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And here it is, the next to last weekend in July. Where has summer gone?

I am in a quandary. This summer I’ve published two books, one in each series. Now, I have other books planned for each, but I also have a couple stand-alones which are nearly ready to publish.

My question is–which would you rather see?

A sequel to Esperance?

A sequel to Speranza–following Dante’s Angel?

Or a stand-alone in an alternate timeline of America, with paranormal aspects?

Right at the moment, I’m leaning toward the stand-alone, but  I would like your opinion.

Either comment here, or go to http://www.facebook.com/meleighscreations and leave a comment.

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Who’s ready for a sneak peek at Dante’s Angel?

You?

Well, here you go! Here’s Chapter 1!

Chapter 1

“Karianna! We’re going to miss the flight,” Damiano shouted from the front door. “Anything you forget we can buy on the shuttle or once we get to Rome.”

Damiano was the classical Mediterranean male–tall, with dark hair and gray eyes. His wife, Karianna, was tall, with dark hair and mischievous green eyes.

He’d sent the luggage down to the car already and was simply waiting for his wife to get her personal bag. At the rate she was going, she would take everything in her wardrobe.

“All right, Dam. Ready.”

“Benissimo, cara,” he said as he kissed her.

They finally made it to the car. Marco was driving and Paulo was in the front with him. His two friends and team mates were also going back to Earth for the wedding. Dante was going as well. Marco and Paulo were a little older than Damiano, but they looked like they could be relatives. Dante was the youngest member of the team, but shared their Mediterranean heritage.

“Marco, where is Dante?”

“He said he would meet us at the spaceport. He’ll be there, Damiano. I think he needed a little independence.”

The drive took about half an hour through traffic. Being one of the major ports on Gambler’s Folly, made Speranza exceptionally suitable for hotel and entertainment ventures. Damiano had certainly done well for the family there.

“So, cara, what do you want to do when we get to Rome?” he asked Karianna, his lovely wife.

“I have no idea,” she admitted. “I’ve never even been to Europe. What is there to do in Rome?”

“So much, Kari, so very much to do and see. Since we will be in there for only one day this time, we’ll decide on one venture when we get there.”

They had chosen to take a day for themselves once they reached Earth, before his family overwhelmed Karianna with their well-wishes and wedding plans.

Yes, they were married, but his mother insisted on a cathedral wedding, one they could share with the family. His was an old, religious family and his mother was not entirely happy about their civil marriage.

Once they arrived at the spaceport, they left their things with the porters. Given Damiano’s standing on Gambler’s Folly, their boarding was expedited, which made the whole trip so much more bearable. Their suite was ready when they boarded and their luggage arrived soon after they did. Marco and Paolo were in adjacent rooms, and Dante had a smaller room across the hallway.

Speaking to Marco, Dam asked, “Have we heard from Dante yet?”

“Yes. He’s in the process of boarding now. Has he travelled much before?”

“I don’t think so. Why?”

“He seems uncomfortable, uneasy. Maybe it’s simply nerves about the trip.”

****

Dante had waited as long as he could before he left for the shuttle. He’d never been off-planet before and was homesick before they even left. The rest of the party was already on board and enjoying the amenities before he even got to customs.

On top of it, the whole reason for the trip was the wedding, yet another reminder that he was single and had no prospects at the moment. And here was Damiano, with everything in the world going for him, going to Earth to marry his mate, his bond-mate. It just wasn’t fair.

What was wrong with him? He glanced at his reflection in one of the large plate windows. All right, he wasn’t as tall as Damiano, Marco, or Paulo, but he wasn’t a midget. He was six feet tall and around one hundred eighty-five pounds, with no fat to spare. Dark hair and dark eyes completely the look, from his Mediterranean heritage.

He’d been told he could be mistaken for Damiano’s younger brother, but it didn’t seem to do him much good. He was awkward in crowds and women tied his tongue in knots before he even started talking. He hadn’t had a date in over a month, and now he was going to a wedding on a planet he’d never seen.

Sighing deeply, he answered the questions at the customs desk, handed over his papers, jumped through all the hoops, and finally boarded the shuttle.

“May I help you?” the older man asked.

“Yes. I’m trying to find my berth,” Dante said.

“Ah! Take the lift to the fourth level, turn right, and it will be on your right.”

“Thanks.”

Trudging to the lift, he followed the instructions, used his pass card on the door, and took a look around.

