Michelle Miles, Romance Author

.@MySexySaturday #MSS160 #MySexySaturday – September 24

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Welcome to #MSS160 where we’re putting sexy into Saturday! This week is from my new release, IN THE TOWER OF THE WIZARD KING!

She could admit she never had a steady boyfriend because no one measured up to Sean. And the worst part was she didn’t even know why. All she knew was she wanted to belong to him.

“Aoife?”

“Yes?”

“I’m going to kiss you now.”

Her pulse fluttered and heat pounded through her the moment his mouth landed on hers. His lips, so soft, caressed hers. His tongue, so wet, tasted hers. Fireworks exploded. Confetti tossed. Balloons released. Every nerve-ending stood up and cheered. It was everything she ever imagined and more. It was everything she ever dreamed and more. It was everything she ever wanted and more.

As his mouth moved over hers, it was slow and thoughtful as he took his time. As though they had all the time in the world. His tongue parted her lips once again in a soul-touching stroke, causing the pit of her stomach to churn in a wild swirl. It was a kiss to assuage her aching soul.

And when he raised his mouth from hers, she yearned for him to kiss her again.

Blurb:

IntheToweroftheWizardKingIn the Age of Wizards, Time is a commodity more valuable than gold. When Aoife (EE-fa) stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic, it calls to her with an ancient magic. Inside she finds a stairway leading into darkness and cannot resist stepping onto that first stair. It leads her to dark truths her mother never wanted her to uncover and love so powerful she walks through time to save it.

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.

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Top 5 Images that Inspired #WizardKing

Ever wondered where I found inspiration for IN THE TOWER OF THE WIZARD KING? Today, I’m going to show you! This story found me, latched on to me and wouldn’t let go. I’m a fan of Pinterest so when I started writing this book, I created a board for inspiration.

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One of the things that inspired me the most was pictures of gardens. I’m not sure why—gardens don’t play a huge role in the story but something about them captivated me. When I saw this image, I knew I had to include a hedge maze in the story somewhere!

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One of the items featured heavily in the story is the Time Sphere. What is a Time Sphere you ask? It’s a magical—dangerous!—object that allows time travel to the past or the future. I was inspired by this photo to bring the Time Sphere to life in the story.

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In one part of the story, the heroine, Aoife (EE-fa), discovers an old steamer trunk in the attic. When she opens it, there’s a portal to Faery inside. I imaged it would look something like this.

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The Ivory Wood features heavily in the story too as the place where the Time Sphere can be found. I searched for specific images that made me think of Ivory Wood. When I stumbled across this photo, I knew it was perfect.

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And, lastly, the title is In the Tower of the Wizard King, so naturally I needed a tower for inspiration. I love searching through stock photos. It’s a great procrastination tactic when the story is stalled. 😉 I used this as my inspiration for the Wizard King’s tower.

5-towersIf you want to see more inspirational images for the book, check out my Pinterest board. I’ve also cast my characters. You can find that here. I hope you check it out!

Release Day of #WizardKing is Here!

IntheToweroftheWizardKingSo excited! The book is officially out today! Grab your copy now!

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In the Age of Wizards, Time is a commodity more valuable than gold. When Aoife (EE-fa) stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic, it calls to her with an ancient magic. Inside she finds a stairway leading into darkness and cannot resist stepping onto that first stair. It leads her to dark truths her mother never wanted her to uncover and love so powerful she walks through time to save it.

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.

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Your Handy Pronunciation Guide to #WizardKing

IntheToweroftheWizardKingRelease day is almost here (tomorrow!) and I’m quite excited about the prospect. I can’t wait for this to hit readers’ hands!

I realize I use a lot of strange names (Celtic origin) so to help with that, I’ve provided you this handy pronunciation guide. See how much I love my readers? I don’t want you NOT reading the book because Aoife’s name is so hard to figure out. Plus this is a hand little guide to all the people and places of the land. Now without further ado, here’s the guide to all things Wizard King.

