A New Day at Midnight
The Hearne Family Saga, Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Bookkus Publishing
Date of Publication: February 14, 2015
Page Count Print – 264
Page Count Electronic – 268
Word Count: 92,691
Cover Artist: Bookkus Publishing
When Merik Hearne finally lays claim to the woman that betrayed him, she inspires much more than his need for revenge—but is her love worth dying for again?
Condemned to play host to a demon, the scarred Romani leader has amassed a fortune with only one goal in mind—to possess Hannah Worthington, the traitorous beauty that has eluded him for over a decade. With an exchange of coin, everything he has been striving for is within reach but nothing is as he imagined. The tender, sharp-tongued woman he encounters tests the bounds of his convictions and he is torn between the promise of reckoning and longing for a love that once destroyed him.
Exchanged for a purse of gold and informed she is to be a slave, Hannah vows she has not survived a lifetime of loss only to wither under the likes of Merik Hearne. And she will do everything she can to make sure he knows it. Despite his overbearing manner, his fierce scars, and her own determination to escape him, she begins to see that something beautiful might lie beneath…something that belongs only to her. She must discover the angle from which the great lord plays before his dark desires consume them both.
As they struggle to find truth amid pasts marred by sorrow and secrecy, they are unaware that a vengeful apostle orchestrates the rise of a forgotten god—and the end of their chance at a life together.
Michelle Hiscox is a Paranormal Romance fan and author who hails from Drumheller, Alberta. The dinosaur bones buried in the hills of her hometown inspired the first stories she ever wrote, and she feels blessed to walk those same hills with her daughter today. Crocus flowers and dust bowls full of cactus never fail to inspire.
While her little girl and husband provides many welcome distractions to writing, it's something she always finds her way back to. Michelle is the proud, and slightly crazy, owner of two dogs and three cats, all animals she loves more than she reasonably should. She's been reading voraciously since she was a child and, one night, pulled her nose from a book to start writing her own.
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Please welcome A New Day at Midnight author Michelle Hiscox to Diane’s Book Blog.
How long did it take you to write A New Day at Midnight?
It took me about 7 years to write A New Day at Midnight, starting from the inception of the idea right to typing the last word. I started writing in 2006, so that 7 years doesn’t include the time it took finding a publisher or working with my editor, Rosa Sophia. Writing is part time for me, simply because regular life such as family and work require so much of my time. My commitment (aka obsession) to writing has grown over the years, so I’ve definitely increased the volume of work I produce in shorter amounts of time.
If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?
Probably Merik’s brother, Stephan. He’s cursed to carry a demon within him, but his sense of humor, resourcefulness, and strong supernatural abilities would come in handy. He’s also exceptionally handsome, which doesn’t hurt.
What is your favorite book that you wrote?
A New Day at Midnight is my favorite so far, although my second, Chasing Dawn, is developing into a new love affair. I think that’s likely the way it should go, I want to love whatever I’m writing or I wouldn’t want to write at all.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I think my path to becoming a writer really started with my early life as a reader. My Granny had an old dresser filled with Stephen King and John Saul books. I started reading them very young and never stopped. I was always good at organizing thoughts, and had several teachers who were very encouraging regarding the essays and short stories I wrote. In my twenties I discovered paranormal romance, particularly J.R. Ward, and loved it so much I decided I wanted to write my own.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
J.R. Ward is one of my favorites. Her work is dark, intense, humorous, and intelligent. I fall hard into her stories and her characters are as unique as her storylines. I really like that she embraces ‘taboo’ or controversial topics and incorporates them into major elements of her writing, seemingly without fear.
What is your typical day like?
It all starts with getting myself and my daughter ready for the day, then her to the bus and myself to work. I’m employed as a Case Manager providing supports to at-risk youth, and my evenings are predominated by running to dance, swimming, and Brownies with my little girl. I take care of 3 cats and 2 dogs, all whom I love dearly. My wonderful husband fits in there somewhere, always there when I need him. Usually at night when the house is quiet, I find my time to write. I squeeze in research and marketing wherever I can, such as lunch breaks.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m working on Chasing Dawn, the next installment in the Hearne Family Saga. It focuses on Merik’s younger brother, Nicolai, and the trials and triumphs he faces navigating the world as a Vetala (demon). I hope to have it completed by the end of the year.
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
I don’t think anything will ever beat holding an actual book in my hand, preferably paperback as it’s easier to read while lying on the couch, but eBooks are growing on me. I also understand they are much better environmentally speaking, and they are so easy to access with just a few clicks of a button.
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