Down Under Showcase Author: Michelle Rae


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Down Under Showcase Author of the Day

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Meet Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae is the author of  Time for Destiny, and other stories listed below.

To get to know Michelle Rae a little better, he agreed to an interview. Look for the interview below and the Down Under Scavenger Hunt word found somewhere within.


Author Bio 1

Michelle Rae lives in lovely Adelaide, South Australia. She began writing fan fiction for her son in 2007, which led to bigger and better things. Writing LGBT stories became her passion after discovering the genre in 2008. Determined to write her greatest story, Michelle dedicates endless hours hoping to achieve this dream. In her spare time, Michelle likes to drink tea, eat peppermint chocolate and keep the last of her sanity intact.


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Time for Destiny by Michelle Rae:

Time for Destiny coverWhen Daniel Wilson, oldest of five children in a troubled family, joined the military, he expected to see combat in Iraq. But it comes as quite a shock when a Rupee minted a century and a half ago transports him to that dangerous time in war-torn colonial India. After he meets and falls in love with Vir during his visit to 1857, he faces the greatest challenge of his life. He knows he may ultimately lose Vir because he belongs in a different time. Still, he wants desperately to keep his love alive despite threats of violence from both wars.

 Book Details:

ebook, 198 pages
Published August 22nd 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published November 1st 2011)
edition languageEnglish


Genre(s): Gay romance / fantasy



Contests and Giveaways:

1. Today’s Giveaway (thank you, Michelle Rae) is an ebook copy of Time For Destiny. Enter using this Rafflecopter link here. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

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2. Down Under Scavenger Hunt – find Michelle Rae’s Hunt “Word” in bold green. Collect all the words from each author and submit the list in writing no later than midnight on February 1st. Make sure you include an email address where you can be reached. Prizes will be given to 5 people selected, from 1st place to 5th! Happy Hunting.


Author Qand A

Q.  When did you start writing?

I started writing in 2008. Firstly fan fiction stories for my son and later moved onto writing gay romance when I discovered the genre.

Q. Were you a reader as a child?

I love reading as a child and often our neighbours would give me book to reads.

Q.What books as a child has the most impact on you?

There was this one story that had a huge impact on me and for so long I couldn’t remember who wrote it and what it was called. I’ve asked my family and friends, as well, often posting it on social media to see if anyone can help me. I know it was about a boy, who had to use a door, when the portal broke. It was only recently I finally found this story and had the pleasure of reading it again. When I did, I remembered why I loved it so much. The story was – It’s such a beautiful day by Isaac Asimov.


Q. Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everyday things I see and here. My newest stories I’m writing was inspired by a webcomic called The Young Protectors.

Q. Favorite genres to write in and why?

I mostly write romance but recently I’ve been writing fantasy / adventure – where friendships are the most important relationship.

Q. Title or characters or plot?  Which comes first?

The plot is always born first, followed by the characters. I often have problems finding the right title and tend to find it comes to me after I’ve started writing my story.


Q. Favorite quote (doesn’t matter the source)?

It’s that you can’t, it’s that you haven’t tried – not sure if it’s quoted anywhere but I tell this to my son often – it’s my favorite.

Q. Favorite book/story you have read as an adult.

Can I say Harry Potter, I was addicted to them for a long time.

Q. Do you have a certain regimen that you follow as a writer?

I plot everything out on paper first. Write character profiles and the structure of my story. Once I have the layout of my story, I write it.

Q. What inspired you to write your first book?

I wanted a way to express myself and have something that was about me. When I started writing stories for my son, his joy from them inspired me to grow.

Q. Do you have a specific writing style?

Write fast – spend months editing.

Q. What’s the hardest part of writing your books?

Editing – it’s at this time I realise just how bad my writing can be and it takes a lot of work for me to go back and make the story work.

Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your first book?

No at all. Every story I have written, I love.


Q.  My first impression of AUS/NZ was from stories and novels like Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds or Nevil Shute’s A Town Like Alice as well as from movies like The Man from Snowy River, The Dish, Rabbit Proof Fence, Strictly Ballroom, and yes, Crocodile Dundee!  There are so many out there.  What is your favorite AUS/NZ stories and favorite Australian/New Zealand movies?

How can you go past Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert – my all time favourite Australian movie. [note; its one of mine as well, blame poor memory that its missing above!]


Q. What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

Our national parks. Our gum trees are so tall and beautiful. The wildlife is everywhere, the birds break the silence with their amazing calls. The sound of the leaves in the wind. Adelaide is a beautiful, quiet city and one I love living in.

