Friday, April 20, 2018

Draw from Real Life...Create Something New

I am what I call a visual writer. I see the book unfold in my mind like watching a movie. This is particularly true when it comes to write the action scenes. Not being a fighter myself, I find with those, it helps to actually see videos. Watching the action in progress helps me describe it on the page.

This is fairly easy if I'm writing a scene where the characters are human. Whether they are fighting using a type of martial art, or using weapons, YouTube becomes my best friend, because it has videos of all that. But what does a writer like me do when the scene is more fantastical. For example, my current WIP involves dragon shifters. The fight scenes in these books is dragon on dragon fighting, mostly in the air, but also partly on the ground.

What's a girl to do when she needs some visuals to inspire her?

I started with movies. Believe it or not, there are only a handful of movies or shows with more than one dragon. And even fewer where the dragons are fighting each other. (And I don't have time to wait for Game of Thrones to get to that point.) The best I found was Eragon which is technically dragon (with rider) vs. shadow dragon (with rider), but it helped.



However, one short scene only helps so much (I'm writing 8 books here), and when I watch these videos I don't write everything I'm seeing because those scenes are specific to those stories. Instead, I pick out individual moves or maneuvers that fit my characters, the terrain, the situation, etc., and piece together my own unique fight scene.

So if the obvious isn't the answer, move on to the not as obvious (but sometimes cooler)...

In this case, I decided to draw from real life. What fights in the air in real life? Birds. So, I started looking up nature videos where birds are fighting midair or attacking something on the ground. With that small change in focus, I found was exactly what I needed.  Lots of it, in fact!

Example:



I still have to pull out bits and pieces from each video to put together an entire fight scene. Maybe the spiraling tug-of-war from the video above. Maybe the way an eagle turns his head before flipping over to face an oncoming falcon. Maybe what a massive golden eagle does when attacking a mountain goat. But the point is, I now have a lot more fodder for my visual brain to engage with.

I write paranormal to escape, to not be confined by the bounds of this world and be able to let my imagination run free. The irony is not lost on me that this world is still informing my fantasy world at very in depth levels. It makes me stop and appreciate the beauty and majesty we can find right here. No imagination needed.

Hey writers... What do you use to help you write scenes with no basis in this world? What else would you think of as a real-life example for dragons fighting each other?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Finding Time to Write When You Have No Time by Elizabeth Alsobrooks



These days, most people have jobs, even if they’re writers (or perhaps especially if they’re writers), except of course for those Stephen King and Nora Roberts types among us. That means we have to “find time” to write.  We have to juggle our schedules and once we have the time to write, perhaps we are too tired, or uninspired to write anyway. So what’s the solution? For many of us, it’s habit and preparation.



Everyone wastes at least 30 minutes in a single day, watching TV, or doing something unnecessary. Make that 30 minutes work for you. Find time to write at a time and in a place that’s right for you. If you’re a morning person, get up ½ hour earlier, before anyone else, and write then. If you’re a night owl, use ½ hour in the evening to write. The point here is to write when your brain is “up for it,” and to get into the habit of doing it every single day, getting yourself into the habit of writing.

Easier said than done? Maybe, but it sure isn’t hard for us to quickly establish bad habits. Why not make a little more effort to create a good one?



That brings us to the where of writing. You need a ‘space’ for your creative endeavors. It doesn’t need to be a fancy, single-purpose office, but it should be cleared of clutter ‘space’ where you can feel comfortable and be relatively uninterrupted—which probably means your significant other or children should know this is time for you to work and you will be with them shortly. Unless they are on fire or the house is about to blow up, they should learn to leave you alone.

Speaking of being alone, be sure you are. Turn off your phone and the TV. It’s fine to have some mood music, if it helps you get your creative juices flowing, but anything that interferes with your writing has to go.

If you need a little prep to rev up your muse, choose some special music tracks that help you get into the mood of whatever genre you’re working on. Get your coffee, tea, water, or other beverage, a snack if it helps you think (and celery is every bit as fun to munch as licorice when you’re not really thinking about what’s going into your mouth), so you won’t have to stop once you get flowing.



Once you’ve begun to establish a habit of writing every day, challenge yourself. If you’re a goal setter, give yourself a word count to strive toward (perhaps not as daunting as NANO), but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t always reach it. It’s just that more exciting when you do. Keep it reasonable so you can reach it, too.

