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Friday, February 17, 2017

Cowboy Payback - Donna Michaels Interview

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Author of:

Donna Michaels

Rad-Reader:  Where did the idea for this story come from?

Donna:  First off, thanks for having me here, Char! The idea f from the first book Cowboy-Fiancé. The heroes in both books are twins, and Brett was a prankster that deserved his comeuppance. As for the military aspect, that came from reality. PTSD is a real issue in today’s military (my husband is full-time military), and I wanted to remind people that it wasn’t just the men who suffer. It was important to me to show woman deal with the same issues.

Rad-Reader:  Are you the type of author that can hear a conversation and say that will make a great start to a story?

Donna:  Yes. Absolutely. I get ideas all the time from listening to people or watching them. Heck, I once got an idea for a future story from watching birds on a wire.

Rad-Reader:  In this story Where and why did Brett think he was at the saloon for lunch in the first place?

Donna:  The saloon was an integral part in the original book. My publisher required there be some sort of scene there to tie all the other stories in that series. So book 2 picks up right where book 1 left off, it just switches to Brett’s story and how his brother pays his back for what took place in book 1. So without giving the ending away, let’s just say he thought he was there to celebrate his brother’s HEA. lol

Rad-Reader:  At any time during the meal and even after when her parent started leaving her could have started laughing and given the whole joke so he thought away but he didn’t why?

Donna:  Ah, see, that’s beauty of Brett. He’s a consummate prankster, and was dying to see what his brother had cooked up yet. So he played along, waiting for the punchline. J

Rad-Reader:  Why was he so mad at Trisha or was he really mad at himself for pulling it on his brother and not it was his turn?

Donna:  Brett was definitely mad at his brother, and himself, and anyone else involved, for allowing the charade to take place.

Rad-Reader:  Trisha was in love with him or at least in lust from the beginning whether she wanted to admit it or not.  What took him so long to see her as a woman?

Donna:  Brett had been her commanding officer for years. He’d made it a point to only see a Marine, not gender, so it took him a little bit to shed that stigma, but the first time she slid her arm around him and brushed his body with her curves he received a huge wake-up call.

Rad-Reader:  When they started having feelings for one another after that first kiss why did that scare them so much?

Donna:  Brett had been her commanding officer for years. He’d made it a point to only see a Marine, not gender, so it took him a little bit to shed that stigma, but the first time she slid her arm around him and brushed his body with her curves he received a huge wake-up call.

Rad-Reader:  After what happened on their last deployment why did Trisha want to be a teacher when she freaked out so bad?

Donna:  It had been her dream for so long. The one thing that had gotten her through those deployments. Plus, I think, deep down, she wanted to honor those children, but it wasn’t so easy. 

Rad-Reader:  Brett was always there to walk her through those freak outs at the ranch everyone saw how they loved each other why couldn’t they see it?

Donna:  I think they were comrades for so long, they mistook it for just that, a Marine helping a fellow Marine.

Rad-Reader:  Were Cammie and Trisha friends before being in service together?

Donna:  No, they met in the Marine Corps.

Rad-Reader:  When Brett was feeling the jealousy he didn’t get a clue that he may be falling in love with Trisha?

Donna:  No, he was clueless when it came to love. He’d avoided relationships most of his life, so he had no experience in the emotions involved.

Rad-Reader:  What was the deal with her brother we never really find out?  She starts to talk first.

Donna:  Hehe…that’s because his story is the next book.

Rad-Reader:  Is there a book already about Liam and Stacy?  If not will there be?

Donna:  J See the above answer.

Rad-Reader:  What can we expect for the Brennan Brother’s futures with these strong women?

Donna:  Those brothers will be loved unconditionally and challenged to do the same.

And Finn and Cammie’s book has been hand drawn into a Japanese translation!! Isn’t this cover great?? 

