The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Welcome romance author, Donna Michaels...

I have been running around like a mad woman this afternoon and so I must pass on my huge apologies to Donna for being tardy in posting her interview - loved reading your answers, Donna :) Hope you enjoy your time here - over to you!

Good morning, Rachel. Thanks for having me here today.

1)   Did you set any goals for 2013?

Yes. I want to try to make a few meetings at my local RWA. It’s about 2 hrs away, and tying up the vehicle for a day is usually tough, but I’m determined to fit in a few this year.

2)   What is the best part of the writing process for you?

The best part for me is the actual writing. I’m not fond of promo, or fleshing/outlining, or research. I do them, of course, but when I can actually just sit and type—I am so happy!

3)   The worst part?

Like I just said, promo is the worst. lol The time involved is murder on my writing schedule.

4)   What is the book you wish you’d written?

Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis. I absolutely love her characters and their diverse background and personalities. Yet, they fit so well. Plus, I’m a sucker for a ‘tortured’ military hero!

5)   Favourite author/s & book/s?

Anything from Jill Shalvis. Love ‘Lucky at Love’ from her Lucky Harbor series, and of course, ‘Animal Magnetism’ from her Animal Magnetism series. She writes humorous, hot and sexy stories with wonderful alpha males.

6)   Tell us about your latest release?

My latest release is my first ever self published novel. CAPTIVE HERO is the first novel in my Time-shift  Heroes Series. This is a contemporary timeshift where the hero is brought back to present day. My heroine is a test pilot who accidentally flies back to WWII and inadvertently changes history. In order to keep the timeline safe, she kidnaps the hero and brings him to our time.

7)   Tease us with a blurb/short except


He jumped, and reluctantly ripped his gaze from her mind-drugging curves. “What?”

“I want my clothes. Now.”

She reached for a pile. But he was quicker. He grabbed her wrist, and a damn fission shot through his body again. What the hell? She yanked free and stepped back.

Ignoring the pounding in his veins—and both heads—he slowly rose to his feet, positioning himself between her and the table. Hell if he’d allow her to take anything until he knew it was safe.

“I’m not done yet.”

“Oh, for crying out loud.” She groaned. “It’s just my clothes.”

His brows shot up. “Really?” He reached behind him for the strange little packet of pills he’d found. “Then where the hell do you wear these?”

A small smile tugged at her lips, and son-of-a-bitch, a spot of color seeped into her cheeks. She was blushing. Why was she blushing? Spies don’t blush. Do they?

“You don’t wear them. Y-you take them.”

He waved the packet. “No shit.” What did she think, he was an idiot? His heart hammered and he wondered just what she’d planned on doing with the pills. He stared hard at his blushing abductor, but spoke soft. “You plan on drugging me, Samantha?”

Amusement flittered through her remarkable eyes. “No. Not unless you’ve grown a pair of ovaries.”

There wasn’t anything funny about…Wait? Ovaries? He glanced at the pills.

“They’re my birth control pills, Mitch. Give me them.” She stepped closer and reached for the packet.

Birth control what? He held the pills out of her reach and frowned down. “Control birth?” Shit. “Are you pregnant?” Cripes, he hoped not. Not after the way he manhandled her today.

“No!” She shook her head, her shoulders rounding in exasperation. “I’m not pregnant. The pills prevent pregnancy.”

Was that even possible? Maybe. He wouldn’t put anything past the Germans.

He folded his arms across his chest, his body heating before he even got the words out. “So, you are planning to seduce me.”

“What? Oh for the love of…” Her mouth clamped shut, eyes glittered and body stiffened. “If you must know, I need the hormone therapy to help with cysts. I have to take one pill a day at the same time every day, and I’ll need one first thing in the morning. Now, give me my damn pills!”

Before he could react, she lunged for the packet and gripped the bottom edge. Damn, she was fast. He pulled while she tugged, and he tried desperately to ignore the soft curves brushing his body or the mouthful of wet hair tickling his face.  God, she smells great. More vanilla. He inhaled and a layer of warmth increased the heat already throbbing inside. Touching her was out of the question. He’d just have to keep twisting and lifting.
Several more seconds of sweet torture and he finally got the upper hand. Success. He ripped the pills from her grasp.

“Dammit, Captain,” she growled, her warm breath hitting his chin.

Didn’t the woman know how to give up? Apparently not. She continued her delicious assault, pressing against him, reaching, trying to crawl up his body for the damn packet. Cripes. She was potent.

And naked.

All the struggling loosened the towel which softly thudded on to his right foot.

“Shit!” She released him and bent down to grab the wayward towel, brushing his throbbing body along the way.

He went still. Very still. He didn’t even dare to breathe. But he did look. Oh, hell yeah, he looked.

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8)   What is your favourite attribute of the hero and heroine?

I love how Mitch remains strong during his ‘abduction’ and man enough to admit when he was wrong.

As for Samantha, again, I’d have to say her strength throughout all she has to deal with because of her flight back in time. I can’t say too much without giving things away.

9)   What’s next?

I have several ‘coals’ in the fire. lol  The second book FUTURE HERO in this series is Maria’s book. She’s Samantha’s flight partner. She meets her hero up at the infamous cabin where Sam had first taken Mitch. I’m also finishing up LOCKE AND LOAD, the first book in my romantic suspense series—Dangerous Curves. Each book in this series will feature a female agent from a government funded agency working out of D.C. I hope to have it out this spring. And finally, I am also working on COWBOY DADDY SQUARED the sequel to COWBOY-SEXY for The Wild Rose Press. This is Brett’s book. If you’ve read Cowboy-Sexy then you know the hero’s practical joke playing twin has Operation Payback on his plate.

10)                  Tell me where you write?

I actually write in my bedroom on a laptop.

11)                  Where would you like your career to be in 5 years?

I also write screenplays so I’d love to have a movie in theaters and a book on the best sellers list!

Thanks again, for letting me talk about CAPTIVE HERO today. You can learn more about me and my works at my website:  Sign up for my newsletter to keep up with my news, exclusive contests and more!

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Great interview, Donna! Any questions? Comments? Over to you, my lovely readers... :)


  1. Thanks for a great interview, Rachel, and for having me here today!

  2. Loved the interview! Very tantalizing excerpt, Donna. I'm not entirely sure who is the abductor, as Mitch seems entirely control of the situation and Samantha is ... well, naked. :)

  3. Thanks, Angel!

    Exactly! lol Samantha had to leave the 'sedated' hero at the cabin to sneak back to base. When she finally came back a few days later, he 'captured' her, thinking she was a German spy. He didn't believe her and she had to constantly remind herself to go easy on him because he was plucked from his the world he knew.

    It was a ton of fun to write!