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Synopsis

The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace. The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs. Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset. Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.

All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus. Until she enters his life. She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared. A story he keeps buried below the surface.

Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?

Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart. Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?

Genre Adult Contemporary Romance

Expected Publication Date October 14th 2014

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About the Author

author logoMelanie Moreland lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her husband and four children. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

Known as the quiet one with the big laugh, Melanie works for the sporting teams of a local university. Her (box) office job, while demanding, is rewarding as she cheers on her team to victory.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and somewhat challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties and socialize, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in writing a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative story lines to her even more inspired tales, for all to enjoy.

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Tempted By A Rogue Prince – Felicity Heaton

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Tempted by a Rogue Prince by Felicity Heaton

Release Date: 08/09/14

An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.

Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.

Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.

Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?

Pre-order links and a first chapter preview of Tempted by a Rogue Prince are available at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/tempted-by-a-rogue-prince-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Tempted by a Rogue Prince is due for release in ebook and paperback on August 9th 2014 and will be available from all major online book retailers.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

felicityheatonFelicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

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Sidekick and “The Five Stages of Goodreads Grief”

GUEST POST – Auralee Wallace

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Scheduled Post: Guest Blog – The Five Stages of Goodreads Grief

By Auralee Wallace, author of Sidekick

My debut novel, SIDEKICK, was released June 1st of this year. Coming up to the date, I thought I was prepared for all that is Goodreads. Much like when I boasted about my ability to handle natural childbirth because I was “pretty good with pain,” I naively reasoned that I could manage bad reviews because, logically speaking, not everyone was going to love my book – different tastes and what not, yadda yadda. Then it happened, and again, much like my experience with natural childbirth, the day I received my first one star review was filled with agony, despair, and may or may not have involved lots of screaming.
Now that a month or two has passed, I feel like I am able to reflect on my thought processes at the time with some clarity and share them with other authors. Not to prepare them. Nothing can do that. But for them to have something to look back on when their first one star rears its ugly head. Then maybe they’ll remember they’re not alone.
So here’s how it happened…blow by ugly blow.
(On a side note, this is my first time using .gifs. I’ve been a holdout partially because, as a writer, I feel I should be able to express myself more than adequately with words…but then it occurred to me that perhaps I was being a bit of a snot because I was intimidated by all this newfangled technology. So I’ve decided to give them a try. I hope you enjoy them…but if you don’t, please don’t feel obligated to tell me so on Goodreads.)
1. Denial
One star? ONE STAR?
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Maybe Goodreads got it wrong. Sometimes the numbers don’t match up. I’ve read that happens. Or…or maybe that reviewer hit the wrong star. It’s an honest mistake. It happens. I’m sure he or she (or other of your choosing – I know that’s a Goodreads hot button) will fix that just as soon as he or she realizes the horrible, HORRIBLE mistake that has been made. After all, there are at least six other people on here that LOVE my book. I mean, really LOVE it…and only one of them is related to me. Surely, this is all just a silly mistake.
2. Anger
Wait…wait…wait. It’s still there…and now there is a review! And they said WHAT?????
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I was being SATIRICAL! Ever heard of satire Oh-my-opinion-is-better-than-everyone-else’s-stupid-face? Son of a b…!!!! The character didn’t even say that! Why I oughta…!!!!
3. Bargaining
Maybe if I just explain to the reviewer why he or she is so very, very wrong, he or she will change his or her mind? (You can nail me for the discriminatory pronoun use. I got nothing) We’re all reasonable people here. There’s no reason why we can’t work this out. In fact, have I told you ColdheartedCat67 how much I love your name? I’m thinking of using it in my next book. Maybe we can work something out…
That’s right. When I’m through with you, Reviewer, you’ll be putty in my hands.
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(Disclaimer: I’m joking here. I’ve read the warnings. I would never, NEVER – no matter how tempted – contact a reviewer. I realize that’s about as wise as sticking my hand in a blender.)
4. Depression
Nobody…nobody likes my superhero chick lit. (Well, statistically, according to Goodreads, most readers do, but not this one star reviewer. Nooo.  I will never write again. In fact, I shall now retreat under my bed where my children can visit me after school (That’s right, Reviewer. You’re picking on somebody’s mom! I hope you’re proud of yourself.) because I’m hated…HATED! by all readers, everywhere.
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5. Acceptance
Not all readers are going to like my book, and that’s okay. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion…even if it’s stupid. (Whoops, I may have slipped back into some kind of passive-aggressive anger-type thing there. That happens with stages. They’re fluid.) It’s cool. Goodreads is a site for readers to express honest opinions…everybody says so. Besides, bad reviews add legitimacy. That’s right. It’s all part of the bigger picture. So you do your thing, Reviewer, and I’ll do mine, and maybe we can both have our HEA, or at least HFN…but so help me, if you give me one more review like that…whoops, there I go again back to anger. As I said, the stages, they’re fluid.
We’re all good.
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ABOUT Auralee

