Hearts & Flowers Hop!

CLC Valentines 2019 Hop

Hello, my friends!

I hope this finds you well. We’ve been in a DEEP FREEZE here in Edmonton for over two weeks. Like we’re talking -30 C (or – 22 F for my American friends) as a HIGH, which is not high at all really…

Needless to say, we’ve all got cabin fever, including the puppies, Lucy and Nelson. Well, Lucy, not so much. Here she is chillaxing in her favourite chair. Nelson, however, has been waking the kids up to play fetch late at night. That’s the difference between a seven-year-old and a nine-month-old dog.


I wanted to say thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support about my dad. I will be replying to all of the emails personally, but need to get Whisked Away off to the editor first. In the meantime, thank you for your support. It means the world to me.


The Authors over at the Chick Lit Chat HQ are having a Hearts and Flowers Hop! Head over there for your chance to win our Grand Prize – a sterling silver Elsa Peretti Open Heart Pendant from Tiffany’s (eek!!) or one of the three lovely Runner-Up Prizes – Fun Size Burlap Wrapped Bouquets from Farmgirl Flowers (gorgeous!).


The winner will be chosen on Feb 17th so make sure you hop on over before then!


Okay, that’s it for me today. Stay tuned because I have some super exciting stuff coming your way very soon…



Tracie Banister (Admin/Host) https://www.facebook.com/tracie.banister
Laura Chapman
Lindsay Detwiler https://www.facebook.com/lindsayanndetwiler
Rachael Eliker https://www.facebook.com/rachaeleliker/
Liberty Kontranowski https://www.facebook.com/libertykontranowskiauthor/
Beth Labonte https://www.facebook.com/bethlabontebooks
Nikki LeClair https://www.facebook.com/NikkiLeClairBooks/
Kate O’Keeffe https://www.facebook.com/kateokeeffeauthor/
Joslyn Westbrook https://www.facebook.com/JoslynWestbrookOfficial/

Kristina Beck https://www.facebook.com/krissybeck73/
Annabelle Costa
Karen M. Cox https://www.facebook.com/karenmcox1932/
Hilary Grossman (Admin/Host) https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor/
Erin Huss https://www.facebook.com/authorerinhuss/
Kate Kisset https://www.facebook.com/authorKateKisset/
Natalina Reis https://www.facebook.com/authornatalinareis/
Pauline Wiles https://www.facebook.com/paulinewilesauthor

Melissa Baldwin (Admin/Host) https://www.facebook.com/authormelissabaldwin/
Angie Ellington
Marianne Hansen https://www.facebook.com/MarianneHansenR/
Monique McDonell https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMcDonellAuthor
June Moonbridge https://www.facebook.com/JMoonbridge/
Meredith Schorr https://www.facebook.com/MeredithSchorrAuthor/
D.L. Stewart https://www.facebook.com/DelanceyWrites/
Stacey Wiedower https://www.facebook.com/StaceyWiedower.author

Rich Amooi https://www.facebook.com/author.richamooi/
Glynis Astie (Admin/Host) https://www.facebook.com/glynisastieauthor/
Kathryn R. Biel https://www.facebook.com/kathrynrbiel/
Victoria Grant https://www.facebook.com/victoriagrantromance/
Jennie Marts https://www.facebook.com/JennieMartsBooks/
Diane Michaels https://www.facebook.com/dianemichaelsauthor/
Susannah Nix https://www.facebook.com/susannahnix/
Barbara Valentin https://www.facebook.com/Platespinner/

Beth Carter https://www.facebook.com/authorbethcarter/
Whitney Dineen
Kimberly Frost https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKimberlyFrost
Virginia Gray https://www.facebook.com/Virginia.Gray.Author/
Holly Kerr https://www.facebook.com/HollyKerrAuthor/
Becky Monson (Admin/Host) https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeckyMonson
Melanie Summers https://www.facebook.com/MJSummersAuthorPage
Janice Williams https://www.facebook.com/booksbyjanicewilliams

Maggie Aldrich
Christina Boyd https://www.facebook.com/TheDarcyMonologues/
Jayne Denker (Admin/Host) https://www.facebook.com/JayneDenkerAuthor/
Jenny Gardiner https://www.facebook.com/jennygardinerbooks/
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Cassandra O’Leary https://www.facebook.com/cassandraolearyauthor
Avril Tremayne https://www.facebook.com/avril.tremayne/

An Apology, A Reason, and an Interview…

Hi, All and Happy New Year to you!

Mine got off to a very sad start, unfortunately. My dad passed away at two minutes to midnight on New Year’s Eve. My aunt, his wife, and I were all there with him, and thankfully, it was a peaceful moment. The past few weeks have been spent sort of in shock, even though we’ve known for a long time what was coming. After he passed, I had to go open the gate to his small farm for the funeral services car. As the snow gently fell and I walked down to the gate, I had a big cry. But on my way back to the house, things shifted for me. Fireworks started going off on the farm next to his. I stood and watched, took a few deep breaths and smiled through my tears at the perfect sendoff for a wonderful person/dad. Somehow, I felt like everything was going to be okay. And it will.

