Welcome to the dynamic writing duo – S. Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore

A big welcome to authors Michelle Moore and S. Reesa Herberth. Michelle and Reesa are the authors of the Ylendrian Empire series, including The Balance of Silence and their latest novel, The Slipstream Con, available from Samhain Publishing.

Michelle and Reesa are here to chat with you, answer your questions and they are generously running a contest on this blog. Everyone who leaves a comment here or on their own blog, will be entered to win a gift certificate.  They will also offer a second gift certificate if the comments exceed 50 commenters.

I know you’ll all enjoy this witty and fun interview.

Question: I’m interested, as I’m sure our readers are as well, on how you two met and decided to write a book together?

Reesa: We met online years ago, when we were both doing chatroom-based roleplaying.  We started writing character arcs together there, and even after they closed down the chat website, we kept writing for and with each other.  A few years ago, we discovered that there were actually publishing houses that were interested in the kind of stories we wanted to tell.

Michelle: What Reesa didn’t say is we met because I was following a story arc she was working on with another talented writer friend of ours (Connor Wright) and I was so caught up in it that I sent them fan email!  With our love of the same kinds of characters and stories, it was pretty much a given that we’d end up writing together.  From there it was a matter of finding who out there was publishing the types of books we loved to write.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

Question: What was one of the most surprising things you learned about each other in creating your book(s)?

Reesa: Well, I think we’ve both learned that for us, editing is like masturbation.  We should do it alone, and wash our hands when we’re done.  (I get a little cranky when we’re editing.  I don’t care if our editor rips apart our deathless prose, I just hate having to read the comments with someone.  It feels like exposing my failures to the world.)

Michelle: I’m not quite sure how I can top the masturbation comment!  But really, we’ve been writing together for so long, I think we’re hard to surprise anymore.  But what I love is the fact that we can pick up each other’s thoughts almost effortlessly. This means that we can work on several projects at once, and pass them back and forth mid-chapter, mid-paragraph or even mid-sentence and not lose continuity.  It’s very freeing!

Question: Have you ever been abducted by aliens?

Reesa: Not that I know of, but that’s how they get you, isn’t it?

Michelle: Aliens is such a loaded word.  They really prefer “Beings of Alternate Localities”.  At least that’s what I was told at Machu Picchu.  Then again, that could’ve been altitude sickness…

Question: If you could wish for anything, what would you wish for?

Reesa: I’m going to assume someone else already wished for world peace, an end to hunger, and the disabling of comments on YouTube.  Three selfish wishes would include independent wealth, a ’67 GTO converted to run on either electricity or unicorn burps, and a second season of Firefly.

Michelle: A 3 bedroom flat in Montmartre, Paris for six months out of the year and a 10 bedroom villa on St. John, USVI for the other six months.

Question: What’s the one question you wish interviewers would NOT ask?

Reesa: I’m a great big blabbermouth who only thinks to filter after I’ve already said something I shouldn’t have, so I’m pretty much game for anything.  I do always stumble over “boxers or briefs?” because clearly the answer is “boxer briefs.”

Michelle: I’m still so incredibly excited that people WANT to interview us that I can’t think of anything I don’t want asked.  And as poor, innocent questioners have found, I’m capable of going on ad nauseam about our characters, so maybe it’s more a matter of questions interviewers find that they wish they hadn’t asked US!

Question: Tell us a bit about your latest release.

Reesa: Well, if you like a good caper, if you love a little adventure with your romance, or, for that matter, a little romance with your science fiction, we’ve got something for you.  Con artists, bounty hunters, conspiracies, and an unlikely love that might just be one of the only “sweet” ménage stories out there.

We want you to get in on the fun!  Drop us a comment, here or on the latest entry on our blog, and tell us what caper you’d pull, if you thought you could get away with it.  (And there were no repercussions.)  Everyone who comments will be entered to win a gift certificate, and if we get more than fifty commenters, we’ll give out two gift certificates.  The winner will be announced on our blog, and emailed directly, so be sure to include contact information in your comment.

