Posts Tagged ‘fantasy fiction’

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:





Happy reading everyone!


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mem-gamblersfolly1Yes! Gambler’s Folly is now available in paperback from Amazon and from Barnes and Noble. So if you’ve been waiting for a real book you can hold and page through, the time has come.

[BookStrand Futuristic Paranormal Romance, shape-shifters, HEA]

While vacationing on Gambler’s Folly with her husband, Trae, Karianna O’Brien’s life is ripped apart when he loses her to Damiano Leone in a game of chance. Within two days, she is divorced, widowed, and married to Damiano, the darkly desirable, powerful, and dangerous lord of the underworld. Irresistibly drawn to Damiano, Karianna enters a world of wealth and glamour in his casinos, while he teaches her the meaning of pleasure and sensuality in his bed. Though married to Trae for four years, she’s never experienced true seduction, or sex so exquisite it could become an addiction. Is he really human, or something else? As Damiano’s enemies threaten Karianna to leverage his vote in the syndicate, he gambles all he’s worth in a dangerous game of skill. Will his plans pay off in time to save Karianna? Or will he lose both his business and his soul mate?

To buy on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Gamblers-Folly-Bookstrand-Publishing-Romance/dp/1627405844/

From Barnes and Noble:


Know someone who likes to read romance? Might make a good gift…

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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CommercialThe air was marvelous here last evening. The temperatures dropped down to 60 degrees with a subtle breeze. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Summer is winding down, temperatures are cooling, and the beautiful colors are about to appear on the trees.

And during those cool evenings, it’s nice to open the door, go out onto the deck, grab a cup of tea and a good book, and relax. With the cat curled up on my lap, I can delve into whichever world I choose for the evening, be it Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Glen Cook’s city of TunFaire, or my own invention, Esperanza on Gambler’s Folly.

So whatever you choose to read, grab a cuppa, sit back, and enjoy the evening. If you’re in the mood for something romantic, sensual, and paranormal in a fantasy kind of way, check out Gambler’s Folly. You might discover a new favorite place.


For now, I’m gonna find a good story and relax.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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CommercialOK, it’s not raining right now, but it’s so dark it seems like it ought to be time for bed. Everything is still wet from last night’s rain, so working outside is not an option. Nor is walking Jester, our 100 pound shepherd mix mud-ball.

So next on the list is a good book. I’ve got my comfy chair upstairs in the library and several good books to choose from. There’s Child of the Loch, The Condition, or The Lost Gateway–all books that I’ve bought recently, but haven’t yet had the chance to read.

So what’s your choice today?

If you’re in the mood for romance, like a bit of mystery and the paranormal, check out Gambler’s Folly.  Here’s the blurb.

“Thinking this trip would be a vacation, Karianna’s hopes are dashed when her husband loses her in a bet—to the biggest player in the crime syndicate on the world of Gambler’s Folly. Divorced, widowed and remarried in the space of forty-eight hours, she is now the wife of the tall, dark, and extremely wealthy Damiano Leone, who won her on the turn of one hand of cards. Besides his wealth and good looks, he controls half the planet through the crime syndicate.

As she tries to adjust to her new life, Karianna becomes embroiled in the shifting power play in the underworld. After she is poisoned twice, they take a trip to the beach, which is spoiled when their beach house explodes while they dine at a nearby restaurant.

And just when she thinks life is calming down, she discovers a secret not only about her husband and his closest friends, but a secret her family has hidden for generations—which affects her future far more than the mob on Gambler’s Folly.”

Gambler’s Folly is available at:


Go get your copy today.

I’ve got something to read. Join me!


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FreedomInk is a small publisher Atlanta, GA. But besides publishing, they also have their Hidden Gems page.

For under $20, the CEO and president of FreedomInk, Katandra Shanel Jackson, will read, review and feature your book on Hidden Gems.

They also offer a Creative Press Release which contains both media and flyer for your promotion.

FreedomInk is featuring Gambler’s Folly this month, and I’ve received my review from Katandra. I’ve been very happy to work with her. So if you want to check out what FreedomInk does, go to:

And to get your copy of Gambler’s Folly, you can click on the link at Hidden Gems. Or go to:

But check out FreedomInk if you need help with promotion. you’ll be glad you did.


Ciao amici miei!

