It's a Dog, Dog, Dog (and Writing) World #Pets
When I first started writing Tempting Passion (the sequel to Tempting Fate), I knew nothing about dogs other than what I’d observed while visiting friends and relatives who owned them. I hadn’t been around them much growing up because of allergies, which were severe enough to send me to the emergency room as a toddler.
So when I met my husband, owner of not just a dog, but an immense mastiff named Zeus, it was questionable whether or not I could be near him without suffering a reaction. Seven dogs later, let’s suffice it to say I can tolerate being around dogs – and even live with them.
Tempting Passion, which I began writing long before I met my husband, has a dog as one of the main characters, albeit a much smaller one – an English springer spaniel named Zeno. At least, I consider Zeno a main character. You’ll see why after reading the book. Needing him in key scenes, but knowing very little about dogs, I had critique partners read some of the early chapters. They helped me with typical behaviors and habits. I based the rest of his doggy deeds on what I’d observed during my life.
Fast forward 20 years and seven dogs later. I dusted off the manuscript for Tempting Passion after Tempting Fate sold to Soul Mate Publishing. I must say, I was rather impressed by Zeno’s scenes. I depicted him as a dog quite accurately from what I’d learned over the years. And I’d learned from the best in our dog, dog, dog, world: Zeus the father figure, Loki the goofy lab, and Bera, my Akita with her gentle spirit. She was a loving ball of fluff and comforted me whenever I was feeling down. They were great companions, each filling a void in my life I didn’t know was there.
While they’ve all crossed the bridge now, along with Marley, a rescue bloodhound, we are once again a dog, dog, dog world with Raven, a rescue lab/bloodhound mix, Belde, our bloodhound, and Juno, our Akita rescue. These three each contribute to my creativity in different ways. Raven, old and arthritic, teaches me patience. Belde, who needed a total hip replacement at ten months old, reminds me that life is a gift. And Juno? Well, she reminds me every day to stop and have fun. When I feel the stress of the day, she brings me her favorite ball for a game of fetch. Once we’re done, I can return to my writing revived.
They are all under foot, much as Zeno is in Tempting Passion. If we’re in the living room, they’re in the living room. If we’re in the kitchen, they’re in the kitchen. And when I write, they are at my feet, waiting for me to take a break and let them outside to chase squirrels, dig in the yard, or do those things dogs do outside. They are my respite from a long shift at my desk. But more than that, they are my reminder to enjoy life. They comfort me when I’m sad. They make me laugh when I’m moody. They even try my patience when I’m busy. But above all, they love me unconditionally.
And that is exactly the sort of love I want my hero and heroine to find by the end of the story.
Tempting Passion is just such a story. It tells the tale of Alanna’s brother, Marcus Clayton, Earl of Norbourne. When we last saw him at the end of Tempting Fate, he had it all – wealth, position, women. Then one day, his world comes crashing down around him because he gives into his passions. As a result, he turns to Stoicism and renounces all passion and pleasures of the human flesh.
Christel has lived life with passion, despite her atypical upbringing. Her father, a Waterloo veteran, raised and taught her as best he could as a surrogate governess. When he dies, any stability Christel knows vanishes. Her mother despises her. Her sister is too self-centered to care. So when they devise a plan to trap the Earl of Norbourne into an unwanted marriage, Christel is determined to stop them. Even if it means ruining her own reputation.
Tempting Passion is slated for release later this year – no definite date yet. But you can keep in touch with the links below. Meanwhile, meet Marcus in Tempting Fate.
When Lady Alanna Clayton discovers her fiancé’s infidelity, she stuns Society and breaks off their engagement. Her reputation in ruins, she devotes her time to improving the lives of orphans at the workhouse. When Alanna realizes the children’s futures are in danger, she vows to save them from early death, even if it means having to kidnap them.
Abandoning his responsibility to his station for a career in the cavalry, Lieutenant-Colonel Kellen Harrington, Marquess of Aldwich, fled a life of abuse for a life of war. A dire summons brings him back to London and the estate he swore to never set foot on again.
Bonded by an old secret, fate reunites Alanna and Kellen in order to keep another. Deceit, blackmail, and revenge challenge their every step as they navigate the dark alleys of London. And traverse the corners of their hearts.
Can Alanna tempt fate and save Kellen from his biggest danger—himself?
Next Book: Tempting Passion - Release date moved from April to Aug or Sep 2018.
After years of working in the Health Information Management field, Michelle became a stay-at-home mom to raise two adorable daughters and took advantage of her time at home to pursue a life-long passion—writing.
While attending a romance writing workshop at a local library, Michelle was hooked. She cracked open the research books, turned on the computer, and started cranking out historical romances.
In her early efforts, she was an RWA Golden Heart finalist and winner/finalist in many RWA sponsored contests.
After ending one marriage, seeing her daughters through college, opening her own business, and finally happily marrying her soul mate, she opened those old computer files and did some serious editing. She signed her first publishing contract with Soul Mate Publishing more than twenty years after writing it. Perseverance does pay off!
Michelle lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and their three insane pups. Their two-legged children have all moved on to their own homes and careers. By day, she runs a professional organizing business, a virtual assistant business, and a research web site. Her favorite clients are authors!
By night, she writes. She self-published "Researching the British Historical: The Victorian Era," "101 Organizing Tips for Writers," "I’m Moving!! Now What?" and co-authored "Nine Journeys: Stories of Women Who Found Their Own Paths to Success."
For more information about Michelle and her endeavors, visit her web site at: www.michellejeanmarie.com.