Thursday, July 25, 2013

Author Spotlight ~*~ Michelle Graham

We are so excited to start our Author Spotlight Thursdays with Michelle Graham!
Michelle is fantastic author and someone we consider a friend!

Let's see what she has to say about relationships . . .
Make sure to keep reading, she even has an awesome giveaway for someone!!

I have to confess that as much as I love reading and writing erotic romance (the more graphic the better!) I have also been reading a lot of YA books recently, and it’s interesting to compare the two. A lot of times as adults, we forget what it was like to be a teenager in a relationship. When holding hands meant something, (Thank you John Mellancamp) when a simple kiss was a really big deal, when sex was still a big question mark. Many YA books don’t move beyond the hand-holding and kissing stages, and even if they do, they spend a lot more time working up to the actual sex.

Maybe hubby and I aren’t representative of most couples, but we’ve been together for almost 18 years, and it seems lately that if either one of us makes an overture, we know where it’s leading, and before long the clothes are off and we’re… well, you know. We have lots of foreplay, but we forget about the foreplay to the foreplay. I’m talking about simply making out.

My first boyfriend and I could spend hours just holding each other and kissing. Eventually that led to a bit of exploration, but nothing below the waist. Just making out got my motor running very effectively. Even now, I enjoy having a good make out session with hubby, whether it leads to the main event or not. It makes me feel younger, and reminds me of when our relationship was new and we were first falling in love. So we’ve been trying to make out more often.

For those of you in relationships, do you also find that you tend to skip the preliminaries and go below the belt right away? How do you try to recapture that feeling of first love? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment, and I’ll pick one at random at midnight (EST) on August 1 to win one of my backlist titles!

Thanks Michelle, I never really thought of relationships evolving that way . . .
Don't know whether i'm lucky or not, that we have more of the 
foreplay to the foreplay than anything else . . . LOL

Now, Check out Michelle's Fabulous Hedon Falls Series!
Seriously, I love the series and the author and will probably 
go all fan girl on her if I get the chance to meet her!

Welcome to Hedon Falls!
Located in beautiful Southern Ontario, this mid-size town has a lot to offer: shopping, entertainment, and top quality restaurants. The residents are friendly and welcoming, and very diverse. And some unusual relationships have begun cropping up around town.

Now Available

When single mom Serena Keegan finally gives in to her son's pleas for a pet, they decide that fish are the perfect option for their apartment lifestyle. They quickly discover that they have a lot to learn about their aquatic friends. Thankfully, Dalton's Aquariums and More! is there to help. The owners, identical twins Lance and Liam Dalton, both find themselves attracted to her. They are eager to provide her with the assistance she needs, for the pets and for more...personal matters. Serena’s past experience with men has been less than stellar and she worries she and her son will end up hurt. Despite these fears, she finds herself falling for the sexy store owners, whose talents extend well beyond business. But Liam has a past he hasn't told her about and when Serena finds out, it threatens their growing love.

Melanie Hynes owns the brand new art gallery in Hedon Falls. When she decides to make erotic art the theme of her opening exhibition, she goes in search of artwork.

Justin Gauthier creates a unique blend of painting and photography. Melanie finds his youth and vigor intoxicating. David Hannah can sculpt provocative pieces from ordinary materials. And Melanie discovers that he is very good with his hands. Garrett Anderson’s paintings of BDSM are shocking and arousing. When Melanie asks about the lifestyle, he teaches her.

Three men, each with their own distinct talents, and she falls hard and fast for all of them.

When David finds out she is seeing other men, he is hurt and angry. Confused by her attraction to three men, she doesn’t know who to choose. Justin and Garrett show her the joys of sharing and she thinks that may be the key to her dilemma. Can she convince David to consider a ménage?

Unemployed and running out of resources, Sophie LaPlante is desperate for a job, when the perfect one appears before her. A wealthy couple from Hedon Falls requires a live-in housekeeper, and Sophie is just what they’re looking for.

Jack Sullivan, a powerful CEO and Dom, is married to actress Kendra Hughes.  He immediately senses submissive tendencies in his new housekeeper. His wife can never be the sub he needs, so while Kendra is away on a film shoot, he begins to train Sophie. When Kendra returns, she joins the training to explore her own Dominant desires. While their sessions were not intended to involve sex, they find themselves fighting a losing battle against their mutual attraction.

The three of them are caught up in a web of lust, guilt, and infidelity, all complicated by an ex-boyfriend who can’t leave Sophie alone.

Buy Links ~*~
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Author Bio ~*~
Michelle Graham has dreamed of being a writer since she was very young. Her stories almost always had a happy ending, and once she reached a certain age, they almost always had romance. Michelle loves to recreate that wonderful feeling of falling head over heels in love. The relationships she writes about are definitely not conventional, but the love is always the same.

Michelle has been in love with her wonderful husband for seventeen years, and they have two children, and a variety of animals. She lives in southern Ontario, Canada.

Where to find Michelle

Q: Why did you become a writer?
A: Writing has always been a passion of mine, but one that ended up taking a backseat to my career plans, marriage, and my kids. I’ve tried getting into it more over the years, but I had trouble actually finishing anything substantial. I am also an avid reader and when I discovered erotic romance, I found a genre that seemed to resonate with me. Maybe because I’m obsessed with sex! Whatever the reason, I suddenly found ideas coming out of nowhere, demanding to be written down. It was a bumpy road, but I am thrilled to finally be realizing my dream of being published.

Q: How do you come up with inspiration for your books?
A: Many of my ideas come from real life experiences, with a “what if” twist. I try to keep my situations and characters true to life. Eventually, I’d like to get into more paranormal or fantasy type stories, but for now, contemporary suits me just fine.

Q: When do you write?
A: I have a husband, two children, and a day job. Unfortunately, it doesn’t leave much time for writing! I will often take a notebook with me if I know I’m going to be waiting around somewhere for a while (e.g. during piano lessons, or swimming) so I can make more productive use of my time. I don’t usually get to sit down at the computer until after the kids are in bed. It limits writing time to a couple of hours in the evenings.

Q: What books do you like to read?
A: I love romance, especially the erotic kind! But I also love mystery, fantasy, or paranormal stories although the ones I choose usually have some romantic threads. My three favorite authors are Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, and Laurell K. Hamilton. My dream is to be able to write as well as they do.

Q: Why erotic romance?
A: I know I said it before, but I love romance. As a reader, I like to feel the emotions of the characters as they experience those first feelings of love and lust. Sex is part of being in love and it’s an important part of any love story. In my books, I prefer to leave the bedroom doors wide open!