Name Skye Michaels
Where are you from
Wayne, New Jersey originally, but Davie, Florida since 1971
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I was married for eight years, but have been divorced for many years. I was a certified Commercial Real Estate Paralegal for 18 years with a large Fort Lauderdale law firm until I lost my job during the economic downturn. I did temp work for a while and then started writing romance novels.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is that I am finally going to get to go on an Alaskan cruise (next summer) – LOL, I’ve already written the book – Pandora’s Box, Book 5 of the Golden Dolphin series! Now I’ll get to see personally if I got it right.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing after I lost my job. My daughter bought me a Kindle for my birthday while I was temping in Miami. I had no idea what was out there. I downloaded some of the erotic romance novels and said “I can do that.” So I did. I was published by Siren Publishing within three weeks of sending in my first manuscript, Calleigh’s Collar, Book 1 of the Le Club Series.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Didn’t you hear me yelling when I got that first acceptance email from Siren? I was sure everyone heard me. I was so excited. But it really hit home when I got my first cover. That made it seem real. I always look forward to seeing a new cover.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had actually started a book many years ago, but both my parents got sick and I put it away unfinished. After they both died, I had lost the ummph. Later between other books, I pulled it out. I still liked the story, so I updated The Appearance of Impropriety and finished it. I think it is one of my best, but honestly it hasn’t sold very well. It has none of the BDSM element (I tried but I couldn’t fit it in there with a shoe horn).
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I have no idea. I always write in third person.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I try to find something in the book that is pertinent to the story. Honestly, titles are hard.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That love comes in all flavors and genders. I had the thrill of a lifetime when a reader recently told me that she had read 18 of my books and thanked me for writing them. She told me that I had changed her life and helped to revitalize her 20 year old marriage. I really did not know what to say. What a thrill. We all hope we impact someone’s life in a positive way beyond just the entertainment of a good story.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I try for realism and do a lot of research on topics and locations, but this is romantic fiction after all. I hope my books give the reader a respite from everyday life for a while. My heroes are all good looking and well-to-do. Who wants to read about the guy who works at K-Mart? He may be a wonderful fellow—a good husband and father–but I don’t want to read about his sex life. My heroines are good looking women, but not perfect. Calleigh has a big butt, Harper had a bad childhood to overcome, and Anne had scars from breast cancer surgery (as do I), to name a few.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s funny but my latest release, Jinxx’s Big BDSM Adventure, Book 6 of The Black Dahlia Hotel series, is loosely based on a recent adventure I had with a Scottish construction engineer of my own. I am NOT saying how much is autobiographical though. I actually used his texts and emails only slightly modified to fit the story.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?
I have read most of Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb and Janet Evanovich. I also really enjoyed Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick series.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Ramsey Doms by my friend, Mardi Maxwell.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I have read a lot of other erotic romance/BDSM authors – Jan Bowles, Mardi Maxwell, Desiree Holt, Cooper McKenzie, Kelsie Belle. Everyone brings something different to the party. Honestly, that is the only way to learn how to do this. There is no Naughty Books 101 at your local community college. I must have read over 50 books before I wrote my first one. What do they say? What words do they use? How far do they go? It was fun to try my first one.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Recently I have been alternating between Male/female in my Black Dahlia series, and Male/male in my new Wilton Park Grand Hotel series. My next M/m coming out in August is Ben’s Dr. Dom, Book 5 of WPG. I am currently working on Emma’s BDSM Education, Book 7 of BD. Emma was introduced as Ben’s best friend in my last book. There is a certain bleed-over of characters between all of my series. Once you meet them, you will probably see them again in another book for a brief catch up on their lives. Calleigh in Le Club 1 was in Pandora’s Box, Golden Dolphin 5, along with two of her best friends, Paula and Kelly. I love them all and can’t bear to let them go.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
We Siren authors have several wonderful private Facebook pages where we interact, can ask for opinions or just for a word. They have been a big help.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Well, I am retired now, and writing keeps me busy and interested, and I love it. I wouldn’t advise someone to quit their day job though. It’s tough getting your name out there.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I always re-read them when they actually are released, and I always find something I would add, or fix. No matter how many times I re-read my books or how many sets of eyes go over them, there will inevitably be an error or two. It used to drive me crazy, but I decided to adopt the Amish ladies’ philosophy. They actually craft a small error into each of their beautiful quilts because only God makes something perfect.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I had wanted to write a romance novel since I was a teenager. I am so lucky that I finally got to do it – many times. Twenty-eight and counting.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here is the Prologue from Emma’s BDSM Education:
The Foyer of The Black Iris Club, in the Penthouse of the JDB Building, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Saturday evening, January 23, 2016
Emma’s eyes widened as she followed her best friend, Ben Orsini, and his Dom and boss, Leigh Braxton, into The Black Iris Club’s foyer. They were on the twentieth floor of the JDB Building on the corner of Broward Boulevard and Federal Highway. It was a beautiful, tall white building that she had driven by a million times. Who knew that there was a luxurious, private BDSM club in the penthouse? Leigh had offered to ask his friend and the owner of The Black Iris Club, Jack Dalton Brown, if she could come into the club to observe in the hope of giving her erotic romance books a more authentic flavor. Jack had approved the visit and now she was about to sign her confidentiality documents.
