A Scandalous Affair: Elizabeth Michels

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Welcome back to Under the Covers! We are so excited to have you here today.

I’m happy to be here!

Your new series is called Spare Heirs. Can you tell us more about the Spare Heir Society and what we can expect from this new series?

I’ll tell you about the Spare Heirs Society, but you have to promise not to repeat it.  *leans in closer and lowers voice* Hidden from the watchful eyes of the ton, The Spare Heirs is a secret society of second, third, and fourth sons of titled families who have banded together for survival in society.  No one knows of this secret club’s existence, their scandalous means of business, or their control over most of London. But when a few of the key members become entangled with ladies, all bets are off.

The first book in the series is called THE INFAMOUS HEIR. Tell us more about Roselyn Grey.

Many of you may remember Roselyn from Must Love Dukes.  She is Devon Grey, Mad Duke of Thornwood’s younger sister.  When we catch back up with Roselyn in The Infamous Heir, it’s one year later and finally the time of her come-out season. She has everything arranged and in order from her gowns and accessories down to the gentleman she’s going to marry.  But when Ethan Moore, younger brother of her intended, arrives in town, things begin to unravel.  Soon disaster strikes and Roselyn is left to face a very different season from the one she had designed.  Of course organizing plans is something Roselyn does quite well.

Her new plans:

Sneak about London and gather clues to prove Ethan Moore is a guilty scoundrel.

Break in her new black dancing slippers with the rose embroidery on the toes a.k.a. her spy shoes.

Ethan Moore is a very intriguing hero. In your opinion, what quality or characteristic must all heroes have?

For me, a necessary trait for a hero is strength of character.  Heroes can possess any number of characteristics that make them different from others, but for me to fall for them, they have to be strong in mind and spirit… Well, muscles don’t hurt either, do they?  *winks*

When we first meet Ethan in The Infamous Heir, he’s reckless in his actions and his words.  Even then before he becomes the hero we know he can be, he’s decisive and has a commanding presence.  I think that is the quality that allows the man at the beginning of a story—regardless of his flawed circumstances—to truly become a hero by the last page.

As you know, we absolutely loved your last series.  Can we expect more of the same feel or are you going for something a bit different with this one?

Awww! Thank you! This new series is hinged together by the gentlemen of the Spare Heirs Society.  While this offers some exciting stories, the overall feel of the series will be very much like Tricks of the Ton.  In fact, the heroines of the Spare Heirs series were all characters in previous books.  I mentioned Roselyn’s ties earlier, and book 2 of the series, The Rebel Heir is Evangeline Green’s book, (Sue’s younger sister in Desperately Seeking Suzanna.) I’m really excited about the dark, secretive nature of these heroes’ lives clashing with the light, fun ways of the ladies in these books.

Let’s get nosy shall we?  What were your top 5 experiences after your Tricks of the Ton series was released?  

  1. The day I got my first piece of fan mail. In the letter, the reader explained how she lived through stories like mine because she has medical issues that keep her bed-ridden.  I cried.  That’s why I write.  For her.  For any of you who needs that happily ever after, and that escape into a book today.
  2. This past July, I went to an awards ceremony in New York and they actually called out my name as the winner of the Booksellers Best Award. I looked around to see if I’d imagined it or if it was real and I saw everyone looking at me and smiling.  That will always be one of the highlights of my life.BBA Pic
  3. Taking my little boy to the library and seeing my books on the shelf, experiencing that with him.
  4. Signing books and getting to meet readers. I hug them and chat unless there’s a line.  I love it!
  5. Even though it was embarrassing…A few months ago, a sales person at the lingerie store noticed my book cover on my phone case and asked me if I was Elizabeth Michels—while folding my lacy underwear to put them in the bag! I think I turned tomato red, but she said she liked my books so in the end it was pretty awesome to be recognized.

If you’re not writing, what can we normally find you doing?

Spending time with my loved ones.  Family is really important to me, so you can usually find me cooking for my husband and little boy, or chatting with my in-laws. I spend most Saturdays with my husband, working on the ongoing project that is our backyard, or curled up with my son, watching a movie.  We’re in the process of building an addition on our house for my in-laws, so that’s been taking up most of my non-writing time.  Here we are posing with the box that holds our building permit.

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Other than books, what are some of your other loves and addictions? 

I’m sort of ashamed to admit this, but I’m totally addicted to hair and make-up tutorial videos.  They always go so fast and then, boom! The person in the video is transformed.  In real life, my attempts never go quite that well, but a girl can dream.  *grins*

What’s the last book you read and loved?