PEOPLE:
Aoife (EE-fa) Burke
Sean (SHAWN) O’Connell
Fiona (FEE-o-nuh) – Aoife’s mother
Niall (NEE-ull) – the “Wizard King” and ruler of Illyia
Deaglan (deck-LAN) – Niall’s father
Cian (KEE-an) – Ruler of Anatolia
Sunnie – Aoife’s half-sister
Liam Burke – Aoife’s step-father
Caleb O’Brien – Sean’s partner
Queen Siobhan (shiv-AWN) – Queen of Anatolia
King Ardan – King of Anatolia
Hugh – Fiona’s father
Bryant – Deputy Director of the Inter-dimensional Portal Protection Agency
Einin (a-NEEN) – Fiona’s mother
Winnie – Fiona’s handmaiden

PLACES:
Anatolia, Cian’s kingdom
Illyria, Niall’s kingdom
Cliffs of Mhothair (MO-air) – where the Towers of Illyria are located
Lambridge Castle – home of Prince Cian
Brookdale – Human realm, where Aoife hails from

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In the Tower of the Wizard King #TuesdayTeaser 5

IntheToweroftheWizardKingIt’s release week! Can’t believe it’s here already and I’m super excited to have the book finally out. Here is today’s final teaser to whet your appetite!

If you want to learn more about the book, I’m blogging over at The Romance Studio today! Click here.

There’s also an except posted here!

EXCERPT:

His pupils expanded and his eyes turned black, a shadow of rage creasing his features and changing him from handsome to frightening. Her hand landed on her dagger as she whipped it out as quickly as he gave the signal to his men to charge her. She flung the dagger at the first one on her left. It hit him square in the chest. He staggered backward, his hand clasping around the hilt.

The other three had drawn their swords but she was much faster than they could even hope to be. It was something she had taught herself over the years—a way to control her magic and fuel her body with it. She had discovered, quite by accident, she could speed up her movements which certainly came in handy when faced by three royal guards who meant business.

In a second, she had the bow in her hand and an arrow nocked against it. She fired the first round then reloaded. She killed the third guard. One more and the fourth one was dead at her feet. She nocked another arrow and this time pointed it at Niall, holding the string taut.

Niall hadn’t even moved from his position.

He stood ten feet from her, rigid and at attention and a gamine grin on his face. He applauded slowly, clapping his hands together in mock appreciation. Yet she could see a hint of alarm flicker across his features.

“Impressive, my dear. Wherever did you learn that?”

“Wouldn’t you like to know?” She couldn’t keep the snappish tone out of her voice.

She had learned much in the years since leaving Faery. She had taught herself the ways of magic, the magic Deaglan, may he rest in peace, had begun to teach her. She wondered how powerful she would be had he continued to teach her.

“I would, actually.” He held up his hands in surrender. “Put down the bow and arrow, dearie, will you?”

The rage storming through her caught her by surprise.

“Don’t ever call me that again.” Deaglan had called her that. Niall wasn’t fit to use the same term of endearment. “You will return to your tower and leave me be.”

“Will I?” A pale brow quirked upward toward his hairline.

“Aye, you will.” She’d yet to lower the bow.

“Wherever you’re headed, I will find you. We have unfinished business, you and I,” he said.

“I agree we have unfinished business. But not here.” Not in this time anyway. She didn’t want to give away where she intended to go.

“Then where?”

She didn’t have an answer. She didn’t want to answer. She remained where she was, weapon at the ready and pointing at his heart. Her muscles started to quake and she knew she couldn’t keep up the façade much longer. One of them had to relent. But, by the gods, it would not be her first.

Niall dropped his hands and walked toward her. She couldn’t help but notice he still walked with that catlike grace.

“Stop,” she growled and pulled the arrow tighter.

“You won’t hurt me, Fiona. You can’t hurt me.”

“I mean it. Stop.”

He was in front of her now, at the end of her arrow. Daring her. “Go ahead. Shoot me. Put me out of my misery because I am tired of feeling as though my heart is missing.”

Ouch. She hadn’t expected that at all. What was he saying? That he missed her? That he truly loved her? She didn’t believe him. She couldn’t believe him. He was nothing to her. He was her enemy and he had to be destroyed.

She hadn’t even realized she had tears in her eyes when she lowered the weapon, releasing the arrow and holding it at her side. Niall moved closer, standing only a breath away from her. His eyes lowered, his lips parted, his breathing was irregular. For a wild moment she was certain he intended to kiss her.

He could kill her as easily. He could grab her, throw her to the ground and do to her what Cian did. When his hand came up toward her face, she flinched, jerked back. Confusion creased his brow as she quickly stepped away.

“Don’t touch me.” Her words were an icy whisper.

His eyes blazed with fire, regret, anger. “I didn’t know how I would feel when I saw you again, Fiona. I didn’t expect to want you again. I wanted you to suffer for leaving me. For making me search for you all these long years.”

Her heart rammed against her breastbone, a sudden burn of more tears in the backs of her eyes. By the gods, Deaglan had been right. Niall was in love with her yet he was still unable to say the words, for whatever reason. He turned and walked away, still with that fluid elegance. Anxiety spurted through her as she watched him walking away from her in defeat.

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