Michelle Diener

Nov 102017
 

I just saw that my publisher put the ebook version of IN A TREACHEROUS COURT on sale for $2.99 (ONLY in the USA, unfortunately). Not sure how long it will last, but thought I’d give my US readers the heads-up.

IN A TREACHEROUS COURT is my debut novel, and it was inspired by my historical research into the life of Flemish painter Susanna Horenbout, who went to work in Henry VIII’s court, possibly as his first female court painter.

Her father, Gerard Horenbout, is the artist who illuminated the famous Sforza Book of Hours for Margaret of Austria.

Susanna married one of Henry VIII courtiers, John Parker, and the book is a fast-paced thriller in which Susanna and Parker are caught up in a big court scandal.

Calling the Change Release Day (With Sky Raiders Free!)

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Jul 182017
 

I’m thrilled to announce the release of CALLING THE CHANGE, the second book in the SKY RAIDERS trilogy, and to also let my readers know that from July 17 -July 21, SKY RAIDERS, the first book in the series, is free on Amazon.

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About Calling the Change:

He rescued her despite impossible odds—Garek has rescued Taya and the rest of his village from the sky raiders, but their return home doesn’t bring easier times. The sky raiders aren’t simply going to go away—they still need the shadow ore they came for, and they want the ships Garek stole from them back. But they aren’t the only threat . . .

First she was in danger from the aliens who abducted her, now she’s in danger from her own people—Taya’s been rescued, but she isn’t home a week before she’s taken again, this time by men who walked the walls with Garek. They’ve taken her as a consolation prize of sorts, having failed to get hold of Garek himself. They think Taya’s value to the people they’re working for is her relationship to Garek, but they are wrong . . .

Garek and Taya never gave up on each other before, even when the distance between them was impossibly far, and they aren’t giving up on each other now. As Garek searches for her, and Taya engineers her escape, they discover the motivations behind the new attacks on them are darker than the endless reaches of space they’ve just escaped from.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Calling the Change

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Jun 212017
 

For those of you wanting an early taste of what you’ll find in Calling the Change, the second Sky Raiders novel, hop on over to USA Today to read an exclusive excerpt. Calling the Change will release on July 17th, and it is available for preorder on Amazon.

About Calling the Change:

He rescued her despite impossible odds—Garek has rescued Taya and the rest of his village from the sky raiders, but their return home doesn’t bring easier times. The sky raiders aren’t simply going to go away—they still need the shadow ore they came for, and they want the ships Garek stole from them back. But they aren’t the only threat . . .

First she was in danger from the aliens who abducted her, now she’s in danger from her own people—Taya’s been rescued, but she isn’t home a week before she’s taken again, this time by men who walked the walls with Garek. They’ve taken her as a consolation prize of sorts, having failed to get hold of Garek himself. They think Taya’s value to the people they’re working for is her relationship to Garek, but they are wrong . . .

Garek and Taya never gave up on each other before, even when the distance between them was impossibly far, and they aren’t giving up on each other now. As Garek searches for her, and Taya engineers her escape, they discover the motivations behind the new attacks on them are darker than the endless reaches of space they’ve just escaped from.

Pre-order Calling the Change

Cover Reveal x 2

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May 012017
 


I have two awesome book covers to share with you for two upcoming releases.

The first is Interference (designed by the awesome Elle at EJR Digital Art), a novella (24,000 words) which will appear in the Orphans in the Black anthology that’s coming up in a few months. Interference is the first story in a connected series of stories all set in the same world, called The Verdant String series. Some will be novellas, some will be full length novels.

The second cover is the next book in the Sky Raiders series, Calling the Change. It’s due out in June / July of this year, and the talented Jeff Brown, of Jeff Brown Graphics, designed and illustrated the cover, as he did with the first book, Sky Raiders.

I love both covers, they are so different but so right for the stories they were designed for.

Release Celebration for Sky Raiders (with giveaway): Day 3

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Dec 202016
 

Welcome to the Release Celebration for Sky Raiders

Sky Raiders is the first book in Michelle’s new space opera series. Michelle has a message below and if you miss the Friday post, you can go HERE, and if you missed the post on Sunday, December 18th, you can go HERE to read about star-crossed lovers. Definitely check out the giveaway below as well. Enjoy!

Sky Raiders
(Sky Raiders #1)
by Michelle Diener
Adult Sci-Fi, Space Opera
ebook, 349 Pages
December 15th 2016

First they flew their mysterious sky craft through the skies of Barit. Then they started attacking. Finally, they began to raid.

Garek’s one year of duty as a guard walking the walls of Garamundo was extended to two when the sky raiders appeared. Two long years away from home and his lover, Taya. When he finally returns, the town is empty. While Garek was protecting Garamundo, the sky raiders were taking their victims from his hometown.

