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Author Michelle M Pillow's take on important events. *cough* Yeah, that's it.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Your Votes Needed! Golden Rose Awards
I'm very excited. I just found out tonight that I have four nominations in three catagories for the golden rose awards at loveromances! My nominations are listed below. If you have time, your vote is appriciated! There are many great authors up for nomination and I'm honored to be one of them.

Best Shapeshifter
Cupid's Enchantment: Naughty Cupid - Michelle M Pillow
Best Vampire
Eternally Bound - Michelle M. Pillow
Best Cover
Maiden and the Monster by Michelle Pillow*** Artist: Christine Clavel
StartFragment -->The Rogue Prince Michelle Pillow*** Artist: Kat Richards

To see the covers

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Cover art --- What is he holding?

LOL. This is book 3 of my Dragon Lord series, The Dark Prince. I'd been asked a few times, but after recieving yet another email about it, I decided it would make for a funny blog. The question was this, what exactly is the Dark Prince holding in his hand? Most times this comes from people seeing the smaller coverart on a bookmark they have of mine. But, if you look here, you see it's just his hand on his upper thigh:

(you can read more about him here: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/thedarkprince.htm)

Sorry if that ruined any late night fantasies, lol...

Here is also another favorite suspicious cover of mine:

(BTW- this book is awesome! You can see it here: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/immortalops.htm)

Know of any good, suspiciously naughty-life-like covers? Feel free to post a link to them here!

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Friday, April 21, 2006
FAQ of the Month- Cover art
Cover art seems to be one of the most queried subjects I get emailed about, aside from the actual storylines themselves. First, I have to thank all the wonderful artists that work on my covers. They truly are talented. Below, I've listed some of the most common questions I get in regards to those hunks we see on my book covers. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask! :)

Do you like your covers?
Of course! I love them!

Which is your favorite?
I like different ones for different reasons. Don't ask me to pick between my children. I won't do it, lol.

Do you create the art for your covers?

No, I don't. Depending on the company, I do sometimes have a say, but my word isn't final by any means. Usually, I'm asked to supply a description of what my characters and the world looks like and the artist takes it from there. I can give a vague idea of what I'd like to see. Sometimes I get my wish, sometimes I don't. They've done a marvelous job of depicting my ideas though and I'm very grateful.

Do you use/pick the models?
For cover art, no. As I said above, I don't have final say in the artwork or if and which model is used. The publishers take care of everything through the cover artists. So those sexy princes in the futuristics was just me being blessed by the cover art gods--so to speak.

I do however will use models for my website to illustrate some of my series. If you're interested in donating to a project, email me at :

Copyright will be given where due as well as a link back.

I'm a model and I want to be on your books....
Ah, Thanks!!!! It's an honor to have anyone think enough of my work to want to be a part of any of my projects.

If you think you'd make a great book cover for me, just email me. (see above link) I haven't picked a cover model yet, but I can forward your info onto the publishers and see what they say. Never hurts to ask, right? Most likely, they'd take over from there if they're interested, but I can try to direct you to the right place.

How many models do the publishers use? Stock Photography?
It should be noted that only a few of my pubs actually hire models directly, and then for only special projects (see Ellora's Cave Cavemen-
http://www.ellorascave.com/cavemen.asp) From what I understand, those gigs are hard to get.

I believe most use stock photography and other artist's resources that I'm just not that privy too.

Why do E-books have covers?
This is simple. E-books are just like print, only they are on your computer. We all like to look at the covers when shopping, it's just all part of the packaging. And, since a lot of E-books do eventually go into print, they're going to need a cover all the same. In my opinion, I like having a picture to go along with the book. And, at least at NCP, the covers do tend to match the characters inside. I don't know how many print books will have a red head on the front only to give me a blonde between the pages.

I hope that slaked your curiosity some. ;)
posted by Michelle Pillow @ 11:11 AM   0 comments
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed Just Released in Print!
Just Released in Print!
Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed
Where I'll be happy to autograph it for you!!

