Thanks very much to Jonel for having me on her blog! I often get asked how I came to be in the Love Least Expected anthology, so here's the short version of how it happened.
Earlier this year, the fabulous group of authors I'm fortunate enough to be involved with (Coffee Talk Writers) starting tossing around the idea of producing an anthology to get some of our yet-unpublished authors' names out there, give the published ladies another title under their belt, and put a little money into the group's petty cash. The discussions grew and evolved, and we decided to invite some other equally fabulous authors that we loved and admired to join us. Luckily for us Merry, Kris, and Katie said yes, and we were on our way.
It's been a daunting but amazing six months from that initial idea to the finished product, especially for someone who hasn't been through the publishing process before. I don't think I would have survived without the support of the anthology ladies, and I definitely wouldn't have been published this year if it wasn't for the Coffee Talk ladies inviting me into the fold more than a year ago. If there was one piece of advice I could give to other aspiring authors, it would be to join writing groups and communities, talk to other authors, connect with like-minded people for support, brainstorming, beta reading, etc, and always be willing to learn from them. This is a lonely, isolating, disappointing, soul-crushing industry, and as the saying goes, it's dangerous to go Solo - take a Wookiee with you :-)
My main writing Wookies (or Lovely Ladies as I'm sure they'd rather be called :-) ) came from the online writing hub, Scribophile, as did almost all the other authors I now call friends. And looking at where we are now, specifically in terms of the anthology, I'm endlessly grateful to them for catching me when I stepped out of my comfort zone and supporting me ever since.
Michaela Miles writes. By day she is a mild-mannered copywriter and web designer, but by night she is consumed by the characters in her head and writes to set them free.
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Author: : Meredith Bond, Aubrey Wynne, Valerie Twombly, Kris Calvert, Katie Stephens, Nessie Strange, Kishan Paul, Isabella Harper, Michaela Miles
Published: February 3/15 by Valerie Twombly
Back Cover Blurb:
Under The Mango Tree: (Historical Romance) ~ by Meredith Bond
Lakshmi is a good 18th c. Indian girl who should not be hiding among the branches of the mango tree avoiding her chores. She truly should not be seen by a man who is not a member of her family--an Englishman, no less. And she absolutely should not even contemplate speaking with this man. But Lakshmi has never been one to follow the rules.
Rolf's Quest: (Historical Romance) ~ by Aubrey Wynne
Time is running out for the royal wizard of Henry II. Rolf's quest: find genuine love and lift the enchantment that has imprisoned his ancestor, Merlin, for centuries. Now he must win Melissa's heart without the use of magic. She desires him, but will she defy her family and refuse her betrothed? Or will Rolf be doomed to a life of bitterness like his ancestors before him.
Fall Into Darkness: (Paranormal Romance) ~ by Valerie Twombly
Eli, bounty hunter for the Tribunal, is sentenced to earth to find his humanity. But when temptation is thrown in the angel's path in the form of the soft curvy Ashley, he is unable to resist. Fate may bring them together, but desire could bond them for eternity
Alphabetical Disorder: (Fantasy Romance) ~ by Katie Stephens
When a trick horseback rider gets caught up in a dangerous prophecy that jeopardizes the circus, she believes she can solve the problem by dating alphabetically. Now all she has to do is figure out how to manipulate her flawed interpretation so she can be with the man she loves.
Roses Are Wrong, Violets Taboo: (Southern Romance) ~ by Kris Calvert
When Alexander Chase Tabeau and Rose Westwood meet by chance, neither planned on stumbling into the best night of their life. But timing is everything and fate has a cruel sense of humor. With love on the line and nothing to lose, will one night together change their destiny forever?
Love's Not Viral: (Contemporary Romance) ~ by Nessie Strange
When a crazed Hollywood star puts Aster Sanderson in the media crosshairs, her home becomes a prison. With her life out of control, the last person she expects to rescue her is her captor's brother, James. Is their attraction a result of circumstance...or could it be something more?
Taking The Plunge: (Contemporary Romance) ~ by Kishan Paul
When Pete, Eve's high school crush, shows up in her life, she pepper sprays him. Despite her efforts to push him away, Pete finds himself drawn to the red haired beauty. When logic and emotion don't agree, which path should she follow?
The Trouble With Never: (Southern Romance) ~ by Isabella Harper
When Summer and Caleb run into each other after a long absence, sparks fly. Her painful past makes it hard for her to open up, but he's more than willing to help. He's loved her most of their lives. Can she learn to love and trust him, or will her fears push him away?
Keep Calm And Eat Chocolate: (Contemporary Romance) ~ by Michaela Miles
When institution residents Elle and Chris meet, their personalities clash. During a quiet moment in the garden together, secrets are shared and a bond is formed. Will their connection be their downfall or lead to the fresh start they deserve?
This anthology is a collection of new beginnings. This was a great introduction to a variety of new to me authors. I had a great time getting to know each of them.