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Mel and Gambler's FollyI addressed readers a few days ago. But now let’s ask a question I hear quite often. Why do you write? Where do you find your inspiration?

Not everyone writes for the same reason. There are probably as many reasons as there are authors out there. I write because it’s fun, in its own way. Yes, it can be aggravating, frustrating and lead to sleepless nights. But I still write.

I know authors who write to get the characters out of their head, and those characters can demand attention while they’re trying to be born.

Some authors write to inform others. Sometimes it is about a problem they see in society, sometimes about dealing with a disease. Perhaps they want to show us about live in another part of the world. Others want to show us a personal history, an autobiography or genealogy.

And where do we find inspiration? For many it is from life itself, from interactions with friends, neighbors, people we meet in town or at the airport. There is just something about a situation or a chance meeting that provides a spark for a new story.

Sometimes ideas come from dreams. I’ve had several stories begin in my dreams and develop while I sleep. A few times I’ve written myself into a situation I can’t figure a way out of, but a good night’s sleep and a few dreams usually help points the way.

Authors, help me out here. Let’s have your comments on why you write and where you find inspiration. If you’re daring, go to my Facebook page and comment.

Why do we write? Because we must.

What inspires us? Anything and everything in the world.

Talk to you later. And if you haven’t joined my Pre-Sale Event  for Jareth, First Lord yet, jump on over to Facebook.

And whatever you do,

Don’t forget—

     —to Share the Romance…

                                              Mellie E. Miller

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CommercialFor more news on what’s happening, slip on over to Facebook and Like my page. The one I use for for my writing is:

https://www.facebook.com/MeleighsCreations/

I also share events and releases of other authors I know and the occasional humorous post.

I also have a new page for our pre-sale event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/662445560518968

If you preorder Jareth, First Lord, you get a signed copy of a first run book, plus a Redd’s button with the cover art. The publisher, FreedomInk365, has also suggested a free e-book with the pre-order of Jareth, First Lord during the event.

So go over, Like the page, check out the pre-sale event, and share with your friends. Jareth, First Lord will be released in September, so to get the perks, order soon!

Don’t forget—

     —to Share the Romance

                                     Mellie E. Miller 

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Black and whiteJoin me this Thursday evening, August 28, at 6 pm when I drop by to chat with Cyrus Webb, of Conversations LIVE.

Some of you are asking, “Who is Cyrus Webb and what is Conversations LIVE?”

Very briefly, Cyrus Webb hosts the blogtalk radio show Conversations LIVE, but he is also on TV, and has a bi-monthly magazine , Conversations,  which discusses not only artists, but fashion, foods, and health topics.

He also has an internationally known book club, Conversations Book Club. They not only discuss books, but have conference call Q & A with authors and other unique opportunities to put you in touch with the minds behind the books.

Conversations LIVE reaches over 1.1 million listeners on blogtalk radio, and features interviews with artists of all kinds, where they can discuss their work and their motivations.

I am quite looking forward to this opportunity to speak with Cyrus. So join us this Thursday at 6 pm on Conversations LIVE.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversation-pieces/2014/08/28/author-mellie-miller-stops-by-conversations-live

Don’t forget—

        —to Share the Romance…

                                         Mellie E. Miller

 

 

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Small Formal Black2All romance stories have heroes. But what endears you to a hero? Is it his charm? Maybe there’s a bit of mystery about him, something hiding in his past. Perhaps its power you crave.

Go over and visit the Facebook event for Jareth, First Lord and tell us what you love in a hero. While you’re there, you can join the event and pre-order your copy.

All pre-orders are signed and will receive a Redd’s button with the cover art! join us today!

https://www.facebook.com/events/662445560518968

http://www.freedomink365.com/jarethfirstlord

Don’t forget—

       —to Share the Romance…

                               Mellie E. Miller

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Black and whiteIf you’re a writer, you spend hours, days, weeks and sometimes months on a project. After you have your rough draft down, you pour over your manuscript paragraph by paragraph, line by line, and yes, even word by word.

You tear each sentence apart to bring out the true essence of what you want to say. You check your spelling and grammar, while cursing spell check for inaccuracies. You hunt down every “its” and “it’s” to make sure you have them the right way around.

After you finish with the third, fourth, how ever many drafts you’ve done, you’re fairly certain your work cannot be improved. It is ready for submission

Where does an editor come into all this? 

As the author, you know your back story, so when you come to a portion of your story where this is important, you have no problem.

Your readers will. And that’s one reason you need an editor. They don’ t know the back story either. They’ll be as confused as your readers, only they can put a note in the margin and ask, “What were you thinking?”

The editor has no emotional bond to your story, while you have invested in every word. You can’t bear to cut any of it out. Your editor is a sadistic bitch who can’t wait to trim out the dead wood. You won’t see those repeating words and phrases that will drive your readers crazy. To your editor, they are like neon signs flashing in the night.

