Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Release: HERE THERE BE DRAGONS

HERE THERE BE DRAGONS, Sunscapes Trilogy 2
(scifi romance by Michelle O'Leary & The Wild Rose Press)
I'm so excited to bring to readers this second installment in the Sunscapes Trilogy! This is a revised edition from the original, with some new material but the same basic storyline. Happy Reading!

~Excerpt: Fairytale Prince~
Cassie slipped her arm through his, trying not to lean into his heat and strength. Grateful for his steady presence, she again became aware of all the staring faces. She also couldn’t remember the last time she’d tottered around in high heels. The cursed things were like negotiating through a constant earthquake. Any second now she was going to take a header and do a face-plant on this shiny wood floor. Wouldn’t that give their audience a show?

"At least they’re not laughing and pointing, yet,” she muttered, watching for the next pitch and roll of the floor.

“You mean at the clown on the arm of the most gorgeous woman in the room?”

She flashed Nick a disbelieving glance, then continued her surveillance of the deceptive surface under her wobbling ankles. “I think they’re taking bets on how soon I trip and fall on my face.”

“My credit’s on five minutes.” His voice was warm with humor.

Cassie stopped in her tracks, a strange pain lodging just under her ribs. She didn’t raise her head, gaze fixed on the floor in front of her feet. “Please don’t make fun of me,” she whispered.

His arm tightened on hers for a second. Then he shocked her speechless by sinking down to kneel in front of her. Settling back on his heels with hands resting on thighs, he lifted his gaze to hers, expression solemn. “I wasn’t making fun, Cass. I’m just worried about you. Those shoes are dangerous. Would you let me take them off?”

Her body reacted as if he’d just asked to strip her naked.


~Blurb~
Nick Givliani, inspector for the FPA, is investigating the Shays. He discovers their employee Cassie Draegen is more than she seems. Brilliant, inventive, and much too sexy for his peace of mind, she becomes his top suspect. He needs to find out what she’s up to before it’s too late.

As the Shays’ resident genius, Cassie is their secret weapon. Her work is at a critical stage and the last thing she needs is an FPA inspector breathing down her neck. Avoiding Nick would be the smart thing to do, but he’s as persistent as he is gorgeous. If she’s not careful, his relentless pursuit and her growing attraction might upset all their plans.

As Nick draws closer to the truth, intrigue and desire bind them together in a complicated knot. Will Cassie be able to complete her work with the Shays, or will Nick bring it crashing down upon their heads?


~Purchase Links~
The Wild Rose Press: https://t.co/e4tnPTMr7P
Amazon: http://a.co/6MLgTbN
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2tFvBdb
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2tFYZ2N

Sunday, July 9, 2017

99cent Sale & Vessel of Power on NetGalley!

As the release of Here There Be Dragons (Sunscapes Trilogy 2) draws near, I'm excited to offer a sale on the first book in the series, Last Chance, and my fantasy romance published through The Wild Rose Press, Vessel of Power. Both exciting stories are only 99cents at most retailers, including Amazon. Vessel of Power is also available for a limited time on NetGalley to any and all who wish to consider it for review! (https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/117205)

The 99cent sale ends July 14th, so grab your copy of Last Chance and Vessel of Power while it lasts.

~Last Chance, Sunscapes Trilogy 1~
Amazon: http://a.co/jdDD7H5
The Wild Rose Press: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/4950-last-chance.html

Blurb:
Trapped in the criminal mega-corporation, Quasicore, Del tries to escape only to become entangled with the dazzling, dangerous Shays. Sinsudee Shay’s offer of protection and employment seems too good to be true. He has to find out if Shay Enterprises is a rival of the Core or a partner in crime.

Sin needs a pilot for her courier service. Rescuing Del from the Core is an added bonus, but he’s more than she bargained for. She’s too drawn to her new employee who’s intuitive enough to question her motives. He could ruin her and her brother’s plans.

Del’s wild attraction for the enigmatic Sin Shay only complicates matters. He can’t resist her lethal beauty, even as he fears the worst about their company. Is Sin’s offer of a new life his last chance for redemption or just another version of hell?


~Vessel of Power~
Amazon: http://a.co/22okq6K
The Wild Rose Press: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/4608-vessel-of-power.html

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?



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Release: LAST CHANCE

I'm thrilled to announce the release of my scifi romance, Last Chance, Sunscapes Trilogy 1, from The Wild Rose Press! This story was revised and edited, so this release is a new edition of the book. Though the storyline remains the same, there is some new content and a much more polished reading experience. I hope readers enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

~Blurb~
Trapped in the criminal mega-corporation, Quasicore, Del tries to escape only to become entangled with the dazzling, dangerous Shays. Sinsudee Shay’s offer of protection and employment seems too good to be true. He has to find out if Shay Enterprises is a rival of the Core or a partner in crime.

Sin needs a pilot for her courier service. Rescuing Del from the Core is an added bonus, but he’s more than she bargained for. She’s too drawn to her new employee who’s intuitive enough to question her motives. He could ruin her and her brother’s plans.

Del’s wild attraction for the enigmatic Sin Shay only complicates matters. He can’t resist her lethal beauty, even as he fears the worst about their company. Is Sin’s offer of a new life his last chance for redemption or just another version of hell?


~Excerpt: Slow Seduction~

Should’ve hit him a few more times,” he muttered with a spark of grim violence in his eyes, but his touch was infinitely gentle, his thumb brushing over the abused flesh.

Well, I would have, but you knocked him out,” she said, trying for a light tone, but a shiver of yearning ruffled the sound.

His expression lightened, a fleeting smile passing over his mouth, but he didn’t lift his gaze. His thumb made soothing, mesmerizing passes over her skin. “How bad does it hurt?”

“Not bad,” she whispered as his thumb skimmed her lip, leaving behind a tingling line.

He hummed, leaning toward her with a faint, absorbed frown. “Maybe we should put ice on it.”

The words barely registered. She watched with her breath caught in her throat as he bent his head to hers. He moved slow, giving her time to pull away, but Sin went still with the effort not to lean into his touch and turn her mouth to his like a supplicant.


~Purchase Links~
The Wild Rose Press: http://bit.ly/2lj9GrK
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WP4GTQD/
B&N: http://bit.ly/2o4zk0Z
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2p7lJbg

Author's Site:  http://molearyauthor.wixsite.com/michelleoleary/

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