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Yes, Jareth First Lord has been out for quite a while, but it’s still one of my favorite stories. So I thought I’d share one of my favorite scenes with you.

For a little background, Jareth is the First Lord, or ruler, of Clan Brannach. His wife died in childbirth about three years before this story began. After meeting Viviane during negotiations with her father, First Lord of Clan Belfort, he includes her in the Choosing, taking her back to his clan hoping to win her heart. He hadn’t known she was a member of the ruling family.

She is a beautiful woman, with black hair and dazzling blue eyes. But temper? She was a feisty on. Oh yeah. She had temper to spare. But Jareth thought he had a chance at taming this wildcat named Viviane.

Viviane is the youngest daughter of the ruling house of Belfort. Her husband died about six months before this story begins. Though she would rather do nearly anything else, she may be forced to move back to her father’s house unless she can find someone to buy the shop and cottage she’d shared with her husband. But when Jareth chose her as part of the spoils, another option was thrust upon her.

She wasn’t ready for a relationship, though she was growing fond of Jareth. But he could get on her nerves when he pulled his high and mighty act. First Lords. Always thought they knew what was best for everyone.

Yeah, she’d see about that. It was about time he met someone who would stand their ground and give him a piece of her mind.

Here’s the excerpt.

“Annie, I’m so tired I want to sleep forever, or for at least a week, and it’s only the second day of the Gather. Jareth wants me to come with him but I’m not sure I can keep up the pace,” Viviane admitted, so tired she was almost in tears.

“Now, now, milady! Let’s get you upstairs and into a hot bath to begin with. No, now don’t argue with old Annie. She knows what’s best.”

A few minutes after she’d slipped into her bath, Annie insisted on some calming herbal tea, just enough sweetening in it to bring out the flavor. Then, pulling a stool up to the end of the tub, she began to brush Viviane’s hair for her like her nanny had done when she was a little girl.

“Annie,” she protested, “you don’t need to do this. Really, I’ll be fine with a bath and good night’s sleep.”

“Now, Viviane, you relax and drink your tea. A little pampering never hurt anyone. What you need is a bit of family here, which you don’t have. So you’ll have to accept me as a substitute. See? You’re feeling better already.”

She was, too. Something about the warm tea, the bath, and the rhythmic brushing pulled the tension out of her body. Finishing her tea, she relaxed for a while, nearly dozing off.

“There now, I’ll bet you can sleep and feel just like new in the morning,” she heard Annie say, as if from a great distance.

“Thank you so much Annie,” she told her, pulling herself out of her reverie. “You are a gem and I’m so glad you’re here. If there’s anything I can do to repay your kindness, let me know.”

Annie said goodnight and saw her tucked in before she left and turned out the lights. Viviane hadn’t slept so well in years.

The next morning Jareth was up early. Viviane, though, had had enough. Deciding to stay in bed and rest, she was happily on her way back to sleep when someone knocked at the door.

“Viviane? It’s Annie. Lord Jareth wants to know when you’ll be ready to leave.”

“I’m not going, Annie. I simply can’t. Give my apologies to the First Lord.”

A few minutes later there was another, stronger knock at the door. “Viviane, come on. We’re going to be late!”

“No, Jareth, I’m not going to be late. I’m not going. Please extend my apologies to your guests.”

“This is not acceptable, Viviane. You knew the requirements beforehand. You will be up and ready in ten minutes.”

Now she was fully awake and mad. How dare he give her orders?

“I beg your pardon, Lord Jareth, but exactly who do you think you are? I did not come here to be ordered about like a servant. I told you I might not manage the entire week and I can’t. Go away!”

“You will be ready in ten minutes or you will go to the Gather just the way you are. A bargain was struck and you will be held to it. Now get ready!”

Fearing he might carry out his threat, Viviane snarled and stormed out of bed. She dressed to an accompaniment of slamming doors and drawers before attacking her hair with the brush.

Jareth was pacing the hallway when she opened her door. “It’s about damned time! There will be no more of this nonsense. You will accompany me at the Gather each day and at least appear like you’re with me willingly. Is that clear?”

“Do stop, Jareth. Nobody’s impressed.”

“I beg your pardon,” he said in a dangerous tone of voice.

“Yes, okay, fine. You’ve made your point, now shut up. We’re late. Remember?”

If anyone noticed a bit of frost in the air they said nothing, but there did seem to be more space around them than usual. It was nearly halfway through the day before Viviane began to calm down. How had she gotten herself into this mess?