Rad-Reader:  If your book was made into a movie who would play…

Trisha:  Scarlett Johansson

Brett:  Richard Madden

Finn:  Richard Madden

Cammie:  Jennifer Lawrence


Brett:  Alex O’Laughlin inspired the twins from the start
Finn:  Alex O’Laughlin
Cammie:  Haley Atwell
Rad-Reader:  What song out today best describes your couple's relationship or closely describes the story of your book?
"Wrong" Zayn Malik & Selena Gomez


Donna: ???

Rad-Reader:  What is your favorite genre to read?

Donna:  Hot, humorous romances

Rad-Reader:  Have you always known you wanted to be a writer?

Donna:  Yes and no. I always loved to read romance, and late in high school, I thought about writing, I just hadn’t expected to be able to make a career out of it.

Rad-Reader:  When did you write you first book and did it get published?

Donna:  I wrote my first full romance just before I got pregnant with twins. No, I never tried to publish it, but I do plan to dust if off and revise it in the future.

Rad-Reader:  What is your next project and when is it coming out?

Donna:  I actually have two. My latest just released this week. Her Hell No Cowboy is part of my Harland County Series and a crossover into Sable Hunter’s Hell Yeah Kindle World that had another launch on Valentine’s Day.  

And Lincoln happens to be another twin. J His brother’s story, Her Hell Yeah Cowboy, was released in Sable’s original launch last August. They’re Texas National Guardsman and were a hoot to write.

My other ‘latest’ I am just finishing up. It’s my third book with Entangled and part of The Men of At Ease Ranch series. The second book, Her Secret Ranger, will release March 6th. This is one of my all-time favorite books I wrote. (shh…don’t tell my other heroes.) It’s right up there with Cowboy-Fiancé.  I can’t wait to share it with everyone! And right now, Book 1, In A Ranger’s Arms is on sale for only .99 cents! I’d love for you to get to know my Rangers. 

Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers buy your books?

Donna: You can find all my books at my website:

Rad-Reader:  Where can our reader find you on the Web?

I would like to thank Donna for being with us. She was one of the first authors I approached to do an interview when we were at the conference and she was a "Yes."  So, thank you for that you helped me get my nerve up to ask more authors to be with us that day.  Your book was a joy to read and I can't encourage our readers enough to take the time to do so.  Donna, you are now part of the 1 Rad-Reader Misfits.  Thank for being with us come back and visit anytime.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Coming Friday 7pm PST. Author of: Donna Michaels : See 2 excerpts from 2 of her books today

Coming Friday
7pm PST.
Author of:

Donna Michaels
Former Marine Captain Brett Brennan loves a good practical joke—when he’s the prankster not the prankee. Unfortunately, his twin brother has learned a lesson or two from the master and springs Operation Payback on him, thrusting Brett into a fake engagement to his former corporal, Trisha Jennings, in front of her matchmaking, District Attorney father.
Relationships are so not his thing, but realizing Trisha is struggling to come to terms with a horrific incident from their recent deployment, Brett takes matters into his own hands, using their fake relationship to keep her on his family’s resort ranch, the perfect place for her to find peace and heal. After all, he would never let one of his own men down.
Except, Trisha is no longer a corporal under his command. Out of uniform, she is all woman, and his unexpected attraction to her soon has him forgetting their prank relationship is only for show. Who knew payback could be so sweet?
“Well, my lovely fiancée, I think we’re expected to dance,” the captain stated as he stood and held out his palm.
Smiling, she placed her hand in his and rose to her feet, praying none of the apprehension and excitement bursting through her veins showed on her face.
It’s okay, she told herself. The staff was lingering around, watching them. She could put on a show. She could be fake. Too bad she was enjoying the captain’s touch so much there wasn’t much fake in her actions.
And when he pulled her in close, and the space between them disappeared, so did her breath. It caught in her throat as her body registered high on the euphoria scale.
Topped the charts.
Busted the charts.
Decimated anything resembling a chart.
The less space between their bodies, the thicker her brain cells became, until she functioned in a fog.
Sliding her arms around his neck, Trisha rested her head against his broad shoulder and settled in tight.
This is what a fiancée would do, she rationalized.
And the big hand he had on her waist with a wicked thumb drawing circles on her hip…that was normal fiancé stuff, too. So was the hand that slid up her back and was now stroking her hair, making it tough to keep in the moan brewing inside.
Yep, all normal fiancé stuff.
She closed her eyes and continued to hold him close as he led them in a very slow, sensual dance. Chest to chest, hips to hips, they lined up perfectly thanks to her high heels. Her whole body was alive, responding to him, anticipating his moves so well, they danced as one. It was insane, yet perfect.
Yeah, perfectly dangerous.
Her eyes snapped open. This was the captain, not a sexy cowboy helping her out. Okay, so he was both. Still, she was determined to stand strong and resist the attraction simmering between them. Somehow.
When the song ended, he drew back and smiled down at her. “Well done. And since we’re still being watched, I think I had better kiss you.”
Now wasn’t good for her. It was the absolute worst time, seeing as her control had all but left the building.
“I’m not sure that’s a good idea, sir.” Her whole body shook in protest of her words. Not really. Darn thing was shaking with need for her fake fiancé.
Her frowning fake fiancé.
“What did I tell you about calling me sir?” His grip on her hips increased, and her burgeoning composure tripped out the door and joined her control outside.
“That I needed an incentive.”
Shoot. That wasn’t what she’d meant to say.
“Exactly. How about this?” He leaned close, bending slightly until they were eye level. “Every time you call me sir, I get to kiss you.”
Oh no. Heck, no. That wasn’t good. Especially since a thrill raced down her overheated body while her mind was already repeating sir in her head.
Yes, sir. No, sir. Please may I have another, sir?
His grin increased. “You’re saying it in your head, aren’t you?”
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Donna Michaels is an award-winning, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Romaginative fiction. Her hot, humorous, and heartwarming stories include cowboys, men in uniform, and some sexy primal alphas who are equally matched by their heroines. With a husband in the military full time (until he retires in the fall! Woot!), four children, and several rescued cats, she never runs out of material to write, and has rightfully earned the nickname Lucy…and sometimes Ethel. From short to epic, her books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres like contemporary, romantic comedies, and romantic suspense. One contemporary has even been hand drawn into a Japanese Translation. Now, if only she could read it...
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Ever since his first deployment, Lincoln McCall came home a changed man, swapping life philosophies with his twin brother. No more playing it safe, or by the rules, or looking for “Miss Right”. Hell no. But holding onto that concept is hard after Linc fell into a pool with his arms full of the one that got away.

Coming out of the fog from her husband’s death, Ashely Patterson wants to live a little, have fun…feel alive. So when the sexy cowboy she crushed on in her youth hires her to work on his house, she gives herself permission to enjoy the attraction sizzling between them…after all, she’s only there temporarily, and he doesn’t do relationships.

But when their feelings turn serious, she’s in a heap of trouble. Linc is in the military. So was her husband and that got him killed. She can’t risk her heart to another man who could deploy and never return. Hell no. It was better to leave and take her heart with her.

Now, if only she could figure out how to get the cowboy to give it back. 