Yeah, you’ve done it, you’ve become a writer. Just be careful not to become your own worst critic! Allow yourself to brainstorm, to free write, to let your ideas flow. You will find some beautiful flowers among the weeds.

I hope this helps! Write on!


Friday, April 13, 2018

World Building: Medicine by Diane Burton


A couple of years ago, I did a series of world building posts that concentrated on different aspects of the world building we do in our stories. We all build the “worlds” our characters inhabit. Sometimes we call it “setting” instead of world building. Whatever we call it, we develop the conditions surrounding our characters. Today, I’m concentrating on medicine of the future.


In my science fiction romance, The Pilot (An Outer Rime Novel), a medi-healer is used to cure the hero’s infection. In my world, the handheld device is too expensive for a cargo pilot (the heroine) to own. But her brother, who works for a galactic gangster, has one. He waved the device over the patient. It diagnosed and cured. A medi-healer would’ve come in handy for me two weeks ago.

This has been a bad winter health-wise for many people. Influenza that the flu shots didn’t prevent. People in hospitals, even dying. I counted my self lucky that when Hubs and other members of the family got sick I didn’t. My luck ran out right before Easter. I woke up coughing. Okay, a cold finally hit. So I thought. If I’d had a handy-dandy medical tricorder, like Star Trek’s Doctor McCoy, it would’ve told me I had pneumonia. In a scenario from The Pilot, a medi-healer would’ve diagnosed then cured. All with a wave of the device. No going to Urgent Care, no x-rays, no courses of antibiotics—one to cure pneumonia and a second course to take care of a subsequent sinus/ear infection.



That got me thinking about what else would the future hold in the medical field. In The Pilot, my character used a hover board to carry a patient to the medical center. It rises above the ground on a steady stream of air and is guided by one person. Remember the scene in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back when Han, encased in carbonite, is guided to the bounty hunter’s ship?



Creating a cyborg isn’t the future. It’s here now. Artificial joints are common. I have two titanium knees, and I know people who’ve had hip and shoulder replacements. Mechanical hands that function like real ones by being connected to the brain. The “Six Million Dollar Man” was fantasy back in 1974. Today, the severely injured can now be “rebuilt” with artificial arms and legs.



In Greta van der Rol’s Iron Admiral series, humans are fitted with neuro implants that allow them to speak without words. They can access data ports using their implants, no typing necessary, and store the info until it can be downloaded. Fiction? As his ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) advanced, Stephen Hawking, the physicist and cosmologist who just passed away, was unable to speak. Using a speech-generating device (SGD), he was able to communicate using a single cheek muscle. SGDs are used by many people for whom speech is impossible or difficult.

What else is coming in the medical field? Organ transplanting isn’t new. Creating an organ, like a kidney, using a 3-D printer is a real possibility. Curing diseases using a cell instead of a pill. Surgery using ultrasound instead of a knife. A vaccine patch instead of an injections. Robots doing surgery.


Nanobots, microscopic machines, could carry medicine to certain parts of the body to heal diseased parts or destroy (cancer cells) on a molecular level. In science fiction, nanobots are commonly used. Yet the thought of tiny robots running around through my blood stream is kind of creepy. If nanobots could destroy cancer cells without the debilitating effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation, I’d take the nanobots.

What other fantastical medical advances are possible?




The Pilot (An Outer Rim Novel) blurb:

Sparks fly around the Outer Rim when rule-bound Administrator Trevarr Jovano clashes with free-spirited space pilot Celara d'Enfaden. She must deliver her cargo or lose her ship to a loanshark. Having lost her last shipment to pirates masquerading as Coalition Inspectors, Celara refuses to be duped again. Determined to make an example of those who flaunt the law, Trevarr seizes her ship. Yet, they must work together to rescue her brother and find his wife's murderer.

The Pilot (An Outer Rim Novel) is available at:


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Left Coast Crime Fangirl

By Sandy Wright


I’m home from the Reno West Coast Crime conference. In addition to hosting a paranormal suspense panel, I attended excellent workshops and met a bunch of interesting new authors.

I always like to read authors I’ve met personally, talked with or listened to on author panels. It makes their stories resonate more deeply, to know something about the author.

I became interested in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series after hearing her speak about how she decided to write that series. And her presentation on the decisions she and the filming crew made when the books were adapted for the Starz series pointed out the difficulty of cutting a six- hundred-page novel into 60 -minute episodes for the Starz mini-series.

