Michelle Miles, Romance Author

.#TuesdayTeaser: Epic Fantasy, Anyone?

IntheToweroftheWizardKingI’m nearing the completion of edits on the Wizard King book and I’m super excited. I really think you’ll like this book, my friends! It’s full of magic, romance, portals, wizards, bad guys, good guys and lots of secrets!

Here’s the blurb:

Her magic is dormant.

When Aoife Burke rushes home after the unexpected death of her father, she discovers her mother has vanished amidst inexplicable circumstances. She returns to her childhood home to search for clues of her mother’s whereabouts but another shock awaits her. Sean O’Connell, the object of her girlhood crush, has purchased the family home. She senses Sean is hiding something from her, refuses to let her inside and does everything he can to keep her out. A determined Aoife breaks inside and stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic. When she opens it, instead of the normal musty clothes and ancient letters, she finds a stairway leading into darkness. It calls to her and she cannot resist stepping into the trunk and onto that first stair where it leads her to magical truths her mother never wanted her to discover.

His magic is dangerous.

Sean O’Connell has been assigned by the Inter-dimensional Portal Protection Agency to keep Aoife and her mother out of Faery. But when she breaks into the house and disappears through the portal in the trunk—like her mother—he has no choice but to follow her, even though stepping into Faery will force him to face his past. Keeping her safe and out of the hands of the Wizard King also becomes a fight to save Aoife’s life from her own mother, who has discovered a time portal in Faery leading her back in time to alter her past mistakes, putting Aoife’s life in peril. Sean is willing to do anything to make sure she’s safe. Even if it means he has to tap into his dangerous magic to do it.

And now for your Teaser! Here are the opening lines of the book!

Present Day in the Human Realm

An incessant buzzing pulled Aoife Burke out of a dreamy, heavenly sleep. Her hand fumbled on the nightstand trying to silence the thing when a pillow crashed against her face, jarring her from half-asleep to fully awake. She’d been dreaming of wasps humming around her head and was rather relieved to be awake and not being attacked by wasps.

“Make that phone stop already,” her dorm roommate growled. “It’s been going crazy for the last ten minutes.”

Still groggy and trying to wipe the sleep from her eyes, Aoife dropped the pillow to the floor and yanked the cell phone off the charger as it stopped buzzing. When the small screen lit up, she had four missed calls. All from her mother.

Her mother never called her so to have four missed calls meant something terrible had happened.

She snapped to a sitting position, her fingers fumbling on the screen as she tried to get to the missed calls screen when it started to buzz again. She swiped the screen and answered.

“Mom?”

“Aoife, there you are at last. I’ve called to let you know that your father passed away.” Fiona’s even tone held no emotion whatsoever.

Aoife blinked, a sudden sickness piercing through her gut as her hand tightened on the phone. She hiccupped a breath and forced her mind to remember to inhale, exhale. “What do you mean he passed away? He’s dead?”

Instant regret and guilt poured through her. She’d skipped going home for Christmas three months prior because she couldn’t stand the thought of her mother giving her a frosty reception. When Aoife turned thirteen, her relationship with Fiona underwent a drastic change, something Aoife had never understood.

“Yes, I’m sorry. He’s gone.” Aoife detected a soft quiver in Fiona’s voice as she answered.

Her parents marriage had been rocky for a while, too, but Aoife naively thought despite all that they would always be together. Tears pooled in Aoife’s eyes as she clutched the phone and gulped in air, desperate for breath. Her roommate, Jenna, moved to perch on the edge of the bed, putting a comforting arm around her shoulders.

“I’m sorry to have to break the news to you this way, but there’s no time, really.” Fiona sniffed so quiet Aoife almost missed it. “Your sister is in Shanghai filming a movie but I called to let her know. I thought you needed to know, too.”

“Mom, wait—”

“I have to go before it’s too late.”

“Too late for what? Mom!”

But the line went dead.

Tips on Being a Good Author

A few days ago Artists 0007I received an email from someone I don’t know pimping her new self-published book. This irritated me beyond irritation because that tells me this author (a) likely lifted my email address from a listserv I participate on through one of my chapters which is NOT cool, (b) signed me up for her newsletter list with no way to unsubscribe, and (c) sent me an email pimping her new mystery and, if she knew me personally, she would know I don’t read mystery.

Please don’t do this. I marked it as SPAM in my email. Plus if you’re lifting people’s email addresses to pimp your book hoping to get sales, all you stand to do is really hack off those people. This is akin to adding people uninvited to your personal Facebook groups. I think this bothers me about as much as receiving emails from strangers asking me to buy/review their books.

We all want to sell our books and hawk our wares, but the key is to do it in the right way. Starting out is harder than anything and finding your niche audience even harder. Sending random emails to people is only going to ensure those people who you’ve now irritated will not buy your books.

So here are some suggestions on how to properly market your book:

1. Social media, of course, but sparingly. It’s a fine line to walk on too much promo because you risk annoying people to death with your BUY MY BOOK links. No one wants to see your book cover twelve times a day in their Facebook feed.

2. Blog tours. Don’t tell me blogs are dead because if they really were, then blog tours would be dead, too. There are plenty of blog tour places where you can get a review AND pimp your book. Yes, you will likely have to pay for them, but it’s a business expense. Write it off on your taxes. Here’s some places you can try: Goddess Fish, Enchanted Book Promotions, Bewitching Book Tours.

3. Submit your book for reviews to review sites. Find the appropriate review sites for your genre and submit there. Make sure you follow their request guidelines. Do your homework and make sure you submit with the proper amount of lead time. Fresh Fiction, RT Book Review, Night Owl Reviews, The Romance Studio are good places to start.

4. Start your newsletter list and ask people to sign up. Never, ever sign people up without their permission. It’s just bad form. And on that same topic, never share their email address with anyone else. Not even your bestie. Also bad form. Share exclusive content with your subscribers and give away free stuff to them and them only. Make ’em feel special.

5. Buy ads. There are plenty of places that sell ads but my favorite place is The Romance Studio. When they have ad sales, they do it right. Look for the deals where you can get 5 ads for the price of one. You can bank them and use them later and they never expire. Also join as a member and you can promote to your heart’s content.

6. Do a giveaway. If your book is in print, you can do a giveaway on Goodreads. You can also do a giveaway on Library Thing and even in your newsletter, on your Facebook page, etc.

And that’s all I can think of for now. Are you an author and have some tips for getting your name out there? I’d love for you to share them here.

Cover Reveal: A Knight Like No Other

Guess what’s coming this September? The fourth re-release in the Realm of Honor Series. And I have a beautiful new cover to show off!

I’m excited these books have new covers and are getting a second chance out in the wild. Here’s the blurb:

Will the knight of Princess Allanna’s heart be able to save her from a dark lord’s evil plan?

By the king’s order, Princess Allanna is betrothed to Lord-Regent Marath, an Elven noble with an evil agenda who’s manipulated his way into royal favor. Marrying him will be a fate worse than death, especially when Allanna yearns for the sexy and irresistible English knight, Sir Drake—the knight who holds her heart and a knight she is forbidden to love. She flees her family to be with him, giving up everything she knows.

Enraged at her defiance, Marath summons a mage to kidnap and kill Allanna. Drake, determined to protect the woman he loves, will stop at nothing to see her safe. Their desire for one another burns hot and nothing can keep the two lovers apart. Nothing but Marath’s evil plan to do away with the Fae and separate Drake and Allanna forever.

KnightLikeNoOther,A