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Monday, August 13, 2018

Becoming Magic by Michelle Garren Flye - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Michelle Garren Flye and her new book, “Becoming Magic”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Michelle and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Becoming Magic
by Michelle Garren Flye


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Carole Barnes once believed she would make her own way in Hollywood, but those days are long gone, leaving behind only a dark, slimy secret that Carole has never shared with anyone. Now she hides in the bright sunshine of the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. As far away as she can get from Hollywood. But what to do when Hollywood comes knocking in the form of a sexy movie star?

Connor Wallace has everything going for him—looks, talent, a successful career—but what he really wants is to perform magic on stage. His love of magic leads him back to his mentor Walt Bryson. At first, he’s pleased when Walt suggests his assistant Carole produce a documentary of his transformation from movie star to magician. He’s worked with Carole before—but the ambitious girl who had a crush on him is gone now, leaving a beautiful, withdrawn woman.

It’s the perfect arrangement. Carole knows she can make a success of the movie and Connor wants to work with her. But as they grow closer, Connor determines to find out her secret. Can love overcome the boundaries of fear? Or will Carole’s past return to plague them both?



Connor pulled the linking rings back out of their velvet bag and began practicing with the engagement ring on them. “I may need your help, too.”

“With the trick?” She raised her eyebrows. “I’m not sure I’m the one—”

“Nonsense. You know how it works. You just have to catch it correctly.” He tossed the ring to her. She caught it neatly, but the engagement ring went flying.

“Damn.” She cursed softly. “I thought I could do that.”

“No, you weren’t sure. You said so.” He found the engagement ring and replaced it on the linking ring. He fixed her with a stern look. “Be certain.”

“Okay.” She shrugged, but she knew what he was talking about. Every movement in magic—or any showmanship, really—had to be done with certainty. No rethinking yourself or doubts allowed. The audience should never be aware that you might not know what you’re doing. And so she banished any doubts and looked at him expectantly.

“And don’t look at me like that.” He twirled the rings in the air, absently connecting and disconnecting them. She knew how it was done, but he’d gotten so good at it, she couldn’t catch him.

She laughed. “Why not?”

He paused in the act of juggling the rings, caught them and displayed them all connected with the engagement ring dangling at the bottom. “Because you make it hard for me to be certain.”

She tilted her head, wondering what he meant…



Evolution of a Writer

Being a writer is something you are. I don’t believe you become a writer. If you start writing later in life, you probably always were a writer, you just didn’t practice. And writing is definitely something that requires practice and develops over time.

What writer hasn’t heard at some point in the past that the more you write, the better you’ll be at it? It’s actually true, although some writers have a higher baseline than others. I’ve read some stuff written by beginning writers that I would love to be able to write now—and I’ve been writing since I was seven! Still, those writers will grow and be better and find better things to say the more they write.

Because they will evolve.

I have evolved over the years with help from peers and coaches and editors. I no longer tag every line of dialogue. I no longer feel that I have to describe every single action of every character. I am better at incorporating description into the story instead of stopping the action to describe a character or setting. I am better at a lot of the technical aspects than I was when I began.

Recently, my evolution has turned a different way. I’m more concerned these days with themes within my stories and the romance genre at large. I’ve noticed a trend among romance writers to push the envelope a little too far with their sex scenes. What once would have been relegated to a top shelf and labeled “adults only” is now readily available, and I don’t see that as a healthy thing. So I’ve closely examined my own writing for themes that shouldn’t be romanticized and worked to eliminate them.

I call this “a new kind of romance”, and I began it with Becoming Magic.

Don’t get me wrong. There are sex scenes in my books. Once upon a time, these scenes would have been considered “spicy” or even “hot”, but in today’s romance genre, they’re more often given a heat level of “sweet”. What you won’t find in my books is an alpha male hero making demands of a submissive heroine. You might, however, find a heroine standing up for her right not to be touched until she’s good and ready—and a hero who’s willing to wait.

I hope you’ll try out a new kind of romance with Becoming Magic. And I hope you’ll let me know what you think!



Michelle Garren Flye is an award-winning romance author of eleven novels and counting. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs, Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com, among others. She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls. 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.



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  1. Thanks for having me on the blog today, Ally. I look forward to answering any questions about my books or writing that your readers have. :)

  2. Thank you for reading the blog today, Lisa. Good luck with the contest. :)

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    1. Thank you, Gwendolyn! I hope you'll give it a try. :)

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    1. Thank you, Rita! Nice to see you again. :) <3

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    1. Thanks, Victoria! The rest of the book is even better...;)

  6. I'm definitely intrigued!


    1. Thank you for checking it out, Trix. I hope you'll be intrigued enough to check out the buy links, too. ;) And if you do, leave me a review so I know what you think!

  7. I enjoy getting to read about books we had not known about previously for my family. We have found some great ones through these tours so thanks so much.