His suite was nearly as big as his apartment, he decided. He’d have to thank Damiano for his generosity. Of course, they would be on the shuttle for a week. At least he wouldn’t go stir crazy. He stowed his luggage in the wardrobe and checked the time.

Pushing the button on his communicator, he checked in with Marco.

“Did you have any trouble, Dante?”

“No, sir. Just huge crowds of people. But I’m in my room now, so everything is good.”

“All our rooms are across the hall from yours. Damiano suggested we all get together for dinner, around seven this evening. But until then, relax and enjoy the trip.”

“When do we lift off?” Dante asked.

“In about an hour. They’ll make an announcement. Follow the instructions and you’ll be fine. It’s much like flying, but the take-off is a little stronger. Don’t worry, amico. I’ve done it several times.”

With nothing else to do, a nap sounded like a good idea. Slipping out of his shoes and jacket, he dropped onto the bed and closed his eyes. Maybe he could at least dream of happy times.

****

“Marco, is everything all right with Dante?” Karianna asked.

“Sì, signora. He’s a little nervous about leaving Gambler’s Folly. He was born here and has no family on Earth. He’ll be fine once we’re underway.”

“If you’re sure,” she said reluctantly. The first time she’d left her home planet, she’d been lost on a bet, divorced from her husband, and married to the strongest of the underworld syndicate bosses—Damiano Leone.

“Should someone go check on him?” she asked.

“Cara mia, he’ll be fine. He’s probably taking a nap. We’ll see him for dinner this evening,” Damiano assured her.

It wasn’t long before the lift-off announcement was made. As far as Karianna was concerned, this was the worst part of the trip. Flying always affected her in the same way. Too much imagination.

At least it didn’t last long. Marco called to check on Dante after lift-off. He chuckled as he ended the call.

“So, how is he?” she asked.

“Dio! He’ll be fine. He swears he’s never doing it again, though how he plans to return to Gambler’s Folly without it, I don’t know.”

“I didn’t think it was that bad,” Karianna reflected. “The one from Earth to here was worse.”

“Don’t worry wo much, cara,” Damiano told her. “Why don’t we send these guys on their way and see what there is to do?”

Knowing her mate, she had a good idea what he meant.

Their friends took their leave, so she was soon alone with her husband.

“So, cara, I think it’s time to enjoy this most comfortable bed, don’t you think? And from what I’ve heard about your last trip, I doubt you’ve ever been loved on an intergalactic flight.”

“Time for a first then, isn’t it?” she answered as his hands unzipped her dress, before they corrected the oversight.

Karianna showered after their lovemaking and decided on a nap before dinner. Later, when she tried to stretch, she was wrapped in Damiano’s embrace. Snuggling deeper into his arms, she drifted off once again.

“Karianna, cara. Time to dress for dinner,” she heard. The kiss did more to wake her up.

“I suppose we should go to dinner,” she said, as her stomach rumbled. “Unless you want to come back to bed.”

“Now, cara, you know we’re all meeting for dinner this evening. We can go back to bed later.”

“Promises, promises.”

“You want promises, cara?” Damiano asked her. “I promise you, before I finish with you later, you’ll be begging.”

“You’ve got rather a high opinion of yourself,” she teased.

A fierce kiss and swat on her bottom told her the night was going to be exciting.

“Now, come on. Put on some clothes before I change my mind.”

When they finally arrived in the dining room to meet the rest of their party, Karianna was still slightly flustered. Damiano’s friends had made an effort this evening. Even Dante was well dressed for dinner. Why he never seemed to have a girlfriend, Karianna couldn’t figure out. He was good-looking, intelligent, and had plenty of money.

“To the most beautiful woman in my world,” was Damiano’s toast to start off the evening. She’d finally gotten used to his flattery. Her first husband never made her feel pretty, let alone beautiful.

Dinner was tasty and the atmosphere around the table relaxed. These four men had worked together for a long time, through dangerous situations. But they had welcomed her into their circle and made her feel safe, even though “safe” could be a relative term around Damiano and his business.

“Dante, are you settling in all right?” she asked.

“Sì, Signora. The lift-off was sort of tense, but I’m fine now.”

“Are you ready for your first look at Earth?”

“I’m not sure. I don’t know what to expect. Everyone tells me it is special, but how can it be any better than Gambler’s Folly?”

“I think it’s the history of humanity there,” she explained. “I haven’t been back since I left nearly two years ago. I want to find out how I react to coming home again.”

