Thursday, June 6, 2013

Top 10 Novels that Influenced by Writing by Michelle Garren Flye and Giveaway!

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Do you believe in Magic? 

Reporter Stacey Matthewson has made a living writing sensational stories that knock celebrities off their pedestals. Now she’s got a hot lead on an even hotter magician who’s mystifying Las Vegas with his new show—the problem is, she’s had a crush on him for years. How can she write a story that might ruin him, especially when he proves himself to be so much more than she’d ever dreamed?

Magician Andre Hawke has a knack for making things disappear, but when it comes to his brother’s drinking and gambling, he’s got a problem. Hiring the sexy reporter who threatens to blow away his carefully wrought illusion might be the answer to his problems... or she might bring on a whole new set of them.

Stacey’s never believed in magic, and Andre doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Can passion overcome their inhibitions, or will betrayal stem the tide of love?

Click "Read more" to find out which novels made Michelle's "most influential" list, and to enter to win an Amazon gift card!!!!

Novels that Influenced the Way I Write About Love and Magic

When I look back over my reading history at the books that most influenced the way I write today, it’s not really surprising to me that a lot of them have magical elements to them. Some of them are romances, some have romantic elements to them, and a lot of them have something or other to do with magic.
  1. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I love all Alice Hoffman’s books, but this was the first one I read. I liked the novel more than I liked the movie, and I loved the movie.
  2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Not much magic during the Civil War and Reconstruction, but the book still manages to be one of the great romances of all time.
  3. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. This was the first Dragonriders of Pern book I read, and definitely the most influential. McCaffrey’s take on soul mates might be less than traditionally romantic, but the idea (magically) remains the same.
  4. Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Mallory. Gallant knight loves beautiful queen until magic horns in.
  5. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery. Of course, I knew Gilbert and Anne would end up together from the moment he called her “Carrots” in Anne of Green Gables, but it was fun seeing the romance come to early fruition in this book.
  6. Swan Song by Robert McCammon. Beautiful girl brings hope and new life back to post-apocalyptic society and (spoiler alert!) good triumphs over evil in a very magical way.
  7. Grimm’s Fairy Tales. No, it’s not technically a novel, but any romance writer worth her salt has read them. For that matter, if you write fantasy or horror, you should read them, too.
  8. Persuasion by Jane Austen. If nothing else, this one has the sexiest title of any romance I’ve ever read.
  9. Thieves’ World by Robert Lynn Asprin, et al. Although I loved the dark, medieval world inhabited by romantic and, well, unsavory characters in these anthologies, I suspect my true love for this first book of the series was the idea of several writers creating a world and sharing it in their stories. It made it seem real in a way few other sci-fi worlds have ever achieved and started my as yet unrealized ambition to create the perfect setting.
  10. The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I saved the best for last. True love and "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Enough said. 
So there are my top ten literary influences. If you threw 'em all in a pot with a pinch of salt and cooked 'em up, would you come up with my style of writing? Nah. But if you have any interest in some great and/or entertaining literature, you could check them out.

About the Author

Michelle Garren Flye is the award-winning romance author of five novels. Her novel Where the Heart Lies has been described as an "engaging novel with charming and likable characters" and a story that "will make you believe in love and second chances." Her newest novel Close Up Magic hit shelves June 1st and is currently on tour with Goddess Fish Promotions.

Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story "Life After." Her short stories have been featured by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs, and various online publications.

Michelle has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.


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What kind of magic do you or would you love to see in fiction? Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you when you win!
I love paranormal elements, specifically witchcraft and the magical creatures that come along with it, such as demons, warlocks, angels, and so on.

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