“Close your mouth, girlie, before you start catching flies.” That Ben was such a smartass. Emma retaliated with a sharp elbow to his midsection as Leigh stood back and laughed at them.
“You two are like a couple of rowdy siblings.”
The good-looking receptionist standing behind the elegant mahogany reception desk had a manila folder of documents ready for Emma to sign. “Good evening, Dr. Braxton, Ben. Ms. Johnson, I have your paperwork here.”
Emma looked through the documents briefly. “Glad to see there’s no bill of sale for my first born in here.”
“Don’t worry. It’s in the fine print. Sign already so we can go and have some fun.” Ben was almost vibrating with excitement.
“Why don’t we have a drink at the bar so Emma can take a look around the dungeon? Only one drink for you, subbie, since we’ll be taking a tour of the Dungeon theme room later tonight.”
“The dungeon, Master?” Ben sounded a little nervous.
“Yes, the dungeon. I think it’s time for you to broaden your horizons.” Leigh had an evil grin on his handsome face. That made Emma smile. The tall, blond, blue-eyed, gorgeous Leigh was the kindest man, a top-notch plastic surgeon who did a lot of pro bono work on children with cleft lips and palates. She had to admire that. If he occasionally spanked Ben’s butt, oh well. Ben, Leigh’s head surgical nurse, had wavy dark hair and dark brown eyes. Ben was the most beautiful man Emma had ever seen. They had been best friends since middle school.
Once in the main dungeon, Emma turned full circle and checked out the various stations lit by recessed spots in the high, industrial ceiling. After they were seated on comfortable leather bar stools next to the beautifully polished, hammered-brass bar and drinks had been ordered, she said, “God, Ben, this place is gorgeous. I had a slightly tackier picture in my mind.”
“Don’t forget this is a very high-end private club open to members and their guests only. You won’t find places like this everywhere.” Leigh nodded his thanks to the bartender and took a small sip of his scotch on the rocks.
Leigh had explained that the club was owned by the well-known Fort Lauderdale entrepreneur, Jack Dalton Brown. His wedding to Broward Sheriff’s Department homicide detective, Kaylin Gallagher, at the newly renovated Black Dahlia Hotel on Christmas Eve had been widely covered by local media. What had not been covered was the super luxurious private BDSM club on the top floor of the hotel.
Brown and his wife stepped up to the bar and were handed cold bottles of water. Jack turned to Leigh and both shook hands and clasped each other in a bro hug. “Good to see you, Leigh. It’s been too long. Kaylin, you may greet our guests.” Kaylin stepped up and gave a small bow from the waist to Leigh first and then to Ben and Emma. “We’ve been working on her protocol. Kaylin is a homicide cop, and believe me, submission does not come naturally. But subbie is trying. Unfortunately, I don’t have to smack her butt for infractions nearly as often as I used to.” Kaylin gave him a smoldering glare. “That look will earn you three when we retire to the theme room later, subbie. In the meantime, why don’t you show Emma around?”
