Michelle's Pillow Talk
Author Michelle M Pillow's take on important events. *cough* Yeah, that's it.
Friday, March 31, 2006
Lords of the Abyss: The Mighty Hunter ~~ Just Released in Ebook

Just Released in Ebook

Lords of the Abyss: The Mighty Hunter

by Michelle M Pillow

Scientist Bridget Dutton has no time for traditional love. Her heart belongs to her work. Even though taking chemical readings of ocean water isn't her thing, she's willing to put in her time for her chance at exploring the Abyss. When her boat is attacked from below, Bridget's dream just might come true sooner than planned.

Caderyn the Hunter, the sexiest--and perhaps craziest--man she's ever laid eyes may have rescued her from death, but who's going to rescue her from him? With a deliciously hot body and all the right moves, the man is a walking seduction that's too hard to resist. There's only one problem. Caderyn claims they're in the Abyss, living on a cursed island along the deep ocean floor. And, if that wasn't bad enough, he says he's a merman.

Sparks fly. Desires heat. But can Caderyn convince the logical Bridget there's room for more than one love in her heart?

Sensuality: CARNAL

Buy or read more: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/themightyhunter.htm
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Thursday, March 30, 2006
RT TOP PICK Maiden and the Monster, Virgin Books and other Author Updates
I really should have posted about this RT Top Pick (and some of the other great reviews and awards) earlier, but time got away from me. So don't think for a second that I wasn't touched by the honors bestowed upon me by you reviewers and readers.

Update on Cheek Books (Virgin Publishing)

I've been typing like a mad woman to finish up contracts I owe my publishers and I tell ya, it's a great feeling to have gotten so much done! I've finally allowed myself to come up for air. Though, as a writer, busy is good and I can't complain about having work.

I just finished the first draft of Bit by the Bug for Virgin Cheek. It doesn't release until the end of this year and already so many of you have expressed your excitement over it. I'm so happy that you like the previous Cheek books.

Fierce Competition

2005 Cataromance Reviewer Choice Awards

Best Contemporary, Fierce Competition
(Virgin Publishing CHEEK, Chick Lit Erotic)

Opposites Attract

I just got a sneak peek, at the proposed cover for Bit by the Bug, it's a lot different concept than the first two, but I love it. (I'm a cover art enthusiast. Sometimes I think I write books just to get the cover art)