photo (1)Auralee Wallace is an author of humorous commercial women’s fiction and occasional guest blogger at Penny Dreadful Books and Reviews https://pennydreadfulbooks.me/. She is a member of the RWA, and her debut novel, Sidekick, a superhero urban fantasy, placed as a finalist in the Virginia Fool for Love Contest, The TARA Contest and The Catherine. Sidekick has been picked up by Harlequin’s Escape Publishing and is due for release June 1st, 2014. Auralee has an undergraduate degree in psychology, a Master’s degree in English literature and has worked in the publishing industry for a number of years before teaching at the college level.

Auralee has always been fascinated by the power of stereotypes in terms of race, gender, and disability and how those beliefs colour our understanding of the world and of each other.

When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children and three rescue cats isn’t writing or playing soccer, she can be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her blog http://auraleewallace.com/.

 

No Regrets – Claire Kent REVIEW

PD Logo_edited-2Leslie is utterly devastated by the death of her dog, after more than a decade of Polly’s undemanding companionship she finds comfort from her new vet but not in the manner that one would expect. Josh is guarded but can’t help offering a no strings sexual relationship to Leslie when a chance meeting brings them together. Remembering her birthday resolution to live her life without regret Leslie accepts.

  • A dark portrait of a young womanTitle: No Regrets
  • Author: Claire Kent 
  • ASIN13: 9780990461012
  • Series: Stand Alone
  • Published: July 22nd 2014
  • Format: eARC
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
  • Page Count: 169
  • Source: Tour Operator
  • Rating: B

On my last birthday, I made one vow for the year. Live with no regrets. Eleven months have passed, though, and nothing has changed. I still sleep alone, spend my life working, and never move out of my comfort zone.

Then the loss of my dog throws my whole life out of orbit, and I end up in bed with a very hot and slightly-too-young veterinarian, who has recently made a vow of his own. Live with no strings. Josh is more than happy to help me with the things I’ve been afraid to try. Semi-public sex. Spanking. Anal sex. He’s a willing partner for everything I’ve wondered about, as long as I don’t demand more.

He’s serious about his no-strings philosophy. As serious as I am about living with no regrets. I can’t help but fall for him, even though I know better. So my biggest regret might be a broken heart.

No Regrets is a comfortable undemanding read that despite its slightly maudlin quality is satisfying all the same. A self contained person Leslie’s life is somewhat compartmentalized when her elderly dog dies she is heartbroken at the loss of her long time companion. Josh is taken with Leslie and is upfront and uncompromising with his demands. An affair with him that is strictly physical, he doesn’t have any inclination to enter into a relationship with anyone now or in the future. Despite her misgivings Leslie feels she should accept this compelling man’s offer.

You are probably thinking the same thing that I was thinking. For all of the arguments of “what is good for the goose, is good for the gander“, I think it is safe to say that most women simply attach more meaning to the sexual act than men. I’m sure everyone at one time or another has convinced themselves that a course of action is appropriate against their better judgement. This is the quandary that Leslie faces almost immediately upon commencing an affair with Josh. Their lovemaking is beyond compare but he is unwilling or unable to give her a greater emotional commitment.

I think what was the greatest strength of No Regrets was the composure with which Leslie faced the obstacles that she faced within or without a relationship with Josh. She never succumbed to self indulgent fits of whining or even attempts to change Josh’s mind. She was in short true to her word and that was enjoyable to read however sentimental the plot itself was at times. If you are looking for a short literary respite that you won’t regret pun intended then No Regrets is the story for you.

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About Claire Kent:

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Claire has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she’s not writing, she teaches English at the university level. She also writes contemporary romance under the penname Noelle Adams.

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Outlandish Film Adaptations? STARZ is the Genuine Article

WHAT IF YOUR FUTURE WAS THE PAST ?

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I regard film adaptations of books I love with great suspicion, even that is probably a gross understatement. Truly I don’t see how anyone wouldn’t? Despite my enduring love for Robert Redford, I submit The Horse Whisperer as exhibit A to support my argument. Before you facetiously remind me that he is 77 years old, I will counter with have you seen Barefoot in the Park? ‘Nuff said.

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i_robot_ver4Honestly, they pretty much rewrote the story to my abject horror viciously cutting out the best parts and leaving a sanitized cookie cutter variation that could have been any movie of the week rather than the deeply moving thought provoking original penned by Nicholas Evans. However that is not to say that it cannot work in the reverse as well. As a child of the 80s I was a great fan of the Fresh Prince before he was simply known as Will Smith sans DJ Jazzy Jeff. I loved the film I, Robot and thought that as such I would appreciate the original by Isaac Asimov. I couldn’t have been more wrong pretty much the only thing the two entities had in common were the three laws.

