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Whipped Cream Interview

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 15, 2010 by Michelle Polaris

I’m at Whipped Cream Reviews being interviewed today.  Stop by and you get to read a short excerpt from the opening of Bound Freedom, the sequel to Bound Odyssey. They credited it to Bound Odyssey, unless it gets changed later today, but don’t be scratching your head over identifying these characters. They are not Mira, Jace and Roman.

Tilly Green’s Big Huge Readers Contest

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 8, 2010 by Michelle Polaris

Tilly Greene is featuring me and my story BOUND ODYSSEY today at her blog as part of her month-long BIG HUGE! READER CONTEST!. Leaving a comment brings a chance to win a Sony eReader. I’ve also decided to give a free download of BOUND ODYSSEY to one lucky random commenter today. So hurry to her site.Safe, sane and consensual   



RT Book Reviews and Bound Odyssey

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 6, 2010 by Michelle Polaris

I arrived at RT last week, receiving my handy-dandy copy of the June RT Book Reviews magazine only to find Bound Odyssey had received FOUR STARS. Fantastic! I am obliged to the reviewer, Gail Pruszkowski, for liking my story. She says: “This is one hot story!…The interaction between the characters, and the psychology behind their relationships, behaviors and interactions make this story even more enjoyable for readers….”  Thanks Gail.

Needless to say it made my conference. The bare-chested cover models didn’t put it amiss either.

I hope everyone else had a grand week last week. I sure know I did.

Safe, sane and consensual.


Fantastic Final!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 14, 2010 by Michelle Polaris

Great news! Bound Odyssey is a finalist in the Passionate Ink published author’s contest, Passionate Plume, in their fantasy/sci-fi/futuristic category. This is the only all erotica contest for published authors through RWA. I have to wait until late July and the RWA national convention in Nashville to find out the winners. I can be patient.

Safe, sane and consensual.


Review from Two Lips!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 19, 2010 by Michelle Polaris

An author has to be very blessed to get as many good reviews as she has on her book. An embarassment of riches. But here I go with more self-pimpage from my most recent. Two Lips Reviewer Angelina posted a great review which I’ve excerpted below with permission.

“…Where to begin talking about Michelle Polaris’s Bound Odyssey?  To start, this is a big book – both in length and in ambition.  Ms. Polaris’s plot is huge, and she develops it well.  Her world building – Earth 2067 – is vivid and believable.  The characters, from the vulnerable Mira to the hypocritical bureaucrat villain Randolph Moore, are well rounded and dynamic.  While there are some rough patches toward the beginning, the further into Bound Odyssey I ventured, the more the story gripped me. 

Michelle Polaris takes her time in developing the three main characters, so that by the time Mira is willing to admit her feelings for Roman and Jace, we understand her conflict and reluctance.  Likewise, it makes complete sense why Jace would need a woman like Mira.  The most interesting character, however, just might be Roman.  A surprisingly un-traumatized sexual switch (he enjoys playing both the D and the s in a D/s relationship), at first I expected him to be a fairly bland Polyanna of a man.  Instead, Ms. Polaris surprised and delighted me by creating a strong, stable man who’d been through his share of tragedy, had his share of scars, but had worked through them.  In many ways I think Roman was the strongest of the three characters, and he made it possible for them to finally realize their mutual need.  My only “big” gripe with Bound Odyssey is its very abrupt ending.  Having invested so much emotion into the relationships, I felt a little bit robbed of the payoff.  That said, I’ve heard rumblings that future visits to Earth 2067 (where we left Jace’s ex, another fascinating character who needs a story – hint, hint), and Eve’s World might just satisfy my craving.  Over all, a fabulous, thought provoking read.  I highly recommend it!” —Angelina, Two Lips Reviews, 4 1/2 Lips

Okay, now enough ego stroking.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday. I’m finishing up my week at Whipped Cream Reviews in their author spotlight today revisiting my post on erotic romance superheroes.

Plus, I have a blog up at Romance in the Back Seat about my Chinese astrological sign. I was born in the year of the dog. So was my dearest husband. See what that means for our relationship.

See you later, lovelies.

Safe, sane and consensual.


A Wicked Whips Review Success!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 3, 2009 by Michelle Polaris

I’m prancing around the home front in my black leather boots this afternoon after receiving my first official review. Terry Kate at Naughty in the Backseat gave me a 4.5 out 5 Wicked Whips review for Bound Odyssey. She had some lovely things to say. And I’m even willing to overlook the threats to my hair.


