About Michelle McLean

Romance and non-fiction author Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and loves her romance with a hearty side of suspenseful mystery. When Michelle's not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

June Preview

It’s summer!!!! And we’ve got some great new releases coming up 🙂

Toni Kerr’s Unleashed, book 2 in the Makai series, releases June 5th:
front UNLEASHED 051214Tristan can’t wait to get to Darnell—a place where people have similar powers to his own and won’t know about the horrific events that led to being exiled from his previous home. Unfortunately, they do know, and so does Lazaro, a ruthless man determined to regain possession of the powerful emerald Tristan stole.

And Lazaro isn’t the only one on a quest for Tristan’s blood.

A secret society of overzealous dragon slayers believes Tristan is a worthy target to hunt. When he is captured and put on trial for being an abomination to mankind, his continued denial of dragon ancestry won’t keep him safe for long. The Slayers have been hunting for generations, and in a private museum of artifacts and past conquests, Tristan discovers a handful of gems akin to the emerald and a new mission—if he can survive long enough to escape captivity.

But then…no amount of protection or denial can save him from himself.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22075712-unleashed

Michelle McLean’s Romancing the Rumrunner releases from Entangled’s Scandalous on June 9th:
RTRR 300x450Prohibition Era Chicago

She’s worked too hard to be run out of town…

Jessica Harlan spends her nights as The Phoenix, the owner of the most popular speakeasy in town. Her days are spent running her respectable butcher shop and dodging prohibition agents and rival club owners who all want to put her out of business.

He’s worked too hard to let his heart get in the way…

When the opportunity arises to go undercover for the Feds to catch The Phoenix, Gumshoe Anthony Solomon jumps on it. But he never suspected the notorious rumrunner would be a dame – or that he’d be so drawn to the feisty little minx.

They play a dangerous game of cat and mouse, knowing they can’t trust the other, but unable to walk away. While their hearts dodge the crossfire, the mobsters raise the stakes, and even The Phoenix may not rise again.

Kelly Hashway’s The Monster Within releases from Spencer Hill Press on June 17th:
TheMonsterWithinfinalcoverFLATcropped (2)The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side—a completely unfair shot at life. But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong.
She’s now a monster that drains others’ lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches.
But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.

Jennifer Allis Provost’s Copper Ravens releases from Spencer Hill Press on June 17th:
copper ravensSara should be happy. She has what every girl wants: a man who loves her, a beautiful home, and wealth beyond imagining. She rescued her brother from the Peacekeepers, destroyed the Iron Queen, and doesn’t have to go to her boring job any more. And yet Sara still doesn’t know if her father is alive or dead. Her mother hides in the garden, brooding about her missing husband. Her sister, the Inheritor of Metal, is scared of her own shadow, and her brother spends his days fighting and gambling. To add to Sara’s misery, the new queen (gold, of course) is more than a bit crazy, she misses her life in the Mundane world, and, worst of all, Micah wants to have children. A lot of them. As Sara wavers between happiness and homesickness, a conspiracy emerges against the Raven clan, implicating them in a plot to dethrone the Gold Queen. How can Sara prove her family’s innocence, and become the consort Micah needs her to be, without losing herself in the process?

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Our theme this month is a free for all! Can’t wait to see what our authors come up with 🙂

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It’s April!!

Spring is here!! Well, for some of us. Spring has been an elusive little beauty this year but at least in my neck of the woods, the weather is FINALLY starting to cooperate. I just hope it sticks 😉

Our topic for this month, in honor of April Fool’s Day, is our favorite funny books or best books with humor. As I am a HUGE humor fan, I’m excited to see what our authors come up with 🙂

We also have a release coming up! Sandra Ulbrich Almazan has a book of haiku that you should definitely check out.

Sandra  haikuLife at Seventeen Syllables A Day: A Journal in Haiku

This collection of haiku was written from March 18, 2013, to March 18, 2014. One poem was written every day and inspired by something the author saw or experienced that day. Some poems are literal while others are symbolic. Sandra hopes this collection will inspire you to find more poetry in your daily life.

