Michelle Miles, Romance Author

#TuesdayTeaser: A Knight to Remember

KnighttoRemember,AHow about a sexy Tuesday Teaser of the forthcoming release, A Knight to Remember, Book 3 in the Realm of Honor Series? This is Maeve’s and Henry’s story and it’s oh-so-hot. Enjoy!

“Where were you going?” he demanded.

“I needed some air.”

“You’re not leaving these walls without me. It’s too dangerous.”

“You’re wounded and I’ll be fine.” She could still see the outline of his bandage under his tunic. The last thing she wanted was to reinjure him. He needed to recover and heal.

“You’re not leaving without me. Is that clear?”

“But you need your rest.”

“I’ve rested enough.” He shoved open the door and stepped inside.

She took one step then two backward. “Henry, you—”

“Want you. That is if you’re sober enough for me yet.” He kicked the door closed. His eyes raked boldly over her.

Maeve stiffened as the heat of desire warmed her. He was serious despite the imbecile she’d made of herself the night before. He still wanted her and she still wanted him. Her nerve-endings tingled and her body responded in a way she hadn’t felt in far too long.

“You intend to—”

“Kiss you. Seduce you. Make love to you.” He advanced toward her, closing the gap between them. She could feel the warmth of him radiating from him and around her, delighting her.

Could she allow this to happen? Could she give in to her passion, her need, her desire and be with Henry? She looked him over. His jaw had a determined set to it as he clenched it and she could see the yearning simmering under the surface of his eyes. The want, the need, the craving.

“Henry, I’m not sure we should do—”

“Screw that. You think I don’t know why you brought me here? We’re alone in this place, Maeve. No one can interrupt us here.” His hand slid around her waist and he gently pulled her to him. “I think deep down you wanted to be alone with me. You want this as much as I do.”

It had never crossed her mind until he’d put it that way. Her determination to have Henry with her stemmed from his gallant efforts to keep her safe at the palace. But mayhap deep down she did want him all to herself. She wanted to be isolated from others with him. Hearing the truth was a hard pill to swallow.

“I know under that icy exterior lies the heart of a sensual woman dying to claw her way out. I was with you when you were drunk. I know your true feelings for me.” His lips brushed hers.

Her heart pounded so hard she thought it would pump out of her chest. What had she said to him? Oh, gods. She remembered all of it now.

I want you. I want your hands and your mouth on me. All over me. Touching. Kissing.

He refused her. He was a man who would never take advantage of a woman when she was inebriated. She flushed, the tingling sensation sweeping up the back of her neck and across her face. But at the same time, her body ached for his touch. How had he managed to unlock her heart and soul in so short a time? He’d seen right past her frosty façade. It hadn’t deterred him. If anything, it encouraged him. As though she were a challenge he needed to conquer.

Her sober admission was she did want him. Despite the fact he was mayhap human. She’d grown suspicious when they made their way through the Sacred Forest and when Conn warned her he was not what he appeared. All Fae could see the spirit. Henry could not. She’d tried to suppress her feelings and make them go away. But try as she might they wouldn’t. They persisted. She could no longer deny them.

Still. She wouldn’t give in to him that easily.

“No more games.” A gentle demand and he meant it. Her body quivered in anticipation. He’d stoked a gently growing fire within her from embers to inferno.

“I don’t want to make your injury worse.” Her voice was but a faint whisper.

That wasn’t what she’d meant to say. She’d meant to tell him to go away. Go back to his room. To fend him off. But the fire within her burned deep and hot.

“You won’t.” To prove it to her, he stripped off his tunic and tossed it aside.

Her knees nearly buckled at the sight of his broad chest sprinkled with a dusting of hair. The bandage dominated most of his upper body but it was still a glorious upper body. One she wanted to run her hands over. To feel the curve of his muscles under her palms. To be crushed under his embrace.

“Undress for me.”

A demanding request. No one had ever dared speak to her like that. She’d been with men who would placate her, follow her lead, do as she commanded even between the sheets.

Not Henry. He was in charge and he knew it.

“Do it or I rip it off you.”

The very thought of that sent a delicious shimmer through her. She tilted her head and teased him. “Would you do that to your queen?”

His face softened as one eyebrow rose and a smile played at the corners of his mouth. “I’d rather my queen undress for me of her own volition.”

Stuff and Things I Did This Weekend

The husband kidnapped me on Saturday for a day trip. It was great! We were headed to Fredericksburg on a quest for bluebonnets (our state flower) and had a few stops along the way. One of them for PIE in Hico.

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It was delicious! Then we went to the chocolate shop across the street and the hubby splurged on chocolate. I got a new coffee mug.

