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I'm still on hiatus, but I said I might pop in for something important. A friend's book release qualifies. And in this case, three!

Julie Flanders and Lexa Cain both have new releases this week, and they are hosting a blog hop together to celebrate. Julie's The Ghosts of Aquinnah releases today, and Lexa's Soul Cutter releases tomorrow!

You can add 'Ghosts' to your Goodreads here and Soul Cutter here.

There's a giveaway, too, so be sure to check their blogs.

Today is also release day for Loni Townsend's debut fantasy, Thanmir War

Loni is one of my critique partners. Unfortunately, I met her too late in the process to finish Thanmir War, but from what I *have* seen, I can assure you it's worth your time. Loni is a talented writer, and I'm blessed to have her as a CP.

The Earth Clan has declared war and a landscaper is at the dead center of it.

Derek thinks his chronic headaches are the worst of his problems.

He's wrong.

He wakes up in the middle of an unknown forest, surrounded by a couple dozen dead men he has no memory of killing. His only way back to society as he knows it is MaTisha, an amnesic woman with the power to transcend world boundaries.

But going home isn't as easy as he had hoped, not when MaTisha is sought by two opposing armies prepared to do anything to keep her from the other side.

Derek finds himself caught in the center, mixed up with mercenaries and guardians. And now, he's been possessed by a murderous alter ego with a personal mission to keep MaTisha safe. He wants nothing more to return to the life and family he loves.

But his alter ego has other plans.

Add it to your Goodreads and get it free on Amazon today! 


Loni Townsend

Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel. 

By day, she writes code. By predawn darkness, she writes fantasies. All other times, she writes in her head.

People call her peculiar with a twisted sense of fashion, but don't let those understatements fool you. Her behavior is perfectly normal for a squirrel disguised as a human. That's part of being an epic ninja—blending in.

She makes her home in Idaho with her sadistically clever—yet often thwarted—husband, two frighteningly brilliant children, and three sneaky little shibas.

Thanmir War is her debut novel.

Here's where she hides...


Congratulations, Ladies!!! :D

And Happy Birthday, Carrie Butler. :) 

To celebrate her special day, Carrie has put both
Strength and Courage (Mark of Nexus 1 & 2) 
on sale for 99c TODAY ONLY
If you haven't gotten your copies, now's your chance!

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*scurries back into hiatus hidey-hole*


  1. Happy Birthday Carrie!!

    You are awesome, Melissa. Thanks for taking a moment from your break for this announcement. I hope you're having a wonderful hiatus!

  2. Thanks so much for featuring Julie's and my books! I love Loni's cover - it looks like it's made of wood. So lovely, and yet kinda eerie, but eerie in a good way! And Happy Birthday to Carrie! :-)

  3. Thanks so much, Melissa! I was excited when I saw that Loni and I were sharing a release day, just met her recently and I was so glad to learn about her book. Sounds awesome.

  4. So sweet of you to post during your break. You're such a nice person!! :)

  5. good reasons to come back :) now go enjoy your break!

  6. I've got both Julie and Lexa's books on my radar, but I don't know Loni, I'm going to have to check her out. Congratulations to all these authors and thanks for sharing Melissa, you may now return to your break. :D

  7. Congratulations, ladies! :) And thanks, Melissa!

  8. Congratulations to all these fine writers! Thanks for sharing this, Melissa. It's always good to have something new for my reading list. :)

  9. Loni's book looks awesome! The other two do too, but hers is the only one I haven't seen yet elsewhere. :-)

  10. I've been out of the loop for a while, so am catching up a bit today. I even missed Carrie's birthday. :-( Thanks for mentioning some new books.

  11. Hey Melissa, I'm popping in to wish you a happy, peaceful and productive 2014!
    Take care.
    Writer In Transit

  12. Greetings human, Melissa,

    Nice to see you drop in for awhile. Very good of you to make note of all those amazing folks. They are all pawesome.

    With that, go and have a bit more time off, dear human.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!


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