Merely Mortal

By Michelle M. Pillow

A gripping new first-person POV urban fantasy romance series by NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, Michelle M. Pillow.

All I want is a simple, normal life.

Unfortunately, normalcy is a luxury I can’t afford as a lowly human born into a powerful supernatural family embroiled in magic. They’ve always been quick to remind me that I have an expiration date. Imagine everyone’s surprise when it’s me standing above their graves, not the other way around.

The fire that took their lives wasn’t my fault, yet everyone is blaming me, especially the vampires. Now I have a target on my back and a bounty on my head. Without the protection of my family, I’m caught up in a tangled web of supernatural dynasties and arcane power struggles.

So when a handsome stranger and his young daughter take pity on me and offer me a ride, I don’t say no. It’s a mistake. One I hope doesn’t cost us all our lives.

Sometimes, being merely mortal really sucks.

 

Prepare for an exhilarating journey of magic, power struggles, and forbidden love like never before! Inspired by the author’s short novella, Merely Mortal. (Inspired by, but COMPLETELY different!) This book ends on a cliffhanger, but don’t fret, look for book two: Mostly Shattered.

Recommended for readers who like Carrie Vaughn, Faith Hunter, Jennifer Estep, Lindsay Buroker, Ilona Andrews, and K.F. Breene.

Meet Tamara...

“All my life, I’ve been treated like some delicate butterfly that the supernatural world wanted to squish because that’s what monsters do when they’re bored.”

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5 Stars! Recipient of the BREW Seal of Excellence

“Merely Mortal“ by Michelle M. Pillow is an entrancing urban fantasy that masterfully blends magic and the mundane and showcases a bestselling talent’s compelling plot, rich emotional depth, and intricate world-building….for lovers of urban fantasy, particularly fans of authors like Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Charlaine Harris, and Laurell K. Hamilton, “Merely Mortal” is a treasure. The blend of romance, suspense, and supernatural elements … makes it a must-read for their followers.

Sam Waverley

The Chrysalis BREW Project

Book Details

Print Pages Hours to Read Total Words
590 pages  10-11 Hours 108K

 Release Date: 2024/06/25

Is this the previously published anthology novella? NO! It is inspired by the short out-of-print novella, Merely Mortal, but is COMPLETELY different. The story has changed SO MUCH and is better for it. It’s not even the same story. She’s not the same character. This is an idea I have been playing with and planning for years. In fact, feel free to forget I did that novella, lol.

Length? Long Novel

Cliffhanger? This book ends on a cliffhanger, but don’t fret, go look for book two: Mostly Shattered.

Will there be more books? YES!

POV: First Person

Recommended for readers who like: Carrie Vaughn, Faith Hunter, Jennifer Estep, Lindsay Buroker, Ilona Andrews, and K.F. Breene.

This is a new writing style for you. Why should I try it? 

I am beyond thrilled to share my latest book, Merely Mortal! This is the first in a brand-new series that I have poured my heart and soul into, and I can’t wait for you to dive into Tamara’s world.

The Merely Mortal Series is a bit of a departure from my usual writing style. This time, I’ve embraced a more personal, first-person perspective to bring you closer to the heart and mind of our heroine, Tamara. Navigating a perilous supernatural society as a mortal, Tamara’s journey is filled with forbidden love, dark family secrets, and the quest for identity amidst magic and danger.

Writing this book has been an incredible adventure, and I hope you find it just as enthralling to read as it was for me to create. Your support means the world to me, and I am so excited to embark on this new series with you.

For fans of my work, you know my storytelling and, hopefully, trust that I will take you down an amazing journey.  For new-to-me readers, if you love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or supernatural mysteries, this is right up your alley!

I honestly think this might be one of my best books yet.

Thank you for being part of this journey!

Michelle M. Pillow

Merely Mortal Reading Order:

Lovely Readers,

As I celebrate my 20-year Authorversery, I know my writing journey is far from over. There is still so much I want to accomplish. But, mostly, I’m humbled and grateful for my readers who have shown me love and support over the years. I want to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to each of you for giving my new series, Merely Mortal, a chance. This is the first time I have published a first-person POV book.

Your enthusiasm means the world to me, and I am thrilled to have you join me on this exciting journey into the realms of supernatural intrigue and urban fantasy romance. Writing Merely Mortal has been an incredible adventure. It’s filled with twists, turns, and heartwarming/heartbreaking moments. I sincerely hope it brings you as much pleasure to read as it did for me to write.

Now, I must give you a little heads-up: Merely Mortal does end on a cliffhanger. Yes, I know cliffhangers can be a love-hate experience, but trust me, it’s all part of the plan to make Tamara’s journey as captivating and thrilling as possible. I promise the suspense and anticipation will be worth it. The next book in the series, Mostly Shattered, will delve even deeper into the mysteries of this new supernatural world.

I promise that will not make you wait years between installments!

Again, thank you for your unwavering support and for being an integral part of my author journey. I can’t wait to share more of Tamara’s adventures with you, and I hope you enjoy every moment of the ride.

When you’re done, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please consider leaving reviews and joining me on social media.

Happy Adventuring! Oh, and don’t accept gifts from the necromancers. Trust me.

Michelle M. Pillow

“Merely Mortal” by Michelle M. Pillow contains potential triggers that readers might want to be aware of before diving into the book:

  • Death and Loss: The story involves tragic incidents related to Tamara’s supernatural family.
  • Violence
  • Betrayal and Trust Issues
  • Supernatural Peril
  • Emotional Turmoil
  • Power Dynamics and Coercion: The power dynamics between mortals and supernaturals, including coercion or manipulation.
  • Identity and Existential Crisis: Themes of struggling with one’s identity and place in the world, particularly when feeling out of place or pressured by family expectations.