Want the book? Jareth, First Lord–first book of the Esperance Series— is available at Amazon, Smashwords, or from Audible!

Get ready for your weekend with Jareth, First Lord!

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Though from the weather we’ve been having, I’m not so sure. This has to be the wettest August we’ve had here in a while. Normally by now, the rain has tapered off and everything is getting ready to harvest.

So what’ s new here?

I’ve finished the first draft and first edit on Whiskey Jug Genie, and I’m really liking the story. Which I suppose sounds odd. But sometimes, once I’ve finished a book, I read it through and think, yeah, it’s okay. But I’m not thrilled.

While the story needs tweaking, I like it overall.

I’ve also done another edit on several other books–two for the Gambler’s Folly Series and one for Esperance. So watch for those coming up soon. I think the next series book will be Too Many Talents, from Esperance. It continues Viviane and Jareth’s story from Book 2 and brings in Connell, the new heir of Belfort.

Now who is Connell?

Viviane’s sister Alice’s son, who has been chosen to replace Carl as the heir to her home clan is the co-protagonist in this story. At almost eleven, Connell isn’t sure he wants to be First Lord. Nor does he understand why he needs Talents to begin with, let alone why he has to work so hard to train them.

Don’t forget, each weekend one of my books will be on sale over at Smashwords for $0.99. This week I will choose one from Esperance. You can go to my Author Page, scroll down to Esperance for the series page and find the one on sale.

Sale begins tonight and goes through Monday morning.

Happy Friday to you all. And I wish you a wonderful weekend.

And as always–

Don’t Forget to Share the Romance…

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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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Who is Morgan?

She appeared for the first time in Jareth, First Lord, as one of the girls brought back from Clan Belfort. As the series progressed, I became intrigued by her story and decided to see where she’d come from and what Clan Brannach held in store for her.

She’d had a hard life before she moved to Clan Brannach and after she arrived, she was assaulted while making deliveries for her boss. She escaped being raped only because of two young men who came to her rescue.

Sure she’ll never find a happily-ever-after, she’s given up trying.

Until she meets James, who has also given up on love. But when he first sees Morgan, muddy, battered, and bloody though she was, it was love at first sight.

But his family has secrets of its own, which has scared off most of the women in his life. One woman he was dating took off running and was nearly trampled to death in the street when he gave her a glimpse of his Talent.

Can he win Morgan’s heart? And can she accept his unique gift as well?

MORGANThe Pixie and the Green Man–Esperance Book 3

Excerpt:

“Jamie, you’re up early this morning,” his dad called out as he strode down the path. “Got plans with a dark-haired pixie?”

“Sort of. Can I talk to you for a minute?”

Leaning on the rail fence in front of his parents’ house, he told his father what had happened the previous evening.

“I don’t see how you could have done differently, son,” his father said. “If you’re serious about her, she’ll have to know sooner or later.”

“But how can I know when to bring it up? I thought Gwen…”

“Don’t look back, James,” his father said seriously. “I was never sure about Gwen. I know you loved her and hoped things would work out, but that is all in the past.”

“I’m trying to look forward, Dad. But I couldn’t live with myself if I chased Morgan away.”

“Where are you going today?” his father asked.

“For a hike up the stream. It’s a nice warm day and it should be beautiful.”

“The stream isn’t far from the forest. Take her over and introduce her. See what the forest has to say.”

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How is everyone doing with this weather? I don’t know about you, but the temperatures here in the southeast are brutal. With the highs near 100 degrees already, I don’t even want to think about August…

So, what to do when the heat keeps you inside?

Read, of course!

A little romance, a little fantasy, and maybe a little magic along the way.

For books I’ve published as Mellie Millerhttp://bit.ly/Mellie_Am

And those under my pen name, Sultonna Nadinehttps://www.amazon.com/Sultonna-Nadine/e/B07CQSGKYZ?ref

So go inside, grab something cold to drink, kick up your feet, and settle into a lovely story. Who’s with me?

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And for all you ladies out there who are looking for a little romance, here’s something to get you started.

Three of my books are on sale at Amazon for $0.99, now through May 18!

Which ones?

Viviane, First Lady--Esperance Book 2

Morgan–The Pixie and the Green Man— Esperance Book 3

Dante’s Angel–Speranza Book 2.

