Monday, 5 January 2009

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT - Michelle M. Pillow

Michelle M Pillow, Author of All Things Romance, is a multi-published, award winning author writing in many romance fiction genres including futuristic, paranormal, historical, contemporary, fantasy and dark paranormal. She was the winner of the 2006 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, nominated for the 2007 RT Award, a Brava Novella Contest Finalist and a PAN member of RWA.
She co-hosts a weekly radio talk show, Raven Radio, which was recently mentioned in Romantic Times BOOK reviews Magazine..
Readers and Listeners can contact her through her website

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Here are a sample of just a few of her books.

King of the Unblessed
The choice is simple: go with him or die.
Realm Immortal, Book One

Blurb: Merrick, dark elfin King of Valdis, had once been heir to all that was good—happiness and pleasure his domain. Now, trapped as the ruler of mischief, king of necessary evil, he stands on a precipice of choice. On one side, his estranged brother, now ruler of what should have been Merrick’s and, on the other, King Lucien of the Damned. Both would sway him. Damnation is winning.
Lady Juliana of Bellemare is from a human family, protected by the Blessed, coveted by the Damned. Betrothed to an old friend of her father’s, Juliana is resigned to living out her days close to her childhood home, longing for an adventure, never dreaming she’d get what she wished for. When her fiancĂ© is murdered and the children of Bellemare are stolen, Juliana is sent on a quest in a strange realm where appearances are deceiving.
Merrick brings more adventure and passion than any woman could want. Can she withstand the temptations of the Unblessed king? The spell she weaves over him is more than he can resist and, desperate to be the one to rule her, Merrick offers her a choice; either come with him until he tires of her…or die.

Faery Queen

It is ill-advised to incur the wrath of a faery, but it is most foolish to do so of a faery queen…
Realm Immortal, Book Two

Blurb: Queen Tania of the Faeries is tired of waiting for Hugh, the Earl of Bellemare, to come back to her. A year has passed since his commitments pulled him from her side and she’s begun to suspect he never intended to return. Disheartened, the queen’s mood darkens until she finds she has no choice but to teach the earl a lesson he will never forget—that no human should dare lie to a faery queen.
Hugh’s hatred of the magical world is well known and he wishes to live out the rest of his life in the mortal realm, doing his noble duty. Too bad his heart hasn’t caught up to his head. Thoughts of a tenaciously seductive queen haunt him, even as he knows the woman only wanted him as a plaything for her bed. But it would seem he can’t run far enough, for the teasing nymph won’t back down and Hugh finds himself at the mercy of a vengeful faery.
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"Those who are hardy and brave will applaud this tale of love." - RT Magazine
"We could all use a little bit of Euphoria now and again. ...Michelle M. Pillow is pure magic." Sensual Reads
"5 Stars! Pillow has created a complex world and a heartbreaking love story filled with friction, angst, and deep love.” - Jennifer, CK2S Reviews
Stone Queen

To gain the only thing he truly wants, he’ll have to risk everything.
Realm Immortal, Book Three

Blurb: Juliana, newly appointed Queen of the Unblessed, has realized there is a bit more to her position than she first thought. Sure, it has its perks: a sinfully sexy husband who is also a king, growing powers and a magical life that’s never boring, but the drawbacks are considerable. To save her kingdom from war, Juliana accepts assistance from a witch. But when her reality turns upside down, she realizes she’s been betrayed.
For a brief time, Merrick knew happiness, as much happiness as the king of necessary evil could ever feel. Juliana has become the light in his darkness. Though he can never tell his wife he loves her—or risk upsetting the balance of both the mortal and immortal realms—the words are understood between them. Or so he thought. When she falls prey to a wayward spell, becoming encased in stone, he knows he’ll have to risk everything to gain the only thing he truly wants.
Talons: Seize the Hunter

Futuristic Romance

Blurb: Princess Ari of the planet Falconia knows it’s her time to marry and has picked out several suitable men in her mind—none of which is Falcoan Army Commander, Rurik of the Fifth. The man tormented her as a child, causing her untold humiliations. But there is really no need to worry about such a match. Shifters cannot rule and Rurik is a natural born falcon shifter.
Trusting destiny, Ari sips from the Marriage Chalice, sealing her future. But things don’t go as planned. It would seem fate is giving her to the one man she despises. How can she find happiness with the one man she could never want for her very own?

