Interview and Giveaway: Michele Bardsley, author of Must Love Lycans

I’m ecstatic to have talented (and local) author Michele Bardsley on the blog today! Michele is the bestselling author of the Broken Heart series, the brand new Nevermore series, and much more! Michele has also generously offered 5 copies of the newest Broken Heart novel, Must Love Lycans, to 5 lucky winners (it’s international), so be sure to check out the giveaway details at the end of the post.

Please welcome Michele to the blog!

Michele, you’re the author of the hilarious Broken Heart series as well as the brand new Nevermore series (and much more)! Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. I’m one of those writers who fell in love with words very early. Or rather, I fell in love with storytelling. Writers are excellent liars. Ahem.

What’s been one of your most favorite characters to write, and why?
This is always such a difficult question to answer. It’s like being asked “Which of your children do you like the best?” (The answer: Depends on the day. Ha!) I really enjoyed writing many characters in all my series and stories, but if I have to choose … then I would say Jessica and Patrick from I’M THE VAMPIRE, THAT’S WHY will always hold a special place in my writer’s heart. And I really enjoyed writing Kelsey and Damian’s story in MUST LOVE LYCANS. It only took seven books to get Damian his story!

What do you like most about writing paranormal romance and urban fantasy?
I like taking fantastical elements, such as magic or werewolves, and putting them into our world as if the supernatural is just a regular part of our daily lives.

If you could be a supernatural being, what would you pick?
Probably a vampire. I know, I know … blood diet, but it’s a fair exchange for losing the cellulite, the years, and the dark circles under my eyes.

Did you have any favorite books or authors growing up? Any current faves?
Growing up I loved reading Paula Danzinger. The Pistachio Prescription is one of my all-time favorite teen reads. I also read a lot of Harlequin Romances!

What book is on your nightstand right now?
I have a pile o’ books. Right now, I’m catching up on Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series. I also have TORMENT by Lauren Kate, the last three books in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and an Eat This, Not That book.

When you get some downtime, how do you like to spend it?
Um, what is this “down time” you speak of? I have a day job, I’m writing three series, and I occasionally get see the humans that I love. LOL!

Quick! Name something or someone that makes you laugh out loud?
The Viking AKA the Fiance. He always knows how to make me laugh. He’s the only person alive who can instantly put me in a better mood. Seriously. The only one.

What’s one of the most daring things you’ve ever done (that you’re willing to admit to)?
Fill out this interview. LOL. I don’t know about daring. The older you get, the more you realize how much crap out there can kill you.

Maybe this isn’t a daring moment, but it was fun: During the early months of dating the Viking, we were driving home from having dinner and we passed this parking lot carnival. It had one of those pirate boat amusement rides. We were dressed nice and I’m wearing high heels. And the Viking said, “You want to stop and go on the pirate ship?” And I said, “Yes! Yes, I do!”

So, he turned around.

He bought tickets and we sat down in the very back, which was the optimal laughing and arm-raising sport, and we rode the pirate ship. It was a goofy, impulsive moment—and one of my favorite memories.

Is there any news of upcoming projects or events you’d like to share?
Yes! I’m writing a new YA series under the name of Michele Vail. The first novel in The Reaper Diaries is called UNDEADLY, and it hits shelves on February 28, 2012.

Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath.
Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.
Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment—reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with.
To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly—against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.

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1. Giveaway is for 5 *signed* copies of Must Love Lycans to 5 winners!
2. Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY!
3. To enter, please leave a comment or question for Michele, along with your email address (following the blog is not necessary, but is MUCH appreciated).
4. Giveaway ENDS 9/15/11
5. Giveaway books are generously provided by the author.

About Must Love Lycans:
Since the moment Damien showed up-gloriously naked-Kelsey Morningstone has been having a hard time keeping her relationship with the clinic’s latest amnesiac patient strictly professional. Even with her empathy abilities Kelsey’s not sure she can get past Damien’s anger to find the cause of his delusions. After all, falling for a patient is bad enough, but falling for a patient who thinks he’s a werewolf is a whole other kind of crazy…


  1. This series looks like so much fun! Great interview! Please enter me:

  2. Love the interview! My question for Ms Bardsley is,do you plan to continue Broken Heart? How many book you plan for this series?

    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Hey Michele!
    Congrats on your new release! Love your books! Always a fun read! My question for you: Has any of your characters ever *demanded* his/her own story, as in it almost wrote itself?
    I also wanted to thank you and My Bookish Ways for the opportunity to win! Today is my Birthday, so that would be awesome!
    -Cindy Bailey

  4. the new YA series sounds AMAZING! cant wait! love everything that you write, and cant wait to get the new book (and the new Nevermore book! )!!
    alainala @ hotmail DOT ca

  5. The Broken Heart series is fabulous and I’m looking forward to reading this newest book, Must Love Lycans.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  6. Love the interview. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower through email.

    s_walters01 at yahoo dot com

  7. These books look great! I love the titles and covers. I would love to win, thank you so much for the chance-especially for a signed copy! Did you always like this genre? Why did you decide to write in this genre? edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  8. Congrats on the new release. These covers are so much fun! I enjoy the lighthearted side of the paranormal. Thank you for the great giveaway!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  9. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  10. I have not begun reading the series yet. Is it best to begin from the first or is it okay to jump right in?

