Writing

I write contemporary romantic comedies. So far, I’ve completed three novels:

Manage Me

Undercover Boss meets The Hating Game when hate turns to love between a manager in the boys’ club of software development and a programmer on her team, who turns out to be the company’s demoted founder.

Alicia Weber isn’t here for the drama. She just wants to succeed at her software project management job with health insurance that covers the expensive ADHD medication that’s helping her nephew finally succeed in school. Babysitting a few programmers-slash-man-children isn’t so hard.

Jackson Jones, on the other hand, isn’t happy unless he’s disrupting something—or someone. It’s gotten him where he is today—founder and board member of a hot software development company—in spite of, or because of, his own challenges with ADHD.

When Jackson pretends to be just a programmer and joins Alicia’s critical project, he neglects to tell her that he’s the company’s founder. His fire-alarm-pulling, bar-fight-starting antics disrupt her plans and split the team’s loyalty. But as their complementary leadership styles propel the team to success, their forbidden attraction becomes irresistible.

After Jackson’s identity is revealed at their product release in Las Vegas, Alicia must choose between love and her job, with both her livelihood and her heart at stake.

MANAGE ME is a romantic comedy complete at 79,000 words. It combines the enemies-to-lovers chemistry of Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game with Penny Reid’s nerdy humor, set in the software industry.

Stars in Her Eyes

“Smart and funny with a hero who is part sex bomb and part nerd? SIGN ME UP! I can’t wait for more from Michelle McCraw!”
—Darynda Jones, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Charley Davidson Series

Romance addict Marlee’s three-step plan to woo a tech executive veers wonderfully wrong when she kisses her geeky fake date under the stars.

Having grown up under the influence of fairy tales and romantic novels, San Francisco executive assistant Marlee Rice thinks she’s found her Prince Charming, GQ-hot company founder Cooper Fallon. He’s perfect: he even gets along with her quirky, stargazing physics-teacher dad. Too bad Cooper seems blind to her infatuation.

But when Cooper invites his perfectly elegant BFF as his plus-one to their friends’ wedding and speculation arises that Cooper will soon take his own trip down the aisle, Marlee steps up her plan to woo him. Her own work buddy, geeky programmer Tyler, agrees to go as her date to try to make Cooper jealous. The plan backfires when a staged kiss turns into something more under the starlight.

Back at work, Marlee tries to forget Tyler’s kiss and salvage her plan by seducing Cooper while they’re working late, but he shuts her down. And when her dad’s quirkiness starts to look like dementia, it’s Tyler, not Cooper, who comes to her rescue and helps bring him home. By the time Marlee opens her eyes to discover that a real-life hero is better than a storybook prince, she may have lost her chance at true love.

Pretty in Pink meets Emma in STARS IN HER EYES, a 74,000-word steamy adult romantic comedy with the awkward flirtation of Jim and Pam from The Office and the geeky humor of Penny Reid.

Take Me Home

After her perfect airman husband divorces her and marries her friend, Kirsty Carter’s hopes for happily ever after go up in flames like a cake in her Bewitched-era oven. Now she’s stuck in a city she despises by a custody agreement that forces her to see her smug ex and his new wife every week. And with her home baking business faltering, Kirsty can’t even afford a decent cup of coffee.

Sapphire-eyed restaurateur Eric Duncan has returned to the hometown he escaped fifteen years ago to open the newest location of his successful chain. When Kirsty meets Eric at an event, she spears his foot with her borrowed stiletto heels. Soon his heart is a victim, as well. But Eric has tried to balance his business and home life before, and that ended in his own divorce.

Kirsty may blame Eric’s nomadic lifestyle for her unwillingness to commit to a relationship, but she’s secretly holding a place for her ex in her heart. Only by letting go of her idealized family can she find true happiness.

TAKE ME HOME, an 80,000-word contemporary romance, will appeal to readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Alice Clayton.