Monday, November 30, 2015

Hopefully, this isn't goodbye

Most of you have probably noticed by now that my social media presence has been practically nonexistent. I've been a lousy blogger and return visitor, and I hate it, but there wasn't much I could do about it. My alter-ego's life has radically changed.

Due to factors outside my control, I'm going to have to go on hiatus...a real, serious hiatus. I won't even be doing IWSG or promo posts for a while.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Promo Friday - Special Edition

It's time for Promo Friday again!

Well, not really. I needed to run the December post early, and my guest graciously obliged. 

Blogger / writer J.Q. Rose has a new book. Some of you will remember her from the anthology of writing tips she put together. Today, the book she's promoting is a sweet romantic suspense titled Deadly Undertaking. (Clever title.) Congratulations, Janet! :D

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cover Reveal - The Undead Road by David Powers King

Woot! It's time for the cover reveal of The Undead Road by David Powers King. David has become a good cyber-friend, and I'm very excited for him. (Great cover, dude!) Make sure to read the details below--this cover reveal includes a very cool and unique contest!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Mom did it again!

We're a prolific family, at least where writing is concerned. LOL

I'm happy to announce that my mom, Jeanette Pierce, has published a second set of workbooks, this time via Elk Lake Publishing and based on the Western Christian Romance When The Cowboy Rides Away by Molly Noble Bull.

These workbooks are designed for use by private schools, home schools, and individuals, and are available on Amazon.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

IWSG November - A gift for you

This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for November.

Alex's awesome co-hosts this month are: 
Stephen Tremp, Karen Walker,  
Denise Covey, and Tyrean Martinson!

Please stop by their blogs and say thank you

My personal life is taking over with a vengeance, and my social media presence is all but non-existant. Because my writing has come to a screeching halt, and my insecurities - both writing and not - are too numerous to list, I decided to re-post something to help you with your writing. It's an old post from in 2013. It was aimed at people doing NANO, but it's for anyone wants tips to speed up their writing.

Monday, November 2, 2015

New Release - REVIVAL: The Donald Braswell Story by Mark Koopmans

I'm thrilled today to be part of Mark Koopmans' book release blog tour. Mark is a talented writer and a funny, kind guy, whom I'm grateful to call friend. Tomorrow is the official release day for REVIVAL: The Donald Braswell Story, but we're starting this party early. Congratulations, Mark! :D

From Juilliard to jumper cables; from wasting all the talent in the world to America's Got Talent, REVIVAL—The Donald Braswell Story is a memoir about the "Texas Tenor" who lost his voice in a random accident, but finds his calling through faith—and a musical miracle.


I must interject that I have had the pleasure of reading REVIVAL, and I can assure you it's a well-written, compelling story that is very much worth your time. Hands down, REVIVAL earns five stars.

Here's Mark...

Thanks Melissa for inviting me to begin my book tour here. (You’re so brave!)

Tomorrow is the actual Launch Day of my first book, REVIVAL – The Donald Braswell Story, but before getting to know Donald, some people wanted to learn a little about me.

Okay, so Mom and Dad, the strangest thing I’ve ever done for my writing is also one of the coolest.
In 2006, I worked for my first newspaper, a weekly in Central Florida called Hometown News. Never an ambulance-chaser journalist, (and I never will be), my beat covered a huge area, so I was always on the lookout for a feature, something different to sink my gnashers into.

I found this small charity, Gift of Water, which educated the people of Haiti about water safety. (Teaching the Haitians the importance of safe, filtered water had cut down on the thousands who’d previously died through water-borne diseases.)

Talking with charity officials, I became the first reporter in our company to work an overseas story, and spent four days in Haiti, basically embedded with the charity workers as they did their thing.

It became one of the professional highlights of my career, and the five-part series I subsequently wrote remains among my favorite pieces prior to writing REVIVAL.

My point is this—if a writing assignment presents itself, you should grab that bugger by the throat, and not let him go until the final period or exclamation point is on the page.

Embrace the challenge and step outside of your box. Who knows the end result, but magic definitely won’t happen unless the magician practices her craft.

Ever stepped out of the box to further your writing?

Thanks so very much, Melissa, and to everyone who stops by!

(Tomorrow, I visit Elizabeth Seckman, my “eTwin” who plans to throw a box of cheap red wine against the side of her laptop and officially launch REVIVAL!)


