Thursday, February 6, 2014
The Genesis of a Book - The Appearance of Impropriety by Skye Michaels
Inspiration for The Appearance of Impropriety by Skye Michaels
I started this book over twenty years ago. Unfortunately, both of my parents got sick and died, and I was busy with work and ended up just putting it aside and not picking it back up again. I just didn’t have the heart for it.
In the meantime, my daughter bought me a Kindle when I was traveling on the express bus to Miami for work. It was about a 45 minute ride and I had a lot of time to read. While I was between jobs after reading a number of spicy erotic romances which I loved on the Kindle, I decided that “I could do that.” If I could write contracts, notes and mortgages for all those years, I could write these stories.
I wrote the first one and immediately started a second. I submitted the first and then the second to Siren Publishing, and they were both accepted within three weeks. I was ecstatic and continued the six books of the LeClub Series and then branched off into the Golden Dolphin Series.
While I was between books and hadn’t decided on my next project, I decided to review Appearance. I still loved the story but it needed a lot of updating after twenty years. My daughter (the Goddess of Technology) straightened me out on the intricacies of email and some other techie things that had changed in a major way in twenty years and were the backdrop of the story line. I updated and finished the story and now it is also out.
The couple in this book, Tori and Zack, were in my head for so many years it’s like they are relatives. She is a litigation attorney in a top Miami firm and he is an entrepreneur and polo player. Since I have worked in the legal field as a paralegal for many years, that venue was very comfortable for me. I love this story and hope it finds a home in other peoples’ hearts as well.
Blurb for The Appearance of Impropriety
When Victoria Rose Aldrich de Alvarez, high-powered Miami litigation attorney and international level dressage rider, has a flat tire on the Florida Turnpike on her way to the Wellington horse show grounds, she meets handsome polo player, Zack Talbot, when he stops to help her out.
Zack and Tori hit it off in a big way and soon find themselves in a relationship that seems to have great promise. When Zack becomes aware that they might have a conflict of interest with regard to a case Tori is handling in which Zack’s company, Z-Tech, is the Plaintiff, he knows he is in for a rough ride. He has already developed feelings for her and is reluctant to confront the problem, hoping it will go away before Tori or her client, the unpleasant Mr. Green, learn of it.
When Tori finds herself facing a malpractice suit and possible disbarment, can Zack salvage the situation. Can Tori forgive Zack, and can they mend their relationship?
I was born in New Jersey and grew up an only child on a small farm in the “Garden State”. My father grew acres and acres of flowers for commercial florists and various produce such as tomatoes. My high school years were spent at Wayne Hills High School, where I was not one of the popular preppy kids, or one of the hoods - which kind of left me in limbo as I wasn’t one of the brainiacs either. Weekends were spent going into “the City” and Greenwich Village with my friends and doing a lot of things I probably shouldn’t have - don’t tell my grandkids!
After attending Katharine Gibbs School in Montclair, New Jersey, I began a career as a legal secretary and then a paralegal. I moved to Florida and currently live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with my dog, Snickerdoodles. I was married for eight years but have been single for many years. My major addiction is jewelry, but any kind of shopping will do for a fix!
After my long-time job as a paralegal was ended by the economic downturn, I decided to turn lemons into lemonade and finally write the stories I’d had in my head for many years. I had always wanted to write romance novels, but my family and job kept me too busy.
Other books by Skye Michaels available on Bookstrand.com, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com:
The LeClub Series: Calleigh’ Collar, Kelly’s Challenge, Anne’s Courage, Paula’s Commitment, Madison’s Choice and Belinda’s Crown
The Golden Dolphin Series: Ivorie’s Surprise, Harper’s Submission, Violette’s Vibrato, and coming soon: Cassandra’s Revenge and Pandora’s Box
The Horsemen Series: The Appearance of Impropriety
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SKYEMICHAELSBOOKS for covers and first chapters