Monday, June 29, 2015

Author Spotlight - Rachel M Raithby

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and raised in N.E.England before moving to New Zealand in 2008. Rachel
now lives in Queensland, Australia with her Husband, three Children and
Golden Labrador.She is the Paranormal Romance Author of The Deadwood
Hunter Series and YA Paranormal Author of Winter Wolf (A New Dawn Novel)

She hopes you love her characters as much as she does.

so whats been happening

So whats been happening?  A lot! I've been busy. In May I was approached
by Skyscape publishing, the children's arm of Amazon publishing about
republishing WINTER WOLF, after negotiations I signed, and WINTER WOLF
will be republished in October. I can't wait to see it on bookshelves
and look forward to seeing where this new adventure takes me :-)

I've been writing a few books; WOLF DANCER (NICO & OLIVIA's  STORY) is
now finished and will be published after WINTER WOLF'S republish. I'm
also working on book 2 WOLF SIGHT (Cage's story)

My next release is a novella, (Release date: November 15th 2015)
which is part of a group author series called WOODLAND CREEK. I'm quite
excited about this project, the main characters Becca, and Aster, are
strong willed, and smart mouthed. Aster is a Minotaur, it's been
exciting working on a shifter, far grittier than my Wolves. This love
story is sure to be explosive, and full of red, hot, passion. Below is a
sneak peak. Enjoy!

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 Release Date : November 15th 2015


New Dawn Novels

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True love is powerful, but some people will go to any lengths to destroy it.

Book 1 - Winter Wolf
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Due to Winter Wolf being picked up by Skyskape Publishing Rachel has had to postpone the release of Wolf Dancer.



#BestSellingParanormal #Adult

War is inevitable, the question is who will survive?

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Rise from Ash Release

Rise from Ash
(Book Two – Daughter of Fire series)
Michelle Irwin


Bottom Drawer Publications is proud to present Rise from Ash, book two in the New Adult Urban Fantasy series Daughter of Fire,
by Michelle Irwin

Book Details:
Genre: New Adult Urban
Fantasy Romance
224 pages – 92,300


Love has cost Evie Meyers everything. Wounded and alone, she has no choice but to learn how to survive without becoming the monster she is thought to be by the man she loves.

When she discovers a cryptic message from that very man, Clay Jacobs, her mind is thrown into turmoil. It’s second nature for Evie to run, but there is no escaping the memories of their time together. While she is certain it’s a trap, she longs to discover the true meaning of his words. With
heart battling mind, her choices send her on a collision course with what was once lost, leaving her life hanging in the balance.

Can Evie rise from the ashes of her charred dreams, or will she burn in the attempt?.

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About the Author

Michelle Irwin

Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Rise from Ash Excerpt

I have a sneaky peek excerpt for you. Obviously there are spoilers for Through the Fire ahead, so if you still haven't read that one and don't want to be spoilered, don't read on.

Otherwise, have at it and enjoy! I hope it whets your appetite for things to come.

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I shook myself awake with a scream, twisting in place as I struggled to reach Clay, even though he was somewhere hundreds of miles awayat least I hoped he was.
Rolling onto my back, I sighed and stared up at the makeshift shelter surrounding me while I waited for my racing heart to slow. Despite the danger I was in, I couldnt find the urgency I needed to pull myself out of my hideaway to check the area to ensure I was safe. Or that I was alone. With my tired body and aching head, all I could do was pray that the huge oak trees and red cedars that surrounded the hollowed out log Id claimed for the night would keep me hidden from casual observers. Before Id gone to sleep, Id positioned branches over the open side of the log as well, which I hoped would keep me hidden for a while even if someone was searching for me. A quick check to the side confirmed they were in place and mostly undisturbed.
For a moment, I closed my eyes again and allowed myself a few moments to relive my dream of Clayat least the beginning of it.
You know what my dream is?
Tears rolled down my cheeks as the memory of his voice floated through my mind.
My dream is to spend more than a few hours in a bed with youpreferably not sleeping.
They were words hed spoken as we considered stopping in Detroitthe city where his family had caught up to us before his sister died. Before I killed her.
What might have happened if he hadn't convinced me to stop?
The thought was enough to force me to stop wallowing. The fact was we had stopped moving, we had tried for a life together, his family had caught us, and Id destroyed everything wed shared in one dreadful moment. Just because of what I was.
A fire-starter.
A monster.
A phoenix.

A freak.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fire Sale!

99c Sale - Get it while it's hot! 

