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Black and whiteYes! I’ve reached my word goal of 40,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo 2014. I’ve made it!

No, the book isn’t’ finished yet, but  with 40,000 words as a start, it shouldn’t take long to finish. And then there is the editing, rewrites, and all of that. But finishing it is the first order of business.

The Seduction of Lady Calloway is a fantasy romance set in an alternate timeline in London, around 1850. The church and state are one organization with two different branches–one for clerical administration and the other for secular affairs.

Kerrick Calloway works as a liaison between the two divisions. Recently married to Liora,  a delightful girl from further north, imagine his shock when he finds out she was raised a heretic.

So what does one who is employed by the church do in this situation? He won’t subject his wife to the confessors unless forced, but in the meantime, can he bring her back to the church?

Sound like something you’d like? Well, keep your eyes on this blog for news of releases. A second edition of Jareth: First Lord should be out later this year, followed by the sequel, Viviane: First Lady.

And if you haven’t read it yet, Gambler’s Folly is available at:

http://www.bookstrand.com/gamblers-folly

http://www.amazon.com/author/melliemiller

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gamblers-folly-mellie-e-miller/1116472748

 

Happy reading everyone!

Ciao!

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Black and whiteMy problem is that I have so many. So when I tried to choose one, I just couldn’t do it. But I don’t mind reciting, so I’ve posted two so far.

Don’t know what I’m talking about?

It’s Poetry Month, and there is a Facebook event called Pledge to Recite Poetry. So far, I think there are four videos posted.

https://www.facebook.com/events/235506119969550/

So go over and check it out. Or pledge to recite for yourself and post your own video on their page.

Here’s one of mine.

So go check it out! Join us if you’d like. Recite from your favorite poet, or recite something of your own.

Ciao, amici!

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Mel and Gambler's FollyDon’t forget to join me as I talk with Jamela Franklin about Gambler’s Folly. You can hear her program, Higher Consciousness , on BlogTalk Radio.

I’ll be with her Monday, February 17, at 7 pm.

Need the link?

And if you haven’t read Gambler’s Folly yet, you can find it on my author page at:

http://www.amazon.com/Mellie-Miller/e/B00954K2C8

So join us if you can. If not, the program will be archived for later.

The weather here has cleared and the roads are pretty passable. So for those of you thinking about us down here in the frozen South, thanks for your kind thoughts and best wishes.

Ciao amici!

 

 

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Mel and Gambler's FollyOK! I will be interviewed by Professor Jamela Franklin on February 17, which is a Monday evening, at 7 pm eastern time.  Her show is called Higher Consciousness.

We will be discussing my novel, Gambler’s Folly, my background and my writing. So if you’ve read Gambler’s Folly and want to know more about what I’m doing, tune in.

And if you haven’t read Gambler’s Folly, tune in and see if it’s something you’d like.

So tune in to Higher Consciousness, Monday February 17. We’ll be waiting for you.

Ciao!

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Yes, in a couple of weeks I’ll be on blogtalk radio! I’m so excited. The host asked me for a picture of me holding my book, so I asked our daughter if she could do the honors.

What do you think of the new photo? As soon as the link is live and has all the information, you’ll find it here. Be sure and tune in for more on Gambler’s Folly.

Mel and Gambler's Folly

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I know everyone is having fun watching Atlanta deal with a little snow. Because really, it was just a little snow. Here where we live, about an hour and a half outside of Atlanta, we had maybe two inches. And that might be stretching it a little.

Now I grew up in snow country. We had snow from before Thanksgiving until sometime in late March. So I know about snow. I learned how to drive in it. As a matter of fact, I took my driver’s test a few days after a big snowstorm.

But I won’t drive in Georgia if there has been any snow. If you live where there’s snow every year, your state has the equipment and the trained personnel to deal with it. You have a budget for salt and sand or cinders, for snow plows and salt trucks and drivers for them.

Here in Georgia, we have snow every couple of years, maybe. So while there are some snow plows and road crews, it isn’t practical to keep a full snow crew on standby for a maybe-once-every-two-years occurrence. If you only use these trucks once every year or so, you have to have garage space and maintenance for them which could be used for something else. And if you haven’t changed the fuel in them for two years, they might not start when you need them.

If you live where there’s snow every winter, you’ve learned how to drive in it. We used to go to an empty parking lot and just practice braking, skidding, recovering from a skid and stopping on the packed snow. It was sort of fun and we learned skills that would help us out on the road.

But if you seldom get the opportunity to practice, how can you learn these skills? Because driving on snowy roads takes a completely different skill set than you’re used to.

Another problem is ice. If it’s cold when it snows, and stays cold, all you have to contend with is snow. But down here we’ll get snow, and then the temperature will rise just enough to melt part of the snow on the road. Later in the evening, this will all freeze into patches of black ice. And black ice is no joking matter.

So go back and look at the picture comparison between New York and Atlanta. Notice that the roads in New York are plowed and that the ones in Atlanta are not.  And understand that the only roads which will be plowed are the major arteries around Atlanta. Those of us out here in the country will have to wait for the sun to do the road clearing for us.

Have fun and laugh at us if you’d like. We’re laughing at ourselves and congratulating each other for making it home alive. But remember, what’s normal and expected where you’re from is completely foreign to those here in the sunny Southeast.

Stay warm and dry friends.

Ciao

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Small Formal Black2Oh my gosh! I’m so excited! I just got the news that I have been chosen as Hidden Gems Multifaceted Jewel for Gambler’s Folly! I am literally sitting here in tears.

Thank you so much Katandra Shanel Jackson and FreedomInk365 for really starting my year off with a bang!

Guess I’d better get busy and finish that new one, huh?

http://freedomink365.com/hidden_gems

You can order a copy of Gambler’s Folly from the link at FreedomInk, or:

http://www.amazon.com/Gamblers-Folly-Bookstrand-Publishing-Romance/dp/1627405844/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gamblers-folly-mellie-e-miller/1116472748?ean=9781627405843

Once again, thank you so much for this honor. I’ll do my best to merit the award.

Mellie Miller

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Black and whiteEveryone is holiday shopping this time of year. Stores are crowded, parking lots a disaster, and there is this one thing you simply have to get.

While you’re out there, be safe. Need some tips? Look up my new article on Yahoo.

http://voices.yahoo.com/christmas-shopping-safety-12435060.html

Need a Christmas gift for your friend who loves romance?

Gambler’s Folly! Now available in e-format and paperback!

http://www.amazon.com/Gamblers-Folly-BookStrand-Publishing-Romance-ebook/dp/B00EKWRB3S

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Small Formal Black2Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Wishing you a day filled with love, laughter, joy and gratitude.

I wanted to share this information on gratitude with you, from the folks at Mindvalley.

Enjoy!

http://mindvalleyacademy.com/featured/power-gratitude-thanksgiving

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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CommercialThanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect back on the year. What can we be thankful for this year? What can we look forward to in the year to come?

I have two articles on the Yahoo Contributor Network on Thanksgiving. Go on over and take a peek at them.

http://voices.yahoo.com/thanksgiving-traditions-12386883.html?cat=47

http://voices.yahoo.com/have-we-forgotten-thanksgiving-12408573.html?cat=37

Have a wonderfully happy Thanksgiving this year.

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