Cheek's genre with it's almost chick lit type feel is a big change from some of my other works. But those of you who follow my career (and I lubs ya for it!!!) know that there isn't a romance genre I won't tackle.

~~~ Okay, so I can't say that I've written a romantic suspense yet, lol. For that I recommend reading Jaycee Clark and her Deadly Series.

Deadly Shadows by Jaycee Clark, Romantic Suspense

Maiden and the Monster
RT BOOKclub Magazine April 2006 Top Pick
My first published straight historical romance (erotic), Maiden and the Monster received a RT BOOKclub Magazine April 2006 Top Pick. I don't see it listed on Amazon yet, but the ebook is available through Ellora's Cave and last I heard it was coming to print June 2006.

"4 1/2 STARS! TOP PICK 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

This is my first top pick, though I did get 4 1/2 stars for the only other book I had reviewed by them (Futuristic Romance) :
The Barbarian Prince: Dragon Lords : Book One
"4 1/2 STARS! Pillow's story is quite a treat. It is all things sexy and passionate, with humor laced throughout and topped off with an ultimately emotional connection.” Leigh Rowling RT Bookclub

Other Updates
Naughty Cupid 3: Cupid's Favor was just turned into the publisher for contracting. And, yes, this is the last book Naughty Cupid in the series. For me, it feels great to have something done. Though, as some of you know, I could change my mind and write more Cupid books. But, as of this moment, the series ends with book 3. (lol, leave me to me delusions)

Planetary Passions: Call of the Sea (July 2006, EC) This book has it all, mermaids,sea witches, lycans, sexy alphas. It's part of EC's zodiac line, Planetary Passions and is the Cancer book for July. I just finished the last round of edits on it (crossing fingers).

Talons: Seize the Hunter. I fished the first draft of this book. It's part of a thing with Samhain. Thing? Did I just type thing? Okay, series/antho thing. Oy, talk about articulate today.

The current project is Galaxy Playmates 4, a short for NCP. After that, I think I'll be working on more futuristics, since readers can't get enough of them.. And I'm so glad, as I love writing them.

Other Honors I should've announced earlier:

Here are just a few of the awards I've gotten. I won't list everything for the sake of space and for fear you'll be bored by reading list after list from me, but I do want the reviewers and readers to know that I appreciate the support. You can see more on my website

All four Dragon Lord Books (futuristic)

The Barbarian Prince
The Perfect Prince
The Dark Prince
The Warrior Prince

are 2005, Bestsellers (all genres) at Fictionwise!
It was a great honor to be on that list with great authors like Dan Brown (The DeVinci Code), George Lucas, Michael Crichton, LKH, Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide)...

CAPA Awards:

2004 CAPA Best New Contemporary

Mountain's Captive

2004 CAPA Best New Erotic Author Nominee

2005 CAPA Best New Fantasy Romance Nominee

Lords of the Var: The Bound Prince (Futuristic Romance)

2005 CAPA Best New Fantasy Romance Nominee

Lords of the Var: The Warrior Prince (Futuristic Romance)

2005 CAPA Best New Fantasy Romance Nominee

Lords of the Var: The Rouge Prince (Futuristic Romance)

2005 CAPA Best Erotic Anthology Nominee

Ghost Cats II (Paranormal Romance)

Recent Fictionwise Ratings

# 1 Bestselling Author Erotic Fictionwise

# 1 Bestselling Author Fictionwise (All Genres)


October 2005 Fallen Angel Review Author of the Month

March, Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec 2005 The Romance Studio Feature-of-the-month

2005 Preditors and Editors Poll Top 20 Author

2004 Golden Rose Nominee

Publisher Topseller

Well over 2 dozen 5 STAR review credits and over a dozen Recommended Reads

2005 - Smooch Award

As always, if you have questions, comments, blog topics you want me to talk about, just email me through my website, www.michellepillow.com


Michelle M Pillow
RT BOOKclub Magazine TOP PICK
"...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..."
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Thursday, March 09, 2006
Epub VS Self Pub (cause I get asked)

Is e-publishing and self-publishing the same? Can you tell me about self-publishing?


You're confusing self-publishing and what many people refer to as e-publishers. I'm not self published, so I can't tell you anything about going through that process. For what I understand, self-pub is hard because you have to put the money up for the book and you get to do ALL the leg work--from distribution, cover art, ect. My pubs take care of a lot of that for me. :)

Is self pub easy?

I wouldn't think so. Again, I've never done it.

To put it bluntly, anyone can pay enough money to have something published, but you're coming out of pocket on it. Whether or not you turn a profit depends solely on you. That is not said to belittle the work self pubbed authors do, it's merely to explain the difference. In self pub you are the author, publisher, distributor, promotions, marketing, publicity, ect. YOU ARE EVERYTHING. You do it all and you pay for it all.

In publishing (whether e or traditional) you don't do it all. The company does a lot of the work.

