Monday, October 1, 2018

Becoming Magic by Michelle Garren Flye

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 He’s worked with Carole before—but the ambitious girl who had a crush on him is gone now, leaving a beautiful, withdrawn woman.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?


Excerpt Two:

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…


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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,, and, 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.


Interview with Michelle Garren Flye

1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

I had to think about this for a bit, but I think my favorite part comes at the beginning when Connor’s being a bit too flirtatious and Carole lays down her ground rules. I like it for two main reasons. First, it shows that Carole may have been a victim in the past, but she’s well prepared to protect herself now. Second, Connor’s response sets him up to be the perfect foil for her. He’s a good guy and he respects her laying down rules from the beginning, but he refuses to be lumped in with the people who actually need those rules.

2. If you could spend time with a character from your book who would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Walt. He’s my favorite character thus far in the series. He’s kind and courteous, loves kids and he sails. That’s what we’d do. We’d find a boat and go sailing all day. And maybe he could teach me a few of his magic tricks. Have to keep it platonic, though, because he’s totally in love with Sabrina and I’m not going to mess with that.

3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

This is a bit of a trick question, isn’t it? I mean, I could say The Bible because it’s the most successful book ever written, or I could say Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because then I’d be rich. But really, what I’d like to be is the author of a book that really made a difference. So, maybe, The Great Gatsby?

4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

My characters are always from my imagination, but there are usually bits and pieces that I recognize from reality. For instance, Connor is a conglomeration of many different movie stars—I’m fairly certain I recognize some Johnny Depp and Chris Hemsworth and even a bit of Tom Cruise in him. I didn’t start out intending to do that, though. I started out to create a compelling character who could be in the movies, and I guess I used bits of real people to do that.

5. What made you want to become a writer?

I’ve just kind of always been a writer. I wrote short stories when I was about seven years old and my mom said, hey, maybe you’ll be an author when you grow up. And I figured if it involved making up stories and writing them down, I was okay with that. I never made a decision to become a writer, I just wrote. And I still do.


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  1. Good Morning! Thank you for the book description.These tours are great and we have found some terrific books so thanks so much.

    1. Good morning, James. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  2. Thank you for having me on your blog today!

  3. Really great post, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you, Marisela! I hope you'll give it a try. If you like it, there are four others you could read...and one more coming out October 31!

  5. Enjoyed reading your interview today