Here’s our blurb, and an excerpt to get you in the caper mood:

Is love the biggest con of them all?
For three years, Kellen Frey has led bounty hunters Tal and Vanya on a merry chase, evading capture with flair and style. Now, just when they finally have their pet project—and object of their mutual fantasies—cornered, the elusive con artist turns the tables and gives himself up. A sudden attack of conscience, perhaps? Tal and Vanya know better.

Their suspicions are confirmed when a crime lord comes dangerously close to killing them all, and the rapidly sickening thief is forced to confess the truth—he’s been accidentally dosed with a highly illegal form of nanotechnology.

If Kellen can’t get his hands on another dose, he’s finished. The problem is, the only thief who’s ever broken in to Slipstream Labs is his ex-girlfriend, and she’s allergic to bounty hunters. As he does his best to play both sides, he struggles with his growing desire to be more than a prisoner to Tal and Vanya. Without trust, they won’t survive long. The clock is ticking as they race to uncover a conspiracy that spans the Ylendrian Empire.

Product Warnings
This book contains an anti-hero with no qualms about redecorating your spaceship, a heroine capable of killing you with her hair stick, and another hero who would like nothing more than to shag them both without the inconvenience of a conscience.

Reesa: I love all three of the main characters, but there’s no denying that Kellen is my favorite.  I don’t need a bad boy with a heart of gold, and I’m not sure that he’d fall into that category anyway, but I love the way he keeps Tal and Vanya on their toes.  Tal especially, but that’s because Vanya is the one who keeps Kellen guessing.  The excerpt below is a great example of Kellen in captivity, if not fully domesticated just yet.  Poor Tal.

The smell of freshly brewed coffee led Tal down a drowsy path to wakefulness, and he rolled over, slipping an arm around Vanya’s waist and burying his face in her hair.

“You made coffee. You are the most beautiful, amazing woman in the universe.”

She snuffled in her sleep, pushing his hand away as she hid her face in her pillow. “G’way. S’your turn to make it.” She didn’t so much kick him as shove him out of bed with her feet, but he got the message and rolled over to reach for a pair of sleeping pants that he was sure he’d dropped there. Regretfully leaving their warm bed, he staggered towards the door and let himself out, rubbing the sleep from his eyes as he went.

The coffee had just finished brewing when he got to the kitchen, and he poured himself a mug, fishing around in the cooler for cream. Coffee in hand, he turned around and stopped cold.

There were two plates set out on the table, and a note between them.

Just turn on the warmer for a few minutes. It should reheat well.—KF

Tal looked, because breakfast was breakfast and the damage was done. Scrambled eggs and pancakes in the shape of hearts. Hearts.

A few short, stomping steps took him from the galley to Frey’s cell. He didn’t expect to find him there. The man had obviously gotten himself out, why would he go back? Frey in the cell, however, wasn’t as unexpected as the bars now painted across the glass wall.

“Oh, for fuck’s sake.” Tal stepped closer, peering between the gray stripes.

Their prisoner-cum-chef had found the bag rescued from the ship, because Tal knew that Vanya didn’t own a pair of shorts in that eye-popping green-and-purple-paisley pattern, and they sure as hell weren’t his. Some sort of soft, clingy fabric fit his ass perfectly where he was curled up on the bunk. Tal gave himself a hard mental shake, forcing his eyes to the keypad.


To his credit, Frey recovered after an initial start and jerk, rolling over with a sleepy smile. “Morning.”

“Morning my ass. What the hell do you think you’re doing?”

Kellen sat up, bare feet swinging to the floor as he stretched and yawned. “I know you might have missed the obvious, but I was sleeping,” he said patiently. He scratched his bare chest and stretched again. “Is there a problem with breakfast? Should I have made waffles instead?”