Unless there is some extremely rare case I haven't heard of yet, pubbed turns a better profit than self-pubbed--unless an author at a publisher has very poor sales for some reason or the self pubbed author is particularly savvy in some special way. There are always exceptions to the rule.


Epublishers like New Concepts Publishing and Ellora's Cave Publishing, are called 'E' because they start books off as Ebooks. But many of their titles go to print and can be found at traditional outlets like Borders and Waldenbooks, Amazon.com, ect. In my experience, there is no difference between writing for a epublisher as opposed to a traditional publisher who puts out print first and ebook later.

I work for both traditional and epubs and they are basically the same as far as what they demand from you. The quality demanded is the same, with variances only in house style. The only difference is the format in which the final product is first presented. And ebooks have faster turn around from conception to being published, as you don't have to wait for the print setup, distribution, ect and can publish more books faster, though the print versions do come along slower (thus the delay between my ebook and print releases of the exact same book in most cases)

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And discover more than you'd probably ever wanted to know about me!
After you verify you're old enough to be there, scroll down and see the big pink letters NEW!!!!! Click the link and you're ready to go!

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Monday, March 06, 2006
April ~ Mark you Calenders!

You’re Invited

To Celebrate New Concepts Publishing’s

10th anniversary in business

The NCP Authors are holding a

10 day extravaganza!


Book Blitz

Beginning Saturday, April 1st (April Fools Day) and ending Monday, April 10th. From 9A.M. to 9 P.M each day, NCP authors will be dropping into the NCP Readers Loop

to chat a bit, post excerpts of their backlist books, offer random prizes to participating readers, and best of all … help you discover some of the treasures you might have missed.

For your convenience, each day will feature a specific category to fit your individual reading preferences.

April 1st Anthologies, Special Collections

April 2nd Contemporary Romance

April 3rd Fantasy and Fantasy Romance

April 4th Historicals: Medieval, Westerns, Regency, and Georgian

April 5th Historicals: Other Time Periods and Unusual Locales

April 6th Love Bites™ Short Stories (Sensual to Carnal), including

Short Story Themes and Holiday Themes

April 7th Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Werewolves and Shifters

April 8th Time Travel

April 9th Thrillers, Mysteries, and Romantic Suspense

April 10th Science Fiction and Futuristic Romance

Feel free to join us each day, on the days featuring your favorite category, or just pop in to read the excerpts at leisure, but don’t miss out on the opportunity not only for prizes, but the opportunity to discover those special books that have been waiting for you to find them.

If you are not already a member of NCP’s reader group, join now and discover what

you’ve been missing.

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Sunday, March 05, 2006
The Futuristic Series FAQ for Michelle M Pillow Books
Due to a large number of emails, I thought it might be helpful to post this. Always feel free to email me if you have questions! I LOVE FAN MAIL! ;) I always try to answer it promptly, but please understand if I can't. :)

The futuristic series are written up until book 10, which was just released. The series name changes, but the books continue on where the others left off. So, the enemy catshifters in Dragon Lords, is the series Lords of the Var. It picks up right where Dragon Lords leaves off.
These books first come out in ebooks, with the print a little slower to follow. This is due to formatting, distribution and other necessities, but rest assured, they are coming. :)

HINT- If you want to hurry things along, feel free to harrass my publisher. Or just email them and tell them how much you love me.
newconcepts @ newconceptspublishing.com (no spaces)
Believe it or not, email them does work. If they see the demand is there, it can sometimes speed up the process.
*ducking for editors throwing things at me for this one*
Here is the current furturistic series releases to date:

Futuristic Series # 1
The Barbarian Prince - In print
The Perfect Prince - In print
The Dark Prince - In print
The Warrior Prince - Coming March -April 2006

Futuristic Series # 2
Continuation of the Dragon Lords Series
The Savage King
The Playful Prince
The Bound Prince
The Rogue Prince
The Pirate Prince

Futuristic Series # 3
Seduction of the Phoenix - (This one was released in both PRINT and EBOOK on March 3, 2006)

Futuristic Series # 4

(These are ebook only, but should release as a collection of stories after 3 more are written--yes, I will get at least 3 more written, lol)
Spin off the Futuristics Series
I keep my website updated so feel free to check there as well:

Here are some helpful links, so you can stay completely up to date :)

To keep updated on what's out in PRINT and what's coming soon to PRINT (I put them up as I get the dates from the publishers): http://www.michellepillow.com/print_books.htm

For a printable list of print books CURRENTLY OUT in print including ISBN #s to help find them easier in bookstores: http://www.michellepillow.com/printable_print_book_list.htm

