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No, I haven’t quit writing… But the editing takes time. And I have two series and a stand alone line to keep going.

I have a new book with the editor right now under the Sultonna Nadine name titled Mistaken Identity. It is a romantic intrigue set in a star system with two inhabited worlds on the brink of war. And it appears their best shot at gaining the intel to avert catastrophe lies with a troublesome female prisoner Commander Romaoff is holding in his prison on Novay Kemlya.

In the Gambler’s Folly series, I’m working on the editing for Book 4–Old Flame. Kort and Liz met at university. While they were good friends, they never actually dated. Since then, they’ve both pretty much given up on love. But thirty years after university, they meet by chance, on their way to Gambler’s Folly.

From Esperance we have Talents, Book 4 in the series. This continues Viviane’s story from Book 2. She is still struggling to control her Talents, with limited success. After the commotion she caused at her brother’s trial, she is afraid of her Talents and wishes they would go away. Hence her troubles. On top of everything else, her Talents and Jareth’s will prevent pregnancy until she has a handle on her abilities, and no amount of wishing will help.

At the same time, her nephew, Connell is having troubles of his own with Talent. Only his problem is mainly getting them reawakened to the point where he can train to rule the clan in his grandfather’s stead. But at eleven years old, it’s a pretty heavy load.

And then there is Whiskey Jug Genie, which is a fun little story I’ll probably publish as Sultonna Nadine. A London apothecary shop owner and herbalist, Martin, tours the American Southeast and buys an old whiskey jug to display in his shop. But when he pulls the stopper in his apartment, a genie–or djinn as he prefers to be called–who has been trapped in the jug for a couple centuries comes out to completely disrupt his life. A redneck genie with a unique manner of speaking who is completely out of touch with the modern world.

So wish me luck on my editing and wish my editor patience and perseverance. We;ll be back to you with new reads as soon as we can.

Wishing you a pleasant weekend and splendid summer.

Looking for my books?

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After dragging her feet for the longest time, summer arrived in a rush. Last week the temperatures around here were in the 60’s, but today the prediction is for up around 90.

I’m not sure I was quite ready for such a jump, though the tomatoes and herbs will be basking in the heat.

With the first draft of Whiskey Jug Genie tucked away for a bit, I’ve pulled out the next book in the Esperance Series. It is completely written, but needs editing. And it has sat there in its folder long enough to give me the distance I need to view it more objectively.

Where does Talents fit into the story?

Right after Viviane, First Lady finished. While Morgan is Book 3, it is more of an inset into the timeline, a vignette of one particular character and her life. Talents continues the original story of Viviane and Jareth, and pickes up the trials and tribulations of Connell, the new heir of Clan Belfort.

As a little boy of almost eleven, he is overwhelmed by the changes in his life. Moving to live with his grandfather and grandmother–First Lord and Lady of the clan, he leaves behind his lifelong home, his friends, and even his family for now.

He’s not overly fond of working on his Talents either, but finds a friend in his Aunt Viviane, even if her husband scares him silly.

Not sure when this will be ready to be published, but I’ll keep you posted.

Talents–Gaining Control. Esperance Book 4.

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It seems too soon for the month to be ending, but it is. And with the end of May comes the end of the book sale over at Smashwords. So if you haven’t checked it out, tomorrow, May 31 is your last chance.

So what else has been happening in my world?

We had a solid week of drizzle and rain, with temperatures in the 60’s. So now, during the past two days, the rain has ended and the temperatures have soared into the 80’s. Great for the tomatoes, but I’m not so keen on the shift.

I finished the first draft of Whiskey Jug Genie and set it aside to rest for a little while and am back to shaping the ending for Lady Calloway. What that girl can get up to…

And I have a new website to share, where you can find all my books, with previews and links. It’s over at Author Uproar. Go take a look for me and let me know what you think.

But the deck garden seems to be coming along, so when I need a break from dominant males and feisty females, I go chill on the deck with the cat and my herbs. They’re a lot less stressful.

So drop by and say hi, and tell me about your summer reading. If you have anything you’d like to share, feel free to comment or catch me on Facebook.

In the meantime, have a great week, keep reading,

and Don’t Forget to Share the Romance

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Sometimes I have an idea I like, but it isn’t enough for a novel. Just a brief thought sparked by a conversation, an interesting face, or some musings of my own.

So what to do with them?

Vocal.Media!

I have several article length stories on Vocal from my inner conversations. The first one is about the Digital Age and how dependent we’ve become on our electronics.

The second one discusses how different things are now from when I was growing up on a farm in Ohio. One of our grandsons asked me what had changed since I was his age, which set me to thinking.

The most recent article is called The Box. It came in the form of a dream, touching on the subject of that hidden place in our minds. That place we keep secret from the rest of the world.

What if it were are a real place? What would it look like if you could visit it. And how would you react to what is inside?

The Box, a story about sunlight and shadows, darkness and light.

For the others:

The Digital Age

What’s Different?

You may have to sign up with Vocal to read them, but there are thousands of interesting articles and stories on many topics there.

So go on over and take a peek–not only at my work, but browse around and see what else you can find.

Have a great week!

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Yes the Smashword Read an Ebook Week Sale is on, beginning today.

Looking for something new to read, a new author to try? Then this is the sale for you! This one week sale features many, many ebook authors, including your’s truly!

So go on over to Smashwords and take a look at the sale. Who knows? You might find your new favorite author!

Looking for my books? They’re all on sale this week.

