Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Shield of Health - Author Spotlight

A Shield of Health 

It’s Only Madness

A New Book by Bill Talcott

First of all I would like to thank Lawrence Fisher for inviting your Dear Old Uncle Bill to his blog and giving me the chance to convince people NOT to purchase the latest book, Shield of Health by that madman Bill Talcott. That’s right, NOT purchase Shield of Health. It’s crazy to think that anyone would sit in front of a computer for a countless number of hours writing about people and places that don’t exist. And it’s not just the writing, it’s the time spent thinking this stuff up. You’d have to be out of your mind. Right? The whole idea is almost as insane as The Mission. So I guess you could consider this Bill Talcott guy to be twice as crazy. Oh excuse me, my psychologist says that term is no longer used. Whatever. Just to give you an example of the madness I’m talking about, here’s an excerpt from Shield of Health.

aaaThe senator remained calm, letting Mack come across as the one who was being unreasonable. “I’m just saying that, as far as missions go, this particular one should be fairly simple. It would be good for the prince to have such experience under his belt when he takes his father’s crown. The people would feel a bond with him. And besides, with the training he’s had here, what could go wrong?”

Frustrated that no one had answered him, David jumped in again. “What mission?”
Agitated, Mack shook his head, dismissing the boy as if he had no say in the matter.
Senator Tyrell continued to argue his case. “Let’s ask the prince of the Solar Empire how he feels about the matter.”

Banshee came in with a platter full of meat and garden vegetables. “What matter?”
While he spoke to Banshee, Mack kept his eyes fixed on the senator. “The Senator has suggested that we take the prince with us on our next mission.”
Banshee froze and stood at the edge of the table with the platter still in her hands. “What mission and where?”
Mack continued to glare at the senator. “To Valdorion.”
There was complete silence while Banshee placed the platter on the table. She studied the three of them and asked, “Are you all crazy?”

Mack gave the senator a wry grin. “You are going to have to deal with her.”

Senator Tyrell took a deep breath and straightened himself in his seat. As a member of the World Senate, he had an air of authority, which he now donned. With his voice raised, his words were underlined with starkness. “This is a matter between the prince and the World Senate. Whether or not he goes on this mission will be his decision.” He looked up at Banshee, challenging her to speak against him. “And it will be his decision alone.”

Banshee thought back on the scolding she gave Vince for speaking out of line in front the senate. She knew better than to go up against Senator Tyrell on this matter, especially when he was dead set on letting David make the choice. Hoping this child, who she had taken care of for the past two years, would give her an answer that she could accept, Banshee carefully asked, “David, is this something you want to do?”

David looked at everyone around the table. With a gleam in his eye and a smile that grew exponentially, he rose from his chair and announced, “Yeah, it is!”

See what I mean? Who in their right mind would think this stuff up?

About Bill:
My Wife and I reside in Niles, Michigan, approximately 50 miles east of the big lake. After reading an author bio by John Varley years ago, I decided to give writing a try. I now spend my mornings before going to work either writing or editing something I've written. 

Bill Talcott's books on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.
Shield of Health at Createspace.
The Mission at Createspace

And whatever you do, stay clear of Bill Talcott’s Facebook page and twitter:
Facebook, Twitter and his blog!

And definitely stay away from the book trailer.

Now some Q&A

Well, crazy Bill, you had your fun, please tell me about your book.

Shield of Health is the second book in the Remnants of the Past series. It is a prequel to The Mission. It is a story of greed and consequences and of two men who straddle the line between right and wrong. A terrible accident leads mercenary Don Grisio down a path of self exile and his friend Vince Jacobs to use a corrupted government agency known as the Shield of Health, to somehow make amends. There is also a chapter in the middle of Shield of Health that leads us into the first book. I appropriately titled the chapter, The Mission.

When and why did you start writing?

I began writing back in the mid 90's. An instructor in a class I was taking liked the writing assignments I turned in and encouraged me to give writing a try. I don’t think she had any idea that I would be writing the stuff that I’m into. What impressed her the most, were pieces I wrote on the outdoors and fishing trips I had been on.

What inspires you?

I get inspiration from a lot of sources but the one thing that always makes me feel a story is the right music at the right time. Memories of Green from the Blade Runner soundtrack played a big part in how I felt about writing Darkblood and the Professor at the beginning of The Mission.

Are you working on anything now?

Right now I’m going through a process where I get ideas together in my head for the third book in my Remnants series. But I’ve also been thinking a lot about a story I call Donkey Show Poker (DSP). I thought a lot about DSP while doing the rewrite for Shield of Health. I also have another story on the back burner called Corporate Affair. CA was supposed collaboration between a friend and myself. For personal reasons and lack of time, she backed out of the collaboration. Sometime in the future I’ll start fresh on CA, rewriting what we already have and finishing it on my own.