For a printable list of ALL my titles, including both print and ebooks: http://www.michellepillow.com/printable_all_books_list.htm

For All books seperated by genre: http://www.michellepillow.com/new_page_2.htm

To learn more about the futuristic books: http://www.michellepillow.com/futuristic_romance.htm
For Series Reading Order: http://www.michellepillow.com/reading_order.htm

Let me know if you have any other questions!
Michelle M Pillow
RT BOOKclub Magazine TOP PICK
"...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..."
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RT BOOKclub TOP PICK! Maiden and the Monster


(April 2006 RT BOOKclub Magazine!)

"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

Also from RT BOOKclub Magazine:
Dragon Lords 1: The Barbarian Prince

"4 1/2 STARS! Pillow's story is quite a treat. It is all things sexy and passionate, with humor laced throughout and topped off with an ultimately emotional connection. Leigh Rowling RT Bookclub Magazine


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Friday, March 03, 2006
Zhang Dynasty: Seduction of the Phoenix NOW FOR SALE!
Zhang Dynasty: Seduction of the Phoenix

Michelle M. Pillow

Trade Paperback ISBN 1-58608-777-0
(Note from Publisher: there is a delay in shipping trade paperbacks of this title. We expect to receive our copies around 3/10.)

Buy it now in EBOOK ~ Click on Bookcover!

Prince Zhang Jin is a man raised in honor and tradition, so it is a great surprise when he is compelled to claim a stranger as his bride who has neither. Francesca La Rosa is hardly a match fit for a prince. Though beautiful, she is a thief with one thing on her mind--stealing the sacred Jade Phoenix of his people. But the mystery doesn't end there. With the aid of the spirits of his ancestors he must discover who this woman is, why she would destroy the Zhang Empire and most of all, if she could ever return the love that is growing in his heart.

Part of the New HARMONY™ line, as Seen in Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine, Feb 2006

"Harmony™ line is all about romance and the harmonious blending of races and cultures. These are MULTI-RACIAL romances, not simply interracial romances, and race issues should NOT hang over the storyline like a dark thundercloud. Harmony will bring color and intriguing cultures together so that readers of many backgrounds and races will have characters to fall in love with and identify with....regardless of race, creed, color, or religious background, women are women, the world over, all searching for that special someone to love who will give them love and passion in return." - From NCP Website

Zhang Dynasty:




Michelle M. Pillow

Chapter One

Imperial Palace of the Zhang Dynasty, Honorable City, Muntong Territory, Planet of Lintian

Prince Zhang Jin watched the women bowing before him, one right after another. Their long sleeves trailed over their hands, falling gracefully to the floor. The delicate silk of their traditional gowns only complemented their beauty. White powder hid their complexions, accenting their red painted lips. They were all lovely, each sent from the far reaches of his home planet of Lintian to present themselves in the Hall of Infinite Wisdom located at his home in the Imperial Palace.

“Yang Ping,” the herald announced as another woman stepped forward.

Jin kept his eyes forward as Yang Ping bowed before him. The yellow silk surrounding her added a pleasing light to her face, as the orange glow of the palace torches reflected lightly off her. The torchlight was only to add ambiance to the ceremony and wouldn’t truly be needed until nightfall. Above, the outside sun was reflected in through small holes in the ceiling. They were so tiny and inlaid into the intricate design that it was impossible to see them.

The herald spoke again, but Jin didn’t catch the woman’s name. He bowed as was expected, bored to the point that his mind had gone numb. Absently, he traced the gold statue of a warrior god standing by the entranceway and imagined the life-size bust to be on the verge of attacking the hall. Jin wasn’t one for violence, but the prospect was more entertaining than bowing and smiling.

This was the Qi-zi ceremony and he was to have his pick of the women for his bride--if he so chose. What none of the elders seemed to realize was that he did not wish to be married. Still, he and his brothers were eligible, each year they’d send women for his inspection and each year he’d send them away as unworthy. He’d done it so many times that he was beginning to recognize some of the women from years before, though they wore different makeup and clothing.

At least he wasn’t forced to endure the tradition alone. His brothers stood next to him, each feeling much the same way he did. They did not wish for brides either. Why marry when they could spend their days at leisure in the arms of a concubine? However, according to their father, when the time to take a bride presented itself, they’d be guided by their ancestors and would have an uncontrollable compulsion to claim her at any cost.