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It’s March!

I really hope this means that spring is on its way, because I’m about done with winter 🙂

This month our authors will be sharing with us books, outside of their own genre, that have influenced them.

For me, well I write several genres and I read even more 🙂 But I think one of the books that impacted me the most, especially as a young reader, was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. The first real novels I ever read were the Little House on the Prairie series, and then I moved on to Victoria Holt’s gothic romances (and pretty much set up camp there for the remainder of my days).

So A Wrinkle in Time was definitely a departure from what I was used to reading. But the story had me hooked immediately. It’s been years since I’ve read it, and I don’t remember specifics anymore. I don’t even remember the characters’ names. But I remember the FEEL of the book when I was reading it. The way the language rolled around in my head. I remember being so invested in the characters that they still pop in my head, all these years later, even though the specifics of them are gone.

Because of that series, I gave other genres besides historical romance a chance. It opened up entire worlds to me 🙂 I always wanted to write stories that would stick with a reader like that. Maybe someday I will 🙂

What books have you read that have stuck with you?

January Preview

Happy New Year!!! We are back for another great year, more fun releases, and more wonderful posts from our amazing authors 🙂

Speaking of new releases, this month we’ve got:

Kelly Hashway’s Face of Death, releasing from Spencer Hill Press on Jan 28th:

Face of Death_front cover (2)Having fallen at the hands of Hades, Jodi’s enduring torture like she never imagined. Worse, she has to watch her Ophi friends suffer along with her–the punishment doled out by the very people she’d sentenced to life in Tartarus. Hell. This is one reunion Jodi hoped would never happen, but now she must find a way to free them all.

Except the underworld is nearly impossible to escape.

Jodi’s one chance may rest in raising the human soul she killed when she drank Medusa’s blood.

But splitting her human soul from her Ophi soul means living a double life: One as an Ophi experiencing unspeakable torture and the other as the human she could have been if she never came into her powers. With her two worlds colliding, Jodi will have to make the toughest decision she’s faced yet.

And Michelle McLean’s third and final installment in her Blood Blade Sisters trilogy, A Bandit’s Betrayed Heart, releasing from Entangled’s Scandalous on Jan 13th:

Betrayed heartNot your typical Southern belle…
Lucy Richardson’s bandit sisters may have taught her to sling a gun and pick a stubborn lock, but nothing prepared her for the agony of her first heartbreak. Her sisters taught her to fight like hell for what she wants… and she wants Finn.

Not your proper Southern gentleman…
Finn Taggart is bad news. His dark and tortured past always catches up to him, and Lucy deserves better than to be tainted by his touch. He couldn’t have her years ago, and he can’t have her now, no matter how enticing she is. If only he can convince her of that before the danger that follows him brings them both down.

Not your classic love story…
Danger doesn’t exactly scare a girl like Lucy, and she knows how to use all kinds of weapons… including her feminine wiles. Finn doesn’t stand a chance. And if they need backup… the Blood Blade Sisters are never far away…

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Our topic this month is What’s New in Our World – stay tuned to find out what our authors are up to!

December Preview!

Wow, it’s December already. This year flew by! Our wonderful authors get a freebie month this month and will be posting on anything they desire so stay tuned to see what they each post!

And we have a fun release this month. Kelly Hashway’s Cricket’s Drive Around Town is releasing from FutureWord Publishing on Dec 10th.

CricketfrontCricket dreams of riding on a car some day with the breeze in his wings as he zips around town. But when his dream becomes a reality, he finds himself on an adventure of a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

Toni Kerr’s Descendant is releasing Dec 16th:
DescendantFor 15 years, Tristan has done everything he can to bury the maddening thoughts of others—blaring music, isolation, the occasional painkiller. In the end, it was a small thing that pushed him over the edge—his mother hocked his iPod for a carton of cigarettes.

