Thursday, December 19, 2013

Interview with CM Michaels, author of Dangerous Waters ~ giveaway too

C.M Michaels grew up in a small town in northern Michigan as the youngest child of a close-knit family of seven. He met his wife, Teresa, while attending Saginaw Valley State University. Together they’ve provided a loving home for several four-legged “kids”, including Sophie, their eternally young at heart, hopelessly spoiled Spaniel.

He has always enjoyed writing, and still has fond memories of reading his first book, a children’s novella, to local grade schools when he was 14. Dangerous Waters, the first book in the Sisters in Blood series, is being published by Freya’s Bower on September 5th, 2013. C.M. is currently working on the second book in the Sisters in Blood series along with a Fantasy romance.

When he’s not writing, C.M. can be found curled up with a good book, watching movies or hitting the hiking trails with his wife. An avid reader since discovering Jim Kjelgaard novels in early childhood, his favorite authors include Kelley Armstrong, Peter V. Brett, Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, Cassandra Claire, J.R. Ward, Laini Taylor and Tessa Dawn. C.M. currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

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 I have an interview to share with you! :-)

Who would you most like to be stranded on a desert island with? Least? Why?

Most would hands down be my wife, as we would turn it into the sandy beach vacation we are long overdue for (our last trip to Florida was back in 1995). Least would be Rush Limbaugh. After five minutes of listening to his idiotic nonsense I’d be swimming for the nearest continent.

First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.

Jim kjelgaard’s Big Red. He was a gifted children’s author, and his entire series of books featuring dogs are still among my favorites.

If you could only eat one food the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza for sure. Sometimes I feel like we are already living that hypothetical scenario as we order it twice or three times a week. I couldn’t imagine eating any other food that often. Mmmmm! One of my favorites too!

If you were a shifter, what animal would you like to be?

I’d go for something more exotic like a Were-Bear. Could you image being able to turn into a grizzly bear at will? Sign me up! ;-) I like the way you think!

Favorite season? Why?

My favorite season has always been the fall. Our family gets together to hunt each November, football season returns and it kicks off the entire Holiday season. Halloween through New Years is the best.

Best movie ever made?

Dances with Wolves. There is so much I love about the film, from the amazing settings to the Oscar worthy acting. In my mind it was Kevin Costner’s greatest role. Very few movies make me feel so many different emotions even after watching them multiple times. In the book I draw a parallel between the movie (which is also Emily’s favorite) and what Emily experiences in her own life that I think explains a lot about her character.

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For Emily Waters, a nature-loving, small-town girl with an overprotective father, heading off to Boston University to study conservation biology is a dream come true—until a chance encounter catapults her into a mythical world she’d do anything to escape.

The latest victim in a rash of abductions near campus, Emily is brutally attacked before being rescued by a powerful new friend. She survives the ordeal, only to find herself held captive and presented with an impossible choice. While preparing for the unimaginable life she must now embrace clues soon emerge that Emily may not be entirely human, and her physical transformation awakens goddess-like powers that her new family cannot begin to explain. Dealing with her human first love, the not-so-platonic relationship with her coven “sister,” and her new vampire sort-of-boyfriend further complicates matters, not to mention being secretly hunted by the psychopaths who attacked her. And as the only known offspring of a once all-powerful race, the climactic battle is only the beginning of her journey.


Emily meets Daniel excerpt

I quit watching him and let myself enjoy the feeling that dancing always gave me. A couple of songs had passed before we were close together again. I couldn’t believe he was the same guy. Daniel blended in perfectly with everyone else on the floor and looked like he’d been club dancing for years. When the song ended we made our way over to an empty table.

“I can’t believe how much fun that was!” he shouted.

“I’ve never seen someone pick it up so fast. You’re a natural!”

“Yeah, right—more like you’re a hell of a teacher.”

“Thanks, Daniel.” The affectionate, almost star struck look in his eyes reminded me of what Ruby had said. If I didn’t want to hurt him, I couldn’t afford to wait any longer. But like the true blue coward I was, rather than taking the plunge, I chose to study a particularly interesting piece of lint on the floor.

“What’s wrong?”

“I need to ask you something that is going to sound really bizarre.”

“Okay…” Fear of where this might be headed had him gathering his legs underneath him like a coiled up house cat preparing to leap out of danger.

After a long pause I met his gaze. “You can sleep with me tonight if you want to.”

“Jesus, Brooke, we—”

“Please let me finish,” I interrupted. “I’m a virgin, which I can’t exactly fake, so I’ve obviously never done anything like this before. If you say yes, I’ll expect you to make love to me, and all I can offer you is tonight—it’s your choice.”

“Why only tonight?” The disappointment and sadness in his words was palpable.

“I wish I could explain, but I’m afraid it’s extremely complicated. Part of saying yes is agreeing not to ask questions I can’t answer.”

We sat in silence for a few uncomfortable seconds before he reached out and took my hand, gripping it like he could make my question disappear if he only squeezed hard enough. “I’m a virgin too. I get my ass ridden constantly for it but I’m not ashamed—I sure as hell didn’t come here expecting to go home with someone tonight. I get the feeling that you did, and I just happened to be the guy you picked."

