Friday, October 4, 2013

Five Things You Might Not Guess About Michele de Winton--Guest Blog and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Michele will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the rest of the stops.

Hi and thanks so much for having me over. This is a fun one. So many possibilities for all the mad stuff that we hide in our lives – especially for me as I’m so far away from most of you as I live over in New Zealand! You never know though, I might one day make it to a conference and bump into you – if I do, remind me of all these things!

Five Things You'd Probably Not Guess About Me

1. I don’t like white underwear. Maybe it’s because I’m the ultimate undomestic goddess (I’m not very good at separating my whites and coloreds,) or maybe it’s because it just makes me feel less sexy, but give me black, red or even turquoise any day and I’ll be a happier person.

2. I’m terrible at filing. I used to work in production, you know, organizing, budgeting, telling people (lots of people) what to do and when to do it. But despite all those credentials, the files on my computer are a mess, my inbox is rammed with unordered, undeleted mail and I have to leave the actual paper filing of our banking, insurance, important document to my husband or it would all just end up in a box, if I was lucky.

3. It took me a month to name my first child. I had a long list of names but they all got steadily vetoed by my husband until there was only one name for each gender that we both agreed on. Then when he (it was a he) popped out, we tried the boy's name out for a day and vetoed that too so he was unnamed – much to the displeasure of many – for that first month of his life. Now I just call him Mr Two ;-)

4. When I’m pregnant I sometimes find myself craving chicken when I pass one of those deep fried, spicy chicken joints as I drive by despite being a vegetarian for almost twenty years. Last time my husband – who is NOT a vegetarian – laughed at me but managed to hold me back. After the scent of the spices wore off, I was very grateful hehehe.

5. I used to be a complete pantser, now it gives me great pleasure to plot my romance novels in as detailed a form as I can, but I’m probably something in between still. I guess that pantser in me still wants to let the characters have a little bit of free rein. I write in a different genre under a different name and used to be an even more complete panster for that work. Now that I’ve been writing romance so much for the last year, I’ll be interested to see what happens when I go back to literary novels – I think a little of the ordered, more disciplined plotter in me will definitely try and take over.

Thanks again for having me. Hope you enjoy. Now a question for you! Has anyone been to New Zealand? I tend to set my romance novels a little further afield as I’ve travelled a lot, but I’m interested to know if you’d rather I set a few closer to home. It’s a beautiful country after all.

Have a great day and happy reading.
X Michele
Felicity Williams can't remember the last five years thanks to an accident that wiped out her memory. She fled her old life in hopes of starting fresh and found refuge working on a cruise ship. But her past is coming for her…

Rick McCarthy wakes after a climbing accident to discover that his business partner and fiancĂ©e has quit her job and disappeared. He’s trying to accept that she’s run out on him, but now he needs her signature to close a deal that could literally be life or death. He’ll go to any extreme to get what he needs…even if that means becoming someone else to win her back.

But a little lie becomes a large mess when they’re stranded on a deserted island together, and old misunderstandings might ruin their chance at new love…

About the Author:
Michele was born in the mid 1970’s amid a burgeoning sprawl of vineyards and new retirement homes. With two teachers as parents, her love of reading and books was cemented at an early age. Being a writer however, was not was she was supposed to do when she ‘grew up’. Despite training in law (or perhaps because of it) she has been a dancer, producer, writer, and all round arty type in various countries for most of her life.

Moving into writing full time in 2010 was like being a part of a contemporary romance – perfect! Creating new worlds for her characters, or rather letting those same characters show her their worlds is now a highlight of Michele’s daily life. And falling in love over and over as each hero and heroine allow their true feelings to surface is something very special. What a treat to do it every day! Now back home in New Zealand after travelling extensively, Michele writes from an office where the sound of the tapping keyboard is only rivalled by the whisper of wind in the trees.

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  1. Love the five things, fun reading.


  2. Thank you for giving us those facts. Love it!

  3. I love those "nontraditional" fun facts!!!

  4. Thanks so much for having me! It's always fun responding to cool questions like these. X

  5. #3's interesting

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  6. This was fun! I've never been to New Zealand, no; but I'm sure it's beautiful, and I love to read about it!


  7. New Zealand beckons, but I haven't visited yet.


  8. New Zealand beckons, but I haven't visited yet.


  9. I've never been to New Zealand but I would love to get to go there someday!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  10. Thanks for sharing the wonderful post and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  11. I went to Australia once but didn't make it to New Zealand, alas - I've heard it's gorgeous, so I'll definitely have to make it over there one day!!


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