“Yes, Master. Come along, Emma. There’s lots to show you.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I don’t do an outline before I start a new book. I just may have a few sentences in my head on what it will be about. I just jump in with Chapter One and start writing. Some people will spend weeks working on an outline of everything that is going to happen. Neither way is better. It just depends on the individual. However, sometimes I will get to a point where I don’t know what I am going to do next and will have to take a few days to work it out. In Violette’s Vibrato, Book 3 of the Golden Dolphin series, my heroine, the first violin of the New York Symphony, gets crosswise with the Russian mob. How do you get rid of those guys? It’s not any easier in my book than it would be in real life. I struggled for a solution to Violette’s problem and finally came up with one.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I always immediately download a new Jan Bowles, Mardi Maxwell or Kristen Ashley, and I just will not miss a new Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich. I just like their characters, and Janet makes me laugh out loud.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not really. I would like to travel more, and I am really looking forward to the Alaskan cruise. I have been to many of the locations in my Golden Dolphin series, but not all. I live in Fort Lauderdale and have a vacation home in Ocala, Florida, so the locations in the Le Club series, Black Iris, Black Dahlia and Wilton Park Grand are very familiar to me.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publisher, Siren Publishing, Inc., provides the covers. I give them story and character input and they do the covers. I usually love them. If I have an issue with one, they will make changes.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part is getting the original kernel of an idea. After that, it usually just pours out.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that you have to have some discipline and just sit down and do it. Naughty books do not write themselves! I also learned to reach out for knowledge from friends and family. My son-in-law gave me info on motorcycles, my friend’s husband is a captain and gave me lots of information of the running of a large yacht. It’s out there. You just have to ask. Once I called the Public Affairs Office of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department to check on ranks, ie, who is the boss of the detectives, etc. They were very helpful.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
My best advice is if you want to write, do it. Don’t talk about it or dream about it. You have to sit down and start something. Think about story lines and dialog when you’re driving in your car. I always start with a page called Notes where I make notations on characters and locations: what they look like, where they live. I will jot downs snippets of dialog or ideas for plot or conflict. If I don’t write it down I will forget that great idea in five minutes. Then just start writing. Get something on a page. That’s what editing is for – refining and fixing.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The author’s proceeds of my next book, Ben’s Dr. Dom, will be donated to the Mercy Ships organization. Since that book was loosely based on Mercy Ships, I thought it would be a good opportunity to give something back.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I used to read those Silhouette and Harlequin books compulsively, and later the baudy bodice rippers with Fabio on the covers. I loved them. I specifically remember staying up all night to finish Gone With the Wind.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Stephanie Plum and her smart mouth makes me laugh. Anything sad to do with animals or children makes my cry. I will change the station when those commercials come on—I just can’t forget them.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
There are so many wonderful women who have paved the way for us to be able to do what we can do now.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
“She wrote naughty books and loved it!” would be good on my headstone. I have been so blessed to have had this opportunity to do something I wanted to do all my life but never had the time for.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love horses. I like to ride (not so much anymore) and drive a carriage. I also like to garden.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Rizzoli and Isles, NCIS (all versions), Blue Bloods, Ancient Aliens or anything about history.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
My favorite food is Chinese or Italian. I love the color yellow. I like jazz and rock: Keith Jarrett jazz piano and Coldplay.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I really enjoyed my career as a paralegal, but if I had known when I was young what I figured out later, I would have been an attorney.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
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Here are the Blurbs for the first five Books of the New BDSM series, THE BLACK DAHLIA HOTEL:
Michaela’s Debut, The Black Dahlia Hotel One By Skye Michaels
Greenwich, Connecticut’s golden couple, Dillon Cavanaugh and Mikaela Sexton, are staying at the Black Dahlia Hotel, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the wedding of Jack Dalton Brown and Kaylin Gallagher. The new, luxurious hotel has a confidentiality guaranteed BDSM club on the top floor. While at breakfast, Mikaela receives a text directing her to a You Tube video that shows what appears to be her naked butt starring in a sex tape. The sender of the text threatens to post another video showing her face if she doesn’t pay up.