Daniel pressed his forehead against the palm of his free hand and closed his eyes. "Damn it! I really like you, Brooke, but I gotta know why you’re so desperate to lose your virginity tonight, and why you can’t have a relationship with the person you give it to. If you can’t or won’t answer those questions, then I’ll have to say no.”

The stinging pain of rejection filled my chest as I pulled my hand away. How could it hurt this bad to be turned down by someone I just met? Did I really like him that much already? Trying to salvage what little pride I had left, I stood up and turned to leave, tears streaming down my cheeks.

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I think this book sounds good. If it wasn't for the possibility of F/F action which the blurb hints at, I'd probably try it. You all know that I just do not like that kind of thing so I haven't read it. :-(  

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  1. Sa&me feeling as you.... you didn't ask the author to be sure of it just in case to know if we definitively must abandon it or if it's just the blurb hint something false?

    anyway i loved the interview and the kind of were and favourite film question ( and answers^^)

    1. It was a great interview, wasn't it? :-)

      No, I didn't get a chance to ask him. as you know the computer has not been kind to me lately. :-(

    2. ^^ thankfully he heard us and answered you now^^ that's the magic of comments

  2. Thank you for hosting me today. In response to the F/F questions, the relationship that develops between her and her coven "sister" is far more emotional than physical and ties into the central themes of the book. The sexually intimate scenes overall make up an extremely small portion of the book. I thought I would share kind of an insider's view of the book to help explain the central theme:

    The story takes you inside a coven of female vampires, letting you get to know each of them intimately rather than just focusing on the protagonist and her love interests. And unlike most of the books in the vampire genre, there is no popping open a can of O- or feeding on animals. People die. The challenge I took on as an author is to make the reader fall in love with my characters in spite of what they must do to survive. There are magical elements that come into play, and events that unfold that none of the main characters can explain, which is a fresh change of pace from the “supernatural creatures educate the human protagonist” mold.

    Speaking of the protagonist, Emily led a sheltered life growing up, being raised in a small, rural town with an overprotective father. She bears emotional scars from losing her mother at a young age but hides them well. She’s attending Boston University to study conservation biology, and dreams of making a difference in the fight against global warming. She was quite the tennis phenom in high school, and loves to dance, especially to up tempo techno music. Emily is extremely open-minded, and displays an almost detached objectivity in her thinking. She’s the type of person who wouldn’t blame you for keying her car if she discovered that your god-awful, two timing ex drove the same model and that you’d keyed the wrong car by mistake. She gives her heart freely, is selfless to a fault, and would do anything for those that she loves. Rest assured, her love life is as messed up and complicated as fans of the genre would expect it to be, but the story is about so much more than that.

    At its heart Dangerous Waters is a story of self discovery, overcoming challenges, and embracing the fact that life can take us in totally unexpected directions. We all have hidden abilities inside of us that will never surface if we are too afraid to explore and try new things.

    1. thank you so much for taking the time to come and to explain, i'm sure it will help a lot of us!

    2. You are welcome.Thank you for taking the time to comment! That does help immensely. :D Now I'll have to add it to the tbr list.

      I said it sounded good, now that I know there's not a lot of female "love", I'm much more confident in reading it!

    3. That is great to hear, Brenda :) I would love to hear what you think after you've read it. You can contact me through my website with the URL below. Merry Christmas!

    4. My pleasure, Miki :) Happy Holidays!!

    5. Will do, and merry christmas to you also! :D

  3. I want to read a werebear story now!


    1. I may have to write one, Vitajex! If I can't be a were-bear in real life I can become one vicariously. The joys of being a writer :)

    2. I'd love read that provided there was a M/F relationship of course.

  4. Wow, sounds like Emily's got her hands full. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway, happy holidays everyone.

  5. Loved the interview! Sounds like a great read :)

    1. Thanks Yeronica :) I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. I had a lot of fun answering the questions. Happy holidays!

  6. Congratulations on the publication of Dangerous Waters! It sounds like a fascinating book. I enjoyed the excerpt and author's descriptive summary.

  7. I also enjoyed reading the interview- fun questions! Also- it's nice to know an author that will take the time to respond to his virtual book tour questions! Thank you!

    1. Thanks Terri :) It's a treat for me to be able to chat with readers about my book. Merry Christmas!

  8. I really like the sound of this book and I love the interview.

  9. This post is very organized and precise. Very informative as well.

  10. This definitely sounds good. And like you I don't do the whole F/F but if its just more emotional then I can live with that.

  11. Liked the sound of this once again the f/f worried me but you have explained that so I'll put it on my list if I win a gift card as I noticed it's about 6.50. So it will be on my wants but only if pile

  12. Great interview and excerpt! I love fall too. :)

  13. I'm seriously very excited to check this one out! Completely my style of books, thank you so much for sharing! ^_^ Happy New Year!

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  14. What I liked about oday's post is that it was very informative