Hi everyone, welcome to my coffee talk with Author Lia Michaels about her new book “Forbidden Destiny”. I just finished this book and let me tell you, it’s H~O~T HOT.
Here is a little bit about the book before we get started. So grab yourself a cup and settle in for a really interesting interview.
Ethan Quaderer is the Great Thunderbird, the creature of Native American legend. From childhood, Ethan soared high across the land, as one with the majestic bald eagles—only larger and more powerful. Great Thunderbird has one mission, to save the Native American people. But first, he must find his Chosen, his soul mate.
Abraham Tuttle grew up in a household where being different was unacceptable. Forbidden. He hid his true nature, a Two Spirit—not male or female, but both. For many Native American tribes, being Two Spirit is a blessing, one to be honored and revered. Not so for Abraham.
Through the Thunderbird dreams each finds the happiness they long for. One dreams of the Great Warrior who’d someday rescue him. The other dreams of the one he’s searched for through many lifetimes.
Dreams turn into reality when both men come face to face in the real world. Can Abraham find it within himself to let go of his past and embrace his future with Ethan, or will his doubts and fears of who and what he really is cause him to lose the only one who could ever complete him heart and soul?
Sounds good, right! Okay, let’s get started.
Me: Hello, Lia and welcome to my little coffee chat. Before we get started, let me just say, I LOVED the book. It was a quick read, but really intense. I loved reading how the characters first met and the back-story. What really drew me in was the way you described the dream sequences. I truly felt like I was there, watching it all happen before my eyes. I’m dying to know how you came up with this awesome story?
Lia: Thanks Jo! To tell the truth, I’ve always been fascinated by Native American culture and lore. As a Wiccan, I study the Native American traditions as part of my religion along with Celtic traditions. Comparing the two is eye-opening. Many of their teachings are so similar, you’d think they were exactly the same.
The legend of the Thunderbird is another interest of mine. Many of the Native American tribes tell the same tales, but with this one there is nearly a universal teaching. The Great Thunderbird is supposed to come back and save the Native people and their ways. He’s the Great Protector so to speak.
I thought what would happen if the legend had really come to life in the form of an eagle shifter. What would happen if he couldn’t fulfill his mission to save his people until he found and was reunited with his Chosen Mate? What if both were men?
Me: That did give the story a real twist. Most of the time you read about someone soul mate, it’s usually M/F. I love that was something different. Now is this your first time writing M/M?
Lia: . Yes, it was. I wanted to explore the world of M/M erotic romance and the characters in this series spoke to my heart. I just had to tell their story.
Me: So tell me did you have a favorite character to write or were you drawn to both the same way?
Lia: I love them both, but I have to say Abraham is my favorite. I’ve put a bit of myself into him with his love of animals and his skills as a healer. They say we always put a piece of ourselves into our characters. Sometimes it’s blatantly obvious and others it’s more subtle.
Abraham’s insecurities about who and what he is to Ethan is what endears me to him the most. I’ve been where he is in his life. I know what it’s like to have to hide your true self from your friends and family.
Me: What do you think the readers will draw from this book?
Lia: The heroes have searched for each other through many lifetimes. In this one, they had only been able to see each other in their dreams. Then one day their dreams become a reality and they’re finally face to face. It’s more than love at first sight for them. It’s a connection so strong, that nothing or no one can keep them apart. Not even the heroes themselves.
Me: So tell me a little more about it from your point of view.
Lia: Abraham and Ethan are Native Americans from different tribes. One is raised to embrace his “Two Spirit” nature and the other is taught to hide it. Two Spirits were once honored and revered by all tribes, but through the years and due to the influence of Non-Native beliefs, some tribes have turned away from this tradition.
This is the main conflict between the heroes. Ethan embraces the fact he’s The Great Thunderbird and that Abraham is his soul mate. Although Abraham’s heart longs for it to be true, he has trouble believing it even when faced with losing the one man who could ever complete him heart and soul.
Me: I have to know… did you have any favorite scenes?
Lia: Oh yes, like you, their dream sequences are my favorite. I’ve included an excerpt of one for you.
Me: Since this was your first M/M erotic book, I can imagine it was a bit of a challenge.
Lia: Yes, writing same sex love scenes is a bit challenging. You have to put the characters names in there more often than you would have if you were dealing with characters of the opposite sex. I mean, you have to be able to tell which dude is doing what at any given moment. LOL!
Me: I bet! So, what are you working on now?
Lia: Finishing Abraham and Ethan’s story in Call of the Thunderbird(Fearless Love 1) is my top priority as well as working on creating the shared world series called Temptation Resort. This is a joint venture I’m working on with all the Sassy Vixen authors.
Me: That means we will be seeing more from Ethan and Abe’s story? Great!
Lia: It could stand alone, but, yes, there’s so much more to Ethan and Abe’s story. That book will come out in the beginning of 2014. I’m hoping for at least three more books in this series.
Me: This has been great having you’re here today. Before we go, any last thoughts you want to add?
Lia: The driving theme in all of my writing is soul mates are bound to each other from the beginning of time. It may take multiple life cycles to find each other again, but they always do. When it happens, and it will happen for everyone one day, it’s magical.
Me: Yes it is! Thank you so much for being here with me today, Lia, it’s been a blast! Check out more from Lia Michael and her book, “Forbidden Destiny” see the links below.
Peace, Love, & Happiness~JC
Ethan moved to stand behind Abraham and held him up, preventing him from toppling over to the ground. “Give it a few more moments until you get used to it. They just want to share everything with you at once. It’s not every day they get to fly with a Thunderbird.”
“But I’m not—” Abraham’s heart raced and he clung to the bulging muscles of Ethan’s arms around his chest. His legs weakened again and Abraham leaned back against Ethan’s hard body for support.
“Yes, you are. I can only choose another Thunderbird to be my mate. Embrace who and what you are, Abe. I need you to truly believe, not just in me, but in us.” Ethan’s hoarse whispered plea pierced Abraham’s mind and broke down the last resistance within him.
Ethan hugged him closer to his naked body. His hard cock pulsed against Abraham’s bare ass and lower back. “Go on and connect with one of them. One day you’ll fly with me on your own, without the aid of our feathered brothers, but for tonight we’ll let them be our guides.” Ethan nibbled on Abraham’s right ear lobe before trailing down his neck. His left hand slowly stroked Abraham’s now stiff member. “That’s it. Let yourself fly with your guide.”
Abraham moaned and swayed with Ethan as they sank to their knees into the warm water of the lake. “I can feel and see everything—the ruffling of my feathers, the wind flowing all around me as we glide. I can even hear the deer running through the brush on the other side of the lake.” Through the eagle’s eyes, Abraham watched as Ethan flew next to him, the tips of their wings barely touching. In that moment, Abraham no longer knelt in the lake within Ethan’s arms, but soared high above the earth. “Unbelievable.”
“Feel your talons extend as we twirl around each other in the wind.” Ethan entwined his fingers with Abraham’s and held him even tighter, molding their bodies into one. “Now we fall…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lia Michaels is the alter ego of bestselling poet and erotic romance author Tammy Dennings Maggy. With so many characters clamoring for their stories to be told, the job became a bit overwhelming for one sassy vixen to handle. Lia "volunteered" to explore the world of M/M erotic romance as well as menage. Tammy will still tell the M/F and F/F stories but don't be surprised if the two of them collaborate from time to time. With Lia, very few topics will be taboo so look for more fantasy and paranormal tales from her. She'll leave the more contemporary stuff to Tammy but still encourage her to push the limits!
WHERE TO FIND LIA
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