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Happy weekend everyone! Did you all survive Thanksgiving and Black Friday? It is certainly a crazy time of year out there. We had our daughter, one of her sons and a friend of his, plus a couple other guests to share the holiday with us.

Of course, with all that was going on, I did a bit too much too soon after my surgery, but a day or two of rest should take care to everything. I’ve been catching up on some reading while I’ve been recovering.

So, do you want to buy more books,

,,,but have to watch your budget?

Then you might be interested in my book sale over at Smashwords.

Between now and January 1, you can set your own price for any of my books there.

You can even choose to get them for FREE!

All books in both the Gambler’s Folly series and the Esperance Series are included as is Master of the Fleet from Sultonna Nadine.

So you can finish up a series, or start a new one without breaking the bank.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. Please be safe out there. You know how traffic gets this time of year.

So Happy Holidays from everyone at melliemiller.com

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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I normally write about what I’m writing or publishing. But today I thought I’d do something different.

People often ask if I read the same genre as I write. And sometimes I do.

But I also love a good mystery. Sometimes that mystery is a paranormal cozy mystery. Other times it’s a murder mystery. And I may, one day, attempt to write a mystery.

So what have I been reading?

First on the list is the On Pointe Mystery series by Lori Robbins. If you like your mystery set back stage or on the dance studio floor, then you should like On Pointe books. After finding a body, our MC, Ballerina Leah Siderova, is accused of the murder. Determined to solve the crime and clear her name, she dives right into the thick of things.

The action is exciting, with a dash of humor and a whole lot of ballet.

I’ve also enjoyed the Eastwind Witches Cozy Mysteries.

MC Nora Ashcroft, was a chef when she died. But instead of the afterlife she expected, she found herself in Eastwind, a magical town with residents of all kind. And by all kinds, I mean werewolves, fairies, witches, and the grim reaper–who is totally misunderstood.

Looking for a straight up historical murder mystery?

Check out the Inspector Ravenscroft Mysteries. The inspector has the worst record on the force, so he’s banished to Malvern to lick his wounds. But murder and death seem to follow him even that far from London. Set in Victorian England, this series is captivating.

But on to things more romantic.

If you like short romantic reads, check out Wedding Nights by Lexi Miles. Each wedding night is unique.Maybe the bride skipped out minutes before the wedding and took off with a biker. Or maybe the groom has a wicked sense of humor. All the stories are spicy, but won’t keep you up all night reading. Well, unless you start the next story…

So there you are. This is where I’ve been on my virtual vacations.

Where have you gone?

If you like paranormal fantasy romance, check out my other pages for links, descriptions, and excerpts. All titles available on both Amazon and Smashwords.

And remember all the Esperance books are on sale with the coupon at Smashwords. The coupon is on each book’s page.

Here’s the link.

Have a wonderful week!

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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That’s right! I’m having a book sale!

Have you been waiting for a sale to try the Esperance Series?

Now’s the time.

All e-books on sale in the series for only $0.99 each through Nov. 12.

Use code TX55S at checkout!

So come with me and visit Esperance this weekend! The fare is quite affordable.

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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Just what are Talents anyway? I talk a lot about them in my Esperance books. So let’s take a peek at what I’m talking about.

Generally speaking, Talents are like psychic abilities. You may be familiar with the concept of mental telepathy or telekinesis. On Esperance, this takes a much broader stroke across the population. Healers have a gift for using energy to counter illness and work with doctors to keep the clan healthy.

Take for instance the Ferguson family. The ruling family of Clan Ferguson is known for having an affinity for the forest and wood products in general. In Clan Brannach, a family related to the ruling family owns a lumber yard. They also create works of art from wood in unusual ways, using these Talents.

What most people don’t know is how attuned to the forest they really are. (Morgan–The Pixie and the Green Man).

When it comes to First Lords, those Talents can come in a number of ways. Most are adept at mental telepathy, telekinesis, remote viewing and the like. Some can teleport to places they’ve been to before.

What makes the difference in their strength is the amount of energy they can control to direct this Talent. No one has every found the limits of Jareth’s powers.

Then we come to Viviane, who should have lost any abilities she had during childhood. Nobody knows exactly why, but they resurfaced during the trouble her clan had with Clan Brannach, stirred up by her traitorous brother, Carl. All the Talents one would expect for an heir of the clan became hers, and were completely out of control.