"5 Roses! Seize the Hunter is a hot and steamy read. Michelle Pillow writes a wonderful story that draws you in from the beginning. You felt like you were there experiencing the story." Wildrain, Sensual Reads, 2008

"Ms. Pillow has crafted unforgettable characters and an intriguing plot in Seize the Hunter. I was instantly drawn into their world of Falconia and mesmerized by the winged creatures. If you’re looking for a great fantasy romance you should not pass up Seize the Hunter."
Klarissa, Joyfully Reviewed, Dec 2006

Lilith Enraptured
A Divinity Warrior book set in the Divinity Universe.

Blurb: Sorin of Firewall lives in a land forever at war. In fact, the Starian men are so busy fighting, their marriage ceremony has been reduced to a “will of the gods” event where they simply pick a woman out of a lineup and claim her as a wife. With women becoming scarce, it’s necessary to trade the offworld Divinity Corporation for brides. Duty-bound to attend the ceremony, he has no intention of picking a bride, let alone one from another dimension. That is, until he sees Lilith, the bewitching woman sent by the gods to reward—or punish?—him.

Lilith, a data analyst for Divinity, is betrayed by the Corporation and wakes up in a primitive, uncharted dimension filled with warriors who only know war and duty. But her initial fears of becoming a sex slave to a big beefy knight become all too real when a warrior of god-like proportions claims she’s his new woman. As Lilith discovers, there are worse fates than being the focus of Soren’s skillful and earthy seduction.

By Michelle M Pillow & Mandy M Roth
Paranormal Romance
Release: Jan 23, 2009

Part of the Pleasure Cruise World…

Blurb: A tropical island that’s seen better days. A downed plane. A marooned boat. And two gorgeous supernaturals who’ll stop at nothing to claim their mates.
Jurgen wants Annette in the worst—or best—way, and he intends to make her his. Finding a way to get off the island can wait until he’s shown her all the pleasures to be found with a shapeshifter mate who’ll stop at nothing to ensure she’s his—forever.
Keoni thinks all his fantasies have come true when a half-naked Christy flounders in the water beside his boat. Being unexpectedly marooned on a sinking island in the middle of nowhere gives him the perfect opportunity to get down and dirty with the sexy lady of his dreams.

Red Light Specialists
By Mandy M. Roth , Michelle M. PillowFuturistic Romance

Blurb: Three sexy secret agents. Three sexy missions.Bianca, Sonja and Trinity were given a choice—become RLS-69 special agents or continue to serve out their prison sentences at the Restigatio Women's Correctional Facility. Trained to complete their mission by any means necessary, these women aren't afraid to pull out all the stops. With their freedom on the line, they'll do whatever it takes to get the job done. From combat to seduction, their targets won't know what hit them until it is way too late. There's only one problem…their handsome targets have a few secret weapons of their own.

Reviews: "5 STARS! This collection is full of beautiful woman, handsome men with unusual abilities, and subplots that connect the stories together. The women make use of their seduction training as well as their fighting abilities and give them just the right amount of action. A large dollop of humor is added to the mix to make this collection one of the best I have read in a long time. I hope the authors will continue to write more adventures for these women. I want to know what happens next." Candy, eCataRomance reviews

"5 HEARTS! I love both of these authors and when they collaborate, they are even better.... The love scenes are extremely hot, and the characters very well developed. The authors also leave plenty of room for sequels. I can't wait to read them." Maura Frankman, The Romance Studio, July 2005

"5 STARS! Red Light Specialists is wonderful, I loved this book! From start to finish I was immersed within the pages... Mandy M. Roth & Michelle M. Pillow have a fan for life in me!" Chantay, Euro-Reviews August 2005

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Taming Him
Paranormal Romance

Blurb: Aliens do not exist.Maggie is a practical woman and practical women don't believe in aliens. But when a sexy alien kidnaps her and brings her to his spaceship, her world is shaken. When he tells her she's meant to be his wife and that she's going to spend her days being pleasured by him, she finds she's ready to believe—and do—almost anything to be his.

