Monette Michaels. Storm Warning.

Not only is Monette Michaels a fabulous author (one of my “go-to’s”), she is a mentor to me. She has been a huge supporter of my work and has really helped me iron out some of the kinks in my work. I love this lady and I couldn’t be more excited to see her release a new book. In this case, she’s brought us the latest installment in her wildly popular SSI series, Storm Warning. Please help me give Monette a warm welcome and make sure you preorder this one pronto.



Storm Warning, Book 4, Security Specialists International

Author: Monette Michaels

ISBN: 978-0-9862730-5-6

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Publisher: Monette Michaels

Words: 118.5 K

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Former helicopter pilot DJ Poe is a woman used to working in a man’s world and comfortable as SSI’s first female field operative. It’s her instant attraction to the company’s computer specialist that has her questioning her ability to overcome her past and develop an intimate relationship with a man.

Stuart “Tweeter” Walsh already admired DJ for saving his brother’s life in Afghanistan, but when the tall, leggy, blonde goddess joins SSI, he falls instantly in love. All he has to do is convince the man-shy beauty to take a chance on him.

Take one alpha-male geek, add in one skittish female warrioress—throw them into close proximity and you have the perfect conditions for storm warnings.

Excerpt 3:

Settling back against the faux burgundy leather, DJ sighed happily. “That was a long day, but fun. I’ve never bought so many things at one time before.”

DJ had never enjoyed shopping so much. The fun company made all the difference. She’d bought more winter clothing and a one-piece swimsuit for the Sanctuary indoor lap pool and hot tub. She also managed to find some pretty clothes for her mother whose birthday was later in the month.

“Well, you didn’t buy the bikini that looked so good on you.” Before DJ could defend her position, Callie added, “So, I bought it for you.” The former model winked. “Tweeter will

lu-u-urve it.”

DJ picked up a packet of sugar and threw it at Callie who laughed as she batted it away. “I can’t wear that,” she protested. “Not all of us are former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover models. Besides it has huge holes.”

“My dearest DJ, they’re called strategically placed cut-outs,” Callie intoned in a snooty tone she must’ve picked up from a top fashion designer. “And you, my dear, have the perfectly toned body to show this little ensemble to advantage. It just screams you.”

DJ snorted and shook her head, but she couldn’t help smiling at Callie’s silliness.

Callie giggled and added in her normal voice, “Seriously, DJ yyou looked hawt in it. That royal blue color was great against your skin tones. So … I’m giving it to you and you’re keeping it.”

“Might as well give up,” Keely said. “Callie’s going through the hormonal need-to-mother-everybody part of her pregnancy. And she’s right, my brother will love you in that suit. I wish I had long legs … and a long torso. I’d have bought the fuschia-colored one. Unfortunately, those cut-outs would hit me in all the wrong places. It’s hell being short.”


Giveaway ** Angela B. Chrysler’s Brains To Books Tour

I’m very pleased to appear at Angela B. Chrysler’s Brains to Books blog tour today. She’s been hosting some wonderful authors through July and August and I’ve enjoyed getting to know their work and hers. The post is here:

I am doing a giveaway of one ebook from my backlist in conjunction with the post. The post will link you back here, so please leave a comment and share your thoughts on why fantasy in romance is a good thing. How has romance elevated your life?

I will award a book to one reader who comments. And in the meantime, don’t forget to check out Angela’s site and her awesome work! Thank you.

Never tired of London.

Samuel Johnson once said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

I couldn’t agree more. Having just returned from London, I am already dreaming of the next time I might visit. London has always been one of my favorite places to visit. I had my first journey there when I was an impressionable 15. I returned with my husband in 1999, when the London Eye was still being constructed. And this trip, the first with our sons, was just as memorable. It was gratifying seeing the city through their eyes and knowing it impressed them as much as it first did me.


I’ve tried to narrow down exactly what I like best about this vibrant city, but I don’t think I can name one particular aspect. Being a history nut, of course I’ve enjoyed visiting the historical attractions and learning the stories behind monuments and great works of art. As a lover of the supernatural, I adore hearing a new ghost story and glimpsing where those spirits might still wander. However, the architecture and cultural life of London leave me just as amazed.



This time around, I think the highlight for me was attending London Walks, a local company that runs daily and nightly walks around various neighborhoods. We did five of these walks, venturing into dark alleyways, peeking at old plague pits and shivering at tales of Jack the Ripper and other city ghosts.  Without London Walks guiding us, I would never have known the pretty house in the pic below was actually one of the remaining brothels from early London (frequented, I might add, by cardinals and other clergy. Naughty boys).




One of my favorite London haunts is Hampton Court, the palace Henry VIII appropriated from his adviser Thomas Wolsey. What’s not to love? With a host of lively ghosts, a hedge maze, state apartments from Tudor, Georgian and other periods, and gorgeous gardens, Hampton Court has something for everyone. I took many photos there, including the one below, of the ceiling at the front entrance. DSCF3604

I can truly say Samuel Johnson got it right. I will never tire of London. I’ve only touched on a few of the sites I visited but the memories of others play on a constant loop in my head. London makes me dream. It makes me feel a part of history, or at the very least, an interested fly on the wall. And as you can see from the wide smile on my face, I can’t wait to go back.


Have you been to London? What are some of your favorite things to see and do?