Guest Post and Spotlight: Our Love Is Here To Stay by Madison Michael

Our Love Is Here To Stay
By Madison Michael

Madison has some fabulous giveaways for this tour. Remember you may visit the other tour stops to increase your chances of winning. You may find those locations here

Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #1: Includes  Books: Outlander, Time Traveler’s Wife and Beyond the Highland Mist and  DVDs: Somewhere in Time, The Lake House, the eBook Our Love Is Here To Stay.
Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #2: One of the books above and 1 of the DVDs plus the eBook for Our Love Is Here To Stay.
Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #3: One of the books above or one DVD plus the eBooks Our Love Is Here To Stay.

About the Book: 
Can Love Transcend Time?

Thirty-year old Matthew Herrington is weary of solo nights in strange cities. He is ready for a change. And that is exactly what he gets when he steps into Swing Night at The Green Mill and is instantly immersed in the sights and sounds of another era. Intrigued by the club’s authenticity, Matthew is enchanted when he meets Patty, a mixture of sexy and sweet who steals his heart.

Patty Dennison has never met a man like Matthew in all her twenty-one years. A sophisticated man, he stands out from the usual Swing Night crowd. He is self-assured, smart, charming, and handsome as hell, even if he is a lousy dancer. Once he takes her in his arms, Patty is more than willing to give him a few dance lessons along with her heart.

Repeated missed dates and unanswered phone calls strain the relationship and frustrate the pair. But unraveling their mystery exposes an impossible scenario, one that will torment their sanity and test their love.

How can they make their fairytale last? Can love transcend time?

Buy Links: 
Amazon | All other formats 


 A waitress came to take it off his hands. “Another?” she queried and he nodded agreement, placing a crumpled dollar on her tray. “Too much,” she told him shaking her head no. Matthew was surprised by her response but the tray was covered with loose change so he removed his bill and left the equivalent in quarters. Everything was so inexpensive but the server still needed to make a decent living.
She gave him a grateful smile and turned to move to her next customer, carefully balancing her tray above the heads of the young people around her. In the process, she nudged Matthew slightly causing him to lose his footing and fall gently against another body. Turning to apologize he found himself staring into the clearest, lightest blue eyes he had ever seen. He couldn’t look away.
“Sorry,” he mumbled when he finally regained his composure.
“That’s okay,” she replied with a quick, bright smile. She was lovely, in a wholesome girl next door way. She had her blond hair pulled into a ponytail that curled like a hair product ad, clear-skinned cheeks that were pink with warmth and perhaps exertion, and a curvy body displayed under a bright red sweater and a flared plaid skirt.
Matthew felt his mouth go dry and his palms get sweaty. She did something to him, this fresh faced woman that he found incredibly sexy. Her red lipstick was a slash of bright color mimicking the red of the sweater. Until this moment, bright red lipstick screamed “tough broad, stay away” to Matthew but on this girl it whispered “come hither.”
“Matthew,” he squeaked out, extending his hand to shake hers. Thinking twice about it, he retracted his arm, running his palm against his pants swiftly, and hopefully surreptitiously, before he extended his hand again.
“Patty,” she responded, placing her soft fingers in his large palm. She shook like a girl. After all the bone-breaking handshakes Matthew had endured across the globe, this limp, fingers-only shake surprised him. She looked athletic, not tough but toned, and not sickly pale like most Chicagoans in winter. The handshake didn’t match the image and normally would have bothered him. Nothing about Patty bothered him. Everything about her bothered him.

Author Bio and links:

Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.

Contact her at:
Website | Madison’s Blog | Maddy’s Romance Madness | Facebook | Twitter

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The Making of Lightning Only Strikes Twice

Friday is the official release of my debut novel, LIGHTNING ONLY STRIKES TWICE from The Wild Rose Press. It’s been roller coaster ride up to this point, and I’m still wrapping my head around the success of this time travel story that came to me in a dream.

Time travel or any speculative fiction isn’t the typical genre I write. Regardless of my love for stories such as Firefly, Stargate-SG1, The Abyss, and Enemy Mine, most of my stories gravitat toward action and suspense with some romance tossed in the mix. So when I had this dream about a man and woman from the present being whisked back in time to the late 1800s where they fell in love, it seemed a bit out of the norm for me to write.

But the idea began to grow. Over the course of two years, while I worked on my romantic suspense projects, I would pick up a booklet on mining, do a little research on ghost towns, jot down notes on which direction to take the story. Pieces of the story were falling into place.

Then, one day, while reading TIME magazine, I happened upon an article about time travel in the mind. The intriguing idea went something like this: The body travels forward through time at the rate of one second per second. Yet the mind moves forward and backward at will, recalling past events and speculating on future circumstances.

I began to speculate. What if those experiences could be shared? What if those recollections weren’t a memory, but reality?

I now had my time travel mechanism. (Plus a couple of other, more physical, aspects thrown in to make it all work.) Not long after reading the TIME article, the first line of chapter 1 came to me. After that, the story practically wrote itself. But I still needed a setting…a viable location to place the story.

I was born and raised in Idaho. I love the areas near the Sawtooth mountain range and have fond memories of picnics and hikes there. When I crafted this story involving a mining ghost town, it just made sense to locate the fictional town of White Rocks in those mountains.

White Rock is a composite of what I know of most old mining towns in Idaho. I had the town’s image, the mill, and the aspen grove inside my head the entire two years before I started writing. Then an opportunity came to visit the area where I wanted the story to take place. I found two ghost towns near each other along the Yankee Fork river between Stanley and Challis, Idaho. I was even fortunate enough to meet the owner of one of the ghost towns when my husband and I toured an old dredge that had mined the Yankee Fork in the 1950s. Upon visiting the second ghost town, I discovered my White Rock, the mill and the aspen grove—exactly as I had envisioned. From that moment on, the ghost town of White Rock came to life for me.

My readers seemed to gravitate to the town, much like I did as I was writing. I’m not sure what it is in the story that resonates with readers, but I like to think part of it has to do with a simpler time. A time when neighbors cared for each other and men carried themselves with honor born of hard work and heart.

On March 8th, LIGHTNING ONLY STRIKES will be available from most online venues for purchase. It is my sincere wish that you find enjoyment from reading Annie and Luke’s story.

Buy Links:

The Wild Rose Press Trade Paperback
The Wild Rose Press eBook
All Romance
Coming soon to Barnes& and iTunes/iBooks

It’s out there and free.

For a limited time you can download LIGHTNING ONLY STRIKES TWICE for free.

I hope you enjoy Luke and Annie’s story.