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Confessions of a Goldfish Addict – #Interview with @MichelleMcLean

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I am really excited bout this, and yes though I did somehow write my tour stop date down wrong in two different places and I apologize for getting this up WAY late because if this…. I think I am suffering from some kind of brain disorder or reaching a critical mass point BUT this is.. WOW such an awesome Interview and a Recipe!

You ROCK MICHELLE!!!!!! THANK you SO MUCH for being here on my blog today! I am so excited to have you here and being able to promote a fun book with one of the prettiest covers I have ever seen! What do you guys think? WAIT hold that thought, you have to read this… heh.. Michelle is so much fun!

CG -Tweet the book: You are challenged to tweet a synopsis of the book to include your tweet handle, GO!  (everyone else can can either copy it and send or CLICK THE TWEET BUTTON.. send send SEND PEOPLE! LOL)

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Brynne turns bandit once more to fight smugglers who steal her daughter & threaten her new love #bloodbladesisters 

CG – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing)

MM – I’m an absolute chicken and freak myself out so badly I can’t even watch a movie like Ghostbusters if it’s dark and/or I’m alone in the house 😀

CG – Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into? (If you want you can – I would love it if you did – a max flash fiction of no more that 500 with the prompt of “LIGHT” since summer is almost here (Yes this could work with romance, mystery, humour, textbooks on quantum physics.. own it, title it and GO!)

MM – I’ve got some paranormal romances in the works and may even try a regular old contemporary romance one of these days 🙂 It’s hard for me though to do something without a little touch of something magical or historical lol

Hmmm flash fiction about Light huh….let’s see:

MM -His death sucked the light from the world. She existed, but didn’t live. One small ray of sunshine broke through. Her baby, that gentle soul. Her little angel with her daddy’s eyes. She kept her mother from drowning in the dark, her laughter like golden drops of sunlight falling on a parched and barren field. It wasn’t much, but it was enough. Enough to keep her waking each day. Enough to keep the breath moving in and out of her lungs. For years, it was enough. Until one day, another spark burned through the darkness. His bright blue eyes shone like beacons, resurrecting some long buried part of her she thought gone forever. And then he smiled at her…and the light flooded back.

CG – When it comes to the genre you do write in, what are a few of the books or writers that have influenced you and your own writing (yes I can actually ask a serious question?)

MM – Victoria Holt. She introduced me to romance and historical romances specifically. Nothing like a good gothic where the governess gets the lord of the manor 😉

CG – If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters? 

Why? Yes you are going to have to support that choice!

For Brynne, Alexandra Daddario. Brynne doesn’t have Alexandra’s gorgeous blue eyes, but (besides being stunningly beautiful) Alexandra just has the right look to her. Like someone who could be sweet and genteel, but when the occasion calls for it, can kick a little booty 🙂

Confessions of a Goldfish Addict -  #Interview with @MichelleMcLean For Richard, probably someone like Paul Walker. His face just has that right mix of gorgeous and kindness that really fit Richard’s character. Plus, that blond hair and blue eyes are spot on 😀

 Write one line you would love for him/her to say from your book.

Brynne’s line – “I wasn’t raised to be a nice girl.”
Richard’s line “If you’d agree to marry me, I could pull you into my office whenever I wanted and no one would care a whit.”

CG – What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

MM -You mean aside from screaming loud enough to wake the neighbors and fainting a few times? I’d take my family and go splurge on some fabulous restaurant…and then I’d take my kids to Disneyworld and Harry Potter world. They REALLY want to go get a wand 😀 THEN I’d probably have to talk my husband out of retiring. His dream is for me to be successful enough that he can quit his day job and be a house-husband lol

CG – Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing (as in what candy / snack food / drink / 80’s hair band you break out in song too when you just cannot figure out the next line to write and that bitch of a muse is off on her own hunt)?

MM – Goldfish crackers…they are my downfall. It’s so easy to fill a bowl up and just pop them while I’m writing. Much easier than stopping to do something healthy like cook 🙂 Oh, and I do have a playlist of 80s metal band monster ballads 😀 Have you listened to any of those lately? Good stuff 🙂

CG – What do you do when you’re not writing? (ie: What festive things do you do for fun? What things do you do when you make yourself have fun, and what is on the top of your list to do when you actually take two days for you (and family) –

MM -Just for me – READ! I read, just for fun, as many books as I can cram in before I have to get to work on my next project. I also occasionally play the piano and I used to cross-stitch. But mostly, if I’m not writing I just want to read 🙂 With the kids, we love to cook/bake together, read (of course lol We are currently working our way through the Harry Potter series), swim and play games…Uno and Sorry are the faves at the moment 🙂

CG – During the zombie apocalypse, what fictional character would you want watching your back? (Must keep you on your toes) Oh.. OK If not the zombie apocalypse, if you were living back during the 1700’s would you be a Puritan or a wild woman living with the Indians? Or would you still be back in England chilling out with King George II?

