Jess Michaels began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella to Red Sage Press, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published (or has contracted to publish by the end of 2013) 37 novels and novellas under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.
In 2011, she and her husband moved to Tucson, AZ. There she enjoys hiking in the beautiful desert, spending time with her nephews, designing jewelry (which you can buy here), reading and spending time with her awesome husband and cats.
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Little Books All in a Row
Hi everyone and thanks to Danielle for having me back once again! It’s always fun to visit here. Today I wanted to talk about something a lot of authors (including me) do. Series! Okay, can I just say how much I love a series? Lisa Kleypas Seasons? Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons? Yeah, too awesome. I love books that follow a certain family or group of friends. But why do we do that as authors?
Well, first because it’s fun! Secondary characters are already a kick to write. When you already know for sure that they are going to be characters in subsequent books it makes it even more interesting. And once they’ve been hero/heroine in another book, revisiting them is just as fun for the author as it is for the reader. I like peeking in and making sure everyone is happy still (spoiler for HER PERFECT MATCH, everyone is still happy).
Secondly, it makes the storytelling a little richer. In some ways every book in the Mistress Matchmaker series is Vivien’s story. We meet her in AN INTRODUCTION TO PLEASURE and she seems so cool and collected to Lysandra, who is very innocent. I wanted the reader to be intrigued by her, like her, but not be sure about her.
In FOR DESIRE ALONE, her relationship with Mariah is different. They’re best friends, so her character goes deeper and we start to see the little cracks. She becomes a friend to the reader, too and hopefully everyone started rooting for her even as they rooted for John and Mariah.
By the time I got to HER PERFECT MATCH, I felt like I had made Vivien as ready as she could be to welcome Benedict back into her life and battle for her future both as a woman and as a lover. By building her throughout the entire series, I hope you readers are as invested in that battle as I am.
Writing a series can be a challenge. Carrying over the characters, making sure all the threads get pulled from Book 1 to Book 3, is something that requires planning. But in the end, it’s so worth it from a writing perspective.
Do you love series? Have a favorite?
She will do anything for him…except surrender.
Vivien Manning, the notorious Mistress Matchmaker, is tired. Tired of the parties, tired of the lovers, tired of being her. So she decides to leave London behind once and for all and start a whole new life.
But before she goes, she must tie up some loose ends, and makes a list that includes a man she’s never been fully able to let go—Benedict Greystone.
Benedict was broken when Vivien broke off their affair years ago. When she comes back into his life...and his bed…he isn't certain of anything except the power of their desire.
But as Vivien moves closer to disappearing forever, both of them begin to question if the past can be overcome and if love might be the one loose end that cannot be neatly tied up.
Warning: This book contains scenes of a powerful woman, unafraid of her sexuality, trying to find her way in the world. There is a brief scene of a threesome M/F/M and then one woman falling madly in love with one man. Proceed with caution, a fan and tissues.
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