Michelle Rowen

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New book deal!

vampire-eyes-smI’m very, very happy to report that I have accepted a deal with Penguin to write two urban fantasies about…wait for it…VAMPIRES!

However, these will not be fun-loving, wise-cracking vampires like in my Immortality Bites series. These are the scary kind. :-)

NIGHTSHADE is the title of the first of two books following my heroine whose normal life is turned upside down when she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time (to say the very least) and becomes a key player in the brewing war between humans and vampires. There’s a bit of romance in here, too, with a mysterious, battle-torn dhampir who becomes our valiant heroine’s protector — or possibly her executioner. We’ll have to see how things go.

The “feel” of these books will be a lot like my Michelle Maddox book, COUNTDOWN, only they’re supernatural thrillers rather than futuristics. First person from the heroine’s point of view. Edgy, scary, exciting, and fast-paced!

Despite this similarity, I will be permanently retiring the name Michelle Maddox and writing these new books under the pen name Rachel Connor. I’ve already snagged the URL www.rachelconnor.com, although nothing will be up for quite a while. I’ve always loved the name Rachel, and Connor is a nod to both the Terminator franchise (T2 is one of my fave movies of all time) as well as Angel’s son (all roads lead to the Buffyverse). LOL.

So I still have only two pen names — Michelle Rowen for my light paranormal romances & YA fantasy, and Rachel Connor for my supernatural thrillers. 

The books won’t be out until 2011, but I’m starting to write the first one next week! (I’ve been sitting on this news for a little while). I’ll be writing both books back to back between now and April 1st. Can’t wait to get my fangs into it!

29 comments to “New book deal!”

  1. Tara
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 10:26 am · Link

    WOOT!!! How exciting, Michelle!!
    I’m VERY anxious to see what you do with it.
    I love your lighter vampire stories, but oooh…dark and twisty stuff is so much more fun!

    can’t wait to see what the new website will look like! Good luck.



  2. Angela T.
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 10:31 am · Link

    Great news! I read every kind of vampire story I can get my hands on, so I’ll be looking forward to them.



  3. Wendy
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 10:36 am · Link

    Congratulations, Michelle! I’m really excited. I LOVED Countdown so I can’t wait to read your Connor stuff! (kickass name by the way) :)



  4. Larissa
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 10:51 am · Link

    Congratulations, Michelle! Can’t wait to read them!!!



  5. Shannon McKelden
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 10:52 am · Link

    Way to go, Michelle! That’s awesome news!



  6. Karmela
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 10:55 am · Link

    Wooohooo!!!!!



  7. BrookeReviews
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 10:59 am · Link

    Congrats Michelle! :D Can’t wait to read it!



  8. Donna (Fantasy Dreamer)
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 11:05 am · Link

    Congratulations! This is exciting news, I love books on scary vampires.



  9. Rob Charron
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 11:07 am · Link

    Hi :)
    What excellent news!
    I will add these to my collection of your books!
    I am going to memorize the new name Rachel Connor.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love and best wishes.
    RKCharron
    xoxo



  10. Alison Kent
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 11:18 am · Link

    Oooh, yay! Good for you!



  11. HelenKay Dimon
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 11:29 am · Link

    Huge congrats!!! And love the new name.



  12. Storm Grant
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Congratulations. It’s tough going from funny to dark. Good luck!

    FYI: Connor was Connor MacLeod long before T2 & ATS. After all, there can be only one. ;-D Great name choice.



  13. Charlene Teglia
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 1:37 pm · Link

    Hurrah, congrats, and Rachel is a great name.



  14. Christina Cross
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Congrats Michelle! Or I guess I should say Rachel, lol. Can’t wait to read them!



  15. MJ
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 3:21 pm · Link

    I’m so happy for you, Michelle! Congratulations!!!



  16. Cari Quinn
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Woohoo! I am so happy for you, Michelle! You know how I feel about your vamps – since I’ve been whining about Thierry for several years now, LOL – and I’m beyond thrilled I’ll get to read about more of them! And dhampirs are awesome. :)



  17. Maureen McGowan
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     · July 29th, 2009 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Glad this is finally public Michelle, er, Rachel.

    Fabulous news! The books sound amazing.



  18. Tony Palermo
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     · July 30th, 2009 at 12:15 am · Link

    Awesome news kiddo! It’ll be great to see another side of ya!



  19. danette
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     · July 30th, 2009 at 2:03 am · Link

    Awesome,Congrats Michelle!



  20. Elke
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     · July 30th, 2009 at 6:00 am · Link

    Great! I’m getting tired of romance vamp lit and look forward to some real bloodsucking action!



  21. Michelle Rowen
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     · July 30th, 2009 at 10:37 am · Link

    Thank you so much for all the comments! You all rock! :)



  22. Karen Mahoney
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     · August 1st, 2009 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Dude, many congratulations! I’m kinda late, but still… better late than never, right. ;)

    This is great news!!!

    Hugs,
    Kaz



  23. Nelsa
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     · August 4th, 2009 at 3:59 pm · Link

    Fangulous news!! Bad vampires rock! Whoo HOOO!



  24. Ashleigh
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     · August 14th, 2009 at 2:26 am · Link

    Well done Michelle, I’m very happy for you.



  25. Andrea
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     · September 7th, 2009 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Hi Michelle … Rachel … :-)

    I just wanted to say that, after reading one of your books (Angel with attitude), you have gained yourself another fan. I love your style! And now I’ll be plowing into your other work and awaiting for the new “Rachel” stuff …

    I’m a book junkie and thanks to you I got my fix (as well as a new supplier LOL) … it felt so satisfying, ahh.

    Congratulations and thank you for your work!
    Keep it up.



  26. tine
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     · October 1st, 2009 at 9:53 am · Link

    wow!congratulation to you!:) Im very excited for your new books, especially about vampire novel/series..*addicted to vampires!!!WOHOO*
    love yah!Michelle / Rachel and congratulation again…:)



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