Is there anything you do NOT like about being a writer?

Honestly, yes. The part where I actually write is fine. Everything else you have to do to sell your work can be a real pain and eat up so much time. Marketing and Promoting is something I have never been good at it.

What do you think of the eBook revolution?

Well, it is a revolution and happening right now! The fact that we are all taking part in a major change of this industry makes it all very exciting. I think writers, editors and publishers are still trying to figure out their place in this brave new world. Readers can download anything right now and the prices for good stories are phenomenal. It has given indie writers a real shot at getting somewhere without having to go through a major publisher. However, I don’t think the big publishers are going away. Guys like myself would benefit greatly by going through a big publisher. A big publisher would take a lot of the weight of marketing off of my shoulders. My biggest problem is that I haven’t been picked up by one of the big boys. I’m not saying it would be any less work to be a part of a big publishing house, it’s just that they have the knowledge and know-how in areas where I don’t. So I guess when it comes down to it, I would have to say that this ebook revolution has its ups and downs. Not everything is all rosy and peachy keen.

How do you see your writing career in five years?

I have to laugh. Do you want the fantasy where I sell the rights to all of my novels and have them all become major motion pictures, or what will most likely be my reality? It’s difficult to say where any of us will be five years from now. A career writing fiction would be nice and I definitely have plenty of ideas to fuel that dream.

Is there anything you will NOT write about?

I imagine there is. I can’t really say what that would be. I don’t get ideas about things I don’t want to write.

In what genre do you prefer to write? To read?

I enjoy writing soft-core Science Fiction but I have ideas for stories that are not sci-fi. Lately I have been reading all across the board and enjoying it but I enjoy Post Apocalyptic Sci Fi, and I’ve really been into the Thomas Covenant series by Donaldson. I’m looking forward to reading the Last Dark, the final book in the entire series.

Please tell us about any ups and downs in your writing career so far.

Promoting yourself while writing can be exhausting. There are times when you wonder if it is worth it—I mean the promoting. I’m definitely not good at it. It would be nice if the books sold themselves

Do you have any suggestions to people who might consider writing as a career?

Find a support group. Writing a book and trying to sell it can be an emotional roller coaster. I joined the Goodreads Book Club and found the Creative Review Group to be very supportive.

Anything else you want to add?

Yeah, Go buy The Mission and Shield of Health. You would be contributing to one of those up moments in my career!

Monday, October 7, 2013



A New Book by Andrea Buginsky

Today I interviewed Andrea Buginsky about her new book and this is what she had to say about it:

"I love fantasy. It is a great way to escape the world you’re in and enter a number of others. When I started writing my own fantasy stories, I was amazed at how pulled into the worlds I was creating I was. It was as if the world around me changed to the setting of my stories as I wrote them. Occasionally, I would be interrupted, and it felt like being pulled back through a portal and returning to our world. I would immediately take care of the situation and quickly return to the world in my story.

The first world I created was Phantasma, a magical realm with elves, dwarves, goliaths, queens, monsters, and magic. It is the world in my first series, The Chosen.

The second world I created is Avalon. Although it takes place in modern time, it is set apart from the rest of the world, and feels like a world of its own, lost in a time of long ago, when King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table were in Camelot, and the Lady of the Lake and Merlin were in Avalon.

My new world focuses on one important aspect of Avalon: New Avalon. This special place is important to many people all over the world, many of whom don’t yet know of its existence. It becomes a part of them once they discover it, and many decide to stay there rather than returning to their own world.

New Avalon is a place for discovering yourself, who you truly are and whom you’re meant to be. It’s about learning about the world around you in a way you never dreamed possible. I hope you’ll join me at New Avalon, and discover something wonderful about yourself."

Constantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in. On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage. 

With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand.

When her powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.


As Elena bounded back up the stairs, her mom watched, smiling, thinking about the last 16 years, and of all this next one would bring.  She knew there would be a lot of changes, more so than Elena could possibly know, and she was looking forward to every one of them.  She could hardly wait for Isabel’s arrival the next day so they could finally tell Elena the truth about who she was, and help her to blossom and start to become whom she was meant to be.

Now available on Amazon Kindle!

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author living in Overland Park.

“The Chosen,” a middle-grade fantasy novelette, was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease.
“Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series.

Andrea is currently working on her new YA fantasy series, “New Avalon.”

