Author of urban fantasy post-apocalyptic scifi paranormal romances with a twist of steampunk, as well as contemporary romances with a heavy dose of hilarity. Also rather fond of lemon curd, mushroom pizza, disco, and Ancient Aliens.
On March 16 I said “So, long London” and jumped a train to Liverpool. This was my first trip to Liverpool so I had no idea what to expect. What I got was epic Victorian goodness (in the way of architecture), lots of ideas sparkling in my head, good food, good friends, and wonderful memories.
Walk this way…
They have a public library of epic. I want this library. In my house. Now. This is definitely going to make an appearance in Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood. I’m not sure yet which book, but it’s going to happen.
It’s all just so…atmospheric! Maybe the somewhat gloomy weather contributed to that. Or maybe it was the almost gothic-ness to the architecture. Who knows? But I was seeing vampires EVERYWHERE!
Dinner was at a place named Smuggler’s Cove. Aptly named considering my current obsession with Blacksails. We pause in our regularly scheduled programming for this:
Okay, back to business. This is the bar (they know what to do with a bottle of rum):
The dining room is…interesting. Fancy schmancy fireplace. Helmet chandelier.Dinner was divine. I went with the chicken and mushroom pie. It offends my sensibilities to eat pie that is not dessert, but when in Liverpool, eh? Besides it was super nom.
Thanks to jet lag the day ended earlier than I might have wished, but I’d begun a new love affair with Liverpool. Do not doubt that it WILL appear in Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood.
Stay tuned for the next installment of my Liverpool adventures.
I’ve been back from my wild jaunt to Europe for nearly a week and I’m still not over the let lag. Which means I’m a little fuzzy in the head. But I did manage to get my photos uploaded so I could share them with you.
If you’ve ever been to London (or seen it on TV), you might recognize the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel building. Tucked right next to the St. Pancras/Kings Cross train stations, it’s an unforgettable sight. Very Victorian. Very impressive. Very perfect for a supernatural event or other. (Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood)
The Champagne Bar in the hotel is…stunning. The red uplights give it the feel of being lit by torchlight, and the hushed atmosphere makes you half-expect tuxedo-ed butlers to come gliding through at any moment. The perfect place for a bad date, perhaps? (Notting Hill Diaries)
The spa is in the basement in what was once the old kitchen. It definitely has an exotic Moroccan flair. I could see Kev hanging out here (Notting Hill Diaries), or even a brutal fight between a hunter and a vampire (Sunwalker Saga).
A mysterious doorway leading to…somewhere. A person could easily get lost here among the winding staircases and sweeping halls. Lots of places for evil to lurk. Plenty of gargoyles perched among the arches. And a stunning enough venue for a romantic fairy tale.
And that was just Day One (Okay, technically it was Day Two as I arrived Saturday and this was Sunday. But who’s counting?). Join me later this week for further Adventures in Europe.
New release from Michelle Muto, author of THE HAUNTING SEASON.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Humans are so unobservant. All they have to do is look up… and hope the gargoyles looking back down don’t target them as prey.
Gargoyles were created centuries ago to protect mankind, but something went horribly wrong. Now only the sentinel—a mortal chosen to control the stone beasts—stands between them and their human prey.
When the latest sentinel is killed, Kate Mercer is destined to take his place. But Kate has enough going on in her life—like a skyrocketing film career, a delusional ex-boyfriend, and a crazed stalker who will stop at nothing to get to her. But the powers that be have decided, and Kate is transported to Shadow Wood, a mysterious castle that serves as a sanctuary for the supernatural. Although beautiful, Shadow Wood is no safe place for a mere mortal. Yet Kate is drawn not only to the gargoyles but also Ian McGuire, a charming novelist who might be in the greatest danger of all.
As Kate decides whether to accept the most perilous role of her life, she discovers there are more secrets than answers within the castle’s walls. Her survival and Ian’s depend on her ability to master the gargoyles before time runs out. Is fate really cast in stone?
Just five more days and I’m on a plane headed to London. Oh, how I’ve missed that city. It was my home for nearly six years and I can’t wait to go back.
This time it’s just for a visit, to catch up with old friends, and (mostly) do research for future books. Particularly my new contemporary romance series, Notting Hill Diaries. I’ll also be headed to Liverpool, Paris, and Prague to do research for Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood, as well as other little ideas that have been niggling away in my brain.
Want to come with me? I plan to post pictures and possibly videos of my travels, so don’t forget to follow this blog for updates!
At last! The long awaited contemporary romance, Kissing Frogs, is finally here.
Bad dates? Kate’s had ‘em. As an American in London she’s discovered not every Englishman is Tom Hiddleston. There was the guy who wanted to suck her toes in public, and the guy who thought he was an alien. As in the kind from outer space.
Broken heart? Kate’s been there. After her husband left her for a hot Brazilian, her world came crashing down. Her heart and her confidence pretty much got thrown in a blender set to “chop.” Her only options were to run home to America with her tail between her legs, or put on her big girl panties and get on with life. She chose the latter.
Faith in men? Surprisingly restored by the dreamy Adam Wentworth whose kindness and wicked sense of humor send Kate’s damaged heart fluttering once again. After kissing so many frogs, she’s determined not to let this prince get away.
I would have never thought ComicCon would be the sort of place where a geeky author like myself could hang out and talk books with geeky readers. What was I thinking? (Apparently, I wasn’t.) But my friend and fellow author, Miranda Mayer, convinced me it was perfect. She was right!
I had a blast. Met so many amazing people—readers, writers, artists, cosplayers. Sold a few books. Gave out loads of bookmarks. And let’s just say I am now addicted to ComicCon. In fact I’m totally gutted I can’t attend Rose City ComicCon this year (Or Emerald City, or Vancouver FanExpo) because of other commitments, but…there are other things on the horizon. Stay tuned!
The first installment of the new contemporary romance series,
Notting Hill Diaries
Anna’s life is falling apart. First she gets fired–totally not her fault!–and then she comes home to find her boyfriend in bed with the neighbor. But a job offer across the Pond gives her the perfect excuse to chuck it all and start again. As the nanny of adorable twins, she finds her new boss, Bella, cold and oh-so-proper, but Notting Hill is nothing short of magical. And as Valentine’s Day approaches, Anna realizes anything is possible. Even capturing the heart of a prince.
Morgan Bailey’s complicated life–dragon boyfriend, witches, vampires to slay, the ongoing pursuit of coffee–is about to turn more complicated. The Fairy Queen is calling in a favor. She wants Morgan to exterminate the djinn. If that isn’t bad enough, her nemesis Alister has gone completely mad, and most alarmingly, Inigo isn’t quite himself. It’s enough to make a vampire hunter yearn for the simpler days: stake ‘em and leave ‘em.
But Morgan is more than a vampire hunter, she’s a vessel for colossal cosmic powers that yearn for release. Now, with the fate of the whole world in the balance, she’ll discover the secret to those powers, and learn what it means to be Kissed by Eternity.
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