His suicide attempt would have succeeded if not for an old woman who claims dragon ancestry makes him the rightful guardian of a powerful emerald containing the soul of a Valkyrie. With the emerald stolen and the woman murdered, Tristan must survive on his own in a world he never knew existed to get the emerald back.

Shadowed by a secret society and guided by an avatar falcon, Tristan’s escape from the murderer lands him on an uncharted island in the Pacific. When the murderer kidnaps the island’s caretaker, a feisty young Druid priestess, Tristan discovers he’ll risk anything to save her, unleashing powers he can’t control.

Ednah Walters’ Grimnirs (A Runes Book) is coming out tomorrow, Dec 2nd. It bridges book 2 and 3, but can be read as a stand alone

Grimnirs Huge with logoStraight out of the psych ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn’t want to see souls or the reapers collecting them. The guy she’s loved from a distance for years moves away without saying goodbye. So yes, she’s nursing a serious heartbreak. It’s no wonder love is the last thing on her mind when Echo storms into her life.

The chemistry between them is mind-blowing.The connection defies logic. Even better, the souls leave her alone when he is around.

Too bad Echo is the poster boy for everything she hates in a guy—hot, beautiful,and cocky. He is also a soul reaper. A Grimnir.
The very beings she wants out of her life. Maybe normal is overrated because Cora wants it all. Answers. Love. A life.

November Preview!

Hey all! In light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday (for those of us in the States) the topic for this month will be Thankfulness and Gratitude – any way our lovely authors would like to spin it 😀 Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

We also have an awesome release this month! Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley’s EXTRACTED releases from Spencer Hill Press on the 12th!

Extracted_cover_120Extracted: The Lost Imperials (Book 1)

Welcome to the war.

The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.

The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens–their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.

Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.

Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.

October Preview!!

Ah, fall is in the air. My favorite time of year 🙂 Just a slight nip to the air, the gorgeous leaves changing colors (I live in PA so it’s quite a beautiful sight), and the holiday season begins.

And all our wonderful October OA releases just makes this time of year that much better 🙂

Lena Goldfinch’s Haunting Joy: a ghostly little story – Releases October 20, 2013

165_4161A dark, twisty tale of sorcery, tummy-tingling romance, and adventure, inspired by the folklore of New Zealand’s Māori people.

Joy’s grandmother gives her a thrift store dress…a dress with a little supernatural history. A dress that’s a little more than she expected.
I never believed in ghosts.
Until it happened to me.

“…the white dress was no longer heaped in a haphazard pile on the seat. It was laid out all nice and 165_4161neat, straps up over the back cushion and the skirt splayed out over the seat. The two matching flip flops sat side-by-side in front of the chair, toes pointed toward me. Like there was an empty girl sitting there, in an empty dress, with her empty flip flops, looking right at me.”

And this one has a special edition cover – look at how beautiful!

 

 

Christine Fonseca’s Quiet Kids released today from Prufrock Press 🙂 If you have an introverted child, this is the book to get!

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The Obsidian Pebble by Rhys A. Jones – #1 of the Artefact quintet – a MG Science Fantasy Coming Oct 29th from Spencer Hill Press

Obsidian Pebble front cover_120Oz Chambers lives in a haunted house. His mother wants to move, but Oz believes that the old place is too full of mystery to leave. When he and his friends hear ghostly footsteps, they decide to investigate the house’s eerie reputation. But what Oz hasn’t bargained for is that he’s not alone in his quest and that solving Penwurt’s puzzles will uncover a murky secret, and the chilling realisation that nothing is quite what it seems.

 

 

 

Jennifer Allis Provost has a free short story releasing this month from Spencer Hill Press – A Raven in Queen Maeve’s Court

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Kelly Hashway also has a free short story from Spencer Hill Press, Curse of Death. You can read it HERE 😀Curse of Death cover

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Our topic for this month is.”What scares you?”

I can’t wait to see how our authors spin this one 😀