Handsome attorney and Congressional candidate, Dillon Cavanaugh, cannot afford a sex scandal involving his well-known girlfriend, but he is not willing to abandon the love of his life just to win an election. When the blackmailer threatens to post the second video unless she pays five million dollars, Mikaela decides to go underground until the blackmailer can be unearthed to the dismay of her sexy Dom boyfriend.
Can they salvage Dillon’s election, their relationship and retrieve the damaging video before it hits You Tube?
Vaughn’s Awakening, The Black Dahlia Hotel Two By Skye Michaels
When Vaughn Rawlston, the science teacher at the prestigious Savannah Preparatory Academy, catches the twin daughters of Dom Jeremiah Wade cheating and turns them in, trouble ensues. It follows her from Savannah to the new, very discreet and luxurious BDSM Black Dahlia Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Alexa and Cindy, Vaughn’s friends since childhood, convince her to join them on a week-long trip to Fort Lauderdale for Christmas vacation. Vaughn has accompanied Alexa and Cindy to Le Club Waterfront-Savannah as their guest but has not yet dipped her toes in the BDSM pool.
When Vaughn signs up for “Introduction to BDSM for subs” and “Bondage for Beginners” at the hotel she meets the handsome, wealthy Savannah restaurateur and Master Dom, Phillip Paul Proffit, who has a rep at the club for being not only eye candy but also a very good Dom. He is also very choosy and doesn’t play with just any sub. He has had his eye on the newbie sub at Le Club for a while, much to her surprise.
Paul may have played briefly with many subs at the club, but he doesn’t usually get involved with them until Vaughn. Her voluptuous body, sharp mind and sense of humor captivate him and he begins to suspect that she is the one for him. He is determined to introduce her to the pleasures to be found in the dungeon.
Paul isn’t the only Dom with his eye on Vaughn. Jeremiah Wade, also a member of Le Club, is determined to force Vaughn to drop the cheating charges against his daughters in one way or another—at least he thinks that’s his motivation for stalking her at the hotel. Can Paul save Vaughn and then convince her she doesn’t want to run away from him as well as the ugly and dangerous results of Wade’s obsession?
Melodie’s Song, The Black Dahlia Hotel Three By Skye Michaels
Two years ago gallery owner, Melodie Buxton, was attacked and stabbed outside her art gallery in the Tribeca section of lower Manhattan. When she awoke in the hospital with a knife wound on her face, she vaguely remembered the dark presence that held her barely conscious body and attempted to stop the bleeding. After she left the hospital she was unable to find out his name.
Dom Logan Hawk, lead singer and guitar in Dark Place, a rock band popular with the alternative lifestyle communities, had seen the attack. He had stopped to help the beautiful young woman he’d noticed in the neighborhood but had not yet gotten up the nerve to approach. As he put pressure on her wound and felt her pulse under his hands and her blood flow through his fingers, he knew that their souls had bonded.
Two years after the attack, the angry red swirls running through the beautiful, tranquil pastel abstract painting in the window of Melodie’s gallery drew Logan. The small signature at the bottom of the painting told him Melodie was the artist. He wanted to walk into the gallery and talk to her but he hesitated. He’d had glimpses of her through the gallery window since the attack and knew that she covered the side of her face where the scar would be. One day on the urging of his band members he walked into the gallery to talk to her. When she learned that he was her guardian angel she agreed to have lunch with him, and a relationship developed.
The cloud on the horizon came in the form of Logan’s dangerous female fan and stalker, Karin Sanders. Karin realized that Logan and Melodie’s romance endangered her delusions of a relationship with Logan, and she is determined to get rid of her rival in any way she can. Karin attacks Melodie on the street outside Rockefeller Plaza at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and Logan and Melodie retreat to the new BDSM hotel in Florida owned by his friend, Jack Dalton Brown.
Can Logan overcome Melodie’s need to hide her scar as well as the malevolent intentions of the stalker and compose a happy ever after?