“Waf— No!” Tal could count on one hand the times he’d been left speechless. This joined the list. Unclenching his fingers, he took a deep breath. “Put some clothes on.”

“That seems rather a waste. I was planning on going back to sleep since you don’t need me to cook anything else.”

“Put some fucking clothes on now,” he said through gritted teeth, eyes going everywhere but to Frey, Vanya’s suggestion drifting uncomfortably around in the back of his head.

The heavy sigh tweaked his irritation level up another two notches, and Tal scanned the floor, finding the duffel under the bunk. Shoving past Kellen, he grabbed the bag, reaching in blindly. “Get dressed.” He dropped the first things he found into Kellen’s lap. “I’m going to get Vanya. Have those on when I get back.” He turned around at the door. “Do not leave this room or I swear I won’t be responsible for what happens.”

“So, stronger coffee next time.” Frey’s voice floated down the hall after him, but Tal kept walking.

Michelle Moore and S. Reesa Herberth are the authors of the Ylendrian Empire series, including The Balance of Silence and their latest novel, The Slipstream Con, available from Samhain Publishing. They live and write in the Washington, D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia, and are hard at work on the next book in the series, Peripheral People.  They can be found online at http://www.michelleandreesawrite.com

58 responses to “Welcome to the dynamic writing duo – S. Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore”

  1. OOOH,I’m definitely putting The Slipstream Con on my TRL. Loved the excerpt. Now that I’ve been teased I can’t wait to read about these three and what’s coming next. 🙂 As for a Caper I’ll come back after I’ve thought of a good one. Loved meeting you two as well. Sounds like a great match between you two.
    Carol L

  2. OOOOOHHHHH! I love the blurb. Yep Slipstream Con gets picked up with my next batch from MBSaM. About Firefly, if the fans can get a movie made from a failed TV show why cant we get them to reinstate the show?

    • Glad you enjoyed the blurb, and we hope you like the story when you read it.

      I’m guessing we’re stuck with one glorious half-season, unless Nathan Fillion wants to ditch Castle.

  3. Great interview and blurp. This is a book I am going to have to check out, sounds really good. Authors amaze me by writing books and its even more amazing for two authors to write a book together. Such great talent. Do you ladies ever have disagreements when writing?

    • Thank you QL! Amazingly enough, the writing seems to drop right into place without any trouble at all. Now when it comes to whose turn it is to clean up the kitty barf? That’s when the disagreements show up! 🙂


  4. Great job on the interview, and thanks for sharing the excerpt for The Slipstream Con. I thoroughly enjoyed The Balance of Silence, and can’t wait to dive into your latest adventure.

    As for the caper I would pull, I would love to sneak in after hours and explore the Smithsonian museums every night by myself, taking as long as I wanted to.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

    • Yaaaay, a Balance fan! Thank you Cathy!! Can I sneak into the Smithsonian with you? I’ve wanted to play with the doll house in the American History building since I was big enough to stand on that little step in front of it and peer enviously inside!


  5. What a fun interview to read. I especially love your answers about whether you’ve been abducted by aliens. You’re right – they’ll take your memory so you won’t know. LOL 🙂

  6. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Balance of Silence! I have Slipstream Con, but haven’t had a chance to sit down and enjoy it yet. If it is anything like the first, I know it will be wonderful!

    Thanks for the great interview!

  7. great interview . book sounds fab !!! What do you do when you argue whilst writing ? Is it rock paper sciccors to decide who win or more jello wrestling winner take all lol


  8. I would go to Spain to steal the Las Huelgas cushions. If I pulled that off, next I’d gather up Duke Barnim and Eleanor of Toledo’s stockings. If I had a time machine, I’d nab these items while they’re still being made.

  9. Hello, Ladies.

    I must be living under a rock to have missed The Balance of Silence. Now The Slipstream Con is out. Both books sound great and have been added to my must have list.