StephaniePlum3Since it’s original publication in 1991 there have been numerous rumoured adaptations of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novel Outlander. To which I snorted and returned to whatever book I was reading at the time. The only one that gave me pause was when it was reported that Katherine Heigel had optioned the book and planned to play the lead part herself which was horrifying in its own unique way. Though I am willing to credit that One for the Money was cute, not at all what I visualized but cute once you are willing to admit that the casting of pretty much everyone but Katherine Heigel as Stephanie Plum, a surprising turn of events in and of itself, was suspect.

Outlander-TV-coverI allow that this is because as a reader I often rigidly adhere to the descriptions of the characters provided and this is obviously open to interpretation as everyone’s understanding of art is ultimately subjective. Even if everyone else is wrong… I think. It has long been a bone of contention between teachergirl73 and I about what precisely Elena Michaels the protagonist in Bitten one of our favorite novels of all time looks like. She would maintain that her Elena was brunette, an idea that was patently ludicrous in my opinion as  Kelley Armstrong describes her as a blonde, however my bestie prefers to imagine the characters in the stories she reads without the novel giving more than a starting point for which she then fills in the details. One would think that with my rigid adherence to the letter of the law or book if you will that I would be pretty much impossible to satisfy but I am more than cautiously optimistic (okay try gleeful) about the upcoming STARZ production of Outlander which premieres August 9th or to my chagrin August 24th on Showcase here in Canada.

Perhaps my stance was softened by the television adaptation of Bitten earlier this year or I was simply captivated by Sam Heughan? In whom they have done the impossible in my opinion and cast the perfect Jamie. It would be nitpicking to say Caitriona Balfe’s hair isn’t curly enough to be Claire but now it’s out there I said it, whaddya gonna do? Regardless the promos are captivating and I am awaiting the first episode with bated breath.

 

Then and Always – Dani Atkins

 Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference. (Frost 17-20)

  • Atkins_ThenandAlwaysTitle: Then and Always
  • Author: Dani Atkins
  • ISBN: 0804178526 (ISBN13: 9780804178525)
  • Series: Stand Alone
  • Published: May 20th 2014 by Ballantine Books 
  • Format: eARC
  • Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance
  • Page Count: 320
  • Source: Netgalley
  • Rating: -A

Rachel’s life is perfect. A handsome boyfriend, great friends and the prospect of starting at university in a few weeks means she’s never been happier. But in a single heartbeat her world falls apart forever.

Five years later, Rachel is still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy that changed everything. Returning to her hometown for the first time in years, she finds herself consumed by thoughts of the life that could have been. But when a sudden fall lands her in hospital, Rachel awakes to discover that the life she had dreamed about just might be real after all.

Unable to trust her own memories, Rachel begins to be drawn further into this new world where the man she lost is alive and well but where she is engaged to be married to someone else…

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I think everyone wonders about the “road less travelled“, even if the divergence in one’s trajectory is not immediately obvious. Whereas in some cases the fork is indisputable and unmistakeable as is with Rachel. With graduation fast approaching and their childhood at an end, Rachel and her friends are gathered at a cafe for a farewell dinner before setting off in whatever direction life carries them, when car ploughs through the front of the restaurant forever changing their easy existence.

Five years later Rachel has no choice but to return to Great Bishopsford for her friend Sarah’s wedding. The accident has forever derailed Rachel’s future plans instead of pursuing a career in journalism as was her plan she ends up working as receptionist. Her education, first delayed then abandoned all together after recovering from her injuries. She has never moved past the loss of her childhood friend Jimmy and chose not to continue seeing her boyfriend Matt. The reunion between the remaining friends is strained and awkward. Having ignored symptoms of what appears to be a larger problem Rachel collapses at Jimmy’s graveside. When she awakens in hospital, it is to a world completely changed from the one she knows.

FracturedWhat if? I don’t know about you, but it has always been one of my favoured “hypothetical” games to play particularly when sparring verbally with my poor husband. When I came across this title in my random book searches under it’s UK title Fractured and was immediately struck by its intriguing synopsis but couldn’t find a purchase link. Reminiscent of 1998’s British-American film Sliding Doors, one of my long time favourites, I put in a request immediately for Then and Always when I saw it on Netgalley. It wasn’t until after I read Then and Always, and wanted to find more by this talented author, did I realize, that it and Fractured were in fact one and the same as the book.

I enjoyed Then and Always with the exception of the times when I wanted to shake Rachel until her teeth rattled, first when she refused to seek attention for a suspicious aliment and then when she obstreperously wouldn’t hold her tongue after the mugging. Otherwise this was a completely engrossing and entertaining tale of second chances and I look forward to reading The Story of Us when it is released in August.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DADani Atkins was born and brought up in Cockfosters, London, whose chief claim to fame is that it’s at the end of the Piccadilly Tube Line.