Taya can’t bear looking into the night sky. All she can see is Barit, her home planet. Impossibly, the sky raiders have brought her and their other victims to Shadow, the planet that shadows her own, and looking up makes her aware of everything she’s lost. Garek is out there somewhere. She knows he’ll look, but he’ll never find her.

She and the other captives have to find a way to escape. Without the food and clothes the sky raiders bring them from their raids on Barit, they’ll starve on the almost barren wastes of Shadow. And when they’ve given the sky raiders enough of what they want, that’s exactly what the sky raiders will leave them to do.

What Taya doesn’t realize is she’ll have some help with her plan. Because Garek isn’t giving up on finding her. And he’s even more resourceful than she could ever have imagined.

Nothing is going to keep him from Taya. Not even space itself.

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Star-crossed Lovers Who Won’t Bow to Their Fate

The official definition of star-crossed lovers is two people who love each other deeply but cannot be together because fate is against them. Whatever is written in their stars means they are doomed to never find happiness, never be together.

Obviously, this is not a HEA or even a HFN situation 🙂

Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde . . . they’re the gold standard of star-crossed lovers, but when I was writing Sky Raiders, I thought a lot about the concept, because I kept thinking of Garek and Taya, my hero and heroine, as star-crossed, but only to a point. They love each other, and fate keeps them apart, but neither of them accepts this.

Garek throws caution to the wind and never lets the obstacles in front of him even slow him down in his determination to get to Taya. And she, equally, is driven not only to survive, but also to work a way out of her situation, because she will not give up her desire to be with Garek again.

It was so much fun, but also really poignant, to write a love story like Garek and Taya’s, and I loved every minute of it. I hope my readers enjoy it just as much. Tristan and Isolde, but without the downer at the end 🙂

–Michelle

Michelle Diener is the award-winning, bestselling author of the Class 5 series. She writes historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction and lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

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Release Celebration for Sky Raiders (with giveaway): Day 2

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Dec 182016
 

Welcome to the Release Celebration for Sky Raiders

Sky Raiders is the first book in Michelle’s new space opera series. Michelle has a message below and if you miss the Friday post, you can go HERE, and on Tuesday, December 20th, you can go HERE to read about how the book came together. Definitely check out the giveaway below as well. Enjoy!

Sky Raiders
(Sky Raiders #1)
by Michelle Diener
Adult Sci-Fi, Space Opera
ebook, 349 Pages
December 15th 2016

First they flew their mysterious sky craft through the skies of Barit. Then they started attacking. Finally, they began to raid.

Garek’s one year of duty as a guard walking the walls of Garamundo was extended to two when the sky raiders appeared. Two long years away from home and his lover, Taya. When he finally returns, the town is empty. While Garek was protecting Garamundo, the sky raiders were taking their victims from his hometown.

Taya can’t bear looking into the night sky. All she can see is Barit, her home planet. Impossibly, the sky raiders have brought her and their other victims to Shadow, the planet that shadows her own, and looking up makes her aware of everything she’s lost. Garek is out there somewhere. She knows he’ll look, but he’ll never find her.

She and the other captives have to find a way to escape. Without the food and clothes the sky raiders bring them from their raids on Barit, they’ll starve on the almost barren wastes of Shadow. And when they’ve given the sky raiders enough of what they want, that’s exactly what the sky raiders will leave them to do.

What Taya doesn’t realize is she’ll have some help with her plan. Because Garek isn’t giving up on finding her. And he’s even more resourceful than she could ever have imagined.

Nothing is going to keep him from Taya. Not even space itself.

Goodreads | Amazon

Star-crossed Lovers Who Won’t Bow to Their Fate

The official definition of star-crossed lovers is two people who love each other deeply but cannot be together because fate is against them. Whatever is written in their stars means they are doomed to never find happiness, never be together.

Obviously, this is not a HEA or even a HFN situation 🙂

Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde . . . they’re the gold standard of star-crossed lovers, but when I was writing Sky Raiders, I thought a lot about the concept, because I kept thinking of Garek and Taya, my hero and heroine, as star-crossed, but only to a point. They love each other, and fate keeps them apart, but neither of them accepts this.

Garek throws caution to the wind and never lets the obstacles in front of him even slow him down in his determination to get to Taya. And she, equally, is driven not only to survive, but also to work a way out of her situation, because she will not give up her desire to be with Garek again.

It was so much fun, but also really poignant, to write a love story like Garek and Taya’s, and I loved every minute of it. I hope my readers enjoy it just as much. Tristan and Isolde, but without the downer at the end 🙂

–Michelle

Michelle Diener is the award-winning, bestselling author of the Class 5 series. She writes historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction and lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

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