To learn more about Andrea, visit her on her website.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Author Spotlight: Andrea Buginsky

The Chosen 

New Edition!

The Chosen
Expanded to include even more action, romance, and adventure!

The Chosen has been revised and expanded to give it a more polished look. You’ll love all of the new additions, including:
  • Two new characters essential to The Chosen
  • A light romance story 
  • More action scenes 

All of this topped off with a beautiful brand new cover.


Halli is a shy, young dwarf who has no idea of her true calling. When the evil Prince Gastle sets out to detroy the world of Phantasma, Queen Laurali of the Elves comes to tell Halli she's a Holy Paladin with the power to heal, and will join The Chosen, a group of brave warriors being sent to defeat the evil beast and save Phantasma. Will Halli be accepted by her group, and be able to keep them alive through their adventures? Will the evil Prince Gastle be defeated, freeing Phantasma from his destruction? Only time will tell.


“Halli, you have a wonderful calling. You are a Holy Paladin, with powers that can heal the sick, and even raise the dead in certain cases. Holy Paladins are very rare, and very coveted. To protect you, we agreed to come to Drumple to live with the other dwarves, so we could blend in, and appear to be no different than them. We all planned on telling you of your calling when you were done with school, but as Queen Laurali has said, Prince Gastle’s attacks have made the day we tell you come sooner than we anticipated.”

Halli sat staring at her mother as she heard the tale. She knew all about The Castle of the Elves, it’s subjects, Priestesses and Holy Paladins from her studies and readings. She grew up hearing stories about them all. She absorbed everything she could find and read about them. It was as though somewhere inside her, she knew she was a part of it all. But hearing what her mother was telling her was surreal. She started to shake her head.

“This can’t be,” she whispered. “You can’t be serious. How can I possibly be what you say I am? You know me, Mom. I’m not strong and powerful. I’m shy, I’m quiet, I like to be alone and not surrounded by a lot of people. I have problems facing confrontations, and do everything I can to avoid them.”

Queen Laurali smiled at Halli’s description of herself.

“Halli, everything you just said are the classic traits of Holy Paladins, from a certain point of view. They don’t get involved in conflicts themselves, but rather keep those that are involved alive from a distance. They don’t get directly involved in confrontations and arguments. They think things through and come up with solutions that will work for everyone. In essence, they keep the peace within the groups with which they’re involved. From a distance, this can make them seem quiet and shy, but anyone who knows them knows it is their quiet ways that keep this peace.”

Halli stared at Queen Laurali as she listened to her, and again began to shake her head.

“I don’t think that’s how I am. I am shy, I do avoid confrontation. And even if what you’re saying is true, how can I possibly do anything to help the fight against Prince Gastle? I’m just a student!”

“Halli, this is your destiny,” Queen Laurali assured her. “This is what you’re meant to do. I know it’s a shock to hear all of this, but it’s your birthright.”

Available at Amazon and Smashwords

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author.

“The Chosen” was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea plans to write more in the series. She’s already done with the first draft of book 3 and has a concept for book 4.

You can find Andrea on her website, Andi’s Realm. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Remember to sign up for Andrea’s newsletter to stay up-to-date on all of her exciting events.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Author Spotlight: Bill Talcott

Today I will talk to Bill Talcott and his Remnants of the Past series. here is what he has to say:

A long time ago I had written a story that I called ‘They Were Gods’, and before I had a chance to do the rewrites and editing, I set it aside to write a short twenty or thirty page story for a group of friends that I played video games with. The story turned out to be so much more and would eventually be called "The Mission".

The story takes a band of mercenaries to a distant world known as Valdorion. For me, the most amazing thing about "The Mission" is not so much the story, it is how the characters are a part of me. In reality, there is a part of me in each character I write. Yes, even the villain, Senator Tyrell!

The idea for the story came at a time when my own government had drawn a line in the sand, forcing the people of the country I live in to do what it told us was right. We were told that we were either with our government or with the terrorists. To this day, I resent the fact that we were being manipulated into believing something that we may not of otherwise believed.

Today, we tiptoe through the political minefield towards health care reform and my latest book, "Shield of Health" reflects how politicians can use health care for political gain. Don’t worry; Shield of Health is a fictional story and a prequel to The Mission. I wouldn’t dare bore you with politics.

I am currently finishing my rewrite on Shield of Health. In it, we’ll learn how our merry band of mercenaries known as the Undead, come to be on the distant world of Valdorion. We also learn the fate of the Ella Marie, the military freighter used to take the Undead to Valdorion. We’ll learn a lot more about Don Grisio and Vince Jacobs, two characters who appeared briefly in the Mission. We will also learn that most of what our government feeds us is lies.