This served her well for commuting into the city, where from the age of 18 she worked in a succession of secretarial positions in companies as diverse as a BMW car dealership to the BBC. Dani spent her two hour commute avidly reading and dreamed that one day she would become an author herself.

When her two children grew up and left home, Dani set about turning this dream into reality and devoted her time to writing. She now lives in a rural Hertfordshire cottage with her husband, a crazy border collie dog and two geriatric cats.

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The Legacy – Melissa Delport DREAM CAST/GUEST BLOG

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One man obsessed with power.
One woman prepared to sacrifice everything to stop him.
One war that changed the world.

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Scheduled Post: Guest Blog – Dream Movie Cast

By Melissa Delport, author of The Legacy

Sadly, authors have very little say in the casting of movie adaptations of their books. In fact, they have very little say over anything to do with the movie version. I think this is a tragedy of epic proportion, given that we created the characters being brought to life on the big screen.

I am struggling to come to terms with this fact, because there are a few cast members in my Dream Movie cast that I really wouldn’t mind meeting. (Are you paying attention, Mr Spielberg?)

When I started writing The Legacy, I had images in my mind that I used to describe my characters. I actually find this the easiest way to remember all the details about them (hair colour, eye colour, etc) because otherwise halfway though I have forgotten.

So, without any further ado, here is my DREAM MOVIE CAST (drum roll, please!):

Rebecca Davis – played by Ashley Greene

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Rebecca is the feisty heroine of The Legacy Trilogy. I love writing this character – I love that she’s strong yet vulnerable… and she collects soldiers like other women collect shoes! She is the ultimate weapon, and prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause she believes in.

 

Aidan Moore – played by Justin Hartley

Dream cast - AidanThis fine specimen has long been a firm favourite of mine – ever since he first wore those “toit” green tights as the Green Arrow on the CW series, Smallville. I even sat through the entire first (and thankfully last) season of Emily Owens MD, just to witness this eye candy every Wednesday night. The CW axed the show and my withdrawals began…so imagine my delight when he showed up in the third season of Revenge!!! And he is just SO Aidan…. handsome, clean-cut, wholesome. Yum!

Reed McCoy – played by Chris Hemsworth

Dream cast - ReedAidan’s nemesis comes in the form of our Sexy Southern Bad Boy, Reed, and who better than Chris Hemsworth to play the role of Rebecca’s equal? He is rugged, handsome, tough, and can pull off Reed’s longer hair. Purists would argue that there are a few tiny points of contention in this casting, but I have addressed each and come up with a solution:

  1. Reed has green eyes: Nothing some contacts couldn’t fix (and besides, LOOK at that face!)
  2. Reed has a southern accent, whereas Chris is an Aussie native: Who cares… LOOK at that face!

Eric Dane – played by Ian Somerhalder

Dream cast - EricIn my opinion, every single movie ever made should feature Ian “Smoulder”-halder, or, as I like to call him: “sex on legs”. Eric Dane is a narcissistic, cruel megalomaniac. Ian Somerhalder is a compassionate philanthropist…but I hardly see the problem. Ian is an actor – ie: he can play any role. And I would so love for him to play the part of Eric.

 

Kwan Lee – played by an attractive 40-year-old Korean actor

Try as I might, I could not think of a single Korean actor off the top of my head. Coming up short, I took to Google with the single-minded determination of a Hollywood casting agent. Sadly, I couldn’t pronounce any of the Korean names, and I still didn’t find my “Kwan”. So I will let you use your imaginations, and picture him as you will.

Morgan Kelly – played by Teresa Palmer

Dream cast - MorganMorgan is the girl we love to hate. She is reckless, stubborn and sassy, and the mother in all of us would like nothing better than to throw her over our lap and give her the hiding of her life for behaving like a petulant child. In casting Teresa Palmer, I’m certain male viewers will want to spank her for a whole other reason!

 

Michael Kelly – played by Alex Pettyfer

I AM NUMBER FOURMichael Kelly is Morgan’s cute younger brother. With his boy-next-door looks and mischievous smile, Alex Pettyfer’s got my vote to play the quirky lovable character of Michael.

Now that our cast is all taken care of, there really are only three words left to say:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MDWife, mother of 3, businesswoman by day and author by night, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Series and Rainfall. She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelors Degree in English in 2000. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, South Africa.

Her first novel, The Legacy, published in 2013, is the first in The Legacy Series trilogy, and is followed by the sequel The Legion. The final book, The Legend is due out in 2014. She has also written an independent novel entitled Rainfall, a psychological romance, and a science-fiction, action-adventure called The Traveler.

An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop “watching from the sidelines” and to do what is her passion.

“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days, it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”

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