At the first writers’ conference I ever attended, Lisa Gardner, the guest speaker, told us about sneaking out of the house and driving downtown to interview prostitutes for one of her first books, Say Goodbye.  Now I’ve read more than a dozen of her novels.

At that same conference, a handsome ex-lawyer I’d never heard of, Bob Dugoni, congratulated me on winning first place in the conference’s unpublished writer contest that year. He was so nice, I picked up one of his books and read it on the plane ride home. It was really, really good. Now, everyone who reads suspense knows his name.

So, I attended Left Coast Crime this year, not just as an author, but also as a reader…a reader with an eye out to discover some new favorite authors. Some of them have just written their debut novel. Others are only new to me. I tried to make some type of personal connection with each writer on this list.

Please, take a look, and give some books I’ve listed a try, if you like suspense or crime fiction. Or, check out the whole gallery of titles for each author at your bookseller of choice.

Good reading!

      Todd Borg - Tahoe Blowup. When Tahoe detective Owen McKenna’s cabin narrowly escapes burning in an arson-set forest fire, the local fire department hires him to investigate. As more fires follow and people die, Owen can’t tell if the fires are an act of eco-terrorism or a method of murder. Why I’m reading – The author has a large series (15 books to date). Several of his plots interest me. He was nominated for a Lefty for Best Mystery. Plus, the detective has a Great Dane for a sidekick. (This title is book #2 in the series).                                                                                                                                                                                       
      Steven Cooper – Desert Remains.  A literature-loving homicide detective and a reluctant psychic stalk a psychopath who signs his gruesome crime tableaux with petroglyphs in the Arizona desert. An ingenious and promising series debut. Why I’m readingSteven and Shannon Baker were both so knowledgeable on a panel about law enforcement research. Cooper is a former TV reporter with multiple Emmys. The stuff he said about research made a lot of sense. Plus, his new novel is set in Phoenix, so I get to test those research skills.   


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


   . Howard Michael Gould – Last Looks - This book is touted as a new spin on a Hollywood P.I. mystery. With a blend of humor and suspense that calls to mind Harlan Coben and Robert Crais, Howard Michael Gould brings to life the quirky Charlie Waldo, a former cop confined to 100 worldly possessions and the claustrophobia of his own guilt over a former case gone bad. His journey back to the world is a ride well worth taking. Why I’m reading – My roommate Sharon Moore and I both met Howard the first night in the Lobby Bar and we found him delightful. You know how you feel when someone talks with you and listens, I mean, really listens? That’s Howard. His pedigreed background is Madison Avenue, where he won three Clios, and he was the executive producer and head writer on the TV show Cybill when it won the Golden Globe for best comedy series. I’m hoping his move to novels will be just as golden. It’s slated for publication in August.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Timothy Halliman – A Nail Through the Heart - American travel writer Poke Rafferty is out to right some serious wrongs on the predatory streets of Bangkok. While attempting to adopt a homeless girl, rescue a potentially murderous urchin known as Superman, and build a lasting relationship with the former bar girl he loves, Poke is pulled into two brutal mysteries. One involves a notorious Khmer Rouge torturer, the other a series of child-porn photos.

 As he doggedly plumbs these ghastly depths, Rafferty matures from a play-it-as-it-lays layabout into a man willing to meet his lover's culture more than halfway and find his moral compass at a time when the victims can be as guilty as the murderers are innocent. The fact that the referenced pedophile photo series and Phnom Penh torture house both existed heightens the impact of a narrative that's already deeply felt. Hallinan is off to a surefooted start with this new series. Why I’m reading –Halliman is a veteran writer who happens to be new to me. I attended both of his panels and, when he described his characters in the Taking Emotional Risks panel, it was easy to see this man cares deeply about his characters. He writes 2 series. When I asked him, after the panel, which book to read first if I love character-driven suspense, he recommended this first book of his Bangkok series.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
     Cheryl Reed –Poison Girls - It’s the summer of 2008. Chicago’s Hyde Park Senator is running for the White House, the city is vying to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, and “Poison,” a lethal form of heroin, has killed more than 250 people, including dozens of suburban girls from prominent families.

