Inside Look with Nikka Michaels author of Christmas with Caden

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Nikka Michaels is here. She brought all kinds of goodies. A beautiful cover, blurb, and excerpt for her brand new hot Christmas romance. Yum! I also got her to answer a bunch of questions. So, settle in and enjoy this Inside Look with Nikka Michaels.

ChristmasWithCaden cover - click to see on GoodreadsChristmas with Caden

by: Nikka Michaels

Genre: Erotic Romance

Length: Short Story

Published: December 15, 2013

 Publisher: Cobblestone Press

Hi Nikka! I’m so glad you’re here. I want you comfortable. So, picture your favorite place in the world. Now, can you tell us a little bit about it?

On a beach in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Beautiful sand, surf beach, crashing waves and usually it’s pretty warm. Put a cold beer in my hand and a game of lawn bowling and I’m in heaven.

That sounds fabulous. I’m relaxing just thinking about it. Tell us about yourself: Who are you and why did you start writing?

My name is Nikka Michaels and I started writing because I love the idea of being able to create miniature worlds with every story. Every time you open a blank document you’re about to create something new. I love that feeling.

That’s definitely a sweet spot. When you are not writing what are your favorite hobbies?

I love to read a lot, and listen to music. I cook and am a total foodie nerd. I spend pretty much all of the time I’m not writing with my family which is awesome.

That’s so nice. I’m still chained to an evil day job. Someday, I hope to get rid of it. I’ll have to have you back to share some of your favorite recipes. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

You can ask people’s advice on how everything works but you pretty much just have to learn as you go. So learning to be patient and not get discouraged was definitely a challenge.

Learning things on your own is priceless. Very true, Nikka. Can you tell us about a criticism you’ve received that pushed you into a better writing place?

Stop rambling and telling all the backstory ever in a story. For me that’s really difficult not to info-dump at the beginning so I like to think I’ve learned a little since my first story.

Starting in the “action” and letting the backstory dribble in are definitely skills to master. Which one of your characters would you most like to meet in real life?

Probably Ethan from the upcoming books I’m working on with my co-writer, Eileen Griffin called In the Raw and In the Weeds. He’s feisty, mouthy and unapologetic.

I think I’m going to like him. 😀 What turns you on creatively?

Being allowed to just ramble out whatever I need to, to get the story ordered in my head. Listening to music helps too.

What is your greatest fear?

Spiders. Heights. A spider falling on me from a great height? 🙂

What is your greatest extravagance?

Music, probably. I’ll save as long as I can to buy music on I tunes.

What is your favorite music (genre/artist/album/song)?

It totally depends on the day and what mood I’m in. Today it was Modest Mouse and The Civil Wars. Tomorrow it’ll be U2 and Maroon 5.

Yes! This explains why we get along so well. Love all those groups. Especially The Civil Wars. What is the one thing you do after finishing a story?

Sit back and save the hell out of the file. In a gazillion different places. Then I eat some chocolate and start on the next one.

Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on now?

I have a story called Waking Up Wolf in Evernight Publishing’s Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition shifter anthology in January. Also, I have a short M/M BDSM story called Room Service releasing from Cobblestone Press in February. Right now I’m working with my co-writer, Eileen Griffin on the two book M/M foodie series, titled In the Raw and In the Weeds from Carina Press. Both will be released back to back in 2014 so we’re working hard on them right now.

How exciting. I’m looking forward to having you back in 2014. Thanks, Nikka. Congratulations on the release 😀



ChristmasWithCaden_150Paige Anthony is annoyed at spending Friday night at the company Christmas party. She’s bored until she spots the son of the boss, Caden Davis dancing and is intrigued.

When Caden saves Paige from the advances of his brother, she looks at him in a new light. A few sexy dances later, she manages to forget the horrible beginning of the night. When she decides to leave, he offers to walk her home and admits he’s wanted her for a while. Will Paige’s attraction be enough to make her forget about holidays past and consider Christmas with Caden?


“Is this how you really dance? Because you can show me the real you, you know. After all, you did just middle school dance me. I want a Caden dance.”

His slow, wicked smile made her stomach flip and heat flood her skin. “You want me? You got me.”

Slowly he spun her in a circle, her back resting against the front of his body. His hands settled on her hips, squeezing gently as he nuzzled her ear. His fingers pulled the fabric of her dress taut against her nipples as the delicious friction intensified with every move. She bit back a low moan at the sensation.

“This is me. This is how I really dance.”

Shivering at the feel of his warm breath against her ear, she closed her eyes and let her body go loose, relaxing as she moved with the beat of the music. His hands smoothed up and down her sides, teasingly light as he moved with her, not guiding but simply moving with her.

Through the thin fabric of her dress and his shirt and suit pants, heat from his body added to the sweat that beaded on her skin. She could feel his hardness pressing against her ass when she rocked back into him, though he let her lead all their movement. The club had gotten more crowded as they’d danced. The look on his face when she glanced up at him was one of hunger, his heavy-lidded eyes gone dark, illuminated by the flash of the strobe light. With the top buttons of his shirt undone, he looked as though he’d just been dragged off the floor and ravished.

Paige wanted to be the reason he looked that way.


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Nikka Michaels lives in the often rainy Pacific Northwest where she spends her time cooking, laughing and crafting romantic tales to satisfy her craving for HEAs.



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Good morning and thanks to S.J. Maylee for hosting me. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Holiday.

Review: The Summoning (Dragon’s Lair #2) by Seraphina Donavan

Cover- The Summoning (Dragon's Lair #2) - click to see on GoodreadsThe Summoning (Dragon’s Lair #2)

by Seraphina Donavan

Published: December 14th 2012
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Genre: Erotic Romance, Shifter, Menage


As dragon shifters, Remy and Philippe had spent their lives searching for their perfect mate, and in Lilly Montague, they found her. But enemies from their past are threatening their happiness. Dragon law dictates that they must meet the issued challenge and face their enemies in battle. But when Lilly sees them in Dragon form, will she be able to accept them?

SJ’s Review:

This is the second short story in the Dragon’s Lair series. In the first Lilly finds her mates in dragon shifters Remy and Philippe. The story is short but it quickly takes you to several fun places. The first is hot and steamy, yum. The second is completely nerve racking. The tension and worry Seraphina creates is palpable. From here, you’ll get more steam, a brief romantic M/M scene, action, and a satisfying end.

The plot could definitely fill and would be worthy of a full length novel. At times, it may feel a bit rushed and there are a couple of head hopping moments, but I really enjoyed this quick tale.

I give The Summoning 4 stars and recommend it to paranormal menage fans that want a quick satisfying read.

I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest and fair review.

You can click the cool cover at the top to see The Summoning on Goodreads.