About Bill: 

My Wife and I reside in Niles, Michigan, approximately 50 miles east of the big lake. After reading an author bio by John Varley years ago, I decided to give writing a try. I now spend my mornings before going to work either writing or editing something I’ve written.

Both books are a part of a series called "Remnants of the Past".

You can find me on:

You can find The Mission by Bill Talcott:.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Get Lenin

Today I would like to welcome Robert Craven and his book "get Lenin".

Robert, tell us about yourself?
I was born July 2nd 1966 and I am currently living in Dublin, Ireland. I have had my first novel Get Lenin published by Taylor Street Publishing, an independent press based in San Francisco. I started writing in my teens, short stories, poems, song ideas as I was playing bass in various bands around the city.

I have worked as a Graphic Designer and Desk Top Publisher for various Dublin publishers learning the ropes and in 2000, collated my diaries from the years of gigging & turned them into a novel. Titled ‘Vocals preferred, own transport essential’ I pitched it for about a year without success. In 2004/05 I started writing Get Lenin, have since had the sequel ‘Zinnman’ published and here I am today!

I have a full-time job, married and a father.

I write CD / download reviews for ‘Musicians Together Magazine’, an Irish on-line magazine featuring local and international acts; a real pleasure as I get to listen to great music and write about it!

What is the title of your book(s)?

I have 2 novels published – Get Lenin, Zinnman, and the third installment of the series titled ‘A finger of night’ has been submitted to the publisher.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

About 15 years ago, I read a review of book titled ‘Lenin’s Embalmers’ by Ilya Zbarsky and read further about the history on Germany’s invasion of Russia in 1941. Lenin’s mausoleum was shipped in its entirety 1000 miles to the Urals. I thought it’d make a great premise for a novel about a crack German unit sent in to steal it and bring it back to Berlin. For Zinnman, I came across an article in the Daily Mail about Edward, Duke of Windsor plotting to re-take the English throne and his admiration for Hitler. Hitler had gone on record that the only person in England he’d deal with was Edward.

What genre does your book come under?

Thriller, historical fiction, action-adventure, espionage.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Get Lenin: Eva Molenaar: Ingenue, muse, model, assassin – she’s uncovered a plot and she’s the only one who can stop it.

Zinnman: 1941 – The Duke of Windsor wants his throne back and he may just get his wish…

Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Both novels are published by Taylor Street, a small press, but growing rapidly.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Get Lenin’s first draft took a year, in the end it took about 5 years to write, pitch and get published. Zinnman flowed a bit more quickly and the first draft took about 5 months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The Eagle has landed, Charlotte Gray, Fatherland, The little drummer girl, Where Eagles dare.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Get Lenin is plotted from May 1933-41 and covers the rise of Nazism across Germany through the eyes of Eva Molenaar, she witnesses first-hand the brutality of the new order and her journey takes her across Europe to 1938 when she undertakes her first mission as a spy. There’s plenty of action from the middle part onwards – a bit like a roller coaster.

Zinnman is a break-neck read and follows 6 months on from the end of Get Lenin.

Reader comments

 Get Lenin

Having read several world war two espionage books over the years, I found this to be a moreish and addictive read. Starting with Hitler’s inception into power in the nineteen thirties before war. Get Lenin tells of a young Polish woman called Eva who works as a secret agent and uncovers a plot by the Germans to steal the body of Lenin in order to undermine the morale of the Soviet Union during the invasion. While employed as an agent she rubs noses with several well known people notably Oswald Mosley as well as Himmlers pet favourite the sinister Thor Shenker of the SS. This book is a tale of love,war and conpiracy and is recommended to anyone who likes spy stories. without an over complicated plot. A great read by Robert Craven and a deserved 9\10


Robert Craven's sequel to his ground-breaking "Get Lenin" thriller kept me focused from the first page to the very last word. Romance, intrigue, danger, rousing adventure and pulse-pounding battles set in Europe during World War Two make for one of the best reads I've had in recent months. This is a book I've been waiting for since I read his "Get Lenin". The story ends with a pretty clear hint that there'll be a third book forthcoming. I hope I'm right about that. Robert Craven is a fine writer who hopefully will be around for a long time to come.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013


Tom Kendall, a down to earth private detective, is asked to investigate the death of a young newspaper reporter. The evidence shows quite clearly that it was an accident: a simple, dreadful accident. That is the finding of the coroner and the local police. Furthermore, there were two witnesses. They saw the whole thing. But was it an accident, or was it something more sinister?