Penelope’s Gift, The Black Dahlia Hotel Four By Skye/ Michaels
Penelope Wilson was planning on a fun, sexy Labor Day weekend at the lake with her boyfriend and Dom, Jay Preston Fairlamb, at the brothers’ fishing cabin on Lake Ray Hubbard East of Dallas. When she arrived at the lake cabin she found that Jay had unilaterally decided that they would try a ménage. He even had a woman all lined up and ready to go. Penelope was shocked, hurt, furious and done, done, done with Jay Fairlamb.
Jay knew he’d handled the whole thing poorly. He hadn’t expected Pen to storm off and cut him out of her life for the next five long years. He knew he’d screwed it up, and over the next years he grew up. He’d been a fairly inexperienced Dom and had been eager to try something new. He just hadn’t expected it to cost him Penelope. He hadn’t been able to breach her defenses or mend his fences, and he wanted her back.
When he learned that Penelope and two girlfriends were planning a week’s vacation at the luxurious, new BDSM Black Dahlia Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach, he knew this might be his one and only chance to corner Penelope and make her listen, or at least allow him to apologize and make whole something he knew he had carelessly broken.
Can a black mask and a lot of love heal their breach, or will Jay’s subterfuge blow up in his face permanently?
Pansy’s Passion, The Black Dahlia Hotel Five By Skye Michaels (Best read with Melodie’s Song, Book 3)
Fashion designer, Pansy Nicholas, and Billie Crockett can’t seem to be in the same room together without fireworks. As Melodie Buxton’s best friend, Pansy is constantly being thrown into the company of smart-ass, annoying Billie Crockett, Logan Hawk’s best friend and a member of the Dark Place band. It doesn’t help that despite being a pain in the butt, he’s the sexiest man she’s ever met. Billie has wanted to take command of Pansy since the first time he saw her.
Pansy’s Fashion Week Debut is jeopardized when Louie Capriccio, member of the Capriccio crime family, and the clothing manufacturer who is putting the finishing touches on Pansy’s collection, tries to muscle his way into her business. Billie steps up to solve the problem, but refuses to tell Pansy how the miracle of dispensing with the Capriccio family has been accomplished.
In the midst of Fashion Week and the band’s six-city tour, Billie and Pansy manage to finally make a connection. Logan decides to take the band and their significant others on a trip to The Black Dahlia Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach for a two week break after the tour. Billie is determined to introduce Melodie to BDSM while they are at the exclusive hotel that has a secret BDSM dungeon on the top floor. Things are going well until Pansy makes a fatal mistake and all hell breaks loose in their relationship.
Neither of them will budge. Their short-lived romance seems to be on the rocks for good. Can this relationship be saved in spite of two stubborn people who love each other?
Here are the blurbs for Books 1 through 4 of the new BDSM Black Iris Quartet
Kaylin’s Pursuit, Book 1 by Skye Michaels (Now also available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com)
M/F Erotic Romance/BDSM/Heat Level: Sextreme
Homicide Detective, Kaylin Gallagher, and her partner, Delaney Lord, are called to the parking garage of a twenty-story building in downtown Fort Lauderdale on a muggy Sunday morning in July. The body of a young woman had been found in the dumpster on the first level.
With little evidence, they tour the premises of the private and very luxurious penthouse BDSM Club called The Black Iris Club looking for a crime scene. The club’s owner, handsome bachelor Jack Dalton Brown, has an iron-clad alibi, but Del Lord is still suspicious.
Although Brown has his pick of women, the beautiful but slightly quirky detective catches his eye. When the investigation of the murder is going nowhere, Jack Brown offers to let the detectives run an undercover operation in his club. With Kaylin as his sub they attempt to draw out the murderer. In the meantime three more bodies have turned up, and the situation is getting desperate and Jack and Kaylin’s relationship blooms. When it hits some rocky ground, can the Dom and the Detective get the bad guy and work out their problems?
Chloe’s Rescue, Book 2 by Skye Michaels (Now available on Bookstrand.com)
M/F Erotic Romance/BDSM/Heat Level: Scorching
Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective Chloe Carlton works out of the Strategic Investigation Division that handles narcotics and vice. Although he was crazy about her Chloe’s boyfriend, the charming and handsome attorney and Dom, John James Temple, was very uncomfortable introducing a vice cop to his law partners and friends. And he certainly couldn’t take her to the luxurious, private BDSM club called The Black Iris in the penthouse of the JDB Building. Chloe confronts J.J. about the fact that she had not met any of his friends. He makes the mistake of being truthful and tells her that her job as a vice cop makes him uncomfortable, and they break up.