This brought up another issue. Since Talent is tied to emotions in a lot of cases, whenever she became emotional at all, or began to daydream, she affected everyone within reach of her abilities. Maids would be dancing down the hallway as she visualized a dancer while playing her flute. Her anger sent people flying out of her path.

And the stronger her abilities became, the more trouble they were.

Now, picture two people who are extremely gifted when passion ignites in the bedroom…

Yeah…

Both Viviane and Jareth were tired of having to control their emotions during those intimate times, but so far the only solution was to go to the mountain cabin. While Jareth could teleport them up the mountain, it was rather a nuisance.

But Jareth has a plan and it’s almost time for Viviane’s birthday. It will certainly be one she will never forget.

Come with me to Esperance. Maybe we can wish Viviane a happy birthday in person.

And don’t forget Connell, over in Clan Belfort. We’ll talk about him next time.

Ready to read? You can find the Esperance series, including Too Many Talents, over at Amazon.

Or check my profile at Smashwords!

Have a wonderful weekend!

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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If not, then what are you waiting for?

Come with me for a moment and learn about this magical, marvelous world.

Esperance.

And Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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If so, you’re in luck, especially since it’s almost that spooky time of year.

Over on VocalMedia, you can read my shorter works for FREE! And there are two paranormal short stories among them.

Moonlight and Shadows

He’d been planning to meet an informant at his cabin. But when he gets there, she’s dead on his floor and an unfamiliar vehicle is pulling away from his drive. Once the local authorities have finished, he changes for the run back to his home in town.

Can you really trust your eyes out here in the high desert moonlight?

Child of the Universe

She didn’t believe in ghosts and spirits. So who was she talking to.

And more importantly…

…who was talking back?

So go on over to Vocal.Media and have a look around. There are some other stories and articles there as well.

If you need to get your copy of Too Many Talents, it’s still on sale over at Smashwords. Just use the coupon code on the page and get it for $0.99!

Have a wonderful week and as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

Child of the Universe–A Homecoming

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Yes, all the books in my Esperance Series on on sale this week, through October 7!

Why, you ask?

Too Many Talents has been released and I know some of you have read only one or two of the series. And if you’re like the rest of us, money is a little tight these days.

So if you’ve been on the fence, now’s the time to go ahead and take the plunge.

Go over to Smashwords, to my profile page, and use the coupon code TN33P when you check out. Each book in the series is on sale for $1.49. Now, I ask you, what else can you get for that price these days?

Jareth, First Lord–Book 1 begins the series just before Jareth and Viviane meet. And then the fun begins as he tries to win her heart.

Viviane, First Lady–Book 2 continues the story of Jareth and Viviane as she strives to gain control over Talents which have suddenly appeared, throwing the whole house into chaos.

Morgan–The Pixie and the Green Man–Book 3. This book is inset into the story to showcase Morgan, who appeared in Book 1. There was just something about her I wanted to explore, so I gave her a story of her own.

Too Many Talents–Viviane and Connell–Book 4. This picks up the story from Book 2, after Jareth and Viviane return from a visit to Clan Belfort. Still working to manage her Talents, and yet resisting them at the same time, causes a few major manifestations of Talent gone wrong.

In her home clan of Belfort, her nephew, the new heir of the clan, is struggling with his Talents, as well as wondering why they are necessary.

So come with me and join the fun on Esperance, a wonderful world full of mischief, magic, and romance.

Not familiar with Smashwords? Prefer to buy elsewhere?

You can find other links for Too Many Talents at Book Funnel.

Have a fantastic week and weekend! Enjoy the cooler autumn weather.

And remember,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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Yes! Too Many Talents is now live and available for Kindle and at Smashwords! Book 4 of the Esperance Series, it continues where Book 2 finished, just after Jareth and Viviane get home from her brother’s trial.

After the incident at her brother’s trial, Viviane is even more certain she doesn’t want Talents. But resisting her training brings more trouble in the form of unintentional manifestations of Talents. And when she throws energy at her instructor in anger, she teleports away from the house in a panic at what could have happened.

With the whole house in an uproar, Jareth is finally able to find her and convince her to devote herself wholeheartedly to her training.

Meanwhile, in her home clan of Belfort, her nephew, Connell, is having difficulties of his own. First he had to leave his village, his family, and his friends to the clan center with his grandparents. There was just no way for him to keep up with his schoolwork and begin training his Talents.

But why does he need Talents? Will they really come in useful?

