Monday, November 14, 2016

Give Authors a Gift

The Notorious November book party on Facebook was a rousing success, thanks to the great turnout and enthusiasm of all who attended.

I had a fabulous time chatting with readers and authors, learning about new books, and adding to my TBR pile. I even won a book, which was a thrill, since I don't often win in contests. As I stared at my winnings, I realized what a sacrifice the author made, giving away their hard work. Though the book has a few reviews under its belt, I know how important each one is to authors, so I'm going to add my own review. I hope all the other book winners from the party will do the same.

Reviews are critical to authors for both feedback and marketing. If you want to honor an author in a way that means more than anything, post a review of their book. It only takes a moment to jot down one or two lines, and it means the world to us authors!

Platinum's Notorious November Book Party:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1570975432928066/

Michelle O'Leary Author Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/moleary.author/

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Vessel of Power Book Party

In celebration of my new release, Vessel of Power, I'm participating in a book party hosted by Vicki Rose and Platinum Book Promotions on Facebook. I'll be chatting with readers about this paranormal/fantasy romance on November 12th at 2:30pm Central Time. Come join the fun! You'll have a chance to win a digital copy of Vessel of Power and a $5 Amazon Gift Card.

Platinum's Notorious November Multi-Author/Multi-Genre Book Party
https://www.facebook.com/events/1570975432928066/


~Blurb~
Lia must stop the elemental prince at all costs. Prince Destin is searching for the Vessel of Power, an object containing the might of the gods. His soulless father will use it to destroy their world, starting with her family. Lia will do whatever it takes to protect the Vessel, except she can’t seem to end this magnetic prince of fire.
Destin won’t let anything stand in his way, even a gorgeous changeling with mayhem on her mind. He’s determined to prove his worth as son and heir by retrieving the Vessel for his father. Lia challenges him at every turn, but he burns whenever he’s near this tantalizing changeling.
Torn between loyalty to family and desire for one another, Destin and Lia struggle to find the right path. Can they save their world and each other? Will finding the Vessel bind them together or drive them apart forever?

~Purchase Links~
The Wild Rose Press: http://bit.ly/2dOHol6
Amazon: https://amzn.com/B01L5SIOFI
Barnes&Noble: http://bit.ly/2f7FXwe
Kobobooks: http://bit.ly/2fnZ1G5
Bookstrand: http://bit.ly/2eGbkNK

Friday, October 14, 2016

New Release: Vessel of Power

I'm delighted to announce the release of my latest work, Vessel of Power, published by The Wild Rose Press! This paranormal romance was a joy to write and to bring to publication with the staff of TWRP. I hope readers will love it just as much!

~Blurb~
Lia must stop the elemental prince at all costs. Prince Destin is searching for the Vessel of Power, an object containing the might of the gods. His soulless father will use it to destroy their world, starting with her family. Lia will do whatever it takes to protect the Vessel, except she can’t seem to end this magnetic prince of fire....
Destin won’t let anything stand in his way, even a gorgeous changeling with mayhem on her mind. He’s determined to prove his worth as son and heir by retrieving the Vessel for his father. Lia challenges him at every turn, but he burns whenever he’s near this tantalizing changeling.
Torn between loyalty to family and desire for one another, Destin and Lia struggle to find the right path. Can they save their world and each other? Will finding the Vessel bind them together or drive them apart forever?


Evolution of Character

Many successful authors of creative fiction recommend outlines of plot and characters before beginning the story. It keeps a writer on track with the storyline and fleshing out the details of a story’s cast of characters. For many writers, already knowing the details of their characters, like description, history, associations, and motivations within the story can enrich their writing, giving depth and atmosphere to the story.

I highly recommend outlining as a writing tool, but this technique just doesn't work for me. The fastest way to kill a story idea of mine is to work out the details of plot and characters in outline form first. They die a swift and horrible death in such a dry, analytical environment. By the time I get to the first page of writing, there is no magic left and I have to let it go.

However, I don’t begin from scratch, sitting down to a blank page with not a thought in my head on plot or character. I make general sketches and keep notes as the story progresses to remember crucial details and keep a logical progression of the story. But the magic in writing is the unexpected evolution of both plot and character. In my writing world, this evolution is driven by the characters.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve begun to write with a storyline in mind and had it go in a completely different, unexpected direction due to the unfolding dialogue and actions of the characters. I’m the creator, so I’m supposed to know where these things come from, but this is why I call it magic. The twists and turns take me as much by surprise as they do my readers. It fascinates me to watch the story unfold beneath my fingers, to see the characters grow and change before my eyes. They begin as two dimensional figures and blossom into beings so real I can almost believe they are alive.