"5 STARS! Michelle M. Pillow has unlocked the secret to what makes a story soar to great heights. Her imaginativeness has no confines when it comes to creating characters and storyline. She has the capability to pull the reader right into the book. Taming Him is a towering quest with a twist of suspense and just enough adventure to keep the reader wondering what the next page will hold." Sime~Gen Reviews

"alien abduction has never been more fun and sexy" Gracie McKeever, PNR Reviews

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Naughty Cupid: Cupid’s Enchantment
Paranormal Historical Romance

Blurb: Contrary to popular belief, Cupid is not a cute little cherub. And he’ll take revenge on any who say differently. Just ask Ilar, Commander of the Lycaon guard…Lady Rhiannon’s beauty is distracting suitors from her older sister and ruining her chances at marriage, so her father has her locked her away in a tower. Believing she is going crazy from the isolation, Rhiannon hears a frightful voice. The next thing she knows, she's waken up in a strange forest pursued by mythical wolf men. And, worst of all, their leader is taking her home with him.Ilar is irritated to discover an enchanted female—a human, their ancient hunters—disrupting his Lycan Guards. One sniff of this mortal’s enchantment and the men go insane, trying to kill each for her hand. Only in making her his lover can the spell be broken. Ilar has no choice but to claim the female for his own. But who knows what will happen when Cupid’s Enchantment is broken.

Reviews: "I highly recommend Cupid's Enchantment to lovers of magic, passion and love, I truly enjoyed it from first page to last." In the Library Reviews June 2006 "4 Angels! Cupid’s Enchantment proved very entertaining with the twist on Cupid’s role in the love department. I often found myself laughing out loud at his antics. The love scenes between Rhiannon and Ilar set these pages on fire, even when nothing more than kissing transpired. Ms. Pillow has a penchant for writing steamy episodes that will keep the reader coming back for more." Fallen Angels Review

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Space Lords: Frost Maiden
Futuristic Romance

Blurb: Empath and space pirate, Evan Cormier is obsessed with decoding an ominous premonition about his future. When a fellow crewman angered a spirit, the vengeful Zhang An took her wrath out on everyone in the vicinity. Evan just happened to be one of them. He’s now facing a future in which he’ll be forever alone.
Lady Josselyn of the House of Craven has been betrayed. With her home world on a Florencian moon under attack and her family dead, she finds herself at the mercy of the one who deceived them. There is only one thing left to do—die with honor. But before she can join her family in the afterlife, she must first avenge all that she held dear. Falling in love with a pirate was never in the plan. Evan and his thieving crewmates might have delayed her fate, but they can’t stop destiny.

Reviews: "5 CUPS! Frost Maiden is wonderfully well written, and the story pulls at your heart strings in every way imaginable. I cannot wait to read more stories by this author, and hope that her next installment of Space Lords is not too far off." - Lee Ann, Coffeetime Romances, March 2008

Lords of the Var: The Bound Prince
Futuristic Romance

Coverart by Natalie Winters

About the Lords of the Var Series:

The Var Princes were raised by a hard man who put no stock in love—especially love with one woman. Bred to never take a life mate, these men will do everything in their power to live up to the dead King Attor’s expectations and never fall in love.
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A simple mistake…Captain Samantha Dorsey and her crew are on a mission, a mission to complete a Galactic Scavenger Hunt and claim the prize money. Flying about space for a year collecting their items, they only have one thing left to get--a primitive wild beast.

