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About Michelle Garren Flye
Michelle Garren Flye is the owner of The Next Chapter Books & Art, editor of The Next Chapter Literary Magazine, a multi-published author of romance, children’s books and poetry. Her most recent project, HourGlass, is an adult comic book based on her poetry.
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Ten years ago, Paige Cox left her hometown in the mountains of North Carolina, swearing she’d never go back to her cheating husband, her alcoholic mother and the best friend who’d betrayed her. However, her sister’s death and her career as a war correspondent have changed her priorities. Honoring her sister’s last wish, she returns home to care for her dying mother.
Sean Anderson has been in love with Paige most of his life, even when he had to let her go. Now, confronted by her return, he knows he’ll never be satisfied as just a friend. But Sean’s life is in the town he still calls home. Can he convince Paige it’s worth putting down roots? Or will his own past prevent him from finally having the life he’s dreamed of?
Society reporter Josie Stewart is all too familiar with billionaire Dan Mason, who recently took over the reins of his ailing father's business. He has no intention of allowing anything, even his own conscience, to get in his way.
When Josie accidentally uncovers one of the family secrets, she glimpses a side of Dan that most people never get to see. Drawn to him, she puts her own career and reputation in jeopardy to keep his secrets. But some of those secrets are darker than she knew. Neither Dan nor Josie expects the danger lurking in their future -- or the passion.
PRAISE FOR UNSONG
UnSong by Michelle Garren Flye is a wicked-smart mash up of verse and graphic art. Early in the book, an elegy to Ruth Bader Ginsberg is paired with a portrait of a woman in a black dress, seen from behind, her arms raised as if to enthrall an unseen crowd. Later, a brilliant untitled haiku takes as its subject our “Covid Days.” My favorite work in the book is a piece called River Bones: “... water rolls back to caress and cover the river’s bones with the touch of a lover ...” Illustrated poetry books are hard to get right. UnSong nails it, the book rising above any limitations of the format. Buy this book!
—Dennis Mahagin, author of Grand Mal, and Longshot & Ghazal
In UnSong, Michelle Garren Flye’s poems invite the reader to take a pause from the busyness and stress of modern life. In “River Bones,” “time comes to a halt” after the wind uncovers “forgotten memories, a bucket, a plate, / a fishhook left on the line too late.” While in “Everything Grows,” Flye invokes Shakespeare’s famous line from Sonnet #15: “When I consider everything that grows / holds in perfection but a little moment,” in order to express how hard it is to make time stand still: “Everything grows, everything rushes into the night.” Other poems reveal Flye’s sharp sense of humor (“What Good is a Girl?”) and wonder of the natural world such as in “I’m a December Tree” and “Now That I Am in Mid-Fall.” … As an added treat, Flye’s poems are paired with her own illustrations. Savor this collection written by a romantic, and experience the wonder of reading joyful and optimistic poems—a true balm in these troubled times.
—Alice Osborn, author of Heroes without Capes
Unsong is a bit like a buffet with nuggets of wisdom you can choose to embrace until it fills your soul. Wonderful nibbles of hope that you will return to when you need a dash of light to repel the darkness.
—Sam Love, author of Awakening: Musings on Planetary Survival
UnSong is a beautiful compilation with an amazing amount of breadth and variety. Ms. Flye is literally a song writer! I particularly enjoyed the themes of "staying" and "taking flight".
—Tracie Barton-Barrett, author of Buried Deep in Our Hearts and Finding Her Spirit
Ms. Flye’s personality shines brightly through both her poetry and her illustrations. A lovely and relevant book to behold!
—Leslie Tall Manning, award-winning author of Knock on Wood and Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town
Michelle Garren Flye’s poetry, art, and photography excite my senses and touch my heart. Oh, what a talent!
—Padgett Gerler, author of Invisible Girl and The Gifts of Pelican Isle
A recovering drug addict and absentee mother of two, Cam Taylor has never had any order in her life. Afraid of his reaction to her pregnancy, Cam flees the man she loves, seeking refuge in the only home she still knows.
Can the love between the two sisters provide a healing balm for the wounds of her scarred marriage or will Cady seek solace in the arms of another man? Can the reunion with her sister give Cam the courage she needs to face the man she loves or will she let her past mistakes come between them?
Sexy escape magician Frankie McConnell has finally gotten her big break—her own gig on a cruise ship. She's worked hard for this opportunity, and with the help of her mentor Lady Lydia, she's ready and determined not to let anything get in her way. But is Waves Cruise Line ready for her? Cruise director Galen Stavros isn't so sure about that. From the very beginning, he's disturbed by Frankie's edgy, flirtatious style. It's just not what he's used to on his family friendly cruise line. However, as Galen and Frankie get to know each other on their voyage from Seattle to Alaska's wild shores, an unavoidable attraction heats up. Frankie knows it's wrong to get involved with her boss, but Galen's talent for getting under her skin cannot be denied. Galen doesn't have to be told he's out of bounds with Frankie, but how can he resist the magical touch of a woman like her?
Join Frankie and Galen and a few other familiar faces from the Sleight of Hand series on a cruise filled with magic, romance, and plenty of heat.
The joyous reunion with Todd and the Ayeli Meti should bring peace to all they love, but instead Kaelyn discovers a dark underbelly of prejudice. The Ayeli Meti have not forgotten the war with the Elves, and it takes very little to push them over the edge. Now Kaelyn must decide between love and duty.
Trapped on Ayeli, can she overcome the lingering anger against Elves? And can Jack defeat his father on the lost world of Gadusi, making it safe to reopen the portals? Most important, can Kaelyn and Jack find their way back to each other through the locked portals—or are they doomed to spend eternity alone?
At first, Kate Joiner just wants to help her old friend Alex get through a tough time. But then a robbery puts her life and the finances of the theater in jeopardy, and everything changes. She and Alex must work together to breathe new life into the old theater they both love. Can Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol make the difference they need? Or will it take a special kind of holiday magic?
All the Sleight of Hand magicians take the stage with Kate and Alex to create a miracle and celebrate the magic of love.
Connor Wallace has everything going for him—looks, talent, a successful career—but what he really wants is to perform magic on stage. His love of magic leads him back to his mentor Walt Bryson. At first, he’s pleased when Walt suggests his assistant Carole produce a documentary of his transformation from movie star to magician. He’s worked with Carole before—but the ambitious girl who had a crush on him is gone now, leaving a beautiful, withdrawn woman.
It’s the perfect arrangement. Carole knows she can make a success of the movie and Connor wants to work with her. But as they grow closer, Connor determines to find out her secret. Can love overcome the boundaries of fear? Or will Carole’s past return to plague them both?
Sabrina Parker has spent her professional life creating unbelievable stunts and magical effects for movies and stage magicians. Now she needs some special magic to help her bring her movie to life. Her search leads her to the very unlikely stage of Walt Bryson, host of a long-running children’s television show in Beaufort, North Carolina.
Walt isn’t terribly happy about taking Hollywood’s call. He’s never sought the same notoriety as his colleagues Ian Logan and Andre Hawke. But there’s something about the beautiful, levelheaded Ms. Parker, and when he reads her screenplay, he knows he wants to work with her. For the first time in years, he’s willing to put tragedy behind him and make real magic.
Can Walt and Sabrina use love as their guide or will their past mistakes haunt their future?