Some might argue this makes my story two-dimensional at the beginning, but  the beauty of editing is I can go back and flesh out the characters and storyline, or hack and slash as necessary. This writing method affords me all the creative joy without the life-sucking, mind-numbing effects of the formal outline. I can’t recommend this method to every writer, though. What works for me might drive another author to drink or ruin their writing experience. To each their own. As for me, I’m into evolution.

Happy Reading,
Michelle O'Leary

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pre-Release Party for Vessel of Power!

Join Michelle O'Leary at 4:45pm on Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 for Vicki Rose's Sensational September Multi Author/Genre Online Book Party! Enjoy the cover for Vessel of Power, learn about this exciting fantasy romance with the author, and have a chance to win a copy before it's release on Oct 7th, 2016.
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/840162059418513/
EDIT: Due to hostess illness, the party changed weekends from Sept 16-18 to Sept 30 - Oct 2


 Upcoming Release, VESSEL OF POWER, fantasy romance through The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: Oct 7th, 2016

~Blurb~
Lia must stop the elemental prince at all costs. Prince Destin is searching for the Vessel of Power, an object containing the might of the gods. His soulless father will use it to destroy their world, starting with her family. Lia will do whatever it takes to protect the Vessel, except she can’t seem to end this magnetic prince of fire.


Destin won’t let anything stand in his way, even a gorgeous changeling with mayhem on her mind. He’s determined to prove his worth as son and heir by retrieving the Vessel for his father. Lia challenges him at every turn, but he burns whenever he’s near this tantalizing changeling.

Torn between loyalty to family and desire for one another, Destin and Lia struggle to find the right path. Can they save their world and each other? Will finding the Vessel bind them together or drive them apart forever?

Add to wish-list on The Wild Rose Press site:
http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/…/4608-vessel-of-power.…
Or preorder through Amazon:
https://amzn.com/B01L5SIOFI

Michelle O'Leary
Website: http://molearyauthor.wixsite.com/michelleoleary
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/molearyauthor

Playing Favorites

One question I'm often asked by readers is, "Who was your favorite character to write?" Now, I don't like to play favorites. Most of the time I'll answer I love all my characters the same. While this is true, I will admit I'm most entertained by those characters providing comic relief in my stories. What can I say? I crack myself up.

In my upcoming release, Vessel of Power, the role of comic relief went to Rune, the hero's best friend and cousin. The hero, Prince Destin, is intense, driven, and serious. So is the heroine, Lia. They needed the counterweight of humor, which the irreverent, smart-ass Rune provides with style. My favorite scenes are when Rune is bantering with the hero, heroine, or both, driving them nutty with his mercurial wit and sideways charm.

In my humble opinion, humor is a necessary element in any dramatic story line. Not only does it provide a break from intense action or darker emotional scenes, but humor can also be a way to view the story/characters in a different light, giving the reader new insights. In Vessel of Power, Rune gives his fellow characters and the reader an amusing new angle on the action and the motivations of those around him.

To learn more about Rune and the rest of the cast of characters from fantasy romance Vessel of Power, watch for this release on The Wild Rose Press and Amazon October 7th, 2016.


Michelle O'Leary
Website: http://molearyauthor.wixsite.com/michelleoleary
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/molearyauthor

Sunday, July 3, 2016

~ ~SMASHWORDS SALE, July 2016~ ~

Smashwords is having a site-wide sale going on from July 1st through July 31st. All of my titles are now being offered for a discount or ‪free‬! See the titles listed below for your best scifi fantasy romance ‪‎deal‬.
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MOLearyAuthor


O'Leary Discounted Titles:
Felinar Chronicles ... Free
Stepping Stones: Huntress Series of Short Stories ... Free
The Huntress ... 50% off
Angels and Ministers of Grace ... 50% off
Light of Kaska ... 25% off
DeeDeck Design ... 25% off
The Third Sign ... 25% off
No Such Thing ... 25% off
Here There Be Dragons (Sunscapes Trilogy Book 2) ... 25% off

Discount Codes:
For 25% off use code SSW25 at checkout
For 50% off use code SSW50 at checkout
For Freebie use code SFREE at checkout