Donald Braswell II is an American actor, classical crossover tenor and composer. Braswell was on a fast track to become an internationally acclaimed opera singer when he suffered a car accident in 1995 that made him unable to speak for almost two years. After that, he lived a quiet life outside of the spotlight until his appearance on the 2008 season of America’s Got Talent where he was a Top 5 finalist, which gave him another chance at a career in entertainment. Since then, he has entertained audiences both internationally as well as shore to shore in the United States in concerts, television appearances, inspirational speaking and radio. Donald has recorded four studio albums and has an international fan club with followers in more than 25 countries.

Donald is a testament to the powers of the human spirit in difficult times and he inspires all who come to know him. 

Learn more about Donald’s story via this 6-min YouTube
clip showing his awe-inspiring first audition on
America’s Got Talent.


Mark Koopmans is originally from Ireland. After working in Holland, Spain, France and England, he won his U.S. “Green Card” in 1994, and is an American by choice since 2003. Koopmans began his writing career with a feature for a regional magazine in California. Since then, he’s worked as a staff writer for newspapers in Florida and Texas. Koopmans is also a proficient blogger and is working on his next book, a novel. Koopmans lives in Virginia and is a married, stay-at-home dad to three active boys under the age of nine. He writes at night. 

Find Mark’s blog at

Buy Links for REVIVAL:

Reminder: I'm still on hiatus except for 
previously scheduled promo posts and IWSG.

Thanks for visiting. :)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Promo Friday - October

It's time for Promo Friday again!

I'm happy to feature author Patsy Collins today. Patsy writes everything from short stories to novels, and is published regularly by UK magazines. Her stories have also appeared in Australian, Swedish, and South African magazines.

Patsy's latest novel, Firestarter, releases November 5th and is already available for pre-order! It's romantic comedy with a hot fireman and a few flames.

Alice's fantasy starts with being rescued by a hunky fireman, involves the kiss of life and ends without his uniform. Although she refuses fireman Hamish's offer to act out an innocent version, boyfriend Tony's jealousy results in a split.

Someone is making hoax fire service calls. Dad's explosive sprout surprise, Mum's baking, sister Kate's mind boggling pep talks and peculiar behaviour from Alice's boss Miles provide distractions.

Is Alice really in danger? Is Hamish as perfect as he seems? It takes masses of wonderful food, disgusting wine, smelly mud, red-footed crows and steamy Welsh passion, but Alice finds the answers.

You can find Firestarter on Amazon.
Sweet, wonderful Ruby Merritt has a new western historical romance! Ruby, a friend of mine from Pioneer Hearts, just released Lena's Courage, the second book in her Spirited Hearts series on September 23rd. Check it out!

Lena Schuler has returned to her hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming to make a life for her and her son only to find the man who brutally stole her innocence six years earlier has returned as well. Lucas Kline, a promising attorney, has come to help mold the Wyoming territory into a civilized state and find peace from his own troubled past. When Lena’s attacker threatens the safety of those she loves, will she have the courage to face him and help Lucas put him away once and for all?

Ruby's on Facebook.

You can find Ruby's books here:

Some of you may remember an interview I did with author / journalist Jef With One F, a.k.a Jef Rouner. (Jef told us a story of meeting David Arquette, complete with YouTube proof.) Well, I'm happy to announce that Jef has a new book - an anthology of horror shorts titled The Rook Circle. Congratulations!

Five bizarre tales designed to disturb and delight lovingly illustrated in one collection. UNDERBITE – a narcissistic vampire has an encounter with a world-weary descendant of Van Helsing who tells him to check his privilege. A SENSELESS EATING MACHINE – at an aquarium amusement park a harmless animatronic shark has downloaded a new program, kill. NEVAEH – Lissa goes to work at a drive-thru church and finds her faith tested when she meets Nevaeh, who sets a tragic fate in motion. CERIDWEN’S CAULDRON – The bathtub is deeper than you think. It goes all the way to the end of the world if you have the right ingredients. EVERYONE’S WAITIN’ ON THE MAN WITH THE BAG – Dark spirits haunt Christmas, and sometimes they’re exactly what we need to save us. All will be told in The Rook Circle.

The Rook Circle is available on Amazon Kindle.
Want some free books to read? I know a place you can get some, and all you need to give in return is a book review. You'll also be entered to win a monthly giveaway and a grand prize.

Jessica Therrien is the mastermind behind this awesome event - the R&R Challenge Library. The idea is to hook readers up with books that need reviews. You can read as many as you like, so long as you post your review(s) between October 1st and March 31st.

Read the rules here.
Thanks for visiting. :)
Remember: the next Promo Friday is scheduled for November 13th.
Deadline for submitting content is Wednesday, November11th.
For rules & instructions, see my contact page. 

(Promo Friday is a monthly service I provide to my followers.