Ever since Clay, a soldier for an organization tasked with ridding the world of non-humans, stumbled upon the secret of her birth, Evie's been on the run. Now he's back, and she's unprepared as he forces his way into her heart.

If you've been putting off starting Through the Fire until the 2nd book is released, you're in luck! With just days to go until Rise from Ash is released, Bottom Drawer Publications have put Through the Fire on sale everywhere. And, if you buy Besieged by Rain on their website, you can get Through the Fire for free. 

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pain, Perseverance, and Persistence.

First of all, let me say if what I'm about to say makes little sense, I'll blame it on the fact that I've just come off three long days of a cheerleading competition with my daughter and her cheer team. I'm a little punch-drunk, ready for bed, and yet so incredibly proud of not only my daughter but of every single cheerleader who stepped out onto the floor and of the support networks. The effort they all went to was mammoth. Not only was there routines to learn, stunts to master, hair and make-up to do--multiple times in some cases, there were costume changes, supporting other teammates, and just the general stress of competing. Added to that, there were some of the competitors who also coached teams. Some of them were sporting injuries which would make people with less grit pack up and go home, and yet they hit the floor with a smile at the ready and a spring in their step. It was, in a word, inspirational. The biggest lesson from the day is that pain, perseverance and persistence pay off. It might not happen immediately, or even in a big way, but it happens.

My daughters team consists largely of girls new to the world of competitive cheerleading (my daughter included). This weekend is only the second competition many of them have been in and the first was just a week ago. Despite this, they did really well. Maybe they didn't trophies in every event they competed in, but that's not what matters. What matters is the three P's. And in that respect, all of the teams who competed did well. Why? Because they did what so many others don't. They were there. They stuck it out. They gave it their all. I have no doubt many of the guys and girls were nervous, but they got out on to the floor and did what they could. If they were injured and in pain, they put on their brave faces and did what they had to do to the best of their ability.

What's this got to do with writing and publishing you ask? I'm glad you asked because it let's me get to my point. Writing and publishing a novel may not be as athletic as cheerleading (okay, so there's no maybe about it - it's definitely not as athletic), but it comes down to the same important P's that are the title of this post.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway
This quote is one I love about writing because it's so evocative. But there's a better one for explaining the pain of crafting a book:

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.” ― Neil Gaiman

Because it's so right. For a writer there will never be anything easier than writing a book, and there'll never be anything harder. The pain is different for each writer. It might be the crippling agony of self-doubt, the dull ache of writer's block, or the stabbing, heart-wrenching agony of the words themselves. Whatever it is, there will be things that make the writer want to stop to call it a day and run away. But the best ones, the ones who find success, don't run. They grit their teeth and smile at the judges through the pain. 


Writing a book isn't enough. Not if you truly want the best work you can have out in the world. Editing is hard. Good editing is even harder. Re-reading the same words for the fifteenth time trying to work out whether you can squeeze in a little more emotion, or strangle out the passive voice. Agonizing over every choice of word, is there a stronger one or a simpler one that can be used to make the story clearer/better/cleaner? It takes time to do it right. It takes growth to really do it right. I was once a newbie author who hated the idea of reading my words over and over. The story was out, why did it need to be read a hundred times more. I look back at myself then and laugh. 

As I said in this post I am an editing convert now. The red pen brings me an odd sense of twisted joy. Beta concerns and questions give me joy. Every one is a plot hole, a misused word, a spelling mistake, or a simple error less that will be in the book. Each one is a stronger story, a better book. Now, I probably edit too much. If I could go back and go through my debut novel again now, I'd probably change something in every paragraph. Not because it's bad, but because I now know how to do it better. Just like the cheerleaders getting better with each performance, learning with each lesson, I have grown. I've evolved and will hopefully continue to improve for as long as I write. I don't want to reach a place where I feel like I have nothing more left to learn. I will persevere where others might stumble and falter. 

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. Persistence is the key to cheerleaders sticking routines. Doing it once is not enough to gain perfection. Doing it over and over is how you refine skills and get better. It's what drives success. It's the same in the author world. If one book isn't a huge success, write the next one, and the one after that. Keep writing, keep polishing and keep publishing. One day, if the product is good and you persist enough, success will come. Even though I'm still waiting on the other side of the door, I believe in this more than I believe in anything else. A good product will eventually find a place. It might not be huge, it might not launch into the stratosphere but it will find it's place.   

