It was in October 2017 when I ran across a new author who wrote about a part of his life that most people would never share with friends let alone strangers. He held nothing back except his real identity. It was very personal and without question he was going to be judged harshly. I understand and respect his decision to remain anonymous.
Zane Michaelson wrote about some of the hardest times in his life. Depression and the feeling of discontent which lead him down a road that had the potential to destroy everything and everyone around him. Choices were made and hence his story begins.
The series is called I Know What You’re Doing. Prior to releasing the book as a whole, three novella were released under the titles, in order, She Loves to Watch Me Play, Our Dirty Little Secrets, and Till Death Us Do Part. After reading She Loves to Watch Me Play, I searched out this new author on Facebook. I find all of my book recommendations on Facebook. It’s why my blog was a Facebook only blog for 7 months. I “Liked” his page and began to “stalk” him. Zane Michaelson’s Facebook author page.
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This may seem weird if you are not an avid Facebook author stalker. In the Facebook world “stalking” an author is a good thing. It means I follow them on all social media. Stay up to date with new releases. Follow the author to other pages and groups for “takeovers”. Generally be a super-fan and show my support. It allows me as a reader to converse with and get to know an author. The author is a real person not just words in a book. It adds to the reading experience especially with an author like Zane. He responds to his readers comments and is genuine. Even though he keeps his real identity a secret his personality shines through. I know about his sweet tooth and his crush and obsession with Kylie Minogue. Like I said, you get to know more about the person behind the words.
**Following an author and getting to have this ‘personal’ experience does not mean you have the right to harass or act inappropriately with an author. If you wouldn’t do it or say it to someone face to face then don’t do it on Facebook. OK, done preaching…. just be smart. Don’t ruin the experience for others who know how to act appropriate.
Back on the subject of Zane Michaelson and why I am grateful he stuck with me. Yes, I love the personal story he shared with us, but this isn’t why I chose to write about him now.
Back in December 2017 I had just started my Facebook blog and group. I have always expected instant gratification and success. I didn’t feel like things were moving fast enough and I made a casual post about giving up.
Zane messaged me and offered to ‘takeover’ my group. This means he signs into my Facebook group and spends and hour talking with and posting with readers. I love ‘takeovers’. When Zane messaged me I was stunned. Here I am ready to shut things down and this new author offers his time to help make my blog better.
I was shaking I was so excited. His personal assistant, Gloria, walked me through, step by step and corrected my errors. I am grateful for her too. They make a great team.
We picked a date and time and waited. I continued to play on my blog but the number of members did not climb very much. If I remember correctly I had about 35 before Zane’s takeover and 76 on takeover day. I remember the 76 because it was almost double my members.
What nobody knows about that day, until now, is that I got ready 2 hours before the takeover. I set up my room with a cushy chair, pillows, and blankets. I added a folding table, covered it with a table-cloth, set up snacks, and drink and counted down the minutes until the takeover was to begin. I know it was silly but I did it. It was a big event for me.
I messaged Zane about 15 minutes before takeover time and prayed he did not forget. He answered right away and stayed on the private message with me while chatting easily with the readers. His encouragement was everything I needed to convince myself I could really do this. It was so much fun and my adrenaline was pumping through my body. I am not sure I was actually breathing the entire time.
At the conclusion of the takeover I burst into tears. I had been searching for a new path after leaving a job I loved. I needed something besides just being a stay at home mom. I especially needed to find a group of people I could relate to and connect with. People I had a something in common with. Romance books. It is hard to find friends who read, or at least admit to reading romance. Especially if it’s the really dirty books. I have since found them thanks to my blog. I would not have continued with my blog if Zane had not messaged me. I was done and ready to look for something else to fill a void.
Since I deciding to continue my blog I have gone head first into the pool of romance books. I am now a personal assistant to a fabulous Western Contemporary Romance author, Rhonda Lee Carver. I was a fan for years and now I get to be a part of her book world. It feels like reader fantasy camp when working for her. Blogging has taught me how to be the a better personal assistant. Working for Rhonda is amazing. More on that in another post because it is a story to good to keep to myself.
I also attended my first author signing in April 2018 and went to the humongous RT Convention in May 2018. I will write more about those in the upcoming months. Now I have moved on to include a web-based blog to my Facebook blog and why? Because Zane Michaelson stuck with me and gave me the chance to see what my potential was. I don’t think he knew what a difference he made that day. He is just a great guy.
I know I didn’t tell you much about Zane’s books. I added my review for the series below and I encourage you to purchase it because his story is inspiring and real. It is in the Erotica category but is so much more that the sex scenes. I was once told by another author that erotica books don’t have a story. I call B*lls**t on that. I Know What You’re Doing is a story that will draw all sorts of emotions out of you. Super hot and sexy. Anger and angst. Then sadness like I have never read before because this was Zane’s life. Not just a fictional story. Warning: Be ready with a box of tissues for the ugly cry.
Thanks Zane for sticking with me and supporting The Redhead. You never know who you may be helping or inspiring daily. On that day in December you helped me.
I Know What You’re Doing-The series by Zane Michaelson
I have never read a series that has attached itself to my heart as much as this one has.
This was so much more than I was expecting. I’ve read a lot of books over the years but I don’t think I’ve ever read one where I felt the authors emotions so deeply. Knowing this is based on the author’s real life makes each word stronger. It just seems to mean more than other erotica/romance books that I have read. I have even read this series with my husband. It allowed us to open up to each other and communicate while discussing how great this story is.
Since the series is real the details and descriptions are like looking through Zane’s eyes. It’s not just “maybe” this is how he thinks. This is what he was thinking and feeling.. Thank you for sharing your story. My heart hurts for everyone affected. At the same time I am reminded of unconditional love. It’s the kind of love that fights to survive during the good times and bad.
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Zanes wife Jenna Michaelson is releasing her story which accompanies the I Know What You’re Doing series on June 1, 2018. Keep your eyes open for more about Jenna’s side of the story.
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