“Yu Xiang,” the herald announced the next eligible lady. A woman covered in a long blue gown shuffled forward and bowed respectfully. The four princes nodded their heads in return. She was pretty, but her virtue was indeed in question. Some experience wasn’t necessarily a bad thing in a bride, but the princes knew well Xiang had enough experience to rival that of all the princes combined--a very great feat. Though, looking at her now, she appeared as unsullied as a virgin. That was another thing he didn’t like about the ceremony. How did you really know anything about a woman by watching her bow? Just a look was supposed to capture his interest and make him want to know more? How could that be possible after so many women came before him? Their faces would blur into one and he wouldn’t remember a Shu Fang from Ting.

Xiang batted her eyelashes at them while pursing her lips. Hearing a noise, Jin looked out of the corner of his eye. His oldest brother, Zhang Haun, winked in his direction. Jin tried not to return the insolent look with one of his own, knowing his father, the Emperor of the Muntong Empire, was watching them carefully. Next to Haun stood the youngest prince, Shen, and then their brother Lian. They also had two sisters, Mei and Fen. Mei was off in space with her husband, a foreign prince, but even if she had been home she wouldn’t have been present. The Zhang princesses weren’t forced to endure these ceremonies.

“Jia Wan,” the herald said and Jin tried not to yawn.

Traditional music, passed down for many generations, played over the quiet hall. The sound of the flute mingled with that of the harp. It was beautiful and archaic. It was tradition. Jin knew that without tradition the people would lose all connection to the past. It was important for them as a royal family to rule in accordance with ideals and to honor the old customs. That is why they never protested coming to stand for hours to watch women parade before them. As much as he loathed it, he out of all his siblings was blessed with a powerful understanding and respect for the past.

The Zhang palace was hidden behind great walls in what was known as Honorable City. Aside from when duty demanded it, Jin never left the city. Why would he want to? The city was a fortress. He was comfortable in his home, surrounded by his family and his scrolls. His needs were tended to and every whim fulfilled. On the outside, the palace walls were protected by a thick moat and there were only two known entrances inside--one in front and one in back of the large rectangular complex.

The Hall of Infinite Wisdom was only one building within the palace walls, located in the center. It was the largest structure, set high upon stone to tower over the surrounding courtyard and gardens. Also within the compound were practice halls where the royal family and imperial guards could exercise. There was a hall where they paid homage to their ancestors, a library, archery range, the Exalted Hall used for weddings and special private ceremonies. Barracks for the guards were near the weapons chambers, which were located close to the royal chambers where the Zhang family lived.

“Dong Xia He,” the herald said, as a woman clad in red shuffled forward. Jin took a deep breath, eyeing the long line waiting behind her.

Emperor Zhang and Jin’s mother, the empress, sat in high thrones above the hall. Carved golden dragons coiled around the royal couple. His father had a long mustache that hung down the front of his tunic. They wore matching yellow embroidered silk decorated with Imperial red dragons and ancient symbols. Just like when their people had lived on Earth long ago, red and gold were the colors of royalty, representing fortune and wealth. The emperor’s clothing matched the buildings, all of which had yellow tiled roofs and dark red walls.

“Let go of me, you son of a Lophibian whore!”

Jin perked up at the very feminine cry. The language wasn’t that of Lintian but he understood it well enough. It was a star language, from a culture that long ago shared the planet Earth with his people. When they were growing up, the emperor had demanded that all his children upload language files into their brains. They’d been on a very strict educational schedule for most of their childhood--but that had been decades ago.

“I’ll kick your ass, you tyrannical brute!”

Jin narrowed his eyes, concentrating on what the woman screamed. The translations shouldn’t have been difficult to do, though it had been a long time since he had used them. Was she really screaming insults or were the translations harder than he thought?

“Zhang Jin,” said an authoritative, old voice. The words were soft, carried as if on a gentle breeze.

Jin turned, seeing the transparent figure of his dead grandfather, Zhang Manchu, standing beside him. Instantly, he placed fist to palm and bowed in respect for his ancestor. “Grandfather.”

Tension curled in his gut. What was his grandfather doing here? Now? At this ceremony? Did the bearer of the female voice bring danger with her? He knew he’d much prefer facing a life and death battle than finding a bride.

“Jin?” Haun asked. His brother’s eyes glanced to Jin’s side. Jin knew his brother couldn’t see the spirit. The ancestors only showed themselves to those they wished to guide.

“Grandfather Manchu,” Jin answered. Haun frowned, but nodded once in complete understanding. The commotion grew louder and the sound of a struggle ensued, distracting Jin from his grandfather’s spirit.

