Interview with Lydia Michaels, Author of Hurt

What can you tell us about your new release, Hurt?

HURT is the debut novel in The Hurt Series, and my first venture into the world of Dark Romantic Thrillers. It’s unlike any of my thirty-five priorly published novels, which stretch across the spectrum of contemporary romance. While HURT is a dark psychological thriller written for mature audiences, it is also an incredible love story readers will hold onto long after the last page. The best romance novels are the haunting ones, and HURT is guaranteed to sink its claws into your soul and stick with you—as true love should.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

When I began my writing journey twelve years ago, I was inspired by Bella Andre’s tenacity as a fresh, female entrepreneur, Lori Foster’s personable social presence on the scene, and Lisa Kleypas’s mastery of prose. I studied and admired all three, and moved on to think of them as colleagues in this eclectic community of book lovers.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

This is never an easy question to answer and I always feel like I’m leaving a thousand wonderful titles out, but I’ll give it a try. 1.) Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas, 2.)Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas, 3.) Dark Notes by Pam Godwin, 4.) Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan, 5.) Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

My first guest would be J.R. Ward, because she’s rumored to be one of the nicest women in the book industry and I’m fascinated by her work. I’d ask her how she gets away with breaking the “rules” of traditional romance in so many novels, and how she overcame her greatest challenges as an author. She’s what I consider a Queen of Romance, and I think there’s a lot to learn from any woman who can wear class and write love and violence so well.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The writing! My job is a cycle of falling in love over and over again. There’s no better feeling than that!

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m usually at my desk before dawn. Then it’s a few hours of emails and marketing. Once the house is empty and quiet, I’m writing. If I’m in the middle of a novel, I can sometimes stay in my office for sixteen hours a day trying to finish. The hours are brutal, but the result is a well-crafted plot, rich in prose with flesh and blood characters. If I’m not writing, I’m usually out of my office by five and changing into my wife/mom cape. Then I pass out watching The Office or Friends around nine and it starts all over again the next day.

What scene in Hurt was your favorite to write?

HURT has so many dark scenes that pushed my personal hard limits, reading it is like jumping from a cold pool into a boiling hot-tub. The impact of the switch from brutal to intimate is made that much more intense by the contrast. So I would have to say the love scenes are my favorite, because they’re beyond tender and from the point of view of a character who survived hell and more, but still retained a delicate thread of his innocence. I find the romantic scenes in HURT incomparable to anything else I’ve read or written.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

If you want it, never stop going after it. Never stop believing your dreams are possible. If you believe in only one thing, believe in yourself. In time, it won’t be a dream anymore. “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” JAMES N. WATKINS


Lydia Michaels is the author of the new book Hurt.

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The Story Behind Don’t Tell by Willow Rose

By Willow Rose

This story came to life when one of my loyal readers contacted me and asked me if I had ever heard about the story of Ella Maud Cropsey (or often known as just Nell Cropsey).

It was the story of a young girl who disappeared from the porch of her family home in North Carolina in November 1901 after a fight with her boyfriend.

This reader was related to Nell and was very fascinated by the story herself. She provided me with a lot of information, and I read a couple of books about this girl and her strange disappearance. Then I decided to write about it.

In my book, it is a boy and not a girl who disappears, and it’s a completely different town and so on (The Ghost Town in the Sky really exists, and I saw it when I went skiing in Maggie Valley this winter). But some of the details, like the body floating in the creek long after she was killed, and not being decomposed at all, and the mother sitting in the window looking down when it floats by, stuff like that I kept similar to the real story. It’s a truly fascinating unsolved mystery, and you can read more about it here:

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Wow! Haven't we been blessed by the book fairies lately! We've savoured the most varied and amazing stories, each very different and each so incredibly captivating! We haven't come up for air, as we've discussed at length (as we always do) the latest books that have stolen our hearts.
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Books To Read If You Like Craig Alanson

Books To Read If You Like Craig Alanson

Craig Alanson is a New York Times Bestselling Author of science fiction novels. If you love exciting space adventures, you’ve undoubtedly read his popular Expeditionary Force series. We’ve made a list of some of our picks of new books to read if you like Craig Alanson. Enjoy these new releases from bestselling authors Lindsay Buroker, Jay Allan, J.N. Chaney, P R Adams, and more!


by Lindsay Buroker

Release Date: May 8, 2019

What if being a hero was encoded in your genes but nobody had told you? Casmir Dabrowski would have laughed if asked that question. This was a guy that had to build a robot for protection when he was in school. Thankfully, his life is much better now. He is a robotics engineer and professor. But he thinks heroics are for other people, not him… That is until robot assassins show up on campus trying to kill him.

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The Colossus

by Jay Allan

Release Date: April 15, 2019

The second book in the Blood on the Stars series… The Confederation has successfully retaken the capital for the Hegemony forces. But it seems they didn’t completely defeat the enemy. Far from it. Now they are back and this time have an unstoppable weapon… a vast superbattleship known as the Colossus. A deadly hybrid of Imperial and Hegemony technology, it is almost unstoppable.

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Renegade Empire

by J.N. Chaney

Release Date: May 4, 2019

Captain Jace Hughes is about to face the toughest enemy humans have ever faced. The Celestials are unrivaled in their strength, brutality, technology, but Jace will not be swayed. With some new allies, a joint amada, and some determination, Jace must start exploring the largest slip tunnel in the galaxy. They must learn all they can about this unknown enemy.

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Shadow Moves

by P R Adams

Release Date: May 12, 2019

The first book in the new The War in Shadow Saga… Faith Benson was heading for a promising career as a distinguished officer. Then she was sent to the Pandora. A posting aboard a search-and-rescue ship was usually the end of the line in the Kedraalian Republic Navy. But when the Pandora is sent to a demilitarized zone, the ship’s captain follows an SOS into enemy territory. Once the rescue begins, things start to spiral out of control.

