Today, I have fellow eXtasy Books author Lynn Michaels in the interview chair. She’s here to talk about her latest release Hope in a Bottle, book one in the Sacrifice in Glass series, a m/m paranormal romance.
Part One: Lynn Michaels on Writing
1. First, what’s your favourite scene in the book? Not in regards to writing, but reading, and why?
Lynn: The bathtub scene. It’s hot and steamy and full of need.
2. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Lynn: No. I think it plays out nicely.
3. Share a “side story” about the characters.
Lynn: The main character was inspired by a photo I ran across on Facebook. The guy was so exotic looking and mysterious and my mind just grabbed on. He screamed genie in a bottle, and it fit so perfectly.
4. If you could spend time with one character from your book, who would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Lynn: Ev the pirate. He has a lot of layers and this first book didn’t even begin to unravel him. He has secrets and worlds to explore with Kylen. It’s going to be fun.
5. Did the characters hijack the story or did you feel like you had control of your book?
Lynn: About 3/4 in they started hijacking me. Ev and his pirates wanted one thing, Kylen wanted another. And neither were what I’d planned. It worked out though.
6. How did you come up with the title for your book?
Lynn: It started with Kylen and that he’s a genie with amnesia. He wanted to escape his prison, so what better way than with a note in a bottle? But it was more than escape, he was trying to find that little bit of hope he needed to keep going. After that, it was obvious.
7. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the leads?
8. Colin O’Donoghue who plays Hook on Once Upon a Time is totally Ev. Though, I guess that’s type casting… oh, well. Kylen, though…I’d probably have to search for someone new to fill his shoes.
8. If your book was a candle, what scent would it be and why?
Lynn: Ocean breeze – this is all set on the beach and on the pirate ship – has to be ocean breeze.
9. If your book had a theme song, what would it be and why?
Lynn: The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – that song always speaks to me about sacrifice someone willing to do whatever it takes – and that’s both Ev and Kylen and what they do for each other.
10. If your book was a colour, what would it be and why?
Lynn: Blue – everything in this book is shades of blue both literally from sea and sky and glass and figuratively as both characters are dealing with a bit of sorrow.
11. What did you edit out of the book?
Lynn: Hahaha – this one was more about editing more into the book than out of it – but… a bit more about Ev did come out. You’ll have to wait for the next book to get to know him better.
12. What can we expect from you in the future?
Lynn: I have a couple more coming this summer. The last in the seasonal shifters, Summer Heat is due in June. And in July a summer hottie book called Rip Tide which is another paranormal creature – this time a sea nymph. Also…the next Sacrifice in Glass story that well tell more about Ev.
Part Two: All About Lynn Michaels
1. What is something unique/quirky about you?
Lynn: I collect coffee mugs, Boba Fett memorabilia, and unicorn stuff. I’m organized, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the clutter on my desk. I love small things like rocks or seashells or colored rubber bands. I love watching Supercross racing (motorcycles) and have a secret wish to ride dirtbikes.
2. What about your hobbies/interests? Please, share.
Lynn: Reading. Writing. Duh. Also, kayaking and hanging out in my pool.
3. What are some of your pet peeves?
Lynn: Professional media people who make up words or use cliche phrases.
4. Where were you born/grew up at?
Lynn: Born in Germany. I was an Air Force brat. I also spent my high school years there. The rest of my life has been GA and FL, with Florida being the most and best years.
5. Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Lynn: Lost her mind again.
Part Three: Lynn Michaels on Reading
1. What book do you think everyone should read?
Lynn: Anything by Jordan Hawke.
2. What fiction genre(s) do you read the most?
Lynn: MM Romance. Paranormal Adventure.
3. If you could have been the author of any of your fave books that you’ve read, which book would you choose and why?
Lynn: The Shadow Hunter books. I love them. Can’t get enough. The concept is so dynamic, the characters are deep and they move the story, plus plenty of paranormal action.
4. Share your favourite character from a book that you’ve read, and why they are your fave.
Lynn: Not one in particular, but I always go for the underdog. The young, small, scrappy guy who fights back and has unexpected strength.
5. On average, how much do you read every week?
Lynn: Now, I don’t finish a book in a week. I used to read three or four, but I don’t have time now.
Title: Hope in a Bottle
Series: Sacrifice in Glass, Book One
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Author: Lynn Michaels
Heat Rating: 4 out of 5
Book Length: 59 Pages
Publication Date: May 15, 2020
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Magic needs sacrifice, love, and hope.
Blurb: Kylen is the prisoner of a sea-hag who tortures him daily to collect his tears. Desperate for escape, he sends out a message in a bottle.
When a handsome pirate answers his call, he’s captured by the sea-hag, and now Kylen has both their souls to worry about, but the pirate is more than he seems.
Kylen moved closer. His pirate was sprawled out across the floor on a bed of straw. He appeared to be asleep.
“Hey,” Kylen hissed out. “Wake up.” He held his breath, waiting for the pirate to move or speak, anything that would prove he wasn’t dead. “You alive?”
Finally, the man moved, turning over to his side with a small groan.
“Who are you?” the pirate whispered.
“I’m Kylen. Who are you?”
“Eviomah, but you can call me Ev.” Ev sat up then.
Kylen stared at him through the bars. He had a long face with mischievous eyes and those plump lips that Kylen wanted to kiss until the pirate—Ev—was senseless. “Ev…”
Kylen cleared his throat and stuffed down his erotic thoughts. “Why did you come here?”
Ev chuckled and grabbed at his long, dark hair. “I found a note in a bottle. It shined like a beacon and led me here. I had to come. I couldn’t ignore that, could I?”
Guilt rushed over Kylen. He could feel his face heating up. “I-I wrote that.” He wished he hadn’t. “I didn’t think it would get anyone in trouble. I’m sorry.”
“I’m not worried. This isn’t over. Are you really being held against your will?”
Kylen nodded. “I’m stuck here.” He fingered the chains brushing against his cheeks. “Now you are, too.”
“What can you do? A mere human? You shouldn’t have come.”
Ev got up and crossed the space. He gripped the bars on either side of Kylen’s face and lowered himself to look at Kylen, eye-to-eye. Multi-colored flecks danced in a sea of blue, and his breath smelled of salt like the ocean. “My name means young warrior eagle, bringer of storms. I’m not human. I’m a harpy. I understand why you would mistake me for human, though, since I’m so ugly and lost my wings.” He lowered his gaze as if he meant what he’d said and was embarrassed or ashamed.
“What? Ugly?” Kylen’s mouth fell open. This warrior eagle before him was anything but ugly. “How could you say that?”
“Easy. My clan threw me out because I was so hideous, the old biddies could no longer stand to lay eyes me.”
Kylen imagined a large group of ethereal creatures. If they thought Ev was too dreadful to look at, they must be too pristine for Kylen to view. But what good is all that beauty if they would be so cruel? “Is that how you lost your wings?”
“No, they were stolen, but that’s another story. Let’s see if we can get out of here. How were you trapped, anyway?”
Lynn Michaels lives and writes in Tampa, Florida where the sun is hot and the Sangria is cold. When she’s not writing she’s kayaking, hanging with her husband, or reading by the pool. Lynn writes Male/Male romance because she believes everyone deserves a happy ending and the dynamics of male characters can be intriguing, vulnerable, and exciting. She has both contemporary and paranormal titles and has been writing since 2014. Her stories don’t follow any set guidelines or ideas, but come from her heart and contain love in many forms.