My Chat with Michelle M. Pillow

Hello and welcome!

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Today I have the Author of All Things Romance™, Michelle M. Pillow. You might have heard me mention her name a few times. In March I had Sir Aidan, one of the Dragon Lords in Divinity Warriors series, over for a chat. It was hard to choose, because all the warriors in her series are my book boyfriends. Then in April one of her narrators, awesome Rebecca Cook, came for a chat.

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As long as she can remember, Michelle has had a strange fascination with anything supernatural and sci-fi. After discovering historical romance novels, it was only natural that the supernatural and love/romance elements should someday meet in her wonderland of a brain. She’s glad they did for their children have been pouring onto the computer screen ever since. 

Michelle loves to travel and try new things, whether it’s a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She’s addicted to movies and used to drive her mother crazy while quoting random scenes with her brother. Though it has yet to happen, her dream is to be in a horror movie as 1. A zombie or 2. The expendable screaming chick who gets it in the beginning credits. But for the most part she can be found writing in her office with a cup of coffee in pajama pants. 

Michelle is a multi-published, award winning author writing in many romance fiction genres including futuristic, paranormal, historical, contemporary, fantasy and dark paranormal.

She is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author, has been on the Amazon bestseller list multiple times, nominated for the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2011, the winner of the 2006 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, nominated for the 2007 RT Award, a Brava Novella Contest Finalist and a PAN member of RWA.

Michelle is a journalist for Paranormal Underground Magazine. She has a BGS in History/Business with an English Minor, and a Photography degree. In 2009 she and fellow author Mandy M. Roth started their own highly successful self-publishing endeavor named The Raven Books. Michelle is a journalist/photographer for Paranormal Underground Magazine.

Michelle has titles published with The Raven Books, Pocket Books, Random House, Virgin Books, Adam’s Media, Entangled Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Running Press and more.

Welcome Michelle!

Do you have a nickname?
Manfriend calls me Michi. He’s the only one, though.

What is one word best describes you?
Not sure. Hard to say. I would love to say mysterious, or ninja, or kick ass, or RAWR!!…in reality it’s probably “adorable” or “work-a-holic” or something. LOL

What makes you laugh out loud?
Myself. I always laugh at myself. I’m a goof, and I’m always joking around.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Vanilla. It reminds me of baking.

Favourite place to spend time in.
Kitchen, but only if someone else is cooking and I’m stealing food. I should have probably said something romantic like “in manfriend’s arms”. But really, it’s the kitchen thing.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
Not a genre, per se, but anything that promotes hate.

Writing! What started it?
I love telling stories. I used to do it with my camera, and never thought writing would be a career. I’m so very glad it is, and am incredibly grateful for my readers who have supported me all these years.
I am sure your fans would agree with me when I say we are glad you share your wonderful worlds with us.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
Travel Photographer. I still daydream about that sometimes, but really I love my job as an author. I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

Audiobooks! What started them?
This was a matter of seizing an opportunity when it arose. ACX and Audible.com came up with a platform for authors to commission talent and producers to make audio books, and gave us a venue to distribute them. I jumped on the chance and haven’t looked back.
I am glad you did, I love audiobooks.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
It depends on the book. I have nearly 100 titles now. Hopefully it makes the reader feel something—fear, love, anger, happiness. And most of the time I hope to make the reader laugh, again depending on the book.
From the ones I listened to, I think you succeeded and your books have overall 4 or 5-star reviews.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
My books are romances intended for adults who like romance and drama and laughing and overcoming obstacles—both internally and externally. I really hope anyone who likes a good escape into fictional romance gives one of my books a try. What can I say, I love a happy ending.

What is next in your writing?
I’m currently working on several reader favorite series: Dragon Lord, Captured by a Dragon-Shifter, Warlocks MacGregor, and Lords of the Abyss. There are also some anthology collections in the works with some very talented authors that I am thrilled to be working with.
I am looking forward to listen/read to more of your books. I have a lot to catch up.

Thank you for taking the time to come for a chat. I enjoyed the chat a lot.
Thanks for having me!

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Hope you enjoyed the chat and learned a little more about Michelle. If you are new to her books, I urge you to try them, there is a lot of yummy to choose from.

My reviews are up on Audible, here and here and here.

She loves talking with readers on social media. Check the links where you can find out more about her books, chat (say hello from me, if you do 😉 ) and keep up to date of what is coming next.

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PillowFighter avatarYou can join Michelle’s Pillow Fighters Fan Club to get news before anybody else and chat with Michelle and the other Pillow Fighters 😉

QUESTION
Would you apply to Galaxy Bride Corporation?

Me? In a heartbeat 😉 I love dragon shifters.

61scg-sQliL._SL300_To start you on the journey into her book world, Ms. Pillows is giving away “Dragon Lords: Perfect Prince” audiobook (I love this book, 5 stars from me) to a lucky reader chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments after 3pm EST Monday, August 31, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with Sir Aidan!

Hello and welcome!

Today I have somebody from a series I adore. It was hard to choose, because all the warriors in the series are my book boyfriends, but this one stood out more to me.

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Get yourself a coffee, a glass of wine, (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?) and read on.