Natalie Delaney, a crime reporter from the Chicago Times, discovers that daughters of Democratic powerhouses are the real targets. Obsessed with finding who is behind the killings, Natalie becomes entangled in an underworld where drugs, cops, gangs, politics, and privilege collide. Risking everything, this reporter becomes the story…
Why I’m reading- Cheryl is a former editor and reporter at the Chicago Sun Times, a professor at Syracuse University, and a journalism grad from U of Missouri, my alma mater. Her past is so full of excitement and awards, I’m willing to give her debut fiction novel a try—and it’s a plot that could have been ripped from today’s headlines. 
                                            
  


          Wendall Thomas - Lost Luggage by Wendall Thomas - Cyd Redondo, a Brooklyn travel agent who specializes in senior citizens, has never ventured farther than New Jersey. Until her Travel Agents' Convention fling, Roger Claymore, leaves her weak in the knees-and everywhere else-then sneaks out of her Atlantic City hotel room at three a.m.

Back in Brooklyn, when she reads about smugglers stopped at JFK with skinks in their socks or monkeys down their pants, she never imagines she will join their ranks. But days after the pet store owner next door to Redondo Travel is poisoned, Cyd wins a free safari. Her boss, Uncle Ray, wants to cash it in for computers, but Cyd is determined to go. When Roger turns up at the Redondo clan's door, Cyd invites him along as her "plus one." And just like that she is thrown heels-first into the bizarre and sinister world of international animal smuggling. Why I’m reading: This screen-writer turned author’s debut novel sounds like a hoot. Readers have described it as the travel agency business’ equivalent to bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.                                                                                                                                                                                 
  Mark Wheaton- Fields of Wrath - Following his ordination as a priest, Father Luis Chavez returns to the mean streets of his youth, hoping to put his past behind him. But the brutal murder of a worker in Ventura County’s vast farm fields compels Luis to return to his criminal roots in order to unravel a massive conspiracy. Teaming up with Michael Story, an ambitious Los Angeles deputy DA, Chavez goes undercover as a farm laborer to bring down an immense human-trafficking ring tied to one of California’s most prominent and powerful families.
Fighting to stay on the path of the righteous while confronting evil at every turn, Father Chavez finds himself in a battle of good versus evil, with the souls of hundreds hanging in the balance. Why I’m reading – A Priest who infiltrates a human-trafficking ring caught my interest. Plus, I have human trafficking in my work-in-progress, so it will be interesting to compare.                                                                                                                                                        




       James (Jim) Ziskin - Stix and Stones - "If you were a man, you’d make a good detective.”

Ellie is sure that Sgt. McKeever meant that as a compliment, but that identity-a girl wanting to do a man's job-has throttled her for too long. It's 1960, and Ellie doesn't want to blaze any trails for women; she just wants to be a reporter, one who doesn't need to swat hands off her behind at every turn.

Adrift in her career, Ellie is back in New York City after receiving news that her estranged father, a renowned Dante scholar and distinguished professor, is near death after a savage bludgeoning in his home. The police suspect a routine burglary, but Ellie has her doubts. When a second attempt is made on her father's life, in the form of an "accident" in the hospital's ICU, Ellie's suspicions are confirmed.

Then another professor turns up dead, and Ellie's investigation turns to her father's university colleagues. She embarks on a thorny journey of discovery and reconciliation, as she pursues an investigation that offers her both a chance at redemption in her father's eyes, and the risk of losing him forever.
Why I’m reading – First, every book of Ziskin’s has an intriguing premise. Second, the man has won almost every suspense award out there, and his latest novel was nominated for Lefty’s Best Novel award. Third, he was friendly and open and not at all “lofty” at the conference, despite being one of the best-known authors at the conference. Based on his recommendation, I’m starting at the beginning of his series.


Sandy Wright loves to take ordinary characters and thrust them into extraordinary situations.
In her debut novel, Song of the Ancients, a Midwestern woman moves west for a fresh start. Instead, she becomes the prey in an ancient war to open an underworld portal buried in Sedona, Arizona's magical red rocks.
Readers interested in the dark side of our supernatural world will enjoy of this paranormal suspense series, written by a real-life Wiccan high priestess.
And look for Sandy’s new suspense, Crescent Moon Crossing, to be released in 2018.







                                         














Saturday, April 7, 2018

So I Wrote a Devil Book... by Jane Kindred

When I started writing Sisters in Sin, I knew the Devil would eventually show up. After all, these sisters seem to have an uncanny ability to attract serpent-identified dudes, and Satan is the ultimate serpent. What's more, the Carlisle sisters are linked to the original temptress—not Eve, but Lilith. But I didn't expect to be writing Theia's story quite yet. There were three other sisters' stories still to tell.