Months later, Homicide Detectives Kaylin Gallagher and Del Lord investigate the case of a young girl found dead in a commercial shipping container near Port Everglades. They consult Chloe regarding the case. She advised them that the case might involve human trafficking. A joint taskforce between Homicide and Strategic Investigations is formed to look into the apparent disappearance of young, homeless runaway girls from the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Chloe and Kaylin, with the help of Kaylin’s boyfriend and Dom, the handsome Jack Dalton Brown, put together a fund raiser at The Black Iris Club for the Sistrunk Outreach Shelter, a facility for homeless teens. Chloe is confronted unexpectedly at the fund raiser by J. J. Temple. After some fireworks, they manage to patch up their differences and give their relationship another try.
The investigation leads Chloe to suspect that J. J.’s senior partner’s wife, the beautiful socialite Anne Marie McGrath, might be the mysterious dark-haired woman in a black Mercedes who has been offering to buy the young runaway girls lunch and new outfits. J. J. is incensed that Chloe has instigated an investigation of his friend and partner’s wife—just what he had feared all along.
Can their fragile relationship survive a second bout of heated and unkind words, and can the taskforce save the missing girls?
Gabriella’s Prosecution, Book 3 of the new BDSM series, Release Date 7/7/14 on Bookstrand.com
M/F Erotic Romance/BDSM/Heat Level: Sextreme
Gabriella Maria Delaveccia is an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Broward County State’s Attorney’s Office. She has worked for the very handsome but enigmatic and sometimes difficult State’s Attorney, Miguel Gatto, since his election two years ago. Miguel is a not-so-typical Latin male with control issues. He keeps a tight hand on every case in the office, and Gabby had been wondering if she would ever progress past second chair. While Gabby is wildly attracted to Miguel and has been singed by his macho aura, she is afraid of that attraction. It wouldn’t be smart to get involved with the boss. Although, she has fantasized about him in the privacy of her houseboat, Gabby’s Nest, for two years, she tried to convince herself that she couldn’t stand him being near her when she really wanted to climb into his skin.
Miguel Juan Carlos Gatto-Alba is a sadist whose roots in Spain go back to the Inquisition. The kinky strain has come down through the Gatto family tree to the present day. As a member of the exclusive and secret Black Iris Club, Miguel has dealt with his sexual kink through the use of BDSM to keep his urges under control. Safe words and protocols help him curb his urges. His dark side is very intriguing but more than a little scary. The Gatto family were some of the early settlers in Puerto Rico, and they still live on the family estate, Bahia Honda, in the mountains above San Juan. All the Gatto men have been Doms since before that word or concept existed. Miguel wanted Gabriella from the moment he first saw her in the office, but in his political position, he has to be careful. Scandal could ruin not only his legal career but his hopes for a future in politics.
When Gatto assigns a high profile but dangerous case to Gabby to prosecute he is worried that he is putting her in the crosshairs of the defendant, Ramόn Gonzalez, head of the El Salvadoran Los Mara Toros Rojas gang. Miguel finally takes a chance and initiates a relationship with Gabriella, but can they deal with the dangerous case unfolding around them as well as a dangerous attraction to each other?
Nicollette’s Defense, Book 4 of the new BDSM series, The Black Iris Club, is coming on August 18, 2014.
M/F Erotic Romance/BDSM/Heat Level: Sextreme
Nicollette Sommers is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Against her better judgment she had negotiated a plea bargained sentence for Antoinette Marie Beaudreau, aka Anne Marie Harrison-McGrath who was accused of kidnapping young, homeless girls from the streets of Fort Lauderdale and forcing them to work as prostitutes near the casinos in Louisiana. At the time, the deal had seemed like the only way to recover the girls that were still missing.
