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April’s Not Only For Fools Author Extravaganza

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Author Michelle Muckley ~ Genre: Suspence/Thriller

Hi, Michelle, welcome and thanks for being here.

Thanks for joining me here for this blog post.  First off, as all indie authors learn to do, let’s talk about me.

As far as my personality goes, I have been well and truly inflicted with the disease of the writer.  By this I mean that since I have been writing virtually fulltime, my personality has undergone a complete transplant.  Before writing as much as I do now I was a scientist.  I was ordered, methodical, kept a daily diary of things to do, and worked closely under the rule of the clock.  Now, I have become disorganised, a complete scatter brain, terrible at planning, and as for the diary, well, better just not to ask.

I live in Cyprus in the heart of the Mediterranean, and have been here now for two years.  It’s a beautiful island, and I can usually be found, depending on the season, at the beach or in the mountains.  I love to go running along the coast when the sun is shining, but more times than not my daily routine just gets in the way.  My fiancée and I run a cardiology practice, and this is where I write from.  Usually the mornings I am alone at the clinic, and this is perfect for writing.  It gives me six hours to write, and then in the afternoon our time is taken up with seeing patients.   Leaving at 8pm from there doesn’t leave much time for anything else, so the running is sporadic, and also on a steady decline.

When I am not at the beach or the mountains I am probably in a cafe with a coffee.  Coffee is almost the new religion in Cyprus, and I am nearly a fully converted member of the parish.  But coffee lover or not, nothing gets written without a good cup of tea, a dash of milk, and a very generous spoon of sugar.

I have been writing now for about six years.  When I started the first novel, I just decided I had to try, without any pressure to finish.  Then, as it became clear that I would have a whole book, I decided it would be just for me.  Then when the book was actually finished I knew I had to try to publish it.  The more I did, the more I had to do.  When I started doing my covers I was like a fish out of water, not having any clue, and my first cover was poor.  However, you learn, make mistakes, and gradually work it out and make it better.  What I mean by that is that I hired a designer.  I also found a good editor.

My style of writing is reflective and descriptive.  It seems that in some circles this is almost considered a crime.  My plot is always held in check by my wish for you to know the characters before you follow them to the end of their journey.  My work was described as spiritual by one reviewer and I found this really rewarding.  That’s the kind of impression I would only dream of instilling in one of my readers.

So as for being a writer, besides the repetitive strain in my hands and the over intake of caffeine, I wouldn’t change a thing.  To be able to write and create books has been a long term dream.  I have two published books and one on the way.  I haven’t finished the editing yet, but I am already starting to swirl ideas around in my head for the next.  It seems that sometimes you find something that you love that it doesn’t matter where it takes you, or how much of your free time it takes up, it just quietly takes over and you begin to realise that you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Blurb

Escaping Life

It’s beautiful here. It’s a beautiful place to die.

Since the accident claimed her sister’s life, Haven has been a sanctuary for Elizabeth Green.  She has finally found some of the tranquility that she thought had bookcover 01been lost long ago to the past.  Homicide cop Jack Fraser is running away from his miserable life too.  But when the discovery of a body on a local beach leads him directly to Elizabeth’s front door, it seems her past might not have been left behind her after all. Together they must face their demons, and in the process expose the dangerous secrets that cloud their lives before it’s too late.

Running from reality is sometimes more painful than discovering the truth.

The Loss of Deference

Will Moreton is one of the lucky ones. He still has a house, thanks to the fact that he has been assigned State Employment. Mind numbing or not, he’ll take whatever he’s given and try to keep the roof over his and wife Molly’s head. He doesn’t want them to end up living in a Shelter like the one where he works. They don’t need any more problems.  The recession hit Grafton hard, and having a job and a home is a luxury that few enjoy.  If only he was like Dan, with a good job and a steady income. He never has to worry about money.

Dan Fox is Will’s best friend, and works as a nurse in the local hospital.  He needs cash desperately in order to pay for his mother’s care.  She is slowly dying and bookcover 02deserves the best in her last years of life.  He owes her that, doesn’t he?  After what happened?  It helps to put things right.  He’ll follow any order to make sure he can keep her where she is comfortable. Will is the only one that knows the childhood secret that afflicts Dan. Neither of them wants to think back to the terrible day that binds them together.

But Dan has started to keep new secrets. Secrets that not even Will knows about. These secrets are kept locked away in the depths of the night behind the Victorian walls of the hospital in which Dan works. Dan thinks that he has covered his tracks. But one winter’s
day, when Will panics because he can’t find Molly, he looks to Dan for help. By doing so he makes a discovery that leads him into a terrifying conspiracy. The only problem, he has no idea who is the real enemy.

A journey of trust and betrayal, the reader is compelled to experience the limits of true friendship through a web of disturbing lies and truths, and to look for hope not only in the strongest of human bonds, but also the darkest corners of life.

Excerpt

The excerpt for Escaping Life and The Loss of Deference can be found on my website and my Goodreads page.

Giveaway

All people who wish to enter a giveaway are welcome.  Each entry will receive a free eBook.  In order to claim your free copy, simply go to my website and fill out the contact form.  You will receive your free copy by email.  At least this way you don’t have to leave your email in a public domain if you don’t want to.  I promise to be careful with it!

Buy Links

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Amazon Loss of Deference
Amazon Escaping Life

US
Amazon Loss of Deference
Amazon Escaping Life

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