The publishing biz being what it is, we didn't quite get to sisters five, six, and seven. Which I'm actually okay with. I may come back to them at some point in the future, but their stories are complicated and maybe aren't mine to tell. But I did manage to write a final companion story, Kindling the Darkness, which comes out later this year.

At any rate, Theia's story, Seducing the Dark Prince, had to be moved up. Which meant Lucien had to make his appearance. Now, Lucien isn't literally Satan, but to elaborate would mean giving too many spoilers, so suffice it to say, Lucien has issues. As you might infer from the cover, he has a bit of an Oliver Queen (the Green Arrow) complex. What he's doing nocking an arrow with his shirt off, I don't know. But who's complaining?

One of my favorite things about Lucien is that he isn’t an alpha hero. He tries to project an alpha fa├žade, but Theia sees right through it. And when he gets in over his head with one of my actual alphas, well, let’s just say, that was my favorite scene to write.

The whole gang is here in Book 4—all of the Carlisle sisters and their dragon-shifter beaux. And a certain character you probably wish was dead rears his ugly head again. But I promise, he’ll get his comeuppance. As Evie says to Beni in The Mummy (the good one, with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz), "Nasty little fellows such as yourself always get their comeuppance... Always."

Hell Might Be Heavenly...for One of the Sisters in Sin

Lucien Smok is heir to the Smok fortune. He's also the crown prince of Hell, a legacy he despises. Clairvoyant Theia Dawn tries to convince herself that she's only interested in Lucien because of his family's role in the persecution of her ancestor, not because he's the most beguiling man she's ever met. The attraction that burns between them might be her downfall. Or it might be his salvation.

Seducing the Dark Prince is available now from the following retailers:

Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository.com | BAM | Booktopia | iBooks | Kobo

Friday, April 6, 2018

Guest: Melissa Keir


Thank you for visiting with me today. At the urging of a friend, I wrote my first paranormal romance, titled My Secret Mate. When I started writing, I knew the hero, Sean MacKenzie would be a dragon shifter, but I didn’t realize he could take more than one form.

Dragons are the stuff of fantasy. We have read Anne McCaffrey’s dragons and fell in love with both the dangerous and protective aspects of their personalities. But having a dragon hanging out in a small Ohio town would be something impossible not to notice, so I needed to have my hero also become something a little more “normal”— a big black dog. The dog becomes the friend and protector of our heroine and allows for Sean to spend time with his mate before he can claim her. After all, if you have waited three hundred years for your one true love…what’s a few more years??



With the dog form, I loved writing about some of the silly things dogs can do, like take up the whole bed. I have two small dogs and feel like my king-sized bed isn’t big enough at times. I can’t imagine having a large dog sharing my small double-sized bed.


I invite your readers to visit my make-believe town and see what happens when a shifter finally finds his one true love.

EXCERPT:
Sean lay on the rug while he listened to his mate running the water upstairs. With his enhanced shifter senses, he heard each piece of clothing fall to the floor. He ached to race up the stairs and join her in the tub…as a man, not a dog. But it was too soon. She hadn’t accepted him, nor did she know his uniqueness.
Ironically, her parents understood. He’d often been a guest at their house. They’d accepted his heritage, and enjoyed learning about his trips to visit Macy. It gave them comfort to know he watched over and protected her. Sadly, they hadn’t been able to see them bonded. But he believed they continued to observe their daughters in the afterlife. They’d be there in spirit when he started his life with Macy.
Climbing to his feet, Sean shook from head to tail, letting his sadness fly away. Unable to be away from her for a moment longer, he bounded up the stairs. The silence of the house was broken by the occasional splash of water. He pushed his nose against the door, but it was closed. With a quick shift, Sean stood in the hallway as a man, turned the knob, and opened it. Then shifted back into his dog form.
Nudging it open, he padded into the room and plopped down on her towel on the rug in front of the tub. The scent of lavender filled the room. With his head on the edge of the bathtub, he studied his mate. She lay back in the water with her eyes closed. Her hair was piled up on her head, and he could see her full breasts through the water. Moisture beaded along her neck and chest. Sean wished to reach out with his tongue and taste the droplets.
He warred with his desires. A growl of frustration left his lips.
Macy’s gaze locked with his. Her eyes widened as she glanced from the door to the dog. “What are you doing here? You scared me. I thought I closed that.” She waved her hands at the dog, and he moved off her towel. But not before appreciating the sight before him. Macy grabbed the blue towel then stood and wrapped it around her body. She patted him on his head. “Want your turn in the tub?” She giggled.
The sound of her laughter was a balm to his soul. It lightened his heart but also made him more determined to protect her.
Sean followed Macy to her bedroom and jumped onto the bed. Laying his head on his paws, he watched her slip into a nightgown.
As she turned around, Macy put her hands on her hips. “Get down, Moonlight. You can’t sleep there.” She started toward him.
Sean rolled over on his back and exposed his stomach. Maybe, if I play my cards right, she’ll think I’m too cute to kick out of bed. Not working? He moved his front legs in a begging motion. See, I’m cute and harmless. The perfect little snuggler.
“Don’t fight with me.” She pushed on him, but he fell to the bed like a limp noodle. “Fine.” She stomped over to the light switch and turned it off then climbed under the covers. “Just don’t get mad at me if I push you off during the night. I’m not one for sharing the blankets.”
Duly noted… Sean smiled. When he heard Macy’s soft snores, he shifted to his human form and held her in his arms.

