Michele Mannon combines well-rounded characters, romance, and MMA fighting in her Worth the Fight series, and the latest book in the series is no exception. Find out more about MMA champion Caden Kelly below, as well as a message from Michele Mannon herself on what it’s like being an author.
“A little bit of me goes a long way in the stories I bring you”: Michele Mannon on life as an author
I guess not many writers could say they lived in a small city named Happy Mountain. Yep, it’s true. Years ago, I spent a year teaching English in Fukuyama, Japan, located about thirty minutes outside of Hiroshima. A stunning move for family and friends because I’d just graduated college with a B.A. in French. Oh, I’d studied in France, celebrated Oktoberfest in Munich, ate my way through Italy. “Why be redundant?” my younger, adventuresome self had offered as an explanation.
But in a way, it sums up who I am as a writer. I love how unique and interesting people of all walks of life are. The good, the bad, the funny. This love helps in creating characters who, on the surface, seem like your average Sally and Joe. You think you know them, until something challenges them, and hopefully pulls you, the reader, deeper into their complex psyche.
Another favorite ruse of mine is taking a character out of their normal environment and tossing them into a foreign world where, like working a puzzle, they struggle to figure out just what they’ve gotten themselves into. I think everyone has experienced the uncertainty of change and can empathize with just how difficult it can be.
Accents. I go a little nuts over them. Polish, German, Chinese, 1950’s conservative fiddle-fart. Though admittedly, the most challenging to date has been genuine, homespun Texan. Ah te’ yew whut!
From my travels, I’ve learned that laughter is universal, no matter the language being used. Hopefully my stories make readers chuckle, and I’ve done my job at balancing the deeper moments with a bit of sunshine.
Those years of traveling, of exploring different cultures, of living in Happy Mountain, are still relevant today. For a little bit of me goes a long way in the stories I bring you.
Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
About Tap Out
Late-night shock jock Sophie Morelle has been fired, dumped by her network after an embarrassing incident cost them big bucks. But she knows just how to get back on her feet—by filming a raw, gritty documentary about MMA fighters, starring the hottest welterweight around. The only problem? He’s the one responsible for ruining her life.
MMA-champion-turned-model Caden Kelly is hell-bent on reestablishing himself as the best fighter in the country. He’d been on a roll, too, until that loudmouth reporter hit him in the head with a camera on national TV. The headaches he’s suffered since are nothing compared to the one he gets when she shows up, seeking an exclusive. That Sophie’s gorgeous is undeniable…but she’s also the most infuriating woman he’s ever met.
Stepping into the ring with Caden Kelly is not for the faint of heart, but Sophie’s never been the delicate type. This champion may have finally met his match—both in and out of the bedroom.
What readers are saying about Michele Mannon and Knock Out:
A fantastic first book by a writer I definitely want to read more of! Very well-written and utterly absorbing, the story is one that will appeal to those who enjoy strong and determined heroines who will not take “no” for an answer, and good looking, dominating and dark damaged heroes, who are softer than they would like to think. –Goodreads review
When you read Knock Out, the plot will have you excited to turn the page, but sad when you know it’s coming to an end. I can’t wait to read it again! –Goodreads review
The romance in this book is so great; I love their connection! The heat level is definitely in the high range with very hot love scenes, but their characterization and emotional connection is what makes this book so strong. –Amazon review