You may have a beautiful, wondrous, and magical story to tell, but I can guarantee that if you let an editor help you, it will be even more fantastic. You’ve done your job. You’ve written the story, but you are blind to some of the problems it contains. Let your editor do the job they’re good at now–putting the spit and polish on it.

Who needs an editor? Anyone who writes. Yes, I know it’s your baby, born of your blood, sweat, and tears. You will probably cringe when you see all that red ink bleeding down the page. But if you’re honest, you’ll realize that what was once a good book is now a great one, thanks to your editor.

Your publisher will appreciate the fact that someone has gone over it before it went to their in-house editor. They will probably make a few changes even at this stage, but their work will be easier and your book will make it to print faster once they have it.

Especially if you’re self-publishing, have a professional look at your work. Even if you only send them part of it so you can see what sort of corrections they would make, it can be a big help.

If  you’re writing a college paper, a book of poetry, non-fiction, anything at all, an editor would help. Trust me. I didn’t want anyone to touch what I’d written, but I’m glad I changed my mind. Having an editor go over that first manuscript taught me a lot.

There are many editing services out there. You can look them up online or in the back of any writer’s magazine. I use RuleBreaker Editing. I can hear the deep, dark, ominous chuckle every time she gets a new manuscript from me and it makes me cringe. I know she will turn it red, but it’s getting better. I’m beginning to catch mistakes before she does, at last part of the time.

Editors. Who needs them?

Every writer ever born. 

Mellie E. Miller

Don’t forget—

     —to Share the Romance…

 

 

 

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CommercialYes! Jareth, First Lord is just about to be re-released, with new editing and new chapters in anticipation of the release of Viviane, First Lady early next year.

For exclusive information about the book and the author, go join the event on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/events/662445560518968

You’ll find information on pre-ordering specials, author bio and excerpts from Jareth, First Lord.

Come and join us. You can also go to the Jareth page at: http://www.facebook.com/jarethfirstlord

And like the author’s page: http://www.facebook.com/meleighscreations

Even if you have the original Jareth, consider buying the new edition, re-edited with chapters including their wedding, especially for FreedomInk365.

Want to pre-order now? http://www.freedomink365.com/jarethfirstlord

Thanks for your support!

Don’t forget—

      —to Share the Romance…

                             Mellie E. Miller

 

 

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What is FreedomInk365? It is a small publishing company from Reidsville, GA. Originally begun by Katandra Shanel Jackson to publish her own work, she decided to open it up to others, to new authors with promise who were overlooked or lost in the greater publishing world.

What have they published?

Woman on Fire–Trinette Collier

Life and Love Through My Eyes–Ramona Jones

The Loves Me Not series–Kenny L Mitchell

  • Beautiful Broken Me
  • The Purge
  • Miracles & Blessings

Also from Kenny L. Mitchell–The Lady Niobe

The Diary of a Bride to Be series–Katandra Shanel Jackson

  • A Reason, A Season, or A Lifetime
  • The Return of Spring

Angel Eyes–Katandra Shanel Jackson

Coming in September, watch for:

Jareth, First Lord–Mellie E. Miller

Darkness Before the Dawn–Dawn Miller

FreedomInk also has several programs throughout the year to promote reading. This year they went to the Harlem Book Fair. There is Poetry month, in April, Reading is Retro–a summer reading challenge, the Halloween Blog Hop, and so much more.

Check out some of the authors at FreedomInk. There is sure to be something for everyone.

All FreedomInk books are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million, as well as from the publisher.

The Pre-sale event for Jareth, First Lord is going from now until the release date. Pre-ordered books will be signed, first run books, and you will also get a Redd’s button with the cover art.

So check out FreedomInk365. You’ll be glad you did.

Ciao for now,

and Don’t forget—

                —to Share the Romance…

Mellie

 

 

 

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I’ve received the final proofs for Jareth, First Lord, which will be released early in September. Jareth, First Lord is a fantasy romance, set on another world ruled by psychic First Lords.

Jareth, First Lord is now ready for pre-order! My publisher, FreedomInk365, is hoping for 20 pre-orders before the release date. How can you help? Order your own copy of Jareth, First Lord. Or help spread the word. Jareth, First Lord has a page on Facebook and a Pre-Sale event. 

Jareth, First Lord also contains the first chapter of the sequel, Viviane, First Lady.

PreSale price includes a signed 1st print book + a Redds button featuring the cover art of ‘Jareth, First Lord’ courtesy of the CEO at FreedomInk!

So join the pre-sale and like the page. You can also like my author page, Meleigh’s Creations, and keep up with the news on new releases.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Don’t forget—

        —to Share the Romance…

                                Mellie E. Miller

Here’s the back cover blurb!

