The Alliance of Young Adult Authors’ Scavenger Hunt

The Alliance of Young Adult Authors’ Scavenger Hunt

I’m thrilled to be part of the Alliance of Young Adult Authors! It’s given me a ton of opportunities to meet talented YA authors, read their work, and share the experience of publishing. They have a ton of great ideas. One of them is going on this summer! They are sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. I’m excited to share with you amazing new authors, great giveaways and other epic prizes!

Here are the official Rules… The Scavenger Hunt starts June 1st with the winner announced June 7th!


Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed short story. in the google form

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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?