“Takes five of you brutes and a blow dart to subdue a little girl like me? Your parents must be so proud! Is this all you got? Huh? Huh! ”

The line of awaiting women parted in a flurry of blue, green and yellow embroidered silk. Their bodies created a pathway to the large gold doors leading from the hall. Five Imperial guards dragged a woman by each of her limbs, the fifth holding her masked head to keep it from thrashing about. Even clad from head to toe in black, it was easy to see by her curves that it was a female--that and the sound of her ungodly curses as she fought their hold.

“Let go of me you, Kaokin scum.” The woman freed an arm and tried to punch the guard holding her head. The man jerked to the side, wrenching her into a strange angle. She didn’t scream at the painful twist of her body as Jin expected she might, but only got madder. “You’ll pay for that.”

Feeling a hand on his shoulder, Jin looked once more at his grandfather. The dead man appeared apologetic, but didn’t take his eyes off the female. Jin turned back to the show.

“What’s the matter? Can’t understand me? Well see if you can’t understand this!” The woman kicked violently, jerking the guards back and forth with her weight. “Cao ni zuxian shi ba dai!”

Everyone in the hall gasped. Jin couldn’t believe the audacity of the woman. To insult a person’s ancestors, let alone eighteen generations of them, was a striking offense indeed. Either she was very brave or very foolish.

With great effort the guards thrust the woman down before the emperor, shoving her to her hands and knees while forcing her head to bow low in submission. A gold feather dart stuck out from her side. Jin knew the men had tried to subdue her with the tranquilizer dart, just acquired less than a decade ago for use in palace security. From the looks of it the dart wasn’t having much of an effect.

The prisoner squirmed, fighting to get free. The guards twisted her arms back, pulling until she cried out in pain. Jin didn’t move, though he stared with interest. His grandfather’s hand tightened on his shoulder until it felt as if his ghostly fingers were dipping beneath his skin, burning into his flesh. He tried to lower his shoulder to stop the feeling, but his grandfather held tight.

“What is the meaning of this?” the emperor asked calmly, eyeing the prisoner. No one made a move to help her and she did not look around as if she wanted to be helped. Jin suppressed a smile. This one was stubborn, maybe foolishly so. He wished he could see her face. He’d like to look at the woman behind the mask.

“It is time, Jin,” his grandfather said.

“Time?” Jin asked confused, prying his eyes from the woman to study the departed man once more.

Everything moved as if in a blur. His grandfather’s fingers dug deeper, holding him in place, even as his fingers slid over Jin’s heart to his throat. Jin froze, unable to move or speak. He opened his mouth to protest but all that came out was a long hiss of air. A chill worked over his entire body, growing like a frost over his throat and shoulder, down his lungs and into his hips and legs. Gasping for breath, he was helpless as his grandfather’s spirit entered into his eyes, crowding his soul as the ancestor took residence inside him. Before he knew what was happening, his body was taken over, jerkily moving with a will outside its own.

“Cease!” His voice commanded harshly, but the words did not come from him. His body moved forward on the platform, out of his control. He tried to pull back to his spot by his brothers, desperately wanting to reach to them, but he no longer had power over his body.

Grandfather! he thought. Tianna! What are you doing?

I told you, Jin. It is time, his grandfather’s voice answered in his head. The man sounded sad, if not a little apologetic.

No, Jin began to protest, but his brother’s harsh voice interrupted the thought.

“Jin?” Haun said quietly from between his teeth. “What are you doing? Come back here!”

Jin desperately wanted to obey. He’d never felt so helpless in his life. Every part of him tried to resist the possession, but his grandfather’s spirit was too powerful for him to resist. The will inside him was strong, but his grandfather’s hold over him was stronger.

A murmur of sound flowed over the hall, rising and falling like a crescendo of music. His body was forced down from the platform and he was moved before his parents. Jin was only a mere mortal and did not possess the knowledge of the spiritual plane. There was no way to fight off the attack, no way to tell the others what was happening to him. The emperor and empress watched him approach, their expressions blank.

Grandfather! Cease at once! I order you!

The faint sound of laughter in his grandfather’s voice was the only answer he received.

“I have chosen,” Jin announced out loud, bowing respectfully to his parents. He looked down at the woman completely covered in black, as his hand lifted to motion to her. Despite his best effort to keep his mouth pressed tightly shut, his lips moved, forming words that filled him with dread and anger. “I have found my bride.”

His parents didn’t move. The hall was still at the declaration. Out of all the children, he was the first to declare marriage. Princess Mei was married, but she’d defied tradition when she took the foreign prince as her husband. They had been joined in space, away from Lintian in some foreign Var ceremony of joining.

