Summer Countdown Blitz – Day 14

Michelle Jefferies is a writer who believes that the way to examine our souls
is to explore the deep and dark as well as the shallow. To manipulate words in
a way that makes a person think and maybe even second guess. Her worlds include
suspense, urban fantasy, and an occasional twist of steampunk. When she is not
writing, she can be found on the yoga mat, hand binding journals, dyeing cloth,
and serving ginger tea. The author and creator divides her time between
stories, projects, and mothering four of her seven children on the wild and
windy plains of Wyoming.
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Living an unassuming life as a teacher for the Academy, th
e former assassin,
Antony Danic, turned Speaker for the Devoted, would love to let the past stay
there. However, as hard as he tries, his new identity, Noble Standing, can’t
escape who Antony was. The widower, turned self-avowed bachelor doesn’t mean to
fall for the red-headed sword instructor, Lyris Jaimes. Noble insists he’s
better off single, but he is drawn to her in spite of his memories of Elite.
Noble finds that courting her, however, isn’t easy. His interest in Lyris sets
into motion a rivalry between him and a dangerous sociopath who wants her for

Regardless of the vow he made to never shed human blood again, Noble must
reconcile his past with his present, and use his assassin skills and knowledge
to keep himself and those he loves alive.

~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK
Top Ten List:
1     If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

A big
piece of land with a house and a place to hold retreats and conferences
A healthy
immune system
Go to
school and become an acupuncturist
1        2        Where do you write?

In my
office, with my doggie at my side. It also serves as my project storage room
and lately there’s not been a lot of room in said office. 

3 How long does it normally take you to write a novel?

If I push
it, like during NANO, 15-17 days. If I am busy like right now, one to three

4  What are your inspirations?

The three
novels, one novella, and my four anthologies that are on my desk. (as well as
some of my NANO proofs) I look at them and know I can do hard things. 

1   How did you come to write this particular book or series?

series is the extremely revised story of my very first novel, the 189 page
handwritten thing I did in high school. Which was an examination of how to
write team fiction the right way. But, in it’s revised form, it is also a study
of what it takes to change a bad boy into a good guy, and how does that good
guy stay good in the face of trials. 

1   What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you
overcome it?
When I
wrote the first drafts of this book the romance between the characters was a
definite low importance on the totem pole of sub plots and story lines. One of
my beta readers got on my case for presenting a huge plot hole in regards to
the romance line in the book. I went back to the books (sort of) and really
studied romance sub plots. I went back in and restructured it and let the
characters have a bit more leeway and the sub plot emerged. It was a hard one
to write because it deals with sin and I didn’t necessarily want to delve into
it. But I am glad I did. The story is better for it. The characters are so much
more real now. 

7     What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you
going when your writing gets difficult?

characters are who drive me to write. They have stories that need to be told
and I can’t ignore them. Also, my fans wanting to know what else happens to my
characters drives me. If I am not writing my characters invade my dreams and
they start doing strange things. 

8     How did you come up with the title?

The idea
of this book was to take two normal characters and drive them as low as I
could. To try and refine their characters so by the end they had grown as
characters. To ascend from the pit. So, Ascension was the perfect title for

9     Name one entity that you feel supported you outside
of family member?

were so many that helped but if I had to name one (or two) that would be my two
writer friends, Lauri Shoenfeld and Mercedes Yardley. They stuck through it all
with me. 
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