The Hearne Family Saga
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Bookkus Publishing
Date of Publication: February 14, 2015
Page Count Print – 264
Page Count Electronic – 268
Word Count: 92,691
Cover Artist: Bookkus Publishing
When Merik Hearne finally lays claim to the woman that betrayed him, she inspires much more than his need for revenge—but is her love worth dying for again?
Condemned to play host to a demon, the scarred Romani leader has amassed a fortune with only one goal in mind—to possess Hannah Worthington, the traitorous beauty that has eluded him for over a decade. With an exchange of coin, everything he has been striving for is within reach but nothing is as he imagined. The tender, sharp-tongued woman he encounters tests the bounds of his convictions and he is torn between the promise of reckoning and longing for a love that once destroyed him.
Exchanged for a purse of gold and informed she is to be a slave, Hannah vows she has not survived a lifetime of loss only to wither under the likes of Merik Hearne. And she will do everything she can to make sure he knows it. Despite his overbearing manner, his fierce scars, and her own determination to escape him, she begins to see that something beautiful might lie beneath…something that belongs only to her. She must discover the angle from which the great lord plays before his dark desires consume them both.
As they struggle to find truth amid pasts marred by sorrow and secrecy, they are unaware that a vengeful apostle orchestrates the rise of a forgotten god—and the end of their chance at a life together.
As Merik looked about the darkness of his cell with new eyes, he saw Hannah standing in the corner. He knew she was not truly there, but the voice of the other ensured he did not look away as it whispered in his ear. He saw her many times, always a mirage, always torturous. Unsure if his rage outweighed his disappointment at her absence, he listened.
She mocks you, young one. She told those men where to find you. She told them lies about you. They could know nothing without her betrayal. You will find her. Make her bleed. You will find her and make her pay for each transgression. Sink your teeth deep within her and watch the blood flow over the ground. Drink her dry until her offences are but a memory. It will ease the agony, as nothing else will.
Merik saw her a thousand times during his short stay in the cellar. The pain sliced through him, and it would not ease no matter how much his father fed him. Nothing helped to suffuse the suffering until he began seeing Hannah in the confines of the cell.
He saw her exactly as she looked that night at the clearing. In spite of himself, he found himself reaching for her hand, and did so each time she appeared to him. Desire bubbled to the surface and he despised it, closing his eyes against the sight of her. The image played over and over in his mind, running like a crooked wheel. He saw the woman who destroyed him, the woman who destroyed his brothers, and he could think only of making her suffer—until he thought of touching her again.
The bottle shattered in his hand from the force of his grasp, and he looked down to see shards of glass embedded within the flesh of his palm. When he looked up, Hannah was gone.
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Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Not always, for a long time I wanted to be a psychologist and help others reach their goals. I managed to achieve a big part of that, but writing never really left my mind. My late twenties hit and writing a novel was no longer just a thought, it was what I needed to do.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It took about 4 months from the time I actually started looking before I found a publisher. I know that’s a quick turn around, but I had a friend pursuing publication through a review driven publisher and decided to try it as well. I received high enough ratings to move forward, and landed a contract.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I’m a Case Manager working with at-risk youth in rural Alberta. I help with job search, employer connections, and a very eclectic collection of job duties. Counseling and support play a big part in my role.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
It’s called A New Day at Midnight, and it’s an intense love story between a Romani merchant cursed as a Vetala (demon) and the strong willed woman he believes betrayed him.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
Bookkus Publishing, a publisher based out of Calgary, Alberta, chose to publish my book.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Well the last one took me seven years, a number I try not to think of too much. It started as a very loose idea, and it took me a long time before I really got momentum on the project. I’m working on the second installment in the series, Chasing Dawn, which I plan to finish by Christmas. My commitment to writing has definitely grown over the years.
What genre would you place your books into?
Definitely Paranormal Romance.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I’ve been a Stephen King fan since I was basically still a kid, a JR Ward fan since my twenties. Paranormal Romance provides the perfect balance of romance and horror. I think my love of these particular genres evolved to influence my writing.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Merik is probably my favorite character, an anti-hero really. He’s flawed and misdirected but still suffers (or benefits) from the conscience fighting through his demon.
How long have you been writing, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid, I remember getting graded on my early stories. I had family that encouraged reading, and teachers that encouraged my writing. The books I’ve read inspired me to write as well and I really wanted to create something as compelling as the authors I love, but something unique and moving.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
It’s almost always at night. Just my laptop and I, often with a wide range of musical accompaniment.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
The book starts first. I have an additional two novels in the works, and I named them only when I had a good amount of content developed.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
In A New Day at Midnight, some character names were based on Romani heritage, some were based on the time period, and others were simply based on preference.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I always choose character names first, pinpoint a general area for the setting of the book and create and use place names based on that geography.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I have a basic understanding of who the characters are in my mind before I start writing, often a strong understanding. A lot of the character development does happen along the way though, influenced by scenes or events.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I’m still a fan of holding a bound book in my hands, but I’m coming around to eBooks.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
I have more than a few. Lover Awakened by JR Ward, The Stand by Stephen King, and the I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. I’ve read them all more than once.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I think books can transfer well to film, look at Game of Thrones. Both versions are fantastic. The transfer can also be unsuccessful. In the movie I Am Legend for example, they omitted the most important part of the story for a more Hollywood ending. Bad transfer.
Your favorite food is?
Poutine. Stereotypically Canadian fare.
Your favorite singer/group is?
Lana Del Rey is among my favorites, especially her Video Games album.
Your favorite color is?
Yellow. It makes me happy!
Your favorite Author is?
JR Ward, hands down.
Michelle Hiscox is a Paranormal Romance fan and author who hails from Drumheller, Alberta. The dinosaur bones buried in the hills of her hometown inspired the first stories she ever wrote, and she feels blessed to walk those same hills with her daughter today. Crocus flowers and dust bowls full of cactus never fail to inspire.
While her little girl and husband provides many welcome distractions to writing, it's something she always finds her way back to. Michelle is the proud, and slightly crazy, owner of two dogs and three cats, all animals she loves more than she reasonably should. She's been reading voraciously since she was a child and, one night, pulled her nose from a book to start writing her own.
Website – http://www.michellehiscox.com
Amazon Author Page –http://www.amazon.com/l/B00VO2K990