Michele Brouder

Writer of Romantic Comedy & Young Adult Paranormal  Romance


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My Favorite Time of Year

Posted on November 8, 2016 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (1)

This is my favorite time of the year: the run-up to Christmas. I love Christmas, always have and always will. The holidays in our house kick off mid-November with our youngest son's birthday. Before Christmas we'll celebrate also our oldest son's and husband's birthday and then my birthday in January will wrap up the whole season in a great big bow.

Christmas for me is about the memories and traditions and most importantly, the birth of Christ.

So it was no surprise that my first attempt at writing a book was a Christmas romance. Who doesn't like a little Christmas with their romance?  When I first arrived in Ireland back in 2006, I was determined to start writing and concentrate on learning the craft. The first thing I wrote and completed was the beginning draft of A Whyte Christmas. Since then there have been major rewrites, name changes and title changes and yet the story remains the same: funny, uplifting and full of promise.

The Kindle version of A Whyte Christmas will go live on Friday, November 11th. However, you can pre-order it for 99¢ here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MD1N213?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

The paperback version will be available soon. Watch this space for that date.

Also, later this week, I'm over at Jenny O'Brien's blog (https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com/) for her Christmas party. Come check it out. All week long, there are different authors and their Christmas books as well as a contest. It's going to be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there.

Review of Alix (The Coven's Grove Chronicles Book 1) by Virginia Hunter.

Posted on October 27, 2016 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story opens with Miranda, a witch in a coven, using a summoning spell, to attract more witches.

Enter, Alix, a young tattoo artist with extraordinary gifts that she’s managed to keep hidden up until now. One day, an EMT worker (loved the idea of the love interest working in a ‘rescue’ profession) comes in for a tat and the chemistry between them is seismic. Alix is so taken with Troy Sullivan, that she does something she’s never done before: she imprints his tat with a protection charm.

He eventually finds his way back to her with questions as he knows she’s done something to him. Unfortunately, he shows up at the same time the witch hunters show up at her door. And that’s when the real trouble starts.

I have read lots of paranormal romances, but this book has to be one of my favorites. What I really loved was the main character, Alix. She was a little edgy with purple fringe and tattoos and I felt that was something just a little bit different. You don’t see many females in fiction in that role of tattoo artist. The tension between her and Troy was a palpable and the chemistry was hot. We learn more about their relationship and why Alix chose him from Miranda.

It’s well written and well paced. It’s a nice combination of romance, supernatural and conflict. My only nitpick would be that it ended abruptly but it does leave me wanting to read more of the series. Also I would have liked to know more about the demons and why they were specifically after Alix. But overall, a great book that I couldn’t put down.


4.5 stars

Interview with Marilyn Vix, Paranormal Romance Writer

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Today on the blog we have Marilyn Vix as a guest. She's the author of Beware of Warlock series.She was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us. MC stands for Main Character.

what quote best defines them?

“Such a nasty woman.” –Donald Trump

what is your favorite scene of your MC in the book?

Personally, I really enjoyed the scene when Catherine finally gets together with the succubus/incubus. It’s a turning point in the story for her, and it was fun to write. I was actually at a writing conference in Las Vegas. So, being there helped me get in the mood. Love that town.

what is your MC's favorite food?

Like everyone else, Catherine loves pizza. Is there anything else better?

Your MC's house is on fire, what does he/she grab before running out?

Her cat. If she had one. She didn’t have one since Richard doesn’t like cats, and is allergic to them. When she settles down on a new place to live, she’ll get a new cat.

What is your MC's astrological sign?


What is your MC's biggest flaw?

She doesn’t seem to get the obvious sometimes. Sometimes really smart people have trouble seeing the little things. They’re too busy calculating and overthinking things. I actually had readers comment about how she just didn’t get it or couldn’t figure how someone could be daft. But I’ve seen it with people that are GATE. It really does happen. You might have to know a geek or two to see it or teach. ;-)

What would be your MC's theme song?

Too many to name really. Dance oriented music, and it would switch with her mood. I’d say she’s into Panic at the Disco right now.

What's your MC's middle name?

Veronica, but she’ll never tell you that.

What is your MC up to in your current book?

She’s still in Vegas hanging out with her friends. They are keeping their heads low avoiding Rich, her ex-husband, and enjoying what Vegas can offer while they decide what to do next. Her best friend Cassandra is getting interested in a guy. But I’ll save that for the sequel.


Marilyn has a giveaway going on for a $25 Amazon gift card.


Tomorrow as part of the Paranormal Blog Tour 2016, I'll review Virginia L Hunter's book, Alix (The Coven Grove Chronicles Book 1) Can't wait!