Melanie's Thoughts and Ramblings -- Welcome to my crazy world!
Welcome to the Monster Halloween Giveaway Hop run by Best Romance Author Giveaways, where you can win yourself some incredible prizes from ten awesome paranormal romance authors, and be in with a chance to win $150 in Amazon Gift Cards at the Grand Giveaway on the Monster Halloween Giveaway Hop page. Be sure to hop there and enter now: http://www.bestromanceauthorgiveaways.com/monster-halloween-giveaway-hop/
Once you're done entering the Grand Giveaway, or if you've already entered it, be sure to enter my giveaway below, and then check out the list at the bottom of this page for links to the other authors in this hop and their giveaways!
The Monster Halloween Giveaway Hop runs from October 21st - November 3rd. The Grand Giveaway is open internationally and so is mine!
Now hop to your next giveaway using the links below:
OMG! You all! Can we talk about Penned Con for a minute? This was my first year attending the event, and all I can say is WOW! What an amazing event. I had so much fun that by the time I got home, my voice was completely gone. In fact, I still squeak when I try to talk.
From the moment I checked in, I met a ton of new readers and authors whom I can now call friends. The two day signing was filled with amazing keynote speakers, lunches, dinners, and parties. I swear to all that is holy, I'm still tired!
For those of you who stopped by to see me, please know how grateful I am! I love meeting new readers and connecting with them on a personal level.
One of the things I love most about this event is that all proceeds go to Action for Autism! We raised over $14,000 this year!
My table is booked for next year and I hope to see you there!
Just in time for Halloween
20 New York Times, USA Today & Amazon Bestsellers deliver one sizzling anthology to meet all your romantic heat requirements. Jam-packed with alpha males, paranormal hotties, vampires, werewolves, shifters, Greek Gods & More. This limited edition set is sure to be THE box set of the year, so don't miss out!
Dakota Cassidy - Fangs Of Anarchy: Forbidden Alpha
Worlds and forbidden love collide when vampire biker Irish McConnell and werewolf librarian, Claire Montgomery hunt for a killer.
Stephanie Rowe - Dark Wolf Rising (Heart of the Shifter)
Shifter Cash Burns vanished from her life ten years ago, but when an assassin closes in on Brynn McKenzie, Cash is her only chance to stay alive.
Renee George - A Shade of Midnight (Midnight Shifters Book 4)
With the lives of her two loves on the line, will Mina be forced out of the light of her new life and back into the shade of her past?
Melanie James - Fur Ever Yours
The Fates etched Rafe & Mina's destiny in stone long ago. Now, one twisted wolf seeks to destroy them both. Will he succeed or will Mina and Rafe's bond be strong enough to survive?
Claudy Conn - Lady X
Lady X has to escape her Dark Warlock father. To do so, she travels into the past and slams into a hunky wizard with an agenda.
Toni Aleo - Broken Pieces
From the moment Oceanus von Stein, second-in-command to the Patchwork family, caught sight of Taegan Conner, daughter of the leader of the Wolves, he knew he would never love another. Only now, she has been promised in marriage to another, an arrangement to strengthen her family's alliances--and she gets no say in the matter. Can they find a way to be together, or will they both always be two Broken Pieces?
Kelly Cozzone - Fated by Fire
Gareth Cadell fights to save the survival of his red dragon clan. He -didn't expect to find his soul mate in the process. Can he end up saving them both?
Tracey Jane Jackson - Bound by Secrets
Brodie has waited centuries for his mate and Payton is more than he could have ever expected, particularly when she challenges him at every turn.
A.D. Justice - The Grudge
Two brothers. Best friends. Immortals. One woman - the subject of their mutual obsession. Immortals can hold a grudge for a very long time.
Julia Mills - The Fate of Her Dragon
Sleepless nights, a man haunting her every thought, his voice calling, begging, needing...her...
Not even the Universe has the answers and time is running out...
The Fate of her dragon may be the death of them all!
Gena D. Lutz -- Created Darkly, a Kris Chase novel
Necromancer Kris Chase's purpose is simple. Blindly raise the dead for the primary elite, selfnecro-governed group, the Center. The problem is, she couldn't care less about what the Center expects from her. Instead, she is more content with snuffing out the life-force from every vile creature she can get her hands on; the same monsters her brethren indiscriminately create... for the right price.