My Secret Mate is available in the Daydreams and Night Desires box set.

Daydreams and Night Desires...drift into six tales of magic, mayhem, and love.
My Secret Mate by Melissa Keir
Fall for a Shifter Who Has Waited a Lifetime for his Mate….
As Sean shares his secret with Macy, can she learn to love a man who is something more, or will she give up on her own magical happy ending?

Wishing For It All by R.M. Duffy
What would you do if you were granted three wishes? After discovering a magical lamp and the beautiful genie Keara, Drew Preston thought he knew exactly what he wanted to make his life complete: the dream job, the dream woman, and the whole happily-ever-after life. But what if he made the wrong wishes? What if instead of the wishes, all he wanted was the genie?

Night Whispers by Mia Bishop
Rissa had life all figured out until the accident, but her world is turned upside down when she finds herself being hunted by a dragon in a magical land. With Griffe, her rescuer and guide by her side she finally feels safe and complete, but can she continue to trust him when she realizes he's hiding something from her?

An Evening in Crossroads by Kate Richards
Shifters have never been this vampire's cup of blood, but Mane Wolf shifter Roberto may change that in a club called Crossroads.

To Capture a Dragon by Lisa Kumar
When Lord Eacion, leader of the dragon fae, visits Anni Brownston’s village, he takes over her life for a day—and one glorious night. But when the next morning dawns, will Eacion’s rash actions and her own fears about her lame leg kill any future between them and consign her to a fate they will both abhor?

Chasing Unicorns by D. Lin Scott
As a female fairy, Fiona craves a mate but knows there is none left after the Great War wiped out all fae. Human Bryce Hollinsworth will do anything to save his grandfather, even if it means trusting another species. Can Fiona and Bryce overcome mutual distrust and fear to fall in love?

~~This set features strong language and sexual situations between males/females, males/males, vampires, fae, and shifters guaranteed to steam up your e-reader and make you believe in a happily ever after~~

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About the Author


Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a racecar driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines.

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer with WHMI (a local radio station), owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.

She’d love to hear from you!


Other Books by Melissa Keir
Wilder Sisters Series:
Forever Love
Beach Desires
A Christmas Accident
Coming Home
Home is Where the Heart Is (combine print of Wilder Sisters’ Books)
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The Cowboys of Whisper, Colorado
The Heartsong Cowboy
The Heartbroken Cowboy
Claiming the Cowboy’s Heart
A Pigskin Cowboy
Broken Dreams
Broken Vows
Redeeming Dreams
Bidding for the Cowboy’s Heart
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Charming Chances:
Charming Chances (print of combined ebooks)
Second Time’s a Charm
Three’s a Crowd
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Pigg Detective Agency:
Protecting His Wolfe
Protecting Her Pigg
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Magical Matchmaker
Chalkboard Romance
One Night in Laguna
One Night Behind Bars
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Crash and Burn
Redeeming Love
The House that Built Me
Wildly Drawn to Him
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Love, Bake, Write (recipe book)
The Way to the Heart (recipe book)
We’d Rather Be Writing (recipe book)
Musings of a Madcap Mind (memoirs)