Interview with Michelle Bellon, author of The Fire Inside + Giveaway

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Author Interview

Give us an insight into your main character. What do you like best about them?

There are actually three key characters in this story and each new chapter is told from their point of view, however, out if those three, Aiden is the most essential character to the story. He is the one who brings the other two together. He is the fulcrum. What I like most about him is the way he makes you feel every spectrum of emotion along his journey. You don’t just watch his struggle, you accompany him through it. He’s a genuinely good and kind person who was dealt a very distressing situation. Yet, he not only faces that heartache head-on, he rises above it and teaches those around him many lessons along the way.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from The Fire Inside?

Jesse Williams, an actor from Grey’s Anatomy. He looks exactly how I imagine Aiden right down to those haunting eyes.

When writing your novel did you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

Let me first say that I’ve been working on this particular book for the past five years. I wrote and rewrote it multiple times because every time I went back and read it, it just didn’t feel ready. I experienced more joy, relief, and even pride, when I finally finished this book more than with any other story I’ve written in the past.

That said, the first draft took me approximately four months to write. At that time in my life I was writing full time so my goal was to write at least twenty minutes per day. With four children, that goal obviously wasn’t met every day, but there were also many instances where twenty minutes easily turned into two to three hours during the day. I also lost a lot of sleep at night trying to get the whole story out, so it was very time consuming.

These days, I’m working full time as a registered nurse, too, so my time for writing has dwindled down quite a lot. I look forward to the day when my writing is more successful and I can devote more time to it again.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, or longhand?

I write on my laptop only. I can’t begin to imagine writing longhand. Patience is a virtue that continues to elude me, and writing longhand takes quite a bit of it. Do typewriters still exist? Is that a thing?

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

So typically what happens is a scene and the two main characters will come to me, either in a dream, or while I’m driving (random, I know). At that point my brain explodes with ideas and I zone out for an entire day. I mean like completely go comatose. I’m useless for the rest of the day. Then hours later, I snap back and rejoin life determined to write this new story down. From there, the story unfolds around those key scenes. I sit down and start writing. It’s a very organic process. The only regimented tactic I use is a timeline. Making a very basic timeline of events keeps the story linear and helps me avoid continuity issues.

This whole process is what I love the most about writing. That surge of creative energy that flows through me, feeds me.

Fire Inside

The Fire Inside

By Michelle Bellon

Genre: Literary Fiction

Aiden had the perfect life. A job he loved, a beautiful son and loving wife. In an instant everything is taken from him and Aiden assumes his life is over. Falling into a deep depression Aiden has all but given up on his job, his friends and himself. But when a mysterious force gives him the power to heal those around him, Aiden is forced to pull himself out of his depression in favor of the greater good. When he meets Ryan, a young woman living on the streets, and Norma, a woman whose marriage is crumbling around her, Aiden acknowledges that maybe his life still has a purpose and his ability to heal maybe more powerful then he may ever imagined.

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Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her four children and boyfriend, Seth. She loves coffee and has an addiction to chapstick. She works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won three literary awards.

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Just Couldn’t Put It Down July Blog Hop ~ Wild About Rachel, by Blaire Edens


Welcome to the Just Couldn’t Put it Down July Blog Hop! For this hop, I’m giving away an ebook copy of Wild About Rachel by Blaire Edens–a great romance novel that I had the great pleasure to read before it ever came out. It’s hugely entertaining. So check it out below, enter to win, then HOP to the rest of the participating blogs!


Former debutante Rachel Hansworth longs for the days when “alligator” was followed by “pumps” or “handbag.” Broke, Rachel takes the only job she can find: removing nuisance animals from Florida homes. Unfortunately, fighting the attraction to her boss proves more difficult than wrestling a gator.
Army veteran Mark Winters needs help with his business, but he wants Rachel more. He must honor a promise to his dying mother and find a fiancée. A real girlfriend isn’t part of the plan—he’s been there, done that. There’s only one problem: He can’t stop kissing Rachel.
She refuses to be duped by love again, and he won’t let a few hot make-out sessions tear down the walls he’s erected. But she’s all about the big bonus she’ll receive if she helps Mark. They’ll lower their defenses enough to trust each other when a wild animal is involved, but can they pull off the fake fiancée ruse and not be bitten by love?

