20 Questions with Michelle Valentine
1. WSBB: What inspired you to write?
Michelle: I became inspired when I discovered there were stories developed in my brain that needed to be told. I write the stories I would like to read.
2. WSBB: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Michelle: Rachel Hawthorne, Stephanie Meyers, J.K. Rolling, Charlaine Harris and the list goes on.
3. WSBB: Out of all your characters, which was your favorite to write?
Michelle: Right now it's Trip. He's the Black Falcon drummer and he's crazy and so much fun.
4. WSBB: Are any of your characters influenced by a real person?
Michelle: Certain traits are, but not the entire character, no.
5. WSBB: Who are some of your favorite musicians, bands?
Michelle: I'm a big fan of Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, AFI, Three Days Grace, Evans Blue, Blue October...I can list bands all day, too.
6. WSBB: Do you prefer men with or without tattoo's?
Michelle: Definitely with!
7. WSBB: Where do you see yourself in five years as an author?
Michelle: Branching out into different genres and coming up with the craziest stories I can.
8. WSBB: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you when meeting fans?
Michelle: Hmmm, maybe letting them meet my husband. He always seems to chime in at just the right time with a quip about one of my books.
9. WSBB: To date, what author have you met that made you have a fangirl moment?
Michelle: Hands down Charlaine Harris. She talked naughty things with me about Eric Northman and I nearly died. Yeah...I have a Eric obsession.
10. WSBB: What is you favorite genre to read?
Michelle: Contemporary Romance--more specifically, New Adult.
11. WSBB: Name three books on your TBR list?
Michelle: Tangled, Naked, There Is No Light In Darkness
12. WSBB: What is the last book you read?
Michelle: Falling Into You
13. WSBB: Who is one author you would like to meet?
Michelle: J.K Rolling. I need her to say Winguardia-liviosa. ;)
14. WSBB: What is your favorite movie?
Michelle: Father of the Bride and Dazed and Confused--can't pick just one.
15. WSBB: What is your favorite color?
16. WSBB: Do you listen to music while writing?
17. WSBB: Describe your writing cave?
Michelle: A cluttered desk with post-it's everywhere. It's not pretty.
18. WSBB: What advice can you give to someone who wants to Indie Publish?
Michelle: Find good, truthful beta readers (Unrelated to you) and a good editor.
19. WSBB: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Michelle: People not following through. If you say you're going to do something, do it.
20. WSBB: Describe for us the moment you found out that you had become a New York Times Best Selling Author.
Michelle: I nearly fainted I think. It's the craziest, awesome, most surreal feeling in the world. It's so awesome it's pretty much insane.
We would like to thank Michelle for taking time out of her busy schedule to participate in our Q&A. We can't wait for the next book in the Black Falcon Series. Here is the beautiful cover and a teaser, enjoy!
Coming this September!!!
Why the hell is it eighty seven million degrees in this store? I know we’re poor, but damn. A little air conditioning would be nice. I readjust the fan on the counter and allow the air to blow directly on me. It’s disgustingly hot in here and this uniform top that reads Mountain Time Speed Track doesn’t help the situation. I glance around, and when I’m sure there’s no customers lurking about, I unbutton my top and stuff it under the counter. Immediately I’m relieved. The white wife beater I have on is soaked with sweat, but at least when the hot air whips across my skin, it feels a little cooler.
Dad and I are going to have a serious talk about this uniform situation if he doesn’t cool this place down soon.
I gather my long, blond hair into a messy bun on the top of my and grab the spray bottle of water I’ve been using to mist over my skin. I tip my head back, close my eyes and douse my bare skin in water. A little sigh of pleasure slips from my lips as the relief of being cool finally wafts over me.
“Damn. If I’d known I was going to see an erotic show in here I would’ve brought some ones.” My eyes snap open and land on a tattooed arm in front of me holding two hundred dollar bills. “You’ll have to show a little more skin if you want me to stuff hundreds down your pants. Those you have to work hard to earn.”
My gaze travels up the toned arm and shoulders, until it finally lands on an absurdly handsome face. A light beard covers his cheeks, while a baseball cap covers most of his shaggy dark hair. His bright blue eyes dance with amusement as his plump lips pull up on one side, revealing a devilish smirk. It’s like the face of Adonis staring right at me and it makes my stomach flip. Stomach flippers are down right dangerous.
I grab the money from his hand and do my best to appear completely annoyed by this beautiful stranger. “How much time do you need?”
“Easy there, sugar tits. No need to be bitchy. I’m plenty fun once you lose that stick up your ass,” Adonis man says before winking at me.
I bunch my eyebrows and my lip curls. What a pig. He actually fuckingwinked at me. This asshole has some balls. This one is far worse than the typical biker boys that come here to practice for the X-Games. They give me their best line, and when I shoot the wind out of their preverbal sail with my are-you-kidding-me attitude, they turn tale and run—never looking back. Most steer clear of the Ice Queen at the front desk.
Looks like I’ll have to kick up my bitch factor a couple notches to throw this one off my scent. “You look about as fun as an albino getting a sunburn. Now, how much time do you want on the track?”
His gaze trails up and down my body as he rakes his teeth over his bottom lip nice and slow. “You always this difficult?”
I roll my eyes and sigh, trying to decide if I can get away with cussing him out and telling him there’s no chance in hell that I’ll ever date a biker. Been there, done that, so not doing it again. They never have their shit together and mostly all still live at home with their mom’s and play video games all day.
I open my mouth to tell him to take a walk off a short pier somewhere, but quickly close it as my father’s shaking head pops into mind like my guilty little conscious. Always treat the customer with respect. That’s Dad’s number one rule. “Time?”
Tattooed hottie leans against the counter and grins. Looks to me like he’s contemplating taking me on as a challenge, and I stare back at him with my best you-don’t-stand-a-chance-in-hell look. “Tell me, sweet cakes, did the last guy get your panties in a bunch? I’ll be happy to untwist them if you like. I’d guess it’s been a while since you’ve been fucked thoroughly. You’d be amazed how it’ll pop that stick out of your ass. And with a fine-ass body like that, I’d be happy to volunteer my services. It would be doing the public a great kindness.”
My mouth gapes open and I stare at him in shock. That’s it—to hell with keeping the peace in order to gain his business. This jerk has pushed me too far. “Listen here, buddy. My panties are none of your concern as for your time you can take your money and sh—”
“Holly,” My father scolds as he comes bursting through the front door of the shop with a scowl on his face. I sigh heavily. Dad didn’t even give me enough time to tell this dude to shove his money straight up his ass. “I can hear you clear outside. Why are you yelling at our guest?”
The man focuses his eyes directly on me and smiles, waiting for me to explain to my father why I was yelling at him in the first place. “I…he…Ugh! Why don’t you ask him why?”
Dad scratches his head as he glances over at Adonis.