Click on over and visit.

Safe, sane and consensual.


Excerpt Monday — Bound Odyssey

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 9, 2009 by Michelle Polaris

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Once a month, a bunch of authors get together and post excerpts from published books, contracted work or works in progress, and link to each other. You don’t have to be published to participate–just a writer with an excerpt you’d like to share. For more info on how to participate, head over to the Excerpt Monday site! or click on the banner above.

So, in the spirit of participating in this great project, here’s the story blurb from Bound Odyssey, my new erotic romance release from Ellora’s Cave:

2067–The Earth is self-destructing from environmental cataclysms. A portal to a new world is ripped open and refuge there is Earth’s only hope. Enter Jace, cowboy diplomat, who is preparing for the negotiation of a lifetime. A sexually conflicted alpha male, he hates everything with a cock, especially himself. The last thing Jace expects is to fall in love with both a woman and a man.

His dark history presents the ultimate challenge to Mira and Roman, the team of sexual dominants hired to prepare Jace for the female dominant culture of the new world. Tragedy has made Mira distrust her Mistress abilities. Survival is her priority, and she resists her deep attraction to Jace’s haunted eyes and sculpted body.

Roman, however, falls hard and fast for Mira and Jace, ready to honor Mira as his Mistress and force Jace to recognize him as Master. Bound in one another’s chains and pushed to the limits of arousal and pain, they must outrun sabotage and conspiracy to find salvation, for their bodies, souls and hearts.

 And now the excerpt:

Excerpt from the third chapter of  Bound OdysseyWhere readers meet my hero Roman for the first time and watch him in action with my heroine, Mira. 


“Over here, Roman.”

Sweet Lord, even the sound of Mira’s everyday conversation had Roman fighting off an erection hard enough to make a Carolina fir tree proud. Her voice was smooth over a hot kick, like butter and jalapenos, and it drove him crazy. Had for the last two weeks since he’d met her. If their trainee didn’t hurry up and skedaddle his way to the institute to begin the waltz Mira had planned for the three of them, he was pretty sure he was going to shoot himself to stop the misery.

Instead, he sauntered over to where Mira stood on a stepstool, examining a pair of leather cuffs dangling from a chain anchored into the ceiling. A pulley system allowed them to raise and lower the chain to different heights. Slowly, they’d put together the equipment needed for this job. Their suite was in an old, high-end hotel converted for the institute, a stone’s throw from the state house in the heart of the new capitol. Top floor, probably to segregate them and their “shady” business from the other employees. Plus, the walls needed repainting, and the Persian carpet was well past its day. But the kitchenette came in handy. Lots of space in the main room too.

Mira fingered the leather, rubbing the grain between the pads of her digits with a frown on her gorgeous triangle-shaped face. She had her shining brown hair pulled back in a ponytail hanging down to the small of her back.

“What can I do for you, Darlin’?”

She looked down at him, her eyebrows lifting over her rich chocolate brown eyes at his greeting. “You do know I don’t allow subs to call me by nicknames? You’re tempting fate, Roman. That Smoky Mountain twang of yours, as lovely as it is, won’t save you if I hear ‘darling’ out of that pretty mouth of yours once we’re on the clock tomorrow.”

“Of course, Mistress.” He dipped his head but didn’t hide his smirk. Not worth bothering. Mira saw through him easier than a hound dog spotted a hare hiding in the bush.

She dropped her gaze farther down to where his dick pressed tight against his jeans. Mira rolled her eyes at him and climbed those long legs down from the stool. She was five foot seven, above average height for a woman, and those inches were all leg. Curves in all the right places; a nice flare to her hips. Child-bearing hips, his folk called them. An added bonus. And wasn’t he a son of a bitch to be thinking about having kids in this world. But he knew what he wanted. He was a man used to listening to his gut. And his gut had plenty to say about this woman.

As she descended, Roman automatically lifted a hand to grasp hers, helping her down the last steps.

“A gentleman.” She nodded to his manners.

“My momma raised me right.”

She perused him again, eyes taking in all of his blue-eyed, wavy blond-haired, six-foot height. “It seems she did.” She angled her head in a motion toward the dangling leather. “Take a look at the cuffs.” She gestured him up the stool.