My dad taught me to work hard and dream big, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do.


This is one of those moments in life when you take stock of how you’re living and realize that the bad habits aren’t worth losing your longevity or life for. In my dad’s case, it was cigarettes. Luckily, I never picked that up from him, but I do tend to have a sedentary lifestyle filled with too much night-time snacking. So, I’m making some changes this year in hopes that I hit my 70’s and 80’s in full swing.

Now, an apology. I lied. I said I’d have Whisked Away out in the late fall of 2018 and the reality is that I’m still only halfway through the first draft. For those of you who have been waiting, I’m sorry. The past few months have been pretty rough and I chose to spend as much time with my dad as I could before he passed on. That doesn’t help you any though, does it?

I’m finally getting back to writing this week. If ever I needed an escape to a tropical island, it’s now. I’m aiming to have it to you in April. Fingers crossed, things go well and it’ll be ready.

Here’s the cover of the book, so I can at least give you something…

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And now, to the super fun interview…

The fab ladies at Booksbywomen.org interviewed me for their series on Women Writers. The focus was on the top six things that have helped me be successful as an author.

Six Things That Allow Me to Stay in My Jammies Writing All Day (In No Particular Order) 

Writing is a tough way to make a living. Not like coal miner tough or air traffic controller stressful. The job itself is wonderful. The commute to my office in the basement is pretty sweet, and it’s not exactly a hardship to spend my days with characters that I love. But as far as making a living off it? That’s the hard part.

I’m not a household name by any stretch of the imagination, but the past two years, I’ve made a comfortable amount from my writing. I had one pretty decent-sized hit (Break in Two) back in 2014 followed by two years where I barely made any money, and my writing had turned into an expensive hobby. I was on the brink of having to go out and get a ‘real job’ where I’d have to wear makeup and even possibly put on nylons (just typing that made me throw up in my mouth a little). I knew I had to turn things around fast.

Unfortunately, in this business, shortcuts to success are about as likely as finding a unicorn that poops out cash on demand. As much as I wished for some magical, instant fix, I knew it was going to require a whole lot of hard work.

Here’s what I did…

Check the rest out here!

Well, that was an evil place to stop, wasn’t it? Apparently 2019 Melanie has an edge to her. 😉

Okay, that’s it for now. I have characters waiting for their happily ever after! I better give it to them.

Take care and have a wonderful week again,


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…


The authors over at the Chick Lit Chat HQ Facebook group are giving away some MASSIVE prizes just in time for the holidays! Head over to the group before Dec 9th for your chance to win one of 5 huge prizes valued at over $500!

I’ll have 2 lucky winners – One from my Newsletter (so YOU are already entered) and One from my Facebook Author page!

Win a signed Full-Color Book Lover’s Editions of The Honeymooner and a gorgeous 3D custom art created by my very dear friend, the talented Deana Matarasso of California!


And in Other News…

The damn elves haven’t shown up so I’ll have to clean, cook, shop, wrap, and plan again this year. Seriously, elves? WTF?

In preparation for the holidays, I got a new hairdo and had my eyebrows done – SCARY  and slightly painful, to be honest. At one point, I had tears in my eyes and for some reason, I started salivating…weird, right?

But I made the best of it and sent a wickedly funny pic to my husband with no text attached while I was at the appointment. You know, to make him panic a little, like the good wife I am. 😉

Here are the during and after pics…

So that’s it for this lady for today. We’re expecting a deliciously big snowstorm this weekend, and in my opinion, it’s about time. It’ll finally look a lot like Christmas.

More to come later this month. Make sure you take care of yourselves during this busy season, my friends. Have some laughs, have some wine, see some friends, and get some sleep!

Okay, I’ll stop bossing you now.

Warmest wishes,



Monday, Dec. 3rd

Rich Amooi https://www.facebook.com/author.richamooi

Tracie Banister https://www.facebook.com/tracie.banister

Beth Carter https://www.facebook.com/authorbethcarter/

Susan Hatler https://www.facebook.com/authorsusanhatler

Holly Kerr https://www.facebook.com/HollyKerrAuthor/

Jennie Marts https://www.facebook.com/JennieMartsBooks/

Robyn Neeley https://www.facebook.com/RobynNeeleyAuthor/

Melanie Summers https://www.facebook.com/MJSummersAuthorPage

Avril Tremayne https://www.facebook.com/avril.tremayne/


Tuesday, Dec. 4th

Glynis Astie https://www.facebook.com/glynisastieauthor/

Christina Boyd, plus Yuletide anthology authors


Whitney Dineen https://www.facebook.com/Whitney-Dineen-Author-11687019412/

Jenny Gardiner https://www.facebook.com/jennygardinerbooks

Amy Gettinger https://www.facebook.com/Amy-Gettinger-Author-1412625005719904/

Virginia Gray https://www.facebook.com/Virginia.Gray.Author

Cassandra O’Leary https://www.facebook.com/cassandraolearyauthor

Jean Oram https://www.facebook.com/JeanOramAuthor/

Janice Williams https://www.facebook.com/booksbyjanicewilliams


Wednesday, Dec. 5th

Maggie Aldrich https://www.facebook.com/maggiealdrichwrites

Shanna Hatfield https://www.facebook.com/AuthorShannaHatfield/

Erin Huss https://www.facebook.com/authorerinhuss/

Julie Evelyn Joyce https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJEJ

Maida Malby


Kirsty McManus https://www.facebook.com/kirstymcmanusauthor/

Diane Michaels https://www.facebook.com/dianemichaelsauthor/

Becky Monson https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeckyMonson/