Diane Rinella -- Moonlight Serenade
Instead of leading Dale to the woman of his dreams, a psychic guides him to a lucky charm--Glenn Miller's guitar pick. Does the key to Dale's happiness lie with the famous bandleader or the deceased rocker of the same name? Maybe the ghost in the grey fedora knows ...
Aubree Lane -- Catamount Ridge
Exactly what’s happening up on Catamount Ridge was a mystery, but with the mountain lions acting so strange, it fell Jessie and Derek to track down the elusive beasts. The cats odd behavior was troublesome, but Jessie has a bigger problem on her hands. For in the light of day, Derek seems far more dangerous than any normal mountain lion.
A.K. Michaels -- The Black Rose Chronicles, Deceit and Lies
The Black Rose is a highly trained assassin. Her newest assignment is the mysterious, enigmatic and deadly Vampire, Cassius Allarde and she has to decide if he warrants her execution. Will she survive her meeting with the mighty Vampire?
PM Briede -- The Fate of Demons
Her entire reality is threatened when Octavia Howard is forced to work with the one creature she fights to protect her home from, demons.
Jami Brumfield -- Bear-i-licious Cowboy
Ashlee has given up on love, despite her best friend's insistence that she get back into the game. When she is forced to attend a dating mixer she discovers a world that was hidden from her, a dangerous world full of supernatural creatures she never imagined were real. Tucker is an alpha bear more concerned with protecting his pack than finding a mate, but his goddess has other plans and forces him to choose a woman to call his own.
Amanda Washington - Lucky Blow
When an enslaved demigod earns her freedom, but loses the one thing that matters more, she'll have to join forces with an old flame and steal from a cast of powerful gods to get it back.
Wynter Daniels -- Spirited Seduction
Ryan's murdered sister's ghost appears to him to warn him that her friend Emily will be next. Emily shunned her psychic abilities after she became the target of a killer while working with the police years ago, but she can't ignore her friend's dire message from beyond the grave. Despite their differences, passion sizzles between the couple until sinister, unseen forces threaten to tear them apart forever. *previously published
Nicole Garcia - Reckless Descent
Will one fallen angel's drastic mistake result in spending the rest of his eternal life in damnation, or will he be set free from the shackles of Hell and finally experience the love he has always been waiting for?
Michele E. Gwynn -- Darkest Communion
Torn from his beloved by jealousy, and cursed to walk the night alone for eight-hundred lonely years, a dark and twisted love triangle comes full circle in Bucharest, Romania for a vampire, a gypsy, and the woman they both desire.
I'm going to try to get better at this whole blogging thing. I swear! As in regular posts and all.
I've been blessed to meet so many wonderful and talented women and men in the author world. They are rays of sunshine! Sitting behind a computer day after day gets incredibly lonely at times, so it's nice to hop online, chit chat for a bit then get back to work.
It's been a dream to meet many of the authors that I've worked with over the years, but I haven't traveled much in the last few years because of my daughter's health. I promised this year would be the year! I'm starting off with baby steps!
First up a trip to Hilton Head Island to hook up with my Crazy Lady Sisters for an amazing author retreat! I am looking forward to hugging each of these wonderful women! They've been there through the ups and downs. And even though we are separated by hundreds of miles, it doesn't stop us from being close and sharing our lives with one another.
After Hilton Head, I get to meet up with my amazing narrator Hollie Jackson and her wonderful hubby, Dragon. I can't wait! I'm packing up the family and we are headed to Chicago for a day of exploring! Pizza from Giordano's will be involved! We're going to check out the Field Museum, which happens to be one of my absolute favorite museums to visit.
I checked out their website today to find out if there were any super cool exhibits going on over the summer. I literally squeeeed when I saw they have the First Chinese Emperor and his Terracotta Army. It's going to be cool as hell to see in person! I've been to the Field Museum several times over the years, my hubby and I were regulars when we lived in the area. Some of my favorite that I've seen there are Cleopatra and Kremlin Gold. I also really love the Ancient Egypt section. Matthew is super psyched to go see all the mummies and Sue the largest and most intact T-Rex ever found!
It's gonna be fun!
