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Title: As It Should Be
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Release Date: 12/06/2016
Set in the sweeping Windbrothers’ world, where magic users and their sworn mates find each other through a process of trial and error, these stories, which take place long before the events in Desert, explore the different ways that ba’chi and hi’icha come together to become ki’ita. For every magic user, there is a grounding force to steady him, and neither half of the pair feels whole until he finds his destined lover.
Some mates discover each other with relative ease, while others have a harder time uniting with their designated partners, and the world they live in can be accepting, cruel, or even indifferent. From a shape-shifter with a secret to a pair of twins who think they’ll never find their lover, Sean Michael gives us a lot to love, just as it should be, in these stories sure to tug at your heart.
Recent Release Spotlight with Sean Michael
We are here today to talk about As It Should Be. What can you tell us about it?
The stories in this anthology all take place in the same world as Windbrothers: Desert, but the events happen in the far distant past, fairly early in this world’s development.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
There are five stories in this book, but they all feature magic users and their destined guardians. The magic users tend to be innocent of the ways of the world, while the guardians are fierce protectors.
What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series (if applicable)?
You don’t need to have read Windbrothers: Desert in order to enjoy the stories of As It Should Be
What about As It Should Be makes you the proudest?
I built this world from scratch.
Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
The next book in this series will be Windbrothers: Forest, which will follow directly on Desert. The same two main characters will be in Forest, along with two new main characters. In Forest we learn more about how the Windbrothers world works. There will be two more books after Forest.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
My answer to this is always the same – write, write, write, whether you are in the mood to do it or not, write every day.
What’s your favorite thing to wear?
Pajama bottoms and a t-shirt.
Do you take a break from a first draft to get distance from it, or dive right into editing, or edit heavily as you write?
I don’t edit as I go, I just write the first draft all the way through. If I have the time, I prefer to take a break after writing the first draft before diving into editing because it’s easier to see things with that distance. But if I’m banging up against a deadline, that’s just not possible and I go through the book immediately after finishing it.
How will the world end?
I’m hoping with a bang rather than a whimper. While Zombie or other apocalypses make for good reading and movie/tv viewing, I would rather not live through one. But if there was an explosion and boom, the world was over, that would be quick and painless.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I am currently between books, but I just got my Dreamspun Desire books for December, so Ari McKay’s Striking Sparks and Julia Talbot’s Catching Heir
Salt or Pepper? Salt me, baby
Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Shoved.
Tropical island or snow covered mountain cabin? Snow covered mountain cabin
Mr. Bean or Leslie Nielsen? Mr. Bean
Favorite Color? Purple
Tardis or DeLorean? Tardis
Light saber or a Sonic screwdriver? Both!
Sushi or pasta? Sushi
Alone or At a Party? Alone
Cat in the Hat or Horton Hears a Who? All the Dr. Seuss’s
What are you working on? What is next?
As is my wont, I’m working on several books at the moment, including Windbrothers: Forest!
About the Author
Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.
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