MM – Hmm well Iron Man would be handy to have around if zombies were making a nuisance of themselves. It wouldn’t hurt to have Robert Downey Jr out of the suit either 😉

I’d never make it as a Puritan LOL Not disciplined enough for that 😀 If I had to choose a time period I’d probably go hang out with King Charles II – he had a pretty rockin’ court and I’d LOVE to walk around dripping in jewels and gorgeous gowns. The whole 17th century hygiene problem would be a downer though.

CG – If your book was a meal what would it be? Meat and potatoes? Vegetarian? A light nouveau cuisine? (I do a recipe with many of my authors this maybe an opportunity for you to share a recipe you think could go along with this? Or just describe the actual meal, this would be the whole thing not just one dish – see below for bonus round)

MM – Oh it would be a meat and potatoes meal. Brynne is dealing with some really heavy duty issues (the murder of her husband, falling in love again with all the happiness and guilt associated with it, being a single mom, getting picked on by the “mean girls”). It might be a little heavy, but oh so worth every satisfying, filling bite 😀

Let’s make this a real Cabin Goddess “Interview and a recipe”

CG – Create a drink (with or without booze) representing your book in name and ingredients (this could be a renamed established drink)

MM – Okay, I’ll answer this one, but I don’t drink so try not to laugh too hard at the answer LOL Since I don’t drink, and therefore have nothing but probably strange and erroneous preconceptions about liquor in general, I found a drink based on what the ingredients remind me of, rather than according to taste, etc. Again…don’t laugh 😉

I looked up some iconic Boston drinks and this one seems perfect. In part because of the name – it’s the Boston Sidecar (which is apparently better known as Between the Sheets…which, for a romance novel set in Boston, is just perfect!) ;-D

Boston Side Car


  • ¾ oz brandy (something I always picture the well-to-do sipping after dinner)
  • ¾ oz rum (which just makes me think of pirates, which makes me think of smugglers, and Brynne goes up against a gang of them in the book sooo… 😀 )
  • ¾ oz triple sec (I didn’t know what this was (total liquor virgin, remember? 😀 ) so I looked it up and discovered that it is an orange-flavored liqueur made from the dried peels of bitter and sweet orange, which is just perfect. Here’s my reasoning – Brynne  is from California (so are oranges) and since her story is both bitter and sweet (getting over the murder of her husband, having a miserable time in Boston, but meets a new love), yeah, see, perfect 😀 )
  • ½ oz lime juice (again, perfect. A little kick of sour. Brynne’s love life is finally looking up when a little bit of sourness threatens to spoil it all).

I think I enjoyed equating a cocktail to my book a little more than I should have LOL But there you have it! A Bandit’s Broken Heart’s theme drink = a Boston Sidecar aka Between the Sheets 😀

CG – Did she evoke my spirit to write this recipe? Hey Michelle? WOW! AWESOME perfect! WTG VIRGIN! he he he! 🙂

(source for pic –

BONUS ROUND “MAKE MINE A MEAL” Create (or rename) a recipe for a dish, an appetizer or a dessert that goes with your book. 

MM – Well, I don’t know if this really goes with my story or not but it certainly goes with the writing of the book. I suck at cooking (with a capital S). I can bake, and I generally don’t screw up crock pot dinners. But cooking…yeah, not so much. Besides, cooking just takes soooo long! And when I’m on a deadline, cooking is sometimes something I just don’t have a lot of time for. So, I’ve sort of become a collector of really fast, easy recipes. And since I have a raging sweet tooth that must be placated, many of these recipes are of the dessert variety 😀

First one, ice cream bread. It’s bread…made out of ice cream. Seriously. And it’s YUMMMY.

Ice Cream Bread

Ice Cream Bread

You need 2 cups of ice cream (softened, any flavor you’d like), and a cup and a half of self-rising flour. And that’s it! Mix them together, pour in a greased/floured pan, bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 mins. And done!


recipe and picture from Chocolate Chocolate and More

BONUS RECIPE – Another one I make WAY too often – chocolate cake in a cup. I’ve tried several different recipes for this one. The absolute easiest (and best tasting IMO) is this one:

You need 1 egg, 2 Tbsps cocoa, and a quarter cup of powdered sugar. Mix it in a cup, pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Soooo good! (recipe and picture from )


Okay, okay, I do occasionally cook something non-dessert related. One of my kids’ favorite meals (and mine because it’s so stinking easy) – what we call taco chicken.

