What would everyone most like to see?
You know I've only been to one conference and saw alot of interesting merchandise but wasn't sure what people would want.
What would everyone most like to see?
Well, I get them from lots of places, one of them is news reports, take all the reports on Typoon Rammasun. Isn't that an interesting name? So I had to Google it and Rammansun is a Siamese word for Thunder God! Now wouldn't that be an interesting character.
I like to look up the meaning behind names and use several websites that do that and try to match it to the characters but sometimes a name just jumps out at me. Like Ynyr, I just really liked it and it is associated with 'honor' and that fit perfectly.
Grim and yes, I made a conscious decision to not spell it the common way, because Grim isn't a common guy. It just needed to be his name, I can't tell you why and it took forever for my computer to stop trying to change it.
Others like Oryon and Isis I pulled from mythology.
Isis was the most powerful of all the female Goddesses in ancient Egypt and I wanted that for the character even though others don't see her that way. She was strong for the stand she took on not leaving Oryon.
Oryon, of course, is a different spelling for Orion from Greek mythology who was a mighty hunter. I liked that and made him the Lord of the 'Hunt' planet that I called Betelguese because Orion is also a constellation, and Betelguese is one of the brightest stars in that constellation. Rigel is the other one so therefore he became Lord Oryon Rigel of House Rigel on the planet Betelguese.
What made me write these stories.... hmmmm.... good question. I wrote when I was younger, you know, stories about your favorite rock band or actor and how they would come to my small town and fall in love with me. Every young girl's dream to get the guy every other girl wanted but he chose you. Yup, great stuff!
Then I grew up, went to college, met my dream guy, got married, had kids and life went on. Once the kids left for college it was like.... wow! I have all this time so I did a lot of reading and discovered there was this amazing world of authors that I'd never heard of before.
Authors that actually wrote sci-fi romance! Really! Where had this been all my life, it sure wasn't in my small town bookstore, and they wrote like I thought, like life really was, just in a different setting.
How amazing! Their characters had humor and they had flaws. They weren't 'perfect' because none of us are. I loved it and it kicked my imagination into high gear so I pulled out my laptop and wrote it down.
As for when I finish.... that's hard, I'll admit that I always wonder was there more I should of told... that's why Cassandra's Challenge was over 200,000 words (and that was after trimming it), there was always something more that needed to be told.
But that's what I like about writing a series. The story is never really 'finished'; you get to see how their lives progress in other books. For example when Lisa finally gives birth we'll get to see how Grim handles it, or doesn't. If I hadn't known I could do that, Grim would probably still not be done because that's going to be so interesting.
In Wray, Wray and Kim spend time in a cave in which luciferins grow. I thought you may be interested to learn a little bit more about luciferins.
Luciferins are bioluminescence creatures, but they are so much more than 'light-bringers'. They are the energy of the Goddess... they are life givers in every form imaginable. But only those blessed by the Goddess can tap into their strength.
Kim, while touched by the Goddess, is not the right person to release their full power.... so who will be?
Once the right person touches them, their energy will infuse her and their secrets will slowly be revealed, changing the power structure of the universes. Can she truly live up to the challenge.... overcoming the past and use her new power for good instead of searching for revenge? Can she find happiness with a new male? One that, while understanding what she has gone through, is still willing to challenge not only her but the Goddess herself for the right to love her?
Lady Isis is a rose-colored female. She has always been considered something of an oddity in the Tornian world because she has never left the first male she Joined with, Lord Oryon Rigel of the planet Betelgeuse. In the last twenty-five years, she has given him four male offspring, Ull, Zev, Ynyr, and Vali.
Her offspring are her greatest joy, besides her male, but she fears they will suffer because of her refusal to give another male her ‘gift.’
She is shocked when she discovers that females from Earth not only prefer to stay with one male but feel the same way about their offspring as she does and see nothing wrong with it.
While she is thrilled that her third male Ynyr has been chosen by an Earth female, her heart breaks for her oldest, Ull, for she knows he feels that he has been deemed as unfit, not once but twice, by the females.
Kaliszians and Tornians are very similar to one another due to the fact that before the great infection there were many Joinings between them. It brought great peace and prosperity to both Empires, making them strong and feared by others for it was known if you attacked one you attacked both.
Then a relative of the Kaliszian Emperor assisted Emperor Lucan in hiding his crimes against his female offspring in exchange for a better trade treaty and the prosperity the Kaliszians had taken for granted died away with nearly all their food bearing plants. Soon the strong, proud Kaliszians were reliant on the Tornians for feeding their people.
Tornian is the largest planet in the Tornian Empire. It is the home world of the first warriors to respond to the Goddess' plea for help when she'd been taken from her mate by the lower God Daco. Because of this the Goddess blessed them and House Torino became known as the 'Emperors' House.
As the Empire grew and the Emperor was forced to deal with more Lords, he entrusted his blood brother to rule the most vital region of Tornian, the Etruria Region. It was an area of the planet rich in mineral resources that were vital for the Empire.
When Emperor Lucan Berto was convicted of abusing his young females, his family was stripped of their right to rule and Lord Wyck Vasteri of the Planet Luda was proclaimed Emperor of the Tornian Empire.
The new Emperor, in an attempt to calm the chaos that had been created by Lucan's actions and to reassure his people that the Empire would continue, moved his family from Luda to Tornian, maintaining House Torino as the 'Emperors' House but naming a new Lord to rule the Etruria Region. He also proclaimed his own blood brother 'King' of Luda, ruler of House Luanda, making him next in line to rule the Tornian Empire if his offspring were not to survive.
Don't you just hate when the stars don't align!!! RomCon is on June 20-22 this year and I am so bummed I am unable to make it. The attending author line up is phenomenal and I was so hoping to meet S.E. Smith in person and catch up with my readers. I will have to put it in my calendar for next year.
Who is going to RomCon? Who are the authors you are hoping to meet? Write them in below and while you're sharing I'll go back to moping in my cup of coffee that I won't be there this year.
You can find more details about RomCon 2014 here:
Hello everyone!!! Just wanted to let you know a few things.
No, Wray is still not finished but getting closer. Things are finally started to settle down and I'm able to give it the attention it deserves along with a few other story lines like Abby and Ynyr, they are getting impatient for me to finish Wray and Kim so I can tell their story.
I will give you a preorder date as soon as I have one.
I would also like to let you know that Michelle Howard's new book Project Genesis is going to be released on Amazon, this Saturday, May 17.
This is Michelle's second book, her first one being Honor Bound which I thoroughly enjoyed and have read several times.
Here is the cover and blurb.
I can't wait to read it!
Vin Michaels gave up a lot when he “volunteered” for Project Genesis: a career, a normal life and a budding romance with the career-minded Helen Scott. But what else was he supposed to do when the government offered him no other option?
When a surprise attack on Earth brings Helen back into Vin’s life, he realizes he has a bigger fight on his hands than just getting rid of aliens, because his connection to her couldn’t be denied or brushed aside. But after Vin dumped her without explanation, Helen’s guarding her heart against the Alpha Squad team leader.
With a battle brewing on both fronts, Vin wonders if he’ll ever win either of them.
About the Author
Michelle Howard enjoys a crazy life that involves wild kids, a loud dog, and a husband who tolerates the madness. Like many authors, she’s dreamed of writing since reading her first romance novel many years ago. She loves paranormal and contemporary romances and is a fan of the classic romances, such as Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood.
I love to hear from fans so please reach out to me if you like the book and if you feel like it, leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.