Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A visit with Lydia Michaels

Today it is my pleasure to have Lydia Michaels visit.  Here is a bit of background on this very successful, hard working author.

Lydia is an award-winning author of contemporary, paranormal, and erotic romance. You may be familiar with her series about sexy Amish Vampyres—that’s right, AMISH—which won The Top Bite Award in 2012 from Bitten by Paranormal Romance. You may also know her New Castle series, a contemporary series, which takes each heroine to the limit and proves how capable women truly are. But this May, Lydia is switching things up a bit with her new novel, Breaking Perfect.

Q: Before we get to your book, let’s learn a bit about you.  Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

Lydia: I’m from Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. I’ve been writing for a little over four years now. My first book was published December 2011.

Q: What authors have had an influence on your own writing efforts?

Lydia: I love Lisa Kleypas’s way with words, Lori Foster’s spirit, JR Wards originality, Megan Hart’s depth, and Bella Andre’s inspirational bio.

Q: Do you have a specific time or routine that you try to follow when it comes to writing?

Lydia: Ha-ha! “Try” being the key word. I try to wake up around 4:30am to greet the day and fans. Life happens and I usually break around seven to get the family out the door. Then I write until 3:00pm when the little lady comes home. After that I steal moments to work whenever I can. A quote I love (not sure who said it) is: “Being an author is like giving yourself homework for the rest of your life. Really hard homework. If you want glitz and glamor, throw glitter at the computer screen.”

Q: Who is the one character you’ve created that you are the proudest of?

Lydia: Hmmm, that’s a difficult question. I’d have to say Evelyn “Scout” Keats. She’s homeless and illiterate. All she wants out of this life is to be normal, but after she meets billionaire, Lucian Patras, she learns there is no stopping at the in between for her. She faces many challenges on her journey to the top, mostly because her mother is addicted to heroin and remains at the bottom, where Scout cannot leave her behind. Scout’s story is The Surrender Trilogy, coming fall 2013 from Penguin Group. Falling In, Breaking Out, Coming Home.

Q: Many authors picture their works as a movie. What character would you play?

Lydia: Ha-ha! You mean if I had to star as a character in MY own book? Probably it would be Mallory Fenton from the second book of my McCullough Mountain series. She’s funny and constantly struggling to be upbeat, but fights a lot of insecurities that wreak havoc in her girlie mind. If only we all could see ourselves through the eyes of those who love us unconditionally.

Q: Are you working on another book?  What’s it about?

Lydia: Right now I’m working on Mallory’s book (mentioned in the question above). It isn’t titled yet, but so far I love it. The McCulloughs are a sexy, rambunctious, Irish family—always fun to hang out withJ

Q: What are you reading now?

Lydia: I’m on a historical kick right now. So I’ve been reading some Virginia Henley, one of my faves.

Q: What’s the title of your latest work and what is it about?

Lydia: My newest release is called “Breaking Perfect” and it’s scheduled for release May 2013. Here’s a little bit about the book. Heat: Sizzling MMF

Dr. and Mrs. Mason Davis appear to have the perfect life, but looks can be deceiving. Liberty isn’t perfect, far from it, yet everyday she strives to be the ideal wife. It was love at first sight for Mason, despite all the challenges living with someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder might face. And from the moment Liberty gave him her heart, he knew he was meant to keep her safe. Mason accepts that Liberty is flawed, even when she does not. He endeavors to keep life as orchestrated as possible for his wife, but when his ex-lover, Sean, shows up unannounced, Mason loses a bit of his ever present control and cracks begin to show in his perfect life. Liberty’s just right, carefully ordered world begins to unravel when she falls for the man who is in love with her husband. When what she wants is the antithesis of perfect, she struggles with her desires, and fears she may break. But breaking may be the only thing that can set Liberty free.

A beautifully told, psychological tale that redefines the meaning of perfect and breaks all the rules of love. 

WARNING: Breaking Perfect is a highly graphic erotic romance, which contains content that may be not be suitable for all readers. This novel examines the Dominant/submissive dynamic, explores areas touching on light BDSM, and includes situations some readers may find offensive. This book is a poly-amorous romance, which means it is a love story between three people trying to find their happily ever after. There are intense sexual scenes, which include MMF ménage, meaning the male characters may interact sexually with or without the female heroine present.

{All other buy links can be found at www.LydiaMichaels.org}

Also keep an eye out for Lydia Michaels’ upcoming debut with Penguin Publishing this fall, as she introduces The Surrender Trilogy, selected as one of the hottest eBooks of 2013!

Lydia will also be appearing at Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together this June! Meet her and other great authors there!

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