Joslyn Westbrook https://www.facebook.com/JoslynWestbrookOfficial


Thursday, Dec. 6th

Traci Andrighetti https://www.facebook.com/traciandrighettiauthor/

Alex Bailey https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlexBailey/

Kristina Beck https://www.facebook.com/krissybeck73/

Angie Ellington https://www.facebook.com/angienellingtonbooks

Hilary Grossman https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor/

Daisy James https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009889775019

Kate Kisset https://www.facebook.com/authorKateKisset/

Tracy Krimmer https://www.facebook.com/krimmerauthor/

Joy Norstrom https://www.facebook.com/joynorstromwrites/


Friday, Dec. 7th

Melissa Baldwin https://www.facebook.com/authormelissabaldwin

Aimee Brown https://www.facebook.com/authoraimeebrown

Annabelle Costa https://www.facebook.com/annabellecostaauthor/

Lindsay Detwiler https://www.facebook.com/lindsayanndetwiler

Patricia Fischer https://www.facebook.com/patriciawfwriter

Laura Heffernan https://www.facebook.com/lauraheffernanbooks

Beth Labonte https://www.facebook.com/bethlabontebooks

Monique McDonell https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMcDonellAuthor/

Meredith Schorr https://www.facebook.com/MeredithSchorrAuthor/


Saturday, Dec. 8th

Laurie Baxter https://www.facebook.com/LaurieBaxterAuthor/

Laura Kenyon https://www.facebook.com/laurakenyonwrites

Cat Lavoie https://www.facebook.com/CatLavoieBooks

Nikki LeClair https://www.facebook.com/NikkiLeClairBooks/

Just Call Me “M” https://www.facebook.com/BooksbyJustCallMeM

Natalina Reis https://www.facebook.com/authornatalinareis/

D.L. Stewart https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDLStewart

Holly Tierney-Bedord https://www.facebook.com/HollyRecommends/

Maggie Wells https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaggieWells/


Sunday, Dec. 9th 

Roseanne Beck https://www.facebook.com/RoseanneBeckWrites/

Laura Chapman https://www.facebook.com/laurachapmanbooks/

Karen M. Cox https://www.facebook.com/karenmcox1932/

Rachel Cullen https://www.facebook.com/RachelCullenAuthor/

Hannah Ellis https://www.facebook.com/novelisthannahellis/

Ciara Knight https://www.facebook.com/ciaratknight

June Moonbridge https://www.facebook.com/JMoonbridge/

Kate O’Keeffe https://www.facebook.com/kateokeeffeauthor/

Stacey Wiedower https://www.facebook.com/StaceyWiedower.author



Find Out Which of My Characters Got Me in Hot Water…

Greetings from the Great White North!

Hello my friends,

I hope you are staying warm wherever you are (or cool if you’re in Australia and you’re heading into summer). I was recently interviewed by HeardNotHerd.com in their Artists To Watch Segment. (How cool is that?!)

PJ Jones, the woman who runs the site had some very fun questions for me and a few that really made me think. Find out about Melanie at age seven, which character is most like me, and which one of my characters got me in hot water…

Read it here!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to an author who may be new to you & who I think you’ll love…Whitney Dineen!

Her book, Relatively Normal is 99 Cents – THIS WEEK ONLY…


 Catriona Masterton’s fiancé, Ethan, is Normal. 

He plans trips six months in advance and arrives at the airport a minimum of three hours early. He purchases life insurance, luggage insurance, and always opts for the extended warranty. He’s responsible, reliable, and would make any woman a wonderful life partner. 

In other words, he’s the exact opposite of the Masterton clan. 

Cat’s mother has a kitchen gadget fetish, a father whose best friends are taxidermied field mice, and a super stoner man-child brother who lives–where else?–in the basement. Then there’s Nan, her proud Scottish grandmother with a proclivity for profanity and mischief. 

What on earth will Catriona’s Normal fiancé think when he comes home with her to meet her parents? What will he think when he discovers his soon-to-be in-laws invited Cat’s ex to join them for Thanksgiving dinner? 

Find out in a laugh-out-loud journey of self-discovery, familial pandemonium, and love. A must-read for fans of a true romantic comedy!

This is a fantastic book by an extremely talented writer you may not know yet. Read her before she’s a household name so you can say, “I’ve been reading Whitney since LONG before the movie came out…”


Okay, gang, that’s it for me today. I’ll be back in 3 weeks with some HUGE prizes for the Holly Jolly Hop!

I wish you all the best in life and thank you for being part of mine,


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