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January Author Spotlight: Micah Persell

We had the chance to interview Micah Persell, author of Of Eternal Life and Of the Knowledge of Good and Evil recently, and asked her about everything from her favorite romances, to what casting the movie for her books might have looked like, as well as what her upcoming projects are.

booknosh: Of Eternal Life was your first published novel… but is it your first published work? Or have you written other stories, novellas, etc?

MP: Of Eternal Life is my first everything: my first finished novel, my first published work.  Unless you count my Master’s thesis.  My novels are right beside my thesis on the bookshelf in our home.  That puppy was much harder and took much longer to write than any of my novels.  A non-fiction writer I am not!

booknosh: If you had to pick out your literary parents, who would they be? How would you describe yourself in the context of author/creative directors parenthood? Jane Austen meets Stephanie Laurens? Ayn Rand meets Virginia Henley?

MP: Okay, I got really excited at the idea of Jane Austen and Stephanie Laurens being my literary parents, so I want to go with them.  Like Austen, I think it’s important for the hero and heroine to be friends as well as lovers, and like Laurens, I think they should also burn up the sheets something fierce!

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Of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Micah Persell, Operation: Middle of the Garden, #2)

4 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
A really interesting followup to her debut novel, Persell’s second novel (with its too-long title) has far more interesting characters — our female protagonist, Dahlia, was the secondary villain in the first novel, and our male lead, Jericho, is a tortured man who lost his true mate eight years ago.  We start at the heart of the action this time, with Dahlia going on the run, and Jericho being sent to chase her.  The fact that they’re both immortals, and have impulse-paired (think of it as a chemically or spiritually induced love-at-first-sight) is seen by both of our leads as more inconvenient than celebratory — because both characters struggle against the pairing, we get an interesting combination of they’re-meant-to-be-together with they’re-truly-falling-in-love.  I was torn between a 4 or 4.5 star review for this because though I found the characters and storyline stronger than the first, there are bits of the writing that feel a little less polished or more rushed than her debut.  Either way, it was an enjoyable, quick read, and I liked it enough to be looking forward to her future works.
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Of Eternal Life (Micah Persell, Operation: Middle of the Garden, #1)

4 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
This is totally not my style of romance — lots of action (quite a few people get killed), lots of fate and premonitions at work (both lead characters hear a mysterious “Voice” which seems to guide and even chat with them at times), and lots of intense sex (before they really know one another).  Yet, despite these caveats, many of which speak more to my taste than the author’s abilities, I enjoyed the book and found it to be a quick and fun read.  I truly waffled between a 3.5 and a 4 star rating here just because so many of the tropes are not my favorites, but gave it the higher rating because it’s creative and interesting enough that I liked it despite my preconceptions.  It’s obviously the first in a series of at least two, and I enjoyed this one enough to pick up the second, Of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
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