My One Year Authorversary!

So today marks the one year anniversary since my very first book debuted.

February 13, 2015 changed my life because Unbearable was born.

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Since then many things have happened. This book went on to win an award:

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It spawned a sequel, BAD APPLE, which also went on to win runner-up. Both were Amazon category best sellers.

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Never in my life had I thought I’d become an author, let alone an award winning one. I’ve since published two full length novels in addition to the novellas series.

VEXED was up for  Book of the Year. That one blew me away, such a huge honor!

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And I’m still writing more.

None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for the constant encouragement of my fellow author friends who keep pulling me from the depths of self-doubt. This is a harsh business, a lot of which none of the outside world really gets to see. Lots of turmoil, constant ebbs and flows of trends, media frenzies, roller coasters of emotions because this is a rejection business more than it is anything else. Rejection is everywhere. From agents, to editors, to readers….

The keys to surviving this business? Thick Skin. And loyal friends.

Over this last year I’ve met many new friends and even made some fans, which still shocks me to this day people who have read my book and even really liked it who want to help me by promoting my books to their friends and helping to spread the word. THAT is amazing to me and I’m so very blessed to have people like that who at every turn are whispering in someone’s ear about my books.

I went on to get an agent in 2015, something I worked toward for several years. Thank you Margaret Bail for having faith in my books and in me. Your trust, your guidance and friendship are invaluable to me.

The day I got my very first review from a stranger blew me away. While of course my reviews from friends mean everything to me as well, to know that a complete stranger took time to read my book and then write a review for it? That really kind of seals the deal and turns real into surreal. Because this business is harsh, there’s subjective opinions coming at an author from every angle. An author puts their heart on the line, taking the voices in their head and relaying them to paper for the world to see. That takes guts. It’s a vulnerability. And then to receive judgment, good or bad, it really takes a strong person or years of thick skin to push through self-doubt.

So the one thing I’ve learned, anyone who publishes a book is a hero for putting themselves out there. Some of them may just be doing it for the rise … because how else do you really explain dino-porn. But there’s a place in this world for shape-shifting cuttlefish, as much as for a mystery, sci-fi, romance writer.

If a story is in your head, let it out. Dream big. If you shoot for the stars, sure you may never reach the one you’re after, but you’ll definitely hit a few new ones not even on your radar along the way. You have your destination picked …. but sometimes it’s more important about how you get there, than when.

Thank you all for your loyal friendship and support. Here’s to another year!

Love,

Wren

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Evernight Publishing Reader’s Choice Awards – Cast Your Vote!

I woke up to an amazing surprise. I’m up for book of the year in Evernight Publishing’s Reader’s Choice Awards! I can hardly breathe I’m so honored and excited. I’m also up in Best Naughty Fairytale for Bad Apple and Rose Red is up for Best Heroine.

2015 Final Vote

Thank you for your nominations! Now it’s time to vote for your favorites. Click here to cast your votes and enter to win a $50 Evernight GC! Final voting ends December 4th. Winners to be announced December 7th.

Semi-Finalists:

Evernight Book of the Year:

Wilde Blue by Susan Hayes

Vexed by Wren Michaels

Damages Incurred by J.R. Gray

Giving it to the Biker by Sam Crescent

Hardcore by Jenika Snow

Favorite Evernight author:

James Cox

Sam Crescent

Doris O’Connor

Jenika Snow

Ravenna Tate

Best Evernight series:

Olympic Cove by Nicola Cameron

Space Wars by April Zyon

The Weathermen by Ravenna Tate

SEALed with a Kiss by Jessica Coulter Smith

Wilde Brothers by Susan Hayes

Favorite Hero:

Brad Chambers from Far From Blind by SJ Maylee

Kix Rockwood from Unbroken by Beth D. Carter

Slate from Slate’s Mistake by Tigertalez

Gavin Bennett from Guarding Midnight by Kacey Hammell

Zac Goldmen from Damages Incurred by J.R. Gray

Favorite Evernight Heroine:

Angela Davidson from The Price of Secrecy by Ravenna Tate

Lia Risso from Susceptible to Him by Lynn Burke

Claire Presswood from Lipstick by Erzabet Bishop

Rose Red from Unbearable by Wren Michaels

Adira Lora from Adira’s Mate by April Zyon

Best Evernight cover:

Guitars and Cupcakes by Ella Grey

Stirring Up Dirty by Kacey Hammell

Wrecking Havoc by Angelique Voisen

Bound to Her by Michelle Monkou

Bad Larry and the Divorcee by M. Levesque

Best in Category: Romance on the Go line

Being Luca’s by Raven McAllan

Alpha Blood by Elena Kincaid

Shawn and Dale’s Story by Cooper Fox

Trapped by Scarlet Fox

Unprofessional by Allyson Young

Best in Category: Naughty Fairy Tales

Jack and the Jean Stock by H.K. Carlton

Claimed by Her Bears by Doris O’Connor

Rise of The Lost Prince by London Saint James

Bad Apple by Wren Michaels

Scarlett Hood & The Hunter by Pumpkin Spice

Best in Category: Anthologies

Bad Alpha

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Bad Alpha: Manlove

Best in Category: BDSM

Taking Over by SJ Maylee

Claimed by Her Bears by Doris O’Connor

Alien Manhunt 3 by Jennifer Denys

Her One and Only Dom by Tasmin Baker

The Auction by Gale Stanley

Best in Category: Contemporary

Opportunity Knocks by LD Blakeley

A Ticket to Love by Rebecca Brochu

King Stud by Liv Rancourt

Mine to Love by Lea Bronsen

Stay For Me by Carlene Love Flores

Best in Category: Erotic

Breaker Zone by Nicola Cameron

Charmed by Jacey Holbrand

Bleeding Love by Beth D. Carter

Death’s Dirty Demands by Sam Crescent

Muscling In by Lily Harlem

Best in Category: Fantasy

A Muse Gone Commando by Kacey Mark

Faerie Fate by Margaret Madigan

Footwear and Fantasy by JJ Lore

Spread and Howl by Lilith Duvalier

All Mine by Marie Medina

Best in Category: Futuristic

Ember by Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

Mechanical Vice by Morgan Hunter

The Dark Places by D. Martin

Adira’s Mate by April Zyon

An Appetite for Blackmail by Ravenna Tate

Best in Category: Gay

Break Me by James Cox

The Bear’s True Mate by Elizabeth Monvey

Heaven’s Just A Sin Away by Tyler Robbins

The Billionaire’s Bodyguard by Erin Leaf

Damages Incurred by JR Gray

Best in Category: Historical

A Tempest of Passion by Elyzabeth M. VaLey

Lord Suitor by Raven McAllan

The Aviator’s Angel by Patrice Wayne

Mistletoe Manage by Molly Ann Wishlade

The Treasure Hunters by Beth D. Carter

Best in Category: Interracial

Helena’s Demon by Charisma Knight

Made to Love You by Kendra Mei Chailyn

Talk Dirty to Me by Remmy Duchene

Her Sweet Seduction by Sabrina Sol

Scores by Kiru Taye

Best in Category: Lesbian

Sapphire by Serenity Snow

Let’s Ride by Rebecca Black

I Kissed a Girl in Vegas by Scarlet Chastain

Moon Bound by Michaela Rhua

The Sea Witch by Naomi Clark

Best in Category: May/December

Boy Toy by Jewel Quinlan

The Guardian by Sara Anderson

Slow Burn by Michelle Roth

With Me Now by Heather Hambel Curley

So Wrong It’s So Good by Jenika Snow

Best in Category: Menage

Deep Water by Nicola Cameron

Rock Hard by Berengaria Brown

Stalking the Pharmacist by Tasmin Baker

One Naughty Fantasy by Ravenna Tate

Sin’s Pleasure by LaTeisha Newton

Best in Category: New Adult

Memories of Us by HK Carlton

Freefall by Joanne Efendi

At His Bidding by Faye Avalon

Veil of Scars by JR Gray

Dusk by Erin M. Leaf

Best in Category: Paranormal

Possessing His Demon by Marie Medina

Protected by the Bear by Vanessa Devereaux

SEALed Embrace by Jessica Coulter Smith

The Dark Elves by Leah Grant

Lucky’s Seven by Keely Jakes

Best in Category: Rubenesque

The Science of Lust by Erzbet Bishop

Ryan by Vanessa Devereaux

Celestial Beauty by Angela Castle

The Rhythm by Moira Callahan

The Rock Star’s Wife by Raven McAllan

Best in Category: Sci-Fi

Earth by Berengaria Brown

Alien Manhunt 3 by Jennifer Denys

Bleeding Love by Beth D. Carter

Future Imperfect by Pelaam

Cooper’s Condition by Jacey Holbrand

Best in Category: Shifter

Fighting for Honor by Kacey Hammell

Tor’s Dragon by Angelique Voisen

Claimed by the Bruin by Libby Bishop

Gifted with Hydrangea by Tigertalez

Trouble Walked In by Michelle Roth

Best in Category: Suspense

Kidnapped: The Search for Casey by Lorraine Nelson

Intimate Fear by DC Stone

The Cop and the Geek 2 by Cat Blaine

Desperate by Athena Daniels

The Ties That Bleed by Jami Deise

Best in Category: Urban Fantasy

Murder and Mayhem by Jennifer Macaire

Goddess by Chance by Erin Ashley Tanner

Rattle by Olivia R. Burton

The Damned by October Weeks

Sorceresses Don’t Cry by Anya Breton

Best in Category: Western

Winners by Allyson Young

A Desperate Destiny by Patrice Wayne

Connor by Vanessa Devereaux

The Boss’s Son by Tamsin Baker

Forever Mine by April Zyon

Best Evernight Teen YA Book

The Seventh by SD Wasley

Drawn by Chris Ledbetter

Maiden by CL Marin

Dagger by Steven dos Santos

Black Apocalypse by Sasha Hibbs

Winners of my Evernight Birthday Giveaway!!

Hey guys and dolls. Sorry it took me so long to get my winners announced. Things and stuff and life…but anyway they’re listed below. Please email me at wren@wrenmichaels.com to claim your prizes!

Winners of both Unbearable and Eluding Illusions are:

Kim Talbot

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Winners were chosen using random.org!

Thanks so much for playing and remember

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