I have to tell you, Michelle, after reading the synopsis, I can’t wait to read Concilium. The synopsis gave me more questions than answers. So I will try to limit my questions to reasonable if not controllable. (smile). Keep reading there's a blog giveway entry button at the bottom of this blog.
1.) Concilium was just released July 27th, but what does it stand for?
Concilium is Latin for council.
2.) Tell us a little bit about Leslee the heroine in your story.
Leslee is twenty-five and a bit of a loner, although not by choice. She has one very close friend and a lot of acquaintances/work friends, but no significant other on her radar. She loves the outdoors and spends a large amount of her time in her yard, which is surrounded by a state wildlife refuge. When you think of the qualities you'd most like a good friend to have, you've most likely described Leslee.
3.) Where does she draw her strength from?
Her father died when she was twenty-two. Her mother was devastated and took her own life just months later. They were the only family Leslee had. She had to learn very quickly how to navigate through life on her own. I think this gave her a core strength that even she didn't know she had.
4.) How did she become a target? If it's not giving too much away.
She was driving home from a girls'-night-out. She took an old country road (always a bad choice). Something darted out in front of her car causing her to lose control and run into a tree. Well, she was fine and her car had only minor damage, but she saw something while she was out there that she wasn't meant to see—a secret that some would kill to keep from being discovered.
5.) Is her attraction to Miller like the Stockholm Syndrome? I know she is not his captive but he is protecting her?
No, her attraction to him is real, although for the life of her she can't figure out why. She thinks he's unbearable most of the time and she's right. But she sees beyond his intolerable attitude and gets glimpses of a kind hearted person hiding underneath.
6.) What about Miller? Is he hero or part of the problem?
Actually, both! He is the hero. He protects Leslee, but that creates a whole new set of problems.
7.) Does he have feelings for her?
If Miller were to answer your question he would say: "I work for the Concilium and they say I can't have feelings for Leslee. So I don't." But if you read the story you'd see a very different side to Miller than what the Concilium tells him to be.
8.) What projects are you currently working on?
I'm editing the sequel to Concilium. Concilium: The Departure is scheduled for release in November. It will answer the questions left dangling at the end of Concilium.
I also have a young adult science/fiction romance titled PODs releasing through Spencer Hill Press June 4, 2013. I have a couple of paranormal young adult novels on submission and I'm writing a young adult urban fantasy.
9.) Is there anything you'd like to tell your readers?
Yes. I love to hear from readers and authors alike! I love comments on my blog and emails in my inbox. Whether it's constructive (that means nice) criticism or just a note to say "Hi," I'd love to get it. You can email me at Michelle @ Michelle-Pickett.com my website and blog both have my email contacts on them, as well. I think Marian has been kind enough to list them all below.
I loved having you here today as my guest, Michelle. Good luck with the series.
Michelle has been an avid reader since a young child. She began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Deciding sitting in a cubical all day was her form of cruel and unusual punishment, she decided to do what she really wanted to—share her passion for reading and writing with others.
She wrote her debut novel Concilium in 2010. The sequel, Concilium: The Departure soon followed. Both will be published by Muse It Up Publishing with scheduled released dates of July 27th and November 2012 respectively. Her Debut young adult novel, PODs, will be published by Spencer Hill Press and is scheduled for release in paperback June 4th, 2013.
Michelle was born and raised in Michigan. She now resides in a small community outside Houston, Texas with her husband, four children, a 125-pound lap dog, a very grumpy cockatiel and a cat that thinks she's queen.
Michelle writes adult and young adult Sci/Fi and urban fantasy romance.
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