What is your full name?
Sir Aidan of Fallenrock

Do you have a nickname?
Dandan. But only Leenie, my friends four year old daughter, is allowed to call me that for female children are a rare blessing and she may have whatever she wants. You may call me Sir Aidan.
Aidan! One of my fave names *sigh*

What is one word best describes you?
Honor.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Paige took my clothes. We were not expecting company.
I don’t mind, not at all 😀

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yes, but she did not do my Paige’s beauty justice. There are no words for such things.

What makes you laugh out loud?
When my bride tried to tell me I’d have to wait a month before I could touch her. They have amusing customs on her home plane. Luckily, on Staria, we do not have such nonsense in order to marry. All I had to do was claim her as my wife.

What is your favourite dessert?
Paige.

What is your favourite drink?
Ale brewed at the Axe Hitter Tavern.

What is your greatest fear?
Why would I tell you that? Are you sure you’re not a spy for the Caniba?

What is your favourite colour?
The green of Paige’s eyes.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
What I’m wearing now.

What is the perfect romantic date?
Hunting with Paige in the forest. Or, hunting Paige in the forest. I like that second one better.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
Not at all. After a lifetime at war I have nerves of steel.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
The flowers in Paige’s hair. It means my wife is close.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
When I first saw Paige she was drunk on ambrosia so there wasn’t much time to look before she began to… I’m sorry, my wife is waving her arms behind your head. I’m not sure why.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Lady Paige. She keeps my senses sharp. It’s not easy handling a strong-willed woman, but I do enjoy it. Being constantly at war, Starian warriors don’t think of marriage as love, but rather seizing what moments we can before death. Paige taught me the true meaning of love. In this her ways are better than ours.

What is one word best describes her?
Heart.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Unfortunately, no other Starian warrior will find a woman like mine. She is truly a rare gift from the gods.

I suppose the others will continue to go to battle until King Wilhelm orders them to Battlewar Castle to attend a breeding ceremony. I’m not sure they’ll have much luck, though, considering those brides are all bartered for from parallel planes. What if these otherworlders are misshapen or strange in the head? Or worse, cowards? I do not trust this Divinity Corporation to choose women who are right for Starian men. Those Divinity man-aliens are weak and simpering and endlessly talking. They depend on their technologies more than duty and responsibility and the power of a full day’s work. They do not earn a trip through the fairy rings with the gods’ blessings, they build contraptions to force their way where they do not belong. The gods would never bless such overstepping people. Here in Staria we know what is important—duty in battle, meeting your responsibilities as a warrior, as a husband, and as a man.

My love happened by the gods’ will when they ordered fairies to throw her into my arms through a fairy ring. That is how love should happen.

Thank you Sir Aidan for taking the time to answer my questions.

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Hope you enjoyed the chat.

Sir Aidan hails from “Keeping Paige”, book 3 of Divinity Warriors series by Michelle M. Pillow.

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Series One of the Divinity Universe
Alternate Reality Romance / Parallel Universe

An outcast because of her psychic abilities, Paige doesn’t expect her people to rescue her when a zealous sect of Faerians sacrifices her to their gods. Thrown through a fairy ring to a new dimensional plane, drugged on ambrosia, she is compelled to seduce the first man she meets. Only when the effects wear off and she’s left with an insatiable husband expecting more than she’s willing to give, does Paige discover the true extent of what the fairies have done.

Ordered by the king to marry, Sir Aidan of Fallenrock is dead set against taking a bartered bride. He believes his people should be patient and wait for the gods to bless them. When the beautiful Lady Paige comes through the sacred rings, kissing and touching him like she knows their joined fate, Aidan’s sure he’s being rewarded–until his new bride tries to back out of their marriage.

Rating: Contains graphic sexual content, adult language, and violence. This novel contains adult content. Must be 18 years or older to read.

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I listened to the audiobook narrated by Rebecca Cook, I reallyreallyreally like her voice.

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My review on Audible: “I think this would be my fave story in the series. I love Aidan, the way he deals with Paige, with patience, acceptance and ardent love. I adore Paige, she is a strong woman, knows her own mind and is not afraid to speak up, deals with everything thrown her way, she is funny at times. I am so happy that they came to form a solid relationship that she has foreseen to last well into their old age.
A great choice in narrators, I LOVE Rebecca Cook’s voice, so versatile, full of emotion and passion. Thank you for the hours of pure enjoyment.” 5 stars

Give the series a try.

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Divinity Warriors
In a land forever at war, the Starian men are so busy fighting that their marriage ceremony has been reduced to a “will of the gods” event where they simply pick a woman out of a lineup and claim her as a wife. With women becoming scarce, it’s necessary to trade the offworld Divinity Corporation for brides.

They live a very Medieval-like existence. Instead of medical advancement and technology, all of their focus has been on developing weaponry and battle strategy. With places named for war, such as Spearhead and Battlewar, these men have been left in charge way too long. They are in desperate need of a woman’s touch.

To have a man so devoted as all of them in this series… *sigh*

To keep in touch with Michelle M. Pillow and check out her other books, follow these links:

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And now for the QUESTION

What was your first audiobook you ever listened to?

I will gift, Sir Aidan’s audiobook to one lucky reader, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random. Comments will stay open until 3pm EST, Monday, March 9, 2015.  GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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