Michelle Mankin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.

Rock Stars. Romance. Redemption.

Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.

Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.

Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.


Catch the perfect wave with irresistible surfers in the ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series.

Romance and self-discovery, the FINDING ME series is a Tempest spin off with a more experienced but familiar cast of characters.

When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock or NOLA funk music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend.

BRUTAL STRENGTH series:

Love Evolution

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080ZCZ14 

https://books2read.com/u/4X1Pvb

Love Revolution 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A6DE8IG 

https://books2read.com/u/mvxlzb 

Love Resolution

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CC705J0 

https://books2read.com/u/mZdjlb

Love Rock’ollection: The Brutal Strength Rock Star Trilogy, books 1-3 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P9KD71A 

https://books2read.com/u/bODVK3

TEMPEST series (also in audio):

Irresistible Refrain

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FLG5KPS 

https://books2read.com/u/4AvWeb

Enticing Interlude

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7LGQOI 

https://books2read.com/u/mgAGRb

Captivating Bridge

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KGFB0IK 

https://books2read.com/u/b6n8xb

Relentless Rhythm

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MTWGT5C 

https://books2read.com/u/m2pv6b

Tempest Raging: The Tempest Rock Star series, books 1-4

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VO692FS 

https://books2read.com/u/baAq6b

Tempting Tempo

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VO692FS 

https://www.books2read.com/u/mdKzkE

Scandalous Beat

The MAGIC series (also in audio):

Strange Magic

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DOHDKP2

Dream Magic

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F13PQX6 

https://books2read.com/u/3JaoEb

Twisted Magic

ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series (also in audio):


Outside 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YLPMB8E 

https://books2read.com/u/mBlqpb 

Riptide

Oceanside

FINDING ME series (also in audio):

Find Me

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AIYDHWA?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

https://books2read.com/u/3L59Jm 

Remember Me

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AIYDI60?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660 

https://books2read.com/u/3n5Gxb

Keep Me

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AIZ7R66?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660 

https://books2read.com/u/mVoy54


 

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http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5835506.Michelle_Mankin

BOOKWORM BRANDEE.

Interview with Author Michelle Mankin ~ Plus Giveaway


As y'all have probably noticed, I'm a big fan of Michelle Mankin. I re-read her Black Cat Records/Brutal Strength trilogy when she released it as a box set - Love Rock'ollection - back in December. (If you missed my reviews, you can find them here.) The trilogy was released previously but Michelle released it as a boxset that included new content. After finishing, I had a few questions for Michelle. And she was kind enough to answer them. :) Here's our conversation. I hope you enjoy it!

Also, once you've finished reading our chat, you can enter the giveaway for a Michelle Mankin ebook of your choice! Yep, that's how much I want to share her awesome talent with y'all. Good luck!


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1. What made you decide to use Shakespeare as an inspiration for this series? 

I had the idea for a girl who dressed up like a guy to get into a rock band. Originally Justin was going to die, but my youngest was reading Wednesday Wars in English and when I told him my story idea he said that sounds like Shakespeare and I remembered 12th night (I have some theatre background) and went with that instead.

2. I adore Mary's matchmaking antics. Will she (or Beth) get her own book? 

A real life friend is my inspiration for Mary. She is a high school english teacher. She said no love scenes for her character BUT in the back of my mind I have an idea for a series of books using the 'older' characters like mary, brandee aprils mom, and bryan's mom--so I won't rule it out for sure.

3. Which guy, girl, or couple is/are your favorite in the series?

War and Shaina. Dizzy and April close 2nd

4. Obviously music is a big influence in your life. Do you have any personal experience which inspired the Love series?

I have always loved music. It has such transcendent power. lt is art just like a beautiful painting or a very good story. It can entertain, change your mood, and in some cases maybe even change your life.

5. Along those same lines, the scenes where you describe music, particularly playing it, are so well written. And your lyrics are amazing. Do you play an instrument and/or write music or do you have help with those elements?

My husband plays guitar, bass, and piano as a hobby. I am his biggest fan. 
One of my biggest thrills as a writer has been my audio team bringing my books to life. They even wrote signature music for each Tempest guy. I swooned.

6. Which character(s) are most like you?

There is bits of my life in every single story. I think it brings some realism to put it there. Plus its definitely cathartic. Most recently we lost our George like April did in Relentless. When I heard the audio team act out some of those scenes it really made me cry.

7. Why did you change how Chris pursued/felt about Avery from the original Love Evolution?

Not intentionally. I just wanted to make the transition points smoother in my first story...to have fewer points of view...so when I rewrote it I gave Avery's take on him and his actions. He still wanted a sweet young thing, but you know Avery she thinks the best of people...

8. "Stories with subtext" - I love this element. Why did you decide to include those subtexts in your stories?

I was already doing it and Jay Crownover coined the term for me after reading Love Evolution. I like having layers in a story. I read for entertainment myself. I LOVE to read, and I like when there is just a little something extra to think about. I don't want to hit people over the head with subjects like teen pregnancy or depression but I think it's interesting to have them there in the context of the story.

9. When I met you at RT 2013, you said that Love Resolution was your favorite to write. Is it still?

No. Like any artist or writer I think my current project is always my favorite. So right now it isStrange Magic :)  <--Which is awesome!

Thanks, Michelle!!