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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How fucked are you?

Ok. I came across this question on Facebook this morning.

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My answer: Thoroughly 😉

The last movie I watched was Kiss of the Damned, an indie film starring the always yummy Milo Ventimiglia. It has less than two stars on Netflix, but I’m a sucker for vampire movies. Ok. The pun was not intended but it’s fun if you take it that way. 🙂
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I just want to say that I never trust reviews because what I like sometimes tends to veer toward the quirky, odd…and sometimes, dark…side of things. I will admit that there have been some really terrible movies on the three star and below list, but if I trusted reviews I would have missed out on some really great movies.

Here’s a thought for you though. Someone once asked me what my favorite romantic movie was and the first thing that came to mind was Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Yeah, laugh all you like. I don’t think she thought it was funny.

I, on the other hand, came to realize that I’m not exactly normal. Well, I’ve always known I wasn’t “normal” but I found myself wondering why, as a romance author, I don’t really tend to lean toward the typical romantic movies. Then I remembered most of those movies are usually “real world” romances, and I mainly gravitate toward paranormal romance. I have very few contemporary romance books on my shelves, and I usually write paranormal romance and romantic fantasy. Though my current project veers away from both of those categories, and is technically erotica, it is still connected to one of my other series by some of the characters and places.

Anyway, I’m rambling again, as usual. But I need to get to work. So, here’s something else for you to think about. If you had to live the life of the person in the last movie you saw, would you be fucked?
Until next time,
❤ Mel

Oh, and by the way. I gave Kiss of the Damned:
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4 out of 5 stars
It wasn’t the best movie ever, but I liked it. It sucked in a really good way 😉
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Absence and a change of paths…

Hey natives. I know I haven’t been very active on any of my social media and I haven’t written a blog post in forever, but there’s been a lot on my plate lately. With everything that’s going on in my personal/family life (nothing terrible I assure you) I’ve been a little out of my element for a while. Ever since Gavril was unleashed I’ve just not been myself, and have been thoroughly aggravated with all my scatter-brained attempts at writing.

Fortunately, I have been reading again, and thanks to a certain Lord of The Manor, I’ve been a little inspired. I recently was drawn back to a ‘side project’ of mine that I’ve had in idea form for a while, and plotting for that is coming along nicely. It’s also turning into something much bigger than originally anticipated, and I cant wait to really dig into it.

Just for fun: here are some images that have been quite inspiring for this project…

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Hopefully everything goes well and the words just come to me. I’m so anxious to get deeper into this story.

Until next time,

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Change is in the air…

And I don’t mean the gorgeous fall weather I woke up to this morning. Even though it’s nice, I mean that major changes in my writing are coming. They have to or I will just burn out and that just can’t happen. I have too many stories to tell.

I’ve been stuck for so long, and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong, but with the help of my two insiders, I finally discovered the problem. I’ve put so much pressure on myself to get the story written that my mind just created a wall. There are holes, and some things get through, but the majority of the story is stuck on the other side and I can’t see it all.

As an author, if you don’t write for yourself, then it just becomes a chore and it takes the fun out of the whole thing. It can be hard to break the habit, but I know something has to change if I want to tear down the wall that I’ve unintentionally put up for myself. I guess sometimes you just have to reboot and remind yourself why you started writing in the first place. You have to get back to the basics and write to tell the story, not just to get the story out of your head.

My hope is that there is a clear horizon laid out before me each day and the story just flows onto the paper…or rather, the Word document. lol. Anyway, wish me luck. Alarik has a HEA he needs to get to. 🙂

Until next time.
Much love,

Mel

Learning and Growing

I got my first negative review on Given yesterday. Well, it wasn’t terrible. It was a 3 out of 5. There were some positive points and some not so great, but I’m not taking it personal. I can’t complain at all when the reviewer said they were sucked into the story enough that they stayed up until 4 a.m. to finish reading because they couldn’t put the book down. I will take the review for what it is…a chance to learn and grow just like I did with the first two Jagara books. Just like anything else in life, you can’t please everyone, but you can take the constructive criticism and apply it as you see fit.

Life is about learning and growing and when your job is to create for the entertainment of others, you have to consider their opinions with an open mind. I’m not saying you have to change everything to try to make everyone happy, because that is impossible. You have to stay true to your vision, but when it comes to the way you present your story, there is always room for improvement.

The opinions of my readers matter to me. Since this is only the third book into my writing career, I know I still have a lot of growing to do. I appreciate the review I got, and though I don’t agree with everything she said, I will be taking some of her opinions into consideration just like I have done with other people’s opinions in the past and will do in the future.

Now, don’t get me wrong, outright criticism and rude comments will just be ignored. I’ve seen too many authors give up on their dream because of asshats who like to do nothing but stir the shit pot. I am not one of those authors. I will not be bullied and I will not quit what I’m doing because someone decides to be an asshole. I write because I love it, and because I want to share my stories with others. As long as there are people who enjoy them, I will keep putting my stories out there. I will continue to write because that is what I love to do. I will keep writing because it is my dream and I will not let someone take it from me.

I just want to say how thankful I am for each and every one of my readers. I’m always excited to give yall another story, and I hope I continue to grow and everyone keeps coming back for more in the future. ❤

That’s all for me for now. Until next time…Do what you love, and never give up on your dreams. You have them for a reason.

❤ Mel

Today’s vocal muse…

The more I hear from James Bay, the more I like him. His voice just hits that little something inside me that I can’t explain…just like Hozier and Matthew Mayfield. I just added more of his music to my writing playlist. Here’s one of them:

Now back to writing for me. Until next time.
❤ Mel
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As always, I included the lyrics below.
(lyrics from azlyrics.com)


From walking home and talking loads
To seeing shows in evening clothes with you
From nervous touch and getting drunk
To staying up and waking up with you

But now we’re sleeping at the edge
Holding something we don’t need
All this delusion in our heads
Is gonna bring us to our knees

So come on let it go
Just let it be
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me

Everything that’s broke
Leave it to the breeze
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me

And I’ll be me

From throwing clothes across the floor
To teeth and claws and slamming doors at you
If this is all we’re living for
Why are we doing it, doing it, doing it anymore

I used to recognize myself
It’s funny how reflections change
When we’re becoming something else
I think it’s time to walk away

So come on let it go
Just let it be
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me

Everything that’s broke
Leave it to the breeze
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me

And I’ll be me

Trying to fit your hand inside of mine
When we know it just don’t belong
There’s no force on earth
Could make me feel right, no

Whoa

Trying to push this problem up the hill
When it’s just too heavy to hold
Think now’s the time to let it slide

So come on let it go
Just let it be
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me

Everything that’s broke
Leave it to the breeze
Let the ashes fall
Forget about me

Come on let it go
Just let it be
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me

And I’ll be me

Official Release Date For GIVEN!

Yep. That’s right. I finally have a release date for our beast. It has been a long time coming, but Gavril’s story will be available to the public next month!

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To all of you who have been there since the beginning, thanks for sticking with me. Our beast has come a long way, and I hope you enjoy his journey as much as I did. August 11th can’t get here soon enough.

As always, Much Love.

Mel


~CLICK HERE~ to read a short excerpt from Gavril’s story.