God, she envied him.
Over twenty months ago, her husband had died, and although it no longer felt like she was breathing with an elephant on her chest, Ashley wasn’t ready to jump into the relationship pool again. Not for her mother’s lack of trying. Or Beverly’s, her business partner. They were the reason she’d left California, her home, the law practice, her life, to escape to the one place she’d always felt at peace.
The funny thing was, she didn’t really miss California, especially the way everyone had regarded her with pity.
Deep down, Ashley knew they’d meant well, but damn, it had suffocated.
Not here, though. Not on her uncle’s ranch…well, the McCall’s ranch.
“Sorry, that was mean.” Her cheeks heated with a well-deserved blush.
Linc and everyone on the ranch had treated her with nothing but kindness and respected her privacy. Sure, she could feel their concern, but it wasn’t rammed down her throat at every turn. Here, she had the ability to slowly uncurl from her inner fetal position and start to take steps without someone telling her it was wrong, or overdue.
Here, she called the shots and set the pace in her journey back to participating in life again.
“No worries,” he replied with an easy grin. “It was also true, but don’t fret about my ego. You couldn’t bruise it if you tried.”
“Why not?”
“I don’t have one.”
The absurdity of his statement caught her off guard, and Ashley did something she hadn’t in almost two years. She laughed. An honest to goodness laugh. Not one she felt compelled to force, that only engaged her mouth. This one was real and unexpected.
It felt good. Great, actually.
Judging by the pleased expression lighting his face, he recognized the honesty in her outburst, too.
“I have to admit, I am curious.” He inched closer and cocked his head. “I’d love to know how long.”
She frowned. “How long what?”
“How long are we supposed to pretend we don’t know each other?”
Oh. That.
Ashley blinked. “Forever works for me.”
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Keeping it light has never involved more heart

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Here Friday 7pm PST. Author of: Donna Michaels: 2 EXCERPTS FROM 2 OF HER BOOKS TODAY AND TOMORROW

Here Friday
7pm PST.
Author of:
Donna Michaels


 BOOK #1
Former Army Ranger Stone Mitchum doesn’t have time for sex. Since starting a company with his brother and two buddies, he’s had more important things on his mind. Like transitioning veterans back into society. But when his curvy new tenant falls into his arms—literally—his libido snaps to attention. 
Jovy Larson has four weeks to prove she’s worthy of taking over the family business. Her challenge? Sell gluten-free, vegan food—in the middle of cattle country, Texas. It’s a tough task, but not half as tough as fighting her attraction to her sexy, surly landlord.  
Before she knows it, Jovy’s tangling sheets with the hot cowboy, stalked by a jealous cow, and strategizing ways to help Stone’s ranch. But by the time her lease runs out and the test is over, she’s faced with a new challenge…competing against Stone’s sense of duty to win his heart.

“Just the man I was looking for.”
He stiffened, mug raised midair. The sultry voice confirmed what his body already told him. Jovy was near.
She leaned over him to place something on the table, brushing his shoulder with the side of her chest. “Is this okay?”
Hell yeah. Better than okay. It was fantastic.
He gave himself a mental shake. No. It was bad. He’d sworn off women. Why the hell was she so close? It took every ounce of control not to turn his face into her breast. He knew from his earlier inspection that she was 100 percent homegrown. Her soft curves were real and knocking him off balance.
Why didn’t she move away?
The infuriating woman was leaving him no choice. He waited a few more seconds, and when she still made no sign to move, he turned into her. She stepped back. But not before his face brushed some serious curves, and he got an eyeful of mouthwatering cleavage.
Realizing she was waiting for an answer, he cleared his throat and glanced at the slip of paper she’d set on the table. “It’s a check.”
“Wow. Cute and sharp.”
Cord’s grin appeared outright, while his brother and Vince laughed. Assholes.
He cocked his head and met her gaze. “How do I know this won’t bounce?”
“It won’t. I promise. Watch.” She grabbed the check and dropped it on the floor where it slid under the toe of his boot. “See? It didn’t bounce.”
The two chuckleheads laughed harder.
Stone bristled. “Very funny, Ms. Larson.” He bent down to retrieve the check and held it out to her. “This won’t do. I want cash or a cashier’s check.”
He knew he sounded like a hard-ass, but he just couldn’t take a chance on the newcomer stiffing him or wait for her check to clear. Too many men were counting on him.
She set her hands on her hips, drawing his attention to the curve of her waist and a pair of assets he was trying desperately to ignore. “Fine. Then take me somewhere I can cash it.”
He snorted. “Where do you propose I do that?”
“I don’t know.” She shrugged. “I’m not from around here. You are.”
Damn woman was pushing it.
She must’ve known because she sighed. “Look, I’m sorry about earlier.”
“Oh?” He hadn’t expected an apology. Setting the check on the table, he sat back in his chair and tipped his head. “For calling me a jackass?”
“No.” She smiled. “You have kinda been a bit of a jerk.”
Snickers reverberated from the peanut gallery.
Her gaze turned contrite, deepening the green in her beautiful hazel eyes. “I’m apologizing for calling you a liar. You were right. I talked to my grandfather. He told me he only paid the security deposit. I’m sorry. I was under the impression he’d also paid the first rent installment.”
An unexpected battle raged inside Stone’s head as well as his body. The damn woman stood too close. Her light flowery scent was making him nuts. Clouding his mind. And those awe-inspiring, mile-long bare legs were too damn close for him to hold on to his dwindling control. 
The Men of At Ease Ranch/ Book 1/Stone