ISBN: 1-59998-054-1
Genre: Romance/Paranormal

Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed
Michelle M. Pillow

Immortality has a way of changing fate. Merrick, dark elfin King of Valdis, had once been heir to all that was good - happiness and pleasure his domain.Now, trapped as the ruler of mischief, king of necessary evil, he stands on a precipice of choice. On one side, his estranged brother, now ruler of what should have been Merrick's and, on the other, King Lucien of the Damned. Both would sway him. Damnation is winning.

Lady Juliana of Bellemare is from a human family, protected by the blessed, coveted by the damned. Betrothed to an old friend of her father's, Juliana is resigned to living out her days close to her childhood home, longing for an adventure, never dreaming she’d get what she wished for. When her fiancé is murdered and the children of Bellemare are stolen, Juliana is sent on a quest in a strange realm where appearances are deceiving.

Merrick brings more adventure and passion than any woman could want. Can she withstand the temptations of the unblessed king? The spell she weaves over him is more than he can resist and, desperate to be the one to rule her, Merrick offers her a choice; either come with him until he tires of her...or die.


Road to Romance, Recommended Read, April 2006

"...an intriguing tale of love, lust, and what happens when you're not careful what you wish for." Marissa, Novelspot, February 2006

"5 STARS! This was an intricately plotted fantasy that would be at home on the bookshelf next to any classic story of that genre... This is a wonderful book for all fantasy lovers who like romantic tale. There’s lots of action from Juliana’s quest to epic battles. There are also strong interpersonal scenes between Juliana and Merrick and between other characters in the story. No one is given short shrift. I was happy with where this story ended, but I will be watching for more as this world clearly has more adventures to tell." Kirra Pierce, Just Erotic Romance Reviews (JERR), Feb 2006

"Ever watch a video or concert and feel the singer is singing to you? The same phenomenon happens, very rarely, when reading fiction. It is not often a writer possesses the ability to give the narrator such voice, such presence, that the words float off the page and whisper through the reader's mind, as if the narrator is speaking directly to the reader. This has only happened to me with one other author... until now. Michelle M. Pillow's vivid storytelling, unique characters, and action-packed adventures make Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed a must-read for all readers of fantasy! Ms. Pillow's fantasies will definitely be on my auto-buy list after this steamy romance." Joyfully Reviewed

"5 Wands! This is a gripping tale of fantasy, romance, intrigue and humour, boasting a fabulous, unforgettable cast of characters both human and fairy. Magical creatures, wizards, possessions, divinations – it's all here. If you like Terry Brooks, then you'll love this!" Autiotalo, Enchanted Ramblings, Jan 2006

"5 HEARTS! Ms Pillow has penned such a rich world with multi-dimensional characters that leap off the pages...her fans will love it for sure." Valerie, Love Romances, Feb 2006

5 Crystal Tattoos! "In Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed, Ms. Pillow has crafted an emotionally gripping story of love and desire, deception and betrayal, all set against the backdrop of a war between good, evil and all that lies between." ~ Aislinn James, Erotic-Escapades

Enjoy this excerpt from

Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed

Copyright © 2006 Michelle M Pillow

All rights reserved ~ a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication.

"You tricked me into giving my word. You manipulated me, Merrick.".

Merrick sighed, looking at Juliana's back. She lay on his bed. The room was his, but he'd been letting her sleep there. Now that she had pledged her body, he would not be staying away. He'd been up most of the night with Lord Kalen and his men. After the guests had left, they sat around talking, strategizing. The bonfire was abandoned. It was just a simple warning that Ean's men had been there.

"You look uncomfortable." Merrick motioned his hand, giving her a nightdress. Her gown changed to a loose-fitting silk chemise with sheer sleeves. She'd already taken off the jewels and he saw them on the table next to her toiletries.