So head on over to Amazon and grab something to read. Or if you’re looking for a gift for a mom who likes romance, go ahead and take a peek.

Wishing you all a marvellous Mother’s Day weekend!

And Don’t Forget~~

~~to Share the Romance…

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Yes! There’s a sale going on over at Smashwords through March 9, and all the books under Mellie Miller and Sultonna Nadine are free!

So if you’ve hesitated to buy one of the books in my series, go check it out!

http://bit.ly/MellieMiller_SW
#fantasy #romance #magic

Don’t forget–
–to share the romance…


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Summer is a great time for reading. Looking for something new to you? How about something from Esperance or Gambler’s Folly?

OK, you’ve heard about the sale going on over at Smashwords. Right? Where all my books are 50% off through July 31?

But maybe you don’t shop at Smashwords. Where else can you find my books?

Amazon

http://bit.ly/Mellie_Am

Books-a-Million

http://bit.ly/MMiller_BAM

Barnes and Noble

http://bit.ly/B_N_authorpage

And don’t forget to search for Sultonna Nadine, my pen name for stand-alones.

So wherever you shop, you can find the books in my series.

Have a great summer and a great weekend!

Speranza the Series

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MOF Woman Rules his heart

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And who doesn’t love a sale?

Smashword’s July Summer/Winter Sale begins July 1 and continues all month. And all my books are enrolled in the event.

So if you’re missing a book in one of my series, or want to try something new, now’s your chance.

All my books, under both Mellie Miller and Sultonna Nadine, will be 50% off during the month of July!

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Esperance Series:

Jareth, First Lord

Viviane, First Lady

Morgan–The Pixie and the Green Man

 

Speranza Series:

Gambler’s Folly

Dante’s Angel

 

Sultonna Nadine

Master of the Fleet

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Speranza the Series

MOF Woman Rules his heart

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So, have you read the books in my Esperance Series? How about a brief look?

JARETH, FIRST LORD

Book 1 of the series introduces Jareth, the leader of his clan, and Viviane, the lady he hopes to win. He is a widower and she a widow, who isn’t sure she can ever open her heart again.

VIVIANE, FIRST LADY

Book 2 continues the story after their marriage. Viviane has developed Talents she shouldn’t have. As they grow stronger, she must learn to control them before she becomes a threat to everyone around her. In the meantime, she has to attend her brother’s trial, and the emotional stress may well cause an out-of-control outburst of Talent.

MORGAN-The Pixie and the Green Man

Book 3 brings the focus to a girl introduced briefly in Book 1. Morgan came to Clan Brannach during the choosing, hoping to leave the abuse and molestation behind. But a few short months after changing clans, she is attacked and would have been raped if not for the two men who stepped in to rescue her.

Deciding men weren’t worth the effort, she resists the attentions of the handsome and humorous James Ferguson. But those delightful dimples and his charm are so captivating.

Fantasy, romance, humor, psychic abilities… What more could anyone want?

All three books are available through Amazon, Smashwords, or any major book seller.

Excerpt from Viviane, First Lady

Bring help, Viviane. This is where I am.”

A simplified map showing the manor, his location, and a line tracing the way

between them appeared behind her eyes.

“See the map. Know the map. You can find me, and it is so. You have the ability. Make it so.”

Jareth, are you alright?” she asked him.

I’ll be fine. Just bring help to get me home.”

She must have yelled or screamed when she saw Jareth fall, because as she

turned to go get help for Jareth, she saw Annie, Gerard, and two guards

entering the room.

“Lady Viviane,” one of the guards asked, “is everything okay?”

“No! Jareth is hurt and needs help. Bring a doctor or healer, get Duncan, and

meet me in the stables. I will take you to him.”

“Milady, are you sure you’re alright? Maybe a bad dream or an after effect

of your medicine…” Annie began.

“No, it was not a bad dream! Jareth has had an accident on the way over the

mountain. His horse fell and threw him onto the rocks.”

One of the guards said, “Somebody fetch Duncan before we all go on a wild

chase for nothing. Maybe he can make sense of what she’s saying.”

At this point, Viviane became angry. She could feel her temper taking over,

yet now she didn’t care. Jareth was injured and alone.

“I am your First Lady and you will obey me! Take me to the stables,

get a doctor or healer, and bring Duncan as fast as you can before I lose the

information I have. If you won’t come with me to help your First Lord,

I will go by myself. To hell with you all!”

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Amazon review

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