One Asks, Part 1

If you know me, you’ll know I’m a list maker. I love lists. I even have a Pinterest Board called “A Life of Lists” and recently I was browsing that board and found this really fun blog about 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from a blog called Four Hats and a Frugal.

Now technically, I think you’re supposed to do this challenge as a series of videos, but as a writer, you know I’m going to WRITE my answers.… [Read more...]

October Recap

October is almost over, so it’s time for an October Recap. Here’s what’s been going on in Jess Michaels World in the past month:

  • After 3 months, we are getting settled in our new house. I’ve been up here since September. It isn’t perfect, we’re still working on getting settled furniture-wise and figuing out where to put things and what we need. But we’re home!
  • We’re also almost finished with our renovation. As with all renovation, it took longer than we thought but it’s almost all done now.
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An Affair in Winter by Jess Michaels

An Affair in Winter

An Affair in Winter by Jess MichaelsBook 1 in the Seasons series

Widow Rosalinde Wilde is on her way to her beloved sister’s wedding when an unexpected storm waylays her at an overcrowded inn. There she meets a tempting stranger who sweeps her into a night of unforgettable passion.

Grayson Danford never expected a night with the irresistible Mrs. Wilde, but she was a welcome distraction from the unpleasant duty of breaking up his brother’s impending nuptials.  He’s shocked when he discovers his passionate lover is none other than the sister of his brother’s intended.… [Read more...]

A Spring Deception by Jess Michaels

A Spring Deception

A Spring Deception by Jess MichaelsBook 2 in the Seasons Series

Miss Celia Fitzgilbert’s grandfather has decreed she must marry a man with a title or he’ll never reveal her mysterious father’s identity. But her engagement to an Earl was already broken, leaving her steeped in scandal. She has all but given up until the reclusive Duke of Clairemont returns to Society and sweeps her off her feet, a potential solution to all her problems.

But things are not so simple for the duke.… [Read more...]

One Summer of Surrender by Jess Michaels

One Summer of Surrender

One Summer of Surrender by Jess Michaels

Book 3 in the Seasons Series

Lucien, the Earl of Stenfax has been engaged twice, but only in love once. That was with his childhood sweetheart, Elise. When she threw him over for a man with more money and a higher ranking title, it broke him. Now she’s widowed and he finds himself drawn to her again, like a moth to her flame.

Elise had her reasons for walking away from Lucien, reasons he doesn’t understand.… [Read more...]

Adored in Autumn by Jess Michaels

Adored in Autumn

Adored in Autumn by Jess MichaelsBook 4 in the Seasons Series

Viscountess Felicity Barbridge escaped a violent marriage with her life because she was willing to make desperate choices. Now those choices are back to haunt her, as is the object of her girlhood obsession, Asher Seyton.

Asher was never anything more than a servant’s son, but he’s elevated himself through an education and is now a respected solicitor. He only returns to his childhood home to help with a financial issue, but when he realizes Felicity is being threatened, he’s driven to stay and help.… [Read more...]

Fresh Friday: July 29, 2016

Welcome to Fresh Friday. Every Friday I’ll be posting a short excerpt from whatever I wrote or edited that week! This will usually be an unedited small excerpt and I don’t make any promises that every single thing I post will make it to a finished book (sometimes things get cut). But it’s a fun sneak peek at whatever is Fresh Friday!!

This week I’ve been working hard on One Summer of Surrender (Seasons 3, Stenfax and Elise’s story).… [Read more...]

July Recap

In just a few days, July will be gone, so it’s time for a July Recap. Here’s what’s been going on in Jess Michaels World in the past month:

  • An Affair in Winter is out – I can’t express to you all how excited I am to launch the Seasons series with An Affair in Winter (which came out July 12). I had the idea for this story several YEARS ago and have been chomping at the bit to write it.
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On My Own

Everyone hold on to your hats, this week I’m on my own. I think most everyone knows that five years ago my husband retired from his job in the software industry and began working for me full-time. He manages everything in the business from payroll and taxes to formatting and uploading and all the stuff in between. This means we get to spend a lot of time together, as we both work from home.

People have two reactions when they hear that.… [Read more...]