Friday, February 29, 2008

For Leap Day Please Welcome Michele Lang

About Michele:

Michele Lang writes paranormal tales set in contemporary and futuristic places: the stories of witches, lawyers, goddesses, cops, bankers, demons and other magical creatures hidden in plain sight. She is a lawyer, and in addition to writing fiction, Michele has practiced the unholy craft of litigation in both Connecticut and New York.

Netherwood is her first book for Dorchester’s SHOMI, a new speculative romance imprint that Publisher’s Weekly recently claimed “shows much promise.”

Visit Michele on the web:

Michele's Fantastic Five's

Five words and/or phrases that describe you:

*PASSIONATE: I care intensely about everything I do – sometimes too much ;)
*OBSESSED: Especially about writing…when I get into a book, I completely disappear into it, and I mean gone. I have been known to disappear into books I read, too…I will stay up all night to finish reading a great book!
*DETERMINED: You could also say “stubborn” LOL – When I want to do something, I might slow down, but I don’t give up.
*QUIRKY: Again, you could also call me “weird” and that would probably fit too J
*SENTIMENTAL: Yes, commercials for phone services sometimes make me cry…

Five people and or things that inspire you:

*my children: they teach me how to open up and really see the world
*my husband: the most romantic human being I know
*NYC: my hometown, and the most magical place I’ve ever been
*the ocean: the waves and the wind speak to me, give me peace
*the future: anything is possible!

Five of your favorite authors:
Argh, this is tough!!! – there are so many, but I’ll try…..

*Madeleine L’Engle
*Jim Butcher
*Linnea Sinclair
*Ursula LeGuin
*Stephen King

Describe five of your heroes/heroines through your eyes:

Kovner [NETHERWOOD]: Talia’s cyber lover and outlaw rebel, Kovner is a poet soldier – he fights for survival, but he’s as much a mystic as a warrior. He knows how to fight, how to protect, but his greatest gift is in his vision of the future. I love Kovner because he sees the future, knows he will likely die and that his cause is almost certainly doomed, but he NEVER gives up. And I love his wicked, secret side…he’s got an insatiable appetite!

Talia Fortune [NETHERWOOD]: She’s the face of the law on the planet of Fresh Havens, and she clings to her authority because deep down she doesn’t trust herself. She is such a fantastic woman, but doesn’t know it – because of her shady past, she doesn’t trust her better instincts and that lack of certainty messes her up again and again. BUT her love for Kovner gives her the strength and understanding to grow, to realize that her flaws are the key to her salvation.

Arthur Pendragon [MS. PENDRAGON]: Arthur is the King – he’s used to taking command, leading people in a noble cause. The greatest thing about Arthur is that he is willing to admit he is wrong, and to change. Even despite ancient feuds lasting for hundreds of years, Arthur is willing to step back and reconsider his actions. He also is extremely hot, in a wounded warrior kinda way J

Viv Levy [MISTS OF MANHATTAN]: Viv is wicked and witty…sexy and funny and supremely self-assured. She’s a great Witch, the High Priestess of New York City, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously. The greatest thing about her is that she realizes kindness can be more powerful than any supernatural magic…she heals as much through love as through magic herbs or secret spells.

Mordred the Bold [MISTS OF MANHATTAN]: I love this twisted soul J His hatred for his father Arthur is so pure, so grounded in righteousness, that he almost convinces Viv of his side of things. When it comes down to the wire, he is capable of making huge sacrifices to save the woman he loves, to undo the epic wrongs he has committed. Mordred is a tortured hero, but he is worth redeeming!

Five reasons to read your books:

*Action/adventure: a great escape, heart-pounding excitement J
*Thought provoking: sexy thrillers that make you think!
*Metaphysical edge: exploration of inner space and the power of the human soul….
*Vivid settings: take a mental vacation to another planet, the future or the past
*Questing characters: flawed, intense, larger than life characters who seek love in extraordinary times

Michele Lang -- Electric Dreams
NETHERWOOD, March 2008
"Original, can't stop turning the pages!"
-New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Squires

Extr!Extra! Michele will be giving away a copy of NETHERWOOD in a drawing of all the people who comment on the blog today. She will also put everybody who comments into the hat for herMarch contest NETHERWOOD Sightings, the grand prize is a $50 gift card from Amazon. To get counted twice, people can also join the announcement only contest loop:


ChristyJan said...

NETHERWORLD sounds like a great read!

danetteb said...

Hi Cristyjan,

Michele writes awesome stories.

My copy is on the way and I can't wait to get lost in the new world she has created.

Hugs, Danette

ChristyJan said...

Hi danetteb,

I'll be adding this book to the top of my shopping list.

Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the Fantastic Fives. Netherworld sounds like a great story.

Michele Lang said...

Thanks for stopping by, guys!!! :) And thanks so much, Danette...I'm hoping you like NETHERWOOD as much as MS. PENDRAGON...


limecello said...

Hi Michele,
I enjoyed reading this post- and Madeline L'Engle is one of my favorite authors too. I loved all her series - especially the Austins.

tetewa said...

Your introducing me to another new author, NETHERWORLD sounds like my kind of read!

Caffey said...

Hi Michelle! Been watching this book for when it was coming out (on the preview section at Dorchester) and it does sound so neat! I loved reading about the characters here! I'm off to sign up for your newsletter too. Your name sounds familiar so I'm wondering if I read a book of yours before so i'm going to find out!

I'd love to be in the contest!

Pamk said...

my god that cover rocks. Sounds like a great read. i am adding to my wish list.

danetteb said...

Lol Tetewa. My TBB gets new authors a lot too. :D

Hugs, Danette

Michele Lang said...

Hi Limecello!

Madeleine L'Engle blows me away...Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite books of all time. When she died, I was so sad...and I regretted never writing to her and thanking her for sharing her gift.

thanks for stopping by! :)


Michele Lang said...

Hey Tetewa --

So glad you like! I have a trailer up at my website if you like those, and I've got an excerpt posted too.

Thanks for stopping's been quite a week :)


Michele Lang said...

How cool, Caffey...welcome :)

I will be making a big announcement on my contest loop, and will be giving away some other Shomi books too, so it's a great time to join!

Thanks so much and hope you enjoy NETHERWOOD!


Michele Lang said...

Hey pamk:

I so love this have to see it in person. The color is gorgeous! So glad you like it too...

thanks for coming out to say hi!

Caffey said...

Hi Michelle! I realized who I was speaking to after I pulled myself together!

Again, so thrilled for you with your debut out!!

Can you give us a link for your contest/newsletter loop? thanks!

blackroze37 said...

im already a memeber of your newsletter for a while! i love the title ands sound like a wonderful read

pleaseplease enter me

EmJay said...

Another fan of Madeleine L'Engle here. I looked high and low for Netherwood at my local Borders today. No one could find it even though the computer said it was "likely" to be in the store. Maybe it sold out already!

Michele Lang said...

Hi Emjay --

Wow...I hope you are right :) I know you can get it on Amazon, and I found a bunch of copies at Barnes & Noble. I think you can find it on the endcaps or on the new release tables...

I am having a "NETHERWOOD sightings" contest this month...please enter this contest! The prize is a $50 gift certificate from Amazon.

Thanks so much for looking for NETHERWOOD :)


Michele Lang said...

Hi blackroze --

I recognize the name :) Thanks so much for stopping by...I will be announcing some giveaways on my loop as well as the Sightings contest.

Thanks again,

Michele Lang said...

Hi Caffey :)

Here's the sign up for the announcement/contest loop:

It is *so* nice to see you here!! Thanks so much for visiting, and thank you Danette for inviting me!