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mem-gamblersfollyFor those of you who are not familiar with Ms. Jackson, she is the CEO, president, publisher, and an author at FreedomInk. (http://www.freedomink365.com)

I recently sent Gambler’s Folly to her for a review. It is being featured on FreedomInk’s Hidden Gems page this month.

After reading Gambler’s Folly, she had this to say:

“This book is smoking hot in an unexpected, underworld kinda way. I didn’t have to read several chapters in before I became totally engrossed. The Author’s engaging style captivated me before the 1st paragraph was done. Gambler’s Folly is a page turner, a bestseller, a literary Hidden Gem at its finest! I can’t wait to read the next book by Mellie Miller. “

Thank you Katandra Jackson!

So for those of you waiting until you had an objective opinion, go ahead. Go get your copy.  http://www.bookstrand.com/gamblers-folly

Damiano is waiting.

Ciao amici miei!

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Black and whiteHow much do you love your partner?

(Excerpt from Chapter 26)


“Okay, Tiger. What is it?”
“I was just thinking about this morning, when you called me
‘honey,’ and wondering why, after a year together, this has come
about. It is nothing really. I’m just curious.”
She thought about it for a minute, sipping coffee to see if it would
jump-start her brain. “I’m not sure if I can even figure it out for
myself, Dam. It’s almost like some part of my mind was still resisting
the whole thing, you and me. Even before bonding, I was very
attracted to you, beginning to love you. Maybe not as much as I hoped
to love someone I was married to, but our circumstances were a little
He laughed, nodded his head and replied, “I suppose ‘a little
weird’ describes it pretty well.”

“Anyway,” she continued, swirling the coffee left in her cup,
“after our bonding, I felt closer to you, more comfortable with you,
and thought I loved you more than before. Maybe I did, I don’t know
now. But I’m not sure I loved you beyond physical, sexual attraction.
Am I making any sense?”
“I’m trying to understand, but am I about to be very
“Hold on. I’ve not finished. I thought I loved you, wanted to love
you. I mean, if bonding means what you say it means, we’re together
forever. I hoped to God there was love in there somewhere. But it
worried me that I didn’t seem to love you enough, or in the right
“I believe you love me,” Damiano expressed earnestly. “And I
know beyond a doubt that I love you, cara. I loved you before we
were paired, adored you, had to have you. I would have died for you,
cara, before we were bond mates. And now? More than that, I love
“I know, Tiger,” she answered softly.


Ciao amici miei…


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mem-gamblersfolly1One of the things people often asked is what inspired a particular book. Was it someone you knew or met? Is it a situation near to your heart? Or did it just jump in out of the blue?

Several of my ideas have come from dreams. They were interesting enough, but when they started repeating nearly every night, I decided it was time to write them down. I have no idea where they came from or why, but several books I have in the works began with dreams.

What about Gambler’s Folly? 

It was different. It was inspired by an old folk song. Does anyone out there remember the Kingston Trio? They recorded a version of the song South Coast which told the story of a man who won his wife in a card game.

Interesting idea, I thought. How could that possibly happen today?

Shortly after hearing this song, I got sidetracked onto the musical Paint Your Wagon, with Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood. In this story of prospectors and mining towns, Lee Marvin’s character buys his wife at auction, who he then shares with his partner because, well, they’re partners.

As I mused on these two themes, Gambler’s Folly began to come together.

It is the story of Karianna, lost on one hand of cards to Damiano Leone. He is the most powerful underworld syndicate leader on the planet named Gambler’s Folly.  As a pleasure paradise renowned for its gambling houses, there are contingencies for nearly any situation–including how to dissolve one marriage and form another one in just this sort of situation.

Sound interesting? Add in a few shape-shifters and a syndicate take-over bid for a little more fun.

Check it out! You can’t walk away and leave her married to a dark, powerful stranger, can you?


Go ahead. Karianna is waiting.

Ciao amici miei…

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mem-gamblersfolly1Gambler’s Folly is 4th on Bookstrand’s Bestsellers List for the past 30 days. And it is 14th for the past six months!

So go check it out!


Read it this weekend!
Ciao amici…

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So far, I’ve found the books to be interesting, and there are several I want to read. My new novel, Gambler’s Folly, was featured in episode 12 of his program. I am also a nominee for the BBFBP awards in the Most Artistic category, as are several other extremely talented people.

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In the meantime, look up Gambler’s Folly, my new Paranormal Fantasy Romance–with shape-shifters.



Ciao amici miei–

a tardi…

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