Throw some frozen chicken breasts in a crock pot. Cover with ½ to ¾ jar of salsa and about a half a packet of taco seasoning. Put it on high for about 6 hours. About 5 ½ hrs in I shred it up and let it cook a little longer. Use it to make a taco salad, pop in a tortilla for a burrito, make nachos, put it over rice, or just eat it straight. So yummy 😀

CG – FAST and FURIOUS – Don’t pause just answer what comes first to mind

  • On the Rocks, Blended or Bottle and a Shot Glass?  Blended (virgin, of course 😉 )
  • Coke or Pepsi? (if neither soda brand of choice) Pepsi (CG – FINALLY a PEPSI GIRL!)
  • With or without nuts? without
  • Dagger, Flintlock or Poison? Flintlock 
  • Cheesecake or Hasty Pudding (both were found in period cook books I own or have bookmarked on a codex. I was thrilled to find out Cheesecake was around in 1720! I just had a cheesecake recipe on the blog.. ANYWAY… either or) cheesecake…though I’ve never had hasty pudding…I’ll have to try that one day 😀 (CG – *wink* I will send you the recipe!)
  • Kilts and wode paint or full armor? Ooo kilts!!
  • Learn battle techniques from a Scotsmen, revolutionary or a ninja? For hand to hand combat probably the ninja but for fierceness, the Scot. (Can I keep the Scot no matter what battle techniques I choose? Or a Scot who knows a few ninja moves? Ooo ooo Jaime Fraser from the Outlander series. He’s got some wicked martial arts skills AND is a Scottish warrior. I want him please.) 😉
  • Periwig or Locks to love? (what do you prefer on your man) locks to love 😀
  • Corset or Britches? Britches for comfort, corset for looks 😀

CG – Anything you would like to add… appearances, upcoming releases, where I can find someone to adjust the algorithms for my time machine?

MM – Well for the time machine (as I have yet to watch the current Dr. Who (and yes, I’ve been repeatedly reamed by my nearest and dearest for this failure) I’d suggest asking Dr. Brown from Back to the Future, as he’s the only handy time-man I can think of at the moment 😀

As for appearances, you can find the rest of my blog tour stops here (!news-and-events/c1pz  ), and keep an eye out for a fun zombie book coming later this summer and book 3 in the Blood Blade Sisters series this fall 😀

WOOSH, I want to apologize again for getting this up WAY late, but I think everyone can agree it was worth it, WOW! You ROCK! What about you guys, what do you think? Let Michelle know! TWEET and shout about it all day long! Me? I am going to get more coffee!

Romance and non-fiction author Michelle McLean spent 98% of her formative years with her nose in a book indulging in her love of reading and research. Expanding that love into writing was inevitable. Michelle has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and tends to be a bit of an organized mess with an insatiable love of books and more weird quirks than you can shake a stick at.

Michelle McLean

She is the author of the historical romances To Trust a Thief and the Blood Blade Sisters trilogy, the non-fiction Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers, and several upcoming historical, paranormal, and contemporary romances. She is also a contributor on The Naked Hero, and the Operation Awesome, Scene 13, and Scandalous book blogs as well as maintaining her personal blog. If she’s not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. Michelle resides in PA with her husband and two young children, an insanely hyper dog, and two very spoiled cats.

If you would like Michelle’s signature, you can request one for her ebooks through or request a signed bookplate through her website.


Confessions of a Goldfish Addict –  #Interview with @MichelleMcLeanA Bandit’s Broken Heart
by Michelle McLean
Pages: 167
Published by Entangled
Genres: Romance
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A woman with a past

Widowed mother, Brynne Richardson, gave up her bandit activities when she left California to make a fresh start with her young daughter in Boston. Working for a handsome doctor fulfills her need to be useful and independent, but he creates another yearning she cant deny.

A man with a purpose

Dr. Richard Oliver assumes Brynne is just another debutante hunting for a rich husband, until she intrigues him with her steady hand for stitchesand guns. He cant put her out of his mind, but the young widow has mysteries hes determined to unravel.

A love in danger

When smugglers raid the much-needed supplies from the clinic, Brynne must resurrect her bandit persona for the good of the sick and the poor. Her secret life threatens to destroy everything shes worked so hard to protecther life, her family and her heart.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me! It was a blast doing this interview 😀

  2. Lovely post, lovely book looks great

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