Monday, May 30, 2016

Cannes Film Festival, Book Clubs and Chocolate


I had to share this video with you in case you haven't had the chance to see it yet. Why? Because it was the single most exciting thing to happen so far this month. I mean, when the producer who's optioned your book to be made into a motion picture, gives you a shout-out during the Cannes festival...that's bound to elevate the heart rate a little, right?!

Was it the most exciting thing to happen with my writing career to date, you ask? Not really. "But it's a MOVIE DEAL," I hear you shouting and madly waving your arms. "What could be more exciting than that?" It's a hard one to top, I'll give you that.


My favorite moment of being an author so far?  Wow, tough question. There have been a million heart-stopping fabulous moments in this journey so far from my first book contract to seeing the cover art, to selling the film rights. And I know there will be a ton more to come. But nothing quite compares to sitting at a table in the back of my favourite bookstore, with a group of amazing young women who chose Fire & Ice for their book club selection.


Listening to the passion and excitement about the characters...characters I created, characters I lived and breathed and thought I understood inside out. Then coming to realize from their unfiltered, tell-it-like-it-is, two hour plus steady stream of thoughts, opinions and feelings, that they had lived and breathed those characters also.  They proved with the clear conviction and authority that only girls who are consumed by a story can convey, that they quite probably knew those characters even better than I did. They most certainly loved, hated and were as equally invested in how their stories unfolded as I was.

Now that moment, was incredibly surreal.

...Plus, there was chocolate! For those of you just tuning in...I adore chocolate.


The only thing that could possibly top that would be eating chocolate at a teen book club....in Scotland, or Ireland....while filming Fire & Ice....and writing the next installment in the saga that's proving to be much longer than the originally planned trilogy! ;)  Now that will really get my heart racing!

Hope your days, months, weeks and years are filled with things that make your heart beat a little faster!

Monday, April 25, 2016

FREEZE is coming soon!!!



So I know its been, a while...as in a very long while, since my last post. But you'll be happy to know its becuase I've been writing. I wrote three novella's (which are more novel length than novella) for the Faerie Song Trilogy , plus I was contracted to write a series of children's books. Guess who's doing the illustrations....thaaat's right...me. So to say I've been busy is so much of an understatement its almost not even true. But I did want to take a breather to let you know that FREEZE, the first in the series of novellas, is in the hands of my publisher as we speak. Now, I know some of you (aka a LOT of you) are Zanthiel fans. Yes, I've been listening to and reading your heartfelt posts. Seriously, what is up with that? He has totally eclipsed Adrius as the book-boyfriend fave, which kind of blows my mind. But anyway, this first book is his story. In his voice. It picks up from where book 2 (BITTERSWEET) left off and delves a little more into his backstory and past. You know, so we get to see why he is the way he is...with all of that, deep, dark, badassness that is purely Zanthiel.

The second in the novellas is MELT, which is Venus' story. Now she's an interesting character. Always cool to know what makes the bad girl tick. ;) and then, of course, we have MELT, which is Adirus' story. I had planned on releasing his first, but in light of all of the recent Zanthiel fans, I decided to switch it up a bit. Hopefully you'll get all three during the spring, summer and fall. And the third book in the trilogy DARKEST LIGHT out for winter. That's my timeline, and its more of a wishlist than anything else. Because publishers...well they have thier own schedules for things. So we'll just have to wait and see if I'm close. Either way, I promise to let you know release dates as soon as I have them.

Thanks so much for reading, blogging, book-clubbing & reviewing the series... and if you loved it, thanks for telling a friend or fifty! It's so cool how many new fans have fallen in love with Mythlandria and it's characters as much as I have!! <3

Have an amazing day!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Happy Holidays!!!


Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season filled with joy & happiness, 

laughter & love

...and of course , more fabulous books!!! xo




Monday, December 7, 2015

Listening to the FIRE & ICE Audiobook



Yes, that's right, in place of the Christmas tunes that have been filling our house for the past week, I've switched gears. Why, you ask? Well, after several days of being out of commission after a dental filling gone astray, (don't ask, I'm still getting over the pain) I was given some news that brightened my day. Audio Realms finished producing the masters for the FIRE & ICE audiobook, read by the fabulous voice actor Mandy Kaplan. And BITTERSWEET audiobook will be out in the new year.

