My Pioneering, Glass Ceiling Breaking, World Record Holding, Person of Color, Immigrant, Pilot, Military Officer, Veteran Mom

My Pioneering, Glass Ceiling Breaking, World Record Holding, Person of Color, Immigrant, Pilot, Military Officer, Veteran Mom

hette-amade2Every Veterans Day I give a shout out to my mom, Hette Amade, who is 82-years-old and a huge fan of YA Fantasy books. In fact, I JUST mailed her a printed copy of Sanctuary, Shifter Chronicles Book One, and I’m nervous as all get out about how she’s going to respond. (I told her to be kind. )

My mom served as a First Lieutenant from 1953-1962 in the Royal Netherlands Air Force.  She had immigrated to the Netherlands from Indonesia, where she was born in Surakarta on the island of Java in 1934. When she joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force, she was 19-years-old – an amazing teenager! She had always known she wanted to be a pilot, so it was an obvious choice for her. [Read more…]

Be Immortalized as a Shifter in my Next Book!

Be Immortalized as a Shifter in my Next Book!

Picture yourself as a character in a YA Dark Urban Fantasy!

We love to read and escape into a fantasy world… fall into characters lives and emotions; live out their trials and passions with them. But, what if you actually could be one of those characters? What if you could be in a book? Well, now you can be!

There are multiple ways to gain multiple entries in the competition.

  • 1 entry – Download Sanctuary Part 1 (free on Instafreebie) (If you have done this and have not unsubscribed, you automatically have one entry.)
  • 1 entry – Click the link below, answer the question, and enter your email address.
  • 3 entries per referral – After entering for yourself, you will be shown a page where you can share this giveaway across multiple platforms. You will get 3 more entries for every friend you refer.


I can’t wait to see who wins this giveaway and who my new character will be!
 Thank you so much for being part of the Shifter Chronicles story.
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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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?