What's the take-away from this? In cheerleading comps, just like in publishing and life in general, not everyone can get first but that's okay. So long as you've put on the smile, gone out onto the mat, and brought absolutely everything you can, you've succeeded. Win, lose, or draw, there is nothing more the world can ask of you. That's what I've taken from the competition and the one thing I hope my daughter will understand and carry through her life.  

Selfie with my little cheerleader (in the literal and figurative sense)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Set to Start Cover Reveal

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Author: Sam Destiny
Series: Morningstars 1.5
Warnings: Mature Audiences only due to sexual content and adult language
Editor: Bree Vanderland
Release Date: July 16th, 2015
Cover designer: Airicka Phoenix of Airicka's Mystical Creations 


Before every queen there is story to be told...
Kaden, a Morningstar warrior and vampire, has kept his heart locked away because he knew one day there'd the that girl for him. When Cia comes around though, he can't help but follow his heart's desire.
Ciarda is head over heels in love with a guy she only sees at night, and then not even regularly. After an accident changed her life forever, she is all set on making life the way she always wanted: a husband, a house, a secure job. For Kaden though Cia is ready to throw it all away and live in the spur of the moment.
What they don't know is that fate has other plans. For one this relationship soon will be a faint memory, while the other has to live with the knowledge of simply not being 'The One'.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

An Introduction Post

Wait . . . what?

I know that's what you're thinking. I've blogged for almost 20 months now, why am I just doing an intro post now? Well, I'm never one for doing things in the right order. Plus, this post isn't so much to say Hi, I'm Michelle, it's to let you a little deeper into the inner-workings of my mind (scary, right? LOL) We needed to know each other for a while before I could introduce the full crazy.

Here's my introduction then: My name is Michelle and I'm a walking contradiction. Why? Let's look at it:

  • I'm not a big believer in astrology, yet I can tell you that I'm a Taurus and a Dog. I can tell you that both of those star-signs put me in the category of incredibly stubborn, fiercely loyal, and sometimes a little hard to take and understand. 
  • I don't make friends easily, in fact reaching out to people is one of the hardest things in the world for me. Yet, the friends I do have I would go to the ends of the Earth for. 
  • I am not a fan of maths, and yet I work in an accounts based job. (I'm not bad at maths, in fact it works in my head in a way I don't understand, I just don't enjoy it). 
  • I am the biggest softie in the world when it comes to not wanting to hurt people's feelings or put people out. I have gone out of my way many times for complete strangers. Yet, my family and friends I'm often blunt, rude, and forgetful towards (sorry guys, I know I do this and I make an effort to try not to, but it's from a place of love y'all!) 
  • I am my own biggest critic and will never, ever think my work is good enough. I will constantly want to improve. Yet I'm a huge dreamer and like to think that one day I could have authoring as my full-time job. 
  • I am proud of each and every story despite thinking that my collective stories will never be good enough.
  • I'm not religious, but I am somewhat spiritual. I believe in fate, destiny and that when you're time is up, it's up. 
  • Again, I'm not religious, but I will fully defend the rights of everyone to have whatever belief they want (just, don't try to convert me, I'm really not interested). 
  • I love where I work, yet there are days I really don't want to go.
  • I love all things romance, yet I am not a romantic person. 
  • I love girly clothes and colours and yet, I am not a "girly" girl (I don't even wear make-up or nice shoes unless forced). 
How about you, are you a walking contradiction too or are you straight-up and straight-forward (I'm jealous if you are!). 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

My first photo session

For those who don't follow me on Facebook, you might not know but last week I did something I only dreamed I might do. I had a dedicated photo shoot for covers and teasers for my upcoming contemporary series. It was a huge day but a load of fun. One of the reasons I really wanted to do a dedicated shoot is because I have four books to cover for this series and it's almost impossible to find stock photos which:
1. Have enough different photos for 4 covers.
2. Have the right looking couple for both male and female.
3. Have the right emotion.
Usually you might be lucky and find 1/3, occasionally 2/3, but 3/3 is practically unheard of. Doing a dedicated shoot means that you can hit all three much easier.

I still don't know that we got the covers for all of the books, mostly because the day is just a blur of excitement now, and the photographer is now working her magic. The photos I have seen though - GAH it was perfection. It's one thing to imagine what it might be like to have your own shoot down, to imagine people actually embodying the characters you've created. Another entirely to see it play out in front of your eyes. I imagine it must be what authors feel like when their books are made into movies. Maybe that's the next step, huh?

I'll leave you with some brief sneaky peeks: