October Free Fantasy Book Giveaway

October Free Fantasy Book Giveaway

Dark Urban Fantasy Giveaway from The YA Bookshelf

The YA Bookshelf community is close to my heart and you can specifically credit Derek Murphy (who I secretly call ‘the Castle Guy’) with giving me the kick in the posterior to get my work out in the world. To celebrate the release of the Fallen movie, The YA Bookshelf has a book giveaway that includes 28 amazing dark fantasy and supernatural thrillers (including Sanctuary), a feather bracelet and a pair of black wings – just in time for Halloween! Take a look and sign up for the giveaway. =)

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Talking with J.A. Culican Bestselling Author of Keeper of Dragons

Talking with J.A. Culican Bestselling Author of Keeper of Dragons

What does it take to write a bestselling novel?

I had the good fortune recently to speak with J.A. Culican, the bestselling author of Keeper of Dragons. I admire J.A. for a number of reasons, one is that she writes killer stories, but she also does it in her sparetime while being a working mom (of FOUR kids!) J.A. has published one novel and is avidly working on her second novel now.

Q: Where do you get the ideas for your books?
A: Most of my ideas come from my kids. They love fantasy stories. Harry Potter being their favorite. So, at night I started telling them stories….that’s how my first novel The Keeper of Dragon’s came to be.

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1,000 YA Book Downloads in 10 days!

1,000 YA Book Downloads in 10 days!

Diving into the Indie Book Market Face First

I am sick and ecstatic today, all at the same time.

What that looks like is I woke up at 4am coughing and singing Bruno Mars. I hacked and shimmied all the way to my jeep as I headed into the office at 5am. “Make a dragon want to retire, man.”

A little over a month ago I decided to take the plunge into self-publishing with no idea what that would look like. But, having written my whole life, had critique groups, professional editors, and a year of rejections… I knew it was time, time to just put it out there. [Read more…]

Download Free Shapeshifter YA Fantasy Novel Part One

Download Free Shapeshifter YA Fantasy Novel Part One

Debut YA Dark Urban Fantasy Novel, Sanctuary, Available from Instafreebie

No time like the present.

Fire. Ready. Aim.

Just do it. (I probably should credit Nike with that. They’ve no doubt trademarked it.)

Insert other cheery motivational slogan that gets you going, here. =)

This is not the easiest thing for me. I was the girl in film class who sat in the back with my head under the desk when my films were shown. I lay cringing on the floor (literally), spotting all the mistakes, when my thesis film was shown to 50+ of my closest friends and family. [Read more…]

Birth of a Shapeshifter Novel

Birth of a Shapeshifter Novel

Cover Reveal of Sanctuary, Shifter Chronicles Book One

Years ago I posted my first blog ever. It was called, Birth and a Novel. I was pregnant with my son (who is now six) and writing the first draft of Bravyn, Book One in my Vikings of Islandia series. I believe at the time it was called, Hidden. But, well, things change. =)

The Nanowrimo Word Dump

I worked on Bravyn for 3 years doing multiple drafts and edits, honing the story, having another baby, switching jobs, traveling, and… you get the idea, living. In November of 2011 I decided I wanted to give Nanowrimo a try to see if my 12 months to a first draft benchmark could be improved upon. After all, I had learned a few things in 3 years of writing and editing.

Taking it up a Notch, or Two, or Three, or Four

That month I wrote draft one of Sanctuary, Book One of the Shifter Chronicles, which also started with a different name, I think it was Shifter or Shapeshifter. Over the last 5 years I have written 3 more novels (thank you, Nanowrimo) and fine-tuned Sanctuary with the help of my faithful Writers Critique Group; we have no pixie-clever name for ourselves. Sanctuary was also helped along by the crazy-mad editing skills of Ingrid Sundberg, who not only improved my story through her fierce dissection of my characters, but she taught me a thing or two about writing prose.

Bringing in the CreativIndie Design Master

And, that’s the very short version of how we arrived at today. The day I actually, for real, tell the world I’m not just writing and editing book after book, I’m going to start publishing. To back that up with a bit of grit, I wanted to share the cover with you. It was designed by the formidable Derek Murphy of CreativIndie, whose prolific talent makes me think I might be a lazy hack. He took my simple dark urban fantasy concept to a-whole-nother level. Even my six-year-old, when I told him I was publishing a book, asked with excitement, “The one with the girl in the red dress, Mama?!” I was thrilled to say, “Yes!”

So, thank you, Derek Murphy. I’m incredibly proud to have this striking and intriguing cover represent the story inside.

Sanctuary | Shifter Chronicles Book One

Sanctuary : Shifter Chronicles Book One
By Melle Amade
It’s survival of the fittest, but first you have to fit in.
Shae is sure the icy rage that eats away at her is driving away her friends and pulling her closer to the wrong boy. But, as her protected world unravels, she discovers the violent supernatural world that lurks in her quiet hometown and the ancient feuds that threaten to destroy both her friends and her family. To save those she loves, Shae must succumb to her own fury, but at what cost?

Viking Research

A great deal of my focus as a writer is in research, which helps make the world inside my head believable. With Sanctuary it was about researching myths and legends of shape shifters, with Guardianship it’s medieval Italy, but with Bravyn… it’s Vikings! (Insert scary Viking yell when they are charging you with sword drawn! It isn’t “Arrrgggghhhh!” cuz we all know that’s a pirate, but sometimes that’s what it sounds like in my head.)

Here’s one of the great articles I’ve been reading from the History channel, which has also become obsessed in recent years over Vikings.

“Unique Tomb Found in Denmark Contains Remains of Viking Power Couple”