Drunk and feeling like some fun, Sam and her crew fly to Qurilixen to finish their collection by snagging a white tiger. Only the next morning, severely hung over, Captain Sam realizes that they got more beast than they bargained for. They kidnapped a warrior Prince.A royal destiny…Prince Falke, Commander of the Var Armies, is a man raised to fight. Out of all the Var Princes, he alone must be the hardest. When the beautifully frustrating female Captain kidnaps him, no one knows where to come looking. Now it's up to Falke to use all his training, and powers of seduction, to find his way back home.

Reviews: Nominated for the 2007 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award!
5 ANGEL! RECOMMENDED READ! Fallen Angel Reviews"4 1/2 STARS! Fun, emotional and full of wonderful characters." RT Magazine, April 2007
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Maiden and the Monster
Historical Romance

Blurb: Vladamir of Kessen, Duke of Lakeshire Castle, is feared as a demon in the land of Wessex. The Kings have granted him a title of nobility in exchange for his part as a political prisoner. Discontent, he bides his time in his new home until war will once again rip through the land. But boredom soon turns to devious pleasure as the daughter of his most hated enemy is left for dead at his castle gate. Now the monster bides his time plotting revenge.Lady Eden of Hawks' Nest doesn't know what to think of the man who saved her life, but she can't wrench her thoughts away. His words are those of a tyrant, true to his vicious reputation, but his touch is that of a man, stirring passion and lust when there should only be fear. It would seem the infamous monster is not as monstrous as he appears.

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2007 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award WINNER!

"5 Angels! Maiden and the Monster is one of the best medieval romances I have ever read."- FAR

"4 1/2 STARS! This is a perfect blend of history, emotion, tension, hot sex and fascinating and sympathetic characters, and the writing is superb. Pillow chooses magical details to set the scene, and they add to both the history and the emotion." Page Traynor, RT Bookclub Magazine

"I was so entranced by Maiden and the Monster I couldn’t put it down. It’s intense, and full of emotion... powerful and moving, ...Maiden and the Monster is a keeper!" Nannette, Joyfully Reviewed
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Book: Call of the Lycan
A 3 ebook Print Collection
Book Includes the stories: Planetary Passions - Call of the Sea

Part of the Call of the Lycan series.

Blurb: Ian O'Connell, heir prince to his clan, has no plans to settle down even though his untamed nature keeps him on the prowl for female company. The only woman he could ever want saved him from a watery grave before disappearing from his life forever. But that was a long time ago, too long for a mortal woman to have survived. Though he searched for her, in the end it was in vain.Cursed by the power of the Cancerian crab, Ceana is doomed to spend her eternity in the ocean as a mermaid. Her only relief is on a full moon, when she becomes human and must find shore. Centuries have passed and she's all but given up on the one who could save her. Brief passion is all she has and she's willing to take what she can get—especially if it's with an intriguing lycan who's untamed nature just might be her salvation.

Call of the Lycan - Call of the Untamed

Book 2 in the Call of the Lycan series.

Blurb: Roark O'Connell is a lycan on the prowl. For what, he's not always sure. His job within the clan keeps him moving around and boredom often sets in. It's boredom that causes him to make a bet with his brother James to hire an etiquette coach. Expecting an old schoolmarm type, he's blown away to discover the sexiest woman he's ever laid eyes on. The prim and proper Natasha might be there to tame his untamed ways, but he's just the man to fulfill her wildest, most erotic dreams.

Call of the Lycan - Call of Temptation

Book 3 in the Call of the Lycan series.

Blurb: James O'Connell lives simply, except for the whole hunting-werewolves part. As one of the three lycan princes of the O'Connell clan, it's his duty to enforce the lycan law. When a member of their clan begins killing humans, he's sent to bring the rogue wolf in.Claudia Hughes lives an ordinary life as a computer software analyst. Her mother and grandmother had psychic intuition, but hers is severely underdeveloped. Taking a solitary vacation, she trusts where instinct leads her and ends up at the end of some crazy woman's fangs. She's led into a surreal world where lycans exist and her life is in constant jeopardy. Passion and lust for the man who saves her should be the least of her worries, but her sexual attraction to James is just too strong to fight.

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