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Caspian’s Fortune

by Eric Warren

Release Date: May 12, 2019

Caspian Robeaux has been betrayed and left to rot on the edges of the galaxy. Now in debt, he is stuck flying courier missions in a rustbucket he can barely afford to keep running. An annoying robot and a bottle of booze are his only friends. It’s definitely a far cry from his once-promising military career but he doesn’t care anymore. A lucrative job opportunity soon arises that may change his fortune and clear his name. But nothing in life comes this simple.

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Kaine’s Retribution

by D.M. Pruden

Release Date: May 31, 2019

Ten years ago an invasion was averted but it was at the cost of humanity’s interstellar transit network. Hayden Kaine is trapped at the edge of occupied space and languishes in guilt and regret. He was the one responsible for dooming a thousand worlds to permanent isolation. After being lost for a decade, his old ship and crew have mysteriously reappeared and they have brought with them some alien technology. This could change everything.

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5 incredibly moving stars!! A top 2019 read!

“Kiss me so it feels like I’m falling into you.”

WOW! Emma Scott brought all the emotion to A Five-Minute Life! We experienced everything as she perfectly conveyed the frustration, the anger, the hope, and the love of her characters, as well as sending us a message about never giving up and making not just every day, but every single minute count. A beautiful and uniquely captivating story told from the heart, with Jimmy and Thea now owning a little piece of our hearts, along with the other characters of Emma's who have taken up residence there. Prepare yourselves for a genuinely heartfelt story where Thea is a woman trying to remember and Jim is a man wanting to forget.

Another unforgettable story from an author who amazes us with her remarkable talent, and who delights and moves us with her incredible words. Grab the tissues and experience a story unlike any other. We cried tears of happiness, sadness, despair, and hope. We never gave up hope though, as our hearts were with Thea and Jimmy every minute of their story. Described as 50 First Dates meets Awakenings, a perfect description for a story in which there is a message for us all.

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Books To Read If You Like Allison Brennan

Books To Read If You Like Allison Brennan

Allison Brenna is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of suspenseful thriller novels. With over three dozen novels and numerous short stories, she is best known for her popular Lucy Kincaid and Max Revere series. If you’ve been on the hunt for some exciting new novels, we think you’ll love these new books to read if you like Allison Brennan!

A Perfect Lie

by Lisa Renee Jones

Release Date: May 14, 2019

My name is Hailey Anne Monroe. Yes, I am that Hailey Anne Monroe. The daughter of Frank Monroe, the man who was half a percentage point away from being President of the United States. If you asked him, he would probably say I was that half a percent. But you can’t ask him and he won’t tell you. Because Frank is dead. They are all dead. Now I can speak.

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Don’t Tell

by Willow Rose

Release Date: May 10, 2019

The seventh book in the bestselling Jack Ryder series by Willow Rose… Jack Ryder was hoping for a week of fun with his family in the mountains of North Carolina. But he soon discovers the body of a teenage boy in the creek behind their cabin. As more bodies are found the rural community of Maggie Valley is rattled. What happened to Benjamin Rutherford? Is his father — the local pastor — telling the truth?

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The Night Window

by Dean Koontz

Release Date: May 14, 2019

A young filmmaker is being hunted for sport on a Colorado ranch by a celebrated billionaire at the center of a monstrous cabal. A hacker slips through a top-secret database to gather the facts to fight the perpetrators of mass murder. A pair of brutal operators are shadowing their targets. A Vegas mob boss and a sociopath are closing in on a boy and his protectors to use as leverage against his mother. The mother herself, ex-agent Jane Hawk, is preparing to take them down.

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The Shadow Writer

by Eliza Maxwell

Release Date: May 1, 2019

Graye Templeton is an aspiring author and will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After living in the shadows her entire life, she accepts a job with book blogger, Laura West. Her connections could make Graye’s dreams come true. But it seems there is more to Laura than meets the eye.

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The Mother-in-Law

by Sally Hepworth

Release Date: April 23, 2019

Lucy always knew she wasn’t the wife he mother-in-law wanted for her son. Polite, friendly and generous, Lucy tries everything to win over Diana. But she still keeps her at arm’s length. Diana is a pillar of the community and no one has a bad word to say about her… except Lucy. That was five years ago. Now, Diana is dead. A suicide note was found by her body claiming she didn’t want to live with cancer anymore. Except the autopsy shows no trace of cancer. It did find poison though.

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The Paris Diversion

by Chris Pavone

Release Date: May 7, 2019

It’s just a normal day for American expat Kate Moore. She just dropped her kids off at school, finishes her chores, and is about to meet her husband at their regular café. Across the Seine, tech CEO Hunter Forsyth stands on his balcony and wonders why his police escort just left. He is also frustrated his cell service has cut out. On the nearby rue de Rivoli, Mahmoud Khalid gets out of a van and makes his way to the crowded courtyard of the world’s largest museum. He sets down his briefcase and takes off his jacket. That’s when people start to scream.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | May 14

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Lisa Renee Jones, Dean Koontz, Jeffery Deaver, Wendy Walker, Lee Jackson, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!

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New Romance Books to Read | May 14

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Skye Warren, Christina Lauren, Danielle Rose, Wendy Wax, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!

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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | May 14

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Virginia Reeves, Rachel Barenbaum, Karen Russell, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | May 14

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Lindsay Buroker, Eliot Peper, Rhett C. Bruno, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Talena Winters, Andy peloquin Stacey L. Tucker, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!

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