Sherry Thomas’ Not Quite a Husband –The descriptions were beautiful! I was transported to India with her writing.

Who is your favorite historical romance author or book and how has it had an impact on you?

Lisa Kleypas! I love her books! There’s a great deal of variety in terms of writing style within historical romance, which creates some big decisions for new authors.  There are darker spy stories and tales more ingrained with the historical aspects of the time than others.  What direction do you go when you first decide to write a historical romance?  Personally, I think it helps to have a beacon on the opposite shore to aim for—an author role model, for lack of a better term.  From the beginning, I’ve always looked up to Ms. Kleypas’ books and her writing style.  I hope one day I get to meet her.  There will most likely be fangirling involved.

Anything you can tell us about what you’re working on next?

I’m still wrapping up the Spare Heirs series at this point.  The Rebel Heir is in the final phases of edits now and I’ll have a cover for that one to reveal soon!  And The Wicked Heir and The Unsuitable Heir are going to be so much fun.  If you remember the twin ladies, Isabelle and Victoria, from my last series, you’ll know why.  I can’t wait to share these books with all of you!

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing with us!

Thank you for having me! I always enjoy stopping by for a chat.


Coming Soon!

[new-release title=”The Infamous Heir” author=”Elizabeth Michels”]


About Elizabeth Michels

Elizabeth Michels grew up on a Christmas tree farm in rural South Carolina. After tip-toeing her way through school with her focus on ballet steps and her nose in a book, she met a boy and followed him a thousand miles away from home to Kansas City, Missouri, before settling down in North Carolina. She attended Park University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Interior Design. Elizabeth is a lover of happily-ever-afters; she invites you to read her stories, get lost, and enjoy.






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That’s a great picture, thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth Michels

Thanks for commenting, Timitra! 🙂


It’s nice for a series to focus on the “spares” for once. I’ll definitely have to check this series out.

Elizabeth Michels

I’m excited about it too! Writing the Spares has been really fun!

Esther Gerdzen

Thank you for more background on your books ! Sounds great !

Elizabeth Michels

You’re welcome, Esther! I’m always happy to chat about books. 🙂

Amy R

Sounds good, I bet it was great to be able to take your son to see your books on the library shelf.

Elizabeth Michels

Taking him to the library and to bookstores and seeing my books there has been amazing! Now he’s written a book that he says will be in Barnes and Noble soon–he’s 7 years old. I love him!

kathy valentine

sounds great!!! thanks for sharing love this site!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth Michels

I love this site too! It’s always fun to stop by. 🙂


Oooo I live the idea if the spare heirs…. can’t wait to read more! Thanks

Elizabeth Michels

I can’t wait to share these spare heirs with everyone! Not to mention their headquarters… 🙂

Diane Sallans

an aristocratic prizefighter – that’s a unique character!

Elizabeth Michels

Ethan is definitely unique! I hope you like him when you read his story!


Loved the tidbit about recognition in the lingerie store and the award ceremony. Good for you, Ms. Michels! 🙂

Elizabeth Michels

Yeah, the lingerie store was horrible at the time, but I was recognized which was amazing! I just hope if it happens again, I’m buying something respectable. LOL


I love the premise of this series! Not many books are written about the ‘lesser’ sons. 🙂 I loved the story about the lingerie store clerk… I work retail and I’m 99.9999% sure that a romance writer used to shop at my store (there’s another one closer to her now) but she uses a pseudonym, so I’d feel really stupid asking if she is this writer. I didn’t want to embarrass her or anything either. 🙂

Elizabeth Michels

You should talk to her. She would probably be excited to meet a reader. Most romance authors get giddy when you mention their books–I know I do. So if you ever see me somewhere, please say hello! 🙂

Tanja Dancy

Thank you for the chance to win this book! I love romance novels!

Elizabeth Michels

Me too, Tanja! 🙂

Laura Lovejoy Brunk

Thank for the intro to another new author !

It’s nice to meet you too, Laura!

Sue G.

Great interview! Thanks. Your son is adorable!

Elizabeth Michels

Thanks, Sue! I could just hug that little guy to pieces. He’s awesome!

Sue G.

Happy Saturday! Thanks!

Crystal Cox

I just can’t wait to read this book and Thank you for being an awesome writer. Although I’m not bedridden I will never be able to travel to England or out of the US so I just love that reading allows me to do that.

Michele Hayes

Sounds like a great book, thanks for the chance to win.