Eight Days Gone

I’ve been very lapse in my blogging.  Good intentions don’t always follow though.  Having said that, I’m going to try to do better than once every few months.  Please don’t hold me to that.  Once again – good intentions…

It’s now been eight days since Joselyn was released. May I say, “WOW”?

When it debuted on the chart, it popped in at number 5 in kindle world romance.  It completely stunned me.  I sat here, staring at my computer, with my mouth open like a fish out of water.  I knew when I decided to write in Susan Stoker’s Kindle World, Special Forces: Operation Alpha, I would enjoy a bit of success just from some of her fans wanting to read from her universe.  But this was more than I could ever have hoped for.  I was overwhelmed.  I watched it drop to 11 and thought to myself, “Well that was fun.  I had a book on the best selling list for a few hours.”

Now, I sit here eight days later as Protecting Joselyn is once again sitting at number 5.  It has hovered there for the past week.  Once the reviews started coming in and posts on Facebook were written, Joselyn made a resurgance, topping out at number 4 several times.  It has dropped a few times over the course of the week but never any lower than 7.

Stunned has turned into overwhelmed.

Even before seeing what these number translate into as far as sales figures, it is already my best offer to date. I won’t know what those sales figures are until August 1.  Kindle Worlds is different than KDP.   It’s a drawback but KW has allowed me to reach a new fan base that I hadn’t before. I am grateful.

Now, I am off to work on the next book in this series, Saving Olivia.

Thank you for believing in me.  Thank you for taking a chance on my work.

Just – Thank You for being your awesome selves.

-Melissa

Protecting Joselyn is LIVE!

Hello everyone!  Protecting Joselyn went live this afternoon.  So far, it is being extremely well received.  So well, in fact, that it is currently sitting at #5 on Amazon Kindle Worlds Romance. This makes me an Amazon Best Selling Author!

This couldn’t be possible without your support.

I am so overwhelmed and externally grateful.  Thank you!BestSelling JOselyn

Protecting Joselyn

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Coming June 20, 2017

Protecting Joselyn

After four years in WitSec hiding from a serial murderer and rapist nicknamed ‘The Gardener’, Joselyn Kendrik can breathe again. With his death, she finally picks up the pieces of her life and pursues her dreams. A year later, with her career as an author on the rise, she receives a sinister gift eerily familiar to those sent by The Gardener. The police are sure it must be a copycat but she isn’t as confident. Regardless his identity, she knows her stalker is closing in and she will not survive once he decides to strike.

Maddox “River” Benson is looking in the rear view mirror at a twenty-year career as a Navy SEAL. Contemplating an uncertain future, River jumps at the chance to assist an old friend in the New Orleans Police Department. An unknown stalker with nefarious plans has zeroed in on an innocent young woman. Though the police’s hands are tied, River isn’t as restricted.

Juggling Joselyn’s schedule as an upcoming author is a nightmare to River’s strategy for her security. The feisty woman struggles to balance her budding career with River’s need to keep her safe. Then there’s the growing attraction between them creating an entirely different set of problems. He has to keep his mind on guarding her body and not taking it for his own.

When her stalker becomes bolder, does one ex-SEAL have what it takes to ensure Joselyn’s survival?

This book is a part of Susan Stoker’s Kindle Worlds.  I’m so excited and honored to be allowed to participate in her universe!

Away we go!

November 28, 2016 is the proposed publication date for my book, Reclamation.  It’s the first book in the Legacy Reborn series and is the totally overhauled “Blades of Scarlet”.  As much as I fussed and complained about changing my book for the sake of publishing, I realize that this version is so much better than the original.

Although I’m so excited to be traveling down this road, it’s been a difficult one for me.  There are so many little things that have to be done prior to publication that I never thought of – things like blurbs, praises, head shots and biographies.  These are the “me” things that I rather avoid but I can’t.  It doesn’t help that I’ve had a rather emotional past 14 months.  In that time frame, I said goodbye to both parents and a much loved uncle. I’ve also had a very serious illness and a few other major life changing moments. It’s been devastating but I have to carry on.  I know I have to keep reaching for my stars.

So keep the date in mind – November 28, 2016.  It may not be a day that lives in infamy, but it will be the culmination of one of my biggest dreams – to be traditionally published. To those that have held my hand through all of these days, thank you. I know I couldn’t be where I am now without your help.

God Bless!

Melissa

 

 

 

Meet Rufus

I can hear my friends and family asking, “Who is Rufus?” as they scratch their collective heads in bewilderment.

Well let’s back up and start at the beginning….

Rufus is a muse – well more specifically, the one that apparently is either assigned to me or maybe volunteered. I’m not really sure how that works.

According to Wikipedia, “The Muses are nine goddesses in Greek mythology who control and symbolize nine types of art known to Ancient Greece, and are associated with artistic inspiration.” So basically, its nine ladies that provide a reason for an artist to do their thing.

Muses

“The Muses were Greek goddesses, daughters of Zeus, who presided over the Arts and Sciences. If they sent you their inspiration, you’d be able to come up with that brilliant idea that was escaping you all day – or suddenly find the answer to a nagging problem. Something like being touched with a magic wand. The point I’m making is that you should be prepared to invite the Muse into your work.”

Have you seen the Disney Cartoon, Hercules? Those singing songstresses touting Herc’s glory were muses. What about the 80’s movie, Xanadu? Yep, those ladies of light were muses. (I admit that I do like the movie – Olivia Newton John is a heck of a singer, but I love anything that has Gene Kelly in it – even mediocre roller disco films.)

But I digress.

Since I began this long hard journey called “becoming a writer”, I have joined up with a lot of groups on Facebook and become friends with many people who also write. When someone mentions the word “muse”, most think of those nine lovely graceful ladies and perhaps for others that’s the way it goes. Sadly, that’s not me.

I have determined that my muse is a 320 pound sweaty bald headed jerk. He is mostly a lazy bum, sitting around swilling beer and belching garlic. I have named him “Rufus”. Why, you may ask? Because in my mind, that is his name.

Rufus is not particularly motivated for the most part. He’s happy to just leave me alone and let me flounder helplessly like a kitten in a creek. I think the bastard even laughs at my helplessness at times.

When I get writer’s block, I beg Rufus to help. I try to entice him with promises of comfort, food and all the cheep beer he could possibly drink. He laughs.

Then, when I have given up and decide to watch a movie, suddenly there he is. Bellowing at me as he grabs my hair in a caveman like pose and drags me to the computer. “Write,” he grunts and proceeds to belt me over the head with his huge bat of inspiration. Yes, I know that inspiration should be gentle. Those broads of ancient Greece are always depicted as enticement with nudges and guidance.

I hate them.

Maybe Rufus was once one of them but was cast out and changed gender? Who knows. I do know that when he is being a harsh task master, I will type my fingers down to the bone before he finally wanders off to his own happy place and I can soak my fingers in ice water.

So if you don’t hear from me, blame Rufus.

Ah crap.. here he comes again.

Rufus

Save… me…..