Downunder it's release eve for Ride me Right but I have to wait a whole extra day to see this baby out in the world stateside - sigh. It's the next installment of the Raising Hellfire MC series and it was sooooo much fun to write. This one heads deeper into Motor cycle club territory with a fire, a bike chase and a bunch of tragic consequences. It also boasts possibly my favorite heroine to date. Lucy Black has a mouth on her like a bottle of bourbon with three cigarette butts floating in it...That doesn't sound so great does it. But it is, I promise. That is if you like your ladies with a good dose of female-can-do attitude.
A while back I got a contract from Saint Martin's Press with a note on the front of it - it said, simply, the bikers are coming. It made me do a little happy dance. And now, it's about to happen. My two biker books, Burned by Lust, and Burned by Blackmail have been bundled together with new scenes and content by Swerve at Saint Martin's Press and given a shiny new cover. They hit the shops on July 11th but the preorder is up now! I know a few of you read Burned by Blackmail so I hope you'll like the new reincarnation. And it because it's a re-release it's out cheapcheap. It'll be swiftly followed by an all new story - that of Lucy Black in
As most of you know, I live in a land far far away. It’s true. New Zealand is downunder from pretty much everywhere in the world and maybe because of this, and with our colonial roots, travel is a big part of many kiwi’s life experience. I’m no exception. I have seen a whole lot of the world, and one of my favorite places is South East Asia, especially Thailand.
I’ve been to Thailand many times, on my own, with my husband and recently with my two young boys. There are amazing Buddhist temples, incredible wildlife, spectacular beaches and islands, and in its modern cities, bustling life and incredible food. In the bigger temples, gold fairly drips off the edges of buildings and statues, and even in the tiniest of local shrines, people scrimp and save to plaster gold leaf on their chosen deity. My latest release is set in Thailand and yes, this time, some of the truth that slipped onto the pages of this book is crazier than fiction.
When hubby and I visited, we traveled by motorbike up the eastern coast discovering places I’d never seen mentioned in a guide book but it did mean we were treated to local delicacies as well. Have to say though, there is no chance I was ever going to eat barbequed bugs, no matter what the cackling woman behind the stall had to say about them.
With the freedom to travel where and when we chose, we found hidden temples with golden statues where we’d least expect, monkey temples perched high above the rest of the world, festivals with stuffed toys so big we’d never have gotten them on the back of our motorbike, and were teased and danced with and entertained into some very late nights.
But while Thailand might be a wondrous kingdom on land, it’s even better under water. We lived for five days on a boat and went scuba diving in some crazy remote areas. And when the turtles turned up to play, it gave me the grins for a week.
As with everything, there is plenty to discover when traveling different countries. Thai politics has been the feature of international news in recent years, and there is still some unrest as they move into an era with a new king, but the people of these island truly live up to their reputation as a “land of smiles”. There is much I’ve learned from their generosity of spirit and I’ve been lucky to be able to draw inspiration from my traveling to incorporate into my writing. Hope you enjoy!
I really hope you have a wonderful week and find love in a bunch of places. Whether it be from your lover or your kids, friends or other family. Let's share the love people.
Thanks for visiting and happy reading
Welcome to my new format blog! Sorry it's been so long, but hopefully now I'm all integrated and up to date I might be able to get here a whole lot more often!
What is it about rich men that we love so much? Their ability to sweep us off our feet and fulfill our every wish perhaps? Ummmm, heck yes to that. My very first series started out with a bevy of rich men but in the biker series that will relaunch next year with Saint Martin's Press (woopwoop, see how I slipped that in all casually) I've been writing men who are a whole lot more ordinary. Some who have money, some who don't but none who could dial up a private jet and sweep a girl off her feet, literally. But when I got the opportunity to join a box set that is ALL about Alpha men, dripping with cash, it didn't take me long to jump in feet first. The result is my novella Valentine's Vengeance and it's forth coming with Happily Ever Alpha - Falling for the Billionaire - a beast of a Box Set with 20 Books by 20 Authors and a WHOLE lot of hot. It's just gone on pre-sale today and oh boy it's gunna be a super fun ride!
So, as promised, I popped over to chat with Nina Croft this week and Rachel Lyndhurst is here today! Billionaires, Millionaires, men with money all round! Happy Billionaire Bundle everyone.
Are your heroes always billionaires?
Thus far they all have been! But I’ve written a few heroes since that are mere millionaires, so keep your eyes peeled for these guys in 2014 and beyond. I’m a long way from offering up a man who isn’t seriously wealthy, though …
It's Valentines day all ready down under and I'm being kind to myself by typing from the couch and doing much less than normal. Happy love myself day! Rather than pictures of fluffy bunnies or chocolate dipped hearts I thought I'd share something more practical with you today. A delicious cocktail recipe! It's red, and sweet, but not sickly - unless of course you over indulge. I guess that's the thing many people find difficult about Valentines day - it's the over indulgence in the saccharine. I mean, lets be kind to ourselves and our loved ones everyday right?!
Now, if we're honest, a Chocolate Martini isn't really a Martini...there's certainly very little of the shaken not stirred dry shiver you'd get from a Bond version of the cocktail, but we're not being sticklers for tradition here, and...chocolate!
Happy Easter everyone.
A while back I offered to make a birthday cake for a friend's daughter's birthday party. It turned into a bit of an epic cakeathon and a lovely mermaid was the result. (You can see her on my facebook page) But that turned into me saying yes to another cake for another birthday party, and thus, my weekend was full. Full of gold coins, bounty, pirates and general chocolate treasure!
Given that loads of people ate it with happy munchiness, asked me to and it was relatively straight forward, I thought I'd share the step by step of it here. Hope you enjoy!
Michele de Winton
Being a writer was not was I was supposed to be when I ‘grew up' but then neither was being a dancer. My poor parents. They thought that when I toddled off to law school they'd bred a responsible, useful adult and instead they got a performer and word junkie. But words really are my drug. Oh and yoga, food, sunshine, hot love scenes, my boys, chocolate and happy endings.