    I enjoyed reading the post. It was interesting and entertaining.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    • Thank you Tracey! And as long as you’re not displacing any cute little roly-poly bugs, you’re good! 🙂

      Hope you enjoy Slipstream and Balance both.


  10. Omg ladies this book has a lot of humor to it I see already. I can’t wait to purchase these books of yours. I love to read romances with humor. It just makes for a great read.

    What a great interview and I look forward to more in the future. Wishing you much success with the books.

    Teresa K.

    • Thank you so much Teresa! I’m with you 100%… I LOVE a good dose of humor with my romance, whether I’m writing it or reading it. And characters must have a sense of humor for me to feel any connection to them. To go with my particular weakness for smart-ass bad boys… 🙂


  11. Great interview. I can’t imagine collaborating so closely with someone. Glad you can & do.

  12. Great interview. I have a bumper sticker in my classroom that says to buckle up because it makes it harder for aliens to get you out of the car. I enjoyed reading your interview so much
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  13. Very fun, Michelle and Reesa–can’t wait to have some time so I can get caught up with the Ylendrian empire… as for caper? Can I sneak off somewhere with my TBR? Leaving the piles of laundry and things to nag about behind? Please???

    • Thank you Fedora! My contact at the official Ylendrian Tourist Bureau is really pushing vacations on Noska this year. Apparently it’s all about the snow-shoeing. And guaranteed you will have NO laundry there, but that’s because you’ll be wearing every piece of clothing you own! 🙂


      • ROFL! OK, uh, maybe I’m not going to sneak off to Noska–I’m not too good with super cold weather, unless there’s a hot guy to help warm me up 😉

  14. Lol@Reesa and her comment about editing….I think we can really tell that the two of you really enjoy writing together. I can’t really think of any caper other than maybe sneaking into the Louvre at night and taking one of the great masterpieces and hanging it at my house…lol…Loved the excerpt!


    • Writing with Michelle is one of my favourite things, and we both enjoy the heck out of it.

      I like that idea. I know exactly what I’d steal, too – a Botticelli fresco that would look -great- installed in my bathroom.

  15. Thanks for the interview.
    Ions ago I used to love playing the game Ultima, but most people have never heard of it.
    It’s the only one I ever got into, and man do I feel old…LOL
    I love this excerpt and put it on my gotta have asap list.

    I love your sense of humor which comes out in your characters…*S*

    Thank you for the contest,a nd getting to know you both!


    pommawolf @hotmail.com

  16. Got interrupted by barky dogs as they know its sunshine outside today…LOL
    But my H is hooked on Firefly.
    WE always wanted them to continue with the series. It was awesome.


    pommawolf@ hotmail.com

    • I wish my hubby liked sci fi better. he groans every time i turn it on. btw, did you know Firefly is running again on the SCI channel That’s not sygy. it’s on on sun evenings.

      • Oh my hubby loves sci fi. Firefly is favorite though.
        I finally just bought him the dvd series cause we kept missing the reruns whenever they were playing. In fact I had to hunt the series down and found it Amazon.
        Thank you again for the great interview!


        pommawolf @hotmail.com

  17. Wow, I’m still just SO tickled at being referred to as half of a dynamic duo! Thank you Selena, it was a blast doing the interview and then getting to interact with folks through the comments. I’ll just be over here hopping up and down happily!


  18. I enjoyed your interview. Both books in your Ylendrian Empire series sound great! The covers are really gorgeous and I love the warnings. 🙂


  19. What a wonderful turn out! Thank you Reesa & Michelle, glad you had fun and I know the visitors had fun as well. I enjoyed interviewing you both and look forward to having you as a guest again. Good luck with your books.

    Reesa & Michelle held a draw for a gift certificate and the winner is Anna G.

    Congratulations, Anna! You will receive an email with information on how to receive your prize. Enjoy in good health.

    New blog coming soon……thanks again!

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