CW: Michelle M. Pillow’s books contain adult subject matter, graphic violence, and are not suitable for all audiences. 

Book Heal Levels: Sweet Sensual

Genre:
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Supernatural Mystery and Suspense
  • Supernatural Thriller Elements
  • New Adult
Tropes:
  • Strong Female Protagonist
  • Slow Burn
  • Mortal in a Supernatural World
  • Forbidden Love
  • Forced Proximity
  • Mythical Creatures: magics, vampires, wizards, necromancers, werewolves, shapeshifters, fae, trolls, goblins, demons, dragons, and more!
  • Mystical Connection
  • Family Legacy and Dark Family Secrets
  • Supernatural Bureaucracy
  • Protective Lover
  • Emotional Turmoil and Vulnerability
  • Supernatural Conspiracies and Conflict
  • Hidden World Within Our World
  • Magic in the Mundane
  • Opposites Attract
  • Rescue Romance Tropes
  • The Chosen One
Themes:
  • Identity and Belonging
  • Transformation
  • Mortality vs. Immortality
  • Family Legacy and Expectations
  • Power Dynamics
  • Trust
  • Love and Romance
  • Isolation and Connection
  • Autonomy and Self-Determination
  • Good vs. Evil

Praise for Merely Mortal

“In her electrifying urban fantasy debut, Michelle M. Pillow proves she’s a force to be reckoned with in yet another genre. With its perfect balance of heart-pounding action, intricate plotting, and tantalizing romance, it is sure to secure her place in the genre!”

Mandy M. Roth

NY Times & USA TODAY bestselling author

★★★★★

“Well, I predict another Michelle M Pillow hit series. … The major twist at the end was so imaginative I never would have thought of it. It’s probably one of the best twists I’ve ever read. … You won’t be able to put this down, it sucks you right in. I highly recommend you one click right now. You won’t regret it.”

Kristin Chontelle

Bookbub

Excellent story!

“I was in the edge of my seat for the whole book. Didn’t know who to trust. Didn’t know what was going to happen next. … Can’t wait to read the next book in October. I loved it! Definitely recommend.”

Marie

Goodreads

Romantic Urban Fantasy, First Person POV

Merely Mortal (Merely Mortal Book 1)

Merely Mortal

Coming Soon Book by Michelle M. Pillow

Barely Breathing

Coming Soon Book by Michelle M. Pillow

Nearly Dead 

Recognition and Reviews

“In her electrifying urban fantasy debut, Michelle M. Pillow proves she’s a force to be reckoned with in yet another genre. With its perfect balance of heart-pounding action, intricate plotting, and tantalizing romance, it is sure to secure her place in the genre!” — Mandy M. Roth, NY Times & USA TODAY bestselling author

5 Stars! “Exciting, unexpected and hard to put down… Phew. This book. It is a beautifully crafted urban fantasy whose main character is a real, relatable and likeable person who has flaws, but is really just trying to do her best as messy human in a very messy situation. The story grabbed me from the first page and kept me enthralled until the last.” -Tammy Moldovan, Goodreads (2024)

5 Stars! “I had a hard time putting this book down. So hang on tight for this powerful read.” –Christina Luberts, Goodreads (2024)

5 Stars! “This story is a must read. The plot is incredible…This author is an awesome storyteller. I’ve read just about all her books and love them all. This story is a departure from her usual style and it feels fresh, exciting. ” –Bee’s Reviews, Goodreads (2024)

5 Stars! “Unexpected… So good!!” LisaC, Bookbub (2024)

5 Stars! “Excellent story! … It’s dark, scary and Tamara seemed really damaged. Wow! The more I read the more I liked her. I was in the edge of my seat for the whole book. Didn’t know who to trust. Didn’t know what was going to happen next. Yes it ends with a cliffhanger but not too much. Can’t wait to read the next book in October. I loved it! Definitely recommend.” – Marie, Goodreads (2024)

5 Stars! “Well, I predict another Michelle M Pillow hit series. … The supernaturals are fantastic. Hallelujah the vampires act like vampires. … The major twist at the end was so imaginative I never would have thought of it. It’s probably one of the best twists I’ve ever read. The feelings I was left with were extreme happiness and extreme sadness all in one. But in a good way, if that makes sense. You won’t be able to put this down, it sucks you right in. I highly recommend you one click right now. You won’t regret it.” – Kristin Chontelle, Bookbub (2024)

5 Stars! “It was a roller coaster of emotions and I loved the book. Yes, it does end on a cliffhanger and the ending is mind blowing. I loved it and can’t wait to see what happens next.” –L Moylan, Bookbub (2024)

5 Stars! “Merely Mortal the newest treat from author Michelle M. Pillow brings the reader along on a journey filled with twists, romance, subterfuge, suspense, and more in an urban fantasy that will keep you immersed…. Excellent writing, and imaginative world building converge together in a mesmerizing narrative…” Carole Sinclair, Bookbub (2024)

5 Stars! “Start this action-packed contemporary adult urban paranormal supernatural fantasy mystery romance at breakfast unless you wish to stay up WAY past bedtime.– Barbara, Goodreads (2024)

5 Stars! Recipient of the BREW Seal of Excellence

““Merely Mortal“ by Michelle M. Pillow is an entrancing urban fantasy that masterfully blends magic and the mundane and showcases a bestselling talent’s compelling plot, rich emotional depth, and intricate world-building….for lovers of urban fantasy, particularly fans of authors like Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Charlaine Harris, and Laurell K. Hamilton, “Merely Mortal” is a treasure. The blend of romance, suspense, and supernatural elements echoes their storytelling and makes it a must-read for their followers.” – Sam Waverley, The Chrysalis BREW Project

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