After Antoinette Marie had been sent upstate to serve her twenty-five year sentence, an attraction sprang up between Nikki and attorney Daniel McGrath, Antoinette Marie’s ex-husband. Dan had divorced Anne Marie and made financial provisions for her, but after the papers were signed and filed, she had a change of heart. Despite her incarceration, she wanted her husband, kids, and home back.
Nikki is a switch and a member of Jack Dalton Brown’s exclusive and secret BDSM club, The Black Iris Club. Dan is convinced to take a BDSM class at the club, and Nikki and Dan decide to explore the possibilities. The relationship starts off smoothly but soon hits rough waters. Dan is having a problem separating his hate for Antoinette Marie and all she had done from his love for his wife of twenty years, Anne Marie. Will Antoinette Marie’s machinations from her prison cell and Dan’s ambivalence make a happy ending impossible?
Here are the Blurbs or the first four Books of the New M/m BDSM series, THE WILTON PARK GRAND HOTEL:
Alex’s Sacrifice, The Wilton Park Grand Hotel One by Skye Michaels
Alex Richmond had been in love with his rough, tough, impatient boss, Jarred Ransom since he started at Ransom Construction six months ago. He had no idea that Jarred was bisexual, but on a business trip to Fort Lauderdale, he discovers that Jarred wants to introduce him to BDSM.
While they are dining at The Black Dahlia Hotel, Alex overhears one side of a phone conversation that throws him for a loop. A past sub of Jarred’s reveals that she has a son that looks like Jarred. Alex has no choice but to tell Jarred that he may have a child that he was unaware of. When little Benji is in danger, the parental instincts of both men surface, and Alex is prepared to sacrifice his love for Jarred for Benji’s happiness. Can they save Benji and can Jarred convince Alex they can have it all?
Ricky’s Dilemma, The Wilton Park Grand Hotel Two by Skye Michaels
Rickie Estavez had immigrated to the United States twelve years ago when life in Mexico had become unbearable. His traditional Mexican family could not accept his homosexuality. Mexican culture was not tolerant of that particular deviation from the norm. In the ensuing years Rickie had managed to make a life for himself in the predominantly gay suburb of Fort Lauderdale called Wilton Park. He had a comfortable life, work, friends, and the little house he was renovating. He was happy.
While basically estranged from his entire family, Rickie remained close to his fraternal twin brother, Fernando, a rising star in the State Attorney’s Office in Mexico City. Fernando’s successful prosecution of members of the Juarez drug cartel put Fernando in the cross-hairs of a cartel death sentence, and he had gone into hiding at the family beach house on Cozumel.
Dom Sam McCade, special consultant to Homeland Security on the illegal immigration issue, was staying at the exclusive and very expensive Wilton Park Grand Hotel for his first vacation in years. When Sam walked into the Zen Way hair salon where Rickie worked for a haircut, both men were instantly smitten.
A relationship developed, but Rickie felt he couldn’t confide his brother’s problem to the government consultant. When the opportunity for Rickie to accompany Sam on a luxury New Years’s cruise to Cozumel aboard the Golden Dolphin, arises, Rickie can’t pass up the possible opportunity to rescue his brother from the drug cartel.
Can Rickie save his brother from the Juarez cartel, and can he salvage the relationship with Sam that was damaged by his lack of trust?
Danny’s Escape, The Wilton Park Grand Hotel Three by Skye Michaels
Danny Holcomb is involved in an unhealthy and dangerous Master/slave relationship with sadistic Dom Randy Newman. When Randy leaves Danny beaten and barely conscious in the dungeon theme room at The Black Iris Club, Dom Jack Dalton Brown steps in. Jack moves Danny out of his apartment and into a secluded cottage that is off the grid on the grounds of The Wilton Park Grand Hotel. The WPG is an elegant boutique hotel catering to a gay clientele, owned by Jack’s investment group. Jack also gives Danny the job of assistant manager of the WPG. Danny is struggling to heal from his ordeal at the hands of Randy Newman who has been encouraged none too gently by Jack Brown and his friends to leave town and to leave Danny alone.