Spring is in the air with the multi-author #SpringFlingAudio Giveaway! We have over FIFTY authors giving away a free audiobook each day in April. Are you looking to score a free audiobook? All you have to do is search Facebook & Twitter for hashtag #SpringFlingAudio to find participating authors!
Spring has also sprung over at The Witchy Librarian! We are giving away Thirteen FREE Laugh-out-loud ebooks! You can claim 1 or all 13 for FREE! Happy Reading! Seriously, what are you waiting for? They're FREE -- for a limited time!
Thanksgiving at the James house is going to be a low-key affair this year. Just me, Ron, Matthew and Sami until she heads off to work...ahhhh the joys of having a job in retail!
I have a small turkey to throw in the Nesco tomorrow and a small ham for in the oven. Topped off with mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, veggies, and rolls. I've also made Dutch apple pie, pumpkin pie, and a pecan pie. What's on your Thanksgiving menu?
Whatever it is may your day be filled with family, friends, and food! Be safe and have a great day!
Every once in a while a fun opportunity comes along, and you just can't pass it up. A few months ago, I was asked by Bennett Pomerantz to be a guest on his Blog Talk Radio show. I'll be the first to admit, some days I swear I live in a bubble, I had no idea what the heck it was. The convo went something like this:
Bennett: I have people writing me, asking for you to be a guest....
Me: Ummmm yay? (I think) Can you tell me more about it?
Bennett: Talk to Robyn & Dakota
Me to Robyn: Can you tell me about this?
Robyn: OMG He's awesome! You have to do it!
Me to Dakota: So whatcha think?
Dakota: You'll love em!
Me to Bennett: Where do I sign up?
I agonized through the weeks of waiting for my date night with Bennett. Would it be fun? What the heck would I talk about? Would I sound like an ass? Idiot? Worse?
I'm HAPPY to report I had a blast! You can listen to the interview here:
For most of you spring has officially sprung. But's that's not been the case here in Northeast Wisconsin where old man winter often refuses to give up his grip on the area. I'm happy to report we've been hitting the mid 50's all week with warmer weather expected soon. That seriously makes me happy, cuz I have the worst case of freaking cabin fever going on (so does the rest of my family). I'm ready for summer fun, picnics, barbecues, camping and my flower and veggie gardens. I'm thinking I may need to find a warmer climate soon or invest in a huge greenhouse. What's your favorite spring or summer outdoor thing to do? Leave a comment and let me know. I love hearing what you guys like to do for fun. I honestly can't wait for camping. There's nothing more relaxing than heading out for the week with the family, disconnecting from the internet and chilling out next to the evening fire with a good book. There's nothing like watching the flames dancing from the fire.
I'm also gearing up for summer with one of the HOTTEST Anthologies of 2015! I am superdeeduperdee excited to be part of this amazing set! Romancing The PARANORMAL releases on May 19th and this is one boxed set you don't want to miss! You can pre-order it for only 99 cents at all major retailers!
Angela Ford’s 2014 Holiday Hop – December 1st – 15th
2014 Holiday Hop Authors – Our readers are most important to us! We are celebrating by giving away a Kindle and a $25 Gift Card. Please stop by and visit the authors listed below for more giveaways. Happy Hopping!
Jamie Brumfield Amanda Bennett Michele Mathews Julia Mills Elizabeth Inglee Richards
Carol Ann Kauffman Jennifer Chambers Diane Rinella Angela Ford Terri Carle
Sharon Kleve Melanie James Mariah Dietz Serena Zane Jennifer Conner Amanda Bennett
R.E. Hargrave Ella Medler Aubree Lane Rebecca Sherwin Teri Riggs
Ava O'Shay Andie Lea Dzintra Sullivan Andrea Perno Jennifer Theriot Chris Karlsen
Al Parks L.A. Remenicky Emma Lee Skye A.L. Wood Jayne Hyatt Amber Daulton
Joanne Jaytanie Kelly Cozzone J.D. Hollyfield Patricia Kiyono Elle Klass
T.I. Lowe Tammy Tate Jackie Marilla Casey Harvell Denise Kawaii Natalie-Nicole Bates Kelly Ann Jacobson Moira Keith Michele Gwynn Tracey Alvarez Mary Bernsen
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Happy Hopping & Happy Holidays!
Did someone say deal? Did I hear that right?
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