Quite honestly, I'd never been drawn to audiobooks, but three chapters in I was hooked. Now I play it everywhere. It is so much fun to listen to....it reminds me of being read to as a child, something I've always loved.

So if you or someone you know is like me and wants to give audiobooks a go, here's the where-to-find it info:
http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Ice/dp/B018ILETNQ
http://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/Fire-Ice-Audiobook/B018ILENT6

AND we'll be sponsoring a FREEBIE GIVEAWAY of the FIRE & ICE Audiobook on the iFandom's Collide Blog Friday Dec.11th! Stay turned for that one!!

Here's a little audio sampler:




Fire And Ice by Michele Barrow-Belisle


In between listening to the entire thirteen hour Fire & Ice saga, I'll be back to playing Bing Crosby's White Christmas, Lady Gaga's Lady Gaga's Baby It's Cold Outside,  Clay Aiken's Mary, Did You Know, and Boney M's When a Child Is Born. We have a pretty eclectic mix in this house, and we embrace what we love no matter the category. Music, like books and painting and all forms of art, evokes powerful emotions and creates magical lifelong memories. My holiday wish for you is a lifetime of happy ones! 




Until next time! CHEERS! 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Feeling Like Cinderella, Back From the Ball!



The past few days have been a whirlwind of excitement. New connections, and new projects have rounded out the end of summer, but the amount of buzz over a post I wrote for Gordon A Wilson's blog.... well there's just no describing that feeling! Other than a bit like Cinderella returning from the ball.\ow apt, considering the post is called:

 

I speak a lot about the magic that happens when you pursue your dreams. Even the serendipitous way I met author extraordinaire Sheri McInnis and blogger extraordinaire Gordon Wilson was nothing short of a magical meeting. Through the wonderful article about the film deal by Whitney SouthI was connected to Sheri who connected me to Gordon. Then with a single blog post about how I sold the film deal for Fire & Ice... a wave of a magic wand....and there were over 5000 views of the article on the first day alone! Magic. The fun has not stopped since. There's been a veritable twitter fest happening and I couldn't be more thrilled. Always happy to share my story in the hopes that it inspires other to follow their wildest dreams with reckless abandon, and total disregard for those who tell them it can't be done! 

Check out the article here on Gordon's Blog. And while you're there, browse some of the other amazing posts. You're sure to be enlightened and inspired. 


And I'd also invite you to check out Sheri's blog. Her post on the reasons she turned away from a successful stint in traditional publishing to self-publishing her upcoming novel is worth its weight in gold for any author. THE HUNTER'S MOON is a supernatural thriller about Witches in NYC, and is due out November. Watch for it! I know I will be!!

Those of you in the Philly area... please stop by and visit me at YA Fest 2015. I'll be there along with tons of other amazing authors signing and chatting and and hanging out! Don't miss out on the fun!





Saturday, July 11, 2015

FLING New Adult Box Set Author L. Kirk - Author of Love Me As You Do

Have you read it yet? The author extravaganza continues today with our fabulous contributing author Bonnie Bliss, writing as L. Kirk. Her story Love Me As You Do is part of the phenomenal FLING box set. #NewAdultFling



Bonnie Bliss writing as L. Kirk




Love Me Like You Do 


Blurb:


Daisy Philips is in a nightmare. With an incurable medical condition and her mother dying, her only escape is dance. When she notices mysterious loner Jason Lancaster watching through the studio windows, she feels a connection to him, soul deep. When she jumps to his defense, and the two finally collide, they realize somethings are just meant to be. Beyond their shared pain they find beauty in their art.

This is part one in a three part serial series.
This story features a heroine struggling with endometriosis. It is a condition that is incurable and needs more awareness. This serial series is written to support the woman living with his horrible condition.

Genre: 

New Adult Romance



Books and Upcoming Releases:

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About the Author:


L. Kirk is one half of the bestselling author Bonnie Bliss. She lives in sunny, Southern California, only fifteen minutes away from Disneyland. When she’s not weaving worlds of crazy on her own, she’s writing with her husband, Richard, the other half of Bonnie Bliss. She is also a mother to her quickly growing daughter, Lucy. And the fur-parent to a very crazy kitten.

Please visit Bonnieblissauthor.com


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