She tensed, pushing up from the bed. "I'm tired of you doing that. I want to dress myself. I want to pick my own clothes. I'm tired of looking like a…" Juliana's mouth worked as if she tripped over the words. "Like a woman of low morals."

"I dress you in the materials of an elfin queen," Merrick stated. As he lay down, his clothing disappeared, leaving him naked. His crown faded into nothingness. He rested on his back, folding his hands behind his head. "Whores have no need of clothing."

Juliana's mouth worked, as she eyed his naked body. He winked at her, smiling. Fighting the urge to laugh, she asked, "Are you…saying you're a…?"

"Man of low morals?" he prompted. "Most definitely. It comes with the crown."

Juliana giggled, covering her mouth. She hit him lightly on the arm. "I'm angry with you. Stop making me laugh."

"What is it I have done now?" Merrick sighed. Would she never be pleased?

"That old woman tonight, the one with the missing eye. She said that you kidnapped me to start a war."

He said nothing.

"So it is true?" she said.

Merrick reached for her. She was always so quick to think the worst in him. But could he blame her? Everyone expected the worst out of him. He'd long ago stopped explaining himself, knowing it would do no good. For some reason, even as he resolved to let her think what she would of him, he found himself saying, "A war has started because I've taken you. I did not take you to start a war."

"Then why did you take me?" She moved closer to him. Her hair spilled over her shoulders in a messy array of curls. She'd taken it down on her own, but he found he liked the messy imperfection and did not change it.

"Kiss me," he said instead of answering. He expected her to refuse, but she didn't. Crawling over to him, she lightly brushed her lips onto his, making a soft noise as they touched.

"I shouldn't want you," she said. "I don't want to want you."

"I know."

"You killed my intended." Juliana didn't open her eyes. Her hair spilled along his face. "You've tricked me and manipulated me."

"Don't look to the past. It will never bring you peace." Merrick closed his eyes. His body was aroused, but that was nothing new. He was always aroused by her. Her smell surrounded him, so sweet, so soft. She was so beautiful, the one thing he enjoyed looking at in his world of goblins and trolls. "Touch me, Juliana. I want you to make love to me."

Merrick wanted her to get used to him, wanted her to touch him when she had the urge to do so, to not hold back. Juliana feared her feelings for him. Humans were strange creatures when it came to passion. They treated it like a curse. How could something that felt so wonderful, so completing, be a curse?

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, April 06, 2006
Hi everyone!!

I just got off the phone with RT about the convention (yeah, yeah, i'm late) but it's official. I'll be going to the RT Booklovers convention in Florida! :)--as seen in the May RT issue!! :)

Yeah!!!! That is if you can pry me off the beaches were it is quite possible I'll be hinding out, lol. So, I'll see some of you there. It's my first convention, so be gentle. :)

Okay, this is my first anything--convention, booksigning, trip out into public as an author... lol So, you'll all have to stop by my table and see me at the bookfair. If you don't have anything of mine to sign, then just pretend you do so I'm not all on my lonesome *blink, blink*

Some of you have told me 'its about time' for teh booksigning and well...um... anticipation makes it better? (you buying that?) lol

If you weren't planning on going, but are interested heres the website info: http://www.rtconvention.com/ The whole convention is May 16 - 21, 2006.

The bookfair where I will be doing my first ever booksigning is on Saturday, May 20, 11am-3pm at the HILTON HOTEL RESORT in DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA.

They are only doing 3 titles per author I believe, so it's Red Light Specialist from EC, Opposites Attract from Virgin and Seduction fo the Pheonix from NCP that will be there for purchasing.

If you'd like other books signed, be sure to pick them up BEFORE and I'll be happy to autograph them. You can bring as many as you can carry!!!

Click here to order print from Amazon:

Or you can go here for a complete list of print titles on my website including ISBNs to take into your fave bookstores:http://www.michellepillow.com/printable_print_book_list.htm

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..."
posted by Michelle Pillow @ 5:36 PM   1 comments
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