“I’ve never been anywhere but Gambler’s Folly. Everyone else here has ties to Earth but me. I feel like an outsider, in a way. Everyone else is coming home, but I have no home to go to.”

“Dante,” Damiano said. “My home is yours. We’re all brothers here—except for Kari, of course. And once Mama meets you, you’ll have trouble leaving.”

“If you say, Damiano. If you say.”

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Hope your weekend is wonderful.

What are you reading today?

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Small Formal Black2Here’s another year come and gone, and I have to say I’m happy with it. I published Jareth, First Lord with FreedomInk365 this year and have the sequel, Viviane, First Lady,  in the hands of the editor.

I’m working on the third book in the Jareth series and I have one more novel, slightly different in nature, to publish later next year. Not to mention at least two others that are in the “nearly finished” stages.

I’ve also made a little headway into getting my Reiki and Access Bars business up and running. It’s starting a little slowly, but that is to be expected out here in rural America.

What would like to see in this blog in the New Year? I’ll be writing about FreedomInk events and my writing of course, but what else would be of interest?

Comment below or visit my Facebook page and leave a message.

https://www.facebook.com/MeleighsCreations

 

Have you read Jareth, First Lord yet?

Amazon… http://amzn.com/0989678644
Barnes & Noble… http://bit.ly/1vw5zCX
Books-A-Million… http://bit.ly/1yytM27

Indie Bound… http://bit.ly/1stZmXI

 

If you’re interested in paranormal fantasy romance, check out Gambler’s Folly. (Mainstream sensual, M/F, HEA)

 

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Gamblers-Folly-Bookstrand-Publishing-Romance/Mellie-E-Miller/9781627405843?id=6142571080981

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gamblers-folly-mellie-e-miller/1116472748?ean=9781627405843

http://www.amazon.com/Gamblers-Folly-Bookstrand-Publishing-Romance/dp/1627405844

http://www.bookstrand.com/gamblers-folly

http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781627405843

 

Wishing you a blessed and happy New Year!

 

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Black and whiteIn Jareth, First Lord, we enter a world ruled by families with psychic abilities. While there are people among the general population with minor abilities, usually limited to one talent, the rulers have multiple talents.

If you could choose one psychic ability, what would it be? Would you choose mental telepathy so you could communicate without speaking? How about teleportation, the ability to move yourself to a different location with the power of your mind?

Maybe you’d rather have telekinesis, the ability to move objects around without physically touching them. I think that could be rather a lot of fun at times…

Or those of you who would love to help others through illness or injury might choose to be a healer, someone who could tap into the energy of the universe and channel it to make others whole again.

I know some people who could use empathy. This is the ability to feel and match the emotions of others. Seems like a wonderful talent for a counselor to have. Perhaps a trained empath could match emotions with someone needing help, and then modify them. Sort of like a hands on psychiatrist–treatment without drugs.

So what would you choose? And why would you choose it?

Have you ordered your copy of Jareth, First Lord? 

http://www.freedomink365.com/jarethfirstlord

For news about Jareth, First Lord and future releases:

http://www.facebook.com/meleighscreations

http://facebook.com/jarethfirstlord

Don’t forget—

    —to Share the Romance

                                ~~Mellie Miller~~

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Hello to everyone out there. Hope your summer has started out wonderfully.  I think summer has officially arrived in Georgia.

But I need you to help me out. I’m trying to boost my Facebook page, Meleigh’s Creations, which is all about my writing.

If you like this blog, please go and like my Facebook page as well. Check back there for more frequent updates on my books, my summer, and what’s happening in my writing world.

https://www.facebook.com/MeleighsCreations

The 100th Like will receive a free copy of Gambler’s Folly, signed by the author.

Have a great summer!

 

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Black and whiteOK folks, April is Poetry Month. And FreedomInk Publishing is having a Pledge to Recite Poetry competition. Record you reciting your favorite poem, upload it, and the ones with the most votes go on YouTube.

Pretty cool, huh?

You can find my first contribution on their page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/235506119969550

This first one is in French, but I posted a translation for everyone. Unfortunately, it can’t capture what I love most about the poem, so listen to the French version.

And don’t forget, if you don’t have your copy of Gambler’s Folly yet, go on over to Amazon and order a copy.

http://www.amazon.com/author/melliemiller

And coming soon, from FreedomInk365 will be Jareth: First Lord,  a second edition to open a path for the sequel, Viviane: First Lady.

So keep your eyes open and check back here for news of the releases.

Ciao amici miei!

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