Against a backdrop of a viral epidemic slowly spreading from Central America, a simple case soon places Kendall up against one of the largest drug companies in the country. Detective Tom Kendall is not some superhero sporting rippling muscles, but a very human man, who is pestered to eat more healthily and exercise more - just the same as most of the rest of us. He is likable for just that reason. His case starts as an accident that might not have been an accident, but this is just the beginning. Kendall uncovers a far bigger crime - a crime that has caused enormous suffering to thousands of innocent people.

The plot is carefully thought out in every detail, and the author is to be commended for his story.

The death of Richard Dawson, a Miami Herald reporter, doesn't seem too significant; especially when the police and the coroner, influenced by two eye witness testimonies conclude that it was little more than a tragic accident. But Dawson's mother and brother are not convinced so they call in private detective Tom Kendall to investigate; somewhat reluctantly. Kendall's investigation draws him so a series of photographs and a large pharmaceutical company. An epidemic is raging in Central America which originated from a place in Costa Rica named Punta Rojas. The truth is far bigger and more complicated than Kendall and his faithful secretary Mollie could ever have envisaged.

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About John Holt
Born in 1943 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. He currently live in Essex with his wife, Margaret, and his daughter Elizabeth. For many years he was a Chartered Surveyor, until he retired in 2008. He had always wanted to write a novel but could never think of a good enough plot.

His first novel, The Kammersee Affair, written in 2008. was inspired by a holiday in Austria. They were staying in Grundlsee. The next lake, Toplitzsee, was used by the Germans during the war to test rockets, and torpedoes. There were rumours of gold hidden in that lake. Despite extensive searches the gold was never found. In his book, however, it is found, but only in the next lake, Kammersee. The books that followed, The Mackenzie File, The Marinski Affair, and Epidemic, all feature Tom Kendall, a down to earth private detective, and were originally published by Raider Publishing in New York.
His fifth book, A Killing In The City, another featuring Tom Kendall, was originally published by Night Publishing. In August 2012 he decided to go down the self published route, and formed his own publishing brand PHOENIX. All five books have now been re-issued under that logo. He is currently working on two other novels featuring Tom Kendall, a "What If" novel regarding the assassination of Lincoln, and he has made a tentative start on an Adventure novel.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Have No Shame

When civil rights and forbidden love collide

"This book will resonate with readers who enjoyed Kathryn Stockett's, THE HELP, Julie Kibler's, CALLING ME HOME, John Grisham's, A TIME TO KILL, Sue Monk Kidd's, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, and Kathleen Grissom's, THE KITCHEN HOUSE."

"Within moments of starting to read, you will be transported back to the Arkansas of 1967 - hot, dusty, utterly rural and edgy. Poor white farmers dependent upon cheap black labor who, due to their superior numbers, are constantly suppressed, living on the wrong side of town, ghettoised and terrified. You will remember scenes from `In the Heat of the Night' and `Easy Rider'; you will remember that, less than fifty years ago, if you were black, you could be beaten for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if you died at the hands of a white youth, justice would almost certainly be denied you." Author Roderick Craig Low


Alison Tillman has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother's Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.


"A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society." Hagerstown Magazine

"Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening." Midwest Book Review

"A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice." Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop 

"Have No Shame is a delightful eye opener and a rather poignant book that everyone everywhere should put on their must-read list." Readers' Favorite

"A dynamic and heartwarming tale of young love, giving testament to those who struggled so we can live in an integrated society." Author Rachelle Ayala

"[HAVE NO SHAME] Perfectly catches the South at the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement. Melissa Foster takes us on an adventure that twists and turns unpredictably to a tense climax that renders this novel a true page-turner. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read in a long time."  Roderick Craig Low, Author of 'Promises of Love and Good Behaviour'

"This book is not just a story; it's an experience." Author G.E. Johnson

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Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors.
She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women's NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Megan's Way
2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama), Finalist (Women's Fiction)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Finalist (Spirituality)
2011 New England Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Spirituality)

Chasing Amanda
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women's Fiction, Mystery)
2011 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal)
Top 10 Books of 2011, Pixel of Ink
Amazon Top 100 75+ Days running
Indie Reader's Bestselling List That Counts (8 weeks)
Top Books of 2011, The Write Agenda

Come Back To Me
2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist, 
2012 Readers Favorite Awards, Finalist 
2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books Award, Finalist
2011 Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards, Finalist 
Top 5 Must Read Books of 2011, IndieReader
Top Ten Books of 2011, 
Tea Time With Marce
IndieReader Best Reviewed Books of 2011, Huffington Post

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