What happens in Vegas…

Romance Novel Convention 2014


It’s official, but I think I’m still a little in shock. I’m finally popping my convention cherry this summer. Yep. I’m going to the 2016 Romance Novel Convention (RNC) this June! Super excited to finally be going to Vegas, but still really nervous. Glad I will have my bestie with me to keep me from completely freaking out. lol

Looking forward to meeting some new people, attending the events, and exploring Vegas. 🙂 Plus as a bonus, I get to see some friends that I haven’t seen in about 8 years. This summer is going to be crazy. I hope to see some of my natives and some of my author friends in Vegas!
Until next time…
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Oh, and check out some of the cover models that are scheduled to be at RNC 2016. 🙂


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What’s in store for 2016?

The Coming YearWho freakin’ knows?!

2015 had its ups and downs, but for the most part, it was another great year. Now, I have a lot to look forward to with the coming of the new year, and here are just a few of them:

  • A homecoming (and I don’t mean the stupid high school dance)
  • A visit from my bestie who lives a gazillion miles away, on the other side of the country.
  • Get to visit my family back home and see my daughter (who is now in college.) I haven’t seen her since July!
  • And of course…more writing, and loads of new discoveries about myself, my writing, movies, books, music…and more.

I don’t know where my writing will take me this year, but I’m hoping to get much more done in 2016 than I did in 2015. On the menu, but not necessarily on my plate yet:

  • Book #2 of the Warriors of Lykarthia series. This is Alarik’s story. Title is still in debate. A lot will be unleashed in this book, including a beast that will surprise some people…some crazy…some growing…and a little bit of confusion.
  • Book #3 of the Jagara Series. I’m still iffy on this story. Not the content, but the order. I know the one currently in the #3 spot will change things for the Jagara people. It will be a change that some may see coming in a way, but there will be loads of unexpected stuff…and as always, yummy Jagara men.
  • A little side project that has grown into something I never expected. It started out as a short story that was to be a part of a collection, but as I plot things out with my insider, we discover that the story goes far beyond what could ever be told in such few words. At a minimum, this will be a large novella, but if it continues to grow, it could take multiple books to tell the story. In fact, it has the potential to turn into a trilogy, which I never thought possible for me. But we’ll see how it goes once I really dig into it.
  • Also, I’m feeling a little like going back to the book that started this whole journey for me, and doing some much needed editing. Who knows when or if I will ever publish this one…but the good news is that because of something I discovered in another of my series, I know the whys and hows of the main idea of this particular series.

I would love to finish at least one of these before 2016 is over, but it would be amazing to finish more. In the meantime, I’m enjoying my little break.

Until next time.
Keep chasing your dreams. The road ahead isn’t as scary as it seems.

Much Love,
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Moving forward…

Update on Given:
It is nearly finished…FINALLY! I’m waiting for my proofers to be done with it so it can be formatted. Once that is done, I will have an official release date. If everything goes smoothly, it will be available to the public before the end of the month!

Until then, I am in the planning stage of book two. I’ve had the basic idea for the story for a long time, but today was eyeopening for me. As I was writing out what I know is supposed to happen, the details and whys and in-between stuff just started coming to me. I both look forward to and dread this one. There are some things I didn’t expect and I know it will be one of those where I have to stop writing at some point to wipe the tears from my face.
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Crazy things are coming for the Warriors of Lykarthia world. Sex slaves, unwanted marriages, gypsies, warrior women, unexpected reunions, and a man who may or may not have lost his mind. I can’t wait.

Maybe one day I can get back to the Jagara world, but until then, I will run with the Lykarthians. They are speaking to me the loudest at the moment.

Until next time,

Mel

GIVEN Cover Reveal

Hello natives.

 Ready to see the unofficial GIVEN cover?

Well, I can’t keep this to myself (and my insider) any longer. I have to share it with yall.

So here we go. Drum roll, please….

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I will soon be releasing the blurb for GIVEN and start with the weekly teasers as soon as I hear back from my editorial team.

Until next time…

Much Love,

Mel


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Future Insider’s Guide for The Jagara Series

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Ever wanted to know what happens in the lives of your favorite characters after a book ends? Ever wished you could ask them questions or learn more about the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff?

In my free time I’ll be putting together an Insider’s Guide for The Jagara series, and here’s your chance to be involved. Me and my ‘insider’ will be interviewing the twins and their women, and I wanted to include some questions from the natives. So, fire away and I’ll choose some questions to throw into the interviews.

This is going to be fun. 🙂 I’ll keep yall post on the progress and maybe even share a thing or two before it’s finished. Until next time…

Much Love,

~Mel

Unavoidable Delays

Hey everybody,

I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unless the miracle happens and I get a wild writing hair, the third Jagara book will not be released this spring. I’m not sure when it will be out but it will definitely be delayed.

Due to personal happenings and just plain lack of my characters speaking to me, I haven’t written very much of Unbroken. This saddens me because not only have I been dying to write this particular story, but I know how excited and impatient some of you are for the next book.

There is a shimmer of silver lining though. After talking it out with my insider, I realized (partially) where the story is going. Unfortunately, it isn’t where I thought. UNBROKEN can’t be told in a single book, so it will progress throughout several others. Depending on how it plays out, it may eventually be finished as an individual story. Until I know for sure, I am contemplating the book I originally had as book #3 of The Jagara Series, which is still untitled at the moment.

I am gonna take a couple weeks off from writing to spend some time with the family and catch up on some reading…or re-reading. 😉 And after I finish my much needed break, I’m gonna dig back into the Jagara series…hopefully with a fresh mind. It’s times like these when I’m glad to be an Indie. No deadlines to stress over, but I am always hopeful for either an easier/cheaper way to promote my work or to catch the eye of a good agent.

On a good note: I was able to get my ‘secret project’ finished and after my Think Tank/Beta Readers tore into it, I rewrote a few parts and added some things. I know there will be more edits once it’s in the hands of my editor. Unfortunately, I’m not sure when that will be. But I will keep yall posted with any updates.

Until next time,

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