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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...]

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...]

2015 in Review

As I look back on 2015, my head spins. It’s been a wild and crazy ride for me. Of course most of you know that this year is when I went “the full indie” (which is like The Full Monty but with more clothing). I admit, I went into the year with a lot of trepidation. What if I failed? What if none of you bought my books without a publisher name on the spine of them.… [Read more...]

Cool New Jess Michaels Flash Drives!!!

Everybody likes SWAG right? Well, I just got some custom flash drives from USB Memory Direct.  I really loved all the choices they gave me and I think they turned out great! Check them out:

Jess Michaels Custom flash drive!

I already gave a few away at the Facebook Release Party for Deceived but I’ll be giving a few more away during the next few months!… [Read more...]

Forbidden is here!

Forbidden by Jess Michaels

It’s hard to believe it but here we are at another release day! My 6th of the year, phew! And this one is extra special because FORBIDDEN is the first book in my newest series, The Wicked Woodleys. You may remember this family from both The Widow Wager and A Marquis for Mary. Edward, their leader, appeared in both books (AMfM is his book) and these are the stories of his four brothers and sisters.… [Read more...]

There’s Something About a Notorious Flynn

JessMichaels_NotoriousFlynns1-5BoxSet_200pxWhen I had the idea for The Other Duke last summer, there was no way I could have imagined what would happen next. All I knew was that I had an idea that thrilled me and it easily lead to a family that intrigued me even more. Writing each book in the series was a wonderful experience.

I loved writing Rafe and Serafina in The Other Duke. So often the hero in my books is the one who is broken and needs to be healed by love but in their book it was Serafina who didn’t want that kind of connection and built a wall between them.… [Read more...]

It’s Release Day!! No Gentleman for Georgina is here!

No Gentleman for Georgina by Jess MichaelsWell, here we go again! For the 4th time this year, I’m pleased to announce it’s release day!! Today I’m celebrating the release of No Gentleman for Georgina, the 4th book in The Notorious Flynns series.

I really loved the characters of Paul and Georgina, who made their first appearances in The Scoundrel’s Lover. The more I thought about it, the more I knew they would be a perfect fit for each other.

Additionally, I had so much fun researching Madame Tussaud’s wax exhibit, which was touring the English countryside during that time period before Madame returned to London and put up a permanent exhibit there.… [Read more...]

Why the USA Today Bestseller List Means So Much to Me

usatodaycolorThis week something amazing happened to me. Something I had long dreamed of but had come to accept just probably wouldn’t ever happen. I hit a bestseller list. A BIG bestseller list. I hit the USA Today.

Hitting a major list (New York Times or USA Today) had been a dream of mine since I sold my first book to HarperCollins in 2004, but over the years I was told and began to believe that it would never happen for me.… [Read more...]

It’s release day! :)

The Widow Wager by Jess Michaels

I don’t really feel like it, but in some ways I’m old guard I this industry. I’ve been writing full-time since 1999 and published since 2004. I was around for the very beginning of e-Books and moved through the ranks of traditional publishing. Now I’m finding success I never imagined as an indie author. I’ve been through the “stuff” and I think I’m stronger for it.

But even with all that, every time I have a book out, it is still a thrill!… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Travel in 2015

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is :

Last year you went to a lot of conferences, but I don’t see a lot of travel on your schedule this year? Why aren’t you traveling as much? And are you coming to a place near me?

The cool thing about being a writer is that there is no right or wrong way to do any of it.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Bogged down with “facts” and “figures”

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from Virginia:

When writing, do you ever find yourself/your story getting bogged down with historical details, facts about time, etc.?

Actually, no. For me, historical romance is fun to write because of the characters, the relationships, the pasts that alter how they act in the future.… [Read more...]