He appreciated the hand-tooled leather, a fine scroll design of vines winding their way around the cherry-stained cuffs. The leather was thick but supple. And lined with fine lamb’s wool. Mira brought a lot of the smaller equipment and tools from her private stock to the institute. That was not surprising. A Mistress or Master always invested in a variety of play items. That way, favorites were handy to work a slave at a moment’s notice. What did surprise Roman was Mira’s added hobby. She crafted the majority of the leather tools herself. How she laid her hands on the cured hide he hadn’t gotten around to asking.

Roman looked more closely at the cuffs. There, on the left manacle, a crack down the entire length of the leather. Pretty uniform. Enough to have the restraint give way under pressure. Like the pressure of a sub hanging from it during training.

“This crack wasn’t there yesterday.”

“I know,” she said.

He’d watched her compulsively check and recheck every piece of equipment in their suite. The institute provided them with supplies, but he and Mira put together everything. She hefted a mean hammer.

He examined the cuff again. “Someone’s been in here.”

He glanced down to where she stood frozen with eyes glazed. After a good thirty seconds, she shook out of it, reached to run her hand behind her neck in a quick massage. If he hadn’t been above her, he might have missed seeing the slight tremble, gone a moment later. He didn’t know what it was about, but that brief moment of vulnerability pushed his buttons, stirred a need to attack whatever ghost had his Mistress trembling. Because even though he’d known her a brief two weeks, he already knew this woman was his Mistress.

Roman was difficult to anger and he counted on that fact. But the violent protective urges he felt in Mira’s presence, and the desire to wrap his arms around her curves, sink to his heels and offer worship, confirmed his suspicion. He’d acted as a Dom for too long. The relief of his reaction to Mira lapped through his body, the soothing waves of the ocean along Carolina’s coast from his distant memory caressing his muscles, relaxing away his tension.

“Holy conspiracy, Batman,” he said with his best Robin impression. The distraction worked.

Her head snapped up and her face brightened, shadows fleeing. “You son of a bitch. You got into my boxes.” But she was smiling. It was like the sun had gone supernova in his chest and lit all the dark places.

“You sent me to find the extra buckles in your bedroom. I thought it was another box of supplies. But several hundred Batman comics?” He let out a long whistle. “Damn, Darlin’, a collection of comics in mint condition like that nowadays is impressive. Not to mention worth a fortune.”

She shrugged. “Most I got before the explosions. But I wouldn’t sell. Not that anyone interested is left with money to buy.”

He unhooked the cuffs from the chain and climbed down. He held out the leather. She hesitated but took them.

“Why collect the comics?” he asked.

“One of the signs I was a budding Domme was when I started fantasizing about Wonder Woman tying up Batman with her golden lasso, with me starring in the role of Amazon Princess. The Caped Crusader’s had a soft spot in my heart since then.”

He laughed. “I always imagined it was Batman tying up Robin. Thought Robin was the luckiest son of a gun around.”

Her answering smile, eyes a chocolate sunrise treat, started his palms itching. He ached to trace the lids with his fingers, travel them down to outline her cheek and jawline. He had no doubt if he tried without permission he’d be down on the ground, screaming uncle. And the idea of that revved him almost as much. Roman might be a sexual switch, a person ready, willing and able to play either Dominant or submissive depending on the circumstance, but his body responded to her as all sub. 

If you like what you’ve seen of the story, click over to buy it at Ellora’s Cave or visit my website at  to learn a bit more about me. Both spots have links to an additional excerpt.

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 1, 2009 by Michelle Polaris

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And the winners are…

Maggie Johnson and Candy Stone! Congratulations ladies. Maggie, you’ve won the yummy vanilla massage candle for leaving a comment after Roman’s interview with Dalton. Candy, you’ve won the Pleasure Me Purse for leaving a comment under my release day announcement for Bound Odyssey.

Please contact me at to arrange for snail mail receipt of your prizes. Thanks so much for stopping by.



Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 23, 2009 by Michelle Polaris


I am thrilled out of my pants (okay, not literally, I am still wearing pants despite this being an erotic story) to announce the release of BOUND ODYSSEY today at Ellora’s Cave. Read an excerpt to get a taste. This is my first romantic, erotic novel and I’m very proud of it. Release day is a whirlwind event for me because I’m on the road to the New Jersey Put Your Heart in a Book conference which also launches today. If you happen to be attending, look for me.

