The Book Barista: Author Interview and Review of Emerald Eyes by N. Michaels

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Emerald Eyes

After years of being pressured into becoming a neurosurgeon like her father and refusing each time, Katherine Slav’s father has enough of her partying and cuts her off from all financial support, leaving Katherine to find her own place in the world, out of her father’s provision.

Finding a job was a priority. Finding Eric Miller was a bonus, a bonus that quickly proved to be impossible to conquer. How can you have the only man who resists you every step of the way? How can you seduce your boss without losing your job?

Struggling not to blur the lines, Eric tries to keep Katherine at arm’s length, but the more he’s around her, the weaker his resistance becomes. At the end, Katherine gets what she wants, but is it all she thought it would be? Discovering Eric’s secret and baring her own, Katherine fights for her newfound love with everything she’s got, but will it be enough to banish the darkness in Eric’s life? Will she be enough?

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REVIEW

I first heard of this book back at the end of November and immediately purchased it.  Like so many of you, my “to read” list is very VERY long so I wasn’t sure when I would actually get to read it.  Every time I would come across mention of it I would hear this little voice in my head telling me to move it up my “to read” list.  I finally did and I am so glad I did!

The first thing I noticed about Katherine was that even though she lived a privileged life, she wasn’t afraid to venture away from “daddy’s money” and do it on her own.  She stuck to her guns.  She didn’t want to be the neurosurgeon her dad expected her to be and got cut off from the family money.

The second thing I noticed about Katherine is her…shall we call it “confidence”?  We all read books where the male is all confident and sometimes even arrogant.  It was a nice change to have such a confident female.  She knows she’s good looking.  She knows she’s got skills to get her through a job she’s never done before.  Believe it or not, it was very refreshing to read a female character like this and it never prevented me from liking her as a character.

So now, I have to talk about Eric.  He’s rich, he’s successful, he’s hot and he sends a lot of mixed messages.  He’s got rules about fraternization but he’s not above breaking them.  There’s a secret he’s hiding and it seems that his nasty ex-girlfriend (if we can call her that) knows all about it and isn’t afraid to use it to get her way.

This is the first book in a trilogy.  Just be warned that it does end with a cliffhanger.  I am very excited to see what happens next with Katherine and Eric.  I can’t wait for the second book.

I gave Emerald Eyes five very hot, very steamy cups and would definitely recommend it.

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INTERVIEW

I was very happy to know that N. Michaels was willing to answer some questions for me.  As this is the first author interview I’ve done I was a bit nervous about it.  I got lots of encouragement from my book bestie – she always has my back.  So without further ado…:

Q: How long have you been writing and what made you decide to self-publish?

A: I’ve been writing short stories since I was 8. As a teenager, I began writing novellas but never a full-sized novel. Emerald Eyes is my first complete novel and I never thought about publishing it, since I enjoy writing for myself.

My journey of writing Emerald Eyes actually began with the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon. My two best friends were reading it, one of them loved it, the other one not so much. I noticed the hype that was going around it and decided to check it out. I loved it. After 50 Shades I began reading other books and noticed that all those books I’ve read since 50 Shades of Grey had the same formula, an alpha male and an innocent, naive, virginal female. Then, I was on the phone with my best friend, complaining about that Alpha male/Virginal, shy girl formula, and I might’ve said something in the lines of, “I wish I could rewrite this XYZ book and give it a confident woman that is sure of herself and doesn’t think she’s ugly.”
My best friend replied, “Then do it. Write your own story with your fearless woman.”
And I did. I began writing and when I was done, I read it to her over the phone. When she heard it all, she was crying and telling me that I had to publish it. I immediately said no way. But she was pushing me and it took her and my mom a week of phone calls and pep talks for me to cave and say, “Why the hell not. I live only once.”

Q: What has the self-publishing experience been like for you?

A: Self-publishing has been quite the journey. So far, it’s been fun but also very hard. Not many people know the lengthy process of Self-publishing. The author has to do everything and I mean EVERYTHING by him/herself, unless of course he/she can afford an editor and a publicist and a designer. Since I never thought of publishing, especially self-publishing, I never had to format a book before. That took some time to do and I still think I didn’t do it the right way. I did enjoyed hunting for that perfect photo to be on the cover and designing it. 
Publishing the book itself wasn’t as hard as getting myself out there. I am as unknown as a wedding crasher. No one knows who I am in the literary world. Building a social platform is much harder to do in my opinion. I was clueless at how to get myself out there so I looked at what other successful authors did as guidance, the old “Monkey see, monkey do.” Now mind you, I don’t copy and paste. I observe, learn and apply my own material and style to whatever it is I’ve learned.
A self-published author needs to be more than just an author, it’s being the publicist, the editor, the designer, it’s a huge amount of work and if you’re not knowledgeable in one of those areas you need to learn it. The hardest thing for me besides getting myself out there was making my website. That was a headache that made me cry in agony. I’m usually very computer savvy, but I have never in my life had built a website. It was a nightmare learning about the CSS and HTML languages.

Q: Is there anything you know now that you wish you’d known before?

A: Yes. I wish I knew what was needed (how to build a website, etc) before publishing. Oh and also, I wish I knew I could send an ARC to book blogs and make a hype about my book before releasing it. I published my book completely blind and clueless. I’ve learned some things as the days went by and I’m still learning. 

Q: What is your writing process like and where do you find your inspiration?

A: My writing process… it mostly begin with a scene that keeps replaying in my mind until it drives me mad and I have to write it down. I make notes either on my iPad or phone or notebook. I can’t write with music.
Inspiration is everywhere. In a song, in a poem, in a friend, my own private life. You can get inspired by anything, anywhere if only you look close enough.

Q: In the book Kate comes from a Russian background and you’ve used Russian words and phrases throughout.  Do you speak Russian or did you research the phrases?

A: I speak Russian.

Q: I’m a visual kind or girl (aren’t we all?) and I was wondering who you visualize as your Eric Miller.

A: I got Eric’s looks from a mix of a few men that I know. But if I had to choose one person, it would be David Gandy. *nods* Yep.

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I’d like to thank N. Michaels for taking the time to answer my questions and for writing a great book.  I look forward to more from her.

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