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Release Announcement - Precious Atonement

I wasn't kidding when I said things were happening fast.
My second novel is now available! Woohoo! :D

Ruined women don’t hope, 
killers don’t dream, 
and the dead don’t feel pain.
Cover image designed by Carrie Butler
Forward Authority Design Services

Rachel Emerson is resigned to live as a spinster. Her parents keep her shameful secret, and her only brother, Seth, vanished mere days after witnessing her rape, taking her dishonor with him and giving them all an alibi for their grief. But none of that matters. Appearances are useless if she can’t bear the touch of a man.

Jacob Evans welcomes pain as much as he seeks to escape it. The graves of his wife and child remind him of his sins every day. When Lawrence Emerson offers him a job and a chance to move west, Jacob permits himself a fresh start. But letting go of his past is only an illusion. Lawrence’s sweet, shy daughter captures Jacob’s heart and provides him a perfect tool for self-torment.

Despite painful lessons of the past, history soon threatens to repeat itself, and as Jacob’s love for Rachel grows, so does his agony. Giving his precious new wife the life she deserves might cost him the very thing he values most—her.
Precious Atonement 
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Category: Adult
Heat level: Hot in places
Released by Truelove Press July 22, 2015 

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A Texas-size thank you goes out to my beta readers, 
my mom, Carrie Butler, L. Diane Wolfe, Eric Muss-Barnes, 
and the awesome members of Pioneer Hearts 
for helping me put the final polish on Precious Atonement.
You guys rock!

Thanks for visiting! :)
Content warning: Although the moral context of the story is old fashioned, 
Precious Atonement contains descriptions of physical intimacy, adult themes including rape, 
and violence including sexual violence. It is intended for mature readers.


  1. Congratulations, Melissa! I wish you all the best with it.

  2. Congratulations! This is such good news!

  3. Wow! This is exciting. Congrats to you, Melissa.

    Let's talk about doing something together in August if that works for you.

  4. Hey Melissa!

    Awesome congrats on your release. And yes, I do mean your book! Kudos to you, my friend.

    Have a great weekend.

    Gary :)

  5. Congratulations! :D *confetti cannon*

  6. Woohoo!!! Congrats on the new release! I love the tagline! It raises so many questions I'd just have to read to find out the answers to. I'm wishing you loads of success! :)

    1. Thank you!
      That tagline has been popular. ;)

  7. Wow! Congratulations Melissa!

  8. Congratulations!!! The cover is truly romantic. And the tagline is awesome! Just those few words intrigued me. :)

  9. Congratulations! Love that cover. :)

  10. I had to come by and say congrats on the book. It really came together fast, didn't it?

  11. Yippee! I'm so stoked for you. I've got the first book loaded on my kindle, but time (or sleep) is not my friend, apparently. Keep up the awesomeness!

    1. Thanks, Crystal. Hope you get some rest soon. Little ones are cute, but they steal sleep like bandits. :P

  12. Wow, Melissa, this was so fast! Huge congratulations, and I hope the sales take off!!

    1. Thanks, Liz.
      The ads go out tomorrow. I'm waiting with bated breath. :D

  13. Hey:)

    Sorry I'm so late, but bloody well done, Melissa:)

    I know getting this book out was a huge challenge - and I'm very proud of you for not only making it to the finish line, but for striding across, with your head held high :)

    #NiceOne :)

    1. Thanks, Mark. I can't wait to shout from the rooftops about yours. :)

  14. Congratulations on the release! Hope it's gone well for you so far. ^_^

  15. Woohoo! That was fast. Congratulations, Melissa!

    (I secretly hate you fast writers...)

    1. Thanks! :D

      Fast? It took me over a year from plot to pub. LOL

  16. Replies
    1. Me, too! I didn't think I would be this stoked about book 2. :)

  17. I'm a week later but so happy for you!! Congratulations!!


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