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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]