Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Can that cover be more gorgeous?
I think not. And Michelle designed it herself!
Michelle and I met winter 2008, when both of out first paragraphs were finalists in Nathan Bransford's legendary 1st Paragraph Contest. Little did we know then that we not only lived very close to each other, but that we'd be come such good friends on top of it.

I've always admired Michelle's courage—she experimented with self-publishing and small press long before I decided it might be a good direction for RELAX, I'M A NINJA. Truth be told, I've always been watching her, wondering if I could put myself out there like she does, stand by my work without the "validation" of a publisher.

Her example was ultimately a big part in what gave me the push to try self-publishing, and she has been my veritable sensei as I've taken each step on that path thus far.

So of course I'm excited about her newest novel released today—OUT OF TUNE is about "tone deaf" Maggie Roads, daughter of two country stars, and her journey to find her own place in the industry she loves so much. There are hot guys and heartbreaking situations and plenty of country flair (I am not a country fan but still loved it, so don't let that stop you, either.).

If you love country or are interested in exploring a New Adult book that is more focused on character growth than the sex (though there is some sex), I highly recommend buying OUT OF TUNE. You can find more info about it here, as well as purchasing information.


  1. I'm a little teary-eyed. Our friendship means so much to me. Thanks for this beautiful post, Natalie! We're all just trying to find our way in this world, and I love that I can share Maggie's story about just that. :)

  2. It looks like a great book! I wasn't much a fan of country until I met my husband- he's helped to open my eyes some. =) Congrats to Michelle!

  3. Congratulations Michelle!! The cover is stunningly beautiful and I LOVED Maggie and her story!! So Awesome!! I hope you get to read this comment and when I see you next I will gush about it some more!!

  4. Congrats Michelle! I LOVE the cover! And I love country music too…so I'm all in.:)

    Looks awesome, Natalie! Thanks for the book highlight!

  5. It sounds interesting, and a little funny. hehe