With his clan’s welfare threatened by raiding parties during a harsh winter, Jareth rides to demand restitution from the neighboring first lord, not knowing he will meet the woman of his dreams. Taking her as part of the spoils, he hopes to make her his first lady, not realizing she is the daughter of the first lord. Tensions escalate between the two clans over this beautiful and fiery woman he must make his own.

Viviane, a young widow, is praying for an answer as she struggles to survive on her own after her husband’s death. The other option is to move back home, with her father, First Lord Herrick, of Clan Brannach. She is desperate for another option, for as the youngest daughter of the house, she can never be her own person there. Her prayers are answered when Jareth comes seeking justice for crimes against her clan. Hiding her true identity, she hopes to make a break with her past when she is chosen as part of the spoils.

Imagine her dismay when she discovers Jareth hopes to make her first lady of his clan.

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Black and whiteIf not, get on over to FreedomInk and secure your copy.

Jareth, First Lord is a fantasy romance on a far away world. Think psychic highland lords, frigid winters, green forests, and rushing streams.

See Viviane, a first lord’s daughter, with black curls, startling blue eyes and a temper it will take a first lord to tame.

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There was something ruthless about him this evening, and the sense of power surrounding him was augmented and hinted at danger. Shortly after they left the house, they departed their usual route.

“Jareth, where are we going?”

“To walk in the house orchard. It’s quiet, beautiful in the moonlight, and private. We shouldn’t have an audience out there,” he answered without even slowing down.

“Audience for what?” she asked, but his only answer was a smile.

They strolled amongst the trees for a few minutes before he stopped to face her. “I love the way the moonlight shines on the silvery bark of these old trees. As a child, I used to pretend there was a magical realm out here, full of wonder and mystery. I thought if I looked hard enough, I’d see all sorts of strange creatures going about their business in this special place.” As he talked, his eyes took on the magic of the night, dark, bewitching, and dangerous.

Gnarled, twisted, and tangled, the old trees looked like a crazed wizard had got loose and created a chaotic maze. Mystically enchanting, it did seem as if something magical could happen at any moment, around any corner. Viviane felt the pulsing heartbeat of great but subtle power. Wherever it was, it added to the mystery of the night. Looking up into the sky through the branches, Viviane realized tonight wasn’t just another night. She called it to Jareth’s attention. As they watched, the two moons above were aligning. In a few moments, one would completely eclipse the other, and for a little while this evening, only one moon would grace the sky.

“‘In the heart of winter, the two become one, the past put to rest, the future begun,’” Jareth said, quoting the ancient legend. “Perhaps there is a reason we came here tonight,” he told her, his eyes staring intently into hers as if he could read her soul.”

Jareth, First Lord 

Coming in September.

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Don’t forget—

       —to Share the Romance…

Mellie E. Miller

 

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Black and whiteYes, Jareth, First Lord is being re-released by FreedomInk Publishing. Newly edited, and with added chapters–including the wedding and wedding night–Jareth is leading the way for the second book in the series, Viviane, First Lady.

And the Pre-Sale Event is now open! You can now pre-order your copy of Jareth, First Lord from FreedomInk.

And the PreSale price includes a 1st print book + a Redds button featuring the cover art of  ‘Jareth, First Lord’ courtesy of the CEO at FreedomInk!

To pre-order you copy go to:

http://www.freedomink365.com/jarethfirstlord.

 

Excerpt:

“Before you follow the breadcrumbs back to your rooms, may I tempt you with a glass of wine? It’s not late yet and there’s still a nice fire in the fireplace. It would be a shame to let it go to waste by not enjoying it,” he suggested.

“Lord Jareth, I don’t want to keep you from any business you have. You must be busy these days. You needn’t entertain me to the detriment of your estate or clan.”

She looked as if she would enjoy the fire, but was too shy to say so. Something must have reminded her of her late husband,  a deep sadness suddenly filled her eyes with tears. Jareth reached out to comfort her and she flinched at his touch.

“Viviane, I know how much grief you still carry. I would enjoy your company tonight, if you can manage,” he continued. “I keep my evenings free to unwind from the day. It has been most generous of you to share your evening, but if you feel you must leave, I’ll understand.”

Viviane stood motionless for a moment, tears threatening to spill over onto her face. Jareth was afraid she was going to run to her room, fling herself on the bed, and cry herself to sleep. For some reason, her emotion was affecting him more strongly than it should. Maybe it was the personal tragedies they shared.

“Thank you, milord, but spending another evening in tears won’t help anything, will it?” she replied, dabbing at the few tears which had escaped. “It hasn’t so far, anyway. Perhaps a glass of wine and a warm fire would be better, if you’re sure I won’t interrupt anything else you had to do.”

“Wine and a fire it is, Viviane. And no, crying yourself to sleep every night doesn’t help, though it sometimes seems you have no choice. I know how much it hurts, the loss. It gets easier to bear after a while. I don’t know that you miss them any less, but you find a way to live with it and move on.”

 

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