Friday, January 17, 2014

Meet CM Michaels, author of 'Dangerous Waters'

Welcome author CM Michaels to Andi's Book Reviews! Please leave your comments and questions for him below!

Ever broken any bones?
I managed to play college football and intramural sports without ever having surgery, only to rip up my knee and ankle executing what was surely the worst slide ever attempted in co-ed softball. While no bones were broken, I did have bone chips removed from my ankle and torn cartilage repaired in my knee. Good times.
Any weird things you do when you’re alone?
Not really. I spend most of my alone time either reading or writing. I do have a few favorite guy movies I like to pop in on those rare nights when I have the TV to myself like Troy, Gladiator, the Matrix trilogy and the Underworld series.
What is your favorite quote and why?
My favorite quote is by Henry Ford: "If you think you can, or if you think you can't, either way, you're right." So much of succeeding in life and achieving your dreams is about refusing to stop trying and believing in yourself. I think the quote sums that up well.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Black cherry followed in a close second by mint chocolate chip. I’ve never had a better ice cream cone than the homemade black cherry ice cream on Mackinaw Island (Michigan).
Which mythological creature are you most like?
I would have to say a werewolf, in that, while I am sociable enough with the public at large, I maintain a small intimate circle of close friends and family. Letting someone in to this inner circle is not an easy or quick process for me, but once admitted they are part of my pack. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them.

Dangerous Waters
by C M Michaels



For Emily Waters, a nature-loving, small-town girl with an overprotective father, heading off to Boston University to study conservation biology is a dream come true—until a chance encounter catapults her into a mythical world she’d do anything to escape.

The latest victim in a rash of abductions near campus, Emily is brutally attacked before being rescued by a powerful new friend. She survives the ordeal, only to find herself held captive and presented with an impossible choice.

While preparing for the unimaginable life she must now embrace clues soon emerge that Emily may not be entirely human, and her physical transformation awakens goddess-like powers that her new family cannot begin to explain.

Dealing with her human first love, the not-so-platonic relationship with her coven “sister,” and her new vampire sort-of-boyfriend further complicates matters, not to mention being secretly hunted by the psychopaths who attacked her. And as the only known offspring of a once all-powerful race, the climactic battle is only the beginning of her journey.

Read an excerpt:
“Would you stop already?” Teresa grumbled, glaring at her ever-pacing brother. “No one’s following us. Relax.”

Travis finished scanning Beacon Street and ducked back into the alleyway. “God damn it! Do you ever listen? I told you we had to cool it for a while. What the hell were you thinking?”

“The bitch spilled her drink on me.”

He sighed and tiredly rubbed his eyes. Arguing with her was like trying to reason with a bratty three-year-old grabbing candy in a grocery checkout line. “So we’re homeless because someone accidentally got diet coke on your shirt?”

“Quit being such a queen,” Teresa said with a huff. “You know Stefan thinks of us as his kids, which is totally weird by the way. All he’ll do is make us listen to his rules again. If you wouldn’t have talked me into running, we’d probably be watching TV by now.”

“If Stefan and Alexander just wanted to talk, they would’ve waited until we got back, not raided our feeding room like a two-man S.W.A.T. team. This is serious, Terr. If they find us, they’re going to kill us.”

For the first time in as long as he could remember, his snarky, narcissistic sister looked vulnerable. She crossed her arms to conceal her jittery hands and looked into his eyes. “So what do we do? I’m not living on the street again, or in the skuzzy-ass hotels we used to stay in.”

Travis placed a comforting hand on his baby sister’s shoulder. “Things aren’t like they used to be, sis. Even you have to admit that Stefan taught us a hell of a lot. Once we get out of town, we can trance a bank manager and get all the money we need. I thought we’d head south—you always wanted to see Orlando.”

Acting as if he hadn’t even spoken, Teresa shrugged off his hand and headed further down the dimly lit alley, veering around overflowing dumpsters and piles of loose garbage before slumping back against the brick wall behind her. “And what about the skank who started all this? We just leave her to her fairy-tale life, sipping wine in her mansion?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

C.M Michaels grew up in a small town in northern Michigan as the youngest child of a close-knit family of seven. He met his wife, Teresa, while attending Saginaw Valley State University. Together they’ve provided a loving home for several four-legged “kids”, including Sophie, their eternally young at heart, hopelessly spoiled Spaniel.

He has always enjoyed writing, and still has fond memories of reading his first book, a children’s novella, to local grade schools when he was 14. Dangerous Waters, the first book in the Sisters in Blood series, is being published by Freya’s Bower on September 5th, 2013. C.M. is currently working on the second book in the Sisters in Blood series along with a Fantasy romance.

When he’s not writing, C.M. can be found curled up with a good book, watching movies or hitting the hiking trails with his wife. An avid reader since discovering Jim Kjelgaard novels in early childhood, his favorite authors include Kelley Armstrong, Peter V. Brett, Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, Cassandra Claire, J.R. Ward, Laini Taylor and Tessa Dawn.

C.M. currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  1. Thank you for hosting me today! I will reply to comments this evening.

  2. Black cherry does sound good...I wonder how the ice cream doesn't curdle!


    1. Not sure, Vitajex, but I'm glad the food gods have blessed us with it :)

  3. I just started the book last night and am loving it so far. Very interesting premise and characters. The romances in it are entertaining and strange also.

    1. That is great to hear, Steph! I am so happy you are enjoying it :) I'd love to hear what you think once you've finished. You can contact me at Happy reading!!

  4. HAHAHA I'm a dragon. I hide in my cave and guard my treasure. ;)

    1. That would be quite the life! I'd want to be like "Smokey" in Yasmene Galenorn's Otherworld series where I could shift forms from Dragon to Human... best of both worlds :)

  5. I really loved the excerpt!

  6. I loved the excerpt but I also liked the Q & A :) I loved your answer to your favorite quote!

    1. Thanks Jenn :) Some interesting questions! I had a lot of fun answering them.

  7. I really enjoyed the questions also! Fun!

    1. Thanks Terri! Especially loved the mythological creature question :)

  8. I loved your answer to your favorite quote!


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