When his little admirer, Nellie, is assaulted and he uses his Talents to rescue her, he begins to get an idea of what it means to be Talented and a First Lord.

And when she is hurt again and he can’t go to her to help, his frustration and anger bring out another Talent for him to train.

Come with me to Esperance and join us in the ups and downs, the trials and triumphs, and everything else which makes this world unique.

Come to Esperance!

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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Yes! I have the final edits for Too Many Talents. Now for a read through on my end and I can begin formatting it for ebook, paperback, and hardcover.

I’m not sure which bit I dislike the most–editing or formatting. But they are both right up there on my “do I gotta?” list.

So watch here for the release date. And if you want a little preview, go back and check out the post on Too Many Talents.

If you haven’t read the previous three books, go to Amazon and look for the Esperance Series.

Until later,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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Yes, Too Many Talents should be out later this month. Book 4 from the Esperance Series, it continues where Viviane, First Lady left off. It picks up just after Jareth and Viviane return from her brother’s trial in Clan Belfort.

Viviane’s training has not progressed well since returning from her brother’s trial. Her instructor and husband feel it’s because she’s resisting training due to an unfortunate incident in the court. But the more she resists, the more often her Talents get out of hand, causing episodes almost every day.

What will it take for her to finally step up and be the multi-talented First Lady she was born to be?

Back in Clan Belfort, her nephew, Connell, struggles with the concept of Talents. Why should he need these weird abilities to rule the clan when the time comes? And why must he leave his old friends behind and move to his grandfather’s home to train? But when old friends, jealous of his change of status, decide to harm his little friend, Nellie, his abilities take over and save her from harm.

Maybe this is his turning point. And maybe he should talk with his Aunt Viviane.

Watch for Too Many Talents, Esperance Book 4

Now, how about an excerpt?

From Clan Brannach:

“Viviane, Duncan is worried about you and has me worried, too.”  

“Worried? Whatever for?” she asked.

“I know how you feel about your Talents, but hiding from them isn’t the answer. And neither is running away and pretending they don’t exist. Duncan and I feel the loss of control you are experiencing is coming from something besides the porting aspect of your Talents.”

“I don’t know what you mean, Jareth,” she answered sharply.

 “Yes, you do, Viviane. Since we’ve been home you’ve been resisting your Talents, and fighting them, especially during training. They will win in the end. In the meantime your control will get worse and worse, until it is manifesting more unpredictably, even when you’re not working with it. With the strengths you have, you will hurt someone, while trying to deny your heritage.”

“But Jareth…”

“Your Talents have to be trained,” he stated emphatically. “There is no escape from it. You have to let go of your fears and put your entire will into your training. It’s the only way to gain control before you do irreparable harm.”

“I don’t want these Talents, Jareth! I never have! Why won’t they go away and leave me alone?”

In Clan Belfort…

At ten years old, he has been chosen to train as heir to the clan in Carl’s place, which requires him moving to his grandfather and first lord’s home, away from his friends, and for now, his family.

Why does he need Talents to rule the clan anyway? He doesn’t see the point in all this training and the headaches.

But when his old friends come down for the Gather, their jealousy makes them lash out in the one way they know will hurt Connell–by picking on his friend Nellie. As they restrain him and try to hurt her, his Talents come to the rescue, making him think about all those things he’d heard and now how they might apply in real life.

Here’s an excerpt from Belfort.

With a huge sigh, Connell took a deep breath, let it out, and dropped down into his mental working state. Focusing on the little box on the bench, he tried to reach out and nudge it to the end of the table. Instead of scooting to the end of the table, it rolled over twice and refused to budge another inch.

Coming back to his conscious level, he shrugged his shoulders in aggravation and looked up at Master Olivier.

“Well, at least you didn’t slam it into the wall. But why did you roll it instead of slide it?”

“I have no idea, sir.”

“Maybe we should work on something else for a while. Go get a drink of water, stretch out for a minute, and come back. We’ll work on your telepathy and see if we can narrow down your focus.”

By the end of the day’s session, Connell had a tremendous headache, and he was aggravated and frustrated with his progress. What was he missing? Master Olivier told him it would all come together soon, but what if it didn’t? His whole family and clan were counting on him, and he couldn’t even move a box from one end of the table to the other.

Watch for Too Many Talents! I’ll keep you posted!

To get the first three books in the series, go to Amazon or Smashwords!

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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