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Reviews for One Knight Only
"This is a very good story. Ms. Miles creates quite a tale that takes us from the twenty-first century to the fourteenth. Finn takes Maggie to a jousting tournament since he feels he must return her to her kin. He's also a gambler and owes money and his estates to pay of a debt. This is also where Maggie meets Elyne, the Fae Princess and heir to the throne…she is also the person who brought Maggie back in time to help break the curse she placed on Finn. There was much gripping drama in this! The cast of characters were really quite splendid. I loved Derron, Drake, Lady Juliet and our villain, Earl Byron de Fortier of Litonshire (or Lord Vile as Maggie refers to him), is so evil he gave me chills!"
"Elyne's bringing Maggie back in time did manage to change a few things that HAD happened the first time. The whole storyline was intriguing and so worth reading! I loved the relationship Maggie had, and grew to have, with Finn. I thought it was pretty fabulous how our twenty-first century heroine was able to not just break the curse, she was able to assist the villain's sister Lady Juliet. I hadn't thought this book would be this good or SO romantic, but it IS! One Knight Only is a fantastic book!" - 5 Hearts, Teresa T., The Romance Studio
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About Michelle Miles
Michelle Miles found her love of writing buried in the fantasy books of Patricia A. McKillip and the beautiful romances of Victoria Holt. It wasn't until her high school years she decided to take up the pen and try her hand at writing. She created faraway lands, space adventures, and even princesses who just wanted to be saved. Never learning to plot, she always believed that jumping in feet first was the way to go and has since become a self-proclaimed Pantser, writing sexy contemporaries and sizzling paranormal and sweeping fantasy.
A Native Texan, she loves hockey, football, baseball, drinking coffee, cross-stitching, and shopping for shoes and Coach handbags. You can read her daily antics at her blog, Ye Olde Inkwell. Michelle is also a regular contributor to Pop Culture Divas and Plotting Princesses.
Also by Michelle Miles
Talk Dirty To Me (Samhain Publishing)
Nice Girls Do (Samhain Publishing)
A Bend In Time (Samhain Publishing)
A Break In Time (Samhain Publishing)
Sex Lust & Martinis (Cobblestone Press)
The Coffee Wars (Cobblestone Press)
"Sinfully Sweet" in Entangled, a Paranormal Anthology (Authors4TheCure) - all proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Eorwulf (Self Published)
The Soul of Sharah (Self Published)
An Interview with Michelle Miles
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Michelle, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is One Knight Only. Where did you get the idea for this amazing story?
MM: Thanks for having me! I'm excited to be here.
It was actually a very different book when I started it back in 2005. It was originally going to be a straight historical with no Scottish knights whatsoever. Or Fae characters. I had two big problems with the book, though -- my heroine tended to sound too modern and I had problems with the historical set up. It just didn't work. So I stopped writing and moved on to some other projects that landed me a couple of contracts with Samhain and Cobblestone Press. But I never forgot about this book.
I fiddled with it in 2008 and then rewrote the beginning as a time travel. I pretty much ditched all the characters and started over with Maggie, my heroine, and Finn, my Scottish knight. I also introduced a snarky Faery princess, Elyne. I stopped writing it a second time until I finally got back to it in late 2010 and finished it in early 2011.
That's the long answer. The short answer is I just really wanted to write about a jousting tournament.
HH: What do you like best about Maggie and why will readers relate to her?
MM: She's very spunky, outgoing and a do-gooder. She wants to help those in need and she wants to play matchmaker. I love those things about Maggie and it made her really fun to write because she gets into all sorts of trouble. I think readers will relate to her because she's someone who tries really hard to do the right thing, even if it backfires on her.
HH: What do you like best about Finn and why will readers love him?
MM: Finn is honorable. A true knight in shining armor. He would never harm a lady. But he's flawed. He has a gambling problem and has a hard time resisting the dice and cards. Who doesn't love a hot Scottish knight?
HH: What sort of research did you do for this story?
MM: All sorts! I read a lot of books on jousting tournaments. I wanted to learn exactly how to joust because I write it in detail. I spent a lot of time researching how tournaments began, why they began, and what made them so appealing to spectators, commoners and nobles alike. I also spent a lot of time researching the banquets after each daily event, what they did, what they ate. Plus, to make it sound authentic, I had to learn how to curse in the Middle Ages. One of my favorites is "God's Teeth!" So I tried to sprinkle that in throughout the book.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
MM: I'm currently working on the sequel, which will feature the two Fae characters, Sir Derron and Princess Elyne. This book will be set in the Otherworld. Derron's father has been kidnapped along with one of the four fabled Fae treasures, the Sword of Light. I'm also working on a new fantasy erotic series. The first book is completed and the second is underway.
My next release, Phoenix Fire, will be from DCL Publications and is the story of a female gladiatrix and her assassin lover.
HH: What's a day in the life of author Michelle Miles like?
MM: It's not glamorous at all. I work full time and spend my lunch hour either writing or critiquing for my amazing critique partners. The evenings are dedicated to the kid and the husband, though I do sometimes manage to squeeze in some writing time during the evening hours.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
MM: They change so much but right now I'm just trying to write as much as I can and get it submitted before the end of the year. I want next year to be a big year for me. It's a challenge to find time to write while working full time and raising a kiddo.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
MM: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.
HH: Where is your favorite place to shop for books?
MM: Barnes & Noble. I love going into the bookstore and smelling all the new books.
HH: Any special plans for the holidays this year?
MM: This year, my husband and I will be celebrating our first anniversary together. So that’s pretty special. Other than that, we’ll just having the normal family time at Christmas and Thanksgiving.
HH: Thank you! Happy anniversary and happy holidays!