Jin struggled to regain control, but it was no use. It was too late. To take it back now would be to dishonor himself and his family. He looked down at the woman, unable to see her face. It was hard to tell anything beyond the fact that she’d been arrested and had what appeared to be a tight little body beneath the black clothing she wore. Jin felt his body stir with passion. The mocking sound of his grandfather’s laughter filled his head once more. Jin wondered if the desire was his own, or that of his possessor. Even as he wondered, he knew. He desired the woman before him. Her mere presence rocked the foundation of his safe, protected world. The danger in her excited him.

The prisoner’s eyes darted up to stare at him. It was possible the declaration had just saved her from death, and she didn’t look at all grateful for the gesture. Her gaze pierced inside him, jolting him with the anger that her eyes held. They were the color of jade, the precious green jade their ancestors had brought with them from Earth. The only pieces that survived were in the Sacred Chamber, protected by Zhang An, his long dead great-grandmother. To even look upon it was an honor.

Is this a sign? Jin asked his grandfather. What does this mean? Her eyes, they….

It is done, his grandfather’s voice interrupted, reminding Jin that he stood in the middle of the palace hall. Jin held tense, ready to reclaim his body. To his annoyance, his grandfather didn’t act like he had any intention of getting out right away.

This goes too far, laotou. Make yourself known to my family and take it back. I will not be married to this woman. She is unworthy of my family. She is a thief!

It is too late, my grandson. What had to be done is now done.

Jin wanted to scream, but couldn’t, as the old man held him in silence.

© copyright March 2006, Michelle M. Pillow

BUY IT NOW OR READ EXCERPT: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/seductionofthephoenix.htm
(click on bookcover above for active link)

Michelle M Pillow
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Thursday, March 02, 2006
Opposites Attract, Virgin Publishing, Now Available in Print!

Opposites Attract, Virgin Publishing, Now Available in Print!

Trade Paperback ISBN: 0352340118

This book is for ADULTS ONLY!

Ethan didn’t get it at all. Eight girls all lined up, ready for action, and then bam. Nothing. It was like he’d suddenly developed leprosy. And, to make matters worse, he wasn’t able to drum up any solid tattoo business. There were a lot of drunken maybes, but no definites. They’d even gone to different bars. Every place it was the same. He’d start being charming. It looked like it worked. He’d leave, letting the anticipation simmer. But then, instead of them coming to him, they actually left without so much as another look.

Ethan shook his head. Hearing Alexis hum softly, he turned to study her. She looked damned fine tonight, but she always looked good. However, tonight it was more than her outfit, it was her whole demeanour. She was smiling more, a bright smile that lit up her whole face. It was like she was happy, relaxed. Maybe it was the alcohol. She had five beers and to a skinny girl that could be a lot. Ethan had no idea why he kept track of how much she drank, but he had.

She’d gotten more than her share of attention that was for sure. She was asked to dance twice. He wondered at the satisfaction he felt each time she refused.

‘I like this town,’ Alexis said, leaning her head to the side.

Ethan chuckled. ‘You look like you like everything right now.’

‘What’s that supposed to mean?’ she demanded, sitting straighter.

‘Ah, do we have to do this tonight? It’s late. I’m tired.’ Ethan shot her a sidelong glance. He had a few beers himself and needed to concentrate on the road. He wasn’t even close to drunk, but he didn’t want to risk driving recklessly with other people in his car. ‘Can’t we call a truce until tomorrow morning?’

‘Fine.’ Alexis yawned. ‘But don’t think this means I like you, because I don’t.’

She just couldn’t leave it alone, could she? Ethan rolled his eyes. ‘Fine. I don’t really like you either.’

‘Good.’ This time her voice was a sleepy mumble. ‘I actually think I loathe you.’

‘I loathe you too.’ His voice was low. Ted and Susan looked to be asleep in the backseat.

‘I hate your tattoos,’ Alexis said, her voice softer with each word.

‘You’re too skinny,’ Ethan whispered. He glanced at her.

Alexis’ head lay against his seat. She was turned to the side, facing him. For a brief moment, her eyes opened to look at him. She blinked several times. ‘Do you really think I’m ugly?’

‘I never said you were ugly.’ Ethan wondered at the sadness in her voice. Where was the confident she-demon who’d tormented him for days? ‘I just think you should stop starving yourself for no reason.’

‘Then do you think I’m pretty?’ she asked, not looking at him again. He forced his attention back to the road

Yes, Ethan thought, I think you’re gorgeous.

He didn’t answer her. His body stirred to life, all too ready to remember her softness from the night before. She didn’t seem to notice as her breath deepened. She was asleep.

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