The novel is a futuristic, post-apocalyptic BDSM story during which Mira Duncan, Jace Argo and Roman Nash, three very alpha characters, meet and fall in love despite their best efforts. Here’s the blurb:

The year is 2067 and Earth is self-destructing from environmental cataclysms. A portal to a new world is ripped open and refuge there is Earth’s only hope. Enter Jace, cowboy diplomat, who is preparing for the negotiation of a lifetime. A sexually conflicted alpha male, he hates everything with a cock, especially himself. The last thing Jace expects is to fall in love with both a woman and a man.

His dark history presents the ultimate challenge to Mira and Roman, the sexual Dominant team hired to prepare Jace for the female-dominant culture of the new world. Tragedy has made Mira distrust her Mistress abilities. Survival is her priority, and she resists her deep attraction to Jace’s haunted eyes and sculpted body.

Roman, however, falls hard and fast for Mira and Jace, ready to honor Mira as his Mistress and force Jace to recognize him as Master. Bound in one another’s chains and pushed to the limits of arousal and pain, they must outrun sabotage and conspiracy to find salvation for their bodies, souls and hearts.

In celebration of the release, I’m holding a contest. A random commenter to this blog will win a Pleasure me Purse, a little goody I picked up at Good Vibrations. You can use your imagination as to what it contains or check it out on their site. The contest will run from now until next Friday October 30th at 6pm, after which I’ll draw a winner. 

I’ll be interviewed on the Menagerie  on Monday the 26th next week about the release, and Roman, one of my heros, will appear in an interview at The Quirky Ladies, my group blog, next Tuesday the 27th. He’ll be running a contest there as well.

So, in celebration of release day I’ve poured drinks all around. Jace is having vodka straight up. Roman asked for bourbon on the rocks. Mira is having a shot of tequila. No chaser. I, on the other hand, ordered a wimpy, sweet kahlua and cream. Fine, so I can’t whip anyone’s ass. That’s why I create my characters to do it for me (grin).

Please comment and add your drink order. And join my yahoo newsletter group to hear about special additional contests.  You can find the link to join on my website at

Remember, safe, sane and consensual.



Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 6, 2009 by Michelle Polaris

October 23rd be on the lookout for a wicked hot, dark, erotic romance entitled BOUND ODYSSEY. The book is my very first release and will be available at Ellora’s Cave. In fact, jump on over to the site now and take a look at the blurb and excerpt. My cover is not done, although I applaud Ellora’s Cave on their choice of placeholder covers. Pretty sexy for a Stay Tuned message.

Warning, the content of my story is very explicit and you must be 18 years of age to read it. My book is a post-apocalyptic futuristic set in 2067. It involves significant BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Domination, submission, Sadism, Masochism) elements. What a handy acronym with the two middle letters standing for two words each. I wish every acronym was as efficient.

Writing this story was a particular challenge for me. Well, not really, it flowed more easily than anything I’d written previously. But, back to the challenge reference. The predominate amount of BDSM material published in the romantic erotica world features male dominant figures with submissive females. This sells like hotcakes. The exception is material featuring male/male Dominant and submissive characters. Most readers want to drool over hot alpha males, no wimps need apply to fill the pages of their reading material. On the whole this makes accepting a submissive male hero character difficult to swallow. Too many times the men come off as weak and just not alpha enough to get that female blood pumping. There are exceptions (Joey W. Hill comes to mind). But, dammit, I wanted to write a story about a female Dominant and the two men she loved. Thank the forces of the universe that my muse introduced me to Jace and Roman, my two alpha male heros. I’m proud to say I think I accomplished what I set out to do–write a story where two alpha men, sexy and dark and vibrant, find themselves true sexual submissives to the heroine. 

Even if female domination is not your first choice, this book has something for everyone. Male domination, a menage relationship, male/male sexual interactions, satisfying and poignant romance, and plot. Plot, plot, plot. This is a full length book. The one thing I find very hard to do is sacrifice plot. It has intrigue and action along with the wicked hot sexual content. I love world-building, and refused to sacrifice a bit of it for this novel. So take a look at BOUND ODYSSEY. I promise it will grab you by the (insert appropriate body part reference to your taste). Be prepared to hang on for the ride. You’ll meet Mira and Jace and Roman in all of their gritty glory and I hope you’ll come to love them as much as I do.

Very soon I will launch my new website, There will be mucho details about me and my story at that location. It’s not ready yet, but check back closer to the October 23rd release date and, cross my fingers, toes, eyes etc… it will be done by that time.

Take care my blog visitors and remember, Safe, Sane and Consensual.