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No amount of training could’ve prepared him for her.

Also hand drawn into a Japanese translation. 

Finn Brennan was used to his brother playing practical jokes, but this time he’d gone too far--sending him a woman as a ranch hand, and not just a woman, but a Marine.
When Lt. Camilla Walker's CO asks her to help out at his family's dude ranch until he returns from deployment, she never expected to be thrust into a mistaken engagement to his sexy, cowboy twin--a former Navy SEAL who hates the Corps.
The Corps took Finn’s father, his girlfriend and threatened his naval career. He’s worked hard for another shot at getting back to active duty and won’t let his brother’s prank interfere. The last thing he needs is the temptation of a headstrong, unyielding, hot Marine getting in the way.

She straightened to her full height and stared him down, brown eyes flashing like fire water. “You’re not my C.O. You can’t order me around.”
“Wrong. Brett’s the only one who can order you to go home,” he corrected, lowering his voice when the two college stable hands entered the building. “But I am the one who can tell you where to work on this ranch.”
She softened her expression, then sauntered closer to finger his collar.
“And what would you have me do, Finn?” she asked in a quiet, sultry voice.
Her complete about-face had his heartbeats kicking the hell out of his ribcage. He stiffened. What was she up to?
Stifled snickers quickly enlightened him. She was keeping up appearance, playing the dutiful fiancée, you idiot. For a moment there he thought…
Didn’t matter what he thought.
Terry sent the boys a look. They grabbed pitchforks before disappearing into a nearby stall.
Cammie removed her hands from his chest and stepped back. “Well? Where do you want me to work? With you?”
“No.” The last thing he needed was her around, countermanding his orders as he guided guests on the horse trail. “Why don’t you help my mom and Aunt Lettie with the party details?”
She blinked, then smiled broadly, her gaze bouncing between him and Terry. “No, I mean really. What do you want me to do?”
“I told you, help my mother. Most women enjoy planning parties.”
She stiffened, every trace of amusement gone from her face. “I’m not most women, Navy. Don’t confuse me with your ex-girlfriend. I’m not Heather.”
He inhaled strong and swift. “No, you’re not.”
Heather was sweet and non-confrontational, not a willful control freak like the lieutenant in front of him.
He was the boss, not her, and it was high time he showed her just who was in charge.
Finn stepped forward, slowly stalking the woman, purposefully invading her personal space until she was forced to retreat. The Marine backed up until her incredible backside hit the wall, stopping her escape. Satisfaction warmed his blood. Chalk one up for Navy.
“Wh-what are you doing?” she whispered.
Brown eyes widened with a mixture of apprehension, and God help him, desire. He palmed the wall on either side of her head and smiled down, beginning to enjoy the situation.
“I’m showing those college boys, and you, who’s boss.”
The instant she opened her mouth to protest, he pressed into her delectable curves and captured those tempting, objectionable lips. 
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