What are you waiting for? Go find a new book, sit back, and take a mini vacation!

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Though I was beginning to wonder. Ain’t strep throat grand?

So I’ve been under the weather for about a week now trying to get over this stuff. And in the meantime, my brain has been working overtime on a project I had on a back burner from a couple years ago, to write sometime in the future. After I get through the backlog of other ideas I already have started.

But what do you do when your brain won’t shut off, especially in your sleep?

The only thing I’ve found that works is to at least write that one scene, which keeps playing out in your head, where you can deal with it later. When you’re ready to work with it.With a little luck.

Not that it’s a bad story line, or that it’s completely different from what I’d had in mind when I originally had the idea. It’s that I have so many things partway done at the moment. And I’d promised myself, and my editor, that I would finish up all these stories so we could think about getting them ready to publish before I started anything else.

Right.

So what else do I have to finish?

From Esperance, I need to brush up the next in the series, a story called Talents. After that I have another story written and waiting to be edited–Ben of Blackstone’s Forge. And then there is an idea which is partly written called Gregor Thayne, which is not only a story inset into the series, but furthers the overall plot of the series.

From Gambler’s Folly, there are two stories written and waiting to be edited, but they need to sit and rest for a while before I can have a fresh look at them. One is Old Flame, and the other is Scotch and Soulmates. I also have at least two other ideas for stories in this series.

The others are from Sultonna Nadine. There is Lady Calloway, which is nearly finished, but not quite. It is set in an alternate timeline of Victorian England.

Protector of the Red Dragon involves time travel from modern day America back to sixteenth century England and forward again in time to our future. There are paintings which act as portals, magic swords, and a host of tricky situations.

And of course there is Whiskey Jug Genie, about our herbalist from London who accidentally ends up with a redneck genie and the host of problems he brings with him.

And let’s not forget Mistaken Identity and Krista, who is mistaken for something she’s not, and then becomes central to a plan to aid two worlds–both hers and her captor’s.

This is not counting the ideas which are simply ideas of a few paragraphs, like Anya and the Mage; The Dane; two or three other ideas from Gambler’s Folly; a story set on a world of shifters, featuring dragons; The Travellers, following our couple through several lifetimes until they can fulfill their destiny; Sons of Macadam, featuring siblings scattered across the US to Scotland. There’s The Mercenary, Philippe and Mireille, and several others all waiting in line for their turn.

And then there are the two non-fiction books I have started–one on my life since diabetes. The other a lighthearted book concerning the family ghosts.

So why did Tank and Rogue decide it’s their turn now?

Who knows?

They are going to be a lively bunch, I can tell.

Anyway, I’ve got to get over the last of this strep throat. I have too much to do.

In the meantime, go on over and check out what I have already putlished, get caught up on your favorite series, see what Sultonna is up to, and I’ll let you know when there is a new release.

I’m also on Goodreads, so catch up with me there as well.

Esperance

Gambler’s Folly

Sultonna Nadine

Or go over to Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/meleigh53

You can also find my books at most other major book sellers, so go on over and check them out!

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Okay, so I didn’t have anywhere to go anyway, but it is the first snow of the year. And probably the last.

It doesn’t snow much here, so when it does I enjoy it while it lasts.

Thought I’d share some pictures with you. They’re almost like a study in black and white. Some are from around our home, and the last one is the road we live on.

I’ll have to write a book around a winter storm after this. Maybe something on Gambler’s Folly… What do you think?

Don’t forget to check out my Amazon Author page!

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

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That can mean so many things. But in this case, I’m talking about Amazon and Facebook.

Do you follow your favorite authors?

My main Facebook page talks about all my books, my WIPs and everyday things.

And then I have a page for each of my series and one for the stand-alones written as Sultonna Nadine.

You can follow your authors on Amazon as well!

So if you’re on Facebook, go on over and check out my page.

https://www.facebook.com/meleighscreations

Or at Amazon.

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

For the series pages–

Esperance Series:

http://www.facebook.com/esperanceseries

Gambler’s Folly:

https://www.facebook.com/GamblersFolly

And Sultonna Nadine:

https://www.facebook.com/SultonnaNadine

Don’t forget to check out THE RUSSIAN--the latest book from Gambler’s Folly!

And don’t forget to share posts about the books you love, and please review!

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Whichever holidays you celebrate, all of us from Esperance and Gambler’s Folly wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please stay safe out there on the highways if you’re traveling.

Looking for something to read?

Check out Smashwords end-of-the-year sale beginning tomorrow and lasting through January 1.

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/meleigh53

I’ll see you again in the New Year!

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Yes! I finished in the winner’s circle of #NaNoWriMo2019, along with many others who participated this year.

What was this year’s story?

Whiskey Jug Genie--a fantasy about a genie trapped in a whiskey jug, only to find himself free in London, England 200 years later, still cursed and bound to the jug.

Is the story finished?

Not yet. I’m still working on the conclusion to the whole affair. But I’ll get there. And it will have a happy ending for all concerned.

What about those who didn’t finish?

There is a camp in April, one in July, and another NaNoWriMo in November. But even those who didn’t finish the 50,000 words this month have gained a habit of sitting everyday to write, or have gained words toward finishing a project.

There are no losers. We all won something.

Anyway, I can breathe a little more easily now. While I will continue to write daily, I don’t have the pressure of a certain number of words each day.

In the meantime, if you’re a writer, keep writing.

If you’re not, keep reading!

Thank you, NaNoWriMo for making all of this possible.

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