Then we continued on down the road and I had to stop and take this picture of this abandoned RV park with a stage. For someone, it sparked the imagination and all I could think about was what it must have looked like in its heyday.

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We finally made it to Fredericksburg late in the afternoon but were so tired, we ended up heading right back out. On the outskirts of town, we stopped for a wine tasting at a local vineyard and came home with three bottles of wine. What can I say? I love my wine.

wine tastingAfterward, we stopped for dinner in Marble Falls and stuffed ourselves silly. We still hadn’t see fields of bluebonnets until the husband took a wrong turn and TADA! We found some!
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Cover Reveal: A Knight Like No Other

Well this is exciting. As I slowly get my rights back on my Realm of Honor series, I’m able to get them ready for a re-release. I’m really happy to show off this latest cover for Book 4, A Knight Like No Other. This is the romance of Sir Drake, a human knight, and Allanna, an Elven princess.

Here’s the blurb:

By order of the king, Princess Allanna is betrothed to Lord-Regent Marath, an Elven noble with an evil agenda who’s manipulated his way into the king’s favor. Marrying him will be a fate worse than death, especially when Allanna’s heart belongs to the sexy and irresistible Sir Drake Attenborough–the human knight who is her true soul mate. Though it pains her, she flees her family to be with Drake, running away from everything she knows to be with him.

Enraged at her defiance, Marath invokes dark magic and summons a Fomorian mage to kidnap and kill Allanna. Frightened and alone, she unwittingly falls into the hands of the mage assassin. With her life in hanging in the balance, a mortally wounded Sir Drake will sacrifice everything to save her. But will it be enough to keep from falling prey to Marath’s evil plans?

Release date coming soon!

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Fun with #AdultColoringBooks

IMG_5494Really short post here today cuz I’m on deadline. For Christmas, the husband got me some adult coloring books. I had no idea I would love them as much as I do. He also bought me some Prismacolor pencils and they are the bomb.

One of the things I love most about coloring is that it seems to be a de-stresser. I find I can focus on doing this for a couple of hours at a time and really get into it. This is something I started a couple of weeks ago and did a lot of it while listening to the Oscars.

I may have thought adult coloring books were pretty silly at first, but I stand corrected. They’re actually pretty fun.

Worldbuilding With Maps #writing

IMG_5495I posted on Facebook a while back about how much I love maps. Not only are they great for research purposes, but I also love to stare at them for hours on end and imagine all the possibilities. I’ve been a map nerd pretty much all my life.

On a recent bookstore visit, I purchased a couple of maps for my current WIP, which is set in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. I find I’m particularly fond of Knopf Mapguides with the fold out maps because you get a really good bird’s eye view of the city itself. Plus they have it sectioned off by areas so it makes it super handy when working in a small grid like I am. AND it’s small enough to fit into my purse so I carry it everywhere.

The really cool thing about the Knopf Mapguides is it lists “best of” places from restaurants to hotels to entertainment, as well as transportation for the city. There’s even an index of streets, monuments and places to visit in the back.

The highlighted box is the boundary of my world for this novel (and subsequent novels if there are any *wink*). And even though this isn’t my usual sort of worldbuilding where I build everything from the ground up, there is still some worldbuilding involved because I have to know where my people live, work and play. And sometimes have sex. *grin*

What I love about doing this is I can pinpoint exact areas and notate them on the map. I don’t know if you can see it, but I do have two places notated in pencil of where a major part of the story takes place as well as a secondary character’s home (which I’m thinking will come in handy for book two if there IS a book two and I’m thinking there probably will be. Ha).

For me, setting is one of the most crucial pieces I need to have in place before I start writing. Or at the very least shortly after I start writing. Deciding where to put the story is just as important as deciding who my characters are because oftentimes the setting itself can become a character, especially with a city like New York.

When I know my setting, I build the story around it and use things within that setting to create the type of world I need for the story. For instance, I wanted a grittier world for this story so it’s set in a nightclub in the middle of Hell’s Kitchen. It was fun doing research for clubs in that area of the city to see what I could model mine after (and mine is completely fictitious). It was also fun to think of the types of people who would populate this world and how they would interact with each other, where they lived and why.

I’ve used this technique before on my as-yet-unpublished urban fantasy which is largely set in Hong Kong. I purchased a Knofp Mapguide of Hong Kong and it became invaluable to me as I wrote the story and figured out how my main character navigated the city.

But I don’t just love maps for research purposes. I love them for other purposes, too. Like planning a vacation! When the husband and I traveled to the Black Hills one summer, we studied roadmaps to plan our route to and from. He navigated us there and I got us home and no, I didn’t get us lost. Even though we took two different routes through Nebraska and Kansas, they looked the same—lots of corn and hay. *grin*

What about you? Do you love maps?