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June Recap!

It’s crazy to think, but June is over (well, tomorrow it’s over). So I thought it might be fun to do a little June recap! Here’s what’s been happening in Jess Michaels world in June:

  • The East Valley Authors Reteat: Michael and I started out the month by driving to Monrovia, CA to present to the EVA RWA chapter. I spoke on love scenes and increasing writing output. Mike talked about promotion and author platform.
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Many Book Ideas, Little Time

book ideasOne of the questions I’m asked most from non-writers is about book ideas. “Where do you get ideas? How do you have so many ideas?” I always have to stop myself from blinking and asking, “How do you NOT have book ideas?”

Ideas have never been my problem. Especially in historical romance, I’ve always had plots and characters and scenes rolling around in my head. The snippets go into a notebook, to be drawn out later to fit into a book or to be a jumping off point.… [Read more...]

Fresh Friday: June 24, 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 finished the second book in the Seasons series, A Spring Deception.… [Read more...]

Why I Write: A Flashback Post

This is a flashback post about why I write that I did nearly 2 years ago for a reader blog, as I was just about to embark on indie publishing The Other Duke! Why I Do This is still the same really. Writing is the heart of me and it’s fun to see what I was thinking on the cusp of what has become the greatest adventure of my life:

homertownshipToday I thought I’d talk about why I do this job.… [Read more...]

Fresh Friday: June 17, 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 is from A Spring Deception, the second book in the Seasons series which I’ve continued to work on this week!… [Read more...]

Top Five Books on My To Be Read List

I’ve been so far behind on the books I’ve read this year. My goal was 45 books, but Goodreads tells me I’m something like 7 behind right now. Writing has kept me busy. But that doesn’t mean I’m not super excited about taking time to get to some books. Here are the books on my TBR pile that I’m dying to read:

nerdtorememberA Nerd to Remember by Vicki Lewis Thompson – This is the last book in her Nerds and Geeks series that I’ve been reading all year.… [Read more...]

Jess Michaels News Update

Just a quick news update for everything coming up for a while:

  • June 20 – we’ll be uploading AN AFFAIR IN WINTER for pre-order to all retailers. You can already pre-order on iBooks.
  • July 12 – AN AFFAIR IN WINTER (Seasons 1) comes out!
  • September 6 – A SPRING DECEPTION (Seasons 2) out!
  • November 8 – ONE SUMMER OF SURRENDER (Seasons 3) out!

My travel schedule is now done for the year, unless I am asked to speak by an RWA chapter or other writer/reader group.… [Read more...]

Fresh Friday: June 10, 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 this Friday!!

Here is a quick glance at A Spring Deception (Seasons 2, September 6), which I was writing this week:

Celia sighed.… [Read more...]

The Trouble With Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston

Let’s talk about Tom Hiddleston. Anyone who knows me (including my poor beleaguered husband) knows that I have a major Jones for this guy. I haven’t actually written a Hiddleston hero yet (though I did a Cumberbatch one) but there’s just something about him.

Maybe it’s the wickedness. See that expression on the left? That knowing little winky stare that probably means you’re in big trouble? That’s pretty much cat nip for me. So often bad guys in romance (including some of my own) are just…bad.… [Read more...]

Buy A Historical – Why I Love Historical Romance

As many of you already know, late last year I began a newsletter which lists new historical romance releases each week. Buy A Historical is something that was born out of the old service on my Passionate Pen website where I listed a monthly run down of historical romances being published (mostly by the traditional publishers). As the market has changed, I thought this was a better way to spread the word about the genre and its new releases.… [Read more...]

Fresh Friday: A peek at what I wrote this week

I’m so excited to announce a new weekly feature on the blog: 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 this Friday!!

Here is a quick glance at A Spring Deception (Seasons 2, September 6), which I was writing this week:

“Are you offering, Celia?” he asked, his voice softer, rougher.… [Read more...]

I Love House Hunters

For about 18 months now, my husband and I have been debating a move. When we came to Tucson in 2011, we thought it would be our forever home and I do love this place, but a lot has changed since then and so we have begun the (VERY SLOW) process of moving on. Of course this makes one of my favorite obsessions have a secondary purpose. For years and years I’ve been into House Hunters.… [Read more...]

Paper Porn: The Not So Silent Addiction

I have a confession to make: I’m a paper addict. Let that settle in. I know it’s shocking. Okay, it’s not shocking given my job. A writer who likes paper? That’s like a writer who likes cats. Maybe I’m just a walking cliche. But it is what it is and I think we don’t talk about it enough.

First, let’s talk about notebooks. I don’t know if I collect them but I do have a lot.… [Read more...]

All the Upcoming News!

Phew, I know it’s been a while since I blogged last, but it’s been a busy 2016 so far. Now I want to share a lot of upcoming fun news.

First, audio books:

The entire Notorious Flynns series is now up in audio format. We have just started The Wicked Woodleys series into audio. Forbidden will be up soon (in the next few weeks likely). The amazing Danielle O’Farrell is narrating all of them and we’ll be caught up with all the releases very soon.… [Read more...]

Audio Madness!

One of the coolest things about being an independent author is that we (my husband/assistant and I) get to progress my career however I want. The hard thing is, we do all the stuff to progress my career however we want. 🙂 This means making decisions and following through on all the steps.

One of the steps in 2015 was starting to produce audio books. I know a lot of you are voracious listeners as well as readers and I love being able to provide that mode of delivery.… [Read more...]