The Greatest of all Magic: My Inspiration for Close Up Magic

The Contemporary Romance Cafe is thrilled to have Michelle Garren Flye as our guest blogger today . Please join us in making her welcome.

MichelleMy newest book, Close Up Magic, will be out on June 1, and it feels like it’s been a long time coming. I wrote it during National Novel Writing Month last year, and immediately decided to use it as the first novel in a series about magicians (my Sleight of Hand series). 

So the book itself isn’t that old, but the idea behind the book is. I’ve tried for most of my life to write about magic and magicians, but to write it I had to admit something to myself: I’m just not a scifi or fantasy writer, much as I’d like to be. My favorite authors include Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card and H.G. Wells, so obviously I love those genres. I just can’t write them well enough to want anybody else to read them.

I’m a romance writer. I love building the backstories of the hero and heroine, showing how their lives lead them to a point where they fall in love. And, since love is the greatest of all magic, it really isn’t much of a stretch to make the hero…or heroine…a magician.

As soon as I realized that, it was a real BAM! moment. (My apologies to Emeril.) But CloseUpMagicseriously, it was like inspiration struck like a lightning bolt (or like the palm of my hand smacking against my forehead). I really could combine my love for magic with my passion for writing. And so, Close Up Magic came to be.

And inspiration didn’t stop there. I already have ideas for the second and third books of the series. Look for at least one of those early next year. But for now, here’s the blurb for Close Up Magic to get you going on your own magical quest:

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Reporter Stacey Matthewson has made a living writing sensational stories that knock celebrities off their pedestals. Now she’s got a hot lead on an even hotter magician who’s mystifying Las Vegas with his new show–the problem is, she’s had a crush on him for years. How can she write a story that might ruin him, especially when he proves himself to be so much more than she’d ever dreamed?
Magician Andre Hawke has a knack for making things disappear, but when it comes to his brother’s drinking and gambling, he’s got a problem. Hiring the sexy reporter who threatens to blow away his carefully wrought illusion might be the answer to his problems…or she might bring on a whole new set of them.

Stacey’s never believed in magic, and Andre doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Can passion overcome their inhibitions, or will betrayal stem the tide of love?

So now for the fun part.

I’ve been posting a lot of the tidbits I’ve learned about magic on a Facebook page for Close Up Magic (, and the great thing about it is, if you like that page, you’re automatically entered to win a Kindle Paperwhite I’ll be giving away on my blog ( Also, I’ll enter anyone who comments on this page in the contest, but please leave me a way to contact you! If you want even more ways to enter to win, check out the rules here:

Now, you tell me what you think about magic and magicians. Do you believe?

Michelle Garren Flye is the award-winning romance author of five novels. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances”, and a “well-written and thought-provoking novel.”

Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs,, and She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library Volume 1, Horror Library Volume 3, Butcher Shop Quartet, Butcher Shop Quartet II and Tattered Souls.

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.

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The Greatest of all Magic: My Inspiration for Close Up Magic — 7 Comments

  1. Michelle, thank you so much for being a guest here at the Contemporary Romance Café! It’s always interesting to hear about the inspiration behind a story. Thanks for sharing the inspiration behind yours with us.

  2. Congratulations on your book, Michelle! I have always leaned toward the scifi books with a romance and this one is pretty close considering magic is involved. Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!
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  3. I’m a romance writer and my husband is a magician! I’ve read him your blurb and he’s looking forward to reading your novel. He reads all of mine before I submit them so he’s into romance, LOL. Good luck with your series.

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