About the Author

Blaire Edens lives in the mountains of North Carolina. She grew up on a farm that’s been in her family since 1790. Of Scottish descent, her most famous ancestor, John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch and Guardian of Scotland, was murdered by Robert the Bruce on the altar of the Greyfriars Church at Dumfries.

She has a degree in Horticulture from Clemson University. She’s held a myriad of jobs including television reporter, GPS map creator, and personal assistant to a fellow who was rich enough to pay someone to pick up the dry cleaning. When she’s not plotting, she’s busy knitting, running, or listening to the Blues.

Blaire loves iced tea with mint, hand-stitched quilts, and yarn stores. She refuses to eat anything that mixes chocolate and peanut butter or apple and cinnamon. She’s generally nice to her mother, tries to remember not to smack her bubble gum, and only speeds when no one’s looking.

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Spotlight On: Pixelated, by L.S. Murphy

Release Date: 06/30/15
Bloomsbury Spark
Summary from Goodreads:

Senior Year. 

Middle of nowhere. 

What’s the new girl to do?

For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She’s determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. Even if her usual subjects have changed from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fields. 

But when photographer at the local paper quits in a huff, she steps into his
spot. Her new job keeps Piper busy capturing tackles, and zooming in on first
downs and end zone dances, not to mention putting her directly in the path of
varsity football star Les Williams IV. Her new friends warn her off, but she
can’t resist the pull she feels toward this mysterious country boy. But this
small town is keeping a secret, and it’s one that could destroy any chance they
have to be together. 

It’s up to Piper to decide what to do with the distorted truth. Can she risk
exposing her heart? It might be worth it, ’cause Les is about to change her
world from black and white to fully saturated color. 

for Pixelated:

“In Pixelated, L.S. Murphy weaves a complex web of secrets and lies with a
‘will they or won’t they’ romance that kept me turning pages and holding my
breath!” ~ Julie Reece, author of The Artisans and Crux“Beautifully written, with a full spectrum of emotion and complex
characters, Pixelated will tug at all your heartstrings. I easily lost myself
in the world L.S. Murphy created and couldn’t stop reading because I needed to
see how the story ended.” ~ Kelly Oram, author of Cinder & Ella

“L.S. Murphy brings something for every reader with Pixelated: romance,
secrets, mystery, and a main character torn between two choices. Murphy’s
writing is sharp and steeped in emotions, deftly hooking her readers from the
first sentence to the last.” ~ Sarah Bromley, author of A Murder Of

About the Author
L.S. Murphy obsesses about St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fangirls over her favorite
authors, and watches every episode of Doctor Who like it’s the first time. When
she’s not doing those time-consuming things, the former farm-girl turned city
slicker turned suburbanite writes sweet romances for teens and adults.

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Cover Reveal: Love Him Back by Kris Nacole

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***This is a standalone novel with no cliffhangers. This book is not part of a series.***

Warning: This book is intended for readers 18+ due to some explicit language and mature themes.

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After escaping an abusive relationship, Chesney Ward fights to take back control of her life. She longs to leave behind her troubled past, but she craves more than what her small town has to offer.


The Air Force provides the escape she needs.

After arriving at her first duty station, Chesney meets Staff Sergeant Zane Thomas, a Special Forces airman used to exercising control in all things, which she doesn’t mind. However, she has no idea she’s getting more than she bargained for.

Zane thinks no woman could ever make him want to settle down. That is, until he meets Chesney, the small town girl with a big heart. Her southern accent and big brown eyes make him forget how to breathe.

Over time, their lives will change and they will be forced to part ways.

When Zane reappears many years later, Chesney’s life is turned upside-down. Not only is she faced with sharing a life-altering secret with him, but she is also given a second chance to rekindle what they once had years ago.

Will Chesney be able to love him back to her, or is Zane too broken to be saved?

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Celebrate Freedom Blog Hop & Giveaway ~ Ocean Romances ~ Falling in Deep

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Welcome to the Celebrate Freedom Blog Hop!  

