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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for BECOMING MAGIC by Michelle Garren Flye, a contemporary romance available now.

Michelle Garren Flye will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.









Becoming Magic
by Michelle Garren Flye


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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance


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BLURB:

Carole Barnes once believed she would make her own way in Hollywood, but those days are long gone, leaving behind only a dark, slimy secret that Carole has never shared with anyone. Now she hides in the bright sunshine of the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. As far away as she can get from Hollywood. But what to do when Hollywood comes knocking in the form of a sexy movie star?

Connor Wallace has everything going for him—looks, talent, a successful career—but what he really wants is to perform magic on stage. His love of magic leads him back to his mentor Walt Bryson. At first, he’s pleased when Walt suggests his assistant Carole produce a documentary of his transformation from movie star to magician. He’s worked with Carole before—but the ambitious girl who had a crush on him is gone now, leaving a beautiful, withdrawn woman.

It’s the perfect arrangement. Carole knows she can make a success of the movie and Connor wants to work with her. But as they grow closer, Connor determines to find out her secret. Can love overcome the boundaries of fear? Or will Carole’s past return to plague them both?



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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

When I began writing romance, it was a genre filled with light. I was a semi-new mother, so I was filled with light and love, too. I wanted everyone to know love does exist, and so I saw my audience as people who either want to believe in love or who do believe and want to celebrate it. Those are still the people I write for, even though I’ve seen the romance genre taking a turn from the light over recent years. Still, I believe my original audience is still out there, and if they still want to celebrate love, I’m still writing romances that do that.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

All of my Sleight of Hand book covers are designed by Farah Evers Designs. She does amazing work and is really there for her clients. She’s also open to suggestions and we have some fun together coming up with the images for the covers.

Give us an interesting fun fact about your book or series:

Number one most interesting fact about Becoming Magic? Connor Wallace was never supposed to be the hero. I had already decided the book would be about Carole Parker, who was in Movie Magic, but Connor (who also played a minor part in Movie Magic), sort of snuck in by deciding to leave his movie career behind to become a stage magician.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

Okay, this is a tough question. I’ve researched everything from growing grapes to Greek recipes and magic tricks. But what sticks in my head right now is the magic show I designed (with the help of my magical consultant and fellow writer Arjay Lewis) for Dickens Magic, which just came out a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to incorporate Christmas carols in with the magic tricks, so I researched the history of some of the Christmas carols to get inspiration for the tricks.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

Not really…but I do enjoy acting. My first acting venture was as “Woman 3” in the musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and this resulted in Dickens Magic, my first ever holiday-themed romance.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I am absolutely certain I will continue to write about magic, but I’m also determined to continue my pursuit of my “new kind of romance”. Romance that is sexy and fun but respectful of both the heroine and the hero. I believe as an author, particularly of romances, I have an obligation to my readers to show them that love doesn’t subjugate one or another of the partners in a relationship. True love is a true partnership.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

You know, the best thing you can do is recommend my books. Word of mouth goes so much further than any advertising does. Read it, like it and recommend it!

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Self-publishing is really not a one-person job. If you’re not an expert editor, hire an editor. Sometimes, even if you are an expert editor, hire an editor because it’s very difficult to edit yourself. If you can’t format your book properly, hire someone to do it for you. If you have no talent for designing book covers, a professional book cover can be a real boon. Trust me. I know whereof I speak. The point of self-publishing is not to just get your book out there for readers to read. It’s to produce a product readers can enjoy.
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EXCERPT:

Connor pulled the linking rings back out of their velvet bag and began practicing with the engagement ring on them. “I may need your help, too.”

“With the trick?” She raised her eyebrows. “I’m not sure I’m the one—”

“Nonsense. You know how it works. You just have to catch it correctly.” He tossed the ring to her. She caught it neatly, but the engagement ring went flying.

“Damn.” She cursed softly. “I thought I could do that.” 



“No, you weren’t sure. You said so.” He found the engagement ring and replaced it on the linking ring. He fixed her with a stern look. “Be certain.”

“Okay.” She shrugged, but she knew what he was talking about. Every movement in magic—or any showmanship, really—had to be done with certainty. No rethinking yourself or doubts allowed. The audience should never be aware that you might not know what you’re doing. And so she banished any doubts and looked at him expectantly.

“And don’t look at me like that.” He twirled the rings in the air, absently connecting and disconnecting them. She knew how it was done, but he’d gotten so good at it, she couldn’t catch him.

She laughed. “Why not?”

He paused in the act of juggling the rings, caught them and displayed them all connected with the engagement ring dangling at the bottom. “Because you make it hard for me to be certain.”

She tilted her head, wondering what he meant…


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Michelle Garren Flye is an award-winning romance author of eleven novels and counting. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs,
Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com, among others. She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina.


Links:

Blog: BREATHE: http://michellegflye.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michellegarrenflye/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michellegflye

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Magic-Sleight-Hand-Book-ebook/dp/B07F24NCKC/

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/becoming-magic-michelle-garren-flye/1128970793

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13 comments:

  1. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

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  2. Thank you for the great interview!

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  3. What a great ecerpt. I really enjoyed reading it and wanted to read more of the story.

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  4. Who is your favorite literary character of all time? I hope your book is a success. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  5. How did you come up for the idea of the cover of the book. Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  6. Who is your favorite character in your book? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  7. Great interview! I love the cover and think the story sounds great. Good luck with your novel.

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