Thursday, December 4, 2014

Author Spotlight on Elle Michaels

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the lovely new author Elle Michaels. She gave me the arc for What Happens Tomorrow, which also happens to be her debut novel. I was blown away. It is such a beautifully emotional story. I look forward to see what else she has coming to us. I asked her a few questions and this is what she had to say..... 

KK Reviews: Who inspired you to start writing and publishing?

EM: I was at a signing in Seattle with AL Jackson and she asked if I was writing.  I of course laughed at the idea of me writing a book, even though I had always wanted to write screen plays. But, when I told her that if I was ever to write it would be about the dream... she told me to just go for it.  I will always be grateful to her for giving me a push.

KK Reviews:  How did you come up with this story line?

EM: The story line for What Happens Tomorrow was based on a bad dream I had one night.  One of those, what would I do if this happened to me. How would I move forward with my life? Would I be able to move forward.

KK Reviews: If What Happens Tomorrow were to become a movie, who would you cast to play the roles of Tyler, Brooke, Matt and Jenna?

EM: I have had my dream cast picked out since I started writing.  Brooke to me is Gennifer Goodwin. Tyler is none other than Chris Pine. Matt is Josh Duhamel. Jenna is Anna Kendrick.

KK Reviews:   What type of writing environment do you need? Some people need a quiet room or they listen to music or lay in bed. Which is it for you?

EM: Being that I am a night owl, most of my writing was done during the wee hours of the morning. I need peace and quiet for the most part, to really hear my characters. I would comfy myself up on the couch with my laptop and lots of coffee and write until two or three in the morning... then get up and go to work ;-)

KKReviews: I have to tell you, you made one heck of a debut with WHT so a big congratulations to you on that. What do you have planned for us readers in the near future?

EM: Awww, thank you so much. Brooke's story is very close to my heart. I have started to work on Jenna and Jasper's story, they're both fun characters, but I put that on hold for a new project I am working on. I wouldn't say near future, more like late 2015. Depending on how crazy life gets.

Lightning Round:

Vanilla or Chocolate?  Chocolate

Sushi or Pizza? Sushi

Wine or Beer? Oh that's a tough one. Wine in the winter, beer in the summer ;-)

Stay in or Go out? Stay in, my life is so crazy during the week.

Romantic Comedy or Drama? Romantic Comedy definitely!

Favorite Color? Blue

Favorite Book? Jane Eyre

Favorite Movie?  Love Actually

Favorite Song?  I Could Not Ask For More - Sara Evans

No one knows what happens tomorrow...

When Brooke Adams suffers the unimaginable, she knows her heart will never be whole again. Faced with the choice of giving in to her grief, or fighting to regain a resemblance to the life she once knew, she chooses to fight.

Not ready to give up, Brooke starts a new life where no one knows her past. As she slowly puts the pieces of her life back together, Brooke meets her neighbor, Tyler Reynolds. Soon, he becomes her friend, her rock...

and her complicated constant.

Despite her best efforts, she finds herself falling for him, but what will happen if Tyler learns the truth about her past and realizes just how deep the damage is?

The risk might be too much...

My 4.5 Star Review
Loss: noun
the experience of having something taken from you or destroyed

Brooke Adams is starting over. It has taken her four years to get to where she is at.  She knows her heart will never recover but she also knows she needs to get her life back on track. Cutting ties with anything or anyone that has to do with her past, she ends up in Santa Monica. . Her IT background has been helpful so she is able to work from home. She has made friends with her neighbor, Jenna who has become a sister to her and Tyler, who is her best friend and her go to guy for any manly jobs that she needs done. Their friendship is easy and comfortable, he has become her rock. There is potential there but she refuses to lose another thing in her life, she just wouldn’t survive it. As gorgeous as he is, she does her best to keep him in the friend zone. You know how life can be, not all things go according to plan.

“Tyler… I can’t lose you. You’re such an important part of my life that I…I…I know I would never recover if I lost you. I just really need us to take this slow.”

Guarded: adjective
Very careful about giving information, showing feelings, ect.

“Ever since that very first day when you literally came crashing into my world, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you.”

Tyler Reynolds was a goner the moment Brooke came into his life. He has kept his heart guarded after being cheated on by his fiancĂ© a few years back. He thought he loved her and that she loved him but she ended up only loving his money. He cherishes his friendship with Brooke. He also sees the sorrow in her eyes, although she acts happy, he knows she isn’t and that she is hiding something. He wants nothing more than to make her happy. He would die before he causes her any pain. He goes for it with nothing more than a hope and a prayer.
Hope: verb
To want something to happen or be true and think that is could happen or be true

As they explore their new relationship and come to terms with their feelings for each other, things seem to be headed in the right direction. Like all relationships there a few bumps in the road. E Mic

“You’ve taught me that life is a gift and that we should cherish each and every moment because no one knows what happens tomorrow.”
Elle Michaels has done a fantastic job. I could relate to this story. It was heartbreaking, I know what loss feels like and the emotions that come along with it, the daily struggles and believe me, and these are lasting feelings and struggles. It does get easier with time but I also think that life keeps you busy enough so you can’t dwell on that pain. Then the aspect of finding that all-consuming love, the fear of losing it. It is about facing your past, dealing with the fears, learning to live again and understanding that it is ok to move on.

Brooke is a fantastic character, fragile yet so strong. She is beautiful without knowing it. Tyler is just amazing, the patience he has, the love he wants to give and the protectiveness he feels for Brooke.

This book had me in tears but it also had me smiling. It is such a wonderful feel good story.

Purchase Links:


Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Elle Michaels is a professional in the tech sector, residing with her family in the Pacific Northwest. Having spent years acting in and directing stage productions, she dreamed of writing a screenplay, but at the suggestion of a friend, she decided to write a novel instead.

She has always had a passion for reading and romance. There is nothing she loves more than to get lost in a sexy romance story.

When not working or writing, she can be found spending time with the love of her life, her two young children and Yorkshire Terrier.


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