Rush Tanner, a sex therapist and psychologist from New York is planning to move his practice to Fort Lauderdale. At the urging of Jack Brown, Rush meets Danny at the Brown-Gallagher wedding at The Black Dahlia Hotel on Christmas Eve. Despite early fireworks, Danny and Rush hit it off, and their relationship is on the way to becoming important to both of them.
At the New Year’s Eve gala at The Wilton Park Grand, Danny is spotted by one of Randy’s friends. Randy had been looking for Danny but had been unable to track him down. Randy begins staking out the Wilton Grand in hopes of catching sight of Danny. When he gets the opportunity, he abducts Danny.
Can Rush and their friends from security at The Black Dahlia track Danny down in time to save him from Randy Newman’s wrath? Will Rush and Danny’s relationship survive another catastrophe at the hands of Randy Newman?
Shane’s Seduction, The Wilton Park Grand Hotel Four by Skye Michaels
Young attorney, Shane Beckett, junior associate at McGrath & Temple, LLP, has known he was gay since high school, but he has never had the courage to come out of the closet. A series of straight relationships that had not worked out have left him conflicted as he struggled to come to terms with his sexual preference.
Shane is given the assignment to review the due diligence package for a restaurant acquisition file for the bi-sexual, enigmatic, handsome and powerful restauranteur and Dom, Cordell McAdam. On Shane’s first trip up to The Black Iris Club in their office building, Shane is introduced to Cord McAdam. He is stunned when he finds out that his co-workers had thought him gay all along despite his attempts at camouflage with his ex-girlfriend Nicole. Thinking Shane and Cord might make a good connection, senior partner Dan McGrath introduces the two.
Cord takes newbie sub, Shane, under training and opens the world of BDSM for him. Their relationship is becoming more and more important to each of them although neither has said the words. Cord is encouraging Shane to come out of the closet and live his life on his own terms. The situation hits critical mass when Shane’s parents come down from Connecticut to visit him in Fort Lauderdale. Shane’s inability to confront his parents with the facts and his relationship with Cord drives a wedge between them.
Can young Shane man up, confront his parents with the truth and come to an understanding with them? Can Cord forgive the betrayal he felt when Shane denied their relationship?
Author Bio for Skye Michaels
I was born in New Jersey and grew up an only child on a small farm in the “Garden State”. My father grew acres and acres of flowers for commercial florists and various produce such as tomatoes. My high school years were spent at Wayne Hills High School, where I was not one of the popular preppy kids, or one of the hoods – which kind of left me in limbo as I wasn’t one of the brainiacs either. Weekends were spent going into “the City” and Greenwich Village with my friends and doing a lot of things I probably shouldn’t have – don’t tell my grandkids!
After attending Katharine Gibbs School in Montclair, New Jersey, I began a career as a legal secretary and then a paralegal. I moved to Florida and currently live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with my dog, Snickerdoodles. I was married for eight years but have been single for many years. My major addiction is jewelry, but any kind of shopping will do for a fix!
After my long-time job as a paralegal was ended by the economic downturn, I decided to turn lemons into lemonade and finally write the stories I’d had in my head for many years. I had always wanted to write romance novels, but my family and job kept me too busy.
My major interest aside from my family and friends is horses. I enjoy putting an animal character into my stories if possible. I am extremely “low tech” and probably should have been born in the 1800’s as I enjoy driving a horse and buggy for fun. I also enjoy horseback riding, but the ground has gotten harder and further away over the years.
I have a small farm and vacation home in Ocala, Florida which is my favorite place in the world. There’s nothing as wonderful as swinging in the hammock in the shade and listening to the music of the wind in the pines while cuddled under a quilt reading a good book. I set my first series, the Le Club Series, in Ocala’s fabulous horse country. My second series, the Golden Dolphin Series, is a spinoff of that set aboard a luxury yacht that travels the world with occasional visits by some of the original characters.
Books have always been my escape into love and adventure, and through reading I have been able to be many people, do many things, and go to many wonderful places I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to be, do or see.
I hope that all hard working women who have a moment to put up their tired feet and relax with a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine) enjoy getting to meet my fantasy friends and to experience something new and different with a touch of hot romance thrown in for good measure!