Q. What are your current projects?

The Sphere is my current story and one I wrote for National Novel Writers Month 2014. It’s a sci-fi/fantasy about a young women who becomes the personal assistant to a female supervillain.

Q. What’s next up for you?

I’m working on getting one of my older stories – Cat Got Your Tongue – out as a paperback. With the amount of editing I’ve been doing the last few months I surprised myself I was able to write a new story.




Down Under Day 7: Author Michelle Rae, AUS and NZ Facts and Contest Info





Today’s Down Under Author is Michelle Rae.  Check out Michelle Rae’s books, bio, and giveaway.  And don’t forget to find the Scavenger Hunt word of the Day.

Have you been to New Zealand or Australia?  We are looking for stories, pictures and memories to post for the rest of this month!



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Australia Facts of the Day:

Two facts actually because I couldn’t decide (much like Sydney and Melbourne) which to post:

1.)  Canberra was selected as the capital because Sydney and Melbourne could not stop arguing which city should be the capital of Australia.  

CanberraCanberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of 381,488, it is Australia’s largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory, 280 km south-west of Sydney…

Population: 381,488 (2013)
Area: 314.36 sq miles (814.20 km²)



2.) Australians refer to English people as Pome (Pomes plural?), which is actually the acronym for Prisoners of Mother England.


New Zealand Interesting Fact of the Day:

Where Have All The Sheep Gone?baby sheep

From the early 1980s, when NZ was home to over 70 million sheep, the population has declined to around 31 million (2013 data). This means the oft-quoted statistic, that NZ has 20 sheep for each human, is wrong! Nowadays it’s only about 7 to 1. This decline hasn’t stopped NZ from cornering 50% of all international trade in sheepmeat.

Unlike the human population, the majority of New Zealand’s sheep are based on the South Island, where there are more than 20 sheep for every human! The decline in the number of sheep has been caused by increasing dairy cattle numbers.

Down Under Author Showcase Continues and this Week’s Schedule


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Down Under Author Showcase continues this week.  It’s been wonderful to have all these talented authors talking about their books, and their countries.


So far,  Christian Baines,  Nicki J. Markus (2), and Anne Barwell (3) have been featured.  Our Down Under Author Scavenger Hunt has begun, along with the individual giveaways, and Bottom Drawer Publications contest on the Down Under Page.  We are still looking for people who have vacationed in New Zealand and Australia who want to share their favorite places and moments with us this month.

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Our Schedule This Week:AUS flag over country


Monday, January 5:

  • Down Under Featured Author: N.J. Nielsen
  • Down Under AUS/NZ Facts, Updates, and Contests
  • A Sammy Review: Rival Within by S.J. D. Peterson
  • A Mika Review: In Too Deep by Kate Sherwood
  • L.M. Somerton’s Investigating Love Book Tour and Contest

Tuesday, January 6:

  • Down Under AUS/NZ Facts, Updates, and Contests
  • Down Under Featured Author:  L.J. LaBarthe
  • A MelanieM Review: The Body on the Beach by L.J. LaBarthe
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Candy Man by Amy Lane
  • A MelanieM Review: Mythica by L. J. LaBarthe

Wednesday, January 7:

  • Down Under AUS/NZ Facts, Updates, and Contests
  • Down Under Featured Author: Michelle Rae
  • Cover Reveal: Jess Buffett “Always Been You”
  • Moment of Impact by Karen Stivali Book Blast
  • A Sammy Review: A Spartan Love by Kayla Jameth

Thursday, January 8:

  •  Down Under AUS/NZ Facts, Updates, and Contests
  • Down Under Featured Author:  Renae Kaye
  • A MelanieM Review:  Safe In His Arms by Renae Kaye
  • A MelanieM Review:  The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye
  • A MelanieM Review:  The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye
  •  E. S. Skipper (false identification)book blast and contest—cancelled

Friday, January 9:

  • Down Under AUS/NZ Facts, Updates, and Contests
  • Down Under Featured Author: John Wiltshire
  • Review: Love is a Stranger by John Wiltshire
  • Mika Review: A Captive to His Wonder by Remmy Duchene
  • A Sammy Review: A Royal Affair by John Wiltshire

Saturday, January 10:

  • Down Under AUS/NZ Facts, Updates, and Contests
  • Down Under Featured Author: N. R. Walker
  • A MelanieM Review: Red Dirt Heart Series by N. R. Walker
  • A MelanieM Review:  Red Dirt Heart 4 by N. R. Walker
  • Sammy’s Review of Thomas Elkins series by NR Walker


New Reviewers!  Welcome to Stella and BJ, our new Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words reviewers!