This summer, I will be releasing three books: a re-release of Sanguinary (expanded and revised), Opposing the Cowboy (a Hometown Heroes novel), and Siren’s Kiss (a Falling in Deep novella), and I am celebrating the freedom that the ebook and indie-author revolution have given us–the freedom of access to more stories than we ever could have imagined would be available.

And for this hop, I’m sharing some of those stories! I’m giving away copies of several of the Falling in Deep novellas, including Of Ocean and Ash by A.R. Draeger, Ink by Melanie Karsak, and An Officer and a Mermaid by Blaire Edens.

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Her kiss might save the world . . .

Unless his kiss kills her first.

It’s been almost two thousand years since the mer-shifter Skyla walked the streets of Athens—not since her heart was broken by a human man and she exchanged the land and sky for the ocean depths. Ever since, she has lived in the underwater ruins of Atlantis, studying with the priestesses of the goddess Amphitrite, refining her mermaid powers and ignoring her human half.

But her studies are interrupted when she is called upon by Poseidon himself to investigate rumors that the world above is being polluted by the magic of creatures from another realm—and worse, that the ocean kingdom of the mer-people might be next.

When her inquiries in modern-day Greece lead her to an American detective asking similar questions, Skyla realizes that the magical problem she’s been sent to research is bigger than she anticipated—and that one human’s kisses might be more dangerous to her, and her world, than she ever could have imagined.


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This is not a love story.

It’s been over two thousand years since I walked these shores, and even then, the man who broke my heart was centuries gone, sailed away into death—the last journey into yet another land where I will not follow.

Truth be told, though, he left me long before he died, gone away to rejoin a wife he hadn’t seen in twenty years, to reclaim a rocky, wind-swept island for a son he barely knew.

Gone home, to spin stories about his absence like his wife spun his death-shroud—picking out the stitches at night and reweaving them anew to postpone the inevitable moment when the stories wear thin and you find the monsters have been in your home all along, posing as suitors who would win your heart.

The poets lie, you know. They say our songs seduce the sailors, draw them into the ocean to drown.

But if the ocean sings to them, it is not our doing—no more than the earth’s call to us is theirs.

And Odysseus never tried to resist.

On the cliff above the Theatre of Dionysus, the Parthenon loomed, its marble columns partially obscured in scaffolding. The last time Skyla had been here, when the marble seats of the open-air amphitheater were new, she watched the Oresteia trilogy—tragedies to the Athenians surrounding her, but too far from reality to be anything but comic to Skyla. Agamemnon had been a monster, a tyrant of a man who murdered his daughter for the joy of killing, a sacrifice to the gods of power and control. When his wife Clytemnestra killed him in return, other women did not blame her. Their house fell, but it was not of her doing.

But the memories of men are short, and the stories they share shift and change, like the ocean’s surface.

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About the Author


Margo Bond Collins is an author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.


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Cover Reveal: Knave of Broken Hearts by Tara Lain