    I follow.


  11. Wow! You really DON’T have any down time, do you? Your books sound amazing so you are definitely doing something right! Thanks for the awesome interview and giveaway:)

  12. Congrats on the new release. Great interview, thanks for the giveaway.

    areeths AT new DOT rr DOT com

  13. Hi Michele, congrats on the new release and thanks for taking the time to do this interview. I always love learning about different authors. Your books look like a fun read and I have added them to my wish list.

  14. I have been a fan of Michelle’s since waaaaay back in the day. I can remember her calling us pervs because we wanted the deets!! I knew this series would blow up. Congrats and well deserved.

  15. Congrats on the new release Michele. This was a fantastic interview, really made me laugh. I can’t wait to start these books, she has a great sense of humor. Love what is on your nightstand 🙂 Your favorite characters sound great, I really want to meet them especially this Damian character LOL! Great interview again, was very fun to read. Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Congrats on the new release! Both your series sound like great reads.


  17. Oh I sooo want to read each of these books! My TBR pile is on overload, but these are definitely going in it:)

  18. Congrats on the new release. Thanks for the wonderful post and the great giveaway. It’s on my wish list.

    musicalfrog at comcast dot net

    GFC Patti P

  19. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!
    mictsu613 AT gmail DOT com

  20. How did you meet the Viking?
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  21. This series sounds fun, and so do the titles of the books! I wonder were those titles your first choice or did you have “working titles” while writing the books?

    danaan at gmx dot at

  22. I just love her books and great interview a little more into her I learned. I can’t wait till Feb for her new books

  23. I love the Broken Heart Series!! I am waiting for the next Nevermore to come out (already have it in my ‘cart”!) Michele rocks!

  24. Can’t wait to read it!! I’m saving it for vacation…6 more days!!

  25. I absolutely LOVE the Broken Heart series! Haven’t gotten my hands on the new book yet, but have it on order at my local Library. I loved the series so much I’ve converted 2 of my sisters and a few friends into fans! Michele Bardsley certainly knows how to spin an entrancing tale!

  26. I cant wait to start these books really like werewolves and vampires my fave.

  27. Hi I love your books! Especially the Broken Heart Series. But i cant wait for ur nxt book it sounds great! My question is Where do u come up with ur ideas? Dreams, life n fantasy mixed? Who ur favorite character or characters so far that you’ve written? Will there be more books of the BH series? Thank-you, alicia ps. Thanks for ur time n energy n. Imagination


  28. Thanks so much for the giveaway and congrats on the new release!
    Thanks for the pirate story, it was so sweet I actually awed. After the night I had I needed that.
    Good luck to everyone!

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

  29. I just love your broken heart series ever since my friend introduced me to them. My question is how many more are there? I hope alot cause their funny and very entertaing.

  30. I love your books. I am even getting into the new series and the YA sounds like a must for me. Count me in!!

  31. Love this series and cant wait to read this book as well! Thank you

    Araya313 at comcast dot net

  32. I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your books! For a stay at home mom you give me all the adventure I’ve been missing. I always feel I’m rite there while reading . Its such a great get away I sometimes need from reality. The characters just come to life. I re read all your books and look forward to many more 🙂 thank you for my adventures 🙂

  33. I love the interview! Me I would be a werewolf! I have always loved them from when I was two til now my uncle called me a werewolf in french all the time!

  34. Awesome! Thanks for this great giveaway opportunity! =)

    Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)

  35. I love the Broken Heart and Nevermore series! I can’t wait to read Must Love Lycans! I love paranormal romances, especially shifters and vampires.

  36. Your a new to me author, but one I cannot wait to dive into. These books all sound amazing. Thanks for the chace


  37. Love the series! Congrats on the success of it all.

  38. I’ve been a fan of Michele’s books since day one.

  39. Wow its my lucky day *LOL* contest is opened internatioanally – YAY!!
    I so love Michelle’s books and getting an opportunity to win a signed book from Michelle would be a dream come true!!!


  40. I LOVE your Broken Heart series! I have never laughed out loud so much while reading. It’s hard not to fall in love eith the characters!

  41. Congrats on the great interview, your engagement, the wonderful Broken Heart & Nevermore series, and your upcoming new YA series.

  42. This book looks really good. I love werewolf romance and humorous books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  43. Michele’s books are new to me and they sound like a fun read. I need to read more funny and quirky paranormals.

  44. I hadn’t heard about these series before. They seem great. Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  45. Bought downloaded and am reading Must Love Lycans 🙂
    This series is awesome I have read any loved every book in it .

  46. love love these boooks

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