Please welcome Michelle Bellon to Parajunkee’s View.
Book Name: Rogue Alliance
Release Date: 12/06/2013
Genre: Paranormal romance, suspense, Adult
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi. I’m Michelle Bellon. I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and four incredible children. I am a registered nurse. In my spare time I have been actively pursuing my writing career for the past four years. During that time I have written seven novels and published four. Last September my Young Adult novel, Embracing You, Embracing Me, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for its category.
My latest release, Rogue Alliance, is crime suspense with paranormal elements. I’m happy to say it has been receiving high reviews.
In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
Shyla had a traumatic childhood and made a mistake that followed her for the rest of her life. In trying to run away from her past, she developed a tough exterior and became a top DEA agent.
Brennan has no idea who he used to be. All he knows is what he has become- a monster.
When Shyla and Brennan’s paths cross there is no denying that they are drawn to each other. But Brennan has made an allegiance with the drug lord that Shyla is hell bent to put behind bars. As she follows the case she discovers that Brennan has a secret even darker than hers and Brennan is forced to choose where his loyalty lies.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
Shyla is a DEA agent running from a traumatic childhood. She is sarcastic and tough and rough around the edges.
Brennan has been created in a lab to the be the first ever real vampire. He has no memory of his life before he was brought to the institute where he was trained. He is both vulnerable and dangerous; a sexy combination.
My favorite character is definitely Brennan, he is irresistible. However, I have had many fans tell me that while Brennan is their fave, the villain, Victor is next on their list. Victor is a villain that you love to hate.
What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
What makes this book different is its uniqueness. I think anyone would be hard pressed to find anything out there like it. When I decided to write the story I was hesitant to write another vampire novel. The only reason I decided to follow through with it is because of how different this particular vampire story is from all the rest.
It definitely crosses genres as it blends criminal suspense with romance and adds paranormal elements.
Is Writing your full time profession?
I really wish that I could dedicate all my time to writing but I have yet to reach that level of success in my career. So, to pay the bills, I work as a registered nurse and I have four children. Busy, busy, busy.
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
I don’t really. With four children I have two options: try to write while they’re up and bouncing off the walls and asking a hundred questions, or, wait until they are in bed and get some writing time in while they are sleeping.
I’ve done both but I opt for option two as often as possible, when I’m not too tired.
I do have to say that if you were a fly on the wall watching me write, you’d see that I can get very animated when I’m particularly excited about a scene. I’ve been known to talk out loud to the characters or just say random things like, “oh, yeah, that’s good”, or “I didn’t see that one coming”, or “damn, that was hot”. It makes me laugh but I know I’m not the only writer out there that does this.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I am never able to pinpoint this answer down to one writer. Here is what I tell people; all writers are my mentors. There is nothing more inspiring than watching other aspiring writers work as hard as I do to succeed in this very difficult business. To watch them put themselves out there, to be vulnerable, to take the bad reviews with the good, to see the disappointments and revel in the successes. It is what makes me feel part of something so important. It is what keeps me trying harder everyday.
That said, I do have a few favorites. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is my absolute favorite of all time. I enjoy Jodi Picoult, Nora Roberts and Steinbeck. I loved An Inconvenient Wife, it was a juicy historical fiction. And last but not least, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, blew my mind.
What are you reading now?
Currently, I’m reading Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky, a very talented and lyrical self-published author. She is truly gifted.
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
The advice I always give to all writers is:
1. Don’t. Ever. Give. Up.
2. Learn everything you can about the industry. Don’t go in blind. A writer must understand that it is not just about writing a fabulous book, but it’s also about knowing how to market and promote that book so that it can make its way into the hands of the reader.
About the book:
Rogue Alliance by Michelle BellonPublished by John Lynch Digital Publishing House on 2012-11-09
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Suspense
Trying to escape a horrific past, Shyla has immersed herself in life as a tough cop in the bustle of LA. When the case of a lifetime takes her back to her hometown of Redding, she is thrown into a world of organized crime, deceit, and bitter reminders of her childhood.
As Shyla’s path crosses that of Brennan, a troubled sidekick to the ringleader she’s intent on taking down, she discovers he has a past even darker than hers and she is forced to re-evaluate everything she believes about herself, her job, and what she knows about right and wrong.
Can she face the demons of her upbringing and learn to trust again? Her life will depend on it.
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Michelle Bellon is an award winning author living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their four children.
She is a registered nurse and loves to write fiction. In the last four years she has written seven novels and published four. In the fall of 2012 her YA novel, Embracing You, Embracing Me, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement award for it’s category. Her newest book, Rogue Alliance won best in category in the Wise Bear Book Awards.