Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Foray into Indie Publishing/W*n a #Book Today! #Amwriting #Kindle #Nook #Indieauthors

Alisha: Please welcome the very talented Michelle Miles to my blog today! I'm thrilled to have her here today!

Michelle: Hello! Alisha was kind enough to ask me over to her blog today so I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about why I decided to go into indie publishing.

When I first started writing many years ago, I wanted a NY pub. I wanted to be with TOR, specifically (still do). But I was so green. I had no idea what I was doing. And writing fantasy? PSHAW. I couldn’t figure out how to world build to save my life. But all that comes with experience. And the more I wrote the more experience I gained.

Fast forward to last year. I’d been tinkering with the idea of self-pubbing some things. Specifically books on which I had the rights back. Mostly that was a waiting game on the publisher. I’d gotten the rights back on one book but was still waiting for the other two. In the meantime, I wrote and submitted a little paranormal romance to my current editor. She rejected it. I revised it. She rejected it again.

So then it came to decision time. Do I continue to submit it? OR do I go out on a limb and publish it myself? I decided I’d give indie a chance. What could it hurt right? It felt the right time to do it for me. I’d seen my friends do it successfully. One of my other pals was giving me a push into the indie direction. Since I had this book rejected and I’d wanted to write and publish a trilogy of novellas, I decided to take the plunge.

The Guardians of Atlantis was born. I came up with a mad scientist who wanted to kidnap human females and mix human DNA with Atlantean DNA. And, naturally, our heroes can’t allow this experiment to happen.

Sabre (Tempting Eden – Available Now). Strong, sexy and serious. He’s no-nonsense. He is chosen as the one to lead the Guardians when his general is arrested for treason. When he refuses to help the lead geneticist and the president of Atlantis in this quest to kidnap women, the life of his sister is threatened. He has no choice but to cooperate. When he meets Eden and can hear her every erotic thought, it’s enough to touch her to ecstasies she’s never before experienced. But it quickly changes to something more and something deeper. He intends to keep her for himself…no matter the price.

Lucian (Seducing Eve – Available Now). Quick-witted and fiercely protective. He meets Eve in the lab and is immediately taken by her. He admires her strength of will to break free of her bonds in Atlantis. When the two are thrown together, becoming fugitives, Lucian finds he can’t stop his heart from ruling his mind. He’s enamored with Eve as she is with him. She agrees to team up to help save the women from the lab.

Raven (Ravishing Helene – Coming Soon). A man of very few words. He’s all action and no talk. He prefers to shoot now and ask questions later. When Sabre’s sister, Helene, is captured and held hostage by the scientists, Raven is sent to retrieve her. It should be a simple job—get in, get the girl, get out. But nothing goes as planned. Rescuing Helene turns into a battle of wills—she wants to go topside and she wants him to take her. And she’ll do whatever it takes to get her way—even seduce him.

I’m really excited about this series. It has a little of everything—action, adventure, romance, good guys, bad guys, strong women. It’s been a lot of fun to write.
I guess you could say I’m a “mixed bag” author. I do some myself as well as write for smaller presses. I still want the bigger houses, too. It’s something I haven’t given up on yet. Whichever way I go, though, I enjoy the process every step of the way. It’s a lot of work but I know in the end, it will all be worth it.

Today I’m doing a giveaway. I’ll give one copy away each of Tempting Eden and Seducing Eve in whichever format preferred.

To enter, just leave a comment and tell me what’s on your summer reading list. Inquiring minds want to know!

About Michelle:
Michelle Miles is the award-winning author of fast-paced, fun-filled paranormal, fantasy and contemporary romances. She is the author of the Ellora’s Cave epic fantasy romance series, Realm of Honor which includes her latest book, Only for a Knight, the second in the series set in the Celtic Otherworld.

Currently, she is writing and publishing her erotic paranormal series, Guardians of Atlantis, about the sexy men of Atlantis and the women who love them. She is also the author of the Coffee House Chronicles, a contemporary romance series set in and around a coffee house, as well as an action-adventure series The Adventures of Ransom and Fortune. She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, PAN Liaison of the Dallas Area Romance Authors chapter and member of the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter. Her work has placed in the highly-acclaimed Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and the Stroke of Midnight Contest sponsored by the Passionate Ink chapter. She is also a contributor of the charity paranormal anthology, Entangled, which has donated over $10,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Where to buy TEMPTING EDEN:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | All Romance eBooks

Where to buy SEDUCING EVE:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | All Romance eBooks

Where to find Michelle:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Pinterest | Plotting Princesses


Cathy McElhaney said...

These books sound interesting! What is on my reading list this summer? Umm well, probably not much as these 4 energetic little ones probably wont let me do much! Ha ha! I do have some on my kindle that I haven't read, plus The real Downton Abbey to read!
Thank you Alisha, for introducing me to one more talented author!

Michelle Miles said...

Thanks for coming by, Cathy! And since you left a comment, email me at michelle(at)michellemiles(dot)net and know which book you'd like and what format :)

Christina Carson said...

Welcome to the indie world, Michelle. A woman of your talent and determination will just make us all look better.