Knave of Broken Hearts 
(Love in Laguna Series, Bk #2)
by Tara Lain
Jim Carney has a full time job—running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems—a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc’s stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable—but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares.
How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital—when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?
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August 3, 2015
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Paperback from Dreamspinner 
The line for the
bars had shortened as people gathered to dance with the grooms, so Jim made it
to the bartender pretty quick. He popped a couple of bucks into the tip jar and
carried one soda bottle and two beers toward the table. Somebody cat-called,
and he glanced up in time to see Shaz spin and dip some blond guy. He laughed
along with most of the spectators.
Jim took one more
step. His foot caught on the edge of the wood dance floor, the slippery shoe
slid, and—whoa! He stumbled forward,
his arms flailing. Beer sloshed in a big gold arc. Shit, the tux! He raised the bottles high in front of him to keep
the beer away, slid into a half circle, and timbered toward the floor
face-first. “Damn!”
Strong hands
grabbed him from behind and he twirled into a tight, warm embrace, his feet
tangling but his body upright. “Got you.”
“What? Jesus!” He
tried to twist his feet back and lurched again, but the hands held. Finally Jim
planted himself steadily and looked up into eyes so shiny black they
practically reflected his face. Wide and almond-shaped. Yaoi man. Hellfire. About 100 percent more
beautiful up close than from a distance. Skin like beige marble, hair like
midnight. Eyes straight from his fantasy.
The guy smiled.
“How fortuitous. I was just coming to ask you to dance.”
Dimples popped
out in places where lean hollows had been. “I’d love to dance with you.” Shit
if he didn’t just start dancing, holding Jim’s hands, which in turn held the
bottles. Dance or fall? That was his position, so he moved his feet. Jesus. He couldn’t resist without
spilling the beer down the guy’s expensively dressed back, but every movement
rubbed him in places that really needed rubbing and were getting a very
embarrassing reaction.
Wake up. “Uh, sorry. I’m, uh, I mean, I
don’t normally dance with guys.”
Gorgeous smiled
again, and it made Jim want to smile back. “You’re doing fine.”
Sweet Jesus, the
guy smelled like something spicy. Grapefruit and cinnamon. Real subtle but
sneaky. It kind of tiptoed in Jim’s nose and attacked—lower. “What?”
“The dancing.
You’re doing fine.” He spun, holding Jim in his arms gracefully, and for a
weird second Jim felt almost graceful too. That didn’t happen often. Between
the smell and feel, Jim’s head spun and his heart hammered. His eyes closed on
their own. He was floating like some gently moving leaf. Could move this way
The silky voice
whispered, “Want to deliver the beer to your friends and be hands free?”
Friends. He dragged his eyes from the
man and looked toward the table. Charlie and Raoul stared, full-on, no smiles,
amazement written all over their faces. Behind them in line, the women stared
too, but they were laughing. Except for Peggy. She looked half pissed. Hell, it
was okay for her to dance with gay guys, but not him? What the hell am I thinking? He stopped moving and tried to take a
step back out of this person’s arms. Every inch away felt cold.
Mr. Beautiful
cocked his head and dimpled again. “Oh dear, he’s come to his senses. Why do
all the gorgeous ones have to be straight?”
Gorgeous? “Man, you’ve got some
seriously bad taste.”
His face sobered
just a little. “Quite the contrary. I’m known for my exceptional discernment.”
What the hell
could he say to that? “Thanks for catching me.”
“Any time, dear.
Any time.” Yaoi man turned and walked like some jungle cat back onto the dance
floor, grabbing a handsome guy from the line as he went. By the time Jim’s
heart started beating again, the guy was dancing and laughing with someone
Charlie and Raoul
both rushed up. Charlie waved a hand toward the beautiful one. “What was that
all about?”
Jim frowned. “The
guy caught me when I nearly fell flat on my face.” He shoved the beer bottles
at Charlie. “Here, take these.”
Raoul grabbed one
of the beers. “Looked more like a tango to me, man.”
“Cut me a break.
The guy was just joking around.”
Peggy’s voice
came from behind him. “Oh, I don’t know. That dude is prettier than me.”
Jim turned and
slipped his arm around her. Don’t force
me to agree
Charlie stared
out at the dance floor, where pretty-face rested his head against a handsome
blond’s shoulder. “Looks like you don’t have to worry, Peg. That dude’s got a
guy for every night.”
True, and Jim
fucking wished he didn’t feel jealous.
About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.
She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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Happy Release Day! The Scion by Guy T. Martland


The Scion by Guy T Martland

The aliens from your nightmares are coming. The colonies of Earth are next. And it looks like nothing can stop them.

A blue star, a dying friend, a kidnap and the dusty contents of an old room: Septimus Esterhazy’s life is about to change. As he blows cobwebs from the manual of an old spacecraft, hidden for decades, a Pandora’s box creaks open.

Little does he know that the universe’s very nature is being threatened by a powerful alien race. Nor does he know that he is somehow involved with why the Wraith, destroyers of worlds, are coming.

The self-proclaimed ‘Protectors of the Known Universe’, the Sassrit, are trying to do everything they can to thwart a Wraith attack.  But time is running out and resources are stretched.

A Sassrit agent, one of the shapeshifting Jarthiala, is recruited to help. The path he follows leads to the doorstep of a planet called D, an Earth colony, above which a blue star hangs, its light reflected in the eyes of Septimus below.

This is a journey which will change Septimus Esterhazy forever. It will make him question his nature.  He will uncover secrets about his family that have lain dormant for years.  And it will test the loyalty of those closest to him.

But first he has to watch his best friend die.

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